Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on FOX Sports 1 for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 81 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place this Sunday night (Jan. 17, 2016) inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Dillashaw vs. Cruz" is headlined by the bantamweight championship showdown pitting reigning 135-pound titleholder TJ Dillashaw against former division kingpin Dominick Cruz. In the "Beantown" co-main event, Anthony Pettis begins his climb back to the top of the 155-pound mountain with a lightweight brawl opposite Eddie Alvarez.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 81 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 81 QUICK RESULTS:
Dominick Cruz def. TJ Dillashaw -- decision (split) 49-46, 48-47, 46-49
Eddie Alvarez def. Anthony Pettis -- decision (split) 29-28 x2, 28-29
Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione -- TKO (ground & pound) at 4:10 of rd 3
Francisco Trinaldo def Ross Pearson -- unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Patrick Cote def. Ben Saunders -- TKO (strikes) at 1:20 of rd 2
Ed Herman def. Tim Boetsch -- TKO (knee)at 1:39 of rd 2
Chris Wade def. Mehdi Baghdad -- Submission (RNC) at 4:30 of rd 1
Luke Sanders def. Maximo Blanco -- Submission (RNC) at 3:38 of rd 1
Paul Felder def. Daron Cruickshank -- Submission (RNC) at 3:56 of rd 3
Ilir Latifi def. Sean O'Connell -- KO (punch) at 0:30 of rd 1
Charles Rosa def. Kyle Bochniak -- unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez -- TKO (strikes) at 4:13 of rd 2
Francimar Barroso def. Elvis Mutapcic -- unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 81 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
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135 lbs.: TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz
Round 1: Dillashaw tries a head kick early, stays standing during a scramble. Body kick from the champ. Cruz with somebody work and a right hand. Dean getting a workout circling these fighters. TJ backs up the former champ with some punches, head kicks him from too close and winds up on bottom. He's up standing quickly, however. TJ with a takedown attempt that Cruz stuffs. Overhand right from Cruz. Cruz with a right, but Dom answers back with a big left and evades a swing from 'Shaw. Cruz swings a couple of hooks and bounces outta there. TJ's round kicks are slapping instead of thumping. Hell of a scramble as both men threw and landed. Dillashaw with the better of that exchange it looked like, but both are incredibly quick. TJ can't get a takedown as the round ends.
Round 2: Two big sweeping leg kicks from Dillashaw. Cruz punches the body twice. Dillashaw slips again, but is up before Cruz gets near to him. Nice jab from Cruz as he evades all of TJ's offense. Viper with a nice right. TJ ends a combo Dutch-style with a leg kick. Cruz throws a few strikes, gets to land one, eats a high kick for his troubles. 3-2 from the former champ. Cruz with a left. Cruz's chin is phenomenal. He gets a takedown, Dillashaw is up right away. Another takedown, another standup. TJ just misses another high kick and he's breathing heavy. Left from the champ backs up Cruz, but he evades the rest.
Round 3: TJ throwing, not landing too much. Gets a right hand in. Pretty combo thrown from Killashaw, but it didn't land. Lots of that. Couple of leg kicks from TJ, two punches from Cruz. TJ misses a superman punch. That right head kick again connects for TJ. As does a jab. They both land righ hands. Body kick from Dillashaw. Another outside leg kick from TJ. He throws it again and that gets him taken down. TJ scrambles up without eating punishment and the crowd cheers.Cruz with a jab and he's gone before return fire. Nice stick and move from the champ. TJ gets in a solid left, but Dom bobs and weaves before anything else.
Round 4: Jab and jive from Cruz. Right from TJ just touches skin. Punishing leg kick from TJ and Cruz comes with a takedown. TJ right back up. Right hand from Cruz. They both hit lefts. Snapping jab from Dominator. They clinch and Cruz gives up his back as TJ gets the takedown. TJ with a series of knees, scoring on the finally static Cruz. He's gotten a ton to the leg and a few to the chin. 40 seconds left. Both men being evasive here. TJ with a knee that looked like it hit a downed Cruz, but Dean does nothing.
