Takedowns played a big factor for Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who topped French prospect Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Stamann got a 30-27 and 29-28 from two judges, while a third dissenting judge gave the fight to Duquesnoy 29-28 .
The featherweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.RelatedUFC 216 play-by-play and live results
Stamann threw a spinning kick 15 seconds in, then shrugged off a heavy kick from Duquesnoy seconds later. A little more than a minute in, Stamann got a brief takedown, but Duquesnoy was quickly back to his feet. Duquesnoy worked a leg kick, then one to the body. But Stamann landed his own to the body. Midway through, Duquesnoy landed a big right hand, then drilled Stamann again seconds left with a left. But Duquesnoy drove in for a takedown and this time kept Duquesnoy down a little longer. Stamann eventually let him back up, but Duquesnoy’s striking was more on point down the stretch.
A head kick was there for Duquesnoy early in the second, and like he did several times in the first, Stamann shook his head as if to say he wasn’t affected. Midway through the round, Stamann drove in for a solid takedown and again put Duquesnoy on his back. Duquesnoy was back up a minute later and landed an elbow. But with a minute left, another Stamann double-leg takedown was on point.
With the fight potentially hanging in the balance, Stamann landed a nice high kick with a little less than three minutes left, and he scored with punches shortly after that. Stamann was able to come forward more than he did early in the fight, and Duquesnoy wasn’t throwing at the same rate as he did in the first round. Duquesnoy looked to be out of gas late, and it may have cost him.
Stamann won for the ninth straight time and moved to 2-0 in the UFC after wigning with the promotion earlier this year. Duquesnoy had an 11-fight winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in four and a half years.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:
- Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata declared draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
- Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:38
- Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)
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