turned out the lights on Yves
Stout (17-6-1, 5-4 UFC) weathered a takedown, walked through the
Bahamian-born veteran’s punches and slammed a beautiful counter
left hook into the lightweight’s jaw 3:52 into round one at
UFC 131 “Dos Santos vs. Carwin” on Saturday at the Rogers Arena
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The blow sent an unconscious Edwards (40-17-1, 8-5 UFC) crashing to
the ground, his head bouncing brutally off the canvas.
He lay motionless at Stout’s feet, eyes open in an unsettling
stare, as the Canadian raised his arms in triumph. Stout’s first
UFC finish was a spectacular one.
“That overhand left always works good for me against left-handers,”
he said. “Yves Edwards
is a precision striker. I was trying to work my head movement in
this camp. I’m trying to not get hit as much as I usually do.”
Undefeated middleweight prospect Chris
Weidman dominated and submitted Jesse
Bongfeldt with a textbook standing guillotine choke 4:54 into
the first round.
Weidman (6-0, 2-0 UFC) secured a takedown inside the first minute
and passed Bonfeldt’s guard with ease more than once, attacking
with punches and elbows from the top. Bongfeldt (15-5-1, 0-1-1 UFC)
returned to a standing position late in the first round, ate a
stout knee to the gut and ducked into the guillotine. The Canadian
struggled briefly to free himself, but there was no escape.
Surrender was the only option.
A protégé of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra,
Weidman worked through an apparent knee injury to score the
“My meniscus popped into my joint,” he said. “I’ve actually had
four knee surgeries. It’s a preexisting [injury].”
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Soszynski took all three rounds.
worked efficient, powerful strikes and neutralized
and answered takedowns from Mike
en route to a unanimous decision.
Scores were 30-27, 30-26 and 30-27, all for Soszysnki (26-11-1, 6-2
Massenzio (12-5, 1-3 UFC), who accepted the bout on a week’s notice
as a late replacement for Igor
Pokrajac, was dogged in his pursuit of takedowns but found
himself outgunned by the Polish-born Canadian at virtually every
Soszynski trapped the decorated amateur wrestler on the ground in
the third round, attacking with knees to the top of the body and
threatening with a choke.
“I wish I would have finished,” Soszynski said. “I wasn’t prepared
for a wrestler. All of a sudden, I get a call, and I’m fighting a
Unbeaten “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum Nick Ring
submitted Octagon newcomer James Head
with a third-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary middleweight
matchup. Head succumbed to the choke 3:33 into round three.
Ring (12-0, 2-0 UFC) weathered a staggering right hand,
ground-and-pound and a head kick from his foe in the first round
and took control in the second. The 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu
brown belt grounded Head in round two and punished him with strikes
from the top position.
Bleeding from a nasty cut on the bridge of his nose, Head (7-2, 0-1
UFC) faded as the fight deepened; he stained the canvas red. Ring
put the fight back on the ground in the third round, passed guard,
attacked with elbows and forced Head into a turtled position. The
choke followed, as did the tapout.
Surging featherweight prospect Dustin
Poirier posted his third consecutive victory in a unanimous
decision over Cage Rage veteran Jason Young.
All three cage-side judges scored it for the 22-year-old
Louisianan: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Poirier (10-1, 2-0 UFC) cut Young above the left eye in the first
round, survived a barrage of low kicks from the Englishman in the
second and scored with multiple takedowns in the third. Young (8-4,
0-1 UFC), who entered the UFC on the strength of a two-fight
winning streak overseas, impressed in his promotional debut. He
showed no first-fight jitters, as he attacked with kicks,
threatened with a few submissions and made Poirier pay for
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Beltran finished Rosa in the third.
Beltran put the brakes on a two-fight losing streak, as he
Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Aaron Rosa on
third-round punches in a preliminary heavyweight matchup.
Rosa met his end 1:26 into round three, his promotional debut
spoiled by a one-sided thumping.
Beltran (13-5, 3-2 UFC) had no trouble moving around Rosa, who
outweighed him by some 15 pounds. He routinely pursued the clinch
and hammered Rosa (16-4, 0-1 UFC) with punches to the head and
body. By round three, the bout was clearly in Beltran’s hands. He
split open Rosa with a knee, followed with punches and threw him to
Beltran followed him to the mat, and put away the beefy Texan with
Elkins upset the world-ranked Michihiro
Omigawa by unanimous decision in a preliminary featherweight
duel. All three judges scored it in favor of the the Hobart, Ind.,
native -- 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 -- as he won for the fourth time
in five fights.
The defeat leaves the world-ranked Omigawa winless in the
The two 145-pound fighters traded liberally throughout the
15-minute encounter, as Elkins briefly dropped the judo black belt
to one knee and secured a quick takedown in the first round. Still,
it appeared as though Omigawa (12-10-1, 0-4 UFC) landed the
cleaner, more effective strikes, which left Elkins battered and
bloodied. The 2009 Sengoku Raiden
Championship featherweight grand prix finalist closed strong,
driving Elkins (12-2, 2-1 UFC) to the floor with a high double-leg
takedown and landing his left hand with regularity in round three.
His work went unrewarded by the judges.
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