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411’s UFC Fight Night 98 Report 11.05.16

November 6, 2016 | Posted by Robert Winfree
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Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC Fight Night 98. I’m Robert Winfree, your host for the evening, and I hope you’ll bear with me as I knock off a bit of the rust after so long between events. Blame old man Penn for getting injured and causing the cancellation of Fight Night 97, but I also hope you enjoyed the break because there’s a grand total of 1 week off from now until the end of the year. Tonight the UFC is back in Mexico City, this time they didn’t bring any bout above middleweight so hopefully the cardio of the fighters wont suffer as much at the altitude there. It’s also the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America‘s third season, though I imagine no one watched the actual series. Even if you didn’t there are a couple of really interesting main card fights, specifically the main event where former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos tries to rebound after losing his title to Eddie Alvarez against the surging Tony Ferguson who’s on an eight fight winning streak and looking to stake his claim to a title shot of his own. Also at lightweight Beneil Dariush and Rashid Magomedov will square off to try and move up the lightweight rankings, and highly touted strawweight prospect Alexa Grasso makes her UFC debut. This event comes to us from Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico with Jon Anik and Brian Stann on commentary.

Enrique Barzola is 1-1 in the UFC, that one win being the finals of TUF: Latin America’s second season at lightweight but he lost upon dropping to featherweight. Still at 145 lbs. here, Barzola needs a win to get his UFC record above .500 and start some positive momentum in the featherweight division. Chris Avila lost his UFC debut to Artem Lobov but had won three in a row before that and needs to get the all important first UFC win here as a second loss could easily be the end of his time with the UFC. Barzola is a massive -550 favorite while Avila’s +375 comeback has some serious value bet consideration.

Featherweight Bout: Chris Avila (5-3, 146 lbs.) vs. Enrique Barzola (11-3-1, 146 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Avila has three inches of reach and two of height on Barzola. Barzola circling early and feinting with his hands, Avila misses an overhand right badly. Barzola works a couple of lead leg kicks to the leg. Barzola lands a couple of punches then hits a single leg takedown. Avila is able to kick him off quickly though and regain his feet. Barzola lands a couple of leg kicks. Avila misses a couple of wild punches, Barzola lands another low leg kick. Avila lands a right but Barzola pushes him into the fence and starts looking for a takedown. Barzola dumps Avila down, Avila lands an up kick and Barzola goes into his guard and lands some punches before standing. Avila trying to set up a sweep, winds up rolling to his knees and Barzola gets the ride position. Avila back up against the fence, Barzola drags him back to a knee and starts landing knees to the thigh. Avila back up and they separate. Barzola lands a low leg kick. Barzola lands a glancing right. Barzola lands a right to the body then a body kick. Barzola tries a single leg and spins Avila down against the fence. Barzola lands some lefts as Avila gets to a knee then back to his feet. Barzola still has him on the fence and in the clinch. Barzola lands a short elbow as they break. Barzola hits another low leg kick, Avila’s calf is turning a funky shade of red. Avila lands a bit of a one two combination. Barzola lands an inside leg kick. Avila misses a wild right to close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Barzola

ROUND TWO: Barzola circling again, Avila jabs into the clinch then breaks without incident. Barzola lands another calf kick then tries a single leg that stalls out on the fence. Barzola switches to a double leg and gets Avila down in his guard. Barzola lands a couple of punches while Avila rolls to his knees and Barzola takes the ride position. Avila back up and they disengage. Barzola hits another calf kick, then another one. Barzola lands an uppercut then Avila defends a single leg attempt. Barzola lands a right to the body and they clinch briefly then break. Barzola lands another right uppercut, Avila is ducking into that. Barzola lands another combination including a leg kick. Barzola ducks a jab and gets a big double leg takedown into the guard of Avila. Barzola lands an elbow and passes to half guard. Avila to his knees, Barzola into the ride position. Avila trying to roll but Barzola is riding him well and landing rights and lefts. Avila to his back, then to his knees again but he can’t get Barzola off of him. Avila to the fence and a knee again, Barzola with more rights and a knee then an elbow as Avila regains his feet. Barzola has the rear waist lock, they jockey in the clinch and Barzloa lands a right then a left as they break. Barzloa lands a hard right and left to the body, Avila lands a right. Barzola ducks a left and lands a right to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Barzola, 20-18 Barzola overall

ROUND THREE: Avila needs a finish now after those first two rounds. Barzola lands a knee to the body and a hard leg kick. Another leg kick from Barzola, Avila lands a bit of a left hook. Barzola lands another couple of leg kicks and hits a takedown. Barzola lands a couple of hard punches to the body and head. Avila to his knees again, Barzola content to get the ride position and land lefts. Avila now trying to wall walk, Barzola still smothering him and lands a knee to the head as Avila gets upright and they break. Barzola hits another calf kick. Avila lands a jab but eats another leg kick. They clinch up again and Barzola pushes Avila into the cage. Avila lands a right, Barzola lands a body kick. Barzola digs a right to the body then a left hook and yet another leg kick. Avila’s left leg is clearly hurting, he switches to southpaw. Avila tries to land punches, Barzola ducks under them and hits a takedown. Barzola in the ride position throwing lefts. Barzola into the front headlock position, might be trying to set up a Peruvian necktie but bails on that and lands more blows. Avila to a knee against the fence but Barzola is swarming him. Avila back up and they separate. Barzola lands a right then misses a high kick. Another leg kick takes the leg out from under Avila and Barzola lands a couple more blows from top position as the last round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Barzola, 30-27 Barzola overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Enrique Barzola via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)

I could see 10-8 arguments for really any round, Barzola dominated that fight. Barzola on the mic now, puts over Avila’s toughness but says his training at altitude really helped him for this fight. He talks about training here in Mexico for over a month in preparation for this fight, and closes by thanking all of the Peruvians for supporting him and says he thinks they can get a Peruvian champion.

Marco Polo Reyes is on a three fight winning streak including being 2-0 in the UFC, and he’s coming off of one of the craziest fights of the year with Dong Hyun Kim. A third consecutive win in the UFC here could get Reyes a move up in competition and further cement his status as a lightweight to watch. Jason Novelli lost his UFC debut when he was stopped by David Teymur, he needs a win here to justify his spot on the roster and beating Reyes would be the biggest win of his career thus far. The odds favor Reyes at -185 to the +150 comeback on Novelli.

