American J.J. Aldrich, capable of preserve the struggle on the toes, gained a unanimous choice over Canadian flyweight Gillian (The Savage) Robertson on the undercard of a UFC Combat Evening card Saturday.
All three judges scored it 30-27 for Aldrich (11-4-0), who improved her document within the UFC to 7-3-0 along with her third straight victory.
Robertson (10-7-0) took the struggle on quick discover, changing Ariane Lipski.
The 26-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., who trains out of Coconut Creek, Fla., was coming off a December submission win over Brazil’s Priscila (Zombie Lady) Cachoeira. Robertson slipped to 7-5-0 within the UFC with Saturday’s loss.
The principle occasion on the UFC’s Apex manufacturing facility featured Brazil’s Thiago Santos, ranked fifth amongst light-heavyweight contenders, and No. 6 Magomed Ankalaev of Russia.
Robertson is an completed grappler who holds probably the most finishes in UFC historical past with six and boasts the second-most takedowns amongst UFC flyweights with 17. However she was unable to get Aldrich, who had a 4.5-inch attain benefit over Robertson, to the bottom.
After a cagey opening, Robertson failed in a takedown try two minutes into the primary spherical. Each fighters had been warned to observe their fingers after Aldrich took an inadvertent eye poke halfway by means of the spherical.
Aldrich started to search out her putting vary because the spherical wore on and fought off one other takedown try with a minute remaining. It was Aldrich who landed a takedown simply because the spherical ended.
Robertson stored coming ahead within the second spherical. However she absorbed punishment in doing so and her face started to point out harm beneath her left eye.
Robertson lastly managed to pull Aldrich down, ending up on the underside after Aldrich reversed place. The 2 bought again to their toes with Robertson foiled on one other takedown try.
Aldrich continued to have the higher of the putting sport and he or she lashed Robertson with a tough physique kick because the spherical ended.
The 2 grappled on the fence within the third spherical earlier than the struggle returned to the centre of the cage with Aldrich persevering with to attach.
Robertson pulled Aldrich to the bottom within the last minute, on the lookout for a submission off her again. However she ran out of time.