UFC Salt Lake City prelims results and video: Ishihara, Swanson pick up wins

The first six fights of UFC Fight Night 92 are in the books, and there was a lot of great action. There was also…

By: Tim Burke | 7 years ago
UFC Salt Lake City prelims results and video: Ishihara, Swanson pick up wins
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The first six fights of UFC Fight Night 92 are in the books, and there was a lot of great action. There was also some questionable judging and refereeing. Here’s how it all went down.

Court McGee defeated Dominique Steele by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

The scores are not a very good representative of this fight, which was very close. In fact, a 30-27 score is dumb. McGee started hot, hurting Steele with a shot and almost submitting him. Steele got back into it quickly though, landing hard strikes to set up takedown attempts. The second and third were gritty rounds that really could have gone either way. It won’t win FOTN, but it was a decent battle. McGee got the hometown decision.

Marcin Tybura defeated Viktor Pesta by KO (head kick), :53 of round 2

These former training partners engaged in a decent striking battle in the first, but Tybura was definitely getting the best of it. Pesta just couldn’t find his range. Early in round two, Tybura threw some hands as a distraction, then absolutely flattened Pesta with a head kick that knocked him out cold. That was pretty much a guaranteed performance bonus. Check it out here.

David Teymur defeated Jason Novelli by TKO (strikes), 1:25 of round 2

Teymur’s striking was just too much for Novelli, though he did put forth a decent effort early. He connected with a big knee at one point that backed Teymur off, but the veteran European kickboxer took over later in the round, dropping Novelli briefly. In the second, he stunned him with a big shot, then followed up with some scarily accurate punches that sent Novelli reeling to the mat. It was the second straight knockout win for the TUF 22 vet. Here’s the finish:

Teruto Ishihara defeated Horacio Gutierrez by TKO (strikes), 2:32 of round 1

Ishihara’s confident nature really comes out in his fighting, and it even led to the finish. Despite being backed off by his opponent, Ishihara still cracked Gutierrez with a hard shot on the back foot, hurting his opponent and sending him reeling. Ishihara took advantage and pounded him out, just like that. In addition, his bizarre post-fight interview was hilarious. Here’s the finish:

Cub Swanson defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

I probably shouldn’t be writing this because I’m kind of biased, but Kawajiri got hosed here. He won the first round easily with takedowns and a strong top game. In the second, Cub was dominant but landed a blatantly illegal knee that referee Big John McCarthy didn’t think was worth deducting a point over. The third was back-and-forth, but Swanson won it. It really should have been a draw. Instead, two terrible scorecards made it irrelevant anyway. This was a really good fight though, and could easily win FOTN.

Justin Ledet defeated Chase Sherman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

This was actually a pretty fun striking battle for the first half of the fight. Ledet kept popping Sherman with jabs while his opponent threw bombs. They decided to scrap a few times in the first, but Sherman quickly gassed out. Ledet picked his shots, taking Sherman apart over the final two rounds and bloodying him up. Sherman was quick to taunt his opponent, but didn’t have much else other than that. Ledet even flipped him off at the end of the fight. Nonetheless, it was all Ledet on the cards.

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