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Round 1

We’re back with a long-winded Fight Night card that should bring 13
fights over the course of the next several hours. Starting off at
the heavyweight division – a weight class that will both begin and
end the night – two men who post only a single decision win
throughout each of their careers in Spivak (11-2, 2-2 UFC) and
Vanderaa (11-4, 0-0 UFC) will cross swords. A whole 510 pounds
weighs down the cage, not counting referee Chris Tognoni, and the
two big men touch gloves to get the night started. Vanderaa opens
up with several long jabs and a leg kick, and he catches a counter
on the jaw coming in. Vanderaa pressures Spivak and pushes him into
the fence with strikes, but Spivak is ready to return fire with
several big right hands. As Vanderaa backs off to throw a leg kick,
the Moldovan crashes through it to hit a takedown and drag “The
Mountain” to the canvas. Vanderaa scoots his way on his knees to
the cage wall, but Spivak has his man right where he wants him,
raining down heavy punches while nearly taking the back. Vanderaa
muscles his way back to his feet but he is instantly greeted with a
clinch, as Spivak presses his full body weight on his foe before
hitting a throw that makes Vanderaa stumble and fall over. Spivak
climbs over into half guard, and he uses the position to yank
Vanderaa away from the cage wall. The American takes several heavy
punches on the jaw as he is flattened out, and Spivak switches to
elbows until Vanderaa ties his foe up in his guard. Vanderaa steps
back into half guard easily, where his heavy pressure and sporadic
ground-and-pound is keeping Tognoni from considering a standup
while steadily grinding his opponent out. Spivak postures up as he
tries to climb to mount, but he bails on it to drill Vanderaa
repeatedly with thudding punches and face-grinding elbows. Spivak
sits up to hammer a few down, and Vanderaa has started to resort to
throwing punches from his back. The American keeps Spivak from
taking mount, but he gets pieced up with several more heavy elbows
all the while. Without enough time to secure any submission and do
any serious damage, Spivak is content to ride out the round
comfortably in this position.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Spivak
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Spivak
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Spivak

Round 2

When the round begins, it only takes seconds for Spivak to look to
take the fight down. Vanderaa pushes him away, and he avoids a big
overhand right that follows. Vanderaa tries to put a few punches
together, but Spivak slaps them away and brushes of a head kick,
circles around and takes Vanderaa’s back. Along the way, Spivak
wrenches Vanderaa down to the ground once more, where his effective
and methodical half guard grind-embracing approach starts up again.
Vanderaa eats some punches and elbows on the chin, but none seem to
leave any mark, but they are no less effective while they keep
scoring. Spivak’s ground game pace wanes as the round progresses,
with something more akin to “lay and pray” as he presses Vanderaa
flat on his back using his chest. Spivak is able to occasionally
sit up and drop down a shot, but it is more about racking up
control time at this point. Whenever Spivak sits up, Vanderaa pulls
him back down but cannot get up. A few of Spivak’s strikes have
finally started to amount some damage, as a cut is opened up
somewhere on Vanderaa’s face. Seeing the blood, Spivak turns up the
pace and Vanderaa rolls to his side. Spivak fishes for a rear-naked
choke but abandons it to keep pummeling Vanderaa, where he lands a
bevy of powerful punches that nearly draw intervention from
Tognoni. “The Polar Bear” hunts for another choke, and when it is
not there to be found, Spivak again returns to keep pounding on
him.
With Vanderaa trapped on his side, Spivak rails
into him with punch after punch, and Tognoni is taking a hard look
at the fight as he implores Vanderaa to fight back. Spivak does not
relent, as he continues to maul Vanderaa with thumping punches,
until Tognoni finally decides Vanderaa is not intelligently
defending himself any longer.
This was one-way traffic for
Spivak, who answers Vanderaa’s callout violently with a drubbing
that could have been stopped several strikes sooner.

The Official Result

Sergey Spivak def. Jared Vanderaa R2 4:32 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

