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Round 1

After a massive pay-per-view card, the UFC has elected to trot out
an 11-fight offering on ESPN with several bouts of varying
intrigue. We begin the night in the featherweight division, between
two men in Sanders (13-4, 3-4 UFC) and Colares (9-2, 1-2 UFC) that
are looking to even their UFC records to .500. Referee Chris
Tognoni will handle the opening proceedings, and a glove touch
between the two begins the festivities. Colares draws first blood,
figuratively, with a nasty kick to the body. Sanders does not like
this and tries to catch it, which allows Colares to sneak in a
right hand after. Sanders lets go of the leg, and Colares retreats
to spin with a wheel kick. Sanders ducks it, and the two trade
heavy body kicks. “Cool Hand Luke” crashes in with hot hands,
tagging Colares and hurting him badly. Sanders pounds on his foe to
try to coerce the stoppage, but the Brazilian survives and gets
back to his feet. Sanders chases after him, smashes him in the
chest with a knee and tosses him down to the ground. Sanders
postures up when he climbs on top to nail Colares in the chin with
an elbow, and as he looks to get off ground-and-pound, “Cabocao”
ties him up and scoots his way to the cage wall. Sanders sucks his
legs out and fights off the scramble, but Colares manages to get
back up to his feet. The two try to get off clinch strikes, and
Sanders is the one who scores effectively. Sanders steps in with a
blistering elbow that clatters off Colares’ head, and he follows
the damaging blow with strike after unanswered strike. Colares
gathers himself and changes levels for a takedown attempt, and
while it may not be successful, it allows him to get his head back
on straight. Sanders tries to impose his will in the clinch, only
to separate and try to throw bombs. Colares counters him with a
pair of crisp right hands, backing Sanders off now. The two start
brawling wildly, each trading furious leather and tagging the
other. Colares sits down on a huge right hand that stings Sanders,
and the American stumbles back to the cage wall. Colares lets him
circle away so he can drill him to the body a few times with kicks,
and Sanders decides to respond in kind. Sanders steps forward with
a left hand into a body lock, tying his man up to the first bell
and wrapping up a wild round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Sanders
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Sanders
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Sanders

Round 2

A glove touch is offered by Colares but not accepted, so the
Brazilian kicks Sanders in the chest instead. Colares keeps his
distance with long kicks as Sanders tries to aim single strikes at
him, which allows Colares to reach with a long right hand that
splits the guard. Sanders slams his shin on Colares’ midsection,
and Colares crashes forward only to wind up in a brief slugfest.
Sanders aims to clinch up, circling around and briefly taking the
back, but surrendering it when Colares gets position back and knees
Sanders flush to the chest. The two trade strikes, and Colares
cracks Sanders with a right hand. The two walk through one
another’s big punches, and Sanders clips Colares with a left hand
and an uppercut in the midst of a lengthy combination. Sanders uses
his forward momentum to hit a body lock takedown, but he cannot
keep him down for long. Sanders tries to hit a mat return, and he
groans as he tosses “Cabocao” down. The Brazilian climbs back to
his feet and slugs it out with Sanders again, until Sanders
attempts and lands another takedown. Colares will not stay grounded
for long, as he springs back up without effort or taking any
damage. When they clinch again, Colares looks to target a few
elbows up top, and he abandons it to target the body from afar.
Sanders’ strikes are coming wider and sloppier, while Colares is
more accurate and straighter. This allows Colares to land
effectively, and he punctuates a solid combination by pushing
forward and lifting Sanders off the ground. Channeling his inner
Matt Hughes, Colares carries Sanders across the cage to his own
corner, where he slams Sanders down to the ground emphatically.
Sanders appears shocked, which allows Colares to circle around and
take his back. The Brazilian fishes for a rear-naked choke, only to
bail on it when he flattens Sanders out. “Cabocao” looks to Tognoni
for a stoppage as he wails on Sanders with wild strikes, but the
finish does not come. Sanders defends himself enough to survive to
the end of the round, and Colares looks flabbergasted that the
fight has reached Round 3.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Colares
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Colares
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Colares

