UFC on Fox 21 Prelims: Sam Alvey Batters Kevin Casey for Second-Round Stoppage

By Brian Knapp Aug 27, 2016

Sam Alvey’s left hand puts smiles on faces other than his own.

“Smilin’ Sam” disposed of former Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion Kevin Casey with second-round punches in their featured middleweight prelim at UFC on Fox 21 “Maia vs. Condit” on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Casey (9-5-1, 1-3-1 UFC) wilted 4:56 into round two.

Alvey (28-8, 5-3 UFC) picked his spots, remained patient and ate a few stiff jabs along the way. Casey ran out of gas near the conclusion of the first round and could not keep the Team Quest rep at a safe distance as a result. Alvey floored him twice with straight lefts. After the second knockdown, he unleashed on Casey with standing-to-ground punches until the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt turtled up in a fetal position and left referee Yves Lavigne no choice but to step in.

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Bochniak Edges ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Winner Barzola

CES MMA veteran Kyle Bochniak leaned on repeated leg kicks and measured punching combinations in pocketing a contentious split decision over “The Ultimate Fighter Latin America” winner Enrique Barzola in their three-round undercard duel at 145 pounds. Judges John Cooper and Dave Hagen scored it 29-28 for Bochniak, while David Therien ruled 30-27 in Barzola’s favor.

Neither man established his dominance, though Barzola appeared to be the more consistent fighter. Bochniak (7-1, 1-1 UFC) did his best work in the second half of round one, where he secured a takedown, advanced to half guard and later wobbled the Peruvian with an overhand right. Barzola (11-3-1, 1-1 UFC) answered by controlling the rules of engagement, popping punches from the outside and mixing in kicks to the legs and body. Perhaps sensing his fate was uncertain, Bochniak picked up the pace in a nip-tuck third round, stringing together punches and backing up Barzola just enough to sway the judges.

Di Chirico Slips Past McLellan

Well-timed takedowns, superior output on the feet and a deeper gas tank carried Alessio Di Chirico to a split decision over Garreth McLellan in a preliminary middleweight confrontation. All three judges scored it 29-28: John Cooper and David Therien sided with Di Chirico, while Tony Weeks cast a dissenting nod in McLellan’s direction.

McLellan (13-5, 1-2 UFC) kept the Italian at bay with early kicks to the legs and body, a gnarly right uppercut and a few straight lefts, but his success was short-lived. Di Chirico (10-1, 1-1 UFC) nearly finished him in the second round, where he dazed and bloodied the South African with an elbow to the side of the head. He picked up where he left off in the third, as he executed a takedown inside the first minute and ultimately achieved full mount before surrendering his position. McLellan answered with a takedown of his own late in the round, but he lacked the energy he needed to compliment it with damage and fell short on two of the three scorecards.

Newcomer Silva Sinks Campbell

CM System export Felipe Silva took out World Series of Fighting veteran Shane Campbell with first-round punches in an undercard scrap at 155 pounds. Campbell (12-6, 1-4 UFC) folded 1:13 into round one, as he lost for the third time in as many appearances.

Silva (8-0, 1-0 UFC) obliged the Canadian with a standup battle. He softened Campbell with knees to the body from the clinch, backed him to the fence and uncorked a pair of left hooks, one to the liver, the other to the head. Campbell collapsed to the canvas in agony, unable to defend against the volley of punches that followed.

The 32-year-old Silva has finished seven of his eight opponents inside one round.

Laprise Snipes Gouti in 96 Seconds

“The Ultimate Fighter Nations” winner Chad Laprise cut down Jackson-Wink MMA rep Thibault Gouti with first-round punches in their preliminary catchweight pairing at 159 pounds. Gouti (11-3, 0-3 UFC) met his end 1:36 into round one.

Laprise (11-2, 4-2 UFC) lured in the Frenchman and sprang his trap. The 30-year-old countered Gouti while moving backward, answering with a stiff left jab before detonating a beautiful right cross on his chin. He collapsed where he stood, as Laprise pounced, cut off his retreat and let loose with lefts and rights until referee Kevin Dornan had seen enough.

The win halted a two-fight losing streak for Laprise, who rebounded from back-to-back defeats to Ross Pearson and Francisco Trinaldo.

Undefeated Kennedy Downs Ricci

Former Battlefield Fight League champion Jeremy Kennedy kept his perfect professional record intact, as the Octagon newcomer claimed a unanimous decision over Alex Ricci in a preliminary lightweight affair. All three cageside judges sided with the unbeaten Kennedy (9-0, 1-0 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

A short-notice fill-in for the injured Josh Emmett, Ricci (10-4, 0-1 UFC) enjoyed some early success with close-quarters knees and kicks to the body. However, Kennedy slowly wore down his fellow Canadian with clinches, takedowns and an unshakable commitment to the grind. The 23-year-old struck for takedowns in all three rounds, putting an exclamation point on the victory by grounding Ricci twice across the final five minutes.

The loss snapped a modest two-fight winning streak for Ricci.


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