UFC 140 Results Recap: John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke

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At UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida, John Cholish stopped Mitch Clarke with strikes at 4:36 of the second round. Cholish improved his career mark to 8-1.

Cholish and Clarke were both making their UFC debuts in a lightweight bout on Facebook. Clarke tried to come out quick and go on the attack but Cholish stayed calm before starting to work a rangy striking game that seemed to befuddle Mitch. It appeared that Clarke also had a problem with the ever dangerous "adrenaline dump" under the bright lights for the first time.

Cholish outworked him and in a brilliant scramble late in the second round, took Clarke's back and landed punches that Mitch had no answer for, forcing the referee to call a halt to the bout and save the bleeding Clarke from any further punishment.

What was the high spot of this fight?

The scramble on the ground at the end of the fight showed Cholish's awareness and technique as well as his killer instinct as he was not going to let Clarke get to the end of the round.

Where do these guys go from here?

Cholish is 27 so you can't take it too slow with him since he is just now cracking into the UFC. His wins over Mark Stevens, Jameel Massouh and now Mitch Clarke (all by stoppage) show that he's a real talent. I imagine the UFC gives him another prelim fight or two against lower level opposition and then proceeds once they feel that they know exactly how good he is.

Mitch Clarke was not impressive. He gassed and looked lost once Cholish started to come on. He should get another crack at proving he can handle the big show atmosphere, but it doesn't look too promising.

Watch it now, later or never?

I say later. It's not the best fight you'll ever see, but I am very high on Cholish's future and I think you'll want to have caught his first UFC bout.

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More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 140 in the full entry.

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