Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business this Saturday night (Nov. 5, 2016) for UFC Fight Night 98: "Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson," which takes place inside Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, live on FOX Sports 1.
The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card will feature a lightweight showdown pitting former 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos against top contender Tony Ferguson. Elsewhere on the card, Diego Sanchez and Marcin Held 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 98 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 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 98 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 98 QUICK RESULTS:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson -- Tony Ferguson def. Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision (48-47x3)
Marcin Held vs. Diego Sanchez -- Sanchez def. Held by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, and 29-27)
Ricardo Lamas vs. Charles Oliveira -- Lamas def. Oliveira by submission (guillotine) at 2:13 of round 2
Martin Bravo vs. Claudio Puelles -- Bravo def. Puelles by technical knockout (strikes) at 1:55 of round 2
Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov -- Dariush def. Magomedov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Heather Jo Clark vs. Alexa Grasso -- Grasso def. Clark by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, and 29-28)
Felipe Arantes vs. Erik Perez -- Perez def. Arantes by split decision (29-28, 28-29 and 29-28)
Marco Beltran vs. Joe Soto -- Soto def. Beltran by submission (heel hook) at 1:37 of round one.
Max Griffin vs. Eric Montano -- Griffin def. Montano via technical knockout (strikes) at 54 seconds into round one
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Henry Briones -- Silva de Andrade def. Briones via technical knockout (spinning backfist) at 2:33 of round three
Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson -- Alvey def. Nicholson by unanimous decision (29-28 X3)
Marco Polo Reyes vs. Jason Novelli -- Reyes def. Novelli by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Avila vs. Enrique Barzola -- Barzola def. Avila by unanimous decision (30-26 X3)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 96 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
155 lbs.: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson
Round 1: Dos Anjos looks focused. This will be a fight at altitude between two of the meanest, highest pressure fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. They touch gloves. Dos Anjos switching stances early. Ferguson takes a combination, answers with a leg kick. he trhows antoher hard leg kick. They are in the center of the cage. Neither man able to pressure to the fence yet. This is a measuring start. Ferguson looking to counter. He stuffs an RDA takedown. Dos Anjos is chewing up the leg. Tony lands a combo and a front kick, but RDA snaps his head back with a left overhand. Ferguson looks for that elbow that rocked Josh Thomson. Dos Anjos clips Ferguson. RDA lands another overhand, countering a Ferguosn leg kick. He kicks out Tony's leg as El Cucuy attempts a head kick and lands in top position. Ferguson uses feet on hips, eventually getting back to his feet. Snaps a jab in the face of RDA. RDA returns fire. Another leg kick, and Ferguson waves him on. They exchange counters. RDS begins to get El Cucuy against the cage. Both attempt spinning elbows. 10-9 RDA
Round 2: Ferguson lands a lead uppercut and then a snap kick, then a nice right straight. They are exchanging. RDS hits a hard body kick. Tony rolls with the punches. RDA wants time for an eye poke, but it takes Herb Dean a second to give it to him as Ferguson thinks hard about walking him down. It was an eye poke. The doctor is in the cage, but they will continue. Tony in southpaw, lands a combo, ducks a combination. Now Ferguson is the one pressuring, mixing up his attacks. RDA returns a body kick. El Cucuy narrowly misses a slashing elbow. Ferguson seems to be turning it up. He is in orthodox, and seems to be having more success there. He counters a leg kick with a long jab. Dos Anjos is against the cage again, then works to open space. That jab is snapping his head back repeatedly. Ferguson stuns RDA with a left cross. RDA stays in the fight. El Cucuy is working just out of RDA's effective range. He blows a kiss as the round ends. 10-9 Ferguson
Round 3: Ferguson is smiling in the corner. RDA eats another long straight punch. He is dancing from side to side, tagging the former champ. RDA hits a takedown, but El Cucuy shucks him off emphatically. RDA connects well with a combination. Tony goes to the body, misses with one spinning elbow, then lands with the second after RDA shook his head. He smiles savagely at the Brazilian. Ferguson eats a heavy head kick, then slings hard leather in return. He shimmies then hits a nice straight combo. That rear straight to the body will pay dividends for Ferguson. RDA stalks him to the cage, but a jab and some feints back him off. He lands two hard overhand lefts, then a left straight. He is still in this fight. He throws another overhand counter, then a body shot. Ferguson lands a jab and some kicks. RDA is using that double forearm guard of his, and Tony goes around it for some body shots. Dos Anjos kicks the body. Ferguson tries a couple elbows, they trade hooks, RDA lands a slick combo to a spinning back fist that connects. Tough round to score. I'll go 10-9 Ferguson, but could very easily have been RDA with the late work.
