Nathan Schulte dominated from start to finish in his lopsided victory over UFC veteran Jeremy Stevens for the PFL World Championship on Friday.
The former two-time PFL champion nullified Stevens’ significant strength with a heavy grappling strategy in which he used a nasty arm triangle choke to get a retraction at just 1:32 into the second round.
Once the action began, Schulte wasted no time getting inside, applying a body lock, and then laying Stevens down on the canvas. The Brazilian quickly moved to a triangle-arm choke, but Stevens did a good job of not getting hit.
Eventually Schulte moved to his back instead, where he then wrapped his arms around his neck to apply a rear naked choke, and Stevens’ face scrunched up, it looked like the end was near.
However, Stevens again found a way to break free, allowing him to advance to the second round.
Despite putting in a lot of energy during the first five minutes, Schulte still had enough energy left in the gas tank as he knocked Stevens back to the ground. It took a little time for Schulte to move forward and capture the arm triangle choke again, except this time he had a submission secured and there was no chance of escaping.
A fraction of a second later, when Schulte took the win, missing out on the playoffs due to two previous PFL championship appearances.