Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its return to the FOX Sports 1 airwaves this Saturday night (Oct. 27, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 138 mixed martial arts (MMA) event inside Moncton Events Centre in New Brunswick, Canada, which includes additional preliminary bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass. Headlining the network-televised fight card is the light heavyweight showdown pitting ex-division No. 1 contender, Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir, opposite dangerous 205-pound slugger Anthony “Lionheart” Smith. In the featherweight co-main event, 145-pound “Hammer” Artem Lobov tries to prove he’s more than just Conor McGregor’s waterboy by trading leather with former lightweight striker (and late replacement) Michael “The Menace” Johnson. In addition, Misha Cirkunov tries to punch his way back into the win column by turning away light heavyweight wrestler Patrick “Durkin’” Cummins, while Gian Villante and Ed “Short Fuse” Herman collide at 205 pounds.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 138 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts 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 138 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 138 QUICK RESULTS:
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith — Smith def. Oezdemir by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:26 of Round Three
Artem Lobov vs. Michael Johnson — Johnson def. Lobov by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins — Cirkunov def. Cummins by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:40 of Round One
Jonathan Martinez vs. Andre Soukhamthath — Soukhamthath def. Martinez by unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28 x2)
Gian Villante vs. Ed Herman — Villante def. Herman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alex Garcia vs. Court McGee — McGee def. Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-28)
Nordine Taleb vs. Sean Strickland — Strickland def. Taleb by TKO (punches) at 3:10 of Round Two
Thibault Gouti vs. Nasrat Haqparast — Haqparast def. Gouti by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 30-26)
Calvin Kattar vs. Chris Fishgold — Kattar def. Fishgold by TKO (punches) at 4:11 of Round One
Sarah Moras vs. Talita Bernardo — Bernardo def. Moras by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Te Edwards vs. Don Madge — Madge def. Edwards by KO (head kick) at 0:14 of Round Two
Arjan Bhullar vs. Marcelo Golm — Bhullar def. Golm by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27)
Stevie Ray vs. Jessin Ayari — Ray def. Ayari by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 138 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
205 lbs.: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith
Round 1: Oezdemir opens with a leg kick and stuffs a takedown. Oezdemir reverses on the fence. Trading knees inside. Smith targeting the body, Oezdemir the thigh. One minute in. They separate. Left hand from Oezdemir, who stops another takedown and unloads on the fence. Straight left. Two minutes in. Left hook lands for Smith. Low kick. Oezdemir leg kick. Two minutes to go.
Glancing overhand right lands for Smith, then another right on the counter. Oezdemir takes a finger in the eye. Back to the action. High kick attempt and punches from Oezdemir, who eats a left in return. Jab from Oezdemir. One minute to go. Nice elbow from Smith met by a rush from Oezdemir. Hard low kicks from Oezdemir, whho puts him on the fence. 10-9 Oezdemir.
Round 2: Body kick from Oezdemir answered by a right hand. Another Oezdemir low kick. Inside low kicks now. Smith cracks him with a right hand and blitzes. Counter right hook. Oezdemir leg kicks. One minute in. Another lead right by Smith, who misses with an elbow and gets taken down. Smith keeping an active guard, but surrenders half guard. Oezdemir looking for mount, avoiding a leglock. Oezdemir going for the back now. Two minutes in. Good right hands. Smith fighting the hands. Two minutes to go.
Oezdemir still has the seatbelt. He gets a hook in. Short punches under the armpit with a minute to go. Knee to the body. 10-9 Oezdemir.
Round 3: Left hook from Smith over Oezdemir’s right hand. Oezdemir low kicks. Smith trying to counter with straight punches. Counter left hook lands for Smith a minute in. More counters from Smith, then a heavy overhand right. Another around the guard. Another right hand and knee from Smith. Body kick on the fence. Knee to the body. Oezdemir lands a nice uppercut inside and gets knocked over by a cut kick. Trading elbows inside. Both landing inside. Just slugging at close range. More right hands by Smith. Two minutes to go.
Smith shoots and takes him down, immediately looking for the back. One hook in. Now both. Body triangle. He slowly worms his elbow under Oezdemir’s chin and puts in the squeeze. One minute to go. Oezdemir handfighting well, but Smith adjusts his grip to draw the tap.