Lightweight Bout: Marco Polo Reyes (6-3, 155 lbs.) vs. Jason Novelli (11-2-1, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Novelli has an inch of height but four and a half of reach on Reyes. Reyes circling early, Novelli flashing the jab. Novelli working long early, Reyes trying to get his timing and distance down. Novelli lands a leg kick. Reyes starting to move forward more, Novelli circling well. Novelli lands another leg kick. Reyes lands a bit of a left hook. Novelli lands a bit of a right and Reyes misses a couple of counters. Novelli hits a double leg, Reyes back up immediately and disengages. Reyes lands a right to the body, Novelli lands a long right of his own. Reyes really struggling with the distance here, Novelli lands a straight right. Reyes misses a right, but might have been poked in the eye. Reyes takes a moment but is back to fighting, replay confirms a bit of the eye poke. Novelli lands a side kick to the body. Reyes still struggling with the movement of Novelli, he can’t close into his distance. Novelli lands a bit of a body kick as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Novelli

ROUND TWO: Reyes had started getting the timing of Novelli at the end of the first but needs to get going here. Reyes misses some punches, lands a bit of a right at the end of the combination. Novelli circling but definitely a little more defensive as Reyes has started turning up the offense. Novelli lands a left. Novelli lands a leg kick. Reyes misses a one two combination. Reyes lands a right to the body but eats a bit of a counter knee. Reyes lands a leg kick. Novelli tries a takedown, Reyes defends initially but winds up on the fence. Novelli tries a second effort takedown, Reyes reverses that with a whizzer and gets on top in the guard of Novelli. Novelli working rubber guard, Reyes lands a couple of short lefts. Reyes lands a right and a left elbow. Reyes lands a couple more short rights to the body and head as Novelli tries to set up double rubber guard. Novelli really struggling to get up from here, Reyes landing rights to the body as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Reyes, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Quick hug to start the final round. Novelli lands a couple of jabs. Novelli misses a wheel kick, Reyes fires back with a right and a left body kick. They trade body work at distance. Novelli lands a right and a left to the body. Reyes lands a left to the body. Novelli lands a bit of a jab. Novelli lands a left hook but eats a counter right. Hard right from Reyes lands and sends Novelli’s mouthpiece across the cage. They get time to reset the mouthpiece. Reyes lands a bit of a right then a left body kick. Novelli lands a short left. Novelli pumping the jab now, Reyes starting to up the pressure. Both guys falling a little short with punches. Novelli hits a double leg takedown and passes into mount. Reyes able to escape that position and gives up his back. Novelli on top, Reyes gives up mount and Novelli starts landing elbows from mount. Reyes gives up the back, Novelli dives on the choke, Reyes defends and eats a few more blows as time expires.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Novelli, 29-28 Novelli overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Marco Polo Reyes via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

I can see Reyes taking the first, no real issues with the scoring. Reyes gets an interview now. He puts over Novelli as a tough guy who put up a great fight and thanks the crowd for being there. Asked who he wants next he puts over the talent in the division in the UFC and says that whoever he fights will be a learning experience for him.

Sam Alvey is 2-2 in his last four fights but is on a two fight winning streak and in fact has finished all of his UFC wins. Alvey was on the verge of top fifteen status in the middle of 2015 but hit a skid he’s just now recovering from, a third win here gets him closer to the top fifteen and likely a bigger opportunity for his next fight. Alex Nicholson is 1-1 in the UFC but is 6-1 in his last seven and undefeated at middleweight in the UFC, a win over Sam Alvey would be big for his career as Alvey is a somewhat recognizable name and would elevate Nicholson’s UFC record above the .500 mark. Alvey has the favor of the odds makers at a respectable -210 to the +170 of Nicholson.

Middleweight Bout: Sam Alvey (28-8 1 NC, 186 lbs.) vs. Alex Nicholson (7-2, 186 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Nicholson has two inches of height and reach on Alvey. Alvey fighting southpaw. Nicholson lands an outside leg kick. Nicholson looking to keep at range here, lands a right high kick. Alvey lands a left to the body. Alvey lands a right. Both men being very cautious so far, Alvey is more of a counter striker and Nicholson is very aware of the power Alvey has. Alvey lands another left to the body. Nicholson has a jumping high kick blocked. Alvey lands a leg kick then a right. Nicholson has a high kick blocked. Alvey lands a left to the body then a right to the head. Alvey lands another leg kick. Alvey lands a left as he took a kick to the groin so he’ll get time to recover. Alvey is good to continue and we’re back to fighting. Nicholson lands a side kick to the body. He’s using a lot of long kicks like that to avoid the punches of Alvey. Alvey lands a right uppercut, eats a spinning back fist and a body kick from Nicholson. That body kick took the wind out of Alvey but can’t follow up in time. Alvey lands a right uppercut. They both land leg kicks. They both miss jabs. Alvey misses a right as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Nicholson

ROUND TWO: Alvey opens the second round with a leg kick. Nicholson lands a couple of straight body kicks. Nicholson tries a side kick, this one hits the groin and Alvey is in serious pain this time. We get time, Nicholson complaining that it was a body shot. Replay confirms the foot went into the groin. Nicholson vocally apologizes and Alvey is ready to continue. Alvey lands a right hook. Nicholson lands a left and a combination, Alvey is backing up. Alvey tries a double leg and gets Nicholson on the fence. Nicholson lands a knee and they break. Nicholson with hard kicks to the body, Alvey circling. Alvey tries another double leg that stalls out on the fence. Alvey really after this takedown but can’t finish it and they disengage. Alvey misses a right and a left. Alvey lands a right, they trade in the pocket a bit. Alvey lands a straight left. Alvey lands a bit of a left. Alvey lands a left but eats a hard body kick. Alvey lands the straight left again. Alvey hits the straight left again, he’s found the timing on that counter it seems. Nicholson lands a right but eats a counter left that stuns him. Alvey with another left then a right, Nicholson is wobbled and Alvey is landing flush as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Alvey, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Nicholson is breathing a little heavy here, Alvey lands a straight left. Alvey lands a bit of the left again, Nicholson has a high kick blocked. Alvey lands a left. Alvey lands a couple of lefts. Alvey lands a couple of leg kicks. Alvey again lands the left hook and a leg kick. Alvey lands a left to the body. Nicholson lands a couple of jabs then a body kick. Alvey lands a left then a right and a left. Alvey lands a left, then a left to the body. Alvey again with a left to the body. Alvey lands a right uppercut then misses a wheel kick. Alvey misses a spinning back fist, does land a bit of a left though. Alvey lands a leg kick. Alvey again lands a right uppercut then a left and a leg kick. Alvey lands a long left. Alvey lands a leg kick to close out the fight.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Alvey, 29-28 Alvey overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

That’s three in a row for Alvey, no interview though as we’re short on time heading into Fox Sports 1.

Henry Briones is 1-1 in the UFC, he defeated Guido Cannetti in his debut but was comprehensively dominated by the next bantamweight title challenger Cody Garbrandt in his last fight out. Tonight Briones tries to get back on the winning side of things and regain some upward momentum at bantamweight. Douglas Silva de Andrade suffered his first every professional loss in his UFC debut, but rebounded nicely by beating Cody Gibson. De Andrade is trying to build a new winning streak starting tonight and begin climbing the bantamweight ranks. De Andrade’s the slight -130 favorite here against the +100 comeback on Briones.

Bantamweight Bout: Henry Briones (16-5-1, 136 lbs.) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (23-1 1 NC, 133 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Briones has an inch of height and half an inch of reach on de Andrade. Touch of gloves to get us going. Briones lands a jab. Briones moving a lot, de Andrade a little more static. Briones working the lead had here, mostly range finding. De Andrade has a right blocked. De Andrade lands an inside leg kick. De Andrade lands a bit of a left uppercut, Briones lands a right hook. Briones lands a right but eats a counter right. De Andrade lands a lunging left hook. Briones lands a jab. De Andrade lands a left body kick. They trade in close, both men landed good punches there. De Andrade lands a right, Briones fires back with a right of his own. De Andrade lands a spinning back kick to the body. Both men working jabs, de Andrade lands a right. De Andrade lands a stiff jab. Briones lands a bit of a right, de Andrade lands a right. They trade, de Andrade lands a spinning back fist then we go full Road House for a moment or two. De Andrade lands a couple of lefts. They stare away the last couple of seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 de Andrade

ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. De Andrade lands a straight right. Briones lands a bit of a right and slips a counter. Briones lands a left to the body. De Andrade lands a left uppercut then a straight right. De Andrade lands a left, Briones landed a right to the body afterward. Briones slips a couple of rights. De Andrade lands a spinning back kick to the body then a leg kick. Briones lands a right to the body. De Andrade lands a left to the body and avoids an uppercut. De Andrade lands a series of jabs, Briones lands a jab to the body. De Andrade lands a counter right that drops Briones for a moment, Briones back up immediately and lands a right. They trade lefts, neither man doing a lot defensively. Briones lands a right to the body. De Andrade misses a spinning back fist. De Andrade lands a HUGE right and a left, but Briones remains upright. Briones lands a right to the body after missing a jumping knee and falling down, I don’t know what Briones’ chin is made of. De Andrade lands a right, Briones returns it. De Andrade ducks a right and hits a double leg into the guard of Briones and they trade elbows to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 de Andrade, 20-18 de Andrade overall

Here’s that exchange that dropped Briones briefly.

ROUND THREE: De Andrade lands a jab, Briones jabs the body. Could easily be 1-1 here after two, Briones lands a leg kick. De Andrade lands a counter right then a jab. Briones looking for body shots. De Andrade lands a couple of stiff jabs, he’s got the superior hand speed here. De Andrade lands a right but eats a right to the body. De Andrade lands another jab. Hard right then a left from de Andrade. De Andrade lands a right uppercut then a left and a left high kick. Briones is a little stunned but lands a right to the body. De Andrade lands a right, Briones has a chin on him, lands a right then a left. They get close and trade, de Andrade lands a left then a spinning back elbow that finally drops Briones and the ref stops the fight.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Douglas Silva de Andrade via TKO, spinning back fist, at 2:33 of Round 3

Briones doesn’t like that stoppage but the Final Round Finish Club is happy to announce their presence in Mexico City tonight and thanks Mr. Silva de Andrade for his work this evening. That was a spinning back forearm not a on elbow, going with back fist as far as a descriptor goes. De Andrade gets an interview after that, good fight to kick off the Fox Sports 1 prelims. He thanks God for this fight and is blessed to be back fighting in the UFC after a long layoff but he wants more wars in the future and to be back soon. He thanks Brazil, thanks his family and says he plans on eating as he’s hungry and thanks the fans and the UFC again.

And here’s the finish if you missed it.

Erick Montano is 1-1 in the UFC (there’s a lot of that going around tonight it seems) but is coming off of a loss to Randy Brown and needs to win here if he wants to get any kind of positive momentum going and justify his spot on the roster as the new ownership continues restructuring. Max Griffin lost his UFC debut and is 2-2 in his last four fights overall, he also needs a win here as going 0-2 very rarely gets you invited for a third fight in the UFC. The odds here closed at a pick ’em of -115 for each man.

Welterweight Bout: Max Griffin (12-3, 171 lbs.) vs. Erick Montano (7-4, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Montano is an inch taller but Griffin has three inches of reach on him. Both men probing with the jab early. Montano lands a right, eats a counter right as well though. Montano lands a leg kick. Griffin lands a jab. Griffin lands a left that wobbles Montano, he follows up as Montano slips against the fence and Griffin just unloads with enough rights to get the ref to stop the fight.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Max Griffin via TKO, punches, at :54 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Griffin for his work this evening, and cordially invites the knock off Final round club to remain on their side of the arena. Mic time for Griffin who says he got hurt by the mythical Octagon jitters in his first fight but this is him and this is how he fights normally. He thanks Mexico for being there and hosting the fights.

Given how fast that was, in case you missed it here’s the replay.

We get an update on Charles Oliveira, who couldn’t weigh more than 165 lbs. for this fight, Oliveira made that limit earlier today so that fight is still on. Personally I wouldn’t have been shocked at all if Oliveira missed that mark as well as he’s missed weight 4 times now, he must want to remain within striking distance of John Lineker’s record of 5.

This was originally Marco Beltran taking on Guido Cannetti, but Cannetti had a potential anti-doping violation and was pulled from the card leading to Joe Soto stepping in on short notice. Given the short notice nature of the fight it was altered to a catch-weight affair at 140 lbs. Marco Beltran is 3-0 in the UFC and has a decent amount of momentum behind him based on that record, if he can get to 4-0 he’ll earn a step up in competition next and bantamweight is a relatively wide open division. Joe Soto just got his first UFC win his last time out, he’s 1-3 overall with the promotion, and looking to build a winning streak and possibly climb back towards title contention. The odds favor Beltran slightly at -130 while Soto’s comeback is +100.

Catch-weight Bout: Marco Beltran (8-3, 139 lbs.) vs. Joe Soto (16-5, 140 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Beltran has two inches of height and four and a half of reach on Soto. Beltran misses a left high kick. Beltran fighting long early, specifically with kicks. Soto ducks a high kick. Soto starting to move forward now, he’ll likely be looking to get this to the mat. Soto lands a leg kick, tries a single leg and they scramble briefly and Soto is after a leg lock. Soto grabs a tight inside heel hook and Beltran quickly taps to avoid his knee getting destroyed.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Joe Soto via Submission, inside heel hook, at 1:37 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Soto for his work this evening, and also advises the Final round club to remove those monogrammed shirts which are confusing and a blatant misrepresentation of your group as ours. Soto on the mic now, he thanks the UFC for the shot, says he always wanted to fight in Mexico and puts over his jiu-jitsu coach. He briefly talks us through the finish to close out the interview.

Here’s the finish again, watch how Soto isolates the right leg but threatening the left and when Beltran figure fours the left leg it leaves the right totally vulnerable to the heel hook. Nice stuff.

Erik Perez was thought to be a big prospect at bantamweight a few years ago, but injuries and a few key losses derailed that talk. Now on a two fight winning streak Perez is trying to reclaim a bit of that hype as a third consecutive win here would likely get him back into the top fifteen of the division and get him on the road to bigger and better things. Felipe Arantes missed weight for this fight, his first time doing so professionally, but is undefeated since dropping to bantamweight in the UFC and is riding a two fight winning streak. He’s in a similar position to Perez as a win gets him close to the top fifteen while a loss, especially after missing weight, would be a massive blow to his career. Perez is a decent -220 favorite to the +180 underdog that is Arantes.

Bantamweight Bout: Felipe Arantes (18-7-1 2 NC, 138 lbs.) vs. Erik Perez (16-6, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Arantes has a five inch reach advantage. Arantes moving forward early, Perez circling. Arantes lands a leg kick, Perez lands a straight right. Arantes lands an inside leg kick then they trade in close. Arantes lands a right hook then a leg kick. Perez lands a leg kick. Arantes lands a couple of leg kicks. Arantes lands a leg kick, Perez returns it. Perez lands a right to the body. Arantes lands a leg kick but Perez catches it and takes him down. Perez in half guard now, lands a couple of elbows. Arantes tries to get to full guard, Perez switches sides and remains in half guard. Perez lands some rights to the body. Arantes attacks with a heel hook, it’s pretty tight but Perez is able to get his leg free and Arantes gets on top in the guard of Perez. Arantes passes to half guard, side control, spins for an armbar attempt but Perez pulls his arm out and is on top now landing punches and elbows before Arantes gets some control back. Perez in half guard throwing lefts. More elbows from Perez a the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Perez

ROUND TWO: Perez lands a bit of a body kick, Arantes lands a leg kick. Arantes tries a flying knee that’s blocked and they both land leg kicks. Perez is limping on the left leg, that’s the leg Arantes attacked with that heel hook and the leg kicks aren’t helping. Perez catches a leg kick and trips Arantes down then gets on top in half guard again. Perez with rights to the body. Perez passes to full mount now and lands a few elbows. Perez with rights to the body, he’s also trying to set up an arm triangle choke. Arantes able to bridge and scramble then gets the back in transition. Arantes has a body triangle now. Arantes after the choke, Perez hand fighting to block it. Perez spins free and gets on top after breaking the body triangle and is in half guard again. Perez lands some short left elbows and passes to side control. Perez working short lefts and rights to the body. Arantes lands a couple of elbows from his back, Perez lands more lefts and the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Perez, 20-18 Perez overall

ROUND THREE: We get a quick high five to start the final round. Arantes lands a jab. Perez tries a double leg that’s blocked. Arantes blocks another double leg, Perez is still a little unstable on that left leg. Perez misses a right hook. They both miss spinning back fists but Perez uses Arantes’ to get a double leg into side control. Perez into north/south now and passes to the other side. Perez lands some lefts to the body and a short right elbow. Arantes able to bridge and regain his feet in the clinch. Arantes lands a couple of rights to the body as they break. Perez circling, Arantes following him a little too much. Arantes lands a left high kick. Arantes lands a knee to the chin, Perez just shakes it off. Perez lands a bit of a right, Arantes lands a spinning back kick. They brawl a little in close, both landed good rights. Arantes lands a stiff jab and Perez’s leg gives out, Arantes gets to mount and locks up an arm triangle choke but there’s just ten seconds left and Perez sucks it up until time runs out.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Arantes, 29-28 Perez overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Erik Perez via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

I guess Arantes could have taken the first with that tight heel hook attempt or maybe the second with his back control time, no complaint really as the right guy won. Mic time for Perez now, he says he felt the knee go in round one and had to adjust his strategy but he came to fight and wasn’t going to let the crowd down. He says the crowd is his inspiration and he’s been dreaming of this since he was eight years old then thanks the crowd again for their support. That’s it for the prelims, we’re still on Fox Sports 1 for the main card though.

Alexa Grasso is undefeated as a professional fighter including a 4-0 stint with Invicta where she was highly touted as a future champion, tonight is her UFC debut where she looks to continue that momentum and announce herself as a top prospect at strawweight with the UFC. Heather Jo Clark is 1-1 in the UFC, winning her debut against Bec Rawlings then falling to current top contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and is looking to get above the .500 mark here at the expense of her younger opponent and reassert herself in the division. Grasso is the second largest favorite on the card at a substantial -550 while Clark’s +375 payout will surely attract some degenerate gamblers.

Women’s Strawweight Bout: Heather Jo Clark (7-5, 116 lbs.) vs. Alexa Grasso (8-0, 116 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Clark has an inch height advantage while Grasso has the reach advantage by an inch and a half. Touch of gloves to get things going. Grasso circling early. Clark lands a bit of a combination, Grasso lands a leg kick then a bit of a high kick. They clinch up and trade knees to the body. Grasso spins free and lands an elbow. They both have some blows blocked, still range finding mostly. Grasso lands an inside leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Grasso blocks a right and slips a high kick. Clark lands a bit of a right. Grasso lands a hard body kick then a knee. Clark is hurt and Grasso starts teeing off on the fence and we get a wild exchange. They clinch up after furious combinations and Grasso has Clark on the cage. Grasso lands a knee to the body. Grasso lands an elbow then a knee to the body. Grasso lands some lefts then another knee to the body. They break without incident. Grasso back on offense quickly and lands a jab. Grasso lands a hard one two combination then flurries again and Clark grabs the clinch to hang on. Grasso lands more knees to the body, Clark lands an elbow and the round ends with Grasso spinning Clark into the fence.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Grasso, there’s a borderline 10-8 argument in there

ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Clark’s nose is likely busted and her vision is a tad compromised. Clark misses a high kick. Grasso misses a high kick. Grasso blocks a high kick. Grasso lands a bit of a right. Grasso lands a body kick but Clark catches it and they wind up clinched. They trade knees to the body, Clark is after a takedown but Grasso’s clinch game is on point and she spins Clark into the cage. Grasso lands a knee to the body. Clark reaches for a guillotine while standing, Grasso breaks the grip and lands a left. Grasso lands another knee to the body. Grasso lands an elbow as they separate. Clark bulls into the clinch and they trade knees to the body. Grasso with more knees to the body, Clark hits a lateral drop but Grasso is right back up and lands a combination to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Grasso, 20-18 Grasso overall

ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. Grasso lands a body kick then Clark dives into the clinch. They trade knees to the body, Grasso is getting the better of those exchanges though. They jockey for position, Grasso gets Clark on the fence. More positional battling, Clark tries to drop again but Grasso reads this one and blocks it allowing for separation. Clark misses a right and a high kick. Grasso lands a stiff jab. They trade body kicks. Grasso lands a leg kick. Grasso lands a right. Grasso blocks a right then lands a right and a leg kick. Grasso blocks a weak double leg attempt and lands a hard leg kick. Clark punches into the clinch but Grasso gets her on the cage quickly. Grasso drops and hits a double leg then lands a combination as Clark regained her feet. They stare the last couple of seconds away.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Grasso, 30-27 Grasso overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Alexa Grasso via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

I have no idea which round Clark could have won, probably 2 based on over valuing a meaningless takedown. Grasso on the mic now, she says this is incredible and thanks the fans for their support. She says debuting in Mexico City was as good a position as she could have asked for, puts over Clark as being a tough veteran to close out the interview.

Here’s that flurry from the first round.

Rashid Magomedov is riding an impressive twelve fight winning streak including being 3-0 in the UFC and recently cracked the top fifteen rankings of the shark infested lightweight division. Magomedov has a big opportunity tonight to take out a fighter ranked above him and continue climbing towards title contention. Beneil Dariush is 6-1 in his last seven and is coming off of a win over James Vick, he had climbed near the top five of the division at one point but a loss to Michael Chiesa halted much of his momentum. Dariush is trying to build another winning streak starting tonight and continue proving himself one of the best lightweights in the world. The odds here closed at a pick ’em at -115 for both men.

Lightweight Bout: #9 Beneil Dariush (13-2, 156 lbs.) vs. #15 Rashid Magomedov (19-1, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Dariush has an inch of height and an inch and a half of reach on Magomedov. Dariush fighting southpaw. Touch of gloves to get things going. Dariush lands a glancing head kick. Magomedov lands a front kick to the face, Dariush lands a hard body kick. Dariush misses a high kick. Magomedov lands a bit of a leg kick. Magomedov blocks a high kick but Dariush is backing him into the fence. They clinch, Dariush lands a knee to the head then one to the body, he’s got the Thai clinch and is working knees. Dariush switches to a body lock and is looking for a trip. Magomedov defending well. Dariush tries a trip but Magomedov blocks and reverses, he gets the back but Dariush is back up and fighting off a rear waist lock. Dariush spins into Magomedov then a knee from Magomedov hits the groin of Dariush so he’s got up to five minutes to recover. Dariush quickly walks it off and we’re back to fighting. Dariush lands a body kick. Magomedov lands a body kick, Dariush lands an inside leg kick. Dariush keeping Magomedov along the fence with pressure. Dariush has a high kick blocked then misses a left. Dariush lands a bit of a left then Magomedov is able to circle off of the fence. Dariush lands a hard body kick and they clinch then trade blows to the body and head. Magomedov working punches while Dariush works knees then they settle jockeying for position. Magomedov trips Dariush down and fights from half guard as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dariush but very close

ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Dariush backing Magomedov up again, misses a high kick. They both land power hands, Magomedov lands a body kick but eats a hard leg kick. Dariush lands a body kick. Dariush lands a bit of a left. Magomedov fades a left then lands a left uppercut of his own. Magomedov lands a body kick, Dariush lands an inside leg kick. Another body kick from Magomedov lands, Dariush with the counter inside leg kick. They clinch again, Dariush with the Thai clinch and knees while Magomedov works punches and elbows. Dariush gets Magomedov to the fence and Dariush with more knees to the body. Dariush has a body lock, still after the takedown from there but Magomedov has great balance. Magomedov lands a knee to the body. They break without incident. Dariush blocks a high kick and lands an inside leg kick. More knees to the body from the clinch from both men and Dariush gets Magomedov on the cage. Magomedov tries a trip as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dariush, 20-18 Dariush overall

ROUND THREE: Magomedov tries a body kick, Dariush counters with leg kicks. Magomedov lands a hard body kick, Dariush again counters with inside leg kicks. Magomedov lands a right and a left hook then they clinch again. Magomedov has Dariush on the fence now, lands a few short rights. Dariush lands a knee to the body. Magomedov spins out of the clinch. Dariush lands a bit of a body kick. They clinch again, Dariush with more knees to the body while Magomedov works short uppercuts. Dariush with a hard knee to the body as he’s got Magomedov on the fence. Dariush tries a rotating trip, Magomedov remains upright. Magomedov’s balance is really impressive. The ref breaks the clinch for them after they stall out. They both miss power hands, Dariush lands a bit of a knee. Magomedov lands a body kick and a left hook. Magomedov lands a body kick then slips a left and lands a right. They clinch again, Magomedov lands some short uppercuts. Dariush lands some knees to the body and spins Magomedov against the cage. Magomedov spins Dariush then lands a right as they break. Magomedov lands a body kick then slips a left from Dariush. They start swinging and landing as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Magomedov, 29-28 Dariush overall but this could go either way

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Beneil Dariush via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

I’m not complaining about any of the scores there, very close fight and I can see both of those scores. Mic time for Dariush who talks about being tired despite his training at altitude then puts over the crowd for just living at this elevation. He puts over Magomedov for being tough and stoic, he thinks it’s a Russian thing to be that inscrutable. Asked who he’d like next he says that most guys are after the belt but his title will come from Jesus Christ he’ll fight anyone as long as they’re tough.

This is the final fight of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America season 3. Martin Bravo is undefeated as a professional fighter and looking to remain that way tonight to claim the title of TUF champion and secure at least one more fight with the UFC. Claudio Puelles is looking to spoil Bravo’s hopes of winning that title here, he’s riding a two fight winning streak and also trying to claim the life changing title tonight. The odds here are even for both men at -115.

Lightweight Bout: Martin Bravo (10-0, 155 lbs.) vs. Claudio Puelles (7-1, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Puelles has three inches of height but just half an inch of reach on Bravo. Touch of gloves, Puelles fighting southpaw. Bravo lands an inside leg kick. Puelles lands an inside leg kick. Bravo trying to back Puelles into the fence. Puelles lands a left to the body then a body kick. Bravo lands a body kick. Puelles lands a jab, Bravo lands a bit of a counter right. They trade inside leg kicks. They clinch and trade knees to the body then break. Bravo lands a bit of a right. Puelles lands a bit of a body kick. Bravo has him on the fence now, lands a right. Bravo lands a right to the body then a bit of a left hook. Bravo lands a left. Puelles tries a single leg, Bravo tries to limp leg but Puelles gets his back with the rear waist lock. Bravo breaks the grip and lands a right then spins free. Puelles again tries the single leg, this time he finishes it but Bravo is back up and eats a knee from the clinch before they separate. Bravo lands a right to the body then a body kick. Bravo using a right to the body then a left hook frequently. Bravo lands a couple of hooks, eats a counter left. Bravo lands a left but eats a hard body kick from Puelles. Bravo misses a couple of punches, his overhand right looks awful. Bravo lands a one two combination. Puelles misses a single leg attempt the avoids a windmill right to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Bravo

ROUND TWO: Puelles circling, slips on a kick but tries to convert into a single leg that Bravo avoids. Bravo tries to flurry in close but Puelles defends and regains distance. Bravo misses a right. Bravo lands a couple of lefts then a right. Bravo lands a body kick. Another body kick from Bravo, this time Puelles returns it. Puelles tries a single leg, Bravo defends then Puelles lands a body kick. Bravo digs a series of hooks to the body, Puelles drops from a liver shot, Bravo follows up on the mat and this one is over.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Martin Bravo via TKO, body punches, at 1:55 of Round 2

Bravo gets a pretty glass trophy and an interview. He says he’s thrilled to be part of the UFC and thanks the crowd for being here. He talks about how well prepared he was for this, puts over Puelles as having a future in the UFC as well. He talks us through the finish and says he’d been training that combination for a long time.

Here’s that finish, mercifully we didn’t have any more of the first round.

Charles Oliveira missed weight again, this marks his fourth such incident and he’s just one missed weight away from tying John Lineker’s all time record for most times doing so. Oliveira is coming off of a loss to Anthony Pettis and is just 2-2 in his last four fights, with the specter of missing weight hanging over his head a loss here would be catastrophic and despite his talent could result in his getting cut from the promotion. Ricardo Lamas has been a top featherweight for a few years now and is 3-2 over his last five but is coming off of a loss to Max Holloway. Lamas needs a win here to confirm his top contender status and avoid what would be the first losing streak of his professional caree while potentially work his way towards a second title shot. The odds are again a pick ’em at -115 for both men.

Featherweight Bout: #4 Ricardo Lamas (16-5, 146 lbs.) vs. #8 Charles Oliveira (21-6 1 NC, 155 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Oliveira has two inches of height and three of reach on Lamas. Touch of gloves to get things going. Lamas lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from Lamas. Lamas lands a bit of a one two combination. They clinch up and Lamas hits a hip toss into the guard of Oliveira. Lamas passes to half guard. Oliveira looking for a deep half guard sweep, Lamas lands a hard couple of elbows to the head. Oliveira tries for a leg lock, Lamas able to scramble free and get back on top. Oliveira to his knees against the fence and spins to the back with a rear waist lock. Oliveira switches to a double leg attempt then hits the takedown into side control. Oliveira trying to set up a choke, Lamas back up but Oliveira has a d’arce choke nearly locked up. Oliveira drops for the choke, Lamas breaks the grip though and lands an elbow from his back. Oliveira working on passing the guard, lands a bit of an elbow. Lamas trying to set up a sweep with a guillotine grip, Oliveira postures up and stands and spins to the back of Lamas. Lamas trying to block the choke, Oliveira has a body triangle going. Oliveira after the choke, Lamas defending. Oliveira mixing in some elbows to try and open up the neck of Lamas. Oliveira after the choke but there’s no time to finish, five more seconds and he’d have forced the tap though.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Oliveira

ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Lamas lands a leg kick then lands a wheel kick. Oliveira lands a right. Lamas lands a left to the body then a body kick. Oliveira lands a right then a left hook. Oliveira ducks a right and hits a takedown, Lamas hits a nice sweep to get on top in the leg drag position. Lamas gets a leg free and winds up in side control. Lamas lands a knee to the body. Lamas lands an elbow. Oliveira rolls to his knees, Lamas grabs a guillotine as Oliveira tried to reverse position. Lamas has an arm in guillotine locked and Oliveira fights for a bit before tapping out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Ricardo Lamas via Submission, guillotine choke, at 2:13 of Round 2

That’s the second time Lamas has won in Mexico City via guillotine choke. Lamas gets an interview after that performance. He speaks a little Spanish for the live crowd, he thanked the crowd then dedicates the fight to his mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer and he knows she’ll come out on top. He also mentions a training partner who passed away recently and says this one was for him as well.

Here’s the finish there, I love the way Lamas uses the cage to get his hip at the right angle to finish the choke. That’s clearly a man who’s adapted his submission game to being in that environment.