Round 5: Final round and the crowd gives the loudest cheer of the night. Two solid leg kicks to the red outside of Cruz's thigh. TJ jabs and Cruz comes over the top. Solid punch from TJ and a big body kick. Cruz fires back now and they trade punches rock'em style. Jab lands for the former champ. Good straight left from Cruz. Loud body kick from Dillashaw. Cruz fires off a 4-piece and lands clean on the last one. He tries a spinning backfist that just chips a bit. TJ gets in a right. Two minutes to go. TJ glances in a right hand, then lands a solid one in an exchange. Cruz swinging a bit wilder now. TJ touches him with a jab. Dom ducks down and gets in a nice left hand. Good combo from Cruz. TJ gets in a pair of right hands. He stuffs a takedown and lands a left. Crowd is going wild. They both hit lefts. Hell of a fight
Final result: Dominick Cruz defeats TJ Dillashaw via decision (split) 49-46, 48-47, 46-49
155 lbs.: Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Round 1: Eddie opens up the striking with an inside leg kick. Level change into a takedown for Alvarez. Pettis trying to cage walk up, gets hit a couple of times, but rises. Lotsa cage-humping early as Ed looks to wear on the former champ. Pettis gets a bit of space, but can't get away before Alvarez is back on him. Cage grab from Ed that goes unnoticed. Ed hooks the inside of the leg for the takedown, but can't keep him there. Pettis gets punched once on his way up, but he's there and finally gets to center-cage again. Head kick from Showtime. Pettis with the Weidman - AKA an ill-advised wheel kick that gets him taken down. Ed just wearing on him, but possibly winning the round so far. Body kick from Tony. Punishing liver kick from Pettis. Clinch and a break.
Round 2: Pettis with a nice counter punch and kick.Eddie with feints and movement, trying to get Pettis to over-commit maybe. Takedown attempt from Alvarez fails. They clinch and Pettis gets away after a short while. Lead hook lands for Pettis. Eddie glances in a right hand. Pettis with a couple of leg kicks then a teep to the chest. Pettis with a leg kick then fends off the takedown attempt. Brief guillotine attempt from Showtime. They break with about 90 seconds left. Pettis with a right. Alvarez gets in a leg kick, but eats a 2-3. Takedown attempt again fails for Ed. Nice punch to Pettis' left ribs. Leg kick from Petis, then an even trade of them.
Round 3: Christ, that lady in the first row... calm down. They come out guns blazing,both firing, but as has happened pretty much all fight, Pettis had the better of the standup. Takedown attempt is again unsuccessful. Uppercut from Tony. Calf kick from Alvarez. Head kick lands for Pettis. Finally a successful takedown for Eddie, but he's not getting too much accomplished here. Eating the clock, though. Spladle attempt from Pettis. Pettis shrimps and gets to his feet. Alvarez scoops the legs out from under Tony again. Couple of punches from Ed and Pettis is back standing. Ed trying desperately for another takedown, sort of gets it as Pettis posts with the left hand. Pettis up... 45 seconds to go... Ed gets in a left as they break. Another.
Final result: Eddie Alvarez defeats Anthony Pettis via decision (split) 29-28, 29-28, 28-29
265 lbs.: Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Round 1: Matt with a left hand to open up the striking. Browne counters a leg kick with a right. No setup from Matt will do that to him. Matt slips a right hand and deflects a head kick. Glances in a left. Browne slaps the face with a head kick and gets in a knee while eating a left hand. Mitrione lunging in again and he gets clipped this time. His rushing in well over the front foot might spell bad things. Browne loses his balance in an exchange and Matt rushes in to get in a couple of shots before Hapa can get away. Browne doubles up a pair of glancing jabs and lands a nice overhand. Whoops, Travis just eye-poked the hell out of Meathead. Matt gets a minute and seems to be OK.
10-9 Browne in a close round
Round 2: Mitrione with a right hand, Browne gets in a leg kick. Meathead with one, too. Matt lands solid, gets poked in the eye again, but the ref doesn't see it. Matt swinging wildly and he might not be able to see out of that eye. He was winning that round up to that point it seemed. Replay shows a very blatant thumb to the eye that the ref just whiffed on. Doctors still looking at this and this might not continue... but swerve, it does! Matt lunges in and gets a knee to the gut for his troubles. Right from Browne. One from Mitrione. Travis just clips a touch of head with a kick. Mitrione runs in again, misses Browne entirely, and is spun around into a knee. They clinch and Browne trips him. Side control and Browne is looking for an Americana. He spins around, Browne now trying for an anaconda choke. Browne spamming front kicks to the body. They clinch and Matt avoids the damage and trip this time.
