It may not have been pretty, but Mark Bocek's successful homecoming counts all the same. The native Canadian defeated Nik Lentz to earn his first victory of the year in front of a raucous Toronto crowd on Saturday night's UFC 140 Facebook undercard.
Bocek (10-4) controlled the action throughout with a relentless blitz of takedowns and ground-and-pound that kept his opponent from finding a rhythm. Early in the first frame Lentz (21-4-2, 1 NC) managed to snake an arm around Bocek's neck and grasp what appeared to be a tight guillotine choke, however the Brazilian Jiu-Jistu black belt remained patient and slipped his way out.
"It's a dream come true to fight here," Bocek beamed. "But to win here against a guy like Nik who's never lost in the UFC, it's incredible."
Hecht Pulls Upset Over Attonito
UFC newcomer Jake Hecht (11-2) recovered from a sluggish first round to capture a stunning victory in his promotional debut against Rich Attonito (10-5). After an opening five minutes personified by Attonito's stifling top control, Hecht was visibly wary of the takedown heading into the second frame.
A minute into the action "Hitman" stuffed another shot before rocketing an elbow straight into his opponent's temple. Attonito immediately dropped and Hecht swarmed until the fight was stopped for his fourth win of 2011.
"I've lost a fight like that before," Hecht said when asked about the elbow. "I fought UFC vet Che Mills. He did the exact same thing to me. So learn from your losses, right?"
Cholish Hands Clarke First Professional Loss
John Cholish (8-1) couldn't have asked for a better UFC debut. The 27-year-old dominated previously undefeated Mitch Clarke (9-1) en route to a TKO victory, extending his win streak to eight straight.
After a slow start the fight turned midway though the second frame, as Cholish utilized a slick kimura to sweep Clarke before switching to an armbar and seizing a fighting-ending back mount. From there the blows rained down until referee John McCarthy had seen enough.
"He had a good single leg and I was able to attack with the kimura. Tried to go for an armbar, but he's a great scrambler. Fortunately I ended up on top," Cholish happily explained. "It's just stuff we practice in the gym."
UFC 140 Facebook undercard results:
Mark Bocek def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jake Hecht def. Rich Attonito via TKO (strikes) at 1:10 of round 2
John Cholish def. Mitch Clarke via TKO (strikes) at 4:39 of round 2