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Dunham gas tank went a little too deep for Gleison
A largely forgotten piece of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s
lightweight puzzle, Dunham outlasted his fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu
black belt and earned a split decision at UFC
156 “Aldo vs. Edgar” on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas. All three cageside judges arrived at a 29-28
verdict, two of them favoring Dunham (14-3, 7-3 UFC).
Tibau (26-9, 10-6 UFC) spent himself in the first round, where he
delivered his only takedown and threatened Dunham with a guillotine
choke. His advances thwarted, the Brazilian began a slow fade over
the final 10 minutes.
Dunham seized control of the bout with his jab and some grueling
work in the clinch, further draining Tibau’s reserves with each
passing exchange. The 31-year-old
Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts representative punctuated his
victory with a late flurry, as he blasted the weary Tibau with a
pair of knees in the final 15 seconds.
Woodley KOs Hieron in 36 Seconds
American Top Team’s Tyron
Woodley needed a little more than half a minute to wipe out
Hieron, as he stopped the former
International Fight League champion on first-round punches in a
brief but violent undercard encounter at 170 pounds. Woodley (11-1,
1-0 UFC), a late replacement for the injured Erick Silva,
dropped the hammer 36 seconds into round one.
A two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of
Missouri, Woodley let his fists fly. He clipped Hieron (23-7, 0-4
UFC) with an overhand right and swarmed, unleashing a violent
torrent of rights and lefts, the last of which rendered his
grounded opponent unconscious. Hieron still has never tasted
victory in four trips inside the Octagon.
Kimura Choke Submits Camus
Undefeated Hawaiian prospect Dustin
Kimura submitted Roufusport representative Chico Camus
with a third-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary bantamweight
tilt. Camus (12-4, 1-1 UFC) tapped out 1:50 into round three.
Camus buckled the 23-year-old newcomer with a crisp right hand
inside the first 30 seconds but inexplicably scrapped the standup
game in favor of pursuing takedowns, repeatedly flirting with
Kimura’s dangerous guard. The Hawaiian swept him with an omoplata
in the first round and nearly locked down an armbar and a triangle
choke in the second.
Though Camus escaped those initial attempts, the Duke Roufus
protégé was not as fortunate in round three. There, he initiated
another ill-advised takedown, only to find himself mounted beneath
the crafty Kimura (10-0, 1-0 UFC). Soon after, the Hawaiian
transitioned to his back and secured the fight-ending choke.
Rivera Barrage Finishes Figueroa
Rivera put away Edwin
Figueroa with heavy second-round punches in a wild undercard
battle at 135 pounds. Rivera (9-2, 2-1 UFC) finished it 4:20 into
Figueroa (9-2, 2-2 UFC) had his chances, as he floored the
31-year-old Californian with a clean left hook roughly 90 seconds
into the bout. However, he leaped into Rivera’s underrated guard --
a move which allowed time for recovery. As the fight moved into a
second frame, Figueroa faded. He struck for an early takedown in
the round, but Rivera returned to his feet without absorbing much
Back in an upright position, Rivera went to work. He cracked the
Texan with a right hook against the cage and gave chase on his
wounded foe, closing the deal with a series of brutal power
punches, the last of which forced referee Kim Winslow’s hand.