One of these guys is the "real" heavyweight champion.
Whether it's reigning division kingpin Cain Velasquez or interim titleholder Fabricio Werdum will be decided this Saturday night (June 13, 2015), when the UFC 188: "Velasquez vs. Werdum" pay-per-view (PPV) event invades Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, featuring "Prelims" on FX Channel and UFC Fight Pass.
In addition, former Strikeforce 155-pound straphanger Gilbert Melendez returns to the cage to tangle with ex-Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, while Tecia Torres looks to take one step closer to a strawweight title shot opposite Angela Hill.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 188 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 188 QUICK RESULTS:
Fabricio Werdum def. Cain Velasquez by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:13 of Round Three
Eddie Alvarez def. Gilbert Melendez by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Nate Marquardt by TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round Two
Yair Rodriguez def. Charles Rosa by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Henry Cejudo def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Efrain Escudero def. Drew Dober by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:54 of Round One
Patrick Williams def. Alejandro Perez by technical submission (guillotine choke) at 0:23 of Round One
Johnny Case def. Francisco Trevino by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Cathal Pendred def. Augusto Montano by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Gabriel Benitez def. Clay Collard by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Albert Tumenov vs. Andrew Todhunter -- CANCELED
UFC 188 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
265 lbs.: UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez vs. Interim Champion Fabricio Werdum
Round 1: Cain lands a low kick, eats a right hand. Fabricio slips on a head kick, Cain waves him back up. Wild exchange near the fence. Werdum grabs the Thai plum as Cain whacks him with an overhand right. Knee from Cain. Nice battle on the fence. Cain pressing him against the cage, landing knees to the leg and body. Cain eats a 1-2 after separating. Counter 2-3 from Werdum. Cain lands punches while caught in the plum and takes Werdum down into side control. Werdum looks to regain guard, Cain lets him up. Body kick from Fabricio. Cain ties up again, taking him to the fence. Two minutes in. Werdum firing his jab, eats a series of right hands before Cain moves him to the fence and starts working him over. Fabricio catches a knee and takes Cain down. CAin scrambles up and eats a knee. Werdum knees the body. Cain kneeing the legs, stops a throw. Two minutes to go.
Cain separates. Low kick by Werdum, 1-2 and another right from Cain. Werdum whiffs on an uppercut and eats a leg kick. Left uppercut from Cain that may have knocked a tooth out. Werdum plows forward with right hands. Cain ties up and presses him against the fence. Uppercuts from Cain, rights from Werdum. One minute to go. Cain trips him down and stands over him before waving him up. Back to the clinch. Teep from Werdum. Hard right hand from Fabricio, Cain lands uppercuts inside. Cut kick from Werdum before the bell. Cain's quite bloodied. 10-9 Werdum.
Round 2: Both men breathing somewhat hard already. Low kick from Cain, then another. Another, this one inside. Jab exchange, left hook by Werdum. Cain to the body, then a low kick. Werdum answers with a right cross. Both connect with straight shots. Low kicks working for Cain. 1-2 from Werdum. Both land right hands. Leg kick exchange. One minute in. Left uppercut by Werdum, 2-3 and straight right from Cain. Teep from the Brazilian. Right hand by Cain. Velasquez low kicks. Werdum tries to catch one. Body kick exchange. Werdum lands a knee int he plum and a right on the break. Cain might be rocked by a sequence of punches, but answers back. BIG right hand by Werdum. Two minutes in. Hard dirty boxing from Werdum. Cain lands a low kick and makes space. Mroe low kicks by Cain. Overhand right by Cain, jab exchange. Two minutes to go.
Low kick from Cain. 1-1-2 from Werdum, right from Cain. BIG uppercut by Werdum and a nasty knee in the plum. Werdum presses him briefly against the cage. Hard right from Cain. Both men have lost a lot of steam. One minute to go. Good right hand from Cain after eating a leg kick. Lead right from Werdum. 1-2-1 by Werdum. Lead right rattles Cain's head. 1-2 lands. HUGE knee and Cain tries to change levels. Werdum lands another knee in the plum and Cain Velasquez is not steady at all on his feet. 10-9 Werdum.