Final result: Smith def. Oezdemir by submission (rear naked choke)
145 lbs.: Artem Lobov vs. Michael Johnson
Round 1: Johnson jabs the body. Straight left upstairs. He continues to jab downstairs, eats a body kick. One minute in. Another body kick by Lobov, who lands an overhand right. Body kick and jab by Lobov. Lead left from Johnson in return. Two minutes in. Lobov looks for an uppercut inside, eats a straight left. Right hook from Johnson. Two minutes in.
Johnson counters a body kick with a left cross. Lobov body kick, eats a right hook. One minute to go. Hard straight left knocks Loboc back. More low kicks from Johnson. Lobov threatens a takedown and comes up with an uppercut. One more body kick. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: Johnson continues to use his jab and speed to great effect. Body shot. Counter left, leg kick. Back to the body. One minute in. Lobov connects with a left hook, eats leg kicks. Straight left from Johnson. Jab from Lobov, Johnson goes back to the body. Two minutes in. Nice counter left. Low kick, body shot. Straight left stumbles Lobov, who shakes his finger. Counter right hook by Johnson, continuing to land at range. Two minutes to go.
Left hand from Johnson, body kick from Lobov. Left hook and right hook connect for Lobov. Cross counter. Johnson swats him with a right hook. Loboc connects with a straight right with a minute to go. Hard left cross inside by Johnson. Inside low kick and they trade inside. Lobov connects with a leg kick. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 3: Johnson firing straight punches. Body shots. Swatting jab. Lobov leg kick checked a minute in. Lobov tries a spinning back kick, eats a heavy left hand. Johnson body shot, Lobov right hook. Uppercut and straight left form Lobov this time. Two minutes in. Johnson lands a lead left hand. Right hook lands, Lobov lands a left in return. Heavy 3-2 by Johnson. Left shovel hook. Good potshots upstairs. Leg kick. Two minutes to go.
Johnson goes low-high with straight lefts. Head kick attempt. 1-2 connects. Lobov marching after him, falling short with almost everything. One minute to go. Leg kick connects for Lobov. Johnson to the body. He hits a double-leg into guard. 10-9 Johnson.
Final result: Johnson def. Lobov by unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins
Round 1: Cirkunov appears to land right away, prompting Cummins to shoot. Cirkunov swats his body. One minute in. Cumming trying to heave him to the ground, can’t do so. Knees from Cirkunov, who denies an inside trip. More knees from Cirkunov two minutes in and he hits his own trip directly into mount. Arm triangle’s locked up. He passes to side control and forces the tap.
Final result: Cirkunov def. Cummins by submission (arm triangle choke)
135 lbs.: Jonathan Martinez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Round 1: Martinez tries a high kick, lands a front kick downstairs. Hard body shot from Soukhamthath met by a body kick. One minute in. More kicks from Martinez. Lead right by Soukhamthath. HUGE right straight crushes Martinez. Soukhamthath tries to pound him out, can’t, sprawls on a shot. Two minutes in. Knee to the body from Soukhamthath and Martinez drives him to the fence. Elbow by Martinez, who takes a knee to the nuts. Back to the action. Left hand lands for Martinez. Two minutes to go.
Soukhamthath lands a pair of hard left hooks to the body and ties up. Pressing Martinez against the fence. One minute to go. They separate. Soukhamthath lands a body shot, eats a knee to the head, comes back with a heavy combination. More body shots. Martinez lands a left on the exit, lands a knee, eats a spinning back elbow. Soukhamthath steps in with a right hook that drops Martinez late. 10-9 Soukhamthath, borderline 10-8.
Round 2: Soukhamthath marching forward, Martinez throwing back as he retreats. Soukhamthath puts him on the fence. They separate and Soukhamthath goes back to punishing the body. He’s battering Martinez inside. Soukhamthath continues to unload. He lands a low blow, however, and the ref pauses the action. Soukhamthath goes right back to the body shots. Martinez presses him against the fence and takes him down into half guard. Two minutes in. Good ground-and-pound from Martinez. More good shots. Two minutes to go.
Soukhamthath rolls to his knees and tries to stand. Martinez looking for the back. Elbows land for him. Soukhamthath manages to stand and separate. Body and head kicks from Martinez. Elbow from Martinez. Jumping knee to the body. Soukhamthath goes back to the body. 10-9 Martinez.
