LAS VEGAS – Daniel Spohn didn’t let three illegal punches to the back of the head stop him from pulling off a first-round submission victory against Angel DeAnda in the Week 2 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”
Spohn (16-5) got caught with some clean punches by DeAnda (18-6) early in the opening round of the light heavyweight bout. The sizable betting underdog had Spohn on the verge of a quick stoppage, but in the heat of the moment threw the series of illegal blows, causing referee John McCarthy to halt the action.
After a break of several minutes, McCarthy deducted a point from DeAnda and the action resumed. Spohn blitzed his opponent immediately and rocked DeAnda. His legs collapsed and Spohn kept on him with the attack. Spohn transition to the grappling and maneuvered his way into position for an arm-triangle choke, and DeAnda tapped out at the 3:10 mark of Round 1.
“This feels amazing,” Spohn told backstage reporter Laura Sanko after his win. “To go out there and fight a fight like that – that’s what I wanted. … I’m here to fight. I’m putting it on the line. Win or lose, I’m coming to get it.”
O’Malley gets UFC contract with big knockout
The 22-year-old bantamweight made a huge impression when he put on a flashy display of striking in the dominant performance. He landed everything from spinning kicks to powerful punches, and while Khashakyan hung tough, he finally went down at the 4:14 mark of Round 1.
After the event wrapped up, it was announced O’Malley was the lone winner on the card to be offered a UFC contract. UFC President Dana White said he sees star potential in the youngster.
“I think the kid has the style and the mentality to be a star, and to win fights,” White told Sanko. “I’m going to give him the opportunity and the rest is up to him.”
Le sleeps Stojadinovic with slick kick
After picking his shots throughout the first round, Le found his timing in the second and connected with a right head kick that dropped Stojadinovic. Le followed up with a series of hammerfists, forcing the referee to stop the action at the 1:35 mark of Round 2.
Outlaw survives Cora’s late rally
Cora’s late takedown and swarm of ground-and-pound was his one highlight of the fight. Other than that, Outlaw consistently put him on his back and threatened with submissions. He nearly finished the fight on multiple occasions, but Cora showed his grit, lasting to a 29-27, 29-28 and 29-27 loss on the scorecards.
Kenney overwhelms Hamilton in brawl
The first round was a barnburner, with both men putting each other in danger with hard strikes. As the fight progressed, Kenney’s superior pace, control and output was the key in earning 30-27 scorecards across the board.
Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2 results included:
- Daniel Spohn def. Angel DeAnda via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:10
- Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:14
- Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via knockout (kick, punches) – Round 2, 1:35
- Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
- Casey Kenney def. C.J. Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)