Today’s (Sat., April 11, 2015) UFC Fight Night 64 is in the books from the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland.
The headlining bout featured a rematch between former top heavyweight stars Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga, the man that knocked him out of the title shot everyone thought he would earn way back in 2007.
Both fighters need a win to stay relevant even in a division as shallow as heavyweight, making the headliner a crucial for both aging sluggers’ career paths. The bout kicked off with Gonzaga snapping a straight right hand followed by a looping right hook. Cro Cop was tentative and took a body kick before getting taken down with a textbook double leg. “”Napao” got the mount and but was reversed by Cro Cop, who went for a heel hook. Gonzaga quickly countered with one of his own and a decent first round ended with Gonzaga on top. Cro Cop landed a stiff straight left in the second, missing on a huge left high kick attempt. Gonzaga got another takedown to smother Cro Cop and Filipovic attacked with elbows from the bottom. Gaining the mount once again, “Napao” rained down strong punches and elbows that cut Cro Cop open badly. Gonzaga clinched in the third, but Cro Cop fought back with a stiff short elbow to wobble the Brazilian. Filipovic scored with big elbows over and over, bloodying Gonzaga to earn the emphatic comeback stoppage to save the UFC’s Polish debut.
In the co-main event, Jimi Manuwa returned from a more than yearlong absence to take on under-the-radar Polish striker Jan Blachowicz. The hometown fighter came out with a stiff jab to chants of “Poland” from the crowd. Manuwa pushed forward with some heavy left hands, clinching to land some knees. At the end of the frame, “Poster Boy” broke to land some strikes and was met by a flurry from Blachowicz. The second round featured Manuwa pressing the action with some kicks and punches, but Blacowicz snapped a good counter kick followed by a jab. Manuwa went back to his knees from the clinch. Blachowicz broke to land a strong uppercut, following with a knee before the second ended. Both fighters traded left hooks in the last round, with Balcowicz pumping his jab. Manuwa clinched but Blachowicz scored a huge high kick and a strong combo. Manuwa pushed the pace in the final minute, unleashing a big combo to win a unanimous decision.
Next up, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott met Polish native Pawel Pawlak. Westcott looked to grapple early, scoring with some knees and a brief takedown. Pawlak reversed to land in side control for a moment, but Westcott ended the opening round with more grinding clinch work. Pawlak came out swining in the second, nailing Westcott with a high kick and some vicious knees that had him in trouble. But Westcott soon returned to his grueling clinch to earn a restart. Pawlak looked for his kicks, turning the tables with ground control. Pawlak landed huge punches to start the third, expectedly drawing a clinch attempt from Westcott. Pawlak defended well and quickly got up from a takedown, scoring a trip to land in top position. Pawlak passed to side control and put his knee on Westcott’s throat to land some hard strikes. Another long clinch from Westcott and a strong combo from Pawlak ended the bout. The Polish native took home a unanimous decision, scoring a 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards in the end.
TUF 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood got the main card started against Maryna Moroz. Calderwood came out aggressive, nailing Moroz with a hard left hand. Moroz fought back with a series of punches, and then went for an armbar when the fight went to the ground. It was tight, and Moroz scored the absolutely massive upset by handing Calderwood her first-ever loss in MMA. Adding a bit of flair to the rapidly growing UFC women’s strawweight arena, Moroz jumped on the fence to throw some words at Polish champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
In the featured preliminary bout, British striker Leon Roberts put on a shocking show against veteran Seth Baczynski. Knocking him out in eight seconds with two vicious straight left hands, Roberts set the record for the second-fastest knockout in welterweight history.
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UFC Fight Night Poland Full Results:
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET):
Mirko Filipovic def. Gabriel Gonzaga via R3 TKO (strikes, 3:30)
Jimi Manuwa def. Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Pawel Pawlak def. Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Maryna Moroz def. Joanne Calderwood via R1 submission (armbar, 1:30)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET):
Leon Edwards def. Seth Baczynski via R1 KO (punch, 0:08)
Bartosz Fabinski def. Garreth McLellan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergio Moraes def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yaotzin Meza def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Hamilton def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Aleksandra Albu def. Izabela Badurek via R2 submission (guillotine choke, 3:34)
Stevie Ray def. Marcin Bandel via R2 TKO (strikes, 1:35)
Taylor Lapilus def. Rocky Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)