The UFC Lincoln main card is underway, and the promotion’s #11 strawweight Cortney Casey the #14 Angela Hill just traded blows for the bulk of 15 minutes. When the dust settled, it was Casey who walked away with the split decision victory to get herself back into the win column. Bryan Barberena put the business on Jake Ellenberger, dropping the veteran with his hands before finishing him off with ground strikes. After the bout, Ellenberger retired from the sport of MMA and left his gloves in the center of the Octagon in front of his home crowd. Debuting back in 2005, Ellenberger finishes up his career with a respectable 31-15.
The UFC’s #14 ranked flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo remained undefeated tonight by stopping the #6 John Moraga with strikes in the second round. Now sitting at 15-0 and having taken out the #6 guy in the world, you have to believe Figueiredo has positioned himself for another top-ranked opponent. Opening up the main card, University of Alabama football standout Eryk Anders scored a highlight knockout on Tim Williams late in the third round. Anders finished his foe with a spectacular head kick as Williams attempted to stand back to his feet.
Cortney Casey def. Angela Hill by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29): Strawweight
The strawweights came out to stand and trade to start the match, with each athlete landing solid punches of their own. The back and forth continued on the feet until Casey closed the distance and brought the bout to the ground. Hill locked up an armbar from her back, but Casey escaped, bringing the fight back to its feet. Hill snuck in a pair of flush punches just before the bell ended.
Casey used her hands to set up a clinch entry to start the second round, but Hill managed to free herself into open space. The back and forth exchanges continued on the feet, until Casey closed the distance against the clinch again. Hill was able to free herself yet again, forcing the fight to take place in the center of the Octagon. The punches started to rack up for Hill as Casey began to backpedal, but Casey never stopped returning fire.
Casey brought the forward pressure to open the final frame, but the back and forth pace we saw in the first-two rounds quickly became the norm. The strawweights stood right in front of each other and traded combos back and forth, with each competitor landing meaningful blows.
Look at Hill land a couple shots to close out the first round:
Bryan Barberena def. Jake Ellenberger by TKO at 2:26 of round 1: Welterweight
Ellenberger took the center of the cage, and began feeling out his opponent as Barberena looked to do the same. Barberena started to turn it up with the hands, landing flush on the jaw of Ellenberger, sending him to the floor. Ellenberger stood back up just to get clipped with another punch to sit him right back down. A couple of academic ground strikes landed for Barberena before the referee waved off the action.
Check out this savage flurry from Barberena to get the first round finish:
Deiveson Figueiredo def. John Moraga by TKO at 3:08 of round 2: Flyweight
Lots of measuring and calculating took place across the first-half of the opening round, with neither man really committing to anything. Moraga clipped Figueiredo with a hard shot, but gave up the takedown shortly after. Figueiredo was able to remain on top of his opponent for the rest of the round, and the athletes even both went for leg locks at the same time before time ran out.
Figueiredo muscled his opponent to the floor early in the second round, landing a couple of mean body punches once down there. Moraga scrambled back up to his feet, but was sat back down with a heavy punch from Figueiredo. The savagery ensued as Figueiredo unleashed a blitz to put away Moraga and remain undefeated.
Watch Figueiredo go H.A.M. on Moraga:
Eryk Anders def. Tim Williams by KO at 4:42 of round 3: Middleweight
There was a bit of feeling out process going on to start the bout, with Williams using head kicks to keep Anders on the outside. Anders pressed forward, pressuring his opponent backwards, but Williams did a sound job of using his kicks to uphold the distance. Williams scored a late takedown to finish up the round on top.
Williams was able to plant Anders on his back again early in the second round, but Anders was able to use his athleticism to stand back to his feet. A series of left hands connected for Anders, busting open Williams and changing the tide of the round. Several more punches landed for Anders on the feet before the round came to a close.
A massive left hand from Anders dropped Williams to open up the final round, but instead of pouncing, Anders allowed his foe to stand back up. Williams seemed to recover rather quickly, and even started returning some clean counters of his own. Williams landed a clean spinning backfist, but was knocked over with a head kick shortly afterwards. Upon standing up, Anders clipped him with a head kick that knocked him out cold. Wow!
Anders upped his output in the second stanza: