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It didn’t take long for Mike Malott to earn the attention of UFC president Dana White, as he quickly submitted Shimon Smotritsky to cap off a wild Week 6.
Mike Malott needed just 39 seconds to finish Shimon Smotritsky to wrap up a wild Week 6 of Dana White’s Contender Series. The finish was the second-fastest submission in the show’s history.
Malott quickly showcased his impressive grappling skills, faking a combination on the feet to secure the takedown and put Smotritsky into early trouble. After nearly securing a guillotine choke for the win, he was able to transition quickly into a rear-naked choke to force Smotritsky to tap in the first round.
Malott would earn the praise of UFC president Dana White at the end of the night, and a UFC contract to go along with it.
Malott had been mostly known for his impressive kickboxing, with a torrid pace on the feet that has overwhelmed his opponents. But, it was the grappling that ended up being in the difference in his win over Smotritsky.
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Malott fights out of Team Alpha Male which has produced some of the best talents in UFC history; including Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber. Before earning a shot on DWCS, Malott had a 6-1 record with brief stints in Bellator, Cage Fury, and XFFC.
UFC fans might want to keep an eye on Malott, as he could be a potential dark horse in the UFC welterweight division for years to come.