March 3, 2012
Kampmann submits Alves
By Neil Springer, QMI Agency
Martin Kampmann scored one of the biggest comebacks of the year, submitting Thiago Alves with less than one minute remaining in the main event of UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia, Friday.
Kampmann found some success with his strikes in the first round, hurting Alves with a teep to the face. But the Muay Thai specialist turned the tables, getting the Danish kickboxer to the mat and securing full-mount.
Kampmann looked hesitant going forward, having difficulty landing his counter-shots and eating some big punches.
With time running out in the third, Alves wobbled Kampmann with a straight-right and exploded for a double-leg takedown. However, Kampmann slapped on a guillotine choke and rolled through to mount for the stunning submission win.
“What are you talking about? I was doing great,” Kampmann joked when asked if he knew he was down on the scorecards. “Thiago caught me with some good shots. I’ve got to be honest.
“I felt I was definitely behind. I was eating too many punches going into the clinch.
“I hit him with that kick in the first that wobbled him a bit, but didn’t capitalize on it.”
Following the bout, Kampmann lobbied for a shot at interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, who he beat via split decision three years ago.
Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez punched their tickets to the final of the UFC flyweight tournament. The two will meet at a later date to crown the promotion’s first-ever 125-pound champion.
Benavidez made it look easy, stopping former Shooto titleholder Yasuhiro Urushitani with punches in the second round.
After flattening Urushitani with a counter right-hook, Benavidez unloaded with shots on the ground to seal the deal.
“I felt like I would bring power to this division,” Benavidez said. “Everyone says, ‘these guys don’t have power and won’t finish fights.’ But I’ve been rocking guys at 135 pounds.”
Benavidez said he can’t wait to lock horns with Johnson.
“It’s amazing; it’s a dream come true,” Benavidez said. “I have an amazing opponent. Those guys put on an awesome fight.”
Johnson had a much harder night, winning a controversial majority decision over Ian McCall.
The first round was close. Johnson wobbled McCall with a hard left-hook, but the majority of offence came from McCall. The second also could have gone either way, as Johnson utilized his speed to get in and out with his strikes. The final frame was all McCall, who unloaded with nasty ground-and-pound and looked to be moments away from earning a TKO victory.
After 15 high-octane minutes of fighting, the judges scored the bout 29-29, 29-28 and 29-28 for Johnson. The crowd erupted with a chorus of boos at the decision.
“First off, I give my hat of to Ian McCall,” Johnson said. “I thought I won first two rounds and he brought it on in the third.
“I wasn’t close to getting finished. I kept pushing through. I knew I had first two rounds. He was making a clown of himself, riding me like a donkey, but I wasn’t out.”
Constantinos Philippou snapped Court McGee’s eight-fight win streak, snagging a competitive unanimous decision.
James Te Huna put on yet another power-striking display, brutalizing Aaron Rosa with clubbing hooks and uppercuts.
After backing Rosa against the cage, Te Huna went to town with vicious punches to earn the TKO victory at the 2:08 mark of the first round.
Hometown fighter Anthony Perosh battered Manitoba’s Nick Penner.
After transitioning to full-mount, Perosh unloaded with punches on a bloodied Penner to secure the TKO victory with only one second remaining in the first round.
Perosh is now riding a three-fight win streak since dropping to light-heavyweight.
Steven Siler can now call himself the Miller Killer after earning a hard-fought unanimous decision over Cole Miller.
Siler submitted Cole’s younger brother, Micah, to gain entry to the TUF 14 house last year. At UFC on FX 2 he out-struck Cole throughout the first two rounds of an entertaining slugfest. Cole came close to avenging his sibling’s loss after taking control in the third, but couldn’t put Siler away.
Undefeated Andrew Craig weathered the early attack of Kyle Noke to win a unanimous decision in his octagon debut. UFC president Dana White confirmed via Twitter that Noke blew his knee out in the first round.
T.J. Waldburger caught Jake Hecht in a stunning armbar. After getting tripped to the mat, Hecht attempted to utilize a whizzer to scramble to his feet, but Waldburger leaped into the submission for the incredible victory.
Daniel Pineda scored an impressive first-round submission victory over Mackens Semerzier. After dropping Semerzier with a solid left-hook, Pineda secured full-mount and rolled into a slick triangle armbar.
The opening bout saw Strikeforce veteran Shawn Jordan earn a second-round TKO victory over Oli Thompson in his UFC debut.