Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will send light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones into battle against what could be his toughest test to date. Waiting for "Bones" in the UFC 182 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner, which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Jan. 3, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, is former heavyweight and undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) menace Daniel Cormier.
That's not all.
In the lightweight co-main event, Donald Cerrone tries to get one step closer to a 155-pound title shot, and perhaps a rematch against Anthony Pettis, when he tries to quell the sudden uprising of unblemished contender Myles Jury, who also has his eyes on the prize.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 182 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 182 QUICK RESULTS:
Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
Donald Cerrone def. Myles Jury by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brad Tavares def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Louis Gaudinot by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Hector Lombard def. Josh Burkman by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Paul Felder def. Danny Castillo by KO (spinning back fist) at 2:09 of Round Two
Cody Garbrandt def. Marcus Brimage by TKO (punches) at 4:50 of Round Three
Shawn Jordan def. Jared Cannonier by KO (punches) at 2:57 of Round One
Evan Dunham def. Rodrigo Damm by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Omari Akhmedov def. Mats Nilsson by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Marion Reneau def. Alexis Dufresne by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-25)
UFC 182 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
Round 1: Alright, guys, I have a headache and every fight since the Felder knockout has pretty much sucked. Kick each other's asses.
Jones opens with a body kick, misses with an axe kick. Jon stops a takedown attempt and knees the body Cormier looking to stay on him, gets rebuffed again. Jones so far beating up Cormier when he tries to get close. Jones catches a kick and takes Cormier down. DC back to his feet, pressed against the cage. Jones kneeing the thigh. One minute in. Oblique kick by Jones, then a straight left. Lead elbow. Cormier stuffs a bodylock takedown and separates. Head kick and left by Jones, dirty boxing by Cormier. Jones left, DC body kick and 3-2. Two minutes in. Big straight left by Jones backs DC off. They tie up, DC boxes while Jones knees the body before splitting. DC overhand right. Jones knees the body, then uses an oblique kick. Two minutes to go.
Jones head kick blocked. Hard left to the body. DC leg kick. DC leg kick and left hook, Jones straight left. Spinning back kick misses for Jones, oblique kick lands. Jones body shot. One minute to go. 1-3 by Jones. DC reaches him with a long combo, eats a knee to the body and lands an uppercut. DC body kick. Good combination from Cormier. Jones body kick, jumping knee just misses. Both land hard punches inside at the bell. 10-9 Jones.
Round 2: Jones body kick lands early. Next one blocked. 1-2 by DC, front kick just misses. DC low kick. He catches a Jones body kick, can't get the takedown and Jon trties for a guillotine. Can't lock it up. Jones straight left. Good right by Cormier, Jones presses him against the cage. One minute in. Jones kneeing the thigh. DC briefly looks for a guillotine, then separates. Jones head kick blocked. Straight left lands. DC dirty boxing. Good 2-3 by DC. Body kick blocked. Two minutes in. Short elbow by Jones and again. Good knee by Jones. DC 2-3. Jones gets stuffed and eats a hard uppercut. Jones leg kick and oblique kick. Jones straight left, DC to the body inside. Short elbows by Jones. Two minutes to go.
DC knees the body, lands another uppercut. Good elbow by Jones on the exit. Jones head kick and then a series of short elbows. DC lands a leg kick and a good series of punches. Jones shoots in after being snapped down, pressing him against the fence. One minute to go. DC reverses position on the cage, lands more good short uppercuts to the head and body. DC right hand, Jones left. DC body shot and uppercut. DC avoids a knee, takes a left straight and lands an uppercut. Another hard right by Cormier before the bell. 10-9 Cormier.
