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Major occasion: Tony Ferguson def Kevin Lee
Tony Ferguson continues his spectacular profitable streak in a tough-fought submission win over Kevin Lee to stroll residence with the interim light-weight belt. Each fighters landed loads of blows on each other, however Ferguson’s punches typically visibly dazed Lee, and when the bout went to the bottom, Ferguson’s elbows wore Lee down, ultimately submitting him with a brutal triangle. Ferguson proceeded to name out Conor McGregor after the battle, urging him to defend or vacate his belt.
Co-primary: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg
It’s arduous to place into phrases what Demetrious Johnson did to finish his historic eleven th title protection, however I’ll attempt. Keep in mind when Michael Jordan modified arms in mid-air and completed in visitors with the off hand in probably the most iconic moments within the historical past of basketball? Properly, Johnson did his greatest MJ impression when he threw Ray Borg by means of the air with a again suplex and in mid air jumped into an armbar and submitted the challenger at three:15 of the fifth spherical. Johnson was dominating the battle, touchdown huge photographs from each place and irritating Borg, who was making an attempt and failing to wrestle the champ. After the win, Johnson defined that he was simply toying with Borg and was ready for his second to tug off the large end. What a win. What a champion.
Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris
Fabricio Werdum made fast work of Walt Harris, who accepted an opponent change simply hours earlier than UFC 216 when Derrick Lewis was pressured to tug out. Harris was initially scheduled to face Mark Godbeer, however as an alternative stepped as much as tackle Werdum, who is taken into account by some to be the most effective heavyweight to ever compete within the sport. Werdum landed a takedown early and the remaining was only a clinic. Werdum submitted Harris at 1:05 of the primary spherical with an armbar. After the struggle, Werdum referred to as out Stipe Miocic for a rematch for the title he misplaced towards the champion.
Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria
Mara Romero Borella made probably the most of her UFC debut Kalindra Faria with a close to-fast takdown of her opponent, some textbook floor and pound and a wonderfully executed rear bare choke to dispatch Faria at 2:fifty four in 1st Spherical.
Beneil Dariush vs Evan Dunham ends in majority draw
When a pointy elbow from Dariush despatched Dunham to the mat within the first spherical, Dariush took management of the remainder of the spherical, maintaining Dunham underneath a barrage of strikes till Dunham managed to get to his ft at spherical’s finish. Dariush continued his affected person strategy within the second, surviving an early takedown to proceed touchdown strikes on his ft. Spherical three noticed Dunham making up some floor early, touchdown a flurry of punches and knees, whereas Dariush managed to flee his takedown makes an attempt. The judges scored the primary spherical for Dariush (29-28) however scored the subsequent two evenly for each fighters (28-28, 28-28) for a majority draw, the second draw of the night.
THEY SAID IT:
Beneil Dariush : “I’m disenchanted. I actually felt I gained the struggle, nevertheless it’s my fault I assume. Within the first I used to be capable of get his timing and land my left hand. The second spherical, I felt like I managed it. I landed extra leg kicks, the third spherical, the identical factor. I felt like my jab was working. I did really feel like he held me towards the cage. He did take me down in one of many rounds, however he did nothing with it. I used to be capable of rise up and really feel completely high quality there. I’m somewhat bit confused. I couldn’t care much less about my spot within the division, I’m extra confused on the choice to be trustworthy. I’ll should go watch the battle.”
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Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy
Tom Duquesnoy persistently stepped ahead and threw jab after jab because the aggressor within the first spherical, however with an enormous takedown within the second spherical, the momentum stayed with Stamann for the remainder of the struggle, ending with a steep benefit in vital strikes, sixty nine-39. Stamann took a cut up choice, 29-28, 28-29, 30-27. Stamann halts the rising star of Duquesnoy, who took the UFC by storm in his debut. Stamann improves to sixteen-1 and a couple of-zero within the UFC.
THEY SAID IT:
Cody Stamann : “I’m the highest prospect at bantamweight. I’m the hardest man coming into this division and I feel everybody at one hundred thirty five-kilos wants to start out taking discover. I knew Tom was going to be a fantastic striker. His timing was actually bizarre; I used to be throwing a number of punches and he was simply inches away. These elbows and knees are viciously exhausting and far respect to him. I hope he has an extended and affluent profession submit preventing me. I don’t care who’s subsequent. I need a prime-15 man and there’s a Detroit card arising in two months. I don’t have a scratch on me.”
