Alright, let’s all hope the action is good and Clucky is too busy nesting to show up tonight. On a positive note, Brian Stann is providing commentary so we’re off and running on a high note. Sure the other guy is John Anik, but Stann is awesome.
Heavyweight Bout: Oleksiy Oliynyk (240 lbs.) vs. Anthony Hamilton (253 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: They trade some jabs and then clinch up, Hamilton pushing Oliynyk into the fence. They break, Oliynyk shoots off of a punch but it’s stuffed and they clinch up again. Looks like there was a low blow in the exchange there, Hamilton was on the receiving end of it and has time. Hamilton is good to continue and comes out with a front kick. They trade some leather but Oliynyk lands a right hand that stuns Hamilton and shoots a double. The takedown stalls against the fence, Oliynky gets his hands locked and has the takedown. Oliynyk immediately jumps to side control and locks up a modified arm triangle/neck crank. It’s the same technique he tapped Mirko Crocop with if you’ve seen that finish.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Oleksiy Oliynyk via submission, neck crank, at 2:18 of Round 1
No interview, but an impressive display from the big Russian.
Well that does it for Fight Pass, action will pick up on Fox Sports 1.
Flyweight Bout: Ray Borg (126 lbs.) vs. Shane Howell (125.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Howell is taking this fight on short notice and hasn’t fought since 2012. Borg lands a right hand, easily dodges the counter and lands a fast double leg takedown. Borg on top, Howell gives up his back in transition and Borg grabs the rear naked choke incredibly quickly. Seriously, it was a blink and you miss it moment. Howell desperately hand fights and manages to break the grip. Borg keeps trying for the choke, he gets the arm under the chin and Howell weakly taps a few moments later just before he loses consciousness.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Ray Borg via submission, rear naked choke, at 2:17 of Round 1
Borg gets some mic time with John Anik. Borg plays to the crowd a little, mentions that he thought he beat Dustin Ortiz in his last fight out (I agree with him there) but he didn’t mope and got back on track. He thanks Howell for taking the fight on short notice. Borg says he’s here to stay and will ride the wave of being in the UFC, then asks Joe Silva for a bonus to buy twinkies.
Two fights, two first round finishes. That’s a great way to start things off for the evening.
Middleweight Bout: Marcelo Guimaraes (186 lbs.) vs. Andy Enz (186 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Both men looking for range, both throw some leather and Enz does connect with a right hand. Guimaraes working lead leg kicks to the body and inside leg. Guimaraes shoots a double off of a combination and gets Enz up and down with a slam. Enz springs back up immediately and pushes Guimaraes away from a potential clinch. Enz trying to range find again, he’s landing some long right hands. Guimaraes trying to duck under the punches and shoot but he’s reaching too much and seems content to just get the clinch. Enz trying to fight off the cage and does get away from Guimaraes. Enz is really landing long punches well while Guimaraes wings punches that aren’t finding the target. Body kick from Guimaraes lands, he throws some looping hooks that miss but uses it to get the clinch against the fence. Guimaraes drops for a single leg, Enz defends and escapes. They trade leg kicks. Guimaraes lands a side kick to the body, then a lead leg head kick as the horn sounds.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Guimaraes
ROUND TWO: Enz comes out jabbing to start the second. Guimaraes misses a head kick and slips, Enz doesn’t follow him down and Guimaraes gets back up. Enz is able to land from distance, his right hand is landing almost every time he throws it. Guimaraes trying to counter, he’s throwing with power but can’t land flush. Guimaraes seems to have round the range now and his punches are landing. Guimaraes shots a double, Enz trips while trying to defend and Guimaraes has him down for a moment. Enz regains his feet and Guimaraes opts not to remain clinched with him. Guimaraes lands a combination, his left hand seems to be finding the target. If Guimaraes would tighen up his hooks he’d land with the fist instead of the forearm, now he’s adding some leg kicks to the mix. Guimaraes switches to southpaw and tries a couple of jumping front kicks, doesn’t work but the power body kick lands. Enz lands a straight right and Guimaraes returns to orthodox as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Guimaraes, 20-18 Guimaraes overall
ROUND THREE: Enz comes out aggressive, just misses a head kick. Guimaraes trying to time forward aggression, Enz pushes forward as Guimaraes throws a kick and lands a couple of punches. Guimaraes gets a double, Enz immediately is back to his feet. Guimaraes still trying to land the winging right hand. Leg kicks from Guimaraes, several in succession. Enz can’t find the target with his jab now, and Guimaraes is landing the leg kick repeatedly. Another heavy leg kick from Guimaraes, and another. Enz is limping and squaring up now, Guimaraes keeps landing that leg kick. Guimaraes shoots off of a kick and has Enz down for a moment. Enz gives up his back as he stands, Guimaraes keeps close against the fence and drops for a takedown. Enz wont stay on the mat, Guimaraes just knees the thigh from the clinch as the fight comes to an end.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Guimaraes, 30-27 Guimaraes overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Marcelo Guimaraes via split decision (29-28×2, 27-30)
First round could have gone to Enz, but 30-27 for him? Clucky, is that you? Because if you show up I’ve got some dipping sauce I’m going to try out.
