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The UFC Vegas 28 prelims consisted of eight bouts. That includes a number of Octagon first-timers and a number of other predominant card veterans. The motion kicked off from contained in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 4 pm ET on ESPN+.
UFC Vegas 28 prelims: Puelles palms Leavitt his first profession loss after almost 10 minutes of management on the mat
To open the UFC Vegas 28 prelims, Claudio Puelles appeared sharp early regardless of not having fought since September of 2019. Each traded stiff kicks earlier than Jordan Leavitt appeared to take the combat to the mat. His advances had been short-lived earlier than motion returned to the toes. With a little bit over a minute left, “El Nino” gave his opponent a few of his personal drugs, landed a takedown and managed from the highest to finish the primary spherical.
Early within the second, “The Monkey King” once more appeared to get the combat to the bottom, however Puelles defended properly and turned a failed heel hook try on him into getting prime management as soon as once more. Leavitt tried to comb and reverse positions, however the Peruvian had a solution at each flip. Over the past 30 seconds, Puelles labored to again management and clearly was the simpler fighter within the spherical.
Sensing his floor benefits, Puelles initiated the grappling and scored the takedown. Leavitt continued to attempt to be energetic on the bottom with strikes and seeking to get again up, however his 26-year-old foe confirmed a talented prime recreation. Though he didn’t do quite a lot of injury, which even led to the referee standing the combat up with a minute left, in the long run it didn’t matter after Puelles had almost 10 minutes of management time on the mat.
The Inka FC and 300 Sparta veteran scored the unanimous choice victory. He has now received three straight within the Octagon. He additionally palms the native of Nevada his first loss within the Octagon, and general. Transferring Leavitt’s report to 8-1.
Woodson stuffs 15 Zalal takedowns to earn the split-decision win
Early on, Sean Woodson chased Youssef Zalal, however “The Moroccan Satan” was the fighter touchdown stiffer punches and kicks as he moved round and tried to remain out of his foes lengthy vary. On two events Zalal appeared to attain a takedown however Woodson defended. Nonetheless, the third strive with about 15 seconds left was the allure to attain some late factors in a spherical he seemingly received.
Within the second, Zalal discovered an area the place he may get inside on “The Sniper” and land his pictures or provoke the grappling. He definitely took pictures every so often. However he’s main the dance greater than his opponent. Nonetheless, the second spherical normally was a lot nearer. Woodson landed extra strikes and didn’t get taken down. Will the judges rating the motion of Zalal or the factors scoring of Woodson?
Within the third, the fixed strain of Woodson has seemingly had an impact. As Zalal is getting hit extra and attempting tougher to get the combat to the bottom. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old Dana White Contender’s Sequence contract winner has stuffed each takedown thrown at him because the one he gave as much as finish the primary. A late try by Zalal led to a Woodson snapping up his opponent in a choke that appeared deep however didn’t end the combat. But it undoubtedly gave him a robust end to the spherical, to assist sway the judges.
Which he did as he earned a cut up choice win in stopping 15 of Zalal’s 17 takedown makes an attempt. He bounces again after a loss in his final UFC look and a yr away from the cage. Zalal has now misplaced three straight after successful his first three within the promotion.
Manon Fiorot earns seventh straight win with TKO over UFC newcomer Tabatha Ricci
Manon Fiorot welcomed Tabatha Ricci to the Octagon in her UFC debut. And early on, the dimensions distinction between the 2, after Ricci moved as much as flyweight to get this chance, was severely evident. Fiorot did an excellent job of utilizing jabs and kicks to combat lengthy and never let the newcomer get to the grappling the place she prefers it. “The Beast” appeared like one within the first, stuffing each takedown, stalked, and landed on the Brazilian all through.
Within the second, the story was the identical as the primary French native to win within the Octagon stalked and beat up her 26-year outdated opponent. A few minutes in, Fiorot landed a punch that floored her Ricci. “Child Shark” confirmed her toughness in attempting to outlive by way of the onslaught, nonetheless, after about 15 seconds of attempting to defend the wave of injury, the referee introduced an finish to the combat.
The 31-year-old has now received seven straight, two of these within the Octagon. Seven of her eight wins have now come by knockout. Ricci comes up brief in her promotional debut, however the LFA veteran was handed a tough spot, a division up and on brief discover.
Mason Jones and Alan Patrick ends in a no-contest after an unintentional eye poke
To begin the spherical within the regular trend, Alan Patrick got here out aggressive with explosive bursts of motion to do speedy injury. Mason Jones performed the function of matador and tried to climate the early storm, by pressuring and attempting to maintain his opponent on his again foot. By the top of the spherical, the massive actions began to take the air out of Patrick’s balloon. Plus, Jones fought sensible and methodically, touchdown pictures the place he had them. Within the final minute, the Welsh fighter acquired a takedown and pummelled the Brazilian on the mat.
