UFC Fight Night 47: Bader, Pearson Win


ryan_bader_winBANGOR, ME – Ryan “Darth” Bader won his fight with Ovince Saint Preux by a unanimous decision after five rounds in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 47 on Saturday in Bangor, Maine. Bader had nine takedowns and landed twice as many strikes as Saint Preux in the performance that may just shoot Bader over the hump in the light heavyweight division of the UFC.

Bader seemed determined to throw off his past poor performances in big fights with a solid victory over an athletic opponent in Saint Preux. “It was a tough fight,” said the Reno, Nevada native, “I had to rely on my takedowns at the end.”

The win moves Bader to 19-4 and extends his fight win streak to three while Saint Preux’ loss was his first in five fights and drops his record to 16-6.

“I’m ready for the best, bring it,” said a jovial Ross Pearson who stopped Gray Maynard with a series of strikes in the second round in the co-main event on Saturday. “The Real Deal” has battled back from a controversial loss to Diego Sanchez last June and looks to solidify his place as a top contender in the lightweight division of the UFC.

The fight was dominated by striking but Maynard was able to register a couple of takedowns. Pearson caught Maynard with a left-right combination that dropped him and then landed a series of strikes before the fight was stopped.

Pearson is now 18-7 with 1 NC after dropping Maynard to 12-5-1 with 1 NC.

Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch improved to 18-7 with a third round stoppage against Brad Tavares. Boetsch struggled through the first two rounds but knocked Tavares to the ground with a left hook and then landed a right that sent Tavares back to the mat as he tried to recover.

“I was throwing hard,” said “The Barbarian”, “I knew if I landed, that was all it was going to take.”

Boetsch continued his barrage on Tavares until the fight was stopped and earned himself a performance bonus on the night. With the loss Tavares drops to 12-4.

The fight of the night went to the back-and-forth battle between Alan Jouban and Seth Baczynski. Jouban earned the win, landing a strike from the fence that knocked out the veteran Baczynski in the first round.

Jouban made good on his debut and improved his record to 10-2 while Baczynski falls to 18-10.

In other action:

Shawn Jordan (16-6) defeated Jack May (7-2) in a third round TKO.

Thiago Tavares (23-5-1) defeated Robbie Peralta (18-5) with a first round submission.

Jussier Formiga (17-3) defeated Zach Makovsky (18-5) in a unanimous decision.

Sara McMann (8-1) defeated Lauren Murphy (8-1) in a split decision.

Tom Watson (17-7) defeated Sam Alvey (23-6 1 NC) in a unanimous decision.

Frankie Saenz (9-2) defeated Nolan Ticman (4-2) in a unanimous decision.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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