Christos Giagos was in trouble on several occasions in the UFC 262 opener, taking heavy punches from a returning Sean Soriano at Toyota Center. But a brief opening provided a submission opportunity, and after the squeeze of a D’Arce choke, he secured the win in a 160-pound catchweight bout.
Giagos was declared the winner at 3:59 of the second round after the referee tested Soriano’s arm and found no resistance. When Giagos let the choke go, Soriano’s head bounced on the canvas.
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Afterward, Giagos called out Donald Cerrone for his next bout after taking Saturday’s fight on short notice.
“I’d love nothing more than to fight [him in] his retirement fight,” Giagos said.
Soriano returned to the octagon after a six-year stint on the regional circuit and availed himself well in early exchanges with Giagos, landing a leg kick and one-two combo to put his opponent on wobbly legs. Giagos tried to present a different look by switching stances, but it was his wrestling transitions that put him back in the game after early trouble.
A scramble off a takedown attempt put Giagos in top position in the second round, and when Soriano tried to right himself, he was quickly caught in the choke. With his leg trapped, he couldn’t escape the hold and went unconscious.
Giagos has now won two straight while Soriano sees a three-fight streak snapped.