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WEC 48: Shane Roller rolls over Njokuani

Shane Roller, bottom, beat Anthony Njokuani by rear

Shane Roller, bottom, beat Anthony Njokuani by rear naked choke in the first round of their lightweight bout at WEC 48 in Sacramento. (April 24, 2010) Photo Credit: WEC Photo

Anthony Njokuani won knockout of the night in his last three fights. So how would Shane Roller factor Njokuani's striking skills into his gameplan for their lightweight bout at WEC 48 in Sacramento?

The answer is simple. Take him down.

Within seconds of the fight starting, Roller attacked Njokuani and put him in the clinch. The takedown followed seconds later. He controlled the bout the entire rest of the way, earning the submission victory by rear naked choke 3:07 into the bout.

"It's fun when you get into training camp and train something the whole time, and then you get out here and execute, it feels good," saild Roller (8-2), a three-time All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State.

Once Roller got Njokuani on the ground, he worked his grappling game and attempted several submissions before locking in the final chokehold.

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