Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its triumphant return to Amway Center for the UFC Orlando mixed martial arts (MMA) event TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 3, 2022) LIVE on both ESPN and ESPN+ in — you guessed it — Orlando, Fla., featuring an important welterweight showdown between two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson and former middleweight attraction Kevin Holland. Before that five-round headliner gets underway this weekend in “The Sunshine State,” former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos returns to 170 pounds for a three-round bangfest opposite longtime welterweight bruiser Bryan Barberena.
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UFC ORLANDO QUICK RESULTS:
Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland
Bryan Barberena vs. Rafael dos Anjos — dos Anjos def. Barberena by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:20 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt Schnell — Nicolau def. Schnell by KO (punches) at 1:44 of Round Two
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tai Tuivasa — Pavlovich def. Tuivasa by TKO (punches) at 0:54 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Jack Hermansson vs. Roman Dolidze — Dolidze def. Hermansson by TKO (punches) at 4:06 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Eryk Anders vs. Kyle Daukaus — Anders def. Daukaus by TKO (punches) at 2:45 of Round Two
Niko Price vs. Phil Rowe — Rowe def. Price by TKO (punches) at 3:26 of Round Three
Emily Ducote vs. Angela Hill — Hill def. Ducote by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Clay Guida vs. Scott Holtzman — Guida def. Holtzman by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Michael Johnson vs. Marc Diakiese — Johnson def. Diakiese by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce — Pearce def. Elkins by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Natan Levy vs. Genaro Valdez — Levy def. Valdez by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Francis Marshall vs. Marcelo Rojo — Rojo def. Marshall by KO (punches) at 1:14 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Yazmin Jauregui vs. Istela Nunes — Jauregui def. Nunes by TKO (punches) at 4:06 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC ORLANDO LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
170 lbs.: Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland
Round 1: Both men sending out kicks. Holland super aggressive early on. Nice counter left from Thompson but Holland puts him on the fence. They separate. Holland low kicks, counter left from Thompson. Thompson showing the side kick a lot. One minute in. Nasty counter left. Holland tossing out side kicks, lands a leg kick. Side kick from Thompson and a counter right. Another counter left and they slug inside two minutes in. Another clean counter left from Thompson. Side kick. Holland flurrying but falling short. Both throw right hands and Thompson gets the worst of it, wobbling back and weathering the follow-up clinch attack. Holland swinging hard, shrugs off a head kick. Two minutes to go.
Nice elbows from Holland in the clinch. Thompson knocks him back with a head kick. Low kick and counter left. Hook kick attempt, slip. Quick left from Thompson yet again. Huge straight right. One minute to go. Thompson backs him up with a flurry. Hard knee by Holland as he absorbs another straight left. Low kick to body kick. Body shot. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 2: Side kick from Thompson again. Left high kick appears to land flush to no effect. Body kick. He tries to blitz, avoids some big swings on the break a minute in. Low kicks from both men. Hard exchanges. Blitzing left by Thompson, then another quick head kick. Thompson on the attack, teeing off on the fence. Knees from Holland in return. Two minutes in. Holland low kick and side kick. Counter 2-1 comes back at him. Thompson body kick. Low kick from Holland knocks him off-balance. Thompson comes back with a heavy straight left with two minutes to go.
Holland ends up on top after a collision, but lets Thompson back to his feet. Hook kick and straight left from Thompson, who eats an elbow in return. 1-2, side kick with a minute to go. Holland continuing to pursue and try combos. Hard straight right knocks Thompson back. Big exchange on the fence and Thompson chases him down with a blitz. Wheel kick misses for Thompson, but the next blitz visibly hurts Holland. Holland weathers it and tries to come back with big swings. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 3: Holland tossing out kicks. Solid low kick answered in kind. Switch head kick from Thompson nearly lands clean. Holland side kick. One minute in. Holland low kicks. 2-1 from Thompson, another collision that ends with Holland on top and again he lets Thompson up. Calf kick by Holland. He lands a left, absorbs a blitz. Hard side kick from Thompson. Two minutes in. Lunging 1-2 by Thompson. Side kick to the body, then the face. Counter left. Quick two-piece. Big rush from Holland into the clinch. Two minutes to go.
