The UFC Fight Night Marathon ended when Cub Swanson won a decision victory over Jeremy Stephens. With so much MMA on the day, the San Antonio show seemed was a bit of a let down. When you watch a regular PPV card, it all builds up to an epic main event. The Swanson-Stephens fight was decent but it seemed a little anticlimactic after so many hours of fights and so much lost sleep. Let’s look at the results.
Cub Swanson defeats Jeremy Stephens
Cub Swanson set the tone early but Stephens was game, Stephens wobbled Swanson a couple times in the second round but overall it wasn’t enough to beat a determined and sharp Cub Swanson. After the fight, Swanson said he wants to be the man to defeat champion Jose Aldo but “I won’t beg” in regards to the fight.
Cub Swanson via Decision (unanimous) (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Kelvin Gastelum defeats Nicholas Musoke
Kelvin Gastelum made a rookie mistake, he missed weight for the bout and was docked 20% of his purse. Perhaps part of the troubled weight cut, Gastelum looked slow and sluggish in the first round but was able to shake it off winning both the second and third rounds on the judges’ cards. Gastelum better prepare for his next fight properly because despite his potential, the UFC won’t look kindly on a young fighter who lack discipline.
Kelvin Gastelum via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cezar Ferreira defeats Andrew Craig
Cezar Ferreira looked good for the first 14 minutes of this fight. He bloodied Craig with a vicious elbow and controlled the fight. But in the final minute, Craig, with a sense of desperation that was needed earlier in the fight, began connecting with wild punches trying to get the finishes. It’s a shame for Craig these rounds aren’t 6 minutes or he might have pulled out a victory.
Cezar Ferreira via (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Ricardo Lamas defeats Hacran Dias
Ricardo Lamas won a back and forth clinch battle against Hacran Dias. The fight was closer than the cards suggest but Lamas did enough to earn the victory. No controversy here.
Ricardo Lamas via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Clint Hester defeats Antonio Braga Neto
In a highly controversial decision, Clint Hester won on two of three judges cards to defeat Antonio Braga Neto via split decision. Antonio Braga Neto looked to take the first two rounds with an epic display of ground fighting. He threw plenty of elbows and made submission attempts. Hester, in the third, fought like a man who needed a finish he unloaded on Braga Neto. In most peoples minds it wasn’t enough but we’re not judges so Hester wins.
Clint Hester via Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Ellenberger defeats James Moontasri
The main card opened with a split decision victory by Jake Ellenberger’s brother Joe, over James Moontasri. Moontasri was so good in the first round, it could have been a 10-8 round. He battered and bloodied Ellenberger to the point where the doctors had to examine Ellenberger before the start of the second. Ellenberger control the second with takedowns. Moontasri looked to have more gas in the tank at the end, finishing the fight in a flurry but it wasn’t enough to convince two judges that he won the fight.
Joe Ellenberger via Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night 44 Bonuses
Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson earned performance of the night bonus for their 5 round main event fight. Carlos Diego Ferreira submitted Colton Smith in just 38 seconds and Ray Borg tapped Shane Howell in the first to earn the other two $50,000 bonuses.
Carlos Diego Ferreira defeats Colton Smith Submission (rear-naked choke)
Cody Gibson defeats Johnny Bedford TKO (punches)
Marcelo Guimarães defeats Andy Enz Decision (split) (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Ray Borg defeats Shane Howell Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)
Oleksiy Oliynyk defeats Anthony Hamilton Submission (neck crank)