MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for December: Which back-and-forth brawl was best?

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

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Ryan Janes def. Andrew Sanchez at TUF 26 Finale

Canada’s Ryan Janes (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) survived a vicious first-round assault from Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) only to battle back and score a third-round TKO win in the middleweight clash.

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Yancy Medeiros def. Alex Oliveira at UFC 218

Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has a knack for putting on exciting fights, and his lightweight clash with Alex Oliveira (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) may have been his best yet. Combining for a single-fight UFC record six knockdowns, the pair went toe to toe for a little more than 12 minutes until the Hawaiian put “Cowboy” down for the TKO.

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Eddie Alvarez def. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218

It was billed as a can’t-miss firefight to determine the most violent man in the sport. It delivered. Eddie Alvarez (29-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Justin Gaethje (18-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) battered each other in a brutal striking battle that finally ended when the former UFC and Bellator champ laid out Gaethje with a third-round knee.

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Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart at UFC on FOX 26

After a thrilling win in his Dana White’s Contender Series audition, Julian Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) impressed again in his UFC debut, downing Darren Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after a back-and-forth fight that ended when Marquez cinched a tight guillotine that slept his opponent midway through the second round of the middleweight contest.

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Cris Cyborg def. Holly Holm at UFC 219

A smart game plan from ex-champion Holly Holm (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) could not overcome the aggressive and precise attack of UFC women’s featherweight queen Cris Cyborg (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC). Cyborg showed continued evolution in waging a patient, yet persistent attack that countered Holm’s best weapons as Brazilian titleholder took home a unanimous-decision win.

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The Winner: Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira

Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira

Medeiros broke something in Oliveira – and not just his nose. After more than two rounds of raucous back-and-forth action in which both fighters were badly hurt, Oliveira winced and wilted, and Medeiros picked up the third-round TKO win.

Oliveira had Medeiros out on his feet at several points in the first round after chasing the Hawaiian around the octagon with right hands. Early on, Oliveira prioritized body work with kicks, allowing up to move upstairs and catch Medeiros clean.

Medeiros repayed the charges with a left straight that briefly dropped Oliveira and busted his nose. But as the first round came to a close, it was Medeiros who was holding on for dear life as Oliveira pounded away.

The only problem for Oliveira was that Medeiros simply wouldn’t quit.

As the second frame got underway, Medeiros again found his left and caught Oliveira coming in. For the first time, Oliveira started to backpedal. Medeiros seized the momentum with body work, and when Oliveira dove for a takedown, he reversed and unleashed hellacious elbows from mount position.

Oliveira had one last dash in the third round and chased Medeiros around the cage with more right hands. A pair of suplexes put the Brazilian in top position. But the pace of his footwork had clearly caught up; Medeiros spun out of back control and escaped submission danger.

When Oliveira exploded back to his feet, he backpedaled for no apparent reason. Not wasting a moment, Medeiros gave chase and fired off a flurry of punches. Oliveira dropped to the mat, seemingly as much from the cumulation of blows than one particular event.

It was a triumphant turnaround and sure bonus-winner for Medeiros, who’s now won three straight.

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UFC on FOX 26 'Fight Motion': Nose-splitting, spit-flying, mohawk-wiggling, gut-thudding highlights

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When it comes to “Fight Motion” – the UFC’s super-slow video highlights – this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 26 event delivered.

UFC on FOX 26 took place Dec. 16 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and it aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) outworked former 170-pound titleholder Robbie Lawler (28-12 MMA, 13-6 UFC) in a grueling welterweight slugfest.

Also on the card, late replacement Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) upset fellow featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) with a violent first-round punch, and welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio’s (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) topped Mike Perry (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in an action-packed three-rounder.

Check out the nose-splitting, spit-flying, mohawk-wiggling and gut-thudding highlights from those bouts – as well as “Fight of the Night” middleweight winner Julian Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Darren Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) and other fights – above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Julian Marquez thankful to get finish at UFC on FOX 26 after brief moment of self-doubt

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WINNIPEG – At some point Saturday night, Darren Stewart popped Julian Marquez in the mouth and it made him question if he really wanted to be standing in a cage in the middle of a fist fight.

“You have a split moment in there where it’s like, ‘Should I give up, or should I keep going?’” Marquez said after his win at UFC on FOX 26. “You have something telling you, ‘Give up now,’ and you have the other part saying, ‘Don’t give up – this is where you want to be. This is who you are.”