Round 3: Crowd chanting... "Eddie"? Huh? Travis sticks out the hand again to ward off Matt and nearly pokes him again. The ref with a sour look on his face,but he does nothing. Jab from Meathead. Clinch. Matt with an uppercut, and Travis tries the foot sweep again. He gets Matt's back and turns a body lock into a huge slam. He's right into mount. He's not landing solid, but Matt can't do anything about this at all. There's a big elbow. Another. This is reminding me of Kimbo against Roy Nelson. No ground game just can't cut it. Finally the ref is tired of seeing a man get concussed and stops it. The crowd rains down boos.
Final result: Travis Browne defeats Mat Mitrione via TKO (ground & pound) at 4:10 of Round 3
155 lbs.: Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Round 1: Pearson showing surprising depth with this classic house, even if it is a remix. Feeling out process here for a while with not much landing for either fighter. Leg kick here, body punch there. That was a nice shot from Pearson. Crowd not liking the occasional bursts of action interspersed with single strikes. Trinaldo misses a spinning backfist, gets hit with a punch to the chest. Heavy body kick from the Brit. Big leg kick, too.Left hand lands for Francisco. Knee from Frank connects,as does a second one shortly thereafter. Some meathead is already chanting "boring" in the crowd, and I glance over to the fighter section to see some smirks. Back to the action, Trinaldo hits a nice left, eats a loud body kick in return. Ten seconds left and Trinaldo picks Ross up and slams him on his neck. He tries to get a kick in as Ross stands, but it misses.
Round 2: Trinaldo with an inadvertent poke to the eye, but it didn't do any damage, so we're back on. Lots of feinting and movement. Francis misses a big right. Pearson catches a kick and dumps the Brazilian down. Pearson postures and gets in a nice right hand, but Trinaldo gets back upright. Spinning Hook kick from Pearson. Trinaldo with a flurry that ends in a very solid knee. Another knee from Trinaldo as they separate. He wades back into the clinch and they both hit elbows. Jump kick attempt from Frank. A head kick glances, too. Left hand and a knee from Trinaldo is answered by a body kick from Pearson.
Round 3: Pearson with a headkick attempt. Nice uppercut,but Trinaldo gets in a punch that staggers Ross. Trinaldo is on the advance now, trying to capitalize. Solid aggression and he scored a number of strikes before Pearson was able to get the break. Pearson counters a couple of missed punches with a nice body right. Head kick from Pearson and Trinaldo looks a little shaky, but Ross doesn't seem to see it, or perhaps I'm missing it. Trinaldo with a head kick, but Pearson marches forward to get a takedown. Pearson pressuring on top, but Trinaldo is able to get up without absorbing too much damage other than a couple of rights. Nice shot to the ribs from Pearson. Pearson shrugs off a Thai plumm attempt. Francis with a jump knee. Pearson whiffs on a big punch. Trinaldo ducks under a swing, gets the clinch but Pearson reverses it. Trinaldo manages to get an underhook, spin out and uppercut as he gets away. Right hand from the Brazilian.
Final result: Francisco Trinaldo defeats Ross Pearson via decision (unanimous) 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
170 lbs.: Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Round 1: Saunders takes the center of the cage early. Jabs and other long attacks to keep Cote at bay so far. They clinch and Ben gets in a knee. Nice low kick from Predator. They clinch and Saunders trips Cote down. He's on top in full guard. Cote trying for a butterfly, but this has to favor Saunders one would think. Ben with some GNP to stay active. Cote elbowing from bottom in between holding on. Ben punching to the body. Cote with an armbar attempt! He doesn't get it, but he does use it to get on top and start punching on Saunders. Killa B trying to get away from the fire here as Patrick is taking very opportunity to get in punches. Big right hand from Cote.
Round 2: Long kick from Saunders. Cote with one of his own. Right hand from the Canadian. They clinch and there's some big uppercuts - Saunders is staggered. He drops down and Cote is spamming right hands on him. He's eating a bunch and the ref looks like he wants to stop it. He does! Saunders gets right up and looks pissed, but that's all she wrote for Killa B tonight.