Round 3

Colares once more offers a glove touch to clock in the round, and a
fatigued Sanders reluctantly accepts it. Colares appears the
fresher man, and he kicks Sanders to the body a few times. Sanders
swings with looping shots that glance off his intended target, and
Colares rolls through them and is ready to bang. Sanders backs away
to kickboxing range, where the two kick each other in the
breadbasket. Sanders tries and fails to take the fight down, so he
elects throw spinning stuff instead. Colares looks at him
quizzically as if he were a Diaz brother at the spinning strike,
and he uses the opportunity to try to take the fight down himself.
Sanders sprawls to defend it, lands a few strikes when he pushes
him away, and stuffs one more takedown. The two trade single
strikes, and a body kick from Colares makes Sanders double over
briefly. “Cabocao” sneaks up a head kick that catches Sanders on
the chin, but it does not have enough behind it to do any serious
damage. The two featherweights are totally exhausted, hands by
their waists throwing strikes. Sanders catches Colares coming in
with a spinning back elbow, and Colares walks through it and starts
pointing in various directions to throw Sanders off. Sanders gets
off a push kick to the body that goes a little low, and Colares
grimaces and returns fire with one that is much harder. Colares
steps in with a knee, and Sanders marches through it to trip
Colares down for a moment. Colares is able to find his balance,
kick Sanders in the chest, and hop away as Sanders tries to catch
it. When Sanders aims for a takedown, Colares reverses him and puts
Sanders on his back. Sanders rolls to his knees, only to surrender
his back, and Colares goes right after a rear-naked choke. Sanders
does not rest for long, bursting to his feet and unloading a few
final strikes. The two throw at one another right to the final
bell, concluding a fun and razor-close fight.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Colares (29-28 Colares)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Sanders (29-28 Sanders)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Colares (29-28
Colares)

The Official Result

Felipe Dias Colares def. Luke Sanders via Unanimous Decision
(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Moving on to the middleweight division, two fighters will try to
right the ship after both Michailidis (12-4, 0-1 UFC) and Bhullar
(8-1, 0-1 UFC) dropped their promotional debuts last year by
first-round knockout. The third man inside the cage is referee Mark
Smith, and there is a respectful touch of gloves between them.
Michailidis takes the center of the cage and lands a leg kick, and
the two are very tentative at approaching one another. The Greek
fighter is trying to eclipse the reach advantage of his opponent,
reaching out with kicks and blocking the ones that come back at
him. Michailidis reaches out with a body kick that makes Bhullar
take a funny step back, and Michailidis swarms him with a few
looping shots. “The Bengal” rolls with them and circles away, but
he circles right into the power head kick from Michailidis. “The
Spartan” marches him down and starts throwing bombs, bullying his
man against the fence and doing some damage. Bhullar latches on to
him to slow him down, as he has not offered much in the way of
offense other than a thudding knee to the body in the clinch.
Michailidis pushes off and swats down a body kick, and Bhullar
chips at him with a low kick. Michailidis’ responsive leg kick is
much heavier, but Bhullar is content to poke at him with strikes.
Bhullar’s heavier strikes are largely blocked, and Michailidis’
pace has dwindled significantly. Just then, Michailidis nails
Bhullar on the chin with a head kick, and rushes in to throw
looping shots. Bhullar keeps his composure and blocks the majority
of them, but Michailidis drags him down to the ground and starts
working him with strikes. Bhullar tries to get to his knees, only
for Michailidis to take his back and get a hook in. Michailidis
leans back in back control to hop over to mount, and he uses a
choke setup to take dominant position. Bhullar twists and turns,
allowing “The Spartan” to hold on to his back again. Michailidis
cannot get a choke, and the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis

Round 2

Bhullar sticks his man with a reaching strike at the beginning of
the round, only for Michailidis to clock him with an overhand left.
Michailidis charges in like a bull throwing winging shots, and
Bhullar backs off and kicks the Greek fighter square in the cup.
Smith allows Michailidis to take all the time he needs to recover,
which happens to be one minute. “The Spartan” opens up with a kick
that should be accompanied by a “This is Sparta” shout, planting
the ball of his foot flush on the solar plexus. Bhullar stumbles
back and gathers himself, where he jabs with his leg kicks.
Michailidis tries to go for a home run, throwing a monster right
hand that Bhullar dodges. Michailidis attempts this bomb again,
only to once more fall short of the target, as Bhullar sees these
moon shots coming now. Michailidis has one such punch ducked, and
Bhullar backs off and slaps him in the face with his foot.
Michailidis steps in with a spinning back kick that hits nothing
but air, and Bhullar tries to counter him with a flying knee, only
for that too to miss. Michailidis sits down on a pair of punches,
knocking Bhullar’s head back but not hurting him badly. Bhullar’s
nose is busted up, but he is not fazed as he paws out with kicks.
Bhullar begins to chew up Michailidis’ knee and inside thigh with
kicks again and again, and they are not especially damaging but
they keep Michailidis at bay. Bhullar misses by a wide margin when
he attempts a spinning wheel kick, and Michailidis bears down on
him with power punches. Michailidis delivers a kick to the body and
a looping left hand, and Bhullar is just able to dodge it in time.
“The Bengal” sneaks out of harm’s way and circles away right into a
spinning wheel kick, but he blocks it in time and responds with an
axe kick that blows Michailidis’ hair back. Michailidis crashes in
to the clinch while throwing strikes, only for the horn to sound
before he can get any off of note.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis

Round 3

Bhullar leans back to begin the round and lands several leg kicks,
all while avoiding or disrupting any looping shot coming his way.
When Michailidis returns with his own low kick, it is much more
powerful. He walks through and throws wildly, with a trio of
punches that bounce off the guard but still make Bhullar retreat.
Bhullar lands an inside kick to the knee that makes Michailidis
react, and the Greek fighter charges in recklessly with a spinning
back elbow and a short salvo of punches. Bhullar rolls with the
punches and keeps attacking the leg like his teammate Tanner Boser.
Bhullar goes low and then tries to sneak up a question mark kick,
but Michailidis sees it coming and weaves back. “The Bengal” keeps
working the leg, and he is light on his feet and ready to dodge the
telegraphed power shots that soar his direction every so often.
Bhullar blocks a pair of big punches, only to get kicked in the
torso as he backs away. Another axe kick misses the mark from the
Canadian, whose flashy strikes are largely inaccurate across the
board. Michailidis ignores a few more leg kicks to load up on right
hands, and Bhullar dances on the outside while kicking again and
again. Michailidis has an uppercut that nearly splits the guard,
and when they are kicking at the same time, Bhullar nails him in
the cup again. Michailidis needs just 30 seconds to walk it off,
and Bhullar swings and misses with another axe kick. Bhullar has
reddened up his foe’s leg repeatedly, only to duck an overhand
right that he sees coming a mile away. One more axe kick from
Bhullar is well away from his intended target, and Michailidis
spins with a strike at him. Michailidis tries to end the round in
style with big punches, but Bhullar is elusive and defensive enough
to avoid the brunt of them. This carries on right to the final
buzzer.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Bhullar (29-28 Michailidis)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis (30-27
Michailidis)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Michailidis (30-27
Michailidis)

The Official Result

Andreas Michailidis def. K.B. Bhullar via Unanimous Decision
(30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Round 1

Next up at the strawweight division, the woman known as “Loma
Lookboonmee” Suphisara (5-2, 2-1 UFC) will try to match her career
long win streak at the expense of Hughes (5-2, 0-1 UFC). Referee
Jason Herzog will be on top of what could be furious action between
these 115-pounders, and they are ready to fight as Suphisara fires
off an early kick with no interest in touching gloves. Suphisara
flings up a head kick that gets blocked, and she varies up her
attack by kicking the legs and body shortly after. “Loma
Lookboonmee” rushes in with a few punches and body kicks, and
Hughes can do nothing but play defense. Hughes charges in with a
double leg takedown, only for her to be rebuffed and pushed down to
the ground momentarily. The Thai dumps her to the ground, where she
resides in side control hammering down elbows. Hughes looks to kick
off the cage to reverse the position, and Suphisara stops her and
continues to mount offense. When Hughes gets her guard back,
Suphisara climbs to her feet and backs off. Suphisara fires off a
quick leg kick as Hughes rushes in for another takedown, and she
fails on this attempt. “Sampage” gets off some “old school” foot
stomps as she clings tight to a body kick, but this allows
Suphisara to lift her legs up and knee her in the side. Suphisara
quickly spins her around and throws her down, where she climbs on
top to work elbows from above. As Hughes recovers guard once more,
Suphisara bails on it to let her up. “Loma Lookboonmee” lands a
body kick and one to the shoulder before Hughes can react, and the
two throw hands as Hughes lands a few of her own to keep Suphisara
honest. Hughes whiffs on a leg kick, and the Thai is quick to
respond as Hughes is drawing her leg back. Hughes presses forward
to clinch, and she aims for a body lock, and Suphisara hits one
more takedown to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara

Round 2

“Sampage” rushes out of her corner to begin the second round, and
she swings wildly until they clinch up. The Thai throws her down,
and when Hughes scrambles back to her feet, Suphisara does it
again. Hughes recovers from this mat return well to circle around
and try to take Suphisara’s back, and Suphisara elbows Hughes in
the head in a show of appreciation. Hughes transitions into a
single, and Suphisara stands back up and spins away when Hughes
tries to take her back. “Loma Lookboonmee” digs to the body with
her toes a few times, and Hughes counters with a heavy overhand
right. The two trade single jabs, and Suphisara backs off to pierce
the midsection with her toes again. Suphisara nearly lands a
superman punch, only for Hughes to grab her and clinch her up. The
American squeezes her foe into the fence, and Suphisara works her
body with knees all the while. A single leg takedown attempt from
Hughes leads to a few more sharp knees from the Thai, who is
largely controlling the clinch in these exchanges. Suphisara nearly
dumps Hughes to the ground, and when Hughes gains her balance,
Suphisara plants a knee right on the jaw. Hughes shakes it off and
attempts a low takedown attempt, but she is rebuffed by the Thai.
Hughes grinds her foe to the cage, dropping down for a double, and
she transitions it back and forth from double to single. Suphisara
elbows her in the side of the head while defending, and Hughes
lifts her opponent’s leg up but cannot get anything out of it.
Suphisara scores a knee, a front kick, and a body kick as Hughes
backs off. Suphisara lets a high kick go that rings Hughes’ bell,
and she lands a trip takedown to put Hughes on her back to ride out
the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara

Round 3

Hughes takes the center of the cage to start of the final frame,
and she gets kicked in the chest instead of getting her own offense
off. Hughes comes up short with her own front kick, but the Thai’s
range allows her to score another. Hughes whiffs with a one-two and
a kick, and the feints and fakes from “Loma Lookboonmee” are
throwing her off. Hughes chases after the Thai, and she reaches out
with a few punches that get blocked. Suphisara has a right hand
glance off the shoulder, and she presses into a clinch where
Suphisara knees her foe a few times. Hughes aims to take the fight
down in this clinch position, and Suphisara almost hits the
reversal she has landed several times earlier this fight. Hughes is
wise to the trip now, and she instead mashes Suphisara into the
wire. Suphisara knees her on the side repeatedly as Hughes stomps
the toes, and Hughes backs away but is out of range with a left
hand on the break. Both women scores at the same time, and
Suphisara eats a left hand and stares at her with her hands at her
waist. The two exchange with heavy shots until Hughes ties her up,
where the grind is once more embraced and the toes once more
stomped. “Loma Lookboonmee” uses effective knees to the body in
this position while staying upright, until Hughes frames off and
tries to land a shot. They both score big right hands, and
Suphisara shakes her head and follows up with another strike.
Hughes jumps forward with a superman punch, and she just misses a
big left hand. Suphisara sticks out a jab and slaps a heavy leg
kick, and Hughes ducks forward to attack with another superman
punch. This strike is one to close the distance, as she ties up the
Thai in the clinch. There is a brief separation, but Hughes wants
to stay glued to her foe until the final horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara (30-27 Suphisara)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Suphisara (30-27 Suphisara)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Hughes (29-28
Suphisara)

The Official Result

Konklak Suphisara def. Sam Hughes via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Shifting gears to the lone catchweight contest of the evening, it’s
an all-Brazil battle for supremacy as Botelho (8-3, 3-2 UFC)
squares off with “Dread” Carolina (6-2, 1-1 UFC). The referee
taking charge of the cage for this 128.5-pound catchweight –
Carolina missed weight by a wide margin – will be Herb Dean, who
notices that they decide not to touch gloves. Botelho instead wants
to attack, where she begins with a body kick. “Dread” replies with
a head kick, and both strikes come up missing the mark. Botelho
reaches out with a few swiping left hands, and she scores a
slapping leg kick on the outside. Botelho lands a looping right
hand, and she takes a leg kick on the way out. Botelho targets the
body with a kick and a punch, and Carolina is lifting her leg up
preemptively to defend herself. Botelho fires off a few more kicks
as “Dread” backs away, but Carolina responds with her own kick to
keep Botelho guessing. Botelho gets off a front kick to the
midsection, and she backpedals quickly enough to avoid a one-two.
Botelho sits down on a right hand that surprises Carolina, and she
swings wildly with a right hand that misses the body. Carolina
flinches when Botelho fakes her way in, allowing Botelho to crash
forward with a heavy combination. After her strikes land, she grabs
a body lock and puts Carolina on her back. Botelho bumps her with a
few shoulder strikes before loosing her posture to land right hands
to the body. Carolina looks to lock her down, which allows Botelho
to elbow her in the thigh repeatedly. Botelho crushes her shoulder
on Carolina’s chin as she looks to take full mount, and she climbs
into the mount with relative ease. Carolina holds on tight with all
she has, but this allows Botelho to scurry around and isolate an
arm. She cannot get the submission she seeks, and instead lands a
few hammerfists right before the bell sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Botelho
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Botelho
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Botelho

