For the first time, the UFC put a championship belt on the line in Germany and on Fight Pass, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk took on Jessica Penne at UFC Fight Night 69 Saturday.
Jedrzejczyk did exactly as she said she would, picking the former Invicta FC champion apart in defending her title. She nearly knocked Penne’s nose off in the second, leaving her a bloody mess with her incredible striking talents.
Tatsuya Kawajiri claimed a decision victory over Dennis Siver in the co-main event, using his takedowns to defeat the German. In the 15-minute bout, Kawajiri attempted 23 takedowns and scored on just four, while being out-struck 127-46.
Peter Sobotta, another German-born fighter, made sure to end his fight with the debuting Steve Kennedy as soon as possible. Sobotta locked up a rear-naked choke and never relented, earning a first round submission win.
Germany’s own Nick Hein kicked off the main card with a methodical and deliberate decision over Lukasz Sajewski. Hein earned his 12th victory, handing Sajewski his first career loss in the process.
Makwan Amirkhani finished off the prelims with an emotional performance, submitting Masio Fullen inside of two minutes. After scoring an eight-second KO in his debut, Amirkhani left his family and trained in Sweden, only seeing his mother for the first time since after the win.
Mairbek Taisumov earned a TKO over Alan Patrick, hitting the Brazilian with a head-kick and following up with several strikes on the ground to earn the victory.
Competing on just a few days notice, England’s Arnold Allen shocked Alan Omer, slipping in a nasty guillotine choke in the third and earning a submission win. Allen, 21 years old, was likely down on the scorecards when he saw the opening and pounced.
Scott Askham was another winner via finish, as he landed with some heavy shots in knocking out Antonio dos Santos, Jr. In our first decision of the night, Noad Lahat bested Niklas Backstrom.
Magomed Mustafaev claimed a TKO over over Piotr Hallmann after the referee stopped the fight in the second due to a nasty cut on the eye of Hallmann. Taylor Lapilus made an impressive debut in the bantamweight division, scoring his second Octagon finish with a second round victory over Ulka Sasaki.
Jedrzejczyk and Penne were awarded the “Fight of the Night,” while “Performance of the Night” bonuses went to Amirkhani, Taisumov and Allen. All five picked up $50,000.
Officials also announced the attendance at 8,155.
Complete results can be found below:
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Jessica Penne via TKO (strikes) at 4:22 of Round 3
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Dennis Siver via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Peter Sobotta def. Steve Kennedy via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 1
Nick Hein def. Lukasz Sajewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Makwan Amirkhani def. Masio Fullen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:41 of Round 1
Mairbek Taisumov def. Alan Patrick via TKO (strikes) at 1:30 of Round 2
Arnold Allen def. Alan Omer via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:41 of Round 3
Noad Lahat def. Niklas Backstrom via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Scott Askham def. Antonio dos Santos, Jr. via KO (strike) at 2:52 of Round 1
Magomed Mustafaev def. Piotr Hallmann via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:24 of Round 2
Taylor Lapilus def. Ulka Sasaki via TKO (strikes) at 1:22 of Round 2