Ovince Saint Preux had hbadle with Corey Anderson via the primary two and half rounds, maybe owed to the very fact he took the battle on lower than two weeks’ discover.
But within the third, when it appeared like he could possibly be on his solution to a momentum-halting resolution loss, Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC) planted Anderson (9-Three MMA, 6-Three UFC) with a depraved head-kick knockout. The finish got here on the 1:25 mark of the ultimate spherical.
The mild heavyweight bout was a part of the preliminary card of right this moment’s UFC 217 occasion at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on FS1 following extra prelims on UFC Fight Pbad and forward of a predominant card on pay-per-view.
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Anderson kicked low early, then bought pushed again from a Saint Preux kick up the center. Saint Preux got here again on high of it with a left hand, and one other left was on the cash proper after that. Anderson landed a stable proper hand, although, and 45 seconds in landed an ideal double-leg takedown. When Saint Preux bought up, Anderson scooped him up and slammed him once more. Anderson put Saint Preux in hbadle towards the fence. Saint Preux labored again to his ft, however Anderson saved wrestling him.
Under the two-minute mark, when it appeared like Saint Preux may work his manner out, Anderson hit him with a pair of strikes and went again to the wrestling, although he couldn’t get Saint Preux again down. They went again to the center with 45 seconds left, the place Saint Preux in the end landed an enormous knee that pressured Anderson to tie him up. Saint Preux landed a flurry of punches late within the spherical – and knocked Anderson down proper earlier than the horn.
Quickly into the second spherical, Saint Preux drilled Anderson with a head kick and knocked his mouth piece out. While Saint Preux was stalking him down trying to additional the injury, Anderson instructed referee Dan Miragliotta his mouthpiece was out – and Miragliotta stopped the motion to permit Anderson to place his mouthpiece again in, halting Saint Preux’s momentum. Anderson was capable of get well and went again to his wrestling. Midway via the spherical, he scooped Saint Preux up for a takedown. He continued to place strain on Saint Preux with punches and elbows as soon as he bought him to the canvas.
Anderson tried to get Saint Preux down within the third, however couldn’t discover it within the first minute. Instead, he threw fingers and touched Saint Preux up just a few instances. But out of absolute nowhere, Saint Preux threw a left kick and it was on the cash. He planted Anderson on the canvas, and Saint Preux wanted no follow-ups. Anderson was stiff on the canvas.
After the battle, Saint Preux instructed badyst Joe Rogan he needs to be on the UFC 219 card on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas towards Ilir Latifi.
Saint Preux received for the third straight time. Anderson misplaced for the second straight time and third time in 4 fights.
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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on web site in New York.)