UFC on ESPN+ 18: Hermansson vs. Cannonier

On September 28, UFC travelled to Denmark for a collection of fights. Headlining the card was Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier, two very high ranked middleweights. The show also featured two fighters from Denmark.

Bout 1: Nohelin Hernandez (10-3) vs. Jack Shore (11-0) (Bantamweight)

The preliminary card started with bantamweights. The crowd was pretty filled up before the first fight even started. Nohelin “Suave” Hernandez and Jack Shore kicked off the night. Shore had clean striking early on, landing good jabs. Shore got a takedown via body lock halfway through the round. He took the back of Hernandez and tried for a rear naked choke but ran out of time.

Shore landed another takedown in the first half of the second round. They got back up halfway through the round, with Hernandez pinning Shore against the cage. Shore got another takedown before the round concluded.

Shore tried for another takedown in the very first seconds of the final round. Yet again he took the back of Hernandez. He slipped in a rear naked choke which made Hernandez tap out. Jack Shore kicked off the show by moving his professional MMA record to 12 wins.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Hernandez 9 9
Shore 10 10

Bout 2: Lando Vannata (10-3-2) vs. Marc Diakiese (13-3) (Lightweight)

The second preliminary fight was Lando Vannata and Marc Diakiese. From the very start, both fighters had very fast paced striking. Vannata slipped early in the fight, but the fight didn’t go to the ground. Diakiese was targeting the legs of Vannata with kicks. One of the leg kicks was a little off target, hitting Vannata in the groin.

Vannata tried for the first takedown in the second round, although Diakiese was able to keep it in stand-up. Vanatta started to bleed around the nose quite a bit in this round.

Diakiese got his first takedown of the fight in the final round. Vannata threw elbows from bottom position. With a minute left in the round, Diakiese tried to take Vannata’s back. They stood up, although Diakiese threw Vannata back down a few times. 

The fight went the distance, with Lando Vannata convincing all three judges that he won the contest (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Vannata 9 9 9 27
Diakiese 10 10 10 30

Bout 3: Lina Lansberg (9-4) (#12) vs. Macy Chiasson (6-0) (#11) (Bantamweight)

Ranked bantamweights Lina Lansberg and Macy Chiasson competed in the next fight. Since Lansberg is Swedish, she got a warm reaction from the crowd. Chiasson had Lansberg up against the cage in a standing clinch in the first minute. Chiasson kept pinned to Lansberg until the round concluded.

Lansberg took control at the start of the second round, scoring a takedown. They got up into a standing clinch where Lansberg was still in control. Chiasson also had some moments in the clinch where she was in control.

Chiasson was given quite the cornering before the final round. Right off the bat in the first round, Chiasson put Lansberg against the cage again. Lansberg got a takedown from the clinch. When Chiasson got back up she was hit with a knee to the head still in the clinch. They fight concluded in the the standing clinch.

Looking to the judges to find the winner, Lina Lansberg picked up her 10th victory as a pro (29-27, 29-27 & 29-28). Lansberg was the biggest underdog on the show.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Lansberg 9 10 10 29
Chiasson 10 9 9 28

Bout 4: Giga Chikadze (7-2) vs. Brandon Davis (10-7) (Featherweight)

The fourth fight of the evening was Georgian fighter Giga Chikadze face Brandon Davis. Chikadze had some crisp striking early on, but it was stopped when Davis scored a takedown. Chikadze was able to flip the position around with two minutes left in the round. He let off some strikes from top position. They returned to stand-up with 30 seconds left. Davis got a double-leg takedown before the round concluded.

Chikadze started the second round with more good striking. Davis was denied of a single-leg takedown. Davis got a takedown in the final minute of the round, after being dominated in stand-up. They stood up for the final seconds of the round.

Davis was the more active fighter in the final round, constantly advancing and throwing strikes. While Chikadze woke up in the second half of the round, Davis closed it out with a takedown. When consulting the judges, the first two went for a different fighter, with the third scoring a draw, making the fight a draw (29-28, 29-28 & 29-29).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Chikadze 9 10 9 28
Davis 10 9 10 29

Bout 5: Ismail Naurdiev (18-3) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (24-7-1) (Welterweight)

The next preliminary fight was between Ismail Naurdiev and Siyar Bahadurzada. The second minute of the fight saw a break as Naurdiev was poked in the eye. Naurdiev wsa getting off more and better shots in the first round. Bahadurzada clearly got hurt by a strike with a minute left. 

Bahadurzada had some decent striking as the second round started. Naurdiev scored a takedown halfway through the second round. He stayed in top position on the ground until the round concluded.

Naurdiev got another takedown halfway through the final round. He got on the back of Bahadurzada, who got up but was slammed back down. The fight ended on the ground with Naurdiev in top position. As expected, Ismail Naurdiev got the win with three approving scorecards (30-26, 30-25 & 30-25).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Naurdiev 10 10 10 30
Bahadurzada 9 9 9 27

Bout 6: Makhmud Muradov (22-6) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (12-3) (Middleweight)

Makhmud Muradov and Alessio Di Chirico fought in the middleweight division in the next fight. Muradov had the better start in the round, landing singular jabs and hooks. Di Chirico woke up with two minutes left in the round, starting to approach with more strikes. Di Chirico got a cut on his hairline in the final minute of the round. Muradov tried for a takedown in the last 10 seconds of the round.

The second round had some pretty close stand-up, with both of them having their moments. Muradov seemed to be the smoother fighter when it came to movement.

As the final round was nearing it’s finish, Di Chirico had Muradov standing against the cage. Muradov dropped his mouthpiece when blocking a strike. Di Chirico was applying good pressure to Muradov and landing hard shots. The fight ended as they were standing and throwing strikes. While Di Chirico had a good closing round, it was Makhmud Muradov who walked away with the win (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Muradov 10 10 9 29
Di Chirico 9 9 10 28

Bout 7: John Phillips (21-9 1 NC) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-1) (Middleweight)

Before the main card started, we had a middleweight war between John Phillips and Alen Amedovski. Both fighters were swinging hard right off the bat. You could tell someone was going to fall any second. Amedovski got dropped by a punch and got up, but was dropped yet again seconds later, with the referee stepping in moments later. John Phillips wasn’t kind to those who blinked during his fight, winning in the first minute of the bout.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 8: Alex Oliveria (19-7-1 2 NC) vs. Nicolas Dalby (17-3-1 1 NC) (Welterweight)

Starting off the main card was welterweights Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira and Nicolas Dalby. While Oliveira is often a fan favourite, Denmark’s Dalby had an overwhelming amount of support. After a standing clinch which changed control many times, Oliveria got a takedown in the fifth minute of the fight. Dalby reversed the takedown in the final second of the round.

A pause came early in the second round as Oliveira was poked in the eye. When they resumed, Dalby was charging forward with strikes. After clinching for a few seconds, Dalby landed a takedown. Dalby mostly landed strikes on the ground. They got up with over a minute left in the second round. Oliveira was getting hit with more punches, clinching against the cage in an attempt to stop it. Oliveira got a judo throw takedown, but Dalby was able to flip it over and take top position. The referee intervened as Oliveira did an upkick, resuming the fight on the feet although it could be argued that Dalby had the better position.

Oliveira seemed very tired in-between rounds. Oliveira got a takedown in the second minute of the final round. After a few minutes on the ground the referee stood them up. They went back to the ground where Oliveira tried for a triangle. Dalby escaped the triangle and took top position. Dalby tried for a choke and landed strikes as the fight came to a close. The crowd was appreciative as the fight ended. When turning to the scorecards it was Nicolas Dalby who got the win (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28). The crowd let out an impressive roar when he won.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Oliveria 10 9 9 28
Dalby 9 10 10 29

Bout 9: Ovince Saint Preux (23-13) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-2 1 NC) (Light Heavyweight)

The second main card fight saw UFC veteran Ovince Saint Preux face Michal Oleksiejczuk. From the very start it was Oleksiejczuk who was the faster fighter. He was picking apart Saint Preux even dropping him with a left straight at one point. Saint Preux was fighting like a gassed third round fighter except he was in the first round. Oleksiejczuk was much slower as the round was closing out.

