UFC Combat Night time Outcomes: McKenna Stuns Hansen; 30 seconds from Khaos

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The two youngest women on the UFC list did the show pretty well.

In an exciting back and forth fight, Cory McKenna unanimously beat Kay Hansen (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) in a women's strawweight contest on the UFC Fight Night: Fields vs. dos Anjos main card Saturday in Las Vegas.

Both landed hard shots consistently in their feet and Hansen had several close filing attempts. In the end, Hansen was bloody.

Although McKenna won, not a woman lost much stock. In fact, both 21 year old fighters are likely to be viewed as even greater prospects after strong performances.

All fights of UFC Fight Night: Fields vs. dos Anjos can be viewed on ESPN +.

• Paul Felder versus Rafael dos Anjos
• Abdul Razak Alhassan versus Khaos Williams
• Ashley Yoder versus Miranda Granger
• Brendan Allen versus Sean Strickland
• Kay Hansen versus Cory McKenna
• Randa Markos versus Kanako Murata
• Geraldo de Freitas versus Tony Gravely
• Alex Morono versus Rhys McKee
• Don & # 39; Tale Mayes versus Roque Martinez

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Making her UFC debut, McKenna kicked off the fight with hard punches on the feet, showing skillful boxing and a very nice left hook. Hansen also had moments. She got McKenna in a front head lock and landed a knee on her head. Hansen pulled McKenna's back back towards the end of the round, but McKenna pounded her headshot even though she was in an adverse position, which would be a clue for later.

In the second, Hansen opened up more on his feet and was able to practice her wrestling by laying McKenna on his back. Hansen almost had a bare choke and an arm bar towards the end of the lap, but McKenna swept and landed on top. Hansen also defeated McKenna in the third, but McKenna landed hard elbows and punches from below and bleeding Hansen. Hansen climbed into the mountain and got an arm triangle choke, but McKenna managed to get back to the top position.

"I was expecting a tough fight," said McKenna. "Kay is one of the best prospects in the division, we're both improving very quickly. I said from the start that it would be an uphill battle. She did it. It wasn't my best performance, but for my debut I am obviously overjoyed to get this victory. "

Hmmm not sure if I agree with this decision !!! # UFCVegas14

– Jamahal "Sweet Dreams" Hill (@JamahalH) November 15, 2020

McKenna (6-1) has won four fights in a row. The Welsh native, who trains with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California, earned her way to the UFC by beating Vanessa Demopoulous in Dana White's Contender Series in August.

Hansen (7-4) had won three fights, including a win over former Invicta FC nuclear weight champion Jinh Yu Frey in Hansen's UFC debut in June. Born in California, Hansen received a Performance of the Night bonus of $ 50,000 for this win over Frey.

– Marc Raimondi

Fight in progress:

Lightweight: Paul Felder (17-5, 9-5 UFC, +165) against Rafael dos Anjos (29-13, 18-11 UFC, -185)

Results:

Welterweight: Khaos Williams (11-1, 2-0 UFC) defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-3, 4-3 UFC) by KO in the first round

Nobody expected this fight to be a three-round tactical duel. All of Alhassan's 10 professional wins were knocked out in the first round. Williams made a brief and brutal UFC debut in February, a 27-second KO.

Smart viewers watching at home knew this was not the time to step away from the TV for some refreshment.

Brutal knockout for @khaosOXwilliams # UFCFVegas14

– Justin Gaethje @ (@Justin_Gaethje), November 15, 2020

Williams landed three hard kicks straight off the bat, then launched a straight right hand that split the guard from Alhassan and dropped him stiffly onto the canvas. The referee jumped in immediately and it was over in 30 seconds. Williams, a 26-year-old from Detroit, had his eighth straight win – his second in the UFC with less than a minute of total Octagon time.

Williams spent more time being complimented by a punch from UFC President Dana White outside the cage than he did with his opponent inside.

"It's not personal, it's just punishment," said Williams. "I've been waiting to be on TV and do this. I was a diamond in the rough just waiting to be polished off and shown to the world." "This was my second fight in the UFC. See what I'm doing? It wasn't a coincidence. This is the co-main event, man. I'm starting to make it. I'm here. People will keep on top of me sleep and the doctor will wake you up. "

When Williams finished his interview backstage after the fight, Alhassan was still in the octagon, sitting on his stool and being attended to by medical staff.

