Mathetha bites dust in UFC debut

Fitzgerald Munyoro

Zimbabwean born kickboxer Mike ”Blood Diamond” Mathetha’s fairytale debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) octagon was given a rude awakening after he lost by technical submission in the first round to the more experienced Jeremiah Wells.

The Zimbabwean failed to take advantage of a misstep by Wells in the early moments of the first round, who recovered quickly to assert his dominance with some tenacious mat wrestling.

It was clear the Blood Diamond who is predominantly a kickboxer was unfamiliar with the ground and pound style and could not mount a defense.

He was rendered unconscious and unable to continue after Wells skillfully locked in a rear naked choke hold on the Australian based Zimbabwean and the ref had to stop the match after just 40 seconds.

Speaking afterwards on his Instagram account, Mathetha expressed disappointment in his performance but promised to come back much stronger.

Meanwhile his compatriot from the city kick boxing stable, Israel ‘the last style bender“ Adesanya further cemented his status as one of the future legends of combat sport after successfully defending his middleweight championship against arch nemesis Robert Whittaker in a cagey contest.

With a fifth successful title defense, Adesanya inches closer to the all-time record set by his idol Anderson Silva who defended the middleweight championship ten times.