UFC 210 Prelims: Myles Jury Makes Smashing Return, Routs Mike de la Torre in Buffalo

By Brian Knapp Apr 8, 2017
Myles Jury made up for lost time.

In his first appearance since December 2015, Jury disposed of Mike de la Torre with first-round elbows and punches in the featured UFC 210 “Cormier vs. Johnson 2” prelim on Saturday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. De la Torre (14-7, 2-4 UFC) wilted 3:30 into Round 1.

Juryy (16-2, 7-2 UFC) struck for a takedown inside the first 30 seconds, advanced to the back and fished for a rear-naked choke. He later forced de la Torre to go belly down, as he flattened out the MMA Lab export and unleashed elbows and punches. Blood was spilled, and Jury kept his foot on the gas until referee Dan Miragliotta had seen enough.

The win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Jury (online sportsbooks).

Fast-Rising Usman Overwhelms Strickland

Takedowns, damaging ground-and-pound and aggressive standup carried “The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner Kamaru Usman to a one-sided unanimous decision over former King of the Cage champion Sean Strickland in a three-round undercard matchup at 170 pounds. Usman (10-1, 5-0 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-27, 30-26 and 30-26 marks from the judges.

Strickland (18-2, 5-2 UFC) failed to establish a foothold in the fight. Usman scrambled into top position after a takedown in the first round, set up shop inside guard and opened a cut near the Californian’s left eye with an elbow strike. Strickland’s situation did not improve. Usman dropped him with a clean right hand in the second and followed with hammerfists for a potential finish. Strickland survived, only to absorb more punishment. Usman struck for another takedown 90 seconds into Round 3, got busy with hammerfists and cruised to the decision.

Prospect Burgos Stops Rosa

Team Tiger Schulmann prospect Shane Burgos disposed of Charles Rosa with third-round punches in their preliminary featherweight confrontation. Burgos (9-0, 2-0 UFC) brought it to a close 1:59 into Round 3, authoring his eighth finish in nine professional outings.

Rosa (11-3, 2-3 UFC) maximized the weapons at his disposal but lacked the firepower necessary to give his opponent pause. He zeroed in on Burgos’ lower leg with repeated kicks and slipped out of danger when the fists flew. Rosa’s luck ran out early in the third round. Burgos hid a sweeping left hook behind a right uppercut, as he sent the American Top Team rep careening backward to the canvas. Rosa returned to his feet, only to be met by high-velocity punches. A straight right hand dropped him to a knee before Burgos connected with another left hook, the blows prompting referee Todd Anderson to act despite protests from the dazed Rosa.

Resolute Cummins Denis Blachowicz

Two-time NCAA All-American Patrick Cummins snapped a two-fight losing streak with a majority decision over former KSW champion Jan Blachowicz in a three-round undercard clash at 205 pounds. Two of the three cageside judges saw it 29-28 for Cummins, while a third scored it a 28-28 draw.

Blachowicz (19-7, 2-4 UFC) nearly finished it in the first round, where he decked the Neil Melanson protégé with a left uppercut and staggered him on numerous other occasions. Cummins (9-4, 5-4 UFC) fought through the adversity, calling on his resolve and a superior gas tank. Blachowicz’s pace slowed in the middle stanza and he deteriorated further in Round 3, where he yielded a takedown and spent the majority of his time on his back, eating elbows and short punches.

The 34-year-old Blachowicz has lost four of his past five bouts.

Unbeaten Gillespie KOs Holbrook

Four-time NCAA All-American and onetime Ring of Combat champion Gregor Gillespie knocked out Andrew Holbrook in the first round of their preliminary lightweight pairing. Holbrook (12-2, 2-2 UFC) succumbed to blows just 21 seconds into Round 1.

Gillespie (9-0, 2-0 UFC) met the Chris Lytle understudy with a short right hand and then sent him crashing to the canvas with a chopping left hook. Holbrook did what he could to defend himself, but Gillespie passed guard, settled in side control and rendered him unconscious with a series of hammerfists that had referee Dan Miragliotta jumping in to save the Adrian, Michigan, native from further abuse.

Surging Green Sinks Emmett

Former Titan Fighting Championships titleholder Desmond Green touched down in the UFC with a split decision over Josh Emmett in a three-round undercard tilt at 155 pounds. Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 for Green, 29-28 for Emmett.

Emmett (11-1, 2-1 UFC) was effective in spurts, particularly with lunging right hands and leg kicks. Green (20-5, 1-0 UFC) countered with straight and sharp punching combinations, sprawled out of takedowns and mixed in a clean right jab when the situation called for it. The 27-year-old Henri Hooft protégé did his best work in the second round and then secured a takedown on the overaggressive Emmett in the third, short-circuiting his momentum.

Once-Beaten Chookagian Outpoints Aldana

Katlyn Chookagian attacked the body, head and legs with equal aplomb, as she claimed a split decision against Lobo Gym export Irene Aldana in a preliminary women’s bantamweight encounter. Judges Eric Colon and Jeff Mullen saw it 29-28 for Chookagian, while Derek Cleary cast a dissenting 29-28 nod for Aldana (7-4, 0-2 UFC).

Kicks provided the difference for Chookagian (9-1, 2-1 UFC). The onetime Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder zeroed in on Aldana’s legs and midsection in all three rounds. Aldana answered with stinging leg kicks of her own, relentless pressure and clean counters upstairs. It was not enough to secure the desired result.

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Undefeated Bibulatov Subdues Lausa

Former World Series of Fighting champion Magomed Bibulatov made a successful promotional debut, as he captured a clear-cut unanimous decision from Jenel Lausa in a three-round undercard battle at 125 pounds. All three cageside judges struck 29-26 scorecards for Bibulatov (14-0, 1-0 UFC).

Lausa (7-3, 1-1 UFC) was never a threat. Bibulatov fired off body-head punching combinations and paired them with a variety of spinning attacks before also integrating takedowns. He shrugged off a second-round point deduction for a low blow and grew stronger as the match progressed. Bibulatov overwhelmed Lausa in Round 3, where he executed a takedown inside the first 30 seconds, achieved full mount and stifled the onetime Pacific Xtreme Combat champion with positional control and ground-and-pound.

The loss snapped Lausa’s five-fight winning streak.
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