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Sass toes the line with a convincing win; MARTIAL ARTS.

Byline: Mixed Martial Arts by ANTONY JONES

LIVERPOOL''S Team Kaobon representative Paul Sass made his debut in the Bellator MMA promotion with a masterclass in ground fighting as he sent out a message to his critics.

Sass, who some feel was prematurely released from the UFC roster earlier this year, defeated Mexican Rod Montoya by way of toe-hold in the first round.

Sass stepped into the cage with an impressive record of 13-2 and after two back to back defeats, you could forgive him for feeling nervy.

He went up against the durable Montoya in his bid to get back to winning ways and from the off, it was clear nerves wouldn''t play a part as Sass dominated proceedings from the off.

Sass showed little resistance when Montoya caught a leg kick early on and took him to the canvas. A ground battle ensued between both men and from then on in, there was only going to be one outcome.

Sass, whose work rate is second to none, went for his trademark submission - the aptly named sassangle - but Montoya avoided the attempt, only to find himself back on the canvas moments later.

With only two minutes of the first round elapsed, Sass locked in an impressive one handed toe-hold forcing his opponent to tap out.

The Croxteth-born fighter now has a record of 14-2, 13 by submission and an incredible 12 in the first round.

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GRASPING: Paul Sass returned to winning ways with a toe-hold submission against his Mexican opponent.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2013
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