OTTAWA — Quebec City’s Marc-Andres Barriault lost his UFC debut to the dismay of an Ottawa crowd.
Barriault lost by unanimous decision in his middleweight bout against American Andrew Sanchez as part of the UFC Fight Night main card on Saturday.
Barriault, who had an eight-fight winning streak coming in and was 11-1 overall, certainly had the crowd behind him as they chanted his name throughout the fight and roared with every punch he landed.
The Canadian Tire Centre crowd erupted in disbelief with a chorus of boos after Sanchez (12-4) was awarded the win with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28.
"It was very frustrating but at the end of the day it’s the judges’ decision. But I’m very proud of myself and I showed that I belong here that’s for sure," Barriault said.
"It was a good experience. I just need to look at the fight, continue to work and do the same things the next time. When I hit I can be dangerous."
Bantamweight Brad Katona of Winnipeg suffered his first loss in the octagon, falling to 9-1 as he dropped a unanimous decision to Merab Dvalishvili (9-3) of Georgia.
In the shortest fight of the night, American Walt Harris needed just 50 seconds to improve to 11-8 with a first-round TKO in a heavyweight battle over Sergey Spivak (9-1) from Moldova.
And Cub Swanson (25-11) lost a split decision against fellow American Shane Burgos (11-2). Swanson will likely see his No. 10 ranking in the featherweight division drop following the defeat.
The six preliminary bouts had eight Canadians as combatants, including Sarah Moras of Kelowna, B.C. in the women’s bantamweight division.
Unfortunately Moras (5-6) took a pummeling at the hands of American Macy Chiasson, who won by TKO at 2:22 of the second round.
That bout was followed up by another bantamweight tilt that saw Vince Morales (8-2) of the United States score a unanimous decision over Montreal’s Aiemann Zahabi (7-2).
In an all-Canadian welterweight bout, Nordine Taleb (15-6) of Montreal earned a unanimous three-round decision over Kyle Prepolec (12-6) of Windsor, Ont.
The third bout of the preliminary card was the first fight of the night not to go the distance as featherweight Matt Salvas of the U.S. won by submission at 3:16 of the third and final round with a head and arm choke over Kyle Nelson of Stoney Creek, Ont.
Both fighters were in compromising positions on the mat in the first two rounds but were saved by the bell. Nelson (12-3) was not able to recover in the third round and tapped out, giving Salves (7-2) the decision.
In the first heavyweight bout of the night, Vancouver’s Arjan Singh Bhullar improved to 9-1 with a unanimous decision over American Juan Adams (5-1).
The opening preliminary bout featured a pair of bantamweight Canadians going at each other and ended with a unanimous win for Vancouver’ Cole Smith (8-0) over Mitch Gagnon (12-5) of Sudbury, Ont.