Submission ace Rolles Gracie (8-2) flashed a solid striking game against Derrick Mehmen (16-5), and the surprising strategy paid off – briefly
Gracie turned his nose to conventional wisdom in the opening round, outboxing Mehmen on the feet rather than look for an opportunity to take the fight to the floor. The strategy worked, and Mehmen looked frustrated at the end of the first frame.
With the element of surprise gone in the second, Mehmen settled in and looked to return fire. They went back and forth for much of the frame until a perfectly timed right hand scored to the chin of a retreating Gracie, who spun around and collapsed on the floor. Mehmen was awarded the knockout win at the 2:40 mark of the second round.