The first of several catchweight contests tonight comes to us next,
in the form of a 141-pound affair between two finishers, who, like
the previous match, have both fighters with a single decision win
across their respective careers. Zahabi (7-2, 1-2 UFC) will have
the pleasure of welcoming the heavy Rodriguez (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the
Octagon, and their match will be overseen by referee Mark Smith. A
touch of gloves clocks in the fight, and Rodriguez is quick to take
the center of the cage, and the two have a brief striking exchange.
Rodriguez backs off and fires off a big right hand, and although he
connects squarely with Zahabi, the Canadian does not flinch.
Rodriguez presses forward into the clinch, and Zahabi is quick to
break free and block an overhand right. Rodriguez wings a few
punches and Zahabi covers up and backs off. Rodriguez nails the
lead leg twice, and he advances to land a sharp uppercut. Zahabi
circles away and stings Rodriguez with a jab, but he cannot take
advantage of it. Rodriguez fires off a head kick that gets blocked,
and a right hand that does not. Zahabi stumbles backwards but keeps
his footing, only to take a strong kick to the calf. “The Great
Drakolini” keeps his man at bay with several jabs that are more
about touching his foe than doing any damage, and this disrupts
Zahabi from getting anything going.
Out of nowhere, the Canadian sticks out a jab and
winds up a monster right hand and unloads it square on the jaw. The
strike crumples Rodriguez to the canvas on his side hard, who
appears to be out cold. Zahabi leaps down to smack him on the side
of the head, but it is academic at that point as Smith leaps in to
stop the fight.
Although he hit the ground strangely and was
dazed and confused with his arm trapped beneath him on his side,
Rodriguez eventually comes to and is able to stand back up. What a
wild knockout!

The Official Result

Aiemann Zahabi def. Drako Rodriguez R1 3:05 via KO (Punch)

Round 1

Fresh off the biggest betting upset in UFC history, “Danger”
Dobson (4-4, 2-3 UFC) has been awarded with the task of handing
Australian newcomer O’Neill (5-0, 0-0 UFC) her first career loss.
Drawing the assignment for this women’s flyweight matchup is
referee Chris Tognoni, and there is no interest to touch gloves as
it’s time to fight. O’Neill crashes forward to attack early, where
she chains strikes into a takedown attempt. The Aussie grabs hold
of Dobson’s leg, but Dobson shakes her leg free and lets rip a few
looping punches. Both women land at the end of hard right hands,
and O’Neill ducks a punch to aim for another takedown. “King”
scoops out the legs and puts Dobson on her back, but Dobson rolls
through the position to wind up on top. O’Neill powers her way back
up, and Dobson marches her down to let fly a few head kicks.
O’Neill takes them flush and fires back at her opponent, but Dobson
is not giving her pressure as she lands a few bombs. O’Neill has
had enough taking these shots, and she drops down for a double leg
takedown. Dobson stays upright and spins her around, and the two
jockey for position against the cage wall. Dobson nearly gains
separation, but when O’Neill turns her around, she drills O’Neill
in the chest with several clean knees. O’Neill keeps pursuing the
takedown and pulls Dobson’s legs out, where she climbs into a near
side control while Dobson holds her knee up high. The American
fights back with punches off her back, but O’Neill wades through
them to secure side control, where she starts working elbows to the
body. Dobson kicks off the fence to try to regain better position,
and she uses an upkick to the chest to force O’Neill to stand up.
O’Neill dives back down and ignores a leglock attempt, and
scrambles to roll through a position and elbow Dobson on the side
of the head. Dobson walks up the fence and tries to wing wild
punches, but O’Neill ducks them and hits yet another takedown to
land in half guard. The Aussie drops down some punches as Dobson
scoots her way to the fence, and she chains a few elbows before
Dobson kicks her off again. O’Neill narrowly evades an upkick that
zooms by her face to slide back down into top position. She keeps
elbowing Dobson from on top, and fights off a leglock by pulling
for her own. This 50/50 position ends the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 O’Neill
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 O’Neill
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 O’Neill

Round 2

O’Neill comes out of her corner aggressively to start the round,
slinging a pounding body kick before crashing in to pursue a single
leg takedown. The Aussie hits it, and she circles around to take
Dobson’s back while getting her hooks in. Dobson rolls to her knees
to defend the position, and O’Neill stays tightly trapped before
taking mount as Dobson twists and turns. O’Neill starts unloading
shots from above with elbows and arcing punches to force Dobson to
cover up and defend her face. O’Neill hammers Dobson with a barrage
of elbows to draw a warning from Tognoni, and she keeps striking as
Dobson kicks off the fence. O’Neill stays in the mount with Dobson
stuck with her backside against the fence, and she works light but
effective punches to add up the numbers. Dobson defends herself
from the majority of them, but is not answering back as she absorbs
several elbows. The American spins and gives up her back, leading
O’Neill to follow her through it, return to mount, and start
nailing her with strikes again. O’Neill is warned when a strike
lands on the back of the head, and Dobson once more surrenders her
back. Dobson breaks out of one hook, but even with two-on-one wrist
control, she cannot keep O’Neill from reclaiming mount.
O’Neill keeps pounding on Dobson with frustrating
punches in high volume, and Tognoni shouts that Dobson needs to
fight back. O’Neill knows this is her moment to shine, so she pours
it on with one final blitz of punches from mount to make Tognoni
stop the fight.
This is a statement performance for the
debutant from Australia, who is now a perfect 6-0 as a pro.

The Official Result

Casey O’Neill def. Shana Dobson R2 3:41 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

Going back to featherweight, “The Train” Landwehr (14-3, 1-1 UFC)
will try to get rolling on another win streak at the expense of
“Juicy J” Erosa (24-8, 2-4 UFC). The referee for this bout is Mark
Smith, and there is no glove touch to start things off. Erosa comes
out aggressively, and Landwehr snipes at him with a few punches and
takes a leg kick on the way out. “The Train” swings and misses with
a leg kick, and Erosa responds in kind with one that does connect.
Erosa scores a right hand, and Landwehr falls to the ground but may
have just slipped, and Erosa leaps forward to pursue a finishing
sequence. Landwehr springs back up and eats some more shots, scores
a huge right hand that hurts Erosa and makes Erosa take a knee.
Erosa gathers himself and readies himself to throw down. A wild
exchange ensues, where Erosa lands several ferocious punches as
Landwehr falls back towards the fence.
Seeing his man is reeling, “Juicy J” leaps in the
air with a knee that lands about as flush as a flying knee can
land. Landwehr hits the ground hard with the back of his head
colliding with the cage wall, and Smith divebombs the melee to halt
the fight, seeing that Landwehr may be out.
Landwehr instantly
protests, screaming to Smith that he was not out, and his corner
joins him in claiming that Landwehr can continue. The cries fall on
deaf ears, as the result will go in the books as a knockout after
an incredible brawl that lasted less than a minute.

The Official Result

Julian Erosa def. Nate Landwehr R1 0:56 via TKO (Flying Knee)

Round 1

Former WEC champ and marvelously mustached Wineland (24-14-1, 6-8
UFC) will try to prove he still has something left in the tank
against ex-Combate Americas staple Castaneda (17-5, 0-1 UFC) at
bantamweight. The third man inside the Octagon is referee Jason
Herzog, who sees the two men touch gloves before throwing down.
Wineland leads off with an oblique kick to the knee, and he walks
forward only to take a front kick to the side. Wineland aims
another one of these low kicks, and he lets fly a head kick right
after it. As Castaneda replies with a right hand, Wineland is on
him with kicks. A one-two from Wineland makes him get comfortable,
and he fires off another head kick that gets blocked. Wineland puts
together a combination ending with a leg kick, and he takes a leg
kick to loose a right hand. Wineland walks through low kicks to
chain punches together, and he gets off a body kick. Castaneda is
struggling to find his range, backed up against the fence until he
crashes in and may have clashed heads to clinch. Wineland gains
separation and sits down on several punches, where he gest
Castaneda’s attention and may have hurt Castaneda’s nose. “Sexi
Mexi” once more charges into a clinch, but Wineland is not having
it, instead preferring to strike at his range. Wineland ignores a
leg kick and weaves back to avoid a looping head kick, keeping his
hands low and letting go with a body kick. As Wineland is about to
fire off a right hand, he gets halted with a front kick. Wineland
redoubles his effort and scores a right hand, but Castaneda rings
his bell with a quick counter. The former WEC champ, who keeps
changing stances and moving his hands all over, is befuddling
Castaneda but not avoiding all strikes coming his way. Castaneda
gets off a left hand that marks up Wineland’s nose, and Wineland
gives him one right back. Wineland aims a punch to the body, uses
head movement and pushes Castaneda over when Castaneda throws a
head kick at him. Wineland dives down when Castaneda is on his back
to land a big right hand, but “Sexi Mexi” rolls through and gets
back up. Castaneda tries to connect with a leg kick, and Wineland
greets him with a straight right hand. Wineland stutter-steps his
way forward, eating a quick left hand but bearing down on Castaneda
with punches.
Castaneda is able to keep him at bay for the most
part, chipping at Wineland with low kicks until he slings a right
hand that rocks Wineland. Castaneda knows his man is hurt, and in
rapid succession, he gets off a half dozen punches that knock
Wineland back into the fence and down to a knee. Castaneda keeps on
the pressure with a final bombardment of punches, and Herzog has
seen enough.
The stoppage, which is questioned by Wineland as
soon as the former WEC champ gets back to his feet, is
unquestionably the biggest victory of Castaneda’s career.

