A shopworn Sam Stout was no match for Frankie Perez.
Perez wiped out the man they call “Hands of Stone” with a counter right hook and follow-up punches in the first round of their preliminary lightweight encounter at UFC Fight Night “Holloway vs. Oliveira” on Sunday at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The end came 54 seconds into round one. Perez (10-2, 1-1 UFC) then promptly announced his retirement.
Stout (20-12-1, 8-11 UFC) forced the issue, as the Canadian kickboxer backed up Perez with aggressive punches and kicks from the outset. However, his efforts proved fruitless. The Ricardo Almeida protégé blasted Stout with a clean right hook on the chin, followed him to the canvas and closed it out with punches.
A former TKO Major League MMA champion, Stout has lost three straight and six of his last nine.
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Arantes Armbar Stuns Jabouin
Macaco Gold Team export Felipe Arantes submitted Yves Jabouin with a first-round armbar in an undercard pairing at 135 pounds. Jabouin (20-11, 5-5 UFC) tapped 4:21 into round one, as he lost for the fourth time in six outings.
Jabouin was in charge until the submission. The Tristar Gym rep executed a takedown inside the first 40 seconds, landed in side control and fed Arantes (17-7-1, 4-3-1 UFC) a steady diet of elbows. The Brazilian was not deterred, even after absorbing another takedown. He gave Jabouin pause with an upkick, lured him back into guard and snatched the armbar from the bottom.
Krylov Choke Submits De Lima
Nikita Krylov submitted “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 4 alum Marcos Rogerio de Lima with a first-round rear-naked choke in a preliminary light heavyweight tilt. De Lima (13-3-1, 2-1 UFC) conceded defeat 2:29 into round one, his six-fight unbeaten streak at an end.
Krylov (19-4, 3-2 UFC) tenderized the Brazilian’s body with kicks, freed himself from a pair of guillotine chokes and dodged an attempted kneebar with the help of a not-so-subtle fence grab. Referee Herb Dean issued a warning, but the Ukrainian moved to de Lima’s back, set his hooks and cinched the palm-to-palm choke for the tapout.
The 23-year-old Krylov has finished all 19 of his wins inside one round.
Canadian Kelades Edges Beal
Chris Kelades picked up his third win in four fights, as he eked out a split decision against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 18 graduate Chris Beal in a three-round undercard clash at 125 pounds. Two of the three judges saw it for Kelades, 29-28 and 29-28, while a third cast a dissenting 30-27 nod for Beal.
Beal (10-2, 2-2 UFC) enjoyed a strong first round, as he delivered a takedown inside the opening minute, unleashed his ground-and-pound with varying intensity and later climbed to full mount. However, the Californian ran out of steam and allowed Kelades to secure a foothold in the match. The Bellator MMA veteran was the aggressor in the second round and carried his newfound momentum into the third. There, after a brief ground battle, the two flyweights exchanged recklessly on the feet, with neither man gaining a discernable advantage.
Campbell Outduels Favored Silverio
Toshido Mixed Martial Arts rep Shane Campbell captured a unanimous decision over former Jungle Fight champion Elias Silverio in a preliminary lightweight affair. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Campbell (12-3, 1-1 UFC), who has won four of his past five bouts.
Silverio (11-2, 3-2 UFC) smothered the Canadian with clinches and takedowns throughout a tepid first round, only to see his cardio fail him. His movements grew slower and more labored, allowing Campbell to seize control in round two. The 27-year-old World Series of Fighting alum mixed together his punches and kicks while surprising Silverio with a few takedowns of his own. Campbell countered a desperate and ill-advised takedown attempt from the Brazilian late in the third frame, assumed top position and peppered him with punches from above to seal it.
Cirkunov Dazzles in Debut
Toronto-based Latvian prospect Misha Cirkunov disposed of the previously unbeaten Daniel Jolly with first-round punches in an undercard scrap at 205 pounds. A fill-in for the injured Sean O'Connell, Jolly (5-1, 0-1 UFC) succumbed to blows 4:57 into round one.
Cirkunov (10-2, 1-0 UFC) executed a pair of clinch takedowns and went to work in his wheelhouse. He advanced to full mount with 1:40 remaining in the first round, fished for a submission and forced Jolly to yield his back. From there, Cirkunov turned his hands loose and pounded away until referee Jerin Valel had seen enough.
The 28-year-old Cirkunov has rattled off five straight victories, all of them first-round finishes.