UFC Fight Night 118 (Results)
A new European star is born.
Just when you think the Welterweight division may be starting to lack some contenders... Darren Till provides us with a monster upset over a savvy veteran.
It will be very interesting to see how Till fits into the current mix of Welterweights after seeing him dispatch a highly experienced veteran like Cowboy Cerrone in just a single round.
Donald Cerrone vs Darren Till
Cowboy Cerrone shot in for a single leg takedown within the first thirty seconds as Till put the pressure on immediately. Cerrone was just trying to create distance for a majority of the first portion of the fight.
Cowboy hit a quick double-leg takedown when Till came in but Till bounced back up instantly. Till's striking was accurate and he was consistently catching Cowboy with the end of them. Until...
A beautiful one-two combination from Till stunned Cerrone. He smelt blood and unleashed an onslaught of punches, earning himself the biggest victory of his young undefeated career. He most likely also earned himself a spot in the top 10 as well.
Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (Punches) (Round 1, 4:20)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Jodie Esquibel
The action started out quickly with each fighter attacking with "in and out" punch combos along with some front kicks. Towards the halfway point of the first round, Karolina began to look like a matador of sorts. She was landing the better shots clearly but Esquibel kept to her attack.
Karolina found great success with her clinch in the second round. She was relentless and Esquibel was absorbing damage at her will. Karolina got much more aggressive than we usually see her and she was landing with just about any combo she threw.
Karolina landed a beautiful takedown off a trip and wound up on Esquibel's back and threw up an armbar from behind. Time expired before she could potentially pull it off.
Round three was more of the same for Karolina who's jabs and straights were on point. Esquibel was moving well but her timing and lack of length weren't helping it make a difference.
Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All)
Jan Blachowicz vs Devin Clark
The striker, Jan Blachowicz was actually the one to control the grappling exchanges at first. But it didn't last as he quickly began to work his kickboxing on the young, Clark. A big overhand from Clark actually stunned Blachowicz when breaking on a clinch encounter.
Clark's success towards the end of round one came mostly from his boxing while Blachowicz was utilizing his patented body kicks.
Clark charged Blachowicz to begin the second stanza and Blachowicz followed suit. One of the Blachowicz body kicks got through and visibly hurt Clark but he recovered very quickly and fired back with a straight right.
Clark winds up finding his takedown opportunity but Blachowicz defends it wonderfully and gets a takedown of his own. Clark escapes, gets eye-poked, referee Marc Goddard restarts the action, Clark attacks forward with a flurry into a takedown attempt and gets caught awkwardly in a standing rear naked choke.
Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) (Round 2, 2:02)
Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27 All)