411’s UFC Fight Night 93 Report 9.03.16
Good morning everyone, to those of your following along live, and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC Fight Night 93. I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the evening, relaying to you all of the action just as I see it. The UFC is debuting in Hamburg, Germany tonight though they’ve been to Germany four other times they’ve never been to Hamburg, and are bringing a heavyweight main event. Two former UFC heavyweight champions are colliding as Andrei Arlovski tries to stop a two fight losing streak against Josh Barnett. There’s a couple of light heavyweight fights as well, former two time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson tries to break his own two fight losing streak against Jan Blachowicz, and Ryan Bader will be playing gatekeeper against Ilir Latifi looking to keep him out of the top ten rankings. This event emanates from the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany with the UFC’s European duo of John Gooden and Dan Hardy on commentary.
Rustam Khabilov is 2-2 in his last four fights but is on a two fight winning streak and has a stellar 5-2 overall UFC record. Khabilov is looking for his second three fight winning streak here, and if he’s able to do so he’ll be back on his way towards the top fifteen of the stacked lightweight division. Leandro Silva is 2-1 in his last three but is coming off of a loss to Jason Saggo and needs to rebound here, plus a win over a fighter with the resume of Khabilov would be his biggest win to date. The odds in this one are steeply in favor Khabilov, to the tune of -500 while Silva’s comeback is tempting to the degenerate gamblers at +350.
Lightweight Bout: Rustam Khabilov (19-3, 156 lbs.) vs. Leandro Silva (19-4-1 1 NC, 156 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Silva is an inch taller than Khabilov but Khabilov has an inch of reach on him. Touch of gloves to get us going, Silva comes out southpaw but has been known to switch his stance. Khabilov circling, both men feinting and Silva lands a body kick. Khabilov backing silva towards the fence, lands a bit of a body kick. Khabilov lands an inside leg kick. Khabilov misses a couple of rights. Silva lands another body kick. Very cautious start from both men here. They both miss power hand punches, Silva lands a body kick. Khabilov lands a couple of leg kicks. Khabilov misses a wheel kick. Khabilov lands a leg kick and gets the clinch, Silva quickly pushes him off and separates. Khabilov tries a single leg against the fence, Silva gets his leg free but eats a knee to the body as they break apart. Khabilov misses an uppercut. Silva lands a hard left and a body kick the stuffs a takedown and gets full mount. Silva tries to set up a mounted triangle but Khabilov avoids it and gets on top in the guard of Silva. Khabilov lands a couple of elbows as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Silva
ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Khabilov misses a body kick. Silva misses a body kick, Khabilov lands an inside leg kick. Khabilov backing Silva towards the fence. Khabilov lands a couple of punches against the fence. Silva lands a jab. Silva lands a bit of a one two combination. Khabilov lands a leg kick but eats a bit of a counter left. Silva lands a body kick. Khabilov lands a right. Silva gets the clinch now and disengages quickly, he was just getting space. Khabilov pressing Silva towards the fence. Khabilov lands a left, tries for a single leg against the fence and starts looking to get Silva down. Silva spins him but gets tripped down by Khabilov who lands in his guard. Khabilov blocks a triangle attempt and lands a couple of punches. Khabilov lands an elbow. Khabilov lands a couple of more blows. Khabilov ends the round with a few more blows from the guard.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Khabilov, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Khabilov lands a right. Khabilov lands an outside leg kick. Silva just has a head kick blocked. Silva lands a body kick, Khabilov gets a clinch and starts working to get Silva down, Silva goes to a knee a couple of times but never goes down and break apart. Silva lands a couple of body kicks. Silva misses a left then a left high kick. Khabilov tries another single leg, gets Silva on the cage and tries to switch for a double leg. Silva defending well so far. Khabilov finally gets Silva down against the fence, that took a while, and lands in the guard. Khabilov lands a couple of elbows, Silva back up but still in the clinch. Silva able to fight for under hooks and separate. Silva blocks a double leg attempt. Khabilov lands a right and they trade jabs. Silva lands a jab and blocks a double leg attempt. Khabilov lands an uppercut as Silva tried a double leg, Khabilov lands some body work as they clinch then break with both missing blows.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Khabilov, 29-28 Khabilov overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Rustam Khabilov via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Not sold on 30-27, he was mounted in the first. Mic time for Khabilov now. He says he missed a couple of shots in the first but he remained focused for the duration. He mentions being caught off guard by Silva’s takedown defense and puts over Silva as a tough guy. Asked who he wants next he says this is his third win in a row and he wants a top ten or fifteen opponent next and specifically mentions Edson Barboza or Anthony Pettis if Pettis returns to lightweight. He closes by speaking some Russian, thanking the fans in the arena and his fans at home as well as his coaches for their work with him.
Scott Askham is 2-2 in the UFC but coming off of an impressive first round head kick knockout win, he’ll be looking to keep building that momentum here and get his first bout of consecutive UFC wins. Jack Hermansson makes his UFC debut here riding a substantial eight fight winning streak, and a win over an established UFC competitor like Askham would be the ideal way to extend that streak and get the all important first UFC win. The odds have this one a pick ’em fight, -115 for both men.