Round 3: Jones head kick misses, both land oblique kicks. Side kick to the gut from Jones. DC body kick blocked, Jones lands a front kick. Jones leg kick. Again. Cormer cracks him with a right hand inside. Jones leg kick. Jones lands a side kick to the face. One minute in. Jones body shot. Jon straight left, DC with a stiff jab. We finally get the first eyepoke of the fight and three guesses who caused it. Jones lands a hard body kick. Jones shoots in, tgets stuffed. Cormier looking for a single-leg, Jones denies it. Cormer has Jones against the cage. Two minutes in. Jones reverses position. Good elbow up top before they separate. Nice up-elbow by Jones. Back to the clinch. Jones knees the body. Both land elbows. Nice uppercut inside by DC. He changes levels, can't get it. Two minutes to go.
Jones head kick blocked, oblique kick and straights land. DC uppercut. Jones elbow. Jones knees the body, pressing him against the cage. Body shot and uppercut. One minute to go. Another good elbow from Jones. DC lands again inside. Just misses with right hands. Jones knees the body again, takes a hard right hand and an uppercut. Jones elbow, DC dirty boxing. Jumping knee misses, Cormier unloads on him near the fence before they clinch. Jones with a shoulder check, tries a flying triangle before the bell. 10-9 Jones.
Round 4: Jones front kick blocked. DC leg kick. Jones oblique kick, Cormier looking to answer. Jones to the body. Again, then a head kick. Jon potshotting the body. Elbow and knee to the body from Jones. One minute in. Jones takes DC down against the fence. DC returns to his feet. Jones lands another oblique kick, takes him down again. Jones looking for the front headlock. Two minutes in. Jon mauling as DC stands. Jones still pressing him against the cage. Two minutes to go.
Jones with some short punches. DC unable to get off the cage. DC with a right hand. DC circles off after taking an elbow. DC back in pursuit. Fones front kick blocked. DC leg kick. DC with the bodylock. One minute to go. Jones knees the body. They break, DC looks to tie up and gets pressed against the cage. DC reverses, kneeing Jones' thighs. Jones slings him down at the bell. 10-9 Jones.
Round 5: Jones head kick blocked, front kick lands. They exchange at close range. DC gets the bodylock, Jones avoids a trip. Jones shoulder check, knees to the thighs. Jones pressing DC against the cage. One minute in. Jon digging with short punches. Jones changes levels. Things stall out for a bit. Two minutes in. Jones gets the rear waistlock, DC reverses position on the fence and moves off of it. Jones elbow. DC working for the trip, can't get it. Two minutes to go.
Jones moves him back to the fence. DC reverses, eats a knee to the body. DC looking to get in on a single-leg. Jones elbowing the body and head. One minute to go. DC lifts and slams Jones down, can't take top position and Jones gets dominant position against the fence. Spinning back elbow by Jones, DC reverses. DC in on a leg again. Jones raises his hands in victories, then cracks DC with a left when Cormier lets go. DC fires back at the bell. 10-9 Jones.
Final result: Jones def. Cormier by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury
Round 1: Cerrone moving forward. Jury lands a leg kick, catches a body kick and takes Cerrone down. Cowboy immediately latches onto an omoplata. Jury lifts him off the ground and looks to break the figure-four. One minute in. Cerrone manages to complete the sweep, landing on top in side control. Jury looks to scramble and gives up his back. Two minutes in. Cerrone with the body triangle. Cerrone swatting him with right hands, looking to soften him up. Two minutes to go.
Donald still looking for the choke, Jury defending well. One minute to go. Donald locks up the RNC and it looks deep, but Jury manages to break the grip. Cerrone switches to the armbar, can't get it before the bell. 10-8 Cerrone.
Round 2: Jury low kicks to start the round. Jury shoots in, is rebuffed. Hard leg kick by Cerrone. One minute in. They trade glancing low kicks. Jury overhand right. Lead uppercut by Cerrone, Jury spinning back fist misses. Two minutes in. Jury continuing to prod at the legs. Cerrone leg kick. Nobody has landed any strike of note in this round yet. Two minutes to go.
Good leg kick by Cerrone. Straight right by Cerrone, body kick from Jury. Again, blocked this time. Jury stuffed again. One minute to go. Cerrone leg kick. Jury answers. 1-2 by Cerrone, leg kick. Jury head kick blocked. Cerrone lands a knee to the body, takes a leg kick. Donald lands another leg kick before the bell. 10-9 Cerrone.
