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Round 1

Starting tonight’s action, Contender Series alum Kyron Bowen (9-5)
is a massive underdog against undefeated Magomed “Prince” Umalatov.
Referee Gasper Oliver will look on. Umalatov scores with a nice
calf kick to start the fight. Bowen leaps forward with punches, but
gets easily taken down with a double-leg for his efforts. Umalatov
works a possible arm triangle from the top and immediately attains
half-guard. However, Bowen is cagey, and uses a heel hook attempt
to force Umalatov to escape by getting up. After partially blocking
some upkicks, Umalatov returns back on top, this time in Bowen’s
full guard. Bowen defends well from any possible strikes, but
eventually, Umalatov steps over and gets half-guard, and this time,
briefly takes the back. Yet again, however, Bowen uses a heel hook
attempt to create a scramble, briefly getting up. However, it’s not
for long, as Umalatov immediately returns him to the mat. Umalatov
starts working with a little bit of ground-and-pound, but they’re
fairly light arm punches, as Bowen keeps him close and Umalatov,
for his part, doesn’t want to give Bowen separation with which to
scramble. With a minute left, Umalatov scores with a few
hammerfists, but nothing heavy. Still, he has softened up Bowen a
little, who is less active from the bottom. He scores with
hammerfists, and these ones are harder and cleaner. Umalatov
postures up, and this time, the hammerfists are absolutely hard and
brutal, with Bowen hurt and desperately covering up. The referee is
very close to stopping the action, but Bowen survives. Barely. 10-8
Umalatov.

Round 2

As soon as the round begins, Bowen, still wobbly, goes for a
telegraphed punch, and
Umalatov ducks down and drops him with a nice
overhand right counter. Bowen collapses like a ton of bricks, and
the fight is over.
An impressive, dominant performance by the
undefeated Umalatov!

The Official Result

Magomed Umalatov def. Kryon Bowen via TKO (Punch) at 0:07 of Round
2

Round 1

Beginning the Women’s PFL Lightweight Tournament, Helena Kolesnyk
(5-2), whose last fight was a loss to Felicia Spencer almost 3
years ago, takes on Taylor Guardado (0-1). Despite the disparity in
records, the oddsmakers have this as almost even money. Observing
the bout will again be Gasper Oliver. Guardado comes out
aggressively, throwing punches early. She soon goes for a
double-leg, but Kolesnyk defends well and drives her opponent back
into the cage. Guardado has a headlock, but is unable to get it
into a guillotine attempt. Kolesnyk then goes for a headlock throw,
but it allows Guardado to take the back and attain a seatbelt
position. Kolesnyk, however, holds onto the position, which allows
Guardado to solidify her position up the back and threaten with a
rear-naked choke. Kolesnyk is defending by hand-fighting, but by
bending over, there is a lot of weight and strain on her, and she
eventually drops down to the ground, while holding onto Guardado’s
right arm for dear life. Kolesnyk turns around, but she continues
using both hands to hold onto Guardado’s right wrist. However, this
tactic is working against Guardado, who isn’t throwing any
ground-and-pound. Eventually, Kolesnyk is able to move enough to
where Guardado takes the back with both hooks in. Guardado decides
to go for an armbar attempt, but it isn’t there, and after Kolesnyk
defends, she ends up on top! Guardado, however, uses the cage to
get back up while eating the occasional punch. With a few seconds
left, they clinch against the fence. Kolesnyk throws a few knees.
10-9 Guardado.

Round 2

Starting the stanza, Kolesnyk lands several straight punches which
Guarado simply eats. Guardado immediately tries to clinch, and is
again rewarded with a takedown. This time, however, she is in
Kolesnyk’s closed full guard. Kolesnyk pushes off with her feet
against Guardado’s hips, and Guardado accepts it, simply getting
up. There are serious concerns about Guardado’s cardio now, who
looks tired. Kolesnyk is firing at will with punches and kicks now,
scoring with some leg kicks. After one such attempt, Guardado
drives her back to the cage, and just barely has enough energy to
suck out the hips and finish with a double-leg. With 3 minutes
left, there is a brief pause to allow Guardado to pick up her
mouthpiece from the canvas. While Kolesnyk is right up against the
fence, she isn’t wall-walking, simply holding Guardado in her
closed full guard. Suddenly, with half the round remaining, Gasper
Oliver briefly stands them up and takes one point away from
Kolesnyk from repeated pokes to the eyes. A major decision!
Eventually, Guardado scores with some punches from the top, but
then postures up, which eventually allows Kolesnyk to get back up.
Guardado immediately clinches with her. After what looked to be
Kolesnyk’s round, Guardado has stabilized. They continue to clinch,
with Guardado having one underhook and possibly looking for an
inside trip. They exchange some inconsequential blows as the round
ends. 10-8 Guardado.