Round 4: RDA is trying to walk him down, but Ferguson keeps switching stances, giving him different looks. He lands three jabs, then RDA lands a body hook. He rocks RDA briefly with a counter knee. They trade inside leg kicks. Both men still look fresh. El Cucuy rolls for a kneebar, but RDA shuts it down quickly. They stay on the feet. This fight has been mostly in the center of the cage- neither man has been able to win the pressuring battle. Ferguson lands a nice combo, then RDA returns the favor. Ferguson backs RDA up, hits a body shot and then a body knee. RDA shoots, is stuffed easily. That jab remains a primary weapon for Ferguson. RDA lands a nice body kick, but Ferguson answer with a four-strike combo. He is loose, and backs RDA up. He hits a body shot, but eats a counter overhand. They are both throwing and landing in the center of the cage. Ferguson snaps the Brazilian's head back with a nice straight. He rolls forward again, then hits a nice last combo as the round ends. 10-9 Ferguson
Round 5: They open with no glove touch in the fifth. Ferguson steps forward with punches. He is dancing now, looking for an elbow. He throws an uppercut, then eats a straight left. RDA sits down on a nice counter left. Ferguson is the one moving forward. RDA keeps looking for big left overhands. Now RDA is backed to the fence. Tony hits a nice body shot, then a snapping jab. They still look loose and fresh in there. That jab is a continual problem for RDA. The former champ throws a body kick, then counters Tony's inevitable counter combination. Tony has opened up RDA's face. They trade heavy leather, RDA backs up slightly. They trade jabs. RDA whiffs on a leg kick. Tony almost starts breakdancing when the 10-second clapper sounds, but RDA won't take the bait. What a fight. These were the guys to take to altitude- they were there for all five rounds. 10-9 Ferguson
Final result: Tony Ferguson def. Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision (48-47x3)
155 lbs.: Marcin Held vs. Diego Sanchez
Round 1: Sanchez with that familiar look of focus on his face. He opens with a body kick. Held lands a flurry as Diego circles off the cage. They are exchanging, and Held lands a nice knee on a clinch break. Held transitions from a clinch to a takedown attempt, but Sanchez defends. Sanchez steps forward with his signature linear combination. Held with a nice body kick. Held lands a straight right and swatting left hook. Held lands a fancy cartwheel kick with his heel. Sanchez dives for a double against the fence, then switches to a single. Held defends, then looks for a front choke. Sanchez climbs off the fence with his feet and leaps, throwing himself out of the choke and hurling Held into the fence. Sanchez rocks Held with a right hand just as the round ends, and tries with a wheel kick as the bell sounds! 10-9 Sanchez
Round 2: Held goes for a leglock immediately, and Sanchez defends diligently. He lands some nice ground and pound, but his leg is twisted in weird positions. Held scrambles, then gets another heel hook attempt. Sanchez stays tight to him so he can't extend his leg. This was the grappling battle we hoped to see. He gets out, and Held rolls back to guard. Sanchez maintains top position, posturing up for the occasional elbow. Held gets butterfly hooks, trying to work back to his feet. Sanchez flattens him again. Diego passes to half guard, with the crowd chanting his name. He is using excellent pressure to keep Held on his back. Held nearly sweeps, but Sanchez stacks him against the cage and tripods up to land some nice shots, then partially takes his back as the round ends. 10-9 Sanchez.