Round 3: 1-2 by Jury up top. Cerrone leg kick, Jury head kick blocked. Cerrone tries to go high. Jury whiffs on a spinning back fist. Knee to the body by Jury. Another leg kick by Cerrone. One minute in. Cerrone continuing to target the leg;Jury's low kicks don't have anywhere near the same impact.Jury catches a low kick and moves him to the fence.Two minutes in.
Cerrone lands a head kick flush. Jury catches the follow-up knee, can't get him down. Counter right from Jury. Counter right by Cerrone. Two minutes to go.
Cerrone targeting the legs, Jury shoots in and gets stuffed again, eating a pair of straights for his trouble. Cerrone marching forward and continuing to pulverize his legs. Jury shoots in again, pressing Cerrone against the fence. Cerrone with a Browne elbow. One minute to go. Donald shoves him down and waves him up. Head kick blocked. Stiff jab from Donald. Jury shoots in under a left hook, gets stuffed yet again. Cerrone shoots in and flings him down, kicking the crap of of his legs until the bell. 10-9 Cerrone.
Final result: Cerrone def. Jury by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Brad Tavares
Round 1: Nate backs away from a 1-2. Tavares leg kick. Marquardt tries to go high. They tie up, Nate fires a knee on the exit. One minute in. Nate low kick. Tavares left hook. Body kick lands for him. Nate lands a leg kick. Two minutes in. Tavares lands a hard leg kick. Lead right by Nate, left hook by Tavares. Tavares opens up near the fence, Nate ties up and lands a knee on the exit. Two minutes to go.
Nate connects with a front kick to the face, then a lead right that gets countered. Marquardt leg kick. 1-1-2 misses for Tavares. One minute to go. Marquardt leg kicks. Tavares tries to go high. 1-2 blocked. Low kick lands. Nate answers. Tavares lands a check hook, then a front kick of his own to end the round. 10-10.
Round 2: Tavares lands a pair of punches inside. Nate catches a head kick, can't get him down. 2-3 by Tavares connects. Tavares leg kick. One minute in. Nate marches into the clinch behind a right hand. Tavares reverses against the fence and avoids a trip before they split up. Good counter right from Nate. Tavares answers with a leg kick. Two minutes in. Tavares pops him with a jab, then goes back to the leg. Lots of fenting, not much action at the moment. Two minutes to go.
Nate checks the next leg kick, and the following one. Nate goes to the legs. Marquardt straight right into the clinch, Tavares hurls him through the air and they tie up against the fence. Nate looks for a trip, can't get it. One minute to go. Tavares kneeing the body. Nate looking for a single-leg, eats an elbow and some short uppercuts before Tavares escapes. Tavares' jab landing very well. High kick blocked before the bell. 10-9 Tavares.
Round 3: Nate lands a counter right after eating a jab, then takes an uppercut inside. Tavares leg kick. Nate moves into the clinch, pressing him against the fence. Good knee to the head as Tavares defends. One minute in. Ref breaks them up after a period of inaction. Tavares low kick as Nate looks to punch. Tavares left hook inside. Low kick connects. Again, this time on the counter. Two minutes in. Nate catches the next leg kick, Tavares limp-legs out. Good exchange inside. Both men attack the legs. The tie up. Nate lands a few knees before Tavares exits with a right hand. Close-range exchange. Two minutes to go.
Tavares head kick. Again. Jab exchange. Good left hand inside. Nate lands a cross counter, then eats another pair of jabs. Tavares front kick, Marquardt left uppercut inside. One minute to go. Both land leg kicks. Tavares' jab looking excellent. They trade right hands, then a left hook rattles Marquardt. Tavares lead right and he looks to attack near the fence until the bell. 10-9 Tavares.
