Sean Woodson, Billy Quarantillo, Jamahal Hill Reel in UFC Contracts on DWCS

By: Brian Knapp
Jul 24, 2019
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has three new additions, as Sean Woodson, Billy Quarantillo and Jamahal Hill were awarded contracts on Season 3, Episode 5 of Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Woodson knocked out Sikjitsu rep Terrance McKinney with a flying knee in the second round of their featherweight battle. A short-notice replacement for the injured Adli Edwards, Woodson (6-0) drew the curtain 1:49 into Round 2.

McKinney (6-2) dictated terms at the start, as he secured a takedown, transitioned to the back and consolidated his position with a body triangle before running through a series of cranks and rear-naked chokes. Woodson did not go away. McKinney scored another takedown early in the middle stanza and moved to the back once again. However, Woodson freed himself, returned to his feet and marched forward. As McKinney shot for another takedown, he was met with a perfectly timed knee that turned out the lights.

The setback closed the book on McKinney’s two-fight winning streak.

A former King of the Cage champion, Quarantillo put away Kamuela Kirk with punches in the third round of their featherweight pairing. Quarantillo (12-2) brought it to a close 22 seconds into Round 3, as he extended his winning streak to five fights.

Victory did not come easy. Kirk (8-3) controlled the first round with takedowns, ground-and-pound and stellar positional grappling. He achieved full mount and advanced to the back on multiple occasions, but his inability to finish left him with a depleted gas tank. Quarantillo found another gear in the second round, where he drilled the Siege MMA rep with knees, punches, elbows and kicks, all while attacking the head, body and legs. Kirk’s situation did not improve between rounds. Quarantillo stormed out of the corner in the third, unleashed another stream of knees and punches and forced referee Herb Dean to call for a standing TKO.

The loss snapped Kirk’s run of consecutive victories at three.

Hill disposed of Titan Fighting Championship alum Alexander Poppeck with punches and elbows in the second round of their light heavyweight affair. Poppeck (9-3) succumbed to blows 4:29 into Round 2, as he lost for the third time in five appearances.

Hill (1-0) did much of his damage at close range, burying repeated knee strikes into the German’s midsection. He hit his stride in the second round, where he let fly with combinations and continued to zero in on the body devastating knees. Poppeck’s condition went from desperate to dire. Hill assumed top position on a failed takedown, moved to mount and prompted the stoppage with unanswered punches and elbows.

Meanwhile, Ramazan Kuramagomedov kept his perfect professional record intact, as he eked out a split decision over Jordan Williams in a three-round middleweight tilt. Two of the three cageside judges scored it 29-28 for Kuramagomedov, while a third cast a dissenting 30-27 nod for Williams.

Not much separated the two 185-pound prospects. Kuramagomedov (6-0) instigated a firefight in the first round but staggered on the end of a left hand from his opponent. He found his rhythm in the second, as he incorporated leg kicks, lung right hooks a punishing left cross and even landed a takedown. Williams refused to wilt. He went strike for strike with the Professional Fighters League vet across the final five minutes and countered a Kuramagomedov head kick with a sneaky two-punch combination in the center of the cage. They continued uncorking punches at one another until the final bell, blood streaming from multiple cuts.

The loss was Williams’ first in nearly three years.

Finally, American Kickboxing Academy export J.J. Okanovich leaned on power punching bursts, airtight submission defense and a superior gas tank, as he took a unanimous decision from Christian Lohsen in a three-round lightweight confrontation. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for Okanovich (7-1).

Lohsen (5-2) had the Bellator MMA veteran in real danger in the first round, where he executed a takedown, shifted to side control and bit down on a brabo choke. He later transitioned to a triangle choke but squandered his advantage in a haste to finish and wound up eating ground-and-pound from the bottom. Fatigue overtook both men in the second and third rounds, but it appeared to impact Lohsen to a greater extent. He carried his hands at his waist and offered nothing in terms of effective defense. Okanovich piled up the punches, as the gap between the two lightweights widened with each passing second.

The 28-year-old Okanovich has rattled off seven straight wins.

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