Middleweight Bout: Scott Askham (14-2, 185 lbs.) vs. Jack Hermansson (13-2, 186 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Askham has two inches of height on Hermansson but Hermansson has two and a half inches of reach on him. Askham fighting southpaw, and they touch gloves to get us going. Hermansson circling early. Hermansson lands an outside leg kick. Askham eats an uppercut in close. Hermansson doing a lot of moving here, working leg kicks and fighting long. Askham lands an outside leg kick. Askham misses a high kick. Hermansson lands a jab, Askham lands a bit of a left. Hermansson lands a body kick, tries a double leg that stalls out on the fence. Hermansson lands a knee to the body from the clinch, they trade uppercuts and separate. Askham lands a front kick to the face, not much on it though. Askham lands a left uppercut, Hermansson working the oblique kick now. Askham lands a body kick, Hermansson lands a better one. Askham lands a good leg kick. Askham blocks a head kick. They clinch again, Askham has Hermansson on the fence. They trade knees to the legs while they jockey for position. The round ends as Hermansson slips out of the clinch.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hermansson but I could see arguments for Askham or for 10-10
ROUND TWO: Hermansson working the side kick to the leg as he circles, Askham lands a good body kick. Hermansson lands a good body kick and a couple of oblique kicks. Hermansson seems to have found his ryhthm now. Hermansson lands another side kick to the leg and a right. Askham lands a couple of knees to the body in close. Askham lands a body kick again. Hermansson lands a kick to the thigh and a hard right. Askham lands a good left but Hermansson is still backing him towards the fence. Askham with a front kick to the body, lands a knee to the body but eats a left to the head. Hermansson lands a couple of shots along the fence before Askham gets the clinch. Hermansson lands an uppercut and they trade body work before breaking. Hermansson still pressing, lands a right but eats a bit of a knee and Askham lands a body kick. Hermansson lands an uppercut, and another couple of uppercuts from the clinch. Hermansson landing good shots from the clinch, hard right elbow just before Askham disengages. Askham lands a left. Hermansson lands a couple of jabs, eats an outside leg kick. Hermansson lands a body kick and another right uppercut in close before they clinch. Hermansson tries a takedown, he’s nearly got the back but Askham transitions to 50/50 guard and tries for an inside heel hook as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hermansson, 20-18 Hermansson overall
ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Hermansson backing Askham up again, still using the lead leg side kick to the thigh. They trade good body shots before Hermansson gets the clinch on the fence. Hermansson tries an outside trip, they’re in an even position and Hermansson forces his way on top. Askham still looking for the heel hook, Hermansson standing and lands a couple of good punches then spins around to get his leg out of danger and settles into half guard on the other side. Askham again moves to 50/50 and goes for a heel hook, he’s switching towards a toe hold but loses the grip and they both stand then Hermansson lands an elbow and an uppercut in the clinch. Hermansson lands an elbow and an uppercut, Hermansson starting to pull away with volume and accuracy. Hard knee to the body from Hermansson. Askham lands a knee to the body, they trade uppercuts. They separate and Hermansson lands an inside leg kick. Askham looks winded, Hermansson lands a hard series of rights as they clinch. Hermansson with a knee to the body. Hermansson lands a couple of punches and an elbow. Askham able to spin Hermansson into the fence. Askham lands a knee to the body, Hermansson spins him and returns the knee. Hermansson looking for a single leg, Askham defends and they’re back up in the clinch again. Askham with knees to the thigh. Hermansson lands an uppercut and they break. Hermansson lands a hard right, and a left hook as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hermansson, 30-27 Hermansson overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jack Hermansson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Can easily see Askham taking the first, but rounds two and three were all Hermansson. Hermansson gets an interview now. He says being in the UFC is great and he’s very happy and looking forward to every fight that follows. He says the UFC is the ultimate goal for every MMA fighter and he’s happy to be here and wont be going anywhere. He puts over Askham as being tough and a little like him, asks for someone in the middle of the middleweight division next and says he just wants to fight.
Here’s one of the flurries from Hermansson in that third round.
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Jarjis Danho suffered his first professional loss in his UFC debut when he was defeated by Daniel Omielanczuk via majority technical decision. Danho is looking to rebound from that setback here and get his first UFC win. Christian Colombo brings a six fight winning streak into his UFC debut here, and if he can make that seven in a row at the expense of Danho he’ll be on his way in the heavyweight division. The odds favor Danho slightly at -130 while Colombo’s comeback is +105.
Heavyweight Bout: Christian Colombo (8-1, 251 lbs.) vs. Jarjis Danho (6-1 1 NC, 258 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Colombo has two inches of height and a massive six of reach on Danho. Danho lands a right and a left to the body then they clinch. Colombo trying to defend, Danho switches to a single leg, winds up getting the rear waist lock but he can’t get Colombo down and has to push him on the fence. Colombo lands a knee to the head as they break. Danho misses the windmill right. Danho lands a right, gets the clinch again and eats a knee to the head as he exits the clinch. Danho misses a right, eats an inside leg kick then a knee to the body as he moves away. Colombo very patient here, slipping the big punches and finding opportunities to land blows. They clinch again, both men jockeying for position. Danho lands a left as they break and dives back into the clinch. Colombo lands a knee, gets the Thai clinch and lands another knee to the head. Colombo working a guillotine, lands a right and a left as Danho pulls free and they clinch again. Colombo coming on strong, lands a knee to the head and they break. DAnho lands a couple of punches and they clinch, Danho got a hand down and ate a knee to the top of his head that knee might have been illegal based on timing. We’ve got time for the knee, the ref says it’s illegal, and the doctor is in to check the cut. We get a point deduction for Colombo on the illegal blow, worth noting under the new rules that go into effect at the start of next year that will be a legal blow given it was just fingertips down. They trade a bit as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 9-9 DRAW after the point deduction, but could be 10-8 for Danho as the round was competitive
ROUND TWO: Colombo lands a good left high kick to start the second. He misses another left high kick. Danho misses a couple of punches and pushes Colombo into the fene and looks for a takedown. Colombo defends and lands a knee as they break. Colombo lands a knee but Danho trips him down and gets on top in side control. That knee stunned Danho but top position here, he lands a few blows before Colombo regains his feet and they clinch again. Colombo disengages and lands a jab. Danho lands a couple of rights in the clinch but eats a knee to the head. Danho trying to circle, Colombo lands a knee to the body. Danho’s breathing heavy, both men are but Colombo seems better off and lands a couple of knees to the head. Danho pushes Colombo into the fence and Colombo lands a knee to the body and to the head as they break. They trade lefts, technique is rapidly going out of the window. Danho lands an uppercut at distance. Colombo lands a leg kick. Colombo gets the clinch, lands a couple of knees from the clinch, he’s drowning the cardio of Danho with this style. Colombo lands a knee, Danho lands a right and they break but Danho is clearly fatigued. Danho lands a bit of a right, and a left. Danho gets the back standing, Colombo uses a double wrist lock to break that and lands knees to the body against the fence. Danho down to a knee, Colombo lands punches to the body and head as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Colombo, 19-18 Colombo overall
ROUND THREE: Colombo moving forward this round, lands a jab. Danho lands a right to the body but slips to a knee as he does so. Colombo moving forward, Danho doing a lot of leaning and putting his hands down. Danho lands an uppercut as Colombo pushes into the clinch. Colombo lands a couple of knees to the body. Danho pushes for the clinch now, gives up the front headlock again and Colombo lands a knee to the head. Colombo working knees to the body and they break. They trade some jabs and clinch again, Colombo again with a knee to the head and a right. Colombo pushing forward, Danho just backing up. Colombo lands a body kick. Colombo lands a couple of jabs. Colombo lands a knee to the head, slips on a bad kimura attempt and winds up on bottom for a moment, he’s back up but Danho tries to flurry on him before Colombo gets the clinch. Colombo lands a knee to the head, and another one. Danho just kind of holding on in the clinch. Colombo lands a knee, they both land in the clinch as time runs out.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Colombo, 29-27 Colombo overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – DRAW majority (29-27 Colombo, 28-28 x2)
That fight sucked, no interview for either man.
Taylor Lapilus is 2-1 in the UFC but coming off of a loss to Erik Perez and looking to rebound with an impressive win to reestablish himself in the bantamweight division. Leandro Issa is similarly coming off of a loss and trying to get back in the win column after a setback to Iuri Alcantara, a win over a prospect like Lapilus would certainly cement is position in the division. Lapilus is a modest -150 favorite to the +130 underdog of Issa.
Bantamweight Bout: Leandro Issa (13-5, 134 lbs.) vs. Taylor Lapilus (10-2, 136 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Issa is an inch taller but Lapilus has a four inch reach advantage. Touch of gloves, Lapilus southpaw and these two are going at it early. Issa now trying for a takedown, he’s got the rear waist lock but Lapilus breaks the grip and Issa now for a single leg and gets Lapilus down but Lapilus back up against the fence very quickly. Issa still after that takedown, Lapilus defending and back up again. Lapilus lands a couple of good elbows to the head, Issa gets his hips on the mat but Lapilus wall walks again and is back up. Issa lands a knee to the thigh, Lapilus hits a knee to the body. Issa still working for a takedown from the clinch but Laplius doing a good job defensively. Issa after the single leg again, transitions to a body lock and back down to the single leg. Lapilus sneaking in elbows when he gets a moment but Issa has been going for takedowns for three full minutes. Lapilus lands a knee to the body, Issa after the single leg again but Lapilus has great balance and spins out of the clinch. They trade punches, Lapilus lands a series of lefts, he’s got Issa wobbled but Issa throws back enough to break the tide of offense. Lapilus still on him though, backing him towards the fence. Lapilus lands a left. Issa lands a couple of leg kicks, Lapilus lands a left. Lapilus lands a hard left, Issa grabs a single leg attempt to stall out the final seconds of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lapilus
ROUND TWO: Issa backing up this round, Lapilus showing the jab. Issa lands a body kick. Lapilus lands a hard left and gets the clinch. Lapilus working some knees to the thigh and body before Issa breaks free. Issa misses a right body kick. Issa ducks a left and tries a double leg that Lapilus sprawls on, Issa gets him against the fence and has the clinch. Lapilus spins Issa into the cage, lands a couple of knees to the thigh and one to the body. Lapilus lands a left that wobbles Issa as they break. Lapilus lands a left to the body. Lapilus lands a left to the body. Issa misses a right. Lapilus lands a left, he’s got Issa on the fence again. Lapilus lands a body kick and a left. Lapilus lands a left elbow and avoids a takedown attempt. Lapilus working the jab now, they clinch and Issa jumps guard for a guillotine but Lapilus is out quickly and lands a couple of lefts from inside the guard of Issa. Issa lands a couple of elbows from his back as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lapilus, 20-18 Lapilus overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. Lapilus lands a left. Issa lands a body kick. Lapilus digs a left to the body, Issa lands to the body and tries a double leg that stalls out on the fence. Lapilus defending and working elbows when he gets openings. Issa back up to the clinch, trying to get motion and position for the takedown. Issa can’t get a takedown going though, Lapilus defending well. Lapilus spins Issa to the fence, lands a couple of left elbows and misses a spinning elbow. Issa lands a body kick. Lapilus just misses a left. Lapilus lands a left as Issa tries another single leg that stalls on the fence. Lapilus defending the takedown well though, lands an elbow and another one. Lapilus lands another couple of elbows before they break. Issa backing away, Lapilus stalking him now. Lapilus lands a hard left, Issa tries a single leg and gets Lapilus to sit on the fence but Lapilus wall walks immediately. The ref separates them from the clinch as they stalled out. Lapilus lands another left and a combination. Hard one two from Lapilus and Issa has to circle away as time expires.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lapilus, 30-27 Lapilus overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
I can’t support Issa getting the first despite the pressure, it led to nothing. No interview for Lapilus, we might be pressed for time even on Fight Pass with all these decisions.
Ashlee Evans-Smith is 1-1 in the UFC, she dropped her debut to Raquel Pennington but rebounded with a split decision win over Marion Reneau. Tonight Evans-Smith will be trying to build a UFC winning streak and begin making her way up the bantamweight ranks. Standing in her way is the undefeated prospect Veronica Macedo, who will be looking to announce her arrival in the UFC in a big way with an impressive win. Evans-Smith is favored at -275 while the comeback on Macedo is +215.
Women’s Bantamweight Bout: #13 Ashlee Evans-Smith (4-1, 135 lbs.) vs. Veronica Macedo (5-0, 136 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Evans-Smith has four inches of height and three and a half of reach on Macedo. Macedo could likely fight at strawweight. Touch of gloves, Macedo fighting southpaw. They both miss body kicks. Macedo fighting at distance here, looking to stay all the way out or all the way in. Evans-Smith misses a couple of punches, both women looking for the distance. Macedo lands a wicked spinning back kick to the body that Evans-Smith visibly reacted too. Macedo has a high kick blocked and Evans-Smith gets the clinch. Evans-Smith lands a couple of knees to the thigh, Macedo spins her into the fence, they jockey some more and trade punches as they break. Macedo lands a side kick to the body. Evans-Smith misses a body kick. Macedo misses a spinning back kick and they’re clinched again. Macedo lands a knee to the body. Evans-Smith lands a couple of knees to the body, Evans-Smith able to finally get a misdirection takedown and gets the back quickly as Macedo is turtled up. Macedo gets one of those hooks free, Evans-Smith gets it back and flattens her out. Macedo spins and gives up mount. Evans-Smith trying to get an americana, Macedo spins out and regains her feet then gets the back standing for a minute before Evans-Smith gets to the fence and turns into her. Macedo lands an elbow and a left as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans-Smith
ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Evans-Smith showing kicks early, not landing though. Macedo has a head kick blocked. Evans-Smith gets the clinch again, they trade some knees to the body. Macedo lands some elbows, Evans-Smith lands knees to the body. They jockey for position, Macedo drops for a rolling knee bar, Evans-Smith defends and Macedo is back up in the clinch. Macedo really struggling with the size difference here. Evans-Smith lands a couple of punches in close and keeps the clinch. Macedo able to spin out of the clinch and disengage. Macedo lands a good leg kick, and another one. Evans-Smith bulls into the clinch yet again. Macedo tries another knee bar but in much slower motion and Evans-Smith defends without much difficulty. Evans-Smith lands a couple of lefts and passes to side control. Macedo to her knees, Evans-Smith lands a couple more punches as Macedo gets up and they trade knees before Evans-Smith hits a hip throw and lands in side control as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans-Smith, 20-28 Evans-Smith overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. Evans-Smith lands a body kick. Macedo misses a one two and a high kick. Macedo lands a body kick. Evans-Smith lands a bit of a right, they clinch up again. Macedo with another ill advised knee bar attempt and Evans-Smith defends. Evans-Smith lands a couple of rights. Evans-Smith lands a couple of hard elbows and gets to side control and just starts landing massive elbows. Macedo is trying to get her hips in play but she can’t get motion and after enough elbows from Evans-Smith the ref stops the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Ashlee Evans-Smith via TKO, elbows, at 2:46 of Round 3
That’s our first finish of the event. Mic time for Evans-Smith. She thanks her opponent for taking the fight on short notice and puts over Macedo as a competitor. Asked about the back kick in the first she talks about being a wrestler at heart but that she needs to learn striking as the sport starts on the feet. She says she’s winning and plans on continuing to do so.
Peter Sobotta is in his second UFC stint, and is a respectable 2-1 but is coming off of a loss to Kyle Noke and needs a win here to avoid his second UFC losing streak. Nicolas Dalby is also coming off of a loss and his prior fight was a draw, Dalby is after his first win since May of 2015 here and really needs one to avoid a two fight losing streak. Dalby is favored to do just that at -170 to Sobotta’s +145.
