Eric "Red" Schafer Secures First Round Submission Over Chris Albandia at XFO 41
Watch out middleweight talent pool, Eric Schafer is ready to make some waves.
The UFC veteran successfully returned to the cage at "XFO 41: Outdoor War 7" in Island Lake, Illinois on Saturday night submitting Chris Albandia via triangle choke in under two minutes.
Competing for the first time since March of last year, "Red" made his debut at 185-pounds in an effort to make one final journey towards the UFC. It couldn't have started off any better.
MMA Recap described the action.
"Eric Schafer and Chris Albandia headlined the night of action. The fight marked the first fight for both fighters in fifteen months and the first fight for Schafer at middleweight. Albandia took the center of the cage and looked to keep Schafer on the outside with leg kicks. Schafer landed a right hand that seemed to hurt Albandia and followed it up with another combo that definitely rocked his opponent. Albandia then shot for a takedown and Schafer grabbed a guillotine. Albandia escaped and was patient working body punches. Schafer grabbed Albandia's arm and then threw it outside of his leg to set up the triangle choke. After a quick adjustment, the choke was in tight and Albandia was forced to tap."
With the victory Schafer improves his record to 12-5-2. Having told US Combat Sports that his cardio and physical abilities have never felt better, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt looks poised for another impressive run over the next few months, similar to a stretch back in 2008 that saw him cruise past William Hill and Ryan Antle.