Freddy Assuncao made his return to MMA after three years at PFL 5 2019, but it did not go at all as he hoped.
Both Alex Gilpin and Freddy Assuncao started the night at PFL 5 2019 with zero points in the league’s featherweight standings. When all was said and done Thursday in Atlantic City, one fighter had six points, and a playoff berth.
And they did it with an impressive first round submission.
Freddy Assuncao had not fought in three years when he entered the PFL cage Thursday night in Atlantic City, NJ. Meeting Alex Gilpin, Assuncao was planted on his back early. The takedown wasn’t the issue, however. While Gilpin earned some top time, Assuncao was far from helpless on his back. However, as the pair moved back to the feet, Assuncao was quickly caught in a guillotine choke. It was downright nasty, and Freddy didn’t even have a chance to tap. He went out, the ref waved it off, and Alex Gilpin had a very memorable finish.
Post-fight, Gilpin said he felt “pretty good. I wanted to let the finish come, and it did.”
“It’s another day, another beer at least for the next couple days. Then it’s right back to work,” he joked later.
Alex Gilpin def. Freddy Assuncao by technical submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 2:08