Mario Bautista had no mercy for an opponent returning from a long layoff.
In a preliminary bantamweight bout at UFC Vegas 64, Bautista made short work of the returning Benito Lopez, battering him on the feet and finishing the fight with a triangle-armbar at 4:54 of the opening round.
Watch the slick submission finish above.
Bautista looked the part of a heavy favorite as he dominated every aspect of the fight from the striking to the grappling. Despite the success he was having on the feet, Bautista decided to change levels and take Lopez down, where he worked to set up the triangle armbar that forced the tap.
Lopez was competing for the first time since July 13, 2019, a span of 1,211 days. His UFC record falls to 2-2.