UFC Fight Night 35 results, photos: Louis Smolka edges Alptekin Ozkilic in early thriller
DULUTH, Ga. â€“ If Louis Smolka was feeling any Octagon jitters for his first UFC fight, you wouldnâ€™t know it. In a gritty three-round performance, he wore down Alpetkin Ozkilic on the feet and on the mat, nearly finishing him with strikes from full mount in the final seconds before ultimately running out of time and settling for a unanimous decision victory .
The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 35 event at Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX Sports 1.
From early on it was clear that both men had come to scrap, as Smolka and Ozkilic spent the first round trading haymakers on the feet, with each man getting his licks in. But while Ozkilic seemed content to rely on takedowns when he didnâ€™t like how things were going in the striking exchanges, he found himself unable to match Smolkaâ€™s pace down the stretch.
As Ozkilic tired, Smolka upped the pressure. After battering â€œThe Turkish Delightâ€ with punches in the third, Smolka finished the fight by securing mount and pouring it on as the clock wound down to zero. With another few seconds to work he might have finished a game, though exhausted Ozkilic. Instead, he took the decision victory on all three judgesâ€™ scorecards for a win in his UFC debut.
Ozkilic (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffers his first loss in the UFC after a victorious debut just one month ago at UFC on FOX 9. Smolka (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) maintains a perfect record with the win.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 35 results include:
Louis Smolka def. Alptekin Ozkilic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Vinc Pichel def. Garett Whiteley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Beneil Dariush def. Charlie Brenneman via submission (rear-naked choke) â€“ Round 1, 1:45
For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 35, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.
Matt Erickson contributed to this report on-site in Duluth.