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Staff sgt. choked out early in UFC defeat

Jun. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
MMA: UFC Fight Night 43-Smith vs Ferreira
Staff Sgt. Colton Smith reacts after losing via first-round submission to Carlos Diego Ferreira on Saturday night in their UFC fight in San Antonio. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)
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Carlos Diego Ferreira earned a 'performance of the night' bonus, pocketing an extra $50,000 for destroying Staff Sgt. Colton Smith in the Octagon. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Staff Sgt. Colton Smith has a sizable cheering section, the benefit of a full-length fight camp and the pressing need to snap a losing streak entering his Saturday UFC bout with Carlos Diego Ferreira in San Antonio.

What he didn’t have was an answer for Ferreira’s first takedown attempt. It was the only one the unbeaten Brazilian needed.

Smith pressed Ferreira against the cage and tried to land a few knees early in the fight, but Ferreira scored a quick takedown via judo throw, slid around to Smith’s back, landed a few punches, then sunk in a choke. Smith tapped out 38 seconds into the fight, giving Ferreira the win in his UFC debut (10-0, 1-0 UFC) and sending Smith and a cheering section of soldiers back to Fort Hood, Texas, where the promotable staff sergeant serves as senior combatives instructor.

It was such a dominating win that Ferreira earned a “performance of the night” bonus, pocketing an extra $50,000.

“Had an amazing first training camp, felt better than ever,” Smith said on Twitter shortly after the fight. “No excuses, it was his night. Thanks to everyone!”

The loss was Smith’s third straight in the 155-pound weight class. He has not won a fight since a Dec. 15, 2012, win by decision over Mike Ricci that earned Smith the title of “The Ultimate Fighter” for the 16th season of the promotion’s reality television show. Smith hasn’t gone the distance since, and his losses have gotten progressively faster.

“Before training camp, I knew my next fight, you have to win it,” Smith (3-4, 1-3 UFC) said before Saturday’s fight. “You have to stay above the curve to stay in the UFC. I understand that.”

Editor’s note: Video is in Spanish. English version unavailable.

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