Khama Worthy picks up big win on ESPN
The last of the Apex cards before “Fight Island” UFC on ESPN 12 goes down tonight, Saturday, June 27th.
Taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event is headlined by former lightweight challenger Dustin Poirier and rising contender Dan Hooker. Welterweights, Mickey Gall and Mike Perry will meet in the co-main event of the evening.
In a must-see lightweight matchup, Luis “Violent Bob Ross” Pena takes on “ The Deathstar” Khama Worthy. After Worthy’s impressive 45-second stoppage in his promotional debut at UFC 241, Worthy was scheduled to return in April. Due to the worldwide pandemic, the fight got nixed and he returns with a new opponent in “Violent Bob Ross”
Pena, an Ultimate Fighter alumnus, is 4-2 with the UFC. Earlier in the year, Pena switched training facilities before his last bout against Steve Garcia from AKA to ATT. A bout that Pena won unanimously. Tonight is his second bout thus far this year as well as his second fight with his new training camp, American Top Team.
Here is how the lightweight bout between Luis Peña and Khama Worthy went down at UFC on ESPN 12, including round by round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Round 1: The two fighters trade jabs in the center of the cage. Were the fires a leg kick and Pena returns the favor. Were the follows up as the two fighters trade kicks. Pena fires two teeth kicks to the head which both myths. Were the hits a straight jacket to the body as Pena attempts to counter. Pena attempt to let loose a punch combination, however, Worthy sees it and throws a punch combination, himself. Pena is attempting to lead with his jab. Warranty is working from the outside with over hands and leg kicks.
Pena changes levels for the takedown but Worthy stuffs it. Worthy gets back to his feet. Worthy throws a few punches upstairs which miss and he follows with a hard leg kick. Pena attempts the flying knee which also misses. Pena lands a beautiful left hand and both fighters trade kicks, back and forth. Worthy lands another body kick and is setting up his combinations when Pena misses. The round closes with both fighters landing leg kicks.
MyMMANews scores round 1 for Khama Worthy. 10-9
A slight feeling out process with both Fighter’s pumping the jab gets the round started. Worthy throws a few punches to Pena, mixing it up with front kicks to the head. Pena shoots for another takedown successfully. He lands in side control and starts working for the arm triangle. Worthy is able to work out of the submission attempt but gives his back up. Pena looks for the body triangle while hunting for Worthy’s neck. Worthy is spending a lot of energy trying to get free, however Pena is happily riding his back for the majority of the second round. With a minute and a half left Worthy is able to shake Pena to his back, while in full guard. Pena throws his legs up looking for the triangle and transitions to the omoplata. Worthy gets to his feet, looking for distance. Pena follows him up and drags Worthy back down with a single leg. The two scramble from several positions for the remainder of the round.
MyMMANews scores round 2 for Luis Pena. 10-9
Pena paws a few jabs out and worthy goes downstairs. Pena looked for the takedown early but is staffed by Worthy. Worthy lands a solid straight right once the two get back to their feet. Pena follows with his own 1- 2 combinations. Both fighters exchange punches in the middle of the cage and Pena attempts another takedown which is shaken off. The two trade punches again with Worthy landing several kicks to the body and Pena rushes Worthy to the fence, looking to switch levels again. Worthy is able to isolate Pena’s neck in a guillotine choke. It isn’t long before Pena is forced to tap.
Official result: Winner: Khama Worthy at 2:53 into the third wound via submission (guillotine choke)