UFC Fight Night: Utica
Side Note: Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel has been cancelled. Aguilar was ruled unfit to fight and the UFC plans to reschedule the fight down the road.
Jarred Brooks vs. Jose Torres (Flyweight/125)
Round 1: Brooks is looking for an early take but settles for an uppercut. Brooks moves in with a right hand and follows it up with a spinning back fist and Torres is down. Torres is turtled with Brooks landing knees from the top. Brooks is threatening with a guillotine, but he isn’t committing. Brooks lands a straight left and scores with a double leg takedown. He has the back down with both hooks set but Torres has climbed to his feet with Brooks still on his back. Brooks is looking for a rear naked choke, but he only has 10 seconds remaining in the round. 10-9 Brooks
Round 2: Torres is landing some shots on Brooks who is far more aggressive. Brooks is going low for a double leg and he’s going to try to slam Torres here. Brooks just knocked himself out! He slammed Torres down and landed directly on the back of his own head. Wow that was a terrible decision on his part. Brooks was clearly in control up until that slam!
Result: Jose Torres def. Jared Brooks via TKO (Slam and Punches) Round 2, 2:55
Johnny Eduardo vs. Nathaniel Wood (Bantamweight/135)
Round 1: They are exchanging early. Johnny Eduardo lands a nice left hook that staggers Wood. Johnny Eduardo has some good head movement. Johnny Eduardo lands a right hook and Wood is hurt, he is busted open from the nose and Eduardo lands another hard-right hook. Wood is surviving but you could see some of his spirit leave his face when he got hit with that shot. 10-9 Eduardo
Round 2: Wood seems to have regained him composer after the break. They are exchanging early, but again Eduardo is showing how hood his head movement is. Wood just can’t seem to land any notable shots. Eduardo side steps a right straight from Wood and lands a right straight of his own. Eduardo goes in for an awkward takedown but can’t get it. Wood is on top and looking for a D’arce choke and he’s got it. Eduardo taps out. Going for that takedown was a bad decision on his part and it cost him the fight. He was looking good on the feet.
Result: Nathaniel Wood def. Johnny Eduardo via Submission (D’arce Choke) Round 2, 2:18
Desmond Green vs. Gleison Tibau (Lightweight/155)
Round 1: Gleison Tibau is looking for a takedown early. Green sidesteps and Tibau runs into the cage. They are exchanging and Tibau is looking for another takedown but can’t get it. Slow round for both guys but Green is controlling the action with his pace. 10-9 Green
Round 2: Green is starting to find his range. Tibau is swinging early but Green isn’t there for the shots to land. Green lands a nice jab and Tibau tries to grab an under hook but Green shakes him off. Green goes for flying knee but can’t quite land it as the round ends. 10-9 Green They are mostly boxing and Tibau just can’t get inside to land shots. He’s getting out jabbed and Tibau isn’t able to take the fight down.
Round 3: More of the same early. Green lands a hard-right hook and then a left and then another right and Tibau is down! He pops up looking for a single leg, but Green won’t let him have it. They’re back in the center. That was a rough spot for Tibau, but he found his way out of it. Green looking for another flying knee there but can’t find it as the round ends. 10-9 Green (30-27 Green)
Result: Desmond Green def. Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision
Belal Muhammad vs. Chance Rencountre (Welterweight/170)
Round 1: Rencountre has a considerable height advantage tonight. Muhammad is attacking with volume as usual. Muhammad lands a nice right hook as Rencountre attempted to close the distance. Not much going on here in the late part of the round. 10-9 Muhammad
Round 2: Muhammad comes out early with a left hook. Muhammad scores a quick takedown and lands a few shots on the ground but Rencountre manages to hip escape and get back to his feet. Muhammad is scoring late with jabs and right hooks, and an axe kick to end the round. 10-9 Muhammad
Round 3: Muhammad has out landed Rencountre 50-12 so through 2 rounds. Muhammad scores a takedown early and some ground and pound. Rencountre is back up but Muhammad takes him back down and has the back. He’s looking for a rear naked choke but Rencountre is defending well. Muhammad has a body lock but only 22 seconds left to work. 10-9 Muhammad (30-27 Muhammad)
Result: Belal Muhammad def. Chance Rencountre via Unanimous Decision
Round 1: David Teymur is establishing is range early. Nik Lentz is trying to close the distance but Teymur is using his movement to avoid it. Lentz is able to get a body lock and a takedown but Teymur is right back up. Teymur is moving backwards and lands a hard-right hand. Teymur lands a right hook and a low kick with 10 seconds left. Most of that round took place on the feet and you have to wonder if Lentz was expecting that. 10-9 Teymur
Round 2: Lentz blocks a high kick from Teymur and uses the opening to move in and land a right hand. Any time Lentz lands anything solid Teymur back peddles and gets out of danger and Lentz seems reluctant to chase him. Lentz takes a chance and moves in for a takedown and gets it. Teymur is right back up though. 10-9 Teymur
