Former middleweight King of Pancrase Nate
Marquardt made Rousimar
Palhares pay for letting down his guard.
Marquardt stopped Palhares -- a Brazilian Top Team representative
who had never before been finished -- on first-round punches in the
Fight Night 22 headliner on Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center
in Austin, Texas. Referee Herb Dean
intervened on Palhares’ behalf 3:28 into round one.
Palhares had his chance and blew it. In top position after a
hard-earned takedown and subsequent scramble, the leg lock expert
dropped down for an attempted heel hook. Marquardt slipped from his
grip, and Palhares motioned toward Dean to complain about his
opponent’s leg being “greased.” Marquardt pounced, blitzed the
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with a crackling right hand and
finished him with unanswered punches from the top.
The commission and referee reportedly found no sign of grease on
Marquardt’s leg before or immediately after the match.
“They checked it before I fought,” said Marquardt, who improved to
9-3 inside the UFC. “The thing is I came out really warm because I
wanted a good sweat. I wanted to be slippery. I just saw an
opportunity and jumped on it.”
In what was a coming out party of sorts, unbeaten Brazilian
Oliveira submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner
Escudero with a third-round rear-naked choke in the co-main
event. Escudero met his demise 2:25 into round three.
Just 20 years old, Oliveira dazzled with high-risk strikes -- some
of which landed, some of which did not -- and punished Escudero
with kicks to the legs and body. Outside of a few elbow strikes
from top position on the ground in the first round, Escudero was
effectively neutralized throughout their encounter.
Oliveira seized an opening in the third round, as he clinched with
Escudero, bounced of the cage and brought the MMA Lab
representative to the ground in a spectacular takedown. He then
caught a rising Escudero in a scramble, cinched the choke,
tightened his grip and waited for the tapout.
AMA Fight Club representative Jim Miller
outstruck and outworked Gleison
Tibau en route to a unanimous decision in another key showdown
at 155 pounds. Scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Miller, who
improved to 7-1 inside the Octagon and strengthened his position in
the lightweight division. Miller wobbled Tibau with stout punches
in rounds one and two, as he found the mark with a powerful jab in
the first and a blistering straight left in the second. One of the
sport’s largest and most powerful lightweights, Tibau survived the
blows and scored with a pair of takedowns. However, Miller stayed
aggressive from his back, kept the Brazilian on his heels and
returned to his feet without much resistance. The two Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belts spent much of the third round dueling in the
clinch, but Miller scored effectively with combinations and stuffed
his foe’s only attempted takedown. The defeat snapped Tibau’s
two-fight winning streak.
American Top Team’s Cole Miller
submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner Ross
Pearson with a second-round rear-naked choke in their featured
lightweight tilt. The tapout came 1:49 into round two, as Miller
posted his fourth victory in five appearances.
Blessed with a five-inch height and four-inch reach advantage,
Miller used his length effectively throughout the match. Believed
to be the lesser striker, he stood toe-to-toe with Pearson, pausing
occasionally to try and draw the Team Rough House standout into a
Pearson never took the bait, and a little less than two minutes
into the second period, Miller cracked him with a mean left hook
against the cage. He followed with another punch on his downed foe,
seized back control and went immediately to the choke. From there,
surrender was a formality, as Miller handed Pearson his first
defeat inside the Octagon.
“I’m just happy I came out here and did what I said I was going to
do,” Miller said. “I see all these wrestlers, point-fighting
strikers and lay-and-pray jiu-jitsu guys -- they’re all doing the
same thing. Nobody’s trying to finish, pass guard, mount, nothing.
Just control the clock. This isn’t football. People have to come in
here and fight.”