The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ ahead of additional prelims on ESPN and the main card on pay-per-view.
Soukhamthath rushed forward to start, setting up quickly and firing a few low kicks. Jackson preferred to pick his shots, taking his time and then lacing out powerful punches when the moment arrived. Soukhamthath continued to find success with his low kicks, but Jackson countered with jabs and uppercuts that appeared threatening as they were fired.
As the round wore on, Jackson started adding in kicks to the leg and body, as well. Soukhamthath’s corner wanted him to set the tone, but Jackson’s return fire made that difficult. Jackson eventually moved into the clinch, lifting his opponent and slamming him to the floor. Soukhamthath was able to get his back to the cage rather quickly, returning to the feet, but Jackson stayed tight and again threw him to the floor, where the round finished.
Soukhamthath was again out quickly in the second, and his kicks proved an effective tool. But he found a willing opponent on the other side of the cage, and the traffic was anything but one-way. Soukhamthath started to let his hands go, as well, but Jackson slowed things down by working to the clinch.
As the round wore on, Jackson was able to land clean with a big shot, and Soukhamthath was visibly stunned. Jackson sensed it and began unloading with vicious punches, but Soukhamthath weathered the storm with a solid chin and wise movement. Jackson eventually had to slow, though he moved into the clinch and again took the fight to the floor. Soukhamthath defended well, but Jackson ended the round on top.
Soukhamthath slipped on an early high kick to start the third, and Jackson landed with a kick directly to the groin during the course of the move. Soukhamthath was clearly in pain, but he did continue. On the restart, Soukhamthath shot forward for a quick takedown, but Jackson swept to the top with lighting quickness and moved to mount, where he started firing punches. Soukhamthath rolled to expose his back, then turned back in again when Jackson threatened the choke.
With Jackson controlling from the top, he briefly threatened with a kimura before letting it go and pounding away to the body. Jackson then pinned Soukhamthath’s left arm behind his own back and begin to punch away on that side, as well. Soukhamthath did his best to scramble underneath, but Jackson was firm in his control. Soukhamthath did briefly get his legs up for an armbar attempt, but Jackson escaped it rather quickly and finished the round on top, cruising to a decision win, 30-26, 30-27 and 29-27.
“This was the fight I expected,” Jackson said. “I was dominant and got the win. I thought I could have beat him up a little more, especially on the feet. There was nothing from my opponent that surprised me – he was going to play chicken with a Mack truck. I’m upset I didn’t get the finish, but that’s about it. All I want to say is: ‘Peace, love and plenty of hair grease.’”
Up-to-the-minute UFC 236 results include:
- Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
- Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:12
- UFC 236: Brandon Davis calls out Sean O'Malley, but only after 'Game of Thrones' wraps
- UFC 236 results: Poliana Botelho survives late charge, takes decision over Lauren Mueller
- UFC 236 results: Brandon Davis throws down with Randy Costa before scoring submission win
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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