Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2) put forth a dominant performance in a unanimous decision victory over Thales Leites (25-6) at UFC Fight Night 84 earlier today (Sat., Feb. 27, 2016) inside The O2 Arena in London, England.
Mousasi utilized his jab and expert takedown defense over the course of the three-round Middleweight co-main event en route to a very easy victory.
Leites wasted no time and went in on a takedown to start the fight off. The 34-year-old Brazilian pressed Mousasi up against the fence and continued to get the fight to the mat. He flopped to his back at one point, but Mousasi did not follow him down. Mousasi began landing on the feet with crisp jabs and kept Leites at distance. Leites went in on another takedown, but Mousasi easily sprawled to defend. Leites attempted another sacrifice to get the fight to the floor, but Mousasi wasn't having it. When they returned to the center of the Octagon, Mousasi continued having great success with his jabs and threw in a few low kicks as well.
In the second, it was more of the same in the standup department as the 30-year-old Iranian veteran continued to land his jab and also some timely counter right hands as an impatient Leites came forward. The No. 9-ranked UFC Middleweight was making it look rather easy. Leites tried for another takedown, but like clockwork, Mousasi defended and got back up and continued to land at will with his jab. At the end of the round, after another unsuccessful takedown, Leites remained on his back for the final seconds.
In the third, Leites pulled guard but to no avail. When they returned to their feet it was another steady diet of Mousasi's jab. Mousasi landed a pair of right hands after catching a low kick. Leites pulled guard in desperation, but could do nothing with it. The fight ended with Mousasi in half guard landing some big shots from up top.
It was a dominating win for Mousasi, who bounces back in the win column after getting finished his last time out against Uriah Hall. Mousasi is not 5-3 in UFC. Meanwhile, it was a horrible loss for Leites, who got handled for 15 minutes and has now lost two straight fights. Leites -- the No.10-ranked UFC Middleweight -- is now 10-5 in UFC competition and 5-2 in his second stint with the promotion since returning in 2013.
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