Amanda Lemos owns the big equalizer: kill-switch clout.
Lemos was inching closer to the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s strawweight division when she defeated Marina Rodriguez by punches in the third round of their UFC Fight Night 214 headliner Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Rodriguez (16-2-2, 6-2-2 UFC), while still standing, succumbed to punches at 54 seconds in Round 3.
After a tepid first round, Lemos (13-2-1, 7-2 UFC) shifted gears, executed a trip takedown, and eventually moved backwards in the second round. She threatened a neck crank, then cut off an escape by moving to top position, settling into half cover and losing valuable time off the clock.
Lemos assisted the Brazil star of Thailand early in the third round with a pounding right hand, pinning it into the fence and sending it flying with wing hooks from both hands. Rodriguez didn’t respond, prompting referee Jason Herzog to rush over to save her.
Magny Choke knocks off Rodriguez
Neil Magny passed the great Georges St. Pierre for most wins in welterweight history when he subdued Syndicate MMA export Daniel Rodriguez with a Brabo choke in the third round of their co-main event at 170lbs. Magny (27-9, 20-8 UFC) drew the curtain with 3:33 in Round 3. Rodriguez (17-3, 7-2 UFC) forced the Season 16 semifinalist of The Ultimate Fighter for much of the Fight time out of his comfort zone. He was particularly effective at the end of the first round and into the second, where he unleashed his jab and forced Magny back with jabbing left hands. Rodriguez staggered the Elevation Fight Team mainstay with another left in Round 3 but allowed him to duck into a takedown.
After a mat return, Magny snapped on the choke as his opponent tried to get back to his feet. Rodriguez exhausted all avenues to free himself, to no avail.
The loss put Rodriguez on a four-fight win streak.
Shayilan Burie’s injured Minner
Chinese Top Team standout Nuerdanbieke Shayilan defeated Darrick Minner by punches and elbows in the first round of their featherweight feature. Shayilan (39-10, 3-1 UFC) ended it after 67 seconds in Round 1 as he extended his winning streak to three fights.
Minner, 32, (27-13, 2-4 UFC) apparently suffered a knee injury in a body kick, retreating to the fence in visible distress and absorbing a knee to his head. He retreated to the canvas, but found no refuge there, eh
Shayilan moved into top position and prompted the stoppage with an extended volley of punches and elbows.
Minner has suffered three losses in a row.
Ulanbekov Guillotine defeats Maness
Former Fight Nights Global Champion Tagir Ulanbekov recovered from his March 5 decision loss to Tim Elliott and subdued Nathan Maness with a standing high elbow guillotine choke in the first round of their flyweight showcase. Maness (14-3, 3-2 UFC) raised the white flag of surrender 2-11 in Round 1.
Ulanbekov (14-2, 3-1 UFC) scored a takedown in the first minute and never looked back. Applying his ground-and-pound, he piled Maness along the fence and walked past the guard.
Ulanbekov caught the guillotine as the one-time TKO Major League MMA champion got up, then pushed harder until the job was done.
The 31-year-old Ulanbekov has recorded six wins in seven appearances.
Dawson throttles the undefeated Madsen
American Top Team’s Grant Dawson beat previously undefeated Mark O. Madsen with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their lightweight attraction. Dawson (19-1-1, 7-0-1 UFC), missing the weight for the match by 1.5 pounds, finished Round 3 in 2:05.
Madsen (12-1, 4-1 UFC) knocked down his opponent with a right cross in the first round but was otherwise ineffective. Dawson shredded the one-time Olympic silver medalist with devastating lower leg kicks, scoring takedowns in all three rounds.
He shoved to full height in the third, advanced backwards, and brought Madsen down and pulled the rear naked choke.
Dawson has not lost since April 30, 2016.
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