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411’s UFC Fight Night 114 Report 8.05.17

August 6, 2017 | Posted by Robert Winfree
Sergio Pettis - UFC Fight Night 114

Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC Fight Night 114. I’m Robert Winfree, your host for the evening and relaying all of the action to you just as I see it. This is the last UFC event for the month of August, outside of the Tuesday Night Contender Series, as the UFC is basically just getting out of the way of the upcoming Mayweather vs. McGregor bout. Tonight the UFC is back in Mexico City, and thankfully they’ve learned their lesson about heavy fighters at that kind of altitude as there’s no one above middleweight on this card. The main event has some title implications at flyweight as Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno go at it for a near top five ranking and assuming Demetrious Johnson defeats Ray Borg the winner here could be the next title challenger given that Johnson has taken out pretty much everyone else. Also Alexa Grasso is back, she missed weight here and is taking on Randa Markos. The other attraction bout is between Sam Alvey and Rashad Evans, Evans could easily see his name alongside that of BJ Penn in terms of sad career declines should he lose his fourth consecutive fight here, and Sam Alvey could notch the biggest name value win of his career at Evans’ expense. As mentioned above, this event comes to us from the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico with Todd Grisham and Brian Stann on commentary.

For the record the governing body has adopted the new rules for MMA, so you need both palms or fists, or a knee, on the mat to be considered grounded as well as the changes to language for scoring criteria as well as making extending fingers towards your opponent a foul regardless of contact being made.

Alvaro Herrera is 1-1 in the UFC, he had a very successful debut when he scored a first round knockout but was overwhelmed by Vicente Luque in his last bout. Herrera hasn’t fought in a little over a year and is looking to bounce back from that loss. Jordan Rinaldi lost his UFC debut when he took on Abel Trujillo, he’s also trying to bounce back while proving that Trujillo might have just been a bit too much for a debuting fighter. Rinaldi is favored to win at -230 against +180 on Herrera.

Lightweight Bout: Alvaro Herrera (9-4, 156 lbs.) vs. Jordan Rinaldi (12-5, 156 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Herrera is two inches taller and has two inches of reach on Rinaldi. They touch gloves and we’re underway. Both men feinting, Rinaldi more so as he circles. Rinaldi lands a low leg kick. Rinaldi lands a bit of a right and takes a counter left. Rinaldi lands an inside leg kick and Herrera goes southpaw. Herrera avoids a body shot and goes orthodox, then gets kicked in the leg. Herrera lands a bit of a one two. Rinaldi lands a couple of punches, Herrera lands a short right that wobbles Rinaldi but he sells out for an anaconda attempt but fails to roll for pressure and tries to sit towards guard instead, and Rinaldi passes to side control. Herrera holds the head, Rinaldi switches to a slightly modified Von Flue choke and Herrera has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jordan Rinaldi via Submission, Von Flue choke, at 2:01 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Rinaldi for his work this evening. Rinaldi on the mic now. He thanks God first and foremost, says he knew Herrera had a tough weight cut so he wanted to push a pace but thanks Herrera for making weight despite a tough cut and still coming out to fight despite the tough cut. Asked about the left hook on his double leg attempt he says he can’t remember so he was probably hurt, and puts over Herrera’s power.

Here’s the finish, the fourth Von Flue in UFC history. Seriously guys, all you need to do to avoid this is let go of the head when the guy on top passes and there is no choke. Not pictured here is the poor finishing technique on the attempted anaconda choke, the compression from that choke has to come from a roll first to get pressure on the arteries, sitting for guard with that grip doesn’t help a whole lot if the tension hasn’t been ratcheted up around the neck.

Joseph Morales is making his UFC debut here but is undefeated as a professional and looking to start a run in the talented but relatively wide open flyweight division. The same is true of Roberto Sanchez, he’s also undefeated and making his debut in the UFC trying to make a big impact right off the bat. The odds are close but lean towards Sanchez at -135 to +105 on Morales.

Flyweight Bout: Joseph Morales (8-0, 125 lbs.) vs. Roberto Sanchez (7-0, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height, Morales has an inch of reach on Sanchez though. They touch gloves to get us going. Morales circling early, Sanchez lands a jab and tries a double leg that hits the fence and he is able to finish it. Morales holding the head looking to lock up a guillotine or sweep, Sanchez gets his head free as Morales gets full guard. Sanchez moves Morales’ head into the fence to try and limit his offense. Morales trying to get his guard working but Sanchez has one of his hands tied up behind his back. Morales gets that arm back as Sanchez lands a couple of punches. Sanchez lands an elbow then a few body shots. Morales sets up a guillotine, uses that to escape to his feet, lands a wicked one two that drops Sanchez. Sanchez back up but Morales is all over him. Morales gets the back after Sanchez tries for a leg lock, Morales tries for the choke but Sanchez breaks his grip. Morales back after the choke, Sanchez isn’t hand fighting this time, he’s under the chin and Sanchez has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Joseph Morales via Submission, rear naked choke, at 3:56 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Morales for his work this evening. Morales gets an interview after that. He says he’s been working for this moment for twelve years, he’s dreamed of becoming UFC champion and this is just the first step in that journey. He says as soon as he felt that right land he knew it was all over for his opponent. He closes in Spanish, says he fights with love and thanks them for their hospitality.

