UFC 167’s preliminary card concluded tonight in Las Vegas with a four fight showing on FOX Sports 1. In the night’s featured prelim, Donald Cerrone would defeat Evan Dunham in a matchup of talented lightweights. In other action, Thales Leites, Rick Story, and Erik Perez would all get wins.
Cerrone Chokes Out Dunham
Donald Cerrone got back in the win column tonight by defeating Evan Dunham tonight in Vegas. Cerrone excelled in all parts of the fight tonight, as he controlled the bout where ever it went. While Cerrone was especially effective on his feet, the bout would end on the canvas as he used a slick transition, after being reversed, to land a fight-ending triangle choke. Cerrone improves to 8-3 in the UFC, while Dunham has now lost two straight fights.
Leites Controls Herman
Thales Leites improved to 2-0 in his current Octagon stint by controlling Ed Herman tonight in Las Vegas. The story of the fight was simply the BJJ brilliance of the former number one contender. While the Brazilian was unable to finish the fight, there was little doubt who won the fight. Leites has had strong showings in his two return fights and will look to continue to move up the ladder at middleweight.
Story Batters Ebersole
Rick Story had one of his best performances in recent memory tonight as he battered Brian Ebersole over three rounds tonight. Story landed hard power shots but never got over-aggressive and gassed himself out like in previous fights. The victory for Story gets him to 9-5 in the Octagon, while Ebersole drops to 4-2 in the UFC.
Perez Defeats Figueroa
Erik Perez got back on track tonight with a unanimous decision victory over Edwin Figueroa tonight in Las Vegas. Perez showed an impressive all round game tonight en route to the victory, and seemed close to finishing the fight multiple times in tonight’s FS1 opener but was never able to seal the deal. Perez improves to 4-1 in the Octagon, while Figueroa will likely be looking for work after dropping his third straight fight.
UFC 167 Results:
- Donald Cerrone def. Evan Dunham via submission (triangle choke) at 3:49 of Round 2
- Thales Leites def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Rick Story def. Brian Ebersole via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Erik Perez def. Edwin Figueora via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)