Despite being 110 pounds lighter, Ozdoba was clearly more skilled than his completely inept opponent. However, he chose to mostly run away.
Despite repeated urgency warnings from ring referee Marco Broersen, the fight was a standstill for almost the entirety. Ozdoba had his opponent rattled in rounds one and two, and Burneika sent him to the canvas in round two. However, these were about all the strikes thrown in the abysmal contest. The public roundly booed the fight in the third round, which finally saw Broersen lose his patience and disqualify Ozdoba for timidity, giving Burneika the second win of his bizarre MMA tenure.
In a razor-thin fight that went the distance, Damian Grabowski beat Stav Economou by split decision in the co-main event. Grabowski, who prepared for this fight at the American Kickboxing Academy, looked worn out by the constant sparring and was routinely beat to the punch by Economou, who was particularly effective with his uppercuts.
The Pole did secure takedowns but couldn't pass his rival's guard,
and his vaunted ground game seemed stifled. In what was his best
moment of the fight, Grabowski got full mount and connected on some
heavy shots late in round two. The tit-for-tat affair went the
distance with scores of 30-29 and 29-28 for Grabowski, and a
dissenting 30-29 for Economou from the third judge. Grabowski moves
to 17-1 with the victory, while Economou falls to 14-3-1.
Photo: Piotr Pedziszewski/Sherdog.com
Grabowski's pounded to a split nod.
Despite a rough start, Krzysztof Jotko came from behind to grab a decision victory over Bojan Velickovic. The Serb started with heavy low kicks that quickly limited Jotko's movement, but the Pole showed signs of life in the second stanza when he briefly had Velickovic's back.
Round three was a completely different story as Jotko dominated his exhausted opponent, relentlessly punching the grounded fighter. He did not finish Velickovic, but it was enough to earn Jotko unanimous 10-8 scores and ensure his victory via majority decision. Two judges scored the bout 29-28 for Jotko, while another had it 28-28.
Karol Celinski drew with Michal Fijalka in an all-Polish light heavyweight affair. Celinski seemed to have the better of the striking, connecting with punches and the occasional muay Thai knees. For his part, Fijalka had the takedowns, although it seemed the volume of his offense on the ground was not equal to Celinski's strikes. In round three the tide of the fight began to turn as the tired Celinski gave up more takedowns and ground control to his opponent.
Photo: P. Pedziszewski/Sherdog.com
Drwal's inactivity didn't slow his roll.
Lasota controlled the space of the fight with numerous takedowns but his cautious approach to striking led Swiatek to shout expletives directed at his rival. This did not help him fend off a rear-naked choke attempt 2:50 into round three. Swiatek did not tap out, but Marc Goddard stopped it as soon as the fighter lost consciousness.
Piotr Hallmann had to wait to see the judge's scorecards for the first time in his career, but he managed to outlast Juha-Pekka Vainikainen over the course of three rounds. The navy man from Gdynia scored frequently with his powerful left hook and by round two, started to abuse his opponent with ground-and-pound. Vainikainen had no answer for this kind of attack and ended up losing by scores of 30-26 [twice] and 30-27.view original article >>
After a slugfest, Curtis Blaydes got a TKO win over Aleksei Oleinik with a doctor’s stoppage – and some confusion and controversy.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
The prelims at UFC 217 continued to have bizarre moments, maybe none more so than Mark Godbeer’s disqualification win over Walt Harris.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
It didn't take any persuading to get bitter rivals and former teammates Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw to sign the bout agreements to meet at UFC 213 in July after coaching opposite each other on read news >>
In hot water due to a kick that landed after a timeout warning, UFC 217’s Walt Harris clarifies that he simply couldn’t hear the referee amid a combination that had already been put in motion.Filed u read news >>
Still confused about the illegal kick that ended on a TKO win for Curtis Blaydes at UFC 217? As usual, veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy is here to didactically address your refereeing-related doub read news >>
Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski stopped the bleeding on a five fight losing streak with a victory over Junior Albini this past Saturday night and he was paid handsomely for his victory. A read news >>
To Australian news, it was just a bizarre story of one man hitting another with a boomerang before they figured out Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington are, in fact, UFC fighters.Filed under: Blue Co read news >>
Tai Tuivasa made quite an impression in his UFC debut as the undefeated heavyweight prospect earned a jaw-dropping knockout with a flying knee to finish Rashad Coulter on the prelims at UFC Fight Nig read news >>