Round 2

Botelho stings Carolina with a right hand right out of the gate,
and Carolina crashes in to throw back at her. This results in a
clinch, where Botelho muscles her around and hunts for a body lock
trip takedown. There is no takedown from it, so Botelho gets off
several elbows on the inside. Carolina turns her around, and the
two alternate with knees to the body. When “Dread” gains a brief
advantage, Botelho turns her around and continues working her
knees. Botelho tries to drag Carolina down, but Carolina counters
and puts Botelho to her knees. Carolina positions herself to tie up
the neck, as she considers an anaconda choke and even sets up a
Peruvian necktie as Botelho is stuck in a precarious position.
Botelho powers her way to her feet, and the clinch against the cage
resumes with short knees from both women. They continue to jockey
for position and throw short knees, turning the other around. One
such spin shows that Carolina has a cut around her right eye, and
blood is starting to flow from it. Carolina winds up to land a
strike on the break, but Botelho evades it in time. Carolina fires
off a head kick that gets blocked, and Botelho grabs her and
presses her foe into the cage. This position concludes the
round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Carolina
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Carolina
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Carolina

Round 3

Both women meet in the middle of the cage for the last round, and
Botelho comes out aggressively but it is Carolina that throws
strikes. Botelho wings a big right hand that clatters off the head,
and Carolina ducks and weaves but largely absorbs the strike.
Carolina reaches out with a few kicks, and one such kick gets
countered with an overhand right. Carolina is just able duck out of
the way, but Botelho catches her with an overhand right as Carolina
resets. The two trade single kicks at one another, and two looping
punches from Botelho catch Carolina unaware. The two both try to
take the other down at the same time, and Carolina gains the upper
hand and is able to push Botelho to her back. Botelho ties her down
and closes her guard, disallowing Carolina from throwing anything.
Botelho opens her guard to fish for a submission off her back, but
there is nothing there, so she closes it up again. Carolina grinds
her elbow on the jaw of her opponent, and Dean asks them to start
working. Carolina backs away to try to advance her position, and
Botelho latches on to a two-on-one wrist control to sweep. Carolina
notices this, lets Botelho get to her knees, and circles around to
take Botelho’s back. Botelho bucks her off and nearly gains
separation, but “Dread” calmly maintains this position and gets her
hooks in. Botelho simply stands up from here, where she tries to
shimmy Carolina off of her. Carolina holds on tight, and Botelho
falls back to the ground where she is partially controlled from
behind. Carolina sets up the body lock and she starts hunting for a
submission, but there is nothing to it as Botelho leans against the
cage wall. “Dread” starts landing punches, and Botelho throws back
at her without looking. Carolina latches on with an unorthodox
choke attempt, but there is nothing to it as Botelho survives to
the end of the fight.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Carolina (29-28 Carolina)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Carolina (29-28 Carolina)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Carolina (29-28
Carolina)

The Official Result

Luana Carolina def. Poliana Botelho via Split Decision (29-28,
28-29, 29-28)

Round 1

Featherweights throw down next as Hawaii’s Kamaka (8-3, 1-1 UFC)
comes to blows with Arkansas native Brown (14-8, 0-2 UFC). It’s a
battle between one man in Kamaka who only holds one finish against
a man in Brown who only holds one win by decision, and referee
Jason Herzog will be looking on. There is a glove touch, and Brown
starts off with several jabs. Kamaka responds with a leg kick, but
Brown does not pay an attention to it as he keeps jabbing. The
Hawaiian loads up on a big right hand, and he stings his man with
several leg kicks. Brown continues jabbing and kicking back at him,
with a front kick and a left hand that split the guard. Kamaka
ducks down and rushes to attack, and the two throw leather and both
partially land. Neither is worse for wear, and Kamaka gets back
into his groove of low leg kicks. Brown paws out with his jabs and
follows one with a right hand, circling around and stepping into a
body kick that is barely blocked in time. Kamaka counters a right
hand with a head kick, and there are multiple narrow misses that
could have put the other in danger. Brown lands a one-two and slips
a punch to land another, with his left hand sneaking through the
guard. A head kick from Brown makes him fall to his back
off-balance, as Kamaka pushes him over. Brown allows him to climb
down into his guard so that he can attack a leg, and the Hawaiian
scrambles but lets Brown back up. The two trade big shots, with
Brown landing a right hand and getting countered. Brown gets back
to his jab and gets tagged with a left hand, and the pace has waned
compared to the beginning of the round. Kamaka invests in his leg
kick, and he ducks down and gets nailed to the liver with a left
hand. The Hawaiian leaps in the air with a knee, and both throw
hands to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka

Round 2

Kamaka begins the round with a leg kick that immediately draws a
reaction out of his man, and Brown replies with a bouquet of jabs.
Kamaka ducks down and fires off a head kick that clatters off the
chin, and Brown eats it like a sandwich and throws right back.
Kamaka throws another big kick, and this time it is blocked and he
falls to the ground. Brown aims to time a right hand, and Kamaka
weathers the strike. Brown smashes him in the chin with a right
hand, wobbling the Hawaiian’s legs. “Downtown” scores one more
right hand from downtown and Kamaka is hurt. Kamaka rolls through
and gets tagged a few more times, but he survives to gather his
thoughts. As “The Fighting Hawaiian” resumes the melee, he cracks
Brown with a short right hand at close range, hurting Brown and
sending him down to the ground! In the span of about 30 seconds,
both men have been hurt badly, and Kamaka crashes in for a takedown
as his coaches cry for him to instead keep swinging. Kamaka from on
top lands some ground-and-pound that opens up a cut on Brown’s
face, and Brown defends with a two-on-one wrist lock to sweep.
Brown wrenches the kimura all the way around the back, and the only
thing keeping Kamaka from tapping or landing on his back is the
cage at his side. The Hawaiian grits it out and frees his arm, and
the two stand back up to start swinging again. It is one after the
other, with Kamaka landing, Brown responding, and Kamaka answering
back. Kamaka blocks a head kick to rush in with a combination, and
he rips the body with a left hand after ducking a right hand. The
two both target the body with strikes, and Brown lands a kick as he
circles around the outside. Brown sticks and moves, landing a few
punches and backing away. “Downtown” goes down for a takedown, and
he plants the Hawaiian on his backside. Kamaka defends with a
guillotine choke on the way down, but he does not have anything as
Brown rides out the remainder of the round on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka

Round 3

The two meet in the middle to begin the last round, and Brown leads
off with a leg kick and one to the body. Kamaka goes up top,
landing a right hand that snaps the head back and stunning Brown.
Brown wears it well, and he shoots in for takedown only to get
reversed. Kamaka climbs into his foe’s guard, and he fights off a
potential submission setup without issue. The Hawaiian tries to
maintain his position as Brown scoots his way to the fence, and
Kamaka is unable to get off much offense as Brown is staying busy
on his back. Brown scrambles and ties up the arm in an omoplata,
but Kamaka wrests it free. In the process, “Downtown” manages to
get up, and he starts working the body and head with quick strikes.
Brown ducks the counters, chaining strikes from the body to the
head. The Hawaiian crashes forward, and he may have gotten away
with a headbutt as Brown tumbles to the ground. “The Fighting
Hawaiian” continues in his pursuit for a takedown, and he attempts
to secure mount but cannot take it for long. Brown grabs the fence
multiple times to try to get up, forcing Herzog to slap his hand
away. Brown redoubles his effort to stand up, and he nails Kamaka
with a fierce elbow and a few body shots. Kamaka is right there to
fire back at him, and the two begin to brawl. Kamaka looses a body
kick, and a right hand knocks him off his feet – this may not
necessarily be a knockdown, but rather a strike that pushed him
over. Brown hunts for a leglock as he attacks from the ground, and
he abandons it to go after a kimura sweep. Kamaka toughs it out and
ends this exciting fight in top position.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka (30-27 Kamaka)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Brown (29-28 Kamaka)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka (30-27
Kamaka)

The Official Result

T.J. Brown def. Kai Kamaka III via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28,
29-28)

Round 1

It’s grappler versus grappler in this strawweight contest that
headlines the prelims, as one of the promotion’s most experienced
female fighters in Markos (10-10-1, 6-9-1 UFC) takes on a UFC
newcomer in Pinheiro (8-1, 0-0 UFC). Keeping tabs on this 115-pound
affair is referee Mark Smith, who watches on as the two touch
gloves. Pinheiro is the aggressor early in this clear red vs. blue
fight, with Markos’ hair matching her red fight kit. Markos crashes
in with a few punches that surprises her Brazilian foe, and
Pinheiro is surprised but manages to grab Markos and throw her to
the ground. Markos climbs to her feet thanks to a fence grab, and
the two clinch up with Markos landing a knee up the middle.
Pinheiro rolls through and takes Markos down, and when Markos gets
back up, Pinheiro slams her right back down with a judo throw. The
Canadian is not concerned, as she hops back to her feet. Pinheiro
comes out swinging, is warned for an eye poke, and lands a kick
that makes Markos stumble. As Markos tries to stand again, Pinheiro
blitzes her with a stream of punches. Markos shakes it off, circles
away, and gets poked in the eye. “Quiet Storm” is pained, and Smith
calls in the doctor to check her out. There appears to be a cut on
the eyelid as well, and she is concerned that she cannot see well.
Markos asks for more time to clear her vision, and Smith asks if
she can see. The blood has started to seep into her eye, and she
wipes it away. Two minutes elapse, and Markos is ready to continue.
The Canadian is enraged, and she comes out throwing caution to the
wind and hurts Pinheiro. The Brazilian counters with a few shots
that sting Markos, and she gets away with outstretching her fingers
and nearly pokes Markos again. The aggression of Markos leads her
to fall over her opponent, and there is no grappling exchange as
they both get back to their feet. Markos loads up on several
strikes, and it is Pinheiro who ties her up in the clinch to slow
her down. They break, and Markos crashes forward back into the
clinch by landing a right hand. When Markos looks for a takedown,
Pinheiro reverses her and throws her down.
Markos kicks off with upkicks to the chest, and
when Pinheiro is on her knees, she takes two heavy upkicks flush on
the chin. Pinheiro falls to her back lifelessly and she might have
been knocked out, or at the very least, hurt extremely badly.