Round 3: Held looks exhausted. He attempt a spinning backfist that goes over Sanchez' head. Diego presses forward, stuffs a Held shot but eats a knee from the clinch as he gets up. Held drops him to a knee with a straight punch briefly, then Sanchez gets top position off another Held shot. Held is rolling for limbs and attempting upkicks, but Sanchez smothers his attempts and lands shots with his leg locked up in another weird angle. Now Diego is in open guard landing hard elbows. Stann is saying Held should abandon this gameplan and get back to his feet. He continues with an Omoplata, then another heel hook. Sanchez is defending these attacks more easily now that Held has tired a bit. Diego continues to land punches as Held spins on his back like a top to no effect. Sanchez lands a series of very hard shots as the round ends. 10-9 Sanchez
Final result: Sanchez def. Held by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, and 29-27)
145 lbs.: Ricardo Lamas vs. Charles Oliveira
Round 1: Lamas comes out with a body kick that could have gone low, but Do Bronx shakes it off. They clinch, and Lamas hits a nice throw into half guard. Oliveira goes for deep half guard, and Lamas lands a couple heavy elbows. Olivera works for a leglock. When Lamas goes for a guillotine, Oliveira works back to his feet, then picks up Lamas with a double-leg of his own. He is working for a D-Arce choke here. Lamas scrambles all over the place, but the choke just keeps getting tighter and tighter. He manages to finally pop his head out from his back. Oliveira is on top now, working in Lamas' guard. He stands, stacking Lama's legs, and Lamas turtles. Oliveira takes his back, has a body triangle locked in. He works for a RNC, but it never gets under the chin. Lamas is sitting up now, then with ten seconds left Do Bronx locks up a short choke. The horn saves Lamas. 10-9 Oliveira
Round 2: Lamas opens with a leg kicks, then his spinning heel kick connects to the guard of Oliveira. They exchange, and then Oliveira hits a double leg. Lamas sweeps him into half guard. He consolidates side control, throwing a knee to the body. Oliveira turtles, then takes Lamas down, but Lamas has a guillotine. He has some serious squeeze, because Oliveira can't hang on. He taps! Lamas submits Oliveira in the 2nd! That's his second guillotine win in Mexico City, and Oliveira's second tap in a row to a guillotine choke.
Final result: Lamas def. Oliveira by submission (guillotine) at 2:13 of round 2
155 lbs.: Martin Bravo vs. Claudio Puelles
Round 1: The Peruvian, Puelles, gets restless boos from the crowd upon introduction- they are firmly on the side of Bravo, who bows to all sides. They touch gloves. Puelles eats a body-head combination. Bravo is pressuring, but gets his ankle picked and has to scramble up. They exchange shots. Puelles feints a shot into a punch, then attempts a spinning backfist. Bravo catches a jump switch kick, then counters a hook with an overhand. He is throwing his rear hand to the body in combination. Puelles tries to treetop a single leg, but Bravo spins out and works free from the rear waist cinch. Now Puelles lands that single-leg with authority, but Bravo uses the fence well to get back to his feet, narrowly escaping having his back taken. He doubles down on his assault to the body. He lifts his arms in a Diaz-style taunt. Puelles is throwing body kicks. They trade, and Bravo lands a nice left hook. Bravo circles out of the way of a combination. Bravo lands a nice 3-punch combo on the chin. 10-9 Bravo
Round 2: Puelles throws a high kick. They trade, and then Bravo drops Puelles. He flurries briefly as the Peruvian shells up against the cage. Now he is pressuring with a nice jab. Puelles eats a body kick, then shoots for a single and tries to kick the other leg out. Bravo defends, then one of his body shots crumples Puelles! He follows up his right body shot with a left hook to the liver that makes Puelles shell up, follows with a combination upstairs, and then one final left body hook puts down the Peruvian! The referee waves off the fight, and Bravo runs out of the cage to hug his coach Forrest Griffin. He is elated.
