MMAFrenzy continues our coverage of UFC 150 with our recap of tonight’s preliminary action. The FX and Facebook-aired fights st the stage for what should be a great card tonight in Denver, Colorado. Be sure to tune in for tonight’s main card as the main event will feature a rematch of UFC 144’s classic lightweight title fight between former champ Frankie Edgar and current champion Benson Henderson. Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy as we continue to cover UFC 150 tonight with more recaps, play-by-play, and more.
“The Menace” Takes out Hayden
Dennis Bermudez dominated about four and half minutes of his four minute forty-three second fight with Tom Hayden. Bermudez had to survive getting nailed with a huge knee that stunned the TUF 14 runner-up and almost lead to him being submitted by Hayden. Bermudez recovered and powered out of an armbar to get back to his feet. Once he was back up Bermudez stunned Hayden with a front kick to the chest, “the wildcard” then attempted an ill-fated double leg. Hayden was forced to tap to a standing guillotine choke not long after taking the double. Bermudez is now 2-0 since losing at the TUF 14 finale and dropping to featherweight.
Kuiper Devastates a Crippled Hamman
When Michael Kuiper landed a nasty legkick that appeared to rupture Jared Hamman’s hamstring, the fight appeared over. Unfortunately, Hamman’s heart and chin worked to his detriment as he continued on in the bout while clearly injured. After barely making it back to his stool at the end of the first round, Hamman somehow answered the bell in the second only to be battered further by the Dutchman. Eventually, Hamman finally succumbed to the barrage of strikes from Kuiper and the referee called a stop to the fight. Kuiper is now 1-1 in his UFC career after starting out 11-0.
Perez Drops Stone
A timely counter by Erik Perez led to the fastest knockout in UFC bantamweight history. Perez ate a vicious shot from Stone but landed a massive counter right hook that caused Stone to face-plant in the center of the Octagon. Perez quickly pounced and landed some big shots before referee Herb Dean jumped in to stop the fight. The stoppage seemed to wake Ken Stone up as he immediately snapped back to consciousness after Dean laid hands on him. While there was some confusion, it was clearly a good stoppage by Dean.
Camus Defeats Pague in Successful UFC Debut
Chico Camus delivered a successful UFC debut against Dustin Pague. Camus was able to avoid being submitted a few times in the first round and nearly finished the fight by submission himself in the third. The performance was enough to earn Camus a unanimous decision victory. The Duke Roufus student showed solid top control and stand up in his UFC debut.
Lentz Dominant in Featherweight Debut
Nik Lentz put on an impressive display in his first incursion into the featherweight division. Lentz took Eiji Mitsuoka down to the canvas four times in the first round and twice secured his opponents back. The second time proved fatal for Mitsuoka, as Lentz blasted away with strikes until the Japanese fighter began to tap as before the referee jumped in to stop the fight. The win stopped a three-fight winless (0-2-1) streak for Lentz after a 5-0-1 start in the promotion.
Preliminary Card (FX)
- Dennis Bermudez def. Tom Hayden via submission (standing guillotine) at 4:43 of Round 1
- Michael Kuiper def Jared Hamman via TKO (strikes) at 2:16 of Round 2
- Erik Perez def. Ken Stone via TKO (strikes) at :17 of Round 1
- Chico Camus def. Dustin Pague via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
- Nik Lentz def. Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO (strikes) at 3:45 of Round 1