The UFC DC prelims just wrapped up with Tim Means dropping thiago Alves before submitting him in the first round. Alves was landing early, but Means found a way to hurt his opponent and get the victory. With over 40-fights under his belt, “The Dirty Bird” now finds himself back in the win column.
Before that, Billy Quarantillo made good on his debut with a total domination of Jacob Kilburn, resulting in a second submission. Despite the finishing with a sub, Quarantillo poured on all of the ground strikes in the first and second act. Kilburn showed off tons of toughness and heart, but that was about it. This is how you make a UFC debut with authority.
Also on the prelims, Bryce Mitchell showed out! He took the fight right to the mat where he controlled Matt Sayles, and then ultimately pulled off the ultra rare Twister submission in the opening round. This is one sub that you don’t see often, so relish it as it is the second time that this maneuver has been hit inside of the UFC. Oh, Mitchell is now 3-0 under the UFC banner.
On the Early preliminary portion of the UFC DC card, Virna Jandiroba owned the ground en route to a second round submission of Mallory Martin. Jandiroba was able to get the fight down into her world, where she ultimately pulled off a rear-naked choke. Now at 15-1, she has earned her very first UFC win. Opening up the event, Makhmud Muradov scored a fantastic walkout knockout of veteran Trevor Smith in the third round. Muradov looked impressively sharp on the feet which culminated in a spectacular highlight finish. This makes two up and two down in his UFC career.
**See complete results below
Tim Means def. Thiago Alves by submission (Guillotine) at 2:38 of round 1: Welterweight
The veterans went right to work. Alves landed a thudding body kick that left a nasty welt on the midsection of Means. He then dished out some heavy punches that briefly staggered his foe. Means started to look for the takedown to no avail. Then, Means landed a bomb that dropped Alves and went in for the kill. He grabbed ahold of a guillotine that forced Alves to tap!
Billy Quarantillo def. Jacob Kilburn by submission (Triangle) at 3:18 of round 2: Featherweight
The fight went to the clinch right away. Kilburn found himself fighting off an anaconda choke, and gave up the full mount in the process. Quarantillo started landing some serious ground and pound as Kilburn tried to escape. Somehow, Kilburn survived the round. Quarantillo got a takedown within the first ten seconds of the second round. The mauling that took place in the first round continued on. Blow after blow rained down. Quarantillo locked up a triangle from an armbar attempt and finally put Kilburn out of his misery. Geez!
Bryce Mitchell def. Matt Sayles by submission (Twister) at 4:20 of round 1: Featherweight
It took less than 30-seconds for Mitchell to get the fight to the ground. He then seamlessly transitioned into the full mount. He controlled from the top, refusing to allow Sayles to get back to his feet. In a scramble, Mitchell went for a twister and actually pulled it off! WOW!!!!
**It should be noted that Sayles missed weight by 2.5 pounds
Joe Solecki def. Matt Wiman by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27): Lightweight
Solecki caught a kick to get the fight to the floor early in the opening round. He controlled from the top and wisely advanced his position. Wiman exposed his back and ate some huge punches because of it, but survived the round nonetheless. Solecki shot in within the first minute of the second act. Wiman tried to control the posture but was still eating blows. The referee eventually stood them back up, but Solecki took the fight right back down.
The final round saw Solecki score another takedown in the first minute. Wiman just couldn’t get off the floor or threaten with any serious submission attempts. Solecki made his way to the back, and held the position until Wiman spun around in his guard just before time expired.
Virna Jandiroba def. Mallory Martin by submission (RNC) at 1:16 of round 2: Strawweight
It didn’t take long for Jandiroba to shoot in and take the fight to the ground. Martin grabbed ahold of a guillotine but held on as Jandiroba took full mount. Jandiroba quickly locked up an arm triangle, but Martin managed to escape back to her feet. Jandiroba took the fight back to the mat, and Martin again worked for a guillotine to no avail. Jandiroba got the fight to the ground in the opening moments of the second act, but this time taking the back. She quickly attacked an RNC and was able to achieve the tap.
Makhmud Muradov def. Trevor Smith by KO at 4:09 of round 3: Middleweight
Just as the fight got going, Smith landed an accidental cup kick. Muradov took a moment to recover and the action got back underway. Smith was looking for the looping punches while Muradov was attacking with faster, straight boxing.
Muradov came out in the second round mixing in body punches. Smith stayed with his winging punches, trying to make the fight less of a technique vs. technique affair. The volume was on the side of Muradov. He was sticking and moving and not providing a stationary target. Smith tried to close the distance, but Muradov was having none of it.
Smith started out aggressive to begin the final round, but that quickly fizzled. Muradov landed a crushing body blow early in the round and started pressing forward. He began to open up and started landing clean punches to the face. In the middle of an exchange, Muradov connected with a monstrous right hand that dropped Smith like a sack of potatoes! Good night!