Final result: Bravo def. Puelles by technical knockout (strikes) at 1:55 of round 2
155 lbs.: Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov
Round 1: Dariush opens with a head kick. They trade body and leg kicks. Magomedov leans away from a head kick. They clinch, and after exchanging dirty boxing and knees in the clinch. Dariush pushes Rashid up against the cage. He attempts an inside trip but the Dagestani defends. He reverses on another attempt and Magomedov is briefly on top, then pushes the clinch himself against the cage. Herb Dean sees a shot to the cup and breaks them up. Dariush decides to get right back into it. He throws a hard body kick, pressuring Rashid against the cage. They trade low kicks. Magomedov throws a right straight. Dariush throws a high kick, then a right overhand. Magomedov is being too passive here. Now he throws a low kick, eats a hard body kick and then a reverse elbow, but pins Dariush against the cage. He lands some dirty boxing shots. Dariush ends up on bottom after a Dagestani takedown, but the horn sounds before much else can happen. 10-9 Dariush
Round 2: Beneil is back to pressuring, but Magomedov lands a counter right. Those body kicks are brutal for Dariush. He leans into an overhand that lands. Magomedov lands a counter jab, then a body kick. He throws another body kick, which Dariush counters to the leg. Dariush and Magomedov clinch in open space, the Dagestani throwing punches while Dariush lands hard knees. Beneil ends up pushing the Russian to the cage, applying head pressure with an underhook. Dariush is grinding for a takedown with a bodylock, but Magomedov stays upright. He finally gets off the cage. He needs a big moment to win this round, and throws a punch combo into a knee, but ends up with his back to the cage again as the clapper sounds ten seconds. The horn sounds, and it's another 10-9 round for Dariush
Round 3: Magomedov is opening with a series of hard body kicks, which Dariush continues to counter to the leg and with crosses. They clinch, and this time Rashid pushes Beneil against the fence. Dariush grabs a double collar tie to stymie the Dagestani and get into open space. They exchange shots and Dariush grabs the Muay Thai plumb again. Magomedov is giving away this fight by spending too much time with his back to the fence. He tries to rotate free, but almost gives up a takedown. Dariush lands hard knees to the body. Herb Dean breaks them with two minutes remaining. Magomedov is firing now, throwing kicks into punch combinations. Dariush grabs the clinch again, and Magomedov is pushing him into the fence. It's once again the Dagestani's dirty boxing against Beneil's knees, before Dariush reverses. The Dagestani gets back into open space. Magomedov throws hard kicks, slips a return overhand, and they swing at each other as the round ends. 10-9 Magomedov
Final result: Dariush def. Magomedov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
135 lbs.: Heather Jo Clark vs. Alexa Grasso
Round 1: Alexa Grasso, the much-anticipated Invicta import, is the crowd favorite in her native Mexico. Heather Jo Clark gets boos, and Grasso gets a big round of cheers as Bruce Buffer announces their names. They touch gloves. Grasso attempts a head kick. Clark pushes forward, wings her way into the clinch. Clark pressures with an underhook, but Grasso angles out well. Grasso is feinting, but Clark throws a looping combination. Grasso is keeping her guard high and tight. Clark lands a leg kick. Grasso is taking her time to get into the fight. She throws a head kick, then stuffs Clark's shot and lands some brutal ground and pound from the sprawl. That seems to trigger her into a spate of unchecked aggression, backing Clark to the fence and landing a dozen shots in a brutal flurry. They engage in a clinch battle. Grasso breaks off, but she is still pressuring Clark. She lands another head kick off the guard of Clark. She steps into a 1-2, then a body kick. Clark clinches her as she flurries, pushing her against the cage, and she reverses right before the round ends. 10-9 Grasso.
Round 2: There is some concern about the eye of Clark. She opts to stay in the fight. Grasso backs out of the way of a stepping combination. Clark feints, lands a head kick to the high guard of Grasso. Alexa has her body kick caught and Clark drives her to the cage with an underhook. Grasso crossfaces, pummels, reverses the clinch. Now she drops for a single briefly. She gets it again, but lets it go as Clark jumps up for a guillotine. Grasso defends, keeps her pinned on the fence. They exchange short punches. Now Grasso lets her back into space. Clark wings her way into the clinch again. Grasso lands knees to the body with her back to the cage. Clark gets a lateral drop, but Grasso scrambles back to her feet and lands a body kick in combination as the round ends. 10-9 Grasso
Round 3: They touch gloves at the start of the round. Clark eats a counter hook but gets into the clinch again with her preferred underhook. Grasso reverses her, has a bodylock with head pressure. They trade positions again, with Clark dropping to her back. Grasso stays on her feet, and they reset. Clark's nose is bloody now. They exchange kicks at range. Clark lands a combination punctuated by a body kick. The output is slow from both fighters in this third round. Grasso avoids a clinch attempt, then backs Clark up with a combination. Clark lands a good right hand, then another, but Grasso ties her up. She scoops a double, picks Clark up, and dumps her to the ground. They end the fight exchanging kicks. This one was closer, but I still say 10-9 Grasso
