On 6 December, McLaren secured a first-round submission win over the number-one pound-for-pound Indian martial artist Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat in a flyweight mixed martial arts contest in Malaysia.
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Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, December 6, 2019
“Lightning” struck quickly in round one. As soon as the bell rang, he closed the distance and after some initial clinching took his opponent to the canvas.
From there, McLaren went to work using his bread and butter – his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – as he applied crushing top pressure from the half-guard position and drove his left shoulder into Mangat’s chin.
The Indian star was left trapped and unable to respond as the Australian dominated on the ground. McLaren then moved to side control and threatened to lock up the crucifix position, but the Mangat was wise to the threat and moved his right arm out of harm’s way.
But McLaren remained relentless. He swiftly changed the focus of his attack as he moved into full mount, where he proceeded to unload punches and elbows to the head of his trapped opponent.
The only defense “Saint Lion” could offer against the striking onslaught was to roll himself away from the punches. But that opened up the opportunity the 28-year-old XFC and Eternal MMA Champion was looking for as he moved to Mangat’s back and immediately locked up a rear-naked choke.
McLaren then applied the squeeze to force the tap at the 4:35 mark of the opening round to bring his mixed martial arts record to 13-7 and finish 2019 on a high.