UFC 184 Prelims: Quick Roan Carneiro Choke Renders Mark Munoz Unconscious

By Brian Knapp Feb 28, 2015
Roan Carneiro could not have been more impressive.

Returning the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the first time in more than six years, Carneiro left Reign MMA standout Mark Munoz unconscious with a first-round rear-naked choke at UFC 184 “Rousey vs. Zingano” on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Munoz (13-6, 8-6 UFC) passed out 1:40 into round one.

Carneiro (20-9, 3-3 UFC) dragged the 2001 NCAA wrestling champion to the mat under the threat of a guillotine choke, moved to side control and transitioned to the back during the subsequent scramble. He secured the choke and then his hooks, squeezing until the room went dark on Munoz. Anchored at an American Top Team affiliate in Atlanta, Carneiro has pieced together a six-fight winning streak, five of them finishes.

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Eye Poke Results in Yamamoto-Salazar No-Contest

The second of two incidental eye pokes from Norifumi Yamamoto brought a premature end to his preliminary bantamweight matchup with Roman Salazar. Referee John McCarthy called for the stoppage 2:37 into round two -- the result was a no-contest -- after Salazar informed him he could not see out of his left eye.

Yamamoto (18-6, 0-3 UFC) controlled much of the action by darting in and out of range with punches, leaning on his superior quickness and footwork. Salazar (9-3, 0-1 UFC) executed a takedown inside the first 15 seconds of round two, only to see the 2005 K-1 Hero’s grand prix winner spring back to his feet. “Kid” then caught Salazar with two eye pokes during their ensuing standup exchanges, the second of the unintentional fouls leading to the anticlimactic finish.

The 37-year-old Yamamoto has not posted a victory since May 2010.

Means Rips Apart Lima

Former King of the Cage champion Tim Means dispatched “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 19 finalist Dhiego Lima with first-round punches in an undercard tilt at 170 pounds. Means (23-6-1, 5-3 UFC) closed it out 2:17 into round one.

Lima (10-3, 1-2 UFC) was never competitive. Means tagged the Atlanta-based Brazilian with punches against the cage and folded him with a perfectly placed knee strike. From there, Lima’s situation only grew worse. Means let loose with everything in his arsenal, from straight punches to standing elbows. He tracked the wounded Lima across the cage after he returned to his feet, blasted him into a slouched position with a straight left on the button and finished him with follow-up punches.

Means, 31, has recorded three wins in a row.

Lewis Smashes South Africa’s Potts

Former Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder Derrick Lewis put away Ruan Potts with second-round ground-and-pound in a preliminary heavyweight duel. Potts (8-4, 0-3 UFC) succumbed to blows 3:18 into round two, suffering his third consecutive defeat.

Lewis (12-3, 3-1 UFC) escaped a deep kneebar attempt in the first frame and went to work. His overwhelming power gradually wore down Potts, a judo black belt and Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt who found himself buried underneath “The Black Beast.” In the second round, Lewis again assumed top position on the weary South African, advanced to mount with no resistance and brought it to a close with unanswered punches and elbows.

Nova Uniao’s Lazaro Sneaks Past Krause

Nova Uniao export Valmir Lazaro won for the 12th time in 13 appearances, as he eked out a split decision over Resurrection Fighting Alliance, World Extreme Cagefighting and Bellator MMA veteran James Krause in a competitive undercard scrap at 155 pounds. All three judges saw it 29-28, two of them giving the nod to Lazaro (13-3, 1-1 UFC). Neither man seized control, engaging in give-and-take exchanges for much of the 15-minute encounter. Lazaro worked behind a stinging jab and followed body-head punching combinations with chopping low kicks. The 29-year-old Brazilian also shut down Krause’s takedown game, trapping him on the feet and forcing the standup battle he preferred. Krause (21-7, 2-3 UFC) was effective in spurts, particularly with sneaky right hands over the top and leg kicks of his own, but he had no answer for the Lazaro jab, which became more and more of a factor the deeper the fight went.

Debuting Fullen Edges Torres

Smooth punching combinations, effective counterstriking and stingy takedown defense carried Alliance MMA’s Masio Fullen to a split decision over Alex Torres in a preliminary featherweight clash. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Fullen (10-4, 1-0 UFC).

Torres (2-2, 0-1 UFC) had the Mexican taekwondo champion reeling with right hands in the first round, but his bid to finish fell short. Fullen shook off the damage and settled in during round two, cracking his counterpart with multi-punch bursts while mixing in occasional spinning attacks. Nothing came of Torres’ two successful takedowns in the match, and the Colombian wrestler never regained the momentum he held early in the fight.

Fullen, 27, has rattled off three straight wins.


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