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411’s UFC on ESPN 10 Report: Calvillo Wins

June 14, 2020 | Posted by Robert Winfree
UFC on ESPN 10

MAIN CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET)
#1 Jessica Eye (126.25 lbs.)* vs. Cynthia Calvillo (126 lbs.)
Karl Roberson (190.5 lbs.)* vs. Marvin Vettori (186 lbs.)
Kevin Aguilar (155.5 lbs.) vs. Charles Rosa (155 lbs.)
Andre Fili (145.5 lbs.) vs. Charles Jourdain (145.5 lbs.)
Jordan Espinosa (135.5 lbs.) vs. Mark De La Rosa (136 lbs.)
Mariya Agapova (125.5 lbs.) vs. Hannah Cifers (125 lbs.)

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)
Merab Dvalishvili (139 lbs.) vs. Gustavo Lopez (140 lbs.) – 140-pound catchweight
Julia Avila (135 lbs.) vs. Gina Mazany (136 lbs.)
Zarrukh Adashev (138.5 lbs.)* vs. Tyson Nam (135.5 lbs.)
Christian Aguilera (170.5 lbs.) vs. Anthony Ivy (171 lbs.)


Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC on ESPN 10. I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be relaying all of the action to you good people just as I see it. There’s no getting around it guys, this isn’t a good card on paper. The UFC is trying to keep the machine turning over but given the global travel restrictions it’s still a tough ask to put together a weekly show, the result being cards like this. The main event could be a relevant flyweight fight, if Jessica Eye hadn’t missed weight for the second time in a row putting her future in the division in question. Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori have been scheduled to fight a couple of times recently but it always fell through, well now their fighting but Roberson also missed weight. We lost parts of interesting fights along the way as well, Merab Dvalishvili was supposed to fight Ray Borg but Borg had to withdraw to deal with family issues, so we got a short notice replacement in Gustavo Lopez. We can still hope the fights are great in practice, but on paper this is pretty weak.

UFC on ESPN 10 comes to the world from the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. On commentary we have Brendan Fitzgerald and Paul Felder while Laura Sanko takes care of reporting duties. The rules here in Nevada are a hybrid of the old and new rules, they’ve adopted most of them but you only need one hand on the mat to be considered downed and we do have the use of instant replay whenever the ref wants it. Also a reminder that at the APEX facility we’re in the smaller 25 foot cage.

Christian Aguilera brings a two fight winning streak into his promotional debut, he’s hoping to make a good first impression on the UFC audience. Anthony Ivy is also making his UFC debut though his winning streak currently stands at five, he’d also like to get his UFC career up and running with a bang. Ivy is your -185 favorite to +165 for Aguilera.

Welterweight Bout: Christian Aguilera (13-6, 170.5 lbs.) vs. Anthony Ivy (8-2, 171 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Ivy is five inches taller and has two inches of reach on Aguilera. They touch gloves to get going. Aguilera showing hands early, both men just looking for openings. Ivy lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from Ivy lands. Ivy keeps dropping his hands when he throws that kick, something to watch going forward. A right from Aguilera wobbles Ivy, he unloads against the fence and the ref steps in as Ivy drops to a knee.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Christian Aguilera via TKO, punches, at :59 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Aguilera for his work this evening. Mic time for Aguilera, he says this is a dream come true. He mentions the short notice nature of the fight, he initially was going to replace Ian Heinisch last week, and was glad to get the extra week to make weight. He talks us through the finish and puts over his coaches for all of their work. Asked about coming back, he jokes he’ll be ready next week as he barely got hit this time.

Nice finish here. Aguilera is able to sneak the small glove around the guard of Ivy and land behind the ear. Once Ivy gets wobbled Aguilera swarms him violently for the stoppage.

Tyson Nam has yet to score a win in the UFC, going 0-2 since joining late last year, and now finds himself in serious need of a win to justify his position on the roster. Zarrukh Adashev took this fight on short notice after Ryan Benoit fell out, which probably contributed to his missing weight for this fight. Adashev is hoping a winning performance will help overcome the gaff on the scale. The odds are with Nam at -140 to a +120 comeback on Adashev.

