The UFC may have their next prospect at middleweight in Chris Weidman, while Danny Castillo and Seth Baczynski finish strong on the Facebook prelims.
Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman
A longtime student under former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, Chris Weidman moved to 3-0 in the Octagon with a quick submission victory over Tom Lawlor.
Training under the Renzo Gracie black belt, Weidman obviously has the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu chops to roll with anyone, and he showed that off when facing a fellow wrestler in Lawler.
Weidman took the fight to the mat almost immediately, and when he saw an opening for a D’arce choke, he grabbed on and wasn’t letting go until the fight was stopped. To his credit, Lawlor didn’t give up, but he also had to wake up to know the fight was stopped after the choke left him unconscious.
A real prospect in the middleweight division, Weidman keeps his record perfect with another strong performance at UFC 139.
“Tom Lawlor’s the greatest guy I’ve gone against so far, and I’m just glad it went the way it went,” said Weidman after the win. “Big, big day.”
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Gleison Tibau
In a battle of Brazilians, Gleison Tibau bested his fellow countryman Rafael Dos Anjos by split decision to win at UFC 139.
Both rounds 1 and 3 were toss ups in most regards as both Tibau and Dos Anjos caught the other with strikes, and traded takedowns. The second round is where Tibau definitely scored his biggest offense in the fight, after catching Dos Anjos with a big punch and absolutely unloaded a barrage of shots.
Dos Anjos did his best zombie impression taking several strikes, but never dropping. Tibau was unrelenting with the strikes, but just couldn’t find the one punch to put him away.
In the end, Tibau did enough for two judges to give him the nod 30-27, 29-28, while one judge saw the fight 29-28 for Dos Anjos
Miguel Torres vs. Nick Pace
Once known as one of the pound-for-pound best in the sport, Miguel Torres has been trying to redefine himself over his last few fights, and he took another step forward with a dominant win over Nick Pace on Saturday night.
Torres got into a bad habit of having slugfests with opponents and they resulted in losses for the one time WEC champion, so lately under the guidance of famed trainer Firas Zahabi, he’s made it a point to be more controlled and precise during his fights.
Time and time again, Torres popped Pace with his punches using his superior reach, and just kept his opponent guessing for all 15 minutes.
The win gets Torres back on track after a tough decision loss to Demetrious Johnson in his last fight as he tries to regain traction in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
Matt Brown vs. Seth Baczynski
Seth Baczysnki worked hard to get back to the UFC, and has now won his last two fights impressively, the latest being a submission win over Matt Brown at UFC 139.
Baczynski and Brown battled back and forth through the first round, both landing good shots and showing solid striking. Brown landed some nasty knees to the body, while Baczynski fired back with good straight punches.
At the beginning of the second round, Brown shot in immediately for a takedown, but got caught in a guillotine choke. Baczynski locked up the hold and positioned his guard perfectly with Brown’s head trapped.
Battling as much as he could, Brown was unable to slip free and had to tap out. Baczynski picks up his fourth win in a row overall, and second since coming back to the UFC.
Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo
Danny Castillo was not happy that opponent Shamar Bailey missed weight for their fight, so he took it out on him in the Octagon.
Castillo slammed Bailey down several times early in their fight, showcasing his superior wrestling and putting the Indiana based fighter on his back. Castillo kept good control and just punished Bailey with short elbows and punches throughout the first round.
As the strikes continued to land, Bailey turned to his side to try and avoid the damage, but Castillo was unrelenting. Bailey covered up but offered no other defense to get out, so the referee had no choice but to come in and stop the fight.
Following the win, Castillo remarked that he was definitely upset Bailey came in 2lbs over the limit, and he let him know it in the fight.