Praise the lord—if that's your thing—the drought has finally ended.
Jason Young took a unanimous decision over Eric Wisely in the first preliminary fight at UFC on Fuel TV 2.
It was a relatively fast-paced fight with both fighters constantly pressing forward. However, Young had the grappling advantage and that's what won him the fight, as Young was able to keep Wisely on his back for much of the fight.
What we'll remember about this fight:
A couple things.
In the first round, Young had Wisely's back, standing, and was delivering knees while working for the takedown. It was an active scenario with both men jockeying for position, but for some reason the referee decided to separate the two competitors.
Poor officiating always sticks out like a sore thumb.
Also memorable moment was the beginning of the third round. Wisely was blatantly losing the fight at this point, so he came out swinging like a wild man and diving at takedowns. For a minute or two, it looked like he might pull out a Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami-style comeback.
What we learned about Jason Young:
He has some potential in the UFC's featherweight division.
Before tonight he was 0-2 in the UFC and tonight could have been his last with the promotion, but with the victory tonight, they will likely keep him around
What we learned about Eric Wisely:
He might not have what it takes to compete in the UFC.
Wisely is now 0-2 with the promotion and tonight was not a particularly impressive showing for him. The UFC might give him another shot because of his success outside of their promotion, where Wisely has victories over UFC veterans Hermes Franca and Matt Veach.
What's next for Jason Young:
Diego Brandao or Marcus Brimage
What's next for Eric Wisely:
Eddie Yagin or Dennis Bermudez