Here’s the right that set up the finish.

And here’s the finishing sequence, Morales gets the figure four grip with his arms before really securing his legs around the hips which is part of what lets Sanchez keep trying to fight him off but once he gets the extra leverage from his body being involved it was all over.

That’s it for Fight Pass, we’re on Fox Sports 1 for the rest of the event.

Jose Quinonez is 2-1 in the UFC and on a two fight winning streak, he’s looking to extend that to three in a row and possibly move up in competition for his next bout. Diego Rivas is undefeated and is 2-0 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a spectacular finish when he scored a flying knee knock out and he’s also looking to use this fight as a means to step up in competition further down the line. In your random bit of trivia for this fight, this is Rivas’ first fight back since beating cancer which is why he’s been out of action for 18 months or so. Quinonez is the favorite, -275 against a +215 comeback on Rivas.

Bantamweight Bout: Jose Quinonez (5-2, 135 lbs.) vs. Diego Rivas (7-0, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two have the same height and reach. They touch gloves, Quinonez fighting southpaw. Quinonez pressing the action early, Rivas circling. Quinonez lands a side kick to the thigh. Rivas lands an inside leg kick, Quinonez lands a body kick. Quinonez lands an inside leg kick. They trade rights, Quinonez landed better. Rivas covers up to block a combination. Quinonez is moving much better there, light on his feet while Rivas is kind of stationary. They clinch up, Quinonez gets Rivas on the fence. They’re both looking for takedowns here, Quinonez lands a couple of knees to the body. Quinonez pulls out of the cinch when Rivas starts looking for an under hook. Quinonez has a head kick blocked, he’s dictating the pace of this fight and is fighting well at range. Quinonez lands a bit of a left. Rivas lands a leg kick. Quinonez lands a counter right after slipping away from a left hook. Rivas lands a leg kick. Quinonez lands another short right just before the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Quinonez

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Rivas blocks a head kick. They both miss some hooks, Quinonez lands a left to the body but eats a leg kick. Another leg kick from Rivas lands. Quinonez is starting to go to the body with straight punches at distance, and lands an inside leg kick as well. Rivas lands a bit of a right. Quinonez lands a side kick to the knee, then lands a left but eats a counter right. Rivas lands a counter right that drops Quinonez for a second, he’s back up but that one landed on the chin. Rivas lands a counter left hook, he’s getting a read on Quinonez when Quinonez closes into the pocket. Rivas lands a body kick but Quinonez catches it and sweeps the far leg to land on top in the guard of Rivas. Rivas tries to get his hips turned but Quinonez stays on him. Quinonez lands an elbow. Quinonez postures up and lands a series of rights. Quinonez passes to side control, Rivas able to get half guard back. Rivas tries a kimura, Quinonez spins around to side control again and lands a few more punches. Quinonez to knee on belly, lands a few punches as Rivas is able get back to his feet.

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

ROUND THREE: They hug to start the last round. Rivas lands a bit of a right. Rivas pushing forward now, Quinonez lands a right hook as he angles away from the pressure. They both miss some punches but Rivas is starting to get his pressure game going. Quinonez lands a side kick to the knee. Quinonez lands a long left. Quinonez lands another left then an inside leg kick, he’s really got a good rhythm going now. Rivas lands a bit of a left hook. They clinch up, Quinonez tries a trip but Rivas is able to whizzer through it, land a few punches, Quinonez back up and is able to try a takedown that Rivas tries to roll through but he can’t regain his feet before Quinonez is on him. Quinonez lands a right from the guard, Rivas to his knees, Quinonez into the ride position, Rivas reverses him and tries an anaconda choke but Quinonez is able to roll all the way through and break his grip then regain his feet. Quinonez back to fighting at distance, lands a solid body kick. They trade rights. Quinonez lands a bit of a right, Rivas can’t find another bit of offense before time runs out.

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

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jose Quinonez via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Solid performance from Quinonez, diverse offense, solid movement and intelligent decision making. Quinonez on the mic now. He says he happy to be here and fighting in Mexico, says he’s also happy to represent those who start at the bottom but keep fighting. He thanks Rivas for the fight, then when asked who or what is next for him he says more hard work, thanks his trainers and says he loves cardio training and dancing in the cage.

