On Saturday August 16, the UFC held UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St.Preux from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

In the night’s main event light heavyweights Ryan Bader and Ovince St.Preux battled to move up the light heavyweight hierarchy. Bader (17-4) came in riding a two fight winning streak with decision nods over Rafael Cavalcante and Anthony Perosh since his most recent loss a year ago to most recent light heavyweight title challenger, Glover Teixiera. St.Preux (16-5) got his first main event slot as a member of the UFC in only his fifth octagon appearance. St.Preux is unbeaten in his four fights with the promotion and has finished three straight opponents.

In the night’s co-main event perennial lightweight contenders, Ross Pearson and Gray Maynard, faced off. Pearson (15-7) was coming off a highly controversial split decision loss to Diego Sanchez and a no contest against Melvin Guillard. Before that Pearson had back-to-back TKO victories upon returning to 155 pounds after a brief stint at featherweight. Maynard (11-3-1) was trying to get his career back on track. The former title challenger had lost three of his last four bouts by TKO and had last stepped in the cage nine months ago against Nick Diaz. Before the recent rough patch, Maynard was unbeaten in his first ten bouts.

The rest of the main card featured tough-as-nails middleweights, Tim Boetsch and Brad Tavares. Welterweight, Alan Jouban, made his UFC debut against Seth Baczynski. Heavyweight sluggers, Shawn Jordan and Jack May, went toe-to-toe and featherweights, Robbie Peralta and Thiago Tavares kicked off the main card.

The six fight main card kicked off on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET. Prior to that four preliminary bouts aired on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Full results and recaps are below.

Main Card Summary

With USA Wrestling as one of the mat sponsors it was fitting that Ryan Bader’s wrestling was the deciding factor in his decision victory over Ovince St. Preux. It was that one factor that made the difference in this razor-thin matchup. Throughout the bout Bader’s standup was good enough to hang with OSP and the few times when he did find himself in trouble he was able to take the fight down to the mat. It started early in round one where Bader controlled the fight from the ground. The second round was probably the best of the five for St. Preux. He kept the fight standing for the majority of the round. He stayed on the outside and picked Bader apart, especially with a few shots to the body. After the second round Bader’s corner got in his face a bit and that seemed to motivate the Arizona native. Over the final three rounds Bader stuck to OSP like glue taking him down seemingly at will. In the fifth St. Preux attempted to make a comeback with some Travis Brown-esque elbows, but the fight was already tied up in the eyes of the judges.

Ross Pearson didn’t leave it in the hands of the judges this time and he stopped Gray Maynard in the second round. These two lightweights were very evenly matched before the decisive moment of the fight. Maynard was able to score a few brief takedowns in the first round, but it was still contested largely on the feet. The momentum started to turn the way of the Brit very late in round one. He ended the round with a flurry then continued that momentum into the second. About a minute in, Pearson stuck Maynard with a short right hand that staggered the American. Pearson saw the damage he had done and went in for the oil. He dropped Maynard with another punch and followed it up with a barrage until the referee stepped in and ended the fight.

Tim Boetsch decided to give his home state crowd a taste of some Japanese food. By that I mean, Boetsch scored a huge comeback knockout over Brad Tavares similar to what he did to Yushin Okami way back at UFC 144. Boetsch had it rough throughout the first round and the majority of the second. Tavares stuffed Boetsch’s first takedown attempt in the opening seconds and ended up pressing Boetsch up against the cage and bloodied him up. In the second Tavares did much of the same, but Boetsch was still throwing heavy leather. Boetsch dropped Tavares with a short left hand. Tavares got back up, but Boetsch put him right back down and ended the fight with a short right.

Alan Jouban and Seth Baczynski threw their best punches at each other for nearly an entire round, but it was Bacyznski who ended up going to sleep. Both fighters had stints of being in control. Jouban looked to have a solid groove going, but was then dropped by a left hook. Baczynski put the pressure on Jouban, but he was still able to recover during that flurry. Jouban went back to being the aggressor and moved Baczynski up against the cage. Baczynski was then fed a short left hand to his jaw and Alan Jouban stepped away victorious after his UFC debut.

