Grant Dawson made sure to properly welcome Darrick Minner to the UFC Saturday night, scoring a submission victory in a battle of Nebraska natives.
Dawson, the more experienced UFC athlete, locked up the finish in the second round to remain unbeaten inside the Octagon.
Early on, Minner was going for one of his patented guillotine chokes, but Dawson was fully-prepared for the move despite the change in opponents. He was originally scheduled to meet Chas Skelly at the event in Norfolk, Virginia.
“I’ve been there a thousand times,” Dawson said of the submission attempt. I knew what to do.”
Dawson, who did miss weight for the bout at featherweight, improved to 3-0 in the UFC and 15-1 overall with 11 wins via submission.
Minner, a fellow former competitor on Dana White’s Contender Series like Dawson, is now 24-11 in his career.
Despite Dawson having some strong “fighting” words for Minner coming into the bout, he did speak highly of him after, even saying the UFC should give him another shot after taking the fight on short notice.