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TUF 27 Finale Results Esther Lin

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) presents The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, locked and loaded for TONIGHT (Fri., July 6, 2018) inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leading the charge will be the middleweight showdown between grizzled veteran Brad Tavares and striking sensation Israel Adesanya, who occupy the network’s five-round main event. Equally important, we get to find out who is the “Ultimate Fighter” in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions, thanks to finale fights pitting Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano (155) and Brad Katona vs. Jay Cucciniello (145).

All that and so much more.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire TUF 27 Finale fight card below, starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Tavares vs. Adesanya.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest TUF 27 Finale results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

TUF 27 FINALE QUICK RESULTS:

185 lbs.: Brad Tavares vs. Israel Adesanya — Adesanya def. Tavares by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45 x2)
155 lbs.: Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano — Trizano def. Giannetti by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
145 lbs.: Brad Katona vs. Jay Cucciniello — Katona def. Cucciniello by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
145 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Martin Bravo — Caceres def. Bravo by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Barb Honchak — Modafferi def. Honchak by TKO (elbows) at 3:32 of Round Two
185 lbs.: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Julian Marquez — Di Chirico def. Marquez by split decision (27-30, 29-28 x2)
125 lbs.: Montana De La Rosa vs. Rachael Ostovich — De La Rosa def. Ostovich by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:21 of Round Three
155 lbs.: Luis Pena vs. Richie Smullen — Pena def. Smullen by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:32 of Round One
155 lbs.: John Gunther vs. Allan Zuniga — Gunther def. Zuniga by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28)
145 lbs.: Tyler Diamond vs. Bryce Mitchell — Mitchell def. Diamond by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28)
145 lbs.: Matt Bessette vs. Steven Peterson — Peterson def. Bessette by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
185 lbs.: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Oskar Piechota — Meerschaert def. Piechota by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:55 of Round Two

TUF 27 FINALE PLAY-BY-PLAY:

185 lbs.: Brad Tavares vs. Israel Adesanya

Round 1: Adesanya opens with low kicks. Counter left from Tavares. Two hard right hands connect and he ties up on the fence. Adesanya circles off a minute in. Leg kick lands for him. Swatting right hand by Tavares in return. Two minutes in. Inside low kick from Adesanya, then to the body. Nice straight left and knee to the body. Low kick by Tavares. Two minutes to go.

1-2-3 from Tavares, Adesanya tries to come back with a knee. Tavares looks for a single-leg without success. One minute to go. Right hand by Tavares, low kick from Adesanya. Adesanya goes for an Imanari roll before the bell. 10-9 Tavares.

Round 2:Adesanya fires a body kick, then a leg kick. Good knee to the body. Head kick and wheel kick attempts. Adesanya starting to open up a minute in. Left hand and head kick. Tavares shoots, takes him to the fence. Adesanya reverses and separates. Low kick. He looks like he’s figured out the range of Tavares’ strikes. Low kick, then a side kick upstairs. Counter right by Tavares with two minutes to go.

Jab and low kick land for Adesanya. They trade straights. Ref pauses the action to warn Adesanya about extended fingers. Hard body kick appears to hurt Tavares, who gets tripped to the mat. Tavares scrambles back up. More jabs by Adesanya. 2-3 lands for Tavares late. 10-9 Adesanya.

Round 3: Adesanya goes back to attacking that lead leg. Tavares tries a combo. Straight left connects for Adesanya. Tavares right hand. Jab exchange. One minute in. Adesanya lands a heavy knee and Tavares waves him on. Nice little sweep from Adesanya and a knee from the plum. Two minutes in. Both try knees. Body shot by Adesanya. Leg kick. Tavares shoots, stuffed. Adesanya slips a right hand around the guard. Two minutes to go.

