Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will kick-off its unprecedented weekend triple-header with UFC Fight Night 80: "Namajunas vs. VanZant" on Thurs., Dec. 10, 2015, from inside "The Cosmopolitan" in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the Fight Pass-exclusive main event, top-ranked women's Strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas (No. 3) and Paige VanZant (No. 7), will battle to improve their position behind Claudia Gadelha for the next crack at the division title, which is currently held by Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event, grizzled veteran Jim Miller will look to string together back-to-back Lightweight wins at the expense of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 winner, Michael Chiesa.
And don't forget the Featherweight match that will attempt to showcase the eye-popping talent of undefeated (6-0) 19-year-old Sage Northcutt, who will look to send fellow upstart Cody Pfister back to the loss column.
All that and much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 80 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 80 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 5
Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 2
Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:41 of Round 2
Thiago Santos def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Tim Means def. John Howard via KO (punch) at 0:21 of Round 2
Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) at 2:18 of Round 3
Fight is ruled a No Contest by accidental eye poke at 0:11 of Round 1
Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:18 of Round 2
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl via technical knockout (punches) at 4:25 in Round 1
Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy via submission (triangle choke) at 2:46 of Round 1
Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (29-28 Nover, 30-27 30-27 Tukhugov)
Kailin Curran def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:13 of Round 2
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 80 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Adrian MacNair here for the play-by-play tonight. Buckle up, it's going to be a crazy next 72 hours.
UFC Fight Night 80 Main Event:
115 lbs.: Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
Round one: "Thug Rose" looks like a 12-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio with this haircut. But haircuts don't win or lose you fights. So let's see how this goes. How thin is this division? Rose is 4-2 and ranked third in the weight class.
No touch of gloves. Namajunas takes the center of the cage. She lands a nice 1-2 while Paige lands a hard leg kick. Namajunas backs up the blonde with a jab. More combos for Namajunas land and she sets up and scores the takedown with her offense. Lands in half guard here. Namajunas postures up and passes guard as Paige works her feet up the cage. Namajunas with nasty elbows and the barbie doll is cut open. They're back to their feet. Namajunas with a beautiful right hand through the guard of Paige and her standup is not looking that good right now.
Namajmunas is hitting that jab over and over again. Paige tries the classic head and arm woman hip toss takedown and gives up her back to Namajunas' strongest finish. Paige is bleeding like a pig now and Namajunas is on her back. She's looking for the rear-naked choke here and Paige is fighting hand to hand. This is quite the beatdown so far and there's still 1:30 left. Paige is back up to her feet but she's wearing a blood mask. Namajunas dumps her back down on the ground. Namajunas stands up to try and pass guard but can't do it this time. She tries again and lands in half guard. Paige is going to survive the first, but barely it would appear. 10-8 Namajunas.
Round two: Paige circles away from Namajunas to start the second round. She rushes in and eats a 1-2 from Namajunas. Her head snaps back again. Paige tries the head and arm throw again and nearly gives up her back again. Namajunas grabs the underhooks and slams the barbie doll like a ragdoll. Namajunas takes Paige's back but she escapes with 3:30 remaining. The pressure by Namajmunas is overwhelming early on here. Namajunas stands up and drops back down into half guard. Paige rolls and gives up her back but it allows her to get to her feet. Paige tries the hip throw again but bails on it.
Namajunas with underhooks again and this time Paige nearly takes her back but lands on bottom. Now Paige gives up her back and Namajunas crouches behind her but doesn't put in the hooks. Paige looks to be recovering now and isn't losing as badly as she was in round one. Paige circles to her right and looks for an opening. Namajunas throws a missed uppercut and Paige grabs the body and pulls guard. Namajunas will finish the round on top. 10-9 Namajunas. 20-17 Namajunas.
Round three: Paige runs forward and throws an awkward front kick and gets taken down easily. Namajunas in a loose half guard. Knees to the midsection of Paige on the ground. She stands up and Paige dives on a single leg and nearly gets it. Paige wades in and gets hit but lands a nice knee and Namajunas is backing up now. Paige tries a terrible spinning back fist and misses giving Namajunas a chance to take her back but she backs away instead. Paige looks to have the better energy here and they trade limp leg kicks. Namajunas lands an overhand right on the chin of Paige.
