San Antonio Becomes Sub City
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SAN ANTONIO, June 28 – Brazil’s Carlos Diego Ferreira got the fans in his adopted home state of Texas on their feet in his lightweight bout with TUF 16 winner Colton Smith, slamming, then submitting the Fort Hood product in the first round of their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at AT&T Center.
Showing no sign of the first-time UFC jitters, Pharr’s Ferreira engaged immediately and slammed Smith to the deck. From there, he sunk in a rear naked choke that produced a tap out at 38 seconds of the opening frame.
With the win, Ferreira improves to 10-0; Smith falls to 6-4.
GIBSON vs. BEDFORD
It was a wild one between bantamweights Cody Gibson and Johnny Bedford, with Texas’ Bedford the victim of a controversial call that gave Gibson his first UFC victory.
The fight started out well enough for Colleyville’s Bedford, who hurt Gibson with a series of body shots. But out of nowhere, Gibson surged back and rocked Bedford, dropping him to the mat with a right hand. As Bedford hit the deck, he banged his head hard and Gibson moved in for the finish, landing one shot before hesitating as referee Kerry Hatley stepped in to stop the bout at the 38 second mark. An incensed Bedford jumped up immediately to protest the stoppage, but the call stood.
“Johnny came out strong and hit me with a great shot to the body," said Gibson. "It hurt me badly but it didn’t drop me. He followed up with a knee that I was able to block and I countered with a big right hand that found his chin. When I looked up I saw him go limp and drop. His eyes rolled back and he was definitely out. He may have started to recover once he hit the canvas but I saw the ref start to wave it off so I hesitated. Then the ref waved it off for good. After his complaints I’m kind of irritated with myself for hesitating. I should’ve just followed up with more shots and really put him out completely. I don’t think the UFC is questioning that win but if they are then no problem let’s do it again. I’ll sign on the dotted line immediately.”
With the win, Gibson improves to 12-4; Bedford, whose last fight was a controversial no contest with Rani Yahya that ended due to an accidental clash of heads, falls to 19-12-1 with 1 NC.
“We were out there striking and I got caught with my hands down," said Bedford. "Last time I checked we are allowed to grapple. I was in the guard with my hands up fighting out of the position and the next thing I know the referee is stopping the fight. I was completely aware and intelligently defending myself. This is ridiculous, man. Half of these officials have no idea what they’re doing and we’re the ones paying the price. I got robbed two months ago in my fight with Rani Yahya in Abu Dhabi and now I come to my home state and it happens again… unbelievable. I have two kids to feed and this is how we feed our families. Something has to change fast.”
GUIMARAES vs. ENZ
In a competitive meeting of middleweight up and comers, Marcelo Guimaraes took a close split decision win over Andy Enz.
Scores were 29-28 twice, and 27-30 for Guimarares, now 9-1-1; Enz falls to 8-2.
Other than being on the wrong end of a slam by Guimaraes, Enz had a good round keeping the fight standing in the first five minutes, getting off straight shots while the Brazilian fired off haymakers that mostly swung wide.
Guimaraes’ right hand began to hit home in round two though, and after landing a few, he scored a takedown, with Enz jumping up immediately to resume the striking battle. Now it was Guimaraes surging ahead, even if Enz got the last word with a hard punch to the face before the bell.
With the fight perhaps hanging in the balance, Enz got off to a strong start in the final frame, but in the final two minutes, it was Guimaraes surging with a series of thudding leg kicks and a final minute takedown that sealed the victory for him.
BORG vs. HOWELL
Many believed flyweight prospect Ray Borg should have gotten the victory in his controversial bout with Dustin Ortiz in April. But this time he left the judges out of it, submitting newcomer Shane Howell in the first round.
Borg (7-1) got down to business right away, getting the fight to the mat and sinking in what looked to be a fight-ending rear naked choke. Howell (13-8) got loose though, much to the delight of the crowd, but Albuquerque’s Borg didn’t give up the back position, and moments later he sunk in the choke a second time. This time, there would be no escape for Howell, who was finished at 2:17 of the opening frame.
OLIYNYK vs. HAMILTON
Russia’s Oleksiy Oliynyk lived up to his nickname of “Boa Constrictor,” forcing Anthony Hamilton to tap out in the first round of their heavyweight opener.
Neither fighter shied away from throwing heavy leather as the bout opened, but after rocking Hamilton with a right hand 90 seconds in, Oliynyk went to work on his real game plan, getting his foe to the mat and finishing him. And he did so with what appeared to be relative ease, as he got hold of Hamilton and finished matters with a maneuver that produced a tap at the 2:18 mark. And while the finish was announced as due to a neck crank, Oliynyk says that wasn't the case.
“I used a special technique tonight that paid off," said Oliynyk. "It was not a neck crank despite what they announced. It’s actually a position that attacks the diaphragm and makes it very difficult for your opponent to breathe. I was able to apply a lot of weight on his chest and hold his head in position to prevent any escape. Eventually he was forced to tap due to lack of air. I’m very happy with the win and I look forward to my next bout here in the UFC.”
Maybe it can be called the Boa Constrictor.
With the win, Oliynyk improves to 49-9-1; Hamilton falls to 12-3.