The Official Result

John Castaneda def. Eddie Wineland R1 4:44 via TKO (Punches)

Round 1

Capping off the shortened preliminary card due to multiple recent
bout scratches is another catchweight contest, this time at 150
pounds. Ahead of his match, Gordon (16-4, 4-3 UFC) missed weight by
four pounds before facing Chavez (11-3, 1-0 UFC), but he redeemed
himself with a walkout from the band Genesis. The Octagon ranger
for this catchweight bout is referee Herb Dean, who sees no touch
of gloves take place. Chavez wings a few single shots early, but he
is more finding his range than connecting with anything. Gordon
blocks a high kick and takes a leg kick, but as soon as the leg
kick comes at him, he charges forward to throw strikes. Chavez
circles away and sticks Gordon with a right hand, but it does not
back “Flash” off one bit. Gordon strings together a trip of
punches, absorbs a leg kick and fires off a left hook that glances
off the target. “Flash” scores a low kick on his way in, where the
two start trading heavy leather. Chavez successfully backs Gordon
off with his punches, but only for a moment before Gordon bears
down on him again, pressing forward with a clinch that leads to a
single knee. Gordon kicks low and gets countered with two punches,
and the two are biting down on their gumshields and swinging. As
Chavez looks to back his man away, he throws an inside leg kick
that claps off the cup and forces a pause in the tense exchange.
Gordon cracks a joke while recovering, and needs 45 seconds before
he has Dean clap them back in. “Flash” fires off a series of leg
kicks, prompting Chavez to give him one back and loop a right hand
to the body. Gordon just barely ducks a spinning wheel kick in
time, and he puts together several low kicks. As Gordon looks to
attack, Chavez kicks his leg out from beneath him, but he cannot
capitalize on the position. Instead, Gordon springs back up and
goes on the offensive, landing a few punches that make Chavez
bounce off the wall. Gordon sticks him with a knee and an overhand
right, forcing “The Colombian Warrior” to reset and duck several
strikes. Both get off leg kicks, and Gordon rings Chavez’ bell with
a left hand before shooting in for a takedown. Chavez stuffs it but
absorbs a heavy knee, and a kick to the calf followed by a head
kick that strikes his back gives him pause. Gordon sticks and
moves, cracking Chavez with a few punches but eating a few of his
own as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gordon
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Chavez
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gordon

Round 2

Chavez begins the round with a leg kick that makes Gordon
immediately lift his leg up, and he pushes through it to take the
fight down. Gordon hits the ground and bounces back up, where he
ties Chavez up against the fencing before they break. “Flash”
scores a one-two, and he walks through a low kick and a few punches
to target the body. Chavez lands kicks to the body and leg, before
scoring a right hand across the bow. Gordon sees a spinning wheel
kick coming and once more ducks it, and hurts Chavez with a few
punches before shooting in for a takedown. When Chavez stands him
up, Gordon ties him up and drags him down. In his foe’s guard,
Gordon postures up and lands a few punches before getting pulled
down and tied up. A few more punches from Gordon mount, and Chavez
tries and fails to sit up and escape, but “Flash” keeps him
grounded. When Chavez stuck against the fence, Gordon drills him on
the chin with a couple fierce punches. There is nowhere for Chavez’
head to go, as it cannot bounce off the floor as it is trapped on
the corner of the fence and the canvas. As Gordon keeps striking,
Chavez thinks to tie up the guard but gets elbowed to open it up.
Chavez kicks off, but Gordon is instantly on him to keep him
planted on his back. Gordon works hammerfists while Chavez aims to
earn a referee standup by simply tying Gordon up. Gordon sits up
and lands a couple stern punches to make Chavez buck and twist.
With seconds left in the round, Gordon passes guard and slashes
down a few elbows, but the time elapses before he can get any major
damage done.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gordon
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Gordon
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gordon