Bantamweight Bout: Zarrukh Adashev (3-1, 138.5 lbs.) vs. Tyson Nam (18-11-1, 135.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Nam is two inches taller and has three inches of reach advantage, plus Adashev missed weight. They touch gloves, Adashev fighting southpaw. Bit of a rush from Adashev is partially blocked. Hard inside leg kick from Adashev but Nam with a counter right and Adashev is OUT before he hits the mat.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tyson Nam via KO, punch, at :32 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Nam for his work this evening. Mic time for Nam, he says he feels good and is ready to do it again. He talks us through the finish, noting he thinks he can always hit harder than the opposition. Asked about the future he also says he’d be willing to fight next week.

A lovely counter to the inside leg kick here. Adashev lands a hard kick, but as he looks to follow up with punches Nam intercepts him with an overhand right that sleeps him.

Julia Avila had a successful UFC debut last year which gave her a three fight winning streak, she’s trying to extend that here and possibly make a run in a fairly shallow division. Gina Mazany went 1-3 in her first UFC stint, but a lack of available bodies and a win outside the promotion have earned her a second shot on the big stage. Mazany is trying to make the most of the second chance with a win here. Avila is a prohibitive -650 favorite to a whopping +475 payout on Mazany.

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Julia Avila (7-1, 135 lbs.) vs. Gina Mazany (6-3, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Avila is an inch taller while Mazany has half an inch of reach advantage. Southpaw for Mazany and they touch gloves. Mazany opens with a couple of lefts and gets a clinch. Knee to the body from Avila and she winds up unloading in close quarters along the fence, Mazany turns her back and the ref winds up waving this off.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Julia Avila via TKO, knee and punches, at :22 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Ms. Avila for her work this evening. Mic time for Avila, she’s almost in tears she’s so happy. She says her knees are good weapons and the finish was just her letting her animal side out. She says she wants to fight soon, she doesn’t want another nine month layoff.

The knee to the belly that Avila lands starts the end for Mazany, Avila never lets her off of the hook after landing it.

Merab Dvalishvili has gone 3-2 in the UFC and is currently on a three fight winning streak, he’s hoping to earn a shot at the top fifteen with a fourth consecutive win here. Gustavo Lopez took this fight on incredibly short notice after Ray Borg withdrew to deal with family matters but he’s got a three fight winning streak and chance to take out a rising force in the division. Dvalishvili is your prohibitive favorite at -900 while the +600 comeback on Lopez likely tempts a few gamblers.

Catchweight Bout: Merab Dvalishvili (10-4, 139 lbs.) vs. Gustavo Lopez (11-4, 140 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Dvalishvili has an inch of height and reach on Lopez. They touch gloves to get us going. Some circling early, Lopez is backing Dvalishvili to the fence then lands a calf kick. Lopez lands a jab as Dvalishvili tried to lunge in. Dvalishvili lands a calf kick of his own. Right from Dvalishvili and he gets a single leg that winds up with him holding the back standing. Lopez breaks his grip but can’t get free. Elbow lands for Lopez and Dvalishvili decides to separate. Dvalishvili misses a few attacks. High kick from Dvalishvili mostly gets blocked. Lopez fires a right that’s mostly blocked. Uppercut lands for Lopez along the fence. Dvalishvili lands another calf kick. Rush from Lopez mostly misses. Dvalishvili ducks around to get the back again and hits a mat return. Lopez back to his feet, Dvalishvili trips him back down and resumes holding the back. Back up, Dvalishvili hits an elevated takedown and lands in the guard of Lopez. A few blows land for Dvalishvili. Punches from Dvalishvili but Lopez picks his ankle and forces a scrambel, they’re both up and at distance again. Dvalishvili gets a single leg, Lopez thinks about a guillotine attempt but bails on it as Dvalishvili gets half guard. Lopez gets to butterfly guard. Dvalishvili looks to pass, but can’t finish it. Dvalishvili stands and lands punches to the body and head. They both swing wildly as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dvalishvili

ROUND TWO: Both men circling again, Lopez doing some stance switching now. Dvalishvili lands a right and Lopez might be a little wobbled. Lopez is pushing forward a little more now. Dvalishvili lands an inside leg kick then a right into a knee tap and Lopez is down with Dvalishvili in half guard. Some blows land for Dvalishvili, he’s working body to head. Dvalishvili moves to side control, Lopez is gassing. Some short knees to the body, and Dvalishvili grabs a scarf-hold neck crank but he’s too perpendicular to really get it right now. Dvalishvili moves up more around the head with his grip, moves to a scarf-hold armlock but loses it and Lopez is up and free. Double leg from Dvalishvili into side control, Lopez flips him over and avoids it. Another takedown attempt from Dvalishvili, Lopez goes for a guillotine and Dvalishvili has to bail to try and escape. Lopez keeps coming forward, lands a body kick but Dvalishvili catches it and takes him down again. Dvalishvili moves to the ride position, Lopez back up along the fence and the round ends with a mat return from Dvalishvili.

