Pat Sabatini defeated Tucker Lutz last weekend at UFC Vegas 43 via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2). Sabatini improved his record to 16-3-0 and is now 3-0 in the UFC, currently riding a 5-fight win streak.
The story of the fight, in a nutshell, was Sabatini engaging in the clinch, finding ways to off-balance Lutz and go for the takedown. A lot of the fight occurred along the cage with the Philadelphia native preventing his opponent from establishing his balance whilst looking for the takedown. Daniel Cormier, who was part of the broadcast trio that night, described it wonderfully when he said Sabatini was giving Lutz “too much information to process” by attacking his base. This allowed Sabatini to keep Lutz fighting takedowns and trying to get off the ground throughout the majority of the competition.
When on the ground, Sabatini immediately looked to secure a body triangle and hunt for the rear-naked choke. Props to Lutz’s submission defense as there were many moments that looked close to being the end. He was able to prevent the finish but Sabatini’s skills were too advanced for him to do much else.
What’s Next for Sabatini?
After another great showing, fans were calling for Pat Sabatini to receive a step up in competition. Names such as Bryce Mitchell and Alex Caceres popped up more than a few times on social media. However, the UFC has announced that they have booked Mitchell against #10 ranked featherweight & former top 5 lightweight contender Edson Barboza. And with Bruce Leeroy finally breaking into the top 15, it would be hard to imagine that he wouldn’t be looking up in the division.
Alternatively, a fight that seems more realistic would be one against Billy Quarantillo. Even after losing to Shane Burgos in a competitive clash on the main card at UFC 268, there’s no doubt that Quarantillo’s stock rose. A step up in competition and a great opportunity for Sabatini to showcase his talents in front of a larger portion of the fanbase.
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