Jessica Andrade swept in the coestelar, triumphs for Zabit Magomedsharipov, Jimmie Rivera and Abdul Razak Alhassan
“El Elegido” has not exactly been the champion most beloved by the fans, but the star of UFC 228 showed that it can give a great show. After a first round of measurement, with attempts of demolition and clinch stopped by his hitherto undefeated rival, Tyron Woodley took the time of Darren Till and landed a brutal kickback right that put the Briton on the canvas . There followed a period of ground and pound that felt interminable, with Woodley raining blows and elbows and Till absorbing the punishment admirably, until finally the champion closed the fight with a choke D’Arce at four minutes with 19 seconds of round two .
Jessica Andrade was restored as a straw weight contender in one minute with 58 seconds, leaving Karolina Kowalkiewicz out of combat with a single hit . Fight as brutal as it was short, “Bate Estaca” attacked looking for the knockout from the first second and stunned the “Polish Princess” with his first burst, pressing nonstop from there. Kowalkiewicz defended himself as best he could but could not distance himself from his opponent, and it was when he tried to attack and lowered his head to throw a few punches that Andrade found his jaw with a withering right that ended the game .
Zabit Magomedsharipov continues to add success and submitted Brandon Davis with a rare kneebar from the back at three minutes with 46 seconds of round two . Davis showed that the daguestani could be stifled on his feet, moving carefully behind the jab and putting his opponent against the cage with constant pressure in the first round. Magomedsharipov adjusted his strategy and concentrated on his fierce grappling in the next round, exhausting his opponent by multiple takedowns against the cage before achieving a sweep that led to the back shot and ended with Davis foot behind his head .
Jimmie Rivera recovered from his quick defeat to Marlon Moraes and beat John Dodson by unanimous decision . A slow fight of moments, “The Magician” tried to use his speed and known offensive bursts but could not impose his pace against Rivera. Instead, it was “The Terror” who cut the game of his opponent with slow pressure, precise kickbacks and constant kicks to the legs, reducing space for work and mobility to Dodson and stopping their attack attempts before they took shape.
The opening of the night took only 43 seconds courtesy of Abdul Razak Alhassan, who knocked out Niko Price after a short fight . Both fighters came out to kill from the starting bell and it was Price who connected first with his right, but a hook from the same hand of his opponent put him on the defensive against the cage. Once there the “Judo Thunder” saw the opportunity and did not let it pass, and although Price tried a counterattack the offensive burst of Alhassan unbalanced him first with a body shot and then extinguished his conscience with a left hook to the temple .