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UFC Denver: Yair Rodriguez catches Korean Zombie late to collect fifth round TKO win

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Yair Rodriguez (11-2-0) overcame the pressure and strikes of Chan Sung Jung (14-5-0) to collect an impressive final round TKO victory in the main event of UFC Denver Saturday evening.

Jung came out blazing with kicks and strikes to keep the usually hard charging Rodriguez cautious to return. But it was late in the fifth round when it appeared the fight would go to the judges that El Pantera avoided one more Zombie charge and landed an upward elbow that put the fight away with one second to spare.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MARK DE LA ROSA DEF. JOBY SANCHEZ VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

ERIC SHELTON DEF. JOSEPH MORALES VIA SD (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)

DEVONTE SMITH DEF. JULIAN EROSA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 0:46

DAVI RAMOS DEF. JOHN GUNTHER VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 1:57

BOBBY MOFFETT DEF. CHAS SKELLY VIA SUBMISSION (BRABO CHOKE) R2 2:43

ASHLEY YODER DEF. AMANDA COOPER VIA SD (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

MICHAEL TRIZANO VS. LUIS PENA

WINNER: MIKE TRIZANO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LUIS PENA VIS SUBMISSION

Andrews: Trizano enforced his game and outworked Pena. Good win.

MAYCEE BARBER VS. HANNAH CIFERS

WINNER: MAYCEE BARBER VIA TKO R2 2:01

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAYCEE BARBER VIA TKO

Andrews: Barber used her size and strikes to wear down Cifers. Great win.

BENEIL DARIUSH VS. THIAGO MOISES

WINNER: BENEIL DARIUSH VIA UD (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BENEIL DARIUSH VIA TKO

Andrews:  Dariush was just too much for Moises. Beneil needed the win and he made sure to get it.

#4 RAQUEL PENNINGTON VS. GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE 

WINNER: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA TKO

Andrews: Pennington couldn’t get the fight to the ground. The striking of De Randamie was too good.

#12 DONALD CERRONE VS. MIKE PERRY 

WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA  SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 4:45

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO

Andrews: Cerrone outsmarted Perry, who was doing fine until it went to the ground. The Cowboy is back.

MAIN EVENT 

#10 CHAN SUNG JUNG VS. #15 YAIR RODRIGUEZ 

 

WINNER: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO (ELBOW) R5 4:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHAN SUNG JUNG VIA TKO

Andrews: Give Rodriguez credit. He hung in there and took everything Chung could dish out, and returned the fire one last time at the end. Great win for El Pantera.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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