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The lightweights touch gloves and we’re underway in Adelaide.
Ismagulov measures the range and smacks a kick onto his foe’s lead
leg. Ismagulov lands another inside leg kick following a brief
exchange. A straight right hand lands clean from the Russian, who
enters into the clinch moments later. He forces Gorgees into the
fence and tosses him to the mat from there. Ismagulov sets up in
half guard near the fence. Gorgees looks to control Ismagulov, and
he eventually hustles his way back up. Ismagulov quickly gets a
single leg and gets Gorgees down. The Russian allows his foe to
stand and then shoots immediately against the fence. Gorgees
defends and lands a couple elbows to the side of the head. The
lightweights finally separate with a little under a minute to go.
Gorgees shucks off a takedown try, and they remain in the center of
the cage, trading occasional kicks. Ismagulov lands another
straight right before the horn. 10-9 Ismagulov.
Gorgees turns and urges the crowd to make some noise prior to the
start of the round. Ismagulov is unfazed and lands a straight right
followed by a hook to the body. Gorgees defends a takedown attempt.
Ismagulov steps in with a kick to the body, which seems to freeze
Gorgees. The Russian takes advantage and gets his man down to the
mat. Ismagulov is in half guard, maintaining heavy pressure from
top position. Gorgees seems content to try and control his opponent
by grapevining his leg and denying space. Ismagulov continues to
work to advance, and he’s able to posture up and drop a couple
decent punches to the face. Ismagulov’s output from above is
getting better as we hit the 1:00 mark. The Russian stands for a
moment, then dives back into his foe’s guard with a right over the
top. Ismagulov ends the round grinding away from top position. 10-9
Ismagulov gets flashy to open the final frame, landing a spinning
back kick to the midsection before teasing a “Showtime” kick off
the cage. The fighters taunt and preen for a moment before
Ismagulov shoots and takes Gorgees down near the fence. The Russian
lets Gorgees back up and shoots again. Gorgees defends and lands
elbows to the side of the head, only to be met by a spinning upward
elbow from Ismagulov. Ismagulov lets go of a single leg, but then
times a Gorgees’ punch and changes levels for yet another takedown.
Ismagulov is back on top in half guard, a familiar position for
this fight. As he has throughout, Gorgees struggles to generate
anything from his back, while the M-1 Challenge veteran finds the
space to drop an elbow with a little more than a minute to go.
Ismagulov briefly pins Gorgees left arm and lands a few punches
before the Aussie frees himself. Ismagulov drops another elbow.
They trade in the waning seconds of the round, but this fight
belongs to Ismagulov. 10-9 Ismagulov (30-27 Ismagulov).
Damir Ismagulov def. Alex Gorgees via Unanimous Decision (30-25,
30-26, 30-26) R3 5:00
Both fighters come out orthodox, and Giagos appears to have a clear
size advantage. A brief exchange ends with a knee in close quarters
from Giagos. A right hand over the top connects for Giagos, and
moments later he buckles Hirota with another right. The American
rushes in and tees off on Hirota, who does a good job absorbing the
damage against the cage. Giagos shifts gears and secures a takedown
near the fence. Giagos creates space and drops ground-and-pound
from above before Hirota is able to scramble back to his feet at
the 2:00 mark. Hirota moves forward, and Giagos responds with a
takedown. Hirota has his opponent ensnared in a guillotine choke,
but Giagos is able to pop his head free. Hirota maintains a closed
guard as Giagos walks him toward the cage. Giagos looks to pass and
eats an upkick. Hirota uses a leg lock to return to his feet and
lands a punch before the horn. 10-9 Giagos.
Hirota is attempting to pressure Giagos early, but the American
counters by landing a takedown. Giagos lands punches to the head
and body from inside Hirota’s closed guard. Hirota is more
interested in wrapping his foe up than escaping from the bottom.
Giagos passes to half guard as Hirota tries to use the fence to
walk his way up. The Japanese fighter stands for a moment but is
summarily slammed to his back. Giagos continues his methodical work
from above as we near the 1:00 mark. Hirota attempts to scramble to
his feet with 30 seconds to go, and Giagos lands a knee to the head
as he stands. Hirota is able to connect with a couple knees before
the horn sounds. 10-9 Giagos.
