UFC Fight Night Hidalgo Poirier vs. Johnson Recap & Results
Hidalgo TX (Saturday September 17, 2016)— Live from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo Texas the UFC came with a stack card headlined by a pivotal lightweight showdown between Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson. Dustin Poirier has done nothing but finish the lightweights he has faced since entering the 155-pound division and with a win over a top ranked contender in Johnson The Diamond will be one step closer to a title shot. As for The Blackzilian’s Michael Johnson a win over Poirier is key, in his last fight he was defeated in a very close fight with Nate Diaz now back and ready to go Johnson feels that there is nothing that can stop him. In the co main event a top 10 middleweight fight between two guys that clearly don’t like each other, Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson both know that there are some big middleweight fights on the horizon and a lost can be devastating in a run at the title. Also on the card Evan Dunham takes on the newly signed from the WSOF and late replacement Rick Glenn in a lightweight showdown. Chris Wade looks to get back on track as he took on Islam Makhachev, and rising welterweight Randy Brown looks to get another win as takes on Erick Montano. A lot of big fights that will shake up the ranking come next week and it all kicks on the UFC FightPass before switching over to FS1.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
We get things started in the bantamweight division as Alejandro Perez (18-6) took on the undefeated Albert Morales (6-0), a great fight to kick off the night as it didn’t take long for these two to heat things up as a couple of late shots from both fighters after the bell but with the fight being dead even the deducted point happened to be the deciding factor leading to the majority Draw. Alejandro Perez (18-6-1) Albert Morales (6-0-1) Majority Draw (29-27,28-28,28-28). Next up in the welterweight division Randy Brown (7-1) looks to get back on the winning track as he took on Erick Montano (8-3), after a couple of shaky first couple of rounds Randy Brown capitalizes on a bad shot and sinks in a guillotine and that is all she wrote. Winner: Randy Brown (8-1) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 3. – Looser: Erick Montano (8-4). The prelims role on to FS1 as we head back to the bantamweight division were Jose Quinonez (5-2) took on Joey Gomez (6-1), Quinonez went into to pit bull mode as he was relentless from the start of the fight landing big shots that had Gomez rocked. Hands up to Gomez who got knocked down multiple times and even looked finished, but he just kept coming. At the end it was the perfect fight for Jose Quinonez. Winner: Jose Quinonez (6-2) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Joey Gomez (6-2). Next up in the middleweight division Antonio Carlos Junior (6-2) took on Leonardo Augusto Leleco (11-2), what a middleweight fight, with an early illegal Knee from Junior and a point being deducted Antonio knew that a finish would be the best way to get the win and that’s what he did with only 16 seconds left in the fight. Winner: Antonio Carlos Junior (7-2) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3. – Looser: Leonardo Augusto Leleco (11-3). Back to the welterweight division we go as Augusto Montano (15-2) took on Belal Muhammad (9-1), what a finish as Belal Muhammad took all three rounds to get the job done as he finished Montano by raining down the fists. Winner: Belal Muhammad (10-1) by TKO in Round 3. – Looser: Augusto Montano (15-3). In the featured prelim bout, it was the featherweights that took center stage as Gabriel Benitez (18-6) took on Sam Sicilia (15-6), Benitez wasted no time breaking down Sicilia, as a strong round 1 carried into round 2 and that is where Gabriel was able to sink in the choke for the finish. Winner: Gabriel Benitez (19-6) by Submission (Guillotine) Round 2. – Looser: Sam Sicilia (15-7).
The main card kicked off in the featherweight division as Chas Skelly (15-2) took on Maximo Blanco (12-7-1), Chas Skelly wasted no time getting going as he quickly rocks Blanco, sinks in the choke and that is all she wrote less than a minute. WOW the fastest submission in UFC and WEC history, congratulations Chas Skelly. Winner: Chas Skelly by Submission (D’arce Choke) Round 1 (16-2). – Looser: Maximo Blanco (12-8-1). Alright up next a lightweight showdown between Chris Wade (11-2) and Islam Makhachev (12-1), Both guys left it all in the octagon. Everything that Wade came with Makachev had an answer for and with a strong takedown and ground game Wade never got an opportunity to do enough to sway the judges. Winner: Islam Makhachev (13-1) by Unanimous Decision (28-28,29-28,29-28). – looser: Chris Wade (11-3). The welterweights were up next as Roan Carneiro (20-10) took on Kenny Robertson (15-4), one of the first fights of the night were there wasn’t much action but it was Carneiro the was able to pull away and get the job done. Winner: Roan Carneiro (21-10) by Split Decision (29-28,30-27,29-28). – Looser: Kenny Robertson (15-5). Next up a lightweight showdown it was #15 Evan Dunham (17-6) taking on newly signed from the WSOF Rick Glenn (18-3-1), it was a hell of a debut from Rick Glenn and all the heart that he showed just couldn’t stop Evan Dunham. Dunham controlled the fight from start to finish to get the win. Winner: Evan Dunham (18-6) by Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27). – Looser: Rick Glenn (18-4-1). Next up in the co main event it was a middleweight war between #9 Uriah Hall (13-6) and #10 Derek Brunson (15-3) and with both of these guys not liking each other, and a win being so important now in the rankings there was no doubt they were going to leave it all in the octagon. Brunson wasting no time finishing this fight as Brunson started off with some clench but after the break Brunson lands big and that was all she wrote. A big finish for Brunson. Winner: Derek Brunson (16-3) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Uriah Hall (13-7).
Main Event Lightweight Division
#7 Dustin Poirier (20-4) Vs #10 Michael Johnson (17-10)
The main event featured two top lightweights that are looking to take the next step towards a title fight, Poirier looked to keep rolling through any lightweight that the UFC has put in front of him, and Michael Johnson is looking to do whatever he can to get things back on track. Its and American Top Team Vs The Blackzilians battle once again. Into the 1st we go Michael Johnson wasted no time getting to work as the strikes and kicks came out 100 miles MPH the more Johnson got comfortable the opening presented itself and that was all she wrote. Johnson blasts Poirier floors him some ground and pound and that’s all she wrote. Poirier never got a chance to get started and Johnson was all ready to go. A big win for Johnson after back to back loses.
Winner: Michael Johnson (18-10) by KO Round 1
Looser: Dustin Poirier (20-5)
By: Rick San Bartolome
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