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UFC on FX 2 Prelim Results: Five Fast Finishes Feature in Sydney

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SYDNEY, March 3 - Perhaps inspired (or intimidated) by the debuting flyweights’ reputation for exciting fights, the men of the UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann prelim card turned in thrilling performances, opening the event in Allphones Arena with five jaw-dropping  finishes and two crowd-pleasing wars.

James Te Huna vs. Aaron Rosa

A Texan took out an Aussie earlier in the night, and Penrith-based Kiwi James Te Huna repaid the favor by TKOing the Lone Star State’s Aaron Rosa at 2:08 of round one.

After testing the waters with some low kicks, light heavyweight Te Huna bulled his opponent against the fence, headhunting with his right hook the entire time. Two of those landed against the fence, and he scored with a nasty left hook on the exit. That same hook dropped Rosa seconds later, and Te Huna easily followed, issuing direct hit after direct hit until the ref intervened.

Te Huna’s record ascends to 16-5; Rosa departs 17-5. Watch Te Huna's post-fight interview

Anthony Perosh vs. Nick Penner
Anthony Perosh scored the first win of the night for the Australians on the card, ruining Nick Penner’s Octagon debut with a first-round TKO. "Position before submission," said the light heavyweight BJJ specialist after the ground-and-pound win that was all about the mount.

Standing as mirror images – Perosh 6-foot-3 in orthodox stance and Penner 6-foot-4 in southpaw – it appeared to be Penner who landed the best counters early on, yet the Canadian was also bleeding from under the eye after only a minute. Perosh dove for a takedown and got a few elbows in before Penner reversed, got on top and got to his feet. Perosh was briefly wobbled by another Penner fist, and he took the fight to the fence again where the two struggled for position.

Again Perosh dove for a takedown, and though it took a while to get, it spelled the beginning of the end. Perosh used elbows to further damage Penner, then moved into mount and unloaded brutal strikes as Penner covered up, bucking and spinning away in an attempt to escape the punishment as the ten-second warning sounded. Though Penner tried to survive, he had no defense for Perosh, forcing the ref to wave it off with just one second left in the round.

The win brings the now-13-6 Perosh to three in a row, all of them finishes. It was Penner’s first loss since 2008, his record slipping to 12-2. Hear why Perosh says it's taken him ten years to become an overnight sensation

Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
Cole Miller loves a good grudge, and so there was no better opponent for his first featherweight fight than TUF 14 underdog Steven Siler, who beat Miller’s brother Micah in the qualifying fights for that season. But whether it was the weight cut or simply Siler’s striking, the bad blood wasn’t enough to win the fight, as Siler took the unanimous decision.

At 5’11”, Siler is used to having a reach advantage on his opponents, but even thought his 70” wingspan couldn’t match the 6’1” Miller’s 76” reach, he was able to get inside and score regularly. Miller attempted to establish the distance with jabs and kicks, but Siler found his own range and scored with kicks of his own. Three clinches against the cage were mostly stalemates, but Siler twice caught Miller’s kicks and delivered punches, one that briefly dropped Miller. Late in the round, Siler stunned Miller with a left-uppercut-hook combo, leaving Miller running backward for safety. Miller took Siler down with a backward trip to end the round, but wound up on the bottom in a Siler guillotine, then ate some blows.

Both men had their moments in round two, with Miller landing a good knee to start, then finding his range and peppering Siler with a few strong jabs and rights. But Siler scored throughout with blistering body shots as part of the lighting-fast combinations that kept Miller moving backward. Though Siler later described his standup during the bout as “sloppy,” the crowd loved his unrelenting pace and the frenetic exchanges that erupted with Miller.

Miller seemed drained by round three. Though Siler’s strikes connected with less frequency, the shorter man remained the aggressor. Miller worked twice to control the clinch and push Siler against the fence. During the second prolonged struggle on the cage, Miller took the round by dragging Siler to the ground and climbing into mount. He delivered some ground and pound and briefly moved for a rear-naked choke, but with less than 30 seconds left, Siler survived the lanky Miller’s dangerous ground threat.

Judges scored the bout 29-28 for Siler, who is now 20-9 (2-0 against the Miller brothers of Macon, Georgia). Miller falls to 18-6 in his 145-pound debut. Get Siler's thoughts on his performance here

Kyle Noke vs. Andrew Craig
Aussie-born Kyle Noke received a hometown hero’s ovation, walking in to Men at Work’s classic “Down Under.” His Texan opponent Andrew Craig earned boos during the Octagon introductions and ref Herb Dean a second set of cheers.  But after an early onslaught, UFC newcomer Craig got his composure and made it a tough homecoming for Noke, racking up a 29-28 unanimous decision in the middleweight bout.

The first round was impressively the Aussie’s. Noke immediately came forward for a takedown and trapped Craig against the fence. Noke moved from front guillotine to a rear-naked, but Craig managed to stand up with Noke still on his back. Noke then took Craig for a second ride to the mat, took his back and worked again unsuccessfully for a rear-naked against the fence. Craig survived and ended up with Noke in his guard, where he threw up one triangle attempt as Noke scored with a few punches and elbows. The two finally worked to their feet, Craig landing a knee as they split. Back in the center, Craig began putting together more powerful combinations and counterstrikes that mostly kept Noke at bay.