Hirota pressures forward with combinations, but doesn’t land
anything significant before Giagos changes levels and drives him
into the fence. This time, Hirota reverses the takedown and winds
up in top position. Giagos uses his feet to push off the fence and
land in Hirota’s guard. The lightweights scramble up, but Giagos
explodes for a takedown almost instantly. Hirota is back on the
defensive, working to a knee against the fence. Giagos drags
Hirota’s legs back out from under him as the grueling battle
against the cage continues. Hirota is up, but Giagos continues to
mash him against the cage. Hirota does well to sprawl on a takedown
and secures a front headlock. He releases his grip and swings away
in close quarters, again missing the mark. Giagos shoves his foe
back into the cage, but Hirota sprawls on another takedown. Giagos
appears to be fading a little, but he remains relentless in his
pursuit of the takedown. Hirota is able to transition to his foe’s
back with 25 seconds to go before moving to full mount. The
Japanese veteran has only a few seconds to work, but Giagos
prevents him from landing anything significant before the final
horn. 10-9 Giagos (30-27 Giagos).
Christos Giagos def. Mizuto Hirota via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
29-27, 30-28) R3 5:00
Garcia shoots for a single leg immediately and rolls for a heel
hook. Kara-France defends well and scrambles into top position.
Garcia is neutralizing Kara-France so far, and the New Zealand
native stands to free himself from an armbar. They’re back in the
center of the cage now, and Kara-France connects with a right hand,
and then a left jab. Garcia drops Kara-France with a left hand, but
the Kiwi pops right back up. Garcia drops low for a single leg,
allowing Kara-France to take top position. Kara-France is bleeding
onto Garcia’s chest. Garcia attempts to frame an armbar, but
Kara-France escapes and drops some ground-and-pound. Kara-France
scrambles to his foe’s back with just under a minute to go. Kara
France has both hooks in, and Garcia looks to control the wrists of
his opponent. Another scramble ensues and Kara-France stands,
ending the round with some furious standing-to-ground punches. 10-9
Garcia lands a solid one-two combination. Kara France answers with
a right hand and then wobbles Garcia with a left hook. Kara-France
has Garcia on the retreat with a combination. Kara-France winds up
on top following a scramble, but Garcia locks in a triangle from
his back. Kara-France stands a tries to slam his way out. Garcia
briefly looks to have Kara-France’s arm extended, but the Kiwi
escapes and moves to top position in a furious sequence.
Kara-France drops some elbows on Garcia near the fence. Kara-France
stands to create space and unloads with a series of right hands.
Kara-France keeps the assault coming, but Garcia threatens with an
armbar, and then a leg lock. That allows Kara-France to land even
more ground-and-pound. Garcia’s cousin, Anthony Pettis, is urging
his fighter to move from the corner, but Kara-France is in control
with a minute to go. Kara-France is upping the intensity of his
assault while Garcia clings to a single leg. Kara-France powers his
way into mount, and then takes Garcia’s back as the horn sounds.
Kara-France opens with a left hook that’s partially blocked.
Kara-France lands a hard inside leg kick. Garcia whiffs on a punch
and then drops low for a single leg. After a scramble, Kara-France
wants to stand and referee Greg Kleynjans obliges. A right
uppercut-left jab combination lands for Kara-France, and he’s
beginning to land strikes in bunches. A pair of straight rights
connect for Kara-France, and a third right drops Garcia a few
moments later. Garcia hunts for a leg lock when Kara-France presses
the action, so the Kiwi fighter backs away. Back in the standup,
Kara-France goes back to landing solid straight right hands. A left
hook backs up Garcia, who drops low for a single leg. Garcia clings
to the leg, and Kara-France makes him pay with punches and
hammerfists before taking his back at the 1:20 mark. Kara-France
sells out for an armbar, and a scramble ensues. Kara-France stuffs
a takedown and punishes his foe with more punches to the side of a
head. Garcia again clings to a leg. Kara-France limp-legs away and
returns to drop more punches before the horn. 10-8 Kara-France
Kai Kara-France def. Elias Garcia via Unanimous Decision (30-25,
30-25, 30-26) R3 5:00
Nakamura is looking to land his straight left through Touahri’s
guard, while the Polish fighter attempts to answer with lefts to
the body. Touahri looks to find some space with an inside low kick
as Nakamura controls the center early. A couple more lefts to the
body land for Touahri on the counter. A straight left lands for
Nakamura. Touahri blocks a high kick from his opponent. A 2-3
combination just misses for Touahri. A counter left to the body
finds a home for Touahri. Nakamura briefly clinches and Touahri
shucks his foe off. Touahri lands a knee to the midsection. Touahri
connects with a left hook and circles away. 10-9 Touahri.
