Facebook was the place on Saturday night as the UFC hosted four fights from the preliminary card for the UFC Fight for the Troops 2 show capped off by former top lightweight contender Yves Edwards submitting Cody McKenzie with a rear naked choke.
Edwards was originally scheduled to face old friend and training partner Melvin Guillard on the card, but an injury to Kenny Florian pushed Guillard up to the main event and Edwards drew McKenzie instead.
The Texas native wasted no time showing his dominance on the feet, blasting away at McKenzie’s body with nasty punches, and throwing kicks to the legs. McKenzie’s stand-up could only be described as awkward and the only place he wanted to be in the fight was on the ground.
In the 2nd round, McKenzie got his wish and it appeared he might have enough to catch Edwards in a submission, but a wrong movement ended up with his opponent mounted on him with over a minute left to go in the round. Edwards look to pound down on McKenzie, so he rolled, giving up his back.
That mistake cost him the fight as Edwards locked in a rear naked choke and while McKenzie refused to tap, he still went to sleep just the same.
“I didn’t want to let the position go. He was strong when he was on my back, so I wanted to be strong when I got good position too,” Edwards said after the win.
Since coming back to the UFC in 2010, Edwards is 2-0 with two very solid victories under his belt, while McKenzie drops his first professional bout in his second official fight after appearing on the 12th season of the “Ultimate Fighter”.
Former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist and military veteran DaMarques Johnson got a win at UFC Fight for the Troops, but not the way he wanted.
Dominating from the opening bell, Johnson got his opponent Mike Guymon to the ground and immediately worked to take his back. As Johnson postured up to begin his assault, the pressure from the position obviously hurt something on Guymon and he verbally submitted on the spot.
It appeared in the replay that Guymon may have hurt a rib, although he was pointing at his back and gingerly exited the Octagon in considerable pain. The other pain he may feel would be a release from the UFC as Guymon drops to 1-3 overall in the promotion.
Meanwhile, Johnson while happy for his win, didn’t get to put on the show for the troops that he had hoped.
“Who likes foreplay with no orgasm? I mean I didn’t finish,” Johnson said. “My bad.”
The win brings Johnson back on the winning track and gives him one of the best post fight quotes in recent history.
It’s been a tough run for former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown lately, and it didn’t get any better on Saturday night as he lost his second fight in a row this time by unanimous decision to Rani Yahya after stepping up on short notice to take the bout.
Brown had just competed at UFC 124 on Jan 1, but when the chance came to come back and redeem himself just a few weeks later, the American Top team fighter jumped at the chance.
Unfortunately it came back to bite him.
Yahya showed of his tremendous grappling pedigree controlling the action, and dictating the pace of the fight. He was able to take Brown’s back during the third round and almost locked in a fight ending rear naked choke, but actually lost the position due to repeated strikes to the back of the head. As time wound down, Brown couldn’t muster the offense to finish Yahya, and the Brazilian walked out of Texas with a decisive victory.
Yahya picks up his first victory in the UFC, while former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown drops to 1-3 in his last four fights, and possibly close to the cut line with the UFC.
Waylon Lowe’s gas tank almost cost him late, but the newest addition to American Top Team pulled out a win over Willamy Freire, to up his record to 2-1 in the Octagon with a unanimous decision victory.
Lowe’s takedowns were the difference in the fight, and as a former Division II National Champion he put his grappling to good use. He fought off a few submission attempts from Freire throughout the fight, and referee Dan Miragliotta did his part as well in the first round standing the fighters up even though the Brazilian was working for a kimura at the time.
Towards the end of the 2nd round it was apparent that Lowe was running out of steam, and even though he found himself in a bad spot a couple of times in the final five minutes he was able to bide his time and make it through the fight. Lowe scored a 29-28 on all of the judges’ cards, picking up his 2nd win in a row in the Octagon.