Alhassan, a 35-year-old Ghanaian by birth who fights Fortis MMA in Dallas, has lost twice in a row after winning three times in a row.

– Jeff Wagenheim

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Straw weight: Ashley Yoder (8-6, 3-5 UFC) defeated Miranda Granger (7-2, 1-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

For the first two rounds, Yoder had advantageous positions on the ground, but had difficulty doing anything more offensive with them. That changed in a dominant third.

Yoder unanimously defeated Granger (30-26, 29-27, 27-26) in a women's strawweight bout that was aided by their superior contest that really manifested itself in the final round. Yoder ended the fight with a fully naked Granger choke that was saved by the bell.

Spider monkeys like a beast on the mat #ufcvegas

– Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) November 15, 2020

The first two rounds had some wild puzzles usually started by Yoder. By the end of the first, Yoder almost had a triangle choke armbar combo from below, but Granger defended well. Yoder managed to come back to the top in the second round but couldn't really pass or do anything effective. In the third, Yoder dominated. She bodylocked Granger down and trained Granger fully on the ground, got into the mount, looked for an arm bar, and then landed on Granger's back. If the fight had gone a few seconds later, Yoder would have won by submitting a bare choke behind.

"I think if we had at least five seconds left I would have pushed my hips in and she was pretty tired," said Yoder. "But she's a tough girl."

The 33-year-old Yoder scored a defeat in two fights with the win. The Indiana native, who lives and trains in California, has won three of her last five. Granger, a 28-year-old Washington resident, has lost twice after beating Hannah Goldy on her UFC debut in August 2019.

– Raimondi

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Catchweight (195 pounds): Sean Strickland (22-3, 9-3 UFC) defeated Brendan Allen (15-4, 3-1 UFC) by TKO in the second round

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Brendan Allen is rocked when Sean Strickland lands a nice combination and then relentlessly attacks the cage for a knockout win.

Strickland let his fists do the talking this time.

Strickland fought just two weeks after beating Jack Marshman, who was dominant but best known for his incessant talking. He was silent as he prevailed against one of the sport's emerging young fighters. Strickland finished Allen with a right-left hit that dropped him before ending with a whirlwind on Round 2 at 1:32.

Impressive! What an achievement by @SStricklandMMA # UFCVegas14

– GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze), November 15, 2020

For Strickland, a 29-year-old from Corona, California, it was his third straight win – a streak that goes back two years. Before his win over Marshman on October 31, Strickland had been on the shelf since October 2018, recovering from injuries in a motorcycle accident.

He was sharp in this fight and ended up with straight punches instead of a conspicuous knockout punch. All of them carried the effects of those blows, but he continued to step forward until Strickland fell and finished him off.

Allen, 24, is fighting in Delray Beach, Florida. He came in after winning seven in a row. He was supposed to fight last weekend, but his opponent, Ian Heinisch, was pulled off the map after testing positive for COVID-19. Then this catchweight matchup was hastily arranged.

– Wagenheim

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Straw weight: Kanako Murata (12-1, 1-0 UFC) defeated Randa Markos (10-11-1, 6-9-1 UFC) by unanimous decision

Kanako Murata made a statement to the rest of the straw weight division. Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC

Less than a minute into her UFC debut, Murata showed the strawweight division what to expect from this former Invicta FC champion.

Murata, a 27-year-old who won medals – including gold – three times in representing Japan at the Asian Wrestling Championships, quickly laid Markos on his back despite the Canadian's efforts to fend off the wrestling. And while Murata didn't have much to do with that takedown, she took the fight back to the canvas later in the round, dropping elbow by elbow in front of the horn.

It was just the beginning of a dominant performance. Murata had four takedowns and eight minutes of control time on the mat. All three judges scored all three rounds for Marata, who won her eighth straight fight.

Markos isn't the steel of the 115 pound division, but she's a veteran who's seen it all before. It was her 16th appearance as a UFC strawweight that tied her forever with Angela Hill.

The 35-year-old Iraqi native, who has long lived and trained in Windsor, Ontario, has lost three in a row and four of her last five.

