UFC Undercard: Lamas knocks off Hioki
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
Hioki locked in one of the best Omoplatas in recent fight history, only to have Lamas reverse it in the first round. Some were skeptical of Hioki’s No. 2 ranking in the featherweight division, but he showed why he deserved it, nearly finishing the fight in the first frame. The unranked Lamas, however, seemed to win the second round with a guillotine choke that threatened Hioki.
In the third, Lamas went back to the same move again but failed to angle out enough to tap Hioki. The choke attempts were enough to convince the judges, and Lamas earned the victory, 29-28, in a unanimous decision. After the fight, Lamas stated he felt like Hioki had “gills” after holding the choke for close to two minutes. Time will tell how this upset mixes up the 145-pound division.C.J. Keith vs. Ramsey Nijem
After getting hit below the belt and what looked like a flicker of the lights at Revel’s Ovation Hall due stormy weather, Ramsey Nijem pulled off a textbook victory: get your opponent down, take full mount, ground and pound until the ref pulls you off. Nijem executed this script to perfection.Brock Jardine vs. Rick Story
Rick Story is mostly known for his upset loss to Charlie Brennemen at UFC Live in Pittsburgh. But a deeper look at this fighter shows he was a huge prospect for that devastating upset. Story had beaten Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks on his way up before suffering back-to-back losses leading up to the fight with Jardine.
In the bout, the fans were not impressed with the effort, and their disapproval could be heard easily in the small venue. Perhaps they thought they were getting Brock Lesnar or Keith Jardine instead. The fight was back and forth and neither fighter seemed to be in trouble at any point. Story won, 30-27, on all three cards in a fight that featured a large amount of high-level wrestling, but most UFC fans would rather see knockouts. There was no opporunity for one in this fight.
“I’m happy to get the win,” Story said afterward. “After two losses, my reputation as an up-and-coming guy was on the line for sure. I felt okay in there, but after so long off and knee surgery I didn’t quite trust myself to go 100 percent. I had to put my foot on the gas in the last round. I felt I could have stopped him in the third, but in camp my knee would swell up when I did hard cardio and I wasn’t quite ready for that. I think the three rounds helped that, and next time I’m looking for a really impressive win.”Matt Brown vs. Luis Ramos
The TUF vet, Matt Brown, won via TKO referee stoppage, and had this to say after the fight:
“I’ve won three in a row now — three all in 2012 — and am happy things are going well for me. I won’t make excuses for when things were not going well, but all my hard work is now paying off. I am getting married in a month, I’m very settled and happy in my personal life and I think that’s helping me out in my professional life. I knew I had Ramos hurt at the end, I thought I hurt him a bunch of times, but he was tough so I just kept throwing until he was stopped.”Joey Gambino vs. Steven Siler
Gambino may walk out to Eminem’s Cinderella man, but it was not meant to be in this one. At 25, Siler entered the fight a bit of a journeyman with a record of 20-9. But it quickly improved to 21-9. The kid who looks like he could have been picked on in high school looked impressive yet again and ended the fight with a nice guillotine choke in the first round. Now, he will look to move up to the top of the heap in the 145-pound division, especially after the Hioki loss.Catone vs. Camozzi
Catone had the greatest fan following of the night as one of few local fighters on the card. After one round, it appeared that Catone was leading after landing a right hook, but Camozzi wore it with pride. Later, Catone landed a take down, but Camozzi defended well, pulling guard immediately. In the second, Catone used his superior wrestling to land a single-leg takedown.
However, it was the UFC and TUF veteran Camozzi who landed damaging blow in the third. Though Catone looked able to finish, the Ring Doctor called a stoppage in the third round at 1:51.
“I’m bummed out,” Catone said. “I felt I won the first two rounds, but he hit that knee and the sweat and blood was going into my eye. I thought the referee may stop it but I wanted to continue. I’m a little bummed out losing like that, but [it’s] my bad for getting a knee to the eye.”Dustin Pague vs. Ken Stone
Ken Stone won via split decision.
“I’m happy with win, but I can do better than that,” he said. “Three weeks ago, I kicked someone in the knee and messed my foot up, but no way was I pulling out. I landed a kick in the second or third minute tonight, and that same foot hurt again. So I went to my boxing, and my jab and worked from there. I couldn’t get the takedowns I wanted, but I got the win and I will get better from here.” Ricardo Funch vs. Dan Miller
Dan Miller defeated Ricardo Funch with a guillotine choke in the third round.
“This was a very important fight for me,” Miller said. “I knew I had to win this to stay in the UFC, and everyone knows the situation with my kid being so sick. I tried not to think about the pressure I was under, and just see this as a fight, but it was really, really hard to do that. I’m so happy I got this done. Making welterweight was very hard, but I did it and I felt great in there. My boy is having a transplant soon, and I think things are turning around for us. Being away from him and my family is so hard, but I’m staying in the UFC and I can continue to support them.”