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Neil lands a left hand in an early exchange, and Cortez grabs a leg
and ties her opponent up. They disengage from the clinch and Cortez
throws a flurry. Cortez presses forward with wide power punches and
drives Neil into the cage. Cortez goes high with a left hook and
then changes levels for a takedown. Neil defends it well, but
Cortez keeps her opponent’s back to the fence. Cortez lands a
couple punches on the break. A left hook lands for Cortez, who
drops for a single leg moments later. Neil looks to grab a
guillotine, but Cortez is able to free herself. They clinch against
the fence and Cortez stays busy with knees and punches to the body.
Cortez backs off and Neil lands a straight right hand. Cortez
forces the clinch behind a right hand and this time she gets Neil
to the canvas. Neil fights her way up but is immediately taken back
down, and Cortez settles in half guard with about a minute to work.
Cortez pins Neil’s right arm with her left knee and lands some
punches. Neil explodes and reverses on top, and now they’re both
back up. Cortez pushes Neil against the fence and lands a couple
knees before the round ends. 10-9 Cortez.
Neil lands a straight right at the outset. Neil catches a body kick
but lets it go. Cortez moves forward, lands a right hand and ties
up her foe. Cortez has a waist lock, then separates to land an
elbow before securing double underhooks. Neil lands a beautiful
throw and lands some punches on the ground before Cortez hustles to
her feet. Cortez lands a some short right hands from the clinch as
she keeps Neil against the fence. Cortez continues to control Neil
against the fence, landing periodic knees to the midsection. Cortez
trips Neil to the floor near the fence. As Neil gets to her feet,
Cortez attempts to jump on her back. Cortez can’t secure both hooks
and Neil dumps her down and ends up in top position. Cortez posts
near the fence and stands with 10 seconds remaining. They battle it
out in the clinch as time runs out. 10-9 Cortez.
Cortez stalks her opponent, and both fighters trade kicks. Cortez
follows a leg kick with a punching combination upstairs. She looks
to clinch but instead backs away. A left hand lands for Neil, and
Cortez shakes her head. Neil finds the range on a kick to the body.
Neil comes forward with a two-punch combo. Cortez catches a kick
and takes Neil down against the cage. Cortez looks to isolate
Neil’s right arm while she lands left hands to the face from top
position. Neil reverses into top position and tries to take
Cortez’s back. Neil doesn’t have both hooks in yet, but she’s still
trying to slide her arm under her foe’s chin. Neil slides off the
back and Cortez takes full mount. She postures up and unleashes a
brief flurry of ground-and-pound. Cortez then transitions to an
armbar, but she loses the hold, allowing Neil to take top position.
Neil goes from a front headlock briefly to a guillotine before the
combatants stand. Neil lands a knee just as they stand. They battle
for position in the clinch as time winds down. 10-9 Neil (29-28
The Official Result
Tracy Cortez def. Kaytlin Neil via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00
DeCoursey just misses on a right hand, but it’s mostly a feeling
out session in the first minute. DeCoursey lands a multi-punch
combination and then catches Levine with a kick to the face. Levine
changes levels for a takedown and gets DeCoursey down with a single
leg. DeCoursey nearly sweeps, but Levine is able to maintain top
position. DeCoursey attempts to frame an armbar from her back. So
far, Levine is keeping her hands connected. DeCoursey is up against
the cage, making it difficult to extend the hold. Levine stands,
but DeCoursey won’t let go of the arm. Levine keeps her foe stacked
as the 2:00 mark arrives. Levine lands a couple knees to the body
and then frees her elbow. DeCoursey rolls for a heel hook. A
scramble ensues and DeCoursey has her foe’s left knee trapped with
her legs as she lands some ground-and-pound near the fence.
DeCoursey stands and drops more punches before the horn. 10-9
A two-punch combination connects for DeCoursey. Levine ducks a
right hand and ties up with her foe. Levine gets a takedown and
DeCoursey immediately frames another armbar from her back. She
can’t get it and DeCoursey goes to a closed guard instead.
DeCoursey uses the fence to try and set up a triangle, but Levine
defends it well. DeCoursey sweeps into full mount, and she drops a
flurry of left elbows. Levine is trying to buck DeCoursey off of
her. DeCoursey continues to float above her opponent, and she
regains full mount. DeCoursey stays busy landing left and right
hands from above as she remains in a high mount. DeCoursey moves to
side control, where she continues to land punches. She transitions
to an armbar but loses it quickly. She regains position, lands some
more punches before going back to the armbar, but the horn signals
the end of the round. 10-8 DeCoursey.