Welterweight Bout: Nicolas Dalby (14-1-1, 170 lbs.) vs. Peter Sobotta (15-5-1, 171 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Sobotta has an inch of height and half an inch of reach on Dalby. Both men are southpaws. Sobotta and Dalby trading leg kicks. Sobotta landed a front kick to the face. Sobotta lands a hard uppercut that drops Dalby, Sobotta trying to flurry but Dalby gets full guard and ties up Sobotta. Dalby bleeding from under the left eye. Sobotta lands an elbow. Sobotta passes to half guard then side control. Dalby able to get to his knees, Sobotta trying to scramble for his back and gets there with a body triangle. Sobotta working punches trying to open up the choke. Sobotta has a neck crank for a moment, Dalby defends though. Sobotta lands another couple of punches as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-8 Sobotta
ROUND TWO: Sobotta still southpaw, Dalby pushing forward. Dalby lands a leg kick, eats a jab and apparently Sobotta got poked in the eye. Replay confirms the accidental poke as the doctor comes in to check the eye. The doctor has no issue with the fight continuing and we’re back to fighting. Dalby misses a left, he’s switching his stance back and forth. Sobotta catches a kick and lands a left then gets a takedown, Dalby quickly to a knee against the fence but Sobotta has a rear waist lock going. Dalby back to his feet, still in the clinch though. Sobotta reaps a leg and gets on top in half guard. Sobotta with some lefts to the body and head. Sobotta trying to pass, he’s looking for full mount but Dalby is fighting it. Dalby just has quarter guard, Sobotta nearly in full mount now. Sobotta lands some short lefts and rights, Dalby gets to half guard, Sobotta passes to side control. Dalby to half guard again. Dalby working from his back but Sobotta is smothering him. Sobotta lands a series of lefts as Dalby gets to full guard and the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Sobotta, 20-17 Sobotta overall
ROUND THREE: Dalby has some swelling under the left eye from that first round. Dalby moving forward, still switching his stance frequently. Dalby moving forward, misses a left. Dalby lands a leg kick. Dalby lands a body kick. Sobotta lands a couple of jabs. Dalby again with a body kick. Dalby pushes into the clinch and gets Sobotta on the fence. Dalby lands an elbow as they break. Dalby lands a couple of punches, Sobotta fires back with a jab. Dalby lands a hard body kick, Sobotta lands one of his own and they clinch again. Sobotta has Dalby on the cage, they break and Dalby lands a left. Sobotta lands a good one two combination. Dalby is pressing the action but Sobotta’s counter game is on point. Sobotta lands a hard body kick. Dalby gets close and Sobotta changes levels and gets a double leg against the fence. Dalby sitting on the fence, Sobotta trying to get an angle on him. Dalby tries for a sweep, Sobotta shuts that down and gets to half guard. Sobotta passes easily to side control. Dalby moves to his knees, Sobotta has a front head lock going and spins to the ride position. Dalby tries to roll for guard, Sobotta in side control but Dalby keeps moving and gets to his feet and they break. Dalby moving forward again, Sobotta tries a double leg that Dalby sprawls out of but that killed the last ten seconds or so of the fight.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Sobotta, 30-26 Sobotta overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Big win for Sobotta. Mic time for Sobotta now, he says winning here feels great and thanks everyone in the crowd, he’s clearly tired after the fight and the crowd cheers him appreciatively.
Jessin Ayari is making his UFC debut here on the back of a six fight winning streak and a win over former UFC fighter Mickael Lebout, the fact that he’s German likely didn’t hurt either. If Ayari can extend that winning streak in impressive fashion he’ll announce himself as someone to keep your eye on at welterweight. Jim Wallhead is a longtime veteran of MMA but is just now making his UFC debut, he’s riding a four fight winning streak and looking to capitalize on finally making it to the UFC with a win here. Wallhead is a -135 favorite in this one while Ayari’s odds are +110.
Welterweight Bout: Jessin Ayari (15-3, 171 lbs.) vs. Jim Wallhead (29-9, 170 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Ayari has two inches of height and half an inch of reach on Wallhead. Touch of gloves to get things going. Both men range finding early, Ayari lands a couple of leg kicks. Wallhead lands a left to counter a leg kick. Wallhead lands an inside leg kick. Ayari lands a body kick. Both men still just getting a feel for each other and the fight in general. Ayari lands a leg kick. Wallhead lands a leg kick as well, Ayari seems to enjoy switching his stance. Wallhead pushes into the clinch on the fence, Ayari quickly breaks free. Ayari misses a high kick. Ayari lands a left. Ayari lands a leg kick. Ayari lands an uppercut and a leg kick. Wallhead lands a counter right and a left, Ayari fell off balance but regains his feet quickly. Wallhead lands a leg kick. Ayari with another leg kick, eats a bit of a counter right. They briefly clinch then separate. Ayari lands a bit of an uppercut and a front kick to the body to close the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Ayari but a close round
ROUND TWO: Wallhead back to moving forward, Ayari circling and looking to counter. Ayari lands a jab. Stiff right lands for Ayari. Wallhead undetered and moving forward. Wallhead lands a jab to the body. Wallhead lands a right and a left hook. Ayari lands a left hook and a front kick to the body. Wallhead still moving forward, Ayari lands a bit of a right. Ayari lands an uppercut. Wallhead lands a left hook in close. They trade again, Wallhead’s pressure is starting to get to Ayari just a little. Ayari misses a high kick. Ayari lands a right to the body. Ayari lands a leg kick. Wallhead just misses a right. They both miss punches, good defense from both men. Ayari lands a leg kick. Ayari slips a right. Ayari lands another leg kick. They trade lefts after Wallhead slips a right. Ayari lands a left, Wallhead lands another right then a left hook as the last blows of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Wallhead, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Both men throwing here, Ayari lands a leg kick. Wallhead pressing forward. They both land rights, Ayari still circling. Ayari lands a left to the body and a leg kick. Ayari lands an uppercut. Ayari lands another uppercut, he’s doing a good job of fighting while moving backwards. Wallhead lands a leg kick. Wallhead misses a three punch combination. Ayari lands an uppercut and a body kick. Ayari moving forward now, they clinch but Ayari quickly disengages. Ayari lands a left hook and a jab. Ayari lands a jab and an uppercut. Ayari lands a good one two combination. Wallhead lands a counter left hook that drops Ayari. Wallhead on top, Ayari back up quickly but Wallhead lands as they break. Ayari lands an uppercut but he needs to get that back in a big way. Ayari lands a combination, Wallhead misses a double leg and Ayari lands a knee and an elbow. Ayari lands an uppercut and a left. Hard right from Ayari. Ayari starting to tee off, Wallhead is tired and easy to hit now. They trade again. Wallhead lands a hard right and a left hook that wobble Ayari again, Ayari falls for a single leg as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Wallhead but I could see arguments either way, 29-28 Wallhead overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jessin Ayari via split decision(29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
I don’t agree with 30-27 as Wallhead should have taken the second, beyond that no complaints. Mic time for Ayari, he says he trained hard for Wallhead’s pressure and he wasn’t going to be stupid and stand and bang with him. He puts over Wallhead as tough and says that he’s young and plans on learning and improving. He says winning here is crazy, thanks his family for their support, thanks Germany and everyone for coming out and watching. He says he’s got an elbow injury he needs to rehab after this but plans on going back to work soon.