Henry Briones is in a rough spot, he’s 1-2 in the UFC and is on a two fight losing streak. Briones can ill afford a third straight loss here. Rani Yahya just had a four fight winning streak snapped, a loss that cost him a top ranking at bantamweight. Yahya is trying to rebuild his career and make one more run towards contender status. Yahya is favored to do just that, the odds have him a -225 favorite while a Briones win pays out at +175.

Bantamweight Bout: Henry Briones (16-6-1, 136 lbs.) vs. Rani Yahya (23-9 1 NC, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Briones is two inches taller and has two inches of reach on Yahya. Some circling to start, Yahya lands a couple of leg kicks then dives on a single leg. Briones on the fence, Yahya gets his back standing then drives him down to the mat. Yahya into side control immediately. Yahya is setting up a choke, can’t get his forearm under the chin but switches to a north-south choke. Briones has to fight through that attempt and Yahya moves to half guard for some more control. Yahya grabs a kimura, he’s got the double wrist lock, moves to side control again, to north-south, cranks the kimura and Briones has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Rani Yahya via Submission, kimura, at 2:01 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Yahya for his work this evening. That was a beautiful bit of grappling from Yahya, who’s being interviewed by Brian Stann now. He thanks Mexico in Spanis before switching to English. He says he wanted to focus on what he does best, in this case grappling and avoid the striking. Asked who he’d like next, he says he wants to fight in Japan on the upcoming show there more than any particular opponent. He pimps his Instagram and Facebook accounts, where he says he’ll be walking through the submission he just got as soon as he returns to the locker room.

Here’s the finish, missing is him getting the double wrist lock from half guard then passing like it’s nothing. Note how he moves his hips back and forth to keep chest pressure while he gets the angle correct to yank the arm up for the kimura once he’s got the upper body under control leaving Briones no where to go to release the pressure.

Dustin Ortiz is one of the top flyweights in the world, but he’s just 2-3 in his last five fights and coming off of a loss to Brandon Moreno. Ortiz needs a win here to hold on to his top ranking and possibly build towards a title shot. Hector Sandoval is 2-1 in the UFC, that loss was his short notice debut when he stepped up to fight Wilson Reis, and if he can take out a top fifteen opponent here one has to imagine he’ll crack the rankings. The odds lean in favor of Ortiz at -200 against +160 for Sandoval.

Flyweight Bout: #12 Dustin Ortiz (16-7, 125 lbs.) vs. Hector Sandoval (14-3, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Ortiz is three inches taller but has just one inch of reach on Sandoval. Ortiz pushing Sandoval back early, Sandoval lands a combination but Ortiz lands two hard counters and Sandoval is down. Ortiz follows up and pounds him out as he lays on the mat and in just sixteen seconds or so this one is all over.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Dustin Ortiz via KO, punches, at :15 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Ortiz for his work. Also BOOM. . . flyweights baby! That’s the fastest finish in UFC flyweight history. Ortiz on the mic now. He says he wanted to use Sandoval’s aggression against him, he puts over his coaches for getting him ready for this moment, says he has belief in himself now. He puts over Sandoval and Team Alpha Male as one of the best camps in the world. He talks us through the finish, says he knew he had to control the inside striking lane so he could land first and with his heavy hands he’d get the finish.

In case you missed it, here’s the whole fight again.

To kill some time after all those first round finishes they replay the Rinaldi vs. Herrera fight.

Brad Scott has traded wins and losses while going 3-3 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a win though and is hoping to get his first UFC winning streak up and running here. Jack Hermansson is 2-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a win as well. Hermansson is trying to rebuild the momentum he had prior to his lone UFC loss and assert himself as a worthwhile middleweight. Hermansson is favored here at -260 to a +200 payout on a Scott win.

Middleweight Bout: Jack Hermansson (15-3, 185 lbs.) vs. Brad Scott (11-4, 185 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Hermansson has an inch and a half of reach on Scott but they are the same height. Hermansson cirling and switching his stance frequently. Hermansson lands an oblique kick to the thigh. Scott trying to walk and close distance but both men are wary of each other. Hermansson lands a body kick. Hermansson hits a single leg against the fence, Scott has full butterfly guard at the moment. Hermansson clears those and Scott has to get full guard. Scott throws up a triangle attempt, he has to adjust the grip with his legs but they’re locked up. Hermansson postures through and passes to side control. Hermansson threatens a double wrist lock and passes to full mount. Hermansson lands a few punches, gets the back as Scott rolls to his knees. Hermansson flattens Scott out and lands more punches. Scott rolls and gives up mount, Hermansson lands some elbows and punches. Hermansson postures up and resumes landing punches until the ref halts the action.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jack Hermansson via TKO, punches, at 3:50 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Hermansson for his work this evening. Man, no one’s getting paid by the hour tonight it seems. Hermansson on the mic now. He says he’s always scared before a fight but he feels he’s starting to manage that and performances like this will follow, he says he’s got the best ground and pound in the world and no one can survive under him. Asked if he expected this level of domination on the mat if it went there, he says he knew if he had more than half a round to work from top position he knew he’d finish it. Asked who or what he wants next he just wants to show he’s the best in the world and says it would be cool to fight in MSG.

