According to an Aug. 16 post from Bleacher Report, the results are in from the UFC Fight Night 47 card that emanated from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. In the UFC Fight Night co-main, Ross Pearson re-established himself as a legitimate 155-pound title contender with a dazzling performance against standout wrestler Gray Maynard. Pearson earned the victory with a second-round stoppage due to strikes.
The UFC Fight Night 47 main event featured a dominating performance from Ryan Bader, a perennial title contender at 205 pounds. Bader was up four rounds to zero heading into round five, but Saint Preux showed some urgency in the fifth frame. Saint Preux threw a slew of kicks and punches, but Bader ended up with the judge's decision. It was too little, too late for Saint Preux.
Getting back to Pearson vs. Maynard, it was an absolute barnburner. After a close back-and-forth opening round, Pearson rocked Maynard with a crisp right hand to the face, late in the second frame. Pearson, a British superstar, followed up with a left that floored his opponent, and the finish came soon after. Prior to the finishing strike, Maynard, 35, looked better than ever. He worked hard for takedowns, landed power strikes and tired Pearson out in the opening round.
However, Pearson was the better man in the second frame. Pearson earned the official stoppage at the 1:35-mark of the second round. In Pearson's last fight, he dropped a controversial decision to Diego Sanchez. Pearson is now re-established as a title contender, and he says he wants a crack at a top 10-ranked fighter in the division for his next appearance.
As for Maynard, he has now dropped four of his last five. At 35 years old, fight fans are left to wonder if his loss to Pearson means the end of his storied career. So far, Maynard has not made any official announcement on the fate of his career. In the UFC Fight Night 47 main event, Ryan Bader battled Ovince Saint Preux. Bader, 31, is a former highly-regarded prospect, but he has been stuck at No. 8 for a while now. In order to get back into title contention, he needed to slip past Saint Preux.
Bader headed into the fight riding a two-fight win streak, while Saint Preux won four in a row. Saint Preux has a variety of weapons, including leg kicks from the outside. As for Bader, he is an elite wrestler who had the advantage on the ground. Saint Preux worked hard early on to confuse Bader, throwing punches from odd angles and shooting for takedowns.
The opening round was a back-and-forth affair, wrapping up with Bader on top following a takedown. Bader kept the pressure on in the second frame, and then again in the third. Bader really started to take control as time wound down in the third frame, keeping Saint Preux on the mat and dropping vicious elbows. Bader also worked for a kimura in the fourth round, but failed to lock it in.
Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night 47 main card, Thiago Tavares, Tim Boetsch and Shawn Jordan earned key victories. UFC Fight Night 47 also featured a victory by Sara McMann, over Lauren Murphy. The event aired live on Fox Sports 1, following a preliminary card on Fox Sports 2.