Who Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was Saturday was a finisher when he submitted Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) with a guillotine choke midway through the second round of their middleweight fight on the prelims at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The fight was Marquez’s UFC debut, and once he knew he wasn’t going to give up, things started to go his way. Not only did he get the finish, but he picked up an extra $50,000 for “Fight of the Night.”

“That’s what I want,” he said. “I want to sit there and slug it out. It doesn’t matter how hard you hit or your technique. Mike Tyson said once you get punched in the face, that goes out the window … 100 percent true, man.

“The moment he hit me in the face, I was like, ‘All right, we’re banging it out. Let’s see who has the tougher will and tougher want.’”

Marquez said maybe as important as anything else was the fact he was able to get a finish in the fight, though.

“I like finishing the fight soon, sure,” he said. “I don’t have this many fights like this in my life. I don’t want (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy brain disease) at the end of my time, sitting there not being able to pick up a spoon.”

To hear more from Marquez, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 26 video highlights: Julian Marquez and Darren Stewart's 'Fight of the Night'

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UFC newcomer Julian Marquez already has a fan in UFC President Dana White, and there’s more to come if his win over Darren Stewart is any indication.

Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) impressed in his UFC debut, going toe-to-toe with Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) before finally choking him unconscious in the second round.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 26 event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX.

Check out the finish in the highlights clip above.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 26 bonuses: Prelim fighters scoop up the night's four awards

WINNIPEG – Alessio Di Chirico, Nordine Taleb, Julian Marquez and Darren Stewart each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC on FOX 26 event.

Marquez and Stewart earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Di Chirco and Taleb each won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC on FOX 26 took place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Di Chirico (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) openly admitted his performance wasn’t that great to start the night, but he certainly finished with a flourish, landing a huge knee that left opponent Oluwale Bamgbose (6-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) out cold on the canvas.

Taleb (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) didn’t waste any time in his contest with Danny Roberts (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), setting a quick pace against Danny Roberts and ultimate landing a head kick and big right hand that finished the fight in just 59 seconds.

Meanwhile, Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) also went at it from the opening bell, often putting aside any attempt at defense in favor of standing in the pocket and slugging away. Ultimately, it was grappling that would end the fight, as Marquez was able to lock in a guillotine choke and put Stewart to sleep, ending a thrilling affair.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Julian Marquez challenges Tyron Woodley to 'beard-off,' casually asks for UFC title shot after debut

Julian Marquez choked out Darren Stewart, challenged UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to a best beard competition, then threw his hat in the ring for the UFC middleweight title – all in the span of just a few minutes.

In other words, it was a busy, though productive Saturday night at UFC on FOX 26 for “The Cuban Missile Crisis,” who announced his presence with authority in his UFC debut.

The fight itself was memorable enough. After slugging it out in a wild brawl with Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) in the first round, Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) caught him in a guillotine choke midway through the second, forcing Stewart to tap just before he went to sleep.

Once he got his chance on the mic, though, that’s when Marquez really went out of his way to make an impression. Focusing his attention on Woodley (and mistakenly calling him “Tyrone”), Marquez admitted to being impressed with the champ’s beard when they spoke before the fight.

“You came into my locker room, and I’m challenging you to the best beard,” Marquez said. “I need to know right now. Start a poll. Who has the better beard, me or Tyrone (sic)? Because that thing was beautiful. I’m very impressed, and I challenge you to a beard-off.”

Once the conversation got a little more serious, Marquez announced his desire to fight at upcoming events in either St. Louis or London.

As for who he’d fight in either of those places, Marquez casually put himself into the title hunt after all of one fight in the UFC, and somehow he did so while sounding like he was calling next on a video game console.

“I’ll take the winner of (Robert) Whittaker and (Luke) Rockhold,” Marquez said. “I don’t care. I’m going for gold in this. I don’t care how bad I get hurt. I don’t care what happens to me, but I’m still going for the gold at the end of the day.”

Now that’s a callout – sort of.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC on FOX 26 results: Julian Marquez impresses in UFC debut, choking out Darren Stewart

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After a thrilling win in his Dana White’s Contender Series audition, Julian Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) impressed again in his UFC debut, downing Darren Stewart (7-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) in memorable fashion.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 26 event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelim on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX.

