UFC on Versus 5 Prelims: Benavidez Outstrikes Wineland, Hamman Outlasts Dolloway, Herman Heel Hooks Noke
The UFC on Versus 5 prelims offered a ton of excitement as five of the eight bouts saw stoppages including a heel hook from Ed Herman and come-from-behind win for Jared Hamman. Joseph Benavidez looked impressive as well with a decision victory over former WEC champ Eddie Wineland.
It was business as usual for Joseph Benavidez as the Team Alpha Male bantamweight continued his winning ways against Eddie Wineland.
Utilizing his speed and technique, Benavidez earned a unanimous decision victory with a score of 30-27 from all three judges en route to his third straight win and second within the UFC.
From the onset, Benavidez proved that he was comfortable with Wineland's reach advantage as he consistently popped the jab and caught the former WEC champ with a number of left hooks opening a cut on his temple.
Benavidez relied on much of the same strategy throughout the fight but found himself in an unenviable spot early in the second. After catching was seemed to be an inadvertent eye poke, he turned his back to his opponent expecting the action to be halted. However, referee Josh Rosenthal never stopped the bout and Wineland pounced landing shots against the cage.
No matter, Benavidez skirted around the hiccup and was able to return to his strategy landing shots at will. When all was said and done Benavidez reigned supreme handing Wineland his second straight defeat at the hands of Team Alpha Male.
Herman Heel Hooks Noke, Hands Australian First UFC Loss
It wasn't easy for Ed Herman to improve upon his most recent trip inside of the Octagon but "Short Fuse" found a way.
Following up his :48 second TKO victory over Tim Credeur in June, Herman showcased his dangerous ground game at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee on Sunday night submitting Kyle Noke with a picture-perfect inverted heel hook 4:15 into the first round.
After missing an early front kick, Noke was able to secure a takedown and get Herman onto the mat early into the bout. However, once the action left the feet it was all Herman.
The Ultimate Fighter runner-up repeatedly searched for an armbar and triangle before his opponent found himself in a compromising position standing above Herman. The Fort Collins native immediately grabbed a hold of Noke's left leg and sunk in a sickening inverted heel hook. Referee Mario Yamasaki called a halt to the bout after Noke tapped feverishly due to the submission.
With the victory Herman improved his win streak to two. His record within the UFC now stands at 6-5 and he has put himself back into a favorable position in the middleweight division.
For Noke, the loss will sting seeing that it was his first in the UFC and first since 2008. The defeat puts any talk of Australian title discussion on hold.
Hamman Outlasts Dolloway
After the first five minutes between Jarred Hamman and C.B. Dolloway, things didn't look good for "The Messenger".
Dolloway was able to land an early takedown and land two monstrous right hands that sent Hamman reeling against the cage. However, the end of the round occurred right after the shots changing everything.
Thes second round was a complete changeup as Hamman came out firing on all cylinders landing shots and eventually bringing Dolloway to the ground. Once there, Hamman blasted his opponent with shot after shot until Herb Dean was forced to halt the action.
Also on the night's preliminary card was Ronny Markes dominant decision debut over Karlos Vemola, Jimy Hetes impressive submission over Alex Caceres, Cole Miller's second round stoppage over T.J. O'Brien, Jacob Volkmann's decision over Danny Castillo, and Edwin Figueroa's destruction of Jason Reinhardt.