Sponsored by Bud Light and titled “Battle on the Bayou” the UFC brought the Octagon to New Orleans, where it will be fists, not beads, flying tonight in “The Big Easy.” Coming to us live from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana it’s UFC Fight Night 25.
UFN 25 was headlined by former welterweight title challenger, Jake Shields, looking to work his way back to a title shot starting with Jake Ellenberger. However, victory was not to be his after Ellenberger landed a big knee less than a minute into the opening frame of their fight and put Shields away shortly thereafter.
Also on the card were a pair of Ultimate Fighter winners with Season 11 champion Court McGee taking on Dongi Yang, a fight he won via Unanimous Decision, and Season 12 victor Jonathan Brookins battling Erik Koch who he fell to on the judges’ scorecards.
Read below for a full rundown of UFN 25 results:
Justin Edwards def. Jorge Lopez via Unanimous Decision
Robert Peralta def. Mike Lullo via Unanimous Decision
T.J. Waldburger def. Mike Stumpf via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Seth Baczynski def. Clay Harvison via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Ken Stone def. Donny Walker via Technical Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
Lance Benoist def. Matt Riddle via Unanimous Decision
Evan Dunham def. Shamar Bailey via Unanimous Decision
Vagner Rocha def. Cody McKenzie via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald
Round One: MacDonald worked very hard for a takedown and eventually gave up on it and decided to pull guard instead. MacDonald tried to control the posture of Belcher, but Belcher broke the posture and damaged MacDonald with some heavy punches and elbows from inside the guard. MacDonald survived the first wave and tried to lock on a kimura but Belcher escaped and continued to onslaught of ground and pound. Finally the ref stepped in as MacDonald was doing nothing but covering up while Belcher rained down strikes.
Result: Alan Belcher def. Jason MacDonald via Verbal Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Erik Koch vs. Jonathan Brookins
Round One: Brookins got inside early, pushed Koch against the cage, and softened him up a bit with knees to the body and elbows. Koch fought off the takedowns and landed some good short knees when Brookins would drop his head. Koch finally worked free and landed some good right hands and leg kicks but Brookins was right back on him in the clinch. Koch continued to stay upright though despite eating some short knees as the round ended. Close round but Koch did more damage overall and fended off the takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Koch.
Round Two: Koch continued to have success with the one-two and leg kicks while Brookins kept pressing forward, pushing Koch against the cage, and working for the takedown. Koch never went down though, and even got Brookins down at one point, but Brookins was right back up. Brookins finally got a takedown with a minute left in the round but Koch was up without taking much damage. Brookins stayed on Koch on the cage but still ate some short knees. Another pretty close round, but once again Koch did more damage and fended off the majority of the takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Koch.
Round Three: Koch really found his rhythm early in the third round, avoiding the clinch and picking apart Brookins with straight punches and leg kicks. Brookins was finally able to push Koch against the cage and establish his control. Koch ate an elbow on the break but then landed a head kick followed by a quick flurry before Brookins was once again able to put his back on the cage and control him. The round ends with Koch stuffing one last takedown. Another close round. If you favor control over damage then it’s possible that Brookins won all three rounds, but I favor damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Koch and the fight 30-27 for Koch.
Result: Erik Koch def. Jonathan Brookins via Unanimous Decision
Dongi Yang vs. Court McGee
Round One: Kind of a slow start with both men trying to find the range. Yang had a lot of success with the inside leg kick with McGee was looking to counter. Yang was getting through with the straight right but McGee took it well. McGee started to turn up the pressure late in the round but didn’t really land anything significant. A pretty dull round overall but I give the edge to Yang because he landed the cleaner strikes. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Yang.
Round Two: Yang did a nice job countering early and landing some effective punches. Yang landed a quick combo that seemed to stagger McGee, but didn’t really follow up. Yang fended off a couple of takedowns this round as well. McGee once again turned things up at the end of the round and clipped McGee with a couple of good punches. Another pretty dull round of action with Yang taking it based on the cleaner strikes landed. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Yang.
Round Three: Again a very slow start but Yang landed a left hook that briefly dropped McGee and followed it up with a flying knee. Yang pounced on him and got the back but McGee shook him off. McGee got to his feet and really started pressing the fight with punches. McGee got a takedown and moved right into mount but Yang was able to scramble up. McGee scored with a with another takedown, landed some big elbows from mount, and almost locked in a guillotine but the round ended. Finally some action. Yang started well but McGee really took over late, stealing the round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for McGee but the fight 29-28 for Yang.
Result: Court McGee def. Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision
Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger
Round One: Shields went for a couple of takedowns early but Ellenberger just shrugged him off. Shields got in close again, ate a huge knee that dropped him, and then got finished with a flurry of strikes from the turtle position. Very quick win for Ellenberger and Shields had no clue where he was.
Result: Jake Ellenberger def. Jake Shields via TKO Round 1 (Knee/Punches)