Low kick from Adesanya. Adesanya stuffs a reactive takedown, lands an elbow on the break that’s answered with a right hand. Adesanya catches a foot and tries to spin. Lands a body kick. 1-2 appears to hurt Tavares. Right hand, body shot, uppercut. Whipping head kick connects. 10-9 Adesanya.

Round 4: Low kick and 1-2 from Adesanya. Teep to the face. Tavares tries to shoot, takes him to the fence. He completes a single-leg into guard. Adesanya tries a triangle, no dice, and now Tavares is looking for the back. Adesanya makes it to his feet and goes for a kimura, landing right hands on Tavares as he defends. They separate. Elbows from Adesanya. Nasty right elbow two minutes in. Ref pauses to take a look at the cut on Tavares. Knee to the body from Adesanya when they resume. Left hook downstairs. He shrugs off another takedown attempt. Two minutes to go.

Good leg kick. Again. 1-2. One minute to go. Another hard leg kick. Straight left. Tavares comes back with a right hand. Hard knees by Adesanya, right hand by Tavares on the break. Another knee to the chin. 10-9 Adesanya.

Round 5: Tavares tries an early takedown, denied. Jab lands for him. Front kick and straight left from Adesanya. Leg kick. He stuffs another takedown and takes top position, looking for mount. He spins to the back with Tavares on his knees. One minute in. Tavares rolls for a kneebar, can’t get it. Low kick and knee from Adesanya. Two minutes in. Another leg kick an da 1-2. Tavares shoots, stuffed, pulls guard. Nasty right hand and knee on the way up from Adesanya. They trade rights. Two minutes to go.

Tavares with another failed shot. Adesanya to the body. More leg kicks from Adesanya, taunting Tavares. One minute to go. Leg kick once again. Left hand around the guard. Leg kick answered by a tired right hand. Adesanya sprawls on another shot. Adesanya sprawls again and looks for a mounted guillotine. 10-9 Adesanya.

Final result: Adesanya def. Tavares by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano (TUF 27 lightweight tournament final)

Round 1: Giannetti tries an early head kick. Trizano fires one of his own. Brazilian kick attempt, landed body kick from Giannetti. He shoots, gets Trizano down and looks for the back as he stands. One minute in. Keeping Trizano against the fence. Giannetti kicks off the fence to try to get a second hook in, cannot do so. Still looking for the back against the fence. Giannetti trips him to the mat, it too low and looks for an inverted heel hook. Two minutes to go.

Trizano staying tight. Elbow lands for him. Giannetti going for a d’arce, doesn’t have a good angle. Trizano goes for a heel hook from 50/50 and winds up on the bottom with a minute to go. Trizano keeping his legs high, locks up a triangle in the last few seconds. 10-9 Giannetti.

Round 2: Trizano lands some solid leg kicks. Giannetti answers back and shotos in, only to wind up on the bottom in half guard. Trizano staying chest-to-chest. One minute in. Trizano makes it to side control. Two minutes in. Trizano tries to isolate an arm and Giannetti counters by going for a toe hold. Two minutes to go.

They’re in a weird position with Trizano almost sitting on Giannetti’s face. Ref wants more action. One minute to go. Trizano briefly tries a toe hold of his own. Whacking at each other’s thighs now. 10-9 Trizano.

Round 3: Giannetti takes a low blow right away. He lands a glancing head kick when they resume. Trizano goes for leg kicks. More as Giannetti tries some fancy kicks of his own. One minute in. Traizano avoiding most of Giannetti’s shots, lands a low kick after eating a body shot. Giannetti body kick, Trizano low kick. Two minutes in. No urgency from either man so far. Trizano keeps whacking that lead leg. Body shots, right hand upstairs. Two minutes to go.

Again, Giannetti body kick and Trizano low kick. Another leg kick appears to buckle Giannetti for a moment. Another leg kick. One minute to go. Giannetti almost lackadaisical in there. Body kick lands for him. Another leg kick by Trizano. 10-9 Trizano.

