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411’s UFC on ESPN 6 Report: Reyes Beats Weidman

October 18, 2019 | Posted by Robert Winfree
Dominick Reyes

MAIN CARD (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET)
#4 Dominick Reyes (203 lbs.) vs. Chris Weidman (204 lbs.)
#7 Yair Rodriguez (145 lbs.) vs. #8 Jeremy Stephens (145.5 lbs.)
Greg Hardy (264.5 lbs.) vs. Ben Sosoli (264 lbs.)
Joe Lauzon (153 lbs.) vs. Jonathan Pearce (154.5 lbs.)
#12 Maycee Barber (126 lbs.) vs. #15 Gillian Robertson (126 lbs.)
Darren Stewart (185 lbs.) vs. Deron Winn (188.5 lbs.)**

Manny Bermudez (148 lbs.) vs. Charles Rosa (144 lbs.)*
Diana Belbita (125 lbs.) vs. Molly McCann (125 lbs.)
Kyle Bochniak (145 lbs.) vs. Sean Woodson (144.5 lbs.)
Randy Costa (134 lbs.) vs. Boston Salmon (135.5 lbs.)
Sean Brady (167.5 lbs.) vs. Court McGee (170 lbs.)
Brendan Allen (185 lbs.) vs. Kevin Holland (183.5 lbs.)
Tanner Boser (247.5 lbs.) vs. Daniel Spitz (240 lbs.)

Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC on ESPN 6. I’m Robert Winfree and I’ll be your host for the event, relaying all of the action to you just as I see it. The UFC is back in Boston for this event, so expect commentary to occasionally slip in and out of that accent. The card itself isn’t terribly strong, the main event is former middleweight champion Chris Weidman trying to revitalize his career by moving up to light heavyweight and battling undefeated rising contender Dominick Reyes. The co-main event is the re-booked main event from a couple of weeks ago that ended after fifteen seconds in a No Contest when Yair Rodriguez poked Jeremy Stephens in the eye and caused the end of the fight. Those two had some animosity going into that fight and after some of the things said in the wake of the no contest it’s only gotten more heated. If you like low level heavyweights Greg Hardy is on the main card for an ESPN card for the third time in a row, because former NFL player I guess? Let’s just hope the card is better in practice than on paper.

UFC on ESPN 6 comes to the world from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. On commentary we have Jon Anik, Dominick Cruz, and Daniel Cormier. Trevor Wittman is also on hand to provide his great insights on occasion. We are under the new rules with, I assume, the most recent definition of a grounded opponent which means you only need one hand down but it does have to be a fist or palm flat on the mat. The language around scoring is also more encouraging of 10-8’s, and we do have the use of instant replay for a fight ending sequence.

Daniel Sptiz has gone 1-2 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a loss to Walt Harris and is hoping to avoid his first ever losing streak. Tanner Boser is making his UFC debut here and looking to get that all important first UFC win. The odds are with the newcomer Boser at -135 to a +105 comeback on Spitz.

Heavyweight Bout: Tanner Boser (16-5-1, 247.5 lbs.) vs. Daniel Spitz (6-2, 240 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Spitz is five inches taller and has a whopping six and a half inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves to get us going. A bit of circling, both men looking to jab. Boser with a bit of an overhand right then they trade leg kicks. Spitz is moving his feet well but not finding a whole lot of openings thus far. Boser is the one showing more stance switching, and Spitz lands a body kick. Boser lands a body kick of his own. Spitz is backing Boser towards the fence but Boser is doing a pretty good job of circling. Leg kick from Boser. Boser lands a right. Spitz misses a right, and Boser lands a body kick. More kicks from Boser from a southpaw stance, then he goes back to orthodox. When Boser is southpaw the only weapon he seems to have is the left kick. Boser lands a left from southpaw, he might have found something in the footwork of Spitz finally. Another left from Boser lands. Spitz avoids a spinning back fist and they clash on kicks. Boser avoids a high kick as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Boser

ROUND TWO: Both men looking to jab again, then Boser heads back to southpaw. Boser still using his kicking game. Spitz uses a few front kicks to the body. The right of Spitz is landing more this round, he lands a pretty good one two. More body kicks from Boser then he barely misses a left hand. Boser continues to kick and move, he’s done a number on the inside of Spitz’s lead leg. Body kick from Boser then a left to the body. There’s some serious swelling on the inside of the left leg of Spitz, that’s really gnarly. Boser lands a left. Left hook from Boser. They trade inside leg kicks. Boser with a bit of a counter left hook. Another couple of punches exchanged just before the round ends.

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

ROUND THREE: Spitz tries a front kick, misses and he eats a leg kick. Boser lands a couple of punches, he’s still moving well into the third round. Boser lands another inside leg kick. They trade power hand punches. Another leg kick from Boser and Spitz misses a counter right. Boser lands a body kick. Both men land lead hand hooks. Spinning back fist from Boser partially lands. Another inside leg kick from Boser. Spitz misses a few punches, and avoids a counter. Both men land kicks, then Boser lands a couple more leg kicks. Bit of a right from Boser. Spitz lands a right uppercut that seems to freeze Boser for a second. Bit of a counter left from Boser. They split some jabs then Boser lands another inside leg kick. Boser lands a left hook, inside leg kick, Spitz lands a counter punch as the round ends.

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

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Tanner Boser via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Somewhat forgettable but hardly the worst heavyweight fight I’ve ever seen. No interview for Boser.

Kevin Holland has gone 3-1 in the UFC and is on a three fight winning streak, he’s looking to extend that to four in a row and possibly earn a step up in competition for his next fight. Brendan Allen brings a four fight winning streak into his UFC debut, a streak that includes a win on the Contender Series earlier this year. Allen is trying to score the biggest win of his career and get his first UFC win all in one fight. Holland is the -165 favorite to +135 for Allen.

Middleweight Bout: Brendan Allen (12-3, 185 lbs.) vs. Kevin Holland (16-4, 183.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Holland is an inch taller but has a significant six inches of reach advantage. Holland looking to kick early, Allen is coming forward and crowding him along the fence. Allen punches into a clinch, gets a body lock takedown then gets the back standing and winds up in the backpack position. Allen bails on the backpack and looks for a mat return from the back. Holland is still upright and hand fighting. Allen pulls him back into a crab ride, gets one hook in then transitions to the mount, and then the back with both hooks in. Holland back to his feet, and shakes Allen over his head but Allen looks to tie up a leg as Holland gets on top. Allen is looking to find a leg, Holland lands a few elbows and Allen is bleeding. Near sweep from Allen but Holland pushes him back over. Allen is after a heel hook but has no knee line control and Holland gets on top stacking up Allen. Allen to a knee and looking to wall walk, he thinks about a guillotine but slips and Holland has full mount. Holland moves to the back, looking for a choke but can’t get all the way under the chin and Allen defends. Allen looks to spin into Holland, Holland tries an armbar in transition but loses it and Allen gets the back with both hooks and is after the choke. That choke is pretty tight but Holland breaks the grip, Allen after an armbar that also seems close but the grip isn’t fully there and Holland gets free to end the round on top.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Holland

ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Allen coming forward and we get punching exchanges. Holland trying to get his jab working but there’s no force so Allen just keeps coming forward. Holland lands a right and gets a double leg, Allen looks to lock up a guillotine but there’s an arm in and the grip seems like it isn’t there. Allen bails on the choke attempt. Triangle attempt from Allen, it’s pretty close and he’s working to tighten it up. Holland had a hand in there and used that to prevent the choke from fully being locked in and Allen bails on that to land elbows from his back. Another triangle attempt from Allen, Holland escapes easier this time and looks to pass but Allen is able to scramble and get the back without hooks. Allen to the ride position, Holland granby rolls and winds up on bottom but with half guard. A few short elbows from Allen, Holland is trying to tie him up and stall out for a stand up. Allen punches and looks to mount, gets the back but only has one hook but the choke is all the way in and Holland has to tap.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Brendan Allen via Submission, rear naked choke, at 3:38 of Round 2

Mic time for Allen, he puts over Holland and appreciates him taking the fight on short notice. He says he’s finally taking in the moment now and references his new baby girl at home and can’t wait to get back and share this moment with them. He talks us through the finish, asks for a post fight bonus so he can buy his paralyzed veteran brother a stand up wheel chair, then says he’d like to have a rematch with Eryk Anders.

Here’s a look at the finish. Allen only gets one hook in but the choke is so well set up that he commits to it, Holland then fights the wrong hand and can’t punish the singular hook tactically then has to tap. If you get the choking arms in position deeply and quickly you can overcome some of the lower body position issues, though not all of them.

Court McGee has had a surprisingly long UFC run, he debuted in the promotion in 2010, and while it has been a very up and down tenure he’s still there. McGee is just 1-3 in his last four fights though his most recent loss was a somewhat controversial split decision to Dhiego Lima, he’s trying to avoid another two fight losing streak and secure a little more job security. Sean Brady is undefeated coming into his UFC debut and is trying to make an immediate impact with an impressive win over a UFC veteran. Brady is the -190 favorite to a +160 comeback on McGee.

Welterweight Bout: Sean Brady (10-0, 167.5 lbs.) vs. Court McGee (19-8, 170 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: McGee is an inch taller and has three and a half inches of reach advantage. McGee coming forward early, looking to work kicks. Brady lands a leg kick. Body kick from McGee and they clinch up. Both men land some body shots while they hit the fence. They break without incident. Brady lands a leg kick, McGee looking to pressure with kicks. McGee tries an inside leg kick but that hits the groin of Brady and we’ve got time for him to recover. Brady is taking his time, and that was more shin to the groin than foot so I’m not blaming him. Brady is good to continue and we’re back to fighting. Both men back to kick, McGee is targeting the body with left kicks. A right lands for each man. Brady is throwing a fair bit of leg kicks. McGee fires a high kick that partially lands but Brady drops him with a left hook, McGee fights back up but he got dropped there. The hand speed of Brady is causing McGee problems so far. Brady lands a spinning back kick to the body then a leg kick. McGee lands a leg kick of his own. Another leg kick from McGee lands, Brady lands a couple of rights to counter. Brady lands another leg kick. Left hook from Brady in close then a bit of a right. Brady lands a leg kick again then a bit of a left hook. They both land punches, McGee lands to the body. McGee misses on a single leg attempt. They split jabs and Brady lands a left hook then they circle away the final bit of the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brady

ROUND TWO: Both men come out jabbing again, Brady lands an inside leg kick. McGee lands a couple of lead leg kicks, Brady lands a leg kick. Calf kick from McGee, Brady returns it. Lunging left hook from Brady, McGee responds with a series of jabs to push him backwards. Brady lands a right, McGee lands a left in close as they clinch up. Brady muscles a takedown, McGee wall walks but is still in the clinch. Bit of a cheese donkey (don’t as me, I don’t name these things) trip from Brady, McGee back up again. They resume fighting in the clinch and McGee is looking for a single leg. They break without incident. Brady lands a bit of a left hook then a right. More leg kicks from Brady then a left hook, McGee just doesn’t have an answer to the speed. McGee pushes for a clinch, Brady disengages. Both men land leg kicks. Brady continues to use leg kicks and avoid the counters. Right lands for Brady, McGee lands a body kick. McGee lands a few rights to the body in close then a leg kick. They trade rights but Brady landed the better punch. Leg kick then a right from McGee, Brady responds with a right but misses a left. McGee shoots for a double leg as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Brady but a better round for McGee, 20-18 Brady overall

ROUND THREE: McGee pressuring forward again, lands a left kick. Brady lands a leg kick and avoids the counter. McGee keeps coming forward, he’s gonna make Brady fight the whole time if nothing else. Brady with a lunging left hook then a right and they clinch up. McGee lands a right uppercut as they break. Brady back to landing the left hook. McGee lands a leg kick. Jabs from McGee, Brady lands a left hook then McGee lands a right. McGee lands a couple of leg kicks, Brady lands a left hook. Another leg kick from McGee after he avoided a couple of hooks. Brady might be fading a bit now. McGee keeping his jab working. Brady lands a leg kick. They split jabs again but McGee wont bet deterred from pressuring. Brady lands a punch and eats a couple of counters. McGee avoids a few punches. A few more long distance punches land for McGee, he tries a double leg but they wind up clinched on the fence. Body shots from McGee as they jockey for position. They break without incident and McGee is back to pressuring Brady. McGee lands a right. Wheel kick lands for McGee. One more flurry from McGee just before the clock winds down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 McGee, 29-28 Brady overall

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

I don’t agree with Brady getting the third, but no issues with him winning. Brady drops to his knees after the decision is announced but is back up to talk with Jon Anik. He talks about how hard it was to get to the cage but he belongs in the UFC, and puts over McGee but he wants to fight the best guys in the world. He puts over McGee again as a quality opponent and wants to improve on this next time.

Rando Costa suffered his first professional loss when he dropped his UFC debut, now he’s trying to rebound from that loss and get his first UFC win. Boston Salmon also lost in his UFC debut, he’s hoping to get that all important first UFC win. The odds are with Salmon at -160 to +130 for Costa.

Middleweight Bout: Randy Costa (4-1, 134 lbs.) vs. Boston Salmon (6-2, 135.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height but Costa has four inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves, Salmon fighting southpaw. They trade early, Salmon is getting the better of it and gets Costa on the fence int he clinch. After a bit they break. Both men land punches and get off balanced. Costa with a few straight punches that land, Salmon shoots for a single leg but can’t finish it and they break. Straight rights from Costa drop Salmon for a second, he’s back up and misses a left though. Costa with a couple of rights, then starts teeing off as Salmon falls and the ref stops this one. Salmon doesn’t like that stoppage.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Randy Costa via TKO, punches, at 2:15 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Costa for his work this evening. Mic time for Costa, he puts over his opponent and dedicates the win to a friend who recently passed then says if that doesn’t win a post fight bonus he doesn’t know what will. He reiterates his desire for the bonus, talks us through the finish and puts Salmon over again.

When fighting in the opposite stance from your opponent the power hand punch has a clear lane unless either party does something about it. Salmon doesn’t do anything about it, and Costa fires the straight right down the pipe with near impunity.

Kyle Bochniak has gone just 2-4 in the UFC and is currently on a two fight losing streak, he’s hoping for a win here while getting his UFC record closer to the .500 mark. Sean Woodson is undefeated and making his UFC debut on the back of a flying knee finish on the Contender Series, he’s looking to remain unbeaten and leave a good first impression to the wider UFC audience. Bochniak is a slight -130 favorite to an even -100 for Woodson.

Featherweight Bout: Kyle Bochniak (8-4, 145 lbs.) vs. Sean Woodson (6-0, 144.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Woodson is seven and a half inches taller and has eight inches of reach on Bochniak. They touch gloves to get us going. Bochniak coming forward early, Woddson lands a jab and a leg kick. Woodson doing some stance switching now. Bochniak is struggling to close the distance on the lanky Woodson. Woodson lands a jab. Bit of a left hook from Bochniak. Bochniak lands a leg kick. Bit of a knee from Woodson. Bochniak avoids a few punches and gets a double leg along the fence. Woodson is able to wall walk but nearly gave up his back doing so. Bochniak still has the clinch and is working some knees to the leg. Woodson is able to spin free and starts working the jab again. A few leg kicks land for Woodson as he’s circling well. Short uppercut from Woodson lands, Bochniak is just coming up short in his punches. Bochniak coming forward with his hands down, gets wobbled by another knee but he gets back to his feet and keeps coming forward. More punches from Woodson, Bochniak pushes for a clinch and gets them to the fence. Bochniak lands a right as they break. One left from Woodson ends the round.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Woodson, might be a 10-8 argument in there

ROUND TWO: Woodson lands a couple of left hooks, Bochniak still can’t close distance reliably. Bochniak lands a right. Woodson lands a leg kick while circling, then lands a straight left. Single leg attempt from Bochniak, he gets the back with a rear waist lock, transitions to a single leg again but can’t finish it. Woodson separates and is back to landing long punches. Another single leg attempt from Bochniak on the fence, Woodson is defending thus far and landing a few elbows. Woodson separates and gets back to jabbing. Straight right lands for Woodson. Bochniak pushes forward, eats three punches but lands a right. More pressure from Bochniak and he gets a clinch on the fence. Woodson is able to separate and wobbles Bochniak with a left hook. Another left lands for Woodson then a combination of punches. Bochniak lands a leg kick. Bochniak pushes into another clinch, looking for a takedown from a single leg position. Now Bochniak is trying for a body lock takedown, Woodson is still defending and then separates. Woodson lands an uppercut then another knee to the head as the last blow of the round.