Round 3

Chavez’ first strike is a booming head kick, and Gordon ducks down
to avoid it. “The Colombian Warrior” throws kick after kick, to the
body and legs, and Gordon ignores them as he pushes the pace. Both
men nail one another with leg kicks, and their legs may be
compromised and swollen but they do not appear very hampered from
them. Two punches from Chavez clip Gordon, and Gordon ducks down
for a takedown attempt but gets rebuffed. Chavez goes on the
aggression with a few big punches, and Gordon throws right back
furiously. Gordon tries to push through into a takedown, and Chavez
lets him fall on his face before allowing Gordon to stand up.
Chavez lands a few punches, and Gordon interrupts a combination
with a jab that snaps Chavez’ head back. There is a wild brawl that
sees Gordon get tagged a few times, forcing “Flash” to lift his
foe’s leg up and hits a takedown. Comfortable in his adversary’s
full guard, Gordon lands occasional strikes while precious seconds
tick off the clock for Chavez. “The Colombian Warrior” ties up
Gordon with his full guard, only to open it up again when Gordon
punches through it. Chavez remains flat on his back as he
alternates between closed and open guard, which keeps him safe from
most of the damage but also is a bad place for him. Chavez squirms
and backs off, where he sits up and gets to a knee. Gordon throws a
knee, but pulls it back right before it lands as Chavez is
grounded. Gordon backs away, and charges forward to take the fight
back down. As Gordon pushes Chavez into the clinch to halt furious
offense from his foe, he holds on tight to ride out the fight and
likely notch a win. Chavez kicks and flails to break the grip, but
Gordon’s body lock control allows him to push Chavez to a knee.
Chavez breaks free, springs in with a knee that bounces off
Gordon’s face, and tries to throw a few punches only to get tied up
to the final bell. We have now reached the scorecards for the first
time of the night.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gordon (30-27 Gordon)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Gordon (29-28 Gordon)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gordon (30-27 Gordon)

The Official Result

Jared Gordon def. Danny Chavez via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 29-28)

Round 1

Kicking off the main card is a prototypical heavyweight clash
pitting an old lion in Arlovski (30-19, 2 NC; 19-13, 1 NC UFC)
against a young, hard-charging thundercat in Aspinall (9-2, 2-0
UFC). Like Arlovski, referee Mark Smith will need to keep his head
on a swivel in this one, but there is a touch of gloves before the
two start swinging for the bleachers. The two are tense to open up,
before Arlovski rushes forward to sling several punches. The former
champ lands a few leg kicks, and Aspinall stings him with a right.
Arlovski wears it well and the two trade leg kicks. “The Pitbull”
absorbs several low kicks, and circles on the outside to score a
left hand. Both lands big punches at the same time, and Arlovski
takes a right hand on the chin. Aspinall unleashes a fury of
punches, stinging the ex-champ and hurting him badly. Arlovski
absorbs them all, suffers a cut on his nose that is also likely
broken again, and takes a few body shots before throwing back with
a fury. Although he misses, he does inform Smith that he is still
in the fight. Aspinall takes a deep breath and pins Arlovski
against the fence to catch his breath, as he put a lot into chasing
the finish. Arlovski pushes off and lands a few jabs, allowing
Aspinall to land a pair of punches that catch Arlovski. The
Belarusian fighter charges in with his own chain of punches, and
Aspinall, with his hands at his waist, ducks and dodges them as he
backs up against the cage. The Team Kaobon fighter turns Arlovski
around but is still trying to catch his wind, as he may have burned
more of his gas tank than he is letting on. Arlovski patiently
stays with his back to the fence as he absorbs a few foot stomps.
Arlovski fights off the clinch to break away, and he nails Aspinall
with a huge right hand. The Brit throws right back, and both men
show appreciation for the damage they just absorbed.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Aspinall
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Aspinall
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Aspinall

Round 2

Arlovski opens the round with a front kick and a jab, and he swats
away a jab to land an overhand right. The former champ lands
another, and Aspinall walks forward with leg kicks. Arlovski
ignores it and lands a few big punches again, backing Aspinall off
and making the Brit shake his head as if to say he didn’t get hit.
Arlovski gets off leg kicks on both sides, forcing Aspinall to
blitz forward and take the fight down while crashing Arlovski into
the cage wall.
When Arlovski hits his seat and tries to stand up,
Aspinall leaps over to take Arlovski’s back and instantly sinks in
a rear-naked choke. Arlovski is trapped and Aspinall has the upper
hand, with the choke shockingly tight and nowhere to go for the
former champ. Knowing he will likely go out if he resists for too
much longer, Arlovski surrenders.
A knockout artist by trade,
Aspinall records just the second submission victory of his pro
career while becoming just the second man to tap out Arlovski –
Josh Barnett was the first, in 2016.

