Marlon Vera took a statement win against Dominick Cruz in the UFC main event on ESPN 41.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion had a quick start, crushing Vera (20-7-1) with punches and getting in and out. However, Vera’s strength was also evident as “Chito” dropped Cruz (24-4), despite staying ahead for most of the lap. “The Dominator” would stay out of any danger and easily master round 2. The tide would turn as Vera landed his best strike of the fight in the third round, an overhand right that dropped Cruz and fight back in the main event.
In the next round, Vera would end the show with a sensational head kick that knocked Cruz out cleanly.
The stoppage for Vera came at 2:17 of round 4.
Landwehr wins fight over Onama
Featherweights Nate Landwehr and David Onama collided during the co-main event. It looked like Landwehr (10-2) was going to have a long night after eating a big right hand from Onama (16-4) on the first round. However, after taking his back and landing several damaging blows, Landwehr would change positions and survive the perilous first frame. Despite taking damage, Landwehr was the fresher fighter and was able to take over the fight, outsmart his opponent and be dominant. Landwehr would continue his attack on the last lap, but showboating allowed Onama to land for a few moments and bounce back late.
After 15 minutes, the judges awarded Landwehr a majority decision with scores of 28-28, 29-27 and 29-27.
Jauregui defeats Luciindo
It was a positive Octagon debut for strawweight Yazmin Jauregui.
Neither Jauregui (9-0) nor Iasmin Lucindo showed any nerves on their respective debuts as both women came out swinging and kept an active page. After a back-and-forth first frame, Jauregui would hurt Lucindo (13-5) on lap 2 to take a decisive lead. The pace didn’t drop in the final five minutes with both women having their moments.
After 15 minutes, Jauregui took a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Murzakanov outclasses Clark
Azamat Murzakanov dominated Devin Clark to remain undefeated in the UFC.
The hitting and wrestling of Murzakanov (12-0) turned out to be simply too heavy for Clark (13-7). “The Professional” came close to finishing the fight in the second round, but eventually showed his true potential in the final round. The Russian landed a stunning left hook to the body on round 3, then fired dozens of punches until the fight was called off.
The fight was stopped at 1:08 of the third frame.
Cachoeira crushes Lipski
Priscila Cachoeira comes into her own at bantamweight.
“Zombie Girl” only took 65 seconds to send Ariane Lipski. Cachoeira (12-4) ran through Lipski (14-8) and
hurt her badly with a left hook. A barrage of punches followed to ensure a stoppage a minute and five seconds after the fight started.
Cachoeira has now won two straight fights.
Meerschaert Guillotine Chokes Silva
Gerald Meerschaert proved that he is a level above Bruno Silva.
Meerschaert (35-15) started the battle strong on his feet while he repeatedly hurt Silva (22-8) in the feet. This would continue until round 3, which saw
Meerschaert drops Silva with a beautiful left hook. Instead of following punches, “GM3” grabbed a guillotine choke that forced the Brazilian to tap at 1:39 of the third frame.
Meerschaert has now won four of his last five fights in the UFC.
UFC on ESPN 41 Preliminary Results:
In the featured heat, Angela Hill (14-12) got a comeback unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) against Lupita Godinez (8-3); Martin Buday (11-1) wins a split decision over Lukasz Brzeski (8-2-1, 1 NC) with scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28; Nina Nunes (11-7) retires after a shared verdict on Cynthia Calvillo (9-5-1) with scores of 28-29, 29-28 and 30-27; Gabriel Benitez (23-10) stops Charlie Ontiveros (11-9)
with punches at 3:35 of round 1; Tyson Took (21-12-1) Amazing Knockout Ode Osbourne (11-5, 1 NC)
after a failed flying knee at 2:59 of lap 1; Josh Quinlan (6-0, 1 NC) Starch Jason Witt (19-9)
with a left hook after only 2:09 action; and Da’Mon Blackshear (12-4-1) and Youssef Zalal (10-5-1) competed for a majority (29-28, 28-28, 28-28).