LAS VEGAS — Canadian welterweight Yohan ‘White Lion’ Lainesse posted his first UFC victory, incomes a break up choice Saturday over American Darian Weeks on the UFC 279 undercard.
However it didn’t go as effectively for locals Hakeem ‘Imply’ Dawodu and Chad ‘The Monster’ Anheliger on struggle evening at T-Cell Area.
The judges scored the Lainesse-Weeks bout 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in favour of the 30-year-old from Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que. Weeks seemed shocked because the scorecards have been introduced.
“It was a detailed struggle,” mentioned the 6-foot-1 Lainesse. “I’ve an enormous drawback — it’s at all times been my gasoline tank as a result of I’m a robust puncher.
“I’m very pleased to do three rounds. And I proved to myself I’m capable of do three rounds with a superb tempo. Darian’s a troublesome man, and it’s only the start. We now have a brand new animal within the welterweight division.”
Lainesse (9-1-0) misplaced his UFC debut in April to American ‘Gifted’ Gabe Inexperienced, who survived an early onslaught to cease Lainesse within the second spherical. Lainesse received his UFC contract on ‘Dana White’s Contender Collection’ with a 97-second KO of beforehand unbeaten Justin Burlinson final November.
The cardboard featured three of the 14 Canadians at present on the UFC roster.
China’s Heili ‘The Mongolian Knight’ Alatengb used crisp putting to win a unanimous (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) choice over Alberta bantamweight Anheliger.
Anheliger, who trains in Calgary however calls Airdrie house, got here into Saturday’s bout using a 10-fight win streak together with his final loss in June 2014.
Calgary featherweight Dawodu misplaced a unanimous (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) choice to American Julian ‘Juicy J’ Erosa.
Dawodu (13-3-1) missed the non-title featherweight restrict of 146 lb., weighing in at 149.5. He was fined 30 per cent of his purse.
Erosa (28-9-0) scored together with his proper hand in a dominant first spherical earlier than searching for the takedown, crunching Dawodu towards the fence. And he wobbled the Canadian with a proper to the chin in a flurry of blows to finish the spherical. Dawodu started to discover a house for his jab within the second spherical. However Erosa took him down after which took his again when Dawodu received again up. Erosa locked in a physique triangle and Dawodu ended again on the bottom, consuming elbows and punches. He managed to get to his toes simply earlier than the spherical ended. Erosa was extra cautious within the third spherical however nonetheless discovered a house for his uppercut at instances. And he landed a takedown with 90 seconds remaining.
Erosa had a 98-69 edge in vital strikes within the struggle, with a 44-23 edge within the first spherical. It was his third straight win, a run that included a submission victory over Montreal’s Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain.
Within the Heili-Anheliger struggle, the 35-year-old Anheliger backed up halfway by way of the primary spherical after taking a punch from Heili, after which Heili despatched him backwards once more with an enormous blow to the brow. Anheliger, his face bloodied, was harm once more because the Chinese language fighter continued to search out the goal.
“You bought caught a few instances,” Anheliger was instructed between rounds.
Heili (16-8-2) stored pressuring Anheliger within the second spherical, scoring with a left after which driving the Airdrie figther backwards with one other shot. Anheliger (12-6-0) stored punching however received the worst of a lot of the exchanges. Heili switched technique to open the third spherical, taking Anheliger down with a visit. He scored one other takedown late within the spherical.
Heili was coming off a 47-second stoppage of Kevin ‘Crash’ Croom in April and got here into Saturday’s bout with a 3-1-1 UFC file.
Anheliger received his UFC contract with a spilt-decision win over Tajikstan’s Muin ‘Yajik’ Gafurov on ‘Dana White’s Contender Collection’ final September. The judges scored that bout 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 for Anheliger.
“Hell of a struggle, and he’s a Canadian,” White mentioned in saying the 135-pounder was headed to the UFC. Anheliger received his UFC debut in February, stopping Jesse ‘Sui Generis’ Strader within the third spherical.
American Weeks (5-3-0) was slated to satisfy Cedric Doumbe on a Sept. 3 card in France however shifted to face Quebec’s Lainesse after the bout fell by way of. The Missouri-based fighter misplaced his first two UFC outings, towards Bryan ‘Bam Bam’ Barberena on 4 days’ discover and most just lately Eire’s Ian ‘The Future’ Garry in April.
Lainesse, with former UFC contender Patrick ‘The Predator’ Cote in his nook, linked with a number of highly effective proper arms within the early going. Weeks scored with a nasty stomp to Lainesse’s left leg later within the first spherical. Weeks did higher within the second spherical, wobbling Lainesse with a left hook early. Lainesse returned the favour halfway by way of the spherical. Weeks slammed Lainesse to the bottom with an enormous takedown, solely to see the Canadian get proper again up. Lainesse fought off one other takedown later within the spherical. Lainesse stuffed Weeks’ takedown makes an attempt within the third however discovered himself clinching on the fence as Weeks pushed the tempo. Each fighters gave the impression to be working out of steam because the bout ended.
It’s not the tip of Alberta fighters on September’s UFC schedule.
The principle occasion on the Sept. 17 UFC Struggle Night time card on the UFC Apex manufacturing facility sees Bonnyville heavyweight Tanner ‘The Bulldozer’ Bozer tackle Brazil’s Rodrigo Nascimento.
— The Canadian Press