On the UFC Fight Pass early preliminary card of UFC 214, Alexandra Albu returned from a two-year layoff and defeated Kailin Curran. Jarred Brooks also defeated Eric Shelton in his debut, and Drew Dober knocked out veteran Joshua Burkman.
UFC 214, the biggest card of the year (thus far), kicked off with three fights on the early preliminary card live on UFC Fight Pass. UFC 214 is live from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a light-heavyweight title rematch between bitter rivals Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
The early preliminary card featured a strawweight bout between Alexandra Albu and Kailin Curran in which Albu picked up a close decision win. Also, Jarred Brooks edged Eric Shelton in the flyweight division, and Drew Dober kicked things off in style with a knockout win over Joshua Burkman.
Check out full results below.
Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
It was clear from the very beginning that Alexandra Albu wanted to keep the fight on the feet, while Kailin Curran felt she could do best on the mat — until Albu bizarrely pulled guard. From there, Curran got on top, while Albu looked for a leg lock. Curran got her back for a moment, but returned to guard. Both fighters traded punches once they were back on the feet in what was an incredibly fun and scrappy fight.
Albu’s damage on the feet was the biggest difference throughout the bout. Curran slowed down rapidly in the second round, and Albu was able to secure multiple takedowns because of that.
In the third round, however, Curran started off with a load of punches, hurting her opponent. Though Curran was mostly out of gas, Albu started to slow down, too. Curran took Albu down, but wasn’t able to do a ton from the top. Back in the striking department, both fighters battled back and forth in the closing minutes of the fight. At the very end of the three-round affair, both fighters secured takedowns, but it was Curran who ended on top.
Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
In the second fight of the night, flyweights Jarred Brooks and Eric Shelton squared off. Brooks started things off by pressuring his opponent and using a lot of in-and-out movement. “The Monkey God” didn’t wait long until he shot in and scored the first takedown of the bout. But Shelton delivered some solid offense, particularly elbows, from the bottom. Shelton got back up, but Brooks got him right back down and started to search for a guillotine. Unable to secure it, Brooks moved to trying to take Shelton’s back. He scrambled and sunk in another fairly tight guillotine choke, but Shelton gave a thumbs up and the round ended.
In round two, Shelton scored much more offense on the feet — or, perhaps, a better way to put it is that he did more than Brooks, who did very little, and started to slow down. Brooks appeared to stumble Shelton momentarily mid way through the round, but nothing came of Brooks’ uppercut. Shelton, somewhat surprisingly, attempted and secured a takedown of his own, but Brooks tried going for a guillotine off his back. Shelton scrambled and both fighters returned to their feet. Brooks ended the round strong with one more takedown.
Round three was similar to the second round in that Brooks continued to slow down and offered incredibly little offense, while Shelton still picked his shots but landed more than the newcomer. Early in the last round, a huge uppercut from Shelton knocked Brooks down, but the flyweight survived — his movement certainly helped in doing so. Throughout the round, Shelton and Brooks traded shots, but Shelton appeared to do more. Brooks, who most believed was down on the scorecards, showed very little urgency until the last 10 seconds of the fight. At the very end of the fight, Shelton landed a flying knee, Brooks scored a takedown, and a guillotine attempt from Shelton marked the end to the lackluster 125-pound battle.
Drew Dober def. Joshua Burkman via knockout (punch) at 3:04 of round 1
Drew Dober and Joshua Burkman both had their moments in their lightweight clash, which served as the first fight of the night. To open the bout, Dober and Burkman traded leg kicks, and Dober immediately started to pressure the veteran. Burkman turned things around and looked for a takedown, but Dober defended well and landed some shots in the clinch. After separating and spending a few moments on the feet, Dober looked to take Burkman down to the mat, but “The People’s Warrior” showed off good wrestling defense of his own. Burkman started to look more comfortable in the striking department, but soon after, Dober landed a huge left shot that put Burkman down and out.
WOW!!! Huge left hand by @DrewDober gets #UFC214 started with a one-punch KO! #UFCFIGHTPASS pic.twitter.com/INw1WiKnq2
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) July 29, 2017