UFC on ESPN 24 Prelims play-by-play and results
Originally scheduled to be a half dozen fights, the UFC on ESPN 24 prelims were cut down to just three bouts. Reason being that Ryan Benoit missed the flyweight non-title weight limit by three and saw his matchup with Zarrukh Adashev canceled. Then heavyweight Philipe Lins was deemed medically unfit to compete and his prelims featured scrap with UFC heavyweight stalwart Ben Rothwell was also cut from the lineup. Lastly, main card talent Amanda Ribas tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the event, and her fight with Angela Hill was removed from the card. Phil Hawes versus Kyle Daukaus was then bumped to the top six fights.
The final three matchups feature alums from The Ultimate Fighter, Brave CF, Legacy Fighting Alliance, and natives of the African continent. Play-by-play and final results will be updated here at the conclusion of each fight.
Carlston Harris opens UFC on ESPN 24 prelims with an anaconda choke finish
Early in the round, Carlston Harris worked a bodylock against the cage for a takedown, however, Christian Aguilera defended well and got separation. Despite pushing for a grappling fight and “The Beast” looking for a standup battle, it was “Mocambique” that landed a left hook that hurt his opponent. Aquilera seemed stunned from the shop and backed off, yet Harris pushed the pace and landed a damaging right hand that forced a takedown from his foe.
In defending the takedown attempt, Harris was able to lock in a fight-ending anaconda choke that put the American to sleep.
The native of Guyana scores a UFC debut finish and extends his win streak to four straight. It is the fifth submission win of his career. Aquilera has lost two straight fights by submission and moves to 1-2 in the promotion.
Jun Young Park out points and bloodies Tafon Nchukwi for unanimous decision win
Tafon Nchukwi came out early as the action instigator. Throwing jabs, combos, and kicks at Jun Yong Park. The South Korean seemed the faster striker but played it a little cautious for the first couple of minutes. Eventually, he found a home for his own job and worked his strikes off of it. It was a close round where both were active. The “Cameroon Express” threw much of the heavy artillery while Park was more efficient with his shots.
During a grappling battle against the cage midway through the second round, Nchukwi landed a knee to “The Iron Turtle’s” mini turtles. This came after kicking him below the belt in the first round as well. The foul led to a point deduction to Nchukwi. The round was similar to the back half of the first, with Park working his jab and the Cameroon native trying to set up power punches. With seven seconds left Park was able to lock in what seemed like a deep guillotine choke, but time ran out before Nchukwi was in serious danger.
Two minutes into the final round, Park was able to score the first takedown of the round. Nchukwi tried to power out of disadvantageous positions, but Park used better techniques to keep his opponent grounded and worked him over with ground and pound. Towards the end of the round, a major cut opened up on Nchukwi and left him and the mat a bloody mess.
In the end, Park scored the unanimous decision, moving to 3-1 in the UFC. For Nchukwi, the Dana White’s Contender Series alum loses for the first time in his six-bout career.
Mike Trizano’s late surge earns him a decision win over Ludovit Klein
The first round was a cat and mouse game. As Mike Trizano played the pressuring stalker, and Ludovit Klein looked to play keep away and counter striker. “Mr. Highlight” seemed the faster striker and landed the more notable punches in the round. He also scored a takedown with a minute left and controlled for much of the last minute. Neither man landed anything of consequence, but Klein likely won the round.
The second was much like the first but the speed and technique advantages of Klein became more clear. “The Lone Wolf” was very game and tried to push the pace but he seemed a step behind his opponent throughout. Another last minute takedown by the Slovakian likely helped him take a two rounds to nothing lead going into the final round.
Sensing that he might need a finish, Trizano came out aggressive and landed a right hand that hurt his opponent. However, Klein was able to recover and play defense for a couple of minutes while he got his barring’s back. The round was Trizano’s best by far. Aside from two more takedowns from Klein, Trizano likely got the third. Especially, after locking in a guillotine choke that seemed seconds away from finishing the fight.
It ended up being a pivotal round, as Trizano earned the unanimous decision win, after being out of the Octagon for two years. Klein loses his first bout in the UFC after a knockout debut victory in September.
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