After handing Drakkar Klose his first loss, UFC 218's David Teymur is ready for top-10 competition

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DETROIT – David Teymur is not in a rush to get to his final goal, but his latest win has him looking to dip his feet in the UFC’s top-10 pool.

At Saturday’s UFC 218, Teymur (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) not only added a fourth straight win to his unblemished UFC record – he did it with a unanimous nod over a man who’d never been beaten before in fellow lightweight Drakkar Klose (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

Teymur is aware that “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” but he is gunning for 155-pound gold. And he’s got an idea where to start.

“I want to fight someone in the top-10,” Teymur said after the FS1-televised preliminary card bout, which took place at the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. “My goal is the belt.”

Asked to describe what his year in the octagon has been like, Teymur used the word “good.” But that might be an understatement. Before dominating Klose, Teymur stopped another hot prospect by beating Lando Vannata in a thrilling co-headliner that was also chosen UFC 209’s “Fight of the Night.”

Vannata also happened to be the Swedish fighter’s first decision in the UFC. The two octagon opponents that came before, Martin Svensson and Jason Novelli, were both knocked out.

“People love to watch my style,” Teymur said. “I can hear the audience. I give them high quality. I give what people want to see. I give them value for their tickets, so I will still do my thing.”

As for Teymur’s immediate plans? Miami Beach, of course.

“Work hard, play hard,” Teymur said with a smile.

To hear Teymur’s full chat with reporters, musical act included, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 218 results: David Teymur outworks Drakkar Klose for unanimous decision

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David Teymur didn’t just frustrate Drakkar Klose, he all but nullified him.

With pinpoint striking and excellent defensive wrestling, Teymur (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) handed Klose (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) the first loss of his UFC career, taking a unanimous decision win with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 218 event at the new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

From the start, Teymur seemed to be the accurate striker, while not exactly the most aggressive one. As he hung back, patiently landing kicks on the outside, Klose seemed to grow increasingly frustrated, posing with his hands up as if daring Teymur to come forward.

But when Klose tried to do the advancing, he typically paid for it at the end of Teymur’s combinations. And while he did manage to take Teymur down a couple of times, what he couldn’t do was keep him there for more than a few seconds.

That led to a somewhat desperate third-round effort from Klose, who seemed to realize he was down on the scorecards and needed to go after Teymur. That added aggression helped him land a few more blows, but he also took a few more thanks to Teymur’s sharp counters.

In the end, all three judges saw the fight for Teymur, giving him the win by decision, much to the chagrin of Klose.

The victory makes it four in a row in the UFC for Teymur, who has not lost a pro fight since his debut in 2013. Klose’s loss is the first of his career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 218 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in Detroit.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC 218, including a surging champ and frightening Francis Ngannou

The UFC returns to Detroit on Saturday for UFC 218. The event, headlined by a matchup between featherweight champion Max Holloway and all-time great Jose Aldo, marks the promotion’s first trip to “The Motor City” since the infamous UFC 9 in 1996.

Aldo steps in on short notice to replace injured Frankie Edgar. Holloway and Aldo met in June with Holloway, the then-interim champion, unifying the titles when he stopped then-champ Aldo via second-round TKO.

In the co-headlining bout, rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou looks to continue his meteoric climb up the rankings against veteran Alistair Overeem.

UFC 218 takes place at the new Little Caesars Arena, and it’s the UFC’s first event in Michigan since UFC 123 in 2010. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. Old boss vs. new boss

Time catches up with everyone. In MMA, it sometimes does so in a brutal fashion.

Between 2006 and 2014, Aldo ran off 18 straight wins. During that time, he defended the WEC featherweight title twice and the UFC title seven times. He was also considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters. Today, a new generation of fans see Aldo, the No. 2 fighter in the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, as the guy Conor McGregor starched in 13 seconds and/or the man Holloway knocked out.

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At UFC 218, the 31-year-old Brazilian gets a chance to show newer fans he still has what it takes to sit atop the 145-pound division. His opponent, No. 1-ranked Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s on an 11-fight winning streak, is out to prove it was no fluke when he stopped Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in June. If the 25-year-old Hawaiian achieves his goal, he’ll show the world the changing of the guard in the featherweight division is complete, and that a new generation has begun its run at 145 pounds.

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2. The next title contender?

Ngannou is terrifying. He’s made five trips to the octagon and finished each of his opponents. His two most recent wins, both first-round stoppages, earned him “Performance of the Night” honors. What makes Ngannou, who is ranked No. 9 at heavyweight, even scarier is the progress he’s displayed each time he’s stepped into the cage. What to watch for is how much he’s developed since his most recent fight, a January first-round knockout of ex-champ Andrei Arlovski.

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No. 2-ranked Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has much more experience than Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), but as we saw in Ngannou’s bout against Arlovski, experience doesn’t always come into play against someone who possesses so much power, strength and raw ability. Overeem enters this contest on a two-fight winning streak. His most recent victory was a majority-decision win over former titleholder Fabricio Werdum.

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While there are no guarantees in this sport, Ngannou believes a win in Detroit will earn him a shot at the heavyweight title. And honestly, would you want to argue with him?

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3. Taking aim at the top

After losses to flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was booked to face Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC). A hand injury forced Cejudo from that matchup days before the event. But as fate would have it, both fighters won their next bouts. Those victories allowed the contest between the 125-pound contenders to be rebooked at UFC 218.

Cejudo, ranked No. 3 in the division, earned the first stoppage of his UFC career in his most recent fight with a knockout of Wilson Reis. The Olympic gold-medalist wrestler looked very comfortable with his striking in that contest.

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No. 6-ranked Pettis is unbeaten in his past four outings. With his most recent victory, he ended the 11-fight winning streak of rising star Brandon Moreno.

