||01-29-2011 12:40 AM
Drew McFedries def. Gary Tapusoa via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 4:42
Fighting for the first time in 16 months, nine-time UFC veteran Drew McFedries entered his matchup with fellow middleweight Gary Tapusoa as a heavy favorite. And while McFedries was more moderate than "The Massacre," his effective striking eventually got the job done.
Tapusoa threatened early with quick movement in and out of the pocket as he tried to avoid McFedries' famed power shots. For the most part, he was effective, and a second-round flash knockdown of McFedries seemed to indicate things were going in Tapusoa's direction.
McFedries picked himself up off the floor and picked up the pace for the remaining round and a half, utilizing powerful leg kicks to immobilize his opponent and picking Tapusoa apart with jabs from the outside. The damage was evident as Tapusoa's face reddened, and the carnage worsened in the final frame.
McFedries patient attack left him with plenty of gas in the tank, and he punished Tapusoa with straight right hands that opened up a huge gash over his opponent's eye and left blood trickling down the face. As the eye continued to swell, McFedries continued to push.
With a decision result firmly in hand, McFedries didn't let off the gas, and a devastating uppercut left Tapusoa turning to avoid more damage. Another stiff punch followed, and the fight was mercifully halted with just 18 seconds remaining in the final frame.
With the win in his first fight since a 2009 release from the UFC, McFedries (9-6) improves to 2-1 in his past three outings. Meanwhile, Tapusoa (4-2) falls for the first time since his professional debut and sees a four-fight win streak snapped.
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