Joe Solecki entered the octagon on Saturday as the biggest favorite on the card, and he delivered a performance that matched that. He dominated Carl Deaton III from start-to-finish before putting his opponent to sleep with a nasty rear naked choke at UFC Vegas 70.
Deaton and Solecki met in round two of the UFC APEX Event. Solecki nearly took Deaton on his back and got him to submission in the first round. But Deaton kept his cool and withheld the blow. The wide grappling margin for Solecki continued to show in the second and eventually led to the fight-ending submission with just five seconds left in the round.
Check out the video of Solecki’s submission finish below.
Joe Solecki locks up the second-round submission #UFCVegas70
(via @espnmma) pic.twitter.com/OWiypBXaYB
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) February 25, 2023
Solecki originally was scheduled to face Benoit Saint Denis at UFC Vegas 69 a week prior before Saint Denis was forced out of the bout with an ankle injury. The victory improved Solecki’s UFC record to 5-1, with three of those wins coming via submission.
Deaton was signed to be a quick notice opponent and has ended his winning streak of two fights.