Mark Bocek pleased his home country fans with the first and only finish of all the preliminary fights at UFC 124 submitting Dustin Hazelett, while Dan Miller stayed on track with his second win in a row with a split decision over Joe Doerksen.
Dan Miller went through a rough patch of fights recently, but has now bounced back with two wins in a row, the second of which ended in a split decision win over Joe Doerksen on Saturday night in Montreal.
Miller showed superior takedowns throughout the fight, taking Doerksen to the mat at will. The 2nd round may have seen the closest to a finish when Doerksen went for a kimura from the bottom, forcing Miller to roll and maneuver to get out.
The remainder of the 15 minutes was Miller on top, hitting some ground and pound, and keeping Doerksen underneath him. The judges gave Miller a scare with a split decision, but in the end he got the nod.
Mark Bocek showed off his grappling skills at UFC 124 as he put away fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Dustin Hazelett with a frontrunner for “Submission of the Night” with a beautiful rolling triangle choke in the first round to get the victory.
Getting a quick takedown to open the fight, Bocek seemed to have no problem getting in and out of Hazelett’s rubber guard, and soon had the Cincinnati based fighter mounted with just around two minutes gone in the round. Instead of hammering away, Bocek seized the moment with a lighting fast rolling triangle choke.
Hazelett tried his best to get out of the position, but Bocek tightened up his anaconda-like grip and within a few moments, his opponent was tapping out. It was an exciting moment for the Canadian who now wants to fight closer to his actual home up north, calling for a fight in April when the UFC comes to Toronto in 2011.
“Let me fight George Sotiropoulos in Toronto, and I’ll prove it again,” Bocek shouted to the crowd’s approval.
Meanwhile, Dustin Hazelett drops his third in a row in the Octagon and may find himself out of the UFC after the defeat.