James “The Moonwalker” Moontasri and Cody Pfister had yet to make a spark on a high level coming into UFC Fight Night 60.
Pfister came in unfamiliar with the bright lights of the octagon, while Moontasri was recently decisioned by Joe Ellenberger and needed a win to make the UFC’s interest in him seem worthwhile. There was a lot to prove for both men in this Lightweight fight.
James Moontasri, from Los Angeles, started off landing knees and kicks on the UFC debutant. Pfister pinned Moontasri on the cage to prevent him from landing strikes — each and every one doing damage — but was only buying time at this point in the fight.
Cody Pfister started off round two on the attack. Moontasri was avoiding the worst of it, but couldn’t gain an advantageous position until later in the round, when Pfister slipped onto the mat and Moontasri pried through his defense to force a rear-naked choke.
Pfister eventually tapped, and Moontasri was declared the winner in round two of this UFC Fight Night 60 opener on all fronts.
Note: Nik Lentz Vs. Levan Makashvili was cancelled just 24-hours prior to fight night as Lentz was too ill to compete (flu). To account for this, the opening bout was pushed forward thirty minutes — leading to Moontasri-Pfister being on the Fox Sports 1-televised prelims, instead of UFC Fight Pass.