twitter google

Cote Ekes Out Win over Voelker in Welter Debut – UFC 158 Prelim Results

MONTREAL, March 16 ”“ Patrick Cote‘s welterweight debut started out well in the Octagon and ended well on the scorecards, but in between, it appeared Strikeforce veteran Bobby Voelker had done enough to win his UFC debut at the Bell Centre Saturday night, only to lose a close unanimous decision to “The Predator.”All three judges saw it 29-28 for Cote, now 20-8; Voelker falls to 24-9.I thought I won the first two rounds, but it was a good, competitive, close fight, said Cote. I felt good at the weight for the first time at welterweight, but I got real tired after the second round and he pushed me around in the last round. This was my first time making the weight, this is a learning process for me, and I will work on that with my trainers and try to make sure this doesn‘t happen next time. But welterweight is the weight for me now. Next time it will be a little easier and I will be closer to 100% and not tire so fast.After a rousing reception from his hometown crowd, Cote came out swinging, nailing Voelker with some hard shots in the process as his fans chanted his name. Voelker proceeded to tie Cote up, but the Canadian reversed position against the fence and then landed an elbow that allowed him to break free. Moments later, the two locked up again, with Cote getting a brief trip to the mat before Voelker took him down. Cote worked well from the bottom, trying to hit a submission on the Missouri native. Voelker stayed out of trouble, but wasn‘t able to do much with his dominant top position.Cote kept the pressure on in the standup game in round two, looking faster and sharper than he has in a long time. Midway through the round, Voelker rallied back, and he seemed to be getting his opponent‘s attention for the first time in the fight, prompting Cote, who was now bleeding from his forehead, to tie up against the fence. After a brief break to catch his breath, Cote broke loose and flurried again before matching a Voelker takedown with one of his own just before the bell.With five minutes left, Cote and Voelker met in the middle of the Octagon and swung haymakers at each other, with Voelker getting the best of the action. After locking up, another heated exchange favored the American, who then took Cote down and began firing off ground strikes. Cote tried to catch Voelker in a submission, but to no avail, and even a brief return to the feet was greeted by another series of ground and pound from Voelker until the fight ended.ELKINS vs. CARVALHOAfter four straight decision wins, surging featherweight Darren Elkins got the finish he craved, stopping Ontario‘s Antonio Carvalho in the first round.The TKO was Elkins‘ first finish since he defeated Duane Ludwig via injury in March of 2010.After the two kept the fight standing and had their moments in the early going, Elkins wobbled Carvalho with a right to the head. Carvalho stumbled and Elkins moved in, dropping the Canadian with a left-right seconds later. Carvalho rose, but referee Yves Lavigne had seen enough, halting the bout at the 3:06 mark, a decision that was greeted by boos from the Bell Centre crowd and protests from Carvalho, but the verdict stands.“He was hurt for sure but after I dropped him he popped back up, and I don‘t think the referee put himself in the position to see that, said Elkins. I feel bad for him, but of course I am going to say that I would have stopped him anyway. He was very cool about it, he told me that I hurt him and he had no complaints. He‘s a true martial artist and great guy.“I don‘t blame Darren, said Carvalho. He isn‘t the referee. Listen, he hit me with something because I remember going down. I shouldn‘t have been caught with the punch in the first place because some referees are safety-first and you don‘t get to do it again. I feel bad he got a big win and was booed. It wasn‘t his call to stop it like that.Elkins, now winner of five in a row, ups his record to 17-2; Carvalho drops to 15-6.Watch Elkins’ post-fight interviewMEIN vs. MILLER After eluding an early submission attempt, Alberta‘s Jordan Mein went on to look spectacular in his UFC debut, handing veteran Dan Miller his first ever TKO loss, stopping him in the first round of their welterweight bout.After some standup from both fighters to kick off the bout, Miller made the first big move, taking Mein down in the opening minute. On the mat, Miller almost hit paydirt with an armbar attempt, but Mein rolled his way out of trouble and back to his feet. Mein had better luck while standing, scoring a knockdown with a straight left with 90 seconds left. Miller recovered quickly, but Mein had found his range, bloodying and then dropping Miller a second time with a body shot. This time, the New Jersey native would not be able to recover, as Mein‘s follow up barrage forced a stop to the contest by referee Marc-Andre Cote at 4:42 of the opening round.Fighting in the UFC for the first time was just an awesome experience, said Mein. I had a…

View the entire story here

Follow MMALinker