The UFC's debut show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan produced plenty of good action on the preliminary card, with four of the six fights ending in the 1st round, and one of the winners abruptly retired. Here's a recap of the entire preliminary card lineup, complete with highlights of some of the finishes:
Misha Cirkunov made the most of his UFC debut with an impressive ground-and-pound stoppage win over fellow newcomer Daniel Jolly. Cirkunov's superior ground game and powerful takedowns to eliminate Jolly before the end of the 1st round. When in the clinch, the Latvian-born Canadian took Jolly down into full mount. After failing to get a submission, Cirkunov took Jolly's back and flattened him out and unleashed a series of heavy strikes. Seconds later, Jolly was badly hurt by the accumulation of strikes and referee Jerin Valel was forced to step in as Jolly went limp with his face on the canvas. Cirkunov improves to 10-2 while Jolly loses for the first time.
After a slow first round by the Canadian, who was controlled and taken down early by the Brazilian, Campbell's superior cardio, striking, and his own takedowns and grappling gave him his first UFC win. Round 2 was Campbell's, which was highlighted by an impressive judo throw and back control in the closing seconds. Silverio's takedowns were more labored and he wasn't winning the stand-up. His output waned and his cardio was sapped by Campbell's body kicks, and a stubborn takedown attempt with no meaningful offense in round 3 ended up costing him dearly. Campbell turned Silverio's smothering style against him and took the Brazilian down and had the only really notably offense in the 3rd round, which got him the win.
Beal dominated a good chunk of round 1 through his advantageous positions and hard ground-and-pound. The heavy shots hurt Kelades, who did get back to his feet and may have actually hurt Beal standing. TUF 18's Beal had an impressive takedown stuff to end the round and finished on top. Kelades upped his aggression in the 2nd round and had success with his striking, but struggled mightily with his takedown attempts. Beal noticeably slowed down his pace after expending a lot of energy in round 1. The 3rd round started with Kelades taking Beal down and gaining mount, but Beal reversed out of it. When they returned to standing there were multiple wild punching exchanges late on, with both men landing effectively. There wasn't much to separate the two in what was an entertaining fight, but the judges ultimately gave the decision to Canada's Kelades.
Krylov survived two guillotine chokes by the Brazilian and then used a fence grab to defend a leg lock by the heavy-handed Lima. From there, he took Lima's back, sunk both hooks in, secure a rear-naked choke, and got the tapout in an absolutely bizarre but wholly entertaining fight. Krylov improves to 3-1 at light heavyweight and 4-2 overall in the UFC.
Jabouin came out aggressively with some impressive takedowns of Arantes. The Brazilian was getting physically manhandled, and each time he got back up, he was taken down again. However, with Jabouin not offering much beyond control, Arantes switched to a slick armbar, and once he separated the hands he secured the submission and forced an instant tap. It's a successful bantamweight debut for Arantes, and a 3rd loss in 4 for Jabouin.
The UFC career of Sam Stout likely came to an end tonight. A big right hand by Perez made Stout fall face-first, and Perez pounced and landed several more punches to force the stoppage. It was the first UFC win for Perez, and shockingly at just 26 years of age, it was his last. In the post-fight interview, Perez announced his retirement from the sport.
Frankie Perez: I'm done putting my family and my body through all this...I've accomplished my dream. He retires in the ring #UFCSaskatoon— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) August 24, 2015