Round 3: Counter jabs from Werdum. Cain shoots in and Werdum nearly rolls him over. Cain standing over him, kicking his leg. Werdum looking for the upkick and waving Cain in. Technical standup from Fabricio. Good jab by Werdum, cross counter from CAin. Head kick cracks Werdum, but Werdum lands a knee as he approaches. Cain changes levels and Werdum slaps on a guillotine. Cain gets his head out and Werdum cracks him with punches and knees on the fence. Cain with an overhand on the exit. Another hard right by Cain. Werdum tries to go high. Two minutes in. Cain shoots directly into a guillotine and he's barely hit the ground before he taps. Fabricio Werdum is your UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Final result: Werdum def. Velasquez by submission (guillotine choke)
155 lbs.: Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez
Round 1: Both men tentative early. Body shot and left up top from Eddie. Gil sticking out his jab. Combination from Eddie. One minute in. Gil staying busy with the jab. Counter right elbow wobbles Eddie. They trade punches inside and now it's Melendez on the front foot. Two minutes in. GIl's jab is working very well. Low kick from Eddie. Low kick from Eddie. Counter right from Gil. Gil continues to control the center of the cage with his jab. Two minutes to go.
Nice body shot from Alvarez. Gil leads this time, connecting with a good right cross. One minute in. Gil whiffs on an uppercut. Alvarez is incredibly tentative. Low kick by Eddie. Eddie tries to go high, runs into a right hand. Disappointing opening round. 10-9 Melendez.
Round 2: Eddie's left eye is badly swollen from that elbow. Hard right hand by Eddie early on. Good exchange inside. One minute in. Long right hand by Gil. Lead left hook connects for Alvarez. Another hard left hook. Eddie shoots in and Gil defends with a guillotine grip. Eddie takes him to the fence. Eddie goes low with a knee, prompting a pause. Two minutes in. Low kick from Eddie, who's doing much better this round. Gil shoots in, lands a knee to the body on the exit. Two minutes to go.
Stiff jab from Gil. Lots of feinting, low kick from Eddie. 1-1-2 from Gil. Eddie ducks under and goes to the rear waistlock. Gil turns to face him on the fence, Eddie keeps grinding. One minute to go. Eddie completes the takedown on the fence. Gil turns into him and stands, eating a knee in the front headlock. Eddie still holding him against the fence. Spinning back elbow for Eddie on the break. 10-9 Alvarez.
Round 3: Eddie steps in with a pair of body shots and shoots in, getting in on a leg. Eddie with double underhooks on the fence and takes Melendez down. Gil looking for the switch. Gil gets back to his feet, Eddie stays on him. One minute in. They separate. Lead uppercut from Eddie, who is stuffed on a takedown. Lead right from Eddie, left hook from Gil. Both men still tentative. Two minutes in. Counter right by Gil. Low kick from Eddie. Eddie changes levels and gets Melendez down briefly, pressing him against the fence when Gil returns to his feet. Eddie uses double unders to control him. Two minutes to go.
Gil fighting off the takedown, gets put on his rear while trying to hit the switch. Melendez back up, manages to separate and takes a deep breath. Low kick from Eddie. One minute to go. left hook by Gil, stiff jab by Eddie. Body kick and right hand by Eddie. Head kick blocked. Eddie tries a front kick, lands a spinning elbow, eats a left hook. Both men fatigued. 1-2 from Gil, who's now bleeding. Eddie lands a straight right and fires off a bolo punch before the round ends. 10-9 Alvarez.
Final result: Alvarez def. Melendez by split decision
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Round 1: Kelvin moving forward early on. Lead right connects for Nate. Head kick blocked. Kelvin lands a 3-2. Kelvin's hands look much faster than Nate's. Body kick backs Nate off. One minute in. Straight left lands for Kelvin, who loks to open up on the fence. Knee from Kelvin. Nate to the body, then upstairs with the right. They clinch, both men connect. Hard 1-2 by Gastelum. Good uppercut inside by The Great, Kelvin answers with a left as he's pushed back. Two minutes in. Kelvin pressing forward, clinches and lands a left on the break. STreaight right form Nate. Nate presses him against the fence. Kelvin exits with an elbow. Two minutes to go.
