Albuquerque-based MMA fighters went 1-for-2 Saturday on the sport’s big stage — 2-for-3, if one includes former Albuquerque-based fighters.
Jordan Espinosa, a product of the storied West Mesa wrestling program who trains at Luttrell-Yee, fell victim to an Alex Perez triangle choke in losing by first-round technical submission — so labeled because Espinosa lost consciousness and did not actually tap out — on a UFC card in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Espinosa is now 14-7, and has lost two in a row. Perez is 23-5.
“I now know what it’s like to go unconscious during a fight,” Espinosa posted on Facebook. “… These last two fights have been rough, but I’ll be back. There’s a lot worse things on this earth than losing a fight.”
In Inglewood, California, featherweight Aaron Pico (5-3) snapped a two-fight losing streak with a second-round knockout of Daniel Carey (7-4).
Pico, a California native, trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink.