Once on the short list of potential title contenders at 155 pounds,
the notoriously hot-and-cold Melvin
righted his ship with a unanimous decision over
“Silva vs. Sonnen 2” on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas.
Guillard (30-10-2, 11-6 UFC), who entered the cage on a two-fight
losing streak, swept the scorecards by matching 30-27 counts.
Camoes (14-7-1, 1-2-1 UFC) had his chances. He mounted Guillard in
the first round and threatened him with a kneebar in the third, but
his inability to capitalize fully cost him. Guillard was the more
efficient and effective striker, and he took top position more than
once, belting the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with
ground-and-pound when the opportunities presented themselves.
Nurmagomedov Stays Unbeaten, Decisions Tibau
kept his perfect professional record intact with a
controversial unanimous decision over
American Top Team
in a preliminary lightweight tilt. All three judges saw
it the same: 30-27 for Nurmagomedov (18-0, 2-0 UFC).
Tibau (25-8, 10-6 UFC), who entered the cage on a streak of three
straight wins, stuffed the Russian prospect’s takedowns and
countered effectively throughout the 15-minute encounter. However,
Nurmagomedov was the aggressor for much of the bout, and, despite
being bullied to the ground twice by the Brazilian, his persistence
appeared to pay off in the eyes of the judges.
Philippou Streak Reaches Four
Serra-Longo Fight Team member Constantinos
utilized airtight takedown defense and crisp punching
combinations in capturing a unanimous verdict from former Deep
in an undercard duel at 185 pounds. All three judges
scored it for Philippou (11-2, 4-1 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
The onetime Ring of Combat titleholder has quietly rattled off four
Philippou denied each one of Fukuda’s takedowns and buried one
multi-punch combination after another into his face. As the fight
deepened, the Japanese import wore a look of frustration. Not even
a horrific accidental eye poke and low blow from Fukuda (18-6, 1-2
UFC) in the third round could keep Philippou at bay.
Roller Stops Skid, Tops Alessio
survived a first-round knockdown to defeat Canadian
journeyman John Alessio
in a preliminary lightweight matchup. All three judges scored it
29-28 for Roller (11-6, 2-3 UFC), who threw the brakes on a
three-fight winning streak.
Still winless in the UFC, Alessio (34-16, 0-5 UFC) floored the
three-time NCAA All-American wrestler with a two-punch combination
at the end of round one. Timing was everything, however. Roller
recovered and rebounded, as he delivered takedowns in the second
and third frames, worked into dominant position on Alessio’s back,
fished for chokes and cruised to a unanimous nod.
‘Tractor’ Oliveira Outpoints Izquierdo
Takedowns and a relentless top game carried
AMA Fight Club
to a unanimous decision over Yoislandy
in an undercard matchup at 155 pounds. All three
cageside judges scored it 29-28 for Oliveira (15-5, 2-4 UFC), who
halted a two-fight losing streak.
Izquierdo (6-2, 0-2 UFC) was the superior fighter on the feet.
However, after a strong first round, he spent too much time
defending against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt on his back.
Oliveira struck for takedowns in all three frames, passed to side
control without much resistance and displayed his dominance on the
ground. Izquierdo opened a gash on the Brazilian’s forehead with a
second-round elbow strike from the bottom, but this became less and
less of a factor in the bout as his situation worsened.
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