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Alonzo Menifield took advantage of the narrowest openings.
Dana White Contender graduate submitted the new Ultimate Fighting Championship to Fabio Cherant by drowning in Von Flue’s shoulder in the first round of qualifying UFC 260 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Cherant (7-2, 0-1 UFC) scored 71 seconds in Round 1.
Menifield (10-2, 3-2 UFC) turned to the range and faced a guillotine attempt by the champion of the Legacy Fighting Alliance with a wide amortization. Cherant failed to release his grip on the way down and wandered into the choke that ended. Once Menifield tied his hands, the conclusion became formal.
Nurmagomedov handles the Overmatched Gooden
The kick-off of the American Kickboxing Academy Abubakar Nurmagomedov recorded his first victory in the Octagon with a unilateral unanimous decision for Jared Gooden in a three-round welterweight. Nurmagomedov (16-3-1, 1-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with matching 30-27 nods from the judges.
Gooden (17-6, 0-2 UFC) was met with a multi-level attack by the growing stylist sambo. Nurmagomedov unleashed combinations with his hands and built-in kicks to the body and head at the right time, while retaining his Atlanta-based opponent. Gaden canceled the Russian game until the third round. There, Nurmagomedov made a removal with just under four minutes to go and left the rest of the clock in the top position.
Gooden, 27, will continue to lose two games in his next project.
Aggressive Oleksiejczuk Edges Bukauskas
Michal Oleksiejczuk put the brakes on a two-game losing streak with a separate decision for former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship title Modestas Bukauskas in a competitive three-round fight at £ 205. All three judges scored 29-28: Ron McCarthy and Tony Weeks for Oleksiejczuk, Eric Colon for Bukauskas.
The pressure provided the difference. Oleksiejczuk (15-4, 3-2 UFC) went forward with an almost manic aim, shooting force into the body and head without appearing to be obvious for his own well-being. Bukauskas (11-4, 1-2 UFC) reacted effectively from the back foot and scored with various kicks, but spent most of the match in a backpedal. Oleksiejczuk was linked with perhaps the most subsequent blow in the third round, where he gave an overwhelming left hook to the liver that forced the Lithuanians to retreat to the fence.
Bukauskas, 27, has lost two games in a row.
Morales peaks beyond the young
Sanford MMA’s Omar Morales recovered from the Oct. 10 defeat to Giga Chikadze by unanimous decision for Shane Young in a largely indifferent three-featherweight three-round bout. All three judges scored the same: 30-27 for Morales (11-1, 3-1 UFC).
Young (13-6, 2-3 UFC) tried to navigate a noticeable inequality in physical strength. Morales pushed him back with punctures and kicks to the legs, incorporated occasional combinations and even got involved in elimination for about 90 seconds in the third round. The young man made moves but demanded little damage with his efforts.
Working outside the City Kickboxing Camp in New Zealand, Young suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his 19-game career.
Barriault Batters has sold out Azaitar
Former TKO Major League MMA champion Marc-Andre Barriault threw Abu Azaitar with his fists in the third round of the middleweight pair. Barriault (12-4, 1-3 UFC) reached 4:56 in Round 3, securing his first victory since September 21, 2018.
Azaitar (14-3-1, 1-1 UFC) enjoyed a strong start with repeated kicks, loop punches and close-up knee kicks. However, his body broke under the relentless pace pushed by his counterpart. Barriault withstood a sweeping left hook from Morocco in the second round, collected points with a volume piercing and inserted sharp elbows into the clamp. Round 3 was a massacre. As soon as the visibly exhausted Azaiatar surrendered to the top position and reached for his mouthpiece, the scene became more and more horrible. Barriault was a complete success on four separate occasions, attacking the World Series of Fighting veteran with solid ground and a pound until referee Jerin Valel had seen enough.
The loss was Azaitar’s first in more than eight years and closed the book with his unbeaten 10-fight.