After a busy weekend in Brazil, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business this Saturday night (Oct. 1, 2016) for UFC Fight Night 96: "Lineker vs. Dodson," which takes place inside Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, live on FOX Sports 1.
The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card will feature a compelling bantamweight showdown pitting the resurgent John Lineker against fellow flyweight import John Dodson. Elsewhere on the card, Will Brooks and Alex Oliveira hook 'em up for a spot in the 155-pound title chase.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 96 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 96 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 96 QUICK RESULTS:
John Lineker vs. John Dodson -- Lineker def. Dodson by split decision (47-48, 48-47 x2)
Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira -- Oliveira def. Brooks by TKO (punches) at 3:30 of Round Three
Louis Smolka vs. Brandon Moreno -- Moreno def. Smolka by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:23 of Round One
Josh Burkman vs. Zak Ottow -- Ottow def. Burkman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Joachim Christensen vs. Luis Henrique da Silva -- Henrique def. Christensen by submission (armbar) at 4:43 of Round Two
Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili -- Fili def. Dias by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Shamir Abdurakhimov vs. Walt Harris -- Abdurakhimov def. Harris by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Keita Nakamura vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos -- Dos Santos def. Nakamura by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory -- Marquardt def. McCrory by TKO (punch and head kick) at 4:44 of Round Two
Ion Cutelaba vs. Jonathan Wilson -- Cutelaba def. Wilson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Curtis Blaydes vs. Cody East -- Blaydes def. East by TKO (elbows) at 2:02 of Round Two
Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Vieira -- Vieira def. Faszholz by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 96 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
135 lbs.: John Lineker vs. John Dodson
Round 1: Low kick from Dodson to start the fight. Again.Lineker answers in kind. One minute in. Lineker switches to southpaw, eats a leg kick. More leg kicks. Dodson body kick. Two minutes in. Lineker lands a right to the body, eats a body kick. Lineker left hook, Dodson counter left hits home. Lineker to the body. Dodson low kicks, counter overhand from Lineker. Two minutes to go.
Both men smiling. Dodson lands a flush head kick, Lineker eats it and catches the leg. Can't use it. Lineker whiffs on a body shot. One minute to go. Body kick from Lineker, body shot, left hook. Lineker body kick again. Dodson catches the next body kick and trips Lineker down. He pops back up, eats a body kick. Lineker with a right before the bell. 10-9 Dodson.
Round 2: Dodson low kicks. Lineker body kick. Lineker digs a right to the body after eating a leg kick. One minute in. Dodson looks for a head kick. Lineker chases him, can't reach him with the right hand. Hard straight left lands for Dodson. Two minutes in. Lineker taunts him, then goes back to chasing him. Double right from Lineker. Hard left hook from Lineker, but he eats a groin shot in the process and goes down in agony. He takes his time and resumes, two minutes to go.
Quick exchange in the center. Hard left hook stings Dodson. Lineker appears to be finding his range. Wild punching exchange. Dodson body kick. Lineker still pursuing. One minute to go. Low kick by Lineker. Double left connects for Dodson. Lineker low kick. Lineker flurry. Dodson waves him on. 10-9 Dodson, barely.
Round 3: Right hand by Lineker to start. Body shots, Dodson comes back with kicks. Lineker whiffs, Dodson taunts. One minute in. Lineker right hand. Vicious exchange, both men land clean. Lineker chasing him down. Two minutes in. Left from Dodson, another exchange. Counter right by Lineker off a low kick. Left hook upstairs. Two minutes to go.
Quick left from Dodson. Lineker tries a high kick. Lineker with a thumping body shot that seems to get Dodson's attention. Hard left downstairs. Dodson lands a clean head kick, Lineker shrugs it off. One minute to go. Lineker cracks him with some hooks as he tries to circle away. Lineker pumping up the crowd, stings Dodson with a straight right. Dodson changes levels, abandons it when Lineker threatens a guillotine. 10-9 Lineker.
