UFC Fight Night 139 results: Takedowns help Eric Shelton to win over Joseph Morales

Takedowns were the name of the game for Eric Shelton in a split-decision win over Joseph Morales.

Shelton (12-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) landed takedowns in each frame to outpoint Morales (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on the judges’ scorecards. Shelton won with a 30-27 score and a 29-28 – but one dissenting judge oddly gave the fight to Morales, 30-27.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 136 event at Pepsi Center in Denver. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

Morales pushed in 90 seconds into the fight, but Shelton swung hard with a counter right on his escape. Morales tried a head kick not long after and continued to try to push forward. But Shelton landed a counter right that nearly took Morales off his feet. With two minutes left, Shelton shot for a takedown and brought Morales to the canvas. Morales scrambled to his feet, but Shelton took his back, sat him back down and tried to keep him there. Morales got back to his feet, but not long after Shelton took him back down. Morales went after a guillotine choke, but Shelton popped his head out with 25 seconds left in the round.

It took Shelton just 30 seconds into the second round to get Morales to the canvas again. Morales wasn’t there too long before getting back to his feet, but midway through Shelton threw him back down. Once again, Morales threatened with a guillotine, but Shelton fought it off and went back to work on top in Morales’ guard. Morales got back to his feet with 45 seconds left in the round, and when Shelton shot for a takedown with 15 seconds left Morales defended it and worked for a late triangle choke.

Just ahead of a minute into the round, Morales was able to get on top on the canvas, changing the pace a bit. But Shelton got back out and back to his feet – only to get another takedown. One more time, Morales worked for a guillotine, but it wasn’t close to tight enough and he went back to playing defense on his back. He tried to use a kimura to stand back up, and when he got back to his feet he ate a knee to the ahead. Midway through, Shelton got another takedown off a scramble. Morales tried a late rally, on the canvas, but there wasn’t enough there to threaten.

Shelton got back in the win column after a February loss and has won two of his past three. Morales lost for the second straight time – the only losses of his career.

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