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UFC 294: How did American fighters fare?

UFC 294 recently concluded this past weekend and overall it was a very entertaining card.

The highlight of the night was Islam Makhachev defending his UFC lightweight title with a KO/TKO win over Alexander Volkanovski in the first round, while the Co-Main Event saw Khamzat Chimaev win by unanimous decision over Kamaru Usman.

Aside from the Main Card fights, there were a total of six fights on the Preliminary Card involving American fighters. 

We review each of these fights by providing you with the results for each bout and the overall record from the American fighters.

Viktoriia Dudakova Win by Unanimous Decision over Jinh Yu Frey (United States) - Round 3: 5:00

The second fight of the night at UFC 294 featured Viktoriia Dudakova from Russia taking on Jinh Yu Frey of the United States.

While this was not a fight that ended by finish, Dudakova was dominant. She outstruck Frey 109 to 65 and landed her strikes at 60%. This also included significant hits, and Dudakova ended with 74, while Frey managed 47.

Dudakova did not land a takedown in her three attempts, but had one knockdown which helped her win this fight 29-28 on all three judges' scorecards. With this win, Dudakova improved to 8-0 in her MMA career and 3-0 in the UFC.

The fight was fought at catchweight because Dudakova weighed in 0.6 pounds over the 116-pound strawweight limit for a non-title fight.

Mike Breeden (United States) Win by KO/TKO over Anshul Jubli - Round 3: 3:00

The fourth fight of the night at UFC 294 saw Mike Breeden of the United States take on Anshul Jubli from India.

Through the first two rounds, it was Jubli who was likely ahead on the cards. He had outstruck Breeden in both the first and second round and just needed a solid third to see out a potential win.

However, Breeden came on strong in the third round, outstriking Jubli 34 to 11. All it took was a single knockdown in the final few minutes and it was lights out for Jubli.

With this win, Breeden is now 11-6 in his MMA career and this was his first ever UFC win, making him 1-4 in the promotion.

Like Frey's fight, this one was also fought at catchweight because Breeden weighed three-and-a-half pounds over the lightweight limit for a non-title fight.

Sedriques Dumas (United States) Win by Unanimous Decision over Abu Azaitar - Round 3: 5:00

The fifth fight at UFC 294 saw Sedriques Dumas from the United States take on Abu Azaitar from Morocco.

Dumas ended with 72 total strikes and 34 significant strikes, while Azaitar had 87 total strikes and 41 significant strikes.

What won this fight for Dumas was his 4:10 of control. His final scores read 30-29 on all three judges' scorecards and he is now 9-1 in MMA and 3-1 in the UFC.

Javid Basharat vs. Victor Henry (United States) - No Contest

The sixth fight at UFC 294 saw Javid Basharat from Afghanistan take on Victor Henry from the United States. Unfortunately, this fight was declared a no contest in the second round because Henry could not continue.

Trevor Peek (United States) Win by Unanimous Decision over Mohammad Yahya - Round 3: 5:00

The seventh fight at UFC 294 saw American Trevor Peek take on Mohammad Yahya from the United Arab Emirates.

Peek dominated in terms of strikes, ending with 83 compared to Yayha’s 47. Peek also landed 67% of his strikes and had 61 significant strikes.

What really helped Peek win this fight was his four takedowns on seven attempts. He ended up winning this fight with scores of 29-28 and 30-27 (two judges' scorecards). He is now 9-1 in his MMA career and 3-1 in the UFC.

Muhammad Mokaev Win by Submission over Tim Elliot (United States) - Round 3: 3:03

The featured preliminary at UFC 294 was between Tim Elliot from the United States and Muhammad Mokaev from the United Kingdom.

This was a back and forth battle through the first couple of rounds, but it was Mokaev that led the way in striking with 118 (81%) compared to Elliot’s 71 (82%).

Elliot nearly won this fight in the first round with two submission attempts, but Mokaev did well to avoid tapping. It was in the third round with just under two minutes that led to Mokaev’s first submission attempt, an arm triangle that forced Elliot to give up.

With this win, Mokaev is now 11-0 in the MMA and 5-0 in the UFC.

Review

Overall, the American fighters went 3-2 with one No Contest at UFC 294. It was a decent showing for the Americans and the best win for them was the KO/TKO win by Mike Breeden.

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