A jab snaps back Levine’s head. DeCoursey kicks the lead leg then
fires off a combination. A left hand lands for DeCoursey, as she
appears to be in control early. DeCoursey is controlling the range
with her punches, but neither is landing a lot in this frame.
Levine catches a kick and marches forward behind a flurry of
punches. Levine pushes DeCoursey into the fence, but her opponent
has double underhooks and is able to get a takedown. They scramble
up, but DeCoursey is holding onto a kimura on the mat. DeCoursey
moves into half guard, and she hasn’t given up on the submission
yet. DeCoursey lets the kimura go and lands a punch to the ribs
from half guard. DeCoursey stays heavy from top position, landing
punches to the head and knees to the body. DeCoursey moves into
full mount just as the fight ends. 10-9 DeCoursey (30-26
The Official Result
Jillian DeCoursey def. Rebekah Levine via Unanimous Decision
(30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00
Kennison drops for a takedown almost immediately and gets a single
log. Chandler clings to a guillotine and lets it go. They stand and
Kennison keeps the pressure on. Chandler grabs a hold of the
guillotine again, this time from the standing position. Eventually
Chandler’s grip breaks and Kennison takes her foe back down.
Chandler ties up Kennison with a kimura and eventually uses it to
reverse into top position. From mount, Chandler alternates between
the kimura and the armbar based on the position of Kennison’s arm.
Chandler attempts to go belly down for an armbar, but Kennison
escapes and moves into her opponent’s guard. Kennison only has a
brief moment of freedom before she’s ensared in another armbar
attempt by Chandler. Kennison moves Chandler toward the fence and
lands some knees to the body, but her arm is still stuck. Kennison
frees her arm and then lands some hammerfists as Chandler tries to
transition to a leg lock. Kennison stands and looks to clear
Chandler’s legs. Kennison picks her spots to land some punches and
hamerfists as Chandler holds on to a leg. Chandler rolls away and
they stand. Just before the horn sounds, Kennison drops Chandler
with a left hand. 10-9 Kennison.
Kennison pressures forward with punches and then backs away. A left
hand over the top finds a home for Kennison. A counter straight
left lands for Chandler, and then Kennison changes levels for a
takedown. She drags Chandler down and tries to take the back.
Kennison moves to mount in a scramble, and she drops some elbows
from above. Kennison looks for an armbar, but Chandler stands and
pulls her arm free. Kennison is right back up and driving for a
takedown. Chandler frames a kimura as they go to the ground. She
escapes that hold, but Chandler lands some elbows from her back as
she locks in a triangle. Chandler looks to adjust and tighten the
triangle. Kennison drops some short hammerfists to the face, but it
won’t break Chandler’s hold. Kennison walks around to find some
space and Chandler briefly switches to an armbar. Chandler still
has the triangle but Kennison drops some punches from above.
Kennison lands some knees to the body, still trapped in the hold,
as time expires. 10-9 Kennison.
The bantamweights trade punches early in the final stanza, and both
land some hard shots. They tie up against the fence, and Kennison
circles off the cage. They go to the ground and Chandler looks for
a heel hook near the fence. Kennison scrambles into top position
and lands some short punches and elbows. Chandler gives up her
back, and Kennison attempts to get her hooks in. Kennison is
staying patient, landing some elbows and slamming Chandler’s head
into the mat. Chandler attempts to stand, allowing Kennison to get
closer to achieving full back control. They’re in a seated
position, with Kennison having her back to the fence. Kennison
slaps her opponent in the side of the head and face while
maintaining back control. Chandler is doing her best to control her
opponent’s wrists, but she can’t escape the position. Kennison
transitions to a body triangle, and she lands some hard right hands
to the side of the head. Kennison drops a few more elbows and
punches as the fight ends. 10-9 Kennison (30-27 Kennison).
The Official Result
Kerri Kenneson def. Chelsea Chandler via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00
Schwartz counters a kick with a right hand before they tie up
against the cage. They battle for position, both circling off the
fence and trading knees. Schwartz is applying pressure now, landing
knees and left hands to the face of Hansen. Hansen briefly tries to
jump guard and abandons it quickly. Schwartz stays busy, landing
short punches as she keeps Hansen’s back to the fence. Shwartz
continues to win the positional battle by keeping Hansen pinned
against the cage. Schwartz with more left hands to the body and
head. Schwartz picks up the intensity of her offense landing an
elbow and some knees before they separate. Hansen comes alive at
the end of the round, and she tags Schwartz with a combination and
backs her up. Schwartz lands a takedown at the end of the round.
Hansen lands a body-head combination before Schwartz answers and
forces the clinch. Schwartz lands a knee before they separate.