Diego Sanchez has been trading wins and losses while going 4-4 over his last eight fights, he’s coming off of a loss to Joe Lauzon and has been with the UFC since 2005. Sanchez is clearly nearing the end of his career but wants to prove here that he’s still got some fight in him and at least possibly go out on a win. Marcin Held is making his UFC debut here after a very successful run in Bellator where he went 12-3 including a title shot against Will Brooks. Held is 7-1 in his last eight fights and coming off of a win, a win over Sanchez here would be the biggest of his career and get his UFC run off on the right foot. The odds favor Held by at -240 while the comeback on Sanchez is set at +190.

Lightweight Bout: Marcin Held (22-4, 156 lbs.) vs. Diego Sanchez (26-8, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Sanchez has an inch of height and half an inch of reach on Held. Sanchez fighting southpaw. Held circling early. Sanchez lands a body kick then an inside leg kick. Held lands a straight right. Held lands a right in close, he’s pressuring Sanchez now and lands a left. Sanchez has a high kick blocked. Held lands a jab then a bit of an uppercut. They get close and Held lands a knee then a right. Held lands a jab. They clinch again, Held lands a knee then tries for a double leg against the cage. Sanchez defends and Held bails on the clinch. Held showing the jab a lot here, Sanchez misses a combination then lands a body kick. Sanchez hits another body kick. Held ducks a right hook. Held lands a straight right then a couple of lefts. Held lands a right uppercut in close. Sanchez backing up a lot now. Held lands a cartwheel kick. They both land in close quarters. Held landing a stepping jab pretty regularly. They trade rights, Sanchez tries a double leg against the fence. Sanchez switches to a single leg but Held is still defending well. Held grabs a standing front choke, Sanchez climbs the fence to escape and they disengage. Held lands another jab then a left elbow. They both land lefts. Sanchez lands a right hook then throws a wheel kick after the bell that misses.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Held

ROUND TWO: Held still flashing the jab, Sanchez lands an inside leg kick. Held lands a jab, tries for an Iminari roll for a heel hook. Held really on that but Sanchez defends. Held tries switching to the inside heel hook, Sanchez lands a couple of rights. Sanchez gets the leg free, Held rolls for it again but Sanchez is able to hand fight to keep his foot safe. Sanchez gets his leg free and Held gets to full guard. Held breathing pretty deeply already, Sanchez lands a weak left elbow. Sanchez lands an elbow to the body. Sanchez lands an elbow. Held trying to wall walk now, he’s sitting on the fence and Sanchez is trying to keep him from posting and regaining his feet. Sanchez passes to half guard. Held able to reguard, Sanchez postures up and lands a couple of blows. Sanchez spins and gets the back to close out the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Sanchez, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Held visibly fatigued, Sanchez seems to have the cardio edge. Held lands a leg kick then a jab. Held ducks a left and tries a takedown then lands a knee after Sanchez defends. Held lands a short right that wobbles Sanchez, Held shoots but Sanchez blocks that and gets on top. Poor decision from Held there, he’s doing well on the feet. Held tries to lock up an omoplata, not really close but he lands an up kick as Sanchez stands then Sanchez goes back into the guard of Held. Sanchez passes to half guard. They trade some elbows, Held tries for another leg lock but can’t scramble fast enough to regain his feet and Sanchez is in his guard now landing elbows. Sanchez lands a couple of elbows. Held tries to roll for a toe hold then a heel hook, Sanchez defending well and gets his legs free and settles into half guard. Sanchez with more elbows. Sanchez with punches while Held tries to threaten with an armbar. Sanchez trying to mount now, and does with ten seconds left. Held kicks him off and Sanchez fires more punches as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Sanchez, 29-28 Sanchez overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28 x2)

Not sure I’d give Sanchez a 10-8 for any of those rounds, but Held only has himself to blame for that one. Sanchez on the mic now, he puts over Mexico City as an amazing place. He talks about how confident he was, puts over his wife and his coaches and says he wants to make another run of it. He says he’ll fight whoever next, thanks Dana White for the awesome career he’s had, then puts over the translator.

Tony Ferguson is riding one of the hottest streaks in the lightweight division right now, he’s on an eight fight winning streak with six of those being finishes four individual performance bonuses and two Fight of the Night honors along the way. Tonight Ferguson has a chance to solidify himself as the number one contender against the former champion Rafael dos Anjos, run his winning streak to nine, and enter himself not just into the conversation about title contenders but also as one of the sports overall best. If Ferguson wins he’ll have tied Max Holloway for third longest acting UFC winning streak behind only Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson. Rafael dos Anjos was on his way to proving himself one of the best lightweights ever, then he ran into Eddie Alvarez. Dos Anjos is an impressive 10-2 over his last twelve fights with two separate five fight winning streaks, but he’s coming off of that loss to Alvarez that cost him his title. If dos Anjos wants to get a shot at reclaiming that belt a win here is absolutely critical as dropping two in a row, while unlikely to get him cut, removes him from the title picture for the foreseeable future. The odds are with the former champion dos Anjos at a slim -140 with Ferguson’s comeback set at +110.

Lightweight Bout: #2 Rafael dos Anjos (25-8, 156 lbs.) vs. #3 Tony Ferguson (21-3, 154 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Ferguson has three inches of height and a massive six and a half of reach on dos Anjos. Dos Anjos fighting southpaw, Ferguson will switch his stance frequently. Dos Anjos switching his stance as well, Ferguson lands a leg kick. Ferguson lands a bit of a right. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick, dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from dos Anjos. Ferguson lands a body kick. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick, eats a right then lands a left. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick then avoids a takedown attempt. Dos Anjos lands another leg kick. Ferguson lands a right to the body. Ferguson lands a right snap kick to the body. So far Ferguson fighting long, dos Anjos lands a long left. Ferguson lands a right elbow. Dos Anjos lands a jab. Dos Anjos lands a counter left. Dos Anjos lands a body kick. Ferguson again with a couple of front body kicks, the second gets countered by a left from dos Anjos. Ferguson lands a right. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick as Ferguson was kicking that trips him and dos Anjos now on top in the butterfly guard of Ferguson. Dos Anjos lands a left as Ferguson regains his feet. Ferguson trying to get his jab going now, they both land a few of them. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick then a jab. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick, then another. Ferguson misses an elbow. Dos Anjos has a spinning backfist blocked. Ferguson lands a right then a left and an inside leg kick. Dos Anjos falls just short with a left as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 dos Anjos