Round 3

Beginning the final round, and both women look a little tired.
Guardado even scores with a right cross of her own, as Kolesnyk is
far less aggressive now. She is throwing punches, but they’re
missing, and her kicks lack power. Guardado doesn’t mind, since she
is massively up on the scorecards. Eventually, Kolesnyk makes the
bizarre decision to clinch, and Guardado punishes her by scoring a
nice lateral drop to yet again end up on top. This time she is in
half-guard and is punching away to the body with her right arm,
which Kolesnyk has left exposed, deciding to wrap up the head
rather than the biceps. Halfway through the round, and Kolesnyk has
slowly inched to the cage. The pace has slowed considerably, and
Guardado scores with the occasional arm punch from the top, though
it does little damage. Kolesnyk, for her part, seems content with
staying in half-guard and keeping Guardado close to her. Finally,
with less than a minute left, she starts trying to create space,
but Guardado is wise to it and pushes her back into the cage. The
fight was closer than the scorecards will likely indicate, but it’s
a solid victory for Guardado, the first of her professional career.
10-9 Guardado (30-26 Guardado)

The Official Result

Taylor Guardado def. Helena Kolesnyk via Unanimous Decision (29-27,
30-26, 30-26)

Round 1

Two very tall strikers collide when Genah Fabian (2-1) takes on
Laura Sanchez (1-0). Referee Gasper Oliver again gets this
assignment. They begin cautiously, Fabian flicking the occasional
jab. Fabian scores with a leg kick, as she circles away on the
outside. Sanchez finally opens up with punches, but Fabian blocks
and evades ably enough. Fabian then scores with a body kick.
Sanchez attempts a head kick, but it’s blocked. Sanchez attempts
1-2, it’s blocked, and Fabian clinches. Turning her around, she
scores with knees to the body, although none are particularly hard.
Sanchez starts firing off knees of her own, but Fabian is getting
the better of them. With 40 seconds left, Fabian disengages and
fires off punches. Fabian ends the round with a front kick to the
stomach. With just a few ticks left, she scores with a head kick
that may be the best strike of the round. 10-9 Fabian.

Round 2

As the round begins, they clinch, only this time it’s initiated by
Sanchez. Fabian breaks free and throws a series of punches, only
partially blocked. She scores with another nice front kick to the
stomach. After another body kick by Fabian, this time of the
roundhouse variety, Sanchez clinches again. Yet again, it’s not
long before Fabian successfully disengages. Sanchez is throwing the
odd strike, but Fabian is easily evading or blocking. They clinch
yet again, and this time, Sanchez has a bodylock and double
underhooks. Yet even here, she is unable to secure the takedown.
Eventually, Fabian regains one underhook and turns Sanchez around
against the cage. This time, she decides not to gain separation and
they trade knees. They continue doing so until about 25 seconds
left in the round. Fabian scores with a 1-2, and then lands a right
hook to end the stanza. She is firmly in control of the fight. 10-9
Fabian.

Round 3

Sanchez throws the best right cross she can muster to begin the
round, but Fabian easily turns away and then clinches. It doesn’t
last for long, and they separate. Fabian flicks out a jab, and
while neither one lands, she follows it up with a left cross that
does. Despite it being the third round, Fabian is still circling
nicely on the outside. They clinch again, with Sanchez having
another bodylock with double underhooks. She is throwing knees now,
but none are landing hard. Fabian turns her around, and gets double
underhooks of her own. As they clinch midway through the final
round, there is a sizable cut on Sanchez’s right eye, with blood
flowing all over that side of her face. Sanchez attempts to frame
Fabian, but it’s unsuccessful. They separate with a minute left.
Sanchez comes forward, and lands a neat right cross, likely her
best of the fight. However, Fabian soon returns fire, scoring with
a solid left cross of her own. They clinch yet again. Separating
with 10 seconds left, both miss punches before, naturally,
clinching to end the fight. This round was close. 10-9 Fabian
(30-27 Fabian)

The Official Result

Geniah Fabian def. Laura Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 30-27)

Round 1

UFC and Bellator veteran Cindy Dandois (16-5) faces long-time
Invicta staple Kaitlin Young (11-10-1) in what is expected to be a
close contest. Referee Keith Peterson debuts for this one. Young
throws a jab, and Dandois immediately comes forward looking to
clinch. She is unsuccessful. Young continues to throw punches, and
Dandois keeps reaching out, but Young easily disengages. Young then
lands a nice right cross that seems to stun Dandois, who again
reaches. Dandois surprisingly lands an overhand right, which seems
to get some respect from Young. Young is calmly bouncing around on
the outside, throwing out the occasional straight punch, as Dandois
uncomfortably stands up, looking for an opening to grapple. She
manages to attain a clinch, but Young quickly disengages and goes
back to pot-shotting her, scoring with a nice jab. Halfway through
the round, and Young is firmly in control. Nevertheless, aside from
the one earlier cross, she hasn’t hurt Dandois, who covers up with
both arms immediately. Young starts opening up more, throwing a
series of straight punches. Not long, she finds the mark with
another stinging straight right. And, not long after, she lands
with another one that forces Dandois back. As Young comes forward,
Dandois turns her back and goes for a desperation headlock throw,
but Young is wise to it. Dandois ends up on her own back, but Young
wisely stands back up rather than engaging. She then goes back to
scoring with punches, which Dandois is blocking less effectively
now. Young lands another solid right cross as the round ends. 10-9
Young.

