OSU wrestlers are starting to stand out and this is a very impressive fight for Josh Rosholt. Sao Palelei never got going in this fight and this was a tutorial 101 on ground and pound.
Jared Rosholt has 3 knockouts, 3 submissions and 4 decision victories in his MMA career. He is on a 6 fight winning streak, he made his UFC debut against Walt Harris which he won via Unanimous Decision at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Nov / 30 / 2013. In his last fight he beat Daniel Omielanczuk via Unanimous Decision at UFC Fight Night – Minotauro vs. Nelson on Apr / 11 / 2014.
Soa Palelei made his UFC debut against at Nikita Krylov UFC 164 – Henderson vs. Pettis 2 on Aug / 31 / 2013 which he won that fight via 3rd Rd TKO. In his last fight he beat Pat Barry via 1st Rd KO at UFC Fight Night – Hunt vs. Bigfoot on Dec / 07 / 2013. The most amazing stat is that he is coming into this fight with ten straight knockout victories and now has eleven straight knockout victories.
Here is the play-by-play from this fight:
Round 1: A feeling out process, Soa looks for a takedown and gets a single leg. Rosholt back up, but Sao takes him down again and puts him on the fence. Rosholt reverses and clinches with Soa, he is now looking for a single leg takedown while Soa is landing strikes from the top. Rosholt keeps clinching with Soa, really dominating Soa, not letting him go anywhere. Soa drops and tries to get a takedown, but Rosholt stays calm, takes him down and looks for an arm triangle, he lets go so that he can get Soa’s back, he puts all of his weight on Soa. He lands knees to the body of Soa. Rosholt keeps his dominant weights, lands some short, but effective strikes and that’s how we end the round.
Round 2: Rosholt comes out and is swinging, he clinches with Soa, puts him on the fence and lands some serious uppercuts. Rosholt keeps the clinch, picking apart Soa with strikes and knees. Sao attempts a takedown, but Rosholt shuts him down and gets his back where he continues to the beat down of Soa. Now, Soa gets up, misses a wild shot, but is very tired. They exchange to end the round.
Round 3: We come out and in thirty seconds, Rosholt takes Soa down. He has his back and we go back to what we have seen all fight, Soa take shots and Rosholt controlling this one. Soa is sucking wind right now and Rosholt is having his way in this fight. OSU wrestlers are starting to stand out and this is a very impressive fight for Rosholt. Soa tries to go to his back, side, stomach, but Rosholt keeps grinding on Soa and cruises his way to victory.
Result: Rosholt def. Palelei by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)