Bantamweight Bout: Johnny Bedford (136 lbs.) vs. Cody Gibson (135 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Bedford and Gibson both work some double jabs to find the distance. Bedford defends a shot and lands a hard right to the body, they trade some shots and Bedford falls backwards off of a right hand. The ref steps in and stops it, I’m calling that very premature stoppage. Bedford is immediately protesting.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Cody Gibson TKO at :38 of Round 1
Crowd is displeased with the decision to stop that fight. Gibson says Bedford was doing what he expected him to do but he saw the eyes roll back after the right hand, he woke up immediately as he hit the ground though. Gibson says he’s happy to fight Bedford again if Bedford wants a rematch.
Lightweight Bout: Colton Smith (156 lbs.) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves and we’re going. Smith closes distance and they clinch against the fence. Ferreira lands a judo throw and grabs a modified rear naked choke to force Smith to tap out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Carlos Diego Ferreira via submission, rear naked choke, at :38 of Round 1
Ferreira gets an interview. He says the UFC has the best fighters in the world, he controlled his emotions and fought to the best of his abilities. Ferreira says he wanted to show off his striking a little more but he saw the opportunity and won.
Only one fight goes the distance on the prelims, the others all end in the first round. The First Round Finish Club is going to run out of gift baskets at this rate. Hopefully the main card keeps the momentum going.
Due to all the free time because of the quick finishes we get a replay of the Fight Pass fight between Oleksiy Oliynyk and Anthony Hamilton.
Lightweight Bout: Joe Ellenberger (155.5 lbs.) vs. James Moontasri (156 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Ellenberger hits a right to the body and shoots a double. Moontasri landed a counter right and defends the takedown against the fence. Ellenberger can’t get a takedown or a throw and breaks away. Ellenberger shoots again, again Moontasri defends against the fence and they wind up clinched. Moontasri lands a knee on the break, they scramble a little and Ellenberger has a front head lock and pushes Moontasri into the fence again. Moontasri stands up and Ellenberger breaks away. Moontasri lands a right hand, lands a big right uppercut as Ellenberger was leaning and drops him. Ellenberger fights to stay alive, winds up holding a leg with one hand, Moontasri stands up and comes back down into Ellenberger’s guard. Moontasri lands a left hand and gets to work with ground and pound. Moontasri stands up and makes Ellenberger stand up as well. Ellenberger is very wobbly but tries to throw some bombs. Moontasri lands a left hand, Ellenberger dives on a single leg that Moontasri sprawls out of and resumes punching Ellenberger from top position. Moontasri passes the guard, he’s in half guard landing some small punches. Moontasri stands, comes down and misses a left hand as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Moontasri
ROUND TWO: Ellenbergers right eye looks closed, not really swollen but he ate a hard kick to the eye and the ref wants the doctor to check it. Doc says he’s good and we’re going with round two. Left hook lands for Ellenberger, Moontasri tries a spinning technique and Ellenberger gets a takedown off of it. Moontasri’s back is against the fence, he gives up his back trying to regain his feet. Ellenberger can’t get both hooks in, Moontasri now hand fighting as Ellenberger gets both hooks in and looks to land punches. Ellenberger goes for a rear naked choke, Moontasri defends but Ellenberger looks to land elbows from the full mount. Moontasri hip escapes to half guard but Ellenberger looks to lock up a d’arce choke. Moontasri rolls out of the choke position and gets on top with a front head lock. Moontasri lands a right hand as Ellenberger was kneeling and Ellenberger gets Moontasri into full guard. Moontasri easily passes to half guard and looks to land some punches. Ellenberger regains full guard, Moontasri postures and stands making Ellenberger stand. Ellenberger shoots a single and gets Moontasri down. Ellenberger has the back looking for the choke again, Moontasri defends the choke and Ellenberger lands some weak left hands as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ellenberger, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Quick