Patrick Cote (left) won his 170 pound debut. | Jonathan
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Former middleweight title contender Patrick Cote
had a successful first impression at 170 pounds, but rugged
Strikeforce import Bobby
Voelker made him earn it.
Backed by his powerful hands and stout chin, Cote captured a
unanimous verdict over Voelker at UFC
158 “St. Pierre vs. Diaz” on Saturday at the Bell Centre in
Montreal. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for
Cote (19-8, 6-8 UFC), who won for the sixth time in seven
Cote let his fists fly early and often, attacking with ringing
uppercuts and body-to-head combinations throughout the first 10
minutes. Voelker (24-9, 0-1 UFC) answered with a strong third
round, as he staggered “The Predator” with a left hook, struck for
three takedowns and racked up points with effective
Elkins Wins Fifth Straight
Duneland Vale Tudo’s Darren
Elkins recorded his fifth consecutive victory, as he stopped
Shooto veteran Antonio
Carvalho with first-round punches in a preliminary
featherweight battle. Elkins (16-2, 6-1 UFC) finished it 3:06 into
Carvalho (15-6, 2-2 UFC) countered effectively with left hooks,
shut down Elkins in the clinch and denied his takedown attempts.
Elkins turned to his hands, as he wobbled the Canadian with a
straight right hand on the jaw and leveled him with another. A
still-dazed Carvalho rose to his feet, but referee Yves Lavigne
called for the stoppage.
Mein Overwhelms Durable Miller
Strikeforce import Jordan Mein
stopped former International Fight League champion Dan Miller
with a savage volley of first-round punches to the head and body in
an undercard tilt at 170 pounds. Miller (14-7, 6-6 UFC), who had
never before been finished, succumbed to the blows 4:42 into round
Mein (27-8, 1-0 UFC) survived a takedown and armbar attempt roughly
one minute into the bout and returned to the comfort of his feet.
There, he floored Miller with a right hand and later pinned the AMA
Fight Club representative on the cage, unleashing the barrage that
brought the match to a decisive end.
The 23-year-old has won nine of his past 10
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Makdessi outgunned Cruickshank.
Makdessi Outduels ‘TUF 15’ Alum Cruickshank
Effective aggression combined with a stiff jab, some exquisite body
work and airtight takedown defense carried John
Makdessi to a unanimous decision over Daron
Cruickshank in an undercard match at 155 pounds. All three
judges arrived at the same verdict: 29-28 for Makdessi (11-2, 4-2
Cruickshank (12-3, 2-1 UFC) never got in gear, and the longer the
fight went, the more Makdessi’s confidence grew. He blasted “The
Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 alum with jabs, counter punches and
combinations, mixing in a vast array of standup techniques.
Makdessi, a 27-year-old Tristar Gym export, has won his last two
Story Smashes UFC Rookie Mulhern
Brave Legion’s Rick Story
put away former King of the Cage champion Quinn
Mulhern with first-round punches in a preliminary welterweight
duel. Story (15-6, 8-4 UFC) sealed the deal 3:05 into round one, as
he won for just the second time in five outings.
Mulhern (18-3, 0-1 UFC) was on the defensive from the word go.
Story walked through his punches and showed little regard for his
abilities. The 28-year-old unleashed a wicked left hook that forced
Mulhern to retreat, but he found no sanctuary in the cage. Story
pursued him with punches, forced the grappler to the ground and
finished the fight there.
Dillashaw Knee Dispatches Tamura
Team Alpha Male’s T.J.
Dillashaw dismissed Shooto veteran Issei
Tamura with a second-round knee and follow-up punches in an
undercard clash at 135 pounds. Tamura (7-4, 1-2 UFC) met his end 26
seconds into round two.
Dillashaw (7-1, 3-1 UFC) fed the 29-year-old Japanese import a
steady diet of takedowns, low kicks and strikes from the clinch
over the first five minutes. In the second round, he faked low and
went high with a head kick, clobbering the ducking Tamura with a
knee. The fallen bantamweight went to his back in a dazed state,
and Dillashaw finished it with a series of right hands.
Roop Outpoints Duran, Halts Skid
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 semifinalist George Roop
threw the brakes on a two-fight losing streak, as he captured a
unanimous verdict over Reuben
Duran in a preliminary bantamweight affair. All three judges
scored it for Roop (13-9-1, 3-5 UFC): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Roop utilized the clinch to great effect throughout the 15-minute
scrap, as he softened the Californian with knees and short punches.
In close quarters, his 6-foot-1 frame was a significant factor. The
Apex MMA representative had Duran (8-5-1, 1-3 UFC) in trouble in
the second round, where he transitioned to the back and fished for
a rear-naked choke.
Duran became less and less of a factor as the bout deepened. Roop
answered a third-round takedown with one of his own and racked up
the points with short right hands to the body and head.