Stevenson KO’s Sukhotsky in 5th ; Machida Body Kick Dumps Dollaway

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Adonis Stevenson KO’s Sukhotsky
By Brian Campbell |
Stevenson Finishes Sukhotsky With One-Punch KO

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson punished former title challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky for five rounds before knocking Sukhotsky out with a powerful left hand.

In a year that will be remembered more for who Adonis Stevenson didn’t fight, the lineal light heavyweight champion at least closed out 2014 with a bang.

Stevenson, who endured a stream of criticism for avoiding showdowns against the top three fighters in his division following a breakout 2013, finished former title challenger Dmitry
Sukhotsky with a one-punch fifth-round knockout Friday.

Making the fourth defense of his 175-pound championship, Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) dropped Sukhotsky four times and dominated from start to finish at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

“I just used my speed and movement. I know I have the power and the knockouts are going to come,” Stevenson said. “I don’t want to force the knockouts. I know my trainer [Javan “Sugar”
Hill] tells me that, too. It’s boxing.

“I just wait for him and, bang, I catch him.”

Stevenson, 37, was patient early on, drawing boos from the crowd midway through the opening round. But the native of Haiti, who fights out of Quebec, gave the home fans something to
cheer about in Round 2 by flooring Sukhotsky (22-3, 16 KOs) with a big left hand.

The one-sided action continued as Sukhotsky, 33, who challenged unsuccessfully for Juergen Braehmer’s title in 2009, stayed in his defensive shell without throwing. Stevenson simply
couldn’t miss with his left hand and finally broke down Sukhotsky’s defense for good in Round 5.

Stevenson opened the round with a pair of early knockdowns before ending the fight with a violent left hand to the chin that left Sukhotsky under the bottom rope. Referee Michael
Griffin instantly called a halt to the bout at 2:42.

The victory leaves the boxing public in the same place they were a year ago: hoping for a light heavyweight summit between Stevenson and unified titlist Sergey Kovalev, who added
Bernard Hopkins’ title to his collection in November.

Stevenson opened the year by signing with powerful adviser Al Haymon and switching television networks. The move brought an end to any hope of a Kovalev fight, which temporarily
created a lawsuit from Kovalev promoter Main Events, believing it had an agreement in place.

The lack of big fights continued as Stevenson incited fans by leaving matchups against Hopkins and Jean Pascal on the negotiating table. He settled for a May title defense against
Andrzej Fonfara, in which Stevenson was forced to get off the canvas to win.

“You have to come to me. I’m the big champion,” Stevenson said. “You have to come to me. I’m the main light heavyweight. So they have to come to me.

“I’ll let Al Haymon and [my promoter] take care of that. My job is to go to the ring and knock everybody out.”

When asked on Showtime about his advancing age and the potential need to take care of his career-defining fights sooner rather than later, Stevenson smiled and responded, “It’s not a
matter; look at my shape. I’m a superman.”

• Twelve rounds later, and Jo Jo Dan is still one point better than Kevin Bizier.

In an all-Canada welterweight rematch, Montreal’s Dan edged Quebec’s Bizier by split decision for the second time by scores of 115-112, 113-114 and 114-113. Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) had
previously handed Bizier his lone career defeat, also by split decision, in November 2013.

The two fighters once again turned in a solid action scrap by repeatedly trading punches at close range. But Dan, a native of Romania who outlanded Bizier 231 to 211, received the nod
on the scorecards, granting him a mandatory shot at Kell Brook’s title.

Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs), 30, was cut below his right eye following an accidental clash of heads in Round 7, moments before flooring the southpaw Dan, 33, with a left hook.

• Super middleweight Andre Dirrell continued to stay busy in his latest comeback, winning his third fight in five months by dominating Derek Edwards by unanimous decision.

Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs), who was inactive for more than one year three separate times since 2010, experimented with the southpaw stance throughout and constantly beat a lifeless Edwards
(27-4-1, 14 KOs) to the punch en route to claiming a unanimous decision (118-109, 120-108, 119-107).

The native of Flint, Michigan, outlanded Edwards 225 to 47. But despite visibly hurting him in Rounds 6, 8 and 10, Dirrell was unable to finish him.

Dirrell, 31, now working with trainer and former heavyweight titlist Chris Byrd, was rocked momentarily with a pair of left hooks in Round 12. But that would be all the offense Edwards
would muster on a forgettable night in which landed just one jab in 12 rounds.

• Light heavyweight prospect Artur Beterbiev needed to get up off the canvas before finishing off fellow unbeaten Jeff Page Jr.

Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) hit the canvas for the first time in his career in Round 1 on a counter right hand. But the native of Russia, who fights out of Montreal, took care of business
after steadying himself the following round.

After knocking down Page (15-1, 10 KOs) early with a flurry of punches, Beterbiev, 29, scored two more knockdowns before referee Jean-Guy Brousseau waved off the fight at 2:21 of Round

machido vs dollaway


Lyoto Machida did his business in a little more than a minute.

Machida (22-5, 14-5 UFC) dispatched C.B. Dollaway with a vicious first-round body kick and a follow-up punching flurry, as he maintained his standing inside the Ultimate Fighting
Championship middleweight division in the UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Dollaway” headliner on Saturday at the Jose Correa Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was over 62 seconds after it

Dollaway (15-6, 9-6 UFC) tried unsuccessfully to circle away from danger. Machida closed the distance, slammed his shin into the Power MMA Team rep’s ribs and swarmed for the finish.
His body short-circuited by pain, Dollaway had no means with which to defend himself.
Barao Submits Fatigued Gagnon

Barao’s finish was beautiful.
In the co-main event, former bantamweight champion Renan Barao rebounded from his first defeat in more than nine years, as he submitted Mitch Gagnon with a third-round arm-triangle
choke. Gagnon (12-3, 4-2 UFC) tapped out 3:53 into round three, snapping his string of four straight victories.

