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UFC 222 prelims results & highlights: Pyle’s final fight ends in TKO loss

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On the UFC 222 exclusive Fight Pass Prelims, Zak Ottow took out Mike Pyle with a first round TKO.

On the UFC 222 Exclusive Fight Pass Prelims, Zak Ottow executed his gameplan to perfection, bringing the early aggression to realize a first round TKO over Mike Pyle, who we saw in the final bout of his highly respectable professional fight career. Cody Stamann picked up the biggest win of his career by stuffing a whole lot of takedowns to edge out a split decision over the UFC’s #7 bantamweight Bryan Caraway. Jordan Johnson kept his undefeated record intact by squeaking by Adam Milstead in a razor thin split decision. Johnson earned a 29-28 on two of the judges’ scorecards, while Milstead earned a 30-27 on the remaining judge’s card. It should also be noted that this was Milstead’s return to UFC action since undergoing knee surgery, and his debut at 205 pounds.

Fight Pass Prelims:

Zak Ottow def. Mike Pyle by TKO at 2:34 of round 2: Welterweight

Ottow went right at Pyle, throwing with bad intentions in an attempt to get the veteran out of there early. A big right hand landed for Ottow that dropped Pyle, and the follow-up ground strikes proved to be too much.

Ottow did what he had to do:

Cody Stamann def. Bryan Caraway by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Bantamweight

It didn’t take very long for caraway to close the distance in pursuit of the takedown, but Stamann did a superb job of staying on his feet. Caraway was relentless with his desire for the takedown, planting Stamann in the center of the cage, controlling him for the remainder of the round.

Stamann found some success with his hands, Caraway did also, but the speed and power advantage of Stamann was really the big difference. Caraway mixed in some takedown attempts but struggled to get the takedown, but was able to stall out Stamann up against the cage and score with short knees to the thigh.

The pace of Caraway slowed down in the final frame, probably due to the high amount of failed takedown attempts, and Stamann continued to land the better shots on the feet. Caraway began slugging it out while still shooting in on Stamann, digging deep down the stretch, even locking up a last second guillotine attempt before the round ended.

These guys went for it:

Jordan Johnson def. Adam Milstead by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30): Light Heavyweight

Milstead came out looking to box, working his punching combos while applying a bit of a calm forward pressure. Johnson’s first takedown attempt was stuffed, but he was able to stall out his opponent against the fence. Milstead got himself off of the cage with a brutal elbow to the jaw of Johnson to remain vertical for the entire round.

Johnson had a bit of success with his hands early in the first, landing a few well placed punches through the guard of Milstead before returning to his clinch control. The referee separated the athletes, but Johnson scored a quick takedown upon the restart. Milstead sprung right back to his feet, and spent some more time with his back to the cage until the referee broke them up again.

Milstead opened up the final round by cracking Johnson with a solid right hand to counter a kick. Johnson briefly held his against the fence again, but Milstead quickly found open space and continued to work his hands. A takedown materialized for Johnson with just under 2 minutes remaining in the fight and he was able to hold his opponent against the cage a bit more. Milstead found some space in the final seconds of the round to land a few more heavy punches before the buzzer sounded.

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