In an exciting fight between explosive young featherweights, Julio Arce and Daniel Teymur squared off at UFC Utica. In the end, it was Arce coming out on top.
In a fight of two young 145ers who were each in their second UFC appearance, Daniel Teymur and Julio Arce faced off at UFC Utica. Arce was coming off a win in his first UFC appearance over Dan Ige, while Teymur was coming off a loss in his first fight in the promotion. Teymur was looking to bounce back against Arce. Adding to the intrigue, Daniel’s brother David had fought earlier in the night. There, he defeated Nik Lentz.
In a very competitive first round, both fighters looked to land numerous kicks. Arce targeted the body more, while Teymur targeted the legs — which were red by the end of the round. Arce looked for the left hand in the first round, but overall it was a very close frame as both fighters, while active, weren’t landing many power shot.
In the second round Arce was much more in control. He landed many head strikes, whereas Teymur tried to clinch. It seemed that Teymur was gassing out. In between the second round and third round Arce was bouncing up and down in his corner, while Teymur was taking every second he could to try and rest. It appeared the writing was on the wall.
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Arce came out in the third and kept up the pace while Teymur tried to keep up with him, but one could tell that Teymur didn’t have much left. At one point, Teymur fell to the ground as he slipped off of a leg kick and as he tried to scramble back to his feet. Instead, he gave up his back, and Arce jumped on to lock up a rear-naked-choke. Teymur was not getting out.
Julio Arce def. Daniel Teymur by submission (Rear-naked choke), Round 3, 2:55