MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops continues with our recaps of tonight’s FOX Sports 1 preliminary card. In tonight’s FS1 featured preliminary, Bobby Green would best James Krause in a bizarre fight. Fighters Francisco Rivera, Dennis Bermudez, and Amanda Nunes would also pick wins in other UFC Fight Night 31 preliminary action.
Green Picks Up Bizarre TKO Against Krause
Bobby Green would pick up a victory tonight in the UFC Fight Night 31 featured preliminary against James Krause but it was not without controversy. After two low blows that resulted in a point deduction against Green, he would land a kick on the top of the cup/beltline that dropped Krause. Referee “Big” John McCarthy would immediately call the fight for Green, saying the strike was legal. While the cup strike was audible on the broadcast and Krause protested the stoppage, it was all in vain. Regardless, Green picks up his sixth straight victory while Krause sees his eight-fight win streak snapped.
Rivera Blasts Roop
Francisco Rivera is one of the more violent strikers in the UFC’s bantamweight division and he showcased that tonight against George Roop at Fight for the Troops 3. While Roop was able to use his grappling and length to keep Rivera relatively at bay in the first, Rivera turned up the pressure and blasted Roop in the second. Rivera is now unbeaten in his last six fights, having now won two straight, and will look for a bump in competition in his next fight.
Bermudez Defeats Siler
Dennis Bermudez put together arguably his best UFC performance to date by defeating a very game Steven Siler tonight at UFC Fight Night 31. Both men had their moments tonight in Kentucky, but Bermudez’s combination of wrestling and striking allowed him to control the fight. The fighter did not just hold on however, as he constantly looked to finish with submissions on the ground. Bermudez improves to 5-1 in the UFC and has won five straight fights in a fashion that will certainly put him in contention.
Nunes Pounds Out De Randamie
Germaine de Randamie held the striking advantage but was not able to use it much tonight against Amanda Nunes. Nunes got the fight to the ground and immediately worked to secure the mount where she rained down elbows until referee Herb Dean called a halt to the fight. Nunes has now won two in a row since losing to Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta FC 4, while De Randamie drops to 1-1 in the Octagon.
UFC Fight Night 31 Quick Results:
- Bobby Green def. James Krause via TKO (kick) at 3:50 of Round 1
- Francisco Rivera def. George Roop via TKO (strikes) at 2:20 of Round 2
- Dennis Bermudez def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Amanda Nunes def. Germaine de Randamie via TKO (elbows) at 3:56 of Round 1