WOODLAND HILLS – Clamoring for the toughest competition he could find in his hopeful journey back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian found a worthy foe in Brandon “The No. 1 Contender” Bender.
On Saturday night at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Papazian’s trip back to the big stage took a hit, as he was submitted in the first round by Bender in the main event of the National Fight Alliance MMA’s Valley Invasion 3.
Papazian, one of four fighters who train at Burbank Gracie Barra who competed on the card, was submitted via rear-naked choke in 2:01 of the opening round of the featherweight tilt.
It started out tentatively, with Papazian (15-10) throwing more strikes, while Bender (11-0) was seemingly waiting for his time to shoot for a takedown. It came after Papazian, a three-fight UFC veteran, landed a solid leg kick.
Bender shot in, Papazian defended at first, but Bender frantically went for his opponent’s back, jumped up and then wrestled Papazian down and worked in the hooks and then the choke. Papazian resisted, but eventually tapped at the 2:01 mark.