Final result: Patrick Cote defeats Ben Saunders via TKO (punches and GNP) at 1:20 of Round 2
185 lbs.: Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Round 1: Herman in white shorts, black trim. Boetsch in black, white trim. Also a Chuck Liddell gut. Solid left from Ed to start. They trade leg kicks. Big right hand from Tim backs up Herman. Jab from the Barbarian as well. Leg kick exchange again. Tim with a straight right. Ed just misses a winging left and eats a heavy shot to the gut in return.They clinch and Herman is mauled briefly by an uppercut and a knee before getting out of there. They both trade headshots. Herman with some good clinch work this time. Cracking left from Tim briefly wobbles Short Fuse. Ed counters a leg kick with an overhand. Gets another one to land. They clinch and break.
Round 2: Feeling out process early so far. Boetsch with some body work. Tim is throwing leg kicks on occasion with zero setup and Ed has right-handed him nearly every time. HUGE knee from Herman in the clinch out of nowhere and down goes Boetsch! Herman quickly follows up with some ground and pound, but that's just unnecessary at this point as Tim is donezo.
Final result: Ed Herman defeats Tim Boetsch via TKO (knee) at 1:39 of Round 2
155 lbs.: Mehdi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade
Round 1: Normally coming out to Eminem is the kiss of death for a fighter, but maybe a newer song like Rap God will help Wade. Baghdad in the white spandex and black trim. Wade with the black trunks. You know I'm gonna say it at least once, so I'll just get it out of the way now. Baghdad comes out throwing bombs! That said, Wade ducks under and drags Mehdi down. Full guard for Baghdad. Wade trying to stay active as "USA! USA!" chants break out. Nice elbow from Chris. They're up against the fence now and Wade is postured up, getting in sporadic shots. Baghdad makes to stand, but gets his head wrapped up in a submission attempt and he drops back down to get out of it. Three right hands from Wade. The Frenchman rolls onto his knees, but Wade is heavy on him and keeps him down. He's got the back, but with no hooks so far. Dominant round from Wade with under a minute to go. He's got the hooks in and the choke in... and he gets it! Flawless victory for the American.
Final result: Chris Wade defeats Mehdi Baghdad via submission (RNC) at 4:30 of Round 1
145 lbs.: Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders
Round 1: I don't recognize this cover of Turn the Page for Sanders, but it's a solid song at least. Better than the trash Pitbull that Blanco walked out to. Sanders with corn rows, Blanco with more melanin. They're both swinging with a lot of stuff. Blanco with a leg kick that reverbates throughout the arena. Sanders gets in a good left hand. Blanco ducks that left, gets hit with one in an exchange. Knee from Max and a jab from Luke. The leg kicks are a'slappin! Sanders with a punch that floors Blanco, but he is careless in moving in and winds up taken down and on bottom. Half guard... mount... scramble, roll and they're up, but not before Luke eats a knee. Sanders has a great left hand and he plates Blanco with another one. This time he comes in cleaner, punches Max in the side of the head twice and latches onto a RNC, eliciting the tap mere seconds later.
Final result: Luke Sanders defeats Maximo Blanco via submission (RNC) at 3:38 of Round 1
155 lbs.: Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Round 1: Daron with the strong statement coming out to "Kung-Fu Fighting". Solid classic. Daron is the shorter man in white with black, Paul wearing black with white. Felder with a nice outside leg kick. Crook responds with a foot to the face as Paul stumbles. Another mean leg kick from Felder. Daron with one, but with less venom on it. Felder punches to the body. Side kick to the jaw of Felder. Shank with a couple of body kicks as Felder closes the distance. Daron reverses the clinch after a short bit, eats a knee, lands a spinning back elbow. Flurry from Crook into a failed takedown attempt. Daron's left leg is a lovely shade of crimson. Daron picks up Felder for a slam and nearly gets caught in a guillotine. He manages to get out of it and into half guard. Felder stands, gets Daron pushed to the fence. Knees to Detroit Superstar's body. They break and Daron hits a spinning back kick near the liver. Felder with a takedown, but Daron scrambles and lands on top in full guard. They trade elbows.
