Up-and-coming welterweights Alan Jouban and Matt Dwyer went head-to-head earlier this evening (Weds., July 15, 2015) in a clash of 170-pound rising stars at UFC Fight Night 71 on FOX Sports 1, which took place inside Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
Jouban, alongside his power-punching counterpart, looked to make it two wins in a row with a memorable performance in "The Golden State," and they kicked things off on the main card with a bang.
In the end, it would be Jouban who would get his hand raised with a unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
The Lafayette native connected with a body kick to begin the action in the opening round, and Dwyer answered soon after with a counter right that sent Jouban to the canvas. "Brahma" popped up and turned it into a takedown and the fight moved to Dwyer's guard.
The action would return to the feet and Jouban would catch Dwyer with a big right hand that rocked the Canadian. As Dwyer was on one knee trying to get back up, Jouban drilled him with an illegal knee with just under 30 seconds in the round.
The fight was immediately halted by referee Herb Dean who docked one point from Jouban.
In the second, Dwyer out aggressive with two front kicks and a spinning back kick, but all three missed their mark. Jouban would find a home for a big kick to the body and continue to try and work with his way inside the range of the lanky Canadian. Dwyer would attempt a takedown, but it was easily stuffed by Jouban.
With little more than one minute left in the round, Jouban drilled Dwyer with a high kick that sent the Canadian to the floor. Jouban would swarm in for the finish, but Dwyer would survive, get up and return fire. Jouban would then hit a highlight-reel cartwheel kick that landed right on the button before the round's conclusion.
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"Brahma" came out with a sense of urgency in the final stanza and was firing away with big shots. Dwyer was the more visibly-fatigued fighter, and was more measured in his attack, too. The Canadian was successful in keeping Jouban at bay, until Jouban secured a takedown with little more than one minute left in the fight. Dwyer attempted a kimura while Jouban sat in his half guard, but he never threatened.
They both returned to their feet as the clappers sounded and Jouban attempted another cartwheel kick, but he couldn't get it high enough and Dwyer caught it on his torso and followed him to the ground, firing away in Jouban's guard.
Jouban, who doubles as a model, improves to 12-3 and is now 3-1 in UFC. Dwyer falls to 8-3 after losing by the decision for the first time in his career.
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