The Official Result

Tom Aspinall def. Andrei Arlovski R2 1:09 via Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)

Round 1

Two promising middleweight prospects come to blows now, when
“Megatron” Hawes (9-2, 1-0 UFC) will look to try to one-up his
promotional debut that saw him score an 18-second knockout as he
takes on France’s Imavov (9-2, 1-0 UFC). The official inside the
cage officially comes in the form of referee Chris Tognoni, who
observes a glove touch to make things official. Imavov swipes out
with a jab and gets his leg kick out. Hawes is on him with a few
more leg kicks, and he ducks out of the way when Imavov charges at
him with a string of punches. Hawes keeps working the leg, and he
fakes a takedown to throw bombs. Imavov blocks the strikes, but
they still have an impact, so Hawes backs off and chops at the leg
a few more times. Imavov falls over for a second due to the leg
kicks, and he gathers himself to throw back. “Megatron” launches an
overhand right that nearly makes himself fall over for how hard he
threw it, and he presses into a clinch as he considers a single leg
takedown. The Frenchman keeps his balance and delivers a few knees
to the midsection, and Hawes again pursues a single, but it is
similarly stopped. A knee from Imavov clips off the cup, but Hawes
does not want to give Imavov a moment to breathe, so he continues.
Imavov aims for a high Thai clinch, and Hawes pulls him back down
as he starts to work the body. A few of Hawes’ punches are landing
close to the cup, and he lifts Imavov up with a stern knee. Imavov
groans as he tries to push his foe away, but Hawes is stuck to him
like glue. Hawes stomps the feet a few times and takes an elbow on
the forehead, but he manages to take Imavov down. Although the
Frenchman stands back up, Hawes hits a mat return and lands in side
control. Hawes pulls himself back to half guard as he flirts with
an arm-triangle choke, and he pulls his arm out when Imavov clings
to wrist control. Hawes lands a few heavy punches, and the round
ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hawes

Round 2

Imavov is fired up to start fighting, and when they get the
go-ahead, Hawes is the one to start swinging. When Imavov looks to
set up a kick, Hawes crashes in for a takedown attempt. Imavov
stays upright as the clinch stalls out again like it did the
previous round, with Hawes looking for intermittent strikes from up
close. Imavov nearly surrenders a takedown when he pursues a high
clinch, so Hawes changes angles in and lands a few punches to the
body. Imavov gets dragged to one knee after throwing a knee, and
Hawes cannot keep in there for more than a moment. The clinch
stalemate continues until Imavov fights his way out, and he
stumbles when throwing a punch. Hawes backs off, and he takes four
punches on the chin that wobble his legs. Imavov may not realize
that his man is hurt, as he patiently walks forward only to spring
ahead with an elbow. As he pumps forward, Hawes lifts him up and
puts him on the ground. The Frenchman walks his way up the fence
and gives up his back, allowing Hawes to hunt for a trip takedown
to drag the fight back down. Hawes nearly falls over to his back to
take the fight down, but twists his body to wrench Imavov down.
Hawes climbs into half guard and starts dropping left hands,
forcing Imavov to defend himself and fight off an advancing Hawes.
The American fights off a bucking Imavov and takes some elbows on
the top of his head, and it is Imavov that is striking of the two.
Hawes works the body and head with punches here and there, and
Imavov hacks at him with an elbow to close out the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Hawes
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hawes

Round 3

The glove touch opens the final round, and Hawes kicks the lead leg
as Imavov picks it up. Hawes hacks at the calf again, and as soon
as Imavov crashes forward, “Megatron” times a takedown and bullies
Imavov down to the ground. Imavov powers his way back to his feet
and protects himself from giving up back control, and we have
returned to the slow clinch position that added up a lot of time in
the previous frames. Imavov does not want to stay here for long,
and he pushes with all of his might to separate. Both men start
throwing bombs at one another, and Hawes barely avoids taking a
knee on the jaw. Hawes blocks a spinning back fist and sticks out a
single jab, before scoring a spinning back kick on the guard. Both
men swing furiously and Hawes presses his man into the clinch, and
Imavov looks visibly frustrated. As Hawes ducks his head down,
Imavov grabs on to a guillotine choke, but “Megatron” easily pulls
his head out and grinds. Tognoni asks for the fighters to fight,
and Hawes changes levels but there is nothing doing on his attempt.
Imavov gets off two fierce elbows and a knee that makes Hawes do
the chicken dance. Hawes slips back like he is on ice skates, and
Imavov is firing with anything he can muster to try to get the
finish. A damages Hawes clings on to the Frenchman to gather his
thoughts, where Hawes goes after a desperation single leg takedown.
Hawes gets admonished several times for fence grabs, and Imavov
pushes away to drill Hawes in the face with an elbow. As Hawes
leans over, he gets elbowed in the back of the head to draw a stern
warning. Imavov cracks Hawes with a knee, and Hawes is on baby deer
legs as he falls back while getting stung with punches. Nearly out
on his feet, Hawes desperately closes the distance to hold on to
the clinch and survive the round, white-knuckling it the whole way
to the final bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Imavov (29-28 Hawes)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Imavov (29-28 Hawes)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Imavov (29-28 Hawes)

