James Krause understood his advantages, and he exploited them.
The World Extreme Cagefighting veteran executed multiple takedowns, employed suffocating top control and attempted a few submissions when opportunities arose, as he walked away with a unanimous decision over Alex White in the featured UFC Fight Night 124 prelim on Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. All three cageside judges arrived at the same verdict: 29-28 for Krause (25-7, 6-3 UFC).
White (12-4, 3-4 UFC) shined in the standup exchanges, firing off three, four and sometimes five punches at a time. Krause’s chin held up under extreme duress, and his experience paid off. White failed to disengage from clinches and conceded takedowns at most inopportune times, his momentum stymied at almost every turn. Even when takedowns failed, Krause was creative enough to get it to the ground: He attempted a flying armbar in the third round before scrambling on top.
The 31-year-old Krause has won four fights in a row.
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Aldana Notches First Octagon Win
Effective combination punching and stout defensive grappling spurred Lobo Gym standout Irene Aldana to a unanimous decision over Talita Bernardo in a preliminary women’s bantamweight confrontation. Aldana (8-4, 1-2 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-27 marks across the board, as the 29-year-old halted a troubling two-fight losing streak.
Bernardo (5-3, 0-2 UFC) was overmatched on the feet. Aldana staggered the Parana Vale Tudo export with a chopping overhand right in the first round, swarmed with follow-up punches and bullied the Brazilian to the ground, where she took full mount. Bernardo secured a takedown in the second but failed to consolidate it with positional advances or damage, her face swelling by the second. Aldana explored her advantages in the standup exchanges further in Round 3 and proved superior in the scrambles when the action spilled back onto the canvas.
Kang Triangle Submits Cannetti
Former Road Fighting Championship titleholder Kyung Ho Kang submitted Guido Cannetti with a triangle choke in the first round of their undercard pairing at 135 pounds. In his first appearance since Sept. 20, 2014, Kang (14-7, 3-1 UFC) brought it to a close 4:53 into Round 1.
Cannetti (7-3, 1-2 UFC) appeared to have the upper hand entering the final minute of the frame. However, Kang struck for a takedown, powered into full mount and transitioned to a triangle. Cannetti hoisted the South Korean skyward and pinned him to the fence in the Matt Hughes-Carlos Newton position before they settled on the canvas. The tapout followed after a brief struggle, Kang’s squeeze becoming too much for “The Ultimate Fighter Latin America” semifinalist to bear.
Kang, 30, has rattled off three consecutive victories.
Rangy Aldrich Decisions Taylor
J.J. Aldrich utilized a significant reach advantage and outstruck former King of the Cage champion Danielle Taylor, as she laid claim to a unanimous verdict in a preliminary women’s strawweight encounter. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Aldrich (6-2, 2-1 UFC).
As has been the case in the past, output was an issue for Taylor (9-3, 2-2 UFC). She enjoyed success with her leg kicks and landed a few thudding right hands, but she spent far too much time circling on the outside against a rangier opponent. Aldrich -- a 303 Training Center stablemate of UFC champion Rose Namajunas -- operated behind a stiff jab, hammered the Californian with straight lefts and landed a few more exotic techniques, like the spinning backfist she delivered in the third round.
The loss snapped Taylor’s two-fight winning streak.
Relentless Burnell Outgrapples Santiago
Repeated takedowns and aggressive top control carried Danish prospect Mads Burnell to a unanimous decision over former Ring of Combat champion Mike Santiago in a preliminary catchweight clash at 150 pounds. Burnell (9-2, 1-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with matching 29-28 marks from all three judges.
Santiago (19-11, 0-2 UFC) lost his way after a strong first round. Burnell executed a takedown midway through the second, floated between mount and the back, applied his ground-and-pound and threatened with a rear-naked choke. He rode his newfound momentum into the third, where he delivered another takedown, racked up points with punches and elbows from the top and suffocated Santiago in close quarters when the two featherweights returned to an upright position.
Burnell, 23, has won four of his last five bouts.