Final result: Grasso def. Clark by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, and 29-28)
145 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Erik Perez
Round 1: Erik "Goyito" gets cheers from the crowd. They come out feinting. They exchange in a flurry. Arantes tags Perez with a cross. Perez lands a low kick. The crows is chanting "Goyito". Arantes lands two low kicks, then feints into a third. Perez throws a right hand, then counters another low kick with a right hand into a takedown. He lands a few elbows. Arantes goes for a deep half guard underneath. Perez gets caught in a heel hook attempt, grimaces. he gets clear, and Arantes scrambles to the top. He is in Erik's guard now, then passes and spins on top for a armbar. He loses it along with top position and Perez lands some heavy ground and pound as he covers up. More ground and pound from "Goyito" as the round ends. 10-9 Perez
Round 2: Perez is bouncing in the corner. He opens with a body kick. Arentes keeps landing low kicks, and Stann is talking about Perez's knee. Erik catches another naked low kick and takes him down again, into half guard. He passes into mount and begins dropping elbows onto Arantes' static forearms. Arantes throws up his legs, scrambles, and somehow takes Erik's back. He locks in a body triangle and attempts a rear naked choke. Goyito spins out, passes from half guard into side control. Perez keeps a heavy base, alternating between shots to the body and head, always controlling with one hand and throwing with the other. 10-9 Perez
Round 3: The referee has to push them back to their corners before the round starts. Arantes lands a stiff jab. Perez shoots twice, is stuffed both times. Perez steps into a huge cross, then looks to throw a spinning backfist. When Arantes tries to return the favor, Perez gets in on his hips and lands another takedown. He passes to side control. Arantes tries to turn into him, but Erik flattens him out. Felipe is in damage control mode, locking up Perez's head and arms. He picks his moment to scramble to the feet. He pressures Perez with a jab. He counters a Perez jab with a head kick. Perez is circling. He lands a spinning back kick, then a jumping knee to the body. Perez hangs in doggedly and exchanges. Arantes drops him and grabs a head and arm triangle. The horn sounds just in time, it seems. Arantes had him flattened out in side control. 10-9 Arantes, considering that a knockdown.
Final result: Perez def. Arantes by split decision (29-28, 28-29 and 29-28)
135 lbs.: Marco Beltran vs. Joe Soto
Round 1: Soto circling around the outside. Beltran flicks out front and round kicks. Soto shoots for a single, and in the ensuing scramble looks for a leg lock. They are wrapped up in knots on the floor, and Soto switches to a heel hook. Beltran taps almost immediately! Huge win for Soto, who came in on very short notice for this one.
Final result: Soto def. Beltran by submission (heel hook) at 1:37 of round one.
170 lbs.: Max Griffin vs. Eric Montano
Round 1: Montano gets a huge ovation from the proud Mexican crowd and he gets the action started with a right hand that connects with Griffin's cheek. Griffin barrels in with a hard punch and Montano turns his back, giving Griffin the opportunity to rock him with a hard right hand from behind. Montano falls to the bottom of the cage and turtles up as Griffin pours on the punches. Montano isn't doing anything other than defending as Griffin wails on him. The referee finally sees enough and peels off Griffin. Montano appeared to be okay when he got back to his feet, but he did not protest the stoppage.
Final result: Griffin def. Montano via technical knockout (strikes) at 54 seconds into round one
135 lbs.: Henry Briones vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Round 1: Briones commands the center of the cage. Body shot by Briones. Andrade misses overhand right. Briones light on his feet, but Andrade lands a hard leg kick. Another inside leg attack by Andrade. Andrade then lands an uppercut. Three minutes to go. Nice footwork by Briones. Body shot by Briones. Good counter by Andrade. Hard left hand by Andrade blocked. Body kick lands for Andrade. Huge combination lands by Andrade who stuns Briones. Just over one minute remaining. Body shot lands for Briones. Hard spinning back kick by Andrade. Great jab by Briones. Hard combination against the cage stuns Andrade. Briones puts the pressure on. Body combination by Briones as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Briones.
Round 2: Briones trots out of his corner to start the second, looking to continue pushing the pace. He lands a looping right as Silva de Andrade circles away. Silva de Andrade lands a low kick as Briones tries to pin him up against the cage and land shots. Silva de Andrade explodes with a nice one-two combination up the middle that backs up Briones. Silva de Andrade paws with a few jabs and Briones fires back with a hard right hook. Body shot for Briones lands, but a huge uppercut moments later catches all air. Briones comes in with a huge right hand and Silva de Andrade clubs him to the canvas. Briones was a bit stunned and Silva de Andrade fired off another shot, but he appears to have quickly shaken the cobwebs. Silva de Andrade misses with a spinning backfist and then falls down trying to land a kick. Silva de Andrade blasts Briones once again and drops him as he comes in for a flying knee, but his chin is granite. He quickly gets back to his feet and starts throwing wild shots and a spinning back kick. Silva de Andrade avoids danger and scores a takedown to close out a dominant round. 10-9 Silva de Andrade.