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

ROUND THREE: Dvalishvili back to circling. Lopez blocks a couple of kicks. They trade leg kicks, but both men are feeling the pace at this point. Bit of a right from Lopez. Right from Dvalishvili and a takedown, he gets on top in full guard. Lopez reaches for a kimura, Dvalishvili moves to side control and lands a hammer fist as they fight up to their feet. Another double leg from Dvalishvili and he moves to full mount almost immediately. Some punches from Dvalishvili and he gets the back as Lopez tries to roll. Lopez sneaks out the back and is up again. Dvalishvili with another double leg against the fence, Lopez is threatening a guillotine and Dvalishvili has to sling him at an angle and get him off of his neck. Full guard for Lopez, Dvalishvili lands some short blows. Dvalishvili is looking to pass, he gets to nearly leg drag and now full mount, then back mount. Lopez is able to escape and they’re upright again. They trade some punches, Dvalishvili gets another single leg but Lopez tries to granby roll, Dvalishvili smothers that for top position. Lopez kicks him off, Dvalishvili misses some haymaker rights and ends the fight standing over Lopez.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Dvalishvili, possibly 10-8, 30-27 Dvalishvili overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 x2)

No issues with the 10-8 third, possibly the second but that seems wrong to me. Mic time for Dvalishvili, he says things change for him all the time so this wasn’t too different and wishes the best to his original opponent Ray Borg and his family for what they’re going through. He says he loves to fight and got the job done, then thanks his coaches and training partners. He calls someone out, but there was music playing over it and I missed it, ah it was Sean O’Malley.

That does it for preliminary action, though we’re still on ESPN/ESPN+ for the main card.

Mariya Agapova is making her UFC debut here on the back of a two fight winning streak and hoping to take a win off of a somewhat known fighter in Cifers. Hannah Cifers took this fight on short notice, she fought just a couple of weeks ago in a losing effort against Mackenzie Dern, but is back and hoping to get on the winning side of things again. Agapova is your favorite at -365 to a +285 comeback on Cifers.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: Mariya Agapova (8-1, 125.5 lbs.) vs. Hannah Cifers (10-5, 125 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Agapova is five inches taller and has six inches of reach advantage. Agapova coming out early with aggression and combinations. Agapova is fighting southpaw, Cifers lands a right but she’s getting overwhelmed. Clinch from Cifers, Agapova pulls free. Another clinch and break, the pace is slowing down a bit. Agapova lands punches into a clinch and starts landing knees to the body. Cifers with a few knees of her own but she’s out gunned physically as they break. Bit of a left from Agapova, Cifers’ counters are falling short. Head kick from Agapova, Cifers goes down but comes up in the clinch and Agapova is still all over her. Agapova jumps to the back, gets a standing body triangle, locks up a choke and Cifers taps as they fall to the mat.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Mariya Agapova via Submission, rear naked choke, at 2:42 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Ms. Agapova for her work this evening. That was a mugging, Cifers stepped up on short notice but was up a weight class and the size disparity was evident, to say nothing of the superior skills Agapova brought. Mic time for Agapova, she feels amazing and says the fight was cool. She is happy, this is a dream come true and she mentions staying in America after losing on the Contender Series to commit to this dream. She talks us through the finish, then says she’d like to fight Shayna Dobson soon.

Jordan Espinosa has gone 1-2 in the UFC and currently finds himself on a two fight losing streak, now he’s hoping to just get his UFC record back to the .500 mark while getting a little job security in the process. Mark De La Rosa has gone just 2-4 in the UFC and is currently on a three fight losing streak, he likely needs a win to keep him his job as a fourth loss probably ends his UFC career. Espinosa is your -170 favorite to +145 for De La Rosa.