In-between rounds the corner of OSP did one of the many memorable corners of this show. Saint Preux got a takedown halfway through the round. On the groun, Saint Preux went for a von fluke choke to win the fight. After a lackluster first round, Ovince Saint Preux earned yet another win with his famous von fluke choke.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Saint Preux 9
Oleksiejczuk 10

Bout 10: Khalil Rountree (9-3 1 NC) vs. Ion Cutelaba (14-4 1 NC) (Light Heavyweight)

Staying in the light heavyweight division, the next fight was between Khalil Rountree and Ion Cutelaba. During the introductions, Cutelaba tried to get in Rountree’s face but didn’t phase him. Early on both fighters cracked each other with a good shot. Cutelaba got a takedown in the second minute of the fight. He landed some hard elbows from top position. Cutelaba kept Rountree on the ground and threw elbows until the referee stepped in. Ion Cutelaba backed up his fight week antics with a dominant performance which only lasted one round.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total

Bout 11: Gilbert Burns (16-3) vs. Gunnar Nelson (17-4-1) (Welterweight)

The next contest was between Gilbert Burns and Gunnar Nelson. The commentary was billing this as a real grappling showdown. Nelson tried to catch a leg kick and turn it into a takedown in the first minute but was denied. Burns landed some good leg kicks early on. Each fighter seemed very wary of the other’s stand-up power. Burns put Nelson into a clinch up against the cage, although it was Nelson who got a trip takedown. Nelson didn’t do much work from top position before the round ended.

Nelson had a better second round, putting Burns against the cage and having sharp striking. Nelson tried for a takedown with a minute left but was countered by a hip toss from Burns. They ended up in stand-up, where Burns landed a knee and then was taken down. Burns tried for a choke before the round concluded.

The final round included a lot of Nelson pinning Burns against the cage. Burns landed a takedown in the final minute of the round, taking the back of Nelson but only for a second. The fight went all three rounds with Gilbert Burns getting the unanimous decision win (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Burns 10 10 10 30
Nelson 9 9 9 27

Bout 12: Danilo Belluardo (12-4) vs. Mark O. Madsen (8-0) (Lightweight)

The co-main event of the show saw Denmark’s Mark O. Madsen face Danilo Belluardo. Madsen got a takedown in the first minute of the fight. He landed tons of strikes while in top position. He kept going with elbows until the referee stopped the bout. In his UFC debut, Mark O. Madsen did more than enough to prove why he should be in the promotion.

My Scorecard:

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Bout 13: Jared Cannonier (12-4) (#9) vs. Jack Hermansson (20-4) (#5) (Middleweight)

Finally the main event of the evening was between two ranked middleweights in Jared Cannonier and Jack Hermansson. Worth mentioning that in Cannonier’s corner was Benson Henderson, who fought on a Bellator card the day before. Hermansson went for leg kicks right off the bat. He tried for a takedown which Cannonier defended. Upon second attempt, Hermansson got a suplex, taking the back of Cannonier. Cannonier escaped the position in a short amount of time. Cannonier started to open up his striking more in the second half of the round.