Round 3: Briones starts off the third with a low kick, stalking Silva de Andrade once again. Silva de Andrade fires off a few looping right hands, but Silva de Andrade blocks them. Silva de Andrade slams home a stiff jab, but Briones keeps coming. Silva de Andrade lands a huge uppercut, and then a kick, but Briones manages to remain upright. Briones lands a nice combination along the cage, but Silva de Andrade responds with a hard, short elbow the wobbles him. Seconds later, Silva de Andrade rocks Briones with a spinning backfist. Briones drops again and the referee immediately intervenes before additional damage can be delivered.
Final result: Silva de Andrade defeats Briones via technical knockout (spinning backfist) in round three
185 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson
Round 1: Nicholson comes out with an outside leg kick. Another leg kick by Nicholson followed by a head kick. Alvey misses a return right. Hard body punch by Alvey. Nicholson controlling the center of the cage. Another body shot by Alvey. Leaping head kick partially lands for Nicholson. Three minutes to go. Another head kick over the top by Nicholson. Alvey returns with a straight left. Hard kick lands for Alvey. Lead jab by Nicholson. Alvey lands outside leg kick. More shots from distance by Nicholson before Alvey catches a low blow. Action resumes. Nicholson lands straight kick to the body. Alvey lands an uppercut but Nicholson returns with a spinning back fist. Alvey seems hurt from a Nicholson body shot. More pressure to the body by Nicholson who continues to mix it up. Under one minute to go. Nicholson dodging out of range of Alvey's power left. Head kick by Nicholson. Alvey misses huge right as round comes to a close. 10-9 Nicholson.
Round 2: Alvey comes out with a lead leg kick. Nicholson presses Alvey to the cage and launches big kicks to the body. Another kick seems to catch Alvey below the belt. Action resumes. Nicholson presses forward and lands a left followed by a head kick. Alvey lands a right hook but Nicholson stuns him with a counter. Alvey is wobbled. Nicholson remains patient and defends a shot from Alvey. Nicholson applies pressure with more kicks. Hard right lands by Nicholson. Another takedown attempt by Alvey but he's unable to bring down the tall Nicholson. Under three minutes to go. Alvey just out of range with right hand. Both men exchange inside. More misses over the top by Alvey, but he's able to land a solid leg kick. Another hard body kick by Nicholson. One minute to go. Alvey lands a big straight right hand. Nicholson returns with a stiff left jab. Alvey's left hand starts to find a home. Nicholson still moving forward. Alvey lands massive shots to end the round as Nicholson moves forward with his hands down and chin up. 10-9 Alvey.
Round 3: Alvey opens up with a forward left hand. Nicholson lands a straight left. More pressure by Alvey, but Nicholson lands a hard body kick. Side kick by Nicholson. Alvey loading up and sneaks in an inside leg kick. Hard left hand by Alvey. Leg kick by Nicholson. Alvey misses a left hook but finishes with a leg kick. Three minutes to go. Alvey landing over the top. Action slowing. Alvey lands an uppercut but misses on a wheel kick attempt. One minute to go. Alvey misses an uppercut but lands a hard left hand. Hard leg kick lands by Alvey as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Alvey.
Final result: Alvey def. Nicholson by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Marco Polo Reyes vs. Jason Novelli
Round 1: Novelli presses forward. Inside leg kick by Novelli. Reyes remains patient. Reyes misses over the top as Novelli guards his range and moves out of the way. Hard outside leg kick by Novelli. Both fighters miss a lead jab. Good movement and footwork by Novelli as Reyes plods forward. Three minutes to go. Novelli remains more active on the feet, but Reyes lands a right over the top followed by a left. Body kick by Novelli. Hard right landed by Novelli. Novelli shoots for a takedown but Reyes recovers and gets back to his feet. Body shot by Reyes. Right hand set up by Novelli who continues to jump in-and-out of range. Just over one minute to go. Reyes misses a hard right hand before eating a finger to his eye. Action resumes quickly. Novelli partially lands head kick as Reyes begins to open up more. More pressure by Reyes, but Novelli moves out of the way. Solid body kick by Reyes who begins to find his timing as the rounds comes to an end. 10-9 Novelli.
