Maia vs Condit | Pettis vs Oliveira | VanZant vs Rawlings | Lauzon vs Miller | Alvey vs Casey | Barzola vs Bochniak | McLellan vs Di Chirico | Campbell vs Silva | Laprise vs Gouti | Kennedy vs Ricci
UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit FOX main card
Main event: Demian Maia defeats Carlos Condit
Before Carlos Condit could even get things going against Demian Maia it was already too late. Maia got the fight to the ground in the opening minute of the fight and took almost no time in getting Condit’s back – the last place Condit could afford to be in this fight. Once Maia sunk in the rear naked choke it looked like Condit was going to just go to sleep, but relented after a few seconds and tapped out at 1:52 of the first round. Maia is now tied for second all-time with 18 UFC wins and has the second-longest active winning streak in the division behind Stephen Thompson.
More from Fight Night Vancouver: Results | Maia makes quick work of Condit | Pettis, VanZant, Miller triumph in Vancouver | Alvey wins by TKO, Bochniak, Di Chirico score split decision victories | Laprise wastes no time, Kennedy takes longer route to victory | Backstage interviews: Jim Miller, Sam Alvey | Octagon interviews: Chad Laprise | Watch the first two fights of the night on UFC FIGHT PASS
Co-main: Anthony Pettis defeats Charles Oliveira
Anthony Pettis’ back was against the wall and he dug deep in the third round to submit jiu-jitsu expert Charles Oliveira by guillotine choke at 1:49 of the final frame. Pettis came close to knocking Oliveira out in the first round, landing a debilitating kick to the body that crumbled the Brazilian, but in going for the finish Pettis gassed himself out a bit. He was able to recover and hang in there to deal with a grind-it-out round two from Oliveira, who landed a takedown and attacked on Pettis’ back on the ground. But Pettis showed his experience in the third, reversing position from the bottom and then when the fight got back up sinking in the choke as Oliveira tried to get it back down to the mat.
Paige VanZant defeats Bec Rawlings
Paige VanZant frustrated Bec Rawlings in the first round, bouncing around and keeping her distance as Rawlings was looking to throw big punches. The strategy paid off in the second round when VanZant went to throw a low kick and turned it into a roundhouse head kick, knocking out Rawlings cold in one of the most spectacular KOs in the history of the strawweight division. VanZant now has three finishes in her career, good for the most in the history of the strawweight division.
Jim Miller defeats Joe Lauzon
Jim Miller didn’t do it unanimously in the rematch, but the veteran took a split decision win over Joe Lauzon (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in what could ultimately be the Fight of the Night. Miller and Lauzon stood toe to toe and exchanged bombs for 15 minutes. Lauzon landed the only takedown of the fight and almost pulled off an armbar at the end of the fight but the time ran out. Miller’s win is his 16th of his UFC career, tying him Gleison Tibau for most wins in the history of the lightweight division.
They said it:
Jim Miller: “There aren’t many guys built like us. We live by the sword and die by the sword. I have a huge amount of respect for Joe Lauzon. After two rounds I could tell we were in another special fight, much like our first one. We were both tried there in the third but I knew he was going to keep going so I just forced myself to keep going too. I think that was my 24th fight inside the Octagon and I’ve only been in the UFC eight years so that means Im averaging three fights a year for eight years. Im like the Cal Ripken Jr. of the UFC. I plan to keep going too, I haven’t achieved everything I want to inside this sport.”
Joe Lauzon: “I thought I had this one, I felt incredibly confident at the end of the fight. I knew it was close but I thought I took rounds two and three for sure, especially with my take downs and my strikes that landed. Im going to take some time off and just recooperate now. Im in nor ush to get back out there so maybe I’ll look at taking another fight toward the end of the year.”
UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit FOX prelims
Sam Alvey defeats Kevin Casey
“Smilin’” Sam Alvey has power for days and it was all on display against Kevin Casey, especially in the second round when he blasted Casey with a number of overhand rights before sending him to the mat and finishing the fight by TKO at 4:56 of the second round. Alvey landed 40 significant strikes in the second round and before the final seconds ticked off the clock Casey was saved by the referee. Alvey now has five finishes since 2014, which is tied for most in the middleweight division with former champ Luke Rockhold.
They said it:
Sam Alvey: “I love Canada and I love fighting here. I’ve fought many times here and what makes it so great is how much they love MMA. They cheer take downs, striking, transitions – its such an educated crowd and makes me fight better. The first time I dropped him, I thought now is not the time to swarm in so I let him get back up and I could tell he was moving a bit slower. When I dropped him the second time, I knew we were close to the end of the round so I figured he really couldn’t do too much if I threw a bunch of strikes. I want on the October 8th card in Manchester at UFC 204 because my mentor and training partner Dan Henderson is fighting there so I’m calling out any middleweight or even any 205’er on the whole continent of Europe. Let’s light it up at UFC 204.
