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“Dynamite” went off in Greenville, South Carolina.
In the featured prelim bout of the evening, Dan Ige defeated fellow Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Kevin Aguilar in one of the best fights of the year so far. The frenetic featherweight affair featured rousing exchanges on the feet as well as on the ground, and both men had their moments of dominance. Ige carried the first round, landing more and harder shots on the feet, but in the second, “The Angel of Death” took over, taking Ige down and assuming several dominant positions while peppering the Hawaiian with ground-and-pound.
Going into the final round it was anyone’s fight, and both men fought like it. The round was razor close until the final 90 seconds, when Ige rocked Aguilar with punches and gave chase. It looked for a moment as though the Texan might be in serious trouble, but he made it to the final horn. The judges gave Ige (12-2, 4-1 UFC) the unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) for his fourth straight UFC win. The defeat was only the second of Aguilar’s career, running his record to 17-2 (2-1 UFC).
Yoder Dominates Kondo
Ashley Yoder steamrolled Syuri Kondo on the ground on the way to a dominant win in their strawweight preliminary bout.
Yoder struck for takedowns early in all three rounds, effortlessly passed Kondo’s guard and took her back, threatening with chokes and applying scores of unanswered ground strikes. In the end, the judges handed in justifiably lopsided scorecards of 30-26, 30-25 and 30-24 for “The Spider Monkey.” The win is Yoder’s second in a row after a three-fight losing skid, running her overall record to 7-4, while Kondo's own three-fight slide drops her to 6-3 after starting her career with six straight wins.
Pena Welcomes Wiman Back with One-Sided Beating
Luis Pena gave Matt Wiman a miserable welcome back to the UFC, slicing and dicing the veteran for two rounds and change in a one-sided lightweight affair.
In his first fight after nearly five years away from the sport, Wiman received a huge gash over his left eye within the first minute, severe enough that the cageside doctor considered stopping the fight before it even began. From there, it was all Pena, taking dominant positions and applying methodical ground-and-pound as a bloody Wiman was reduced to playing guard and looking for low-percentage submissions.
After a particularly nasty flurry of ground strikes early in the third period, referee Dan Miragliotta had seen enough, awarding “Violent Bob Ross” the TKO victory at 1:14. Pena is now 7-1 overall (3-1 UFC); Wiman goes to 16-8 (10-6 UFC).
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Rosenstruik Needs Only 9 Seconds to Dispatch of Crowder
Jairzinho Rosenstruik wasted no time in winning his second UFC fight, knocking out Allen Crowder in near-record time.
A left jab from “Bigi Boy” dropped Crowder to his seat, whereupon Rosenstruik obliterated him with three huge standing-to-ground punches. Referee Blake Grice pulled Rosenstruik off the senseless Crowder, the nine-second knockout the second-fastest in UFC heavyweight history. The Surinamese striker goes to 8-0 in his career with seven knockouts, while Crowder falls to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in the UFC, the lone win coming by disqualification.
McCann Tames ‘Violence’ Queen
Molly McCann stayed on the march in the flyweight division, taking a unanimous decision over Ariane Lipski.
McCann landed a variety of boxing combinations throughout the fight as well as some more exotic techniques including spinning backfists and head kicks. She also struck for late takedowns in the first two rounds, following them with serious efforts to advance position and apply ground-and-pound. In the end, all three judges gave “Meatball” all three rounds, moving her to 9-2 in her career (2-1 UFC).
Meanwhile, former KSW champ Lipski (12-5) has now dropped her first two bouts in the UFC.
Winn Victorious in Octagon Debut
In the opening fight of the evening, highly-touted prospect Deron Winn made a successful UFC debut, outlasting Eric Spicely in a middleweight clash.
The two-time NCAA Division II wrestling champ made no serious attempts to bring the fight to the ground, instead choosing to dart inside on the much taller Spicely, where he hammered him with hooks to the head and body. All three judges saw the fight 29-28 for Winn. The 5-foot-6 fireplug moves to 6-0 overall in his career; Spicely, who stepped in on less than two weeks’ notice for Bruno Santos, falls to 12-5.