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Julian Marquez ended Dana White’s Contender Series 4 with a bang, laying out Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes with a head kick to cap off the show..
Dana White’s Contender Series 4 took place Tuesday at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
The fight was over at the 2:20 mark of the second round when Hawes dropped limp to the canvas with a scary thud.
“I was tired,” Marquez admitted after the fight. “The weight cut yesterday was pretty rough, but I just knew he was going to keep coming. I just knew if I weathered the storm, he would leave an opening, which he did.”
Hawes’ early drive to take the fight down to the mat may have sapped his energy reserves. Marquez proved a tough challenge to take down, and when he hit the mat, he escaped bad positions and returned to his feet. A guillotine attempt had Hawes scrambling not to tap.
At the start of the second, Marquez landed a combination that badly hurt Hawes and put him on auto pilot. A sloppy takedown attempt put Marquez on top, and when Hawes finally managed to escape, he was ready.
The head kick was perfectly timed and provided a highlight-reel finish that brought UFC contract to Marquez (6-1), who’s won his past four. Hawes (4-2), an early flameout on “The Ultimate Fighter 23,” now has dropped two straight.
Phillips quickly stops shooting Gray
Bantamweight Kyler Phillips picked up the first stoppage win of the night with a quick TKO of James Gray.
An early takedown attempt from Gray (4-2) was countered by elbows from Phillips (5-0), who pounded away with punches before returning for a hammerfist to close it out just 46 seconds into the opening frame.
“I did not want to do jiu-jitsu,” Phillips said of his win.” “I want to be exciting and get that KO. This organization, we’ve got to make money, so I’m here to do crazy kicks and crazy punches. I’ll put everybody out.”
Candelario’s damage counters Candido for decision nod
Carlos Candelario survived a last-minute submission scare from jiu-jitsu specialist Ronaldo Candido to take home a unanimous decision.
The final scores were all 29-28 for the unbeaten Candelario, who refused to cede positions on the mat and repaid Candido’s takedown attempts with consistent damage.
“He had me in that last round a little bit, but I knew I won that fight,” Candelario said.
All three rounds followed a consistent pattern. Candido fought his way into a takedown and threatened a choke. But on each occasion, Candelario scrambled to safety and then pounded away with elbows and punches.
Candido (6-1), a jiu-jitsu coach of Jose Aldo, gamely pressed the action late and earned a huge slam in the final round. With Candelario (7-0) fading, he advanced to mount position and wrapped the head for a guillotine choke. When Candelario made his neck scarce, elbows opened up an arm-triangle attempt. The attempts led to a tense minute but no tap from Candelario.
Blood-and-guts thriller sees Davis edge Arnett
After three rounds, featherweights Brandon Davis and Austin Arnett were spattered with Arnett’s blood. They traded smiles and hundreds of punches in an all-out slugfest.
Davis, the busier and more effective fighter, emerged with a unanimous decision via scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 29-28 and also earned the only other UFC contract of the night. Arnett, sporting a forehead gash that flowed freely, never capitulated and kept swinging until the final bell.
“That’s every fight – sign me,” Davis said afterward. “I promise you.”
Arnett’s powerful straight right was stymied by Davis’ head movement and aggressive combinations. Then an elbow split him open after he banked on a guillotine and missed in the second round. The ensuing blood was the third opponent in the cage as Davis tried to open it with spinning attacks.
Two rounds took some of the verve out of Davis’ (8-2) pace, but he managed to hold off as Arnett (15-3) landed several power shots to the body and head. The decision was his seventh straight win, while Arnett lost his first bout in three years and 13 fights.
Castaneda gets unanimous nod over Leialoha
Bantamweight John Castaneda’s last-minute rally tipped the scores in his favor against Max Holloway training partner Cheyden Leialoha.
After trading takedowns and kicks with Leialoha, Castaneda put his opponent on the mat late in the third and made a statement with a back mount and ground control.
“I’ve never been this tired in a fight, so it’s just going to motivate me to never be this tired again,” he said afterward.
Judges unanimously scored it 29-28 for Castaneda (14-2), who picked up his ninth straight win, and did so after Leialoha (6-1) cut him with an elbow on the mat in the first. With blood running into his eye, he charged back in the second by countering Leialoha’s aggressive striking, and then won a key takedown for his final push.
The official Dana White’s Contender Series 4 results:
- Julian Marquez def. Phil Hawes via KO (head kick) – Round 2, 2:20
- Kyler Phillips def. James Gray via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:46
- Carlos Candelario def. Ronaldo Candido via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Brandon Davis def. Austin Arnett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
- John Castaneda def. Cheyden Leialoha via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
For complete coverage of Dana White’s Contender Series 4, visit the UFC Events section of the site.
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