Strawweight rivals nonetheless making an attempt to determine their footing within the UFC clashed on this night’s ultimate preliminary card contest, each seeking to rebound from a loss to standout grappler and rising prospect Mackenzie Dern.

Yoder dropped a cut up determination to the previous Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion in March, whereas Cooper was tapped out by the unbeaten Dern two months later at UFC 221 in Rio de Janeiro. Sporting a mixed 1-5 file within the Octagon heading into this one, one thing needed to give.

The primary spherical was a story of two halves — the primary contested on the ft and the second spent on the canvas. In each cases, Cooper was the aggressor, initiating the placing exchanges and taking the struggle to the bottom, however in every section, Yoder responded effectively, countering on the ft and reversing on the bottom to complete in high place.

Within the second, Cooper once more performed the aggressor, but it surely was Yoder who discovered success early, cracking house a strong straight left earlier than hitting a head-and-arm throw halfway by the spherical. The gritty Cooper had a solution although, off-balancing Yoder and placing her on the canvas once more, spending the ultimate 90 seconds working from high place.

The ultimate spherical began similar to the primary two with Cooper coming ahead, stringing collectively punch combos earlier than driving by a takedown try two minutes in. Yoder used her momentum to roll by into high place and labored diligently to maintain Cooper on the bottom, however a failed kneebar try created a chance for Cooper to scramble free.

Cooper dove again in and Yoder completed attacking a neck crank, making the shut scrap even nearer because it went to the scorecards.

When the nines and tens have been tallied, it was Yoder who snapped her three-fight skid, touchdown on the completely satisfied facet of the cut up determination verdict.

Official End result: Ashley Yoder def. Amanda Cooper by cut up determination (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Chas Skelly vs. Bobby Moffett

One other member of the group of recent arrivals to the UFC from this summer season’s Contender Collection, Moffett aimed to right away set up himself as somebody to concentrate to within the featherweight division. Driving a three-fight successful streak that included back-to-back first-round submission wins, “The Wolfman” regarded to increase his run of success by knocking off a recognized commodity within the division proper out of the gate.

Preventing for the primary time in effectively over a yr and making is 10th look within the Octagon, Skelly stood as a stern check for the MMA Lab newcomer. A perennial powerful out and fringe High 15 fighter, “The Scrapper” carried a 17-Three file into this one, wanting to get again within the win column and keep away from the primary two-fight slide of his profession.

Early within the first, Skelly initiated a scramble that allowed him to work round to Moffett’s again, the place he used the cage to assist him climb up right into a backpack place, the place he would spend the vast majority of the spherical. Whereas he was unable to discover a choke, the veteran landed quite a lot of stable punches and managed the motion all through.

A minute into the second, Moffett took the struggle to the ground, scooping Skelly within the air and dumping him to the bottom. Skelly instantly regarded to reverse the place, once more utilizing the cage to stroll by a reversal and land on high, solely to have Moffett assault with a deep D’Arce choke.

Skelly tried to wriggle free, circling on the canvas, with Moffett clamping down on the choke. Referee Tim Mills checked the arm and stopped the struggle, believing Skelly was unconscious, nevertheless the Texan instantly objected, resulting in a prolonged assessment of the footage at ringside, whereas Skelly gave his account of the scenario to analyst Paul Felder and Moffett’s corners within the cage.

After checking the replay, Mills caught by his preliminary determination, resulting in an much more memorable debut victory for “The Wolfman” on Saturday night time.

Official End result: Bobby Moffett def. Chas Skelly by TKO (D’arce choke) at 2:43 of Spherical 2

Davi Ramos vs. John Gunther

A former ADCC champion, Ramos made his UFC debut on brief discover, preventing up in weight in opposition to fellow Brazilian Sergio Moraes. Upon returning to light-weight, “The Tasmanian Satan” earned consecutive submission wins over Chris Gruetzemacher and Nick Hein and regarded to construct off these outcomes as he welcomed Gunther to the Octagon for the very first time.

The unbeaten Gunther was a member of Workforce Miocic on Season 27 of The Final Fighter, chosen within the fourth-round by his fellow Sturdy Model Struggle Workforce consultant. After shedding within the opening spherical, Gunther changed the injured Luis Pena within the semifinals, however misplaced to eventual winner Mike Trizano earlier than garnering a majority determination victory over Allan Zuniga on the finale.

