The moderately thrilling UFC 279 prelims are within the books, and this portion of the occasion loved three finishes throughout 4 bouts.
Closing out the prelims, Julian Erosa placed on a stellar efficiency in opposition to Hakeem Dawodu to run away with scorecards in a unanimous choice. Erosa had a powerful opening act, stinging Dawodu on two events due to his crisp boxing. From there, Erosa discovered himself with again management within the second, touchdown a number of strikes as soon as the choke didn’t pan out, after which once more within the third. Don’t look now however Erosa has now gained six of his final seven.
Earlier than that, Jiu-Jitsu ace Jailton Almeida got here up with a primary spherical submission on UFC newcomer, Anton Turkalj. Almeida went proper for the takedown, and methodically labored till he discovered his second to sink a rear-naked choke. This makes three UFC fights for Almeida, and three first spherical finishes — throughout two divisions no much less. It ought to be famous that this match passed off at heavyweight, however he has additionally picked up a win at 205-pounds. Jailton actually does look unstoppable!
Denis Tiuliulin overcame some extent deduction within the second act to complete Jamie Pickett with strikes within the identical spherical. The lack of some extent got here after Tiuliulin’s second cup shot, however all that did was enhance the already excessive urgency on show. Tiuliulin made this the struggle he wished, and earned himself his first UFC victory.
Opening up the prelims, tremendous heavyweight Chris Barnett overcame a frenzied beatdown within the first spherical to rally and cease common heavyweight, Jake Collier, within the second. Collier got here out sizzling right here, hurting Barnett immediately and initiating an thrilling heavyweight brawl. The physician truly got here in at the beginning of the second spherical to verify on Chris, however he was deemed match to proceed. Barnett went for broke, flurrying like a wild man, after which discovered his second to shine as Collier botched a takedown. Barnett received on high and battered Collier till the referee stated to cease. This was a loopy comeback!
Julian Erosa def. Hakeem Dawodu by unanimous choice (30-27 x3): Featherweight
Dawodu took the middle of the cage right here to get issues going, flicking out well-timed leg kicks. Erosa was wanting make it a bit ugly, and stung Dawodu wit a two-piece. If not for the fence, Dawodu could have gone down. The fighters clinched up and Dawodu appeared to recuperate, however the momentum was nonetheless on the aspect of Erosa. A crisp proper cross from Erosa staggered Dawodu once more, however the spherical got here to an finish earlier than a end might manifest.
Dawodu was recovered going into the second act, and went again to his technical kickboxing method. Erosa responded by forcing a takedown, and leaping to the again whereas Dawodu was standing. He then made Dawodu fall to the bottom, and quickly started trying to find the choke. Dawodu defended nicely, so Erosa started throwing punches and elbows from the again. The spherical ended with Dawodu standing again to his ft, however Erosa greater than seemingly took the spherical.
Dawodu got here out pumping his jab to begin the third spherical, whereas Erosa sat again trying to counter punch. The longer the spherical went on, the extra Erosa poured it on. With about 90-seconds to go, Erosa hit a takedown and went proper to the again. With the physique triangle engaged, Erosa punched away, which gave Dawodu area to spin on high, however no time was left on the clock.
Jailton Almeida def. Anton Turkalj by submission (RNC) at 4:27 of spherical 1: Heavyweight
Almeida wasted no time in snagging up a takedown and planting Turkalj on the ground. Turkalj stood to his ft, simply to get slammed proper again down. As Turkalj tried to face up once more, Almeida would begin punching to cease his advances. Almeida made his strategy to the total mount, after which postured up with a flurry of floor and pound. This triggered Turkalj to reveal his again, and Almeida immediately locked up a rear-naked choke. Turkalj respectfully tapped out.
Denis Tiuliulin def. Jamie Pickett by TKO at 4:52 of spherical 2: Middleweight
Pickett started touchdown his strikes as quickly as they touched gloves. Tiuliulin started urgent ahead, which prompted Pickett to clinch up and hunt for the takedown. Stable takedown protection was being showcased by Tiuliulin, who fought laborious to stay vertical. Tiuliulin started to attach along with his arms, making it ugly as Pickett was attempting to be elusive. With about 45-seconds to go, a imply kick to the cup landed to Pickett, inflicting a short pause within the motion.
The ahead stress continued to be there within the second spherical for Tiuliulin. Pickett was attempting to stay and transfer, however Tiuliulin stayed in his face whereas touchdown the higher strikes. Simply as Tiuliulin was constructing steam, he clipped Pickett within the cup once more, bringing on one other pause. The referee deducted some extent from Tiuliulin for the infraction. Upon the restart, Tiuliulin aggressively attacked Pickett, displaying much more urgency than earlier than. From the clinch, an enormous elbow dropped Pickett, however he managed to recuperate and stand again up. Again within the clinch, Tiuliulin landed an enormous knee to the face, after which pounced with floor strikes to get the end.
Chris Barnett def. Jake Collier by TKO at 2:24 of spherical 2: Heavyweight
Collier went proper after Barnett right here! He rocked Chris with a haymaker, and good ol’ original brawl broke out. Each males had been swinging wildly, with Collier arising with the higher strikes. A minimize shaped across the left eye of Barnett, however he was nonetheless throwing. Collier went to the takedown, took the again, and began to pound away. He went for an RNC, however didn’t fairly have it beneath the chin, so Chris was capable of escape and get again to his ft.
The physician got here in to verify on the attention of Barnett to start the second stanza, however deemed him match to proceed. The spherical began and Barnett linked with a flush two-piece, adopted by a loopy multi-punch flurry. Collier went for a takedown, however Barnett stuffed it, received on high, and went full Donkey Kong on Jake. Punch after punch landed, with the ref giving Collier each alternative to enhance his place, however the onslaught proved to be an excessive amount of and the struggle was waved off.