Welcome back to some prime UFC action folks! It has only been three weeks, three weeks too long, but the fights lived up to the billing in Bangor, Maine, and will continue the ride into a double-header next weekend. Two contending light heavyweights left it all in the cage, as Ryan Bader was able to out-wrestle and out-muscle the ranked Ovince St. Preux. In the co main event, Ross Pearson came out as a man with vengeance, finishing the former title challenger Gray Maynard in the second round. All the exciting coverage from the night is noted down below. The prelims kicked the card off slow, but the main card picked up the steam and did not disappoint the fans in Maine.
Ryan Bader defeats Ovince Saint Preux via Unanimous Decision – The striking game was not exactly on point for Ryan Bader, but wrestling was once again his backbone, as he forcefully took down Ovince St. Preux into a unanimous decision victory. O.S.P had his moments during the fight, possibly having his most success in the second round. Bader was not able to land his bomb of a right hand, nor finish the fight like he would have wanted, but he was able to get the job done against a rising prospect. The formula was the same from rounds one through five for Bader: Get within the length of St. Preux, take him down and beat him up. St. Preux relied too much on a kill shot, and did not stay active enough to decisively win more than two rounds in the fight. He came out desperate in the final round, as he landed some takedowns of his own in the fifth, but was not able to follow through with a finish. This marks the third win in a row for Bader, which could demand a possible top five opponent in his near future.
Ross Pearson defeats Gray Maynard via TKO (Strikes) rd. 2 – Maynard looked the part early, calling upon his former self as he dipped and dodged Pearson’s strikes through the first round while being able to land a few crisp punches of his own, and landing a couple takedowns to cap off a very successful first round. From that point, it was all but downhill from there, as the former lightweight title challenger fell apart. Ross Pearson came out swinging in the second, and found a reoccurring home for his right hand. He tagged Maynard midway through the second round and staggered him with some shots that followed. Maynard dropped to the floor from the flurry, as Pearson rebounds for the technical knockout victory in Bangor, Maine.
Tim Boetsch defeats Brad Tavares via TKO (Strikes) rd. 2 – Boetsch loves the dramatic. There are countless fights where the “Barbarian” was down, getting pummeled, but was still able to muster the courage to come back in devastating fashion. The theme does not change here, as Boetsch was once again getting picked apart by the agile Tavares through the first round, only to find himself yet again on the winning end of a gruesome knockout victory. The Barbarian clipped him, and followed him to the ground to get the referee to step in and call the bout. The Barbarian has now won two out of his last three fights in the UFC.
Alan Jouban defeats Seth Baczynski via KO (Strikes) rd. 1 – There may have been a pretty fighter or two inside the cage, but the runaway male model, Alan Jouban, dropped the heavy leather on the grizzled veteran and finished the fight. The two brawled it for the better of the first round, with Baczynski actually getting the better of the two fighters throughout most of the first. The two exchanged heavy hands against the cage when Jouban planted his foe with a sneaky left hand, which sent Seth crumbling to the octagon floor. This win marks the first victory for Alan Jouban with the organization.
Shawn Jordan defeats Jack May via TKO (Punches) rd. 3 – The first round was quite lackluster between the two heavyweights, as Jordan provided a quirky, jerky movement that May could not seem to figure out. The two had their brief exchanges where both landed their share of a few, but Jordan did get the takedown at the end, which could have won him the first round. Unfortunately for May, Jordan did not need to win another round, as finished his larger foe in the second. Jordan was rocked early, survived the brief onslaught, and took May down. From there, Jordan battered May with some heavy ground and pound and put the big man to sleep, dropping May to 0-2 inside the UFC octagon.
Thiago Tavares defeats Robbie Peralta via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) rd. 1 – Peralta did not have much of a chance as Tavares did not waste much time taking him down and advancing to dominant positions. First it was the back position, then to the full mount, and then to the back again as Tavares snatched up the neck for the rear naked choke. There was not much to discuss here, as this could have been easily a 10-8 round performance on the ground for the new featherweight. The Brazilian got the first finish of the night, which sprung the rest of the card into action.
In other notable fights, Sarah McMann squeaked out a decision over a very game Lauren Murphy, while Jussier Formiga helped his rise up the flyweight rankings, as he defeated Zach Makovsky. For all the results of the earlier prelim action, check down below.
Jussier Formiga defeats Zach Makovsky via Unanimous Decision
Sarah McMann defeats Lauren Murphy via Split Decision
Tom Watson defeats Sam Alvey via Unanimous Decision
Frankie Saenz defeats Nolan Ticman via Unanimous Decision
With an exciting card from Bangor, Maine just concluding, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will take their promotion to two different locations next Saturday. First, Michael Bisping will face Cung Le in Macao, China. Then former lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, will fight Rafael Dos Anjos in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For anything and everything UFC, follow the Guardian Liberty Voice for all your latest news and event results.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
Follow Justin’s coverage in the MMA Spotlight section
Guardian Liberty Voice sports writer leading the coverage in MMA