Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round-by-round commentary and scoring for the first of two UFC events in store for fans, as the Octagon heads to Belfast, Northern Ireland for UFC Fight Night 99. Immediately following that show, UFC Fight Night 100: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 kicks off in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 live results, discussion, play by play
The headliner of UFC Fight Night 99 will see a middleweight rematch between #5 ranked Gegard Mousasi and #10 ranked Uriah Hall. This fight replaced Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim as the main event when Nelson withdrew due to injury. Hall memorably knocked Mousasi out with a spinning heel kick and a flying knee in their September 2015 matchup, but Mousasi is still a huge favorite in the rematch. In the co-main event, lightweight veteran Ross Pearson takes on Scotland’s Stevie Ray, who is replacing the injured James Krause on short notice.
UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 live results, discussion, play by play
This entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass. Live results and play-by-play will start with the preliminary card at 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT. After the nine-fight prelims are wrapped up, the main card continues on Fight Pass at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT. Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each match up.
Preliminary Card (12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT)
Charlie Ward vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan – Welterweights
Round 1: Early right hand over the top by Al-Hassan. Big right uppercut by Alhassan drops Ward. Ward scrambles for a single leg and then Ward is back to his feet. They’re swinging away early. Another right hand decks Ward. He’s back up but he’s on unsteady legs and another right hand knockdown ends it. Well that was fast and not even remotely competitive.
Official result: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Charlie Ward via TKO (punches) at :53 of round 1
Brett Johns vs. Kwan Ho Kwak – Bantamweights
Round 1: Outside leg kick by Kwak. He’s working on Johns’ lead leg as the Welshman half-heartedly enters for a takedown attempt. Kick is caught and Johns is in on a single leg, which he completes. The South Korean is trying to scramble back to his feet, which he does, but only to be slammed back down off a double leg. Kwak is taken down for a 3rd time but Johns has been unable to keep him down on the mat. Johns switches to a single leg and gets him down again and throws a few short punches before Kwak is back up. Johns trips the right leg and gets another takedown with quick punches before Kwak is back up. Kwak cannot get Johns off of him, and he’s taken down again. Powerful slam by Johns and this time he’s actually able to get into Kwak’s guard and has passed to side control with just over a minute left in the round. Short elbows by Johns as Kwak looks to use the cage to sweep. Johns maintains control and delivers some short punches to end the round. 10-9 Johns
Round 2: Beautiful uppercut by Johns appears to have hurt Kwak. Now Kwak tags Johns with a punch and then a knee to the body. Nice right hand that lands cleanly for Johns, who then drives forward for a takedown. It takes some considerable effort to get him down and then he does him down and works his offense from Kwak’s guard. Kwak scoots back and gets his back against the fence and back to his feet. They’ve back to the center of the cage. Leg kick by Kwak. Nifty left hook to the body by Kwak but Johns answers with the same strike. Kwak’s punches look a little labored and he’s just been popped with a right hand and then drilled with a flying knee by Johns. Spinning kick misses for Kwak. Sharp right hand and then a hard left hook by Johns. Kwak is taking these shots well but Johns is looking much sharper. Body kick by Kwak, then another one, but he’s left his foot there and Johns counters with a takedown into half-guard. He controls Kwak and gets off some minimally damaging strikes before time expires. 10-9 Johns and 20-18 Johns overall.
Round 3: Jumping switch knee by Kwak. Wow he’s really going for it and throwing everything he’s got at Johns, and Johns looks to be a little buzzed by these combinations. And as I type that, he beautifully ducks under for a reactive takedown into guard, which should put an end to that storm of strikes. Referee is warning Johns, who is actively throwing strikes from guard, to improve his position. Whatever. Johns is elbowing Kwak and trying to pass his guard, but Kwak has an underhook and he’s back to his feet. It doesn’t take too long for Johns to change levels and go for a takedown, but Kwak has Johns’ back and is throwing uppercuts from underneath Johns’ armpit. Knee to the body and a right hand by Kwak. Only one minute left and Johns musters up enough energy for one more double leg. Kwak is back to his feet. Last seconds to go and Johns has to deal with an onslaught of shots by Kwak once again. Kwak runs out of time and while I believe he won the round by having the slight edge in effective offense, Johns won the fight. 10-9 Kwak and 29-28 Johns on my scorecard.
Official result: Brett Johns def. Kwan Ho Kwak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Milana Dudieva vs. Marion Reneau – Women’s Bantamweights
Round 1: Not much going on in the opening minute. Reneau is sticking out the jab. Doubles the jab and tags Dudieva, who followed by throwing and missing with a spinning backfist. Teep kick from Reneau and then avoids getting taken down after Dudieva briefly had her foot. She does have a kick caught this time and taken down. Reneau threatens immediately with a triangle and then switches to an armbar, but Dudieva escapes and is now in Reneau’s active and aggressive guard. She’s searching for that triangle again and Dudieva is back up and they return to striking. There’s a serious lull in action and the referee is urging them to actually do stuff. More jabbing from Reneau as the round ends with a mini-flurry, producing little of consequence. 10-9 Reneau.
Round 2: Good leg kick by Reneau. There’s a leg kick by Dudieva but Reneau counters with a straight right hand. Reneau is pushing the pace a little bit more. They clinch against the fence and Dudieva throws some knees to the body. Reneau tried to go for the back but Dudieva instead throws her to the mat and into side control. She’s now back in Reneau’s guard. Reneau trying to get back to her feet. Dudieva with two knees to the body and one that brushes the thigh. Reneau turns Dudieva around and throws a knee and then a series of inside elbows. Hard right elbow jars Dudieva’s head back. Hard knee to the body may have hurt Dudieva. Another knee to the head. Reneau is taking control by roughing the Russian up in the clinch and in close quarters. Hard knees, punches, and elbows. Dudieva is getting worked over. Knees to the body and as the round ends, Dudieva more or less collapses in the corner in pain. 10-9 Reneau and 20-18 Reneau overall.
Round 3: Maybe one strike landed in the first 50 seconds of this round, then Reneau tagged Dudieva with a punch as Milana was near the fence. Reneau has Dudieva back in the clinch, where she dominated the end of round 2. Reneau is again going for the back. Dudieva is taken down and immediately mounted and in huge trouble. Reneau attacks with a straight armbar and is beating her up with ground strikes. Dudieva is getting dominated here and has been told to improve her position and she cannot. Reneau beats her up some more from high full-mount with a bunch of elbows to get the TKO. Belizean Bruiser did some bruising there.
Official result: Marion Reneau def. Milana Dudieva via TKO (strikes) at 3:03 of round 3
Zak Cummings vs. Alexander Yakovlev – Welterweights
Round 1: Early left hand by Cummings tags Yakovlev but the fight has to be stopped because as he landed that shot, Yakovlev poked him in the eye. Action resumes with a pair of kicks from Yakovlev. Kick is caught and Cummings is briefly taken down, but he’s back to his feet. Not exactly a scintillating opening frame here. They’ve clinched against the cage, with Cummings throwing short knees to the legs of Yakovlev. Yakovlev is free from the clinch and they’re in the center of the Octagon again. Two good punches by Yakovlev caught Cummings. Round ends with a powerful body kick by Cummings. 10-9 Cummings.
Round 2: Buckling leg kick drops Yakovlev momentarily. That was a beautiful one by Cummings, right on the back of Yakovlev’s right leg. They clinch up and Cummings is throwing knees to the thigh of Yakovlev, then throws an uppercut on the exit. Cummings is moving forward in search of the power left hand. Kick by Yakovlev is caught and then he gets counterpunched. Another good leg kick by Cummings. Overhand left by Yakovlev. Sharp uppercut by Cummings and now Yakovlev goes for a takedown which Cummings just big brothers him to the mat. Cummings now on top and is in side control. He ends up finishing Yakovlev with an excruciatingly painful straight armbar. That was slick!
Official result: Zak Cummings def. Alexander Yakovlev via submission (straight armbar) at 4:02 of Round 2.
Mark Godbeer vs. Justin Ledet – Heavyweights
Round 1: Ledet has a grin on his face like he’s been possessed by the spirit of Sam Alvey. Ledet with a good left hand. It’s Ledet with the first takedown attempt and he completes it. Godbeer closes his guard with Ledet on top. Godbeer scrambles to his feet but Ledet has Godbeer’s back. Good job by Godbeer to turn and push Ledet against the fence. He drags Ledet backwards in a single leg attempt, and he’s in search of a leg lock. Ledet scrambles, takes Godbeer’s back and sinks in a rear-naked choke. He’s got it locked in and Godbeer taps! Well I don’t think anyone expected this fight to be a grappling match, but it became one.
Official result: Justin Ledet def. Mark Godbeer via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:16 of round 1.
