Daniel Omielanczuk def. Nandor Guelmino via TKO (Punches) in Round 2
Daniel Omielanczuk and Nandor Guelmino made their UFC debuts in Toronto, but it was Omielanczuk who came away with his first UFC win.
With both men visibly fatigued in the third round, Omielanczuk landed a left hand that put Guelmino away for good.
The heavyweight bout was the first to open up UFC 165 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It also was available for free on Facebook for fans to enjoy.
Omielanczuk got the better of the exchanges early on in the first. About two minutes in, the fight went to a clinch against the cage. Referee Dan Miragliotta had to reset the fighters several times due to inactivity.
Early in the second, Omielanczuk was able to mount considerable offense standing up. Guelmino tried to tie up, but Omielanczuk was able to secure half guard and go for a kimura. Guelmino eventually gained top position after fighting off several submission attempts.
The two men looked visibly fatigued going into the third. After trading leg kicks, the two began to tie each other up, prompting Miragliotta to break them up. Guelmino managed to lande some good kicks to the body. However, Omielanczuk landed a vicious left hand that crumpled Guelmino in a heap. The time of the knockout was at 3:18 of the third.
Omielanczuk (16-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 12 fights while also winning his UFC debut. Guelmino (11-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a Strikeforce import, dropped his second straight fight following a loss to Josh Barnett in January.
Alex Caceres def. Roland Delorme by split decision
Alex Caceres (9-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) displayed crisp striking and strong takedown defense to come away with a close split decision win over Roland Delorme (9-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC 165 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center.
After getting dropped and smothered in the first round, Caceres was able to keep the fight standing long enough to utilize his stand-up game against the fatigued Delorme.
The judges scored the fight 29-28 twice for Caceres and 29-28 for Delorme.
Delorme threatened in the first round when he caught Caceres with a punch and promptly got his back to work for a rear naked choke. However, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to finish the submission.
Caceres found his rhythm the rest of the way, taking advantage of a visibly-tired Delorme on the feet. “The Ultimate Fighter 12” alum connected with more significant strikes during exchanges while taking minimal damage in return.
“In the first round he had a takedown, but it was a mistake on my part,” Caceres explained. “I landed a lot of shots with my hands and my legs, too, and a couple on his forehead. Just looking at the damage done and the activity during the fight, I felt that this had to be mine.”
Caceres gets back in the win column after having his last win against Kyung Ho Kang overturned for testing positive for marijuana. Delorme takes the first official UFC loss of his career.
Michel Prazeres def. Jesse Ronson by split decision
Ontario native Jesse Ronson showed a lot of heart in taking this fight on short notice, but ultimately fell short against Brazilian Michel Prazeres.
Prazeres utilized takedowns and strong control on the ground to come away with a close split decision win on Saturday night at Toronto’s Air Canada Center.
After trading kicks early in the first, Prazeres was successful in taking Ronson down. Prazeres worked for an arm-triangle choke from side control, but Ronson survived and got back on his feet. Prazeres promptly slammed the Canadian back down and worked for various submissions, eventually taking Ronson’s back to attempt a rear naked choke. The round ended with Ronson wearing Prazeres like a backpack.
Ronson came into the second round the fresher fighter, but telegraphed a left hand that led to another Prazeres takedown. Ronson was able to work back to his feet and land a kick to the body, but Prazeres landed yet another takedown. Ronson was able to get back onto his feet in the last minute, landing a kick to the head and to the body as the round ended.
In the opening minute of the third, Ronson landed a slick uppercut after feinting a spin. Ronson found his rhythm with leg kicks, landing one up high and a couple to the body. However, Prazeres was able to keep Ronson at bay with several wild haymakers, eventually securing a takedown midway through the final round. In the final seconds, Ronson came to life with a big slam and some ground and pound, but it proved too little too late.
Prazeres (17-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) gets his first win in the octagon after losing to Paulo Thiago in his UFC debut back in May. In losing his UFC debut, Ronson (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) saw his eight-fight winning streak come to an end.
John Makdessi def. Renee Forte via TKO (punches) in Round 1
After taking time off to nurse an injury, John Makdessi returned to his winning ways with a knockout of Brazilian Renee Forte.
After being victimized by brutal strikes on the ground, Forte was saved by referee Todd Ronald Anderson at the 2:01 mark of the first round.
Forte, an undefeated kickboxer, kept pace with Makdessi on the feet, exchanging punches and kicks early. The two fighters wasted no time in mixing it up in the center of the octagon.
It wasn’t until Makdessi landed a powerful spinning back kick to the body when the fight started turning in favor of the Canadian.
Makdessi caught Forte with a right hand to the ear when the Brazilian appeared to overcommit to a punch of his own. Forte dropped to the mat, taking vicious ground and pound from Makdessi before the fight was stopped.
“I feel very blessed to be able to fight in Toronto,” Makdessi said. “I am happy for the victory and I just want to thank everybody for the support.”
