Cyrille Diabate shocked Chad Griggs with a rear-naked choke in
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A series of illegal hammerfists to the back of the head resulted in
Sakara being disqualified against Patrick Cote
154 “St. Pierre vs. Condit” on Saturday at the Bell Centre in
Montreal. The middleweight bout ended just 86 seconds after it
Cote (18-8, 5-8 UFC) scored with dirty boxing at the start, only to
be pinned against the cage by the
American Top Team export. Sakara hurt the Canadian badly with a
pair of standing elbows and a right hand but lost his way with Cote
diving at his legs in desperation. He repeatedly struck the back of
Cote’s head with hammerfists, leading to an anticlimactic
“I was expecting a war with Alessio, and that’s exactly what he
gave me,” Cote said. “But listen, there are rules for a reason. I
wanted to give you the best show possible. If Sakara wants to fight
me again, I’ll take him. We’re going to give you the best show
Sakara (15-10, 6-7 UFC) was apologetic afterward.
“I already felt like he was out when I was throwing the elbows,” he
said. “When [Cote] went down, [the illegal shots] were not
intentional. I didn’t have any intention to hit him [in the back of
the head]. It was an adrenaline time in the moment. I’m so sorry to
finish the fight like this. Guys, I’m not a crazy guy. I’m a
sporting guy. I’m sorry.”
Diabate Choke Finishes Griggs
Pride Fighting Championships veteran Cyrille
Diabate submitted Chad Griggs
with a first-round rear-naked choke in an undercard tilt at 205
pounds. Griggs (11-3, 0-2 UFC) conceded defeat 2:24 into round one,
finished for the second time in as many Octagon appearances.
Diabate (19-8-1, 4-2 UFC) folded the Strikeforce
import with a precision left cross to the nose inside the first 30
seconds. Bleeding profusely, Griggs was on the defensive from that
point forward. Diabate thwarted a desperate takedown attempt, moved
to the Arizonan’s back and cinched the palm-to-palm rear-naked
choke for the finish.
“I was looking for the knockout, but he gave me the opportunity to
try to submit [him], and I went for it,” said Diabate, who has
recorded nine wins in his last 11 outings. “This is very sweet. I’m
a striker, so I like going for submissions, and I got it
Makdessi Halts Skid, Outduels Stout
Gym representative John
Makdessi was in prime form, as he halted a two-fight losing
streak with a unanimous decision over fellow Canadian Sam Stout in a
preliminary lightweight match. All three cageside judges saw it for
Makdessi (10-2, 3-2 UFC) by 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27 scores.
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Makdessi outpointed his fellow countryman.
The jab was Makdessi’s weapon of choice, and it was a beauty. He
repeatedly snapped back Stout’s head with the punch, keeping the
Team Tompkins export at bay.
Makdessi also countered effectively against the aggressive Stout
(18-8-1, 7-7 UFC), pairing clean standup with airtight takedown
defense. Stout picked up his pace in the second and third rounds,
but never found a path to victory through the Makdessi jab.
Carvalho Edges Damm on Cards
Backed by punishing low kicks, Antonio
Carvalho picked up a narrow split decision against “The
Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 alum Rodrigo
Damm in an undercard featherweight encounter. All three judges
saw it 29-28, two of them siding with Carvalho (15-5, 2-1 UFC).
Carvalho repeatedly whipped his shin into the lead leg of his
opponent, leaving visible damage above the knee. Damm (10-6, 1-1
UFC) did well in spurts, utilizing combinations and nearly taking
the Canadian’s back during a scramble in the second round. However,
he had no answer for Carvalho’s assault on his legs. Damm has lost
five of his last seven bouts.
‘Deep Waters’ Riddle Outpoints Maguire
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 alum Matt Riddle
captured a unanimous decision from Englishman John
Maguire in a rather non-descript undercard affair at 170
pounds. All three cageside judges scored it for Riddle (7-3, 7-3
UFC) by 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 counts.
Riddle controlled the standup and the clinch, attacking his foe
with jabs and leg kicks from a distance while mixing in knees in
close quarters. The 26-year-old Allentown, Pa., native fought at a
measured pace outside of a few brawling bursts in the second and
third rounds. Riddle did well to avoid the Maguire (18-5, 2-2 UFC)
guard, though he wandered into an attempted guillotine choke in the
closing seconds of round three.
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Menjivar was at the top of his game.
Menjivar Armbar Submits Gashimov
Tristar Gym’s Ivan
Menjivar submitted Russian newcomer Azamat
Gashimov with a first-round armbar in a preliminary
bantamweight bout. Menjivar (25-9, 4-2 UFC) finished it 2:44 into
round one, as he won for the fourth time in five fights.
Gashimov (7-2, 0-1 UFC) delivered a takedown inside the first
minute and immediately found himself trapped inside the dangerous
Menjivar guard. The 30-year-old El Salvador native stayed
aggressive from the bottom, avoided an attempted Ezekiel choke and
snatched Gashimov’s arm in a blink. Menjivar went belly-down with
the hold, hyperextending his 22-year-old foe’s limb at a gruesome
Elkins Wins Fourth Straight
Takedowns, ground-and-pound and a relentless stream of submission
attempts carried Darren
Elkins to a one-sided unanimous decision over Steven
Siler in an undercard battle at 145 pounds.
All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Elkins
(15-2, 5-1 UFC).
Elkins struck for takedowns in all three rounds, totaling six of
them in the 15-minute encounter. When he was not scoring with
elbows, hammerfists and standing-to-ground punches, the Duneland
Vale Tudo representative was threatening Siler (21-10, 3-1 UFC)
with chokes. Elkins was particularly dominant in the second round,
where he battered “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum on the
ground and nearly finished him with a rear-naked choke.