UFC Fight Night 113 Prelims: Danny Roberts Flattens Bobby Nash in Second Round

By Joe Myers Jul 16, 2017

Danny Roberts got back on the winning track in a big way Sunday, knocking out Bobby Nash in the second round of a welterweight fight that served as the featured preliminary bout of UFC Fight Night 113 “Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio” at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

In the opening round, the pair exchanged kicks and punches as Roberts (14-2) sought to use his southpaw stance and speed advantage to his benefit. However, Nash was able to catch Roberts' leg and take him down. Roberts regained his feet quickly, but Nash took him back down again late in the period and maintained control until the horn.

Roberts got back to moving around the Octagon in the second round, while Nash sought another takedown. "Hot Chocolate" weathered a low blow on a kick and then landed a clean left hook that knocked out Nash (9-3). Roberts landed one more hammerfist on his unconscious foe before Rich Mitchell was able to stop the fight at the 3:59 mark.

The Englishman, who was stopped by Mike Perry in the third round at UFC 204 in October 2016, is now 3-1 in the UFC and has won eight of his last nine, while "Nashty" has lost both of his Octagon outings following a run of six straight victories.

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Pantoja Taps Out Seery

Alexandre Pantoja sent Irishman Neil Seery into retirement with a third-round submission in a 125-pound tilt.

Neither man wanted to go through a feeling-out process, immediately exchanging punches and kicks. Despite having some clinches along the fence, neither fighter was wanting to take the fight to the ground and Pantoja (18-2) landed some telling knees while Seery looked to take wrist control and land some counterstrikes of his own.

The second round opened with more clinch work on the fence and Pantoja landed more knees while Seery (16-13) looked to land strikes. Once the fighters regained the center of the Octagon, "2Tap" started to land more punches and take advantage of his boxing skills. Pantoja, a Nova Uniao/Black House fighter, was busy himself with counters and kicks, but "The Cannibal"'s output didn't quite match that of the Team Ryano representative.

After an exchange to open the third round, Pantoja got a takedown of Seery and soon took Seery's back. Seery tried to maintain control one of Pantoja's wrists, but the 27-year-old Pantoja was able to lock in the rear naked choke and earn a tapout -- the seventh submission of his career -- at the 2:31 mark.

The streaking Pantoja is now 2-0 in the UFC and has won 11 straight fights, while Seery closes his career with two straight defeats and three losses in his last four.

Bofando Slams, Stops Ward

Galore Bofando was the beneficiary of an awkward landing by Charlie Ward, earning a wild stoppage of the Irishman in a welterweight contest. The official time was 2:10 of the opening frame.

Bofando (5-2) came out moving around the perimeter of the Octagon as Ward (3-3) took the center and the two exchanged punches. As the two clinched near the fence, Bofando grabbed Ward in a bodylock and threw him to the mat. Ward's head hit the mat hard and seemingly left him unconscious. Bofando pounced and landed several punches before referee Marc Goddard stepped in to stop the fight.

Bofando, who was making his UFC debut, has won two straight and five of his last six. Ward, an SBG Ireland representative, has lost two straight.

Henry debuts with decision win over Teymur

Danny Henry took Daniel Teymur to the deep waters and outworked him en route to a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-26) victory in a 155-pound fight.

Teymur -- who had never been out of the first round in his previous six professional fights -- and Henry came out swinging and trading strikes, with "Kid Dynamite" getting the better of the exchanges. He knocked down Henry on multiple occasions and was able to stay close enough to negate Henry's height advantage and win the opening round.

Henry started the second round landing more strikes, but Teymur was still active in the exchanges and landed a spinning elbow/knee combination that wobbled Henry (11-2). Henry recovered and earned a takedown and late in the round, Henry landed a body blow-uppercut combination that decked Teymur. Henry got Teymur's back and had a rear-naked choke on, but Teymur was able to survive the period. In the final round, "The Hatchet" continued to apply pressure and took the fight to Teymur, rocking him with strikes and taking his back. Teymur (6-1) was able to defend Henry's submission attempts, as Henry mounted him as well as took his back again, but he was unable to muster any offense and Henry was able to earn his fourth straight win in his UFC debut. The Higher Level Martial Arts product is now 8-1 in his last nine fights.

Teymur, who represents the AllStars Training Center and is the brother of UFC fighter David Teymur, dropped his first professional fight in his Octagon debut.

Johns Grapples Win Away from Morales

Brett Johns remained unbeaten by cruising to a unanimous decision -- 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 -- victory over Albert Morales in a bantamweight affair.

Johns (14-0) landed a takedown early in the opening round and landed some ground and pound, including multiple elbows on the California native. Morales tried to gain wrist control and slow down Johns' punches, but was unable to do so and Johns spent the rest of the opening round landing hammerfists, elbows and doing body work from the top position.

Early in the second round, Morales was able to land several strikes and keep Johns at bay, but Johns eventually landed another takedown. Johns made an effort to pass guard, but instead of going for a submission, Johns would punch Morales when Morales (7-2-1) went to defend the guard pass. "The Pikey" continued working both the body and head as Morales tried in vain to use butterfly hooks to push Johns away.

The final round started like the second with Morales getting the better of the striking exhanges and again Johns -- a Chris Rees Academy product -- took the fight to the ground. Johns took Morales' back, but he was able to regain his guard. Johns made one more attempt to end the fight early, framing an arm triangle, but he was unable to lock it in and instead settled for the decision victory.

With the win, Johns earned his third straight decision victory, Morales fell to just 1-2-1 in his last four outings, all in the UFC.

Smith Overwhelms Lemos

Leslie Smith used continual pressure and striking combinations to take out Amanda Lemos via second-round TKO in a women's bantamweight bout that opened the 12-fight card.

Smith (10-7-1) -- who has won two straight after alternating wins and losses in her last six outings -- started the fight by applying pressure and putting together combinations, even getting Lemos (6-1-1) to the floor. However, the Brazilian regained her feet and continued to try and find openings to counterstrike against Smith. After a clinch, Lemos was able to take Smith down and gained side control late in the opening round, but Smith was able to regain her feet before the end of the round.

Smith, a Cesar Gracie Fight Team product, kept up the pressure in the second round, utilizing combinations of punches and kicks to force Lemos against the fence. Lemos landed a hook that cut Smith, but Smith kept coming forward with multiple-strike combinations and eventually referee Rich Mitchell stepped in to halt the proceedings at the 2:53 mark.

Lemos, a former Jungle Fight champion who fights for the Marajo Brothers Team, suffered the first loss of her professional career in her UFC debut.
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