Here’s the finish again, mind the hip pressure to keep his opponent flat from back control and once he’s got full mount he postures up, gets high on the chest so he can’t be bucked off and just unloads with offense.

To kill more time they replay Morales vs. Sanchez from earlier tonight. After that we’ll be done with prelims but will still be on Fox Sports 1 for the main card.

Well I can’t really disagree with that, best way to avoid your cardio abandoning you is a quick end to a fight.

Alejandro Perez is coming off of a draw but had won two in a row before that, his only loss in the UFC is to Patrick Williams, and he’s hoping to rebuild some positive momentum here. Andre Soukhamthath lost a split decision in his UFC debut and he’s trying to get back on the winning side of things here and avoid what would be a disastrous 0-2 start to his UFC run. The odds lean towards Perez at -135 against +100 for Soukhamthath.

Bantamweight Bout: Alejandro Perez (17-6-1, 135 lbs.) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Soukhamthath is three inches taller and has three inches of reach advantage. Perez circling early, Soukhamthath range finding. Perez misses a right, Soukhamthath misses a right. Soukhamthath lands a leg kick. Perez has a head kick blocked. They both land some lefts, they’re both still getting a feel for the distance. Leg kicks go back and forth. Both men miss again, Soukhamthath drops Perez with a stiff jab and makes him stand back up. Soukhamthath lands a leg kick. Perez seems to have recovered, lands a couple of leg kicks after taking a jab. Soukhamthath working his jab effectively. Perez tries a single leg, nothing doing and Soukhamthath limp legs out without incident. Perez lands an overhand right. Soukhamthath pushing forward now, gets Perez on the fence and lands a left hook. Soukhamthath drops Perez with another stiff jab, Perez back up immediately. Soukhamthath lands a leg kick. Perez tries a single leg, spins to the back for a rear waist lock but Soukhamthath spins free quickly. Soukhamthath checks a couple of leg kicks. They both land left hooks them miss a couple of punches as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Soukhamthath though with two knock downs there’s a 10-8 argument in there

ROUND TWO: Soukhamthath lands a jab to the body then a leg kick. Perez lands a bit of a left hook. Soukhamthath pushing forward here, they trade rights and Perez avoids a jumping knee. Perez has a head kick blocked. Soukhamthath lands a right then a left hook. Perez tries a double leg, mostly faked to try for a combination but nothing comes of it. Soukhamthath lands aother jab that drops Perez and he makes Perez stand. Soukhamthath lands another jab then a leg kick. Perez is bleeding a little under the right eye, might be leaking down from the bridge of his nose. Soukhamthath lands a left to the body then a left hook to the head. Perez is starting to shut down a little in the face of the offense from Soukhamthath. Perez lands a couple of low leg kicks. Perez off balances Soukhamthath as he was kicking, Perez winds up on top in his guard. Soukhamthath wall walks, and slips to have the back then they break and trade lefts. Soukhamthath lands a jumping front kick to the body. Soukhamthath lands a bit of a left hook as the last blow of the round.

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

ROUND THREE: They both throw to start the final round, and both land a couple of punches. Perez tries a single leg, can’t finish it though. Soukhamthath lands a jab but eats a counter left. Perez lands a right to the body. Soukhamthath trying to back Perez into the fence and unload on him, Perez tries a single leg but nothing doing. Soukhamthath lands a right shovel punch. Perez misses a windmill overhand right. Perez has a spinning back fist blocked. Perez lands a low leg kick. Soukhamthath lands a counter right that has Perez circling along the fence. They clinch and Perez pushes Soukhamthath into the fence. Perez hits a double leg against the cage, Soukhamthath sitting against the fence. Soukhamthath wall walks after a bit and they trade punches. Soukhamthath lands a bit of a right and a left follow up. Perez lands an inside leg kick. Perez tries a double leg, stuffed easily. Soukhamthath pushing forward now, lands a right and eats a body kick. Perez lands a jab. Soukhamthath lands a body kick but slips on the recover, Perez stands and tries leg kicks that mostly miss as time runs out.

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

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

I can’t agree with that, a slip and top position that meant nothing doesn’t negate getting floored by a punch for me, but home town or home country scoring can be a thing. Perez on the mic now. He says he thought about his daughters and the people supporting him to start his comeback in the second round. He says Mexicans are hard workers with tons of heart who are always fighting and it’s a pleasure to represent them.

