Mitch Gagnon has the second-longest win streak in the UFC’s bantamweight division among active fighters.
Gagnon pushed that mark to four in a row when he submitted Roman Salazar Saturday night to open the UFC Fight Night 54 main card. Salazar was a late-minute replacement and had trouble figuring out the experienced Canadian.
“I just wanted to put the pressure on and make him pay for his mistakes,” Gagnon said. “(Opponents changing) is the fight game, it happens, injuries happen. You have to adapt.”
For Gagnon (12-2), the win marked his 11th via submission, including three inside the Octagon. His only loss since joining the UFC came in 2012 to Bryan Caraway. He also submitted Dustin Kimura and Walel Watson in the first round.
Salazar replaced Rob Font, who originally replaced Aljamain Sterling.
“Give it up for Roman Salazar, taking this fight on five days notice,” Gagnon said.
One of Gagnon’s scheduled opponents posted on Twitter he is willing to sign back on the dotted line after the bout.
I was really hoping he'd call me out, damn! That wudve been cool. Get our papers so that you can fight outside of Canada. No cards coming up
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMasterAljO) October 5, 2014