On Saturday, TUF 29 alum Michael Gillmore found his back against the wall at UFC Vegas 49.
Gillmore came on to the reality fighting show as a short-notice replacement last year, only to lose his lone fight. Thanks to his willingness to step up, however, he was awarded a UFC contract,but went on to lose his debut against fellow Ultimate Fighter 29 cast member Andre Petroski.
Next up was Ramiz Brahimaj, who had posted a 1-2 record in the UFC’s welterweight division, and was coming off a loss to Court McGee.
Both men took the center of the octagon after a glove touch to kick off their UFC Vegas 49 showdown. A front kick missed from Brahimaj. Brahimaj started to back Gillmore up and landed a powerful takedown. It didn’t take long before Brahimaj jumped on Gillmore’s back and automatically locked up a rear-naked choke.
Gillmore fought off the hands, but Brahimaj was crushing his jaw. Gillmore eventually defended, which made Brahimaj move to full mount. As the fighters scrambled, Gillmore gave up his back, and Brahimaj locked up another rare-naked choke and was able to submit his opponent.
All it took was two minutes, and Brahimaj had another first-round finish. Gillmore is now 0-2 in the UFC.
Official Result: Ramiz Brahimaj def. Michael Gillmore by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:02