Final result: Tavares def. Marquardt by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Louis Gaudinot vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Round 1: Horiguchi mobile as usual. Low kick lands for him, then one for Gaudinot. One minute in. Stiff jab connects for Horiguchi, Gaudinot knocks him off balance with a leg kick. High kick blocked. Check right hook connects for Horiguchi, head kick is blocked. Another counter right lands. Two minutes in. Horiguchi tries a flying knee, Gaudinot attacks with punches. Gaudinot leg kick. Horiguchi push kick. Once again. Check left hook lands. Two minutes to go.
Horiguchi leg kick, Gaudinot right hand. Body kick by Gaudinot. Horiguchi bounces a pair of punches off the guard and lands a low kick. One minute to go. Horiguchi body kick. Gaudinot ducks a left hook. Right hand by Gaudinot, Horiguchi takes him to the fence. Horiguchi fights for an outside trip, Gaudinot scrambles up before the bell. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Round 2: They trade low kicks to start. Big 1-2 rocks Gaudinot, Horiguchi charges in with a flying knee that's blocked. Horiguchi body kick. Front kick hits groin. One minute in. Horiguchi looks for an outside trip,can't get it. They tire up and Gaudinot latches onto a standing arm-triangle. Horiguchi moves him to the fence and Gaudinot lets it go. Horiguchi pressing him against the fence, looking to trip him down. Two minutes in. Horiguchi lands a short right hand before separating. Spinning kick misses for Gaudinot. Counter right by Horiguchi, head kick blocked. Two minutes to go.
Horiguchi with a 1-2-head kick. Gaudinot leg kick. Horiguchi fires off some punches against the cage, avoids the counter. One minute to go. Gaudinot lands a body kick, eats a counter right hand and blocks a head kick. Another head kick blocked. Horiguchi catches a kick, lands a right hand, and trips him down, landing hammerfists until the bell. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Round 3: Horiguchi tries to trip Gaudinot coming in, eats a right hand for his trouble. Combination blocked. One minute in. 1-2 by Horiguchi. Lead left hook connects, Gaudinot kicks the leg. Horiguchi head kick blocked. Horiguchi whiffs on a right hand. Two minutes in. Check hook by Horiguchi, Gaudinot leg kick. Lead right by Horiguchi, then another Gaudinot leg kick. Kyoji blitzes. Horiguchi front kick to the body. Two minutes to go.
Horiguchi lead right. Stiff left, brief clinch. Counter right just misses. Kick exchange. Kyoji ducks and Gaudinot jumps on a guillotine. Horiguchi keeps him from locking his hands and he releases it. One minute to go. Horiguchi pressing him against the fence. They separate. Kyoji lands a right as Gaudinot tries a spinning back fist, causing him to spin off-balance to the floor. Horiguchi ducks a left hook and lands one at the bell. 10-9 Horiguchi.
Final result: Horiguchi def. Gaudinot by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Hector Lombard vs. Josh Burkman
Round 1: Lombard stalking forward. They trade inside, Burkman landing a right hand up top. Inside low kick. They trade again, no clean contact. One minute in. Burkman tries a Superman punch off the cage. Body kicks by Burkman, second one caught by Lombard and used to take him down. Burkman pops up and cracks him with right and left hands. Short-range exchange. Oblique kick by Burkman. Lead right hook from Hector. Two minutes in. Leg kicks land for him. Burkman low kick hits shin. Lombard bounces some punches off the guard. Burkman tries a wheel kick. Both just miss with right hooks. Two minutes to go.
Lombard ducks two haymakers. Lombard body kick. Right hook counter to a low kick. Lombard looks to open up and they trade against the cage. Burkman shoots in and is violently rebuffed, then tries another off-the-cage punch. One minute to go. Burkman body shot. Lombard leg kick; Burkman holding his hands low. Lombard right hook misses. Burkman right hook to the body. 10-10.
