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UFC Fight Night: Max Holloway stops Charles Oliveira in Round 1

A high-profile fight between surging featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira ended in disappointment on Sunday, as Oliveira bowed out early with a shoulder injury.

Holloway (14-3) receives credit for a first-round TKO, although the finish won't make its way onto any highlight reels. The fight ended at the 1:39 mark, when Oliveira (20-5) grabbed his left shoulder after a failed takedown attempt.

The fight, which headlined UFC Fight Night at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was a major letdown, as each featherweight was looking to extend a win streak. Ultimately, it was Holloway who did so, running his total up to seven.

"Everybody send prayers to Charles," Holloway said. "It's part of the game. It's kind of sad to see that happen. This is how we make our living so all my prayers to Charles. I hope he can make a full recovery."

Holloway, who fights out of Hawaii Elite MMA, did not sound interested in an immediate rematch, however. Instead, he turned his attention to former lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar.

"People keep saying this might be a title contention shot. I believe one guy deserves [the title shot] and it's Frankie Edgar. Why not go to UFC: Hawaii? Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar. Next year, let's do it."

For what it's worth, Holloway out-landed Oliveira in the very brief fight, 14-5. He targeted the Brazilian's body with straight lefts and scored a nice lead right uppercut to set up a straight left hand. Oliveira eventually shot from pretty far out, attempting to coral Holloway in a double leg and wrestle him to the ground. Holloway chucked him off easily, which led to Oliveira's injury.

Oliveira suffers his first loss since July 2013. He had won four in a row coming into the bout, including victories against Hatsu Hioki, Jeremy Stephens and Nik Lentz. Holloway, 23, is now 10-3 in the UFC.

Magny outpoints Silva

Twenty-two days after seeing his seven-fight win streak snapped, welterweight Neil Magny is already back in the win column.

Magny (16-4) soundly outpointed Erick Silva in the co-main event, earning a split decision win -- as somehow, judge Dr. Greg Jackson scored the lopsided fight 29-28 for Silva. Judges Sal D'Amato and David Therien correctly scored it in favor of Magny.

It's a nice rebound performance by Magny, who suffered a submission loss to Demian Maia earlier this month at UFC 190. The win improves the Denver-based fighter to 9-3 in the Octagon. He accepted the fight on short notice after Silva's original opponent, Rick Story, withdrew due to injury.

"It feels pretty good for a four-day camp," Magny said. "It's hard to think you can have much growth in a short amount of time, but the biggest thing I took from the Maia fight was the mental aspect. Listening to my coaches to make the fight not necessarily easier, but work in my favor better. That's exactly what I did tonight -- more of a mental approach to training than a physical."

As is usually the case, Magny made it a point to outwork Silva everywhere. He threw 204 total strikes, compared to Silva's 68. He landed 132, while Silva connected on just 37.

Silva (18-6), who has a history of gassing after the opening round, appeared to pace himself early. He allowed Magny to take him down on a flashy, spinning back-elbow attempt, but he worked back to his feet quickly. The two traded takedowns later in the round and it was Magny who made the most of his, moving to mount and landing several hard punches to the side of Silva's head.

Despite the measured pace, Silva started to tire in the middle frame. He loaded up on winging shots, which Magny calmly sidestepped and countered. Magny landed several good knees from the clinch and started to find a home for his long jab. Silva answered a bit in the final round, scoring with hard outside leg kicks -- but Magny continued to pepper him with the jab and landed another good knee.

Once considered one of the best prospects in the division, Silva has struggled with consistency and now falls to 6-5 overall in the UFC. Prior to the loss, he had finished back-to-back opponents in Mike Rhodes and Josh Koscheck.

Cote stops Burkman in Round 3

Patrick Cote added to his already outstanding résumé on Canadian soil, as he knocked out Josh Burkman in the final round of an action-packed welterweight fight.

Cote (22-9) became the first man to ever knock out Burkman (27-12). He dropped him with a stinging overhand right early in the third round and then finished him with elbows on the ground. The end came at the 1:26 mark.

The Quebec City native improved to 17-1 in his home country and has now won five of his past six. It is the 35-year-old's first knockout since March 2012.

"I think I've improved my game more in the last year than I did in the last 10 years in this business," Cote said.

Burkman, 34, looked good in the early going, hanging back and countering Cote's plodding style with short combinations. He caught Cote with a clean left to the chin that appeared to momentarily stun him. Cote dropped to a knee and held on to Burkman's left leg in an effort to slow the fight down.

Later in the round though, Cote landed a beautiful step-in overhand right. Somehow, Burkman not only stayed upright but smiled and nodded to Cote, acknowledging the monster shot.

Cote continued to find his rhythm in the second round. The effective counter boxing by Burkman started to work against him, as he grew relatively inactive, looking for the perfect shot. Burkman did score a nice outside trip takedown, but failed to keep Cote on the ground for long.