Paige works the clinch now and Namajunas gets that body lock again and dumps the blonde on her knees. Paige gives up the head control and Namajunas is back in half guard. Paige bucks from the bottom but can't throw off the woman on top. Namajunas with blows from the top and Paige rolls over to give up her back. She stands up and Namajunas jumps on her back! Paige inexplicably jumps backwards with Namajunas on her back and the arm goes deep under her throat. It is super super deep and somehow Paige escapes it. Crazy. 10-8 Namajunas. 30-25 Namajunas.
Round four: Paige comes out aggressive again and they two immediately clinch. Paige back on her back immediately. She rolls for a single leg now and it leads to an awkward position where Namajunas sits on her face. Paige recovers full guard and Namajunas stands up then drops back down and looks to pass. Kimura attempt for Namajunas and converts it to an armbar. Paige fighting hard on the submission and escapes again. She grabs a single leg but can't reverse this position. Namajunas elbows her in the head and swings to her back. She's fishing for the rear-naked choke again but doesn't have her hooks in so there's no risk. Paige stands back up and runs to fence.
Namajunas tries to get a takedown and Paige rolls for leg. Namajunas jumps on top and goes for another armbar, fumbling hard. She hyperextends the arm badly but Paige refuses to tap and she almost rolls on top but Namajunas grabs an omoplata. Namajunas on her back again looking for the rear-naked choke but Paige fights the hooks. Namajunas holds on as Paige stands back up and walks to the cage so she can turn and face her. This is one of the most one-sided fights in UFC history. Namajunas lands a knee and then a front kick and a takedown to close out the round. 10-8 Namajunas. 40-33 Namajunas.
Final result: Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of Round 5
UFC Fight Night 80 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Jim Miller vs. Michael Chiesa
Round one: And now the fight UFC did zero promotion for. And it should actually be pretty good. Both guys have a great ground game. Michael Chiesa is in the white shorts and the veteran Jim Miller is in the black ones.
The two touch gloves. Both guys are southpaw here. Miller lands a nice counter left hand early on. Follows with a nice right hand. Chiesa grabs a body lock and Miller goes to his back. Either Chiesa is a massive lightweight or Miller has become undersized in this weight class after all these years. Chiesa on top in half guard here and he's rubbing his elbow on Miller's chin. Chiesa gets up and lands some nasty elbows before dropping his full weight back down again. Chiesa stands up again and drops back down into guard. Miller rolls for a kneebar!
Chiesa tries to take the back but Miller winds up on top in his full guard. This is a change of fortunes here to be certain. Chiesa throws up a nice triangle attempt but Miller is too crafty. He rolls onto his knees and Miller jumps on his back here. Miller grabs the body lock and looks to work the rear-naked choke finish. Chiesa looks as calm as a Hindu cow here. Miller throws annoying punches as Chiesa tries to remove the body lock here. Chiesa rolls to his stomach and Miller will finish the round in full control. 10-9 Miller.
Round two: Chiesa refuses to take a seat during the round, clearly angry at throwing that round away. He's down 0-1 and needs the next two rounds or a finish. The two touch gloves again and Chiesa backs Miller up to the cage. Both men with step in lefts that miss. Miller's followup lands. Chiesa grabs a single leg and dumps Miller on his ass. He's playing with fire here though but so far he's on top in the full guard. Huge elbow for Chiesa as he postures up. Miller throws his legs up and Chiesa postures out again. Miller with rubber guard and Chiesa protects his head from sharp bottom elbows. He lets go and Chiesa grabs the cage to prevent another leg lock. Chiesa using the elbow on Miller's face to keep his opponent trapped in place.
Miller rolls for a leg lock AGAIN and Chiesa has to roll several times to escape and after bashing Miller hard in the head he releases it. Chiesa pounds Miller and he gives up his back and Chiesa with his bread and butter sinks in the money rear-naked choke!
Final result: Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 2
155 lbs.: Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
Round one: So this is the fight everybody assumed was the co-main event because UFC went crazy promoting it. This looks like a massive mismatch, but let's see if Cody Pfister can survive the hype machine.
