Ion Cutelaba bounded back into the win column following a dominant decision victory over Devin Clark in the UFC Vegas 37 co-main event.
The co-main event of UFC Vegas 37 featured a pair of hard-hitting light heavyweights looking to get back in the win column.
For Devin Clark, a two-fight win streak had been snapped in his last outing, as he came up short against Anthony Smith. Coincidentally, Clark had losses to both Smith and Ryan Spann, who were facing off in Saturday’s main event.
Opponent Ion Cutelaba, meanwhile, had followed up back-to-back losses against Magomed Ankalaev with a draw opposite Dustin Jacoby.
Clark came hot out of the gates for this one, running in for the takedown in the opening seconds, getting it briefly before Cutelba bounced back up. Clark stayed in on him in the clinch, but he got peeled off after eating two big knees from Cutelaba. Clark seemed to be comfortable on the feet but he wasn’t for long, as Cutelaba landed a huge overhand right that knocked Clark down badly. Cutelaba hopped on with the ground and pound. Cutelaba continued to batter Clark around for the rest of the round, but Clark was able to survive to get into round two.
Clark opened up round two with some nice leg kicks, trying to chop down the aggressive Cutelaba. However, Cutelaba soon got a takedown and made his way to mount. Cutelaba began raining down massive elbows, but despite eating a lot of damage Clark was able to scramble out. However, it wasn’t much longer before Cutelaba got Clark in the clinch again and finished out the round controlling Clark, but not before busting him open with a knee.
Clark came out fired up for round three, shooting for a takedown, and had it not been for tremendous balance by Cutelaba he would’ve gotten a takedown. Instead, it was Cutelaba that was able to reverse and get a takedown of his own, but Clark was able to scramble up not long after. Clark was finally able to get a takedown of his own in the final minute of the fight, but it was too late.
Official Result: Ion Cutelaba def. Devin Clark via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-26, 29-27)