Nakamura comes out aggressively behind a jab and a high kick. The
welterweights clinch and Touahri lands a knee to the body on the
break. Touahri finds the range on another left hook. A counter
right hook form Nakamura clips Touahri and sends the Pole to the
floor. He pops right back up, however. Touahri secures a body lock
and pushes Nakamura into the fence to clear his head. Nakamura
lands a hard short elbow before the fighters break. The Japanese
fighter follows his foe and hits an inside low kick. Nakamura is
much more aggressive this frame, and he whips a rear kick to the
body. A right jab lands for Nakamura. A two-punch combination finds
a home for Nakamura, who has really found his rhythm this round. A
straight right to the body connects for Touahri, who closes
distance and swings power punches at his foe. Nakamura eludes the
offerings and continues to stalk. Touahri finally finds a home for
his counter left hook. Nakamura lands a left before the horn. 10-9
Nakamura fires of a straight left and then lands a pair of kicks to
the body. Nakamura grabs a single leg, but Touahri limp legs free.
Nakamura with an inside low kick. Nakamura counters Touahri’s
advance with a right hook. Nakamura times a level change and
Touahri defends. Still, Nakamura lands a pair of elbows on the
break. Nakamura resumes his pursuit and lands an inside low kick on
the circling Pole. A straight left lands for Nakamura, who seems to
be avoiding Touahri’s counter offerings much better than in the
first frame. Touahri lands a knee during a brief tie-up. Another
straight left connects for Nakamura, and then Touahri blocks a high
kick. Not a lot of volume from either side in this final stanza.
Nakamura is content to ride out this methodical approach as time
ticks down. A right to the body lands for Touahri in the waning
seconds and the combatants trade in close quarters as time expires.
10-9 Nakamura (29-28 Nakamura).
Keita Nakamura def. Salim Touahri via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29,
29-28) R3 5:00
Reis catches a kick about 50 seconds in and pushes Nguyen into the
fence. The Brazilian doggedly pursues a takedown and gets it after
a little bit of resistance from Nguyen. Nguyen works his way up,
but Reis maintains a body lock. The former title challenger lands a
few knees while keeping the pressure on. Nguyen gets an underhook,
turns his foe around and separates. Reis lands a body kick. Nguyen
finds the range on a counter left as the Brazilian advances. Nguyen
looks quick on the feet, as he uses good footwork to avoid Reis’
offense. Nguyen kicks the lead leg of his opponent, then lands a
one-two. Reis closes the distance and takes Nguyen down right
against the fence. Nguyen gives up his back in order to stand.
Nguyen stays tight to the fence, so Reis tries for a takedown. He’s
denied initially but eventually grabs a single and drags his
adversary down. Nguyen stands just as the horn sounds. 10-9
Reis comes out swinging, but Nguyen is able to avoid the offerings.
He isn’t able to stop the Brazilian’s takedown, however, and Reis
again is working to take the back. They stand, and Nguyen breaks
his foes grip and they separate. Reis with a left to the body as he
attempts to close the range. The flyweights tie up following a
Nguyen knee attempt, and Reis pushes his man into the fence and
changes levels. Nguyen defends well and breaks. At range, Nguyen
lands a nice straight left. Reis punches his way back into range
and presses Nguyen into the fence. Nguyen gets space with an
underhook and they break again. Nguyen catches Reis with a knee,
but it’s not completely clean due to the Brazilian’s forward
pressure. Reis continues to attack and presses Nguyen into the
fence. He connects his hands and takes Nguyen down and elevates his
foe’s right leg. Nguyen stands as Reis continues to smother him.
