Russel Doane versus Marcus Brimage opened up the UFC 175 main card with a grappler versus striker display. Doane endured Brimage’s striking to gain the judges’ decision.
Russell Doane was a top contender in PXC prior to a Taichi Fight appearance that landed him a shot in the UFC. The Hawaiian grappler earned Submission of the Night at the first UFC Singapore card over jiujitsu black belt Leandro Issa in their co-debut.
Marcus Brimage made his featherweight debut against Sengoku legend Maximo Blanco and defeated him by a contentious decision. He dropped again to bantamweight to face Doane.
Play by play:
A minute of trading saw Doane wait for an opportunity to take Brimage down, where he moved to side control and worked around to the back. Brimage was forced to defend the choke from Doane’s dominant position until the final minute when he was about to explode out.
In the second, Brimage opened up with low kicks and a right hook that stumbled Doane back and down. Brimage kept up with the low kicks to mash up the inside of Doane’s thigh, and Doane knew where he had to take the fight to avoid more punishment so he continued to look for the shoot. However, Brimage learned the keys to escape and kept it standing until the bell.
In the final round, Brimage knew his inside leg kicks were effective and he went for them time after time. Doane tried to shoot, but it was Brimage with a single leg takedown to score. Doane tried to pick up his own striking in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough to put him ahead of Brimage.
While Doane was hammered by Brimage’s kicks, apparently 2 out of 3 of the judges thought his work in the early rounds was enough to give him the win.
Russell Doane defeats Marcus Brimage by Split Decision, (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)