UFC on Fox 2 prelims aired live on Fuel TV in front of a sellout Chicago crowd at the United Center. Fighters Evan Dunham, Cub Swanson, and Charles Oliveira stole the show and thrilled on the prelims with some spectacular performances.
Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz
Xtreme Couture’s Evan Dunham managed to get his sixth win the UFC after damaging Nik Lentz’s left eye which caused a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the second round.
Lentz would come out uncharacteristically aggressive after the sound of the opening bell and scored two takedowns, but Dunham would scramble and get the cleaner strikes in and secure a takedown late in the round. Dunham seemed to have a fire lit under him as Lentz appeared far less effective with the takedowns. Towards the end of the round Dunham would keep a furious pace landing hand combinations and damaging the eye of Roop.
The doctor stopped the contest at the end of the second round after Lentz couldn’t see out of his left eye.
In a thrilling contest, Cub Swanson managed to get back to his winning ways when he defeated TUF 8 alumni George Roop via TKO in the second round.
Swanson felt confidence striking with the kickboxer Roop and managed to get inside several times and even finished with a hip toss at the end of the first round. In the second round, Swanson kept exploiting Roop, who was standing tall with his chin in the air, and connected with a beautiful overhand right that stunned Roop. From there Swanson pounced on the opening with more strikes until the ref stepped in at 2:22 in the second round.
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely
Charlies Oliveira wasted no time in spoiling the UFC debut of Team Conquests own Eric Wisely with an excruciating submission by way of a calf slicer in the first round
Oliveira found his openings early and forced Wisely down to the mat, and from there he quickly transitioned from a heel hook attempt to taking Wiseley’s back and would then lock in a calf slicer at 1:43 in the first round.
TUF 11 runner-up Michael Johnson put his newfound striking skills on display when he defeated the former three-time All-American wrestler Shane Roller via unanimous decision.
In the first two rounds, Johnson utilized his speed and landed quick combinations as Roller seemed flat-footed and Johnson was able to easily stuff all of the takedown attempts of the former All-American. However, Roller seemed to rally in the third with a takedown and had Johnson’s back for the majority of the round.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Johnson
UFC on Fox 2’s Preliminary Results:
-Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) 5:00, R2
-Mike Russow def. John Olav Einemo by Unanimous Decision (29-28. 29-28, 30-27)
-Cub Swanson def. George Roop by TKO (Punches) 2:22, R2
-Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wiseley by Submission (Calf Slicer) at 1:43, R1
-Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran by KO (Punches) at 4:24, R1
-Chris Camozzi def Dustin Jacoby by Submission (Guillotine) 1:08, R3