Hansen fires off a combination in space. Hansen is finding the
range on some combinations, and using angles to move out of danger.
Schwartz counters a high kick with a straight right that stops
Hansen in her tracks. Schwartz shoots for a takedown and then
scramble to a banana split position, tying up Hansen’s leg. Hansen
lands some hammerfists. They eventually scramble back up, and
Hansen finds a home for a right hand. Schwartz pins Hansen against
the cage again. Schwartz busts Hansen wide open with an elbow, and
she suplexes Hansen to the mat. Schwartz unloads with
ground-and-pound as Hansen is on all fours. Hansen tries to move
out of danger, holding on desperately to a leg, but Schwartz is
relentless with punches to the head, and finally referee Dave
Seljestad has seen enough. Hansen is pouring blood from a cut above
her left eye.
The Official Result
Kalyn Schwartz def. Kay Hansen via TKO (Punches) R2 4:27
Barros rushes her foe with a flying front kick but Grusander avoids
it. Barros moving in and out, but she eats a punch for her
troubles. Barros wobbles Grusander with a wide right hook. Barros
ties up Grusander and attempts to drag her opponent down. Grusander
nearly gets the back, but Barros lets her back up. Barros backs up
Grusander with wide power punches and a right hand finds a home
near the fence. The Brazilian looks for a takedown against the
fence. Grusander defends with a front headlock and drops to her
back for a guillotine. Grusander has full guard and keeps the
choke, but Barros is relaxed and composed as she defends. The
Finnish fighter gives up on the choke and switches to an armbar.
Barros stands and throws a punch as Grusander attempts to stand.
Barros jumps into a guillotine choke. She slips off and Grusander
ends up on top, where she drops some elbows inside her foe’s full
guard. Barros transitions to a an armbar and tries to go belly
down. Grusander breaks the grip and lands some ground-and-pound.
Grusander is nearly on Barros’ back, and she ends the frame landing
elbows and punches to the side of the head. 10-9 Barros.
Grusander catches a kick and lands a punching combination. The Fin
seems to be finding her range with straight punches now. Grusander
counters a spinning back kick with a one-two. A right hand backs up
Barros. Barros lands an overhand right, but Grusander is unfazed.
Barros is landing some more big wide shots, but Grusander keeps
marching forward. Grusander lands a kick after a combination, then
tags Barros with more punches. The Brazilian shoots and Grusander
sprawls on it. Now Grusander has a dominant positiion and knees the
arm and creates an opening to land a series of right hands near the
fence. Barros is on all fours and Grusander is alternating punches
to the head and knees to the body. Barros is covered up on all
fours, but is still eating a lot of shots. Grusander continues to
unload with punches and hammerfists as referee Dave Seljestad moves
in to take a closer look. Barros isn’t doing much to defend herself
now, and finally the bout is called off.
The Official Result
Minna Grusander def. Fernanda Barros via TKO (Punches) R2
Robbins doesn’t waste much time initiating the clinch, and she gets
a takedown near the fence. After a scramble, Robbins ends up in
full guard. Gonzalez is active from her back, and she frames an
armbar. Robbins defends it, but Gonzalez still has a triangle.
Robbins eventually frees herself and ends up in side control.
Gonzalez is still active from her back, but Robbins is doing a good
job staying on top and out of danger. Finally, Gonzalez scrambles
her way into top position, and she postures up and lands some
ground-and-pound. Robbins sweeps and they stand. Gonzalez throws a
knee to the body and slips to her back, and Robbins follows her to
the ground. Robbins passes to side control, and they scramble, with
Gonzalez attempting to set up an armbar from her back. Robbins
avoids it but doesn’t stay on top for long, as Gonzalez is able to
sweep into top position. The back-and-forth battle ends with
Gonzalez working her way up and Robbins driving for a takedown
against the fence. 10-9 Robbins.
Gonzalez comes out throwing punches, as Robbins clearly wants to
get the fight to the ground. Gonzalez tags Robbins with a right.
Robbins marches through the offense of her opponent and pushes
Gonzalez into the cage. Robbins gets a takedown, but is reversed
almost instantly. Robbins scrambles back into top position, and
Gonzalez lands a couple elbows to the side of the head. Robbins is
in her foe’s half guard. “Pop Tart” lands some ground-and-pound,
but Gonzalez recovers full guard. Robbins clears the legs and moves
to side control. Gonzalez is still very active from her back, but
Robbins has done a solid job of staying on top this round. Robbins
is back in side control. Gonzalez uses the fence to walk her legs
up and roll into top position with about one minute to go. Gonzalez
tries to create space to land some elbows from above. Robbins tries
to clear some space with her legs but can’t get rid of Gonzalez.
