Heading into his bout against the Japanese prospect Ulka Sasaki, the Brazilian was a 4-to-1 underdog, but he made it look easy in the second round tap out of his opponent. From the beginning, it was clear that Issa was the physically stronger man between the two, as well as the sharper striker. Sasaki, known for his unorthodox and wild striking techniques, was unable to get anything off as he ate leg kick after leg kick before being taken down. Even though Sasaki proved difficult to control in the early going, Issa’s suffocating top pressure eventually paid off for him in the second round.
Sasaki found success with his head-and-arm throw in the first round, but couldn’t land it in the second – instead, Issa used it as an opportunity to land on top. Things looked a little sketchy for Issa as he found himself in the middle of a d’arce choke attempt from Sasaki who was on the bottom, but after waiting his opponent out, he methodically transitioned onto the back where he locked up the a vicious neck crank. After cranking his opponent’s neck like a bottle top, the tap out was inevitable.
Great win for Leandro Issa here who just physically dominated Ulka Sasaki from the top position. He could have just grinded him out for a decision win, but Issa went for the finish against the game Ulka Sasaki and got it rather easily. Big win for the underdog.