UFC Fight Night 118 Recap - Darren Till wins via TKO over Donald Cerrone
Published: October 23, 2017
On Saturday, the UFC hosted their first event in Gdańsk, Poland at the Ergo Arena. In the welterweight headliner, rising star Darren Till (16–0–1) shocked the MMA world after stopping Donald Cerrone (32-10) in the very first round via TKO. Throughout the fight, Till, a former K-1 European Champion controlled the center of the octagon while landing combinations of strikes from different angles. Cerrone successfully scored a takedown after his second attempt, but Till shown his strength by quickly getting back to his feet. Despite the considerable step up in competition, Till was the more confident fighter. In the last minute of round one, Till landed another combination down the middle that stumbled Cerrone. With Cerrone’s back against the cage, Till landed a sharp elbow and followed up with a series of unanswered strikes, which eventually led to the TKO victory.
Winner: Darren Till - TKO (punches) R1, 4:20
In the co-headliner, Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11–2) ended her two fight-losing streak after picking up a decision win over UFC newcomer Jodie Esquibel (6–3). Kowalkiewicz made use of her size advantage by landing combinations, body kicks, and knees in the clinch. Esquibel showcased great footwork while looking to land combinations, but most of her punches came up short and were also countered. In round two, Kowalkiewicz displayed her wrestling skills and finished the round with an armbar attempt. Kowalkiewicz was never in any real trouble and fought the entire fight at a very high pace utilizing her excellent striking ability that Esquibel struggled to keep up with.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The second bout on the main card started off with Devin Clark (8–2) going for a takedown right away, but Jan Blachowicz (20–7) managed to defend it and took control early on by landing kicks on the body of Clark. Most of round one was a stand-up battle with both strikers successfully landing shots. Early in round two, Blachowicz landed two kicks to the body of Clark and took top position after defending another takedown. Clark eventually got back to his feet, but after rushing in, Blachowicz locked on a standing, rear-naked choke and secured the submission win.
Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 3:02
In the opening bout of the main card, Oksar Piechota (10-0-1) won his promotional debut against Jonathan Wilson (7–3). Early on, Piechota made use of his grappling skills by taking Wilson’s back along the cage and going for submission attempts. In round two, Wilson successfully landed strikes but was then dropped towards the end of the round. Piechota was the busier fighter and almost finished the bout in the final round after rolling into a triangle-choke and then an armbar, but Wilson survived. After the fight, all three judges picked Piechota as the winner via unanimous decision.
Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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