Tsarev seizes submission opportunity against Welch
Michail Tsarev earned a shot in the semifinals of the season 7 welterweight tournament with a submission of Tim Welch.
A lapse in defense allowed a tiring Tsarev to snake around to Welch's back after taking the fight to the ground. The tap came at the 1:57 mark of the second frame.
"It was obviously very hard for me because it was the first time that I fought on such a big stage," Tsarev said through a translator. "Many people in the public were rooting against me, but thanks to them for that, anyway."
A hard knee to the body prompted Tsarev to flop to his back just prior to his fight-winning sequence. Welch motioned his opponent up, but was soon on his back.
Tsarev was immediately put on the defensive in the first when Welch swarmed with punches and put him against the cage. He escaped and landed wobbled the somewhat reckless Welch with a big punch. But he took an opportunity to take the fight down and threatened with a guillotine choke. Welch escaped after a few tense moments, but took an illegal upkick when he postured and stood up.
After a short tutorial on the rules from referee Dan Miragliotta, the fight resumed. It wasn't long before Tsarev landed another takedown, and again, he attempted to tap Welch with a guillotine. But this time, Welch was ready and reversed into guard.
Tsarev (24-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) extends his current win streak to 11 while Welch (9-4 MMA, 0-1 BFC) sees a three-fight streak snapped.