The action started quickly, with Marquez looking to press inside, but Stewart countered well and briefly held top position. Marquez worked quickly back to his feet, only to be brought again to the floor as Stewart elected to focus on the grappling game in the early going. Marquez repeatedly showed an excellent ability to return to his feet, but Stewart kept the pressure high with his continual takedown attempts, eventually working to his opponent’s back and hunting for the rear-naked choke. However, Marquez patiently worked free from the hold and landed a few big shots on the feet before using a standing kimura attempt to take the action to the canvas and trying to attack the left arm, though the round would end before he could finish.

Marquez was again aggressive in the second, briefly holding a standing guillotine before driving in a few brutal knees that Stewart somehow survived. The two would briefly just brawl toe-to-toe before Marquez turned again to the clinch. The quick pace certainly took its toll on both men, but Marquez pushed through, again grabbing the guillotine and squeezing until Stewart went to sleep at the 2:42 mark of the second.

“It feels incredible to get the win in my first UFC fight,” Marquez said after the win.” I had been training for this fight and then my opponent changed, so I had to change my whole gameplan. As soon as I got punched, I said to myself ‘OK, let’s do this.’ I didn’t feel enough power to knock me out, so I was determined to just keep swinging at him. He decided he didn’t want to stand anymore and that’s when I was able to lock in the choke.

“It would’ve been great to knock him out in one of those wild exchanges, but I just wanted the win however I could take it. I really don’t care who I fight next. I just want the gold. I know I’m new and I’m not going to get that fight just yet, but that’s the only fight I’ll ask for. Anyone else is just the next step.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 26 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Winnipeg.)

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Next week's UFC on FOX 26 lineup in Winnipeg undergoes slew of changes

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Next week’s UFC on FOX 26 lineup has undergone a number of changes.

Officials today announced the slew of new matchups for the card.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

As reported on Monday, Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) recently announced a back injury has forced him out of his fight with flyweight Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC). As a result, promotional newcomer and undefeated recent Bellator fighter Pietro Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.

Officials also confirmed Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has been tapped for the co-headliner against featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC). Lamas was originally was supposed to fight Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), but the former UFC champion recently had fill-in duties in this past weekend’s UFC 218 headliner, where he lost to current titleholder Max Holloway.

Additionally, Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) replaces Vitor Miranda (12-6 MA, 3-3 UFC) against middleweight Julian Marquez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A reason wasn’t given for Miranda’s withdrawal.

Finally, welterweight Sultan Aliev (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of his fight against Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), and Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been scratched from his bout from Danny Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) – both for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Taleb and Roberts are now slated to fight each other.

The official UFC on FOX 26 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Nicco Montano and TUF 26 Finale's other winning fighters?

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“The Ultimate Fighter 26” came to a conclusion on Friday with the crowning of a new UFC champion.

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale took place at Park Theatre in Las Vegas, and it aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the headliner, Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won the “TUF 26” tournament and the inaugural women’s flyweight crown with a unanimous-decision vivctory over veteran Roxanne Modafferi (21-14 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

While Montano’s win was the most significant on the card, other fighters, including Sean O’Malley (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Lauren Murphy (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Gerald Meerschaert (27-9 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Brett Johns (15-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), also picked up victories. Meanwhile, DeAnna Bennett (8-3-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) and Melinda Fabian (4-3-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) fought to a majority draw.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale’s winning fighters.

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Brett Johns

Pedro Munhoz

Should fight: Pedro Munhoz
Why they should fight: It was clear after his first two UFC fights that Johns is a talent to watch in the bantamweight division. His 30-second submission victory over Joe Soto, however, legitimized the Welshman in a whole new light.

Johns quickly finished Soto with just the second calf-slicer submission in UFC history. It was a major statement against the former Bellator champ and UFC title challenger, and with 15 straight wins, Johns appears ready for the next level of competition at 135 pounds.

A showdown with Munhoz (15-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who’s also on the cusp of breaking through to the next level of the division thanks to a four-fight winning streak, could be just what the doctor ordered to give Johns his biggest test to date.

Gerald Meerschaert

Vitor Miranda

Should fight: Winner of Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez at UFC on FOX 26
Why they should fight: Meerschaert delivered in the final fight of his UFC contract when he scored a thunderous body-kick knockout of Eric Spicely in their middleweight bout.

After fending off Spicely’s early submission attacks, Meerschaert found a home for his body kicks. He finally put his opponent down midway through the second round, and now Meerschaert enters free agency with three wins in four UFC fights, all of which came by stoppage.

