Heavyweights Martin Buday and Lukasz Brzeski faced off on the UFC San Diego preliminary card on Saturday, with DWCS alum Brzeski making his promotional debut.
Buday, himself a Contender Series winner, was coming off a controversial technical decision against Chris Barnett, after an illegal blow ended the bout early.
Big guys met center cage and were slinging heavy leather. Buday found success in those brief flurries. Brzeski was throwing with a lot of power but nothing was fazing Buday. Brzeski did land an overhand right that did wobble Buday a bit. Brzeski was faster with his hands and was busier mixing it up. Buday let Brzeski put him against the cage a few times but Brzeski never capitalized. The round ended with more output on the side of Brzeski.
In round two Brzeski was visibly tired but was still throwing. Brzeski was getting off kicks to the lead leg, and his straight right. Buday was having success with some heavy leg kicks but was failing to find his range. Brzeski threw a nice combination to the body and head. He’s not hurting Buday but being way more active. Buday did finally come forward with a combo and had success with a heavy leg kick. As the round was closing Buday was landing more but nothing landed too clean.
Into the final round Buday opened up with two heavy leg kicks. Brzeski was doing a good job just throwing output even if he was not landing everything. Buday was making more of an impact with his strikes but was just throwing one at a time. The crowd was cheering more output from Buday, who was landing some good shots. Buday clearly had more gas in the tank, but continued to not throw enough to the final bell. Still, he did enough to take it on two scorecards.
Official Result: Martin Buday def. Lukasz Brzeski by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)