The three-time NCAA All-American wrestler returned to his roots in
a lopsided unanimous decision over the favored Teruto
“The Ultimate Fighter 25” Finale on Friday at T-Mobile Arena in
Las Vegas. Listed as a +273 underdog by BetDSI.com, Maynard was
awarded three 10-8 rounds by the cageside judges and walked away
with 30-26 scores across the board.
FightMetric credited “The
Bully” with 11 takedowns -- more than his eight previous fights
combined -- and six guard passes in the rout. Ishihara (-367) was
powerless to stop his advances. The
Team Alpha Male representative attempted just 19 total strikes
in the 15-minute affair, as he was forced to play defense from the
bottom. The 11 takedowns were a career-high for Maynard, besting
his previous benchmark of nine set against Frankie
Edgar in April 2008.
“This was probably the best camp [for me], hands down, just all the
coaches communicating, asking me how I am, pulling back if I need
to,” Maynard said afterward. “It really came together unbelievably.
I don’t really see anybody stopping me after this.”
Maynard credited Ishihara’s toughness in denying his bids for
“He was doing a good job,” Maynard said. “He was slippery. He comes
from a good team. We wanted to break him. We prepared to get him
tired in Round 1, but he was pretty game.”
Johnson (-157) had the undefeated Trevor Wittman protégé reeling at
the end of the first round and again at the start of the second,
but he could not close the deal. A brutal knee strike to the body
in the center of the cage turned the tide for Gaethje (+128), who
followed with a short uppercut to the face and then emptied his
clip, cracking “The Menace” with punches, leg kicks, a flying knee
and standing elbows. Johnson retreated to the cage, where more
punches and one final knee drove him to a seated position and
forced referee John McCarthy to act 4:48 into the second round.
Klose improved to 8-0-1 and staked his claim as one of the top
young lightweights on the UFC roster with a split decision over
Association of Mixed Martial Arts champion Marc
Diakiese. Klose (+203) chipped away at the explosive
American Top Team export’s base with kicks to the lower leg and
held off a late surge, prompting 29-28 scores from judges Jeff
Mullen and Marcos Rosales. Derek Clearly cast a dissenting 29-28
nod for Diakiese (-262), who tasted defeat for the first time in
his 13-fight career.