Admittedly embarrassed after he failed to make weight by a half pound, Diego Gonzalez (15-6) vowed to make up for it with an impressive performance against Croatian middleweight Ivica Truscek (17-10).
And the Swedish fighter did just that with a second-round submission victory.
After forcing the fight to the mat in the first round, Gonzalez mixed in ground and pound with submission attempts. After Gonzalez secured a body lock from back mount and attacking the ribs with elbow strikes, though, Truscek escaped and briefly got to his feet. But once he dropped to a knee, Gonzalez threw an illegal knee at him. However, even Truscek admitted it didn't hit him, so no point was deducted, and the fight continued.
In the second round, Truscek let his hands fly. Gonzalez wobbled him with a heavy counter shot, but Truscek quickly shook it off and landed a flood of effective punches to the head and body. After nearly three minutes of eating the shots, Gonzalez shot and finally got the takedown. During a scramble, he then locked on an arm-in guillotine choke.
While Gonzalez initially didn't appear to have it locked, he readjusted and tightened the grip, which prompted the tap-out. The end came at the 3:25 mark of the second round.
"It was [expletive] quick, and I wasn't quick enough," he said of Truscek's striking. "I watched some of his fights and saw he was vulnerable to the guillotine. It's my favorite submission, so I just waited for the opening."
Gonzalez, who recently suffered a BAMMA 8 loss to former UFC fighter Andre Winner, snaps out of a 1-3 skid with the needed victory.