Early in the second round Cannonier hurt Hermansson with a punch. He was quick to start with the ground and pound, throwing punches until the referee stepped in. Jared Cannonier’s sudden yet dangerous win over Jack Hermansson left the crowd stunned as the show ended.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Cannonier 10
Hermansson 9


UFC on ESPN+ 18: Hermansson vs. Cannonier Full Preview

This upcoming weekend is a busy one for combat sports. With two Bellator shows, a UFC Fight Night and a boxing prize fight, there will be an event on at almost every time of the day. Following Bellator’s Friday event, UFC will hold “UFC on ESPN+ 18” will take place live from Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday morning. Headlining the show will be middleweights Jack “The Joker” Hermansson and Jared Cannonier. Both ranked middleweights are up-and-coming within the division, with this fight being a test for them. Before the main event however, there is 12 other fights, with the card kicking off at 11AM EST on ESPN+ (on UFC Fight Pass for Canadian viewers).

Bout 1: Nohelin Hernandez (10-3) vs. Jack Shore (11-0) (Bantamweight)

The first bout of the evening is the debut of a prospect from the British scene in Jack Shore against Nohelin Hernandez. Shore comes into the UFC with an 11-0 record, picking up a large amount of those wins within the Cage Warriors promotion in the UK. The Wales fighter will face Hernandez, who lost his UFC debut against Marlon Vera in July.

Bout 2: Marc Diakiese (13-3) vs. Lando Vannata (10-3-2) (Lightweight)

While Marc Diakiese and Lando Vannata have settled into their positions in the UFC, their records don’t reflect that. Vannata holds a 2-3-2 record since joining the promotion, with Diakiese sporting a 3-4 record. Both fighters are coming off a victory. Whoever wins this fight will be starting their first winning streak in a couple or more years. 

Bout 3: Macy Chiasson (5-0) vs. Lina Lansberg (9-4) (Bantamweight)

Macy Chiasson has had a short professional MMA career, but she has been flawless throughout. After winning Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter, Chiasson has went on to get finishing victories over Gina Mazany and Sarah Moras, making her record 5-0. She will go up against Lina Lansberg, who has taken turns with wins and losses since her UFC debut. The Swede took Tonya Evinger to a decision three months back, getting a victory unanimously. In a tough fight for both fighters, Lansberg will aim to break the undefeated record of Chiasson.

Bout 4: Giga Chikadze (7-2) vs. Brandon Davis (10-7) (Featherweight)

Giga Chikadze will be making his UFC debut on Saturday, attempting to continue a current two-fight winning streak when he faces Brandon Davis. Just a month after his loss to Kyung Ho Kang, Davis will be attempting to rebound with this fight.

Bout 5: Siyar Bahadurzada (24-7-1) vs. Ismail Naurdiev (18-3) (Welterweight)

Continuing on the preliminary card, welterweights veteran UFC fighter Siyar Bahadurzada will fight Ismail Naurdiev. Naurdiev has fought twice before in the UFC, picking up a win against Michel Prazeres and most recently a loss against Chance Rencountre. His opponent this time around, Bahadurzada, is a veteran of the highest promotion. Although he has been with the UFC since 2012, he only holds a record of 4-3. Bahadurzada most recently fought at the end of 2018, taking a decision loss to Curtis Millender.

Bout 6: Alessio Di Chirico (12-3) vs. Makhmud Muradov (22-6) (Middleweight)

Makhmud Muradov’s entrance into the UFC this weekend will come against Alessio Di Chirico. Almost everything indicates it to be a win for Muradov. He’s the more experienced fighter, the bigger fighter and currently on an 11-fight winning streak. Di Chirico is coming off a decision loss to Kevin Holland.

Bout 7: Alen Amedovski (8-1) vs. John Phillips (21-9) (Middleweight)

Wales fighter John Phillips will potentially fight for his spot in the UFC on Saturday, attempting to snap a current three-fight winning streak that started with his promotional debut. His opponent Alen Amedovski’s situation is less severe, currently attempting to bounce back from his debut loss against Krzysztof Jotko five months ago. Amedovski has fought at a high level before, getting two first round finish wins in Bellator.