– Wagenheim

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Men's bantamweight: Tony Gravely (20-6, 1-1 UFC) defeats Geraldo de Freitas (12-6, 1-2 UFC) by separate decision

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Geraldo de Freitas Jr. and Tony Gravely let the punches fly in the last minute of their fight as they both swung wildly, looking for a knockout.

It was all about wrestling for Gravely.

Gravely defeated de Freitas early and often, securing victory in a bantamweight bout (30-27, 28-29, 29-28). It was the first UFC win for Gravely, a former Appalachian State University wrestling star.

"I was just told to put that NCAA pressure on him," Gravely said.

Indeed he did. De Freitas was severely defeated three times in the first round without worrying about de Freitas & # 39; extensive Brazilian jiu-jitsu game. In the second, de Freitas had some success with combinations on his feet, but whenever Gravely seemed to get into trouble he was able to beat de Freitas.

At the end of the third, Gravely had some difficult moments. With both men tired, de Freitas was able to cram some serious takedowns and land hard punch combinations on his feet. Landed some hard right hands too, before all was said and done. But it was the greatest fear he had in those 15 minutes.

The 29-year-old Gravely has won a total of eight out of nine fights. The native American from Virginia, who now trains in Florida with the American Top Team, lost his UFC debut to Brett Johns in January. De Freitas, a 29-year-old Brazilian fighter, has fallen twice in a row after beating Felipe Colares to make his UFC debut in February 2019.

– Raimondi

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Welterweight: Alex Morono (18-6 1 NC, 7-3 1 NC UFC) defeated Rhys McKee (10-4-1, 0-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

Alex Morono (left) threw over 110 punches or kicks in each of the first two rounds. Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC

Morono was in a dominant position on screen, delivering elbows when the final horn sounded, but it was his relentlessly damaging standup attack during the first 13 minutes of the fight that helped him get back into the winning column.

The 30-year-old from Houston, who trains at Fortis MMA in Dallas, threw no less than 110 punches and kicks in the first two rounds and ended up with a clip greater than 50% when he walks off McKee's . By the middle of the first round, McKee's face was flushed after repeatedly picking up large right hands from Morono.

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The fight between Alex Morono and Rhys McKee is interrupted when Morono McKee's mouthguard knocks out and he jumps into the gap between the canvas and the cage.

And while Northern Ireland, 25-year-old McKee himself was kicking it off, he was largely superior when Morono got back on track after seeing a three-fight streak end in his last fight.

The fight was suspended for a few minutes in the middle of the third round after McKee's mouthpiece was knocked out of the mouth, flown under the cage, and could not be found immediately. This gave the fighters a longer break and their fast pace resumed when the referee waved them back together.

All three judges scored moronos 30-27. McKee has lost twice in a row after ending a three-way winning streak with Khamzat Chimaev on his UFC debut in July.

"My goal was to make it to ten fights in the UFC and I achieved that," said Morono. "My new goal is to make it to twenty fights. … My plan is to just go into the octagon and be known for a slugfest, for exciting fights and ideally for results that no one has achieved before, which are exciting. So I'm still trying to work on it a bit, but I just want to be known that I reliably have fun fights and I feel like I did it tonight. "

– Wagenheim

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Heavyweight: Don & # 39; Tale Mayes (8-4, 1-2 UFC) defeated Roque Martinez (15-7-2, 0-2 UFC) by unanimous decision

Don & # 39; Tale Mayes, right, took advantage of range and did some damage, but he couldn't put Roque Martinez down. Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC

Mayes faced a severe Martinez storm on round three, but he did enough to escape with a win.

With its length and varied play, the 6-foot-6 Mayes defeated Martinez unanimously (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) in the heavyweight division to open the UFC Fight Night card. Martinez landed hard shots in round three, but Mayes turned the tide late with a bouncing knee to his chin.

Martinez had success on his feet in the first round, but Mayes got a takedown in the second half of the frame, dealing damage from the top position. In the second round, Mayes let go of some nice combinations, mixing punches, kicks, and knees, although Martinez blocked many of the harder punches.

Martinez almost stole the fight in the third. He had a guillotine choke attempt and hit Mayes with a big 1-2 combo. But Mayes held on with the help of a jumping knee, followed by a clinched knee.

Mayes, 28, celebrated his first UFC win on Saturday. Now he trained in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and lost two fights. Martinez, a 34-year-old Guam native, dropped out of his first two UFC bouts.

– Raimondi

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