The UFC Fight Night 39 preliminary card opened with some controversy, as Johnny Bedford butted heads with Rani Yahya, resulting in a No Contest. The official stoppage came at the 39-second mark of the opening frame. No word yet if the UFC plans to have Bedford fight Yahya again sometime in the near future.
Next up on the UFC Fight Night 39 card was a featherweight tilt that went the distance, as Jim Alers defeated Alan Omer by split decision. Two judges had it 29-28 for Alers, and one scored it 29-28 for Omer. Later on the preliminary card, Thales Leites scored the first knockout of UFC Fight Night 39.
Leites bruised and battered Trevor Smith, before earning a TKO at the 45-second mark of the opening round. The UFC Fight Night 39 preliminary card also featured a heavyweight clash between Jared Rosholt and Daniel Omielańczuk, which went the distance. Rosholt took home the unanimous decision victory after 15 minutes of frenzied action.
The UFC Fight Night 39 main card includes four exciting fights, including a welterweight clash between Ryan LaFlare and John Howard. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira battles Roy Nelson in the UFC Fight Night 39 main event, and Clay Guida fights Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main.
The UFC Fight Night 39 main card, which aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, opened with a knockout, as Ramsey Nijem finished Beneil Dariush at the 4:20 mark of the opening round. For most fight fans, the fight to watch tonight is the clash between Nelson and Nogueira.
Nelson knows the older breed of fighters usually finish, so he's planning to knockout Nogueira. “The thing I like about this fight or guys that are older breed fighters, they’re just fighters,” Nelson said. “They just go out there to try and finish the fight. They understand it’s the entertainment industry. At the end of the day, I just want to go out there and fight.”
There's a lot on the line in the clash between Nelson and Nogueira. One man will continue to climb up the UFC's heavyweight ladder, while the other may drop from the top ten in the division. Both men are also in their late-30s, so time is ticking on their quest for a title run.