Myles Jury celebrates after defeating Mike Ricci at UFC 165. | Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Myles Jury did just enough to keep his undefeated record intact.
The Alliance MMA lightweight utilized takedowns and a suffocating top game in procuring a split decision over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 finalist Mike Ricci at UFC 165 “Jones vs. Gustafsson” on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All three judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Jury (13-0, 4-0 UFC).
In a bout marred by long periods of uneventful activity, Jury played it safe. He delivered takedowns in the first and third rounds, neutralizing the lanky Canadian on the canvas. Ricci (8-4, 1-2 UFC) used his long limbs to great effect in round two, where he popped Jury’s midsection with kicks and kept him on the end of a stout jab. Still, Jury remained true to his game plan and kept the Tristar Gym representative from ever fully turning the tide in his favor.
Reis Victorious in Octagon Debut
Takedowns, ground-and-pound and superior topside grappling spurred former EliteXC champion Wilson Reis to a unanimous decision over Ivan Menjivar at 135 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28 for Reis (17-4, 1-0 UFC), who replaced an injured Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto.
Menjivar (25-11, 4-4 UFC) got his kicks in gear in the first round but could not sustain his attack. Over the next 10 minutes, Reis grounded and controlled the Tristar Gym representative. He was most effective in round three, where he struck for a takedown and moved to full mount for an extended period of time.
Reis, 28, has won five straight fights.
Accurate Thompson Outclasses Clements
Five-time world kickboxing champion Stephen Thompson knocked out Chris Clements with a series of pinpoint strikes in the second round of their welterweight clash. Thompson (8-1, 3-1 UFC) put the Canadian to bed 87 seconds into round two.
Clements (11-5, 1-1 UFC) was routinely beaten to punch and also found himself outmatched on the ground. Thompson rocked the Shawn Tompkins protégé with a short right hand, pursued him to the mat and then allowed him to stand. Another ringing right behind the ear followed soon after, and Thompson finished it with a surgical left hook that sent a dazed Clements careening into the cage.
Gagnon Guillotine Finishes Kimura
Team Shredder’s Mitch Gagnon choked the previously unbeaten Dustin Kimura unconscious with a first-round guillotine in an action-packed bantamweight tilt. Kimura (10-1, 1-1 UFC) went limp 4:05 into round one, forcing referee Yves Lavigne to intervene on his behalf.
Gagnon (10-2, 2-1 UFC) pressured the Hawaiian with a relentless stream of punches from the start, bloodying his nose in the process. Kimura answered with a beautiful left hook to the liver, briefly turning the tide. However, Gagnon later sprawled on an ill-advised takedown attempt, jumped into the arm-in guillotine and ended it there. The 28-year-old Canadian has won eight of his last nine bouts.
Makdessi Hands Forte Early Dismissal
Tristar Gym representative John Makdessi wiped out “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 graduate Renee Forte with first-round punches in their brief lightweight encounter. Makdessi (12-2, 5-2 UFC) dispatched the Brazilian 2:01 into round one, winning for the third time in as many appearances.
A Team Nogueira export, Forte (8-3, 1-2 UFC) was outgunned on the feet. Makdessi sent the 26-year-old crashing to the canvas with a pair of grazing right hands to the temple and then knocked him unconscious with follow-up blows.
Prazeres Decisions Newcomer Ronson
Jungle Fight veteran Michel Richard Cunha dos Prazeres settled for a split decision against Canadian lightweight Jesse Ronson, as he rode repeated takedowns and ground-and-pound to a narrow verdict on the scorecards. All three judges saw it 29-28, with two of them giving the nod to Prazeres (17-1, 1-1 UFC).
The Brazilian did his best work in the first round, where he grounded Ronson (13-3, 0-1 UFC) at will, moved to his back and nearly cinched a rear-naked choke. Takedowns were again the theme in round two, though Prazeres’ pace had clearly slowed. A late replacement for the injured Mark Bocek, Ronson made a late bid to sway the judges over the final five minutes.
With Prazeres fading, the 27-year-old Canadian found a home for his punches, attacked his counterpart’s legs from the Ali-Inoki position and generally stonewalled the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s advances. His efforts, though admirable, were unsuccessful.
‘Bruce Leeroy’ Outpoints Canadian Delorme
Stiff jabs, sneaky combinations and chopping leg kicks carried “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 alum Alex Caceres to a split decision over Roland Delorme in a competitive clash at 135 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of them siding with Caceres (9-5, 4-3 UFC).
Delorme (9-2, 3-1 UFC) used scrambles to his advantage during a wild first five minutes, transitioning to the back and threatening “Bruce Leeroy” with a rear-naked choke. In rounds two and three, Caceres’ length and boxing skills became a factor into the exchanges more and more, as he peppered the Canadian with jabs up high and thudding leg kicks down low.
Omielanczuk Left Hook KOs Guelmino
Polish import Daniel Omielanczuk knocked out Nandor Guelimino with a left hook midway through the third round of their heavyweight scrap. Omielanczuk (16-3-1, 1-0 UFC) drew it to a close 3:18 into round three, as the 31-year-old delivered his 12th consecutive victory.
After two forgettable frames, the slogging heavyweights engaged one another in the clinch. Omielanczuk created some separation with an overhand left and then connected with the hook that buried Guelmino (11-5-1, 0-1 UFC), the first Austrian ever to compete inside the Octagon.