MENU
#UFC Fight Night 118 #Darren Till #Donald Cerrone #Bellator 185 #Artem Lobov #Andre Fili #Gegard Mousasi #Alexander Shlemenko #Karolina Kowalkiewicz #Kristina Williams #Jan Blachowicz #Devin Clark #Bellator MMA #Sam Alvey #Ramazan Emeev


WINNIPEG – A bantamweight curtain-jerker between Yves Jabouin and Dustin Pague offered another case study in the relative values of position, strikes and submission attempts – at least through the eyes of three judges.

Despite Pague constantly threatening submissions and securing several dominant positions, the French-Canadian Jabouin took the fight on two of three judges’ scorecards for a split-decision win.

The bantamweight bout opened today’s UFC 161 event at MTS Centre in Winnipeg. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FX and a pay-per-view main card.

Prior to the fight, Pague told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he expected a standup affair with striker Jabouin. But instead, the two tumbled to the mat early and spent the better part of the fight in a heated grappling match.

It was Pague who repeatedly looked to get the better of mat exchanges as he slapped on armbar and triangle-choke attempts. But Jabouin proved crafty at escaping them just before they threatened to end his night.

Despite gaining back mount for much of the second round, Pague struggled to put away Jabouin, who pulled off one of several reversals in the latter part of rounds. Jabouin appeared winded from a frenzied first round but still managed to land several hard elbows from top position.

Pague again dominated position early in the third frame, but couldn’t seal the deal and found himself on bottom with time running low.

“That was a war, man,” Jabouin said afterward. “I was trying to set up my shots, land a big combination, but after the first shot, he’d be right in my face every time. He just kept coming and coming. He was great at setting up his subs, but honestly, the only time he came really close was in the last round with the armbar. I think because I was so relaxed I was able to get out of it. If I had panicked and [tried] to muscle out, I would have got caught.”

The final judges’ scores were 29-28 twice for Jabouin and 29-28 once for Pague.

Jabouin (19-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who’s grappling was an Achilles’ heel early in his career, is now 4-1 since moving to bantamweight. Pague (11-8 MMA, 1-4 UFC), meanwhile, has won just one fight since his time on “The Ultimate Fighter 14.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC 161 results include:

  • Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

For complete coverage of UFC 161, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

Matt Erickson and Ben Fowlkes contributed to this report on-site in Winnipeg.

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

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Matchmaker Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Was Offered Tony Ferguson at UFC 217 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 31 views

UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby reveals plans were in motion for Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov in November read news >>

UFC confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov was offered fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 217

  • 22 days ago
  • 61 views

Behind all the Twitter sparring between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC tried to book the pair a fourth time.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Kevin Lee's Controversial UFC 216 Weigh-in Explained | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 17 views

Following a rough weigh-in for Kevin Lee at UFC 216, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett explained why Lee was afforded more time. read news >>

Bobby Green and Lando Vannata's Controversial Draw Earns UFC 216 Fight of the Night | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 8 views

Though their fight ended in a controversial draw, Bobby Green and Lando Vannata took home UFC 216 Fight of the Night honors. read news >>

Bobby Green Says Fighters Would Make Better Judges (UFC 216 Post) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 9 views

Bobby Green talked about his controversial draw with Lando Vannata at UFC 216 on Saturday, revealing how the whole situation unfolded in the Octagon. read news >>

Georges St-Pierre was Offered Anderson Silva Before Michael Bisping | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 16 views

Though he is slated to challenge Michael Bisping at UFC 217, Georges St-Pierre had a possible bout with Anderson Silva in the offing. read news >>

Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos Headlines FOX UFC Fight Night in Winnipeg | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago
  • 12 views

Two of the top welterweights in the world will meet on Dec. 16 in Canada. read news >>

Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos headlines UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

  • 10 days ago
  • 10 views

The UFC announced today that Robbie Lawler will take on Rafael dos Anjos in the headliner for UFC on FOX 26.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise among additions to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

  • 10 days ago
  • 6 views

With the main event for the UFC’s return to Winnipeg now set, the card below it continues to build. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Aldo's return one of three bouts added to Winnipeg card

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

The UFC's first featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, begins his road back to the top of the weight class on Dec. 16 when he faces surging contender Ricardo "The Bully" Lamas in a rematch of a 2014 bout read news >>