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Anderson, Villante, Brown, Burgos Victorious at UFC Albany

Dec 9, 2016; Albany, NY, USA; Gian Villante (red gloves) fights Saparbek Safarov (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Adamucci-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 9, 2016; Albany, NY, USA; Gian Villante (red gloves) fights Saparbek Safarov (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Adamucci-USA TODAY Sports

Local fighters Corey Anderson, Gian Villante, Randy “Rude Boy” Brown and UFC newcomer Shane “Hurricane” Burgos scored impressive victories at UFC Fight Night 102 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on Friday night. The full card streamed exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Undefeated Burgos (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) stepped up on just two weeks notice to make his UFC debut against Tiago Trator, where he also made a little bit of history. Burgos became the first fighter to get a haircut in between rounds in the octagon. “Hurricane” earned a unanimous decision victory (30-26, 29-28, 29-27) after an exciting back and forth battle with Trator.

“I told my corner that if the fight goes past the first round and my hair is getting in my face to cut (my ponytail) off,” Burgos said of the haircut, via MMAJunkie.com. “It wasn’t getting in my face the first round, but it started to in the second, so I told them to cut it off. It was pretty memorable, but it was planned beforehand.”

Brown scored an impressive referee stoppage early in the second round over UFC newcomer Brian Camozzi. Controlling the pace on the feet during the first, Brown (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) shot in for a takedown and found himself in a dangerous position while in Camozzi’s guard. “Rude Boy” regained control and finished Camozzi after a knee to the head, followed up by numerous punches forced a referee stoppage.

“There was no way I was coming in here to lose, ” Brown said, via MMAJunkie.com. “No way. In New York, my hometown, my second home away from Jamaica, come on man. I’m trying to get on that Brooklyn card, too. I’ll fight anybody. It doesn’t matter who.”

The extra $50k for “Fight of the Night” was awarded to UFC light-heavyweight Villante following a tough battle against UFC newcomer Saparbek Safarov. The stand-up war proved the durability of both fighters before Villante (15-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) teed off against Safarov against the cage, forcing referee stoppage in the second. Safarov stepped up on one weeks notice when Villante’s original opponent Patrick Cummins withdrew due to a staph infection.

The newly titled Corey “Overtime” Anderson (formerly known as “Beastin 25/8”) was just too much for Sean O’Connell in the main card light-heavyweight bout. Anderson (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), the 205-pound winner of TUF 19, controlled the fight against O’Connell after taking him down early in the first. “Overtime” dominated his opponent on the canvas with punches halfway through the second, forcing a referee stoppage.

Next New York stop for the promotion? UFC 208 in Brooklyn on February 11th at the Barclays Center.

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Kristine is a Managing Editor for DoubleGSports.com as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.
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