January 23, 2008
LAS VEGAS — Mike Swick's debut at welterweight was a success at least in terms of getting a victory, but it was from the kind of win he wanted.
Swick won a majority decision over Josh Burkman on Wednesday at the Pearl at the Palms in the main event of an Ultimate Fight Night card.
The fighters spent much of the night fending off each other's takedowns. There were few consistent exchanges and the crowd spent much of the night booing.
"I should have flurried a lot more, but I was trying to defend the takedown," said Swick, who dropped to welterweight from middleweight. "He's a strong guy."
The scores were 29-28 twice in favor of Swick and 29-29. Yahoo! Sports had it 29-28 for Burkman.
In the primary undercard bout, Patrick Cote took a hard left hook to the chin from Drew McFedries, which turned out to be the wakeup call he needed in their middleweight bout.
Cote landed a crushing right, two equally big lefts and another right that sent McFedries into a heap against the cage.
Cote wasted no time finishing the fight, pounding away until referee Herb Dean jumped in to halt the carnage at 1:44 of the first.
"He was playing cocky a little because he thought I didn't have enough power," Cote said.
In other bouts:
• Kurt Pellegrino took a kick to the face in the opening seconds of his bout with Alberto Crane that caused him to bite through his lower lip, opening a gash about 1½ inches.
Pellegrino, though, was beaming when he saw what had occurred and, with his body covered with his own blood, went on to methodically take Crane apart.
Crane, a jiu-jitsu expert, was willing to stand and trade punches with Pellegrino, which clearly proved to be a mistake. Pellegrino was better skilled and had heavier hands.
As the first round wore on, the strikes were taking a toll on Crane.
About two minutes into the second, he finally couldn't take it any more. Pellegrino landed a hard shot to the eye as Crane was on his back. Crane screamed in agony, grabbed his eye and rolled over onto his stomach.
Dean, viewing that as fleeing combat, quickly halted the bout at 1:55.
A beaming Pellegrino was showing off the gaping hole in his lip to the crowd, though he wasn't aware how he had gotten it.
"Nice kick," he said upon seeing a replay. "I thought it was a punch. At least no boogers came out of my nose."
• Nick Diaz, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5, worked his way out of a guillotine choke and slapped a triangle choken on Alvin Robinson. Robinson tapped out at 3:39 of the first. After the bout, Diaz said he wanted to face better competition and asked UFC president Dana White to match him with a contender in his next outing.
• In a dull lightweight bout, Thigao Tavaraes won a unanimous decision over Michihiro Omigawa. Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28. Yahoo! Sports had it 30-27 for Tavares.
• Matt Wiman submitted Justin Buchholz at 2:56 of the first to a rear naked choke.
• Corey Hill scored a second-round TKO of Joe Veres at 37 seconds of their lightweight bout.
• Gray Maynard was too strong for Dennis Siver and won a unanimous decision by scores of 29-28 twice and 30-27. Yahoo! Sports had it 30-27 for Maynard.
• Jeremy Stephens survived a slew of submission attempts from Cole Miller and finally won by strikes at 4:44 of the second round.
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