Ten seconds in, Ramos had Gunther on the canvas and handed to facet management earlier than shortly floating round to take the again. From there, it was educational as Ramos slowly labored his forearm beneath Gunther’s chin and squeezed out the faucet to gather his third straight stoppage win.

Official End result: Davi Ramos def. John Gunther by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:57 of Spherical 1

Devonte Smith vs. Julian Erosa

One other graduate of this summer season’s Contender Collection, Smith rebounded from his lone profession loss (which got here in opposition to Gunther, by the way) with 4 straight stoppage victories, together with a 90-second knockout win over UFC vet Justin Edwards.

Saturday night, he squared off with Erosa, a solid member on Season 22 of The Final Fighter who went 1-1 in his first stint with the UFC earlier than extending his successful streak to 3 with a formidable second-round win in his Contender Collection look on the finish of June.

Whereas he wasn’t awarded a contract on the time, “Juicy J” received the decision again to the Octagon nonetheless and aimed to begin his second run with the corporate off on the fitting foot.

However Smith wasn’t having any of it.

Proper out of the chute, the newcomer’s attain and velocity benefits have been clear. As Erosa dipped his head and threw out a lazy low kick, Smith linked first with a flush one-two that put Erosa on the canvas. The follow-up blows got here shortly and referee Tim Mills jumped in to wave it off, bringing Smith’s Octagon debut to a halt simply 46 seconds after it began.

Official End result: Devonte Smith def. Julian Erosa by KO (punches) at 0:46 of Spherical 1

Joseph Morales vs. Eric Shelton

Returning for the primary time since struggling the primary lack of his profession, Workforce Alpha Male’s Morales hoped to restart his successful methods on this conflict with the harmful, however struggling Shelton, who had misplaced three of his earlier 4 appearances within the UFC cage, all by determination and all in opposition to powerful, gifted flyweight foes.

Displaying higher range in his offensive assault, Shelton used well-timed takedowns to maintain Morales guessing by the primary two rounds, placing him on the canvas a number of occasions. Whereas the Californian dove on a guillotine choke a few occasions, he was by no means capable of finding the fitting angle and safe the grip wanted to get Shelton out of there.

Within the third, it was Morales who initiated the wrestling, as soon as once more threatening with the guillotine, however halfway by the body, it was Shelton who made a powerful adjustment in a scramble to complete a takedown that he used to take care of management and hold Morales grounded for the rest of the spherical.

This was a typical fast-paced flyweight scrap and a powerful all-around efficiency from Shelton to earn the victory.

Official End result: Eric Shelton def. Joseph Morales by cut up determination (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)

Mark de la Rosa vs. Joby Sanchez

Saturday’s 25th Anniversary occasion received underway within the bantamweight division, with Sanchez stepping up on brief discover to switch Jordan Espinosa in a conflict with de la Rosa.

Married to flyweight hopeful Montana de la Rosa, the 24-year-old “Bumblebee” picked up his first UFC victory in the course of the summer season, securing a second-round rear-naked choke win over Elias Garcia two weeks after his partner registered a third-round end with the identical approach in opposition to Rachel Ostovich.

After a pair of victories final summer season on the Contender Collection earned Sanchez a second alternative to compete on the large stage, the 27-year-old Jackson-Wink consultant was promptly submitted by Roberto Sanchez in February, dropping him to 1-Three contained in the Octagon and prompting him to leap on the alternative to switch Espinosa reverse de la Rosa on Saturday in Denver.

Whereas Sanchez discovered success with the jab all through and did a superb job of keeping off takedown makes an attempt, de la Rosa’s relentless strain, diversified assaults and general tenacity dominated the day.

Coaching with Marc Montoya and the Manufacturing facility X squad for this contest, de la Rosa did job of listening to his nook, working the low calf kicks and combos in tight as instructed. It was an entertaining scrap to begin the night time and Sanchez deserves credit score for the trouble he turned in on brief discover, however on the finish of the day, it was de la Rosa who received the nod and his second straight UFC win.

Official End result: Mark de la Rosa def. Joby Sanchez by cut up determination (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
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