Gastelum working behind his jab. Good right inside from Nate, then one to the body. Kelvin lands a knee to the body and Nate takes him down. Left hook from Kelvin, right from Nate. Kelvin changes levels and puts Marquardt on his back against the fence. Nate turtles, giving up his back as he tries to stand. One minute to go. Nate tries to roll through and tries to grab a leg as Kelvin pulls out and they stand. Body kick from Kelvin. Kelvin cracks him with a left and opens up with solid punches to end the round. 10-9 Gastelum.
Round 2: Low kick from Gastelum, then another. Kelvin's jab is working well, left straight follows it. Nate to the body with his right. Again. They tie up and Nate lands a knee to the body. Anotehr to the body. One minute in. Gastelum leg kick, both land in the clinch. 1-2 from Kelvin, overhand right by Nate. Kelvin to the body, then lands a right hook up top. Kelvin drills him to the body repeatdly and Nate has his back on the fence. Nate folds to his knees from Kelvin's headlock and Kelvin unloads with jackhammer left hands. Nate manages to survive and kick him away. Kelvin again grabs the front headlock and Nate turtles again. Two minutes to go.
Gastelum softening him up. Nate tries to roll through again, Kelvin retains top position in guard. Kelvin passes into side control and Nate turtles briefly bafore rolling again. Elbows from Kelvin. One minute to go. Back to turtle, more punches from Kelvin. Nate rolls for a kneebar, Kelvin pulls his leg free. Kelvin standing over Nate, walks away to end the round. 10-9 Gastelum.
Nate admits that he has nothing left and Trevor Whittman wisely stops the fight.
Final result: Gastelum def. Marquardt by TKO (corner stoppage)
145 lbs.: Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa
Round 1: Oblique kick from Rodriguez, then a wheel kick. He clips Rosa with a flying switch kick. Right hand drops Rosa, who pops back up quickly. Rosa catches a flying knee and takes him down, only to land in a triangle. One minute in. It looks like Rodriguez has a good angle. Rosa moving well to alleviate the pressure. Two minutes in, still in the triangle. Rosa worms his head out and stands over Rodriguez as Yair threatens with his legs. Good ground-and-pound from Rosa. Yair gives up his back trying to stand. Two minutes to go.
Rosa has once hook in. Rodriguez using the cage to keep Rosa from putting in the other hook. Rogriguez gets his leg free, but gets taken down again. Rodriguez threatening with upkicks. One minute to go. Both men striking from the guard. Nice shots by Rosa. Rodriguez tries to take his back. Rosa hops onto a kneebar, loses it and they return to their feet. Quick pause as Rosa loses his mouthpiece. Round ends there. 10-10.
Round 2: Rodriguez catches a low kick and lands a body kick. Leg kick knocks Rosa down. Side kick to the face by Yair. Head kick nearly nails a leaning Rosa. Rosa working to close the distance, tries to pull guard. Spinning back kick attempt by Yair. One minute in. Single-leg denied. Nice body kick and right hook by Rodriguez. Nice left hook from Rosa in response. Oblique kick and right hook by Yair. Rosa low kick. Rosa shoots, stuffed. Two minutes in. Straight left by Rodriguez. Rodriguez tries a spinning backfist and lands on top when Rosa tries to take him down. Left hook by Rosa, who shoots again and gets in deep on his hips. Two minutes to go.
Rodriguez separates and lands a level elbow. Rosa's bleeding quite a bit, prompting a pause to check it out. Rosa low kick, Rodriguez lands a better one. Rosa rushes in, can't hold him down. Rodriguez low kick. Overhand left by Rodriguez. Rosa shoots in, Rodriguez limp-legs out. Left hook lands for Rosa. One minute to go. Rodriguez lands a right hand and an up-elbow, just misses with a head kick. Rosa shoots in and rolls for a leglock, allowing Rodriguez to rough him up before standing. Right from Rosa, then a double-leg he manages to complete, only to get swept into mount and bashed with elbows. 10-9 Rodriguez.
Round 3: Overhand right lands for Rosa, then a low kick. Front kick and straight right from Yair. Low kick lands and Rosa shoots in, taking Rodriguez down into guard. Elbows from Rodriguez. Rodriguez maintaining guard well. One minute in. Short ground-and-pound from the ATT product. Solid elbows by Rosa. Rodriguez locks up another triangle, although it doesn't look tight. Two minutes in. Rosa pulls his head free and works to pass. Rodriguez doing a very good job with his legs, but rolls back into turtle position. Rosa gets the crucifix, loses it and Rodriguez stands. Two minutes to go.
Low kick by Rodriguez. Lead left by Rosa. Overhand right lands and he shoots in, taking Rodriguez down. Rodriguez rapidly regains guard after landing in side control, Rosa passes right back. Upkicks by Rodriguez, who regains guard. One minute to go. Rosa posturing up, dropping strikes. Yair swatting at him from his back. Rosa nds the round on top, dropping some good blows. 10-9 Rosa.
Final result: Rodriguez def. Rosa by split decision
115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Tecia Torres
Round 1: Teep from Torres. Inside low kick. Outside this time, counter from Hill. Tecia rushes, eats a counter while landing two strikes of her own. Hill lands another good right hand. One minute in. Tecia shoots in, switches to an outside trip, can't get it and takes Hill to the fence. Knee from Tecia as they hit an adjacent section of fence. Hill reverses. They trade knees to the body. Two minutes in. Tecia lands a right hand on the exit. Hill on the front foot. Tecia tries another outside trip and this time lands on top in half guard. Two minutes to go.
Hill doing a good job of maintaining half guard. Tecia thus far has been unable to throw punches. One minute to go.Torres trying and failing to pass the guard. Elbow from Hill. Nice right hand from Torres, who postures p and lands a few more before the bell. 10-9 Torres.
Round 2: Side kick from Tecia, who shoots in again but can't complete it. Another side kick, Hill counters with a right hand. Good jab from Hill. Quick exchange inside. Outside trip succeeds for Tecia into side control. One minute in. Hill regains half guard quickly. Not much action on the mat. Two minutes in. Tecia unable to posture up or pass, settling for short punches. Good knee-cut pass from Tecia into side control. Tecia steps over into mount. Two minutes to go.
Hill regains half guard before Torres can do anything from there. Even Joe admits that this isn't the most aesthetically-pleasing fight ever. One minute to go. Big John stands them up. Hill stuffs a takedown, eats a knee. Hill lands a knee up top while pressing Tecia against the fence. Tecia reverses and they trade knees until the bell. 10-9 Torres.
Round 3: Inside low kick, then outside from Tecia. Hill answers with a low kick. Counter right from Hill. Low kick exchange, right hand from Hill as she denies a clinch. Hill stuffs a takedown, lands a right hand and body kick on the break. Rapid exchanges near the fence. One minute in. 1-2-3 from Torres. Lead right from Hill, leg kick. Hill stops another takedown. Two minutes to go. Hill lands a right as Tecia tries to clinch. Hill stops another takedown and Torres takes her to the fence. Hill fighting off the takedown. Knee to the body. Two minutes to go.
Hill still fighting off the takedown. Big John splits them up after about fifty seconds. Counter right from Hill. One minute to go. Torres clinches, eats a knee to the body as she takes her to the cage. Hammerfists by Hill. The crowd's not liking this. Torres working for an outside trip. They end the round on the fence. 10-9 Hill.
Final result: Torres def. Hill by unanimous decision
125 lbs.: Chico Camus vs. Henry Cejudo
Round 1: Camus lands a counter right off a teep, then an uppercut as Cejudo tries to change levels. Right hand connects for Cejudo. Cejudo clinches up and takes him to the fence, kneeing his thigh. One minute in. Camus makes space. Right hand by Camus. Cejudo ties up, eats a knee. Teep by Camus. Left hook lands for "The Messenger." Camus stuffs a takedown and gets taken to the fence again. Two minutes in. Left hook on the exit from Cejudo. Teep lands. Cejudo tying up every time Camus steps in.. Cejudo body kick, two-piece combo from Camus in response. Two minutes to go.
