Canadian middleweight Nick Ring
bounced back from his first professional defeat, as he took a
unanimous decision from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 winner
McGee at UFC
149 “Faber vs. Barao” on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Ring edged his rival McGee.
All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Ring (13-1,
McGee (14-3, 3-2 UFC) set the pace, and it was a frenetic one. He
attacked Ring with uppercuts from the clinch and relentlessly
pursued the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt throughout the 15-minute
encounter. Ring countered effectively -- the right hook and left
cross were his primary weapons -- and left McGee with a bloody nose
and mouth. The damage, coupled with Ring’s accurate kicks and
punches, were enough to earn the judges’ favor.
Rivera Left Hook Dispatches Delorme
A clean counter left hook from Francisco
Rivera knocked out “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum
Delorme in the first round of their undercard match at 135
pounds. Rivera (9-2, 2-1 UFC) finished it 4:19 into round one, as
the 30-year-old Californian recorded his fourth straight win.
Delorme (8-2, 2-1 UFC) never looked comfortable. Rivera belted him
with heavy multi-punch combinations and stiff leg kicks throughout
their one-sided encounter. He caught the Canadian coming forward,
dropped him with the left hook and sealed it with ground
“I trained my ass off every day. As you can see, that’s what
happens,” Rivera said. “My mom has been sick, so this is the only
way to show her that we’re still fighting for her. This is the way
to prove to her that I still love her. I thank God every day that
she is OK, as you can see in my performance.”
Jimmo File Photo
Jimmo had reason to smile at UFC 149.
Jimmo Debuts with Seven-Second Knockout
Maximum Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder
Jimmo tied the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history,
as he leveled Anthony
Perosh in seven seconds in an undercard bout at 205 pounds. It
was a dazzling promotional debut for the Canadian, who has won 17
Jimmo (17-1, 1-0 UFC) threw one right hand, and it found the mark.
An unconscious Perosh (13-7, 3-4 UFC) collapsed against the cage,
beaten for the first time in more than two years.
“I just went at him,” Jimmo said, “and I knew when I threw some
heavy leather he was going to be on the bad end of it.”
Caraway Choke Submits Gagnon
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum Bryan
Caraway submitted Canadian newcomer Mitch
Gagnon with a third-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary
bantamweight encounter. Gagnon (8-2, 0-1 UFC) conceded defeated
1:39 into round three, his six-fight winning streak a thing of the
Caraway (17-5, 2-0 UFC) found himself in trouble in each of the
first two rounds, as Gagnon battered him with standing-to-ground
punches in the first and close-quarters punches and elbows in the
second. Caraway weathered his assault, waited for fatigue to set in
on his foe and then went to work on the mat. He trapped Gagnon on
the ground with a body lock, calmly fished for the choke and
Carvalho KOs Pineda in 71 Seconds
Carvalho knocked out former two-division Legacy Fighting
Championship titleholder Daniel
Pineda a little more than a minute into their undercard scrap
at 145 pounds. Carvalho (14-5, 1-1 UFC) brought it to a close 71
seconds into round one.
Pineda, who filled in on short notice for the injured George Roop,
never moved off his starting block. Carvalho leveled him with a
beautiful short right hook and finished it with three more on the
seated and dazed Texan. Pineda (17-9, 2-2 UFC) had never before
been knocked out.
“I’ve got a great kickboxing coach. He worked extensively on my
extension and me staying loose,” Carvalho said. “A lot of mistakes
I made in my last fight I didn’t want to make against Daniel. He’s
an amazing fighter, and he took this fight on short notice. He came
out here to fight, and you’ve got to give a man props for that. He
came into our backyard and fought. I respect this man, big
Kuivanen Posts First Octagon Victory
Finnish import Anton
Kuivanen won for the 10th time in his last 11 appearances, as
he earned a split verdict over Mitch
Clarke in a preliminary lightweight tilt. All three cageside
judges scored it 29-28, two of them in favor of Kuivanen (17-5, 1-1
A competitive first two rounds gave way to a dominant third for the
victor. Kuivanen spent much of the final five minutes in top
position, driving punches and hammerfists into the Canadian’s head.
Clarke (9-2, 0-2 UFC) looked weary and did not fare well in the
standup exchanges. Kuivanen closed with a flourish, as he attacked
the Canadian with heavy punches and knees.