UFC Fight Night 47 definitely had its memorable moments, including five stoppages on the 6-fight main card. The first UFC event held in Maine featured a light heavyweight contest between two top 10 fighters, with Ryan Bader emerging victorious over Ovince St. Preux. The fight card had its share of upsets, in the preliminary top 10 flyweight bout, and a familiar come back victory by The Barbarian. In addition to the debut of a RFA prospect, all lead to the three stars of the night.
Honorable Mention: Thiago Tavares, Ross Pearson
3rd Star – Jussier Formiga
Coming in as a 3-to-1 underdog, Jussier Formiga looked the best he had ever looked inside the UFC for the first two rounds against #9 Zach Makovsky. Formiga was able to utilize his superior grappling on the mat, taking Makovsky’s back several times in the first two rounds, and landing a couple takedowns on the former Bellator bantamweight champion. While Formiga did look vulnerable in the third, allowing Makovsky to take him down and control him for the majority of the round, the upset victory was impressive nonetheless.
The Brazilian former #1 flyweight in the world has had a disappointing start to his UFC career, but seems to be turning it around with back to back victories. And dare I say put himself into title contention in the weaker flyweight division.
2nd Star – Alan Jouban
Alan Jouban showcased a lot of promise fighting for Resurrection Fighting Alliance, an exciting striker who scored 7 of his career 9 wins by knockout. He carried his skills over to his UFC debut against Seth Baczynski. Jouban and Baczynski engaged in a back and forth stand up-filled first round, with both fighters landing good shots on the other.
During one instance Jouban landed a head kick that seemed to stagger Baczynski, only to be dropped by ‘The Polish Pistola’ responding with a right hook. Jouban seemed to be getting the short end of the striking exchanges, but fought back and rocked Baczynski late in the round. Leading to the eventual knock out when Jouban landed a short uppercut with Seth’s back against the fence.
The fight won both fighters the fight of night bonus, and Jouban became $50,000 richer in a successful UFC debut.
1st Star – Tim Boetsch
Just like Tim Boetsch did two years ago in Japan against Yushin Okami, tonight he was able to with stand nearly two rounds of being dominated by his opponent before mounting a come back and winning by the fight by knockout. Tonight it happened again, in his home state of Maine.
Tavares implemented his game plan of working in the clinch, this time adding a few elbows and strikes while wearing down Boetsch. But “The Barbarian” weathered the storm and landed a left hook midway through the 2nd round, that rocked Tavares on his feet. Boetsch followed up with several right hands that put Tavares down and out.
Showing toughness time and time again, Tim Boetsch has proved to be a difficult fighter to put away, and always dangerous with the possession of heavy hands and knockout power.
Boetch’s victory, willed by his fans in attendance, sent the crowd in Bangor into a frenzy, as he handed Brad Tavares his first career loss via stoppage in 15 fights. In doing so, as UFC commentary Jon Anik put it ‘with his UFC career on the line’, Tim Boetsch may have very well saved himself a release from the promotion—avoiding a 4th loss in 5 bouts. And maintaining his top 15 position in the rankings.