SAN JOSE, Calif. – Anthony Njokuani lost three times in California under the Zuffa banner, and he wasn’t going to let it happen again.

Expertly playing the role of matador to the aggressive Roger Bowling, he earned a second-round KO to piggyback on the night’s first explosive finish.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 7 event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FX and a main card on FOX.

The fight initially had few of the fireworks of the evening’s opening bout between Yoel Romero and Clifford Starks. A low-stanced Njokuani waited patiently for striking opportunities while the shorter Bowling charged in with swinging punches and kicks. Njokuani’s first concerted effort, a body shot, drew a reaction from the crowd and prompted Bowling to charge back. But Njokuani continued to measure his strikes, and Bowling nabbed a takedown before landing shots from the top.

That awoke Njokuani, who found his feet and delivered stiff, clean combinations of punches and kicks to close the opening frame.

The second frame saw Bowling continue to close distance in hopes of landing in close, but he was forced to contend with the stiff kicks of Njokuani. Bowling took several counters, but pressed forward.

It was that aggressiveness that cost the Strikeforce vet. Njokuani timed a lead left hook that clipped Bowling’s jaw and sent him crashing into his foe before hitting the mat, out cold.

The official time of the stoppage was the 2:52 mark of the second frame.

“That felt so good,” Njokuani said. “I lost the last three times I was in California, and I made it clear I was going to end that streak. I’m so glad I’m back now.”

Njokuani (16-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) gets back to the winner’s circle after a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos in his previous bout, which also took place at HP Pavilion. He has hopscotched between wins and losses in his past eight bouts. Bowling (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) now has dropped two straight following a decision loss to former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 7 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 7, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan and Ben Fowlkes contributed to this report on-site in San Jose.

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

Related News

UFC on FOX: Cerrone and Masvidal Are Elite Welterweights That Were Lost at 155

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

At any point in their respective careers, people would have been happy to see Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal square off. They’re two of the more aggressive action fighters in the game, wild men of read news >>

Jorge Masvidal Stops Donald Cerrone with Punches (UFC Denver Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 18 views

Watch Jorge Masvidal's second-round finish of Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver. read news >>

Watch Francis Ngannou Finish Andrei Arlovski (UFC Denver Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

Check out Francis Ngannou's quick finish of former champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver. read news >>

Valentina Shevchenko Submits Juliana Pena (UFC Denver Highlights) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 20 views

Check out Valentina Shevchenko submit Julianna Pena by armbar at UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena in Denver. read news >>

UFC on FOX 23 video highlights: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena

  • 21 days ago
  • 6 views

People may have been picking Valentina Shevchenko to beat Julianna Pena. But no one was really expecting her to get it done on the ground.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC on Fox 23: Gate and Attendance Numbers from Denver | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC president Dana White announced the attendance and gate numbes stemming from UFC on Fox 23 during the event's post-fight press conference in Denver. read news >>

Jorge Masvidal: 'I Looked Right Into His Soul and He Wasn't There' (UFC on FOX 23) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 27 views

Jorge Masvidal had no question that his fight with Donald Cerrone should have been over in the first round. read news >>

Video replay: UFC on FOX 23 post-event press conference

  • 21 days ago
  • 19 views

DENVER – Check out a video replay of the UFC on FOX 23 post-event news conference.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC on FOX 23's Jorge Masvidal doubles down on $200,000 bet to Dana White

  • 21 days ago
  • 125 views

DENVER – Following an upset stoppage of Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal reiterated he wants to bet UFC President Dana White $200,000 on his welterweight prospects. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, read news >>

Valentina Shevchenko: 'I Am a Master' (UFC on FOX 23) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 20 views

With her win over Julianna Pena at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Valentina Shevchenko earned her shot at UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. read news >>