UFC Fight Night 33 got started with the preliminary card on the Facebook and Fox Sports 2 broadcasts. In the opening bout, UFC newcomer Alex Garcia made a statement with a violent KO inside the first minute. Jotko and Santos followed that up on the FS2 broadcast with a dull affair. Justin Scoggins brought the excitement back with a dominant performance ending in a first round TKO.
Scoggins kept Vaculik two steps behind throughout the fight. He came out with a kick heavy game before hitting a takedown. Vaculike was able to return to his feet, but Scoggins dropped him with a right as he escaped the clinch. Scoggins followed to the mat looking for the finish, but Vaculik was able to survive. Scoggins controlled the fight in the clinch and on the ground for the next couple minutes before gaining back mount. In the final seconds of the round and started unleashing blows to Vaculik's head. Richie wasn't able to defend enough to keep the ref from stopping the fight.
Justin Scoggins TKO's Richie Vaculike at 4:43 of round 1.
If ineffective clinching and low volume strikes from range are your thing, this is your new favorite fight. Santos spent the first round working in the clinch trying to bring Jotko to the mat. He hit a trip at one point, but Jotko landed on top and stood back up. Bruno had less success getting into the clinch in the second round, but it was still slow going on the feet until Jotko hurt him with 30 seconds left on the clock. Santos hit a takedown early in the final frame and was able to get back control. He wasn't able to finish the fight, though, and gave up the decision.
Krysztof Jotko defeats Bruno Santos by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 30-27)
The two debuting fighters spent more time walking to the Octagon than they did fighting inside it. Garcia landed early with power in his hands. Wall dove in desperately for a takedown, but was shrugged off easily. Garcia just started teeing off and a big right uppercut dropped Wall to his knees. A couple followup blows was all it took for Garcia to earn the quick finish.
Alex Garcia scores a TKO over Ben Wall at 0:43 of round 1.