Cody Stamann prolonged his profitable streak to 9 in UFC 216 prelim motion at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas, as he gained a 3-spherical cut up choice over Tom Duquesnoy in a conflict of prime bantamweight prospects.

The opening spherical was robust to name because of the aggressive motion between the 2 combatants, and whereas Stamann was capable of rating with a pair of takedowns, Duquesnoy didn’t keep grounded for lengthy, and when the 2 stood, he landed the extra telling blows.

Duquesnoy began off the second in management, however a pair of takedowns adopted by floor strikes by Stamann allowed the Michigan native to place his stamp on the spherical.

Stamann stayed aggressive within the remaining 5 minutes as Duquesnoy slowed down, and it was that last surge that put “The Spartan” forward for good by scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29.

With the win, Stamann strikes to sixteen-1. Duquesnoy falls to fifteen-2 with 1 NC.


Lando Vannata and Bobby Inexperienced each went for broke of their light-weight bout, with a draw verdict being rendered after the motion-packed three-rounder.

Scores have been 29-27 Inexperienced, 29-27 Vannata and 28-28.

After some forwards and backwards motion to start the bout, Vannata (9-2-1) surprised Inexperienced (23-eight-1) with a physique shot after which dropped him with a proper hand. Vannata seemed to be on the verge of placing his opponent away earlier than he threw an unlawful knee at Inexperienced, who was nonetheless down. The infraction value Vannata some extent, however the bout continued. Vannata almost sunk in a guillotine choke, however Inexperienced hung robust and obtained unfastened, permitting him to get via the spherical, which was punctuated by a Vannata takedown.

Inexperienced obtained again within the struggle in spherical two, together with his crisp hanging bloodying Vannata. The Albuquerque product did produce a pair of takedowns, however Inexperienced bounced proper again up. With 1:15 left, Vannata harm Inexperienced with one other proper hand, placing the momentum again in his favor.

The third spherical was punctuated by a number of heated exchanges, with every fighter taking their flip controlling the motion. With a minute left, Vannata briefly rattled Inexperienced and obtained a fast takedown, however once more, it was Inexperienced leaping to his ft instantly and resuming his standup assault, which almost put Vannata on the canvas within the closing seconds, placing an exclamation mark on a memorable scrap.


Rio de Janeiro strawweight Poliana Botelho scored a unanimous determination victory over Pearl Gonzalez in her UFC debut, shutting out the Chicago native over three rounds.

Scores have been 30-27 throughout the board for Botelho, now 6-1. Gonzalez falls to six-three.

The primary spherical featured loads of uneventful grappling towards the fence punctuated by elbows from Botelho. Gonzalez did have some early success at vary together with her kicks, however she clearly needed to check the Brazilian’s grappling.

The sample continued in spherical two, with Gonzalez controlling the clinch and Botelho firing off a number of elbows in an try and get free, however neither was capable of take management of the match.

The gang was clearly stressed within the third on the lack of motion as Gonzalez continued to clinch, however Botelho did get off some efficient kicks and knees when the 2 weren’t locked up, and she or he added a takedown simply earlier than the ultimate horn to safe her victory.


Matt Schnell picked up his first UFC win in flyweight motion, taking a 3-spherical unanimous choice over Marco Beltran.

Scores have been 30-27 twice and 29-28 for Schnell, now eleven-four. Beltran falls to eight-7.

Schnell’s arms have been sharp within the early going, permitting him to take a lead within the opening body, and he stored the momentum going within the second, not permitting Beltran to surge forward. Mexico Metropolis’s Beltran, whose proper eye was quickly swelling shut, rallied within the third and even acquired a takedown within the closing moments, however a guillotine choke try by Schnell evened the rating on that entrance, permitting the Louisiana native to take the unanimous determination win.


Flyweight veteran John Moraga made an enormous assertion in his bout with unbeaten prospect Magomed Bibulatov, scoring a shocking first-spherical knockout.

Arizona’s Moraga seemed sharp from the beginning, and after touchdown a flush proper hand, Bibulatov’s legs have been gone. Moraga threw a head kick, however it was a left hook that dropped the Russian and ended the bout, with referee Jason Herzog stepping in on the 1:38 mark.

With the win, the No. eleven-ranked Moraga improves to 18-6. The No. 15-ranked Bibulatov falls to 14-1.


Brad Tavares made it three straight wins within the middleweight opener, shutting out fellow veteran Thales Leites.

Scores have been 30-27 and 30-26 twice.

Tavares had a robust first spherical, rattling Leites twice, first with a left hand halfway via the body after which with a proper within the closing seconds. In between, Leites tried to work his grappling recreation, however a pair of stalls towards the fence introduced in referee Chris Tognoni to restart the motion.

The Las Vegan continued to pepper Leites with quite a lot of strikes within the second, bloodying the Brazilian within the course of. Add in Tavares’ thudding kicks to the leg, and issues had gone south in a rush for the previous world title challenger, who was more and more unable to face on his battered left leg because the third spherical progressed, with Tavares placing the warmth on all through.

With the win, Tavares strikes to sixteen-5; Leites falls to 27-eight.