The UFC veteran ends the frame landing some heavy punches from
above. 10-9 Gonzalez.
Gonzalez lands a jab. Robbins moves forward and eats a right hand.
Gonzalez fires off a combination and lands as Robbins attempts to
close distance. Robbins eats a lot of punishment but is able to tie
up Gonzalez about 45 seconds in. Gonzalez lands some knees to the
gut with her back to the fence. Gonzalez lands a hip toss and gets
Robbins to the mat. Gonzalez is in side control against the fence.
Robbins recovers half guard, but Gonzalez pounds away with left
hands and elbows. Gonzalez continues to apply pressure from above
as we hit the 2:00 mark. They stand and Gonzalez lands a knee to
the body. Gonzalez creates some space from the clinch and kicks
Robbins in the face. Robbins drops for a takedown and pushes
Gonzalez into the fence, hunting for a single leg. Gonzalez sprawls
and Robbins drops low, allowing her foe to pound away with punches
and elbows to the ribs. They return to the feet, and Robbins pushes
Gonzalez to the cage, eating elbows as time runs out. 10-9 Gonzalez
The Official Result
Pearl Gonzalez def. Kali Robbins via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-26, 30-27) R3 5:00
Dudieva lands an inside leg kick as she stalks her opponent. A
counter right for the Russian glances off the chin of Marks. Marks
lands an inside leg kick and the flyweights exchange. Marks reels
off a nice two-punch combo that connects. It’s an overall tentative
beginning for both fighters as we’re halfway through the round.
Dudieva counters a low kick with an overhand that hits Marks in the
chest. Neither flyweight has really found the range on her punches.
An inside leg kick connects for Marks. Dudieva slips after throwing
a combination but Marks lets her up. Neither fighter finds the
range as time expires. 10-10.
Dudieva opens with an inside leg kick. Marks snaps off a left jab
that connects. A front kick by Dudieva comes up short and Marks
answers with a combination. Marks again finds the range on her jab.
Dudieva lands a kick to her foe’s lead leg. Dudieva moves in behind
a spinning back fist and follows up with two winging hooks but
nothing lands as Marks fires back, also unsuccessfully. Once again,
for the most part neither fighter is finding the range on her
punches. Seemingly out of nowhere, a hard right hand by Dudieva
sends Marks to her seat near the fence. The Russian pounces and
unloads with a series of five to six unanswered standing-to-ground
punches before the flyweight contest is halted.
The Official Result
Milana Dudieva def. Christina Marks via TKO (Punches) R2 3:57
Rodriguez counters a kick with a two-piece combo. Not a lot of
action early, but Bennett grabs a kick and drives Rodriguez into
the cage after about two minutes. Bennett slams the Mexican fighter
down but Rodriguez hustles to her feet and they separate. Bennett
just misses a right hand. Rodriguez lands a leg kick. Rodriguez
moves forward and lands a combination in the pocket. Bennett comes
forward and Rodriguez fires off another quick one-two. Rodriguez
throws a front kick and Bennett takes advantage, as she ties up her
foe and pushes her into the fence. Bennett has two underhooks, and
they trade knees against the cage. They separate at the end of the
round and trade punches before the horn sounds. 10-10.
Bennett partially lands a body kick. Rodriguez is trying to punch
her way into the pocket, but she’s coming up short thus far in the
round. Bennett throws another body kick and Rodriguez tries to
counter with a combination. Bennett forces the clinch and pushes
Rodriguez into the fence. Bennett lands a knee and then they
separate. Bennett times a punch and gets a takedown in the center
of the cage. Rodriguez stands quickly but Bennett stays attached to
her foe, driving for another takedown against the fence. They
separate again and Rodriguez counters a body kick with some
straight punches. Rodriguez looks to be warming up, as she tags
Bennett with some more punches near the fence before they tie up.
Bennett lands a knee to the body. Bennett keeps Rodriguez against
the cage before they separate with about 20 seconds left. Bennett
shoots for a takedown and Rodriguez lands a left hand as she moves
away. Bennett tries for another takedown but is denied as time
expires. 10-9 Bennett.
Rodriguez lands a glancing jab. Rodriguez comes in with a
combination but can’t land anything. A straight right for Rodriguez
finds a home. The Mexican fighter lands another right hand behind a
double jab before moving out of range. Rodriguez moves forward with
a combination and finds a home for a few strikes. A short jab lands
for Bennett. Rodriguez counters Bennett with a two-piece. Rodriguez
is doing some of her best work with punching combinations in this
frame. Rodriguez moves into the pocket and lands another short
combo before moving out. Bennett finally gets the tie-up with a
little more than a minute left. Rodriguez lands a standing elbow,
and Bennett keeps grinding away. They separate and trade, with
Rodriguez getting the best of the exchange. Bennett goes for a
takedown and drives Rodriguez into the cage as the fight ends. 10-9
Rodriguez (29-29 Draw).
