UFC Fight Night 49 Main Card Recap: Rafael Dos Anjos Knocks Out Ben Henderson In Oklahoma


The second event of the day from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC Fight Night 49, went down tonight (Saturday, Aug.16 2014) from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it featured another great card of mixed martial arts action.

Headlining the event was a pivotal battle in the lightweight division as former champion Benson Henderson took on Brazilian standout Rafael Dos Anjos which had a short but dramatic finish. Right from the bell RDA came after Henderson and was showing him no respect on the feet.

A flying knee from Dos Anjos put “Bendo” on his back and when Henderson got back up he was met with a crushing left hook which put his lights out. “Smooth” appealed against the stoppage as he recovered quickly but the correct decision was made by “Big” John McCarthy.

The co-main featured one of the best finishes of the night as Jordan Mein flattened UFC vet Mike Pyle in just over one minute with a devastating left hook. Mein followed the shot up with a few more on the ground but Pyle was already done and referee Dan Miragliotta waived of the contest. With the stoppage “Young Gun” has back-to-back wins in the UFC following his victory over Hernani Perpetuo in April.

Former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites picked up his fourth straight win since his return to the UFC with a impressive second round upset over Francis Carmont. The Brazilian was unable to launch much of an offence in the first round but he came out firing early in the second and surprised Carmont with a quick barrage of punches. A couple of hard shots was enough to down “Limitless” and hand Leites his second straight win by KO/TKO.

Max Holloway and UFC newcomer Clay Collard put together one of the most exciting scraps of the night in their catchweight bout. Collard took the fight on just 10-ten days notice, stepping in for the injured Mirsad Bektic, he turned out to be a great replacement as he came at Holloway non-stop throughout the contest. However, despite his valiant effort, “Blessed” was just too much for him to handle and picked him apart before getting the finish in the final round.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Live semi-finalist James Vick made a successful return to the UFC after a year long lay off to pick up his second win inside the Octagon over the debuting Valmir Lazaro. Vick had the Nova Uniao Fighter hurt numerous times throughout the fight but Lazaro refused to quit, but it didn’t matter as he went on to lose a decision.

Opening up the main card was a featherweight contest between Chas “The Scraper” Skelly and Finland’s Tom Niinimaki. It took Skelly under a minute to secure a takedown, from there he was able to quickly take his opponents back before sinking in a rear-naked choke. Niinimaki tried to break out but the squeeze was too much and he was forced to tap.

UFC Fight Night 49 Main Card Results:

Chas Skelly def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 1 – 2:35

James Vick def. Valmir Lazaro via unanimous decision

Max Holloway def. Clay Collard via TKO (punches) Round 3 – 3:47

Thales Leites def. Francis Carmont via KO (punch) Round 2 – 0:20

Jordan Mein def. Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 1:21

Rafael Dos Anjos def. Benson Henderson via KO Round 1 – 2:31

Photo: Joe Camporeale for USA TODAY Sports

  • Zip

    Wow. This why I'm not a betting man. Kudos Dos Anjos.

    • Zip

      This 'is' why…

      • Sure your inner pirate didn't kick in?

        • A pirate walks into a bar, and he's got a steering wheel sticking out of his pants. The bartender sees him and asks, "Hey, what's that steering wheel doing there?" The pirate says, "Aaarrrr, it's driving me nuts."

          • Kid with a lisp is trick-o-treating dressed as a pirate. The lady at the door asks "Where's your buccaneers? Kid replies "White here o my buccin head lady!"

          • McCarthy is probably the best ref in MMA.
            That fight was correct being stopped like it was. Ben was smoothly crawly between John's legs lost in "where the fug am I" land.

  • Agreed. Amazing knockout. Rafael Cordeiro has made RDA and Fabricio Werdum absolute beasts at Muay Thai.

  • Not even sure why I don't like Benson, glad he lost. Might be because after he won the title he was already talking about breaking Andersons records.

    • IDK, I never cared for him either for some reason….maybe the nappy hair that needs to be cut.

  • Maybe I haven't been noticing but, how many times has Big John McCarthy been back reffing the UFC events?
    I was glad to see him reffing he main event.

  • i guess you could say that tko was pretty……."smooth"……no? okay 🙁

  • i guess you could say that tko was pretty……."smooth"……no? okay 🙁

  • EARLY STOPPAGE,….anyone?

    • Not at all. Henderson had eaten a huge knee and a sharp left right to the weak spot on his jaw. There is a very slim chance he would have recovered but more than likely he would have been smashed unconscious. Stoppages like this protect fighters and give them longevity. Unless it is a title fight I think that stoppage last night is a perfect example of when to jump in. In title fights however, I do think a chance to recover should be given even if it means they get smashed unconscious as there is much more riding on the outcome of the fight, but only in title fights.

      • he wasn't out. after he got dropped with your so called sharp left right combination, he was still defending himself. he could easily grab one of his legs to get some rest or something. did he got beatin up? yes he did! but for example, look at the diaz vs. daley fight…diaz got dropped too and recovered after some leggrabs and finally knocked daley out. and there are a lot of examples, where dazed fighters found back in the fight and won. so i still think it was a little to early.

  • all those BS decisions came back to bite him in the butt..tony martin that kid looked so good then gassed wtf