Round 2: Counter right hook by Burkman to start. Hector catches a body kick, lands a right hook. Hector advances, takes a right hook. Hector lands a left hook and they trade bombs. Burkman rips him with a right hook as Hector tries to press . Lombard landing heavy punches against the fence, knocks Burkman down briefly and then ties up on the fence. Lombard blasts him with a combination, eats a right hook. Burkman body kick. He tries a back elbow, eats a right hand. Straight left from Lombard, then another as Burkman backs up to the cage. Right hook lands, Burkman lands an overhand right in response. Two minutes in. Burkman body kick, Lombard right hook. Burkman looking for the check right hook. Burkman lands a low kick. Wheel kick attempt fails. Check hook by Burkman, combination by Lombard. Burkman staring him down with his hands at his hips. Two minutes to go.
Burkman lands a left to the body, eats a couple of short shots upstairs. Three-punch combo by Lombard. Burkman 1-2, Lombard lead left. One minute to go. Burkman drops his hands and eats a left straight. One minute to go. Burkman straight left lands. Burkman still looking for that check hook. Lombard low kicks, then a 1-2-3 at the bell. 10-9 Lombard.
Round 3: Burkman looks for a single-leg, gets tripped down in response. Burkman back to his feet, then wrangled to the mat. Hector on top in half guard. Hector looking for short elbows, staying heavy. One minute in. Hector passes to side control. Burkman rolls free, Hector grabs the rear waistlock as he stands. Burkman spins and separates. Two minutes in. Lombard low kick. Hector lands a right hook and begins a vicious combination that Burkman somehow tanks. Lombard low kick hits groin, Burkman elects to fight on. Burkman lands a good right hook in an exchange. Two minutes to go.
Lead left by Lombard, then another. Burkman checks a leg kick. Once again. Both men look tired. One minute to go. Lombard leg kick. Now to the other leg. Burkman head kick blocked. Burkman whiffs on a combo, then prods the body. Burkman right hook, Lombard left hook. Burkman wades in with haymakers, only for Hector to rock him with a left at the bell. 10-9 Lombard.
Final result: Lombard def. Burkman by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Danny Castillo vs. Paul Felder
Round 1: Castillo opens with a low kick. Chopping right by Felder, glancing low kick afterwards. More low kicks by Felder. One minute in. One of the kicks hits cup, prompting a pause. Castillo ducks a two-punch combo and shoots, Felder stuffs it and lands a knee. Anotehr low kick, then a body kick by Felder. Check hook lands. Felder landing some heavy leg kicks. Castillo with one of his own. Two minutes in. Felder clips him with a right hand as Castillo kicks, knocking him off balance. Flying knee falls short, leg attack resumes. Spinning back kick by Felder connects, then a cross counter. Two minutes to go.
Felder connects with a stepping knee. Intercepting knee lands to the head. Another counter right as Castillo kicks, then a leg kick afterwards. Castillo to the body. Another intercepting knee to the head. One minute to go. Hard leg kick, Castillo head kick blocked. Body kick connects for Felder, wheel kick barely whiffs. Knee to the body. Hook kick just misses for him, as does a spinning backfist before the bell. 10-9 Felder.
Round 2: Felder goes right back to the leg kick, then a body kick. Counter right connects. 1-2 by Castillo, Felder lands an intercepting knee and right straight. Castillo shoots, eats a knee. One minute in. Felder leg kick. Castillo 1-2. Felder answers. Another heavy leg kick. Two minutes in. Castillo tries to press in behind a body kick, only to get destroyed by a spinning back fist. He's out on impact. Wow.
Final result: Felder def. Castillo by KO (spinning back fist)
135 lbs.: Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt
Round 1: Cody opens with a blocked high kick. Next one falls short. One minute in and nobody's landed a strike yet. Garbrandt low kick and left hook. Counter right lands. Brimage low kick hits groin. Garbrandt takes a brief respite. 2-3 lands for Cody, then a check left hook. Another short left hook as Brimage steps in. Two minutes in. They trade inside, both landing. Brimage head kick blocked. Garbrandt bowls him over, landing him half guard. Himage gets butterfly hooks in and kicks Cody off when he tries to open up. Two minutes to go.
