UFC Fight Night 39 goes live with prelims this morning at 12:15 PM ET/9:15 AM PT that are headlined by a heavyweight clash between rising prospects Jared Rosholt and Daniel Omielańczuk. Rosholt will be making his sophomore appearance in the UFC after defeating Walt Harris by unanimous decision. Prior to signing with the UFC, Rosholt was widely thought of as the top heavyweight prospect outside of the promotion. Omielańczuk will also be making his second appearance inside the Octagon after knocking out Nandor Guelmino this past September. The Polish fighter is currently riding a 12 fight winning streak.
Also on the preliminary card is former UFC Middleweight Title challenger Thales Leites, who takes on Trevor Smith in the card’s lone bout at 185 pounds. The preliminary card is rounded out with bouts at featherweight and bantamweight. Jim Alers, who was chosen by SciFighting.com as one of the 5 prospects the UFC needs to sign back in January, will make his UFC debut opposite fellow debutant Alan Omer in a featherweight bout. The card’s opening bout will feature Rani Yahya’s return to 135 pounds as he takes on TUF 14’s Johnny Bedford. SciFighting.com will be covering all of the action as it goes down so make sure to refresh your page as this is a live blog that will be updated after each round and with the results from each bout.
Bantamweight Bout: Rani Yahya (19-8) vs. Johnny Bedford (19-10-1)
Round 1: A wild flurry to start the fight ends with Yahya unconscious. A headbutt was the culprit. This fight is over.
Result: Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford is declared a no contest (Accidental Headbutt) at 0:39 of round 1.
Featherweight Bout: Alan Omer (18-3) vs. Jim Alers (12-1)
Round 1: The fighters touch gloves to open up the bout. A beautiful lead uppercut lands for Omer. Spinning back kick from Omer leads to a Alers takedown attempt. Leg kick from Alers buckles Omer. Right hook lands for Omer. Fast start to this one. Wild punches from Omer miss. Omer lands a nice leg kick which is answered with a right hand from Alers. Alers grabs a thai clinch and hits Omer with a hard knee. A three punch combo pushes rocks Alers but he recovers before Omer can capitalize. Spinning back fist misses for Alers. The round ends with Omer teeing off on Alers! SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Omer.
Round 2: Omer is opening up this round extremely aggressive. He’s rocking Alers left and right! This fight should be over soon. Alers drops Omer with a right hook! This is crazy! Alers working from Omer’s guard. Alers postures up and starts to drop bombs. Alers is staying consistent with the ground and pound but is nowhere near finishing the fight. Omer reverses position, stands, and pushes Alers to the cage. Knee from Omer. Alers reverses position but the referee separates them. A huge lead right uppercut lands for Omer to end the second round. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Omer (20-18 Omer).
Round 3: Omer opens up the third round with back to back leg kicks. Alers shoots for a takedown and lands it against the cage. Alers seems to know he’s down two rounds as he’s opening up with a lot of ground and pound. Alers’ passes Omer’s guard but leaves room for Omer to get up. Omer pushes forward with a takedown of his own but is stuffed. Alers pushes Omer against the cage and lands another takedown. Omer looks exhausted at this point. Light punches from Alers but nothing earth shattering. A few big punches from Alers then it’s back down into closed guard. The referee stands them up with about 25 seconds left. Omer is opening up with kicks and lands a takedown to end the round. The late action was significant from Omer but SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Alers and the fight 29-28 Omer.
Result: Jim Alers def. Alan Omer via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Middleweight Bout: Thales Leites (22-4) vs. Trevor Smith (11-4)
Round 1: Smith opens up the bout with a stiff leg kick. Leites patient thus far. Another leg kick from Smith that is checked by Leites. Right hand from Leites rocks Smith! Another right drops him! A few right hands on the ground and it’s over. Impressive knockout from Leites.
Result: Thales Leites def. Trevor Smith via TKO (Punches) at 0:45 of round 1.
Heavyweight Bout: Jared Rosholt (9-1) vs. Daniel Omielańczuk (16-3-1)
Round 1: Rosholt whiffs on a left hook to start the bout. A straight right from Rosholt lands. Leg kick from Omielańczuk. Rosholot shoots for a takedown and lands it. Omielańczuk is looking for a guillotine from half guard. Rosholt is staying patient and landing a bevvy of punches to Omielańczuk stomach. Omielańczuk lets go of the submission and Rosholt continues to work from half guard. Rosholt is landing a lot of punches, but nothing too hard. Just as I type that Rosholt postures up and lands a few bombs. Omielańczuk looks helpless on the ground right now. Rosholt is looking to lock up a kimura on Omielańczuk. The round ends with Rosholt in top position. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Rosholt.
Round 2: Rosholt opens up with another takedown attempt but gets stuffed this time. A second attempt from Rosholt is successful and he moves directly into side control. Omielańczuk is able to regain his half-guard but is not making much of an effort to get to his feet. Rosholt is throwing punches and knees to Omielańczuk’s body. This fight hasn’t been remotely close to this point. Omielańczuk uses the cage to get to his knees but eats a gigantic knee to the ribs. Omielańczuk is able to get to his feet and lands a kick to Rosholt’s mid section. Left hand lands for Omielańczuk and a right hand rocks Rosholt! Rosholt senses danger and lands a takedown. The round ends with Omielańczuk landing a few illegal elbows from the bottom to the back of Rosholt’s head. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Rosholt (20-18 Rosholt).
Round 3: Rosholt takes the center of the Octagon to start the fight. Omielańczuk lands a huge knee to the body as Rosholt moves forward for a takedown. The knee was effective but Rosholt was able to land the takedown and move directly into mount. Omielańczuk rolls and gives up his back, but is able to flip back over and keep Rosholt in his half guard. Rosholt is rag-dolling Omielańczuk on the ground. Omielańczuk is trying to flipping back and forth from side control and giving up his back but none of it is effective. Rosholt is looking for the crucifix with 40 seconds left but gives up on it quickly. North south choke attempt from Rosholt! The round ends with Rosholt trying to finish the submission. Complete dominance. SciFighting scores the round 10-8 Rosholt and the fight 30-26 for Rosholt.
Result: Jared Rosholt def. Daniel Omielańczuk via unanimous decision (no scores announced).