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UFC 243 prelims results & video: Riddell wins war vs. Mullarkey, Anderson subs Fairn

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Check out the results and highlights from the UFC 243 prelims, including a submission win for Megan Anderson.

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UFC 243 is underway from Melbourne, Australia and the ESPN2 preliminary matchups have just finished up with Jake Matthews earning lackluster decision over Rostem Akman. Despite a rather boring and uneventful matchup, Matthews is at least back in the win column. Before that, Callan Potter picked up his first UFC win with a gritty unanimous decision over Maki Pitolo. He brawled for a lot of the bout, but leaned on his grappling to secure the final round.

Brad Riddell and Jamie Mullarkey had a rather ordinary start to their fight, but boy did it heat up by the end of it. Full on war was waged between these two, with each man having moments where they hurt the other man. Despite being competitive throughout, it was Riddell who ran away with the scorecards to make good on his promotional debut. Getting the ESPN2 prelims started, Megan Anderson found herself back in the win column in front of her home crowd when she submitted UFC newcomer Zarah Fairn in the first round. Anderson owned the ground game, taking full mount and ultimately locking up a triangle choke to get the dub.

On the Fight Pass portion of the prelims, Ji Yeon Kim stopped Nadia Kassem with strikes in the second round. Although she missed weight in her past two outings, Kim finds herself back in the win column. Kicking off the event, Khalid Taha dropped Bruno Silva in the first and second rounds, and then pulled out a third round arm triangle to secure the win. Taha did miss weight for this one, but has now won back to back bouts.

***See complete results below

ESPN2 prelims:

Jake Matthews def. Rostem Akman by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): Welterweight

A lot of feeling out went on across the opening round. Akman slowly pressured forward, but wasn’t really throwing a lot. Matthews was on the back foot a bunch, but also wasn’t throwing a ton. The same slow pace continued into the second frame. Neither man was connecting with any frequency, but Matthews was at least scoring. Akman continued to struggle to connect in the final frame, while Matthews began to land a bit more.

Callan Potter def. Maki Pitolo by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Welterweight

These men came out throwing punches in bunches! Potter landed a trio of hooks that had Pitolo backpedalling. The pace slowed down a bit when Pitolo started to wrestle and work for an RNC. Potter took top position for a bit, but then the action picked up back on the feet. They started to slug it out once again, until Potter clinched up against the cage.

The welterweights continued to bang it out on the feet in the second stanza, with both men scoring. Potter went back to the clinch against the cage, find success with short shots. When they did separate, both men were chucking leather, but Potter was getting the better of the exchanges. Potter hit a trip to take top position to open the last round. The position was short-lived, but Potter hit another throw to get on top. He solidified the position and controlled his opponent until the bell sounded.

Brad Riddell def. Jamie Mullarkey by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26 x2): Lightweight

The lightweights met in the middle and started trading combinations. After Riddell started to get the better of the striking exchanges, Mullarkey closed the distance and forced his foe up against the fence. They broke apart and Riddell went back to leading the dance with his crisp kickboxing.

Mullarkey worked hard for the takedown in the second act, with Riddell fighting hard to stay vertical. It was a caught kick that ultimately gave Mullarkey top position. Riddell forced his way into top position, and eventually stood back to his feet. Off of a botched takedown attempt, Riddell took full mount, but ended up getting reversed before the bell.

Riddell scored himself an early takedown to open the final frame. He let his foe up, and a brawl broke out! Riddell clipped his opponent, causing Mullarkey to wave him on. Mullarkey landed a hard hook that wobbled Riddell, and nearly minced an RNC. Back on the feet, Riddell started to bomb on his takedown focused foe. Several ripping body shots landed for Riddell, but toughness of Mullarkey allowed the bout to reach the scorecards.

Megan Anderson def. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos by submission (Triangle) at 3:57 of round 1: (W) Featherweight

Anderson found herself on top of her opponent early in the second round. She worked her way into full mount and was able to drop some mean ground strikes. Farin muscled her way out of the mount, but found herself caught up in a triangle. Anderson did all the right things and was able to force the tap.

Fight Pass prelims:

Ji Yeon Kim def. Nadia Kassem by TKO at 4:59 of round 2: (W) Flyweight

Kim dropped a charging Kassem right away with a left hook. Kassem recovered quickly and scored herself a short-lived takedown. Back on the feet, Kim got back to landing strong punches, particularly her right hand, while Kassem threw less powerful strikes.

Kassem used a lot of push kicks to keep Kim off of her in the second round. Kim knocked out the mouthpiece of her opponent, and the referee immediately stepped in during a flurry to replace the mouthpiece. The fight resumed and Kim brought more pressure than before, landing all sorts of punches. Kassem started to get overwhelmed, and ultimately dropped down from a body shot, bringing an end to the match.

**It should be noted that Kim weighed in at 128 pounds

Khalid Taha def. Bruno Silva by submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:00 of round 3: Bantamweight

Taha struck first, briefly dropping Silva with a savage left hook. Silva recovered really quickly, but seemed to have a lot more respect for his opponent’s power. An accidental knee to the groin Taha caused a pause in the action, but nothing of substance happened after that.

Taha dropped Silva again in the opening moments of the second act. Silva again recovered quickly and then found himself a takedown. A lot of control was at play as Taha struggled to get off the floor for the remainder of the round. Silva got himself an early takedown to start the final frame, but Taha was quick to spring back up. Back in open space, Taha stuffed a takedown attempt and landed a bunch of ground strikes. He ultimately worked his way into an arm triangle, and forced Silva to tap.

**It should be noted that Taha weighed in at 137 pounds