MMA: Highlights from UFC Fight Night 47 [Video]
UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux took place on Saturday in Bangor, Maine, the first UFC event ever held in UFC president Dana White’s home state. While the card may have lacked star power, the fights definitely exceeded expectations as five of the six fights on the main card ended with a finish. SO in case you missed it, check out some highlights in the videos below, courtesy of FOX Sports.
Main Event: Ryan Bader def. Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Interestingly enough, the main event ended up being the least exciting fight on the card. Bader used his wrestling to neutralize St. Preux’s unorthodox striking to earn a five-round unanimous decision. For Bader, it’s three wins in a row in the 205-pound division. St. Preux lost his first fight since 2011.
Co-main Event: Ross Pearson def. Gray Maynard via TKO at 1:35 of Round 2
Pearson’s boxing looked great and he was able to catch Maynard with a nice combination for the knockout. Some are calling for Maynard to retire after his second knockout loss in a row. A former top contender in the lightweight division, Maynard actually looked pretty good in the first round and was able to score some takedowns. But Pearson was just better, hopefully he gets to face a top-10 opponent next.
Tim Boetsch def. Brad Tavares via TKO at 3:18 of Round 2
I gotta say, Boetsch looked absolutely horrible in the first round. He was telegraphing his takedowns and failed to mix up his striking. Tavares pretty much did anything he wanted. Then came the second round, and Boetsch clipped Tavares with a left hook and downed him with a right hand to finish the fight. The win was especially special for Boetsch, who was fighting in his home state for the first time in his career.
Alan Jouban def. Seth Baczynski via KO at 4:23 of Round 1
In the fight of the night, Jouban and Baczynski put on a show. These two went back and forth from the opening bell. Baczynski floored Jouban earlier in the round, but Jouban was later able to land a short left hook during an exchange to knock Baczynski out cold. It was a great win for Jouban in his UFC debut and he looks like a great addition to the already stacked welterweight division.
Another notable results:
Shawn Jordan def. Jack May via TKO at 2:03 of Round 3
Thiago Tavares def. Robbie Peralta via submission at 4:27 of Round 1
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)