Johnson has made drastic strides with his game. Ask Tony
Imperial Athletics representative fought a brilliant strategic
fight against Ferguson and defeated “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
13 winner by unanimous decision at UFC
on Fox 3 “Diaz vs. Miller” on Saturday at the Izod Center in
East Rutherford, N.J. All three judges scored it the same: 30-27
for Johnson (11-6, 2-2 UFC).
Johnson set the tone midway through round one, as he momentarily
stunned and dropped Ferguson (13-3, 3-1 UFC) with a stiff left
hand. It was a harbinger of what was to come. Johnson attacked his
foe’s arms, body and legs with blinding kicks and backed them up
with one left hand after another, repeatedly snapping back
Ferguson’s head. “El Cucuy” never found himself, overwhelmed by
Johnson’s speed, aggression and firepower. He entered the cage on a
six-fight winning streak and left it with stalled momentum, beaten
for the first time under the UFC banner.
Dodson Outlasts Newcomer Elliott
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner John Dodson
escaped an ultra-competitive encounter with Tim Elliott,
earning a unanimous nod from the judges in an undercard duel at 125
pounds. Dodson (13-5, 2-0 UFC) swept the scorecards by identical
29-28 counts, despite the fact that he appeared to sustain an
injury to his left hand in the first round.
Elliott (8-3, 0-1 UFC), a late replacement for Darren
Uyenoyama, acquitted himself well in his first Octagon
appearance. The aggressor throughout, the 25-year-old Oklahoman
threw everything he had at the man they call “The Magician.” Dodson
countered effectively, worked his angles and slammed knees into his
With two rounds seemingly in the bank, Dodson, hampered by the
inability to use his most trusted weapon, lost his way in the
third. Elliott tagged him repeatedly with power shots, standing up
Mixed Martial Arts representative more than once with stiff
left hands. Dodson survived. Elliott arrived.
Hathaway Hands Krauss First Loss
London Shootfighters standout John
Hathaway re-established himself as one of the world’s top young
welterweights, as he cruised to a unanimous decision over the
previously unbeaten Pascal
Krauss in a preliminary bout at 170 pounds. All three cageside
judges scored it for Hathaway: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
Hathaway (16-1, 6-1 UFC), in his first appearance in more than a
year, landed virtually all the strikes of consequence -- including
a first-round knee that floored Krauss (10-1, 1-1 UFC) -- and
delivered takedowns in rounds two and three. As the match neared
its conclusion, Hathaway stepped up his aggression, tagging and
Roufusport representative with two more knees, a few right
hooks and a spinning-back fist.
Gaudinot Guillotine Spoils Lineker Debut
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum Louis
Gaudinot rendered former Jungle Fight champion John
Lineker unconscious with a second-round guillotine in an
action-packed preliminary flyweight match. Lineker (19-6, 0-1 UFC)
went limp 4:54 into round two, his 13-fight winning streak a thing
of the past.
Before being ensnared, Lineker did some excellent work on the feet,
unleashing power punches to the head and body. The shots to
Gaudinot’s midsection were particularly devastating. However, the
green-haired Gaudinot (6-2, 1-1 UFC) refused to wilt. The
Team Tiger Schulmann representative scored with a late takedown
in the second round and trapped the Brazilian in the guillotine as
he rose to his feet, his neck exposed. Gaudinot wrapped Lineker in
full guard and waited for him to black out.
“The second round, he caught me and backed me up a little bit,”
Gaudinot said. “I just wanted to show the fans that the flyweights
belong in the UFC. I catch all my training partners with [the
guillotine]. I love it. I knew it was in. Once I’m under the chin,
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Castillo gave Cholish his first loss.
‘Last Call’ Halts Cholish Streak
Team Alpha Male’s Danny
Castillo defeated John
Cholish by unanimous decision in a tactical but largely
uneventful lightweight battle on the undercard. All three cageside
judges scored it for Castillo (14-4, 4-1 UFC) by matching 30-27
counts, as he halted Cholish’s eight-fight winning streak.
Castillo delivered the only moments of note with a pair of slam
takedowns, one of them at the end of the second round. Cholish
(8-2, 1-1 UFC) seemed tentative from the beginning, especially on
the feet, and grew more desperate as the fight deepened. In the
third round, perhaps sensing his situation was dire, the
28-year-old Renzo Gracie
protégé attempted a kneebar, standing guillotine and heel hook.
None were successful, and Castillo walked out of the cage with the
Bermudez Grounds, Dominates Garza
Takedowns, a suffocating top game and steady ground-and-pound
carried “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 finalist Dennis
Bermudez to a one-sided unanimous decision over Pablo Garza
in a preliminary featherweight tilt. All three cageside judges
scored it for Bermudez (8-3, 1-1 UFC) by identical 30-27
Outside of a series of first-round upkicks and the occasional
submission attempt, Garza’s offense was virtually non-existent.
Bermudez dumped the North Dakotan on his head repeatedly, scoring
with eight takedowns in the 15-minute affair. He punctuated his
effort with a strong third round, as he moved to mount with a
little more than a minute left and fished for the rear-naked choke
until time ran out. Garza (11-3, 2-2 UFC) would not cooperate, but
victory was already assured.
Delorme Taps Denis with Last-Second Choke
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 alum Roland
Delorme submitted Sengoku
veteran Nick Denis
with a first-round rear-naked choke in their brief but memorable
undercard scrap at 135 pounds. Denis (11-3, 1-1 UFC) succumbed to
the hold 4:59 into round one.
Delorme (8-1, 2-0 UFC) was in danger for much of the encounter, as
his fellow Canadian drilled him with punches, from distance and in
close quarters. A late replacement for the injured Johnny
Bedford, the 28-year-old found himself on wobbly legs after a
succession of rights from Denis, referee Keith Peterson hovering
nearby. However, Delorme turned the tide with a pair of left hooks
and an inside low kick in the final minute. He scored with a trip
takedown, moved immediately to mount and caught Denis in an
attempted escape. The choke followed soon after, along with the
tapout -- with one second remaining on the clock.
Vemola Choke Submits Massenzio
Team Bombsquad representative Mike
Massenzio with a second-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary
middleweight matchup. Massenzio (13-7, 2-5 UFC) conceded defeat 67
seconds into round two.
Vemola (9-2, 2-2 UFC) answered a ringing combination from his
opponent with a takedown at the start of the second frame, wheeled
around to Massenzio’s back and secured the fight-ending choke. No
hooks were necessary. Vemola, a 26-year-old Czech Republic import,
has now delivered more than half (five) of his nine career wins via