Round 2: Crooks lands a kick, but just with the toes. Backfist from Shanks as Felder whiffed on a headkick. Daron tries for a takedown, can't get it and Felder reverses him. Paul with a couple of punches from half guard. Back up and STANDING AND WANGING TIME! Daron appears to get the better of that. Weird scramble and Felder has on a reverse triangle. The angle is wrong and he can't finish it. He is getting in some free punches, however. Daron finally out of it as the round is nearly over. He slams his way out of a guillotine attempt atthe end of the bell.
Round 3: Felder misses a spin, but gains the clinch and muscles Daron to the links. Knee from Felder.I like how the crowd keeps shouting out random techniques.... "UPPERCUT!" "FOOT SWEEP!" A couple more knees from Paul. Paul gets a body lock, but can't get his hooks in. He settles for dragging Daron back down. Elbow from Daron, right hand from Paul. Felder gets another takedown and elbows from full guard. Under two minutes to go and Paul is controlling what might be a pivotal round. Daron rolls over, but Felder floats over to the back and sinks in a rear-naked choke. Daron tries to fight it off, but Felder gets it in and has the win.
Final result: Paul Felder defeats Daron Cruickshank via submission (RNC) at 3:56 of Round 3
205 lbs.: Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O'Connell
Round 1: Lat Dog in black spandex, O'Connell in the white shorts. Latifi with a huge right that staggers Sean. He falls and the ref immediately stops the fight to the protestations of O'Connell who seems fine. The replay shows Sean getting absolutely smashed, but he appeared lucid when the ref stopped it. Ugh.
Final result: Ilir Latifi defeats Sean O'Connell via KO (punch) at 0:30 of Round 1
145 lbs.: Kyle Bochniak vs. Charles Rosa
Round 1: Slightly better walkout music, with Rosa pandering to the crowd via Dropkick Murphys. Rosa in black shorts with white trim, Kyle in the white spandex and black trim. Also his hair is lighter? Rosa with a very side-on stance, and he's using side kicks to keep distance. Nice leg kick in a more traditional manner. Kyle has off-balanced Rosa twice now already. Wheel kick to the face connects for Rosa. I'm gonna channel Joe Rogan a bit and mention that Rosa is using a lot of energy-consuming techniques with spin kicks that aren't doing anything even when they land, which they aren't doing a lot of. That said Kyle hasn't done much either. There's the something as he gets a nice right to the mug while Rosa is kicking and drops Rosa. He tries to flurry, but Rosa uses a leglock attempt to get space and stand. Kyle's lead leg is a lovely cherry color from the outside leg kicks he's absorbed already. Rosa with a single-leg attempt, gets it for a moment, but Kyle is back up quickly.
Close round, 10-9 Rosa
Round 2: Kyle with a long right straight out of the gate. Rosa keeping Kyle guessing with kicks from everywhere. That one touched his face, but more in a Zohan "smell it" than a Cro Cop cemetery manner. The hardest shots have been Kyle's punches and Rosa's leg kicks. Left from Kyle and he lands a couple leg kicks. Rosa with a takedown attempt that Kyle stuffs. Bochniak seems to be wearing every strike horribly, as his right rib-cage, left leg and nose are all various colors of tomato. Left hand from Rosa into a takedown attempt that Kyle stuffs at first,but Rosa is dogged and eventually gets him down. Kyle kicks him back and stands before anything of significance happens. Bochniak with a nice takedown mid-cage, gets in a punch before Charles does the same and kicks him away to stand.
10-9 Rosa in another close one.
Round 3: Both men coming out a bit more purposeful, but Rosa's been landing volume, and I'm not sure the harder but significantly fewer strikes Kyle's landed are swaying the judges. We'll find out in 3:55 I guess. Nice leg kick from Bochniak. Rosa gets tagged, but moves well to avoid anything further. Interesting that in this third round, he's mostly punching now and not kicking like he was earlier. Kyle with a right. Rosa with a single that goes nowhere. Kyle looking tired. Right-hand counter tho. Another good right has Rosa to the fence, but now Charles lands clean and the tables have turned. Rosa pressuring and inexplicably clinches to the fence. He tries for a single, but Kyle limp-legs out of it. Kyle can't land a takedown. They land nice punches at the same time. Kyle gets hit in the mouth as he's off-balance kicking. Crowd is loving this. Rosa trying for a front choke, but I don't think he has it. They brake with 20 seconds left. Kyle with a wild left haymaker that kills a few flies hovering above the cage.
