Apr 24, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Alex Oliveira (Pink Gloves) fights Randy Brown (Blue Gloves) throughout UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area. Necessary Credit score: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports activities
After an early prelims quartet of fights opened up UFC 261 on UFC Combat Go, the highest 4 prelim bouts took over each ESPN and ESPN+. The ultimate fights, earlier than a large fundamental card that includes a championship tripleheader, consists of welterweight veterans Alex Oliveira and Randy Brown. Two proficient younger middleweights in Karl Roberson and Brendan Allen, as they give the impression of being to bounce again from losses of their current Octagon outings. Plus, a fan-friendly scrap between featherweight submission aces, when former Cage Fury Combating Championships titleholder Pat Sabatini and Tristan Connelly go toe-to-toe. MixedMartialArts can be delivering play-by-play and outcomes on this area as every struggle involves its conclusion.
Sabatini grapples his method to debut victory over Connelly
Tristan Connelly, a former light-weight, and welterweight pressured early till Pat Sabatini was in a position to land an essential takedown and take management of the motion. Nonetheless, Connelly is was as much as the duty of a floor battle. With each being proficient grapplers having 9 submission wins every to their data. The previous CFFC champ faked an armbar and was in a position to get his opponents again with two minutes left. Regardless of the damaging place, Connelly was in a position to defend and make it out of the spherical.
Second begins the identical as the primary, with strain from the Canadian however the Philadelphia native modified ranges and completely timed a double-leg takedown. Sabatini exhibiting nice management as he transitions positions. Going from aspect management, to getting the again, and doing it another time as “Boondock” tries to flee. Over two rounds, relating to the bottom sport, Connelly has no solutions for Sabatini.
Sabatini was unable to get a takedown early within the third, nevertheless, he nonetheless was in a position to get in his grappling and management the spherical when he wished. Connelly remains to be pressuring however doing a poor job to chop off the cage, and is simply chasing. With a minute left, the 35-year-old was in a position to get a takedown of his personal and sure received the ultimate body. It was all for naught because the victory went to the newcomer by unanimous determination. Connelly strikes to 1-1 within the promotion after being out of motion for a yr and a half due to the pandemic and a foul neck damage.
Allen faucets Roberson with a heel-hook within the first spherical
Brendan Allen and Karl Roberson entered this bout seeking to bounce again from losses of their final Octagon appearances, and each appeared out to finish it quick by placing warmth on their punches and kicks early. Allen finally instigated the grappling and earned the takedown he wanted. Roberson tried to drive it again to the toes, however Allen’s superiority on the mat confirmed all through the spherical as “Child Okay” was caught on the bottom. With 15 seconds left, as Roberson appeared to scramble out from the underside, “All In” maneuvered right into a heel-hook place and was in a position to get the faucet with 5 seconds left within the opening spherical. The New Jersey native nonetheless has not remedied his grappling points. All 4 of his losses have been by submission. Allen strikes to 4-1 within the UFC.
Dwight Grant earns ‘stunned’ split-decision win over Stefan Sekulic
There was quite a lot of vary discovering early between Dwight Grant and Stefan Sekulic. Grant tried to work off a jab whereas Sekulic gave the impression to be ready for that excellent counter that wasn’t fairly coming. There was not a lot to attain till about 15 seconds left because the Serbian scored a takedown that may possible be sufficient to win a quiet struggle spherical.
A few minutes into the second spherical, “The Physique Snatcher” appeared to push the aggression button and had a pair moments the place he landed some robust strikes and had the 29-year-old backing up and attempting to remain out of knockout vary. With a little bit over two minutes left, Sekulic was in a position to rating an essential take down that might’ve swayed the judging his method within the second spherical. Grant was in a position to get again his toes, however the query was if he did sufficient to outscore getting taken down.
The 36-year-old entered the ultimate spherical with a transparent mission assertion from his coaches. Win the struggle right here or it’s a second straight loss. He truly scored a takedown a minute in, however didn’t like what his opponent was providing off his is again, and really selected to face again up. Regardless of his nook imploring him to go for the end, Grant didn’t appear to have the power to do it. His opponent took benefit of that lack of urgency and have become the aggressor late within the struggle. Touchdown a punch that surprised Grant, and practically submitting him with a guillotine choke with seconds left within the struggle.
But, regardless of his efficiency and what his personal nook thought, Grant received the nod from the judges by split-decision. The Dana White’s Contender Sequence alum strikes to 3-2 within the UFC. Sekulic will get welcomed with again to motion with a considerably controversial loss after 30-months away from the Octagon.
Randy Brown snags uncommon one-armed RNC in prelims featured bout
Win of lose, an Alex Oliveira struggle is unpredictable, and this ones starting was no completely different. There was an errant groin kick early, adopted by some nasty low kicks by the Brazilian that appeared to harm Randy Brown. A minute and half in, “Impolite Boy” landed an enormous proper hand that floored “Cowboy.” The pair grappled for a bit, after Oliveira was in a position to survive Brown’s ground-and-pound. Nonetheless, that was short-lived because the New Yorker was in a position to get Oliveira’s again and snag a uncommon one-armed rear bare choke with 2:50 left within the struggle. It was a a lot wanted bounce again win for Brown after a tricky knockout loss to Vicente Luque in August. The 33-fight veteran Oliveira has now misplaced two straight, and tapped for the sixth time on 10 losses.
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