Craig pushed the pace more in the second, his left arm mostly down or batting forward and his right fist winding up for a big punch. Noke kept his distance using kicks. Noke bulled Craig against the fence with one leg caught, but Craig stayed busy issuing punches and eventually wound up on top in Noke’s half guard then full guard. Noke did his best to tie up Craig’s arms, but the American got a few big blows and ‘bows through before Noke tried an armbar of his own. Noke pushed Craig off with his feet, and Craig allowed him to stand before the two engaged in an ugly, crowd pleasing brawl with 40 seconds left. Noke slipped and went to the ground, and Craig pounced with hammerfists until ending the round on top.

The wild crowd applauded the beginning of round three, the first action coming from Noke’s on-target front kicks. But Craig continued to own the center of the Octagon, connecting in particular with a right hook. Twice more Noke dove for single-legs but again came up short, getting only hammerfists in the head for his trouble.  After some struggle against the fence, Noke secured the double-leg and dumped Craig on his butt against the fence. In the last half of the round, Noke took the center of the Octagon and it was Craig who shot across the Octagon for a solid takedown. Craig crowded Noke against the fence and punched away as Noke moved to his hands and knees, and then to his side, trying to escape but unable to do much to escape Craig’s top game.

Craig, who started training in 2008 because, he says, “I wanted to do at least one amateur fight before I got my big boy job,” remains undefeated at 7-0; Kyle Noke moves to a 19-6-1 record. Watch Craig's post-fight interview

TJ Waldburger vs. Jake Hecht
If the 2:05 submission in Semerzier vs. Pineda seemed fast, the next bout’s 55-second finish made that look practically plodding. Texan TJ Waldburger took less than a minute to improve his record to 15-6 (3-1 in the UFC) while sending Jake Hecht back home to the Midwest 11-3.

The two well-rounded welterweights, both entering the Octagon off submission wins, didn’t spend much time feeling each other out. Waldburger moved forward twice – once with a kick and once with a punch, but Hecht’s counter-combinations were lightning-fast.

Having had enough of that, Waldburger took his opponent to the mat with a trip, isolated an arm from the back and rolled to his back with the limb. Hecht flipped over to try and escape but was tapping before he’d made a full rotation. Hear what Waldburger had to say in his post-fight interview

Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda
Two freestyle featherweights put on a can’t-blink performance in the first televised bout of the UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann prelims, with late replacement Daniel “The Pit” Pineda tapping out Mackens “Da Menace” Semerzier via armbar in just 2 minutes and 5 seconds.

In the first 70 seconds alone, Pineda charged forward with strikes, trapping Semerzier against the cage; Semerzier landed several solid knees in that same time span.

In a close exchange, Pineda dropped Da Menace, then immediately followed him to the ground. High in mount, he secured a triangle and rolled over. Semerzier stood to try and escape, but the triangle was locked, and Pineda pulled his opponent’s arm to get the win.

Pineda’s record now stands at 17-7 with first round submission wins in both of his Octagon appearances; Semerzier drops to 8-4 with 1 no contest. Watch Pineda's post-fight interview

Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan

Score another win for the Strikeforce heavyweights, as Shawn “The Savage” Jordan followed in the successful footsteps of Lavar Johnson and Alistair Overeem, finishing England's Oli Thompson by TKO early in the second round of the event’s first bout.

The heavyweights circled to open, with the action accelerating throughout the round. The crowd chanted “Oli Oli Oli!” to the tune of “Aussie Aussie Aussie” for the Brit, but it was the American Jordan who did the most damage, bloodying Thompson’s face with several flurries plus a right-straight-left uppercut combo that connected several times.

In the bout’s most exciting exchange, an uppercut buckled Thompson, and Jordan capitalized with a huge knee that sent Thompson to his knees against the cage. Jordan followed with massive hammerfists, but Thompson took the fight to the mat, briefly threatening Jordan with an armbar. The Savage escaped, treating Thompson to another knee on their way to the feet.

Staying low, smiling, and bobbing his head, Jordan goaded his opponent forward, catching him this time against the cage where he unloaded. Thompson covered his head before reacting with combos of his own, using his 75-inch reach to fight his way out of danger. As the crowd yelled their appreciation and the two broke in the center of the cage, the opponents high-fived.

The heavies clinched early in the second, with Thompson scoring more with leg kicks in round two. Still it was Jordan who controlled the fight’s geography and moved forward with combinations. Thompson went for a takedown but was quickly rebuffed. One cracking uppercut seemed to stun Thompson, but when Jordan pursued, Thompson came alive and flurried back. When it landed again, however, Thompson was clearly wounded, and a follow-up knee sent Thompson to the mat and the ref in to intervene at 1:07 of the second. 

Jordan celebrated with the rarely-seen heavyweight backflip, his record now 13-3; Thompson’s UFC debut left him 9-3.Hear what "The Savage" had to say after his big win
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