Kyle Bochniak defeats Enrique Barzola
Neither fighter was particularly accurate, but Enrique Barzola got the better of the exchanges and landed more against Kyle Bochniak. That said, two of three judges didn’t see things that way, scoring a split decision for Bochniak (29-28, 27-30, 29-28). One judge scored all three rounds for Barzola, who out-struck Bochniak in every round and overall, 84-37 in total strikes.
They said it:
Kyle Bochniak: “I knew coming into the fight that Barzola was a tough kid with a gas tank to make this a long fight. And I prepared for the long, hard grind. No surprise for me in this fight. It was a tough, tight fight but I wanted this more. My heart was bigger and stronger.”
Enrique Barzola: “That was a really bad decision. Everyone knows I won that fight. I was landing more, staying more active and I was chasing him all over the Octagon. I’ll keep fixing the little things but I don’t view this as a loss.”
Alessio Di Chirico defeats Garreth McLellan
Alessia Di Chirico defeated Garreth McLellan in a back-and-forth war on the FOX prelims, edging out a unanimous decision win (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Both fighters landed a pair of takedowns but it was Di Chirico who did the most damage in the striking exchanges, rocking McLellan a few times and even scored with a spinning back fist.
They said it:
Alessio Di Chirico: “This performance was for my country and for the people affected by the earthquake there. I wanted to show them never give up. I am very proud I fought to the end. I am a strange fighter in that I don’t think of winning when the fight ends. I just want to have fun and put on a good performance. When it went to a split decision, I wasn’t bothered. Perhaps this is my mistake as a fighter, but it’s how I’ve always approached it.”
Felipe Silva defeats Shane Campbell
Canada’s own Shane Campbell felt Felipe Silva’s power early in the first round and couldn’t avoid the punishment, eating several big bombs before curling up on the fence. Referee John McCarthy stopped the fight at 1:13 of the first round, giving Silva the TKO win in UFC debut.
They said it:
Felipe Silva: “The liver shot was definitely a part of the game plan. It's one of my key characteristics to target that spot just above the belt and it worked. I feel this fight favored me. My opponent had more pressure competing in front of a home crowd.”
Shane Campbell: “Fighting here in British Columbia didn’t add any pressure as my friends and family will watch on TV regardless of where the fight is. I just caught with a live shot that dropped me. It paralyzes you and there isn’t much you can do after that. I’ve dropped a lot of people with that myself but when it happens to you, you realize how devastating it is.”
UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit FIGHT PASS prelims
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Chad Laprise defeats Thibault Gouti
Chad Laprise landed a devastating straight right as a counter as he was backing up and rocked Thibault Gouti bad. That’s all it took as Laprise swarmed and landed a series of big punches before the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:36 of the first round. Laprise snaps a two-fight losing streak in what looks to be his last fight at 155 pounds. The Canadian missed weight yesterday and now plans to move up to 170 pounds permanently to avoid the difficult weight cut.
They said it:
Chad Laprise: “Fighting in Canada is always a dream come true. Coming off two losses, the only two of my career, I needed to get this win. The punch I caught him with felt good because I felt nothing when it connected. I know there is going to be a show in Toronto later this year and I definitely want to be on it. Its two hours from my home in London, Ontario. I have awesome teams both in Montreal with Tristar and in London with great training partners at both. I want my next fight to be at 170 pounds. I think I’ll be a more powerful fighter at 170.”
Thibault Gouti: “The ref stopped the fight for nothing. Maybe he caught me, but I was still fine and wanted to keep going.”
Jeremy Kennedy defeats Alessandro Ricci
It was a grueling 15 minutes of grappling and Alessandro Ricci did a solid job keeping the fight standing, but Jeremy Kennedy finished six of 14 takedowns and doubled him up in significant strikes, 45-23. Kennedy scored a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in his UFC debut.
They said it:
Jeremy Kennedy: “I expected needing to weather the storm in that first round. He came out strong, but the game plan was always be going forward. Everything forward, never backwards. I knew my conditioning was on another level so that gave me confidence going into rounds two and three. I figured I'd land more take downs and land some more ground and pound, but instead had him more up against the cage. He had great durability and strength. Fighting at home was a dream come true. The fans were amazing and so loud. Next I want to go back to my natural weight class and dominate.”
Alessandro Ricci: “I don’t think taking this fight short notice had anything to do with the loss as I always stay in shape. Tonight just wasn’t my night. I’m going to go back to the drawing board and come back stronger than ever.”