It was a close fight between the veteran Bryan Caraway and rising talent Cody Stamann over the course of three rounds. In the end, Stamann did enough to win on the judges’ scorecards and gets the victory over his first ranked opponent.
Respect the name
Cody Stamann has been on quite the run since joining the organization last year. His latest win over Bryan Caraway puts him at 3-0 in the UFC. Lots of pundits were expecting losses in his last two fights against seemingly more impressive names, but Stamman has proved the doubters wrong with his ever-improving skill set.
Against Duquesnoy, Stamann relied on his pressure wrestling style to get the win. What Stamann lacked in the stand-up department he made up for in his ground game. This time around, it was all stand-up against Caraway as his quick combinations accumulated points.
The first round of the fight was controlled heavily by Caraway after his deep double-leg takedown. The subsequent guard pass into a crucifix gave Caraway options to work. But as the rounds wore on, Caraway didn’t possess the energy to take Stamann down as his hands continued to land.
The progression of the fight leaned towards Cody Stamann as Caraway started to fade. Stamman continued to put on the pressure as his combinations started to land. It seemed as though Caraway’s punches weren’t really doing damage until the third round. Caraway’s uppercut opened up some options as he was able to find a takedown at the close of the fight.
Ranked and dangerous
Stamann is only improving with time as he accumulates octagon experience. In a way, Stamann’s style beckons to a 135 version of Chad Mendes. His stocky frame gives him explosive wrestling ability on top of power behind his punches.
In two successive wins, Stamann has proved doubters wrong as his style of fighting adjusts to the opponent. Still a young prospect with much to learn, the only direction for Stamann is up as he continues his development.
— UFC (@ufc) March 4, 2018