Momentum swung back and forth quickly in the third round, as Burkman hit Cote early with a combination that had him wobbled. Cote bit down on his mouthpiece and flexed, encouraging Burkman to come at him again. Moments later, Cote landed the right hand that effectively ended the fight.

When asked whom he'd like to fight next, Cote called out American Top Team's Hector Lombard, who is currently serving a one-year suspension for performance-enhancing drug use.

"One year ago, this guy called me out," Cote said. "He got caught cheating. I tell Lombard, I accept your challenge. When you come back in January, I'll be here for you."

Trinaldo surprises, defeats Laprise by KO

Brazilian lightweight Francisco Trinaldo decided to celebrate his birthday a little early this year.

Trinaldo (18-4) shocked the Canadian crowd by knocking out Ontario native Chad Laprise at 2:43 of the first round. The upset win came four days before Trinaldo's 37th birthday.

A nearly 4-to-1 underdog, Trinaldo dropped Laprise (10-1) with an early straight left. Laprise managed to pop back up, but in his desperation to slow the fight down he pulled guard, which would come back to haunt him. Trinaldo quickly took Laprise's back, sank his hooks in and flattened him out near the center of the Octagon. He unloaded unanswered shots to the side of the head until referee Herb Dean stepped in.

It is the sixth knockout win of Trinaldo's career and his fourth consecutive victory. Laprise, a former winner on The Ultimate Fighter reality series, falls to 3-1 in the Octagon.

The forward pressure of Trinaldo took a very early toll on Laprise, as he wasn't able to back his opponent up at any time in the fight. He landed a stiff right hand to Trinaldo's chin in one exchange, but it had little effect on him. It is the first loss of Laprise's professional career. All three of his wins in the UFC have gone the distance.

Aubin-Mercier dominates Sims

Olivier Aubin-Mercier picked up his third consecutive win, badly outwrestling Tony Sims in a unanimous decision.

Mercier (6-2) made no effort to disguise his wrestling-heavy game plan -- and it didn't matter. The 26-year-old Canadian took Sims down in each of the three rounds, eventually collecting scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Despite spending long stretches of time on Sims' back, Mercier rarely came close to finishing the lightweight fight. He attempted a rear-naked choke in the first round, but Sims managed to shrug it off.

"I don't think it was my best performance, but I stuck to the game plan, which I am kind of proud of," Mercier said. "It's the first time I've stuck to a game plan.

"In the first round, He was really good to defend [the choke]. He has no neck, so it was really hard to get it in."

Sims (12-3) managed to defend a handful of takedowns, but even when he stayed upright, he allowed Mercier to drive him into the fence. It was a smart game plan by Mercier, as Sims has recorded knockouts in 10 of his 12 pro wins.

The only offense Sims really landed came in the third round, when he dropped several hard elbows to the side of Mercier's head as he worked for a single leg takedown. They were good shots, but Mercier didn't appear too bothered. Later in the round, Sims desperately attempted a guillotine as Mercier dove for another single leg. The choke wasn't close and Sims found himself back on the mat.

Overall, Mercier was credited with seven successful takedowns.

Fighting out of Montreal, Mercier continues to pick up traction in the 155-pound division. Prior to this fight going the distance, Mercier had submitted his previous two opponents.

Letourneau upsets Moroz

Canadian strawweight Valerie Letourneau upset Maryna Moroz in a back-and-forth three-round fight.

Letourneau (8-3) dropped Moroz with a right hand in the opening round and scored a key takedown in the third, en route to a unanimous decision on the cards. Judges scored the 115-pound fight for Letourneau 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

Pegged as a more-than 2-to-1 underdog coming in, Letourneau improves to 3-0 in the UFC. She out-landed Moroz (6-1) in total strikes 106-79.

"I feel awesome," Letourneau said. "I wanted to be in the top 10. She's a tough opponent. I've been working hard. I had a lot of help in this camp."

The counter striking of Letourneau proved to be a major factor, as Moroz attempted to move in and out on the feet but couldn't avoid Letourneau's right hand. Early in the first round, Letourneau scored a hard left kick to the body, which she followed with a straight right that put Moroz on the canvas. Letourneau followed Moroz to the ground and landed a few left hands out of side control, but couldn't secure a finish.

Moroz came out with a visible sense of urgency in the next round. She continued to move freely around the Octagon, bouncing in with jabs and overhand rights. The Ukrainian appeared to find her range at times, only to be thrown off again by Letourneau counters. She did wobble Letourneau late in the frame with a right cross.

With the win up for grabs in the final round, Letourneau caught an early Moroz leg kick and dumped her to the floor. Moroz, who has five submissions on her résumé, looked to lock in a kimura off her back but she was never close. She worked to her feet in the final 90 seconds of the fight and landed a few late shots, but not enough to win the round.

Moroz, who upset Joanne Calderwood in her UFC debut, falls to 1-1 in the Octagon.