Sign up for ESPN + here, and then you can stream UFC, PFL, Dana White’s Contender Series, and “The Ultimate Fighter” live to your smart TV, computer, phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. Norma Dumont took the path of least resistance and never had to consider changing course. The Syndicate MMA rep moved closer to the title fight in the Women’s Featherweight Division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as she came to a unanimous decision on an incredibly inept Aspen Ladd to headline UFC Fight Night 195 Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The scores were 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47, all for Dumont (7-1, 3-1 UFC). A short-term substitution for Holly Holm, Ladd (9-2, 4-2 UFC) injured produced next to nothing in terms of significant attack for more than four laps. Dumont relied on a heavy stand-up, neutralizing melee and tight-fitting teardown defense, as she built a dominant and ultimately insurmountable lead. Ladd had modest success in the fifth round – she bloodied the Brazilian’s nose with a few standing elbows – but failed to make the leap despite exhortations from her coaches.
Dumont will lead a three-game winning streak in his next assignment.
Felipe Ageless Arlovksi Stymies
American Top Team’s Andrei Arlovski relied on veteran tip and proven skill, as he claimed a unanimous decision over Carlos Felipe in the three-round heavyweight co-main event. All three cage judges scored the same result: 29-28 for Arlovski (32-20, 21-14 UFC), who has recorded four wins in his last five outings. Felipe (11-2, 3-2 UFC) ) waited too long to turn on. Arlovski perfected the Brazilian with body and leg kicks, sharp right hands and occasional combinations. The former UFC champion even switched positions in a double jab at one point. Arlovksi, who turns 43 in February, has shown signs of fatigue in the middle stanza but has managed to keep his 26-year-old counterpart at a manageable distance for much of the period. Felipe hit his stride in the third round, where he increased his production and aggressiveness. He also benefited from a slip from Arlovski which ended in a flurry of punches to the head of the Belarusian. However, Felipe never really flirted with the finish he needed.
The setback ended on Felipe’s three-game winning streak.
Miller KOs Newcomer Gonzalez
Former Cage Fury Fighting Championships title holder Jim Miller knocked out Erick Gonzalez with a left counterhand in the second round of their lightweight pull. Making his record 38th appearance inside the Octagon, Miller (33-16, 22-15 UFC) pulled the curtain 14 seconds after the second round. Gonzalez (14-6, 0-1 UFC) surprised the veteran of 50 fights with a first-round takedown and later knocked him down with a devious left hand in close combat. However, his porous defense betrayed him. Early in the second round, Miller countered a poorly designed kick with a devastating left center that bent the Octagon newcomer to where he was standing.
The knockout was Miller’s first since dealing with Takanori Gomi with punches at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 – 1,925 days ago.
Fiorot’s outbreak overtakes Silva
French karateka Manon Fiorot edged Chute Boxe star Mayra Bueno Silva by a unanimous decision in a three-round women’s flyweight showcase. Fiorot (8-1, 3-0 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 from the cage judges.
Silva (7-2-1, 2-2-1 UFC) had no response to the exit she was met with and instead resorted to taunts and postures in an attempt to deflect the former UAE Warriors champion. Fiorot stayed true to her approach, went wild with combinations of multiple shots to the head, held the Brazilian at bay with side kicks to the body and incorporated a few takedowns. Bleeding from the nose and mouth, Silva looked resigned at the end.
Fiorot, 31, has won eight consecutive victories.
Landwehr Choke licencie Klein
Former M-1 World Champion Nate Landwehr knocked out Ludovit Klein with an anaconda strangulation in the third round of their featherweight feature. Landwehr (15-4, 2-2 UFC) led him to a decisive finish at 2:22 of Round 3, as he claimed the first submission victory of his 19-fight career.
Klein (17-4, 1-2 UFC) was comfortable and efficient in the open space, especially in the first round. Landwehr squeezed him in the clinch for much of the middle stanza, racking up points with punches and knees at close range. He kept his foot in the accelerator in third, where he shoved Klein back with punches, slammed a front head lock, and rolled into the anaconda’s choke. Landwehr then tightened his pressure on the Slovak, prompting the withdrawal.
Klein, 26, suffered back-to-back defeats as a pro.
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