Jim Alers controlled much of this UFC Fight Night 60 preliminary fight, but it would be Chas Skelly coming away with a stunning stoppage win.
Going into this fight, Alers and Skelly were both nearing a breakthrough, and a career-best win here looked to be a game-changer for either man.
Chas Skelly ate the worse of the strikes in round one. He struggled on the ground, and, overall, was second-best at this point in, despite fighting hard in the exchanges.
That would change in round two. Alers landed with force early, and wobbled Skelly with his overhand right on multiple occasions. Later on, Skelly turned the tide with a right hand of his own against the cage, hurting Alers. Then, controversy ensued.
A knee to the head of Alers — kneeled on the canvas — was the shot that prompted the referee’s stoppage. This is an illegal technique under the unified rules of MMA, and would result in a no contest if recognized as the finishing blow and deemed unintentional.
Still, Skelly was awarded the TKO victory over the closing seconds of round two of their UFC Fight Night 60 showdown. This fight will be certainly be subject to further review and analysis in the coming weeks.