Lando Vannata vs Bobby Inexperienced ends in draw
Within the main contender for Battle of the Night time, “Groovy” Lando Vannata and Bobby Inexperienced lit up T-Cellular Area with an aerial present of flying fists and kicks in a single hell of a battle. If not for an unlawful knee to a grounded opponent within the first spherical that value Vannata some extent, he may need picked up the win. As an alternative the battle led to a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28). Inexperienced out-struck Vannata, 109-one hundred in complete strikes and a hundred and one-one hundred in vital strikes and each fighters have been a bloody mess after the bout. Lando landed a pair of takedowns and had a deep guillotine at one level.
THEY SAID IT:
Bobby Inexperienced : “It was wonderful. It was an ideal dance and we acquired our dance on. That’s what occurs, however you make the perfect of it. I feel I get nervous, the gang, the feelings. I simply have to settle in just a little bit, he needed to hit me with a couple of punches to wake me up slightly bit. I might like to do it once more, he’s an awesome dance companion. I really like guys who go in there to struggle and that’s what he did. He did what he needed to do and I did what I needed to do.”
Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez
Poliana Botelho turned away a persistent Pearl Gonzalez, who was tenaciously looking for a takedown all through their struggle to no avail. Botelho was capable of land extra strikes (154-88) and stuff 12 takedown makes an attempt to cruise to the unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) win on her debut. Botelho picks up the win in her debut.
THEY SAID IT:
Poliana Botelho : “I really feel like a champion. I really feel nice after getting my first UFC win and in the future I will probably be a UFC champion for positive. I had some private points in addition to accidents that result in my debut being delayed. I misplaced some relations and I have to dedicate this win to them and to God. I really feel I’ll transfer up within the division step-by-step and in the future I would be the UFC champion.”
Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran
Matt Schnell ended a two-struggle dropping streak and picked up his first UFC win with a unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) towards Marco Beltran. Schnell was out-landed by Beltran in complete strikes, forty five-38 however landed extra vital strikes to select up the win.
THEY SAID IT:
Matt Schnell: “It’s simply years and years of onerous work and persistence paying off. I’ve devoted myself to this and it feels good. I belong right here, I do know I do. I convey it each single time. I can by no means assure a victory, however I can assure most effort each single time and I’m going to go on the market and provides it my all. This division is broad open and I can beat anybody on this division. There are higher matchups for me on this division than this man was. There are guys which might be smaller than me and I can do every thing I would like if I put my thoughts to it. I’ll proceed to battle the great battle and I do know what I’m able to.”
John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov
In a shocking ending, veteran flyweight John Morago shocked T-Cellular Area with a primary-spherical knockout towards rising prospect Magomed Bibulatov. Moraga threw a sick combo that ended with a strong left hook that dropped Bibulatov. Moraga jumped on the teenager and landed an enormous proper hand and the referee jumped in to finish the battle. The loss was the primary within the profession of Bibulatov and Moraga now has gained two in a row after a 3-struggle skid.
THEY SAID IT:
John Moraga: “I’m nonetheless processing this win. The UFC Efficiency Institute is certainly serving to me. I don’t plan on altering up my routine. I really feel like I simply go into these fights feeling so a lot better. My physique is ready to recuperate from all of the grind of the camp whereas I’m on the Efficiency Institute. It’s been tough occasions in my life, so it’s good to get the win.”
Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites
Brad Tavares dominated this one from begin to end, stuffing seven desperation takedown makes an attempt from Thales Leites and out-hanging the Brazilian, eighty-50, en path to the runaway unanimous choice win, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26. Tavares turned in maybe his greatest efficiency up to now in his UFC profession, utilizing his velocity and energy to only take Leites aside. By the top of the battle Leites was bloodied up dangerous close to his proper eye and Tavares simply continued to convey the ache. Tavares has now gained three in a row.
THEY SAID IT:
Brad Tavares: “Final weekend was so bizarre after which on Wednesday I used to be down close to the world that (the tragedy) occurred to get my girlfriend’s truck. It was a very bizarre feeling and it feels so good to offer the remainder of these Vegas residents a bit of little bit of one thing higher to consider and I hope I did that with my struggle. I feel so many Hawaiians are doing so a lot better, so individuals are noticing it extra. Once we do higher, the individuals round us do higher. You see Max’s success, Yancy (Medeiros), Louis (Smolka), Russell (Doane) all of those guys from Hawaii are doing so good they usually’re getting higher. It opens doorways and that’s what it boils right down to. Hopefully beating the No. thirteen man places me at the very least at No. thirteen. The highest of this division is basically clogged up. (Michael) Bisping is preventing GSP and Whittaker is harm, so I’m simply going to take pleasure in this time proper right here.”