Neil Magney is 5-0 in 2014. | Photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 semifinalist Neil Magny tied an Ultimate Fighting Championship record with his fifth win inside a calendar year, as he dispatched William Macario with mounted third-round ground-and-pound at UFC 179 “Aldo vs. Mendes 2” on Saturday at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro.
Macario (7-2, 1-2 UFC) succumbed to the blows 2:40 into round three.
Magny (13-3, 6-2 UFC) kept the young Brazilian at bay with his length, firing straight punching combinations, jabs and kicks. In the second round, he brought takedowns into the equation, achieving full mount and softening Macario with ground-and-pound. He repeated the approach to greater effect in the third. There, he struck for another takedown, again moved to mount and finished it with unanswered punches from the top.
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Once-Beaten Cabral Downs Kotani
Nova Uniao’s Yan Cabral submitted Pride Fighting Championships and Pancrase alum Naoyuki Kotani with a second-round rear-naked choke in an undercard tilt at 155 pounds. Kotani (33-12-7, 0-4 UFC) asked out of the match 3:02 into round two, as he remained winless inside the Octagon.
Cabral (12-1, 2-1 UFC) closed the first round in command, having cut the Japanese journeyman with some grinding elbows from top position, and he carried that momentum into the second. There, he took down a fatigued Kotani, moved to his back and cinched the choke for the stoppage.
Cabral, 31, has delivered 11 of his 12 career victories by submission.
Reis Choke Dismisses Jorgensen
Former EliteXC champion Wilson Reis took care of Scott Jorgensen, submitting the World Extreme Cagefighting veteran with a first-round arm-triangle choke in a preliminary flyweight affair.
Reis (19-5, 3-1 UFC) coaxed the tapout 3:28 into round one, improving to 7-1 over his last eight outings.
Jorgensen (15-10, 4-6 UFC) dropped the Brazilian with a counter overhand right inside the first 30 seconds but exacted no further damage. Reis returned to an upright position and began probing with punches and kicks.
A body kick slammed into Jorgensen’s ribcage and forced him to retreat, as the Brazilian followed up with a takedown and some rapid-fire hammerfists. Soon after, Reis slid into position for the fight-ending choke, forcing a reluctant submission from “Young Guns.”
The 32-year-old Jorgensen has lost four of his past five bouts.
Fili Outduels ‘Sertanejo’ Arantes
Team Alpha Male’s Andre Fili won for the 10th time in 11 appearances, as he captured a unanimous verdict from Felipe Arantes in a back-and-forth undercard battle at 145 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Fili (14-2, 2-1 UFC).
Arantes (16-7-1, 3-3-1 UFC) had his moments -- he achieved full mount and cut the Californian with some elbow-laced ground-and-pound in the first round -- but not enough of them. Fili was superior in the scrambles, delivered takedowns in all three frames and piled up points with occasional striking bursts, including an early volley of close-quarters knees.
Burns Armbar Finishes Giagos
Four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Gilbert Burns submitted former Resurrection Fighting Alliance titleholder Christos Giagos with a first-round armbar in a preliminary lightweight scrap. The unbeaten Burns (9-0, 2-0 UFC) closed the deal 4:57 into round one.
Giagos (10-3, 0-1 UFC) was never a factor in the match. Burns struck for a takedown and climbed to full mount twice before settling on his counterpart’s back with a body triangle. Giagos tried unsuccessfully to free himself, leaving his arm exposed during a scramble. Burns obliged and hyperextended the elbow for the finish.
Martin Kimura Submits Camoes
Tony Martin picked up his first victory inside the Octagon, as he submitted the reeling Fabricio Camoes with a first-round kimura in an undercard clash at a 158-pound catchweight. Camoes (14-9-1, 1-4-1 UFC), who has not recorded a win in nearly three years, raised the figurative white flag 4:16 into round one.
Martin (9-2, 1-2 UFC) executed a takedown a little more than a minute into the match, slid into half guard and framed the kimura. The 24-year-old Minnesota-based lightweight stayed with the maneuver through various scrambles and attempted counters, ultimately securing the tapout.Camoes, 35, has lost three fights in a row.