Sam Alvey (30-9 1 NC) just had a four fight winning streak snapped by Thales Leites, he’s trying to add what would be the biggest name he’s ever fought to his resume here by taking out a former UFC champion. Rashad Evans (19-6-1) is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, but that was a long time ago. Evans has lost his last three fights, his only wins since 2012 are over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, including his debut at middleweight when he was bested by Dan Kelly. Evans absolutely must win here, or else face the inevitable talk of retirement that would accompany a four fight losing streak. Alvey has a slight edge with the odds here, -135 to a +105 comeback on Evans.

Middleweight Bout: Sam Alvey (30-9 1 NC, 186 lbs.) vs. Rashad Evans (19-6-1, 186 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Alvey is two inches taller but has just half an inch of reach on Evans. Alvey fighting southpaw. Evans circling already. Lots of feinting from both men, but very little else. Evans tries a double leg against the fence, Alvey defends and they settle for the clinch. Alvey lands a knee to the body. Evans with a few short body shots, Alvey lands an elbow. Evans drops for another double leg but Alvey again defends. Alvey blocks another double leg attempt. Alvey lands an elbow. Alvey lands a knee to the body. Evans finally hits a double leg into the seated position against the fence. Alvey to a knee, Evans moves to the ride position but Alvey is back up and still in the clinch. Alvey lands a knee to the body and spins Evans into the fence. Alvey lands a short left and separates from Evans. Evans already looks a little tired. Alvey lands a bit of a left. Evans lands a looping right. Alvey blocks a high kick. Alvey misses a right, they both land rights in close and the round ends in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Evans

ROUND TWO: Evans was sucking serious wind between rounds, Alvey looks much fresher. Evans lands an inside leg kick. Alvey backing Evans towards the fence, looking to pounce. Alvey lands a right, Evans lands a body kick. Alvey still walking Evans down, lands a right shovel punch before Evans can circle free. Comcast blinks on me for a second or two, thanks for that. Alvey lands a left as things come back. Evans after another double leg, gets Alvey down briefly but Alvey wall walks and Evans has to settle for a loose clinch. Alvey gets a Thai clinch and lands an elbow. Evans drops for another double leg, Alvey defending again. Alvey lands a knee to the body. Alvey seems to be the physically stronger party here. Alvey with another knee to the body, and another. Alvey circles free, Evans circling trying to regain his wind. Alvey stalking forward. Alvey lands a bit of a left. Evans fails on a double leg, eats a knee to the body and Alvey misses a right as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Alvey, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Alvey stalking forward again, Evans breathing heavy and circling along the fence. Alvey lands a bit of a left. Evans lands an inside leg kick. Alvey lands a bit of a left. Alvey lands a right, eats a bit of a left though. Alvey cutting off the cage, lands a glancing left and Evans gets the clinch again. Alvey lands a couple of knees to the body. Alvey with some short uppercuts then pushes Evans off of him. Alvey lands a bit of a straight left. Alvey lands another bit of a left. Alvey lands a jab. Evans lands a right, Alvey blocks a double leg attempt and lands a knee as they break. Alvey still pressuring Evans along the fence. Alvey lands a glancing left. Alvey with another left that lands. Alvey lands a jab. Evans lands a hard right hook, Alvey doesn’t care at all. Evans tries a single leg, Alvey defends against the fence. Alvey lands a knee to the body then one to the head. Another knee to the body from Alvey. Alvey lands another knee to the head as Evans pulls free. Alvey lands a short left in close, they both miss hooks as time runs down.

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

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

Well that was fifteen minutes I wont get back, remember when this card had momentum? No interview for Alvey, who really needs to figure out his offense at range rather than trying to just counter strike. Alvey complains to the camera that he wants to talk, he learned Spanish for this moment. But after that fight, can’t blame them though they instead kill time with a promo for the Tuesday Night Contender series. At this point why bother with Fight Pass to see those fights each week when they’re just going to show the results and highlights on TV.

Martin Bravo won his UFC debut and the TUF Latin America crown in their third season, he’s also undefeated as a professional and looking to start his post TUF run off with a win. Humberto Bandenay is making his UFC debut here, he’s won his last five bouts and is looking to extend that here and get his UFC run off with a bang. Bravo is the favorite here at -300 against +230 on Bandernay.

Featherweight Bout: Humberto Bandenay (13-4, 146 lbs.) vs. Martin Bravo (11-0, 145 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Bandernay is three inches taller but their reach is identical. They touch gloves, Bandenay fighting southpaw. They trade some kicks at distance, both land solid body kicks, Bravo leans into a head kick and goes absolutely STIFF after taking a knee/shin to the head.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Humberto Bandenay via KO, head kick, at :26 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Bandenay for his work this evening. Bandenay was the biggest underdog on the card, and paid off in a big way, and now he’s on the mic. He took this fight on two weeks notice and says that was exciting and thanks the UFC for calling him and says he wants to be the best. He talks us through the finish, says he gave his opponent the old knee kick and thanks his opponent for taking the fight. He tries to say something else but emotion overcomes him, he recently lost his father and was able to just dedicate this to him before breaking down for a moment.

Here’s that lovely piece of brutality again. Bravo took that hard body kick, dropped his hands and dipped right into the follow up kick/knee to the head. Brutal, he was still on the stool as that decision was read.

Alan Jouban just had a three fight winning streak snapped by Gunnar Nelson, despite that loss he’s been a solid fighter in the UFC and is 6-3 overall with them. Jouban is trying to get back on the winning side of things and avoid what would be the first losing streak of his career. Niko Price has yet to lose a fight, he’s finished both of his UFC opponents and if he can extend that here at the expense of Jouban he could find himself fighting for a top ranking soon. The odds are with Jouban at -165 to a +145 payout for a Price win.

Welterweight Bout: Alan Jouban (15-5, 171 lbs.) vs. Niko Price (9-0 1 NC, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Price has two and a half inches of reach on Jouban. Jouban fighting southpaw, and they touch gloves to get us started. Both men pawing with their lead hand. Price lands a couple of rights. Jouban lands a body kick. Price lands an inside leg kick. Price might have wobbled Jouban a bit with a left. They trade rights. Jouban misses a left then a right, he’s not got a feel for the distance yet. Price lands an inside leg kick. Price wobbles Jouban with a right, kicks him in the head on the way down, Jouban on his knees and Price tees off from the ride position until the ref stops it.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Niko Price via TKO, head kick and punches, at 1:44 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Price for his work this evening. Price on the mic now. He gives glory to God first and says he’s been away from his kids for three weeks to get ready for the altitude and he can’t wait to see his kids again. Asked if the stoppage was early or not, he says the stoppage was fine as anything else would have really hurt Jouban and he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. He reiterates he wants to see his kids, then thanks his wife for her support, thanks his gym and trainers to close out.

Here’s the finish, this is why you don’t throw naked leg kicks guys, and while I don’t think it landed I love the mentality of throwing that head kick.

Fun fact guys, this ties the modern record for first round finishes in the UFC. They announce the list of competitors for the upcoming TUF season which will crown the first UFC women’s flyweight title. Of note is former Invicta flyweight champion Barb Honchack, Roxanne Modaferri, and Lauren Murphy. I don’t like any of them to actually defend that belt against the two women who I think will migrate to that division, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko, but they found solid enough fighters.

Randa Markos has traded wins and losses over her last eight fights, but she’s coming off of a big win over former champion Carla Esparza, if she can get her first UFC winning streak going tonight and defend her top spot against a prospect she could find herself in title contention in the near future. Alexa Grasso missed weight for this bout, never a good thing, and is coming off of the first loss of her career. Grasso needs a win here as a losing streak combined with missing weight would be grounds for the UFC to release her. Despite missing weight Grasso is the favorite here, -165 against +135 for Markos.

Strawweight Bout: Alexa Grasso (9-1, 119 lbs.) vs. #9 Randa Markos (7-4, 116 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Grasso is an inch taller and has two and a half inches of reach on Markos. They touch gloves to get things going. Grasso lands a body kick. They’re both circling early, showing jabs for range finding purposes. Markos lands a body kick. Markos lands a right then a follow up left hook. Grasso lands a left hook. They both throw in the pocket, neither is shying away from violence. They trade rights. Markos circling mostly, they trade punches again. Grasso lands a leg kick. They trade again, they’re both landing hard blows and they wind up clinched. They trade elbows then separate. Grasso really has to get her head off of the center line when she starts throwing in combiantion. Markos lands a right, Grasso lands a leg kick. Grasso lands a right. Grasso lands a body kick. Grasso lands a leg kick. Grasso lands a jab. Markos lands a right to the body, Grasso lands a left. Grasso lands a body kick then a right, Markos pushes for the clinch after being stunned by a left. Grasso has Markos on the fence, she’s working knees to the thigh. Markos is bleeding from the corner of her left eyebrow. Markos tries that awful head and arm throw but Grasso winds up on her back, lands a few punches then gets both hooks in. Markos able to get half guard but Grasso lands a series of elbows as Markos fights to her feet. They stay clinched, jockey for position and Grasso lands a couple of knees to the body. Markos able to spin Grasso, then they break. They split jabs and Grasso lands a leg kick to close the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Grasso

