Joseph Benavidez (file photo) outpointed Eddie Wineland at UFC
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Team Alpha Male’s Joseph
leaned on his blinding speed, superior clinch work
and beautiful punching combinations, as he defeated former WEC
bantamweight champion Eddie
by unanimous decision at UFC
“Hardy vs. Lytle” on Sunday at the Bradley Center in
All three judges scored it 30-27 for Benavidez, who beefed up an
already stellar resume with a key victory over another respected
veteran. No doubt positioning himself for a third crack at the only
man to beat him, UFC bantamweight titleholder Dominick
Cruz, the 27-year-old San Antonio native has pieced together a
string of three consecutive wins.
Benavidez (15-2, 2-0 UFC) set the tone from the start, as he
bloodied Wineland’s nose and opened a cut near his hairline with
quick, accurate strikes. Leg kicks and front kicks kept Wineland at
distance and allowed Benavidez to use his speed and superior skill
to a greater affect. However, he had to survive a significant scare
in round two after an encounter with Wineland’s right cross left
him covering up against the cage. Benavidez fought his way out of
trouble, delivering hearty knees from the clinch and securing a
Wineland (18-8-1, 0-2 UFC) had little left to offer in the third
round, as Benavidez backed up his opponent with a pair of right
hooks and an overhand right. Perhaps sensing his time was short,
Wineland cut loose with a late flurry but could not find the mark
with his hands. He has suffered back-to-back defeats for the first
time since 2004.
Hamman stopped “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 finalist
Dollaway with second-round ground-and-pound in a preliminary
middleweight tilt. Their encounter came to a decisive conclusion
3:38 into round two, as Hamman (13-3, 2-2 UFC), a former light
heavyweight, made a successful transition to the 185-pound
An NCAA All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, Dollaway
(11-4, 5-4 UFC) controlled much of the opening frame with his base
skill, as he took it to the mat, briefly cinched an arm-triangle
choke and eventually mounted the EliteXC veteran. Hamman later
returned the favor, as he secured a takedown of his own and moved
to the mounted position. Dollaway escaped and blasted the
29-year-old Atascadero, Calif., native with a pair of right hands
that appeared to seal the first round in his favor.
Hamman roared out of his corner a man possessed in round two, as he
blitzed Dollaway with frenzied punches and planted him on his
backside against the cage with a mean right uppercut. More blows
softened up Dollaway and allowed Hamman to catch a topside
crucifix. He ultimately shifted to mount, the tide of the fight
irrevocably turned. A barrage of unanswered punches polished off
Dollaway, as referee Herb Dean
stepped in on his behalf.
Herman tapped Noke out in round one.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 finalist Ed Herman
recorded his second stoppage in as many outings, as he submitted
veteran Kyle Noke with
a first-round heel hook in a preliminary middleweight matchup. His
leg contorted at a gruesome angle, Noke asked out of the fight 4:15
into round one. With that, the Aussie’s five-fight winning streak
became a thing of the past.
Noke struck for a quick takedown, attacked Herman (22-9, 6-5 UFC)
with elbows from inside his guard and avoided a number of attempted
submissions. However, the experienced Herman made his getaway as
Noke (19-5-1, 3-1 UFC) tried to mount, trapped his left foot and
wrenched the deal-sealing heel hook with less than a minute left in
the first frame.
Herman, 30, has posted back-to-back wins since returning from two
reconstructive knee surgeries. A former bodyguard for the late
Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, Noke had not been submitted in
Promising Brazilian prospect Ronny
Markes made the most of his opportunity to replace the injured
Bonnar, as he dominated fellow light heavyweight Karlos
Vemola for three rounds en route to a one-sided unanimous
verdict in his promotional debut. Markes (12-1, 1-0 UFC) swept the
scorecards by matching 30-27 counts and will carry a five-fight
winning streak into his next appearance.
Takedowns, positional control and effective ground-and-pound paved
the way to victory for the 23-year-old Markes. He planted Vemola
(8-2, 1-2 UFC) on the canvas in all three rounds, sapping the
Czech’s gas tank. Frames two and three were particularly lopsided
in Markes’ favor, as he threatened his fading foe with an
arm-triangle choke and pummeled him with knees to the body and
punches and elbows to the head.
Undefeated featherweight prospect Jim Hettes
submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 quarterfinalist Alex
Caceres with a second-round rear-naked choke in a 145-pound
dark match. Hettes (9-0, 1-0 UFC) finished a frenetic
back-and-forth encounter 3:12 into round two.
Caceres (5-5, 0-2 UFC) gained a quick upper hand on his
short-notice opponent, as the two featherweights went at it,
trading strikes and submission attempts throughout the first five
minutes. Hettes found his niche in the second round, as he scored
with a pair of judo throws and attacked with a variety of
submissions: an arm-triangle choke, a guillotine choke and a
triangle armbar among them. He later snatched a standing rear-naked
choke, drove Caceres to the floor and finished it there.
Hettes, 24, a late injury replacement for former
WEC featherweight title contender Leonard
Garcia, has submitted all nine of his professional
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Miller was too much for O'Brien.
American Top Team’s Cole Miller
submitted former two-division Midwest Cage Championships
O'Brien with a second-round guillotine choke in a preliminary
lightweight duel. O’Brien raised the white flag of surrender 2:38
into round two.
The two men spent an even first round engaged entirely on the feet.
Miller (18-5, 7-3 UFC) upped his aggression in the second, as he
floored O’Brien with a straight left hand and attacked the legs of
his downed opponent with kicks. As O’Brien (16-5, 0-2 UFC)
attempted to return to his feet, Miller cinched the guillotine,
trapped him in full guard and rolled into top position, where he
finished the submission with one arm.
Miller, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, has posted three wins in
his past four outings.
A steady diet of takedowns, choke attempts and occasional
ground-and-pound carried Jacob
Volkmann to a unanimous decision victory over
Team Alpha Male representative Danny
Castillo in a lightweight dark match. All three cageside judges
scored it 29-28 for Volkmann (13-2, 4-2 UFC), who has quietly
rattled off four consecutive victories.
Volkmann, a three-time NCAA All-American at the University of
Minnesota, was the aggressor throughout the 15-minute encounter. He
scored with takedowns in all three rounds, neutralized Castillo’s
advantage on the feet and threatened the WEC import with a series
of attempted brabo chokes. Though none were successful, they kept
Castillo (11-4, 1-1 UFC) on his heels and away from meaningful
The once-beaten Edwin
Figueroa had no trouble with Jason
Reinhardt, as he stopped the 41-year-old journeyman on
second-round punches in a preliminary bantamweight bout. Reinhardt
(20-3, 0-3 UFC) met his end 50 seconds into round two.
Figueroa (8-1, 1-1 UFC) made up for an uneventful start between the
two, as he planted Reinhardt on his behind with a two-punch
combination and eventually threatened with a standing guillotine
choke in the first round. The 27-year-old former King of Kombat
bantamweight champion only tightened his grip on the match from
there. Reinhardt later pulled guard, only to be met with a barrage
of punches from overhead. A dozen or more of them pelted his body
and head, and the
Wand Fight Team representative was slow to his feet when the
With figurative blood in the water, Figueroa picked up where he
left off in the second period. He mounted the fading Reinhardt,
dropped elbows, forced his opponent to his stomach and brought
forth the stoppage with another volley of unanswered blows.
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