The first fight of the night did not disappoint. Lavar Johnson took this fight on short notice and he paid for it. Johnson landed a couple early bombs, but Struve quickly pulled guard and took it to the ground. Almost instantaneously, he pulled off an armbar from guard.
Stefan Struve def. Lavar Johnson by Submission (Armbar) at 1:05 of Round 1
“It feels really good. One minute and five seconds is always a good time to win a fight. Everyone kept telling me I was going to get knocked out. I didn’t want to give him a chance to do what he does best. They way he was holding me I felt like I could get the armbar so I went for it.”
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I felt great and I knew i was in great shape. I really believed i had the upper hand coming into this fight. I was able to get inside and give him a great body shot and take him down. The submission felt really loose and I wasn’t worried about it. Then the pain started to come and I had to tap.