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Sports briefs: Demetrious Johnson defends UFC flyweight title

Published July 27, 2013 8:50 pm

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MMA • Demetrious Johnson used an armbar on John Moraga late in the fifth round and successfully defended his UFC flyweight championship with a submission victory Saturday night before a partisan hometown crowd in Seattle.

Johnson, making the second defense of the flyweight crown, controlled most of the fight, then ended it at 3:43 of the fifth round, bending Moraga's right arm to the point referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. Johnson (18-2-1) leaped to his feet with four spinning kicks in the center of the ring to celebrate.

The co-main event saw young Canadian star Rory MacDonald (15-1) take a unanimous decision over Jake Ellenberger (29-7) in a welterweight fight that left the crowd cascading boos after the much-anticipated matchup failed to live up to its billing. But MacDonald's strategy of avoiding Ellenberger's big punches worked and ran his winning streak to five.

In other fights on the main card, Robbie Lawler used a huge kick to floor Bobby Voelker in a second-round knockout. Liz Carmouche also had a second-round victory, stopping Brazil's Jessica Andrade in her UFC debut.

Lysacek to compete in SLC classic

figure skating • Figure skating champion Evan Lysacek is expected to compete for the first time since winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City this fall, U.S. Figure Skating has announced.

Lysacek will join more than 70 athletes from nearly 20 nations competing at the second annual competition at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, Sept. 12-14.

Defending national men's champion Max Aaron is among the other Americans scheduled to compete, along with reigning national pairs champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and world ice dance champions Maryl Davis and Charlie White.

Staff and wire reports