Northcutt is a -750 favorite, which either tells you how terrible Pfister is, or how strong the UFC Public Relations team is. The two touch gloves and Pfister wades in and gets an immediate takedown. Northcutt is on his back right away, which is kind of surprising. Pfister made good on his promise he would take Northcutt down. Northcutt trapping Pfister's arms to get the referee standup but so far it doesn't work. Pfister passes into half guard and works elbows on the chin of the hype train. Pfister approaching two minutes of top control as Northcutt recovers full guard. Northcutt working wrist control for a triangle choke but it's thwarted. Pfister passes into half guard again.
Pfister lands a few left hands to the head as Northcutt works back into full guard with two minutes remaining. Pfister throws more left hands. Northcutt's ground game is being exposed here. And the ref finally steps in to stand them up with 1:45 remaining. Northcutt with an immediate double leg takedown and he's on top now in half guard. Pfister using the same tactics as Northcutt was by holding his arms. Northcutt breaks free and looks to ground and pound. Northcutt starts landing elbows and Pfister gives up an arm triangle choke. Northcutt is squeezing the life from him. Ref not sure if he's tapping or punching as Pfister hits the ribcage. Northcutt gets behind Pfister and punches out the end of the first. He looks to have stolen back the round the way he finished. 10-9 Northcutt.
Round two: The two touch gloves and Pfister rushes at Sage and eats a foot. Northcutt manhandles Pfister and looks to get another takedown but Pfister grabs a single leg. Now Northcutt with a deep guillotine under the neck. He gets the tap. The hype train choo choos on.
Final result: Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:41 of Round 2
185 lbs.: Thiago Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
Round one: Elias Theodorou's luscious locks are twisted up into corn rows and he's wearing the black trunks. Thiago Santos is in the white. No touch of gloves as Elias throws kicks from either leg right off the bat. Santos returns with a leg kick. A front kick and then two head kick attempts for Elias. Left hook and then a right and left kick for Elias, who is crazy volume early on. Left hook plus right head kick combo for Elias early on. Inside leg kick for Santos, returned by the Great Canadian Hope for 185 pounds. Santos with an outside leg kick, checked and Elias returns fire. This is a kick off so far. Jump switch kick for Elias as he continues the volume attack. Outside leg kick for Santos lands unanswered. Superman punch with an outside right kick for Elias and then a switch kick.
This is a kicking clinic for Elias who throws four more kicks in short succession. Santos tries a Capoeira kick that misses. Elias with a nasty switch kick where both land. Inside leg kick lands for Elias but the follow up right head kick misses. Spinning heel kick lands for Santos. Push kick for Elias knocks Santos down, but he was just off balance. Roundhouse kick almost lands for Santos but it's blocked. Finally Elias grabs the body and pushes against the cage. Clear victory in round one for Canada. 10-9 Theodorou.
Round two: Theodorou's corner wants him to change levels more often and make Santos think harder about the takedown. The guys trade multiple immediate leg kicks. Santos rushes in and lands a big elbow, forcing Elias to grab the body and throw him to the mat for his first takedown, but not before the Brazilian cheats with a fence grab. Santos back to his feet and Elias punishes him with a knee. The Canadian works knees to the legs of Santos as he's trapped against the fence. The ref calls for action with 3:30 remaining in the second and Elias drops for a single. Nasty elbows to the head makes him think twice about it. Santos with a nasty knee and Elias drops down for a single again. Body shot by Santos but the Canadian can't seem to get this down and eats more elbows to the head.
The ref continues complaining about action but Elias is taking a beating while trying to get this takedown. He breaks it up with two minutes remaining. Santos lands a front kick and Elias clinches again while Santos knees and elbows him in the head. Elias throwing this round away with this terrible takedown strategy as Santos continues to punish every attempt. Santos grabs a single leg now and Elias wraps his arm around Santos' neck. Body lock for the Brazilian and he dumps the Canadian on his ass. Elias gives up his back to get back up and scores his own takedown. But frankly I think he got dominated in this round. 10-9 Santos. 19-19 overall.