Round 3: Teymur moves in with an uppercut and ducks away from a return shot from Lentz. They tie up against the fence and Lentz goes for a guillotine but Teymur rolls out of it. Lentz is busted open but he’s still moving forward. Lentz counters a Teymur right hand with a right hand of his own. I should mention that David Teymur has committed several fouls through out the last two rounds, but the ref has only issued warnings. Teymur lands a nice front kick to the face of Lentz as the round ends. I think Teymur should win easy here, but it was one of those fights that could go either way. It could depend on how much these judges value takedowns. 10-9 Teymur (30-27 Teymur)
Result: David Teymur def. Nik Lentz via Unanimous Decision
Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy (Flyweight/125)
Round 1: Eubanks is attacking early and forces the fight against the fence. They separate, and Eubanks lands a left hook. Murphy is busted open around her right eye. Eubanks is keeping up a steady pace of heavy strikes. Murphy lands a hard leg kick but Eubanks attacks here with a flurry of hooks. She is fighting a bit like Wanderlei Silva right now. Just a tornado of hooks. 10-9 Eubanks
Round 2: Eubanks is looking for a double leg, but Lauren Murphy defends it well and manages to keep herself up with the aid of the fence. Eubanks goes for a high crotch and gets it, but Murphy grabs a guillotine. Eubanks escapes but Murphy attacks with an Omoplatta attempt but settles for the rubber guard. Eubanks pulls out and is maintaining top position with 20 seconds left. 10-9 Eubanks
Round 3: Lauren Murphy is using a little more movement on the feet and is avoiding some of Eubanks shots. She changes levels and attempts a takedown, but Eubanks comes down on top of her. Arm lock attempt by Eubanks but nothing is there. Back on the feet and Eubanks lands a hard leg kick. Eubanks scores a takedown and Murphy attempts an up kick as the round ends. 10-9 Eubanks (30-27 Eubanks)
Result: Sijara Eubanks def. Lauren Murphy via Unanimous Decision
Gian Villante vs. Sam Alvey (Middleweight/185)
Round 1: Gian Villante lands a low kick early, but Sam Alvey makes him pay with a counter right hook. Villante throws a body kick, but it lands a bit low and Alvey will get some time to recover. Back to the action and Alvey lands a big right hand and Villante is down! Alvey is swarming! Villante is up and covering himself but Alvey is landing some big shots as the round ends! That last bit of action probably won the round for Alvey. Villante tried to act like he wasn’t hurt but he went down hard. 10-9 Alvey
Round 2: Alvey attacks early with a jab, straight right combination. He goes from barely moving to attacking in no time and its interesting to watch. Villante is busted open under his left eye and seems focused on establishing the jab. Surprising that Villante has been to conservative in this fight. 10-9 Alvey
Round 3: Gian Villante lands a right hand off a lazy Sam Alvey leg kick. Left hook by Villante connects, but he is breathing with his mouth open. Alvey appears a bit fresher but he has been pretty reserved himself tonight so its impossible to know what the judges are thinking. Villante is continuing to push the pace, but he isn’t landing much. Alvey is starting to stand in place even more so than usual and eats a wild hook because of it. They are turning it up with 15 seconds left! Villante grabs a body lock and forces the fight against the fence as the round ends. Fun fight and the two embrace afterwards. 10-9 Alvey (30-27 Alvey)
Result: Sam Alvey def. Gian Villante via Split Decision
Daniel Teymur vs. Julio Arce (Featherweight/145)
Round 1: Daniel Teymur is of course of the brother of David Teymur who competed earlier on the card. Arce lands a hard-left hand as Teymur was is backing up. They briefly clinch and Teymur tries a trip, but Arce maintains balance. Arce is using a front kick to keep Teymur from closing the distance and its working well. Teymur hasn’t had success with much of anything outside of his leg kicks. Decent round for Arce. 10-9 Arce
Round 2: Teymur lands an inside leg kick to start the round. Arce is having more success with his front kick. He throws up a high kick and it partially lands but I think Teymur got a hand up. Teymur catches a body kick thrown by Arce but can’t do anything with it but he does land a leg kick as they separate. Teymur is looking for a takedown but Arce is using the fence to hold himself up. Teymur has an under hook but Arce is working for a plum. They separate, and Arce looks for another high kick but Teymur gets a hand up. Teymur forces things against the fence and has an under hook with one-minute remaining. Arce has a 32-3 advantage in head strikes. Arce is looking for a standing guillotine and this could be trouble but Teymur manages to spin out. Teymur’s output seems to have slowed a bit. 10-9 Arce
Round 3: Teymur throws a leg kick but Arce catches it and scores a takedown. Arce is on top and transitions to the back, he’s looking for a rear naked choke with a body lock in tight. Teymur is in serious trouble but he is fighting the choke. This is a deep choke and he taps. Very impressive performance by Julio Arce.