The Official Result

Phil Hawes def. Nassourdine Imavov via Majority Decision (28-28,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Once more, the UFC will pit an aging great against a younger
up-and-comer, this time with “The Boa Constrictor” Oleynik
(59-14-1, 8-5 UFC) and his ruthlessly effective submission skills
against heavy-handed brawler Daukaus (10-3, 2-0 UFC). This matchup
that should not likely end up in the hands of the judges will draw
oversight from referee Herb Dean, who watches the mid-sized
heavyweights touch gloves before coming out fighting. Oleynik
cracks Daukaus early with a left hand, and he crashes forward with
another before getting shoved into the fence. Oleynik latches on to
a standing kimura to think about taking the fight down, and he
reverses the position to push Daukaus against the fencing. Oleynik
falls to his back to pursue his classic Ezekiel choke, and when
Daukaus does not bite, he grapples on to a leg. Daukaus kicks him
off, lets the Russian stand, and stings him with a punch before
rocking Oleynik with a right hand. Oleynik wades forward with his
hands down to throw looping bombs, and he forces Daukaus to stumble
when throwing a head kick. Shortly after scrambling to his feet,
Daukaus hurts his foe with a few knees and punches. As Daukaus
knows he has done some damages, he presses Oleynik into the wire
and lands a string of shots.
Daukaus does not split the guard often but chains a
long flurry together to hurt the Russian. Oleynik turtles up
standing, and Daukaus lays into him with everything he has. A
lengthy barrage of punches forces Dean to intervene, and as soon as
the fight ends, Oleynik nearly topples over.
Dean is able to
catch him, and thereby verify that the stoppage was a good one if a
bit late. Win number 60 did not come for “The Boa Constrictor,” and
instead, Daukaus triumphantly boosts his career knockout rate to 91
percent.

The Official Result

Chris Daukaus def. Alexey Oleynik via TKO (Punches) R1 1:55

Round 1

It’s grappler vs. grappler for the featured fight on the card, when
“Boston Strong” Rosa (13-4, 4-4 UFC) tries to boost his UFC record
above .500 against “live by the sword, die by the sword” submission
specialist Minner (25-11, 1-1 UFC). Referee Mark Smith may have his
hands full in what should be a quick-starting matchup, and there is
no glove touch as Rosa would rather get down to business. Minner
targets the body with a punch, and he rushes forward with a knee.
Minner cracks him with a sharp knee in a clinch, and the two
separate to gauge their range. Rosa kicks the leg, and he allows
Minner to kick him back and get nailed in the face. Minner swings
with reckless abandon with looping shots, and Rosa walks into them
and avoids the brunt of the strikes. Rosa scores a big body kick,
but in the process, Minner takes him down. Rosa pops back up, only
to get tossed on his back emphatically. Minner in half guard
quickly looks to implement his submission game, pursuing a brabo
choke before bailing on it when Rosa throws his leg up. Rosa keeps
his hands clasped to keep Minner from springing up, and as he does
this, he pulls Minner back into his guard. Rosa works his high
guard to look for a triangle choke or an armbar, and Minner sees it
coming and rolls through it. Rosa positions himself for a kneebar,
and Minner slices through it to nearly take Rosa’s back. Minner
drops down a few punches from on top as the two continue to
scramble, and Rosa squirms and surrenders north-south position to
hunt for an inverted triangle. Minner snatches up mount and
instantly ties up an arm-triangle choke. The Boston native manages
to pull Minner back to half guard and break up the submission, but
Minner chains the maneuver into a near back-take as Rosa rolls
through it. Rosa rolls through it to grab hold of a kneebar, and he
turns it into a heel hook, only to bail on it for an inverted heel
hook. As Rosa is looking for subs, the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Minner
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Minner
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Minner

