Discover who emerged victorious on the historical UFC Shenzhen tournament
By E. Spencer Kyte
• Aug. 31, 2019
UFC Shenzhen Prelims on ESPN, 3am/12am ETPT
Karol Rosa def. Lara Procopio by ruin up resolution (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
An all-Brazilian affair within the females’s bantamweight division kicked off the night in Shenzhen, as newbies Rosa and Procopio shared the stage of their joint debuts.
A coaching associate of strawweight champ and UFC Shenzhen headliner Jessica Andrade, Rosa began this one aggressively, marching ahead on the abet of a provocative, regular jab. The magnificent footage grew to alter into into combos done with sturdy leg kicks by Rosa, nonetheless no matter getting wobbled, Procopio stood grand, returned fireplace and ended the principle round by transferring the momentum in her prefer.
The second round began worthy take care of the principle, with Rosa getting the better of the exchanges in predicament as Procopio countered, ducking in with tepid takedown makes an try that had been without complications denied. Again take care of the hole body, Procopio had her easiest success within the second half of the round, connecting flush with quite quite a bit of magnificent factual palms, maintaining issues shut heading into the third and closing round.
Procopio began a small bit of faster within the third, pressing ahead on the abet of her absorb jab, touchdown factual palms on the abet of it, handiest to have Rosa counter with a expansive factual of her absorb, shedding the Nova Uniao product. Procopio bought abet to her feet and resumed marching ahead, nonetheless she clearly regarded slowed, as Rosa continued to wreck home factual palms, mixing in knees to the midsection into the last two minutes of the wrestle.
Down the stretch, Rosa continued to manipulate the roam, without complications sprawling out on a pair of late takedown makes an try, avoiding worthy of what Procopio had to provide and continuing to distance herself from her countrywoman within the last round.
Alatengheili def. Danaa Batgerel by unanimous resolution (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
The predominant bout of the night on the males’s aspect of the roster also featured debuting bantamweights, as scholarship program graduate Alatengheili squared off with Danaa within the second bout of the night.
The males had been a small bit of extra measured to originate their contest than their feminine counterparts within the opener, the exercise of the principle two minutes of the wrestle to feel every other out and establish within the market fluctuate. When they did originate getting a looser with their palms, it was Danaa who bought the better of issues, connecting with a handful of magnificent footage and superior quantity. But late within the body, Alatengheili backed up the 30-365 days-worn former kickboxer with a highly effective overhand factual that spread out a decrease on Danaa’s nostril and earned a weep from the group of workers.
Out of the nook to originate the second, the dynamic remained the same, with Danaa selecting from fluctuate with jabs and entrance kicks and elevated quantity whereas Alatengheili patiently waited for a chance to uncork one other fastball. Even when Alatengheili did let jog of his factual hand, Danaa held his ground and countered, connecting with a elevated quantity and elevated diversity of strikes sooner or later of the body, adding a neatly-timed takedown within the last 20 seconds for ethical measure.
After a transient embrace within the guts of the Octagon to originate the third round, Danaa went abet on the offensive, scoring with a pair of vitality footage early and stuffing two early takedown makes an try from Alatengheili. The plod quickened and the exchanges became extra even all thru the round, with Alatengheili continuing to land the extra highly effective blows, handiest to have Danaa answer with provocative counters.
Midway thru the round, Alatengheili at closing bought the wrestle to the canvas, tripping Danaa to the bottom and touchdown in aspect retain watch over. Though Danaa labored abet to his feet, Alatengheili maintained his grip and scored with one other body lock takedown within the last minute, as soon as more touchdown in aspect retain watch over and providing a typical jog in conjunction with the roam of quick body footage thru the last horn.
Damir Ismagulov def. Thiago Moises by unanimous resolution (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Emerging lightweights collided on this one, as Ismagulov save his 13-wrestle a success run on the twin carriageway in opposition to the 24-365 days-worn Brazilian Moises, who earned a dominant resolution victory for his first UFC buy closing day out.
The extra polished striker of the 2, Ismagulov lead the dance sooner or later of the hole round, intriguing ahead and selecting his spots with lengthy jabs and heavy kicks, maintaining Moises on the cease of his fluctuate. Late within the body, the streaking Russian light-weight dropped the Brazilian with a transient left, attacking with kicks to the legs and punches to the body to shut out a sturdy opening stanza.