Amanda Cooper vs. Anna Elmose – Women’s Strawweights
Round 1: Both women trade knees to the body early. Good right hand by Cooper. She goes upstairs with a head kick that’s blocked. Elmose is throwing almost nothing of note, or at a minimum, isn’t initiating the offense. Nice side kick by Cooper to Elmose’s body. She goes forward with a 1-2. Darting left to the body by the TUF 23 runner-up. There’s a huge right hand by Elmose as Cooper was moving forward and Cooper is down! Elbows by Elmose as Cooper throws up her legs for an armbar. Cooper’s face is bloodied up. Elmose is posturing up and just grazes the face of Cooper with a right hand. They’re back to their feet with 10 seconds left. Left hand by Elmose. Cooper’s takedown is stuffed and the round is over. The knockdown changed things in a major way. 10-9 Elmose.
Round 2: There’s a right across the chin of Cooper thrown by Elmose. She tags her again with that shot. Spinning backfist by Cooper doesn’t find its intended target. Cooper with a rangy uppercut. Elmose slipped following an exchange and Cooper tried to get on top and mount her, but Elmose scrambled and wound up on top. Elbows by the Dane in half-guard. More ground-and-pound by Elmose before Cooper is able to stand back up. Quick right hand by Elmose. Lovely takedown by Cooper and a much-needed one. Elmose looks to be setting up a triangle choke, but then transitions to an omoplata. Cooper is privy to it and gets to side control. She has the knee on the belly and has the mount, but loses it. Cooper is back in Elmose’s closed guard and landing a series of punches to Elmose’s face. Cooper passes to side control. Back to mount again for Cooper with seconds left in the round. She’s raining down punches and elbows and goes for the armbar but runs out of time! 10-9 Cooper and 19-19 overall.
Round 3: It’s up for grabs in this final round. Good, strong jab by Elmose. Cooper with a really weak kick but then lands a crafty side kick to the face. Big knee by Cooper and then a head kick that mostly lands with the toes instead of the shin. Elmose with a right hand. Action and pace has slowed down a little bit. Cooper commits to her 1-2 again. Another side kick by Cooper. Elmose needs to get going. Inside uppercuts by Anna. Cooper has been switching stances and she landed a straight left. Body kick by Elmose is countered by a right from Cooper. Big takedown by Cooper with just over 30 seconds to go. Cooper in half-guard and throwing punches, advances to side control and then finishes with left hands from full mount. The fight ends and I have it 10-9 Cooper in round 3 and 29-28 Cooper overall.
Official result: Amanda Cooper def. Anna Elmose by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Kevin Lee vs. Magomed Mustafaev – Lightweights
Round 1: What a huge body kick by Mustafaev straight off the bat. Lee closes the distance and goes for the takedown which is stuffed. More body kicks and knees from Mustafaev but Lee has the knee-tap takedown. Magomed gets back to his feet and goes for a guillotine but loses the guard. Lee slams Mustafaev down. Nice elbows by Lee as Mustafaev gets back to his feet. There’s a battle for wrist control and they trad knees in close. It’s Lee with two knees to the body and now they break after a Mustafaev spinning elbow. Magomed with a spinning elbow again but Lee drives in on a takedown and completes it. Lee is in side control and now full mount. Mustafaev has an underhook and gets to his feet almost immediately. Lee once again pursuing the takedown and takes him for a ride, slamming him to the mat. Mustafaev has given up his back and Lee has a body triangle. The choke isn’t under the chin and Lee doesn’t have time to complete it. 10-9 Lee.
Round 2: Mustafaev continues to throw kicks and he lost his balance on one of them. Another takedown by Lee who is working on a kimura but can’t get it. Mustafaev is back to his feet and can’t trip Lee down. Hard knee by Mustafaev but lee takes it well. What a fun fight this has been. Lee’s takedowns continue to be the story here. Lee is going for the rear-naked choke again. Mustafaev is handfighting. Lee rolls over and is high up on Magomed’s back and Mustafaev escapes out the back door. Big two-punch combo by Mustafaev catches Lee, who counters with another takedown. The Motown Phenom is in half-guard and making that pass to mount, but Mustafaev blocks it, then gives up mount. Lee transitionts to the back and has a body lock. Mustafaev getting beaten up with punches from back mount. Lee going for the rear-naked choke again and Mustafaev is asleep. What a great showing and this was an entertaining fight.
