SINGAPORE – For the first time in his career, Mairbek Taisumov had to win on points – but that didn’t make it any less a dominant performance.

Taisumov, the heaviest favorite on Saturday’s card, offered up a buffet of skill sets on his way to a unanimous decision sweep over fellow UFC debutant Tae Hyun Bang.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 34 event at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. It streamed on the UFC’s new Fight Pass digital network.

Taisumov bounced outside early while Bang kept his hands low, something that would be his trademark in the fight. Taisumov kicked high, but had it partially blocked, but then kicked inside and followed with a right hand. Through it all, Bang’s hands were mostly down as he stalked with the Austrian on the outside. Taisumov continued to kick inside as Bang’s right leg started to show the effects. He ate a few punches, then kicked high. A big left hand landed seconds later and stunned Bang, then a right hand put him on his knees. With a minute left, Bang moved in tight and landed solid combinations. But he tried a flying knee with 30 seconds left and ate a giant right hand for his troubles.

Taisumov twice kicked to the body in the first minute of the second and changed up his movement from right to left and back again. Ninety seconds in, Taisumov landed a takedown, but Bang took no damage on the ground and bounced back to his feet. The pace mostly slowed in the middle frame, though, and the crowd got restless in the round’s final minute as Bang mostly employed a counter-striking offense.

Taisumov’s corner, led by former UFC fighter Roger Huerta, implored him to do a little more in the third to seal the deal. So he landed a solid takedown early and controlled Bang near the cage while trying to work to mount. Bang worked to his feet, but Taisumov kept a body lock on and took him down again with ease. Taisumov trapped an arm briefly to land a few big punches as Bang wore down. He got to his feet with 90 seconds left, but he had little left in the tank to put anything together.

Taisumo’s win, 30-27 nods on all three judges’ scorecards, featured solid striking with the hands, a stout kicking game, good takedowns and ground control and superior cardio.

Taisumov (21-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won for the fourth straight time and ninth time in 10 fights. Bang (16-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is back in the loss column after a June win, which was his first fight in nearly three years.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 34 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 34, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan contributed to this report on-site in Singapore.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

BJJ world champ Buchecha ready to make MMA debut

  • 21 days ago

Marcus Almeida is eager to begin his MMA career once he heals from a knee injury. Ten-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Marcus Almeida, better known as "Buchecha" is getting more and more inte read news >>

The Beaten Path: Longtime Prospect Gleristone Santos Is Ready for Bellator Debut

  • 13 days ago

Do the career arithmetic on Gleristone Santos, and things get a little fuzzy. He’s only 27 years old, but has somehow racked up a professional record of 27-4. He began in 2005, which means he was 17 read news >>

CM Punk's UFC debut reportedly delayed due to shoulder injury

  • 21 hours ago

CM Punk fighting for the first time at the end of the year was probably a pipe dream anyway. Now, it definitely won't happen. Punk's coach Duke Roufus told on Monday that the former WWE star read news >>

Twitter reacts to Tonya Evinger's dominant TKO of Pannie Kianzad at Invicta FC 14

  • 23 days ago

The story of Tonya Evinger’s career turnaround took another step in the right direction when in Invicta FC 14’s main event she stopped Pannie Kianzad by second-round TKO for her eighth consecutive vi read news >>

Invicta FC 14 Results: Tonya Evinger Dominates Pannie Kianzad

  • 23 days ago

Invicta FC bantamweight champion dominated previously unbeaten Pannie Kianzad, winning by TKO in the Invicta FC 14 main event on Saturday. read news >>

Kyra Gracie: I can’t say I’ll never fight MMA

  • 24 days ago

Kyra Gracie wouldn’t rule out making her mixed martial arts debut after finding out she was pregnant, and the door is still open one year after the birth of her daughter Ayra. One of the best grapple read news >>

Mayweather vs Berto live stream results: Full fight play-by-play updates tonight

  • 24 days ago

This is the way the prestigious professional boxing career of Floyd Mayweather ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. After 19 years of pugilistic supremacy, Mayweather's storied undefeated run comes read news >>

Luke Rockhold on Weidman: 'I'm going to be his big brother his whole career'

  • 24 days ago

Like just about everyone who has challenged for a title through the course of combat sports history, Luke Rockhold is confident he has what it takes to upend the champion.Filed under: Featured, Featu read news >>

Tim Sylvia Blasts Dana White, Recalls Potential Brock Lesnar Bout

  • 25 days ago

It's hard to remember an MMA career more turbulent than Tim Sylvia's. The two-time UFC heavyweight champion, who pairs wins over Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell with losses to Abe Wagner and aged ex read news >>

Dana White: I booked 'Rousey vs Holm' to save Miesha Tate from killing her career

  • 26 days ago

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White cares about his fighters. That's why he gave undefeated women's bantamweight No. 1 contender Holly Holm a shot at the 135-pound title, despit read news >>