UFC 262 video: Christos Giagos puts Sean Soriano to sleep, asks for Donald Cerrone retirement fight

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLCChristos Giagos was in trouble on several occasions in the UFC 262 opener, taking heavy punches from a returning Sean Soriano at Toyota Center. But a brief opening provided a submission opportunity, and after the squeeze of a D’Arce choke, he secured the win in a 160-pound catchweight bout. Giagos was declared the winner at 3:59 of the second round after the referee tested Soriano’s arm and found no resistance. When Giagos let the choke go, Soriano’s head bounced on the canvas. Check out the finish below. PUT. HIM. OUT. @CGiagos just made a statement in RD 2! [ #UFC262 | Early prelims on @UFCFightPass & #ESPNPlus ] pic.twitter.com/zTqtOekcE9— UFC (@ufc) May 15, 2021 Afterward, Giagos called out Donald Cerrone for his next bout after taking Saturday’s fight on short notice. “I’d love nothing more than to fight [him in] his retirement fight,” Giagos said. Soriano returned to the octagon after a six-year stint on the regional circuit and availed himself well in early exchanges with Giagos, landing a leg kick and one-two combo to put his opponent on wobbly legs. Giagos tried to present a different look by switching stances, but it was his wrestling transitions that put him back in the game after early trouble. A scramble off a takedown attempt put Giagos in top position in the second round, and when Soriano tried to right himself, he was quickly caught in the choke. With his leg trapped, he couldn’t escape the hold and went unconscious. Giagos has now won two straight while Soriano sees a three-fight streak snapped.

UFC 262 video: Christos Giagos puts Sean Soriano to sleep, asks for Donald Cerrone retirement fight
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Christos Giagos was in trouble on several occasions in the UFC 262 opener, taking heavy punches from a returning Sean Soriano at Toyota Center. But a brief opening provided a submission opportunity, and after the squeeze of a D’Arce choke, he secured the win in a 160-pound catchweight bout.

Giagos was declared the winner at 3:59 of the second round after the referee tested Soriano’s arm and found no resistance. When Giagos let the choke go, Soriano’s head bounced on the canvas.

Check out the finish below.

Afterward, Giagos called out Donald Cerrone for his next bout after taking Saturday’s fight on short notice.

“I’d love nothing more than to fight [him in] his retirement fight,” Giagos said.

Soriano returned to the octagon after a six-year stint on the regional circuit and availed himself well in early exchanges with Giagos, landing a leg kick and one-two combo to put his opponent on wobbly legs. Giagos tried to present a different look by switching stances, but it was his wrestling transitions that put him back in the game after early trouble.

A scramble off a takedown attempt put Giagos in top position in the second round, and when Soriano tried to right himself, he was quickly caught in the choke. With his leg trapped, he couldn’t escape the hold and went unconscious.

Giagos has now won two straight while Soriano sees a three-fight streak snapped.

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Dana White declares if Jon Jones doesn’t want to fight, Stipe Miocic will get Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis winner

Dana White and Jon Jones | Esther Lin/MMAFighting.comJon Jones’ loss may become Stipe Miocic’s gain. With the former 205-pound champion remaining at odds with the UFC over his contract for a return to action at heavyweight, UFC president Dana White isn’t holding up the division with plans already in place for the next title fight as well as potentially a new No. 1 contender. “Jon Jones is under contract,” White said recently on “The Jake Asman Show.” “He has a contract. We have tried to work with him and see if there are things we can do to make him want to fight at heavyweight. But if he doesn’t want to fight at heavyweight, he doesn’t want to at the end of the day. What are you going to do? You can’t make the guy fight. “The reality is Derrick Lewis is really the No. 1 contender for the heavyweight championship right now. So it doesn’t matter if Jon Jones wants to fight or doesn’t want to fight.” While no date has been confirmed, new heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is already expected to clash with Lewis in a rematch with the title going up for grabs later this year. Ngannou fell to Lewis in their previous meeting — a largely forgettable three round affair back in 2018 — and now all signs are pointing towards them clashing again later this year. Lewis has won his past four fights in a row including a stunning knockout against Curtis Blaydes in his last outing and when combined with the past win over Ngannou, it’s easy to understand why he’s getting the next title shot. That said, Jones was originally expected to get the first crack at Ngannou after he became champion but the inability to come to terms with him on a deal for his heavyweight debut nixed that possibility. White then mentioned perhaps Jones could debut at heavyweight with a fight against Miocic instead but the former light heavyweight champion shot down that idea as well. In the end, it looks like Miocic might become the biggest beneficiary with the opportunity to reclaim the heavyweight title while Jones remains sidelined for an undetermined amount of time. “Jon Jones made it very clear that he has no interest in fighting Stipe, so it doesn’t really matter,” White said. “What you do is you do the fight with Derrick Lewis and Francis and then Stipe gets the winner.”

Dana White declares if Jon Jones doesn’t want to fight, Stipe Miocic will get Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis winner
Dana White and Jon Jones | Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com

Jon Jones’ loss may become Stipe Miocic’s gain.

With the former 205-pound champion remaining at odds with the UFC over his contract for a return to action at heavyweight, UFC president Dana White isn’t holding up the division with plans already in place for the next title fight as well as potentially a new No. 1 contender.

“Jon Jones is under contract,” White said recently on “The Jake Asman Show.” “He has a contract. We have tried to work with him and see if there are things we can do to make him want to fight at heavyweight. But if he doesn’t want to fight at heavyweight, he doesn’t want to at the end of the day. What are you going to do? You can’t make the guy fight.

“The reality is Derrick Lewis is really the No. 1 contender for the heavyweight championship right now. So it doesn’t matter if Jon Jones wants to fight or doesn’t want to fight.”

While no date has been confirmed, new heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is already expected to clash with Lewis in a rematch with the title going up for grabs later this year.

Ngannou fell to Lewis in their previous meeting — a largely forgettable three round affair back in 2018 — and now all signs are pointing towards them clashing again later this year.

Lewis has won his past four fights in a row including a stunning knockout against Curtis Blaydes in his last outing and when combined with the past win over Ngannou, it’s easy to understand why he’s getting the next title shot.

That said, Jones was originally expected to get the first crack at Ngannou after he became champion but the inability to come to terms with him on a deal for his heavyweight debut nixed that possibility.

White then mentioned perhaps Jones could debut at heavyweight with a fight against Miocic instead but the former light heavyweight champion shot down that idea as well.

In the end, it looks like Miocic might become the biggest beneficiary with the opportunity to reclaim the heavyweight title while Jones remains sidelined for an undetermined amount of time.

“Jon Jones made it very clear that he has no interest in fighting Stipe, so it doesn’t really matter,” White said. “What you do is you do the fight with Derrick Lewis and Francis and then Stipe gets the winner.”

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