Nguyen gets an underhook and reverses the position before breaking
free. Reis misses a big right hand and the round ends shortly
thereafter. 10-9 Reis.
Reis wades forward with punches but it’s Nguyen who connects with a
counter right hook. A straight left connects for Nguyen a few
moments later. Reis presses forward with combinations, but another
short right lands for Nguyen. Another right lands for Nguyen,
followed by a knee. Reis finally closes the range and pushes his
opponent into the cage. The Brazilian slams Nguyen down. Nguyen,
with his lip bleeding, looks frustrated for a moment. He stands,
and eventually frees himself from Reis’ grasp. Nguyen angles out
and lands a jab. Nguyen sidesteps a Reis shot and lands a short
counter. Reis drops low for a double leg and dumps his man down.
Nguyen hustles up instantly. Nguyen is landing short shorts as time
winds down, but the don’t seem to be affecting the Brazilian
veteran. 10-9 Nguyen (29-28 Reis).
Wilson Reis def. Ben Nguyen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27,
30-27) R3 5:00
A slow start sees Kunchenko probing with inside leg kicks. After an
outside low kick by the Russian, Okami shoots. Kunchenko defends
and lands a series of blows to the ribs before they break.
Kunchenko follows an inside low kick with a right over the top. A
left hook connects for the former M-1 champ. Kunchenko continues to
keep his opponent on the outside, relying on a steady diet of leg
kicks. A straight right connects for Okami, who shoots for a
takedown and pushes his adversary against the cage. Okami drops low
for the takedown again as the action stalls. Referee Neil Swailes
orders the welterweights to separate with about 30 seconds left.
Kunchenko gets back to work with low kicks and ends a slow-paced
round with a body kick. 10-9 Kunchenko.
Okami times a level change nicely but drops to a knee and can’t
complete the takedown. Kunchenko lands a knee to the body and
sprawls on a subsequent takedown attempt. Kunchenko presses the
action with a short combination. The Russian moves into range and
lands a right over the top. Okami backs up and absorbs a body kick.
Kunchenko again defends an Okami takedown. The Japanese fighter
shoves Kunchenko into the cage. Kunchenko lands a knee and shoves
his foe away. The Russian is gaining confidence as he moves forward
with a right. He sprawls on an Okami takedown and lands a knee to
the midsection as Okami grinds him into the fence. Kunchenko shoves
Okami away and stalks his foe. Okami drops low for a takedown
that’s easily defended. Okami tries to invite Kunchenko into guard,
but the Russian waits for a standup. Okami lands a knee to the body
but is countered for his efforts. Kunchenko sprawls on a takedown
and Kunchenko lands some short shots to the body. Kunchenko lands a
left and Okami appears to slip and fall just before the end of the
period. 10-9 Kunchenko.
Kunchenko lands a glancing high kick. A kick to the body finds a
home for the Russian, who then wobbles Okami with a right hand.
Okami shoots and is stuffed again. He pushes Kunchenko back into
the fence and attempts to trip his man down. Kunchenko shows good
strength by staying upright. Kunchenko drops some elbows to the
side of the head as Okami clings to the takedown, then lands a
clean elbow on the break. The Japanese veteran has no course of
action in this matchup other than takedowns, which Kunchenko
continues to defend with ease. The Russian sprawls on another try,
spins to the back and unloads a short volley of punches. The
welterweights are standing and Okami pumps his jab. Okami fails on
another takedown, and Kunchenko lands a knee to the midsection.