Round 2

Starting the round, Young goes back to what worked, throwing a 1-2,
with both punches connecting. Dandois imediately clinches, and this
time, they grapple for a while against the cage. However, Dandois
is only grabbing around the neck, and Young has little trouble in
gaining separation. Young is still moving nicely around the cage,
throwing out her jab, which occasionally lands. Finally, Dandois
goes for a double-leg shot, but it’s slow, untechnical, and Young
has no troubles sprawling successfully. She continues marking up
Dandois on the feet with both the jab and the cross. Dandois is
throwing out the occasional punch of her own, but they miss by wide
margins. Adding to her offense, Young is confident enough to score
with a hard leg kick that bothers Dandois. She then adds several
jabs for good measure. Dandois is moving forward now, desperate to
clinch, but Young keeps circling away from the power and Dandois is
helpless to do anything. With about 30 seconds left, Dandois goes
for another desperation shot but this time, she is not even able to
grab a hold of Young. Young continues pelting her with straight
punches. A very one-sided bout so far. 10-9 Young.

Round 3

Starting the round, Dandois is determined to strike, and she throws
what can best be described as several overhanded slaps. Young isn’t
bothered, and lands several punches as well as a knee. Dandois
continues throwing overhanded slaps and occasionally punches, but
they’re having little to no success. Young continues being patient
and takes the opportunity to land straight punches from time to
time, as she has all fight long. She isn’t remotely tired either,
as she is circling away from the power as nicely as ever. Halfway
through the stanza, Dandois gets a clinch, and finally scores with
a headlock takedown. Young scrambles up, but Dandois takes the
opportunity to lock on a guillotine choke. She is cranking it with
all her strength, but Young isn’t tapping, although she looks to be
in trouble. Eventually, Dandois’s arms tire, and Young is able to
escape back to the feet. The pace slows now, as Young doesn’t want
to take any chances. Finally with less than a minute left, she
connects with a rigth cross that snaps Dandois’s head back. Dandois
is throwing kicks now too, but none of these land, either. The
round ends as Dandois attempts to clinch at the very end. This one
was closer. 10-9 Young (30-27 Young).

The Official Result

Kaitlin Young def. Cindy Dandois via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 30-27)

Round 1

Mohammed Usman (7-1), the younger brother of the UFC welterweight
kingpin, takens on 40 year-old Brandon Sayles (5-1). In a card
filled with long lay-offs, Sayles has the longest, being inactive
since a win in January of 2018, well over 3 years. Watching them
closely will be referee Keith Peterson. Sayles begins the fight
with a few kicks, but they have little effect. Usman is cautious,
throwing out a few solid jabs to get a sense of the distance.
Sayles lands with a left hook that stumbles Usman, who clinches,
but to no avail. He recovers, though, and lands a decent straight
right that gets through Sayles’ hands. Usman continues searching
with straight punches, some of them landing. Usman then connects
with a hard overhand right that gets Sayles’ attention. He tries
again, but this one is less successful. Sayles is scoring too,
connecting with a right cross of his own, and repeatedly throwing
heavy leg kicks that are hurting Usman. Usman lands a left hook,
but Sayles returns with a straight right! They’re fighting at a
furious pace and trading heavy leather now. Sayles lands a hard,
clean jab. Usman tries to shoot, but Sayles defends easily. Sayles
fires off with front kicks to the stomach that are partially
getting through. Sayles scores with a left hook of his own which
catches Usman ducking. With a minute remaining, and Sayles taking
over the round, Usman lands another hard overhand right. Sayles
lands some leg kicks, and Usman scores with an overhand right. He
goes for an overhand left and then an overhand right, but Sayles is
able to pull his head back enough to avoid it. They continue
battling as the round closes, but nothing hard lands. A close,
exciting round. 10-9 Sayles.

Round 2

Opening the round, Sayles immediately lands another leg kick. Usman
connects with a straight, stiff jab. Still, Sayles continues with
his kicks, alternately to the legs as well as the stomach. Out of
nowhere, Usman catches Sayles with a hard, flush straight right
that stumbles Sayles back. However, he receovers. Suddenly, Sayles
tries to shoot himself, but Usman defends. Then, out of nowhere,
Sayles floors Usman with a short right, and Usman on his knees,
with Sayles pounding away. Eventually, he is able to grab onto
Sayles’ hips. Sayles then goes for a guillotine, driving Usman to
the fence. Usman continues to battle, however, and eventually gets
out. As he disengages, though, Sayles takes him down. Usman
scrambles back up and they’re back up on their feet. However, not
for long, as Sayles drops Usman yet again! He is on top now in
mount, throwing punches, but clearly tired. Usman tries to get up,
but is returned back down by Sayles each time.
Sayles locks in a rear-naked choke that Usman
doesn’t even bother to fight off. As the seconds go by, Usman goes
unconscious.
An action-packed fight, and another giant upset.
Very impressive performance by Sayles.

The Official Result

Brandon Sayles def. Mohammed Usman via Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:42 of Round 2

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