UFC Denver Results: Bobby Moffett Beats Chas Skelly in Controversial Submission Win

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Bobby Moffett made his UFC debut against the returning Chas Skelly at UFC Denver — and came up with a big win, if a controversial one.

Bobby Moffett looked very impressive on Dana White’s Contender Series in August, defeating Jacob Kilburn inside of two rounds via submission. Following the victory he was awarded a UFC contract, and he was given the task of facing the returning Chas Skelly at UFC Denver. Skelly hadn’t fought since UFC 211, a loss to Jason Knight. However prior to that he had won 6 of 7 in the featherweight division.

In Denver, Bobby Moffett came out looking great on the feet, seemingly very fast and putting Skelly with his back to the fence. It looked like Skelly was trying to take a minute to get ready after the long lay off, but Moffett wasn’t going to let him. However Skelly then got the takedown and as Moffett turned to get back to his feet, Skelly took his back and looked for the rear naked choke. It appeared that he might get, it but Moffett fought him off and made it back to his feet. Moffett shook him off with about ten seconds left in the first and looked for some offense before the bell.

In the second round everything changed. Moffett looked for the takedown and got it. He was on top and in control, but soon Skelly looked to reverse position and get on top himself. As he did Moffett looked for the D’arce choke. He got it under the neck and the referee thought Skelly was out, however as he called a stop to the fight, Skelly got up and protested the result, arguing he didn’t tap and wasn’t out.

On review, it looked as if Skelly was going out but wasn’t out yet, and the official stepped in anyways. Either way, this one is a controversial result that will be talked about for a while.

Bobby Moffet def. Chas Skelly by submission (d’arce choke), Round 2, 2:43