Thompson circles out and lands another quick combo. Brutal straight right. Teeing off on the fence. 3-2. One minute to go. Another big swing from Holland and again Thompson chases him across the cage with a blitz. Wheel kick appears to land for Thompson, who stings Holland with a long right hand. Body kick, lead right. Wheel kick comes up just short. 2-3. 10-9 Thompson.
170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Round 1: Barberena immediately goes on the advance. Looking for low kicks. Both just miss with big swings. Dos Anjos shoots and hauls him to the fence. One minute in. Both land knees to the body. Inside trip puts Dos Anjos on top in half guard. Looking for an arm triangle and he’s got it locked up. He moves to the opposite half guard and looks to squeeze; the fence is in his way. Full mount two minutes in. Short right hands to the body. Two minutes to go.
Barberena gets his arm free and regains half guard. Back to mount goes Dos Anjos. Good left hands. One minute to go. Barberena gets to a knee, can’t separate. 10-9 Dos Anjos.
Round 2: Barberena wades his way back inside and puts Dos Anjos on the fence. As soon as they separate, Dos Anjos changes levels and gets to the rear waist lock. One minute in. Quick trip, can’t keep him down. Successful double-leg gets Barberena to his seat. Again Barberena manages to stand. Outside trip and this time Dos Anjos establishes in half guard. Back to full, then to half again. Heavy shoulder pressure. Barberena gives up his back trying to stand and Dos Anjos wraps up the RNC. It’s on the chin, but the squeeze is powerful enough to draw a tap.
Final result: dos Anjos def. Barberena by submission (rear naked choke)
125 lbs.: Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt Schnell
Round 1: Schnell pressing forward. Low kicks. Nicolau tries to flurry in return. One minute in. Nicolau leg kick as he continues to circle. Schnell falling short with combos. Body kick connects. Two minutes in. Nicolau leg kick. Left hook lands for him. He keeps circling for a bit, then drops Schnell with the next left hook. Two minutes to go.
Nicolau drops some elbows, then lets him up. Schnell coming back with combinations. Nicolau leg kick. Counter right. Body jab. One minute to go. Quick flurry by Schnell. Nicolau tries a side kick. 10-9 Nicolau.
Round 2: Schnell continuing to try to chase and Nicolau pulls him onto a clean straight left for another knockdown. Nicolau follows him down into guard. Some short ground-and-pound, then he lets him up a minute in. Another nasty counter left wobbles Schnell. Counter overhand right sends Schnell to his knees and Nicolau pounds him out.
Final result: Nicolau def. Schnell by KO (punches)
265 lbs.: Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tai Tuivasa
Round 1: Quick hug to start things off. Hard combo from Pavlovich but Tuivasa comes back with a two-piece. They’re slugging and Tuivasa hits the deck. He makes it up but Pavlovich just isn’t stopping. A vicious right to the temple scrambles “Bam Bam” and Pavlovich follows with a murderous uppercut that sends him crumpling to the mat. A ground-and-pound barrage sends the ref into action and caps off yet another rapid knockout win for Pavlovich.
Final result: Pavlovich def. Tuivasa by TKO (punches)
185 lbs.: Jack Hermansson vs. Roman Dolidze
Round 1: Hermansson bouncing as usual. Low kicks landing. One minute in. 2-3 from Dolidze. Uppercut-hook lands for Hermansson as Dolidze steps in, then some more low kicks and a strong double-leg. Dolidze latches onto a guillotine, but can’t keep hold of it. Hermansson on top in guard two minutes in. Beautiful sweep by Dolidze, but Hermansson stays attached and turns it into another takedown attempt. They separate with just over two minutes to go.
Body and low kicks from Hermansson. Staying active with the kicks. Body kick to right hand. One minute to go. Hermansson having a lot of success circling and picking away with kicks. More low kicks piling up. 10-9 Hermansson.
