Tatiana Suarez Makes Quick Work of Alexa Grasso in Co-Main Event at UFC Chile

Former 'Ultimate Fighter' winner Tatiana Suarez sent notice to the strawweight division as she made quick work of Alexa Grasso with a first round rear naked choke finish in Chile.

Tatiana Suarez sent notice to the entire strawweight division with her dominant win in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night in Chile.

The former “Ultimate Fighter” winner has long been seen as a top prospect coming from a wrestling background, which resulted in a lopsided run through the reality show.

Now Suarez has officially taken out her first top 10 opponent in Alexa Grasso and she did so with relative ease with a first round finish.

As soon as the fight got underway, Suarez gauged her distance and found an opening for her takedown before planting Grasso on the mat.

Once the former Olympic wrestling hopeful got the fight to the round, Grasso’s time to survive was limited as Suarez quickly transitioned to take the back before looking for the rear naked choke submission.

Suarez wasted no time sinking her forearm under the chin and from that moment on, it was only a matter of time before Grasso either tapped out or went to sleep. Ultimately, Grasso had no choice but to tap as the end came at 2:44 into the opening round.

“I knew it was sunken in pretty quickly,” Suarez said about her rear naked choke finish.

Suarez is now 6-0 in her career with three of those wins coming in the UFC.

The sky is the limit for this strawweight fighter now that she’s got her first win over a top 10 ranked opponent, she’s thirsty for more.

“I’ve said it time and time again, I’m not here to race to the top but I feel like I deserve a top 10 opponent,” Suarez said following the win. “I believe I’m the best strawweight in the world and I’m here to prove it.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.