Round 4: Right hand from Lineker, body kick from Dodson. Lineker with a right to the body in return. Lineker low kick. Right hand and left hook from Lineker kicks off another wild exchange. Lineker with a right to the body. One minute in. Dodson's still in there with him. 1-2 lands for Dodson. Another left hits home. They trade punches. Dodson ducks a right hand, can't get the takedown. Two minutes in. Left hook by Lineker. Body shot. Two minutes to go.
Lineker body shot. Lineker digs a right downstairs, then rips Dodson inside. Dodson comes back with a big left hand, gets clipped by another. Lineker just storming after him, landing hooks. Lneker backs him to the fence and rips him with a flurry. One minute to go. Dodson tries a high kick. Lineker eats a body kick, digs a left hook downstairs. Low kick lands for him. 10-9 Lineker.
Round 5: Counter left lands for Dodson. Body kick by Lineker, another counter left from Dodson. Superman punch lands for Dodson, who tries a level change a minute in. Lineker rips to the body. Lineker body kick. Dodson low kick. Two minutes in. Lineker whiffs on overhand lefts. They exchange lefts. Lineker with a right to the body. Two minutes to go.
Another stinging left by Dodson. Body shots and a left hook by Lineker. Lineker winging bombs and a right hand connects. Big left hook. Dodson left hand. Left hand hurts Lineker, he waves Dodson on. Lineker storming in, eats left hands and gets taken down. One minute to go. Dodson playing backpack. Lineker turns to face him and separates. Head kick from Dodson, Lineker rips him with left hooks before the bell. 10-9 Dodson.
Final result: Lineker def. Dodson by split decision
155 lbs.: Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira
Round 1: Oliveira opens with a leg kick, counters the return fire with a right hand. Oliveira stuffs a takedown with double underhooks and puts him on the fence. One minute in. Oliveira looking for dirty boxing. Knees to the body. Good knee by Brooks in return. Oliveira keeping plenty of head pressure on the former Bellator champ. Oliveira changes levels, can't get anything. Oliveira lands a knee to the body and Brooks reverses position. Two minutes to go.
Brooks goes for a double-leg and dumps the Brazilian on his seat. Oliveira works his way up, grabs double underhooks, and reverses position. Brooks gets double underhooks and looks for an outside trip. One minute to go. Brooks lands a knee on the way up. Browne elbows by Oliveira as Brooks shoots in. Brooks completes a takedown and hops to mount as Oliveira holds onto a guillotine. 10-9 Oliveira.
Round 2: Front kick from Oliveira. Brooks chains a high-crotch into a single-leg and immediately takes mount when he brings Oliveira down. One minute in. Oliveira holding onto him, keeping him close. Brooks trying to posture. Oliveira tries to bridge and Brooks takes his back. Brooks playing backpack on a standing Oliveira. Oliveira fighting off his hands. Two minutes in. Oliveira shucks him off and dings him with knees to the body before slamming him to the mat. Brooks pops up and Oliveira grabs the rear waistlock before once again pressing him against the cage. Another takedown from the Brazilian. Two minutes to go.
Brooks looking for a triangle, stymied by the fence. Oliveira lands elbows as he extracts his head. Brooks rolls through to his feet. He moves to Oliveira's back and suplexes him down, again taking the backpack position. One minute to go. Oliveira again shucks him off, so Brooks changes levels for a double-leg. Oliveira defends it, landing elbows along the way. 10-9 Oliveira in a closer round.
Round 3: Low kicks from Oliveira. Brooks lands a low kick, eats a right hand and falls to the mat. He pops back up, seemingly unhurt, and Oliveira takes him to the fence. Brooks' ribs my be injured. One minute in. Brooks tries a sacrifice throw, but grimaces in pain as Oliveira counters it into half guard. Brooks struggles his way to the feet, agony on his face as he fights off Oliveira's takedown. Knees from Oliveira. Two minutes in. Oliveira looking for a single-leg. He ducks down and puts Brooks on his back against the cage. Half guard for the Brazilian. Two minutes to go.
