Before the UFC on Fox 7 main card kicked off on FOX tonight (Sat., April 20, 2013) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., an entire eight-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast on Facebook and FX, respectively.
In the final bout of the FX "Prelims" card, Chad Mendes showed Darren Elkins what it's like to share the cage with an elite Featherweight, bringing Elkins' five-fight win-streak to a screeching halt via technical knockout just 67 seconds into the first round. "Money" put pressure on Elkins from the outset and it was the power and accuracy in his strikes that made the difference as he knocked his opponent down and followed up with a barrage of strikes until referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. The Team Alpha-Male product earned his third-straight stoppage victory and requested a rematch with 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. Considering the way Mendes has performed as of late, it wouldn't be surprising to see him get it.
For the second fight in a row, Francis Carmont was awarded a controversial decision victory. The 31-year-old outpointed Lorenz Larkin on the judge's scorecards for his fifth consecutive UFC victory and 10th straight win overall. The decision was controversial because "Limitless" didn't provide much in the way of offense aside from numerous failed takedown attempts and pressing Larkin against the cage. On the few occasions where the Frenchman did succeed with the takedown, he didn't advance his position and was mostly defended strikes or submission attempts from his grounded opponent. Larkin was the more effective fighter throughout the 15-minute contest, but apparently that wasn't enough to earn him the win in his UFC debut. Nevertheless, Carmont moves up the MIddleweight ladder and whether he is ready for it or not, his win-streak will likely earn him a fight with a top-10 or top-15 opponent.
Myles Jury pushed his undefeated record to 12-0 (3-0 in the UFC) with a spectacular second-round knockout of Ramsey Nijem for one of the most devastating wins on a preliminary card filled with highlight-reel finishes. The opening round was all grappling as the two Lightweight fighters went back-and-forth with submission attempts, transitions, reversals and everything else you would want to see in a ground fight. In the second frame, the two men exchanged punches and the knocked occurred when Nijem charged forward recklessly and walked directly into a counter left hand that put his lights out upon impact. Jury followed up with a vicious --and completely unnecessary-- flying punch to an already unconscious Njimen and is now unquestionable on the map in the lightweight division. Look for "Fury" to get a stern step up in competition for his next bout.
In the lone Flyweight bout on the card, Darren Uyenoyama served as a punching bag to Joseph Benavidez for one-and-a-half rounds until "Joe-Jitsu" ended the fight with a picture-perfect liver kick capped off by a little ground-and-pound for a (technical) knockout victory near the end of the second stanza. The bout appeared to be a mismatch coming in, and that's exactly how it played out as Benavidez was simply superior in every aspect of the game. Uyenoyama mounted essentially no offense in the fight and stood in front of his opponent absorbing takedowns and punches until the kick came that ended his night. To Uyenoyama's credit, he showed he can take a tremendous amount of punishment, but unfortunately a far superior opponent outclassed him on this night. Benavidez is now tied with 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson for the most victories in the division's history at three. And after his performance it wouldn't be surprising to see the Team Alpha-Male product face off in a rematch with "Mighty Mouse" sooner than later.
Jorge Masvidal and Tim Means were the first pair of fighters to go the distance on the card as the 155-pounders went after it for three hard rounds with Masvidal getting the nod for the unanimous decision victory. The fight really could have gone either way, but after each winning a round it seemingly came down to who could take the final frame. The three judges scoring the bout from ringside felt Masvidal's ability to maintain top position was more meaningful than Means' activity from his back in the third. While both could make an argument for winning the final round -- it matters not at this point, as Masvidal walked away with the victory. "Gamebred" has been waiting an extremely long time to join the UFC ranks and he made his mark on the organization by taking the win after an exciting battle.
The FX portion of the UFC on FOX 7 "Prelims" card started with a bang as Bantamweights T.J. Dillashaw and Hugo Viana went to war from start to finish, with Dillashaw emerging the winner via first-round technical knockout. The two men engaged ferociously from the outset, and even just 35 days after his last fight at UFC 158, Dillashaw's striking appeared to be much improved as he rocked Viana several times before scoring the finish. Since losing to John Dodson on in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14, Dillashaw's skills have drastically improved and with four-straight Octagon victories, the Team Alpha-Male product now owns the second longest win-streak in the 135-pound division behind interim champion Renan Barao. Lo
In the second of two preliminary bouts to stream on Facebook, Anthony Njokuani finished Roger Bowling with a sensational left hook in the second round of an exciting Lightweight contest. Bowling was getting the better of "The Assassin" in the opening round with a more unpredictable offensive game, but as the bout wore on Njokuani got into his rhythm and started to time his opponent's strikes land his combinations on the feet. From then on, it was just a matter of time until the fight-ending blow landed, and it did at the 2:52 mark of the second round. Entering the fight on the heels of a loss to Rafael dos Anjos, Njokuani once again avoided back-to-back losses and he did it with his first stoppage victory in 2.5 years.
The opening fight of the UFC on FOX 7 fight card was quick, violent and decisive as Yoel Romero landed an absolutely perfect flying knee to the chin of Clifford Starks, knocking him out cold just 91 seconds into the first round. Coming into his UFC debut, Romero had a reputation as a finisher and he showed fans that have never seen him compete before exactly why with the highlight reel knockout. Outside of the fight-ending knee, the short contest didn't have much action of note -- it didn't need it either. The "Soldier of God" looks like he will be a handful for anyone in the Middleweight division going forward, but at 35 years old it's hard to determine where his ceiling is.
Here are the complete results from UFC on FOX 7 "Prelims" card:
Darren Elkins vs. Chad Mendes -- Mendes wins via technical knockout (punches) at 1:08 of round one
Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin -- Carmont wins via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Myles Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem -- Jury wins via knockout (overhand right) at 1:02 of round two
Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama -- Benavidez wins via technical knockout (liver strikes) at 4:50 of round two
Jorge Masvidal vs. Tim Means -- Masvidal wins via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana -- Dillashaw wins via technical knockout (punches) at 4:22 of round one
Roger Bowling vs. Anthony Njokuani -- Njokuani wins via knockout (left hook) at 2:52 of round two
Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero -- Romero wins via knockout (flying knee) at 1:32 of round one
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of UFC on FOX 7 fight card.
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