The UFC Fight Night 73 broadcast moved from Fight Pass to Fox Sports 1 for four bouts, and three of them delivered. One did not. While the UFC was tweeting out video of the finished for the Fight Pass bouts, they did not do that for the televised prelims so there’s no video this time. Sorry. Here’s how it all went down.
Uriah Hall defeated Oluwale Bamgbose by TKO (punches), 2:32 of round 1
Bamgbose pressed forward with some hard strikes early, but a slip while throwing a kick eventually spelled doom for him. Hall methodically worked inside his guard for a little while until he was able to sneak through a hard left that stunned his opponent. He unloaded with a bunch of punches until the referee was forced to step in.
Chris Camozzi defeated Tom Watson by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-27)
This was the dud. Watson’s weak wrestling game gave Camozzi his first UFC takedown ever in the first, and they spent some time in the clinch after that. Watson had a point deducted for a second ball shot in the middle stanza, which was actually his best round. Camozzi took back over in the third though, working Watson in the clinch and landing a bunch of elbows. It was enough to earn him the decision win.
Dustin Ortiz defeated Willie Gates by TKO (strikes), 2:58 of round 3
This one was total dominated by Ortiz. He grounded Gates early and often, moving to mount multiple times and almost securing a fight-ending submission on more than one occasion. Gates couldn’t get away from throwing kicks, which just let to him getting taken down again. Ortiz finally pounded him out in the third with some hard GnP.
Frankie Saenz defeated Sirwan Kakai by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
In a highly competitive bout, both men scored with takedowns and some hard strikes on the feet. It seemed to me that they split the first two rounds, but Saenz got a valuable takedown in the third and controlled position long enough to take the stanza. Kakai definitely had a case for the first round as well, so it wasn’t surprising that it went to a split decision. It was surprising that there were two 30-27 scores though.
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