MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for June: A slugfest in Singapore

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from June. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for June.

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The Nominees

Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212

For the first few minutes of their fight, Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) struggled just to keep up with the frenetic violence of Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

Once the storm subsided and Bamgbose slowed after the opening round, though, that’s when Borrachinha took over the middleweight fight. The Brazilian overwhelmed his exhausted opponent with a vast striking arsenal, earning the TKO early in the second round.

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Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110

A heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) and Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) that on paper looked like a slugfest turned into a battle of cardiovascular strength.

Hunt took Lewis’ best shots and dragged him into deep waters. “The Super Samoan” chased “The Black Beast” around the octagon, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion for the TKO late in the fourth round.

Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 111

Li Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) leg kick game was on point in his welterweight fight with UFC newcomer Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and in the end it helped reward him with a unanimous decision victory.

Jingliang absorbed some hard shots from Camacho in the opening round, but his durability and grit helped him get back into the fight in the latter rounds and take the victory on the scorecards.

Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger at Bellator 180

The transition from pro boxing to MMA couldn’t have gone much better for Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who picked up a sensational third-round TKO of Alice Yauger (4-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).

Hardy, who said she “fell in love” with MMA following the fight, had to overcome some early adversity and a nasty cut before she swarmed Yauger with strikes to earn the TKO late in the third round of the women’s flyweight affair.

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Tony Martin def. Johnny Case at UFC Fight Night 112

If you didn’t know it was something of a grudge match before, all you had to do was listen to Tony Martin (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the second round, informing Johnny Case (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that he wasn’t going anywhere in between counter right hands to the face.

The result was a unanimous decision win for Martin, who outstruck a game Case and seized control of the lightweight fight down the stretch before claiming the win with scores of 29-28 across the board.

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The Winner: Li Jingling vs. Frank Camacho

Camacho clearly has power, as he displayed in the opening moments of his UFC debut, but Jingliang seemed to have the better conditioning and all-around game.

It ultimately led Jingliang to a come-from-behind win over late replacement Camacho.

Camacho displayed his big power with the first significant punch of the fight.

He followed with a few more punches that found their mark, and Jingliang was quickly on wobbly legs. Jingliang, though, survived, and he then peppered Camacho with low kicks and took his back late in the round.

In the second round, Jingliang immediately looked for takedowns. Camacho fought it off, so “The Leech” went back to low kicks. Camacho’s energy level took a noticeable dip, though, and then Jingliang found openings to land some power punches of his own. Although the strikes were sometimes wild, they were effective, and Jingliang seemed to even up the score heading into the final frame.

In the pivotal third round, Jingliang’s low kicks were taking a toll, and his counters were on point. As Camacho sucked in wind, Jingliang used the low kicks to set up punches and take control of the fight. Camacho’s durability was on display, but not much else was.

In the end, Jingliang got the victory via 29-27, 28-27 and 29-27 scores.

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UFC Fight Night 112 medical suspensions: Chiesa, Boetsch, Herrig get 180-day terms

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Six fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event face mandatory medical suspensions that could stretch up to six months.

MMAjunkie today requested and obtained the list of suspensions from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event.

UFC Fight Night 112 took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Headliner Michael Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who suffered a controversial first-round submission loss to lightweight Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), was among the fighters receiving 180-day terms.

The full list of medical suspensions included:

  • Michael Chiesa: suspended 180 days due to a possible left-shoulder injury, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to a scalp laceration
  • Tim Boetsch: suspended 180 days due to possible right-foot and shin injuries, though a doctor can clear him early
  • Johny Hendricks: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Felice Herrig: suspended 180 days due to a possible left-wrist injury, though a doctor can clear her early; regardless, 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Justine Kish: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to a left-eyebrow laceration
  • Joachim Christensen: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • B.J. Penn: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Marvin Vettori: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Vitor Miranda: suspended 180 days due to a possible right-ankle injury, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to left-ear and nasal lacerations
  • Devin Powell: suspended 180 days due to possible left-ankle injury, though a doctor can clear him early
  • Michel Quinones: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons
  • Johnny Case: suspended 180 days due to a possible hand, foot/ankle and nose injuries, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, 60 days with no contact for 45 days due to a left-orbital laceration
  • Tony Martin: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Josh Stansbury: suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days for precautionary reasons

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Tony Martin wins hotly contested affair over rival Johnny Case

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If you didn’t know it was something of a grudge match before, all you had to do was listen to Tony Martin in the second round, informing Johnny Case that he wasn’t going anywhere in between counter right hands to the face.

The result was a unanimous decision win for Martin (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who outstruck a game Case (22-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and seized control of the fight down the stretch before claiming the win with scores of 29-28 across the board.

The lightweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS2 and a main card on FS1.

Much of Martin’s success in this hotly contested fight was predicated on having the speed and the precision to stand in the center of the cage and counter as Case darted in and out. That allowed Case to get an early advantage in sheer volume, but as the fight wore on it was clear that Martin was the one doing the damage.

The action heated up in the second, with Martin landing a series of hard right hands while demonstrating a willingness to eat some shots from Case for the privilege. Soon Case was bleeding from his eye and nose, while Martin only gained in confidence and aggression.

In the third, Martin really took over the fight, walking Case down and battering him with crisp punches. In the final minute he even added a takedown and a last-second kimura attempt, which succeeded in driving home the point to the judges.

With the victory, Martin has now won three in a row in the UFC. Case has lost his last two.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 112 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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