Round 3: Trading kicks early. Soukhamthath goes to the body and Martinez ties up. Soukhamthath separates and rips the body, then launches elbows upstairs. More elbows, Martinez lands one of his own. Hard left hand and knee downstairs a minute in. They jockey for position on the cage. Two minutes in. Soukhamthath eats a knee, hits a takedown, then has to fight off a shot from Martinez. Soukhamthath gets double unders and reverses. Martinez reverses. Two minutes to go.
More jockeying. Soukhamthath hits another takedown into side control. Elbows from Soukhamthath, who threatens an americana, then looks for the back and gets reversed into guard. Martinez avoids a pair of triangles, then ties up when Soukhamthath stands. Soukhamthath drags him to his knees, then locks up a standing arm triangle. 10-9 Soukhamthath.
Final result: Soukhamthath def. Martinez by unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Gian Villante vs. Ed Herman
Round 1: Villante lands a hard jab. Low kick from Herman, overhand right. Villante is throwing every time Herman fires a low kick. Another stiff jab catches Herman coming in. Herman catches a body kick. One minute in. Both whiff on overhand rights. 1-2 from Villante. Counter right by Herman on the fence. More jabs by Villante. Two minutes in. They trade in the center. Villante fires his jab. Two minutes to go.
1-2-3 rattles Herman. Another 2-3. Herman throwing left hooks in return. One minute to go. Short right hook by Herman, back on the advance. Both throwing, neither landing clean. 10-9 Villante.
Round 2: Villante advancing, Herman hurling right hands. Left hook lands for Villante. Now Villante’s right eye has some blood and Herman is pressing the advantage. One minute in. Both land hooks near the fence. Body kick by Villante. Herman continuing to march forward. Jab exchange. 1-2 from Villante, leg kick from Herman. Left hooks land for Herman. Left hook to low kick. Villante looks for a counter right; he’s falling short with all big big punches. Short uppercut lands for Herman, who counters a jab with a leg kick. They pause the fight to re-insert Herman’s mouthguard. Two minutes to go.
1-2 appears to sting Herman for a moment. Check hook lands for VIllante. Nifty right by Herman briefly buckles Villante’s legs. More jabs and lefts by Herman. Big overhand right and left hook by Villante and Herman waves him on. 10-9 Herman.
Round 3: Back to slow-motion exchanges. Trading jabs. Lead right lands for Herman. One minute in. Left hook exchange. Uppercut and jab by Herman. They exchange in the center, Herman again gets the better of it two minutes in. He lands a body shot. Villante tries a body jab. Two minutes to go.
Trading on the fence. Low kick from Herman, who shoots and gets stuffed. Both swing left hooks. Counter right form Villante. Villante shoots, can’t get Herman down. One minute to go. Herman body shot, Villante overhand. I smell a split decision. 10-9 Herman.
Final result: Villante def. Herman by split decision
170 lbs.: Alex Garcia vs. Court McGee
Round 1: Glancing left hook form Garcia. Low kick from McGee. Counter left from McGee, avoiding a left hook. Counter right lands for him a minute in. Garcia catches a leg and goes for a takedown. Good balance from McGee, defending on the fence. Nifty little trip from McGee, but can’t dislodge Garcia. Short knees from Garcia two minutes in. Same trip again, but he gives up his back. Garcia can’t keep his hooks and McGee digs to the body as they separate. Two minutes to go.
Big overhand right by Garcia. Hard right cross. Left hook and uppercut whiff. One minute to go. McGee with a lovely double-leg in the last ten seconds. 10-9 Garcia.
Round 2: Overhand right and left hook from Garcia, who eats a right hand after the flurry ends. McGee jabs the body. Jab buckles Garcia! McGee follows him down and takes half guard. Garcia just holding on at the moment. Now he regains full guard. Two minutes in. McGee trying to posture for bigger shots. Two minutes to go.
Ref stands them up. Garcia shoots, lands a right hand as McGee scrambles up. McGee turns the corner and presses him against the fence. One minute to go. McGee separates, lands punches, then lands a double-leg. Garcia looks spent as McGee chips away from half guard. 10-9 McGee.
