TORONTO – Mitch Gagnon and Dustin Kimura stood and traded with each other, but when Gagnon wanted to go to the ground, he did so with authority.

The Canadian latched onto Kimura’s neck in the first round, then jumped guard with a tight guillotine that choked the Hawaiian unconscious.

The bantamweight bout was part of today’s UFC 165 event at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following additional prelims on Facebook and ahead of the main card on pay-per-view.

Kimura and Gagnon showed no fear of standing and banging early, and a couple Gagnon shots got through and bloodied the Hawaiian’s nose. But Kimura then got inside and landed some big shots to the body and head as Gagnon covered up.

Midway through the round, a big left hand to the body had Gagnon bent over grabbing for his midsection – but he used that to take Kimura down. He defended a heel hook there, then got on top briefly before Kimura got back to his feet.

The two traded more to the body, but Gagnon dove, latched onto Kimura’s neck and jumped guard with a guillotine choke. He got it, and though it appeared Kimura was trying to pop his head out, referee Yves Lavigne stepped in with Kimura already unconscious at the 4:05 mark of the first.

“I was working on a few options with Dustin,” Gagnon said. “I was waiting for the tap, but it never came and he stopped moving, then I got pulled off. It’s the perfect way to come back. I felt even more relaxed in this fight. I feel like things are coming together and getting better and better.”

“It was a good fight, back and forth from start to finish,” Kimura said. “It was exactly how I thought it was going to be. I just made a mistake and he jumped on it and took me down. I wasn’t going to tap, it was kind of tight and I just went to sleep.”

Gagnon (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) won for the second straight time, and second straight time in Toronto, after dropping his UFC debut against Bryan Caraway in July 2012. Kimura (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) lost for the first time in his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 165 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 165, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on-site in Toronto.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Photos: 25 best images from UFC 205's news conference in NYC with McGregor, Alvarez first meeting

  • 27 days ago

UFC 205 is going to be one mother of a pay-per-view. Check out 25 photos from the news conference inside. Filed under: News, Photo Gallery, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 206: Valerie Letourneau Welcomes Newcomer Poliana Botelho

  • 27 days ago

UFC 206 from Toronto has its first fight, as former strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau will fight Brazilian prospect Poliana Botelho.The first addition to UFC 206 looks to be Valerie Let read news >>

UFC Fight Night 96 weigh-in photos: Lineker, others miss weight in Portland

  • 25 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. – MMAjunkie was on scene for today’s ceremonial fighter weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 96. Check out our photo gallery of the festivities.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Fight Night 96 results: Huge underdog Brandon Moreno chokes out Louis Smolka in first

  • 24 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. – Brandon Moreno made his UFC debut against an opponent who was a 5-1 favorite in Louis Smolka. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Brandon Morena Chokes Out Louis Smolka (UFC Portland Fight Highlights) |

  • 24 days ago

Watch UFC newcomer Brandon Moreno's quick submission win over No. 9-ranked Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night in Portland, Oregon. read news >>

UFC Portland Quick Results: Dodson and Lineker Shine in Main Event | FIGHTLAND

  • 24 days ago

Photos by Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports? Bantamweight Bout for the Ages John Lineker and John Dodson underlined why everyone is so excited about the bantamweight division with their epic main event s read news >>

Photos: The 25 best images from UFC Fight Night 96, with gravity-defying feats

  • 23 days ago

We’ve had a couple days to wrap our heads around what went down Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, Ore. Now you can take a look back at Saturday’s card through the lens of USA TODAY Sp read news >>

Light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier headlines UFC 206 in Toronto vs. Anthony Johnson

  • 20 days ago

The UFC’s return to Toronto in December has its headliner – and it’s a highly anticipated title fight rematch.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2 set for UFC 206 in Toronto

  • 20 days ago

Cormier meets Johnson in a rematch from their first fight in 2015. read news >>

Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov slated for UFC 206 in Toronto

  • 19 days ago

After a 3-0 start in the UFC, Misha Cirkunov is getting a step up in competition.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>