Okami is stuffed on a takedown moments later, then invites
Kunchenko into guard. The crowd boos and a standup is ordered. In
the final minute, it’s Kunchenko turning up the volume, mixing in
punches and kicks on a retreating Okami, who ends the round with,
of course, one more failed takedown. 10-9 Kunchenko (30-27
Alexey Kunchenko def. Yushin Okami via Unanimous Decision (30-26,
30-26, 30-27) R3 5:00
Craig opens with a spinning high kick, but Crute is able to block
it. Craig lands a body kick and moments later puts Crute on his
back with a powerful double leg. Crute is active from his back,
attempting to sweep, but Craig does a good job maintaining top
position. Crute eventually uses a bridge to land on top in half
guard. Crute releases and stands, then stumbles forward with a left
hook. Craig throws a jumping knee and the light heavyweights end up
on the mat. Crute is on top, and he passes to full mount with 2:00
to go. He frames an arm-triangle choke and passes to the side. He
squeezes but is probably to close to the cage to finish. Crute
abandons the maneuver and goes back to work from half guard. Crute
postures up and lands a couple hard right hands before standing.
Craig lands a spinning back kick to the midsection before changing
levels for a takedown. However, it’s Crute that ends up on top, and
he briefly tries to frame a kimura. He gives it up and drops some
hammerfists, and Crute will end the round on top. 10-9 Crute.
Craig begins with a one-two combination at range. After a landing a
jab, Craig secures a takedown and moves Crute to the cage. Craig
utilizes heavy top pressure, driving his head into Crute’s chest as
the Aussie tries to circle away from the fence. Craig applies
shoulder pressure from half guard, but Crute is able to recover his
full guard. Crute powers his way back up and then forces Craig to
stand with him. Craig drops low immediately, and Crute stuffs the
takedown, moving toward his foe’s back and dropping some powerful
hammerfists. Craig dives for a leg lock and Crute remains upright
briefly before “Bearjew” resets and takes his man down against the
cage. Craig is still smothering Crute with a minute to go in the
frame. Crute forces a scramble and hops up to his feet, again
forcing a referee standup. Craig whiffs on a spinning back kick and
follows up with a takedown, but it’s Crute who reverses into top
position. He looks for an armbar but Craig defends and moves to top
position at the end of the period. 10-9 Craig.
A right hand lands for Crute in an initial exchange. Craig attempts
a low single leg, but Crute defends and settles in his opponent’s
half guard. Crute passes to full mount at the 3:40 mark. The
Contender Series alum is looking for the arm-triangle choke again,
but he’s right next to the fence. Crute finally passes Craig’s half
guard, and the Scot helps his foe by circling his legs away from
the fence. Crute continues to squeeze, but Craig is holding on.
Crute goes knee on bell, then back into full mount after giving up
on the choke. Craig recovers half guard, but Crute is heavy on top.
“The Brute” lands some short shots to Craig’s head. Crute switches
to elbows, and the intensity of his ground-and-pound picks up, much
to the delight of the Adelaide crowd. With about 15 seconds left,
Crute transitions to a kimura, elevates his foe and applies some
torque to the shoulder. Craig tries in vain to escape but is forced
to tap -- even with Crute in half guard -- in a matter of seconds.
Seven bouts in and we have our first finish of the evening.
Jim Crute def. Paul Craig via Submission (Kimura) R3 4:51
Mokhtarian lands a body kick early, then pushes Yusuff against the
fence. Yusuff turns his foe around as the clinch war continues.
Yusuff is staying busy with knees to the thigh from this position.
They separate and Yusuff quickly tees off with a punching
combination. Both fighters are trading willingly now, but it’s
Yusuff who’s landing more clean shots with authority. A combination
rocks Mokhtarian, and he stumbles backward and covers up against
the fence. Yusuff continues to unload, tagging his opponent with
shots to the body and head. Mokhtarian is covering up well enough,
but he isn’t making any attempt to move off the cage. Referee Greg
Kleynjans has seen enough at this point, and he steps in to wave
off the fight. Mokhtarian protests the stoppage, but Yusuff has a
victory in his UFC debut.
