Matt Schnell kept his momentum going at UFC Newark with a slick first-round triangle against Jordan Espinosa.
Despite doubts over the flyweight division in recent times, Jordan Espinosa and Matt Schnell meet at 125-pounds on the UFC Newark preliminary card.
Jordan Espinosa (14-5) earned his UFC ticket when he scored two wins on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The 29-year-old made his UFC debut back in March, defeating Eric Shelton in a closely contested bout. Espinosa entered the contest with five consecutive wins and hadn’t lost in over two-and-a-half years.
Matt Schnell (13-4) on the other hand, is also coming off his own win streak. “Danger” has won his last three contests, most recently choking out Louis Smolka in the first round earlier this year. Schnell made the return to flyweight for this bout, after fighting Smolka at 135-pounds.
The fighters touched gloves to start the bout. Espinosa landed a big right hand early, followed by another one. Schnell replied with his own leg kick and was pressing forward early. Schnell attempted a Guillotine choke early but Espinosa defended well. Schnell adjusted to the Triangle Choke and gets the quick submission win.
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Afterward, Matt Schnell called for a top opponent, and announced he’ll become a father soon. With the flyweight division seemingly on the brink of folding, having promising up-and-comers like Schnell helps keep the weight class around for good.
Matt Schnell def. Jordan Espinosa by Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 1 (1:23)