EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mike Massenzio (Paterson, N.J.) opened the preliminary card of UFC on Fox 3 at the IZOD Center essentially knowing another loss would place his UFC career on thin ice. Despite fighting gamely, Karlos Vemola’s power was too much to handle.
Making his debut at middleweight, Vemola took Massenzio’s back, fired unanswered punches and applied a rear-naked choke to secure the victory at 1:07 of the second round.
The "Master of Disaster" is 3-6 in his past nine fights, including matches in the IFL and an independent show last April.
"I fought well and felt like I was controlling it, but I could feel myself start gassing in the second," Massenzio said. "I felt fatigued and started losing position and he got me. I was happy to fight in front of my fans and just wish it hard turned out a little differently."
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