Nick Hein is 3-1 in the UFC and on a two fight winning streak, his lone setback was to James Vick, and Hein is looking to continue building his career and if he can get to three in a row tonight he’ll likely face a step up in competition for his next outing. Tae Hyun Bang is 2-2 in the UFC, in fact he’s been trading wins and losses for the last six years, but he’s coming off of a win over Leo Kuntz and a win over Hein would be his first professional winning streak since 2008. Hein is a hefty -285 favorite while Bang’s comeback stands at +240.
Lightweight Bout: Tae Hyun Bang (18-9, 155 lbs.) vs. Nick Hein (13-2 1 NC, 155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Bang has three inches of height and four and a half of reach on Hein. Touch of gloves to get us going, Hein fighting southpaw. Both men feinting early, looking to get a feel for the fight. Bang lands a bit of an outside leg kick. The crowd are a little restless, neither man engaging much. Bang misses a high kick. Hein misses a high kick. They trade lefts, Hein is going orthodox now. Bang lands a bit of a right. Hein back to southpaw, Bang lands a right and a left. Hein lands a stepping right and gets Bang down in half guard. Hein trying to pass, Bang keeping a lockdown on that leg. Hein working some short rights as Bang regains his feet and they separate. They both miss power hand blows, Bang lands a body kick. They’re both missing a lot, still getting a feel for the range. Bang lands a right, Heinn lands a couple of counters. Hein has a high kick blocked and the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hein
ROUND TWO: Hein comes out and pushes Bang towards the fence, Bang lands a body kick but eats a counter left. Bang lands a couple of punches, Hein gets the clinch and pushes Bang into the cage. They jockey for position, Hein with some knees to the thigh. They break without incident. Hein lands a bit of a right. Bang misses a high kick. Hein lands an inside leg kick. Bang misses a right. Hein lands a left to the chest. They both miss lefts. Hein misses a high kick. Bang misses a couple of hooks. Bang lands a stiff right. Hein gets a clinch takedown, lands some rights as Bang regains his feet against the cage. Hein with knees to the thigh. Bang with a bit of a hip toss, Hein back up and they separate. Bang lands a bit of a body kick as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hein, 20-18 Hein overall
ROUND THREE: They both miss some punches, Bang lands a good jab. Hein lands a jab. Bang lands a body kick and misses a couple of follow up hooks. Hein lands a left. Bang lands a left hook in close. We get time, they smacked heads on that exchange and Bang has a nasty cut just under the right eyebrow. The doctor is in to check the cut, he’s OK with it continuing and we’re back to fighting. They trade hooks in close. Bang moving forward a lot now, they trade and Hein staggers Bang with a straight left. Bang lands a body kick. Bang misses a couple of punches, he’s pushing forward but missing a lot. Hein tries a double leg, Bang defends and they’re at distance again. Bang lands a bit of a right, Hein moving backwards. They trade hooks in close, Bang trying to bait Hein into trading in close. Hein lands a left but eats a couple of punches in close quarters. Bang lands a couple of jabs. Bang lands a right, and a body kick but Hein lands a counter left. They both land hooks at the horn.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Bang, 29-28 Hein overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Nick Hein via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
No real issues with any of those scores, even the 10-10. Mic time for Hein, who says he knows the fans want knockouts but he fought technical through the first two rounds but felt that he gave up a little to the pressure in the last round. He talks about how fighting in Germany is important for him, and closes by speaking a little German to the crowd.
Ryan Bader just had a five fight winning streak snapped when he was violently knocked out by Anthony Johnson, but he’s been a top ten light heavyweight for years and will be looking to start a new winning streak tonight and try to work his way back towards the top of the division. Ilir Latifi is on a three fight winning streak and is an impressive 5-2 overall in the UFC, but Bader represents the highest ranked opponent he’s faced and if he can get a win here he’ll vault himself into the top ten of the division and get the biggest win of his career. Bader is favored here at -225 while Latifi stands at +175.
Light Heavyweight Bout: #4 Ryan Bader (20-5, 205 lbs.) vs. #12 Ilir Latifi (12-4 1 NC, 205 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Bader has four inches of height but has just half an inch of reach on Latifi. Latifi fighting southpaw, and they touch gloves. Bader backing Latifi up. They clinch and break as both miss hooks. Bader misses a high kick. Latifi misses a leg kick. Bader lands a bit of a right, both men are switching stances here. Bader lands a jab. Bader lands a high kick, Latifi doesn’t care. Bader lands a left body kick. Another body kick from Bader, Latifi lands a bit of a counter right. Bader lands a high kick, Latifi tries to close distance but Bader evades him. Latifi misses a hook. Bader misses a right. Bader defends a takedown attempt from Latifi. Latifi has a right blocked, Bader being patient and defensively sound. Latifi lands a right hook in close that hurts Bader, Bader gets up and away from the clinch. They stare away the final seconds.
SCORECARD: 10-10 DRAW, but I could see an argument for either man
ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Latifi misses a left. Bader lands a right. Latifi lands a bit of a right. Bader lands a stiff jab. Bader tries a double leg, Latifi easily sprawls and they’re in the clinch now. Latifi has Bader on the fence. They break as Latifi misses a couple of punches. Bader lands a right, Latifi slips away from the follow up offense. Bader lands a stiff right and they clinch again. Bader lands an elbow as they break apart. Bader lands a stepping right knee that ENDS Latifi! Walk off KO for Bader there.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Ryan Bader via KO, knee, at 2:06 of Round 2
Big win for Bader there, his first finish since he choked out Vladimir Matyushenko in 2013. Mic time for Bader, who talks about Latifi’s level changes opening up the opportunity for knees. Asked what he needs to do to reach the top, he says he had five fights in a row before losing to Rumble but he needs to get back to having fun in the cage and this is the result. He says he’ll be back to the grindstone soon and looking forward to his next fight.
Here’s that finish, wicked KO.
— MMA GIFS (@mma_gifs_) September 3, 2016
Alexander Gustafsson is just 2-3 in his last five fights but those losses are to Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, and Anthony Johnson. In fact the losses to Jones and Cormier were somewhat contested decisions and he’s been one of the top five light heavyweights for several years now, but he finds himself in a bit of a must win scenario here as three losses in a row would cripple his chances of ever challenging for the title for a third time. Jan Blachowicz is 2-2 in the UFC and coming off of a win over Igor Pokrajac, Gustafsson represents the best fighter he’s ever faced and subsequently the biggest opportunity, if Balchowicz can upset the former two time title challenger he’ll be set to make his own run towards the title. Top to bottom on this card Gustafsson is the biggest favorite, a whopping -650 while Blachowicz’s comeback is a really good payout at +425.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Jan Blachowicz (19-5, 205 lbs.) vs. #2 Alexander Gustafsson (16-4, 205 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Gustafsson has three inches of height but just one of reach on Blachowicz. Touch of gloves to get us going. Gustafsson jabbing early, Blachowicz checks a leg kick. Blachowicz lands a bit of a right. Blachowicz lands a left to the body. Gustafsson lands a couple of jabs. They trade in close and Blachowicz lands a body kick. Gustafsson lands a couple of jabs. Blachowicz lands a right, he’s reading the timing on that jab nicely. Gustafsson pushes into the clinch, they jockey for position then break without incident. They trade in close, both men land. Blachowicz working the left to the body, he’s trying to pressure Gustafsson. Gustafsson lands a one two combination and gets the clinch. Gustafsson lands knees to the thigh and they break. Gustafsson lands a couple of jabs. Blachowciz lands a left body kick. They clinch, they trade blows in close and break with a knee to the body from Gustafsson. Gustafsson lands a jab but Blachowicz lands a counter right. Blachowicz pushes forward with lefts to the body and Gustafsson gets the clinch then trips Blachowicz to the mat. Blachowicz has full guard locked up, Gustafsson lands a couple of short lefts. Good right elbow from Gustafsson. More elbows from Gustafsson. Blachowicz keeps trying to spin his hips for an attack but Gustafsson is reading those and landing blows as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gustafsson
ROUND TWO: Gustafsson has some swelling under his eyes, Blachowicz has swelling on the forehead. They trade quickly, both men landing. Gustaffson ducks a left during their fire fight and takes Blachowciz down landing in guard. Gustafsson with some body to head blows. Gustafsson working short elbows, he cut the forehead of Blachowicz I think. Someone’s bleeding and I think it’s Blachowicz. More elbows from Gustafsson, Blachowicz trying to punch from his back. Gustafsson clearly controlling and abusing Blachowicz from top position here, Blachowicz not doing anything to regain his feet. Another couple of elbows from Gustafsson land. More elbows from Gustafsson, Blachowicz is way too comfortable here. Gustafsson smothing and slowly crushing Blachowicz from this position. Gustafsson stands out of the guard, lands a leg kick then passes to half guard but Blachowicz gets to full guard immediately. Gustafsson settles for another couple of blows before the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gustafsson, 20-18 Gustafsson overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. They trade some jabs, Blachowicz just misses a right. Blachowicz lands a body kick then a left. Gustafsson lands a bit of a left then a stiff right. Blachowicz lands a right and a body kick. Gustafsson lands a right. They trade uppercuts, Gustafsson hits a takedown into the guard of Blachowicz. Gustafsson back to elbows from top, Blachowicz doing very little off of his back now. And more elbows from Gustafsson, second verse same as the first I guess. Gustafsson tries to pass, Blachowicz returns to guard and the ref stands them back up. They immediately trade blows, Blachowicz working body kicks but Gustafsson gets a single leg off of one of them and is back in the guard of Blachowicz. Gustafsson with short elbows and some hammer fists. Gustafsson finally secures a pass to half guard, Blachowicz gets his guard back after a second or two. More elbows and top control from Gustafsson. The fight comes to a close in that position with Gustafsson working punches.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gustafsson, 30-27 Gustafsson overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Alexander Gustafsson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Pretty academic outcome and performance there. Mic time for Gustafsson now. He says Blachowicz surprised him with his aggression, he puts over Blachowicz then thanks the fans in attendance. He says he’s still got a lot to work on but this was a good fight and great opportunity that he was glad to take. He talks about Blachowicz being a powerful puncher so he took the opportunities for takedowns to tire him out and get the win.
