On the UFC Shanghai prelims, fans were treated to some rather fun fights, including Zabit Magomedsharipov’s 3rd round Anaconda submission of UFC newcomer Sheymon Moraes. Kenan Song made his UFC debut with authority, as he stormed the castle of Bobby Nash with a stellar TKO in just 15 seconds into the 1st round. Yao Xiaonan and Kailin Curran put on a highly entertaining bout as both strawweights left it all in the cage, brawling it out down the stretch, with Xiaonan going on to earn the decision.
Earlier in the night, the 19 year old Yadong Song made his UFC debut in impressive fashion, by picking up a 1st round Club & Sub of Bharat Khandare. Shamil Abdurakhimov found himself in the win column tonight as he knocked out Chase Sherman on the feet in under 90 seconds, and Cyril Asker earned a 2nd round RNC victory over UFC newcomer Hu Yaozong to open up the UFC Shanghai show in style.
Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Sheymon Moraes by Submission (Anaconda) at 4:30 of round 3: Featherweight
There was a lot of respect being shown to open up the UFC Shanghai featured preliminary bout, as we saw a lot of feints and footwork for the 1st two minutes of the opening round. Moraes began to open up a bit more on the feet, but that just resulted in Magomedsharipov scoring a sweet takedown and the racking up of top control for the remainder of the round.
Moraes changed gears in the 2nd stanza, closing the distance on Magomedsharipov, and even finding full mount, albeit briefly. Magomedsharipov ultimately scrambled to the back of his opponent, landing some heavy ground strikes before transitioning into the full mount. Moraes spent the rest of the round with his back on the mat, rendered defensive.
To start the 3rd frame, Magomedsharipov kicked out the leg of his opponent, sending Moraes falling to the floor, but opted to let the kickboxer stand back up. Magomedsharipov landed a spinning backfist that was partially blocked, and then continued to out-grapple his foe, as Moraes did a sound job of remaining safe from strikes, but wound up on the business end of an anaconda choke. Nap or tap were the only answers for Moraes, so he opted for the latter, giving Magomedsharipov his 8th straight win by finish.
Magomedsharipov is fancy on the feet, but can also crack on the ground:
Watch Moraes take a ride on Russian Airlines, courtesy of Magomedsharipov:
Kenan Song def. Bobby Nash by TKO at :15 of round 1: Welterweight
The 1st strike that Song threw was an inadvertent groin strike, which resulted in a ultra brief break in the action. The 2nd strike that Song threw was a right cross that sent Nash crashing to the canvas. Nash tried to recover and went for a single leg, but Song was all over him, swarming with ground strikes until the referee stepped in. Nash was unaware that the fight was even stopped, and continued to work the single leg until he realized the referee was telling him that the fight was over.
Well then... Welcome to the UFC Kenan Song:
Yao Xiaonan def. Kailin Curran by Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29): Strawweight
Xiaonan started the fight already in full savage mode, throwing with bad intentions and connecting on a variety of strikes, even buckling Curran with a right cross in mid flurry. Curran weathered the early storm to close the distance up against the fence, in search of a takedown, but Xiaonan did a great job of remaining vertical.
The strawweights opened the 2nd round by exchanging kicks, but striking edge quickly swayed in the direction of Xiaonan as she unleashed her much heavier punches. Curran responded with a brief takedown, but Xiaonan returned to her feet and started popping her educated jab. Curran racked up some control time as she held her foe against the fence at various moments, but routinely ate heavy punches in between said moments.
Curran continued to get out-struck on the feet, but pressed forward and realized a takedown into half guard with about 3 minutes remaining in the fight. Quite a few heavy hammerfists landed to the both the body and the face of Xiaonan as Curran worked from inside of the closed guard of her opponent. Xiaonan would return to her feet in the final minute of the round, and brawled it out with Curran down the stretch, in a crowd pleasing display of violence as time expired.
Watch these 2 athletes give the Shanghai crowd what they paid for:
Feeling out process? Where they do that at?
Yadong Song def. Bharat Khandare by Submission at 4:16 of round 1: Featherweight
Yadong came out pressuring forward, looking to set up his hands to follow up with leg kicks. Khandare spent a solid amount of time on his back foot, but a lone lapse in footwork led to a ginormous overhand right that dropped his foe, and as Khandare went for a desperation takedown, Yadong locked up a front choke, and the Club & Sub was realized!
Check out Yadong Song’s Club & Sub in his UFC debut:
Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Chase Sherman by KO at 1:24 of round 1: Heavyweight
The big men stood in the center of the Octagon looking to trade punches in a calculated sort of way. Abdurakhimov began to land his left hook with some frequency, and then came with an overhand right that took away the legs of Sherman. As Sherman was wobbling, Abdurakhimov landed another one of those heavy left hooks that slumped his opponent, and luckily, the referee was right there to stop the fight.
Gina Mazany def. Yanan Wu by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x2): (W) Bantamweight
Both bantamweights came out looking to flurry before the match turned into a mad scramble. The pace slowed a bit as Wu controlled her opponent against the cage, but Mazany was able to find some separation to score a takedown into half guard. Wu would make it back to her feet to rack up some more control time against the cage before the round came to a close.
Mazany opened up the second frame with a clean head kick that Wu ate like a friggin’ boss, and went on to impose her will by dominating the grappling exchanges. Wu would successfully shove her opponent against the fence, but the referee halted the action for a strong warning due to Wu grabbing the fence. As the round ended, Wu went back to her corner appearing to be in agony at what looked like a dislocated shoulder.
Wu pushed through the pain and answered the bell for the final round, and looked to keep the bout a striking match, but Mazany was able to snag a takedown into top position. Mazany racked up a solid chunk of time from the dominant position, as she was able to control Wu on the ground for the remainder of the fight.
How does one eat this Mazany shin to chin so well?
Rolando Dy def. Wuliji Buren by decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Featherweight
Dy was all business to kick off this featherweight tilt, dropping Buren with a major left hook in the opening minute. Buren would recover rather quickly, and used his wrestling to get himself back in the fight, but Dy would reclaim the momentum with some unchecked leg kicks before the end of the 1st frame.
Buren shot in for a takedown to open the second stanza, but Dy was wise to it and scrambled his way into top position. Once back on the feet, Dy continued to show off his power by wading forward with his heavy left hook. Buren would not back down though, as he continued to press forward.
An early takedown was secured by Buren within the 1st 30 seconds of the 3rd round, and kept up the pressure for the 1st half of the round, before Dy returned to his feet. Dy did a sound job of defending the rest of his opponent’s takedown attempts, and landed a few standing elbows before the final round expired.
Someone ate a left hook knuckle sandwich for breakfast:
** It should be noted that Rolando Dy missed weight by 2 pounds.
Cyril Asker def. Hu Yaozong by Submission (RNC) at 2:33 of round 2: Heavyweight
Asker wasted no time in closing the distance, pressing Yaozong against the cage, but found himself in an early standing Guillotine attempt. Asker escaped the submission hold, and went back to the takedown attempt, but this time he was able to ground his opponent, and quickly transitioned to the back. To open up the 2nd frame, Asker snagged an early single leg to find the same back position that he secured in the opening round, and off the strength of some chipping ground and pound, the “Silverback” locked up a Rear-Naked Choke. Yaozong had few answers for the RNC, and was forced to tap half way through the round.
Watch Cyril Asker open up the Shanghai show with a 2nd round RNC: