UFC delivered another action-packed night at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, headlined by a clash of top 15 middleweight stand-up artists as No. 8 ranked Uriah Hall took on No. 11 ranked Sean Strickland.
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland Results
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland Main Card
Main Event: Uriah Hall vs Sean Strickland
Despite his best efforts, Sean Strickland wasn’t able to stop fellow middleweight contender Uriah Hall in their UFC Fight Night main event, but he left no doubt on the scorecards as he emphatically defeated “Prime Time” over five rounds.
Scores were 50-44, 50-45, 49-46 for the No.11-ranked Strickland, 24-3, who has won five straight. The No.8-ranked Hall falls to 18-10.
Strickland tried to establish his jab as the bout began, but he often came up short with follow-up right hands. What Strickland was doing was keeping Hall from getting his own offense in gear, but in the second minute, he started to get some shots in. Midway through the round, Strickland’s right hand began to find a home, forcing Hall to respond or get in an early hole on the scorecards.
Strickland kept the pace high in round two, and he quickly had Hall on the defensive as he bulled him into the fence. In the third minute, Hall took the role of aggressor, needing to turn the tide of the fight, but just when he seemed to be getting into a rhythm, an inadvertent low kick by Strickland brought a brief halt to the bout. Yet when it resumed, the two battled it out on even terms until the end of the round.
Hall got a little busier in the third, but Strickland took his opponent down and nearly ended the bout with a series of ground strikes. Hall weathered the storm and got upright, but Strickland remained locked on his foe until he took him down again. Hall tried to hold on to get a referee restart, but Strickland stayed busy and took the New Yorker’s back, where he stayed for the rest of the frame.
The two traded jabs for much of the fourth round, but when Hall got too comfortable, Strickland landed with a right hand that hurt him, and he closed the round with a series of hard shots in the final minute before a late surge from Hall in the final seconds.
Hall made a run in the fifth frame, trying to get the finish he needed, and he was scoring well but not hurting Strickland, who stayed perilously close to danger while standing in the pocket with the dangerous Hall. But after that initial rush, Strickland was able to slow Hall down and finish strong, ending the 25-minute battle as strong as he started it.
Official result – Sean Strickland def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 49-46) | Official Scorecards
Co-Main Event: Cheyanne Buys vs Gloria de Paula
Strawweight prospect Cheyanne Buys took advantage of being elevated to the co-main event spotlight by delivering a statement-making first-round TKO of Gloria de Paula.
After some solid exchanges to start the bout, Buys (6-2) took de Paula (5-4) to the mat in the opening minute, yet as de Paula rose to her feet, a flush kick by Buys sent the Brazilian back to the canvas. Buys thought it was a walk-off KO, but de Paula got back to her feet, only to be taken down and finished by a series of ground strikes. The official time of referee Mark Smith’s stoppage was 1:00 of round one.
Official result – Cheyanne Buys def. Gloria de Paula via TKO (strikes) at 1:00 of round one | Official Scorecards
Niklas Stolze vs Jared Gooden
Late replacement Jared Gooden made the most of his opportunity against Niklas Stolze, halting the German in the first round of their welterweight bout.
Stolze opened the fight with a spinning kick that was answered by punches to the head by Gooden, who then took his foe to the mat. Stolze got up quickly and the fighters resumed striking, but then Gooden closed the show with a right hand that landed flush and put Stolze on the deck. A follow-up shot ended matters, with referee Herb Dean stopping the fight at 1:08 of the opening round.
Atlanta’s Gooden, who replaced Mounir Lazzez, improves to 18-6. Stolze falls to 12-5.
Official result – Jared Gooden def. Niklas Stolze via TKO (strikes) at 1:08 of round one | Official Scorecards
Collin Anglin vs Melsik Baghdasaryan
In a meeting of debuting featherweights from season four of Dana White’s Contender Series, Melsik Baghdasaryan stopped Collin Anglin in the second round.
Baghdasaryan roared out of his corner throwing punches and kicks with bad intentions, immediately getting Anglin’s attention. Anglin settled in and got off some knees at close range, and a takedown midway through the round added to his point total. Baghdasaryan rose quickly and went back to work, pressuring his foe and landing two straight lefts that briefly had Anglin in trouble.
Baghdasaryan landed three consecutive 1-2s in the second minute of round two, but it was the follow-up head kick that dropped Anglin, effectively ending the bout that was halted by referee Mark Smith at 1:50 of the second stanza.
Official result – Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Collin Anglin via TKO (strikes) at 1:50 of round two | Official Scorecards
Bryan Barberena vs Jason Witt
Welterweights Jason Witt and Bryan Barberena left it all in the Octagon in their three-rounder, with Witt outlasting Barberena via majority decision.
Scores were 29-27, 29-28, 28-28 for Witt, now 19-7. Barberena falls to 15-8.
Witt used a hard kick to the body to set up a smooth takedown in the second minute, and he controlled matters there until 90 seconds remained. Upon getting upright, Barberena tagged Witt with a right hand and he added some more strikes in a subsequent exchange before a late takedown by Witt.
Barberena got off to a good start in round two, but two minutes in, a right hand by Witt knocked him into the fence and the Kansas City native followed with a takedown. Once standing, another right hand drilled Barberena, and Witt followed up with a guillotine choke attempt. Barberena got free and returned to his feet but was grounded once more before the horn sounded.
Barberena began winning the exchanges in the final round, hurting Witt with a right in the second minute. Witt went chasing a takedown and he got one at the midway point. Barberena got up immediately but was slammed back to the mat seconds later. With 1:45 left, Barberena was back to his feet and looking to turn things around as he landed several hard shots, but again, it was Witt able to clear his head and lock Barberena up. As the fight went to the mat, Barberena used a kimura to get upright, and there was more hectic action up until the final horn ended a fight to remember.
