UFC Fight Night 121 results: Eric Shelton grinds down Jenel Lausa for first UFC victory

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After Eric Shelton dealt with an early takedown from Janel Lausa, he put things on cruise control thanks to takedowns and dominance on the ground.

Shelton (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) won a unanimous decision against Lausa (7-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) with a sweep of the judges’ scorecards for his first UFC victory. He picked up scores of 30-27, 30-26 and 30-25. The fight stats showed Shelton with a 186-11 margin in the striking department.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

Lausa faked a right early, then slipped away from a left high kick from Shelton. Seconds later, he had to block a right high kick. A minute in, Lausa tried a hard kick of his own. But 90 seconds in, Shelton threw a looping right and Lausa took advantage. He scooped him up and slammed him to the canvas. On the ground, he landed a good punch from Shelton’s guard, then drove Shelton toward the cage.

But Shelton worked nicely from the ground, got back to his feet, and took Lausa’s back standing. With two minutes left, he took Lausa to the cage and pressed his back to the fence. Lausa got an underhook and used it to get back to his feet with 90 seconds left. With 40 seconds left, Shelton drove from several feet out and got an easy double-leg takedown and landed good ground-and-pound to close out the frame.

Lausa tried a big overhand right early in the second, and Shelton tried the same moments later. A minute in, Shelton got another takedown, then briefly threatened with a guillotine choke. But Lausa stirpped it away and got to his feet. But not long after that, Shelton sat him back down, got to full mount, then forced Lausa to give his back. Shelton stayed on top and worked punches and elbows and had three minutes to work with.

He got back to full mount again midway through the round and landed a huge elbow. Lausa scrambled out and picked up a slick guillotine, but Shelton popped his head out and was back to top position. Shelton’s strikes from up top were heavy through the rest of the round, but he couldn’t put Lausa away.

Shelton ripped off a big leg kick early in the third. When Lausa tried an uppercut, Shelton drilled him with a counter right. And 100 seconds into the final frame, Shelton picked up another takedown and kept Lausa frustrated along the fence. Shelton kept beating Lausa up to the head and body. Lausa did his best to block the shots, and at least stayed out of trouble of being finished – but it was clear much of the fight had been beaten out of him. Shelton let Lausa back to his feet late, but there wasn’t enough time for him to get anything done.

“It feels amazing to get the first win of my UFC career,” Shelton said. “I had a couple of close fights before this, so I knew I had to prove myself tonight. My coaches and I knew we had be dominate whether we were on the mat or standing, so I just kept my pace up and outworked him each round. I want to keep this momentum going so I want to fight again as soon as possible.”

Shelton picked up his first UFC win after a pair of split-decision losses to open up his tenure. He snapped the first losing skid of his pro career. Lausa lost for the second striaght time and has the first losing skid of his pro career.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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