Official result: Kevin Lee def. Magomed Mustafaev by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:31 of round 2
Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – Flyweights
Round 1: Jumping body kick and then a spin by Bagautinov in the opening minute of the fight. Knee by Horiguchi is caught and Bagautinov is able to take him down. He throws knees to the body before Horiguchi is able to get back to his feet. He has double underhooks and nearly trips Ali down. This is a grueling clinch battle with knees traded on the inside. Horiguchi is able to get Bagautinov down to a knee and he is working on getting full back control. The Japanese fighter is throwing several left hands to Ali’s head. Bagautinov is caught grabbing the fence and the ref slaps his hand away. Horiguchi’s legs are interlaced with Bagautinov and he ends up getting reversed briefly. Great takedown by Bagautinov but Horiguchi scrambles back to his feet and clocks him with a right hand. Spinning kick just misses by Bagautinov and the round ends. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Round 2: Another spinning kick by Bagautinov juuuuuuuuust misses Horiguchi’s head. Horiguchi closes the distance and they’re stuck in another clinch battle. Knees by Bagautinov and now they’re back to striking in the center of the cage. Leg kick by Bagautinov. Nice right hand by Horiguchi in an exchange. Big left hand (or was it a forearm?) hurts Bagautinov. Ali throwing shots while hurt and Horiguchi goes for the trip but can’t get it. Horiguchi now forcing Ali to eat shots against the fence. Thudding body kick by Bagautinov. Short left by Horiguchi. Clinch battle again and Horiguchi gets Bagautinov down. He ties up the left arm and throws a series of right hands to Ali’s head, specifically on the ear. Horiguchi is controlling Bagautinov here but he’s trying to reverse it with a single leg. Horiguchi defends well and then Bagautinov’s massive uppercut just misses. 10-9 Horiguchi and 20-18 Horiguchi overall.
Round 3: Bagautinov with a kick that’s blocked by Horiguchi’s forearm. Body kick by Ali lands but Horiguchi counters with a jab. Big punches by Bagautinov tag Horiguchi during an exchange. Arguably his best strikes of the fight. Now he surges forward for a takedown, which Horiguchi is defending well and throwing elbows to the side of the head. Bagautinov switches to a single but Horiguchi maintains his balance and then turns Ali so his back is to the cage. They’re now back to the center with over 3 minutes to go. Push kick by Horiguchi. Spinning back kick to the head of Bagautinov. Makes contact but doesn’t land flush. The pace is being picked up here and Horiguchi once again defends a single leg with elbows to the head. Ali burying his head further to avoid additional damage. Bagautinov just can’t get Horiguchi down and now Kyoji is free. Body kick by Bagautinov. Sneaky right hand by Horiguchi and then Bagautinov changes levels and is in on a double leg again. Horiguchi keeps a wide base and defends successfully once more. High kick by Horiguchi with the knee-cap landing on Bagautinov’s noggin. Now it’s Horiguchi who gets the takedown in the closing seconds, and he controls Ali with the body lock to end the round and the fight. 10-9 Horiguchi and 30-27 Horiguchi overall.
Official result: Kyoji Horiguchi def. Ali Bagautinov by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jack Marshman – Middleweights
Round 1: Cedenblad pops out that jab. Quick left hook drops Cedenblad but he scrambles for a takedown and takes Marshman down. Well that was something! Marshman is throwing elbows off of his back. He’s keeping an active guard and Marshman is trying to throw up his legs for a submission attempt each time that Cedenblad postures up to throw punches. Good ground-and-pound by the Swede. Cedenblad remains in control on top and had a minute left to do some more damage. Marshman is somewhat neutralizing Cedenblad’s attack, but as I say that, Cedenblad uncorks several powerful punches to end the round. 10-9 Cedenblad
Round 2: Another left hook by Marshman to start off round 2. Cedenblad takes this punch better than the one that dropped him. Magnus able to get off some good shots from a long way out given his massive size and reach. Sweeping left hook by Marshman misses and he eats a jab. Marshman’s face is a mess from the strikes he took in the 1st round and into this one. Marshman with a jab. Cedenblad slips after coming forward and then eating a right hand. Marshman scores with a 1-2. Another jab by Marshman. Right hand may have hurt Cedenblad, whose legs looked a little wobbly. Takedown by Cedenblad and it’s one that he badly needed. Marshman gets back to his feet and fires off a right hand, then a left hook. Three punch-combo drops Cedenblad and he rolls over in serious trouble! Marshman has a front headlock, then pushes Cedenblad away. Magnus is badly hurt and Marshman pounces for the finish! It’s all over. Welsh MMA representing tonight!