Final result: Trizano def. Giannetti by split decision


145 lbs.: Brad Katona vs. Jay Cucciniello (TUF 27 featherweight tournament final)

Round 1: Cucciniello stuffs an early takedown attempt. Katona sending out kicks. One minute in. Katona the busier of the two so far. Plenty of kicks from Katona. Two minutes in. Right hand to the body. Cucciniello lands a body kick that clips the cup. Left hook by Katona, then a straight right. Two minutes to go.

Katna shoots, stuffed. Cucciniello looks for a combo. Lead right hand by Katona. Left hook to the body. One minute to go. More kicks from Katona, then a left hook that drops Cucciniello for a moment. Cucciniello pops back up, eats another hook. 10-9 Katona.

Round 2: Katona shoots, stuffed. Body kick lands. Cucciniello lands an up-jab. gets dropped by another left hook. Katona staying patient, continues to land. Well-timed double-leg a minute in puts Cucciniello on his back. Katona on top in butterfly guard. Half guard now. Two minutes in. Left hands from Katona. Cucciniello regains full guard. Two minutes to go.

Cucciniello showing good control but unable to get off his back. Back to half guard. One minute to go. Katona staying busy with short shots as he tries to pass. Back to full guard. 10-9 Katona.

Round 3: Cucciniello stuffs another early takedown. Overhand right by Katona. He shoots again, taking Cucciniello to the fence. One minute in. Katona ultimately lifts him and takes him down into half guard. Two minutes in. Katona staying heavy, unable to pass so far. Two minutes to go.

Cucciniello really showing good defense, but it doesn’t mean much if he can’t get up. He attempts to kick Katona away and winds up giving up his back. Katona landing quality shots as Cucciniello rolls between back and mount. One minute to go. Katona looking for the RNC in the waning seconds. 10-9 Katona.

Final result: Katona def. Cucciniello by unanimous decision


145 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Martin Bravo

Round 1: Early kicks from both men. Caceres slips on a head kick and Bravo ties up on the fence. Back to the center. Caceres ducks a 1-2 a minute in, lands a clean straight left in return. Bravo catches a side kick, eats punches before taking Caceres down. Caceres stands after eating some ground-and-pound and avoids subsequent takedown attempts. Two minutes in. They separate. Hard straight left jacks Bravo’s jaw. Bravo catches a body kick and Caceres grabs a guillotine. Bravo establishes top position and gets his head free. Full guard with two minutes to go.

Bravo pulls his head out of a triangle and avoids upkicks. Trying to land punches. Caceres makes space and stands. Right hand by Bravo connects. Caceres digs to the body and lands a right hook upstairs with a minute to go. Uppercut lands. Bravo lands a straight right. 3-2 from Caceres in return. Another body shot before the bell. 10-9 Caceres.

Round 2: Bravo catches a kick and they trade blows while Caceres is on one leg. Caceres to the body, right cross from Bravo in return. Clean 1-2 from Caceres and another left hand drops Bravo. Caceres tries to take his back, ultimately settles for guard. One minute in. He retrakes the back, can’t maintain it. Bravo returns to his feet. Trading shots as Bravo advances. Two minutes in. Bravo looks for a single-leg, moves to the body lock. Straight left by Caceres after separating. Another left hand stuns Bravo. Two minutes to go.

Body kick from Bravo. lands a right hand soon after. Caceres tries to spin. Counter left connects for him, then another straight. Bravo lands a combination as he continues to pursue. One minute to go. Right hand to the body. Caceres lands a spinning back fist, takes an overhand right. Caceres briefly ties up. Bravo catches a body kick and looks to secure a takedown. 10-9 Caceres.

Round 3: Bravo still pressing forward, completes a double-leg on the fence. Now looking for short left hands. Caceres works his way up a minute in. Caceres spins to face him and separates. Side kick lands for him. Bravo lands a combination, eats a right hook. Still slinging punches at Caceres. 1-2 knocks Caceres’ mouthguard out. Caceres shoots two minutes in, stuffed. Caceres lands a left uppercut, eats a two-piece. Body kick. Bravo continues marching after him and slinging punches as Caceres lands counters. Bravo digs a right downstairs and takes a straight left with two minutes to go.

Bravo indefatigable so far. Big right hand by the TUF: LATAM veteran. He ties up, can’t get the takedown Left hand by Caceres, right hook and glancing head kick. Elbow lands for Bravo against the cage with a minute to go. Caceres lands a body kick and they trade punches. More good shots. 10-9 Bravo.

Final result: Caceres def. Bravo by split decision


125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Barb Honchak

Round 1: Honchak landing well early. Good right hand by Honchak. One minute in. Back-and-forth boxing so far. Neither has the visible advantage yet. Good right hand by Honchak. Two minutes in. More exchanges. Mofferi shoots and takes her down into half guard.Two minutes to go.

Modafferi looking to get her knee free and move to mount. Honchak denying it so far. She briefly gets side control a minute in, back to half guard. Full guard now. Nice pass directly to side control. 10-9 Modafferi.

Round 2: Back to trading punches at the start of the round. Modafferi landing some right hands. Honchak lands one in return, gets the body lock, and tries a trip. Modafferi counters into mount and starts dropping hammerfists. Elbows as well a minute in. Honchak regains half guard. Modafferi staying heavy. Two minutes in. Now landing some elbows and punches as Honchak tries to get to her side. Back to mount goes Modafferi, going to work with strikes. Two minutes to go.

Nice elbows landing for Modafferi. The ref steps in as the elbows pile up.

Final result: Modafferi def. Honchak by TKO (elbows)


185 lbs.: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Julian Marquez

Round 1: Di Chirico fires a left hand that’s blocked. They trade on the fence, nasty left by Di Chirico. Another overhand left a minute in. Marquez connects with a right hand. Hard body kick comes back at him. Right hook briefly bends Marquez and Di Chirico mixes up to the head and body. Two minutes in. Marquez finds the mark with another straight right. Another body kick by Di Chirico. Straight left. Marquez wobbles him with a left hook and starts marching forward, firing body kicks of his own. Two minutes to go.

Di Chirico goes back to the body kick. He catches a leg kick, misses the counter. Straight left, right hook. One minute to go. More counters from the Italian, who shoots for a single-leg and avoids a guillotine. Marquez scrambles up, lands a body kick and right cross. Marquez shots, stuffed. Di Chirico gets wobbled late. 10-9 Di Chirico.

Round 2: They trade body kicks early. Low kick by Marquez, combination upstairs and some spinning sh*t. Counter jab from Di Chirico. One minute in. Uppercut finds the mark for Marquez, who lands a counter right. More pressure by Marquez. Di Chirico ducks a spinning attack to grab a body lock. Marquez counters with a guillotine, loses it. They separate. Marquez tries a high kick, lands a low kick. Di Chirico catches a body kick for a takedown. Two minutes to go.

Marquez avoids a back-take. Right hand lands clean on the fence. Di Chirico completes another takedown. Marquez uses a kimura trap to look for the back, then commits to the sub. Di Chirico gets his arm out. 10-9 Marquez.

Round 3: Check hook lands for Di Chirico. Marquez still on the advance. Another check. Body kick. One minute in. Marquez fires a body kick, eats another jab. Di Chirico tries an up-elbow. Low kick lands for him. Marquez finds the mark with right hands on the fence two minutes in. Marquez tries to spin again, lands a left. 1-2 from Di Chirico. Head kick by Marquez appears to land with two minutes to go.

