BOSTON – Kyle Bochniak had a game plan and he stuck to it, no matter how much it frustrated Brandon Davis.
Bochniak (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Davis (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in front of a friendly home crowd. The Boston-area native won with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27.
The featherweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 220 event at TD Garden in Boston. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.
Bochniak circled to the outside trying to stay out of range of Davis’ length. Ninety seconds in, when the two finally started to mix it up, the crowd cheered the activity. Bochniak touched Davis up not long after that, but Davis gestured as if he wasn’t hurt and welcomed the offense. With two minutes left, Bochniak tied Davis up on the fence and worked for a takedown. He finally got it with 75 seconds left in the frame, but couldn’t keep Davis on the canvas.
Midway through the second, Bochniak caught a Davis knee and tried to use it for a takedown, but it didn’t come despite his work for it. When Davis kicked up the middle, Bochniak was quick to counter with a punch, and with a minute left again he tried to tie Davis up for a takedown. Davis appeared frustrated that Bochniak wanted to circle and counterpunch rather than stand in the pocket the whole time, as well.
Both fighters came out swinging in the third, but the strategy stayed the same for Bochniak. He circled away from Davis’ power and picked his spots to jump in and throw his own punches. Ninety seconds in, Bochniak again attempted a takedown. But Davis again defended it and made his opponent work. With 90 seconds left, Davis actually got Bochniak to the canvas, but it didn’t stay there long before Bochniak was up and back to his game plan.
Bochniak got back in the win column and now has alternated losses and wins in his first four UFC fights. Davis had a seven-fight winning streak snapped.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 220 results include:
- Kyle Bochniak def. Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Sabah Homasi via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:47
- Dustin Ortiz def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julio Arce def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Enrique Barzola def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Islam Makhachev def. Gleison Tibau via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:57
(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Boston.)
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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