“UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou” took place Saturday night inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Welterweight Jake Ellenberger headlined his first Octagon show and made the most of his opportunity by posting a 1stRound TKO victory over Jake Shields. After flooring the former Strikeforce middleweight champ with a couple of knees, Ellenberger jumped on his injured opponent and unleashed several bombs on the canvas until their scrap was called.
The card’s co-featured attraction between Court McGee and Dongi Yang wasn’t quite as eventful. After roughly 12 forgettable minutes, the middleweights finally put on a show in the bouts closing minutes. McGee poured it on in the end to secure a unanimous decision win.
Justin Edwards Defeated Jorge Lopez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Robert Peralta Defeated Mike Lullo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
T.J. Waldburger Defeated Mike Stumpf via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:52 in the 1stround
Seth Baczynski Defeated Clay Harvison via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:12 in the 2ndRound
Ken Stone Defeated Donny Walker via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:40 in the 1stRound
Lance Benoist Defeated Matt Riddle via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Evan Dunham Defeated Shamar Bailey via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vagner Rocha Defeated Cody McKenzie via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:49 in the 2ndRound
Alan Belcher Defeated Jason MacDonald via Verbal Submission (Strikes) at 3:48 in the 1stRound
Erik Koch Defeated Jonathan Brookins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Court McGee Defeated Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-28)
Jake Ellenberger Defeated Jake Shields via TKO (Strikes) at :53 in the 1stRound
Fight of the Night:
Lance Benoist and Matt Riddle ($55,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
T.J. Waldburger ($55,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Jake Ellenberger ($55,000)
According to officials, 7,112 fans packed the area for a live gate of $685,000.
After a 16-month layoff, Alan Belcher was ecstatic to be able to return in such convincing fashion.
Evan Dunham credited striking coach Ray Sefo for his lopsided victory.
Jake Ellenberger said he went through a hellish training camp, particularly the last eight weeks, to get ready for Jake Shields. He worked extensively with his knees with Mark Munoz at Reign Training Center.
As customary with all UFC Fight Night events, company president Dana White did not attend the post-fight press conference. However, Floyd Mayweather’s controversial victory over Victor Ortiz was the primary reason he was pulled away last night.
Here’s what White tweeted after rushing to watch the boxing match on pay-per-view:
“Was that NUTS or what!?!? Dirty from both fighters and the most HORRIBLE refereeing I have EVER seen in boxing or anywhere else!
“Ref never sent a fighter to a neutral corner to take a point. Especially after a intentional head butt! That’s why u have a ref!!!!
You can’t blame the fighters. The ref is in there to stop that shit from happening! That is the worst ref’n I have ever seen in boxing EVER”