São Paulo, Brazil – He was nearly rendered unconscious early, but Chas Skelly toughed out Kevin Souza’s offense and scored a submission victory in Round 2.
UFC Fight Night 77 was held on November 7, 2015 at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.Kevin Souza vs. Chas Skelly took place on the preliminary portion of the card which aired on Fox Sports 1 in the United States and BT Sport in the UK.
The Brazilian had Skelly backing up as the things got started, but soon found himself on the mat with the wrestler after a quick takedown. Skelly transitioned from half guard and locked up a tight arm triangle, but couldn’t get the finish and ended up on his own back briefly before standing. That’s when things got rough for the American.
Souza landed a huge left hand that dropped Skelly to the mat. Skelly recovered and looked for another submission before standing back up, but Souza landed another hard shot right when Skelly tried a low kick right before the bell.
At the beginning of Round 2, Skelly still looked to be in trouble. Souza put him on his back again immediately and landed some sharp ground and pound that seemed to be on the verge of earning the Brazilian the TKO stoppage. Once again, however, Skelly survived and made it back to his feet. Skelly was looking tired, but managed to shoot for a double leg and ended up taking Souza back while standing. Souza couldnt’ keep it there, though, and soon found himself on the mat with his opponent working for a rear naked choke. Unfortunately for the game Souza, he couldn’t hold off Skelly’s attempt and was forced to tap not long after it appeared he was cruising to an impressive stoppage of his own.
With the comeback win, Chas Skelly is now 15-1 and in the midst of a 4-fight win streak. Adversely, Kevin Souza’s 10-fight streak was snapped in defeat as he goes to 15-4.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Adam Milstead & Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva