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ARLOVSKI vs. MIOCIC
Stipe Miocic needed to make a statement in Saturday’s UFC 195 co-main event to truly establish himself as the next in line for a shot at the world heavyweight title. He did it too, knocking out former champion Andrei Arlovski in less than a minute at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Give me a shot!” Miocic screamed after the bout, which puts him at the top of the list to face the winner of February’s bout between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.
Arlovski came out aggressively to start the bout, with Miocic patiently waiting for his opening. Soon, it showed up and he took advantage of it, jarring Arlovski with a short right to the head. As “The Pit Bull” staggered, Miocic landed another right that sent his foe to the mat face first. A quick barrage of ground strikes finished the job, referee Herb Dean stepping in to halt the bout 54 seconds into the opening round.
With the win, Ohio’s Miocic improves to 14-2. Chicago’s Arlovski falls to 25-11 with 1 NC.
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TUMENOV vs. LARKIN
Rising welterweight stars Albert Tumenov and Lorenz Larkin put on an exciting three-rounder that begs for a rematch, with Tumenov eking out a split decision victory.
Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Nalchik’s Tumenov, now 17-2. Riverside’s Larkin falls to 16-5 with 1 NC.
The high-level striking action fans expected from this matchup was on display throughout the first round, Tumenov scoring with several hard punches, but Larkin perhaps doing more damage with his kicks to the leg.
The kicking attack of Larkin continued to mark up Tumenov’s leg in the second, but the Russian did more than his share of scoring, mainly with a vicious body attack that set up punches upstairs.
The third round was more of the same, with Tumenov forced to switch stances due to the punishing shots Larkin was delivering to his leg. Tumenov gamely marched forward and kept throwing, and even though his punches were losing steam, they were still landing, making the round tough to score.
ORTEGA vs. BRANDAO
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Brian Ortega showed off brilliant jiu-jitsu technique in his bout with Diego Brandao, scoring a come from behind submission win in the third and final round.
Brandao was on the attack as soon as the fight began, firing off haymakers and scoring with two thudding takedowns. Ortega stayed cool under fire, cutting Brandao under the right eye, but the Brazilian was the busier and more effective fighter until a late surge from “T-City.”
The pace implemented by Brandao in Round 2 was more measured, but he was still busier than Ortega, who was fighting well but showing no sense of urgency as the bout approached the third and final round.
A fired up Brandao came out gunning for a big shot in Round 3, but the bout strayed to the mat twice in the first minute. After that, it was Ortega finally pushing for the finish, and as the bout went back to the canvas, he got it, turning everything around in a split second as he went from a guillotine into the triangle that forced Brandao to tap out at 1:37 of the final frame.
With the win, California’s Ortega improves to 10-0 with 1 NC. Manaus’ Brandao falls to 24-11.
TRUJILLO vs. SIMS
A clash of lightweight knockout artists didn’t play out as expected, as Abel Trujillo opened up the UFC 195 main card with a first-round submission win over Tony Sims.
Trujillo was his typical aggressive self as the bout began, but after taking a few counters from the elusive Sims, he shot in for a takedown that came up short. Later in the round, Sims shot in for his own takedown and got it, but in the process, Trujillo sunk in a guillotine choke that forced the Coloradan to tap out 3:18 into the bout.
With the win, Boca Raton’s Trujillo improves to 13-7 with 1 NC. Denver’s Sims improves to 13-3.