If Johnson is not booked to face bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, the winner of this fight could get the next shot at Johnson’s belt.

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4. It’s good to have goals

Here’s Justin Gaethje speaking about the overarching mission of his MMA career.

“When I’m done, I’m going to be known as the most violent mother(expletive) in this sport,” Gaethje recently told MMAjunkie Radio.

With 15 knockouts in 18 career victories, the former WSOF lightweight champion is well on his way to achieving that goal. In his UFC debut, Gaethje, No. 3 at lightweight, became the first man to knock out Michael Johnson in a contest that will be in the running for “Fight of the Year.”

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At UFC 218, Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces a man who also knows something about entertaining scraps: former UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC). The Philadelphia-based fighter has 15 knockouts in 28 victories. Alvarez is currently ranked No. 5 in the division.

Alvarez’s most recent fight ended in a no-contest after he landed illegal knees to Dustin Poirier’s head.

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5. The waiting is over

Two years after they were initially scheduled to meet, strawweights Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson face off in Detroit.

Since that scrapped bout, Torres is 3-1 while Waterson is 1-1. The fighter who defeated both? Current champion Rose Namajunas.

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Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who is currently ranked No. 7 in the division, has been itching for a top-10 opponent since she defeated Bec Rawlings in February. She didn’t get her wish in her most recent fight, a short-notice submission win over Juliana Lima, and she doesn’t get that wish against Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC). However, with the push the UFC is giving the unranked Waterson, a win here should earn “The Tiny Tornado” a ranked opponent in her next outing.

As for “The Karate Hottie,” who lost to Namajunas in April, she’s followed each of her four previous defeats with a stoppage victory.

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6. Racking up bonuses

Charles Oliveira’s UFC record of 10-7 appears average at best, but when you look at who he’s lost to, well, his record’s not so shabby. His three most recent losses were stoppage defeats to Holloway, Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas. However, that 10-7 mark does show he struggles against top-tier UFC talent.

After a stint at featherweight, Oliveira recently moved back to lightweight. He earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus in his return fight with a first-round submission of former Bellator champ Will Brooks.

Oliveira (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) steps in on short notice to face exciting striker Paul Felder at UFC 218. Felder (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) ended his two most recent fights by knockout. Both of those victories earned him “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

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7. Survive and move on

Two up-and-coming lightweights coming off upset victories meet in a prelim card scuffle. David Teymur earned a unanimous decision over Lando Vannata at UFC 209. Drakkar Klose, meanwhile, took a split decision over Marc Diakiese at the TUF 25 Finale. The Teymur vs. Vannata scrap earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Klose fed Diakiese a steady diet of leg kicks to hand his opponent his first defeat.

Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is unbeaten while Teymur (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has not lost since his professional debut. Normally the UFC refrains from this type of matchmaking, but with a division as stacked as lightweight, it makes sense to pair these two rising fighters.

8. Clearing a path

Felice Herrig enters UFC 218 riding a three-fight winning streak. In her two most recent outings, Herrig handed Justine Kish and Alexa Grasso their first defeats. After the Kish win, she spoke about the opportunities she feels are being denied her by the UFC.

Herrig faces strawweight rankings honorable mention Cortney Casey, who is coming off a win over former WSOF strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar.

If Herrig (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) adds Casey (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to her list of triumphs, she could force the promotion to give her the opportunity she’s looking for: a path to a potential title shot.

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9. Defense

Abdul Razak Alhassan opened his UFC career with a quick knockout of Charlie Ward. The win wasn’t too surprising considering Alhassan had ended all six of his previous fights by first-round knockout. None of those fights lasted more than 90 seconds. In his second UFC bout, Alhassan went the distance in a decision loss to Omari Akhmedov. The former judo player was taken down six times during that contest.

Alhassan (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Sabah Homasi, who lost to Tim Means via second-round TKO in his most recent bout. Homasi (11-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) ran out of gas early, but he did his best to hang with Means. The one thing the American Top Team fighter did accomplish against Means that could serve him well against Alhassan were his two takedowns.

Alhassan looks like he has some potential, but if he can’t stop takedowns, that potential could go unrealized.

10. Light-heavyweight finishers

Dominick Reyes received some attention when he knocked out Jordan Powell with a head kick at LFA 13. The stoppage, which came moments after Powell gave a “that didn’t hurt bro” head shake, became a popular GIF.

A few weeks later, Reyes made his UFC light-heavyweight debut. Reyes lived up to his “Devastator” nickname when he earned a 29-second TKO win over Joachim Christensen. While the stoppage didn’t make the rounds as a GIF, it did earn Reyes a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Unbeaten in seven fights, with six stoppages, the 27-year-old Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) faces another finisher in Jeremy Kimball. The 26-year-old Kimball (15-6 MMA 1-1 UFC) earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus in his most recent bout. He knocked out Josh Stansbury in 91 seconds on the same card Reyes bested Christensen.

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For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 218 in Detroit gets intriguing lightweight bout

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Two lightweight up-and-comers – David Teymur (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Drakkar Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) – will meet at UFC 218.

UFC officials announced the fight via freep.com.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.

Teymur, a 28-year-old Swedish fighter who was a quarterfinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” is undefeated in official pro bouts since a loss in his 2013 debut. His current six-fight winning streak features three consecutive UFC wins. They include knockout victories over Martin Svensson and Jason Novelli, as well as a recent “Fight of the Night” decision win over Lando Vannata in March.

He meets Klose, a 29-year-old Michigan native who will be the favorite with UFC 218’s Detroit crowd. The former state high-school champion and collegiate wrestler debuted with the UFC in January and has picked up decision victories over Devin Powell and rival Marc Diakiese.

The latest UFC 218 card includes:

  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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