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Jake Ellenberger defeats Jake Shields by TKO at 0.53mins of Rd1
Court McGee defeats Dongi Yang by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-28)
Erik Koch defeats Jonathan Brookins by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Alan Belcher defeats Jason MacDonald by submission (Verbal) at 3.48mins of Rd1
Vagner Rocha defeats Cody McKenzie by suibmission (rear-naked choke) at 3.49mins of Rd2
– Credit to McKenzie for surviving as long as he did on the ground in this fight as Rocha had him in trouble with several submission attempts, but eventually Rocha’s relentless ground work paid off as he locked in a rear-nake choke late in the second round.
Evan Dunham defeats Shamar Bailey by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
– Dominant display of striking here from Dunham as he used his excellent takedown defence to ensure that the wrestler was forced to stand with him. Dunham kept it simple but effective, finding a home for the classic 1-2 combination with regularity throughout the 15 minutes. Credit to Bailey for never backing down, but there was never any question who was going to have his hand raised at the end.
Lance Benoist defeats Matt Riddle by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Good figh. Benoist impressed in his UFC debut, particularly in the first round where he showed very good technique for a 22 year-old, including throwing a hook kick, utilizing some rubber guard action, and pulling off a beautiful sweep, using a kimura attempt to end up in mount. Benoist also had the better of the second round, but Riddle did land a brutal knee from the clinch that appeared to break his opponents nose, leaving him bleeding heavily. The third round was all about survival for Benoist given the state of his nose as Riddle took him down early and controlled him on the ground, but ultimately failed to get the finish. Overall a good win for benoist and he’s marked himself out as one to watch here.
Ken Stone defeats Donny Walker by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2.40mins of Rd1
Stone made short work of Walker, taking his back and dragging him to the mat early in the round and then sinking in a rear-naked choke. The remarkable thing was how long Walker survived before finally passing out as Stone tweaked the submission by going palm-to-palm for extra leverage.
Seth Baczynski defeats Clay Harvison by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1.12mins of Rd2
– Baczynski proved to be the better striker in this match-up, getting the better of Harvison in the first, and then dropping him to the canvas with a jackhammer of a right hand early in the second. Harvison did well just to survive the ground and pound onslaught that followed, but still dazed he couldn’t fight of the rear-naked choke that would end the fight.
TJ Waldburger defeats Mike Stumpf by submission (triangle choke) at 3.52mins of Rd1
The signs were ominous for later replacement Stumpf in the opening moments of the fight when Waldburger had him down on the mat and seized his back. He managed to survive that early scare but Waldburger wasn’t finished yet. During a terrific chain of submissions in the latter stage of the round Waldburger first looked for an armbar, then rode it out as Stumpft tried to roll free, and finally slickly switched to a fight ending triangle choke.
Robert Peralta defeats Mike Lullo by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
As in his last fight with Edson Barboza, Lullo found himself being punished due to the heavy leg kicks of Peralta. After coming up short in the striking game for half the fight Lullo finally began to change things up in the second half, looking to clinch against the cage and go for takedowns. Peralta’s takedown defense held firm though until the dying moments of the fight when Lullo finally secured a couple of takedowns, but it wasn’t enough to change the outcome.
Justin Edwards defeats Jorge Lopez by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Edwards pushed the pace effectively for the first two rounds, securing regular takedowns and threatening with a variety of choke based submission attempts. Lopez turned the tables in the third by taking Edwards down and controlling him for much of the round, but it was too little too late.