Joe Solecki had a quick night at the office at UFC Vegas 7, staying undefeated in the UFC by submitting Austin Hubbard inside the first round.
Lightweight action at UFC Vegas 7 saw former LFA champ Austin Hubbard paired up with Contender Series alum Joe Solecki. On a card ravaged by withdrawals that was down the nine fights, the pair, both of whom had made their octagon debuts last year, were actually two of the longest-tenured fighters. Especially on the prelims (scratch that, as this fight was later promoted to the main card).
Eight fighters at Saturday’s event had their octagon debuts in 2020, and only the main event pairing of Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz were veterans of more than five fights. The youthful Hubbard and Solecki were almost old dogs as a result.
Game ones, however. Solecki opened up with a couple of nice leg kicks, then decided to switch southpaw and land a kick to the body. He continually switched stances early, throwing a lot of feints and landing a few straight punches from southpaw. Solecki got the clinch and then got the back early, climbing right up onto Hubbard. He got the body-triangle up against the fence and landed some strikes to work for the rear-naked-choke. He worked his way under the chin, and he quickly got the tap! An impressive win for Joe Solecki who made it look easy.
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Great win for Joe Solecki, who proves that he’s a prospect to watch in the lightweight division. Back-to-back wins over Matt Wiman and Austin Hubbard should earn him a higher-ranked opponent next time. As for Hubbard, it is the first time he’s been finished inside the UFC, and his first time finished since 2016.
Official Result: Joe Solecki def. Austin Hubbard via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 3:51