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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is locked and loaded for the UFC Vegas 44 mixed martial arts (MMA) event TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 4, 2021) from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, streaming LIVE on ESPN and ESPN+. Main event duties fall to bantamweight title contenders Rob Font and Jose Aldo, who collide for a spot in the 135-pound title chase. In UFC Vegas 44’s co-headliner, once-beaten lightweight bruisers Brad Riddell and Rafael Fiziev hook ‘em up for the chance to announce their arrival at 155 pounds.

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MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 44 fight card below, starting with the ESPN/ESPN+ “Prelims” bouts at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN/ESPN+ main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Font vs. Aldo.” Without further delay, see below for the updated UFC Vegas 44 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).

UFC VEGAS 44 QUICK RESULTS:

Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo — Aldo def. Font by unanimous decision (50-45 x2, 49-46) — HIGHLIGHTS
Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell — Fiziev def. Riddell by TKO (wheel kick) at 2:20 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS
Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill — Hill def. Crute by KO (punches) at 0:48 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos — Guida def. Santos by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:21 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis — Curtis def. Allen by TKO (knees and punches) at 1:58 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono — Morono def. Gall by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic — Todorovic def. Pitolo by TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape — Kape def. Zhumagulov by TKO (punches) at 4:02 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Bryan Barberena vs. Darian Weeks — Barberena def. Weeks by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells — CANCELED (details here)
Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin — Vlismas def. Martin by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield — Knight def. Menifield by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles — Puelles def. Gruetzemacher by submission (kneebar) at 3:25 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS
Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka — Morales def. Smolka by TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS

UFC VEGAS 44 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

Round 1: Font comes out aggressively. Uppercut falls short. Continuing to send out punches. Aldo looking for body kicks in return. Font shoots and drags Aldo to a knee a minute in. Aldo pops up as Font holds onto a hook. Body lock takedown attempt. They separate. Font keeping up the volume, catches Aldo leaning with an uppercut. Good body shot two minutes in. Aldo changes levels, denied. Font to the body again. Font continuing to advance and outwork Aldo, landing an elbow upstairs. Right to the body with two minutes to go.

Low kick from Font. Counter right from Aldo, jabs from Font. Nasty body shot and stiff jab from Aldo with a minute to go. Font digs a right downstairs. Sharp right cross, rapid flurry blocked. With 15 seconds to go, Aldo suddenly takes Font’s legs out with a 1-2 down the pipe. He takes top position, but can’t polish him off. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 2: Font staying busy behind the jab. Solid body shot, clean jabs. Font low kick. One minute in. Good right cross by Font. Body shot. Aldo advancing, fires a cross counter. Counter right to answer a low kick. Another huge right wobbles Font, who staggers back but gets his wits back. Two minutes in. Jab stings Font again. Solid 1-2 from Font. Aldo blocking the big shots but eats a jab. There’s a solid right cross from Font as I say that, but Aldo answers in kind. Two minutes to go.

Aldo to the body. Low kick from Font. Counter knee and jab land for Aldo, then a 1-2. One minute to go. Font tries a head kick behind a combo. He shoots, denied. Solid right cross. Aldo rips the body in response. Font flurries. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 3: Low kicks from Aldo. Font comes back with an uppercut and jabs. Brief clinch. Another Aldo low kick. Continuing to advance as Font tries to potshot. Font shoots, ends up on the bottom a minute in. Full mount for Aldo. Font regains half guard before any damage can be done. Back to guard. Aldo not super active from the top. Half guard. Two minutes to go.

Font regains guard once again. He uses the fence to stand and looks to open up on the break. Jabs landing for Font, nice uppercut. Aldo now sporting some heavy swelling on the right side of his face. 1-2 from Font. Body shot. One minute to go. Another 1-2. Aldo puts him on his butt with a low kick. Another one. 1-1-2 by Font, Aldo rolling with a lot of these. Solid right hand, body kick. Another low kick stings Font. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 4: Heavy 1-2 from Aldo and Font’s hurt again. Aldo follows with a knee that drops him and settles into side control. Elbows, can’t get the crucifix. Font regains half guard. One minute in. Back to side control. Font turning into him to try and stand, denied two minutes in. Half guard. Aldo nearly takes mount, but Font regains guard. Aldo retakes side control with two minutes to go.

Font regains guard once again. Throwing elbows off his back. One minute to go. Aldo again nearly takes mount and again Font manages to snatch up half guard. 10-9 Aldo.

Round 5: Font putting on the volume, lands a solid 1-2. Flying knee attempt. Aldo launhces a cross counter. Looping right from Font. He puts Aldo on the fence a minute in. Nasty elbow on the exit. Body shot, hook. Aldo marching forward, snaps his head back with a jab. Font puts him on the fence. Two minutes in. Aldo tries to push his way off, denied. Heavy elbow and uppercut land for Font, who gets rattled by a heavy right cross. Aldo follows up with a vicious liver shot and blasts him until Font changes levels. Aldo jumps on his back. Two minutes to go.

Aldo between mount and the back. Staying heavy, not throwing. One minute to go. Full back control. Font rolling, unable to dislodge Aldo. 10-9 Aldo.

Final result:


155 lbs.: Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell

Round 1: Low kick lands for Riddell. Fiziev comes back with a body kick. Kick exchange a minute in. Fiziev just misses with a wheel kick. Left hook exchange. Tit-for-tat so far, taking turns. Short right from Fiziev two minutes in. Nasty body kick lands for him. Rapid exchange in the center, hard Fiziev body kick. Riddell 3-2. Fiziev counter kick. Two minutes to go.

Riddell lands body jabs, just misses on an overhand right. Fiziev tries a head kick. Hard counter hook lands for him after they trade right hands. Fiziev leg kick with a minute to go. Riddell lands his own leg kick. Body kick attempt, body jab met by a Fiziev body kick. Riddell sneaks in a tight right hook in combination. 10-9 Fiziev.

Round 2: Back to the Chippy exchanges. Riddell body kick, quick trade. Body kick from Fiziev. One minute in. Combo from Riddell, low kick. Jab from Fiziev. Elbow opens a cut on Riddell, who lands a heavy right hand two minutes in. Low kick exchange. Tight Fiziev left hook, eats a body kick in return. Vicious exchange. Right hook by Fiziev. Riddell overhand right, Fiziev left hook. Riddell to the body. Two minutes to go.

Riddell ties up, nothing doing. Nasty counter right lands for Fiziev, who fires a bicycle knee. Trading knees against the fence. Fiziev right hand and body kick. Low kick with a minute to go. Riddell body kick answered in kind. Left hook upstairs. 10-9 Fiziev.

Round 3: Riddell body kick, Fiziev counter rights. Kick exchange. Riddell times a kick for a double-leg, can’t keep him down. Hard counter right from Fiziev to answer a left hook. One minute in. Riddell to the body. Low kick. Brutal left hook from Riddell as he eats shots in return. He shoots, denied. They trade in center cage. Fiziev low kick, Riddell left hook. Just as Riddell seems to be regaining control, Fiziev cracks him with a wheel kick that freezes him in place. Herb Dean rushes in for the save as a semi-conscious Riddell tries to shoot.

Final result: Fiziev def. Riddell by TKO (wheel kick)


205 lbs.: Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill

Round 1: Crute launching some early kicks. Low kick connects. Hill comes back with a right hook that drops Crute, who pops right back up and ties up. Knee to the body from Hill. Another counter right hook floors Crute and Hill drills him with another punch to turn the lights out.

Final result: Hill def. Crute by KO (punches)


155 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos

Round 1: Guida with his usual hyperactive movement. Low kicks from Santos. One minute in. Hard body kick hurts Guida and Santos tries to pound him out against the fence. Guida tries a desperation shot as he eats more and more hammerfists. He makes it up, gets dropped by a knee. He tries to shoots, eats more knees. He somehow survives and they separate two minutes in. Santos looks like he punched himself out. Guida advancing, not throwing. Two minutes to go.

Guida throwing some punches, but falling short. He shoots against the fence, loses his mouthpiece again. Santos exhausted and backpedaling. Guida lands a left hook and slams him into guard with a minute to go. Guida moves to half guard and drop elbows. 10-9 Santos.

Round 2: Guida rushes after him, eats a knee, shoots. He drags Santos to his knees and fires knees to the body. One hook in. One minute in. Hunting the RNC. He goes palm-to-palm and there’s the tap. Unbelievable comeback by Guida.

Final result: Guida def. Santos by submission (rear naked choke)


185 lbs.: Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis

Round 1: Early exchange in the center. Allen tries a head kick, then slams Curtis to the ground and jumps on his back as he stands. Curtis peels the hooks off and separates. Allen lands a body kick. Trading punches. One minute in. Solid body shot from Curtis. Four-piece upstairs. Allen cracks him with a cross, steps in with a knee. They trade hooks. Two minutes in. Oblique kick from Allen. Curtis pops him with a straight left and blocks a head kick. Another solid left by Curtis, then a right hook to the body. Allen body kick, Curtis low kicks, Allen body kick. Two minutes to go.

Another body kick from Allen. Curtis answers with a left downstairs. Another body shot from Curtis. Glancing head kick, nice combo behind it. Allen with his own head kick. One minute to go. Allen shoots, then falls back for a straight ankle lock. Curtis gets his foot out and looks to drop punches form the top. 10-9 Curtis.

Round 2: Good exchanges to start the round. Curtis goes high-low with a 1-2. Allen body kicks. Hard body shot from Curtis in return. One minute in. Allen body kick, Curtis 3-2. Allen shoots, denied. Another nice body shot by Curtis, who eats a lead right. They continue to exchange and a right hook takes out Allen’s legs. He wobbles to the fence and Curtis looks to pour it on. Allen tries to fire back, but some knees put him on his back and send the ref into action.

Final result: Curtis def. Allen by TKO (knees and punches)


170 lbs.: Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono

Round 1: Morono advancing, lands a glancing 1-2. One minute in. Low kick from Morono. Gall tries a body kick. Morono double jab. Low kick from Gall. Long right by Morono. Two minutes in. Hard exchange at close range. Gall body kick. Four-piece by Morono. Gall lands a stiff jab. Body kick. Two minutes to go.

Morono goes to the body, then connects with a jab upstairs. Flurry attempt. Gall walks into a jab that drops him and Morono follows him down into guard. Gall tries to turn for a leg. One minute to go. Some fence grabs from Morono. Back to guard. Gall uses the fence to stand and looks to slug on the exit. Big exchange. 10-9 Morono.

Round 2: Jab lands for Morono. Both sling overhand rights. 1-2 from Morono. One minute in. Glancing overhand. Gall yet to shoot. Heavy three-piece from Gall and Morono looks stung. Gall shoots, denied. Looking more aggressive. Two minutes in. Morono tries an overhand right. Gall body jab met by a Superman punch. Both sling overhands again. Two minutes to go.

Jabs from Morono. Right hook just misses. Gall with a jab, takes a left hook. Gall body shot. Body kick soon after. One minute to go. Counter hook connects for Morono as he takes an overhand right. Counter right for him. Gall shoots, gets sprawled on. Heavy left hook by Morono. 10-9 Morono.

Round 3: Early left hook from Morono. Looping overhand soon after. Series of jabs. 1-2 a minute in. Gall tries a 1-1-2. Low kick lands for him. Left hook by Morono. Both land to the body. Gall attempts a flying knee that falls well short. Two minutes in. Quick exchange in the center. Clean jab lands for Morono. Gall right hand glances off the top of Morono’s head. Morono with a long right and head kick attempt. Two minutes to go.

Morono continuing to be the more active of the two. Gall tries to pressure with haymakers. He punches into the clinch. Elbow on the break. One minute to go. Stiff jab by Morono, then a spinning back fist that lands clean. Gall stalking forward, swinging big. Morono looking to answer. 10-9 Morono.

Final result: Morono def. Gall by unanimous decision


185 lbs.: Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic

Round 1: Both men looking to box early. Low kick from Pitolo, who circles away from a takedown attempt. Todorovic low kick, simultaneous connections. Nice combo from Pitolo a minute in. Big 1-2 connects. Low kick spins Todorovic around. Straight left lands for him in return. Pitolo left hook. Todorovic shoots and Pitolo jumps guard on a guillotine. Todorovic manages to neutralize it and set up in guard just over two minutes in. Short shots from Todorovic. Two minutes to go.

Half guard for Todorovic. Short elbows, then punches as he pins down an arm. One minute to go. Todorovic moves to mount, then takes the back and starts dropping bombs. Pitolo covers up and there’s the finish.

Final result: Todorovic def. Pitolo by first-round TKO


125 lbs.: Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape

Round 1: Kape opens with a flying knee attempt. Zhumagulov pushing forward, lands a clean overhand right. Counter uppercut lands for Kape. Zhumagulov knocks him back with a right hand. Low kick a minute in. Uppercut-cross, low kick. Calf kick from Kape. Lots of feints from both men. Zhumagulov to the body. Kape digs a counter knee to the body. Two minutes in. Stiff jab from Zhumagulov, fast exchange. Clean left hook from Zhumagulov. Jab lands as he eats a low kick. Kape continuing to land leg kicks, tries a flying knee. Zhumagulov outworking him so far, lands an uppercut. Two minutes to go.

Zhumagulov low kick. Kape lands a long lead right, then one behind a whiffed knee. Zhumagulov answers to the body. Kape lands a low kick, tries another, then floors Zhumagulov with a 3-2. Kape on the attack as Zhumagulov stands. Vicious combination work against the fence and Zhumagulov slowly crumples under the onslaught.

Final result: Kape def. Zhumagulov by TKO (punches)


170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Darian Weeks

Round 1: Both men kicking early. No major connections in the first minute. There’s a quick exchange. Weeks hauls him to the fence, then takes him down into half guard. Barberena uses the fence to stand. Weeks tries an elbow on the break two minutes in. Check hook lands. Low kicks landing well for Barberena. Two minutes to go.

Weeks’ left leg already looks compromised. He shoots a single-leg in center cage. Barberena reverses on the fence. They separate with less than a minute to go. More front kicks from Weeks. Reactive shot after avoiding a left hand, denied. Another Barberena low kick. 10-9 Barberena.

Round 2: Weeks hits a quick takedown into guard as Barberena rushes in. Barberena looking for an armbar. Weeks pops his arm free and lands some punches on the way up. One minute in. Right hand to the body. Barberena tries an elbow, lands a left hand. They trade in the center. Weeks tries a front kick to combination, then lands a solid knee in the clinch. Barberena lands on the break, then chucks him aside before stepping in with heavier punches two minutes in. Weeks shoves him away. Barberena back on the advance. He shrugs off an accidental foul. Two minutes to go.

Big whiff from Barberena. Weeks trying to kick but not committing to anything major. Weird exchanges, trading heat. Solid shots from Weeks, then a reactive takedown. One minute to go. Barberena manages to scoot to the fence and stand, then land an elbow. Solid punches from Weeks, eats a combo in return. More Barberena low kicks met by a front kick. Good body shots and a knee, then an overhand right. They slug until the bell. 10-9 Barberena.

Round 3: Right back to the higher-tempo exchanges. Weeks hauls him to the fence. Solid dirty boxing on both sides before they separate. Barberena slips on a high kick, then goes back to marching forward and rips the body. Two minutes in. Weeks lands to the head, Barberena to the body. Snap kick by Weeks, eats a straight left down the pipe. Good overhand left and low kicks by Barberena. Weeks with some right hands in combination. Two minutes to go.

Another straight left from Barberena and a 3-2. Weeks answers a body shot with a heavy left hook. Trading heat. Three-piece by Weeks. Brutal right hands by Barberena. Body shots, then to the head. Heavy lead right. One minute to go. 1-2 by Weeks. Barberena to the body. Heavy trading on the fence, Barberena continuing to rip the body. Weeks ducks a left hand for a double-leg. Barberena scoots free and clips him, an overhand left as they separate, though his final blitz fails to connect. 10-9 Barberena.

Final result: Barberena def. Weeks by unanimous decision


115 lbs.: Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin

Round 1: Vlismas throwing early volume. Sharp 1-2. Nice exchange. Martin connects with a good right cross. Continuing to trade at close range. One minute in. Good shots on both sides. Martin catches a kick, can’t use it. Clubbing right by Vlismas. Martin comes back with a combo. Two minutes in. Both connect with right hands. Martin splits the guard with a jab. Overhand right by Vlismas lands clean. Two minutes to go.

Counter combo from Vlismas as Martin continues to pressure. Another counter right. Body kick. Vlismas getting the better of things as she circles. One minute to go. Sharp left by Martin on the fence. Right hand exchange. Vlismas body kick, gets put on the fence. Hard rights from Vlismas on the exit after eating knees. Heavy right crosses. Short uppercuts after taunting. 10-9 Vlismas.

Round 2: Vlismas keeping up the volume and lateral motion. Low kick exchange. 1-2 from Vlismas around the guard. Low kick a minute in. Martin continuing the advance. Jab from Vlismas, two-piece from Martin in return. Three-piece by Vlismas, counter 2-1. Martin goes low-high with left hooks. Two minutes in. Potshotting at each other. Sharp counter right lands for Vlismas, then a 1-2. Martin’s getting outworked. Well-timed level change on a Vlismas body kick. Two minutes to go.

Martin continuing to press her against the fence. Knees to the thigh. They separate with a minute to go. Both land as they exchange. 1-2 from Vlismas. Jab exchange. Fast final trade. 10-9 Vlismas.

Round 3: Good trade on the fence. Martin ties up and presses her against it. Vlismas manages to separate before long and attack the body. Sharp jab. One minute in. Martin ties up, can’t quite get the trip but gets underhooks. Knees to the thigh from Martin. Two minutes in. They separate. Lead right from Vlismas. Good 1-2s. Heavy counter right. Two minutes to go.

Martin ducks a left hook and looks for a trip. No dice. Lead right from Vlismas, then on the counter. Uppercut. Jab exchanges. Counter 2-1 from Vlismas, vicious 1-2. Excellent combination work. Martin undeterred with a minute to go. Vlismas continuing to pick her apart. There’s a solid right from Martin. Vlismas knuckles down and they slug in the final seconds. 10-9 Vlismas.

Final result: Vlismas def. Martin by unanimous decision


205 lbs.: William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield

Round 1: 1-2 from Menifield to start. Knight ducks an overhand right and takes him down, but Menifield rolls through to land on top in side control. Shoulder strikes a minute in. Knight slips out when Menifield looks for scarf hold, then latches onto Menifield’s back. Two minutes in. Menifield spins free and threatens a takedown, adjusting when Knight looks for a guillotine. Menifield ignores a low blow. Knight holding onto a front headlock. Two minutes to go.

Knight still holding onto the front headlock as Menifield drives in. Now they separate with a minute to go. Counter 1-2 from Menifield as Knight flings out low kicks. Hard right cross from Knight, then a counter left hook that floors Menifield. Menifield somehow survives. 10-9 Knight.

Round 2: Menifield checks a leg kick, lands a counter and Knight rushes to separate. Brutal straight right stings Knight, Menifield hangs back. Low kick exchange a minute in. Knight considers, abandons a level change. Knight fires a front kick. Menifield lead right. Counter 1-2 to answer a front kick. Knight tries a wheel kick. 1-2, left hook by Menifield. Two minutes in. Left hook upstairs. Knight fries another front kick, then a spinning back fist. Menifield 3-2, then a left hook catches Knight spinning. Knight tries an overhand right. Two minutes to go.

Jab from Menifield. Very sedate pace. Jab exchange, Menifield’s is better. Knight slings an overhand right, lands a leg kick. One minute to go. Menifield jabs, overhand right. Knight fires an overhand that buzzes Menifield before the bell. 10-9 Menifield.

Round 3: Both land early right hands. Knight low kicks. Knight tries a Superman punch and they tie up. Menifield takes him to the fence. One minute in. Looking for a takedown. Two minutes in. Menifield continuing to grind. Knight occasionally threatening a front headlock. Two minutes to go.

Ref wants more action. Trading short body shots. One minute to go. Knee from Knight with a minute to go. Jab exchange. Knight tries a head kick, lands a leg kick. Stalking forward. Jab lands for Menifield. One from Knight as well. Knight tries some final overhands. 10-9 Menifield.

Final result: Knight def. Menifield by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles

Round 1: Low kick from Gruetzemacher, body kick from Puelles. Body kick exchange. Puelles shoots, completes it into guard. One minute in. Solid elbow. Gruetzemacher not doing much off of his back. Two minutes in. Gruetzemacher tries an armbar, gives up half guard. Two minutes to go.

Puelles working to try and take his back, then goes to quarter guard with a guillotine. Drops it. Elbows from Puelles in mount. One minute to go. Heavy shots. Gruetzemacher regains half guard. Puelles passes to side control, then north-south. Scramble at the end. 10-9 Puelles, borderline 10-8.

Round 2: Solid early strikes from Puelles. He shoots, denied, tries again and gets sprawled on. Puelles pulls guard. One minute in. Left hands from Gruetzemacher. Puelles with hammerfists off his back. Now a triangle attempt. Gruetzemacher postures up, then patiently works his arm back in. Two minutes in. Deep half guard. Gruetzemacher uses a whizzer to deny a sweep, but gets hurt with a head kick and left hands when they return to the feet. Puelles shoots. Two minutes to go.

Gruetzemacher reverses, then separates. Quick exchange in the center. Puelles launching solid kicks. He shoots, denied. Body kick from Gruetzemacher with a minute to go. Gruetzemacher knee, Puelles elbow. Puelles puts him on the fence. Trading little foot sweeps and knees. Solid elbows from Puelles. Gruetzemacher lands a knee, denies a level change. 10-9 Puelles.

Round 3: Early clinch, then Puelles takes a knee right to the nuts. Puelles tries a pair of head kicks. Solid punches from Gruetzemacher, who stuffs a takedown. They trade elbows on the fence. One minute in. Puelles low kick. He shoots, denied, and Gruetzemacher spins into top turtle to drop punches. Puelles returns to his feet and puts him on the fence. Two minutes in. Gruetzemacher shoves him down and takes top position. Puelles turns for a leg. Hammerfists by Puelles. Gruetzemacher stacks him, goes back to punching from turtle with two minutes to go.

Puelles rolls for a leg again and this time he’s got the kneebar, forcing the tap.

Final result: Puelles def. Gruetzemacher by submission (kneebar)


135 lbs.: Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka

Round 1: 1-1-2 from Smolka to start, then a pair of low kicks. Body kick connects. Morales digs a right downstairs and a pair of jabs up top. Smolka continuing to target the lead leg, eats a quick flurry and comes back with a left hook a minute in. Tight hook from Morales. Smolka pushing forward, eats a low-high combo. Punching exchanges, both land low kicks. Smolka clinches up to land knees, then gets crushed by an overhand right on the exit. Smolka goes down face-first and Morales swarms for the finish.

Final result: Morales def. Smolka by TKO (punches)


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