TORONTO - QMI Agency's MMA expert Neil Springer describes how the seven fights on the UFC 140 undercard unfolded Saturday night at Toronto's Air Canada Centre:
Philippou def. Hamman
Constantinos Philippou scored a a stunning first-round knockout over the durable Jared Hamman. The former Golden Gloves champion dropped Hamman numerous times, but Hamman just kept fighting back. However, one more big right hand sealed the deal.
Hallman def. Makdessi
Dennis Hallman made quick work of dangerous striker John Makdessi. Hallman, who missed weight by almost three pounds, immediately took Makdessi to the mat. After chipping away with strikes, he slipped in a rear-naked choke for the submission victory.
Jabouin def. Watson
Montrealís Yves Jabouin won a split decision in an entertaining stand-up battle with Walel Watson. The two went toe-to-toe throwing out a variety of flashy kicks and spinning back fists, but it was Jabouin who continually landed the cleaner, heavy shots.
Bocek def. Lentz
Mark Bocek handed Nik Lentz the first loss of his UFC career. The story of the fight was Bocek securing takedowns and working his ground-and-pound, while Lentz frantically looked for guillotine chokes. After three rounds, the judges unanimously awarded it to Bocek.
Hecht def. Attonito
Jake Hecht weathered the early storm to secure a second-round TKO victory over Rich Attonito. As Attonito worked for a takedown attempt, Hecht caught him with a vicious elbow to the side of the head. A few punches on the mat and it was academic.
Cholish def. Clarke
Strikeforce veteran John Cholish earned an impressive TKO victory over Saskatoonís Mitch Clarke in the opening bout. After a kimura attempt resulted in a wild scramble, Cholish secured back control and unloaded with punches for the win.
Pokrajac def. Soszynski
Igor Pokrajac demolished Krzysztof Soszynski, earning a lightning quick knockout victory. Despite being a strong grappler, Soszynski came out looking to brawl with the Croatian striker. It took Pokrajac only 35 seconds to put Soszynski away with punches.