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We all remember how that went. If you don't, it wasn't pretty for "The Mexicutioner."
In typical Beltran fashion, he took a ton of punishment, eating plenty of punches to dish out a few of his own. And, in even more typical fashion, it was a losing strategy, as he dropped a unanimous decision.
Welcome to the UFC, Mr. Miocic.
His first go-round resulted in a quick guillotine submission win, a feat he nearly pulled off again tonight. That was until Elkins popped his head out and completely took over.
Smooth sailing from there.
"The Mongolian Wolf" might have a slick guillotine -- as evidenced by it being his only relevant offense on the night -- but failing at multiple submission attempts isn't how you win fights, ladies and gents.
It's how you lose them.
An easy decision win for Elkins puts him at 2-0 as a featherweight and right on his way up the ladder. He won't be challenging for the title anytime soon but you have to start somewhere, right?
After 17 months away from fighting, Eric Schafer made his debut at 185-pounds in a match-up against heavy-handed grappling guru Aaron Simpson.
Emphasis on heavy-handed.
"The A-Train" went running on through station "Red" with big power and a tenacity that Schafer simply could not match. When all was said and done, Simpson took care of business "unanimously."
This was just a blowout, folks, through and through.
Steve Cantwell made his middleweight debut, kicking off the evening's festivities against Mike Massenzio. Both men badly needed a victory, with Massenzio having dropped three of his past four and Cantwell having lost three straight
Make it four.
That's because "The Master of Disaster" survived a trying opening round, in which he was getting hit with a laser like right hand from "The Robot," to come storming back in the final two frames to earn a unanimous decision win.
His superior aggression, mixed with solid striking and wrestling, ruled the day.
Cantwell's 185-pound stay was a short one. After four losses in a row, it would seem clear what the future holds for the former WEC champion.