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Eric Spicely shocked the Brazilian crowd after he easily submitted heavy favorite, Thiago Santos with a rear naked choke at 2:58 of the first round.

Spicely stuck to Santos like glue early, using superior jiu-jitsu to overwhelm Santos, who looked flat throughout the fight.

Santos, ranked No. 15 in the world, was never able to unload with his big ammunition. Spicely took him down early and attempted a gogoplata and arm bar, before taking his back, wrapping him up with a body lock and tapping him out with the rear-naked choke.

Spicely was overwhelmed with the victory, laying in the middle of the Octagon after the win, taking it all in.

"This is a dream come true," Spicely said after the fight. "My goal has been to come to the UFC...It means the world to me to come here. Huge underdog. He is ranked 15th in the world, terrifying striker."


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