The 37-year-old as a substitute tried for the takedown within the second, nonetheless, his 11 years youthful foe was the fighter who acquired it to the mat. The momentum was clearly in Jones’ nook because the spherical proceeded, however an inadvertent eye poke from the previous Cage Warriors welterweight champion led to a pause within the motion. The combat by no means restarted as Patrick stated he couldn’t see and the bout was referred to as a no-contest.
It’s a disappointing finish for “The Dragon” as he was seemingly on his option to a win, and a bounce again from a UFC debut loss in January. Nonetheless, he was spectacular regardless of the unlucky outcome.
Kamuela Kirk upsets UFC veteran Makwan Amirkhani in short-notice UFC debut
Makwan Amirkhani had an enormous Octagon expertise benefit over newcomer Kamuela Kirk because the pair entered the cage at UFC Vegas 28. However Kirk appeared just like the veteran early as he fought with composure in stuffing a few takedowns and touchdown some strong strikes. Ultimately “Mr. Finland’s” efforts to get issues to the mat received out and he was capable of rating a takedown with two minutes left. It was probably the most notable second in an excellent spherical between the 2 opponents.
Within the second, “The Jawaiian” appeared to get a greater sense of Amirkhani’s rhythm and strategies to take him down. And he landed a number of robust strikes, together with a pleasant flying have to the physique. Nonetheless, midway by way of the Fin was as soon as once more capable of get the combat on the mat the place he had the benefit. However Kirk didn’t relaxation on his laurels and tried to finish issues off his again. He even secured a triangle armbar that appeared seconds from ending the combat, however Amirkhani one way or the other survived it and acquired to the top of the spherical.
Within the closing spherical, regardless of having had notable moments of prime management, Amirkhani appeared exhausted, however he gutted it out and was capable of get a 3rd takedown a little bit over a minute in. The 32-year-old managed a lot of the spherical together with his grappling, till a failed return to the mat was reversed by Kirk and he ended up the person on prime for the final minute.
Ultimately, Kirk’s exercise on the bottom and main issues on the toes earned him the unanimous choice win in a powerful UFC debut on brief discover. Amirkhani has now three of his final 5 within the Octagon.
Muslim Salikhov out strikes Francisco Trinaldo to earn fifth straight win
Transferring as much as welterweight, Francisco Trinaldo the aggressor early and hold the expert striker in Muslim Salikhov on his again foot. The Russian dealt with the strain properly and landed a number of good strikes, together with a loud kick that blasted into the Brazilian’s midsection. With 30 seconds left, “Massaranduba” rushed in for an change of strikes and took a proper hand that wobbled and floored him. Nonetheless, regardless of his opponent attempting to complete the combat with ground-and-pound, he was capable of survive into the second spherical.
Regardless of being harm minutes earlier than, Trinaldo was unfazed within the second and nonetheless pressured to open the spherical. The sturdy 42-year-old has proven how recreation he’s and is touchdown some strong strikes of his personal. It’s simply that his opponent is touchdown extra, and the strikes of be aware in every spherical. With two minutes left one other proper shocked Trinaldo, however he fought on competitively to complete the spherical.
Sensing he was behind, Trinaldo fought very aggressively and threw a variety of strikes in an try to search out one that might end his opponent. It was a extremely aggressive spherical and Trinaldo’s better of the combat. It wasn’t sufficient because the “King of Kung Fu” earned a unanimous choice on the decide’s playing cards. He has now received 5 straight. The loss ends the ageless Trinaldo’s three-fight win streak.
Ilir Latifi breaks shedding streak with cautious win over Tanner Boser
Ilir Latifi entered his prelims bout with Tanner Boser badly in want of a win after shedding three straight. A minute and half into the combat he acquired the combat precisely the place he needed. On the bottom, so he may unload with ground-and-pound. Nonetheless, as a substitute of punches, Latifi selected to chop by way of Boser’s defenses and get to aspect management. However he didn’t do a lot within the place and “The Bulldozer” was capable of get again to the toes with a minute left. Nonetheless it was a Latifi spherical.
Within the second, Boser appeared to strike from a distance and keep away from getting caught up in any grappling exchanges. It labored and he landed a shot that appeared to harm the Swede (it may have be a watch poke) and he tried to complete the combat. However with two minutes left “The Sledgehammer” was capable of endure and make it into the third.
With the combat seemingly on the road, Latifi acquired a wanted takedown early within the third. That’s the place it stayed for the spherical as Latifi performed it protected and Boser appeared glued to the mat and couldn’t stand up. The technique labored and Latifi earned a split-decision win to get again into the win column for the primary time since 2018. Boser is now 3-3 within the UFC and has misplaced for the seventh time by choice.
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