It was extra of the same to originate the second, as Ismagulov continued to out-land and out-plod Moises, giving small consideration to the strikes coming abet his formulation whereas attacking with the same various array of offense he showed within the principle. When the Brazilian closed the distance and regarded to buy the wrestle to the canvas, Ismagulov mercurial stuffed the takedown makes an try, showcasing impressive defensive wrestling earlier than going abet to his bread and butter within the striking exchanges.
Early within the third, Ismagulov spread out a small bit of extra, following a blocked spinning abet kick with a spinning abet fist strive earlier than returning to the acquainted outputs that save him ahead on the scorecards after the hole 10 minutes. The urge and stress from Ismagulov never waned, and whereas Moises hung tricky, this one was never uncertain as the 28-365 days-worn Russian cruised to an excellent sweep of the scorecards and a 14th consecutive victory.
Da-Un Jung def. Khadis Ibragimov by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:00 of Round 3
The roam shifted to the light heavyweight division for one other showdown between UFC newbies, as South Korea’s Jung squared off with the former M-1 World champ Ibragimov.
After three straight bouts went the distance to originate the point to, this one regarded destined to cease early, as Ibragimov opened the contest with a flurry, backing Jung into the fence as he looked for a home for his wide, looping footage. Jung covered up and defended neatly earlier than Ibragimov pressed ahead with one other swarming offensive outburst. But as soon as more, Jung defended neatly, responding with a expansive knee from the clinch that opened a sizeable gash on the Russian as the 205-pound neophytes both ended the principle round leaking crimson.
Jung got here out mercurial to originate the second, pressing the roam and peppering Ibragimov with sturdy one-twos, re-opening the decrease on the left aspect of his nostril, which was clearly bothering him. Whereas Ibragimov would answer with expansive singles, Jung stayed on him with plod, sticking the jab in his face over and over, chasing it with factual palms.
With two minutes left within the center stanza, Ibragimov pressing in for a takedown and in transient spun Jung to the canvas, nonetheless the South Korea mercurial bought abet to his feet. However the Russian was undeterred and stayed on this hips, dumping Jung to the bottom as soon as more and ending the round in top set.
Given how issues began, it was a surprise that this one reached the third round. Powerful take care of the second, Jung got here out firing to originate, touchdown a series of magnificent jabs on the fatigued Ibragimov earlier than the Russian attacked with one other takedown, emerging from the following scamper alongside with his palms clasped round Jung’s waist and the 2 pressed into the fence. Out of nowhere, Jung latched onto a ninja choke as Ibragimov lazily regarded for a single, clamping onto the neck and drawing a tap from the intently most well-liked Russia to damage the principle stoppage buy of the night.
Su Mudaerji def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous resolution (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
It was abet to the bantamweight division within the penultimate preliminary card wrestle as Sumudaerji regarded to rebound from a loss in his UFC debut in a conflict with the provocative outmoded Soukhamthath.
The opening 90 seconds was spent exchanging kicks with the occasional punch jumbled collectively, neither man touchdown something else of good substance earlier than Sumudaerji grazed the aspect of Soukhamthath’s head with a hook kick that appropriate skipped over. Soon after, Soukhamthath modified ways, pressing ahead for a takedown, settling to manipulate the roam within the clinch alongside the fence. They returned to the guts of the Octagon with appropriate over a minute closing within the round and it was Sumudaerji who had the most success, catching Soukhamthath with quite quite a bit of magnificent left palms down the pipe that had been without complications the most impactful blows of the round.
In the nook between rounds, Soukhamthath told his coaches that he broke his left hand, nonetheless it didn’t end him from throwing it early within the second, following it up with an excellent factual hand that landed flush. But as Soukhamthath got here ahead attempting to shut the distance, Sumudaerji continued to transfer neatly and produce him pay, sticking him with left palms as he pivoted into predicament and faster responses to every ingredient Soukhamthath equipped. By the cease of the round, the 30-365 days-worn outmoded was busted up, as Sumudaerji continued to land at will thru to the bell.
The cat-and-mouse game continued early within the last body, with Sumudaerji selecting up where he left off on the cease of the third, sniping home magnificent footage without downside, restarting the jog in conjunction with the roam of plasma from Soukhamthath’s nostril and mouth. Following a slick day out takedown, the younger Chinese fighter regarded to begin up with offense, connecting with quite quite a bit of elbows out of Soukhamthath’s guard, worthy to the group of workers’s satisfaction.
As the last seconds ticked off the clock, Sumudaerji continued to dump, striking a capstone on his first UFC victory and a for sure impressive breakthrough performance.
Andrade vs Zhang – “Strength For Strength”
Andrade vs Zhang – “Strength For Strength”