The UFC 246 prelims are in the books and the promotion’s #7 ranked women’s flyweight, Roxanne Modafferi, just upset the #9 ranked Maycee Barber — who came in as a heavy betting favorite. Modafferi outclassed her opponent on the ground, taking a unanimous decision and handing Barber her first career loss. Modafferi finds herself back in the win column and holds her position in the rankings. UFC 246 saw Sodiq Yusuff remained undefeated within the promotion by taking a unanimous decision over Andre Fili. Yusuff used it strikes early, and then shifted to his grappling in the second act to get ahead on the scorecards. The future is looking bright for Yusuff, as he climbs to 4-0 in the UFC.
Before that, the #12 ranked flyweight, Askar Askarov, took a unanimous decision over the #7 ranked, Tim Elliot. Askarov landed an early bomb that almost ended the fight right there, but Elliot hung on. The Russian overcame some takedown attempts to remain undefeated. Another notable bout on the undercard was when Drew Dober stopped Nasrat Haqparast with strikes in just 70-seconds. Dober hit a phenomenal counter left hand that dropped his foe, and finished the fight with ground and pound. Dober has now won five of his last six, with two back to back knockouts.
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Roxanne Modafferi def. Maycee Barber by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26): (W) Flyweight
Modafferi was able to achieve an early takedown and solidify top position. Barber did a solid job of not absorbing punishment, but spent a lot of time on her back. With about ten seconds left int he round, Barber was able to roll into top position.
Modafferi dropped Barber in the opening sequence of the second round and immediately took top control. Modafferi took full mount, but Barber managed to reverse into the full guard. Modafferi split open Barber and then reversed her. It was another strong round for Modafferi.
The doctor came in and checked out Barber’s leg before the final round began. He told the ref that she had a partial ACL tear but could continue. The fight resumed and Modafferi rocked Barber with a cross. She took top position, but Barber was able to reverse the situation. Modafferi fought off an Americana, and then took top position once again.
Sodiq Yusuff def. Andre Fili by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): Featherweight
Yusuff was the aggressor, throwing heat and backing up Fili. Just as soon as Fili found takedowns, Yusuff was able to stand right back up. Both man landed clean in an exchange with each man getting hurt. Fili hit another takedown but Yusuff locked up a super tight Kimura. Somehow, Fili managed to escape. It was quite an exciting round.
Yusuff found top position early in the second round. From side control, Yusuff held the position and sprinkled down strikes. Fili struggled to get up and Yusuff ate up a lot of clock. Fili did finally explode to his feet, but didn’t do much once on the feet. Fili used his jab in the final round as Yusuff looked to counter with a right hand. Fili was leading the dance, landing more of the strikes. Yusuff was content to sit back and wait for a counter, and was throwing one strike at a time.
Askar Askarov def. Tim Elliott by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Flyweight
The flyweights came out trading. Each man was landing their own shots, but it was Askarov who landed a bomb that staggered Elliot. Askarov took top position and Elliot tried to crank an arm from the bottom, as he recovered. Askarov’s top control was stout. Elliot came out and took top position for a moment, but a failed guillotine attempt led to the fight standing back up. Elliot was able to hit a couple more tosses, and finally locked down top position. Askarov rolled for a few armbars, but Elliot’s defense was there. Back on the feet, Askarov landed a couple of punches, but nothing too substantial. Elliot went full Terminator in the final round. He walked right at Askarov throwing and willingly allowing him to throw back. Elliot walked forward with his hands down, Askarov struggled with the forward pressure, but kept returning fire.
Drew Dober def. Nasrat Haqparast by TKO at 1:10 of round 1: Lightweight
Just as Haqparast got going with his strikes, Dober connected with a a beautiful left hand to counter the kick. The blow sat down Haqparast, and Dober pounced. Dober landed a ton of ground strikes and Haqparast wasn’t able to recover. That was a wrap!
Fight Pass prelims:
Aleksa Camur def. Justin Ledet by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Light Heavyweight
Camur was active right out of the gate, throwing a variety of strikes. Despite a bunch of volume, Ledet stayed composed and avoided the bulk of the blows. Camur really tried to score a knockout blow, but he seemed to be forcing it. Camur brought some leg attacks into the second round. The composure of Ledet was still there. Ledet was keying in with his hands, prompting Camur to close the distance and clinch up against the cage.
Ledet stayed with his boxing in the third round, working off the jab and attacking the body. Camur would find success clinching up against the cage, but the fight didn’t stay there for very long. Ledet started to tee off at the end of the round but Camur pulled off a takedown before the bell.
Sabina Mazo def. JJ Aldrich by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): (W) Flyweight
Aldrich come out playing the outside, using her movement to try and find openings. Mazo tried to march forward but struggled to mount much meaningful offense. The footwork of Aldrich made for a rather lackluster round.
Mazo came out with more urgency in the second act, throwing a lot more volume. Aldrich kept up with her footwork from the previous round, but wasn’t letting her strikes go. Aldrich did start to connect towards the end of the round, busting up the nose of her opponent. Mazo responded with some descent knees from the Thai clinch.
Mazo went right back to the clinch to start the final frame. She pressed Aldrich against the cage and worked some body knees. The footwork of Aldrich began to slow down as Mazo began to turn it up. Mazo returned to the Thai clinch and started to let her knees fly. Back in open space, Aldrich started to land with her hands again as Mazo worked her kicks.