Ground-and-pound from Oliveira. Brooks looks done in there. He tries to turn into Oliveira and the Brazilian hammers him with left hands until the ref steps in. Oliveira, who came in grievously overweight, celebrates and a pissed-off Brooks hurls his mouthpiece at him. A tainted TKO win for "Cowboy.'
Final result: Oliveira def. Brooks by TKO (punches)
170 lbs.: Josh Burkman vs. Zak Ottow
Round 1: Low kick from Ottow hits groin. Burkman leg kick. Right hook lands for Ottow. One minute in. Body shot from Ottow. Low kick connects. Again. Two minutes in. Burkman tries to go high, eats a right hand and whiffs on his own counter. Ottow lands another low blow. Burkman takes time to recover from this one. Low kick from Ottow. Two minutes to go.
Burkman throws a head kick, eats a body kick. Body kick by Ottow. Right hand connects. Burkman's punches just aren't landing and he walks into another counter right. One minute to go, body kick and right hook from Ottow. Burkman leg kick. Ottow lands a right hand as Burkman ducks down, then connects with an elbow. 10-9 Ottow.
Round 2: Low kicks from Ottow. Both land right hooks, Burkman tries a head kick. Another Ottow leg kick. One minute in. Burkman tries another head kick, blocked. Body kick from Ottow. Again. Low kick. Again. Burkman low kick. Two minutes in. This fight is kind of terrible. Burkman tries more high kicks, eats a low kick and fires a spinning back kick to the head. Two minutes to go.
More kick exchanges. Counter right by Ottow and another low kick. Another counter right. 2-1 by Ottow, high kick, elbow as Burkman tries to shoot. One minute to go. Combination lands for him, Burkman comes back with a right hand. Low kick from Ottow and Burkman whiffs on a spinning back fist. 10-9 Ottow.
Round 3: Burkman looks a little more aggressive in the early going. Ottow shoots, can't get the single-leg. Right hand lands for Burkman. More range striking. One minute in. High kick and right hands from Ottow. Straight left connects. Stiff jab as Burkman steps in. Body kick by Burkman. Two minutes in. Crowd is not enjoying this. Body kick by Ottow. Combination lands. Overhand right by Burkman, right hook by Ottow. Ottow picks at him with the jab and shoots. Two minutes to go.
Burkman pressing him against the fence. Knees to the thigh. Ottow uses the whizzer to deny a takedown, but Burkman persists and takes him down into half guard. One minute to go. Ottow scrambles his way back to his feet. Body kick by Ottow, he slips and shoots in with a successful takedown. He gets the back and cinches an RNC at the bell. 10-9 Ottow.
Final result: Ottow def. Burkman by split decision
125 lbs.: Louis Smolka vs. Brandon Moreno
Round 1: Smolka moving early, lands a good body kick. Moreno ties him up and takes him down into guard. Elbows from the bottom by Smolka as Moreno lands punches. One minute in. Moreno drags him away from the fence. Solid punches by Moreno and Smolka scrambles up, attached to a leg. Moreno slaps on a Marcelotine as Smolka spins him down and clamps down as the Hawaiian desperately scrambles. Smolka can't escape and Moreno scores a massive upset.
Final result: Moreno def. Smolka by submission (guillotine choke)
205 lbs.: Joachim Christensen vs. Luis Henrique da Silva
Round 1: Henrique moving forward, Christensen looking to counter. Low kicks from the Brazilian. He steps into the clinch and Henrique looks for the plum. Knees to the body from "Frankenstein." One minute in. Christensen looks for short uppercuts. More knees by Henrique. Good uppercut lands for him. They separate and Henrique lands a combo. Christensen body kick met by a right hand. Counter right by Christensen. Teep exchange. Uppercut slips through Henrique's guard, then a low kick lands.2-1 from Henrique and Christensen is hurt. He falls to the mat after another right hand and threatens his guard until the ref stands him up. Two minutes to go.
