UFC on ESPN 18 Prelims: Anderson dos Santos Drops Guillotine, Throttles Martin Day

By: Brian Knapp
Nov 28, 2020

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Anderson dos Santos has a strangulation fixation.

The Babuino Gold Team bantamweight on Saturday strengthened his position on the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster, as he submitted Martin Day with a guillotine choke in the first round of their featured UFC on ESPN 18 prelim at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Day (8-5, 0-3 UFC) raised the white flag 4:35 into Round 1 and remains winless through three appearances inside the Octagon.

Dos Santos (21-8, 1-2 UFC) swooped in on a takedown midway through the first round despite considerable resistance from the former Universal Reality Combat Championship titleholder. Day absorbed some ground-and-pound, created some space out of butterfly guard and sprang to his feet. However, he transitioned to an ill-advised takedown of his own, left his neck exposed and walked into a trap. Soon after, the guillotine was in place and Day’s night was done.

The 35-year-old dos Santos sports 12 submission victories on his resume, 11 of them via choke.

Mazany Body Kick Unravels Ostovich

Glory MMA’s Gina Mazany cut down “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 26 quarterfinalist Rachael Ostovich with a front kick to the body in the third round of their women’s flyweight encounter. Ostovich (4-6, 1-3 UFC) bowed out 4:10 into Round 3, as she suffered her third straight defeat.

Mazany (7-4, 2-4 UFC) wore down the Hawaiian with a series of clinches, takedowns and ground exchanges. Ostovich did her best work on the counter, but she failed to stay upright long enough to turn the tide in her favor. Mazany fought through fatigue, continued her pursuit of takedowns and struck when the moment was right. She buried the second of two front kicks into Ostovich’s midsection with roughly a minute remaining in the match, followed up with a few punches and forced referee Mark Smith to intervene.

The win was Mazany’s first in the UFC in more than three years.

Promising Mudaerji Filets Gordon

Enbo Gedou export Su Mudaerji put away Bellator MMA alum Malcolm Gordon with punches in the first round of their flyweight clash. Gordon (12-5, 0-2 UFC) succumbed to blows 44 seconds into Round 1, the unwitting victim of the third-fastest finish in UFC history at 125 pounds.

Mudaerji (13-4, 2-1 UFC) seemed to have the Canadian measured from the outset. Stinging leg kicks gave way to surgical left hands, and Gordon had no means of recourse. Mudaerji sent a straight left crashing into his face, then followed with a sneaky left hook around the guard that short-circuited his adversary and resulted in a delayed-reaction knockdown. The 24-year-old Tibetan prospect connected with a final shot on the prone Gordon before referee Dan Miragliotta could arrive on the scene.

On a two-fight winning streak, Mudaerji has now delivered 11 of his 13 career victories by knockout or technical knockout.

Maness Choke Submits Sanders

Former TKO Major League MMA champion Joseph Nathan Maness submitted Luke Sanders with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their catchweight pairing at 140 pounds. Maness (13-1, 2-0 UFC) brought it to a close 2:29 into Round 2, extending his run of consecutive victories to three.

In his first appearance in nearly two years, Sanders (13-4, 3-4 UFC) was in charge of much of the action. The onetime Resurrection Fighting Alliance titleholder chipped away at Maness with leg kicks, forced clinches and swarmed with punches along the fence, his potent left hand tipping the spear. However, his overzealous offensive blitzes left him vulnerable. Maness withstood a burst of punches against the cage midway through the second round, floored his counterpart with a clubbing right hand and went to work. The rangy Kentucky native executed a takedown, moved to mount and ultimately progressed to the back, at which point he cinched the choke and prompted the tapout.

Sanders, 34, has lost four of his past six bouts.

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