Jared Rosholt utilized his impressive wrestling skills to record the biggest victory of his UFC career at Fight Night 43 in New Zealand. He manhandled dangerous Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei en route to a unanimous decision victory in their co-main event clash in Auckland. The victory was Rosholt’s seventh straight triumph and snapped Palelei’s impressive 11-fight win streak.
The 27-year old showed early in round one why he was a three-time former NCAA All-American wrestler as he was able to ward off a takedown attempt by Palelei. “The Hulk” had showcased a devastating ground-and-pound game in recording three consecutive Octagon finishes, but was never able to get untracked against Rosholt.
Palelei’s best moment of the contest came in the final 10 seconds of the opening frame when he was able to gain top position and deliver some effective ground-and-pound punches. Other than that brief flurry it was all Rosholt, as he dominated Palelei to earn his third straight UFC victory.
Rosholt utilized the clinch game and takedowns to deliver effective knees, elbows and ground-and-pound to overwhelm his opponent throughout the 15-minute affair. He landed a pair of solid uppercuts on Palelei in the middle frame to get him to the canvas and dominate from top position. It was a familiar theme for much of the bout.
”The Big Show” cemented the victory in the final round by securing an early takedown as a desperate Palelei was trying to land a big punch in the stand-up game. Rosholt rode out the rest of the battle from dominant position against his exhausted opponent. He landed effective punches that left Palelei with major swelling on the right side of his face.
All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in Rosholt’s favour as he improved to 11-1. His wrestling pedigree and strength make him a formidable challenge and his stock is definitely on the rise. Palelei saw his positive momentum derailed and suffered his first loss since 2010.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports