UFC Vegas 45: Don’Tale Mayes Dominates, TKO’s Josh Parisian

Josh Parisian and Don'Tale Mayes, UFC Vegas 45
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 18: (R-L) Don'Tale Mayes kicks Josh Parisian in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Don’tale Mayes earned a dominating win on the UFC Vegas 45 undercard, scoring a TKO win over Josh Parisian.

After losing his first two bouts inside the octagon, three-time Contender Series alum Don’Tale Mayes picked up his first win last time out, winning a decision against Roque Martinez.

That was November of 2020. After sitting out over a year, Mayes returned at UFC Vegas 45 on Saturday against Josh Parisian — another multi-time Contender Series fighter who had also appeared on The Ultimate Fighter — and who had also earned a win in his own last fight against Martinez.

The heavyweight pairing went down early on Saturday’s preliminary card, and Mayes proved the time away hadn’t hurt him any.

Mayes opened up with some heavy leg kicks to start, pushing Parisian to the back of the cage. Mayes took the fight to the mat as he got a quick takedown. Parisian fought his way back to his feet after some upkicks, but was soon taken down once again. Parisian once again got back up and was once again taken back down. Mayes this time ended up in side control and worked his way to a mounted crucifix where he dropped some massive elbows. Parisian kept working however and was able to survive to round two after a failed kneebar attempt by Mayes.

Mayes opened up with a big combination to start round two, before securing another takedown. Parisian worked his way up after a kimura attempt off his back but soon was on the mat again. Mayes began working from the top, trying to drop elbows and punches from the top; Parisian tried to get back to his feet but ate some uppercuts as a result. Parisian ended the round on the bottom once again. This time it seemed that Mayes landed some, hump strikes to end the round. No, that’s not a joke.

Parisian began the round with a nice combination but was quickly taken down, a common scene throughout the bout. Mayes continued to dominate on the mat, and once again found his way back to the mounted crucifix. From there, he began to rain down elbows. After a barrage of strikes, the ref waved it off — and Dontale Mayes had picked up the most dominant victory of his career.

Official Result: Don’tale Mayes def. Josh Parisian by TKO, Round 3, 3:26


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