UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos Knocks Out Henderson


Rafael dos AnjosTULSA, Okla. – No. 5 contender (22-7) forced a stoppage in the first round against former lightweight champion and top contender Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-4) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. Anjos became the first fighter to force a stoppage on Henderson in his career and continued his climb in the lightweight rankings.

“I have no words,” said dos Anjos, “Benson Henderson is a great champion, I respect him a lot, but this is my time.” The Brazilian has won seven of his last eight fights with two wins against top 5 contenders and his only loss coming at the hands of No. 3 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in April.

The Colorado Springs native caught a flying knee that sent him to the mat where dos Anjos would follow with a flurry as the fight was stopped.

Welterweight Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (29-9) won his second straight fight with a first round stoppage against No. 13 contender Mike “Quicksand” Pyle (26-10-1). Mein hit Pyle with an immediate left that dropped the Dresden native to the mat and the his following flurry led to the fight stoppage.

In a show of sheer power No. 15 contender Thales Leites (24-4) knocked out No. 12 contender Francis “Limitless” Carmont early in the second round for his fourth straight win. Leites is making a move in the middleweight division and ended this fight with a vicious combo that sent Carmont to the mat.

Max “Blessed” Holloway (10-3) has now won three straight fights after ruining “Cassius” Clay Collard’s (13-5) UFC debut with a third round stoppage. Holloway launched a series of punches with back control that led to the fight stoppage.

James “The Texecutioner” Vick (6-0) remains unbeaten with a win by unanimous decision over Valmir “Bidu” Lazaro (12-3). The scores on the cards were 29-28 twice and 30-27 as Vick emerged as the victorious fighter in a 179 strike slugfest.

Chas “The Scrapper” Skelly (12-1) pulled off his first UFC win with a submission by rear-naked-choke of Tom “Stoneface” Niinimaki (21-7-1) in the first round.

Neil Magny (12-4) won his fourth straight fight by garnering a unanimous decision victory over Alex “The Dominican Nightmare” Garcia (12-2). Magny out-struck Garcia 130-27 in the fight.

Iranian Beneil Dariush (8-1) rebounded from a loss to hand Tony Martin (8-2) his second straight loss in the UFC. Dariush submitted Martin with a second round arm triangle.

A solid ground game was key to Matt “The Crowbar” Hobar’s (9-2) win by unanimous decision (29-28 all cards) over Aaron “The Model” Phillips (8-2). Hobar controlled the fight in all three rounds using takedowns and a solid ground attack for the win.

Ben “Killa B” Saunders (17-6-2) earned a submission victory over Chris “Stump” Heatherly (8-2, 1 NC) in the first round. Saunders pulled off the first win by omoplata submission in UFC history in the fight.

Wilson Reis (18-5) ruined the debut of Joby Sanchez (6-1) by handing him his first loss by a unanimous decision win (29-28 all cards). Reis out-struck Sanchez 74-36 and had eight takedowns in the fight.

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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