hug to start the third. Moontasri switches southpaw and tries a body kick, Ellenberger shoots and gets Moontasri against the fence. Nothing happens and the ref breaks them up. Both men are gassed, Ellenberger tries a head kick. Ellenberger shoots a double and gets Moontasri down against the fence. Moontasri regains his feet but Ellenberger still has him pressed into the fence and the ref breaks them again. Moontasri tries a front kick, it misses. Both men are dead tired. Moontasri misses an uppercut, lands a jab though. Ellenberger dives on a takedown, can’t finish it. Ellenberger shoots again and they wind up clinched in the fence. Ellenberger tries to yank him off the cage but Moontasri lands a right hand and gets on top. Moontasri on top but Ellenberger has a triangle position for a moment but Moontasri defends easily. Not much happens as both guys are just exhausted. Moontasri tries a jumping elbow to pop the crowd as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ellenberger, 29-28 Ellenberger overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Joe Ellenberger via split decision (29-28×2, 28-29)
Crowd boos the decision, Moontasri definitely looked better than Ellenberger. Ellenberger says he felt off and the finish to his takedowns weren’t there. He thanks his wife who’s at home watching the kids. He says he got his mind straight coming into the second round, puts over Moontasri for taking the fight on twelve days notice and still looking awesome. He thanks the live fans and everyone who tunes into Fox Sports 1.
Middleweight Bout: Clint Hester (186 lbs.) vs. Antonio Braga Neto (185 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Hester looks much larger than Neto. Body kick from Hester. Neto moving forward, gets the clinch against the fence and looks for a single leg. Hester spreads his base out and defends. Neto keeps pushing, tries for a trip and has Hester down. Neto passes into half guard. Hester has his back to the cage but Neto is moving him to keep him from wall walking. Hester trying to regain his feet, Neto landing weak punches while trying to open up some kind of submission opportunity. Hester gets to his feet for a moment but Neto keeps him pressured and has him down again. Neto in half guard again, he’s so far forward you could almost call it a half mount. Neto has an arm trapped and looking to land elbows, Hester pulls his arm out but ate some punches. Neto again looking to isolate an arm and punch, Hester gives up mount as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Neto
ROUND TWO: Hester throwing some jabs, and a right to the body. Neto might be more tired, body kick from Hester lands. Hester tries an overhand right, doesn’t really land. Hester controlling the center of the cage, sneaks a right hand through the guard of Neto. Right to the body from Hester. Hester with a heavy leg kick. Left to the body from Hester, Neto tries to clinch and Hester circles away. Hester working his jab now, it’s landing regularly. Neto shoots, stuffed by Hester. Hester reverses the single leg and gets on top of Neto. Neto easily sweeps him into mount. Neto ties up one of Hester’s arms for a moment, Hester gets it back and resumes holding on. Hester hip escapes and gets half guard then lands a back elbow from the bottom. Neto tries to lock up a kimura but the clock is going to run out on the attempt.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hester, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Hester lands a big left right combination early, then a huge body kick. Hester thinks he needs a finish, he stuffs a takedown from Neto and makes him stand. Hester moving forward and teeing off on Neto’s body and head but Hester slips and Neto jumps on top of him. Neto on top in half guard and got a huge break with that slip because Hester was teeing off on him. Neto passes into mount. Hester pushes him up and over, Hester on top in full guard. Hester works body punches as Neto is against the fence, Hester lands a hard elbow to the head. Hester lands another elbow. Hester postures up and lands some more punches. Hester stands up and makes Neto get up. Left hook from Hester lands, Hester back to throwing power punches at Neto. Neto shoots, gets the takedown as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hester, 29-28 Hester overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Clint Hester via split decision (29-28×2, 28-29)
No interview for Hester, and that second round could have gone either way.