Marquez on the attack and gets taken down for his trouble. He commits to a kimura after standing a rolls Di Chirico over. They wind up back on the fence, Di Chirico pressing him against it. One minute to go. Marquez uses a whizzer to scramble up after a takedown and lands hard right hands. Right hand by Marquez, left hook by Di Chirico. Marquez goes to the body. Di Chirico tries to spin and Marquez wings hooks. 10-9 Marquez

Final result: Di Chirico def. Marquez by split decision


125 lbs.: Montana De La Rosa vs. Rachael Ostovich

Round 1: Tentative start, both women staying at range. Jab from Ostovich. One minute in. Really just shadow boxing so far. Ostovich lands a body kick. Two minutes in. Both land right hands but it’s Ostovich who stumbles back. Good jab by De La Rosa. Long left hook connects. Two minutes to go.

Ostovich struggling with the length disadvantage. One minute to go. More jabs by De La Rosa. Ostovich counters a leg kick with a straight right. 10-9 De La Rosa.

Round 2: Both fire right hands. Low-high combo attempt from Ostovich. De La Rosa lands a front kick. One minute in. De La Rosa catches a body kick and tries to trip her down. One minute in. Ostovich defending well. De La Rosa still attached on the fence. They separate. Two minutes in. De La Rosa goes back to the jab. Hard combination lands for Ostovich. Body kick connects, but De La Rosa grabs a body lock, ultimately putting her on the fence again. Two minutes to go.

De La Rosa lands a short elbow before they separate. Body kick connects. One minute to go. Ostovich falling short with kicks. 3-2, body kick. De La Rosa left hook, Ostovich overhand. Ostovich lands a spinning back fist and they trade in the center. 10-9 Ostovich.

Round 3: De La Rosa fakes a level change, doesn’t connect. Counter righ tby Ostovich, then a body jab. 3-2 connects a minute in. De La Rosa shoots, eats a knee. Pressing Ostovich against the cage. Ostovich counters a takedown attempt with a roll, then looks to transition to a kylock. De La Rosa escapes two minutes in and sets up in guard. Side control now. Ostovich rolls to her knees with two minutes to go.

Both hooks in for De La Rosa. She flattens Ostovich out and goes to work with strikes before looking for the choke. One minute to go. De La Rosa works her forearm under the chin and draws the tap.

Final result: De La Rosa def. Ostovich by submission (rear naked choke)


155 lbs.: Luis Pena vs. Richie Smullen

Round 1: Pena lands a heavy knee, but Smullen eats it and hits a takedown, dragging Pena back down when he scrambles up. Side control for Smullen. Pena briefly attempts some sort of bizarre choke. One minute in. Full guard now. Smullen with some ground-and-pound. Pena threatens an armbar, uses it to get to his knees and take Smullen down in return. Smullen looking for a guillotine, loses it. Pena abandons ship when Smullen looks for a leg. Two minutes in. Back to the feet. 1-2 from Pena, 3-2 knocks Smullen back. Combinations piling up and a left hand puts Smullen on the mat, but Smullen goes for a leg. Pena tries to counter with a guillotine and a scramble ensues. Two minutes to go.

Pene winds up on top in full mount, still cranking the choke. He adjusts his grip to a power guillotine and that gets the tap.

Final result: Pena def. Smullen by submission (guillotine choke)


155 lbs.: John Gunther vs. Allan Zuniga

Round 1: Gunther ducks in for an early takedown attempt. Zuniga defending against the cage. Gunther gets him to his rear a minute in. Zuniga working to stand. Short left hands from Gunther. Two minutes in. Gunther changes levels and gets him down again, controlling Zuniga’s legs. Two minutes to go.

Zuniga makes it up, hauled back down. Back up, back down. One minute to go. Gunther lands a spinning elbow after Zuniga stands. 10-9 Gunther.

Round 2: Zuniga fires low kicks and they trade punches until Gunther looks for another takedown. Knee to the body. Zuniga looking for a kimura a minute in. Gunther completes an outside trip and looks for the back. Zuniga works his way back up. Two minutes in. Outside trip, Zuniga nearly sweeps before standing. Ref separates them. Right hand dings Zuniga, who bangs the body. Two minutes to go.