Back to the feet. Garbrandt high kick blocked. Cody tries a flying knee. One minute to go. Combination by Brimage lands upstairs, low kick hits groin again. Back to the action. Garbrandt tries a capoeira kick. Brimage falls short with a flying knee. Low kick lands and they trade heavy leather inside. Brimage gets wobbled and Cody chases him with heavy punches, but Brimage survives to the bell. 10-9 Garbrandt.
Round 2: Brimage low kick. Brimage ducks a head kick and goes nuts with punches near the fence. Garbrandt tries to tie up, can't get him down. Counter left by Brimage after taking a left hook. One minute in. Brimage to the body. Garbrandt head kick blocked. Straight left up top by Brimage. Hard left hook and a sweeping right by Cody. Another left hook soon after. Two minutes in. Cody low kick. Brimage avoids a head kick and scores with a sequence of punches. Brimage comes up short with a Superman punch. Quick trade. Two minutes to go.
Cody body kick countered by a left straight. 2-3 by Garbrandt. Brimage to the body in combination. Body-body-head by Brimage. One minute to go. Cody tries a flying knee, eats a right hook. Close-range exchange. Cody tries a head kick, slips. Bell. 10-9 Brimage.
Round 3: Garbrandt head kick, Brimage punching flurry. Hard right hook from Marcus. Intercepting knee from Garbrandt. Both have head kicks blocked. Check hook by Garbrandt. One minute in. Cody lands a hard right hand inside. Lead right hand. Brimage head kick blocked. Brimage lands a cut kick, winding up on top of Garbrandt. Cody threatens a triangle; Brimage elevates him and Cody uses that to stand. Two minutes in. Counter kick from Garbrandt. Both land lefts. Check hooks as Brimage attacks the body. Two minutes to go.
Brimage low kick. Garbrandt fakes a shot. 3-2 by Brimage. 2-3 connects for Garbrandt. Counter right. One minute to go. Another check hook, then both wing punches that fail to connect. Brimage stuffs a shot. Brimage head kick blocked. Quick exchange inside and Brimage gets dropped with a right hand. Cody pouring on the hurt. Brimage returns to his feet, but his legs aren't there. Another right hand makes his eyes roll back and a final shot sends him sprawling to the ground.
Final result: Garbrandt def. Brimage by TKO (punches)
265 lbs.: Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Cannonier
Round 1: Cannonier tries a front kick, takes a right hook. Cannonier looking for low kicks. Lead right hook by Jordan. Lead right uppercut kicks off a Jordan combination. One minute in. They trade inside, Jared lands a good right hand. Jordan tries to answer the leg kicks with one of his own, hits shin. Cannonier straight right draws a grin. Two minutes in. Jared steps in, they trade. Jordan tries a hook kick. They exchange inside. HUGE right hook sends Cannonier to the canvas and a few jackhammer left hands force the referee step in.
Final result: Jordan def. Cannonier by KO (punches)
155 lbs.: Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm
Round 1: Dunham on the advance, gets a low kick countered with two hard shots. 1-2 by Dunham. Straight left and jab connect. Body kick as well. He catches a kick, can't do anything with it. One minute in. Damm with a front kick to the body, eats a stiff jab to start a combo. Check hook as Dunham advances. Evan landing a stiff jab. 2-1. Lead uppercut and low kick. Right hook, 1-2. Quick exchange near the fence, no big hits. Two minutes in. 1-2 by Dunham again. head kick blocked. Damm Three-punch combination by Dunham, who is landing a good portion of what he throws. Head kick blocked. Two minutes to go.
2-3 by Dunham, combination by Damm. Big right hook from Dunham. Good knee. Head kick blocked. 1-2 again, low kick to finish. 1-2 lands. Dunham smacks him with another right hook as Damm circles. One minute to go. Body kick connects for Dunham, then another 1-2. Damm straight right, eats a right hook. Yet another right hook connects. Dunham pursues and lands a final 1-2 before the round ends. 10-9 Dunham.
