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Magomedsharipov improved to 2-0 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight division, as he submitted Sheymon da Silva Moraes with a third-round anaconda choke in the featured UFC Fight Night 122 prelim on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Moraes (9-2, 0-1 UFC) bowed out 4:30 into Round 3.
Despite the Brazilian’s best efforts, it was not competitive. Magomedsharipov (14-1, 2-0 UFC) overwhelmed the World Series of Fighting veteran with takedowns, positional control and ground-and-pound. Moraes spent much of the match in survival mode, buried beneath the former Absolute Championship Berkut titleholder. In the third round, Magomedsharipov landed a takedown, climbed to full mount and found the anaconda choke in a scramble, gator rolling into a dominant position before eliciting the tapout.
Magomedsharipov has rattled off 10 straight wins.
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Song Dashes Nash Hopes
Road Fighting Championship veteran Kenan Song dispatched Bobby Nash with punches in the first round of their undercard tilt at 170 pounds. Nash (8-4, 0-3 UFC) bowed out 15 seconds into Round 1. It ranks as the fifth fastest knockout in the history of the UFC welterweight division.
An errant body kick from Song (12-3, 1-0 UFC) grazed the groin of the Michigan State University graduate during the opening exchange and resulted in a brief pause. Upon the restart, Nash walked into a devastating overhand right and hit the deck in a compromised state. He attempted an instinctive takedown, only to be met with a volley of unanswered hammerfists that forced referee Herb Dean to act.
Song, 27, has won six of his last seven bouts.
Debuting Yan Bests Curran
Crisp, accurate punching combinations and stout takedown defense carried Xiaonan Yan to a unanimous decision over Kailin Curran in a preliminary women’s strawweight encounter. All three cageside judges scored it for Yan (8-1, 1-0 UFC): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. She has not lost a fight in more than seven years.
Curran (4-6, 1-6 UFC) struggled to close the distance without getting clipped with punches and front-leg side kicks. Yan buckled her knees with an overhand right in the first round, staggered her with another clean right in the second and swept the Hawaiian off her feet with a leg kick in the third. Curran clinched incessantly and made passes at takedowns but failed to consolidate her efforts with meaningful damage.
The 26-year-old Curran has suffered four consecutive defeats.
Replacement Song, 19, Submits Khandare
Teenaged prospect Yadong Song submitted Bharat Khandare with a guillotine choke in the first round of their undercard scrap at 145 pounds. A replacement for the injured Pingyuan Liu, Song (10-3, 1-0 UFC) coaxed the tapout 4:16 into Round 1.
Khandare (5-3, 0-1 UFC) played to his opponent’s strengths. Song pressured the former Super Fight League champion from the start, countered beautifully and tore into his lower lead leg with punishing kicks. An overhand right sent Khandare crashing to the canvas and forced him to scramble, and in his hasted to corral Song’s legs, he left his neck exposed. The 19-year-old locked his arms in place, pushed forward and prompted the submission.
The youngest fighter on the UFC roster, Song will carry a three-fight winning streak into his next appearance.
Abdurakhimov Freezes Surging Sherman
Dagestani brute Shamil Abdurakhimov disposed of Chase Sherman with punches in the first round of their preliminary heavyweight battle. Sherman (11-4, 2-3 UFC) succumbed to blows 84 seconds into Round 1, his modest two-fight winning streak at an end.
Abdurakhimov (18-4, 3-2 UFC) rang the Alan Belcher protégé’s bell with a series of left hooks in the first minute. He then reset, froze Sherman with an overhand right and put away the D’Iberville, Mississippi, native with another left hook.
The 36-year-old Abdurakhimov has posted three wins over his past four appearances.
Aggressive Mazany Downs Wu
Xtreme Couture export Gina Mazany picked up her first UFC victory and did so in dominant fashion, as she captured a unanimous decision over Yanan Wu in a preliminary women’s bantamweight encounter. Mazany (5-1, 1-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with matching 30-27 marks from the judges.
Wu (9-2, 0-1 UFC) was game but outmatched. Mazany connected with power punches, staggered her with a clean head kick in the second round and incorporated takedowns, ground-and-pound and top control at opportune times. Wu appeared to suffer a right shoulder injury while clinching with the American in the waning moments of Round 2 and was essentially a one-armed fighter down the stretch. Mazany struck for a takedown two minutes into the third round, advanced to side control and blasted her adversary with short punches and elbows.
The loss snapped Wu’s two-fight winning streak.
Dy Sinks Newcomer Wu
Rolando Dy put an end to a two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision over Lijiburen Wu in a three-round undercard clash at 145 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it for Dy (9-6-1, 1-2 UFC): 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.
Wu (9-4, 0-1 UFC) fought well in spurts, securing takedowns in all three rounds while pestering his Filipino counterpart with repeated clinches and level changes. Dy was the superior striker. He floored the Octagon rookie with a counter left hook in the first round, pumped a powerful jab and invested in leg kicks that slowed Wu’s forward progress. His efforts were enough to earn him the nod on the scorecards.
Asker Choke Taps Hu
Cyril Asker submitted Chinese newcomer Yaozong Hu with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their preliminary heavyweight pairing. A short-notice fill-in for the suspended James Mulheron, Hu (3-1, 0-1 UFC) conceded defeat 2:33 into Round 2.
Asker (9-3, 2-2 UFC) executed multiple takedowns, applied his ground-and-pound and gradually wore down the 22-year-old, freeing himself from a standing guillotine in the first round. The Frenchman moved to the back early in the middle stanza, set his hooks and flattened out the wilting Hu. Punches and hammerfists opened up the neck, and Asker cinched the choke for the tapout.
The 31-year-old Asker has won seven of his last nine bouts.