Camus tries for a single-leg but loses it quickly. Right hand by Camus. Two punches from Camus, left hook from Cejudo. Cejudo advances, eats a left hand as he presses him against the fence. Knee to the body from Cejudo. Yamasaki separates them. Right hand by Camus. One minute to go. Camus sprawls on a shot and catches a body kick. Cejudo takes him to the fence. Cejudo tries for a low single, drops it and returns tot he clinch with a left hook. Cejudo slams him down, Camus immediately back up. 10-9 Camus.
Round 2: Quick punching exchange, no clean connections. Body kick and 1-2 from Cejudo, then a front kick and right hand. Another 1-2 connects. Counter 2-3. Another counter right. One minute in. Cejudo clinches up. Knees to the body and thigh, plus foot stomps. Cejudo changes levels, loses the grip. Another right hand, Camus answers. 1-2 from Cejudo. Two minutes in. 1-1-2 from Camus, then a right in an exchange. Right hand by Cejudo, who takes Camus to the cage once more.
As an aside, Rogan is refusing to acknowledge Cejudo's increasingly successful striking. Infuriating. Two minutes to go.
Back to the center. Knee to the body by Camus. Cejudo with a pair of right hands. Back to the cage. Knee to the body from Cejudo. He misses an elbow on the exit. Left hook by Camus. One minute to go. Lead left by Camus, body kick from Cejudo. Camus catches a low kick, can't use it. Camus tries a knee tap. Quick punching exchange. Bell. 10-9 Cejudo.
Round 3: Good left hook and straight right by Cejudo. Double jab from Camus. Counter right by Camus after eating a body kick. Cejudo clinches and tries an inside trip, which fails. Camus catches a finger in the eye. Cejudo shoots in again, stuffed. One minute in. Counter right from Camus after eating a body kick. Knee to the body from Camus, Cejudo ties up and takes him to the fence with a couple of knees as well. More knees from Cejudo. Nice elbow by Cejudo on the break. 1-2 by Cejudo, Camus poked again. Two minutes in. Counter jab by The Messenger. Clinch, knees to the body from Cejudo. Camus answers on the break. Good right hand inside from Cejudo. Both land right hands. Camus gets underhooks on the next tie-up and moves him to the fence. Two minutes to go.
Chico looking to change levels. Cejudo shoves him away. Cejudo takes him to the fence on the opposite side. More knees from Cejudo. One minute to go. Camus lands a knee on the break. Camus moving aggressively, landing some solid strikes. Nice right cross. Cejudo dumps Camus with an ankle pick and lands in open guard. Cejudo catches him with a body kick as he stands. 10-9 Cejudo.
Final result: Cejudo def. Camus by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Efrain Escudero
Round 1: Cut kick by Escudero puts Dober on his back. Dober scrambles up, directly into a guillotine. Escudero cranking on the standing guillotine and, after some resistance, Dober taps out. Nicely done.
Final result: Escudero def. Dober by submission (guillotine choke)
135 lbs.: Alejandro Perez vs. Patrick Williams
Round 1: Willians immediately drops him with a pair of right hands. Perez shoots in and Williams puts him to sleep with a power guillotine. Wow.
Final result: Williams def. Perez by technical submission (guillotine choke)
155 lbs.: Johnny Case vs. Francisco Trevino
Round 1: Trevino opens with a leg kick. Quick combination from Case. 2-3 low kick. Case catches a side kick and opens up on Trevino against the fence. Right to the body. Hard 1-2 after checking a low kick. One minute in. Trevino tries a right hook. Case body kick. Body shot, low kick. Trevino answers. Again. Body kick from Case. Two minutes in. Case on the advance, eats a counter right. Trevino attempts a side kick, eats a low kick. Case cracks him with an uppercut against the fence. Lead right from Trevino, counter right tby Case. Two minutes to go.
