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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – UFC on ESPN+ 1 took place Saturday at Barclays Center. Below is a recap of the prelims that aired on ESPN.
The destructive power of unbeaten Alonzo Menifield (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was on display when he thrashed fellow debuting fighter Vinicius Moreira (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) for a first-round TKO. Menifield’s power was on display from the outset, as he dropped Castro with a big punch just seconds after the opening bell. Castro was in trouble from that point on but managed to survive for several minutes. He could only withstand the power for so long, though, as Menifield again dropped him with a right hand then finished the fight with more punches on the ground and forced referee Dan Miragliotta to step in at the 3:56 mark of Round 1.
“I was looking to get a lot more time in the octagon,” Menfield said. “I kind of didn’t follow the game plan for the first 10 seconds, but then I noticed he was doing weird spinning moves. So that left him open, and I went for the finish. He was spinning like ‘The Matrix,’ but it was slow spinning. He did it again, and that’s when I exploded on him.”
Cory Sandhagen (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) easily dispatched short-notice replacement opponent Mario Bautista (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) with a first-round submission in their bantamweight matchup. Sandhagen had no problem being on bottom and managed to transition into a slick armbar that left Bautista no choice but to tap out at the 3:31 mark of Round 1. Sandhagen remains unbeaten in the UFC (all finishes) with the win and is looking more and more like a future player at 135 pounds.
“It’s my third fight in, and I’m only 26 years old. I don’t feel like I need to rush at all. I’ll take my time and gain my experience. Whenever the UFC’s ready to give me someone, I’ll always be ready. Everyone here is world-class, but I’m a little bit above that. I’m up there with the best guys.”
Joanna Calderwood (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) played spoiler to the highly anticipated UFC debut of former KSW champion Ariane Lipski (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) when she earned a unanimous-decision victory over the Brazilian in their women’s flyweight matchup. The fight was closely contested over three rounds, but Calderwood’s work in the first and second frames likely were the difference.
Lipski had her best moments in the third round, but Calderwood pushed back and did strong work with pressure, wrestling and submission attempts and got the decision by scores of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27. With the win, the Scottish fighter improved to 3-0 in the octagon at 125 pounds.
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