Round 3: Low kicks from McGee. Garcia shoots, McGee limp-legs out and shoots in return. McGee separates a minute in, punches, and shoots again. Garcia manages to counter it. McGee drives through and looks to power through Garcia’s switch. Now Garcia shoots. Two minutes in. McGee rolls to his knees and Garcia looks for the back. One hook in. McGee scrambling. Two minutes to go.
McGee spins into top position. Elbows. He postures up and drops a right hand. Garcia tries to sit up, eats elbows for his trouble. McGee threatens a guillotine at the bell. 10-9 McGee.
Final result: McGee def. Garcia by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Nordine Taleb vs. Sean Strickland
Round 1: Strickland on the advance. Check hook from Taleb. Body ab. Strickland pumping his jab. One minute in. Jab exchange, good right hand from Taleb. Low kicks land for him. 1-2 from Strickland catches Taleb leaning. Two minutes in. Low kick from Taleb, more jabs from Strickland. Another stiff jab. Strickland right hand, Taleb left hook. Two minutes to go.
Leg kick from Taleb. Left hook upstairs. Strickland continuing to pop him with the jab but the power followups aren’t there. Another leg kick by Taleb. One minute to go. Leg kick from Taleb. Jab from Strickland. 1-3-2. Hard 1-2, leg kicks from Taleb. 10-9 Taleb.
Round 2: Strickland still marching forward, eating low kicks. Jab lands for him. Right hand connects. Combination from Strickland to counter a leg kick. One minute in. Inside low kick lands for Taleb. Jabs, good right hand from Strickland. Hard 1-2 and a swatting right drops Taleb. Taleb manages to scramble up and use a teep to knock Strickland off-balance. Strickland still coming on. Hard left hook. Big punches and Taleb crumbles. Strickland looking to pound him out from guard. A particularly nasty one brings in the ref.
Final result: Strickland def. Taleb by TKO (punches)
155 lbs.: Thibault Gouti vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Round 1: Gouti on the front foot early, eats a hard combination. Haqparast claims he got poked in the eye, doesn’t take long to recover. Haqparast claims Gouti is sticking his fingers one. One minute in. Haqparast connects with a good left hand. Counter left. Gouti still pressing forward. 2-3 from Haqparast. Another hard combination. Big left hand. Gouti’s still throwing with him two minutes in. Haqparast slips. Oblique kick from Gouti. HUGE overhand left flattens Gouti! The Frenchman scrambles back to his feet, avoiding the heavy fire with less than two minutes to go.
More combinations from Haqparast. Gouti digs a right to the body. Another good body shot. One minute to go. Haqparast fires a combo, blocked. Gouti finding a home for that right downstairs. Good pressure from Gouti, who blocks a combo. 10-9 Haqparast.
Round 2: Gouti continues to pressure. Right hook connects for him. Haqparast looking to throw back. Both land to the body. Hard combo by Haqparast off the back foot. Body shot from Gouti on the fence as they trade. One minute in. Low kick from Haqparast. Counter left. Short uppercut from Gouti, pressuring on the fence. Counter left by Haqparast. Two minutes in. Another big overhand. Straight right from Gouti, body shots from Haqparast. Gouti lands an uppercut-straight right. Combo by Haqparast. Two minutes to go.
Straight left by Haqparast, counter left that Gouti shrugs off. Haqparast to the body. Gouti finds the mark with right hands. Right hook by Haqparast. Uppercut. 1-2 from Gouti. Front kick to the body stings Gouti. 2-3 from Haqparast, overhand left. Gouti fires an elbow in return. One minute to go. Both land their power hands. Counter left by Haqparast. Superman punch by Haqparast. He counters a front kick with a combo. 10-9 Haqparast.
Round 3: Gouti trying to bury Haqparast in volume. Big left and Gouti staggers back. Haqparast smashes him with body shots and blows to the head, but the Frenchman recovers. One minute in. Body kick folds Gouti and Haqparast barrels after him, hurling heat. Gouti running away from Haqparast after eating another kick. Haqparast falls as he runs and Hqparast pounds away from guard. Gouti survives. Two minutes in. More big strikes from Haqparast. Diving left hand. Elbows. Hammerfists from Haqparast. Two minutes to go.
Elbows and punches. Haqparast postures out of a kimura attempt. One minute to go. More ground-and-pound from Haqparast. Gouti somehow manages to get to his feet. Hard left hand to Gouti’s bloodied eye. Gouti is still going for it, throwing volume. Gouti keeps chasing until the bell. 10-8 Haqparast.