Counter uppercut just misses. They trade low kicks and Case catches a vicious poke in the eye that makes him scream. It's a bad one, but he manages to continue. Case catches a body kick and takes him down into half guard. He tries to pass to mount and Trevino sweeps. Case latches onto a guillotine and sweeps him right back into half guard. Trevino throwing elbows off his back. He tosses up an armbar, which Case slips out of. Case takes his back at the bell. 10-9 Case.
Round 2:Case continuing to move forward. Trevino taunting, despite eating some kicks. Lead elbow by Trevino. Body kick lands. Low kick. One minute in. Case trips him down into full guard. Trevino looking for a triangle, tries an omaplata that allows Case to pass to side control. Case takes his back, Trevino rolls back over. Case landing good punches and takes his back again. Two minutes in.Case looking for the RNC. Trevino turns into him and Case locks up a guillotine. He loses it as he falls to his back and Trevino takes top position, dropping a right hand. Two minutes to go.
Case turns into him and manages to stand out of the front headlock after eating some strikes. Kick exchange. Good low kic kby Case and he takes Trevino down again. One minute to go. Case working towards his back. Hammerfists from Case and Trevino turns and shoots in. Case sprawls on it and they return to their feet at the bell. 10-9 Case.
Round 3: Case connects with a right hand to open the round. Case tries to change levels under a Trevino left hook. Trevino low kick. Case ducks a side kick, can't tie him up. Left hand lands for "Frank." One minute in. Case checks a low kick. Hard straight right lands for Case. Case just misses with more rights inside. Left lands for Trevino after a failed spin. Two minutes in. Teep by Case. Trevino advances and Case dumps him, landing in open guard. Trevino looks for a Kimura and Case passes to half guard. Two minutes to go.
Short elbows by Case after extricating his arm. Trevino regains guard. Case pustures up and drops a right hand. Trevino gives up his back trying to stand and Case puts in both hooks. Trevino gets out the back door and Case latches onto his neck. One minute to go. Trevino moves to the rear waistlock and takes him to the fence. Knees to the thigh by Trevino, who eats an elbow. Case shoves him away. Left hook by Case, who eats a right hand after a failed takedown. 10-9 Case.
Final result: Case def. Trevino by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Augusto Montano vs. Cathal Pendred
Round 1: Dodger tries an oblique kick to start the fight. Low kick from Pendred. Once again. Pendred rushing in, Montano circling. Leg kick and attempted side kick for the Mexican brawler. One minute in. Pendred shoots in, Montano defending with an underhook. He successfully circles free. Pendred low kick. Backfist attempt. Two minutes in. Wheel kick attempt by Pendred. Montano rushes, can't connect. Low kick lands for him. Good side kick to the gut. Front kick just misses, as does a counter right. Two minutes to go.
Pendred whiffs on a left hook. Montano very mobile. Low kick lands for Pendred. Nice teep from Dodger. Pendred spins. Crowd not happy with the lack of engagement. One minute to go. Pendred whiffs on a check hook and Montano slips. Pendred spreading his arms wide in frustration. Dodger tries a flying knee, lands one to the body as Pendred drags him to the cage. They end the round there. 10-9 Pendred.
Round 2: Herb Dean warns Montano for his lack of action.
Side kick from Dodger, low kicks from Pendred. Pendred slips a right hand, then gets dropped with another one. Pendred latches onto a single and takes Montano to the cage, losing the leg but getting double unders. One minute in. Pendred still working for the takedown, mixing in some short punches. Pendred manages to drag him down onto his seat. Two minutes in. Pendred on top in half guard against the fence. Dodger works his way up while in the front headlock. He gets his head out and lands a knee before getting tied up again. Pendred brings him to his knees with the rear waistlock. Dodger stands, gets tripped down again. Two minutes to go.
Another takedown for Pendred, on top in half guard. Short shots from Pendred. Montano turning into him, Pendred slaps on a crucifix neck crank a la Alvarez-Kikuno. One minute to go. Montano gets free, gets to one knee. Pendred tries to take his back, can't do so before Montano returns to his feet. Pendred tries an ankle pick before the bell. 10-9 Pendred.
