The lone heavyweight bout on the UFC on FOX 4 fight card featured two up-and-comers, with Phil de Fries taking on Oli Thompson.
After a relatively stagnant first round, de Fries picked up the pace in the second and outworked the British strongman en route to an impressive submission victory.
What we'll remember about the fight:
Both heavyweights looked a bit slow and tentative in the opening frame, but de Fries showed more technical striking and grappling in the second, and Thompson had no answers.
While neither fighter was flashy or overly impressive, de Fries simply overwhelmed Thompson by pushing the pace and cinching up the fight-ending choke.
What we learned about de Fries:
Training at the Alliance Training Center with the likes of Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis and Brandon Vera, de Fries has no shortage of talent to push him in training.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt de Fries showed off some nice grappling in the bout, but his striking looked a bit sluggish and was never too explosive throughout the bout.
His frame looks like it could support a drop to 205, and I think that would be a good idea for him moving forward, despite picking up a win over Thompson.
What we learned about Thompson:
What's next for de Fries?
As I mentioned, I think de Fries looks best suited for the light heavyweight division, but if he decides to stay at heavyweight, a matchup with another lower-tier fighter like Shane del Rosario or Lavar Johnson makes sense.
What's next for Thompson?
A trip to the minor leagues is in order for the Brit, I'm afraid. After losing by second-round stoppage to Shawn Jordan and Phil de Fries in his two Octagon appearances, he simply does not appear to be cut out for the big time.
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