Claudio Puelles v. Jordan Leavitt
Jordan Leavitt had a decent first round by going straight to the takedown attempts. Over time though Puelles decided that the best defense to that would be to just start shooting his own takedowns and being first. He ended up getting several by the end of the fight and wins by utilizing ground control. Puelles by unanimous decision.
Sean Woodson v. Youssef Zalal
Youssef Zalal comes out looking good in the first round by shooting for takedowns, disrupting Woodson’s rhythm and not letting Woodson get his jab going. Woodson starts picking it up in the second round however and by the third round he was really cruising. Woodson outlands Zalal by a good deal in the third and even has a few very threatening submission attempts. Woodson wins by split decision.
Manon Fiorot v. Tabatha Ricci
Tabatha Ricci took this fight on very short notice and agrees to fight above her normal weight class in order to capitalize on a chance to fight in the UFC. The size difference was so enormous that it almost didn’t seem fair. Fiorot dominated this fight with heavy kicks and devastating straight punches. She was too big, too long and far too strong for Ricci to compete. Ricci hung in there for as long as she could with admirable toughness but ended up losing by TKO stoppage in the second round.
Alan Patrick v. Mason Jones
Alan Patrick comes out in the first with huge movements and wild heavy shots. He tries several takedown attempts but has no success and begins to fade quickly. Mason stays more technical and starts picking Patrick apart as well as completing a takedown with very heavy ground strikes to end the first round. More of the same takes place in the second until an accidental eye poke by Mason occurs causing the fight to be stopped. The fight is ruled as a no contest.
Makwan Amirkhani v. Kamuela Kirk
Amirkhani appears to win the first round by getting takedowns and winning more of the control time. Kirk clearly wins the second round and is very close to getting a submission at the end of the round. The third round is close but, in the end, Kirk ends up winning his UFC debut by a unanimous decision.
Francisco Trinaldo v. Muslim Salikhov
Salikhov throws a wide variety of kicks and punches which seems to confuse Trinaldo but he stays determined and keeps marching forward. Lots of action and heavy shots by both. Fairly competitive and exciting fight but in the end Salikhov wins by unanimous decision.
Tanner Boser v. Ilir Latifi
Boser appears to dominate the first 2 rounds with his much better footwork and speed as per the usual with his fights. Latifi gets a takedown in the third and controls Boser for pretty much the entire round. Despite Boser appearing to win the first 2 rounds, the judges end up giving a controversial decision win to Ilir Latifi.
Montana De La Rosa v. Ariane Lipski
Lipski comes out in the first round looking good with the striking, but Da La Rosa lands a takedown and finishes the round in top control. De La Rosa gets another takedown in the second and lands heavy ground and pound which leads to a TKO stoppage, the first of her career.
Dusko Todorovic v. Gregory Rodrigues
Rodrigues wins the first two rounds by out landing Todorovic with the more frequent and significant strikes. Todorovic picked up the pace and looked a lot better in the third round but ultimately it was too little too late. Rodrigues wins by unanimous decision.
Santiago Ponzinibbio v. Miguel Baeza
This fight was an absolute war. Baeza came out in the first and looked unstoppable, clearly dominating the round. Baeza looked great again in the second, but Ponzinibbio held on and started to come back in the latter half of the round. Then round 3 was an all-out slugfest with Ponzinibbio starting to get the better of the exchanges. By the end of the fight both were barely standing and throwing nonstop blows. Ponzinibbio ends up winning a split decision in what could very well end up being a “Fight of the Year” contender.
Roman Dolidze v. Laureano Staropoli
This fight was uneventful. Roman Dolidze used the “clinch and hold” approach for pretty much the entire fight. It could be stated that this was a good tactic since it ultimately got him the win but as far as the fans were concerned, it was pretty much a snooze fest. Dolidze by unanimous decision.
Walt Harris v. Marcin Tybura
Walt Harris started off strong and aggressive in the first round and had Tybura hurt. However, as per what seems to be a reoccuring theme in Walt’s fights, he got overzealous and gassed himself out which ended up leading to a takedown. Tybura got a full mount on Walt with him facing down on the canvas and taking nonstop blows. The fight was stopped via TKO.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik v. Augusto Sakai
The opening round of this main event fight started off somewhat slow. The overall vibe was that of two heavyweights feeling each other out, respecting each other’s power and trying to figure out one another’s timing. But in the last ten seconds of the round Rozenstruik lands two monstrous shots dropping Sakai and then follows it up with a few more before referee Herb Dean calls a stop to the fight. Rozenstruik wins by first round TKO.
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