His opponent, Jay Bogan, was known as a talented wrestler, in addition to being good at jiu-jitsu. On the other hand, Baghdasaryan entered the fight with a professional 9-2 record in kickboxing, the area he felt most comfortable in.
The 29-year-old was submitted by Bogan via the armband at 1:26 of the first round.
After the fight, he took a five-year hiatus from the sport. Now he has a greater love for all aspects of MMA.
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“I didn’t know anything about wrestling or jiu-jitsu,” Baghdasaryan told UFC.com. “I kickboxed when I was a kid; all my life I have been doing this. Striking is mine, but at that time I hated wrestling and jiu-jitsu because I couldn’t do it. If you are a good fighter, you can do something that bothers you. But now I like wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
Baghdasaryan made his UFC debut in July and to say it was an impressive performance would be an understatement. The second round lead victory over Collin Anglin left Baghdasaryan with his first UFC win, as well as his first Performance of the Night bonus.
When Baghdasaryan left the Octagon, he thought his performance was just “correct”. But hearing what everyone else was saying and winning the bonus confirmed that he had made a great start in the UFC.
“Everything went as I expected and it just happened,” Baghdasaryan said. “That left kick always happens, that’s why it’s good for me.”