MICHAEL JOHNSON vs. ANDRE FILI

Fighters heading in reverse instructions collided within the penfinal struggle of the night time at Pinnacle Financial institution Area on Saturday as Andre Fili carried his tidy two-fight successful streak right into a showdown with former light-weight contender Michael “The Menace” Johnson, who was seeking to halt a three-fight skid.

The 2 spent the complete first spherical buying and selling pictures and smiles on the ft, Johnson touchdown the extra telling blows, however Fili countering with larger quantity. Within the second, the Group Alpha Male product turned a well-timed takedown into an prolonged run of again management, threatening with a rear-naked choke. Whereas Johnson was ultimately in a position to free himself and end the spherical in prime place, Fili was near getting the end and clearly bought the higher of issues within the center stanza.

Within the third, Fili as soon as once more did an amazing job of timing his lone takedown try, briefly placing Johnson on the bottom and threatening to take his again, although he didn’t get there. Once they had been standing, it was the identical because it had been all through the competition, with Johnson connecting on the heavier blows and Fili throwing extra.

The struggle went to the scorecards and the ultimate tallies had been fairly completely different, with one choose scoring the bout 30-27 for Fili and the opposite two seeing issues 29-28 for Johnson, awarding “The Menace” his first victory within the featherweight division.

CORTNEY CASEY vs. ANGELA HILL

The strawweights introduced the smoke on Saturday night time in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For 15 minutes, Cortney Casey and Angela Hill traded punches and kicks, with a pair takedowns and one armbar try blended in for good measure, neither lady fascinated about conceding floor or letting off the gasoline. Each time one would land, the opposite would counter and every trade featured two, three or 4 pictures going every approach.

Whereas Hill was typically the one urgent ahead, Casey did job to fireside again and neutralize her aggression, forcing Hill to showcase her bettering takedown protection sporadically by the primary two rounds. Within the third, they opted to simply stand and commerce, firing an assortment of strikes in shut and in house proper to the ultimate horn.

The judges had been cut up on the choice, with Casey popping out on the comfortable facet of the decision after touchdown on the fallacious finish of the identical lead to every of her final two fights. With the win, “Forged Iron” strikes to 8-6 total, with Hill dropping to 8-5 total and simply 2-5 contained in the Octagon with the loss.

JAKE ELLENBERGER vs. BRYAN BARBERENA

Bryan Barberena spoiled Jake Ellenberger’s Nebraska homecoming, handing “The Juggernaut” his fourth straight stoppage loss on Saturday night time.

The struggle started with the welterweights feeling one another out within the heart of the cage, however once they began buying and selling, Barberena clipped Ellenberger and despatched him to the canvas. Whereas he bought again to his ft, his legs had been by no means fairly again beneath him. After a clubbing proper hand to the temple, Ellenberger was down for good. Barberena adopted up with punches on the bottom and the referee stepped in to cease the struggle.

Following the competition, Ellenberger introduced that he was retiring from the game, ending his profession at residence to a roaring ovation, ending his profession with a 31-15 report. As for “Bam Bam,” he will get again into the win column in spectacular trend and pushes his report to 14-5 within the course of.

JOHN MORAGA vs. DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO

Deiveson Figueiredo is formally a contender within the flyweight division. Taking a large step up in competitors to face former title challenger John Moraga, the unbeaten Brazilian confirmed he’s a severe menace by gathering his fourth straight UFC victory and second consecutive stoppage.

The 2 went toe-to-toe within the first, buying and selling punches and getting right into a stable grappling trade on the bottom, with Figueiredo getting the higher of issues, scoring with strikes from prime place and taking Moraga’s again within the closing seconds of the spherical.

Within the second, he upped the stress and the depth, flooring Moraga with a good left hook. Clinched alongside the fence, Figueiredo blasted residence a physique shot that crumpled the perennial contender and introduced the struggle to an in depth.

Now proudly owning the longest successful streak within the flyweight division and sporting an ideal 15-Zero report total, Figueiredo ought to discover himself within the Prime 10 as soon as the rankings replace subsequent week.

ERYK ANDERS vs. TIM WILLIAMS

Eryk Anders entered as the most important favourite on Saturday’s struggle card, however early within the contest, it was Tim Williams who was having all of the success.

“The South Jersey Strangler” took benefit of Anders’ sluggish begin, connecting with a number of good kicks and clear punches earlier than taking the struggle to the bottom and taking the previous Alabama linebacker’s again within the closing seconds of the body.

Anders got here to life somewhat extra within the second, letting free together with his palms and holding Williams backpedaling. Whereas the quantity wasn’t there, the ability was as “Ya Boi” wanted only a couple clear pictures to open a minimize below Williams’ left eye and make him be somewhat extra hesitant together with his personal offense.

Each males got here out prepared to fireside within the second, but it surely was Anders who bought issues began with a bang, countering a low kick with a clear left hand that put Williams on the canvas. The veteran bought again to his ft and the 2 traded strikes all through the following a number of minutes, reaching the ultimate 60 seconds locked in an in depth battle.

However that’s when Anders ended issues in a flash. After Williams slipped to the bottom and regarded to face, Anders timed his strike completely and planted his shin throughout Williams’ chin, bringing the struggle to a sudden halt.

This was a stable rebound efficiency for Anders, who suffered the primary lack of his profession in February, however strikes to 11-1 with the victory. Sadly for Williams, his strongest effort so far within the Octagon goes for naught as he drops his second straight and falls to 15-5 total with the loss.

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