Bantamweight Bout: Jordan Espinosa (14-7, 135.5 lbs.) vs. Mark De La Rosa (11-4, 136 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Espinosa has three and a half inches of reach advantage. Some circling from Espinosa, he lands a couple of leg kicks while doing so. De La Rosa misses a takedown and eats a jab. Espinosa is landing crisp punches and leg kicks so far. De La Rosa checks a leg kick. Bit of a left hook from Espinosa. Leg kick from Espinosa then a right and he shoulder rolls away from the counter. De La Rosa lands a leg kick of his own. Hard body kick from Espinosa. More jabs from Espinosa, De La Rosa needs a response to those. De La Rosa lands to the body. Right from Espinosa and they clinch, De La Rosa drives him into the fence. De La Rosa is holding a body lock looking for a takedown. Espinosa is sneaking in offense but he’s struggling to separate. De La Rosa switches to a single leg but he’s struggling to finish it. Espinosa is still landing blows to the body, now elbows to the head. Another couple of elbows from Espinosa, De La Rosa keeps holding on as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Espinosa given the numerical disparity

ROUND TWO: Espinosa back to jabbing and moving. Right from Espinosa lands, and another jab behind it. Leg kick from Espinosa. Hard left body kick from Espinosa then another jab. De La Rosa is getting lit up on the feet, he needs a new avenue of attack. De La Rosa punches into a clinch that hits the fence. Espinosa with more elbows while defending the takedown attempt. De La Rosa moves to an upper body attack but that’s still not doing much. Espinosa lands a knee to the body before they separate. More jabs from Espinosa, and a knee to the body. Both men land rights in close. They trade lefts then De La Rosa lands a right to the body. De La Rosa blocks a body kick then eats another jab. Espinosa lands a left from the southpaw stance. Bit of a one two from Espinosa. De La Rosalands a right to the body. One more leg kick from Espinosa ends the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Espinosa, 20-17 Espinosa overall

ROUND THREE: They clinch fairly quickly, then break with offense from Espinosa. De La Rosa punches into another clinch, Espinosa is the one who gets a takedown though and he’s on top now. Punches and hammer fists from Espinosa as he’s on top. De La Rosa to his knees, Espinosa looks to set up a d’arce choke but De La Rosa is defending so far. Espinosa bails on that to land punches as they regain their feet and break apart. Double leg from Espinosa, he’s just looking to ice things and fight safely. De La Rosa is looking to threaten with a guillotine, Espinosa gets free and lands blows from top position again. Espinosa lands a knee to the body as De La Rosa gets up and they break again. De La Rosa is still coming forward, credit to him. Jab from Espinosa but De La Rosa lands a leg kick. They trade rights, then Espinosa goes back to jabbing. Espinosa lands a body kick. De La Rosa avoids a takedown attempt and they trade in close. One two from Espinosa lands. Another clinch, which is where the clock will run down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Espinoda, 30-26 Espinosa overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)

Solid win for Espinosa and a good overall performance. Mic time for Espinosa, he feels great and is glad he got the experience for a three full rounds. He mentions not being nervous once he got into the cage for this fight. Asked about coming back soon he says he wants in on Fight Island for July 25th and mentions Tyson Nam who got a win earlier tonight.

Andre Fili has gone 2-2 in his last four fights and is coming off of a loss, he’s trying to avoid his first ever losing streak and prove he’s still a potential talent in the division. Charles Jourdain has gone 1-1 in the UFC but is coming off of a fairly notable win over Doo Ho Choi, now he’s trying to take out a more proven UFC veteran and cement his status as a prospect of note. The odds are with Fili at -230 to a +190 comeback on Jourdain.

Featherweight Bout: Andre Fili (20-7, 145.5 lbs.) vs. Charles Jourdain (10-2, 145.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Fili is two inches taller and has five inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves, Jourdain fighting southpaw. Body kick and a left from Jourdain. Fili lands a jab. They trade lead hand hooks and both men felt that. Body kick from Jourdain lands flush. A couple of lefts from Jourdain land. Head kick from Fili is blocked. They trade blocked head kicks. Jourdain showing orthodox now, he’s moving back and forth with his stance. Both men evade hooks. Body kick from Fili. Jourdain lands a leg kick. Fili has blocked several kicks and his right arm is being affected. Jourdain lands a leg kick. Both men have high kicks blocked. Left hook from Jourdain drops Fili, he looks to pounce on the mat. Fili looks to tie him up, Jourdain lets him back up and then tries a kick that’s blocked. Fili has a head kick blocked. Jourdain lands a front kick to the body. Jourdain lands a left, they trade and Fili gets a rear waist lock takedown and that slam might have hurt Jourdain. Jourdain back up as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Jourdain

