There was a packed home inside the Final Fighter Health club on Tuesday night time in Las Vegas for the inaugural episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contenders Collection and everybody in attendance and people watching reside on UFC FIGHT PASS have been handled to a quick-paced, entertaining night time of motion contained in the Octagon.
Right here’s a take a look at what went down on Week 1 of this summer time’s hottest new struggle collection.
Holobaugh took full benefit of his alternative to return to the Octagon, popping out of the gate throwing smoke, stinging Bessette early within the opening spherical and by no means letting off the fuel till a pointy proper hook put him down on the canvas for good.
The Louisiana native, who made a single look underneath the Strikeforce banner and one earlier journey into the UFC cage earlier in his profession, pressed ahead, firing off mixtures from the leap, backing Bessette towards the cage and forcing him to cowl up. Although he took a pair huge counters, Holobaugh refused to take a backwards step and continued bombing away.
Simply after the halfway level of the primary, Holobaugh pressed ahead once more and this time, he discovered a house for a nasty proper hook that despatched Bessette crashing to the ground, giving Holobaugh his fourth straight stoppage victory and punched his ticket again to the UFC.
Official Determination: Kurt Holobaugh by Knockout at 2:fifty nine of Spherical 1
These East Coast heavyweight rivals had been scheduled to satisfy up to now, nevertheless it by no means got here to fruition till Tuesday night time in Las Vegas, and whereas issues began slowly, enterprise picked up and got here to an in depth within the second.
Figuring out one another and the facility they carry made each Rebello and Anyanwu somewhat tentative within the first, however they each began opening up slightly extra within the second, with Rebello coming ahead, connecting with a collection of lead lefts early within the spherical. However halfway by way of the body, Anyanwu noticed the straight coming and countered, crashing residence a stiff proper hand that put Rebello on the canvas and kicked off the ending sequence.
Following the official announcement, Anyanwu appeared in the direction of White, shouting, “Holler at me” to the UFC President. Having now registered a pair of spectacular knockout finishes with White in attendance and pushing his profitable streak to 5, Anyanwu did make an impression.
Official Outcome: Zu Anyanwu by Knockout at three:04 of Spherical 2
The center bout of Tuesday’s card was a distinction in types, pitting the frenetic, excessive output strategy of Turcios towards Salmon’s affected person, highly effective boxing.
Turcios, who fights out of Group Alpha Male, appeared to dictate the tempo early and drown Salmon with quantity, however the Hawaiian bantamweight was unfazed, protecting management of the middle of the cage, urgent ahead and connecting with the extra highly effective blows all through the opening body.
Whereas the tempo slowed slightly within the second, the dynamic didn’t, as Turcios continued urgent ahead, slinging single photographs and throwing quite a few kicks, discovering extra success than he did within the first, however by no means placing Salmon on the defensive. Undeterred by his opponent’s choices, “Growth Growth” continued to bang residence heavy strikes, timing Turcios’ dips and stinging him to the physique with extra frequency because the second 5 minutes ticked down.
Sensing he may need been down two rounds on the cardboard, Turcios got here out scorching to start out the third spherical, backing Salmon up and having fun with his longest stretches of sustained offense of the complete battle, however there was no stopping the Waianae native from countering with pressure and discovering a house for his clear, sharp strikes.
When the ultimate horn sounded, Dana White and a number of other others in attendance rose to their ft saluting the bantamweights for his or her wildly entertaining battle. In the long run, Salmon acquired the nod, sweeping the scorecards to maneuver to six-1 and incomes a spot on the UFC roster.
Official Outcome: Boston Salmon by Unanimous Choice
Though he makes use of the “Child Dynamite” nickname bestowed upon Mike Tyson by Sports activities Illustrated a number of years in the past, it was Byrd’s floor recreation that allowed him to select up a powerful victory over Pickett on Tuesday night contained in the TUF Health club.
The pair engaged in a tactical tug of warfare by means of the opening 4 minutes, with Byrd opening up with a collection of stinging leg kicks that prompted Pickett to seek for a takedown. Over the subsequent jiffy, it was a give and take between the middleweight hopefuls, as each assault was met with the right counter as the 2 continued looking for strategy to discover a bonus.
That opening got here for Byrd late within the spherical, as he landed in prime place out of an explosive scramble, setting in an arm-triangle choke, transitioning to the right aspect and tightening his squeeze as the ten-second clackers sounded. Whereas Pickett tried to carry on to the top of the spherical, Byrd clamped down much more, with referee John McCarthy leaping in 5 seconds earlier than the top of the spherical.
With the victory, the Saekson Janjira product improves his report to eight-four, whereas the North Carolina native Pickett falls to six-three with the loss.
Official End result: Charles Byrd by Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at four:fifty five of Spherical 1
The flyweights set the tone for the night – and probably the collection as an entire – within the opener, partaking in an all-motion, again-and-forth battle that went proper right down to the wire.
Sanchez seemed to regulate the hanging within the opening body, coming ahead behind mixtures, nevertheless it was Vazquez who ended up getting the higher of issues, dropping the Staff Jackson-Wink fighter with a two-piece counter off the cage late within the spherical. When a surprised Sanchez gave up his again, Vazquez pounced, locking in a physique triangle as he set about looking for a choke that by no means materialized.
Within the second, Sanchez turned to his grappling, dragging Vazquez’ legs out from underneath him early within the spherical, floating to robust positions each time the previous Legacy FC standout seemed to flee. The place Vazquez was unable to actually capitalize on his time on Sanchez’ again, the three-time UFC veteran from Albuquerque didn’t make the identical mistake, peppering Vazquez with strikes all through the second.
Even heading into the third, it was anyone’s battle with three minutes left and though Vazquez initiated the clinch, Sanchez was the one to capitalize, scrambling into prime place and duplicating the work he put in all through the second spherical via to the ultimate horn.
When the nines and tens have been tallied, they added as much as a victory for Sanchez, who pushes his profitable streak to 3 whereas probably taking one step nearer to creating his return to the Octagon.
Official Outcome: Joby Sanchez by Unanimous Determination