Final result: Haqparast def. Gouti by unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Calvin Kattar vs. Chris Fishgold
Round 1: Fishgold pressuring early, throwing low kicks. He shoots in for a double-leg and gets Kattar to the mat. Fishgold grabs a guillotine on the way up, loses it, and blasts Kattar with an overhand right. Kattar keeps his guard high as he retreats. Fishgold shoots in once again a minute in. Kattar defends and separates. Fishgold counters a jab with haymakers. Good uppercut through the guard. Two minutes in. Another overhand right from Fishgold. Kattar tries a flying knee and eats a right hand. Jab from Kattar. Fishgold sporting a cut under his left eye. Two minutes to go.
Another sharp jab. Fishgold shoots, stuffed. Hard right hand from Fishgold in combiantion. Kattar fires a counter uppercut. Low kick by Fishgold. 1-2 and down goes Fishgold! Kattar follows him down into guard and drops hammerfists until the ref steps in.
Final result: Kattar def. Fishgold by TKO (punches)
135 lbs.: Sarah Moras vs. Talita Bernardo
Round 1: Bernardo lands a hard left hook in the center. Nice right cross from Moras soon after. Nasty 2-1 counter a minute in. Bernardo with a low kick and jab. Bernardo with a good body kick and she looks to press the advantage. Two minutes in. 1-2 from Moras splits the guard. Bernardo get sin deep on a takedown, but can’t keep hold of Moras. Moras comes back with a counter overhand right. Low kick to head kick from Bernardo and she’s unloading with punches. Moras puts her on the fence with two minutes to go.
Bernardo tries an outside trip, lands a knee and reverses position on the fence. There’s the outside trip, though Moras manages to get to guard and start throwing elbows off of her back. Bernardo passes to side control. Moras gets half guard. Bernardo goes for a guillotine at the bell. 10-9 Bernardo.
Round 2: More tentative start to this round. Brief clinch. One minute in. 1-2 from Moras. Body kick from Bernardo. Counter right connects. They trade rights inside. Counter right from Moras. 1-2 from Bernardo, head kick blocked, another one nearly connects. Bernardo finding increasing success on the feet. They tie up and Bernardo hits that same trip into side control. Looking for mount with two minutes to go.
Moras manages to get to half guard. Pressure from Bernardo. Moras keeping hold of that leg, but not doing much to stand or regain guard. One minute to go. Bernardo briefly looks for kesa gatame, then starts dropping right hands. Side control, nearly takes the back. She looks for an americana at the bell. 10-9 Bernardo.
Round 3: Bernardo lands a right hand, then gets double-legged to the ground. Moras on top in half guard. Bernardo quickly sweeps her way into top position and avoids a potential kimura attempt. One minute in. Moras fires elbows off of her back, but surrenders side control. north-south. Moras constantly using her legs to try and improve position, but unable to. Two minutes in. Moras threatens to take the back but can’t do so. Bernardo clamps down on a kimura but swiftly loses it. Two minutes to go.
Moras regains half guard. Hammerfists from Bernardo. Moras kicks her away and gets to her feet, throwing hard. Moras counters that same trip into top position and takes the back. Bernardo slips out and gets back on top, looking for side control. Bernardo lets her up. Moras marches after her, connects with a few good punches. 10-9 Bernardo.
Final result: Bernardo def. Moras by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Te Edwards vs. Don Madge
Round 1: Both men meet in the center and start slugging. It’s Madge who draws first blood, dropping Edwards with a straight left. Edwards shoots in response and takes him down into guard. One minute in. Madge trying to bring his legs up. There’s the armbar and Edwards fights like a madman to get free, getting his arm free despite some vicious torque. Madge looking for an omoplata, not there. Edwards stands over Madge, eats an upkick. Madge kicks at his knee. Edwards re-enters his guard with two minutes to go.
Madge working his legs back up for a triangle attempt. Edwards postures free and stands. One minute to go. Edwards lets Madge up. Nice knee by Madge and it’s back to throwing heat. Hard body knee in the clinch. 10-9 Madge.
Round 2: Madge right back on the attack, clips Edwards with a head kick. Edwards stumbles along the cage, where he’s met by another shin to the dome. The ref rushes in as Edwards tries to hold on.