Round 2: Hermansson continuing to sharpshoot. Right hand and low kick. He shoots, can’t get it, lands a right hook on the exit. Low kick a minute in. Quick exchange. Body kick met by a Dolidze left hand. Dolidze wades in with a left, falls short. Two minutes in. Both trying some awkward exchanges, neither landing clean. Double-leg puts Hermansson back on top in guard. Dolidze spins for an armbar with two minutes to go.
Hermansson avoids it, then pops out of an inverted triangle. Dolidze switches to a leg attack and wraps up a calf slicer, which he uses to flip Hermansson onto his stomach. With his leg pinned like that, he’s essentially stuck in place as Dolidze pounds away at his head until the ref intervenes.
Final result: Dolidze def. Hermansson by TKO (punches)
185 lbs.: Eryk Anders vs. Kyle Daukaus
Round 1: Quick combinations at range from both men. Solid right hook lands for Daukaus. One minute in. Left hands from Anders met by a knee. Daukaus changes levels, denied. 3-2. Quick jab. Anders catches a body kick and dumps him to the mat, kicking at his legs. Two minutes in. Daukaus tries an upkick before standing. Sharp straight left by Daukaus. Anders lands a body shot, stuffs a takedown, and floors Daukaus with a heavy left hand. Daukaus trying to shoot, looks to pull guard with two minutes to go.
Back to the feet. Daukaus seems to have his wits back. Good low kick and right hook. He puts Anders on teh fence, eats a clubbing left on the exit. One minute to go. Anders to the body. Sneaky uppercut. Both step in at the same time and their heads crack right into each other, prompting a pause. Right hook from Daukaus when they resume. Vicious overhand left drops him again and Anders tries to swarm at the end. 10-9 Anders.
Round 2: Anders keeping up the pressure, Daukaus throwing with him. Daukas shoots, trying to run the pipe. Nice defense from Anders, cracks him with hammerfists a minute in. Daukas turns to his back and Anders kicks at his legs before dropping more punches. He lets Daukaus up two minutes in. Another nasty overhand left by Anders and Daukaus’ body language is not great. He tries to shoot, fails, tries again, pulls guard. Anders follows him down and blasts away with punches and hammerfists until the ref intervenes.
Final result: Anders def. Daukaus by TKO (punches)
170 lbs.: Niko Price vs. Phil Rowe
Round 1: Both sending out leg kicks to start. Price tries to open up on the fence a minute in. Low kicks. These are doing work. Low kick from Rowe met by a right cross. Flying knee attempt, good jab and right hand. Leg kick exchange. Two minutes in. Price swings into the clinch. Quick separation. Rowe starting to open up. Price rushes and lands some heavy shots against the fence. Long rights from Rowe with two minutes to go.
Price still looking for low kicks, gets rocked by a hard counter right. Jabs from Rowe. One minute to go. Price trying to pressure. Nice left hook from Rowe and another clean straight right. 10-9 Rowe.
Round 2: Rowe takes a low blow and a moment to recover. Price very aggressive early, lands a hard leg kick and tries to attack on the fence. One minute in. Elbow on the exit. Sharp 1-2 from Rowe. Good body work by Price. Stiff jab comes back at him. Reactive takedown by Rowe into guard. He lets Price up two minutes in. Good body shot and overhand right land for Price. Rowe right cross, Price overhand right. Price shoots, denied, lands a knee. Another big 1-2 by Rowe. Two minutes to go.
Good overhand rights from Price. Left hand to level change, but he has to spin out of a power guillotine. Rowe takes his back and wraps up the body triangle. Nasty looking crank with a minute to go, can’t finish. Price stands and rolls free. Overhand right lands for him. Hard jabs from Rowe in return. Price continuing to attack. 10-9 Rowe.
Round 3: Price swinging big early, landing some heavy shots. Quick jab by Rowe. Straight right. Low kicks from Price. Good overhand right rattles Rowe and Price is on the attack. Hard knee. Swinging for the fences a minute in. Uppercut drops Rowe. Price pounding from the top. Elbows piling up. Rowe manages to get to his feet two minutes in. Price slugging against the fence. Rowe 1-2. He shoots, denied, lands a jab. Price out of fuel but swinging for the kill. Two minutes to go.
