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Next Generation MMA rep Molly McCann recorded her first win in nearly two years, as she took a unanimous decision from former Jewels champion Ji Yeon Kim in the featured UFC Fight Night 191 prelim on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. All three judges struck 29-28 scorecards for McCann (11-4, 4-3 UFC), who closed the book on a two-fight losing streak.
Kim (9-4-2, 3-4 UFC) excelled in open space, where she could cut angles and maximize her boxing skills. However, McCann rarely allowed her to breathe. The onetime Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder crowded her in all three rounds, shoved her backward, bullied her with forward pressure and stepped on the accelerator at opportune times, unleashing powerful hooks from both hands.
The 31-year-old Kim has lost three of her past four bouts.
Unbeaten Shore Subdues Sholinian
Former CWFC titleholder Jack Shore kept his perfect professional record intact and barely broke a sweat while doing so, as he laid claim to a clear-cut unanimous decision over Liudvik Sholinian in a three-round bantamweight encounter. Shore (15-0, 4-0 UFC) swept the scorecards with matching 30-27 marks from the judges.
A late-notice replacement for Zviad Lazishvili, Sholinian (9-2-2, 0-1 UFC) never established himself as a threat. Shore set the tone in the first round, where he secured a takedown, applied his ground-and-pound and framed an arm-triangle choke before briefly moving to full mount. The finish did not materialize, but it soon became clear the outcome was little more than a formality. Shore spent the final 10 minutes picking apart “The Ultimate Fighter 29” semifinalist in one-sided standup exchanges.
The loss was Sholinian’s first since Nov. 15, 2018.
Erosa Choke Submits Jourdain
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 22 semifinalist Julian Erosa submitted Charles Jourdain with a brabo choke in the third round of their catchweight affair at 150 pounds. Finished for the first time in his 16-fight career, Jourdain (11-4-1, 2-3-1 UFC) conceded defeat 2:56 into Round 3.
A short-notice substitution for Lerone Murphy, Erosa (26-9, 4-5 UFC) controlled much of the match with forward movement and clean punches, many of them directed to the body. He withstood a knockdown in the second round and switched gears in the third. There, the Xtreme Couture export mixed in close-quarters knee strikes to the midsection and struck for a pair of takedowns. As Jourdain tried to escape to his feet, he found himself hopelessly entangled in the choke.
Erosa, 32, has rattled off four wins in five appearances.
Resurgent Barriault Handles Lungiambula
Merciless pressure and steady output carried Sanford MMA’s Marc-Andre Barriault to a unanimous decision over Dalcha Lungiambula in a three-round middleweight tilt. All three judges sided with Barriault (13-4, 2-3 UFC): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Lungiambula (11-3, 2-2 UFC) executed two takedowns in the first round and connected on occasion, but he spent far too much time operating off the back foot. Barriault pushed him backward in all three rounds and forced him to fight near the fence. The former TKO Major League MMA champion cut loose with two- and three-punch combinations, integrated a few front kicks to the body and mixed in some dirty boxing at close range.
Barriault will enter his next assignment on the strength of back-to-back victories.
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