Round 2: Damm not giving ground like before early on, still getting the worst of the exchanges. Good body kick by Damm, Dunham 1-2. Short right hook. Dunham shoots in, gets him against the fence. Knee to the body. One minute in. Dunham digging away with short punches, tries to swing him around but Damm separates. Lead left by Dunham connects. Short left hook lands in an exchange. Body kick lands, but is caught. Dunham takes him down, then rises when Damm regains guard. Two minutes in. Damm lands a counter right after taking a low kick, eats a 1-2-3. 1-2 connects again. Head kick blocked. Two minutes to go.
1-2 again. Right hook lands. Yet another right hook connects. 1-2, straight left through the guard. Dunham body kick. Right hook again. One minute to go. Damm blocks a head kick. Dunham moving in with shots, not landing clean this time. Dunham rushes him before the bell. 10-9 Dunham.
Round 3: Dunham uses a standard jab, then switches to an up-jab whenever Damm tries to duck. Clever.
Stiff jab, left to the body, and right hook up top. Damm low kick. Head kick countered by a left straight. 1-2 by Dunham, left hook by Damm. One minute in. 1-2-3 by Dunham inside. Head kick blocked. Once again. 3-2 by Damm connects. Damm connects with a body kick, eats one himself. Two minutes in. 1-2 by Dunham, then another in the same sequence. Good combination upstairs. Damm with a check left hook. Both land hooks at short range. Dunham right uppercut lands. Two minutes to go.
Good straight left by Dunham after Damm avoids a combination. They exchange, Dunham again getting the better of it, and Damm waves him on. Damm on the attack, Dunham obliging with good punches. Damm with a knee to the body. Dunham head kick falls short. 1-2 by Dunham. Head kick blocked, short-range slugging ensues. Damm wading in, trading and waving Dunham on. 1-2 lands again for Evan. 1-2-3, then a pair of knees to the head. Dunham lands an uppercut before the bell. 10-9 Dunham.
Final result: Dunham def. Damm by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson
Round 1: Nilsson on the advance. Omari bounces a few punches off his guard before wrangling him down. Akhmedov on top in guard, dropping punches to the head and body. Big right hand after posturing up. Nilsson controls his posture and rises into a low single, taking Akhmedov to the fence. Omari exits one minute in. Akhmedov low kicks. Some wide punches land around Nilsson's guard. Nilsson moving forward, avoiding the big punches. Akhmedov takedown attempt stuffed. Two minutes in. Omari firing a steady stream of heaymakers, but not landing clean. Counter left hook does connect. Again. Nilsson shoots in against the cage, completes the takedown into guard. Two minutes to go.
Akhmedov rises to his feet quickly. Quick exchange. Blast double completed against the cage. Nilsson working to stand, does so. One minute to go. Both men throwing punches, neither making good contact. Akhmedov to the body. Nilsson shoots, moving him to the fence before landing on top in guard. Nilsson lands a diving right hand at the bell. 10-9 Akhmedov.
Round 2: Nilsson with a low kick, answered. Quick exchanges any time Nilsson. Both men firing heavy shots. One minute in. Nilsson landing more cleanly, Akhmedov takes him down. Short elbows from guard. Two minutes in. Nilsson tosses up an armbar, switches to a triangle attempt that Akhmedov postures out of. Nilsson returns to his feet, avoiding an uppercut as he does. Two minutes to go.
Nilsson pops him with a right hand, Akhmedov tries to flurry. Akhmedov takes him down once again. He lands some short punches, Nilsson responds with elbows from his back. One minute to go. Nilsson makes space and returns to his feet, moving Akhmedov to the fence before they separate. Akhmedov latches onto a single and completes it. He drops some heavy shots, then denies a takedown before the bell. 10-9 Akhmedov.