Sodiq Yusuff def. Suman Mokhtarian via TKO (Punches) R1 2:14
Matthews misses on an overhand right, and the crowd is firmly
behind its hometown hero. Neither fighter is finding the range in
the early going. A glancing right lands for Matthews and he circles
away. Martin lands a low kick followed by a straight right. A hard
low kick connects for Martin. Matthews digs to the body and follows
up with a leg kick of his own. Matthews ducks under a Martin high
kick. Matthews with a straight right to the body. Martin goes back
to the low calf kick and Matthews counters with an overhand right.
Martin nods and moves forward. Matthews is warming up now, winging
heavy shots. They trade in the pocket and Matthews drops Martin.
The Aussie immediately jumps on a guillotine. Martin attempts to
roll out of danger but Matthews hangs on. Eventually Matthews is
forced to give up on the squeeze and Martin is on top with less
than a minute to go. Matthews reverses with 20 seconds left and
fends off an armbar as time expires. 10-9 Matthews.
Martin resumes attacking the lead leg of his opponent. It’s a slow
beginning to the period, with Matthews circling on the outside and
Martin attempting to walk his foe down. An overhand right lands for
Matthews, who lands another overhand right and just misses with a
follow-up jumping knee. A high kick by Martin is blocked. A one-two
from Martin finds a home. Martin sneaks a jab through Matthew’s
guard. Martin lands a pair of whipping low calf kicks. Another
one-two lands for Martin. Matthews looks to be setting up one-off
power shots, but nothing is really landing this round. Martin
continues to press the action, landing another low kick. Martin
ducks under a massive right hand. Martin absorbs a knee in the
clinch and then lands a short right on the break. 10-9 Martin.
Martin goes right back to the well with a low kick. Matthews blocks
a high kick but comes up short on a follow-up combination. Martin
lands a long jab as he continues to pressure. Martin catches
Matthews with another leg kick, and the Aussie reaches for an
ill-advised takedown. Martin stuffs the takedown attempt and for a
moment appears ready to take his opponent’s back. Instead, Martin
locks in an anaconda choke. It’s tight, and Matthews goes to sleep
in a few seconds.
Anthony Rocco Martin def. Jake Matthews via Technical Submission
(Anaconda Choke) R3 1:19
Willis throws a body kick and Hunt answers with a hard low kick.
Willis lands a low kick to Hunt’s lead leg. Hunt is already
bleeding near his shin, but that doesn’t stop him from landing
another hard low kick. “The Super Samoan” goes to the body with a
kick befor eattacking the legs again. Hunt blasts Willis’ body with
his shin once again. Willis is trying to find the range, but he’s
missing his punches thus far. Both fighters have adopted a patient
approach this stanza. Hunt walks Willis down and lands another body
kick. Hunt just misses on a big right and Willis whirls around with
a wild spinning back fist. 10-9 Hunt.
Willis opens up with an inside low kick. The pace remains
methodical, and Willis lands another low kick. Hunt is looking to
walk his foe down, and he comes up short on a straight right to the
body. Willis lands a couple of quick jabs. Output is lacking here
halfway through the frame. Willis continues to flick out his jab
periodically. The shots land, but they aren’t especially damaging
shots. Hunt, however, isn’t doing much of anything this round. The
heavyweights keep circling. Hunt loses his mouthpiece, and time is
called so he can put it back in. Willis lands another jab when the
action resumes. Willis is doing a good job outpointing Hunt in an
otherwise unmemorable round. 10-9 Willis.
Hunt wisely goes back to attacking with a kick to the body, and
Willis responds with another quick jab. Willis mixes in a glancing
high kick with his jabbing attacking, and Hunt looks out of sorts.
Willis is outmaneuvering Hunt, picking his spots with his lead
hand. Willis is mostly content to jab and circle at this point,
because Hunt can’t do anything to stop it. A rear uppercut connects
for Willis, who smiles at Hunt as he circles away. Hunt can’t cut
the Octagon off, and Willis is having no difficulty sticking and
moving. It’s not particularly exciting, but it’s effective. With 30
seconds left, a frustrated Hunt continues to plod forward. Willis
jabs some more, while Herb Dean urges the fighters to engage. Boos
rain down, and Hunt will likely end his UFC tenure on a down note.
