Rafael dos Anjos pulled off a huge upset at UFC Fight Night 49, while Jordan Mein reminded us all why he’s one of the most touted rising stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division.
Here are the full UFC Fight Night 49 results:
Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Henderson landed some crisp strikes early in the contest, but it was dos Anjos that did serious damage first, rocking Benson with a knee to the face. The Brazilian dropped Henderson with a left hook shortly after, and referee John McCarthy called an end to the contest. Bendo and the crowd didn’t appreciate the early stoppage.
Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein
Mein went right to work at against Pyle, connecting with a couple of hard left hooks that dropped the latter. He followed up with some ground-n-pound, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the contest at 1:12 of the first round.
Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites
Carmont got off to a good start at UFC Fight Night 49, landing the cleaner strikes during the opening round, stuffing a few attempts by Leites to put him on his back. Leites came out like a bat out of hell in the second round, connecting with a stiff right hand followed by a hook to the dome. Carmont went limp, and referee John McCarthy stepped in to save him 20 seconds into the second round.
Max Holloway vs. Clay Collard
One of the most entertaining bouts of the night, Collard proved to be a lot better than the odds makers gave him credit for, showing no respect for Holloway’s power, standing right in the pocket with the UFC veteran.
However, Holloway’s superior striking technique turned out to be the difference maker. He landed hard shots at a significantly higher rate as the fight progressed, and he got the better of the grappling exchanges as well. He eventually took Collard’s back, flattened him out, then finished the debuting fighter off with some vicious ground-n-pound with about a minute left in the third round.
James Vick vs. Valmir Lazaro
Both men came out swinging at UFC Fight Night 49, with Lazaro getting the better of the exchanges early on. Vick found his range as the fight progressed, and an entertaining standup broke out inside the Octagon. Lazaro was able to mix in a few takedowns with his assault, while Vick landed the most significant strikes during the fight, wobbling Lazaro a couple of times during the latter rounds. That was enough to earn Vick the unanimous decision.
Chas Skelly vs. Tom Niinimäki
Both men were tangled up early in their fight, and Skelly, surprisingly, proved to be the better grappler. He escaped a halfhearted guillotine attempt by Niinimäki, then followed that up by taking the Finn’s back, bringing the contest to an end shortly after at 2:35 of round one.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 49 results:
Neil Magny def. Alex Garcia (unanimous decision)
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Martin (arm-triangle, round one)
Matt Hobar def. Aaron Phillips (unanimous decision)
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly (omoplata, round one)
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez (unanimous decision)