Before we get to the main event — this was just highway robbery in the desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico at UFC Fight Night… The co-main event between fan favorite Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez and England’s Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson was suppose to steal the show.
The fight didn’t steal the show, but something else was stolen — a well deserved victory that should of went to Pearson — became a split-decision victory for Sanchez.
One judge had the fight 30-27 for “The Nightmare.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Sanchez and have been following his career since he was on The Ultimate Fighter. But this — this just wasn’t right.
Pearson outboxed him, was quicker to the punch and on Twitter, I was even calling for Sanchez to hang it up. In a sport that is quickly on the rise; these types of decisions will drive media and fans crazy.
In the main event, Benson Henderson finished his first fight since 2010, submitting Rustam Khabilov by rear naked choke in the third round.
“Bendo” caught Khabilov with a one, two combination that dropped him; then latched on to his back to finish the Russian Sambo specialist.
No immediate title shot for Henderson with UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis slated to fight Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez. Bendo could wait for the winner, or most likely take one more fight.
UFC flyweight John Dodson beat John Moraga for a second time, with the doctors calling a stop to the fight after the second round after Dodson caught Moraga with a kick that put him down, his nose dripping with blood. That was all it took for doctors, as they called it before the start of the third.
The win should put Dodson in the driver’s seat for a rematch with UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson or Ali Bagautinov who will face each other next week at UFC 174 in the main event.
Rounding out the main card:
Rafael dos Anjos TKO Jason High
Piotr Hallman Sub Yves Edwards
Bryan Caraway Sub Erik Perez
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