The Ion Television portion of the UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" preliminary card went down earlier tonight (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) from Toronto, Ontario, and it was a doozy.
The final bout of the undercard was short, sweet and very unexpected as Igor Pokrajac took on Ultimate Fighter veteran Krzysztof Soszynski.
Soszynski was a 3-1 favorite and acted like it, pressing forward and looking to brawl but Pokrajac caught him with a big right hand and then swarmed him, blasting away with punches along the fence until "K-Sos" went down.
Once the Polish brawler was on the canvas, Pokrajac refused to let up, continuing his onslaught with ground and pound until Soszynski went completely unconscious. It all happened in just 35 seconds.
The rest of the Ion preliminary fights were filled with short and sweet stoppages as well.
In a middleweight match-up, Constantinos Philippou had his way with the scrappy brawler Jared Hamman. Hamman, training under Antoni Hardonk, looked to establish the leg kicks early but Philippou countered hard with some heavy power punches, dropping Hamman and hurting him badly.
"The Messenger" tried to recover with single legs and clinch attempts but Philippou backed off, created distance and rocked him again. After dropping him for what had to be the fifth time, "Big" John McCarthy had seen enough and he put a stop to the carnage, giving Philippou his second consecutive UFC victory.
An elated "Costa" declared that today was, "The happiest day of my life," in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
Undefeated lightweight John Makdessi was hoping to take it to the next level against veteran grappler Dennis Hallman, but it was not meant to be. Both men collided with a body lock early on as Makdessi feverishly tried to keep it standing to no avail.
Once Hallman got the fight to the ground, his grappling prowess was clearly superior as he began to have his way with "The Bull." After taking Makdessi's back, dropping punches and transitioning back and forth to mount, Hallman finally secured a rear naked choke to score a first round submission victory.
Opening the Ion prelims was a bantamweight attraction between Canadian Yves Jabouin and American Walel Watson. Watson had a big height and reach advantage and it appeared that Jabouin had some issues finding a way to get inside, repeatedly sitting back on his right hand and looking to throw it with big power.
Both men were very patient and Watson threatened to finish the bout twice at the end of the second and third rounds with a guillotine choke and D'Arce choke respectively. Watson threw more strikes, but it appeared that Jabouin was a little more accurate and landed with more power and when it went to the scorecards, Jabouin took a close split decision.
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