Barao (33-2, 8-1 UFC) dropped the Canadian with a clean left hook in the first round and enjoyed some success with his kicks, but he allowed himself to be sucked into a series of
clinches that slowed the fight to a crawl.

Late in the third, the 27-year-old Nova Uniao ace executed a takedown on the clearly fatigued Gagnon, climbed to mount and locked in the choke for the 23rd win in his last 24
Cummins Hands Carlos Jr. First Loss

Reign MMA export Patrick Cummins utilized repeated takedowns, steady ground-and-pound and excellent submission defense in taking a unanimous decision from Antonio Carlos Jr. in a
featured battle at 205 pounds. Cummins (7-1, 3-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with identical 30-27 marks.

Cummins followed the rinse-and-repeat approach. A two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Penn State University, he gradually chipped away at Carlos’ resolve with post-takedown punches,
hammerfists, elbows and forearm strikes from top position, dodging attempted leg locks as he worked.

Cummins advanced to full mount on the fatigued Nova Uniao representative in the third round and then withstood a late surge from “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 3 winner. Carlos
(4-1, 1-1 UFC) executed a belly-to-back suplex in the waning moments, moved to the American’s back and fished unsuccessfully for a rear-naked choke and armbar.
Magomedov Streak Reaches 11

Former M-1 Global champion Rashid Magomedov put away the previously unbeaten Elias Silverio with late third-round punches in a competitive lightweight showcase.

Magomedov (18-1, 3-0 UFC) forced the stoppage 4:57 into round three, scoring the latest finish in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division.

Silverio (11-1, 3-1 UFC) had his moments — he rattled the Dagestani standout with a left hook in the second round — but was often limited to single strikes by his adversary’s active
and effective counterattacks. Magomedov turned up the heat with his kicks as the fight deepened, zeroing in on the head, body and legs. With roughly 30 seconds remaining in round
three, he leveled Silverio with a left hook, followed up with some savage ground-and-pound and polished off the Brazilian with a pair of right hands when he retreated to the cage.

Magomedov has won 11 fights in a row, five of them finishes.
Silva put Rhodes to sleep quickly.

Former Jungle Fight champion Erick Silva rendered Roufusport’s Mike Rhodes unconscious with a first-round arm-triangle choke in their featured scrap at 170 pounds. The room went dark
on Rhodes (6-4, 0-3 UFC) 75 seconds into round one, as the onetime Resurrection Fighting Alliance titleholder suffered his third consecutive defeat.

Silva (17-5, 5-4 UFC) struck for a single-leg takedown inside the first minute, dodged a loose guillotine attempt and slid into side control.

From there, the 30-year-old Brazilian worked into the arm-triangle and passed through mount to the other side. Rhodes did what he could to counter the effects of the maneuver, but
Silva had cut off blood flow to the brain.
Finger Dislocation Gives Sarafian Anticlimactic Stoppage

A good fight ended due to injury.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 finalist Daniel Sarafian earned a second-round technical knockout against Antonio dos Santos Jr. in a middleweight showcase after the Champion
Team representative suffered an apparent finger dislocation. The end came 61 seconds into round two.

A replacement for the injured Dan Miller, dos Santos (6-2, 0-1 UFC) more than held his own. The 26-year-old countered a head kick from Sarafian with a ringing straight right hand that
put the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt on his back in the first round.

Sarafian (9-5, 2-3 UFC) weathered the blow, returned to an upright position and proceeded to exchange wild haymakers with his fellow Brazilian.

Early in round two, dos Santos appeared to dislocate his left ring finger while the two middleweights traded punches. He popped the finger back in place, but because he had requested a
pause in the match, referee Eduardo Herdy was forced to call for the stoppage.
De Lima Ransacks Reeling Pokrajac

American Top Team’s Marcos Rogerio de Lima wiped out Igor Pokrajac with punches less than two minutes into the first round of their undercard clash at 205 pounds. Pokrajac (25-12, 4-7
UFC) met his end 1:59 into round one, as the 35-year-old Mirko Filipovic protégé suffered his third consecutive defeat.

De Lima (13-2-1, 2-0 UFC) invited a firefight, and the Croatian obliged. “Pezao” floored Pokrajac with a left hook during a wild exchange and followed it with a series of standing-to-
ground jackhammers that forced referee Fernando Yamasaki to intervene. De Lima will carry a six-fight unbeaten streak into his next match.
Carneiro Choke Finishes Niinimaki

Intriguing Brazilian prospect Renato Carneiro submitted Tom Niinimaki with a second-round rear-naked choke in their preliminary featherweight duel. Niinimaki (21-8-1, 1-3 UFC) conceded
defeat 3:30 into round two, as he was victimized by a rear-naked choke for the third time in as many fights.

The undefeated Carneiro (9-0-1, 1-0 UFC) carved up the Finnish featherweight on the feet, as he threw and landed and combination throughout what was a largely one-sided encounter.

“Moicano” countered beautifully, mixed in leg attacks and targeted the head and body with kicks. A two-punch combination spearheaded by a left hook wobbled Niinimaki and allowed
Carneiro to assume top position and eventually achieve full mount. Soon after, the Constrictor Team export was on Niinimaki’s back with a body triangle. The choke came next, and
Niinimaki had no choice but to tap.

A replacement for the injured Rony Mariano Bezerra, Carneiro has won four straight.

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