Featherweight Bout: Ricardo Lamas (146 lbs.) vs. Hacran Dias (146 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Touch of the gloves. Dias standing very straight up and down. Lamas tries a wide hook combination that is blocked. Dias looking to jab, Lamas lands a leg kick. Dias lands a hard leg kick. Lamas reaches for a takedown, Dias stuffs it easily. Jab from Lamas. Dias moving forward, lands a right to the body and a heavy leg kick. Lamas switches to southpaw, switches back and lands a leg kick. Dias lands a stiff jab. Dias lands a right hand, checks a leg kick from Lamas. Another leg kick from Dias. Lamas lands a leg kick and Dias lands a left. Dias grabs a single leg and pushes Lamas into the fence. Lamas fights for double underhooks and gets them, bails and drops for a double leg. Dias spreads his base out and defends the attempt. After some inactivity the ref breaks them up. Dias lands a left hand on the restart. Dias moving forward again, both men aren’t shy about throwing leather. Lamas tries a head kick, Dias lands another leg kick as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dias
ROUND TWO: Touch of the gloves to start round two. Lamas eats a jab. They clinch up, Lamas lands a knee to the body before Dias pushes him into the fence. Lamas tries for a single leg, can’t quite finish it but gets the back standing and starts throwing knees to the thigh. Dias breaks the grip of Lamas and turns into Lamas, then spins out of the clinch. Lamas lands a jab, he’s working on being active. Dias lands a leg kick, Lamas clinches him into the fence. Lamas working on a single leg, Dias defends it and gets Lamas into the fence for a moment before they break. Lamas with a combination, including a couple of body kicks. Dias lands a leg kick. Dias lands an over hand right and a left behind it that has Lamas off balance for a moment. Lamas shoots a double and has Dias down for a moment before Dias regains his feet. They fight in the clinch, mostly jockeying for position before Lamas tries another single leg but eats a right hand as he bails on it. Lamas misses some kicks but is trying to remain active and get Dias tired. Dias pushes Lamas into the fence and drops for a single leg. Lamas defends it, they trade knees to the body as they break. They trade some blows, most of which miss, and the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lamas, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Lamas comes out jabbing, Dias returns the favor but Lamas drops for a double leg. They wind up against the fence, Lamas tries to finish a takedown but Dias tries to hit a switch. Doesn’t quite hit the switch and Lamas keeps him pressed into the fence. Lamas takes the back standing, has both hooks in and works for the choke. Dias shakes him off and gets on top on the mat. Dias can’t keep Lamas down, but gets another takedown. Lamas tries for a guillotine but Dias easily pulls his head out and is on top. Dias tries to take the back, he’s in the ride position and Lamas is using the cage to keep Dias from taking his back. Lamas gets his feet under him and is back up, still pressed into the fence by Dias. Dias has the body lock, he works Lamas to the ground, Lamas spins into side control on top. Dias immediately regains his feet, Lamas with a big body kick and then a shot that stalls into the fence. Dias works some elbows as Lamas is working for a takedown. The round ends with both men against the fence.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dias, 29-28 Dias overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)
That 30-27 seems questionable. Lamas says he might have broken his hand in the first or second round, then thanks the fans, his girlfriend, friends, and a friend who’s kicking cancer’s butt. He says he wanted to work his wrestling because that’s what brought him to the UFC, then thanks his coaches.
Things were going so well for the prelims, what happened?
Right, voodoo curse.
Middleweight Bout: Cezar Ferreira (186 lbs.) vs. Andrew Craig (186 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Ferreira is southpaw. Craig misses a couple of early kicks. Craig tries a high kick, Ferreira counters with a straight left and Craig is down. Ferreira tries for a choke from the front head lock position. Craig gets wrist control and pushes Ferreira off. Body kick from Ferreira lands. Circling from both men, another liver kick from Ferreira lands. Craig gets poked in the eye, he gets a moment to recover and says he’s fine. Craig is cut on the top of his head. Craig lands a right hand that stuns Ferreira. Both men still cautious, Craig lands a left hand. Ferreira lands a straight left. Both guys clearly respect each others power, they’re circling and looking for openings. Ferreira hits a huge double leg and has Craig down. Ferreira gets the back as Craig stands up, Craig turns into him and pushes him off. Round ends on that note.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferreira
ROUND TWO: Craig comes out and lands a crisp combination. Ferreira tries a head kick, blocked. More circling. Inside leg kick from Ferreira. Ferreira trying some punches, but both men still cautious. Craig trying to pot shot from the outside, not the best strategy when you’ve got a reach disadvantage. Ferreira shoots, they’re in the fence but Ferreira still has his hands locked. He tries to elevate but Craig keeps his balance and they just wind up in the fence. Ferreira pushing Craig into the fence, not a whole lot happening. Ferreira pulls away and we’re back to circling. Craig tries a head kick, blocked. Craig shoots a double, easily avoided by Ferreira. Ferreira tries a spinning kick, misses but it looked cool. Inside leg kick from Ferreira ends the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferreira, 20-18 Ferreira overall
ROUND THREE: Craig coming forward to start things off. Ferreira lands a short elbow that cuts Craig over the left eye, Ferreira shoots a single then picks up and rag dolls Craig to the mat. Craig has full guard. Craig gives up his back trying to regain his feet, Ferreira has both hooks, now a body lock. Ferreira working towards the choke now. Craig throwing punches at Ferreira’s head. Ferreira still working towards the choke. Ferreira still working for the choke, Craig still hand fighting. Craig gets up, Ferreira eats a HUGE head kick from Craig and Ferreira is wobbled! Craig has 30 seconds to finish Ferreira and Ferreira is still wobbled. Craig has a head kick blocked, he wont get a flurry before time runs out.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferreira, 30-27 Ferreira overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
Guess that final flurry in round three impressed a couple of judges. No interview, probably for the best given possible time constraints and the lack of action in the fight.
