Junior dos Santos was looking to rebound from a devastating loss to Stipe Miocic last May and he did.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion dominated judo black belt and sambo world champion Blagoy Ivanov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 133 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
The lanky Brazilian used timely striking and a measured distance to pick the Bulgarian apart round after round, easily winning a lopsided unanimous decision.
Dos Santos opened up cuts around Ivanov’s left eye on the right side of his scalp in the contest. Though “Cigano” wobbled his opponent a few times in the duel, dos Santos never was able to put the finishing touches on a stoppage. Ivanov had his moments in the fifth when he landed a few stinging punches of his own, but the Bulgarian’s gas tank and limited reach betrayed him. Dos Santos was awarded the victory with scores of 50-45 across the board.
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Sage Northcutt’s return to welterweight almost ended as soon as it began when opponent Zak Ottow nearly decapitated him with a right hook. “Super” Sage crumbled in a heap mere seconds into the match, but “The Barbarian” decided to dive on the 22-year-old and maul him with sporadic punches and elbows rather than gun for the knockout.
Northcutt survived the barrage, rallied late in the first and then dominated his foe in the second. With Ottow’s energy reservoir emptying, the Texan rocked him with a left hook to the head, slammed him to the canvas and proceeded to knock him out with hammerfists. Referee Jason Herzog had to intervene at the 3:13 mark.
Glenn Takes Split Decision
Rick Glenn started out strongly against longtime contender Dennis Bermudez by creating space and out-striking his much smaller opponent.
“The Menace” seized control in the second round by scoring four takedowns, but even with the featherweight’s gas tank depleting, “The Gladiator” dug deep and worked feverishly off his back. Glenn opened a laceration on Bermudez’ face, scrambled to his feet and rallied down the stretch to sway two of the three cagesisde judges.
Glenn was awarded a split decision win via tallies of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29.
Price Scores Brutal Knockout
Niko Price entered Saturday’s bout with Randy Brown on a roll; he had never seen the final bell in any of his fights inside the Octagon.
“The Hybrid” continued that streak as he scored one of the wackiest knockouts in the sport’s history. Price was on his back in the second, fending off the lanky Jamaican’s offense when Brown rode Price’s legs, possibly looking to pass or fish for a leg lock. When “Rude Boy” tried moving to his left, he exposed his face, which prompted Price to slam six unanswered hammerfists into his face, knocking Brown completely out.
The sensational, albeit bizarre, knockout came just 69 ticks into the second frame.
Mendes Earns Quick Win in Return
After losing consecutive fights to Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar, saying that Chad Mendes needed a win was an understatement.
But Mendes didn’t want to just win on Saturday night; he wanted to trounce Myles Jury and he did. “Money” dropped the Power MMA fighter with a scorching left hook to the jaw and then pounced on him. Mendez swarmed Jury with a tidal wave of punches as his woozy foe turtled up against the cage and never stopped until referee Jason Herzog had seen enough and pulled him off.
The Team Alpha Male contender nabbed the TKO at 2:52 of the opening frame.
Zingano Dominates Reneau
Former bantamweight world title challenger Cat Zingano has made plenty of changes in her life and it certainly paid off on Saturday.
“Alpha Cat” did virtually whatever she wanted against veteran contender Marion Reneau in the opening bout of the main card on FS1 and won a lopsided unanimous decision for her effort. The Denver native slammed thudding leg kicks and timely punching to the head of Reneau and when the opportunities arose, Zingano scored takedowns in bushels.
Reneau was like a fish out of water toward the end of the fight, in which Zingano won with scores of 30-27 (twice) and 30-26.
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