UFC 218 Prelims: Paul Felder Elbows Shred Replacement Charles Oliveira in Detroit

By Brian Knapp Dec 2, 2017

Paul Felder had too much horsepower for Charles Oliveira.

Felder dispatched the Macaco Gold Team submission specialist with a volley of ground-and-pound elbows in the second round of their featured UFC 218 prelim on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. A replacement for the injured Al Iaquinta, Oliveira (22-8, 10-8 UFC) wilted 4:06 into Round 2.

It was far from easy for Felder (15-3, 7-3 UFC), who has quietly put together a three-fight winning streak in the deep Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight division. Oliveira executed a takedown inside the first 30 seconds, bit down on a brabo choke and had the Roufusport representative in serious trouble. Felder withstood his advances, only to wander into more peril on his feet. There, Oliveira jumped to his back and threatened with a standing rear-naked choke. Again, Felder survived, shook off the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and assaulted him with elbows from top position. It was a sign of things to come.

Felder drove the Brazilian to the canvas in the second round, denied his bids for submissions, set up shop in top position and unleashed elbows until referee Dan Miragliotta had seen enough.

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Medeiros Outlasts Oliveira in Chaotic Battle

Yancy Medeiros took out Tata Fight Team’s Alex Oliveira with punches in the third round of a raucous preliminary welterweight battle. Oliveira (17-5-1, 7-3 UFC) bowed out 2:02 into Round 3, the decisive loser in an unforgettable “Fight of the Year” contender.

Medeiros (15-4, 6-4 UFC) appeared to break the Brazilian’s nose in the first round, the blow driving him to the mat and spilling copious amounts of blood. Oliveira moved back to his feet and floored him with a savage right hand before pursuing a finish with a hyper-aggressive follow-up attack. He dropped Medeiros again near the end of the first round and flurried with punches, but he could not close the deal.

Medeiros turned the tide in the middle stanza, where he tagged “Cowboy” with wicked left hooks to the body, secured a takedown and climbed to full mount, raining ferocious elbows. Oliveira answered with a takedown in the third but failed to corral his counterpart on the canvas. Medeiros escaped to his feet, pushed forward with punches and cut down the Brazilian with an unending stream of punches and elbows, sealing it with a left hook and a few standing-to-ground punches.

Teymur Dissects Frustrated Klose

Crisp counterpunching, hard leg kicks and exceptional takedown defense carried Allstars Training Center rep David Teymur to a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Drakkar Klose in a three-round undercard confrontation at 155 pounds. Teymur (7-1, 4-0 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 marks from the judges.

Klose (8-1-1, 2-1 UFC) had no answer for the Swede’s timing and surgical precision, and he became increasingly frustrated with the situation. Teymur threaded straight left hands, battered the inside of the MMA Lab prospect’s lead leg with kicks and even mixed in a takedown in the second round. Klose attempted to bait him into exchanges with repeated taunts, but his efforts proved fruitless.

Teymur has pieced together a seven-fight winning streak since losing his pro debut in October 2013.

Herrig Edges Casey-Sanchez

Team Curran mainstay Felice Herrig continued her climb on the 115-pound ladder, as she eked out a split decision over Cortney Casey-Sanchez in a preliminary women’s strawweight encounter. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28: Sal D’Amato and Bryan Miner for Herrig, Roy Silbert for Casey-Sanchez.

Neither woman did much to gain separation across 15 forgettable minutes. Outside of a first-round takedown from Herrig (14-6, 5-1 UFC), they stood in front of one another and traded punches. Casey-Sanchez (7-5, 3-4 UFC) was surprisingly stationary but nevertheless fired off two-, three- and four-punch combinations, only to be countered repeatedly by the Jeff Curran disciple. The left hook was particularly effective for Herrig, who damaged the MMA Lab standout’s nose and eyes. Perhaps sensing the closeness of their encounter, the two women exchanged middle fingers and expletives in the third round; it seemed to rouse the audience out of its slumber but did nothing to change the complexion of the fight.

Herrig has won four consecutive bouts.

Cooper Mauls Returning Magana

“The Ultimate Fighter 23” finalist Amanda Bobby Cooper disposed of Angela Magana with punches in the second round of their undercard meeting at 115 pounds. In her first appearance in more than two years, Magana (11-9, 0-3 UFC) succumbed to blows 4:34 into Round 2. She has lost five fights in a row.

Cooper (3-3, 2-2 UFC) walked through a few leg kicks, delivered a takedown and methodically chipped away at the Puerto Rico-based Los Angeles native. Magana’s situation went from bad to worse after a first round in which she was mounted twice and systematically dismantled. Cooper dragged her quarry back to the mat early in the second round, passed to side control and ultimately advanced to the back. From there, she threatened with a rear-naked choke and uncorked an extended volley of unanswered punches to net the finish.

Controversial Stoppage Benefits Alhassan

The once-beaten Abdul Razak Alhassan was the beneficiary of a controversial stoppage against American Top Team’s Sabah Homasi in the first round of their preliminary welterweight clash. Referee Herb Dean stepped in 4:21 into Round 1, on the heels of a wild exchange along the fence.

Neither man seemed willing to give ground in a crackling first round in which both were hurt. Homasi (11-7, 0-2 UFC) had the judo black belt reeling with overhand rights early on, executed a takedown and assaulted him with elbow-laced ground-and-pound. Alhassan (8-1, 2-1 UFC) escaped to his feet, bullied his counterpart to the fence and engaged with both hands. Homasi fired back and hit the deck after being met with a glancing right hook. Dean was on the scene in a blink. The 29-year-old Homasi immediately protested, and the decision was greeted by a cascade of boos from the crowd.

Reyes Choke Submits Kimball

Dominick Reyes kept his perfect professional record intact, as he submitted MMA Lab rep Jeremy Kimball with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their undercard pairing at 205 pounds. Reyes (8-0, 2-0 UFC) brought it to a close 3:39 into Round 1.

Kimball (15-7, 1-2 UFC) pressed an aggressive clinch but conceded position along the fence and yielded a takedown to the King of the Cage and Legacy Fighting Championship veteran. Reyes scrambled to the back, secured his advantage with a body triangle and went to work with elbows. Soon after, the choke was in place and Kimball was done.

Reyes, 27, now has seven first-round finishes to his credit.

Surging Willis KOs Crowder

American Kickboxing Academy export Justin Willis knocked out Allen Crowder in the first round of their preliminary heavyweight affair. Spawned by Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Crowder (9-3, 0-1 UFC) bit the dust 2:33 into Round 1.

Willis (6-1, 2-0 UFC) showed no regard for his opponent’s skills, as he countered leg kicks with multi-punch volleys and closed the distance with disdain. He staggered Crowder with a left hook, backed him to the fence and melted the North Carolinian with a second left hook upstairs.

The 30-year-old Willis has rattled off six straight wins.
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