Two of the top contenders in the UFC’s flyweight division squared off on the main card of “UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov” on Saturday night at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The two men were John Dodson and John Moraga.
With two of the top five ranked fighters in the division, there were guaranteed fireworks as we entered the feature bout with the main card coming to a close.
Round 1: As you would expect from the 125-pounders, Dodson and Moraga came out with a high pace as they moved their way around the cage at an incredible speed. Moraga threw out a wild headkick that missed high which Dodson answered with a nice shot to the body of Moraga. After running a lap around the cage, Dodson was ready to get the action restarted. Moraga was having a hard time with Dodson’s speed as the No. 1 contender bounced in and out of the pocket. Moraga looked for a takedown with under a minute to go, but Dodson was able to defend and circle right back to the center of the cage.
Round 2: Dodson continued his high pace to start Round 2 as Moraga looked to use his length and height advantage from the outside. Moraga charged in with a flurry, but Dodson was able to circle out of danger and plant Moraga on his back. Dodson landed a big shot as Moraga made his way back to his feet. While Dodson was bouncing around the cage, he wasn’t throwing many punches and Moraga was throwing at a much higher volume. Dodson eventually charged forward with a wild flurry of shots and he hurt Moraga who collapsed to the mat. Moraga was busted up and bleeding badly from his nose as Dodson continued to rain down punches until the round was over.
In between rounds, the referee and doctors looked at Moraga’s nose and decided to call the fight.
Official Result: John Dodson def. John Moraga via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
The full results from today’s event can be seen below:
Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov
Ross Pearson vs. Diego Sanchez
John Dodson def. John Moraga via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
Rafael dos Anjos def. Jason High via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:36
Piotr Hallmann def. Yves Edwards via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:31
Bryan Caraway def. Erik Perez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:52
Sergio Pettis def. Yaotzin Meza via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lance Benoist def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Scott Jorgensen def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jon Tuck def. Jake Lindsey via submission (heel strike to body) – Round 3, 2:47
Patrick Cummins def. Roger Narvaez via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:28