Ryan Bader kept his name in the UFC light-heavyweight mix with a unanimous decision win over Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 47.
OSP utilized his striking advantage on the feet, but could not stop the takedowns, spending too much time on his back defending.
Meanwhile, Ross Pearson wore down a game Gray Maynard securing a tidy second-round TKO finish. It’s the third straight TKO loss for Maynard.
Newcomer Alan Jouban and Seth Baczynski snagged Fight of the Night honours, while Tim Boestsch and Thiago Tavares collected performances of the night. All received $50,000 USD bonuses.
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THIAGO TAVARES VS ROBBIE “PROBLEMS” PERALTA
WINNER: THIAGO TAVARES VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: That was an impressive debut for Tavares, basically dragging Peralta to the ground and systemically choking him out. Peralta was not expecting that kind of performance.
SHAWN “THE SAVAGE” JORDAN VS JACK “THE OUTLAW” MAY
WINNER: SHAWN JORDAN VIA TKO.
Wiseman: Who saw this going almost the distance? These guys put on a show. It was back-and-forth for the first round, but May seemed to connect with the more damaging shots. The second round was the same with May cutting up Jordan, until halfway through the second when Jordan changed things up with a takedown to score some points of his own. The final round Jordan knew that he was possibly down two rounds, depending on how the judges scored the second, so he shot in early in the third for a takedown. His change of game plans allowed him to get May in a ground-and-pound position until the ref stepped in for the TKO finish. Smart of Jordan to switch things up to take it to the mat, but May certainly showed that you need to think twice before standing with him.
Andrews: Despite May getting some shots in he couldn’t stop the takedown. Jordan used his height and reach advantages against him -after absorbing some punishment. A good win for Jordan.
SETH “POLISH PISTOLA” BACZYNSKI VS ALAN JOUBAN
WINNER: ALAN JOUBAN VIA KO.
Wiseman: This fight was an example of how rushing in is often dangerous. From the start Jouban was connecting with vicious kicks and knees, while Baszynski was connecting with his fists. The problem started when Baszynski decided to go for a finish and throw with everything he had while in the clinch. The didn’t end well for him because he turned 100% offensive, forgetting any form of defence. Jouban countered perfectly, land a crushing knee to the head, then got the finish with a left hand. Baszynski had the tools to win, but didn’t respect the power and striking of Jouban.
Andrews: Jouban overcame some crisp footwork and strikes from Baczynski to drop him with some well-placed kicks and bodyshots. Another impressive debut tonight.
#14 TIM “THE BARBARIAN” BOETSCH VS BRAD TAVARES
WINNER: TIM BOETSCH VIA KO.
Wiseman: Tavares is always a danger with striking and he showed that again against Boetsch. His brutal elbows and knees really tested Boetsch early. Boetsch not being able to set up his takedown attempts didn’t help him either, especially with the takedown defence that Tavares possesses. However, we have all come to know that you can never really count Boetsch out. He always has the power to end a fight quickly, which is exactly what Tavares now knows. Boetsch was able to connect perfectly with a left hook, then a right that just didn’t seem to stop until the ref stepped in. Boetsch is a powerful man, but with a little fine tuning of his takedowns and it will be that extra step that he needs to make it up the ladder in this division.
Andrews: Tavares dominated the first round with takedowns and grappling. Boetsch just couldn’t find the range, and when he did land a takedown, Tavares got back up quickly. The hometown fans tried to help, but Tavares just took the starch out of the Barbarian early, clinching him up against the fence for long periods.
And then The Barbarian exploded with a short left hook.
Following up with a right hook and The Barbarian once more snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat.
GRAY “THE BULLY” MAYNARD VS ROSS “THE REAL DEAL” PEARSON
Gray Maynard and Ross Pearson face off during the UFC fight night weigh-in at the Cross Insurance Center on August 15, 2014 in Bangor, Maine. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
WINNER: ROSS PEARSON VIA TKO.
Wiseman: I knew this fight would be good, but I certainly didn’t see a TKO finish. It all had to do with the clean striking of Pearson. How he moved away from the striking of Maynard, got back to his feet after a takedown, and just fantastic timing. Maynard’s movement has never been his strong point, so to evade a technician as Pearson made for a really hard night.
Andrews: The striking and combinations by Pearson eventually shone through. Maynard looked sharp in the first round for the most part, but all it takes is one one shot for a striker like Pearson. That’s 3 straight TKO losses for the 35-year-old Maynard. Is he on the UFC bubble? I think Dana gives him one more fight.
#8 RYAN “DARTH” BADER VS #10 OVINCE ST. PREUX
WINNER: RYAN BADER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION.
Wiseman: Much more entertaining than I expected. OSP got up from the takedowns of Bader, he tried to get things going throughout the fight, but that’s exactly when Bader would shoot for another takedown. OSP did tire, but he was taken down ten times throughout the fight. Should be work harder on his takedown defence? Sure, but Bader seems to be able to do this to anyone. It’s not that fun to watch, but the fact that OSP did challenge him made the overall fight good. Bader was forced to work rather than lay-and-pray. Neither of these guys are at title contention level, but not a terrible fight.
Andrews: Bader’s 10 (ten) takedowns and wrestling overpowered the striking of OSP. While it was not overly impressive, they got the job done. OSP had Bader hurt early on, but was unable to take advantage. Then, in the championship rounds, he was too tired toclose the distance. He didn’t expect Bader to absorb the kicks and strikes that did land. OSP needs to work on his takedown defence, as the book is now open on him.