Liu (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) tok a unanimous decision from Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a 30-27 score and a pair of 29-28s. Stasiak looked stunned by the result, especially given he heard a 30-27 score announced.
The bantamweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 134 event at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.
Liu pushed Stasiak to the outside early, then put together a combination of knees, punches and elbows and pressed Stasiak to the fence. Stasiak tried to work his way out and did to get back to the middle. But after throwing a leg kick, Stasiak was dropped by a Liu right hand. He was back to his feet quickly, but it was an early piece of success for Liu.
Liu landed a left hand, and it forced Stasiak to change levels for a takedown attempt, which he finally got after 20 seconds or so. Liu worked for a kimura from his back, but it wasn’t there. Stasiak tried to posture up for elbows, but eventually Liu got back to his feet. Stasiak worked for a guillotine from there, but couldn’t get it tight enough before the horn.
Liu started slugging 30 seconds into the second round, but Stasiak quickly moved out of danger and back to the center. A minute in, he landed a right to counter a Stasiak leg kick. A Liu spinning backfist landed and stunned Stasiak, but he recovered and like the first round worked for a takedown. He landed it with three minutes left, but Liu reocvered and went after a guillotine choke. He couldn’t keep it long before Stasiak reversed and got back to his feet.
Liu defended another takedown attempt, then jumped for a guillotine choke. Stasiak popped his head out, though, and had 1:45 left to work on top. With a minute left, Stasiak started working for ground attacks and looked for his own guillotine choke, but couldn’t get it. He postured up for a few punches before the horn from half-guard, but had to head to the last frame.
Liu tried for a spinning attack quickly into the third, but Stasiak defended it and took Liu to the canvas. But Liu reversed after very little time on his back and threw some heavy hands down. Stasiak recovered to guard, but Liu decided to go back to his feet rather than hang out on the mat. He missed a looping right hand, then had to spend time defending another Stasiak takedown attempt. He landed a right to force the break and went back to the middle about midway through the round.
Stasiak landed a right hand and left hook to follow, but ate a couple punches from Liu a few moments later. Liu looked like the fresher fighter, and with 100 seconds left again tried a spinning attack. Liu landed a knee to the body, then defended a takedown to stay upright. Neither fighter landed anything big down the stretch to leave it in the hands of the judges.
Liu, who was supposed to debut in the UFC this past November before being sidelined by an injury, won for the ninth straight time. Stasiak lost for the third straight time, giving him the longest slide of his career.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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