Hard right by Christensen when they resume. Left hook by the Brazilian. Good jab. Elbow and uppercut by the Dane. Overhand right by Henrique and he briefly has the Thai clinch. One minute to go. Christensen eats a head kick and presses him against the fence. 10-9 Henrique.
Round 2: Jab exchange to start, then a heavy combo by Christensen. Nice right uppercuts inside. Henrique lands an overhand right and pursues. Body shots. Knees to the body and elbows in the clinch. Henrique lands a good elbow before they separate. One minute in. Henrique goes back into the clinch. Henrique tries another spinning elbow. They separate. 1-2 by Christensen, then crushes Henrique with a knee. The Brazilian falls and Christensen gets to work bashing away in guard. Henrique grabs the fence, gets warned for it ,then immediately grabs it again. Two minutes to go.
Steady ground-and-pound from Christensen. Henrique nearly sweeps him, Christensen avoids it and comes down with a heavy right hand. Half guard for Christensen. Christenen tries to set up a d'arce and Henrique uses it to sweep. One minute to go. Henrique still grabbing the fence. Full mount and now the back for Henrique. The Brazilian rolls for an armbar and earns the tap.
Final result: Henrique def. Christensen by submission (armbar)
145 lbs.: Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili
Round 1: Fili on the advance early. Dias shoots from way out, nothing there. Counter left lands for Fili. Dias with a counter flurry, eats a body kick. Good rush from Dias. One minute in. Good left by Fili dings Dias. Another counter left lands. Dias shoots in, Fili limp-legs out. Counter left hook melts Dias. Fili hammers away with punches, but Dias manages to tie up and shoot for a takedown. Fili grabs the fence to stuff it. Two minutes in. Fili still fighting off the takedown, but Dias wrangles him down into side control. Fili rolls him over and stands with two minutes to go.
Fili fires a body kick. Low kick connects, Dias comes back with a two-piece. One minute to go. Counter left once again from Fili. Dias tries to tie up, denied. Another takedown stuffed and Fili lands a knee to the body. 10-9 Fili.
Round 2: Fili lands a body kick early. Right hand by Dias. Good timing on a level change from Dias and he hauls Fili to the fence. One minute in. He completes it into side control. Fili tries that same sweep again, manages to regain half guard. Two minutes in. Fili gets an underhook and rolls him over, then stands. High kick attempt from Fili. Dias shoots, stuffed. He shoots again, Fili counters with a hip toss into side control. Two minutes to go.
Dias grabs the fence to turn into an armbar. Fili stands and extracts his arm. He stands and kicks at Dias' legs. One minute to go. Dias nearly hits a foot sweep and comes up throwing. 2-3 from Dias, straight left by Fili and a body kick. Check hook from Fili. Fili hits a beautiful throw into side control at the bell. 10-9 Fili.
Round 3: The come out throwing. Dias shoots, stuffed. Shoots again, Fili limp-legs out of it. counter right from Dias, jab from Fili. One minute in. Fili shoots, denied. Counter right by Dias. Dias ducks a right hand and hits an inside trip into guard. Two minutes in. Solid right hands from Dias. Fili tries to kick him off, cannot do so. Hammerfists from Dias. Fili manages to make space and stand, but gets taken down again. Two minutes to go.
Side control for Dias. Fili trying to use the cage to stand. One minute to go. Fili sweeps into guard before the bell, cracking Dias with some heavy elbows. 10-9 Dias.
Final result: Fili def. Dias by unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Shamir Abdurakhimov vs. Walt Harris
Round 1: Both men flick out kicks early. Abdurakhimov changes levels, stuffed. One minute in. Abdurakhimov catches a low kick and takes him down into side control. Harris scrambles up, eating punches on the way. Body kick by Harris. Two minutes in. Abdurakhimov coming up short with his punches, shoots off a Harris knee. Abdurakhimov shoots in again and ties up on the fence. Two minutes to go.