Heavy right hand by Rowe knocks Price back. Anotehr right hand and Price is reealing. Rowe going for the kill and drops him with a knee. The barrage continues and a long right blasts Price enough to send the ref into action. What a scrap.
Final result: Rowe def. Price by TKO (punches)
115 lbs.: Emily Ducote vs. Angela Hill
Round 1: Both women sitting just outside punching range. Low kick by Hill. Ducote right cross. One minute in. Neither landing clean. Overhand right from Hill and a low kick behind it. Quick jabs. Ducote 1-2. Good trade in the center two minutes in. Hill the busier so far. Good combination work. Front kick downstairs. Sharp jabs from Hill. Two minutes to go.
More nice combinations by Hill. Ducote seemingly a few steps behind, reticent to throw. Overhand right by Hill. There’s a counter right from Ducote. Body shot. Hill combo to low kick. One minute to go. Hill leg kicks. Ducote’s just not throwing. 10-9 Hill.
Round 2: Trading punches inside. Nice elbow by Hill. Hill’s still getting the better of it. One minute in. Ducote 2-3, Hill low kick. Ducote was aggressive early, but we’re right back to Hill doing whatever she wants. Knees from Hill two minutes in. Hard elbow on the break. Ducote 2-3, Hill front kick. Ducote tries to shoot, denied.
Hill landing most of what she throws as Ducote refuses to let her hands go. Ducote tries a body shot. One minute to go. Hill feints a shot, lands clinch knees. More good knees by Hill and an elbow on the exit. 10-9 Hill.
Round 3: Right back to the close-quarters exchanges. Hill dominating with all eight limbs. Ducote to the body. One minute in. Ducote 1-2, Hill low kick. Ducote body shot. The body shots are landing well. Combo by Hill, then a clubbing right on a fake level change. Two minutes in. Another fake level change to right hand. Two minutes in. Ducote body shot and right hand. Quick exchange. Hill backs her up with combinations. Clinch knees. Elbow on the break. Two minutes to go.
Ducote leg kick. Hill left hook. Hard knees inside from Hill. Punches and elbows in the clinch along with the knees. One minute to go. Flying knee to the body. More knees in the clinch. Elbow on the break again. Ducote counter right. 1-2 met by a Hill leg kick. They trade in the center. Ducote tries a late takedown and eats hammerfists. 10-9 Hill.
Final result: Hill def. Ducote by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Scott Holtzman
Round 1: Low kicks from Holtzman as Guida fires feints. Low kick from Guida in return. Falling short with his punches so far. Left hook to low kick a minute in. He’s the busier of the two. Holtzman low kick and straight left. Leg kick from Guida. Looping left hook two minutes in. Guida briefly slips against the fence, fires a low kick afterwards. He’s slipping most of Holtzman’s power so far. Double left hook inside. He shoots, denied. Low kick exchange. Two minutes to go.
Holtzman just can’t seem to connect despite the pressure he’s putting on. Nice head kick that Guida shrugs off. Body kick soon after. Long right with a minute to go. Low kick from Guida. Good exchanges on the fence. He shoots, denied. Holtzman looks for a flying knee. Hard counter right from Guida gets Holtzman’s attention. 10-9 Guida.
Round 2: They start the round trading until Guida hits a takedown. Holtzman pops right back up, Guida still attached. Holtzman slips free, lands an elbow, has to fight off another shot. Nasty elbow in combination. Holtzman’s sitting down on some big shots. Both land clean and Guida hits another takedown, still can’t keep him down. He locks his hands, lifts him, and slams him down into guard. Holtzman scrambles free, landing an elbow. Lead right from Holtzman kicks off an exchange. Guida low kick. Holtzman straight left. Guida shoots, denied. Two minutes to go.
Holtzman leg kick. Two minutes to go. Good leg kick from Guida. Holtzman with a sharp counter uppercut, eats a body shot in return. Both throwing volume. Swatting overhand lands for Holtzman, left hook comes back at him. Guida ties up with a minute to go. Looking for the takedown, can’t get it thanks to some Holtzman fence grabs. Guida gets him down, can’t keep him there. 10-9 Holtzman?
