By: Shawn Porter
The UFC held their second event back at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, May 13th.
First fight of the main card: Michael Johnson looks sharp early in his LW fight against Thiago Moises, only to get stopped in the end. The kind of inconsistency his record is unfortunately tarnished with, Johnson is submitted by Moises by straight ankle lock in the first round.
HW Andrei Arlovski welcomes fellow teamate Philipe Lins to the UFC with a DEC win. This one left my eyes a bit glazed over…what happened? With the striking numbers being pretty similar according to UFC.com, I think Arlovski pressures Lins who doesn’t have an answer…more or less.
A BW battle between Ray Borg and Ricky Simon went to a DEC and Simon gets the nod. While he wasn’t able to hold Borg there, Simon completes 7 of 11 takedowns on Borg which is enough to pull out the split decision.
Next was Alexander Hernandez vs Drew Dober at LW. Dober looks to be on his way to a relatively easy win when Hernandez finds a bit of success with a few takedowns.
No damage or real control results from those takedowns, with Dober standing back up and eventually landing enough on Hernandez that the referee jumps in. Dober by TKO round 2.
HW Ben Rothwell vs Ovince Saint Preux shows how Rothwell, the heavier man, can wear on the smaller, gassing them out when you might think the opposite might happen. Rothwell knows how to use his size and did a great job.
Saint Preux, debuting at the weight class, shows signs of promise though, using his timing and speed to land counters on a constantly pressuring Rothwell. Saint Preux ends up throwing half as many strikes as Rothwell but lands only 14 less significant strikes.
In the end, the counters weren’t enough to end the fight or win rounds and Rothwell comes out with the DEC.
In the Main Event, Anthony Smith fights Glover Teixeira.
In the first round Teixeira moves forward and out lands Smith to win the round. Round two had Teixeira continuing to pressure forward but a punch from Smith leads to Teixeria’s eye closing up as a tiring Smith continues to try and punch off his back foot. However, Smith is already having trouble staying away from the warning track.
In round 3, Teixeira’s pressure results in a landed uppercut and a hurt Smith who drops to the canvas. He might have been given a break though as Teixeira begins to grapple instead of punch. 10-8 round likely scored for Teixeira.
Round four starts with another landed uppercut and Smith hurt again. With the fight on the ground, Teixeira starts hunting from the back for chokes instead of punching to the finish. After a short while Teixeira stands up and brings the fight back into striking range for a few seconds before scoring a takedown. Another likely 10-8 round for Teixeira.
Round 5 proves more of the same and after a short bit Teixeira finds himself in mount pounding on Smith when the referee mercifully jumps in to stop the action. Teixeira by TKO.
Creative Wanderer: Lost