Welterweight Bout: Kelvin Gastelum (172.75 lbs.) vs. Nicholas Musoke (171 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Gastelum missed weight here, and had a rough time making weight his last time out. Gastelum fighting southpaw. Musoke starts out with a combination. Musoke isn’t landing flush but he’s staying busy. Musoke lands a stiff right hand, another one and Musoke has Gastelum against the fence. Gastelum spins him into the fence, Musoke spins him. Gastelum gives up double underhooks and Musoke tries for a trip. Musoke gets the back standing, he drags Gastelum down, Gastelum tries to reverse, they scramble briefly and wind up standing. They break and Musoke hits a big high crotch single leg and slams Gastelum down. Musoke gets the back, both hooks in, trying to flatten Gastelum out. Musoke hand fighting but still has full back mount. Lots of hand fighting, Musoke can’t get the choke. Gastelum breaks the hooks and spins into top position, doesn’t do anything before the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Musoke
ROUND TWO: Musoke counters a jab with a left hook right out of the gate. Musoke working his combinations. Gastelum pushes forward, both men landing some punches. Musoke is against the fence, both men land some punches but Gastelum punctuates it with a body kick. Musoke trying to get his jab working now. Body kick from Gastelum. Gastelum still being aggressive, Musoke lands a right hand counter. Gastelum backs Musoke up with a left. Gasteulm tries to swam Musoke, Gastelum working the body kick frequently now. Musoke seems to be slowing down, Gastelum still moving forward and working punches and kicks. Musoke falling into a defensive counter punching mode. Another heavy body kick from Gastelum. Body kick from Musoke, Gastelum throws a combination to end the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gastelum, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of the gloves to start round three. Gastelum gets off balance with a combination and Musoke gets his back standing. Musoke looking for a takedown, he’s not giving up the body lock. Gastelum breaks the grip and gets distance. Gastelum pushing forward, trying to work the body kick. Whipping leg kick from Gastelum lands. Gastelum pushing forward, lands a head kick. Musoke looks tired, gets the clinch into the fence again. Musoke can’t get a takedown, Gastelum spins him into the fence. They get away from the fence briefly, they break and both men throw some punches. Another combination ends with a hard body kick from Gastelum. Another body kick from Gastelum, Musoke just has no effective offense right now. Gastelum gets the clinch against the fence, lands a left on the break. Musoke trying to get his combinations working, head kick from Musoke is mostly blocked. They trade kicks and knees as the fight comes to a close.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gastelum, 29-28 Gastelum overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Gastelum says he feels great, says Musoke was a great opponent. Gastelum apologizes for missing weight, says he felt bad about it. Gastelum says he knew he lost the first round and had to pick it up for rounds two and three and that he hit Musoke with a lot of shots. Gastelum says he has no preference for his next opponent then thanks the crowd and his fight team.