Round 3: Right back to trading hands. Guida shoots, denied. Holtzman puts him on the fence. Knees from Guida, walks into a counter right. Holtzman check hook a minute in. Counter right soon after. Triple right hand from Holtzman. Guida swats him with a hook in return. Some high-octane trades. Nasty straight right by Holtzman. Guida body kick. Elbow-hook-overhand by Holtzman two minutes in. Holtzman wading forward with power shots. Guida ducks and grabs a rear waist lock. Driving hard as Holtzman looks for a front headlock. Big ieft and slam with two minutes to go.
Guida on top in guard. Holtzman works his way back to his feet and they jockey for position in the clinch. Guida just relentless with the shot and drags him down again. Stuck against the fence with a minute to go. Holtzman blatantly grabs the fence to try and sit through, gets dragged right back down. Guida tries to wrench him down one more time before the bell. 10-9 Guida.
Final result: Guida def. Holtzman by split decision
155 lbs.: Michael Johnson vs. Marc Diakiese
Round 1: Diakiese tries to open with a flying knee. 1-2 from Johnson falls just short. Diakiese fires a double-leg, can’t keep him down. Knee on the exit. Straight right connects. One minute in. Diakiese looking for low kicks. One from Johnson in return. Head kick just misses. Johnson steadily advancing. Diakiese body kick. Two minutes in. Calf kick. Johnson blocking the kicks. Diakiese calf kick. Johnson counters the next one with a two-piece. Nice exchanges in the center. Two minutes to go.
Diakiese body kick met with a flurry attempt. Spinning back kick blocked. Diakiese shoots, denied. Quick jab with a minute to go. He slips throwing a low kick and Johnson jumps on him, avoiding a triangle. Diakiese fights out of the rear waist lock and separates. Flying knee falls short. Body kick and 1-2 into an awkward exchange. 10-9 Diakiese on volume.
Round 2: Johnson tries to answer a spinning back kick with a flurry. Neither lands clean as they trade. Diakiese body kick, flying knee falls short. One minute in. Low kick. Johnson just isn’t doing enough so far, walks into a left hand. Johnson takes a finger in the eye. Another body kick from Diakiese. Straight right, left hook as they trade two minutes in. Saenchai kick falls short, low sweep gets his back taken. He scurries free. Johnson to the body. Low kick. Good straight left from Johnson with two minutes to go.
Body kick from Diakiese. Body shot and low kick come back at him. Flurry from Johnson. Body shots. One minute to go. Diakiese not throwing as much, eats more body shots and a good right hand upstairs. Straight left. Clubbing left in combination. Johnson really turning it on. He denies a takedown, lands another straight left. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3: Diakiese body kick. Both swing hard in the center. Body shot from Diakiese. Johnson tries to flurry. Both land knees inside. Diakiese straight right. One minute in. Johnson low kicks. Diakiese shoots, denied. Johnson double jab. Low kick from Diakiese. Johnson body shot. Trading in the center two minutes in. Long right hook and body shot connect for Johnson. Low kick, body shot. Huge trade in the center. Johnson low kick, Diakiese body kick. Diakiese misses another shot, lands a jab. Two minutes to go.
Stiff jab by Johnson. Diakiese tries a jumping front kick. Johnson goes low-high with jabs. More body work. Good straight left. Diakiese tries a flying knee and gets cracked with a right hook. Another failed shot with a minute to go. Jabs land for him. Johnson flowing well. Good body work. Diakiese tries a somersault kick, then a Saenchai kick. Johnson slings him down at the bell. 10-9 Johnson.
Final result: Johnson def. Diakiese by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce
Round 1: Pearce opens with three straight front kicks to the face, the last of which Elkins catches for a takedown. Pearce tries to slip free and has to avoid a back take. He threatens a guillotine on the way up, then blasts Elkins with clean uppercuts and another front kick. One minute in. Elkins double jab. Good combo inside. Another front kick and head kick from Pearce. Long 1-2 by Elkins. Continuing to rumble forward. Nice flurry. Pearce cracks him with a knee two minutes in. He’s continuing to fire that front kick and he clubs Elkins with a heavy right hand. Flying knee just misses. Head kick does not. Overhand right by Elkins after slipping. Two minutes to go.