Smith calls time and quickly brings in the doctor, and Pinheiro’s
eyes are wide and staring at no one as she asks anyone around her
if she lost. Smith recognizes that Pinheiro is no shape to keep
fighting, and he calls the fight off. The strikes were illegal
blows as both of Pinheiro’s knees were down, and the question is
whether Smith will rule that this is a no contest or a
disqualification. Markos is crestfallen about this result, upset
not just because the fight is over and she may have lost, but
because she might have injured her opponent.

The Official Result

Luana Pinheiro def. Randa Markos R1 4:16 via Disqualification
(Illegal Upkick)

Round 1

The main card kicks off with an all-wrestling affair months in the
making as Dvalishvili (12-4, 5-2 UFC) finally gets to put hands on
Stamann (19-3-1, 5-2-1 UFC). This bantamweight bout between two men
with finish rates well below 50 percent will draw officiating from
referee Chris Tognoni, and there is no love lost but there is a
glove touch to begin. Stamann reached out with a few punches, and
he blocks a quick superman punch that comes at him. Stamann quickly
flips his foot up and kicks the Georgian in the face, but
Dvalishvili is not concerned as he circles out and plants his foot
on Stamann’s chest. Dvalishvili sits down on a pair of punches, and
an uppercut stings Stamann. The American returns fire with a
barrage of punches and a body kick, and the latter gets caught by
Dvalishvili. The Georgian takes the fight down, and Stamann scoots
to the fence and stands up without even needing to get to his
knees. Dvalishvili holds on from behind, and he scores a left hand
on the sudden break while avoiding the counter. Stamann ducks down
into an uppercut, which breaks up a takedown attempt of his.
Stamann charges ahead with an overhand right, and he chains this
into a double and then a single. Dvalishvili blocks every bit of it
to land a right hand, and Stamann is ready to return fire.
Dvalishvili chops at the leg, breaking up the forward motion of
Stamann. The American kicks slowly, and his leg is caught and he
gets taken down. Stamann springs back up this time in the center of
the cage, and he has his hands by his waist standing with his chin
up in front of his foe. Dvalishvili fires off a one-two, and when
he stumbles, Stamann grabs him and knees him in the face. Stamann
surprises Dvalishvili with a jab, and he tries to crash forward
with follow-up strikes but they are not effective. Instead,
Dvalishvili gets off a one-two, and a subsequent overhand right
from Dvalishvili lands flush on the chin. The Georgian goes to the
well with this strike again, and once more it lands flush. Stamann
wears them well and plods forward, although Dvalishvili remains on
his bike with strikes from afar. Stamann clocks him with a right
hand, and Dvalishvili grins at him and shoots for a takedown.
Stamann grabs his neck as he defends the position, and the round
ends with both on their knees.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili

Round 2

The wrestlers touch gloves to begin the round, and Stamann marches
forward and gets off a high kick to the chest. Stamann punches his
way into a takedown attempt, and he manages to turn the tables and
take the Georgian down. Dvalishvili defends while on his back with
several punches to the body, and a few strikes including an elbow
land precariously close to the spine, drawing a warning. “The
Machine” powers his way back up, where Stamann thanks him for this
by landing several crisp jabs. Dvalishvili blitzes him with an
unusual takedown approach, grabbing Stamann’s head and snapping him
down. Stamann on his knees fights his way up by slugging it out,
and Dvalishvili lands right back when Stamann gets up. Stamann
pressures him, blocks a kick and pushes Dvalishvili into the wall.
The Georgian spins around and attempts a takedown. When Stamann
defends it, Dvalishvili pulls guard for a guillotine choke and it
is surprisingly tight. The American stays composed, pops his head
out, and lands some ground-and-pound. Dvalishvili explodes out of
the bad position to get back up, and the two trade single punches.
Stamann goads Dvalishvili into striking with him, and Dvalishvili
obliges with a leg kick and a swarm of punches. Dvalishvili turns a
one-two into a takedown attempt, and Stamann sees it coming and
stops it. This same approach happens again, and once more, Stamann
is wise to it. Dvalishvili decides to stop bothering with fancy
setups, ducks down, grabs a double, elevates Stamann and slams him
to the ground. Dvalishvili lands in side control, but the American
does not stay grounded for more than a few seconds before blasting
out of the position. Stamann wings a few right hands that clip
Dvalishvili, and the Georgian grins and targets the body with a few
punches. Dvalishvili ties him up and hits a throw, but Stamann
rolls his knees and ignores a guillotine choke setup in the
process. Dvalishvili gets reversed and put on his back, and Stamann
maintains a tight grip until the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili

Round 3

The bantamweights touch gloves to clock in the last round, and
Stamann is aggressive but gets kicked in the chest on the way
forward. Dvalishvili wings a big right hand, and he ducks forward
to land a few more. Stamann abandons a spinning strike halfway
through, and Dvalishvili gets off a few right hands to keep him
honest. Stamann hits nothing but air as he attacks wildly, and
Dvalishvili is more composed and ducks out of the way. Stamann eats
a few jabs and lands one back, and then comes up short with a
spinning wheel kick as the Georgian is well out of the way in time.
A big one-two lands square on the chin for “The Machine,” and he is
feeling himself as he transitions into a single. Stamann darts out
of the way and breaks the grip, and he leaps in the air with a
counter flying knee to time a Dvalishvili takedown attempt.
Dvalishvili laughs at him as he takes it on the chin, and he loads
up on two punches that almost make him fall over. Stamann takes a
three-piece on the chin, and he walks through them to try to
engage. Dvalishvili lands a kick and hops away, and he sees a few
punches and a knee coming and can avoid them. Stamann nearly falls
forward while throwing strikes, and Dvalishvili times his reckless
forward momentum to take him down. “The Spartan” savvily catches
Dvalishvili unaware, where he reverses the position and winds up on
top in guard. Stamann sits up and starts working the body and the
head with punches, and Dvalishvili is throwing too from his back.
Dvalishvili slaps Stamann in the side of the head a few times, and
he is meeting Stamann’s strikes with his own all the while. When
Stamann backs off, Dvalishvili threatens with a leglock, and the
American powers through. A wild scramble ensues, and Stamann tries
to take mount but cannot find his position. Instead, they both get
to their feet with seconds to spare, and they swing it out right to
the end.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili (30-27
Dvalishvili)
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili (30-27
Dvalishvili)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Dvalishvili (30-27
Dvalishvili)

The Official Result

Merab Dvalishvili def. Cody Stamann via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Shifting now to the middleweight category, both Strickland (22-3,
9-3 UFC) and Jotko (22-4, 9-4 UFC) are on quiet but impressive
three-fight win streaks leading up to their pairing. The Octagon
ranger for this 185-pound tilt is referee Herb Dean, and there is
nothing but respect between these two that both look to move up the
rankings as they touch gloves before coming out swinging. Jotko
begins the fight with a big overhand left, and Strickland takes it
on the chin and laughs it off. Jotko gets off a few leg kicks, and
he circles away as Strickland looks to reach him with his punches.
Strickland sticks him with a left hand, and he swats away a few
punches from the Polish fighter that come back his way. Jotko has a
punch blocked, and a body kick gets caught as Strickland tries to
make him pay. The American wades forward with a short chain of
punches, and Jotko circles away and tries to get a jab going. Jotko
again sinks his left hand home, and Strickland ignores it and score
a right of his own. Strickland stalks his man down, and Jotko gets
his left through again. Strickland recklessly wades forward and
eats a left hand twice, as Jotko has found the range of that.
Strickland is not fazed as he clips Jotko with a straight right
hand, and a one-two nearly takes Jotko’s legs out from beneath him.
Strickland sees the finish may be coming, and he unloads with
several punches as Jotko defends against the cage wall. Strickland
stuffs a takedown in the process, and Jotko tries to sneak in an
up-elbow. Strickland marks up Jotko’s face with a straight right
hand, and Jotko’s overhand left counter gets blocked. Strickland’s
face has not changed through the whole exchange, and he steps away
when Jotko attempts the up-elbow again and spins. Strickland goes
back to plodding forward, landing a few punches and evading the
counters. Jotko rushes in with flurry, only to get backed off when
Strickland’s right finds its target again. Strickland kicks the
body and lands a left, and Jotko returns fire with a popping body
kick. Jotko is reaching while Strickland’s strikes are straight as
an arrow, and the American jumps in the air with a knee only to
land a crisp right hand on the way down. Jotko is shaken up a bit,
but he survives to the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Strickland
Lev Pisarsky scores the round: 10-9 Strickland
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Strickland

Round 2

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round:
Lev Pisarsky scores the round:
Tristen Critchfield scores the round:

Round 3

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round:
Lev Pisarsky scores the round:
Tristen Critchfield scores the round:

The Official Result

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