MMAFrenzy’s live coverage of UFC 159 continues with our recap of tonight’s FX preliminary card. In the final FX prelim, Rustam Khabilov defeated Yancy Medeiros due to injury. In other action, St. Preux, McMann, and Bryan Caraway picked up wins.
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Khabilov Defeats Medeiros due to Thumb Injury
Rustam Khabilov and Yancy Medeiros may have led to a quick stoppage victory, but it was not what the Dagestani fighter had in mind. The finish came when Khabilov would get into a scramble with Medeiros after the latter would block one of the Dagestani fighter’s trademark suplexes. The Hawaiian would attempt to brace himself while falling and suffered a dislocation/break to his thumb in the process. The fight was then called after Medeiros showed the injury to referee and Dan Miraglotta.
The Dagestani fighter may have been disappointed with the end but was not upset to get a win, “There isn’t much to say. Like I’ve said my business is to throw him down and it’s his business how he lands. Honestly I walked out to the octagon to put on a good show. You saw what happened out there. I’m upset with the way it ended.”.Either way, Khabilov is now 2-0 in the UFC.
St. Preux Defeats Villante in Controversial Fashion
A battle between UFC newcomers Ovince St. Preux and Gian Villante ended in controversy tonight at the Prudential Center. In a battle of former NCAA football players, St. Preux was solid in the first round, but quickly lost steam in the second round. Villante would start to push back in the second and early on in the third before thing went awry.
The controversy stemmed from an accidental eye-poke by St. Preux in the third round. Referee Kevin Mulhall missed the initial poke but stopped the fight and asked if Villante could see. When Villante told Mulhall he could not see, the referee quickly halted the bout despite the protesting of the Hofstra product. Since the accidental foul occurred after the fights midpoint, the scorecards were tallied and gave St. Preux the technical decision victory.
Villante vented his frustrations to the media after the fight, stating, “I couldn’t see. He did poke me in the eye so I don’t know. He said the fight was over and I didn’t expect that because I was just reacting to his question. I got poked and my eye was closed up so I thought he would stop it but he didn’t he just kind of looked at me. I don’t understand how you score thirty seconds of a round and that’s how I lost? We were just getting going and I got poked in the eye. I don’t know what to say.”
The controversial nature of the decision will likely lead to a rematch down the line for the former Strikeforce fighters.
McMann Crushes Gaff
2004 Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann wasted little time getting her fight with Sheila Gaff to the ground. Despite Gaff managing to get a standup off the first takedown, the second one proved all McMann needed as she scrambled to the crucifix position and pounded out the trapped German fighter. McMann has now improved to 7-0 in her MMA career.
The outcome played out exactly how McMann it wanted to as she said after the fight, “It was an enjoyable experience. The more fights I have, the better I’m going to get. Her strongest threat was on the feet so I took her down. I’m a wrestler. I can take people down whenever I want to. I put myself in the captain’s seat where I could do the most damage and I plan to keep doing that.”
Caraway Submits Bedford
Tonight’s opening FX bout saw a battle of The Ultimate Fighter 14 teammates as Johnny Bedford took on Bryan Caraway. The story of the fight was the grappling of Caraway, as he was able to control Bedford despite taking the bout on a week’s notice. Caraway would eventually secure a guillotine choke that Bedford was originally able to defend before the Team Alpha Male product would readjust, sweep, and finish the choke from the mount.
Caraway said he was really looking to finish the fight to make up for the tough losses he and girlfriend Miesha Tate recently suffered, “I was focused on finishing the fight tonight because I’m so sick of bad decisions and stoppages. I think I got a bad call against Mizugaki and Miesha got a horrible call in that stoppage two weeks ago. I wanted to erase those memories and put a smile on both our faces with a win tonight. I think I did that.”
The victory improved Caraway to 3-1 in the Octagon.
UFC 159 Quick Results:
Preliminary Card (FX)
- Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (thumb injury) at 2:32 of Round 1
- Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via majority technical decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-29) at 0:33 of Round 3
- Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (strikes) at 4:06 of Round 1
- Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:44 of Round 3
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
- Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
Nick Catone vs. James Head
- Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
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