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Nate Landwehr Uppercut KOs Jamall Emmers

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Nate
Landwehr made a statement at the expense of Jamall
Emmers in the
UFC on ESPN 54 featured prelim.

The three-round featherweight fight saw Emmers (20-8) take control
early, as his sharp punches cut Landwehr (18-5) above his left eye.
However, “The Train” was as hard-hitting as his nickname and
delivered a perfectly-timed uppercut that knocked out Emmers.
Landwehr followed his foe to the floor with some punches and the
fight was stopped at 4:43 of Round 1.

The 35-year-old has now won four of his last five fights, with the
lone defeat coming to Dan Ige.

Jandiroba Edges Godinez

Women’s strawweight contender Virna
Jandiroba passed a tough test by edging out Lupita
Godinez over 15 minutes.

Jandiroba (20-3) finished a back-and-forth opening round strong by
taking the back of Godinez (12-4). The crafty Brazilian grappler
kept “Loopy” on her toes throughout the fight, which saw both women
have their moments in grappling exchanges. Ultimately, the judges
preferred the aggressive submission attempts of Jandiroba, who took
a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

“Carcara” has now won three straight fights.

Overweight Arce Puts Away Burns

An overweight Julio Arce,
who came in a pound over the featherweight limit, got back into the
win column by pummeling a listless Herbert
Burns.

The first round saw Burns lose a point for landing two low blows in
what was largely an uneventful five minutes controlled by Arce on
the feet. However, the second round saw Arce firing on all
cylinders and repeatedly hurting Burns on the feet. A nice
combination of punches saw Burns fall to the ground, and the fight
waved off at 2:00 of Round 2.

Arce is now 6-4 inside the Octagon.


Buzukja Overwhelms Matthews

Dennis
Buzukja put the featherweight division on notice by
overwhelming Connor
Matthews with punches.

The fight was competitive on the feet early on as Buzukja landed
more volume and the power of Connor
Matthews kept him from getting too aggressive. Matthews would
vary up his attack in Round 2 by landing a takedown, but it
increasingly became Buzukja’s fight as long as it stayed standing.
“The Great” finished the fight in style by
knocking down Matthews with a left hook and then swinging away
until he got the stoppage.

The TKO win was officially declared just 22 seconds into Round
3.

Aslan Floors Turkalj

Ibo
Aslan got revenge over Anton
Turkalj, who previously defeated the light heavyweight prospect
in 2020.

Despite struggling so far in his
Ultimate Fighting Championship career, Turkalj (8-4) looked
sharper on the feet than “The Last Ottoman” in the opening round.
However, both men would come out wildly swinging to start the
second round, which was the turning point as Aslan (13-1) started
to land the harder punches. Early in the final round,
Aslan landed an overhand right that floored Turkalj and forced
referee Gary Copeland to step in.

The official time of the stoppage was XX into Round 3.

Malkoun Soccer Kicks Petroski

Jacob
Malkoun delivered a rather bizarre highlight reel performance
against Andre
Petroski.

The first round was a back-and-forth battle with Malkoun (8-3) and
Petroski (10-3) both doing some damage on the feet. However, early
in the second round, Malkoun was able to take advantage of Petroski
losing balance after a takedown attempt. “Mamba”
landed a vicious soccer kick to the body and swarmed with
punches to secure the stoppage.

The stoppage came just 39 seconds into Round 2.

Loughran Outworks Pacheco

Bantamweight prospect Caolan
Loughran picked up his first win inside the UFC.

“The Don” showed an immediate power advantage and hurt Angel
Pacheco (7-3) with punches several times during the first
round. Showing off a well-rounded game, Loughran (9-1) would secure
a takedown and use ground-and-pound to dominate the second frame.
Pacheco would be compromised most of the third round after taking
damaging leg kicks but never backed down.

After 15 minutes of action, the judges awarded Loughran a unanimous
decision win with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 in his favor.

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