Good knee by Harris on the break. Harris staying busy with his kicks. Lead right kicks off a combo from the Russiah. One minute to go. Harris snuffing out takedown attempts well thus far. Hard left hook by Abdurakhimov. Abdurakhimov tries to spin, eats a right hook. 10-9 Abdurakhimov.
Round 2: Low kick from Abdurakhimov. Once again. Rapid exchange inside. One minute in. Abdurakhimov tries to spin and he slips. Harris slaps on a vicious power guillotine when he tries to stand and wrangles Adurakhimov to the mat. Abdurakhimov works his way free and avoids a knee on the way up. Two minutes in. Abdurakhimov controlling the temp of the standup, avoiding many of Harris' flurries. Two minutes to go.
Harris with a knee inside. Spinning back fist lands for Abdurakhimov. To the body now. One minute to go. Harris low kick. Hard 1-2 by Harris snaps Abdurakhimov's head back. Check right hook. Body kick lands. Lead right by Abdurakhimov before the bell. 10-9 Abdurakhimov.
Round 3: Lead right from Abdurakhimov. One minute in. Harris pops him with a jab. Harris just not doing enough at the moment. Counter lands for him. Two minutes in. Right hand again by the Russian. Jabs by Harris. Two minutes to go.
Lead right once again by Abdurakhimov. This is dull. Left hand by Adburakhimov at the end of a combo. One minute to go. Knee by Harris as they exit the clinch. They trade a bit in the final seconds. 10-9 Abdurakhimov.
Final result: Abdurakhimov def. Harris by split decision
170 lbs.: Keita Nakamura vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos
Round 1: Dos Santos fires a head kick and Nakamura shoots in The Brazilian fires a few elbows, but Nakamura drags him to the mat. Dos Santos using the fence to try to stand. One minute in. He makes it up, Nakamura still attached. Nakamura slings him to the mat and takes the back. One hook in for the Japanese veteran. Two minutes in. Nakamura still fighting for the choke. Dos Santos handfighting well. Nakamura briefly tries a neck crank, then takes mount. Dos Santos regains half guard. Two minutes to go.
Solid ground-and-pound from K-Taro. Dos Santos kicks him off, but nearly gives up his back again. Elbows by Nakamura and Dos Santos tries to scramble up. One minute to go. Dos Santos makes it to his feet and slings bombs. Booming counter left from Nakamura, Dos Santos keeps throwing until the bell. 10-9 Nakamura.
Round 2: Nakamura opens with a straight left. Body kick blocked. Hard combination from Dos Santos. One minute in. Dos Santos with rights to the body. Now a straight right upstairs. Counter left from Nakamura. Dos Santos still getting the better of these exchanges. He fires a knee to the body and Nakamura takes him down. Two minutes in. Nakamura gets a hook in and goes back to working for the choke. Two minutes to go.
Good balance by Nakamura, Dos Santos gets half guard. He turns into Nakamura and gives up the front headlock. Nakamura continuing to ride him. Dos Santos makes it back up and keeps slugging. One minute to go. Dos Santos leg kick. Heavy right hand from Dos Santos. Again. 10-9 Dos Santos.
Round 3: Dos Santos connects with a right hand. He stuffs a takedown and goes back to slinging heat. Wheel kick just misses. One minute in. Head kick from Nakamura, then a straight left. Dos Santos eats a groin strike, elects to continue. Two minutes in. Nakamura hits a nice reactive takedown and Dos Santos grabs for a Kimura on the way down. Nakamura gets his arm out and takes half guard. Full mount for Nakamura, Dos Santos sweeps to his feet and hits a belly-to-back suplex. Two minutes to go.
Dos Santos looking to set up an arm-triangle. Dos Santos rides it and takes the back. Nakamura rolls through and Dos Santos takes the front headlock. Dos Santos loking for a Peruvian Necktie. Nakamura gets his head free and takes the back of a standing Dos Santos. Dos Santos slips free and slugs away until the bell. 10-9 Dos Santos.
