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“The Ultimate Fighter 27” winner Michael Trizano captured a closely-contested unanimous verdict against Ludovit Klein in the UFC on ESPN 24 featured preliminary featherweight matchup at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. All three cageside judges submitted tallies in favor of Trizano: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Trizano (9-1, 3-1 UFC) controlled the cage for the majority of the fight and while Klein (17-3, 1-1 UFC) appeared to have an edge in volume early, the Team Tiger Schulmann representative connected with more authority. Trizano did his best work in the final stanza, when he dazed Klein with a right hand and increasingly found a rhythm with more offensive output behind his forward movement. “The Lone Wolf” ended the fight by trapping Klein in a guillotine following a takedown by the Slovakian fighter. While the hold was tight, Klein was able to survive until the final horn.
Park Batters, Bloodies Nchukwi
Jun Yong Park imposed his will down the stretch through takedowns and ground-and-pound to earn a majority decision over Dana White’s Contender Series alum Tafon Nchukwi in a middleweight bout. Two judges submitted scorecards in favor of the South Korean -- 30-25 and 29-26 -- while a third saw it as 28-28 draw. Park has won three straight Octagon appearances.
In the early going, Park (13-3, 3-1 UFC) appeared to be quicker to the punch, as he peppered Nchukwi repeatedly with his jab in Round 1. Nchukwi improved his output in Round 2, but he had a point deducted for landing his second groin strike of the fight. “The Iron Turtle” left no doubt in the final stanza, securing a pair of takedowns and busting Nchukwi (5-1, 1-1 UFC) wide open with punches and elbows from three-quarter mount position. When all was said and done, Nchukwi’s face was pouring blood from the damage he absorbed.
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Harris Chokes Aguilera Unconscious
Former Brave Combat Federation champion Carlston Lindsay Harris became the first fighter from Guyana to earn a victory in UFC competition, as he made short work of Christian Aguilera in a welterweight contest. Harris rendered his opponent unconscious with an anaconda choke 2:52 into Round 1 to extend his professional winning streak to four.
While Aguilera (14-8, 1-2 UFC) appeared to briefly stun Harris with an uppercut during an early exchange, “Mocambique” recovered in short order and set the stage for the finish by rocking his adversary with a straight left. Shortly thereafter, a still-reeling Aguilera shot for a takedown. Harris (16-4, 1-0 UFC) sprawled on the attempt, locked in the choke and rolled his opponent over. Aguilera’s insistence on clinging to his foe’s leg did him no favors, and it was a matter of seconds before he went out from the squeeze.