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Tickle came out with a strong striking game, scoring with a series of left hooks in the early part of the round. With about one minute left, Proctor ducked under a punch and took Tickle down. He immediately swarmed, taking his back and applying a rear naked choke. Tickle defended it at first, but Proctor reapplied it tighter, forcing his opponent to tap at 4:42 of the round.
"That's my game," Proctor said. "Lauzon MMA. I'm a jiu-jitsu guy. I love to bang, I love to take punches off the chin, but I did my job here."
Proctor had come into the fight as the favorite, but it was no walkover as Tickle found his mark with striking early. Afterward, Proctor said Tickle hit "like a truck," but found a way to move the fight to his strengths on the ground.
4:42 of the first.
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