UFC Fight Night 47 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Bader vs. St. Preux Card
The UFC travels to the northeast corner of the continental 48 on Saturday, as UFC Fight Night 47 will take place as the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.
President Dana White, who attended Hermon High School just 11 minutes west of the night's venue, talked about the importance of bringing the UFC to Bangor, via the Portland Press Herald's Steve Craig:
I spend a lot of my time in Maine. I have a home in Maine and it’s been a goal of mine to bring a huge UFC fight to the state. Bangor is close to my home and when the Cross Center was being built, that was the spot to go for. If Bangor does well hopefully we can look to put one in Portland.
He certainly has a compelling card to build interest.
Ryan Bader will battle Ovince St. Preux in the night's headliner, but Grey Maynard vs. Ross Pearson is arguably just as compelling, while Maine native Tim Boetsch takes on Brad Tavares in an important middleweight contest.
Let's take a look at how the entire card unfolds.
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky; unanimous decision
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy; unanimous decision
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey; unanimous decision
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman; unanimous decision
Featherweight: Thiago Tavares vs. Robbie Peralta
Following a roller-coaster 2013—first-round knockout loss at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov and a failed post-fight drug test in January that resulted in a suspension; first-round submission win against Justin Salas in November—Thiago Tavares elected for a move to featherweight to gain some much-needed momentum.
So far, it looks like the right decision.
The veteran Brazilian took care of Robbie Peralta Saturday night, handing the 28-year-old American just his second UFC loss.
Tavares wasted no time taking a stranglehold over the fight with a dominating first round. Soon after that, he finished off Peralta with an impressive submission to take it out of the judges' hands.
Tavares was just 7-6-1 in his UFC career before this fight, and while a win over "Problems" isn't a game-changer, it was important that he looked comfortable at 145 pounds.
Heavyweight: Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May
A pair of first-round knockout defeats had Shawn Jordan's UFC employment in jeopardy, but the veteran saved his job in a big way with a knockout win over Jack May.
May used his massive reach advantage to punish Jordan early, but the shorter, stockier Jordan had more success getting to the ground as the fight progressed. In Round 3, Jordan successfully brought May to the canvas, got on his back and laid repeated head blows until the referee called the fight.
Jordan desperately needed this. While he showed some intriguing promise early in his UFC career, including a Knockout of the Night against Pat Barry, a third consecutive loss (especially via the knockout variety) likely would have earned him a release.
Although this doesn't completely turn Jordan's career around—May is now 0-2 in his short UFC career—it was a win against a dangerous, powerful opponent who had eight inches on him.
"The Savage" clearly isn't done in the Octagon.
Welterweight: Seth Baczynski vs. Alan Jouban
Alan Jouban's UFC debut went about as well as could be expected, as he took down Seth Baczynski with a first-round knockout victory.
Jouban and Baczynski went back and forth throughout the opening few minutes, but the UFC newcomer was quick to jump when his opponent started to struggle. After landing a brutal series of blows to the head that took Baczynski down, the fight was called.
After a 3-1 stint with Resurrection Fighting Alliance, the 31-year-old earned a promotion and didn't disappoint. He is an explosive and dynamic talent, and it's worth keeping an eye on him as he continues to climb the welterweight ladder.
As for Baczynski, this may have been his last UFC chance. He hasn't won since November, and this marks his fourth defeat in five fights.
Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares
Facing the potential end of his UFC career, Tim Boetsch earned a crucial upset win over Brad Tavares, finishing him in the second round.
Tavares looked to have the upper hand early on after dominating the eventual winner in the opening round. Bloodied up and bruised, Boetsch refused to go down and attacked Tavares with a series of punches that sent his opponent tumbling to the canvas.
Before this fight, Boetsch had lost three of four, and the one victory was a questionable split decision against C.B. Dollaway in October. Two of those defeats came via stoppage, and while he entered ranked 14th in the middleweight division, another loss would have been devastating.
While he's not out of danger quite yet, this is an encouraging sign for the 33-year-old moving forward. It’s an added bonus in front of the home crowd.
Lightweight: Gray Maynard vs. Ross Pearson
Ross Pearson continued to prove his worth, knocking off Gray Maynard in a second-round knockout to keep the veteran spiraling in the wrong direction.
Maynard held his own in the opening round, but Pearson looked to have the edge with an advantage in punches hit. His flurry of hooks midway through the second were too much for Maynard to overcome, and the referee was forced to call the fight as Maynard could no longer defend himself.
Officially, Pearson lost a split decision to Diego Sanchez his last time in the Octagon. Unofficially, Dana White and the UFC decided to treat it as a victory in favor of "The Real Deal."
If you want to count that as a win, this victory over the veteran Maynard moves Pearson to 3-0 (with a no-contest) in his last four fights. Even if you don't, this performance was enough to suggest he's ready for a top-10 fight in the lightweight division.
Maynard, who was fighting for the first time since November, has now lost four of his last five meetings. The end of the UFC road is near for the former lightweight title contender.
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux
In the night's headline fight, Ryan Bader took care of business as many expected to happen, defeating Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision.
Bader took his place on top from the get-go. He caught St. Preux off guard by connecting early and often, and the Knoxville, Tennessee, native was left retreating for much of the fight. He couldn't delay the inevitable forever, and after being beaten heavily throughout five long rounds, judges declared Bader the winner.
After a loss to Glover Teixeira in September, "Darth" Bader has quickly scaled the light heavyweight ladder. He took care of both Anthony Perosh and Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision, and this marks yet another impressive victory over a ranked opponent.
The light heavyweight division is in reshuffling mode after Jon Jones' injury, but Bader is looking at a top-five fight regardless. St. Preux, who is now 4-1 in UFC competition, will still be firmly in the picture, as well.