Round three: Elias lands two kicks to start the second and Santos throws two roundhouse kicks that come close to landing, forcing Elias to grab a high crotch single again. This strategy has been terrible for Elias and the takedown futility continues here. Elias tries to lock his hands behind Santos but he's proving very hard to takedown. The ref complains vociferously about action. Stops it at 3:30 and resets the fighters. Elias immediately shoots a single and takes a knee to the face for his efforts. He powers through on a double but can't get the takedown. Elias is cut now and he eats elbows. Ref stops the fight to check on the cut, which is above his right eye. It's huge but the doctor immediately lets it continue. Time back in and Elias needs a gameplan that doesn't involve bleeding here. Eats a knee for his takedown attempts again. This is a disaster.
Santos lands another knee and now the Thai plum. He's devastating Elias now and that donut looks like it's going bye bye in the win column. He looks exhausted and shoots for a takedown but Santos just punishes him with elbows. This takedown offensive by Elias has been as bad as Hitler's foray into Stalingrad. He doesn't know when to quit. Eats another massive knee to the body and this is a massacre. Elias continues searching for a single leg with a minute left but it looks pointless. That training with Chris Weidman clearly didn't help. The action stops due to an eyepoke and continues shortly after. Elias with a terrible takedown attempt, eats a knee and a straight left. He's running on fumes now. It's over. 10-8 Santos. 29-27 Santos.
Final result: Thiago Santos def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night 80 Prelims (6:45 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: John Howard vs. Tim Means
Round one: John Howard is the white trunks for this one while Tim Means in the black. Not a whole lot at stake in this fight. Howard is 1-3 recently while Means had his winning streak ended by Matt Brown at UFC 189. Means comes in at -400 according to Las Vegas.
They touch gloves. Means takes the middle of the cage and Howard goes to the outside. Immediate left hand lands and hurts Howard badly. He grabs a body lock and tries for a takedown but Means does a blatant fence grab. Herb Dean warns Means but that and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee. Means gets back to his feet and Howard seems recovered. Means lands a nasty body shot but it doesn't faze Howard. Another straight left for Means and this is a one-sided beatdown. Howard responds but he doesn't have the reach. A combination for Howard finally lands. But such volume by Means has to be hard to deal with. Means trying to set up those elbows. Howard muscles in on Means, who searches for the Thai clinch but gets punished for it.
Means has Howard up against the cage but doesn't land. Now he scores the 1-2. Left elbow attempt blocked. Means lands a jab and then a straight left. Big double leg for Howard and he's got another takedown. Means uses the cage to get back up but Howard pulls him away from the fence. Means up again and Howard holds the full body lock. Suplex throws Means on his back but he pops back up. Knee lands to the body flush for Means. Head kick misses and then rips the body. Howard's right eye is a mess already. Howard catches a kick and the round ends as he searches for his third takedown. 10-9 Means.
Round two: The replays from the first round shows horrendous fencegrabbing by Means. Terrible reffing by Herb Dean. The second round starts with Howard trying to claim the center of the cage this time and OH MY GOD! Tim Means lands an absolutely ridonkulous left hook that puts Howard out cold.
Final result: Tim Means def. John Howard via KO (punch) at 0:21 of Round 2
170 lbs.: Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes
Round one: Well, thankfully the world's worst filler music has been turned off and they're starting this fight. Moraes is in the white trunks and is dancing his way into the cage. He might just be the easiest going fighter in history.
They touch em up. Inside leg kick misses for Akhmedov. Moraes takes the middle of the Octagon. Spinning backfist gets through for the Dagestani but it doesn't seem to hurt. Left body kick by Moraes blocked. Akhmedov's gets through. Moraes responds with a flying knee. Overhand right lands for Moraes but there's not much mustard on it. Uppercut for Akhmedov.
Inside leg kicks landing for the Russian. Body kick lands for Akhmedov, partially blocked. Doesn't seem to hurt the Brazilian. Moraes wades in and gets caught by a looping counter right hand, falls down and gets ready for the ground and pound. But Akhmedov knows how deadly his guard is and he kicks his legs until the ref stands Moraes back up. Moraes shoots for a takedown but easily stuffed and an elbow for Moraes on the break. Moraes bleeding from the right eyebrow. 10-9 Akhmedov.
