Former UFC champ reacts to impressive UFC debut finishing in R1 with a Standing D’Arce

Former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling recently shared his thoughts on Fernando Padilla’s victory at UFC Vegas 89.

Padilla is a UFC competitor from Mexico. He recently faced off against UFC newcomer Luis Pajuelo in a featherweight bout. The match kicked off the main card at the promotion’s Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada.

The encounter between Padilla and Pajuelo was brief but impactful. Padilla wasted no time in spoiling Pajuelo’s debut, securing a swift victory via D’Arce choke in the first round.


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Sterling didn’t hesitate to express his admiration for Padilla’s performance. Taking to social media, Sterling lauded the submission.

He wrote: “That was a nasty sequence! #UFCVegas89”

At 27 years old, Padilla boasts a commendable MMA record of 16 wins and 5 losses. He started his professional MMA career in April 2015 and swiftly amassed a record of 14 wins and 4 losses. Along the way, he faced notable opponents such as Spike Calyle, Darrick Minner, and Dan Ige.

Padilla’s entry into the UFC occurred in April of the previous year. He showcased his skills in a featherweight bout against Julian Erosa at UFC Vegas 72. Impressively, Padilla secured a first-round knockout victory in his promotional debut.

Despite encountering a setback in his second UFC bout against Kyle Nelson at Noche UFC in September 2023, Padilla demonstrated resilience. His recent win over Pajuelo at UFC Vegas 89 serves as a testament to his determination and skill, marking a notable rebound from his previous defeat.

Currently, Aljamain Sterling is competing in professional grappling events. He has been doing well in grappling and has won numerous matches.

He recently accused the UFC of artificially inflating Chito Vera’s ranking to make Sean O’Malley’s recent win at UFC 299 look better than it was.

In MMA, Sterling’s last match was against Sean O’Malley who ended up defeating Sterling to win the UFC bantamweight title. Only time will tell what’s there in store for the former bantamweight champion next.