Round 2

The two touch gloves to begin this round, and Minner sinks in a leg
kick and two big punches to start off. Rosa wings a left hand, and
Minner clocks him with a right hand counter to drop Rosa to the
ground. Rosa rolls to his knees and gives up his back, where a
thankful Minner gets his hooks in. “Boston Strong” keeps scrambling
only to give up mount, and Minner attacks an arm-triangle choke.
Rosa stays patient, kicks off the wall, and rolls for a leglock and
then an inverted triangle while Minner keeps heavy on him. Minner
climbs around the side and smacks Rosa in the side of the head,
forcing Rosa to roll through and set up one leg for a triangle.
Rosa torques his other leg out to consider the triangle, but that
and an armbar are unsuccessful. Minner leaps over into mount again,
where he is in the hunt for an arm-triangle choke but cannot find
the leverage against the fence. Rosa throws his legs up from his
back and then scoots into the fence to stand up, but Minner is on
him like a cheap suit. Minner assumes backpack control and drags
Rosa to the ground, where he takes mount and is already fishing for
an arm-triangle choke. Minner has the arm-triangle secured, and he
is torquing his full body weight on the choke but Rosa is not
concerned as he counters with a surprise armbar from his back.
Minner sits up and drops down a few elbows, and Rosa snags hold of
one final armbar attempt to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Minner
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-8 Minner
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Minner

Round 3

Rosa eats a huge right hand as he rushes into the fray, and Minner
clips him with a few more punches until Rosa shoots in for a
takedown. Minner stuffs it and bowls Rosa over, but Rosa continues
to roll through the position to get to his knees. Minner does not
relent his grappling control, taking side control and landing a few
strikes before Rosa climbs his way back up standing. Minner drags
him back down with back control, and Rosa defends with a kimura
that he intends to sweep his foe with. Minner calmly works his arm
out and stays heavy on his man, but Rosa slides his way back to the
fencing to look for a standup. Rosa keeps a high guard and walks
across the wall, and he ties up an armbar as Minner is keeping his
full weight on his man while landing strikes that open up a massive
cut on Rosa’s head. From the armbar, Rosa turns the move into a
triangle choke, and he looks for a triangle armbar before chaining
it into an omoplata sweep. Minner sees it all coming, and he climbs
around to north-south while thwarting a leglock attempt from his
opponent. Minner’s pressure is not allowing Rosa to twist and turn,
and Rosa gets to a knee only to get pulled right back down.
Minner’s hooks are in with back control, and an unusual scramble
turns into something that could turn into a twister. Rosa, laying
on his back with one leg out, elbows and punches Minner repeatedly
to the final bell. When Minner gets up, he screams and celebrates
hard-fought grappling battle against a tough foe.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Minner (30-27 Minner)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Minner (30-26 Minner)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Minner (30-27 Minner)

The Official Result

Darrick Minner def. Charles Rosa via Unanimous Decision (30-26,
30-27, 29-27)

Round 1

Our co-main event comes in a catchweight, after Vieira (11-1, 5-1
UFC) missed weight by two pounds before taking on “Foxy” Kunitskaya
(13-5, 1 NC; 3-2 UFC) in what should have been at bantamweight. The
women will be joined in the Octagon by referee Jason Herzog, and
there is a sign of respect shown between the two as they touch
gloves. Vieira comes out firing, throwing punches straight into a
takedown attempt. Kunitskaya greets her with a knee up the middle
as she stops the takedown, and the Brazilian redoubles her efforts
to drag the fight down the canvas early. Vieira lands a few strikes
up close, and a trip attempt turns into an arm drag that puts
Kunitskaya on her backside against the cage wall. The Russian
fighter wall-walks back to her knees and then standing, before
getting off several short knees in the clinch. Kunitskaya is
content to throw strikes in the close proximity, and Vieira twists
to go for a throw but cannot get the fight where she wants it.
Kunitskaya turns her around as she starts to work more knees, and
when she lifts one high, Vieira hits a takedown as she pushes
Kunitskaya in the center of the cage. The Brazilian climbs over
into half guard, where she forces Kunitskaya to scramble and nearly
give up her back. Vieira hops over to acquire mount, but at the
last second, Kunitskaya pulls her back out. Vieira is a woman
possessed in seeking out this position, and she manages to take
mount for seconds before Kunitskaya recovers position. Vieira keeps
heavy shoulder pressure to keep Kunitskaya flat on her back, and
only takes short punches while advancing back into mount.
Kunitskaya is forced to defend with inaccurate punches, and she
locks down Vieira’s leg to keep her in the half guard, but is
unable to recover any better position. Vieira postures up to start
landing strikes, and Kunitskaya drags her back down while
introducing an elbow to the nose of her opponent. The round ends in
this top position for Vieira.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Vieira
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Vieira
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Vieira

Round 2

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round:
Lev Pisarsky scores the round:
Tyler Treese scores the round:

Round 3

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round:
Lev Pisarsky scores the round:
Tyler Treese scores the round:

The Official Result

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