MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC 158 continues with our recap of tonight’s FX preliminary card. In the final preliminary fight of the evening, Patrick Côté and Strikeforce import Bobby Voelker battled it out in a great fight that saw the hometown fighter victorious. In other action, Darren Elkins, Jordan Mein, and John Makdessi notched wins on the card.
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Côté Edges Voelker in Fantastic Fight
Strikeforce fighters appeared to keep in rolling in the Octagon tonight as Bobby Voelker nearly spoiled Patrick Côté’s welterweight debut. Hometown judging reigned supreme however as Côté notched the victory. To the judges credit, the first two rounds were very close, but the unanimous decision victory was surprising none-the-less.
Elkins Picks up Controversial Stoppage Victory over Carvalho
Rising prospect Darren Elkins earned his first true UFC stoppage win in controversial fashion over Antonio Carvalho. Elkins rocked Carvalho with a brutal punch that staggered the Canadian before following up with another brutal combo that dropped Carvalho awkwardly. “Pato” would seem to recover quickly but referee Yves Lavigne called the bout before Elkins completely put away the clearly wounded fighter. Elkins has now won five-straight bouts since dropping to featherweight and will look for a big step up in his next fight.
Mein Crushes Miller After Early Scare
Canadian prospect Jordan Mein was thoroughly tested tonight by seasoned veteran Dan Miller. The young fighter found himself in a devastating armbar early in the fight but managed to keep his composure and worked out of the move to escape to his feet. The rest of the fight was all Mein, as he scored a solid knockdown on Miller but smartly let him back up. The former Strikeforce fighter then jumped all over Miller after some stiff jabs landed flush to Miller’s jaw, with the referee calling the bout soon after.
Makdessi Defeats Cruickshank
John Makdessi defeated Daron Cruickshank in tonight’s FX opener. Both fighters were booed early on as they sought to find their range but the pace quickly turned up in the final two frames. Makdessi’s more well-rounded, and more technical, striking game and takedown defense proved the major difference in the fight. The victory is Makdessi’s second in a row, while Cruicshank sees his six-fight win-streak snapped with the loss.
- Patrick Côté def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Darren Elkins def. Antonio Carvalho via TKO (strikes) at 3:06 of Round 1
- Jordan Mein def. Dan Miller via TKO (strikes) at 4:42 of Round 1
- John Makdessi def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)