ROUND TWO: Both men come out swinging again. Leg kicks from Jourdain, jabs from Fili. More leg kicks from Jourdain then a body kick. Jourdain kicks the calf, those are going to add up quickly if Fili doesn’t address them. Fili has a combination blocked. Jourdain lands another leg kick. Body kick from Jourdain. They trade some leg kicks, Jourdain lands a combination of punches. Jourdain lands a spinning back fist. Fili avoids a punch and lands a counter right. More leg kicks from Jourdain. Bit of a high kick from Jourdain. Fili lands a left, then a right. Bit of a left from Jourdain. Jourdain lands a jab. Fili with a bit of a right. A couple fo leg kicks from Jourdain land. Both men doing a lot of stance switching back and forth. Fili misses a head kick. Jourdain lands a leg kick, Fili gets a takedown though. Elbows from Jourdain, and he’s back up before Fili can do anything with it. Both men miss punches as the round ends.

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

ROUND THREE: Both men come out kicking again. Leg kicks form Jourdain. Fili has a leg kick checked. Fili avoids a couple of punches. Jourdain lands a straight left. Body shot from Fili. Jourdain lands to the body as well. Fili avoids a jumping knee and lands a right. Double leg from Fili, he’s got Jourdain down and moves to half guard quickly. Jourdain to his knees, Fili to his back and hits a mat return. Jourdain back up again and this time they break. Body kick from Fili. Jourdain lands a couple of right hooks, Fili lands a left. Body kick from Fili, Jourdain lands leg kicks again then a jab. Jourdain lands a left and a right. Leg kick from Jourdain. Fili avoids a punch, tries a double leg but Jourdain defends and lands a knee to the body. Another double leg from Fili, this one works and he’s in side control. Fili into the ride position, he lands some lefts but the clock runs down before he can really make more of it.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Fili, 29-28 Jourdain overall

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

I can see Fili getting the second, no issues with him getting the win. Mic time for Fili, who doesn’t understand how he keeps winding up in split decisions. He puts over Jourdain as a hard hitter but notes that he’s Samoan and has a chin. He mentions his hand being a little damaged but not hurt, though having to block like that kept him from firing counters. Watching highlights he puts over his team and feels like he’s finally getting back to having fun instead of following strict game plans. Asked about what’s next he wants a big name, he doesn’t think he’s a regular UFC fighter and wants to prove how good he is.

Charles Rosa has traded wins and losses while going 3-4 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a loss and is hoping that pattern holds for at least this fight so he can get back on the winning side of things. Kevin Aguilar has gone 2-2 in the UFC but is on a two fight losing streak, now he’s trying to regain his previous form and prove he’s still got plenty of gas in the tank for a run in the UFC. Aguilar is the -180 favorite to a +160 payout on Rosa.

Lightweight Bout: Kevin Aguilar (17-3, 155.5 lbs.) vs. Charles Rosa (12-4, 155 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Rosa is two inches taller while Aguilar has four inches of reach advantage. Southpaw for Rosa. Both men doing some feinting early. Jab from Aguilar off balances Rosa but Rosa gets up quickly. Orthodox now for Rosa. Rosa switching his stance now. Aguilar lands a right to the body. Another right to the body from Aguilar. Aguilar lands a left. Rosa misses a couple of hooks. Bit of a body kick from Rosa. Rosa lands a calf kick. Bit of a right from Aguilar. Near head kick from Aguilar. Right from Aguilar mostly lands. Aguilar lands a jab. Rosa misses a few hooks and eats a jab. Body kick from Rosa. Double leg attempt from Rosa, Aguilar punches while defending and separates. Both men swing in close, neither connects as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Aguilar