Round two: Brutal body kick for Ahkmedov early in the second round but Moraes eats it. Huge overhand right flush for Moraes off the jab and Ahkmedov also banquets on the punishment without much problem. Ahkmedov continues to search for the counters as Moraes stalks his opponent. Moraes with a flying knee, nowhere close to Akhmedov's chin.
Another right body kick for Akhmedov. Moraes continues pressuring but he's missing on his punches while Akhmedov feeds him counters. Another big baseball swing overhand right for Akhmedov. Moraes copies him and misses badly. Still no takedowns for the three time world Jiu-Jitsu champion. Body punishment by Akhmedov with those kicks. Ahkmedov with a level change and gets a double leg but goes right into a Moraes guillotine. Playing with fire here but time runs out. 10-9 Akhmedov. 20-18 Akhmedov.
Round three: Moraes' corner tells him he's down 2-0 and needs a submission finish and to set up the takedown with his hands. Moraes historically has good third rounds so we'll see how it goes. Moraes wades in with a 1-2. Left hook lands for Moraes and Akhmedov returns fire without much accuracy. Takedown attempt goes nowhere for Moraes. Big swing and a miss with the right hand for Akhmedov. Moraes with the pressure now and he clips Akhmedov with a big right hand! The Russian is staggering backwards and Moraes swarms on him and gets the TKO finish!
Final result: Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) at 2:18 of Round 3
185 lbs.: Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Round one: Kevin Casey in the white trunks and Antonio Carlos Junior in the black. Although Casey looks like a striker he's a black belt under Rickson Gracie, which is no joke. Junior, however, is a heavyweight who cuts down to 185. So outmuscling him could be a big problem.
The two touch gloves. God damn Junior is huge. Within seconds the ref calls a stop to the action over a suspected eyepoke. Replay shows that Junior landed a deep eyepoke and the fight ends here in about five seconds.
Final result: Fight is ruled a No Contest by accidental eye poke at 0:11 of Round 1
145 lbs.: Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
Round one: This fight should really be on the main card. Aljamain Sterling is seen as a legitimate threat to the bantamweight belt and Johnny Eduardo has only lost to a single man since 2007 and that man has defeated the current champion. Eduardo is in the white trunks and Sterling is in the black trunks. The question in this fight is can the elite takedowns of Sterling surpass the world famous takedown defense of Nova Uniao?
Sterling is a -650 favorite here, which frankly sounds insane for people who have seen Eduardo fight. The two touch gloves. Sterling takes the outside and Eduardo takes the center. Spinning back kick lands for Sterling. Right head kick misses. Body kick returned by an Eduardo leg kick. Sterling changing stances constantly here, which seems to be the style of all elite bantamweights. Body kick attempt caught by Eduardo but nothing comes of it. Huge inside leg kick lands for Eduardo. Nasty slapping sound. Right head kick misses for Sterling. Another inside leg kick for Eduardo and another missed head kick for Sterling.
Deep double leg for Sterling and he gets it. That is impressive. Half guard against the cage for Eduardo. Sterling heavy on top of Eduardo here and time is ticking away as he punishes the body. Sterling finally sits up and lands left hands. Eduardo clinches up and stops the ground and pound briefly. Left hands for Sterling and the round will end with Sterling on top. 10-9 Sterling.
Round two: Eduardo has a cut below his left eye. The two resume the same position as they began round one, with Eduardo in the center of the cage. Eduardo with a near miss on a nasty right hand as Sterling gets in a low kick. Inside leg kick for Eduardo. Sterling proving evasive here. Sterling with a jump kick that lands to the body. Right head kick for Eduardo checked.
The two men begin trading and this could be dangerous for Sterling. Right high body kick lands for Sterling and it sets up a single leg which lands his second takedown of the fight. Eduardo fell asleep at the switch there. Heavy elbows for Sterling, who is making the oddsmakers look smart. Sterling doesn't look like he's even trying here. Eduardo moves his hips as if he has an armbar but there's nothing there. Sterling punishing with ground and pound and Eduardo sticks his neck out. Funkmaster grabs it and literally pulls his head off. Submission guillotine.