10-9 Willis (29-28 Willis)
Justin Willis def. Mark Hunt via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28,
29-28) R3 5:00
There’s a feeling-out process in the opening minute, as neither
fighter has thrown a strike yet. Shortly thereafter, an accidental
clash of heads has Rua wobbly and Pedro attempts to capitalize. A
momentary brawl ensues. Rua eventually recovers his senses somewhat
and shoves Pedro into the fence. They separate and Rua lands a hard
right-hand counter. Pedro comes forward and lands a one-two. Rua
comes over the top with a right hand. Pedro follows a push kick
with a jab. Pedro hurts Rua and he is teeing off now. Pedro makes
Rua’s legs buckle with a series of uppercuts near the fence. Pedro
goes for a takedown, then relents. The Aussie slips on a head kick
and pops back up. They tie up against the fence, and Pedro lands
some good knees and uppercuts on the inside. Rua turns his opponent
and attempts to land a takedown, but Pedro keeps is balance. Rua
ends up in top position following a failed kimura from Pedro, and
that’s how a wild round will end. 10-9 Pedro.
Rua tags Pedro with an overhand right in an initial exchange.
“Shogun” comes forward and secures a body lock. Pedro defends, but
Rua finally works his way to a rear body lock. The Brazilian drags
his man down to the canvas. Pedro frames a kimura, but the hold
slips as he attempts to sweep, so Rua is on top in side control.
Rua lands some short shots to the head from top position. Finally,
Pedro gets to his feet with a minute to go. Rua remains attached
and drags his foe back to the mat, where he lands some hammerfists
before forcing the Aussie onto his back. Rua ends the frame on top
in the north-south position. 10-8 Rua.
Pedro looks unstable on his rear leg as he circles on the outside
and he stumbles awkwardly. Moments later, Rua lands a right hand
and Pedro is forced to put weight on his back leg and he falls to
the canvas. “Shogun” pounces and unloads with a series of punches
and hammerfists from above. The apparently injured Pedro cannot
defend himself, and referee Steve Perceval steps in to wave off the
fight. Rua is back in the win column following a devastating
knockout loss against Anthony Smith in July.
Mauricio Rua def. Tyson Pedro via TKO (Punches) R3 0:43
Tuivasa lunges forward aggressively and stumbles into the cage
after missing a combination. Tuivasa is getting a little wild in
his pursuit early on, as he falls forward again. Dos Santos circles
on the outside, looking to jab the body. Tuivasa ties up his
opponent and presses him into the fence. Dos Santos breaks free and
comes up short on a spinning back kick. “Cigano” whiffs on a
massive overhand. A short right from JDS catches Tuivasa coming in.
“Bam Bam” is unfazed and he clinches, landing an elbow on the
break. A spinning back kick up high glances past Tuivasa’s head. A
right uppercut lands for dos Santos, but Tuivasa remains in
pursuit. A low kick by Tuivasa makes JDS stumble. Tuivasa moves
into the clinch, and he goes to the body and then lands a big punch
upstairs. Tuivasa finds the Brazilian’s chin once more before
forcing another clinch. Strong close to the round for Tuivasa. 10-9
Dos Santos’ mobility already looks hindered at the outset of the
period due to the leg kick from the previous round. Tuivasa punches
his way into the clinch. then they separate. Tuivasa follows an
overhand right back into the clinch once again. Dos Santos checks a
leg kick and lands one of his own. Tuivasa lands a right to the
body and presses the Brazilian back into the fence. The former
heavyweight champ rocks Tuivasa, who shakes it off and waves his
foe on. Dos Santos tags an onrushing Tuivasa with a left hook to
the chin, then drops him with a short right. JDS follows his foe to
the mat and ends up in side control, where he drops short elbows to
the head. “Cigano” moves to mount. He postures up and unloads with
punches and hammerfists. Herb Dean is taking a close look, and
after watching a flurry of unanswered ground-and-pound, he calls
off the heavyweight fight.
Junior dos Santos def. Tai Tuivasa via TKO (Punches) R2 2:30