UFC on Fuel TV 3 Prelims: Rafael dos Anjos Head Kick, Choke Finishes Kamal Shalorus


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Rafael dos Anjos won for the fifth time in seven appearances, as he submitted Kamal Shalorus with a first-round rear-naked choke in their brief undercard encounter at 155 pounds at UFC on Fuel TV 3 “Korean Zombie vs. Poirier” on Tuesday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

Shalorus (7-3-2, 0-3 UFC) succumbed to the hold 40 seconds into round one.

Dos Anjos (16-6, 5-4 UFC) cracked the Iranian with a head kick, trailed him to the mat and cinched the choke for the finish. It was the quickest stoppage of the 27-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s career, surpassing his 59-second knockout on George Sotiropoulos at UFC 132 10 months ago.

Tavares Decisions Korean Top Team’s Yang


“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 semifinalist Brad Tavares defeated Dongi Yang by unanimous decision in a hotly contested and foul-filled preliminary matchup at 185 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Tavares (8-1, 3-1 UFC).

Yang (10-3, 1-3 UFC) appeared to land more blows of consequence and did excellent work in the second round, where he scored with a trip takedown and whipped kicks into the head and midsection of his opponent. However, Tavares finished the stronger of the two and made his move in round three. There, the Hawaiian scored with multiple takedowns, kept Yang on the defensive and won for the eighth time in nine professional appearances.

McKenzie Guillotine Dooms LeVesseur


“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 alum Cody McKenzie continued to cement himself as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ultimate one-trick pony, as he submitted decorated amateur wrestler Marcus LeVesseur with his patented guillotine choke 3:05 into the first round of their entertaining lightweight scrap.

LeVesseur (21-6, 0-1 UFC) -- a replacement for the injured Aaron Riley -- controlled much of the bout with superior wrestling and power punches, only to leave his neck exposed when the two hit the ground. McKenzie (13-2, 2-2 UFC) took the invitation and ran with it, securing the choke and, soon after, the tapout. The 24-year-old McKenzie has won 13 fights as a professional mixed martial artist, 11 of them via guillotine.

Grant Controls Prater, Earns Decision


T.J. Grant put on a clinch and grappling clinic against Carlo Prater, as he took a one-sided unanimous decision in a preliminary lightweight affair. All three cageside judges scored it for Grant (18-5, 5-3 UFC) by matching 30-27 counts.

Prater (30-11-1, 1-1 UFC) had no answer for the Canadian. Grant beat up the Brazilian in close quarters, scored takedowns with surprising ease and worked around his guard without issue. With that, the 28-year-old Grant posted back-to-back victories for the first time since April 2009.

Eduardo Denies Curran First UFC Win


A series of blistering low kicks carried Nova Uniao’s Johnny Eduardo to a unanimous verdict over the well-traveled Jeff Curran in a preliminary bantamweight bout. All three judges scored it for Eduardo (26-9, 1-1 UFC) by identical 29-28 counts.

The Brazilian set the table for success from the start, as he battered Curran’s lead leg with kicks. One blow after another found its mark, and by round two, Eduardo was enjoying the fruits of his labor. Unable to close the distance, a hobbled Curran (33-15-1, 0-3 UFC) was little more than a sitting duck. To his credit, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt rallied with a strong third round, but his good work over the final five minutes was not enough to free him from the clutches of another UFC defeat.

Rivera Outpoints Soto in Return


Francisco Rivera recorded his third victory in a row, as he outdueled Alex Soto en route to a unanimous decision in their undercard showdown at 135 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for Rivera (8-2, 1-1 UFC), who replaced the injured Azamat Gashimov on two weeks’ notice.

Rivera dropped Soto (6-2-1, 0-2 UFC) twice with right hands in the first round and again in the second with a head kick, bringing with him heavy artillery and the aggression to match. The Tachi Palace Fights veteran wobbled Soto in round three, as well, this time with a clean front kick and another right hand.

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