Shawn Jordan recovered from danger and stopped Jack May in the third round. May came into this fight with a huge height and reach advantage and Jordan had a lot of trouble with it early. May landed jabs and mixed them up with knees from the clinch. In the second round, May nearly had Jordan on dream street. After catching Jordan with a left hook he started with a flurry against the cage. Jordan’s last ditch effort was a takedown and it worked. Jordan peppered May with shots for the rest of the round. In the third Jordan’s superiority in the ground realm made the final difference. Jordan got to mount and May couldn’t get our of the position so the fight was stopped.

Thiago Tavares looked great in his featherweight debut and ended up submitting Robbie Peralta. Tavares took his opponent’s back early on and went right to work. Peralta was close to being finished due to strikes early on, but he shrimped out and ended up in full mount. Tavares continued with the strikes from mount and Peralta gave up his back once again. Tavares faked a punch and slid in a choke instead and that was all she wrote.

 

Preliminary Card Summary

Jussier Formiga put on his best performance to date in the octagon with a decision victory over rising contender, Zach Makovsky. The story of this fight was Formiga’s ability to always put Makovsky in positions where he had to be defensive. The Brazilian was able to take Makovsky’s back early and often. Makovsky was never extremely close to defeat, but he couldn’t mount any offense when he was constantly defending against chokes. Makovsky was able to win the final round, but he just couldn’t find his way to a stoppage and suffered his first loss inside the octagon.

Sara McMann stifled Lauren Murphy with top control to get back on the winning track. The takedowns for McMann came fast and furious. McMann was able to take the fight down to the canvas just seconds into the bout. Murphy wasn’t deflated by the takedown though; she stayed very active from the bottom with elbows and tried to advance towards submissions. McMann eventually moved Murphy over towards the cage and opened up a bit more with her own strikes. In the second round it took McMann about a minute to get the fight to the ground. She was able to control the fight for the majority of the round again, but the referee did stand the fight up due to a lack of activity. In the final round Murphy had her most successful round. She kept the fight standing and outstruck the former olympian. In the end one judge awarded Murphy the fight, but the other two scored it for McMann and Murphy fell from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Tom Watson and Sam Alvey brought the crowd to their feet with an entertaining scrap. The fight ended up being a war, but the first two rounds were rather one sided. Watson obliterated Alvey’s lead leg from the very beginning. Watson landed nine leg kicks in just the first two minutes of the fight. That was Watson’s weapon of choice throughout those first two rounds. Alvey might have had some octagon jitters because he finally came out ready to fight in the final round. Alvey blitzed Watson and rocked him with an uppercut. Watson was wobbled, but he withstood the late charge from Alvey and got the decision based off of the first two rounds.

Frankie Saenz kicked off the night with a stellar performance that led to a decision victory over Nolan Ticman. Both fighters were making their UFC debuts, but Saenz looked more like a veteran throughout the course of the fight. Ticman’s best strike of the fight was probably his first. Ticman stuck Saenz with a big body kick, but Saenz caught that kick and took Ticman down to the mat. He landed some solid ground strikes, but he still held the advantage when the fight returned to the feet. Saenz continually hit Ticman with elbows and knees. In the end Saenz outstruck Ticman in the clinch by thirty five strikes. Saenz earned the decision unanimously across all scorecards.

FULL RESULTS
Ryan Bader def. Ovince St. Preux by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Ross Pearson def. Gray Maynard by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:35
Tim Boetsch def. Brad Tavares by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:18
Alan Jouban def. Seth Baczynski by knockout (punch). Round 1, 4:23
Shawn Jordan def. Jack May by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 2:03
Thiago Tavarez def. Robbie Peralta by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:27
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

 

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.