Round 3: Side kick from Dodger. Half-hearted hook kick attempt. Dodger pops him with a right hand when Pendred changes levels. Low kick by Dodger. One minute in. Dodger lands a knee as Pendred once more bullies him into the fence. Another knee lands for him as they separate. Front kick whiffs. Dodger stuffs another takedown, Pendred shoots in again and has him on the fence again. Two minutes in. Montano defending well, grabbing onto a Kimura grip. Montano slips out and lands a low kick. Two minutes to go.
Pendred low kick after a period of inaction. One minute to go. Glancing hook kick from Montano. Pendred taunting again. Dodger avoids another takedown. Round ends with another failed takedown. 10-9 Pendred fpr just doing something I suppose.
145 lbs.: Gabriel Benitez vs. Clay Collard
Round 1: Benitez drops him with a counter left, but can't take his back. Benitez cracks him with a knee to the body after they scramble up. Cut kick by Moggly, then one to the body. Leg kick connects for him. One minute in. Low kick from Collard. Punches come up short, leg kick does not. Benitez answers to the leg. Nice counter left by Benitez once again, then a body kick. Collard tries an elbow. Collard winging punches near the fence, lands a left. Two minutes in. Collard takes him to the fence and punches him right in the package. Benitez takes a moment to recover and they resume in the center. Body kick from Benitez, then a fast exchange inside. Collard shoots in behind a Benitez low kick. Benitez slaps on a guillotine and pulls guard with it. Collard shakes free and takes his back. Two minutes to go.
Both hooks in for Collard. Benitez working his way to his feet and drills him with an elbow. More elbows from Benitez as he tries to scramble up. He makes it to his feet, Collard attached. One minute in. Collard with the rear waistlock. German suplex from Collard. They end up in an odd position and both scramble up. Good round. 10-9 Benitez.
Round 2: Benitez flicks out a high kick, lands a left to the body. Counter left to the body this time. Inside low kick. Collard comes up short with a sloppy backfist. Double left hook lands for him. One minute in. Straight right and low kick by the American. Benitez to the body. Collard whiffs on an elbow. Collard starting to put combinations together, gets tripped up by a leg kick. Leg kick as Collard rushes in. Moggly with a 1-2, then a straight to the body. Two minutes in. Collard eats a low kick and takes him down. Benitez scoots to the fence, scrambles up, and separates. Counter left from Moggly. Body kick hurts Collard and Benitez tries to unload. Collard shoots in and brings him down. Two minutes to go.
Benitez landing punches to the same spot he hit from his back. He scrambles up and pursues Collard. Collard is fading badly. Nice body shot from Benitez. Counter knee to the body. One minute to go. Collard is completely out of gas. Benitez body kick, then a left hook. Counter left up top, low kick. Benitez rips to the body again, then lands up top. Collard tries to press forward with combinations and lands a low kick before the bell. 10-9 Benitez.
Round 3: Collard has his hands on his knees before the round starts. Collard lands a right as he takes a low kick. 1-2 from Benitez. Body shot once again. Collard just winging punches and trying to rush. Benitez with a pair of low kicks. Again, this one Collard counters with a right. One minute in. Another low kick, then to the body. Left up top by Collard. Counter body shot by Benitez. Collard is exhausted. Collard catches a body kick and tries desperately to take him down. Benitez limp-legs out and takes top position. Two minutes in. Benitez elects to let him up. Hard counter left by Benitez, who tries to front kick the leaning Collard. Two minutes to go.
Collard takes him down against the fence. Browne elbows from Benitez. Collard just gluing himself to a leg. Benitez smacking him with punches and hammerfists. Collard dumps him, eats some more elbows. One minute to go. Collard postures up and takes Benitez's back. Collard trying to soften him up with punches as Benitez controls his wrists and looks at the screen to target elbows. He smiles for the crowd before the bell. 10-9 Benitez.
Final result: Benitez def. Collard by unanimous decision
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