UFC Fight Night 30 started off with 6 fights on the Facebook preliminary card. With 3 finishes and three violent decisions, the undercard delivered action. Take a look at how the fights went down.
The Lightweights met in the Facebook prelims feature bout when TUF 15 runner-up Al Iaquinta met Piotr Hallmann. Over their 15 minute bout, Iaquinta out performed Hallman, but the Polish fighter was a game opponent. After eating some solid shots and fending off takedowns early in the first, he landed a headkick and pursued with a flurry. Iaquinta took back over in the second where he landed a big right hand that dropped Hallmann, but he wasn't able to finish. He rode that momentum through the third to take the unanimous decision.
Al Iaquinta defeats Piotr Hallmann by unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 29-28).
Craig came out looking crisper on the feet against fellow Middleweight Barnatt. However, late in the opening round, Barnattt landed a picture perfect straight right that sent Craig to the mat. Barnatt followed with shots on the ground but couldn't get the stop before Craig recovered and survived to the bell. It didn't take long for Barnatt to take over again in round two. He dropped Craig again early then caught him in a rear naked choke in the ensuing scramble to get the submission victory.
The only women's Bantamweight fight of night got off to a quick start when Andrade blitzed Sexton with a vicious flurry. While Sexton got off a couple good shots, the rest of the fight was all Andrade. She pressured Rosi with violent bursts throughout and had commentator Joe Rogan begging referee Neal Hall to stop the fight. Both Hall and Sexton's corner allowed the fight continue into the final frame, but it only served to allow her to take more damage. In the end, Andrade took home a very one-sided decision.
In the second Featherweight fight of the event, Miller and Ogle went at it for the full 15 minutes. Ogle was game and landed well on the feet, but was out of his depth against Miller's ground game. After he hit a nice hip toss in the first, he gave up his back in the scramble and was left fending off submissions for most of the remainder of the round. Similarly in round two, he got a takedown but was the victim of a beautiful sweep and again found himself trying to survive Miller's attacks. He did better in the final round with another takedown after landing on the feet. He stacked a fatigued Miller against the cage and landed heavy punches from guard. But, he wasn't able to get the finish and he lost the decision after giving up the first two rounds.
After over a year on the shelf, Featherweight Jim Hettes returned to the Octagon against debuting Robert Whiteford. Whiteford came in as an extremely late replacement for Mike Wilkinson on just over a week's notice. He looked good early, landing a few good strikes on the feet before clinching up. But, when Hettes dumped him on his back, it was the beginning of the end. Hettes dominated from top position. He quickly took his spot on the back at the start of the second round and when Whiteford tried to roll out, caught him a triangle choke to force the submission.
Jim Hettes taps out Robert Whiteford with a triangle choke at 2:17 of round 2
The Middleweight fight got off to a slow start. Scott spent the first few minutes of the fight holding Kuiper against the cage before the action staled and they were separated by referee Mark Goddard. After the restart, Scott went right back to it. Kuiper tried to escape with a trip, but found himself tapping to a standing guillotine choke instead.