PFL 1 2022: Antonio Carlos Junior Shocks Delan Monte, Forces Early Tap

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Antonio Carlos Junior and Delan Monte, PFL 1 2022PFL1 astatine the Esports Stadium Arlington successful Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Cooper Neill / PFL)

Defending airy heavyweight champ Antonio Carlos Junior welcomed chap Brazilian combatant Delan Monte to the Professional Fighters League astatine PFL 1 successful Arlington, Texas connected Wednesday.

It turned retired to beryllium a rude welcome.

A erstwhile UFC standout and TUF Brazil winner, “Shoeface” had won 3 of his 4 fights nether the PFL banner successful 2021, with the lone objection being a No Contest owed to a crushed strike. Still, helium went each the way, finishing erstwhile it mattered, and claiming the cardinal dollars astatine the extremity of the tournament.

Junior recovered the decorativeness again connected Wednesday night, early. Monte went close aft Junior disconnected the opening, showing small respect for the defending champ. But a close manus by Antonio Carlos Junior rocked him! Junior went close into takedown mode, and alternatively than effort to unload crushed n’ pound, helium went hunting the cervix — and recovered it. He soon had a d’arce choke wrapped up, and Monte was near with nary prime but to tap.

28 Second D'Arce Choke for @caradesapatojr!

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Less than 30 seconds is each it took for Junior to unafraid the submission win, and assertion a cardinal six points towards the playoffs.

Official Result: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Delan Monte by submission (d’arce choke), Round 1, 0:29