Round 3: Round starts slowly. As usual, Nilsson is on the front foot, avoiding flurries when he overextends. Akhmedov not landing clean. Nilsson shoots in, gets sprawled on. One minute in. Akhmedov keeps the headlock and lands a few knees on the way up. Back to the center. Nilsson low kick, Akhmedov right hand. Overhand by Nilsson. Nilsson stops a takedown, then exits the clinch. Two minutes in. Three-punch combo by Akhmedov, NIlsson shoots in against the fence and completes an outside trip into half guard. Akmedov working to stand, NIlsson shoots back in and completes a single-leg. Two minutes to go.
Nilsson on top in half guard. He kicks Nilsson off of him and stands, Nilsson stays on him. Akhmedov defending the takedown against the fence. He reverses position, separates, then shoots in. One minute to go. Nilsson on one knee, defending the takedown. NIlsson latches onto a Kimura that makes Akhmedov wince, but gets his back taken. He completes a throw from the whizzer, then latches onto a guillotine. He switches to a d'arce in the last few seconds, but can't complete it before the bell. 10-9 Nilsson.
Final result: Akhmedov def. Nilsson by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Alexis Dufresne vs. Marion Reneau
Round 1: As a reminder: Dufresne weighed in at 138 and did not attempt to cut the remaining weight. This is the second fight in a row in which she has missed weight and she will not be eligible for any post-fight bonuses.
Quick exchange, Reneau lands a straight up top. Reneau leg kick, Dufresne answers. Reneau 1-2. Dufresne lands a right hand of her own. She has a low kick countered. One minute in. Reneau lands the counter right again. Another straight right lands. 1-2, then another right hand as Dufresne tries to close in. Dufresne shoots in, can't get it and moves Reneau to the fence. Two minutes in. Dufresne with a few short right hands before Reneau separates. Reneau connects with yet another 1-2. Good push kick, then a low kick. Again. Dufresne flicks out a few low kicks. Dufresne reaches in, avoids a combination. Two minutes in.
Reneau rocks Dufresne with a series of right hands. Dufresne tries to close in, eats knees to the body. Dufresne ties up and knees the body, then eats an elbow. Reneau connects with a nice uppercut. One minute to go. Dufresne looks lost in there. Reneau counter right after taking a low kick. Lead right this time. Reneau gets the plum and lands a few knees. 10-9 Reneau.
Round 2: Dufresne low kick. She shoots in, Reneau denies it and knees her on the way up. Reneau with a counter blitz after eating a low kick. Dufresne with a sweeping right. One minute in. Dufresne still tossing out low kicks. Reneau push kick. Reneau counter right off a low kick. Four punches land for her, straight right lands for Dufresne. Two minutes in. Reneau lands a heavy low kick of her own, then lands a head kick with the foot. Dufresne pulls half guard. Reneau gets up and forces her to do so as well. Dufresne right hand. Two minutes to go.
3-2 by Reneau. Counter right off the leg kick. Reneau's jab working well. Dufresne lands a counter right. Reneau leg kick. One minute to go. Another leg kick lands and another. Dufresne doing nothing to counter them. Marion to the body. Stiff right hand upstairs. Reneau just misses with a Superman punch, then smacks her around with punches until the bell. 10-9 Reneau.
Round 3: Dufresne eats a counter, kicks the leg. More right hands connecting for Reneau. Dufresne's only offense is the low kicks. One minute in. Dufresne's punches so far slow and ineffective. Reneau goes high, misses, kicks the leg instead. Reneau firing off combinations with impunity. Dufresne lands a right hand. Reneau leg kick. Two minutes in. Reneau right hand. Long combination connects for her. Three-punch combo follows. Two minutes to go.
Big right hand, then a 1-2 by Reneau. Dufresne shoots, falls well short, and tries to pull guard. She's very slow to stand. Right hand lands for her after the restart. Reneau pops her with another right. One minute to go. Reneau jabbing well, fires off a sequence of 1-2s. Overhand right. Reneau 1-1-2 and now she's looking to pour on punishment. Dufresne just sticking her hands out to defend and eating a tremendous amount of shots. Somehow, she survives to the bell. Phenomenal performance by Reneau. 10-9 Reneau.
Final result: Reneau def. Dufresne by unanimous decision