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UFC Liverpool prelim results: Breese, Robertson get finishes

Check out the results and highlights from the UFC Liverpool prelims, including Tom Breese stopping Daniel Kelly in the first round.

Closing out the UFC Liverpool prelims, Tom Breese put hands on Daniel Kelly, stopping the Australian in the opening round, despite his two-year layoff. The promotion’s #14 women’s bantamweight Lina Lansberg got her grind on en route to a unanimous decision win over the #15 Gina Mazany. In his UFC debut, Carlo Pedersoli Jr. overcame being dropped twice in the opening round to pick up a split decision win over Brad Scott.

In her second official UFC appearance, Gillian Robertson earned her second straight submission by choking out Molly McCann in the second round. This sub was extra sweet because it was of the technical variety, which means Meatball Molly went to sleep. Opening up the event, Elias Theodorou found himself in a grueling 15-minute clinch war Trevor Smith. When the dust had settled, Theodorou walked away with the unanimous nod.

FS1 Prelims:

Tom Breese def. Daniel Kelly by TKO at 3:33 of round 1: Middleweight

Breese came out looking quite sharp with his punching combinations. Kelly stood his ground, but was coming up short in the exchanges. A heavy left uppercut clocked Kelly, and the Australian began to backpedal immediately. Breese smelled the blood in the water, and cracked Kelly a few more times before Kelly covered up and dropped down.

Lina Lansberg def. Gina Mazany by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): (W) Bantamweight

Lansberg caught a kick early to score a brief takedown, but Mazany got up and forced her foe up against the fence. Mazany disengaged from the clinch just long enough to land a solid two-piece, and then closed the distance once again. Lansberg grabbed ahold of the Thai plum in the closing moments, but it was Mazany who was throwing and landing strikes.

Mazany found her back up against the cage early on in the second round, but the lack of activity from Lansberg caused the referee to break them apart. Mazany did pick up a takedown as soon as the bout resumed, but Lansberg got back to her feet and pushed Mazany up against the fence again. The referee again broke apart the athletes, but Lansberg landed a heavy body kick before taking the bout back to the cage. Mazany discovered another takedown, but again Lansberg got up and stalled her opponent out on the cage. Mazany was able to reverse the position and score with some chipping shots before the round expired.

Mazany cracked with a spinning backfist in the final frame, but Lansberg used it as an opportunity to take the fight back to the fence. Mazany reversed her opponent and got herself into open space, The lead hand landed quite a bit for mazany, but again Lansberg was able to control her opponent in the clinch.

Carlo Pedersoli Jr. def. Brad Scott by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29): Welterweight

Scott and Pedersoli seemed to agree to a medium-tempo kickboxing match for the opening round. The welterweights went shot for shot and technique for technique, with one man striking and then the other. Scott did manage to drop Pedersoli twice in the final minute of the first round, but Pedersoli recovered before the round ended.

The medium-tempo kickboxing bout resumed in the second round, with Pedersoli cracking with some rather hard body kicks. The volume of Pedersoli started to increase, especially with the body kicks. Scott landed with the hands a bit, but not as frequently as his opponent did. In a heads up move, Pedersoli pulled off a takedown with about 30 seconds remaining in the round.

In a superb display of sportsmanship, the athletes hugged it out to start the final round. After some back and forth standup, Pedersoli picked up a takedown, but Scott quickly worked his way back to the feet. Pedersoli charged in for another takedown, but again Scott exploded right back to his feet. The fight finally hit the mat in the final 30 seconds when Pedersoli got his takedown and stayed on top until the horn sounded.

They were having fun out there:

Look at Scott score a knockdown in the first round:

If this would have landed:

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Gillian Robertson def. Molly McCann by technical submission at 2:05 of round 2: (W) Flyweight

McCann opened up the bout by throwing her hands, landing some clean shots before Robertson shot in and scored a takedown. Robertson worked her way into the full mount, landing strikes before taking the back. McCann struggled with the top control of her opponent, not making it back to her feet until the round ended.

Robertson wildly pursued a takedown right away in the second stanza, successfully planting McCann on her back. Once on the ground, Robertson took the back of her opponent and chased an RNC. McCann defended for a bit, but the squeeze proved to be too much, and Robertson put McCann to sleep. Good thing we have referees.

**It should be noted that Molly McCann missed weight, clocking in at 127 pounds.

Check out this sweet RNC:

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Meatball Molly was slingin’ em:

Fight Pass Card

Elias Theodorou def. Trevor Smith by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Middleweight

Theodorou clinched up with his opponent right away, and jockeying for position ensued. Smith attempted to get the fight down to the ground, but Theodorou was able to remain vertical and escape into open space. The bout returned to the clinch, where Theodorou scored with several knees and punches.

Smith opened up the second frame with a clever rolling takedown, but Theodorou quickly bounced back up and returned to clinch fighting. The dirty boxing of Theodorou continued to give him the edge on the inside as Smith pursued the takedown. In open space, the athletes began wading into the pocket, but an inadvertent clash of heads caused a cut to the forehead of Theodorou.

Theodorou came out in the final frame looking to stay on the outside as he seemed to be suffering from fatigue, but Smith brought the pressure and got the takedown. Smith would be unable to stay on top, as Theodorou scrambled his way to top position. Back on the feet, the middleweights battled it out for the final 30 seconds, in what was a rather grueling bout.

Check out this flurry that resulted in an accidental clash of heads:

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