Meerschaert excites every time he steps in the octagon, and that’s seemingly the type of talent the UFC would want to keep around. The promotion has let a variety of free agents walk over the past few years, though, so it’s no guarantee Meerschaert stays under the UFC banner for his next fight.

Assuming he does, there are some compelling bouts ahead at 185 pounds. The winner of the UFC on FOX 26 bout between Mirada (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Marquez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) would be suitable because, like Meerschaert, both men have a high finishing rate.

Lauren Murphy

Mara Romero Borella

Should fight: Mara Romero Borella
Why they should fight: It came by the skin of her teeth in the form of a split decision, but Murphy managed to get the job done in her official UFC flyweight debut against fellow ex-Invicta FC champ Barb Honchak.

After going 1-3 in her UFC bantamweight run, Murphy got the fresh start she was looking for after a frustrating “TUF 26” stint. She has championship aspirations, and though the bout could have easily gone the other way, Murphy beat a fighter who was once considered No. 1 in the weight class.

If Murphy wants the belt, though, she will need to produce more convincing victories going forward. Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a splash in her promotional debut at UFC 216 in October with a first-round submission of Kalinda Faria. Murphy could take that momentum away from her – or, oppositely, Borella could move to 2-0 in the UFC against another notable name.

Sean O’Malley

Patrick Williams

Should fight: Patrick Williams
Why they should fight: The first edition of “The Suga Show” in the UFC went off without any major hitches. O’Malley pushed his undefeated record to 9-0 with a unanimous-decision win over Terrion Ware in a fun bantamweight scrap.

O’Malley had high expectations entering the octagon after earning a UFC contract with a spectacular knockout at a Dana White’s Contender Series event. He didn’t produce the same type of finish against his most experienced foe to date in Williams, but he got a solid win that will only help the 23-year-old grow moving forward.

At such a young age and with tremendous potential, O’Malley should be getting a slow build from the UFC brass. Williams (8-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is certainly no pushover, but he’s been used in the past of gauge the ability of similar 135-pound prospects, including Tom Duquesnoy. He should be put in a similar spot for O’Malley.

Nicco Montano

Should fight: Valentina Shevchenko
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Montano should fight Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in her first title defense.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for August: A kick that earned a UFC contract

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

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Julian Marquez def. Phil Hawes at Dana White’s Contender Series 4

Julian Marquez (6-1) earned his way into the UFC with a crushing knockout of Phil Hawes (4-2) at the Dana White’s Contender Series 4 event.

After an opening round in which both men had some shining moments, Marquez took over in the second, walking forward with strikes and wobbling Hawes before finishing him off with a vicious high kick.

Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval at UFC Fight Night 114

In less time than it takes most people to tie their shoes, Dustin Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) put Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) to sleep with an offensive outburst as swift as it was brutal.

A counter right hand from Ortiz put Sandoval on his heels, and the followup put him away just 15 seconds into the fight, giving Ortiz the fastest finish in UFC flyweight history.

Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo at UFC Fight Night 114

Humberto Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut as a heavy underdog against Martin Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but he needed only two kicks and 26 seconds to prove the oddsmakers wrong.

A head kick from Bandenay knocked Bravo out cold in the opening minute of the fight. It gave Bravo his first professional loss in a violent upset finish.

Mike Rodriguez def. Jamelle Jones at Dana White’s Contender Series 5

After a cautious start, Jamelle Jones (7-5) was forced to move in and out of range against a taller Mike Rodriguez (9-2). He eventually shot for a takedown that didn’t materialize.

Confident on his feet, Rodriguez launched a flying knee that landed flush, sending Jones to the floor. A few more punches sealed the result, giving Rodriguez a highlight-reel finish and a UFC contract.

Martin Nguyen def. Marat Gafurov via punches at ONE Championship 59

A perfect counter by Martin Nguyen (9-1) ended the undefeated run of Marat Gafurov (15-1), and ONE Championship got a new featherweight champion in the process.

Nguyen saw himself in a rough spot early, but a low kick by Gafurov paved the way for a massive overhand that had the now-ex-champ landing face down on the mat for the brutal stoppage.

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The Winner: Julian Marquez

Marquez ended Dana White’s Contender Series 4 with a bang, laying out Jon Jones training partner Hawes with a head kick to cap off the show.

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 round, Marquez landed a combination that badly hurt Hawes and put him on autopilot. 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 a UFC contract to Marquez.

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