More kicks from Pearce. Elkins overhand, eats a 1-2 in return. Pearce counter right. Body shot and low kicks. Another overhand from Elkins, not a ton behind them. There’s a decent left hook. Quick exchange in center cage. Pearce puts him on the fence and hits a single-leg. Hard postured punches. Elkins manages to close his guard after avoiding a big swing. 10-9 Pearce.
Round 2: Early shot from Elkins, eats right hands for his trouble. Good right hand on the exit. Pearce front kick to the body. One to the head met by a 1-2. Elkins is landing some punches but there’s not much behind them. One minute in. Knee from Pearce, hard elbow, overhand right from Elkins in return. Pearce shoots, denied. Straight right. Check hook. Hard right cross two minutes in. Pearce shoots, denied, clubs him with uppercuts and eats some rights in return. Calf kick really bothers Elkins. Pearce slips throwing a front kick and Elkins jumps on him. Hard elbows from Pearce as he slips out of back mount. Gnarly elbows from guard soon after . Two minutes to go.
Steady ground-and-pound from Pearce. One minute to go. Nasty right hand, more elbows. Christ, these punches. 10-8 Pearce.
Round 3: Elkins still going for it. Pearce tries another front kick, eats a glancing right hand, lands a left hook after a failed shot. They trade right hands in center cage. Pearce to the body a minute in. Short right hand on the exit. Elkins winging shots, lands a good right hand. Double jab and low kick from Peace in return. He counters a takedown to land on top in guard. Another huge elbow basically explodes the side of Elkins’ face and they bring the doctor in to check on him, but he gets the all-clear. The ref forgets to restart them on the ground, so it’s back to slugging on the feet two minutes in. Vicious counter right from Pearce. Two minutes to go.
The Elkins arm punches are still coming. Solid lead right, avoids a head kick, lands a short right. Big shots from Pearce as they exchange. Hard right hand. Pearce shoots, denied with a minute to go. Nice Elkins jab. Cross counter met by a Pearce right hook. Solid overhand right from Elkins as they continue to exchange. Hard level elbow by Pearce and he slings Elkins to the mat, dropping shots until the bell. 10-9 Pearce.
Final result: Pearce def. Elkins by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Natan Levy vs. Genaro Valdez
Round 1: Levy whiffs on a head kick as Valdez looks for a body shot. Levy low kick. Solid body kick, blocks the counter right. One minute in. Levy body kick after avoiding a flurry. Valdez to the body. Another body kick from Levy. Two minutes in. Straight right from Valdez met by a body kick and low kick. Hard right hand catches Levy backing up. Levy tries a head kick. Levy body kick, Valdez counter left with two minutes to go.
Trading leg kicks. Valdez tries to answer with hard swings and gets dropped by a counter right. He returns to his feet, only to get dropped again by a hook kick. Valdez knocks him back with a right hand, eats a spinning back kick, then a liver kick that visibly hurts him with a minute to go. Levy looking to sneak in more body kicks, ends up kicking him in the jewels. Wild trade at the bell. 10-9 Levy.
Round 2: Levy controlling distance, sneaks in a calf kick. Valdez 1-2, eats a body kick in return. He tries to blitz, falls short. Low kick to answer a Levy head kick a minute in. Glancing head kick from Levy, who eats a hard left hook that backs him off. Low kick in return. 2-3 from Valdez, who seems to be working his way back in. Big exchange and Valdez forces him back with a flurry. Elbows on the break two minutes in. Body kick from Levy. Valdez body shot. Levy follows with a clean head kick, then trips Valdez tot a rear body lock. Two minutes to go.
Levy keeping him against the fence, spins him down with an inside trip. Valdez trying to use the fence. One minute to go. Hammerfists from a seated position. Levy too low to throw anything. Knee and head kick on the way up. 10-9 Levy.