Final result: Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:18 of Round 2
170 lbs.: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
Round one: Ponzinibbio is always down for a ridiculous brawl so expect fireworks. I'll be calling him Ponzi from here on out. He's in the black shorts and Stahl is in the white trunks. Stahl hasn't fought in 17 months now and he's going into deep waters against the Argentinian. Stahl's cornerman looks like a real life Viking.
Respectful touch of gloves and Ponzi takes the center of the cage. Inside left leg kicks for Stahl early on, they don't look damaging. That third one did though. Single leg takedown lands for Stahl but Ponzi jumps back up and he swarms on Stahl and lands about 10 punches against the cage. Big double leg for Stahl and Ponzi is on his back. He works back to his feet by reaching the cage and now Ponzi has the Swede pressed up the cage. Ponzi is in his office here, pressuring Stahl against the cage and his face already looks busted up. Combination lands for Ponzi, but the counter right hand is a threat he should worry about.
Constant pressure by Ponzi. Huge overhand right just misses for Sweden and Ponzi returns fire with a nice combination, adding up these points for the judges. Huge body shot by Ponzi who is just a crazy pressure fighter. Another 8-9 unanswered strikes by Ponzi as Stahl covered up as best he can. Right jab gets through for Ponzi, who looks like he just rolled out of bed and isn't remotely marked up. Stahl looks like a man who has already taken 100 punches, and he probably has. Head kick attempt by Stahl is blocked. HUGE RIGHT HAND for Ponzi and it's Goodnight Irene. Knockout win.
Final result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl via technical knockout (punches) at 4:25 in Round 1
170 lbs.: Nathan Coy vs. Danny Roberts
Round one: Roberts in the white trunks and Coy in the black. Roberts and Coy both in the southpaw position here. The men circle to start, measuring for distance. Roberts with a right low kick. Coy wades in with a 1-2 and Roberts ducks beneath the punches. Uppercut attempt by Coy misses. The two keep jumping in and trying to land. Roberts lands with a left and the two clinch briefly, both looking for a Thai plum it seems. Right kick caught by Coy and he gets the takedown with 2:45 remaining. Now in the full guard of Roberts, who actually lands some decent shots from the bottom.
Triangle setup for Roberts and Coy tries to escape. It only leads to a worse position and Roberts lands a deep armbar. He gets the tap. Bruce Buffer officially calls it as a triangle choke, although the replay shows it could have been either pressure from the arm or the air being squeezed out from the locked on triangle.
Final result: Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (triangle) at 2:46 of Round 1
145 lbs.: Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Round one: Another "ov" in the UFC here against a former TUF finalist. Tukhugov, whom I'll call "Tuk" from here on out, is in the mostly black trunks while Nover is in the mostly white trunks. But they're both black and white. I'm not even joking. The two touch em up. Tuk takes the center of the cage and Nover throws a body kick, checked. Pawing at each other to get distance and another high kick attempt by Nover, blocked again. A third high kick, same result. Tuk jumps in with a huge overhand right that misses the mark. Tuk with some lateral movement to really cut off the cage as Nover circles. Another high kick misses for Nover. And a fifth high kick. That's predictable. Right head kick by Tuk this time, blocked. Tuk stalking Nover and throws a 1-2 combo. He's really aggressive here.
Left body kick lands for Tuk. A body kick lands for Nover but Tuk punishes him for it with a flurry of punches. Nover 0-11 on his strike attempts according UFC broadcasters. Tuk throwing everything into these punches, it's nuts. Tuk catches a body kick and throws Nover to the ground by kicking out his other leg, then swarms on him. Nover jumps back up and throws a kick, caught again and Tuk throws him down again. Nover scrambles back up to his feet and the frantic movements slow down. Big left hook for Tuk and Nover circles away again. Right hook misses for Nover and the left lands for the Chechen. 10-9 Tughogov.
Round two: Touch of gloves again and same position with Tuk in the center. The Russian throws two side push kicks. Right high kick for Nover again, easily blocked. Nover in the center now and gets clipped as he rushes in to attack Tuk, who briefly looks to swarm and then thinks better of it. Right hand for Tuk seems to stutter step Nover. Change of levels for Nover but it was either a fakeout or he changed his mind. 1-2 combination for Tuk and Nover bounces his back against the cage to avoid. Right high kick for Tuk but he misses by at least a foot. Body kick for Nover but Tuk rushes in with a flurry to punish him for it.