Gunther still wading forward, shoots once again. He completes this one. Zuniga rolls to his knees, gets brief separation. He grabs a kimura when Gunther ducks back in. No dice. 10-9 Gunther.

Round 3: Zuniga digs in an early body shot, then some head shots. Another combination and he denies Gunther’s attempted clinch. Body shot, combo. Gunther wades back into the clinch against the fence. He gets Zuniga down, can’t keep him down there for long. Zuniga briefly threatens a guillotine on the fence. Two minutes in. Ref breaks them up. More punches from Zuniga. Gunther again just pushes him back to the fence. Two minutes to go.

Gunther shoots, denied. Zuniga firing tired-looking punches, whipping backfists. More of Gunther just marching forward into the clinch. One minute to go. Zuniga escapes and goes back to the body, then the head with combinations. Zuniga goes low-high, lands a head kick. He keeps pursuing Gunther until the bell. 10-9 Zuniga.

Final result: Gunther def. Zuniga by majority decision


145 lbs.: Tyler Diamond vs. Bryce Mitchell

Round 1: Diamond on the advance, fires a head kick and avoids a knee. Mitchell tries a flying kick and lands good knees to the body. One minute in. Mitchell ties up briefly. Diamond hits a low single the next time they come together. Half guard for Diamond. Mitchell regains guard, tries mission control two minutes in. He switches a deep half guard sweep, but finds himself in a guillotine. Mitchell ducks down for a takedown, but has to surrender top position when Diamond switches to a high-elbow grip. More scrambling and they separate. Two minutes to go.

Jab exchange in the center. Low kicks from Diamond. Mitchell lands a knee to the body, then clips the cup with a low kick. Back to the action. Diamond fakes a shot, can’t land the uppercut, and they start exchanging. Diamond looks for another guillotine as Mitchell shoots in, but the angle isn’t there. Diamond eats a knee as he gets back to the feet. Mitchell looks to spin him back to the mat. Diamond defending with a whizzer. 10-9 Mitchell.

Round 2: Mitchell shoots in off a Diamond low kick, avoids the guillotine. Diamond uses the whizzer to scramble up. Mitchell shoots again. Diamond defending well. One minute in. Diamond ultimately winds up on top, but Mitchell gets his legs in position for a triangle. Mitchell firing elbows between squeezes. The angle isn’t there but Diamond isn’t doing much to defend. Mitchell elbows piling up two minutes in. Now Mitchell has the angle, but Diamond pulls his head free with two minutes to go.

Diamond takes side control. Staying heavy, not looking for damage. He briefly threatens an arm triangle and Mitchell goes to his knees. Diamond avoids the granby roll and starts punching. More right hands form Diamond. 10-9 Mitchell.

Round 3: Both men find the mark with early right hands. Low kick from Diamond. Mitchell grabs double underhooks for a takedown, bt Diamond just rolls through and they go back to trading. One minute in. Now Diamond changes levels and puts Mitchell on his back. Half guard now. Two minutes in. Mitchell committing to a kimura, loses his grip. He goes to his knees and Diamond looks for the back, then suplexes Mitchell to the mat when he scrambles up. Landing shots from side control. Two minutes to go.

Mitchell regains half guard. Diamond looking for a crucifix. One minute to go. Mitchell goes back to his knees. Good punches from Diamond. Knees to the body. Mitchell looks exhausted. Diamond retakes the back and throws hard shots until the bell. 10-9 Diamond.

Final result: Mitchell def. Diamond by majority decision


145 lbs.: Matt Bessette vs. Steven Peterson

Round 1: Peterson opens with a flying knee attempt and Bessette shoots in, taking him to the fence. Peterson pulls guard on a guillotine and tries to claim that Bessette is out, but “The Mangler” works his way free a minute in. Peterson gets back to his feet and reverses position on the fence. Knees to the thigh from Peterson. Bessette reverses in turn two minutes in. Now Peterson reverses. Bessette goes for a hip toss without success. They separate and Peterson lands a knee to the body. Swatting right by Bessette with two minutes to go.