Featherweight Bout: Cub Swanson (145 lbs.) vs. Jeremy Stephens (145 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Both men cautious, Stephens lands a leg kick. Swanson with a front kick up the middle. And, Comcast is having quality issues, I missed a bit. Sorry about that. Swanson switches to southpaw. Swanson misses a body kick. Swanson tries a cartwheel kick, doesn’t work. Swanson trying to be mobile, both men being very patient in the first round. Swanson trying to feint, Stephens lands a right hands that has Swanson down to a knee for a moment. Leg kick from Swanson. Swanson trying to make Stephens miss. Swanson looking to land his jab now. Right hand lands from Swanson, Stephens catches a body kick and lands a punch that gets Swanson on the ground. Swanson thought about a guilltoine from full guard, bails on it and the round ends with Stephens on top in full guard.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Stephens based on what I saw
ROUND TWO: Low leg kick from Swanson. Stephens tries a spinning kick, ugly and misses badly. Stephens lands an uppercut against the fence, Swanson circles away. Stephens lands a right hand. Swanson lands a right hand, the head kick follow up is blocked. Stephens lands another straight right. Stephens is starting to find the range on his right hand. Swanson lands a left hook. Stephens being the aggressor here. Stephens lands a big right hand counter and Swanson is backing up. Body kick from Stephens lands, Swanson again with the low calf kick. Stephens shoots and has Swanson down for a moment, Stephens now pushing Swanson into the fence. Stephens drops for a single leg and they’ll end the round there.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Stephens, 20-18 Stephens overall
ROUND THREE: Stephens might have injured a hand based on what was said in his corner. Stephens just misses an overhand right. Low leg kick from Swanson, Swanson lands an overhand right then misses badly on an uppercut attempt. Swanson lands a right and an inside leg kick. Stephens lands a one-two. Swanson starting to move forward now, lands a solid right and a huge left kick to the liver that wobbled Stephens! Swanson trying to swarm Stephens, he’s landing a barrage of punches. Swanson taking his time but he’s working for the finish, Stephens grabs a single leg to slow the pace. Even though he can’t finish the takedown he gets a bit of a reprieve from the onslaught Swanson was putting on him. Stephens shoots again, they wind up on the fence. Stephens is just leaning on him, seems to be recovering after that huge body kick. Swanson gets the body lock and spins out of the clinch. Swanson trying to walk him down, lands a stiff jab. Swanson tries a spinning kick, doesn’t land. Swanson lands a right hand, then a couple of lefts. Stephens gets a clinch and pushes Swanson into the fence to ride out the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Swanson, 29-28 Stephens overall
ROUND FOUR: Stephens comes out and throws a right hand. Swanson lands another calf kick. Swanson switches to southpaw, then back without an attack. Swanson lands a right and a jab behind it. Another low calf kick from Swanson. Swanson looking for an opening, using feints to try and set it up. Another low kick from Swanson. Swanson goes southpaw, lands a low inside leg kick. Stephens pushes forward and shoots a single, Swanson defends but they’re clinched on the fence. Swanson with a knee to the head from the clinch then spins Stephens into the cage. Swanson lands a glancing left elbow on the break. Stephens lands a right hand, then times a takedown attempt that Swanson stuffs. They wind up on the fence anyway with Stephens pushing Swanson into the cage. Swanson lands a left hook on the break. Swanson with a combination, ends with a body kick. Stephens lands a right. Stephens misses another combination as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Swanson, 38-38 overall
ROUND FIVE: Swanson misses a low kick, Stephens misses the counter. Swanson lands a short left hand, he’s trying to get his jab working. Right hand lands for Swanson. Both men seem to be trying to counter each other. Big liver kick from Swanson has Stephens backing up. Right hand lands from Swanson, he’s throwing a bunch of shots at Stephens but Stephens weathers the flurry. Swanson with a low inside leg kick, and a stiff jab behind it. Right to the body from Swanson. Swanson slipping the punches of Stephens and landing his right hand. Stephens moving backwards now, Swanson trying to walk him down. Swanson doing a great job of blocking Stephens offense. Swanson lands a right hand, a left hand behind it. Stephens lands a right hand. Another big right from Stephens lands, they both swing for the final seconds.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Swanson, 48-47 Swanson overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (49-46×2, 48-47)
Swanson gets the mic. He says the win feels amazing and he wanted to give the fans a good show. He asks the live crowd if he’d redeemed himself, they have little response. Swanson says after the second round he asked Greg Jackson if he should turn it up, Jackson apparently approved of this. Swanson says he wont beg for a title shot. Stephens now has the mic, he says his left hand went numb in the second round. Stephens says he was in San Antonio and worked with the Wounded Warriors foundation, thanks the fans and says he’ll be back.
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