Final result: Dos Santos def. Nakamura by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory
Round 1: Low kick from Marquardt to start. McCrory tries a combination. Another high kick attempt, Marquardt comes back with a low kick. One minute in. Marquardt circles away from a combination. McCrory checks the next leg kick. Two minutes in. Marquardt shoots directly into a guillotine. He slips out and Marquardt sets up in guard. McCrory working with an overhook, looking for a sub off his back. Two minutes to go.
McCrory trying to set up an omoplata, gets mission control. He transitions to a triangle, Marquardt slips out and looks to pass. McCrory maintains his guard. One minute to go. McCrory briefly threatens an armbar before the bell. Think he did enough to win the round off his back. 10-9 McCrory.
Round 2: McCrory moving forward. Low kicks, Nate knocks him off-balance with a body jab and lands a knee to the body. Body kick by McCrory, 1-2 from Marquardt. One minute in. Marquardt body kick, then a body jab. McCrory pops him with a jab in return. Two minutes in. McCrory lands a combination inside and ties up on the fence. Marquardt gets double underhooks and trips him down. Two minutes to go.
McCrory keeping him tied up. Crowd's not happy. McCrory still looking to set up a triangle. One minute to go. The referee stands them up. 1-2 stings McCrory, then a head kick sends him wobbling to the mat. Marquardt walks away and he's got the upset knockout.
Final result: Marquardt def. McCrory by TKO (punch and head kick)
205 lbs.: Ion Cutelaba vs. Jonathan Wilson
Round 1: Cutelaba advancing. Right hand clips Wilson and they trade huge bombs. Body kick from Wilson. Cutelaba continues to press forward, Wilson clinches. One minute in. They separate. Sharp right hands inside from the Moldovan. Another short right in the clinch, then knees to the body. Wilson fires a high kick and eats a counter. Straight left lands clean for Wilson. Again. Two minutes in. Clinch. They separate. Cutelaba lands a right hand and looks to do damage inside. Spinning elbow just lands on Wilson. Cutelaba to the body, eats a 1-2. Hard right hands. Two minutes to go.
They clinch and Wilson takes him to the fence. Cutelaba blasts him with a left cross. Straight lefts form Wilson. Spinning back fist and left hand by Cutelaba. One minute to go. Low kick connects. Again. Cutelaba switches stances. Straight left and low kick by Wilson. High kick just misses and Cutelaba tries to do damage inside. 10-9 Cutelaba.
Round 2: Cutelaba opens with a groin shot that sends Wilson to his knees. He is not a happy camper right now. Wilson takes his time to recover, but he does manage to get his bearings and resume. Cutelaba continuing to pressure, gets clipped by a left hand. Low kicks from Cutelaba. Wilson looks for a head kick, lands a counter elft. Spinning back fist attempt from Cutelaba and a wheel kick behind it. Cutelaba pursues and blasts him with right hands. Vicious flurry from Cutelaba and another spinning back fist. Two minutes in. Cutelaba briefly clinches. More right hands. Wilson connects with a counter, Cutelaba walks through it. Two minutes to go.
Straight left by Wilson, who eats another low kick. Short uppercut by Cutelaba, still looking to spin. Wilson lands a counter left when Cutelaba switches stances. Cutelaba slinging right hands at him. One minute to go. Wilson lands a combination, low-high. Cutelaba shoots, stuffed. Cutelaba looks a bit tired. Wilson lands a lead left. 10-9 Cutelaba.
Round 3: Quick exchange in the center. Superman punch by Wilson. Wilson on the advance, eats a big left hook. One minute in. Hard head kick by Wilson, Cutelaba leans into it. Cutelaba with a combination. Wilson low kicks. Cutelaba backs him to the fence and fires a flurry of elbows. Two minutes in. Wilson caught an eyepoke, apparently. Cutelaba pressing the advantage, firing away. Another head kick by Wilson. Two rights by Cutelaba, two minutes to go.
Wilson connects with a body kick. Straight rights from Cutelaba. Wilson overhand left. One minute to go. Cutelaba right cross connects once again. Cutelaba charging after him, flinging right hands. 10-9 Cutelaba.
