Tim (The Dirty Bird) Means knocks out John (Doomsday) Howard at UFC Fight Night

Tim (The Dirty Bird) Means knocks out John (Doomsday) Howard at UFC Fight Night

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Welterweight Tim (The Dirty Bird) Means knocked out John (Doomsday) Howard in the second round of the featured bout of the UFC's Fight Night undercard Thursday.

Means (25-7-1) knocked down Howard with a left hook flush to the chin & then connected with a hammer-fist on the ground. The fight was stopped 21 seconds into the round.

At six foot two, Means had a seven-inch height & four-inch reach advantage on Howard (23-12-0).

p>"I finally threw one & bang," Means said of his left hook.

"I'm pleased to see him obtain up & he's OK," he added of Howard, who took his time finding his feet.

The show, held at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, was the first of three UFC cards in as many nights in Las Vegas, culminating Saturday in UFC 194 when featherweight title-holder Jose Aldo meets interim champion Conor McGregor.

Thursday's main event featured Rose (Thug) Namajunas (4-2-0), ranked third among female strawweights, against seventh-ranked (12-Gauge) Paige VanZant (6-1-0). It marked the UFC's first female main event in which a title was not at stake.

Toronto middleweight Elias (the Spartan) Theodorou was moreover on the main card, facing Brazil's Thiago Santos.

Also on the undercard, unbeaten Aljamain (Funk Master) Sterling (12-0-0), ranked fifth among bantamweight contenders, showed off his 135-pound credentials in submitting No. 10 Johnny Eduardo (27-10-0) of Brazil via guillotine choke at 4:18 of the second round.

"We're looking for limbs, we're looking for necks. All day, every day," Sterling, no shrinking violet, said of the submission win.

Eduardo, 37, had won 13 of his last 14 fights.

English welterweight Danny (Hot Chocolate) Roberts (12-1-0), a former boxer, submitted 37-year-old Nathan (Soulforce) Coy via a slick first-round triangle choke in the UFC debut for both men. Coy (14-7) was a late injury replacement.

Argentine welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (22-3-0) knocked out Sweden's Andreas (Real Steel) Stahl (9-2-0) at 4:25 of the first round.

"Poor showing. Not much else to say," offered Stahl.

Brazil's Sergio (The Panther) Moraes (10-3-0) stopped Russian welterweight Omari (Wolverine) Akhmedov (15-3-0) with a flurry at the fence midway through the third round. Moraes, who entered with a smile to Pharrell Williams' "Happy," left the cage with an even bigger smile.

"At some point in the fight I dislocated my thumb yet I don't know exactly when," he said afterwards. "It didn't affect my performance much yet at the final round break I unquestionably felt that something was wrong with it."

Chechen-born Russian featherweight Zubaira (Warrior) Tukhugov (18-3-0) won a split decision over Phillipe (The Filipino Assassin) Nover (12-7-1).

Strawweight Kailin Curran (4-2-0) choked out Emily Kagan (3-3-0) in the second round.

The middleweight bout between Antonio Carlos Jr., winner of Season 3 of "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil" as a heavyweight, & (King) Kevin Casey was ruled a no contest after just 11 seconds when Casey was unable to continue due to an accidental eye poke.


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Source: “The Canadian Press”

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