ROUND TWO: Rosa showing lead leg kicks, Aguilar doesn’t really care. Body kick from Rosa is partially blocked. Rosa blocks a body kick. Leg kick from Rosa, Aguilar lands a right to the body then a left to the head. Aguilar avoids a few more kicks, and barely misses a superman punch. Leg kick from Rosa. Aguilar lands a body kick. Body kick from Rosa. Aguilar lands a jab. Both men are in one and done mode, combination work has all but vanished. Rosa lands a body kick but eats a jab. Aguilar digs the body in close. Aguilar lands another body kick. More jabs from Aguilar, he’s starting to double that up. Bit of a head kick from Rosa. Rosa lands a straight left. Glancing left hook from Aguilar. Rosa back to kicking the body. Another body kick from Rosa. Rosa lands a left hook that wobbles Aguilar but he’s still throwing. Aguilar lands a leg kick Rosa counters with a right and they trade as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Rosa, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Rosa got cut on the forehead at the end of the second round, and it’s still leaking. Both men with hooks in close. Rosa lands a straight left. Aguilar lands a jab. Bit of a left from Rosa. Aguilar lands a right to counter a leg kick. Body shots from Aguilar. Aguilar blocks a left and lands to the body again. Rosa tries to roll under for a kneebar in close but Aguilar defends. Calf kick from Rosa, Aguilar lands a jab. Bit of a body kick from Aguilar, Rosa responds with a left. Body kick from Rosa then a left. Aguilar lands a right to the body. Rosa lands a straight left. More lefts from Rosa, he’s really got a feel for the timing on that punch. Aguilar tries a double leg, Rosa defends and separates. Rosa avoids a takedown and lands a right. Body kick from Rosa lands. Aguilar blocks a high kick as time runs down.

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

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

Not sure about 29-28 for Aguilar, but that third round was competitive. Rosa puts over Aguilar on the mic, he was surprised by the split but he got the win so he’s happy. He says winning in the UFC is the best feeling in the world.

Karl Roberson has gone 4-2 in the UFC and is currently on a two fight winning streak, he’s hoping to move that to three in a row and start moving up the ranks. The fact that he missed weight badly for this fight doesn’t help that case, but a memorable win will help him move beyond that. Marvin Vettori has gone 4-2-1 and is also on a two fight winning streak, Vettori is trying to take a step towards the rankings as well with a memorable performance here. Vettori is your favorite at -240 to a +200 comeback on Roberson.

Middleweight Bout: Karl Roberson (9-2, 190.5 lbs.) vs. Marvin Vettori (14-4-1, 186 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Roberson is an inch taller but the reach is identical. Roberson of course also missed weight by five and a half pounds or so. Both men open southpaw. Bit of a left from Roberson. Both men feinting, just trying to get a read. Bit of a left form Vettori. One two from Vettori. Roberson looking to get his jab working now as well. They miss punches, Vettori is after a single leg but Roberson gets his back without hook sand they scramble back up, Vettori gets a knee tap. Roberson working to wall walk quickly, Vettori trying to smother him and land punches. Vettori is in half guard, he’s got Roberson on his shoulder now. Guillotine threat from Vettori, Roberson kicks him over and gets to his knees then up but Vettori holds the choke. Roberson kicks off of the fence, they’re on the mat again and Vettori comes up on a double leg and he’s got Roberson down again. Punches and elbows from Vettori against the fence. Roberson is just covering up, but he’s doing so well so far. Vettori to the ride position, Roberson on his knees. Now Vettori reaches over, gets the choke under the chin and Roberson has to tap out.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Marvin Vettori via Submission, rear naked choke, at 4:17 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Vettori for his work this evening. Vettori gets an interview, he gets cut off a lot due to his language so I’m going to do my best here. He mentions how hard he’s trained for this. He puts over his coaches and knew his grappling was superior then says he thinks he’s the best in the world. Asked what’s next for him he says everyone is dodging him, but he wants to climb to a title shot and wants a rematch with Adesanya given how close their fight was. To close he wants his first post fight bonus for that one.

Jessica Eye has gone 4-1 since returning to flyweight, only losing in highlight reel fashion to champion Valentina Shevchenko. Eye is coming off of a win but missed weight for that fight as well as this one, leading one to ask real questions about her future in this weight class. Cynthia Calvillo was on track to have a meteoric rise in 2017, but a loss to Carla Esparza followed by injuries as well as missing weight in two of her last three fights prompted this move up to flyweight. Calvillo is trying to immediately put the division on notice by taking out the currently top ranked flyweight. Calvillo is your favorite at -140 to +120 for Eye.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: #1 Jessica Eye (15-7 1 NC, 126.25 lbs.) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Eye has two inches of height and reach on Calvillo, in addition to missing weight by a quarter of a pound. Both women flashing the lead hand early. Calvillo lands a left to the face. Eye avoids a right. Both women land in close. Eye lands a jab. A couple of body shots from Calvillo. They split on a few jabs. Calvillo lands a left high kick. Both miss rights, Eye lands a follow up though. Bit of a right from Eye. One two from Calvillo, Eye lands a counter right. Again Calvillo lands a left high kick, Eye catches it but can’t do anything with the leg. Calvillo lands a couple of lefts. Right to the body from Eye. Calvillo lands a couple of rights in close then jabs the body. Eye is trying to get her jab working. Both women land rights in close. Calvillo evades a right and the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Calvillo but a close one

