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Charles Rosa reintroduced himself to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division with a lightning-strike submission.
Competing for the first time since April 8, 2017, the American Top Team-trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt submitted Manny Bermudez with a first-round armbar in the featured UFC on ESPN 6 prelim on Friday at TD Garden in Boston. Rosa (12-3, 3-3 UFC) closed the deal 2:46 into Round 1.
Bermudez (14-2, 3-2 UFC) — a longtime featherweight who missed weight for the match — tripped his adversary to the mat, set up shop in guard and pummeled him with punches and elbows. Rosa refused to blink under duress, continued to hunt for his way out and wheeled his hips into position for the armbar, eliciting the verbal submission.
McCann Outpoints Newcomer Belbita
Former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder Molly McCann posted her third win in as many outings, as she took a unanimous decision from Diana Belbita in a three-round women’s flyweight pairing. All three cageside judges arrived at the same verdict, striking 30-26 scorecards for McCann (10-2, 3-1 UFC).
Belbita (13-5, 0-1 UFC) held her own for much of the match. However, McCann pressed forward with punches, secured takedowns and benefitted from a second-round point deduction for a fence grab. She also authored the most significant offense of the fight in the middle stanza, where she scored with a takedown, moved to Belbita’s back, flattened out the Romanian and achieved full mount, all while applying destructive ground-and-pound. McCann continued to smother the KSW veteran with punches in Round 3, steered clear of danger and walked out with her hand raised.
The loss halted Belbita’s run of consecutive victories at four.
Undefeated Woodson Dominates Bochniak
Promising Dana White’s Contender Series graduate Sean Woodson enjoyed a spectacular organizational debut, as he cruised to a unanimous decision over Kyle Bochniak in a three-round featherweight scrap. All three judges sided with the undefeated Woodson (7-0, 1-0 UFC): 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.
Virtually nothing went right for Bochniak (8-5, 2-5 UFC), who struggled to deal with a skilled 6-foot-2 opponent wielding a 79-inch reach. Woodson peppered the CES MMA veteran with punches from both hands and did real damage with close-range knee strikes, buckling his counterpart on more than one occasion. Bochniak did what he could to alter the direction of the fight, as he marched forward into heavy fire and attempted repeated takedowns, all but one of which proved unsuccessful. By the time their 15 minutes had expired, the victor was clear.
Bochniak, 32, now finds himself on a three-fight losing streak.
Costa Buries Reeling Salmon
Lauzon MMA standout Randy Costa put away Boston Salmon with punches in the first round of their bantamweight encounter. Winless in two starts inside the Octagon, Salmon (6-3, 0-2 UFC) succumbed to blows 2:15 into Round 1.
Costa (5-1, 1-1 UFC) folded the Xtreme Couture export when he followed a stiff jab by doubling up on his straight right hand. Salmon survived his initial brush with adversity but never fully recovered. Another thunderous right floored the Hawaiian at the base of the cage, and a pair of standing uppercuts from Costa forced referee Herb Dean to intervene.
All five of Costa’s wins have resulted in first-round finishes.
Unbeaten Brady Subdues McGee
Former Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder Sean Brady kept his perfect professional record intact, as he captured a unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 winner Court McGee in a three-round welterweight battle. Brady (11-0, 1-0 UFC) swept the scorecards with 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 marks from the judges.
The discrepancies in speed and power were too much for McGee (19-9, 8-8 UFC) to overcome. Brady hammered the Factory X rep with repeated leg kicks, held his own in the clinch and let his quick, powerful hands do the rest. He floored McGee with a left hook in the first round, staggered him with another in the second and successfully navigated the onset of fatigue in the third.
McGee has lost three of his last four fights.
Allen Chokes Replacement Holland
Roufusport prospect Brendan Allen submitted Kevin Holland with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their middleweight confrontation. A short-notice replacement for the injured Eric Spicely, Holland (16-5, 3-2 UFC) bowed out 3:38 into Round 2, his three-fight winning streak at an end.
Allen (13-3, 1-0 UFC) did not escape unscathed. Holland opened a diagonal cut on his left eyebrow in the first round, advanced to mount and flirted with a rear-naked choke. His efforts failed and provided Allen with new life entering the middle stanza. Holland executed a takedown early in Round 2 but squandered his advantage and wound up in bottom position. Allen settled in half guard, applied his ground-and-pound and briefly climbed to full mount before transitioning to the fight-ending choke.
The 23-year-old Allen has rattled off five straight victories, four of them finishes.
Debuting Boser Decisions Spitz
Former Unified MMA champion Tanner Boser made a successful promotional debut, as he laid claim to a unanimous decision over Daniel Spitz in a three-round heavyweight tilt. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Boser (17-5-1, 1-0 UFC).
Leg kicks were the Canadian’s weapons of choice, and Spitz (6-3, 1-3 UFC) had no answer for them. Boser flexed his superiority in the standup exchanges across all three rounds, directing the vast majority of his strikes at the legs and body. Spitz struggled with output and efficiency, failing to allow his 6-foot-7 frame to work for him.
Boser, 28, has recorded back-to-back victories.