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Jones Outwits Pena in UFC Fight Pass Invitational 4 Headliner; Rodriguez Banks $30K

Craig Jones needed overtime to defeat 2017 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist Felipe Pena in the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 4 headliner on Thursday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Jones, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor for reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder Alexander Volkanovski, was credited with the fastest escape time in OT and awarded the victory. Neither man budged during regulation, as they dug in their heels in a virtual stalemate.

Meanwhile, Nicky Rodriguez submitted Dan Manasoui with a rear-naked choke in overtime to win the $30,000 absolute tournament. Rodriguez turned away Roberto Jimenez in the quarterfinals, then tapped Vagner Rocha with an overtime rear-naked choke in the semis. Manasoui had put away Gabriel Arges with a heel hook in 3:21 and dispatched Fedor Nikolov with a kneebar in 38 seconds to punch his ticket to the final.

In other action, Glover Teixeira took a unanimous decision from Anthony Smith in the three-round co-main event; Nick Meregali dismissed Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu with an overtime armbar in their encounter; two-time NCAA wrestling champion Roman Bravo Young misfired on a late triangle choke and settled for a draw with UFC flyweight contender Alex Perez; Helena Crevar, 16, forced Emily Fernandez to surrender to a rear-naked choke 7:26 into their confrontation; Rocha eliminated Fellipe Andrew with an inside heel hook 6:18 into their absolute tournament quarterfinal; and Nikolov showed Haisam Rida the door via fastest escape time, as their tournament quarterfinal went to overtime.
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