Final result: Cutelaba def. Wilson by unanimous decision
265 lbs.: Curtis Blaydes vs. Cody East
Round 1: Blaydes lands a right hands, shoots, gets stuffed. They exchange in the center until Blaydes hits a double-leg. A scramble ensues and East makes it back to his feet. They clinch and separate. Right from East, Blaydes bulldozes him back to the mat. Side control for Blaydes, now right hands from half guard. Blaydes landing short shots, pressing East against the cage. Two minutes in. East turns into him and makes his way to his feet, instandly rocking Blaydes with a right hand. Blaydes hits a takedown into mount, then takes the back. East slips out the backdoor and hits an outside trip of his own. Blaydes pops up and they clinch. Two minutes to go.
Blaydes hits another trip and sets up in East's guard. Half guard now. One minute to go, shots from Blaydes. The ref stands them up. Hard punches by East in the waning seconds. East dives in and hits a low takedown before the bell. 10-9 Blaydes.
Round 2: Lead right from Blaydes to start the round. 1-2 lands. Counter right by East and they exchange. Blaydes blasts through for an easy double-leg. Open guard for East. Elbows by Blaydes. One minute in. Short ground-and-pound continues. Blaydes stands over him and East shoots in. Blades locks up an arm with his legs and slams home elbows to the side of the head until the referee steps in.
Final result: Blaydes def. East by TKO (elbows)
135 lbs.: Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Vieira
Round 1: Vieira on the advance, snuffs out a level change. She catches a kick and ties up on the fence. Knee to the body from the American. One minute in. Vieira just misses with a left hook on the break. Faszholz does not miss with a right hand soon after. Vieira low kick. Faszholz Superman punch falls short. Counter right lands for the Brazilian. Two minutes in. Faszholz lands a low kick and shoves Vieira to the mat. Vieira rolls through and pops out of the front headlock, clinched against the fence. Elbow by Faszholz, who gets thrown to the mat and locks up her guard. Two minutes to go..
Vieira staying heavy, not doing much damage. Faszolz has tried a few times to bring her legs up and get something going. One minute to go .Faszholz turns, looking for an armbar, can't get anything. Vieira with some left hands as she works to half guard. 10-9 Vieira.
Round 2: Low kick for Faszholz, met by counter punches. 1-2 from the American. Knee to the body inside. Vieira catches a body kick and takes her down into guard once more. One minute in. It's back to the fence. Vieira stands over her, messing with Faszholz's feet, then gets back in guard. Two minutes in. Again, she stands over Faszholz and looks to mass. Faszholz keeps her in guard. There's very, very little offense coming from Vieira. Two minutes to go.
The ref agrees. Vieira's a bit slow to rise after he stands them up. Faszholz comes in swinging, counter rights form Vieira. Faszholz throws yet another telegraphed body kick and gets taken down into guard. Still nothing from Vieira, so the ref stands them up again. One minute to go. Counters from the Brazilian. 10-9 Vieira.
Round 3: Faszholz's corner implores her to "wake up" between rounds.
Lead right from Faszholz, counters from Vieira. Faszholz on the advance, winging punches. Hard left hook lands. Right hand from Faszholz and they trade. More right hands from the American. One minute in. More combinations by Faszholz. They tie up and she lands knees to the body. Corner tells her to separate, she's trying to do so. Hard knees to the body and she exits. More combinations by Faszholz and Vieira ties up, looking to change levels. Two minutes in. Faszholz forces her way out. Vieira with a left on the break. Two minutes to go.
Faszholz still stalking, lands some lovely knees. She overextends with one to the head and Vieira hurls her to the mat. Faszholz looking for something off of her back, scrambles to her knees. Vieira looking for the choke as she tries to stand. One minute to go. Vieira just holding onto her, doing nothing with top position. She tries a couple perfunctory punches before the bell. 10-9 Faszholz.
Final result: Vieira def. Faszholz by split decision