Valmir Lazaro, a former Shooto competitor and full-fledged striker, made his UFC debut against James Krause, a veteran one wouldn’t expect him to overlook.
Krause, 28, a submission artist, came in ready to test the Brazilian.
He wouldn’t get his chance early.
In round one, Lazaro’s crisp punches would dictate the fight. He wouldn’t be taken down in that one, or the second, and that meant Lazaro was having his way against the American fighter.
Krause did eventually hold his ground on the feet, and likely win the third round with some well-placed kicks and punches.
One judge found another for him, and awarded it to Krause 29-28. Two overruled him at 29-28 Lazaro.
Valmir Lazaro gets his first UFC win behind a stellar striking display.