The lone newcomer on the UFC Vegas 26 card was Carlston Harris, booked in a welterweight fight against Christian Aguilera that kicked off the Fight Night card. Harris entered the promotion off three straight wins outside the UFC, over solid competition.
He also had a number of submission wins on his resume — and on Saturday, he showed his impressive ground game once again.
Aguilera took the middle of the octagon early and Harris shot for a takedown. Aguilera defended and in turn put Harris against the fence. Harris threw a front kick and jab but missed. Aguilera landed a 1-2 and then hit Harris with an uppercut that hurt Harris. Aguilera clinched with Harris and put him against the fence once more. Harris landed a left hook which backed Aguilera up.
Aguilera was hurt by that hook, and shot for a lazy takedown. That allowed Harris to lock up an anaconda choke. Aguilera fought the choke for a few seconds but went to sleep. Great debut for Harris.
🐍 ANACONDA 🐍
— UFC (@ufc) May 8, 2021
Harris is now on a four-fight win streak and is a great addition to the welterweight division. Aguilera has now lost two straight by submission and might be fighting for his job next time out if he gets another shot.
Official Result: Carlston Harris def. Christian Aguilera via submission (anaconda choke) Round 1, 2:52