Anjos won for the fifth time in seven appearances, as he
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.
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Shalorus (7-3-2, 0-3 UFC) succumbed to the hold 40 seconds into
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
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
Rivera recorded his third victory in a row, as he outdueled
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.