Round 3: Valdez has a huge welt on his right foot that the doctor takes a look at, but they let him out to resume. Low kicks from Levy to start. Valdez blitzes his way in, lands a nice elbow. Head kick from Levy. Valdez 2-3. Heavy inside low kick from Levy catches Valdez in the jewels once again. Heavy body kick when they come back. Hard flurry by Valdez, who absorbs a front kick and right hand. Levy ties up, can’t get him down. Nasty counter two-piece lands for him. Two minutes in. Good entry on teh single-leg, can’t get it, lands a body kick. Valdez still marching forward, absorbs a straight left. Very nice reactive shot by Levy puts him on top. Valdez looking for the switch. Rear waist lock for Levy with two minutes to go.
Valdez gets to the fence but can’t separate. One minute to go. Levy can’t get the hook in. He pulls out Valdez’s base to put him back on his seat. Levy powers through a fence grab to cap things off with a German suplex. 10-9 Levy.
Final result: Levy def. Valdez by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Francis Marshall vs. Marcelo Rojo
Round 1: Both men flashing left hands. Rojo bites on a fake level change. Quick exchange, neither connects. Nice 1-2 from Rojo and a calf kick behind it. One minute in. Rojo finding the mark with those low kicks. Counter hook. Marshall checks the next low kick and tries a 1-1-2. Heavy 1-2 lands for Rojo. Step-in elbow falls short. Two minutes in. Another hard calf kick by Rojo. Nice takedown defense by Rojo, but Marshall rocks him with a vicious flurry before shooting in again. Body lock against the fence. Fence grab from Rojo. Another fence grab, but Marshall takes him down into guard anyway. Two minutes to go.
Rojo with an elbow off his back. Marshall moves to half guard as Rojo attempts mission control. Side control now. One minute to go. Marshall moving well on top, hasn’t opened up with strikes. There’s some elbows to the body. Rojo spins to his knees, caught in the front headlock. Impressively hard elbows from that position. 10-9 Marshall.
Round 2: Marshall aggressive early, eats a hard 2-3 and low kick. Next low kick catches him in the nuts. He tries a 1-1-2 when they resume. Body kick and 1-2 from Rojo. Body kick. One minute in. Nice combo by Marshall, who absorbs another overhand right to club Rojo with a vicious short right of his own. “Pitbull” flops back and gets ushered into unconsciousness with a barrage of shots.
Final result: Marshall def. Rojo by KO (punches)
115 lbs.: Yazmin Jauregui vs. Istela Nunes
Round 1: Both women flashing their left hands. Jauregui tries a four-piece. Hard lead right. She’s the aggressor, Nuns looking to counter from either stance. Jauregui throws a low kick from too close and gets melted by a straight right. Somehow she manages to pop up and hunt for a takedown, though Nunes denies it a minute in. Nunes slips. Lead uppercut from Jauregui. Left hook to low kick. She’s still pressing the attack despite the knockdown. Quick exchange two minutes in. Knee from Nunes in the clinch. Heavy check hook. She’s looking great. Another straight right to answer a low kick. Good entry from Jauregui, can’t keep her down with two minutes to go.
Nunes head kick bounces off the shoulder. Hard low kick. Kick exchange. Jauregui blitzes, caught with a check hook. Nunes tries a front kick. Straight right by Jauregui and she looks to press the advantage, eating a knee as she does. Big exchange. They end the round slugging on the fence. 10-9 Nunes.
Round 2: Jauregui still looking to attack. Low kick connects. Sharp lead right from Nunes, eats a 1-2 that has her backing up. Jauregui on the attack and she floors Nunes with an overhand right. Nunes weathers the onslaught and puts her on the fence. Reversed a minute in. Heavy elbows on the break from Jauregui two minutes in. 1-2 catches Nunes on the temple and sends her to the mat again. Jauregui blasting from guard, but Nunes closes it up. Heavy right hands and elbows by Jauregui. Two minutes to go.
Brutal hammerfists. Jauregui just beating the tar out of her from the top. Jesus, this is hard to watch. She drives home right hands until the ref intervenes.
Final result: Jauregui def. Nunes by TKO (punches)
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