Andrei Arlovski is a former UFC heavyweight champion and had a four fight winning streak at one point during this, his second UFC stint. Arlovski’s recent luck has been much worse, he’s on a two fight losing streak and tonight looks to avoid going 0-3 and potentially make one final rally towards title contention. Josh Barnett is also a former UFC heavyweight champion and fellow longtime veteran of the sport, he’s coming off of a loss to Ben Rothwell and looking to rebound as well as avoid his first losing streak in over a decade. The odds on this one are pretty close but favor Barnett at -160 to Arlovski’s +130.
Heavyweight Bout: #6 Andrei Arlovski (25-12 1 NC, 238 lbs.) vs. #9 Josh Barnett (34-8, 256 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Barnett has an inch of reach, the biggest difference is the eighteen pounds that Barnett has on Arlovski. Circling to start us off, Barnett flashing the jab and trying to back up Arlovski. They trade, both men get rocked but recover and they clinch. Arlovski has Barnett on the fence, Barnett lands a knee to the body. Barnett able to spin Arlovski into the fence. They spin again, Arlovski lands an elbow as they break. Barnett lands a leg kick. Arlovski lands a right to the body. They clinch again and Barnett forces Arlovski to the cage. Arlovski is bleeding from the hairline. Barnett with a couple of foot stomps. Barnett lands a knee to the body. Arlovski gets a trip takedown into the half guard of Barnett. Arlovski stands, Barnett with a couple of heel strikes to the thigh. Arlovski lands a left to the body. Arlovski lands a leg kick. The ref breaks them up and we’re standing again. Barnett ducks a right and just misses a knee. Arlovski lands a right and a combination. Barnett goes southpaw, pushes into the clinch and starts looking for a single leg. Barnett lands a left. Barnett looking for a double leg now, Arlovski defending as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Arlovski
Here’s that flurry from the opening of the first.
— #UFCHamburg (@ufc) September 3, 2016
ROUND TWO: Barnett lands a right quickly and gets the clinch. Barnett gets Arlovski on the cage. Barnett working knees to the thigh. Barnett lands a knee to the body, Arlovski spins him into the cage. The ref breaks them up as they stall out. Barnett lands a jab and they clinch again. They trade body shots and Barnett lands a right as they break. They trade in close, both men land and they clinch again. Barnett quickly gets Arlovski on the cage. Arlovski lands an uppercut as they break. Barnett southpaw, lands a left and clinches again. Barnett clearly plans on wearing Arlovski down with these clinch exchanges. Barnett with rights to the body and elbows to the thigh. Arlovski able to spin but can’t get free. Arlovski tries a trip but Barnett reverses it and gets on top in half guard then passes immediately to mount. Arlovski holding on, Barnett lands an elbow. Barnett with more elbows, and some rights to the body. More blows from Barnett, Arlovski trying to defend and Barnett is going off on him. Arlovski gives up his back but there’s just ten seconds. Barnett lands some more blows but Arlovski survives to see the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Barnett borderline 10-8, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Arlovski very fatigued, Barnett lands a left hook. Barnett moving forward. Arlovski lands a right. Barnett lands a jab. Barnett lands a stiff left. Barnett misses a right, Arlovski lands a right and they clinch. Hard uppercut from Barnett, they trade along the fence and separate. Barnett got poked, Barnett fights through it and lands an elbow and a knee while Arlovski gets the clinch. Barnett tries the kimura standing, uses that to sweep a takedown and get on top in half guard still holding the double wrist lock. Arlovski gets his arm free but is still under Barnett. Barnett going for the double wrist lock again, Arlovski defends so Barnett elbows him a couple of times. Barnett lands some punches and passes to mount. Barnett postures up and starts punching, Arlovski gives up the back and Barnett grabs the choke immediately and Arlovski taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Josh Barnett via Submission, rear naked choke, at 2:53 of Round 3
Mic time for Barnett, who has a habit of having heavyweight fights that don’t suck. Mic time for Barnett, who first calls over Arlovski for a double interview. Barnett says he and Arlovski came to have a great fight and put each other out and while they slowed down they still went for the finish. He speaks a little German for the audience, he talks a little about the accidental eye poke, puts over Arlovski as being strong and making him work for everything. He jokes that if you give him an opportunity he’ll take anything, he mentions wanting the arm but he had to bail on it and was happy to get the choke. He talks us through the finish and some of his mentality for the fight to close the interview.
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