Pokrajac did not waste any time.
The 32-year-old Mirko
Filipovic protégé knocked out “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8
Soszynski with a brutal first-round flurry at UFC
140 “Jones vs. Machida” on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in
Soszynski (26-12-1, 6-3 UFC) lay unconscious at the foot of the
cage 35 seconds into round one.
After absorbing a straight right from “The Polish Experiment,”
Pokrajac (24-8, 2-4 UFC) moved forward with a series of stinging
straight punches. A volley of lefts and rights buried Soszynski,
and the Croat followed him to the ground. Brutal shots turned out
the lights and gave Pokrajac (Pictured) the most significant
victory of his six-fight UFC tenure.
Serra-Longo Fight Team representative Constantinos
Philippou laid waste to Jared
Hamman, as he delivered a devastating first-round knockout in a
middleweight contest. It came to a merciful conclusion 3:11 into
Known for his ability to absorb punishment, Hamman could not
withstand the relentless Philippou onslaught. A two-punch
combination sent Hamman (13-4, 2-3 UFC) into retreat mode, and a
right hand put him down. He was never the same. Philippou (9-2, 1
NC, 2-1 UFC) landed at will from that moment forward and polished
off the Californian with heavy punches on the cage.
“It was about time,” Philippou said. “I wanted to apologize [after
my last fight], but this is it. This is who I am. I belong here.
This is the best day of my life.”
Hallman ran a clinic on the previously undefeated John
Makdessi, submitting the Tristar Gym representative with a
first-round rear-naked choke in a woefully one-sided preliminary
lightweight matchup. The tapout came 2:58 into round one. Makdessi
(9-1, 2-1 UFC) did not mount a shred of meaningful offense.
Hallman (50-15-2, 1 NC, 4-5 UFC) pushed immediately to the clinch,
dragged Makdessi to the ground -- despite the Canadian twice
grabbing the cage -- and went to work on him. He moved to
Makdessi’s back, softened him with punches and lured him into
mount. More punches and elbows forced Makdessi to his stomach
again, and Hallman cinched the choke with virtually no
“I didn’t want to stand up with that kid,” said Hallman, who failed
to make weight in his return to the 155-pound division. “I’ve seen
his fights. [He has] unbelievable standup, and I didn’t want to get
caught up in that. Luckily, my game plan worked.”
Hallman plans to remain at lightweight.
“I’m going to stay at 155 [pounds],” he said. “I wanted to make
that point. This fight is kind of a wash. I apologize to John for
missing weight. Put a little asterisk next to the victory, because
I didn’t make weight.”
Haitian-born Canadian Yves Jabouin
Watson in an entertaining bantamweight bout, as he captured a
split decision at 135 pounds. Two of the three cageside judges
scored it for Jabouin by 30-27 and 29-28 counts; a third cast a
dissenting 29-28 vote in favor of Watson.
The two men traded flashy strikes throughout the 15-minute
encounter, as the spinning-back fists and wheel kicks flew. Jabouin
(17-7, 2-1 UFC) countered effectively early, dipping inside
Watson’s five-inch reach and seven-inch height advantage. He also
delivered a trip takedown.
Rounds two and three were far more competitive, as
Jabouin attacked with kicks to the legs and body. However, he found
himself trapped inside a guillotine choke in the second round and a
brabo choke in the third. He escaped both and left with his third
victory in four outings. Watson (9-3, 1-1 UFC) saw his two-fight
winning streak come to a halt.
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Bocek outpointed Lentz.
Toronto native Mark Bocek
Lentz’s 15-fight unbeaten streak, as he recorded a unanimous
decision in a preliminary lightweight affair. All three cageside
judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Bocek (10-4, 6-4 UFC).
Bocek gave Lentz (21-4-2, 1 NC, 5-1-1, 1 NC UFC) a taste of his own
medicine, as he landed multiple takedowns, weathered the
Minnesotan’s guillotine attempts from the bottom and peppered him
with ground-and-pound in all three rounds.
Bocek did his best work in the third round, where he scored with
two takedowns and pelted Lentz with strikes from the top, including
hammerfists to the head and an axe kick to the gut.
The defeat was Lentz’s first since March 2007.
Welterweight newcomer Jake Hecht
American Top Team representative Rich
Attonito with second-round elbows and punches in a preliminary
showdown at 170 pounds. Attonito (10-5, 3-2 UFC) met his end 70
seconds into round two.
Attonito was in charge through the first five minutes, as he
grounded Hecht and scored with ground-and-pound. However, he failed
to carry the momentum into the second round. Caught in a tie-up,
Hecht (11-2, 1-0 UFC) floored “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum
with a pair of elbows to the head, trailed him to the mat and
unleashed roughly a dozen punches for the finish. A 27-year-old
Fiore MMA representative, Hecht has rattled off four
consecutive wins, none more important than this one.
Former Ring of
Combat champion John
Cholish stopped the previously unbeaten Mitch
Clarke on second-round punches in a preliminary lightweight
tilt between two UFC rookies. Cholish (8-1, 1-0 UFC) brought a
close to the encounter 4:36 into round two, as he recorded his
eighth consecutive victory.
Cholish, a 27-year-old Renzo Gracie
protégé, backed up the Canadian with power punches in the second
round, drove him to the canvas, transitioned to mount in a scramble
and moved to his foe’s back in a blink. Heavy blows fell from
above, and, with Clarke (9-1, 0-1 UFC) no longer defending himself,
referee “Big” John McCarthy elected to intervene.