ROUND TWO: Ferguson has a left blocked, then lands a bit of a left uppercut and a left body kick. Ferguson lands a wicked straight right then a leg kick. Ferguson lands a left body kick, he’s much more aggressive this round. Dos Anjos lands a body kick, Ferguson returns it. Dos Anjos complains of an eye poke, there’s some confusion as to if it happened and the ref takes a bit to step in. The replay confirms the eye poke though, dos Anjos wipes it out and he’s good to continue. Ferguson flashing the jab, lands a combination then slips a left. Ferguson lands a body kick, he’s starting to take over a bit here. Dos Anjos lands a left, Ferguson lands an inside leg kick. Dos Anjos lands a body kick, Ferguson lands a left elbow. Ferguson again with the inside leg kick. Ferguson lands a front kick to the body. Dos Anjos misses a left then avoids the counters from Ferguson. Ferguson again with the inside leg kick. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick but eats a hard jab. Dos Anjos is bleeding from the nose after that one. Ferguson again kicks the body. Ferguson backing dos Anjos up and lands a left uppercut. Ferguson landing long punches now, dos Anjos has to step away to reset. Dos Anjos lands a left but Ferguson rocks him with a straight left. Ferguson trying to pressure but dos Anjos recovers and lands a knee. Dos Anjos lands a body kick. Ferguson lands a left then a left uppercut. Dos Anjos again with the body kick. Ferguson lands a couple of leg kicks then a front kick to the body. Ferguson lands a left uppercut then a right jab as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Ferguson back to forward pressure this round, lands a lunging left. Ferguson lands a right then a left uppercut and hits a combination. Dos Anjos hits a low sweep but Ferguson back up immediately. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick but eats a double jab. Dos Anjos lands a bit of a right hook. Ferguson lands a right to the body then misses a right and lands a spinning elbow. Another spinning elbow lands for Ferguson. Ferguson lands a bit of a right elbow. Ferguson lands a leg kick. Dos Anjos has a high kick blocked but eats a couple of counters from Ferguson. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick. Ferguson lands a right as well. Ferguson lands a pretty good left then a right to the body. Ferguson lands a short right. Dos Anjos trying to get Ferguson on the fence, Ferguson’s movement is keeping him off of it. Dos Anjos lands a hard couple of lefts. Another left from dos Anjos lands. Ferguson lands a right and a front kick to the body. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Ferguson lands a leg kick then a bit of a left and a right. Ferguson digs a wicked left to the body, dos Anjos lands a right to the body. Ferguson lands a couple of inside and outside leg kicks. Dos Anjos lands a body kick. Ferguson lands a couple of body shots then a leg kick. Ferguson lands a jab then they trade body kicks. Dos Anjos lands a left, Ferguson lands a right elbow then a left uppercut. Dos Anjos lands a body kick then a right. Dos Anjos lands a bit of a right to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson but the closest round of the fight, 29-28 Ferguson overall

ROUND FOUR: Ferguson just misses a jab to start the fourth. Ferguson has a high kick blocked but lands a right. Dos Anjos lands a body kick, Ferguson lands a leg kick. Ferguson lands a couple of jabs from both stances. Ferguson lands a left uppercut. Dos Anjos has some swelling around the right eye, Ferguson lands a knee to the head in close. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick, dos Anjos returns one of his own. Ferguson tries another Iminari roll, nothing comes of it. Ferguson lands a bit of a left hook, dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Ferguson working jabs from both stances, slips a left from dos Anjos. Dos Anjos lands a body kick but Ferguson lands an uppercut then a right. Ferguson lands a right then a right to the body. Ferguson lands a knee to the body against the fence before dos Anjos circles free. Ferguson lands a front kick to the body. Ferguson blocks a takedown attempt. Ferguson lands a jab. Hard inside leg kick from Ferguson, then an outside one and a snap kick to the belly. Dos Anjos lands a body kick but eats three counter punches from Ferguson. Ferguson lands a left to the body then a hard right counter. Ferguson lands a body shot but dos Anjos lands a counter left. Ferguson lands another leg kick. Ferguson lands a hard right then a left. Dos Anjos lands a body kick, Ferguson lands a hard combination at the horn.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson, 39-37 Ferguson overall

ROUND FIVE: Both guys have kept a crazy pace through five rounds at huge altitude. Ferguson lands a leg kick then a right. Ferguson lands a couple of jabs then a couple of lefts. Ferguson lands a stepping right. Ferguson with a front kick to the body then an inside leg kick. Ferguson lands a right. This fight is awesome. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Ferguson lands a couple of rights. Ferguson lands a combination but eats a counter left. Ferguson lands a jab. Ferguson lands a left to the body then a jab. Ferguson lands a jab. Ferguson misses an elbow then lands an inside leg kick. Hard right lands for Ferguson. Dos Anjos lands a leg kick but Ferguson lands a counter combiation. Dos Anjos is cut under the right eye, an elbow from Ferguson I think. Ferguson lands a combination and slips a left. Ferguson lands a right. Ferguson lands a right. Ferguson lands a leg kick then a high kick is partially blocked. They get close and trade, Ferguson got the better of that. Dos Anjos lands a heavy leg kick. Ferguson lands a jab. Ferguson eats a body kick then lands a right and a couple of leg kicks. Sharp jab from Ferguson. Ferguson does a little dance as the clock runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Ferguson, 49-46 Ferguson overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (48-47 x3)

Rafael dos Anjos could have taken 3 with his late flurry, the right guy won though so I’m not complaining too much. This is actually the longest ever winning streak at lightweight. Mic time for Ferguson, he thanks dos Anjos then says Viva Mexico and walks off from the interview. Don’t change Mr. Ferguson, don’t ever change.

Dos Anjos gets some mic time, his face is a mess. He puts over Ferguson as the better fighter tonight and that’s all the mic time he got.

That’s it for Fight Night 98, thank you all for being here. If you want my thoughts on this event I’ll be hosting the 411 Ground and Pound Radio Show tomorrow/tonight at 8pm eastern standard time. That show takes live callers at (323) 657-0901 if you’ve got a question or comment, we’ll also be previewing next weeks massive UFC 205. That event has three title fights, all of them awesome. I’ll be back next week for that card, I hope you’ll all come back for that one. Until then, thanks again for being here and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.

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