Due to the cancellation of Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev, it took Johnny Walker and Jamahal Hill to step up to the main event spot. While not the most star studded card, it was anyone’s show to steal, and fortunately for us, someone did just that.
Jamahal Hill – Winner
Hill caught Walker with the most devastating KO of the night, knocking his opponent stiff with a right hand to the temple. “Stop doubting and start believing” is what Hill calmly said to Paul Felder during the post-fight interview, as he looks to eye up the top of the LHW division soon. Jokingly calling himself “Main Event ‘Mahal”, the commentary team have suggested a potential match up against #8 Volkan Oezdemir or #4 Anthony Smith both make sense for the intense 205’er.
Kyle Daukaus – Winner
Daukaus landed a bell buzzin’ d’arche choke against Jamie Pickett, earning himself back into the winning column after a no contest and loss in the two fights beforehand. Wanting to keep himself active and eventually into the middleweight rankings (despite this being at catchweight), we could see Daukaus fight his original opponent for UFC Vegas 48 – Roman Dolidze.
Parker Porter – Winner
Porter is now riding a three-fight win streak after a decision win over Frenchmen Alan Baudot. He has been vocal about a rematch with Chris Daukaus, but will be willing to put in the work against other heavyweights before that, however. Repping a record of 4-1 in the UFC, Porter could see a potential match up with Justin Tafa or Don’Tale Mayes on the horizon, on accounts of them being at similar stages in their UFC career and available to fight the near future.
Jim Miller – Winner
As classy as he’s ever been, Jim Miller finished Nikolas Motta inside the second round, making 2 knockouts in his last 2 fights inside the UFC. The 38-year-old veteran has made it clear that he still wants to fight for the leading MMA organisation and has shown no signs of slowing down. The lightweight is currently drawing with fellow veteran ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone for the most UFC wins and will want to overtake him in the near future. Although it’s early days, viral Liverpudlian Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett seemed to suggest on Twitter that he’d entertain a bout with the veteran, in the near future.
Joaquin Buckley – Winner
Buckley proved once again that he’s not just a flash in the pan, as he beat knockout artist Abdul Razak Alhassan via split decision. Armed with online survival “guru” in his corner, Dale Brown, Buckley showed that his wrestling is just as formidable as his striking. Looking to add some more respectable names on his resume, upcoming bouts could see Buckley take on the likes of Gerald “GM3” Meerschart, Julian Marquez or Phil Hawes before entering the rankings.
Johnny Walker – Loser
It’s been a tough road for ex-hype train Johnny Walker as he lost for the second time in 4 months, but this time in the most shocking way. Getting knocked out is always a patch on your record, but out cold in the first round is a whole new ball game. Now 1-4 in his last 5, including two first-round losses, Walker may not have too much time left in the UFC before he is cut. The chances of him fighting someone near his current ranking (#10) are somewhat slim, so we could see him matchup against outsiders such as Devin Clark or Alonzo Menifield in his last hail mary to restore his UFC reputation.
Jamie Pickett – Loser
Despite it being a short notice bout, Jamie Pickett suffered an awkward loss against wrestler Kyle Daukaus as he tapped to a D’arche choke quite literally on the buzzer of the first round. Not looking his best, there’s still no alarm bells ringing around Pickett’s form as he still has some time left to nurse his patchy record. The opportunity to fix this may come against fellow stop-starter Dusko Todorovic or TUF contender, Tresean Gore.
Abdul Razak Alhassan – Loser
Still yet to see a win when the fight goes further than the first round, Alhassan has shown once again that his unmatched power comes at the cost of his shy endurance. Now 5-5 in the UFC, the next few fights could be vital to his UFC career. However, due to his casual friendly style, we could see him in the leading fight organisation a little longer than usual. The 36-year-old Ghanian could soon be matched up with the likes of Jun Yung Park or Andrew Sanchez.
Jamahal Hill def. Johnny Walker via KO (punches) at 2:55 of Round 1
Kyle Daukaus def. Jamie Pickett via submission (D’Arce choke) at 4:59 of Round 1
Parker Porter def. Alan Baudot via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jim Miller def. Nikolas Motta via TKO (punches) at 1:58 of Round 2
Joaquin Buckley def. Abdul Razak Alhassan via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
David Onama def. Gabriel Benitez via KO (punches) at 4:24 of Round 1
Stephanie Egger def. Jessica-Rose Clark via submission (armbar) at 3:44 of Round 1
Chas Skelly def. Mark Striegl via TKO (knee and punches) at 2:01 of Round 2
Gloria de Paula def. Diana Belbita via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chad Anheliger def. Jesse Strader via TKO (punches) at 3:33 of Round 3
Jonathan Pearce def. Christian Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mario Bautista def. Jay Perrin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
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