Former title opposition Sara McMann entirely neutralized Jessica Eye with fumbling and positional control, taking a consentaneous decision over her previous training partner in a 135-pound encounter at UFC Fight Night Almeida vs. Garbrandt at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The Olympic silver medalist swept all three judges’ scorecards by identical 30-27 tallies.
Maybe wary of her opponent’s wrestling, Eye had a hard time to shoot throughout the contest, typically awaiting countering chances that never showed up. On the other hand, McMann (9-3, 3-3 UFC) got stronger as the bout advanced. After grinding her challenger against the fence in a tepid opening stanza, McMann landed takedowns in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds. From there, Eye (11-5, 1-4 UFC) was defenseless as her foe won essentially every shift and positional fight while assaulting with routine ground-and-pound.
Trujillo Holds Off Short-Notice Foe Rinaldi
Abel Trujillo count on power punching and timely takedowns to record a consentaneous choice over short-notice opponent Jordan Rinaldi in a lightweight tussle. All 3 cage side judges scored the contest 29-28 in favor of Trujillo, who has actually won 5 of his last 6 advertising looks. Rinaldi (12-5, 0-1 UFC), on the other hand, saw a five-fight winning streak concerned an end.
It was a more measured approach from Trujillo (15-6, 6-2 UFC) than usual, as he picked his areas to attack with powerful hooks to the head while landing takedowns in each frame. Killa discovered his rhythm in the last stanza, when he appeared to rock Rinaldi with a number of hard left hooks prior to stressing his triumph with one final takedown. Rinaldi's finest minute happened when he was able to take Trujillo’s back and flatten his enemy out late in round two, however he did little else to sway the judges in his Octagon launching.
Collier Spinning Back Kick Crumples Pereira
Jake Collier survived a rough start to make a second-round technical knockout triumph over Alberto Emiliano Pereira at middleweight. A spinning back kick to the body clinched the accomplishment for the 27-year-old Pit MMA representative at the 1:06 mark of period, making it the fourth-such finish in promotion history. Uda (9-1, 0-1 UFC) had Collier reeling early when he appeared to break his challenger’s nose with a knee in the first frame. Collier (10-3, 2-2 UFC) did his best to shake off the damage and eventually returned to the offensive.
Koch Chokes Out Campbell After Two-Year Hiatus
Erik Koch made a successful go back to the Octagon, submitting Shane Campbell with a rear-naked choke 3:02 into the very first frame of their initial lightweight tilt. It was the Koch’s very first look since a loss to Daron Cruickshank in May 2014. Campbell, on the other hand, has actually lost three of his 4 marketing trips.
Koch (15-4, 4-3 UFC) displayed no noticeable signs of ring rust, landing smooth mixes at range in round one before ending the period on his challenger s back. That was a precursor of exactly what was to come. After encountering a Campbell (12-5, 1-3 UFC) elbow to begin the second, New Breed landed a takedown before transitioning to his enemy s back when again. With lots of time to work, Koch secured both hooks, slid his right lower arm under Campbell’s neck and sunk in a deep choke to force the tap out.
Caraway Takes Gritty Split Verdict Over Sterling
Bryan Caraway didn’t care about Aljamain Sterling’s significant hype. Kid Lightning authored a gritty comeback performance to take a split-decision triumph over the previously unbeaten Sterling in a competitive bantamweight showdown. Judges Dave Hagen and Tony Weeks scored the fight 29-28 for Caraway (20-7, 6-2 UFC), while Adalaide Byrd saw it 29-28 for Sterling (12-1, 4-1 UFC).
The Serra-Longo Fight Team product took his opponent s back, locked in a body triangle and spent half of the first round in that position in exactly what was arguably a 10-8 frame. The Funk Master provided little in the method of offense as his challenger progressively took control. I’m not the very same person I utilized to be, Caraway said. This is an alerting to the bantamweight division; I’m coming for that belt. I’m the underdog in each fight and I keep winning.
Milstead Batters, Bloodies de La Rocha in UFC Debut.
Heavy punches and stout takedown defense brought Adam Milstead to a successful UFC debut, as he made a second-round technical knockout blockage over Chris de la Rocha in a preliminary heavyweight clash.
A series of five to six unanswered blows-- including one nasty elbow-- from Milstead (8-1, 1-0 UFC) forced referee Chris Tognoni to intervene on de la Rocha’s behalf at the 4:01 mark of the duration even though the bloody-faced Washington native continued to be on his feet.
Milstead was clearly the superior athlete from the start, and he found success landing counter right-hand men in the opening stanza. De la Rocha (4-2, 0-2 UFC) attempted to slow the attack by taking Milstead to the canvas, but the Stipe Miocic sparring partner warded off most of his opponent’s shots throughout the bout. Milstead has actually completed all 8 of his professional accomplishments within two rounds.