UFC Vegas 56: Benoit Saint Denis earns his first UFC win in impressive fashion in Khabib’s style against Niklas Stolze (Video inside)

UFC Vegas 56 Benoit Saint Denis earns his first UFC win in impressive fashion in Khabib's style against Niklas Stolze (Video inside)

Las Vegas, NV — European MMA was well represented when UFC lightweights and Niklas Stolze and Benoit Saint-Denis met in the octagon at UFC Vegas 56 on Saturday.

Germany’s Stolze was riding a two-fight losing streak and acknowledged in an interview with Cageside Press that he knew he was fighting for his job at UFC Vegas 56. With an 0-2 record in the UFC fighters know that a losing streak is grounds for concern for both them and the promotion.

Saint-Denis, from France, made his promotional debut in a loss at UFC 267 having come into the promotion undefeated. He was looking to bounce back Saturday, and potentially earn a spot on the Paris card in September.

Early on, Saint-Denis ate a well-timed knee while changing levels for a takedown. But the French fighter pushed through, getting Stolze to the ground. Stolze had his back to the fence and tried to wall-walk up, but Saint-Denis pulled his legs out from under him, and fired a shoulder strike and some knees to the thigh.

The ref would then halt the action to check on a cut on Saint-Denis, but the doc let them continue, and the French fighter was back in control on the ground. He took the back, got a body lock in place, and sunk in a rear-naked choke — but Stolze was saved by the bell.

Early in the second, Saint-Denis went back after the takedown, but Stolze defended with a very tight standing guillotine. Saint-Denis gutted it out, and once free, was able to convert the takedown. From there, he transitioned to the back, methodically working his way around and sinking in a rear-naked choke. A moment later, Stolze tapped!

Official Result UFC Vegas 56: Benoit Saint-Denis def. Niklas Stolze by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 1:32

Benoit Saint Denis wants in at UFC London on July 23rd!

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