UFC Fight Night 27 kicked off tonight’s action at the Bank Life Fieldhouse with a pair of fights on Facebook. The two-fight card saw TUF 17’s Zak Cummings pull out a victory and Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo end in controversy in tonight’s opening battles. Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for more coverage of tonight’s fight card.
Cummings Submits Alloway
TUF 17 and Strikeforce vet Zak Cummings waited a long time to make his UFC debut after tearing his hamstring before the show’s finale. Cummings looked much improved at his new welterweight home showing a well-rounded attack on TUF: Smashes alum Ben Alloway. Cummings would use that well-balanced attack to set up a beautiful D’arce choke that forced his opponent to yield in the final moments of the first round. The victory gives the Team Sonnen vet three-straight professional victories.
Bowling vs. Trujillo Ends in Controversy
While UFC Fight Night 27 appeared to be off to an exciting start, the bout between Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo would end in controversy. After a hard-hitting first round that Bowling appeared to get the better of, the intense action continued in the second. While Bowling appeared to be getting the better of Trujillo in the wild exchanges, Trujillo’s occasional flashes of power were enough to make the Strikeforce veteran get the fight to the ground. Bowling would try to finish via choke but was never able to get it completely locked. Once Trujillo looked to escape all hell broke loose.
Trujillo escaped to his feet with Bowling still grounded and immediately looked to seize the advantage in the bouts waning moments of the second round. While Trujillo would land a brutal, but legal, knee to the chest his second shot would catch his still grounded out opponent to the head. Trujillo followed up with a nasty punch before the referee could intervene due to the illegal strike that knocked Bowling out temporarily.
The doctor would be called into the cage and could not allow Bowling to continue after he reported he lost consciousness. While the referee initially stated the foul was intentional by Trujillo and that he would be deducting a point, he then changed his mind when it became apparent Bowling could not continue. This resulted in a “no contest” rather than a disqualification for Trujillo.
- Zak Cummings def. Ben Alloway via submission (D’arce Choke) at 4:19 of Round 1
- Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo declared a No Contest (illegal knee by Trujillo) at 4:57 of Round 2