Official result – Jason Witt def. Bryan Barberena via majority decision (29-27, 29-28, 28-28) | Official Scorecards
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland Prelims
Chris Gruetzemacher vs Rafa Garcia
Veteran lightweight Chris Gruetzemacher earned his first win since April 2018 with a grueling three-round unanimous decision over Rafa Garcia.
Scores were 29-28 across the board for Gruetzemacher, now 15-4. Garcia falls to 12-2.
Forty-five seconds into the bout, a left hand by Garcia staggered Gruetzemacher, and he went on the attack. The veteran appeared to clear his head in the second minute, and he pressured his foe until a takedown by Garcia. The fighters didn’t stay on the mat long, and they traded body shots until one by Gruetzemacher strayed low and brought a momentary halt to the action. When the fight resumed, Gruetzemacher fought off his opponent’s takedown attempts, and late in the round, he landed some hard shots at close range.
Garcia looked winded in round two, yet after a strong start by Gruetzemacher, Garcia scored a takedown in the second minute to halt his momentum, but only briefly, as the veteran got back to his head and continued landing shots on his bloodied foe.
In the third, Garcia was running on fumes, and while he got two takedowns and had some ground control, Gruetzemacher was in charge of the action on the feet and that allowed him to get a hard-fought win.
Official result – Chris Gruetzemacher def. Rafa Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) | Official Scorecards
Danny Chavez vs Kai Kamaka
In a featherweight bout, a second-round point deduction cost Kai Kamaka a win, as he was forced to settle for a three-round draw with Danny Chavez.
Scores were 29-27 Kamaka, 28-28, 28-28
Chavez (11-4-1) got a quick takedown in the second minute of the bout, but Kamaka (8-4-1) got free just as fast, and the pair exchanged calf kicks as they looked for the opportunity to break the fight open.
Kamaka took the calf kick lead in the second, prompting Chavez to up his work rate to take the Hawaiian out of his rhythm, but that just gave Kamaka more countering opportunities. Unfortunately, an inadvertent eye poke by Kamaka sent Chavez to the mat in pain and prompted a visit from the Octagonside physician, but once Chavez was cleared to continue, a low knee from Kamaka after a previous hard warning from referee Herb Dean saw Kamaka lose a point. The two engaged immediately when the action resumed, but after a brief burst, the two largely circled each other until the horn.
Chavez tried to push for the finish in the third, but key work by Kamaka in grappling exchanges kept the bout to a stalemate.
Official result – Kai Kamaka Majority Draw Danny Chavez (29-27 Kamaka, 28-28, 28-28) | Official Scorecards
Jinh Yu Frey vs Ashley Yoder
Jinh Yu Frey made it two wins in a row in a strawweight bout, as she shut out Ashley Yoder over three rounds.
Scores were 30-27 across the board for Frey, now 11-6. Yoder falls to 8-8.
The strawweights kept the pace high throughout the opening round, Frey holding a slight edge but Yoder not too far behind.
Frey rocked Yoder early in round two, and after clearing her head, Yoder fired back, but Frey kept the pressure on as she dodged her opponent’s takedown attempts. Late in the round, though, Yoder began tagging Frey with regularity, marking up the Texan’s face.
The third was close, but Frey’s calf kicks and some more solid punches upstairs were enough to secure the round and the fight.
Official result – Jinh Yu Frey def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) | Official Scorecards
Ryan Benoit vs Zarrukh Adashev
In his third try, Zarrukh Adashev notched his first UFC victory, outpointing Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision in flyweight action.
Scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Adashev, now 4-3. Benoit falls to 10-8.
There was no feeling out process between the flyweights, with Adashev digging in with his kicks to Benoit’s leg while the Texan got in some hard punches upstairs. Three minutes in, though, the leg kicks had Benoit limping and switching his stance, yet Benoit kept throwing hard, and he was able to put Adashev on the seat of his shorts with one of his power shots.
The gutsy Benoit kept marching forward in round two, and though he got some shots in, Adashev was landing too, picking at his opponent from long range as he made Benoit chase him. With a minute left, Adashev locked Benoit up against the fence briefly, then went back to work from distance.
Benoit tried to goad Adashev into a brawl in the final round, but the Uzbekistan native wasn’t having it, as he was content to counter and make his opponent use his injured leg. To his credit, Benoit didn’t stop trying to turn things around, but Adashev’s early lead was enough for him to get the victory.
Official result – Zarrukh Adashev def. Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) | Official Scorecards
Phil Rowe vs Orion Cosce
In the welterweight opener, Phil Rowe earned his first UFC win with an impressive second-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Octagon newcomer Orion Cosce.
Cosce fired off a couple kicks to start the bout and then locked up with Rowe against the fence, taking his foe down within the first minute. Cosce controlled the action until the two stood at the midway point of the first round. Another takedown by the Californian followed, and even when Rowe stood, Cosce wasn’t letting go as they battled at close range. Rowe did get some strikes off late, but it was still Cosce’s round.
Rowe kept his momentum going into the second, getting his strikes off with regularity while rocking Cosce a few times. But when referee Chris Tognoni appeared close to stopping the bout, Cosce fired back with some haymakers that kept him in the fight until he was able to clinch with Rowe and clear his head. Once Rowe got free, he landed a series of thudding knees, and when he opened up with his hands, he dropped Cosce and forced a stoppage from Tognoni at 4:21 of the second round.
With the win, Rowe, who missed weight for the bout at 173.5 pounds, moves to 8-3. Cosce falls to 7-1.
Official result – Phil Rowe def. Orion Cosce via TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of round one | Official Scorecards