Bout 8: Alex Oliveira (20-7-1) vs. Nicolas Dalby (17-3-1) (Welterweight)

Kicking off the main card at 2PM EST on ESPN+ will be Alex Oliveira and Nicolas Dalby. The fight will be a return to the UFC for Dalby. After leaving the promotion in 2016 with a record of 1-3-1, Dalby turned to the Cage Warriors promotion to go 3-1 1 NC. Now returning to the UFC with the goal of having a better run than last time, it won’t be an easy entrance against Oliveira. While the last two fights for Oliveira were losses, they came against big opponents in Gunnar Nelson and “Platinum” Mike Perry.

Bout 9: Ovince St. Preux (22-13) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-2) (Light Heavyweight)

The next fight has a clear storyline: the up-and-coming fighter versus a gatekeeper of the weight class. Heading into his 20th UFC fight, Ovince St. Preux has been matched against Michal Oleksiejczuk, who has a 2-0-1 record since joining the UFC back in 2017. A win against St. Preux would be the biggest one in the career of Oleksiejczuk so far.

Bout 10: Ion Cutelaba (15-4) vs. Khalil Rountree (8-3) (Light Heavyweight)

Ion Cutelaba and Khalil Rountree are two of the biggest light heavyweight names that aren’t ranked. Bouncing back with a win against Eryk Anders earlier this year, Khalil Rountree will look to crash the rankings after beating Ion Cutelaba. Cutelaba on the other hand recently lost to Glover Teixeira, getting choked out in the second round. A win for either fighter could mean seeing their name on the top 15 list next week.

Bout 11: Gunnar Nelson (17-4-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (16-3) (Welterweight)

Just over a month after his last victory, Gilbert Burns is booked for another fight. His opponent this time around is Gunnar Nelson. Both fighters were on the same UFC 231 card in December last year where they both picked up a win. Since then, Burns has went 2-0 in MMA fights, defeating Mike Davis and just last month breaking the undefeated streak of Alexey Kunchenko. Nelson has only fought once within the same timeframe, losing to Leon Edwards.

Bout 12: Mark O. Madsen (8-0) vs. Danilo Belluardo (12-4) (Lightweight)

The under-represented Denmark will at least see a debuting fighter in the co-main event of the evening. Coming into the promotion with an undefeated record, Mark O. Madsen will face Danilo Belluardo, who is 0-1 within the promotion. Coming in as a huge favourite, Madsen’s prior notable wins came from unofficial UFC feeder promotion Cage Warriors.

Bout 13: Jack Hermansson (20-4) vs. Jared Cannonier (12-4) (Middleweight)

The main event of the evening will see highly ranked middleweights Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier face off. Hermansson is the higher ranked fighter (#5) while Cannonier is in a somewhat lower spot (#9). While a win from either fighter likely wouldn’t blast them up to a title contender position, they would be within a fight’s distance likely of being the top contender. Before getting to the title, they would have to defeat a top contender like Paulo Costa, Kelvin Gastelum, the loser of Israel Adesanya versus Robert Whittaker or even Yoel Romero, who is a step below the others.

Jack Hermansson is currently on a four-fight winning streak, stopping three of his opponents. His most recent win was a dominant five round fight against Jacare Souza back in April. The Swede debuted in the UFC in 2016, only losing twice since then. Cannonier has won two in a row, stopping both David Branch and Anderson Silva (although the win over Silva came via leg injury). If you’re interested in further reading, ESPN did a good piece talking about how Cannonier went from heavyweight to middleweight.

UFC has a big event next weekend live from Australia. Starting at 6:30 PM EST with the main card at 10PM EST, UFC 243 will be headlined by Robert Whittaker putting his UFC Middleweight Championship up against interim Champion Israel Adesanya. The show will also feature other prominent Australia and New Zealand based-UFC fighters.

UFC on ESPN+ 12: Moicano vs. Korean Zombie Full Report

On Saturday, UFC made their debut in South Carolina on Saturday with a Featherweight main event. Both coming off losses, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Renato Moicano faced off in the main event. Below them were 10 other fights taking place in a wide array of weight classes. Deron Winn and Eric Spicely kicked off the evening.