Result: Julio Arce def. Daniel Teymur via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3, 2:55
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders (Welterweight/170)
Round 1: Ellenberger pressures early but Saunders forces him back with a high kick. They clinch, and both are throwing wild hooks. Ellenberger forces the fight against the fence with an under hook and he is landing some solid uppercuts. Ben Saunders lands a knee to the body and Ellenberger is down! Saunders has a knee on Ellenberger and is landing some hard shots and its all over! Nice stoppage win for Saunders there.
Result: Ben Saunders def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (Knee and Punches) Round 1, 1:56
Daniel Spitz vs. Walt Harris (Heavyweight/265)
Round 1: Long feeling out process in the early part of the round. Walt Harris lands a big left hand that staggers Daniel Spitz but doesn’t follow up. Slow round for both guys but Harris did have some success with his left hand. 10-9 Harris
Round 2: Daniel Spitz lands a nice side kick to the face of Walt Harris. They clinch, and Harris lands a hard knee before they separate. Spitz has started utilizing a side kick to the knee but still he isn’t really looking to set anything up. Harris for his part just can’t seem to land. Spitz lands an over hand right but doesn’t follow it up. Harris moves in with a counter over hand left off a Daniel Spitz leg kick and Spitz is down! He is trying to recover but Harris is landing some big shots and its all over.
Result: Walt Harris def. Daniel Spitz via TKO (Punches) Round 2, 4:59
Vinc Pichel vs. Gregor Gillespie (Lightweight/155)
Round 1: Gregor Gillespie doesn’t waste much and gets a takedown. He’s on top in side control landing some punches. Somebody is bleeding, but I can’t tell who it is right now. Pichel briefly gets up but Gillespie gets him right back down. Pichel manages to get up again but eats a hard knee and is taken right back down. Gillespie moves into mount but Pichel creates a scramble and manages to get back to his feet. Gillespie takes him right back down. This is impressive stuff here by Gillespie. He is looking for an anaconda choke but only has a few seconds left and Pichel will survive. 10-8 Gillespie Total dominance but it will say that Pichels submission defense is looking good.
Round 2: Gillespie avoids a swarm of punches from Pichel to start the round and scores a quick takedown. Gillespie has Pichel down against the fence and he is landing some hard shots. Pichel struggles to his feet but Gillespie again just drags him back down to the ground and he has the back now. Pichel stands up briefly but gets dragged down again. Pichel is getting rag dolled and can’t seem to do anything about this body lock. Gillespie transitions to side control and he is looking or an arm triangle from there and its all over. Gregor Gillespie is really good and deserves shot at the top 15.
Result: Gregor Gillespie def. Vinc Pichel via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Round 2, 4:06
Marlon Moraes vs. Jimmie Rivera (Bantamweight/135)
Round 1: They engage early and Marlon Moraes lands a head kick and Rivera is down! Moraes is landing shots from the top and its all over! That should earn Marlon Moraes a title shot. The replay shows that Moraes set the kick up with a jab and it was spot on. Rivera briefly argued with the ref, but it was over.
Result: Marlon Moraes def. Jimmie Rivera via KO (Head kick and Punches) Round 1, 0:32