UFC 120: Claude Patrick Dominates James Wilks

Former Ultimate Fighter winner James Wilks fought in front of his British fans Saturday at UFC 120, but he put on an unimpressive performance in losing a decision to Claude Patrick.

Patrick got double underhooks against the cage and then secured a takedown early in the first round, and from there he dominated the rest of the round from the top. Wilks did attempt one submission from the bottom, but for the most part the first round consisted of Patrick staying on top of Wilks and pounding on him on the ground.


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The second round was more of the same, with Patrick getting the double underhooks against the cage, taking Wilks down and then dominating him from the top position on the ground. Patrick didn't do a lot of damage in the second, but Wilks simply had no answer for Patrick's positional control, and Patrick was clearly winning the fight 20-18.

And in the third Patrick continued to do what he'd been doing, getting Wilks down on the ground, staying on top of him, and controlling the fight well enough that there was no question who won the round. All three judges scored it 30-27 for Patrick.

The loss drops Wilks to 7-4 in his professional MMA career, and it has to be considered a huge disappointment to the UFC that an Ultimate Fighter winner has turned in such a lousy showing. Patrick, however, looks like an impressive prospect for the UFC. He's now 13-1.

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