Preliminary Card

Bout 1: Deron Winn (5-0) vs. Eric Spicely (12-4) (Middleweight)

Starting off the evening was a clash of middleweights, between Deron Winn and Eric Spicely. Between these two fighters, the biggest disparity was height. Early in the first round, Winn was able to get close and land hard strikes and then keep the distance afterwards. After a while, it felt like Spicely was purely in a defensive mode. Spicely was able to land a knee to the body many times when in a clinch. Spicely seemed to get more comfortable in the second half of the fight. In the second round, Winn was stringing together combinations. He had Spicely cornered many times, just unloading punches. Winn’s dominant punches continued through to the end of the second round. The final round felt like a turnaround for Spicely, who started to land more strikes and block takedown attempts. Both fighters were tremendously tired in the final minutes. The fight went the distance with all three judges giving it to Deron Winn unanimously (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

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Bout 2: Molly McCann (8-2) vs. Ariane Lipski (11-4) (Flyweight)

In a flyweight contest, Molly McCann faced Ariane Lipski in the next bout. McCann seemed to be fired up before the fight while Lipski was calmer. The first round had very close striking between both fighters. McCann landed a hard takedown at the end of the first. McCann did a similar last-minute takedown in the second round. In the final round, a cut became visible on McCann’s head. McCann’s personality was apparent throughout the fight. The fight went the distance with both of them swinging until the bell. The judges gave Molly McCann the unanimous decision victory (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

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Bout 3: Allen Crowder (10-3) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (7-0) (Heavyweight)

Moving to the biggest weight class of all, Allen Crowder faced Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Not even 10 or five seconds into the bout, Rozenstruik landed a left jab which put down Crowder. He landed a couple more punches before the fight ended.

My Scorecard:

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Bout 4: Matt Wiman (16-7) vs. Luis Pena (6-1) (Lightweight)

In the next matchup, Matt Wiman made a return after a long absence to face Luis Pena. In the first minute, Pena landed a knee in the clinch that cut open Wiman quite a bit. There was a pause in the fight due to the cut, but it continued. Wiman shot for a takedown but Pena got the best of it, landing strikes from top position. Pena landed, even more, strikes to the head on the ground, making the cut more severe. Before the second round started a doctor looked at Wiman’s cut once again. He was given the green light to continue. Another takedown attempt by Wiman was taken over by Pena. At the start of every round, Pena would apply pressure by immediately walking up to Wiman until he was up against a wall. In the final round, Wiman fell down, which allowed Pena to rain down strikes from above. After enough strikes, Pena won the fight via TKO.

My Scorecard:

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Bout 5: Ashley Yoder (6-4) vs. Syuri Kondo (6-2) (Strawweight)

The next preliminary bout saw Syuri Kondo face Ashley Yoder. Yoder landed a takedown in the opening minute. She was dominant on the ground for the whole round, trying for many different submission moves. At the start of the second Yoder failed to land a single leg takedown. When they went on the ground once again, Yoder was back to being her dominant self. At the start of the third round Kondo put in a standing guillotine but couldn’t close out the fight with it. Yoder brought it back to the ground and continued her success until the fight ran out of time. The fight went to Ashley Yoder, with the scorecards being more than favouring to her (30-26, 30-25 & 30-24).

My Scorecard:

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Bout 6: Dan Ige (11-2) vs. Kevin Aguilar (17-1) (Featherweight)

Finishing off the prelims was Dan Ige and Kevin Aguilar. Aguilar had a cut open on his face in the first round which made him bleed quite a bit. Ige dropped Aguilar with a left after a few minutes and then got in top position. Ige landed a takedown  minute into the second round, but Aguilar got into top position. Aguilar landed what looked like a wrestling move, putting Ige on his back and dropping him. He tried for an armbar afterwards but it didn’t work. From top position, Aguilar landed tons of strikes before the round concluded. The final round had stand-up from both fighters, with Ige’s boxing being showcased. Aguilar was eating tons of punches and knees. Ige landed a single leg takedown with under a minute left, but then stood back up. He survived the full fight but didn’t look sharp at the end. All three judges decided that Dan Ige should get the victory (29-28, 29-28 & 29-27).

