Then Bahamondes released a wheel kick and Roosevelt fell hard on the canvas after taking the shot straight to the chin in UFC Vegas 34 preliminary fight. The official stop time was 4:55 in the third and final round.
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Bahamondes had auditioned spinning attacks plenty of times during the 14 minutes he spent with Roberts. But apart from a few backfists, they were aimed at the body as Roosevelt closed the distance, repeatedly trying to tie and transition to a removal.
Roosevelt had just tried again to grab something and make something happen after slowly withering under his opponent’s striking pressure. Aside from a few stiff rights here and there, not much seemed to slow down the Bahamondes, certainly not a cut that made his face a crimson mask.
Bahamondes was one step ahead in every turn, he mixed his attacks and used diversionary punches to make Roosevelt guess when to bite. His best shot up to the final seconds was his straight right hand, which repeatedly cut his chin. Roosevelt looked at the clock after his last clinch was full and perhaps expected to ride the last seconds in peace. He would not have such luck.
Bahamondes jumps back after a split call loss to John Makdessi in his previous outing and puts himself in first-class position for a performance bonus. Roberts continues to slip with his second straight setback after a loss in the first round Jim Miller.
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