Round 2: Novelli comes out strong with a body kick. Reyes returns suit, but Novelli moves out of the way. Overhand right landed by Reyes. Inside leg kick lands by Novelli. Both men opening up on the feet. Hard outside leg kick by Novelli as he circles around the cage. Reyes plants and finds a home for a body shot. Heavy leg kick by Reyes after landing a combination. Under three minutes to go. Novelli attempts a takedown but Reyes controls his head and keeps it standing. Novelli goes for another takedown but Reyes reverses and ends up in full mount. Hard shots landed in top control by Reyes. One minute to go. Novelli unable to create space and get back to his feet. High rubber guard by Novelli who looks to provoke a standup. Reyes remains in full mount as the round ends. 10-9 Reyes.
Round 3: Both men embrace as the round starts. Novelli tall in his stance as he looks to land a straight jab. Spinning head kick misses by Novelli as Reyes lands a huge right hand. Hard combination to the body by Novelli followed by a leg kick. Novelli looking for a lead elbow. Reyes with his hands down. Three minutes to go. Good counter right by Reyes who then lands another huge right hand that knocks out Novelli's mouth piece. Hard body kick by Reyes. Cut underneath the right eye of Novelli. Good combination by Reyes as he backs Novelli up. Reyes presses forward. Novelli misses an overhand right then retreats. Just over one minute to go. Straight left lands by Reyes. Novelli secures a timely takedown with 50 seconds left. Novelli moves over into full mount, but Reyes pushes off and gives up his back. Full mount again by Novelli as he lands hard elbows in top control. Novelli rolls for a choke but the round comes to an end. 10-9 Novelli.
Final result: Reyes def. Novelli by split decision
145 lbs.: Chris Avila vs. Enrique Barzola
Round 1: Avila taking center of the Octagon. Barzola lands a solid combination finished by a knee. Barzola then lands a takedown, but Avila gets back to his feet. Inside leg kick by Barzola followed by an outside kick. Avila lands an overhand right counter and continues to gauge distance with his jab. Barzola ties the action up against the cage and secures a powerful slam. Three minutes to go. Avila working off his back and gets back to his feet, but Barzola keeps him pinned against the cage. Both fighters return to the center of the Octagon. Two minutes to go. Barzola barely missed a huge right hand. Nice body shot by Barzola, who rushes in for another takedown. Avila back to his feet. One minute to go. Not much offense by Avila on the feet as he paws at Barzola. 10-9 Barzola.
Round 2: Avila comes out pressing forward and backs Barzola up against the cage, but Barzola comes back with a swarming leg kick. Barzola then lands another takedown as Avila gives him his back. Action back to the feet. Hard combination against the cage by Barzola. Avila unable to land inside. Under three minutes to go. Solid lead uppercut landed by Barzola. Avila misses over the top. Hard kicks by Barzola who then secures another takedown with under two minutes to go. Avila rolls, but Barzola sticks on his back and rains hammerfists. More pressure by Barzola as Avila sticks to one knee before getting back to his feet. Barzola lands a good shot along the cage and ties the action up once again. Under one minute to go. Right body shot by Barzola followed by a counter from Avila to end the round. 10-9 Barzola.
Round 3: More leg kicks by Barzola to start the third round. Avila continues to gauge with his long jab, but Barzola lands a knee to the body and a combination to follow. Avila moves forward, but Barzola reads it and secures another takedown. Heavy top game by Barzola as he rides Avila and lands some ground-and-pound. Avila gets back to his feet. Barzola pressing forward with leg kicks and head movement. Three minutes to go. Avila tries to grab a hold of Barzola head, but Barzola able to back Avila up against the cage and take control. Hard body kick by Barzola followed by a crisp left hand. More leg kicks by Barzola as Avila switches stance. Barzola secures a takedown with just over one minute to go. Avila back to his feet, but Barzola lands a combination along the cage as the fight comes to a close. 10-9 Barzola.
Final result: Barzola def. Avila by unanimous decision