UFC Fight Night 193 Prelims: Underdog Jared Gordon Stymies Joe Solecki in Las Vegas

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Former Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder Jared Gordon made a triumphant return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division, as he eked out a split decision over Joe Solecki in the featured UFC Fight Night 193 prelim on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

All three cageside judges scored it 29-28: Derek Cleary for Solecki, Sal D’Amato and Dave Hagen for Gordon. It was his first outing at 155 pounds in nearly two years. Afterward, the Sanford MMA export set his sights on a showdown with top British prospect Paddy Pimblett.

Everything went according to plan for Solecki (11-3, 3-1 UFC) in the first round, where he took down “Flash” inside the first 20 seconds, transitioned to full mount and eventually advanced to the back. Once there, he piled up points with ground-and-pound and fished for a potential submission. His efforts, while considerable, went for naught. Gordon (18-4, 6-3 UFC) survived and turned the tide in the middle stanza with forward pressure, superior standup and punishing takedown defense. The newfound momentum carried him through the third round, where he kept a visibly fatigued and frustrated Solecki at bay with jabs, hooks and sporadic leg kicks.

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Undefeated O’Neill Buries Shevchenko

Xtreme Couture prospect Casey O’Neill kept her perfect professional record intact and did so in style, as she took care of Antonina Shevchenko with punches in the second round of their women’s flyweight encounter. The unbeaten O’Neill (8-0, 3-0 UFC) sealed it 4:47 into Round 2.

Shevchenko (9-4, 3-4 UFC) enjoyed some success at the outset and managed to scramble into top position, at which point she climbed to a crucifix and dropped elbows. O’Neill was undeterred. The 23-year-old former Eternal MMA champion pressured Shevchenko onto her back foot in the second round, executed a takedown, transitioned to the back and ultimately achieved full mount. From there, O’Neill slammed unanswered elbows, punches and hammerfists into the Tiger Muay Thai mainstay’s face until the job was done.

O’Neill has finished her last four opponents.

Rosa Decision Retires Correia

Parana Vale Tudo’s Karol Rosa outstruck and outmaneuvered the retiring Bethe Correia to a unanimous decision in a three-round women’s bantamweight scrap. All three cageside judges scored it for Rosa (15-3, 4-0 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

Correia (11-6-1, 5-6-1 UFC) tried to fight fire with fire but lacked the weaponry necessary to give her opponent pause. Rosa blasted the former title challenger with devastating combinations, her spear often tipped with close-quarters knee strikes to the body. She upped her aggression once Correia began to tire, as she integrated ringing hooks from both hands, leg kicks and the occasional standing elbow. It was not the sendoff for which Correia had hoped.

The 26-year-old Rosa will carry a six-fight winning streak into her next assignment.

Mullarkey Comeback Sinks Smith

Former Brace MMA champion Jamie Mullarkey withstood an inauspicious start and struck down Factory X standout Devonte Smith with punches in the second round of their lightweight confrontation. Mullarkey (14-4, 2-2 UFC) drew the curtain 2:51 into Round 2, as he notched his sixth win in eight appearances.

Smith (11-3, 3-2 UFC) staggered the Aussie with a left hook in the first round and later cracked him with multi-level combinations that included jabs and close-range knee strikes. Mullarkey rebounded in the second, where he pressed a merciless pace. He scored with a sweeping left hook upstairs, pushed Smith to the cage and flurried with punches, knees and standing elbows. Mullarkey then drove the Dana White’s Contender Series graduate to the canvas with a pair of left hooks to the body and pounced with punches and hammerfists for the finish.

Mullarkey, 27, has delivered 13 of his 14 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Silva de Andrade Counter KOs Pirrello

Corinthians MMA export Douglas Silva de Andrade wiped out Gaetano Pirrello with a wicked counter left hook in the first round of their featherweight tilt. Still winless inside the Octagon, Pirrello (15-7-1, 0-2 UFC) hit the deck 2:04 into Round 1.

Silva de Andrade (27-4, 5-4 UFC) let his hands fly, backed the Belgian to the fence and connected with a leg kick after moving back into open space. Soon after, Pirrello pressed forward behind a kick, ran into the counter and fell to the canvas in a dazed state. Silva de Andrade met him there with a burst of hammerfists before referee Chris Tognoni arrived on the scene.

It was the 11th first-round finish of Silva de Andrade’s career.

Egger Elbow Stops Young

Stephanie Egger put away former King of the Cage champion Shanna Young with an elbow strike in the second round of their women’s bantamweight affair. Young (7-4, 0-2 UFC) bowed out 2:22 into Round 2, as she lost for the third time in four outings.

Egger (6-2, 1-1 UFC) set the tone in the clinch, a position from which the Swiss judoka executed multiple takedowns. She dumped Young to the mat roughly 90 seconds into the second round, chipped away with ground-and-pound and slammed the fight-ending elbow into her forehead. Egger then moved in for the kill as her counterpart shielded herself and turned away from contact, necessitating the stoppage.

The 33-year-old Egger has won four of her past five bouts.

Perez Armlock Submits Eduardo

“The Ultimate Fighter Latin America” Season 1 winner Alejandro Perez submitted former Shooto Brazil champion Johnny Eduardo with a scarf hold armlock in the second round of their bantamweight pairing. Eduardo (28-13, 3-5 UFC) capitulated 4:13 into Round 2, suffering his third consecutive defeat.

A tepid first period gave way to a more eventful second. Perez (22-8-1, 8-3-1 UFC) answered a takedown with one of his own, shifted from full guard to side control, trapped the Nova Uniao rep in a headlock and isolated the arm with his legs. He then activated his hips to prompt a tapout from the 43-year-old Eduardo.

The win was Perez’s first since July 14, 2018. Advertisement


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