The Official Result
DeAnna Bennett def. Karina Rodriguez via Split Decision (30-27,
27-30, 30-27) R3 5:00
The strawweights tie up about 30 seconds in. Jandiroba connects her
hands, picks up Inoue and plants her on the canvas. The Brazilian
sets up in her foe’s full guard. Jandiroba lands methodical
ground-and-pound while Inoue utilizes a high guard. Inoue tries to
stay active from her back, both with her guard and with elbows.
Still, it’s Jandiroba maintaining top position. Jandiroba stands
and Inoue rolls for a kneebar. Jandiroba pulls out and winds up
back on top in full guard. Janiroba stands, briefly clears her
foe’s legs and lands a couple hammerfists. Jandiroba stands again
and dives back into guard. The Brazilian ends the frame landing
some more ground-and-pound. Inoue’s eye is swollen as she heads to
her corner. 10-9 Jandiroba.
A right hand connects for Inoue early and Jandiroba answers with a
front kick to the body. Inoue is more aggressive at the outset,
pushing the pace with punches. Jandiroba shoots and puts Inoue on
her butt near the fence. Jandiroba clears the legs and is in side
control, but is too close to the fence to get much offense going.
Inoue tries to scramble up, but Jandiroba stays on top, now in the
Japanese fighter’s full guard. The referee isn’t seeing enough
action and orders a standup. Inoue ties up and gets a takedown, but
Jandiroba quickly reverses into top position. Jandiroba is in half
guard now, keeping the pressure on and landing short strikes.
That’s how the round ends. 10-9 Jandiroba.
Jandiroba absorbs a short combination in close and just misses on a
big overhand right. Inoue lands another right in an exchange. Inoue
pushes Jandiroba against the fence and lands some short knees to
the thighs and an upward elbow to the head. Jandiroba breaks away
but Inoue is right back in her face and they clinch again.
Jandiroba gradually drags Inoue to the mat and passes to side
control. Inoue gives up her back and Jandiroba works to get her
hooks in. The Brazilian alternates between ground-and-pound and
hunting for the choke from back mount. Inoue rolls over as
Jandiroba pounds away with punches and elbows. The Japanese fighter
is moving just enough to stay alive, but she’s getting beat up. Now
Jandiroba is on Inoue’s back with a body triangle applied.
Jandiroba transitions to an armbar, but Inoue is able to keep her
hands connected and it looks like she’s going to survive the round.
The horn sounds with Inoue defending the armbar. 10-8
A left hand connects for Inoue early. Inoue then lands a straight
right. Inoue is landing nicely in the opening minute. Jandiroba
times a takedown and takes Inoue down. Inoue nearly sweeps into top
position, but Jandiroba powers back on top. Jandiroba is in half
guard now, staying heavy on top. Inoue recovers full guard, and a
standup is ordered shortly thereafter. They clinch and Inoue lands
a knee to the liver against the fence. They separate, but it
doesn’t take Jandiroba long to shoot. This time, Inoue sprawls and
pushes Jandiroba into the fence. The Japanese fighter lands a
standing elbow and then executes a hip toss near the fence.
Jandiroba reverses into top position and rides out the round
landing moderate ground-and-pound. 10-9 Jandiroba.
Inoue comes out with a sense of urgency, attacking with straight
punches. They clinch about 30 seconds in, and Jandiroba pushes her
opponent into the fence. Jandiroba looks for a single leg takedown,
but Inoue maintains her balance and lands some punches to the side
of the head. Jandiroba is persistent, and she eventually puts Inoue
on her back. The Brazilian fights hard to pass guard, but Inoue
does a good with her limiting the advance with her legs. It’s
looking like a repeat of previous rounds, as Jandiroba is just
overpowering Inoue with her grappling prowess. Jandiroba stays busy
with punches from above, while Inoue does her best to land offense
form her back. With less than a minute to go, Inoue briefly frames
an armbar, but Jandiroba is able to clear her arm. They scramble
and the Brazilian ends the fight on top. It appears as though
Jandiroba will claim the Invicta strawweight title. 10-9 Jandiroba
The Official Result
Virna Jandiroba def. Mizuki Inoue via Split Decision (49-46, 46-49,
49-46) R5 5:00