The UFC 249 prelims are underway and the early portion just closed out with surging up and comer, Bryce Mitchell, putting on a grappling clinic against Charles Rosa en route to a dominant decision win. Mitchell owned the ground, which is where most of this fight took place. Mitchell now moves to a still spotless record of 13-0 with four up and four down thus far in his UFC career.
Opening up the UFC 249 show, light heavyweights Ryan Spann and Sam Alvey went the full fifteen-minutes. The bulk of this fight took place on the feet, with Spann landing early and Alvey coming alive late. When the dust settled, it was Spann who walked away with the split decision win to remain undefeated in the UFC and move to 18-5 overall.
Fight Pass prelims:
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (30-25 x2, 30-24): Featherweight
It didn’t take very long for Mitchell to get himself a takedown. He quickly locked up an arm triangle that was wicked tight, but Rosa hung tough and managed to escape. Mitchell still had top control, and even went for another twister attempt. Rosa displayed tremendous submission defense, but did very little in terms of offense.
Mitchell got himself another quick takedown in the second act. Rosa was again rendered defensive, as Mitchell surfed on top from position to position. Bryce attempted several more arm triangle chokes, and even tried for another twister just before the bell, but Rosa continued to prove to be hard to kill. It took all of about ten-seconds for Mitchell to achieve a takedown in the third frame. He found himself back in the twister position, but Rosa again found a way to escape. Mitchell again maintained top position, and then continued to push the pace and look for a sub for the rest of the time.
Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey by split decision (29-8 x2, 28-29): Light Heavyweight
Spann pressed forward right away hunting for the takedown against the cage. Alvey was stubborn about it, scrambling back to his feet several times. Spann locked up a standing arm triangle, and although Alvey turned red, he was able to escape. In open space, Alvey landed a couple of counter right hooks, but couldn’t keep Spann from pressing him.
Spann moved forward behinds his strikes to open the second act. he closed the distance and against the cage, again looking to get the fight tot he floor. Alvey remained vertical and did his best to make Spann pay for rushing in. Towards the end of the round, Spann used some in and put tactics to land some solid punches.
Alvey continued to fight with his back just off of the cage in the final round. Spann would come forward and land a combo before skirting out of harms way. Alvey tried to move forward more aggressively, but Spann was dialed in with his hands and kept scoring. With just over a minute left in the round, Alvey uncorked a right hook that stunned his opponent. Spann went to his wrestling, and although he botched a takedown, he was able to survive.