ROUND TWO: Calvillo opens with a right to the body. A couple of body shots from Calvillo land. Eye lands a right. Stiff jab from Calvillo. More jabs from Calvillo but Eye is looking to counter with a right. Calvillo reaches for a double leg, eats a knee but keeps driving and gets the takedown into half guard. Some rights from Calvillo but not much on them. Eye is looking to wall walk, Calvillo lands another right. Eye up, Calvillo gets the back standing and looks for a broomstick/cheese donkey trip. Good defense so far from Eye, but Calvillo spins around and jumps to the back with both hooks in, Eye is looking to shake her off over the top but lost her base. Calvillo is looking to flatten Eye out, but Eye is trying to keep her base and is controlling the left wrist of Calvillo. Body triangle now for Calvillo and she gets her right arm free and lands punches. Eye is trying to base up and stand but Calvillo forces her back down with head pressure. Punches from Calvillo, she’s trying to expose the neck but wont get to before the round ends.

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

ROUND THREE: Calvillo comes out still punching, Eye looking to stay long. Leg kick from Calvillo lands. Bit of a spinning elbow from Calvillo. Bit of a left from Calvillo. Both women land in close, Calvillo exits the exchange with a jab. Eye lands a right uppercut. Jab from Eye lands. More lefts are traded, neither woman has much defensively. Lefts are still going back and forth. Eye lands a right. Calvillo avoids a few punches. They trade rights, Eye landed better and Calvillo gets a takedown off of it. Half guard for Calvillo right now. Eye is up on a hip looking to get some motion going. Calvillo gets the back again, just one hook in. Now both hooks and a body triangle. Eye is able to break that triangle but can’t get Calvillo off of her back. One quick flurry from Calvillo closes the round.

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

ROUND FOUR: Fairly quick takedown from Calvillo, she’s into side control almost immediately. Eye gives up the back, Calvillo gets both hooks in. Eye is just trying to control an arm. Calvillo lands some punches. Calvillo is looking for the body triangle while landing some punches. Elbows now from Calvillo but Eye explodes free and comes up then separates. They trade punches. Eye defends a takedown attempt. Both women land rights. Eye lands a right. Bit of a jab from Eye. Calvillo lands a left. Both women land punches in close. Some jabs are traded. That will end the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Calvillo, 40-36 Calvillo overall

ROUND FIVE: Both women exchanging again. Eye misses an uppercut, Calvillo lands a jab. More jabs go back and forth. Combination from Calvillo lands. Jab from Calvillo, then she avoids a rush from Eye. Body shots from Calvillo. Both women land rights. Eye is trying to up the tempo of the fight. Calvillo lands to the body again. They get close, Calvillo nearly gets a Peruvian neck tie, Eye escapes and eats a knee as they break. More circling, both women miss as the clock runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Calvillo, 50-45 Calvillo overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)

Eye might have taken the first, but at a minimum I think 3-2 Calvillo without much controversy. Mic time for Calvillo, she feels great given the short notice and the state of the world. She talks about having to get ready for five rounds on a short schedule and taking the first round to mostly warm up. She says her cardio was pretty great and notes how hard she trains. Asked what she wants next she says whoever or whatever, she wants to stay busy more than anything.

On that note, UFC on ESPN 10 comes to a close. It was lackluster on paper, and the event played out in a fairly pedestrian manner. Please don’t be fooled by the early finishes, two of those were horrible mismatches and one featured a fighter with just 4 MMA fights. Next week we’ve got heavyweight action in the main event, and a better overall card on paper to look forward to. We’ll be reviewing this event and previewing that one on the 411 Ground and Pound MMA Podcast, so you’ve got that to look forward to. Also a boatload of fights got announced, so there wont be a lack of content for the show. I’ll be back next week, until then thanks for reading, stay safe out there, and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.

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