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Kron Gracie uses jiu-jitsu for a quick finish at UFC Phoenix

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Kron attacks Caceres’s neck. Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Sunday night was one of big thrills at UFC Phoenix, held in Arizona. As well as the main event featuring Francis Ngannou and Cain Velasquez, which Ngannou won, another highly anticipated bout took place.

Kron Gracie, son of Rickson Gracie, arrived in the UFC’s featherweight division with a record of four wins by submission and the responsibility of representing the storied family. His opponent, Alex Caceres, known for his unorthodox moves, could turn out to be a problem for Kron at the mid-to-long distance, but the Brazilian’s jiu-jitsu soon went into action.

Right in the first few minutes, just like in his previous showings, Kron followed the Gracie strategy of shortening the distance. Avoiding Caceres’s strikes, Kron placed himself behind his opponent, with a hook crossing Caceres’s thigh and ending on the opposite knee. After taking the fight to the ground, Kron spun to place the second hook, and to wrap up, a finely adjusted rear naked choke did the trick.

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