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Matt Wiman Hands Paul Sass His First Career Loss

Matt Wiman got Paul Sass’ arm and didn’t let go, handing the Brit his first career loss Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic. Wiman improved to 5-1 in his last six with the victory.

Wiman took nearly a year off after a win over Mac Danzig via decision, and felt the time spent away from competition was well worth it. He locked Sass up with an armbar after the two engaged in a lengthy mat contest.

“I don’t know why, but I was more nervous (than I’ve been),” Wiman said. “I have a lot of respect for (Sass). He’s never lost and you have to take defeat from (someone who is undefeated), you have to break him. I feel so humble right now.”

Wiman has now earned five submission victories in his career, including two in the UFC. He is 15-6 in his career.

“I feel lucky and blessed to be on the winning side,” Wiman said. “(The finish) is kind of a blur to me.”

Sass falls to 13-1 in his career, and 3-1 inside the Octagon.