Official result: Jack Marshman def. Magnus Cedenblad via TKO (punches) at 3:32 of round 2
Main Card (4 PM ET/1 PM PT)
Teruto Ishihara vs. Artem Lobov – Featherweights
Round 1: Ishihara slips after missing on a kick. Crowd is in full throat supporting Lobov. Artem misses on a right hand. Ishihara with a straight left to the body. Nice left hook by Lobov. Ishihara goes to the body again. Right hand by Lobov. Ishihara goes forward for a takedown and Lobov is back to his feet easily. Right hand by Lobov partially connects. Ishihara remaining actives with his kicks. He forces Lobov to block one of those kicks with his arm. Lobov lands a shot with over a minute left in the round. He may be winning this one on aggression alone. Two body kicks by Ishihara. Body kick in response by Lobov. Right hand staggered Ishihara briefly. Left hook tags Ishihara hard. Crowd cheering basically anything Lobov does. 10-9 Lobov
Round 2: Slapping high kick by Ishihara. Good counterpunching by Lobov. Short left hook by Lobov. Jab by Ishihara followed by a leg kick. Lead uppercut by Lobov. Ishihara really struggling to find his range. Reduced to throwing a lot of body punches, and straight ones at that. Overhand right is there for Ishihara. Lobov with his own right hand. Spinning back kick to the body by Lobov. Another uppercut by Lobov. Ishihara eats another low kick. Big straight left by Lobov from the southpaw stance. Ishihara just cannot get anything going. Now Ishihara gets a couple of punches in. Beautiful leg kick by Ishihara. Lobov is chewing up Ishihara’s lead leg (not literally, that’s probably illegal). Lobov pops Ishihara with a left. Ishihara stops a takedown. big shots by Lobov have Ishihara hurt to end the round. 10-9 Lobov and 20-18 Lobov overall.
Round 3: Leg kick by Ishihara. He needs a finish in this round. Another left hand by Lobov. Sweeping power left hand and another leg kick. Ishihara has no answers for Lobov. Very poor takedown attempt is easily thwarted by Lobov. Ishihara looks gassed and out of ideas. Another leg kick is just killing Ishihara’s lead leg. Now he’s throwing standing hammerfists. Lobov is just doing what he wants. And then out of nowhere Ishihara drops Lobov with a left hand! Whoa! Ishihara is in Lobov’s guard and he needs to gets going here. Two minutes left and he’s throwing ground-and-pound. Ishihara steps over to half-guard. Lobov goes for a leg lock and then scrambles to his feet. Another left hand by Ishihara. We’ll see how hurt Lobov is. Both men winging huge shots. Body kick by Lobov, who may be tiring. Takedown by Ishihara is stuffed. Two-punch combo by Lobov. Ishihara smiles. Lobov has control of Ishihara’s body and takes him down straight into side control. He’s got Ishihara mounted and throws several strikes before time expires. Even with the knockdown, I have it 10-9 Lobov and 30-27 Lobov overall.
Official result: Artem Lobov def. Teruto Ishihara by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Timothy Johnson vs. Alexander Volkov – Heavyweights
Round 1: Volkov got clipped with two punches by Johnson early on. Volkov with a knee after throwing a 1-2. Volkov pushes forward with a big combination of punches, maybe 5-6 all in one smooth motion, and Johnson was backed up and hurt. Volkov is able to take Johnson down and then beat him up with big right hands from the clinch on the way back up. Johnson escapes the clinch and then a huge right uppercut cracks Volkov! Well that’s a turnaround for you. Johnson now in Volkov’s guard and hammering away at the former Bellator champion. Another slew of right hands by Johnson and now he’s laying on Volkov before posturing up against the cage. Alexander trying to use his long legs to push Timothy away but Tim stays on him with 30 seconds left. Volkov is back up and defends a takedown. The round ends and Johnson’s nose is a mess, but he won the round on my scorecard. 10-9 Johnson
Round 2: Johnson lunges forward with rather sloppy punches but a big right hand does tag Volkov. They’re clinched up against the fence. Volkov going for the takedown but Johnson defends successfully and he’s the one searching to take Volkov down. Ankle pick takedown by Johnson who then throws several short punches as Volkov rises back up. Referee separates them after an extended clinch battle, which Volkov got the better of. Johnson lunging forward again and scores with an uppercut. Knee to the body by Volkov and then another clinch. Another right hand by Johnson. Volkov takes a short left hand. The round ends and while it was a better round for Volkov, I have it 10-9 Johnson and 20-18 Johnson overall.