ROUND TWO: Circling again here in the second. Grasso lands a left high kick. Markos pushes forward and they trade punches again. Markos after a trip double leg, Grasso pushes her over and lands on top. Markos back up immediately and they’re still clinched. Markos gets a trip against the fence, Grasso working to wall walk and does. Grasso has Markos on the fence now. Grasso lands a left as she escapes the clinch. Grasso lands a jab. Grasso lands a leg kick then a one two. Grasso lands a body kick but Markso catches it and gets a takedown into half guard. Grasso tries to explode, Markos riding well so far and maintaining position. Grasso back to her feet, Markos lands a knee as they get up. Grasso misses a head kick. Grasso lands another body kick but it’s caught again and Markos lands on top in half guard. Grasso able to hip sweep and lands on top in guard. Markos nearly has the back though, it’s a tricky position and Markos gets her head free and has full mount now. Markos lands a few elbows. Grasso gives up her back, wait just a delayed half guard move. They end the second round in that position.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Markos, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Both women circling, they’ve kept a pretty high pace so far. Markos lands a right, Grasso returns fire with one of her own. Grasso misses a right. Grasso lands a leg kick, Markos lands a right. Grasso lands a right of her own. Grasso lands a leg kick. They split rights, Markos tries a clinch but Grasso is able to push free immediately. Grasso just misses a left hook. Markos tries a double leg, has to use a second effort but does get Grasso down, this time in full guard. They trade some punches. Grasso is keeping her guard closed, finally kicks Markos off and regains her feet. Grasso has some ground to make up now, and she lands a one two. Stiff jab from Grasso. Grasso lands a right. Markos clinches, lands a knee to the body then eats a right as they break. Grasso lands a couple of jabs. Markos after a takedown, Grasso jumps for a guillotine to break her attempt then lands a right as they break. They get close and trade punches then Grasso lands a leg kick as Markos retreats. Grasso lands another right that wobbles Markos for a moment. They trade in close yet again. Markos fails another takedown and eats a leg kick just as time runs all the way down.

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

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

No issues with that, tough third round to call and giving it to Markos is hardly wrong. Grasso on the mic now. She says she’s very happy and fought as hard as she could. Asked about having to rally in the third round and the role of the crowd in it, she says her team gave her the right advice and the crowd bolstered her spirits. Asked who or what she wants next she says she’s just happy to have the opportunity to be in the UFC and will go wherever she’s needed.

Honestly that jump to guillotine to stop a crucial takedown in the third was an awesome moment from Grasso.

Sergio Pettis is on a three fight winning streak and coming off of one of his better performances when he took out former title challenger John Moraga. Pettis could easily find himself in title contention if he takes out a fellow ranked opponent and the title remains with Demetrious Johnson, who is badly in need of fresh contenders. Brandon Moreno is looking to spoil the ascension of Pettis here, Moreno hasn’t lost since 2012 and is coming off of a big win where he choked out Dustin Ortiz. Moreno could similarly insert himself into the title picture with a win in the biggest fight of his career to date. Pettis is a slight -170 favorite to +140 payout on a Moreno win.

Flyweight Bout: #6 Sergio Pettis (15-2, 126 lbs.) vs. #7 Brandon Moreno (14-3, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Moreno is an inch taller and has an inch of reach on Pettis. They touch gloves, Pettis opens orthodox but will change his stance frequently. Moreno lands a low calf kick. Moreno catches a kick, lands a left and gets a takedown into half guard. They’re against the fence, Pettis is able to get full guard and Moreno drags him away from the fence. Moreno stands, tries to pass and does move towards side control. Pettis on his knees, Moreno has his back with one hook in. Moreno after the second hook, he’s got it and is after a body triangle now. He’s got that as well, and now he’s looking for the choke. Moreno lands some punches. Pettis sitting now against the fence, Moreno adjust so he can get his body into a possible choke. Moreno still after the choke, Pettis defending so far. Moreno with some punches, he’s trying to open up the choke. Moreno’s back control is impressive, lesser grapplers would have been reversed by some of the set ups Pettis has used. Moreno gets across the face with his forearm, Pettis gives the thumbs up as there’s no real threat. Moreno lands a few lefts, Pettis bleeding around the left eye, and the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Moreno as he won by a wide enough margin

ROUND TWO: Pettis trying southpaw this round. Pettis lands a side kick to the body. Moreno circling, trying to draw Pettis into committing his weight. Moreno misses a right. They both miss punches. Pettis misses a head kick. Pettis lands a leg kick. Pettis lands a bit of a body kick. Moreno lands a body kick, Pettis trips him but doesn’t want to be on the mat and makes Moreno stand again. Moreno slips a couple of punches. Pettis lands a bit of a head kick. Pettis lands a high kick, Moreno takes him down off of that one though and lands in his guard. Pettis tries a triangle, Moreno pulls his head free and tries to get side control but Pettis scrambles to his feet. Pettis stalking forward, misses a wheel kick. Moreno lands a leg kick. Pettis lands a head kick. Moreno still circling, both guys being patient. Pettis lands an inside leg kick. Moreno lands a leg kick. They both land in close but nothing serious. Moreno slips a couple of punches. Pettis misses a wheel kick. And that’ll be the last noteworthy thing from the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Pettis, 19-18 Moreno overall