Final result: Madge def. Edwards by KO (head kick)
265 lbs.: Arjan Bhullar vs. Marcelo Golm
Round 1: Low kick from Golm. 1-2 buzzes Bhullar. Another low kick. Bhullar trying to wade into the clinch without success. One minute in. Another leg kick from Golm. Bhullar fires a knee in the clinch, then gets floored by another leg kick. Golm doesn’t pursue. Two minutes in. Golm continuing to punish the leg, lands a lead right. Body shot from the Brazilian, then another left hook as Bhullar throws an overhand right. Bhullar with a right hook and a lead uppercut. Two minutes to go.
Golm fires another low kick and Bhullar presses him against the fence. They separate. Bhullar counters a front kick with a chopping right. Trading punches inside, Bhullar exits with an uppercut. Short uppercut by Golm and Bhullar ties up. Left hook on the break by Bhullar. 10-9 Golm.
Round 2: Golm connects with his jab. Bhullar with a 1-2 around the guard. Low kick from Golm, knee to the body and a pair of right hands that back Bhullar up. Golm digs a body knee in the clinch. One minute in. Bhullar reverses on the fence. He changes levels, can’t get Golm to the mat and they separate. Brief clinch. Golm tries a jumping knee and clips Bhullar with a left hook two minutes in. Golm landing jabs. Bhullar takes Golm to the fence. Two minutes to go.
Back to the center. Bhullar powers through Golm’s jab to tie up again. One minute to go. Bhullar gets double unders for a moment. Close round. I’m gonna say 10-9 Golm.
Round 3: Golm’s right foot has some ugly swelling. Bhullar fires uppercuts to clinch up against the fence. They separate. One minute in. Golm tries an uppercut and high kick. Bhullar throwing with confidence and hauls Golm to the mat for the first time. On top in guard two minutes in. Bhullar just staying heavy, chipping away. Two minutes to go.
Golm really not doing much off of his back, though he does regain guard after Bhullar passes. One minute to go. Bhullar gets back to half guard, commits more to his punches. Golm uses the space to get to his feet. Bhullar stays attached. 10-9 Bhullar.
Final result: Bhullar def. Golm by unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Stevie Ray vs. Jessin Ayari
Round 1: Trading low kicks to start. Ray fires a straight left. Ayari just misses with a counter cross. One minute in. More low kicks from Ray. Overhand left by Ray, counter right from Ayari. Ray cracks him with another straight in response. Again. More leg kicks. Two minutes in. Nasty counter uppercut from Ayari and a left hook behind it. 1-2 soon after. Two minutes to go.
Ayari catches him again with the counter right. Ray tries an awkward crescent kick. Side kick lands. Body kick from Ayari. Straight left from Ray, uppercut from Ayari. One minute to go. More Ray low kicks. Clinch. 10-9 Ayari.
Round 2: Ayari still looking spry despite the low kicks. Ray rushes in, lands a left hand. Low kicks continuing to pile up. One minute in. Ayari steps into the clinch, separates quickly. Ray tries a hook kick two minutes in. Ayari pressuring, eats a right hook. Hard lefts from Ray in return. Ray tries a Superman punch that misses. Stiff jab and 1-2 from Ayari. Ray cracks him with a straight left and goes back to the leg kick. Two minutes to go.
1-2 from Ayari. Ray with a lead left. 1-2 from Ayari. Overhand left, right hook connect for Ray, then a Superman punch. One minute to go. Check hook by Ray. Ayari switching stance now. Counter right by Ayari. Combo from Ayari. 10-9 Ray.
Round 3: Ray lands a counter, digs to the body. Ayari slips a pair of lefts. More leg kicks from Ray. One minute in. Counter left by Ayari. Ray looks for a head kick. Knee to the body from Ray two minutes in. Ayari connects with an uppercut and straight right. Ray to the body. Ayari left hook and jab. Ray connects with a double left. Two minutes to go.
Hard leg kick and overhand left land for Ray. 1-2 from Ayari and a sharp uppercut, walking through a Ray right hook. Check hook and overhand left by Ray. One minute to go. Ray to the body, Ayari with a hard 1-2 in return. Ayari jab. Both land their power hands. Swinging big. Check hook from Ayari. 10-9 Ray.
Final result: Ray def. Ayari by unanimous decision