Combo by Bessette. Peterson chops his leg out with a leg kick, can’t take top position. Hard shovel left by Bessette answered by a right cross. 1-2 from Peterson. One minute to go. Bessette with a glancing head kick and a massive right hand that Peterson absorbs. Clean uppercut and left hook. Peterson keeps coming, eats a flush head kick. Another head kick from Bessette, uppercut, right hook. 10-9 Bessette.

Round 2: They go right back to slugging until Peterson puts him on the cage. Bessette tries an uchi mata and Peterson ducks down for a double-leg. They separate a minute in. Counter right from Bessette, uppercut in the clinch. Trading in the center, Bessette getting the better of it. Flush head kick from Bessette and again Peterson just absorbs it. Clean 1-2. Two minutes in. Peterson still wading in. Bessette continues to pick him apart. He shoots, stuffed. Two minutes in.

Crushing rights from Bessette. Peterson lands a straight right. He puts Bessette on the cage and looks for a takedown, dragging Bessette to his knees. One hook in for Peterson. One minute to go. Peterson gets his second hook in and lands a 12-6 elbow. More elbows. 10-9 Bessette.

Round 3: Peterson’s still going forward, takes Bessette to the fence. Bessette circles away and lands punches. 1-2 from Peterson. He changes levels a minute in. He gets the inside reap, looks for the back, slips out the back door. Then Bessette looks for the back and falls victim to the same thing. Two minutes in. Peterson retakes the back and locks up the body triangle. Landing punches. Two minutes to go.

Peterson hand fighting. Still looking for the choke. One minute to go. Bessette survives. 10-9 Peterson.

Final result: Peterson def. Bessette by split decision


185 lbs.: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Oskar Piechota

Round 1: Piechota opens with a right hand downstairs. Meerschaert sending out kicks. Body kick lands for him. Piechota fires a left hook and they jockey for position on the fence. Piechota hits an outside trip into full mount. One minute in. Half guard now. He moves to side control, then locks up a Japanese necktie when Meerschaert rolls to his knees. He abandons it and looks for the bac, ultimately takes mount. Meerschaert bucks him off and shoots. Piechota sprawls on it. Brief scramble, half guard for Piechota. Two minutes to go.

Meerschaert regains guard and the referee elects to stand them up. Straight left from Meerschaert, who walks into a hard right hand. Piechota follows up with a body kick. One minute to go. 2-3 drops Meerschaert and Piechota takes mount, then the back. He locks up the choke, but good hand fighting from Meerschaert, who goes to his knees. Meerschaert reverses into the front headlock, landing knees. 10-9 Piechota.

Round 2: Piechota lands a counter hook as Meerschaert advances. Both land punches near the fence. Overhand right by the Pole, counter hook as Meerschaert lands a body kick. Meerschaert lands a jab a minute in, gets tripped up by a low kick. Another hard leg kick, Meerschaert answers in kind. Left hand catches Piechota leaning. Meerschaert shoots and a scramble ensues. Piechota grabs a guillotine, winds up on the bottom in side control two minutes in. Meerschaert looks for the back, lands hard punches on the way up, and locks up a mean-looking guillotine. He loses it, but starts pounding on Piechota after the scramble. Two minutes to go.

Meerschaert burying him in volume. Piechota looking for counters, lands left hooks but starts getting blasted with knees. Elbows now. Piechota looks done. More elbows. Knees, elbows. One minute to go. Meerschaert drags him down, looks for more punches. Elbows too. Manhandling Piechota on the mat and he locks up a rear naked choke, ultimately putting the Pole to sleep.

Final result: Meerschaert def. Piechota by technical submission (rear naked choke)