Robert Drysdale vs. Keith Berish
Let’s kick things off in the light heavyweight division, as Robert Drysdale meets Keith Berish.
Drysdale (6-0) is a multi-time champion in the grappling arena, while Berish (5-0) owns a win over TUF 19 semifinalist Patrick Walsh.
Round 1: Drysdale competing for the first time inside the Octagon, throws a leg kick, shoots for a double-leg takedown and scores. He moves to mount, switches to the back and has his hooks in. Drysdale cranking on the neck as he can’t get the arm under the chin and Berish is doing a nice job of working to escape. He gets to a knee and stands, now as Drysdale is on his back holding him up. Drysdale secures the choke and they fall to the canvas. This one is over and it appeared as if Berish’s knee might have buckled as he is being looked at by the doctor.
Robert Drysdale def. Keith Berish via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 1