Round 3: Head kick by Volkov and then a body kick. Johnson trying to take Volkov down but Volkov shows good balance (aided by a fence grab). Knee to the body by Volkov. Three minutes left and Johnson looks to be fading. Another massive knee to the stomach of Johnson. Volkov’s best round by far. Wrist control battle in the clinch. Johnson with an uppercut as he breaks free. Johnson with … I guess that was a Superman Punch. Head kick by Volkov. Right hand by Johnson finds Volkov again. Now Johnson pushes for a takedown but Volkov is wise to it. Johnson with the trip but Volkov avoids getting put on his back. Knee to the body again by Volkov as Johnson holds onto a single leg. Fight is over. 10-9 Volkov and 29-28 Johnson overall.
Official result: Alexander Volkov def. Timothy Johnson by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Ross Pearson vs. Steven Ray – Lightweights
Round 1: Feeling out process in the opening minute. Ray with a kick across Pearson’s legs. Straight left by the southpaw Ray. Leg kick by Pearson but Ray has been the more active fighter. Nice right hand by Pearson but it’s hard to tell if Ray blocked it. Leg kick by Ray buckles the lead leg of Pearson. Ross throws back his own powerful low kick. Jumping switch kick by Ray. Pearson returns with a body kick to the midsection. Stiff jab and then a knee by Ray. Hard body kick by Pearson. Head kick just fizzes past Pearson. Ray shoots for a takedown, has the hands clasped, and slams Pearson down. Fifteen seconds left in the opening round. Knee by Ray as Ross returns fire with body shots. 10-9 Ray.
Round 2: Glancing head kick by Ray. He’s gotten close to landing that perfectly. A couple of leg kicks by Ray. Pearson cannot get inside and box thus far. he does land another body kick. Ray goes in hard for a takedown, which Pearson defends effectively. Knee to the body by Ray before leaving the clinch. Leg kick by Pearson. Oblique kick thrown by Ray. Pearson with a nice combination of punches. This pace is a comfortable one for Ray and he’s avoided exchanging in a pure boxing match with Pearson. There’s a good right hand to the body by Ross. Head kick by Ray caught Pearson this time. Ray is getting the upper hand in these exchanges. Body kick by Pearson is caught and then Ray came oh so close to a spinning wheel kick. 10-9 Ray and 20-18 Ray overall.
Round 3: Double high-five action to start the 3rd. Left hook and a right hand by Pearson. Beautiful body kick by Ross. Body shot by Pearson. Ray with a straight left to the body. Brutal body kick by Ray and then Pearson catches it and throws a knee. This is a really close fight to call. Outside leg kick by Pearson. Body punch by Pearson. Ray active with his kicks. Pearson with a body kick which Ray is able to catch. Pearson slips away from Ray going forward with a punch. Body kick and then a head kick by Ray. He’s just faster than Pearson. Ray says “Come on!” or at least I thought he said that. Final minute of the 3rd. Pearson with his own head kick that whiffs. Does throw another high one that Ray blocks with both arms. Nice knee to the body by Pearson. Slapping leg kick by Ray. They both trade punches to end the fight. It’s another close round that I give to Ray. 10-9 Ray and 30-27 Ray overall.
Official result: Stevie Ray def. Ross Pearson via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 20-27)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall – Middleweights
Round 1: Hall threatens to spin but doesn’t commit to it. Hall with a jab and a leg kick. There is a spinning kick by Hall that whizzes by Mousasi’s face. Nice leg kick by Uriah. Mousasi sticks out his jab and then his own low kick. Vicious jab by Mousasi snaps Hall’s head back. Hall with a spinning kick that partially lands on Mousasi. Very nearly caught him again. Mousasi with a right hand that Hall evades. Uriah once again spins but Mousasi is well out of range. Right hand lands for Gegard but the other punches afterwards do not. Action has slowed a bit. Left hand connects for Mousasi. Takedown attempt by Gegard. Hall has an underhook and defending well, but Mousasi muscles him down. Gegard blasting Hall away with big right hands and Hall seems to be stuck. Uriah might be hurt. More unanswered big rights by Mousasi and Marc Goddard has moved in and stopped it! Mousasi wins the rematch.
Official result: Gegard Mousasi def. Uriah Hall by TKO (punches) at 4:37 of round 1
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