Trey Ogden made a case for a spot on the UFC roster Sunday, defeating JJ Okanovich in front of UFC President Dana White to become the new Fury FC Lightweight Champion. The title fight headlined Fury FC 53, which took place at the Western National Complex in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Ogden closed out a strong performance in the second round with an arm triangle choke submission against Okanovich. He earned the choke after securing a takedown early in the round and advancing into side control. The fight was stopped after the arm triangle choke put Okanovich to sleep.
Ogden opened the fight with a good first round, having the better striking in the opening few minutes.
Okanovich was able to threaten Ogden with an armbar attempt on the ground after being taken down in the first round. Ogden eventually escaped the submission, taking full guard on top after.
Like many fighters did following their win on the show, Ogden addressed UFC President White.
“I’m world class. I belong on the front lines of the UFC,” said Ogden in his post-fight interview.
The fight was Ogden’s first appearance in over a year. He now has three consecutive wins on the regional scene, with all of them coming via submission.
Okanovich headlined a Fury FC card earlier this year, defeating Anthony Romero via split decision to return to the win column.
Johnson Secures Sub Off Back, Hands Miller First Loss
Jose Johnson scored a big upset win in the co-main event, handing Mo Miller his first pro loss in a second-round submission result.
Johnson showed his grappling skills while on his back, catching Miller with a triangle choke to finish the fight after being taken down earlier in the round.
Miller was ahead after the first round. He came close to get a submission win of his own in that opening frame, taking the back of Johnson many times to attempt a rear naked choke.
Miller’s six-fight undefeated record included two wins in LFA and an appearance on UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Johnson was returning after previously losing to now-UFC fighter Mana Martinez in May.
Quintana Uses Striking To Pick Up Win
Experienced featherweight Andres Quintana had a controlling performance against Edwin Chavez on Sunday, defeating him via unanimous decision in the end.
Quintana’s boxing on the feet kept Chavez on the backfoot for all three rounds. He scored with a variety of punches, targeting the head and body of Chavez.
Damage on the face of Chavez due to strikes was visible quite early on in the fight.
Quintana was returning after a nine-fight run in Combate Americas (now known as Combate Global) which concluded in 2019.
Chavez won a Fury FC fight in June, defeating Gabriel Macario.
Pogosjan Goes The Distance Against Glenn
Arut Pogosjan scored his second Fury FC victory on Sunday, going to a unanimous decision win over Kenneth Glenn.
Pogosjan’s victory came after three rounds that were primarily at stand-up range.
Pogosjan won his Fury FC debut in July, stopping Josh Altum within a round with strikes. He is now on a three-fight winning streak.
Three of Glenn’s last five MMA bouts have now been losses.
‘Contender Series’ Alum Holmes Scores Big Stoppage Win
Joseph Holmes scored a big knockout win in the first round, flooring Jhonoven Pati with a right cross for a stoppage win.
Holmes made Pati fall forwards from the brutal right hand in the first round. He followed up with a couple of hammerfist shots on the ground, although the referee was quick to step in.
Holmes fought just months ago, competing on the most recent season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Despite winning in his appearance on the show, he was not offered a UFC contact.
Holmes made his plea for a spot on the UFC roster after his win, speaking to UFC President White.
“I should be in the UFC,” said Holmes in his post-fight interview.
Pati is now on a three-fight losing streak.
Flores Defeats Veteran Dennis on Scorecards
Ty Flores defeated a veteran this weekend, going three rounds against Myron Dennis for a unanimous decision victory.
Flores had the better striking in a fight that was mostly contested on the feet. There was concern early on about a cut around the right eye of Dennis, although the fight was never stopped due to the injury.
Flores has now won two consecutive bouts in Fury FC. He earned a stoppage win last time around, finishing Larry Crowe earlier in the year.
Dennis challenged for an LFA belt in early 2021, losing to Fabio Cherant in February.
Tokkos Picks Up Early Submission Win
Bellator alum George Tokkos picked up a quick win on Sunday, submitting Clayton York with a guillotine choke.
York as quick to search for a takedown in the fight. Tokkos made the best of the position, applying a choke while on the back to finish the fight.
Tokkos broke a two-fight losing streak in an appearance a couple of months back, defeating Yu Ji.
York was making his return to action. He took his first pro loss in his previous bout, losing to Julius Anglickas in 2019.
Trujillo Out-Wrestles Martinez For Victory
Alberto Trujillo opened the main card with a decision win, prevailing in a wrestling-heavy fight against George Martinez via unanimous decision.
Trujillo lost a title fight in his prior bout, dropping a decision to Phumi Nkuta in CFFC earlier this year.
Martinez is now on a two-fight losing streak. His previous fought two years back, losing to Carlos Mota in LFA.
Main Card Quick Results:
Bout 16: Austin Jones def. Montrel James via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:51)
Main Card (6:30PM EST / 4:30PM MST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 15: Trey Ogden def. JJ Okanovich via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 2, 3:43) (Vacant Fury FC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 14: Jose Johnson def. Mo Miller via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 1:38)
Bout 13: Andres Quintana def. Edwin Chavez via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 12: Arut Pogosjan def. Kenneth Glenn via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 11: Joseph Holmes def. Jhonoven Pati via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:27)
Bout 10: Ty Flores def. Myron Dennis via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: George Tokkos def. Clayton York via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 1, 3:53)
Bout 8: Alberto Trujillo def. George Martinez via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 7: Geno Shvedov def. Daniel Rojas via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 6: Joseph Galaviz def. Joseph Garcia via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Ben Willeford def. Isaiah Torres via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Mario Suazo def. Angelo Trujillo via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 2:30)
Bout 3: Rory Karpf def. Ross Hapaniewski via Decision, Split (Boxing Bout)
Bout 2: Mason Iacobellis def. Jack Girard via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:30)
Bout 1: Jason Mullen def. Kyle Broadwater via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 1, 2:53)