Main Card

My Scorecard:

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Bout 7: Alessio Di Chirico (12-2) vs. Kevin Holland (15-4) (Middleweight)

Starting off the main card was Alessia Di Chirico versus Kevin Holland. Shortly in the first round the fighters clinched up against the cage. In the final minute of the first Di Chirico landed an elbow that seemingly shook Holland. Many times in this fight they would have a standing clinch where Holland was the only one landing strikes. While he was the only one, the strikes weren’t that powerful. Holland started to move weir in the second round, almost like he was just running the clock and trying to not engage. When he went to his corner he felt his right shoulder. He told his corner his shoulder popped out. He decided to keep fighting. The final round had close striking between both fighters with not much engagement. The fight went the distance. All three judges gave the fight to Kevin Holland (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
Di Chirico10101030

Bout 8: Andrea Lee (#10) (10-2) vs. Montana De La Rosa (#11) (10-4) (Flyweight)

In the first fight of the evening with ranked fighters, Andrea Lee faced Montana De La Rosa. The first round had striking for the first couple of minutes. De La Rose landed a takedown, with Lee taking it up to a standing clinch shortly after. De La Rosa landed another takedown, but Lee brought it back up almost immediately. Early in the second round, Lee was able to fully stop a takedown attempt. De La Rosa started bleeding through her nose in the second round. Lee was landing good punches. De La Rosa landed a takedown near the end of the second round and in the opening minutes of the third. On the ground, Lee was trying for a triangle choke but couldn’t get it in fully. From top position, Lee landed punches. The fight ended with Lee on De La Rosa’s back. Andrea Lee was scored the winner unanimously (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

FighterRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
De La Rosa109928

Bout 9: Andre Ewell (14-5) vs. Anderson dos Santos (20-7) (Bantamweight)

In the next matchup, Bantamweights Andre Ewell and Anderson dos Santos squared off. The first round had both fighters were throwing hard punches. Ewell was eventually walking down Dos Santos and continuously landing strikes. The second round was not as intense as the first round, but it was still close striking. There was a pause in the round as Dos Santos was poked in the eye. Dos Santos took the fight to the ground and tried for some moves but Ewell eventually got out. Dos Santos shot for a takedown many times in the third round but wasn’t successful. Eventually, the fight got to the ground where Dos Santos took top position. For all of the second half of the round, Dos Santos was stuck to Ewell. The fight went all designated 15 minutes. The fight went to Andre Ewell unanimously (29-28, 29-28 & 29-27)

My Scorecard:

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Dos Santos991028

Bout 10: Bryan Barberena (14-6) vs. Randy Brown (10-3) (Welterweight)

In the co-main event slot of the evening, Bryan Barberena faced Randy Brown. This fight in all of its rounds was a close striking battle. In the final round, Brown upped the tempo of punches and started to take over the fight. He had Barberena backtracking and not throwing much. After Brown landed a knee to the head and a few more punches, the fight came to a close.

My Scorecard:

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Bout 11: Renato Moicano (#5) (13-2-1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (#12) (14-5) (Featherweight)

The main event of the evening was Renate Moicano facing “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. In the opening seconds of the first round, Sung Jung landed an overhand right which dropped Moicano. Moicano stayed alive on the ground, but not for long as Sung Jung eventually rained down strikes that ended the bout.

My Scorecard:

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UFC’s weekly series called Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is currently running it’s third season, with the second episode airing on Tuesday night this week. The next UFC event will be on Saturday next week, where Francis Ngannou will face Junior dos Santos live on ESPN. The next PPV event is on July the 7th, with Jon Jones versus Thiago Santos headlining the two title fight card.