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MMA: J-W heavyweight Mayes wins

In Las Vegas, Nevada, MMA heavyweight Don’Tale Mayes defeated Roque Martinez by unanimous decision Saturday on a UFC Fight Night card.

Mayes, who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink MMA, is 8-4. Martinez is 15-7-2.

The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Mayes displayed agility, creativity and excellent conditioning throughout the fight in snapping a two-fight losing streak. He appeared to cement the first round with a takedown late in the session.

Mayes outstruck Martinez by a solid margin in the second round, then survived a guillotine-choke attempt from Martinez in the third — the round Martinez won on one of the three official cards.

“I’m glad I got the win,” Mayes said afterward in a UFC interview. “I’m not really happy about my performance, but I’m happy I got the job done. Getting a win in the UFC is an accomplishment, so I’m happy I did that.”

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