ROUND THREE: They trade punches to start the round. Pettis lands a body kick and eats a looping left. Pettis lands a leg kick. Pettis working the jab now, Moreno circling. Moreno lands a body kick, Pettis catches it and just misses a head kick. Moreno lands a couple of body shots. They trade a bit in close but Pettis is coming on now, he’s crowding Moreno. Moreno slips trying to lunge forward, Pettis still makes him stand again. Pettis lands a head kick, Moreno lands a body kick and Pettis lands a straight right. Pettis lands another straight right. Pettis has dialed in on the distance now, and he avoids a weak takedown attempt from Moreno. Moreno lands a leg kick. Pettis lands a right. Pettis lands a calf kick. Pettis avoids another takedown attempt, and lands a leg kick. Moreno isn’t responding well to the pressure Pettis is bringing. Pettis lands a fade away right. Moreno lands a bit of a left but he’s getting wrecked technically. Pettis lands a head kick and a right. Moreno lands a left to the body, Pettis lands a couple of punches. Moreno is bleeding around the right eye as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Pettis but we’re getting towards 10-8 territory, 28-28 DRAW overall

ROUND FOUR: Moreno circling again, Pettis stalking him relentlessly. Moreno lands a body kick. Moreno lands a left to the body in close. Pettis pushing forward again, Moreno takes an eye poke and time is called. Replay confirms the eye poke, and the doctor is in to check the eye. They’re OK with the fight continuing and Moreno wants to keep going. The ref warns Pettis, but another one of those could result in a point deduction. They’re both showing jabs as they restart, Pettis circling now rather than stalking forward. They both just miss a couple of punches. They trade lefts. Pettis lands a right, Moreno misses a lunging left hook. Pettis lands an inside leg kick, then one to the outside and a jab. Pettis just fighting smoothly, Moreno is getting wild and Pettis is picking him apart. Pettis avoids a wild hook. Moreno lands a bit of a left then a follow up right. Moreno lands a couple of body shots then a left hook. Pettis lands a right, misses a wheel kick but avoids getting taken down off of it. Pettis lands a jab. Right from Pettis lands, Moreno isn’t making this ugly in the right way and he’s losing a technical fight. Pettis lands another jab. Pettis rolling kick, Moreno takes him down off of that as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Pettis, 38-37 Pettis overall

ROUND FIVE: Circling to start, Moreno trying to turn this into a brawl but Pettis isn’t biting. Pettis lands a right. Pettis lands a jab. Moreno hits a knee tap into the guard of Pettis. Moreno trying to posture up, Pettis has wrist control. Pettis is tying him up and waiting to be stood up. Moreno lands a left, stands and eats a couple of up kicks but keeps Pettis down. Moreno lands a couple of lefts. Moreno stands, can’t pass though and settles for the guard again. Moreno nearly has half guard now, Pettis uses butterfly hooks to get full guard again. Pettis trying to wall walk, Moreno has a waist lock and keeps him on the mat. Pettis to his knees, Moreno into the ride position. Pettis up, Moreno slips off as he tried to take the back and Pettis disengages. Pettis coming forward now. Pettis lands a jab, Moreno fires back. Pettis fakes a takedown to land a hard right. Pettis lands a glancing spinning back kick. They both slip and fire, nothing lands but they were throwing as time runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Moreno, 47-47 DRAW overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46 x2)

No issues there, Pettis taking the fifth is probably correct. Pettis on the mic now. He says Moreno put him in a bad spot early but he stayed calm and knew he had four more rounds to prove he was the better fighter. He says Moreno’s striking surprised him a bit and he had to adjust to it. He says he noticed that Moreno kept his lead hand low so he was probing that side with his offense and Moreno kept circling into his leg kicks. Asked who he wants next he doesn’t care, he’s having to wait on the higher powers but he feels like he deserves a title shot but also knows he has things he needs to polish up. He thanks the fans in Mexico, mentions that his mom is Mexican and appreciated connecting with his heritage.

Moreno gets an interview, as though we need to kill time. He says he knows he wont the first and second round, I disagree, he apologizes to the fans for letting them down but he promises to be back better than ever.

That wraps up Fight Night 114, and the month of August for UFC events really. I believe the next time you guys see me will be for Mayweather vs. McGregor, or one of the Tuesday Night Contender series if my Tuesdays open up again. Thank you for being here and following along, that was a pretty bi-polar card as it was either quick finishes or full distance decisions. Fortunately only Alvey vs. Evans fell on the bad side of things. We’ll unpack this event Sunday at 8pm eastern standard time on the 411 Ground and Pound Radio Show, until next time guys stay safe out there and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.

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