Final result: Charles Rosa defeats Kyle Bochniak via decision (unanimous) 30-27, 29-28 x2
135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez
Round 1: The music choices so far have all been ffffff-tier so far. Gomez in the shorts, Comic Sans in spandex. Lovely short shorts walk in front of me, but enough about the ring card girls. Nice leg kick from Font. Oddly enough, I hate his choice in ring attire, as the blue name on his trunks is impossible to make out on the black background. Good job, Reebok graphic design. Font pressures, misses a left. The crowd wants to cheer for Font and does so when he gets the takedown. Gomez right back up and they're on the fence. Joey down, uses a whizzer to stand up momentarily, before being forced back down. He does regain his feet a few seconds later, however. Nice jab from Font draws cheers. Gomez eats a high kick and a right before being taken down. Rob is unable to contain him again and eats some elbows in the process. 40 seconds to go. Gomez jabs and circles away from the fence. Font with a nice spinning back elbow.
Round 2: Font with a light eye-poke, but Dean misses it and Gomez seems OK, so shrug. Gomez needs to pick up the pace if he's going to have any success here. There's a jab, but Times New Roman flurries back to regain momentum. Teeps and leg kicks from Rob as the pace slows. Gomez's corner is urging him on, and he finally lands a nice liver kick, but disengages, rather than push while Font is on the cage. Good left hand from Font hurts Gomez. Font gets too overanxious on the follow-up and gets taken down up against the metal. Font spins and stands, eats a knee while doing so. Font on the complete offense here, spamming punches to the everywhere of Gomez. Knocks his mouthpiece out. Herb Dean is hovering and when Gomez goes down, he steps in right away.
Final result: Rob Font defeats Joey Gomez via TKO (strikes) at 4:13 of Round 2
205 lbs.: Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Round 1: Mutapcic in black with white trim and Barroso in white with black trim. These uniforms, I tell ya. Elvis has tats on his torso, Frank has em on his arm. They come out swingin early. Elvis misses a front kick, holding position in the center of the cage. Francisco with a nice left hand. Slapping body kick, too. Elvis misses a leg kick, Frank does not. Inside leg kick from Barroso. A right hand, too. Francimar seems to have found his range early. Great blast double straight into full guard. Elvis tries to butterfly, fails and goes back to closed. Body punches from the Brazilian. The crowd is sporadically yelling out silliness as they don't like this lull in action. Elbow from Frank. Elvis looks at the ref, but he's letting them go. Couple of elbows from the bottom. 30 seconds to go. Body, body, head.
Round 2: Big left body kick from Francis that Elvis tries to counter with a punch, but doesn't land clean. Frank catches a low kick, but can't get a takedown. This repeats itself a short while later. Nice lead left lands for Barroso, then a left. He circles away from the links, but Elvis keeps the angle. A punch knocks the mouthpiece out of the American's mouth, and the ref calls time to get it back in. Three leg kicks for Frank, then a left. And another. Barroso can't get a knee tap, but flicks a right hand. Another good one for him. The mouthpiece comes out a little later and the crowd starts booing.
40 seconds left. Right from Frank, and his head kick misses. Takedown attempt that Elvis stuffs.
Round 3: Barroso fakes the takedown, but doesn't have a follow up - probably just to get Elvis thinking. They trade shots, Frank with an elbow, Elvis with a punch, and Barroso ends up stumbling out of it. Not sure if he was hit solid or just lost his balance. They mush around for a bit in a clinch and AGAIN, Elvis loses his mouthpiece. When they separate, the ref admonishes him and we're backup. Barroso with a lead uppercut. Mutapcic lands a nice punch clean. There's a left for him, too. His best round so far, but he's probably down two rounds already. Elvis fends off a double, wades in with half-force punches, none really land clean. Mutapcic not really showing urgency at the moment. One minute left. Loud liver kick from Francimar. Elvis misses a standing elbow. Frank catches a kick and clinches to the fence. They tradeshort punches and knees until the clapper sounds. A couple swings at the end, but nothing huge.
Final result: Francimar Barroso defeats Elvis Mutapcic via decision - unanimous (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)