X-1 middleweight champion Falaniko Vitale submitted Kala Hose on Saturday night in Honolulu to retain his championship, Sherdog.com reports.
The end came at 2:26 of round four.
The 36-year old Vitale dominated the first frame, as he secured an early takedown, quickly moved to mount and methodically dished out punishment in the form of right and left hands. However, Hose, a former Icon Sport middleweight champ, rallied in the second and third rounds. The Waianae fighter, known for his heavy hands, pushed the pace and dealt damage along the fence, but Vitale was never out of the fight.
"I knew I was losing the second and third rounds, so I had to try to take him down, which I eventually did," Vitale said. "I knew he wasn't going to give up, so I tried to do something to finish the fight."
After ducking under a wild punch from Hose and scoring a double-leg takedown, Vitale worked the same choke he used to submit "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 3 semi-finalist Kalib Starnes in March.
"I choke everybody with the Ezekiel, you know; I love that move," Vitale said. "I pretty much catch everybody in the gym, even top guys, too. I use that move with everybody, so, you know, I'm going to go with my bread and butter."