Nover is 5-31 in his striking, which is terrible. Tuk is 15-53 in his strikes so you can see both guys have terrible accuracy in this fight. Overhand right lands for Tuk and Nover in trouble, he goes to his back for a few seconds. Huge right hand throw, Fedor style, by Tuk and Nover jumps back to his feet. Right body kick by Nover again, blocked again. This keeps happening over and over again, but it's gotta be hurting Tuk's arms to defend at the very least. And again it lands. Big looping left lands for Tuk as the 10-second taps sound cageside. 10-9 Tukhugov. 20-18 Tukhugov.
Round three: Last round here and Nover comes out aggressive, throwing 3 high kicks again but that hasn't been working for him at all this fight. Tuk with those monster right hands again, but they're not landing cleanly either. Nover bouncing left and right to throw off Tuk's cage-cutting. Huge body kick lands flush on the face of Tuk as he ducks down but he eats it and now in full guard of Nover. That would have scored huge points if not for the takedown afterward. Nover gets back to his feet and goes back to that right body kick that finally paid dividends there. Tuk lands a right body kick of his own. We're halfway done this round.
Tuk catches yet another kick and punishes Nover with a bunch of right hands. Nover finally shoots for the first time in the fight but the hips of the Chechyan fighter keeps him standing and they wind up against the cage. Nover can't hold him there and Tuk goes back on the offensive as "faintin' Phillipe" circles again. 1-2 combo misses for Tuk and Nover dives for an ankle, missing badly. Right head kick for Nover, blocked. Tuk throws himself off balance with another crazy all power punch. The fight ends and this was pretty close but the Russian likely takes it. 10-9 Nover. 29-28 Tukhugov.
Final result: Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (29-28 Nover, 30-27 30-27 Tukhugov)
115 lbs.: Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan
Round one: These two fighters are a combined 0-3 in the UFC. So it's probably a loser leaves town fight here. Curran in the mostly black and Kagan in the mostly white. God these Reebok uniforms suck. The two touch em up. Kagan comes out swinging hard and recklessly, landing several times on Curran before clinching her up against the cage. Kagan uses a left underhook to hold Curran against the chainlinks and then works for a takedown. However Curran avoids the takedown and then lands a head and arm throw of her own. Kagan uses butterfly guard to immediately get back to her feet with 3:30 left. Kagan has Curran trapped against the fence again and looks to be working on a takedown. Curran falls to her knees but Kagan can't find her back. Level change and deep on a double but she still can't get the takedown. Halfway mark passes with Kagan leading by a slight edge.
Kagan gets a body lock and dumps Curran but she bounces back up like a spring. Kagan continues to smother against the fence and Curran needs to find a way to avoid this wall and stall. Curran reverses position and lands a decent kick and left hand combination that looks to hurt Kagan. The two clinch against the cage again with a minute remaining in the opening round. Curran with a knee to the body and Kagan does not like that distance. Huge takedown for Kagan to end the round. Curran lands a late triangle but time runs out. 10-9 Kagan.
Round two: Kagan looks a little winded headed into the second round here. She rushes in with no defense and gets the clinch. Curran separates and works her jab. Kagan lands some decent punches by wading and trading, scoring some points here. Curran has cage position for once and lands some knees. The two separate back to the center and Kagan continues to land mainly by fluke and a relentless 1-2-1-2-1-2. Kagan's volume is scoring points, even though she's looking worse for wear here. Curran glances at the clock but there's still 2:30 left.
Kagan lands the left which backs up Curran. This is the longest the two have traded in the middle of the cage without a clinch. Curran continues to wade in but isn't matching the volume of her opponent. Kagan pushes her opponent against the cage and almost lands a takedown but gets reversed at 1:15 and is on her back. Front headlock for Curran, Kagan counters and turns around giving up her back. Curran jumps on her back and sinks in the choke within seconds.
Final result: Kailin Curran def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:13 of Round 2
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