On the TUF 27 Finale, Montana De La Rosa closed out the FS1 portion of the prelims with a third round submission of Rachael Ostovich. De La Rosa found success on the feet in the opening round, but Ostovich rallied in the second to get herself back into the fight. The final round saw De La Rosa take the back of Ostovich, where she unleashed a series of brutal elbows that opened up the neck for a rear-naked choke.
“Violent Bob Ross” got his hands going in his UFC debut, hurting Richie Smullen on the feet before snagging a mounted guillotine to achieve the first round sub. John Gunther grinded his way to a majority decision over Allan Zuniga in a somewhat lackluster outing. Bryce Mitchell and Tyler Diamond went the full fifteen to kick off the FS1 prelims, with Mitchell finding all sorts of success over the first half of the fight and Diamond coming back to dominate the final round. Mitchell did enough to earn a majority decision victory and walk away undefeated with his first UFC win.
On the Fight Pass prelims, Steven Peterson and Matt Bessette went to war for 15 minutes, with each man having their moments to shine. It was Peterson who was awarded the split decision victory, despite being out-struck in both rounds one and two. Opening up the card, Gerald Meerschaert came alive in the second round, putting all sorts of hands and elbows on Oskar Piechota, before ultimately putting him to sleep with a rear-naked choke.
Montana De La Rosa def. Rachael Ostovich by submission (RNC) at 4:21 of round 3: (W) Flyweight
De La Rosa took the center of the Octagon as Ostovich attempted to leap in and out with her strikes. A big right hand from De La Rosa sent her foe stumbling across the cage, but Ostovich quickly recovered and the low-volume kickboxing bout resumed. De La Rosa pumped her jab to keep her opponent on the outside for the remainder of the round.
De La Rosa deployed the same method in the second round, taking the center of the cage and using her jab. Ostovich landed a couple of heavy punches while leaping on the inside, but found herself tangled up with her back to the fence. Ostovich found herself some space and started swinging with some terrible intentions.
Ostovich started the final round aggressive, seeming a lot more confident with her abilities. De La Rosa was able to stall out her foe up against the cage while chipping away with short knees. Ostovich hit a clean Granby Roll and took the back of De La Rosa with three minutes left in the fight. De La Rosa gained top position after a failed armbar attempt from Ostovich, and unloaded a plethora of elbows before attacking the neck. Ostovich held on as long as she could, but De La Rosa had her dead to rights and earned the submission win.
Sub city for De La Rosa:
Luis Pena def. Richie Smullen by submission (Guillotine) at 3:32 of round 1: Lightweight
Smullen capitalized on a knee strike from Pena to take the fight to the ground right away. Pena scrambled back to his feet and started letting his hands go, rocking Smullen before following him to the ground. Pena attacked a guillotine from the full mount to achieve the first round submission.
Look at these precise punches from Pena that painted a pretty picture:
John Gunther def. Allan Zuniga by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28): Lightweight
Gunther found top position early in the first round and went full wet blanket on Zuniga. Whenever Zuniga would scramble back to his feet, Gunther dragged him right back down to the ground. Gunther came out grappling again in second round, and even briefly took the back of Zuniga. Back on the feet, Zuniga tried to mount some offense, but Gunther closed the distance behind a pumping jab, and took the fight back to the mat, where it stayed.
A bit of subpar trading occurred on the feet in the third round, before Gunther went back to his wrestling attack. The referee separated the fighters from their stalled out clinch up against the fence, but Gunther just took the fight right back where it was. Zuniga found some space and started landing some punches on a gassed Gunther, but ran out of time to make anything happen.
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Well, Zuniga went for it there at the end:
Unfortunately, this might have been the best strike of the fight:
Bryce Mitchell def. Tyler Diamond by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28): Featherweight
Mitchell scored first with a clean cross to the face, followed by some brutal knees to the midsection from the Thai clinch. Diamond finally chased down his foe and planted him on the mat, but Mitchell hit a beautiful deep half guard sweep to get back to his feet. Diamond attacked with a standing guillotine, but Mitchell was wise to it and blasted a gorgeous double leg before returning to his feet. An accidental cup kick from Mitchell paused the action for a bit, and Mitchell scored another takedown on the wrestler once the bout continued.
Diamond came out in the second and took top position, but found himself caught in a triangle. Mitchell squeezed on the hold, and then switched to dropping elbow after elbow to the skull of Diamond. After being in the triangle and eating a bunch of blows, Diamond finally made his escape and started smashing Mitchell from side control. Several ground strikes landed for Diamond, both punches to the head and knees to the body to make it quite a debatable round.
Mitchell picked up a brief takedown to kick off the final round, but Diamond quickly got up and blasted a takedown of his own. Diamond began to completely dominate on the ground, grinding on Mitchell and forcing him to defend the whole time. When Diamond wasn’t controlling his opponent, he was dropping hammers from the top.
Diamond was in a rough spot there in round 2:
Fight Pass Prelims:
Steven Peterson def. Matt Bessette by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Featherweight
Peterson came out hot, launching a flying front kick before locking up a standing guillotine and ultimately jumping guard. Bessette hung tough and worked his way out of danger and up to his feet. The referee allowed a whole lot of jockeying for position before the fighters returned to open space. Bessette landed a couple of slick counter punches down the stretch, and even snuck in a few head kicks to boot.
The featherweights met in the center and started brawling it out before Peterson closed the distance up against the fence. A huge head kick landed for Bessette, which came disguised behind a punching combo, but Peterson wore it well. Bessette continued to slip and rip punches, but Peterson switched things up by taking the bout down to the ground. The round finished up with Peterson on the back of Bessette.
Peterson was able to stifle Bessette up against the cage early in the third round, before hitting a takedown and taking the back. Bessette escaped but Peterson did a sound job of putting Bessette right back where he was. From the back, Peterson landed several ground strikes while hunting for a choke as Bessette struggled to improve upon his position.
This is how you set up a head kick:
The leather was flying with these featherweights:
Gerald Meerschaert def. Oskar Piechota by technical submission at 4:55 of round 2: Middleweight
Meerschaert took the center of the cage, but Piechota crashed in and took the fight right to the ground. Piechota attacked with a D’arce for a while, but Meerschaert worked his way to full guard, where the ref stood them up. Piechota landed several hard strikes, even dropping Meerschaert with a hook. It didn’t take long for Piechota to scramble to the back and attack the neck, but Meerschaert quickly escaped into top position and dropped a mean body knee before time expired.
Piechota scored several angry leg kicks to open up the second round, but it was Meerschaert who chased the fight down to the mat and into side control. Piechota stood back to his feet, but Meerschaert started unloading all sorts of strikes. Bow after bow connected to the face, but Piechota somehow remained standing. Meerschaert eventually rag-dolled his foe to floor, dropping strike after strike before locking up an RNC that put Piechota to sleep!
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