“The UFC is my dream,” Forte stated. “It is the biggest dream that I am living right now. I knew that my opponent wasn’t a foolish guy. It was my second time fighting in the lightweight division and I am in still adapting. I did my best.”
With the win, Makdessi (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is now on a three-fight winning streak. Forte (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) falls to 1-2 inside the octagon.
Mitch Gagnon def. Dustin Kimura via guillotine choke in Round 1
Mitch Gagnon and Dustin Kimura traded heated strikes, but Gagnon eventually elected to take the fight to the ground. Gagnon grabbed a hold of Kimura’s neck, ultimately pouncing on the perfect moment to pull “the Diamond” into a very snug guillotine choke.
Gagnon bloodied Kimura’s nose early during the opening exchanges. However, the Hawaiian was able to land some big shots to the body, leaving the Canadian crumpled on the his back. Kimura worked for a heel hook on the ground, but Gagnon was able to get to top position before the fight went back to the feet.
After a few more exchanges, Gagnon grabbed Kimura’s neck and pulled in for a guillotine choke off his back. Kimura appeared to slip his head through, but Gagnon’s grip proved too tight as the Hawaiian fell unconscious at 4:05 of the first.
“I was working on a few options,” Gagnon said. “I was waiting for the tap, but it never came and he stopped moving, then I got pulled off. It’s the perfect way to come back. I felt even more relaxed in this fight. I feel like things are coming together and getting better and better.”
The win marks the second in a row for Gagnon (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who dropped his UFC debut against Bryan Caraway in July 2012. Kimura (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) loses for the first time in his professional career.
Stephen Thompson def. Chris Clements via TKO (punches) in Round 2
Stephen Thompson, a known striker, showcased his grappling and wrestling ability in his win against Chris Clements. This pressure opened up “Wonderboy’s” striking game, as he landed several combinations to put Clements away for good at the 1:27 mark of the second round.
Clements went for a slick sweep early, taking the former kickboxer’s legs out from under him. Unfortunately, that proved to be the only offensive highlight of the night for the Canadian.
Thompson came into the second round the more relaxed fighter, keeping his hands low as he peppered Clements with kicks from various angles.
Thompson (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) now has back-to-back wins since losing to Matt Brown in the second round. Clements (11-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who returned to the octagon after a year layoff, officially loses for the first time after having his first bout with Matt Riddle overturned.
Wilson Reis def. Ivan Menjivar via Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
After three hard rounds, Wilson Reis earned his first win in the UFC Saturday night in Toronto. The Brazilian did enough to win a unanimous decision against Ivan Menjivar, getting scores of 29-28 across the board.
Reis was clearly more aggressive during stand-up exchanges from the beginning. Reis threw a variety punches, but Menjivar landed a big knee that kept the Brazilian at bay. Reis continued his aggression, backing Menjivar up with more combinations. Reis eventually took the fight to the mat toward the end of the round.
After trading striked in the first minute, Reis took the fight to the ground. However, the crafty veteran Menjivar was able to get back to his feet. Reis again scored a takedown and kept the fight there for the remainder of the round.
Menjivar scored several strong leg kicks and stuffed a Reis takedown. The “Pride of El Salvador” even went for a guillotine choke, but failed. Reis was able to gain full mount and went for an arm-triangle submission. Menjivar eventually recovered to full guard, but the round ended before he could mount any meaningful comeback.
Reis (17-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), earned his first win in the UFC and extended his overall winning streak to five in a row. Menjivar (25-11 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has now lost two in a row.
Myles Jury def. Mike Ricci via split decision
Myles Jury and Mike Ricci engaged in a lackluster affair that saw Jury win by split decision Saturday night at Toronto. The judges scored it 29-28 twice for Jury and 29-28 once for the Canadian Ricci.
Ricci was busy early, utilized his reach to pepper in strikes from a distance. Jury, however, hurt Ricci first with a crushing right hook to the jaw. Ricci recovered to his feet, but Jury was able to secure a takedown and end the first round on the mat.
The second round saw both fighters circle each other in a stalemate. Neither fighter was able to mount any real offense, although Jury stuffed a takedown as time expired.
The third round was similar to the second, with Jury attempting several takedowns. Again, no significant damage was done to either figher.
Jury (13-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) kept his unbeaten streak intact, but did not do much to increase his stock in the crowded lightweight division. Ricci (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 16” alum, drops to 1-2 in the UFC.
[table caption=”UFC 165 Prelim Results”]
Fight,Winner, Round, Result
Omielanczuk v. Guelmino,Omielanczuk, 2, TKO
Caceres v. Delorme,Caceres, 3, SD
Prazeres v. Ronson,Prazeres, 3, SD
Makdessi v. Forte,Makdessi, 1, TKO
Gagnon v. Kimura,Gagnon, 1, SUB
Thompson v. Clements,Thompson, 2, TKO
Reis v. Menjivar,Reis, 3, UD
Jury v. Ricci,Jury, 3, SD
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