The grudge match between TUF winner and #6 ranked lightweight Mike Chisea and #11 Kevin Lee ended in a controversial stoppage. As the first round began, Chisea found his mark by landing strikes, took Lee down and attempted the guillotine. Lee picks up Chisea and drops him on his back. Chisea sticks to the straight arm lock and transitions to triangle choke. Both the fighters battle it out for a better position. Lee defends the triangle choke and is now into the guard of Chisea. Lee gets the dominant position and goes straight to the back, lands some good shots while keeping the body triangle. Chisea keeps taking a lot of punches from Lee. Chisea tries to get up but Lee digs in the choke and pulls him down. 12 secs into the choke and referee Mario Yamasaki steps in to stop the fight. WHAT THE BEEP! Chisea didn’t tap and Yamasaki just stopped. The outroar is huge and Chisea is not a happy man.
On a lighter note, Dana White mixed up Yamasaki with Mazzagati and shared his response to the early stoppage
- Johnny ‘Big Rigg’ Hendricks has taken his nickname quite seriously as he missed weight since he moved into the middle weight division. Tim Boetsch has finished five of his last six opponent’s ether by KO or TKO. He has also significantly improved his fight game as he displayed his striking prowess against Johhny Hendricks. In round 2, Boetsch fakes a right hand and lands a heavy head kick which stumbles Hendricks. Tim unleashes multiple uppercuts as Hendricks drops down and referee steps in to stop the fight.
- Felice ‘The Lil Bulldog’ Herrig derails Justine’s undefeated streak by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) and wins a third straight since her loss to Paige Van Zant in 2015. Justine was all heart when she refused to give up and survived the deep choke by her opponent. The veteran Herrig has been making significant improvements in striking and grappling over the last couple of years.
- One fight that did stand out from the rest was between Dominic Reyes and Joachim Christensen in the light heavyweight division. With six of his last seven fights ending in the first round, Reyes promises to be the next standout in this stacked division. Twenty-three days ago he was competing in the LFA 13 event and head kicked his way to victory in just 53 secs. It just took him 29 secs to flatten Christensen and with the win has improved his record to 7-0.
- BJ Penn’s hopes of making a comeback have been washed up by Dennis Siver who took a majority decision win. All three rounds, it was Siver who dominated and outclassed the Hawaiian legend. There were at times when Penn displayed glimpses of his past by dropping Siver in the second round, but other than that he had nothing to offer. Siver picked up his first win since 2014 while Penn is now on a five-fight losing skid.
- In the FS2 prelims, former champ Carla Esparza grinded her way to win against the Iron Lady Maryna Moroz. It was her takedowns that got the job done. Clay Guida totally dominated Eric Koch for the three rounds and took the unanimous decision win. Jared Gordon finished Michel Quinones by second-round TKO victory.