The UFC Vegas 2 main card is underway, and the event’s co-main event just wrapped up with Marvin Vettori submitting Karl Roberson with a rear-naked choke in the first-round. There were some crazy back and forth scrambles, but it was Vettori who came out of it with a choke. This marks three-straight wins for Vettori who is gunning for the top-15 ranked UFC middleweights. Before that, Charles Rosa and Kevin Aguilar battled to a gritty decision. Both landed of plenty of strikes throughout, but it was Rosa who had a better second-half of the fight. Rosa did enough to sway two of the three judges to earn himself a split decision. “Boston Strong” is now back in the win column.
Also on the main card, Andre Fili and Charles Jourdain fought a hard back and forth 15-minutes. Both men landed a bunch of strikes throughout, but it was Fili who mixed in his wrestling and pulled out the split decision. Fili is back in the win column and has won three of his last four. Opening up the main card, Mariya Agapova made good on her UFC debut with a first round destruction of Hannah Cifers. Agapova used her strikes to hurt her opposition, and then took the back while standing to sink a rear-naked choke. Cifers fell down to the ground to defend but found herself quickly tapping tot he submission. In her post-fight interview, Agapova called out the 3-4 Shana Dobson.
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Marvin Vettori def. Karl Roberson by submission (RNC) at 4:17 of round 1: Middleweight
The fighters had a bit of a feeling out process to kick things off, but that soon fizzled. The fighters started to go back and forth. Once the distance was closed, a crazy scramble ensued. Roberson took the back, but that was short lived. That alternated positions until Vettori attacked with a guillotine. Roberson fought it off and kept moving, but Vettori found the back and snatched up an RNC to force the tap.
**It should be noted that Roberson missed weight by 4.5 pounds
Charles Rosa def. Kevin Aguilar by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Lightweight
Rosa was looking to attack the legs early and often here, focusing in on the calf. Aguilar responded with solid crosses to the body that he landed on several occasions. The bigger blows were on the side of Aguilar, who seemed to hold the power advantage, with the volume seemingly on the side of Rosa.
The fighters stayed on their feet for the second round. Both men landed lots of punches and kicks, to the legs, body, and head alike. Rosa was the busier man out there. It was a tough round to score, since it was so back and forth with neither man really able to take over.
The final round saw Rosa really find a home for his southpaw cross. He routinely peppered his opponent while being diligent with is footwork to avoid the haymakers of Aguilar. Rosa seemed to have found a groove, and was able to manage the aggression and turn it into counter opportunities. Aguilar started to soot takedowns by the end of the last round, which didn’t really do him any favors.
Andre Fili def. Charles Jourdain by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Featherweight
This fight heated up right away. Both men were chucking hands and feet at each other. It was Jourdain who landed the better blows, coming up with a huge knockdown in the first round. Fili did recover quickly though, and was able to get himself back into the fight. The second round was quite close, with both men landing an assortment of strikes. The difference was Fili snuck in a short-lived takedown. Come round-three, Fili started to take over. He pushed the pace as Jourdain slowed down just a tick, and was able to mix things up better by incorporating his takedowns.
Jordan Espinosa def. Mark De La Rosa by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26): Bantamweight
Espinosa got off to a great start here. He looked loose and quick on the feet, sticking and moving behind his jab. DLR kind of just stood in the center of the Octagon, pressuring but not really throwing. DLR clinched up against the cage, but Espinosa began landing all of the strikes. They started out soft at first, but got more devastating the longer that DLR held onto the leg.
Espinosa stayed on course in the second act, using his footwork to control the range and working off of his jab to set up his strikes. DLR tried to apply pressure, but just couldn’t get the fight where he wanted it. He tried to get his striking going, but the pesky jab and slick movement of Espinosa disrupted whatever rhythm he managed to muster.
DLR went for it in the final round, throwing more flurries and being more aggressive. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough because Espinosa was still sticking looking to outwork the veteran. He even flipped the script and took Mark down tot he floor. That’s where several brutal hammerfists connected to help take some wind out of the sails of DLR. Back on the feet, DLR went for one last attempt to do fight-ending damage, but Espinosa was wise to it and clinched up to eat up the last little bit of clock.
Mariya Agapova def. Hannah Cifers by submission (RNC) at 2:42 of round 1: (W) Flyweight
Agapova started hot, tagging her opponent with stiff crosses right away. Cifers tried to clinch up to slow down the aggression, but couldn’t control Agapova for very long. In open space, Agapova was just too aggressive and willing to throw down. A well-timed and set up head kick landed flush to the jaw of Cifers, sending her falling to the floor. Cifers showed some residency by standing right back up, but that’s when Agapova hopped on her back. Agapova locked up a rear-naked choke with a body triangle engaged, and Cifers then dropped down to the floor. The tap was soon to follow.