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

ROUND THREE: A flurry of punches from Woodson start the round, then Bochniak tries a single leg but Woodson limp legs free. Bochniak is after another takedown along the fence but Woodson is defending. Bochniak lands a knee to the body as they break. Woodson lands a leg kick. Body kick from Woodson. Bochniak pushes close and we get a fire fight for a second or two but Bochniak has no defense while Woodson is rolling with punches well. Another clinch but it breaks quickly and Bochniak keeps marching forward. Woodson with another combination then he circles away from the fence. Both men land leg kicks, Woodson lands a knee as Bochniak tries a takedown. Bochniak walks into another kene but keeps coming forward. Woodson is still punching him but he’s in zombie mode now. A stiff left elbow from Woodson wobbles Bochniak and now he’s backing off. Bochniak gets his wits back and is pushing forward, he’s after a double leg but can’t finish it along the fence. Woddson is able to separate. Bochniak lands a right. Woodson lands a left uppercut, he’s continually landing punches. Knee then a left hook from Woodson. Bochniak keeps coming forward, they trade a few punches as the clock runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Woodson, 30-26 Woodson overall

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

Impressive hand speed and fluidity from Woodson, who’s now getting an interview. He says he’s dreamed of this for a long time, then says everyone’s going to try to wrestle him and while he doesn’t have one shot KO power he can strike better than just about anyone. He puts over Bochniak’s toughness and looks forward to getting back in the cage.

Molly McCann has gone 2-1 in the UFC and is on a two fight winning streak, she’s looking to extend that to three in a row and possibly earn a shot at some ranked opposition next time. Diana Belbita is on a four fight winning streak coming into her UFC debut, she’s looking to keep that going and score a memorable win. McCann is aprohibitive favorite at -500 while a Belbita win pays out at +350.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: Diana Belbita (13-4, 125 lbs.) vs. Molly McCann (9-2, 125 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Belbita is three inches taller and has six inches in reach advantage. Both women come out looking to engage, McCann is swinging a little wide. Belbita lands a couple of punches to counter a spinning kick. Leg kick from Belbita lands. McCann misses a hook but eats a couple of counters. Belbita with more leg kicks on the end of combinations. McCann lands a right. A few stance switches from McCann, Belbita eats an uppercut but lands a counter combination and they clinch up. Elbows from Belbita as they break. They trade leg kicks, Belbita lands a jab and a body kick. Belbita’s jab is giving McCann problems so far. They both land knees in close but the lack of technique on McCann’s part is letting Belbita score consistently. McCann misses a spinning kick and eats a combination. Left lands for McCann. Belbita pushes into the clinch and gets McCann onto the fence. Knee tap from Belbita and she’s on top in half guard. McCann back up and separates but she eats a few more punches then a leg kick. They clinch again, Belbita lands a front kick to the body. Double leg from McCann, she gets Belbita down and moves to side control. Belbita back up along the fence very quickly, McCann gets a standing arm triangle choke and forces things to the ground. McCann gets side control, lands a few blows, Belbita fights back up to her feet and the round ends in the clinch.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Belbita but officially McCann could have stolen it

ROUND TWO: Right back to fighting, they clinch up and Belbita with knees as they break. Another clinch, McCann was looking for a throw but got smothered and Belbita lands more knees to the body. Elbow and knee from Belbita. McCann lands an elbow after eating a knee. They trade rights as they break. Both women back to punching, this is a crazy pace. McCann shoots a double leg that hits the fence, she gets the takedown into side control but Belbita wall walks immediately. McCann is looking for that standing arm triangle choke, she tries for a trip, Belbita grabs the fence to stop that and the ref takes a point for it. Another trip attempt from McCann, she tries to kick off the fence but loses the position and Belbita lands blows from top position. McCann back up and hits a double leg along the fence. Belbita to her knees, McCann to the ride position. Belbita back up, McCann drags her back down, gets the back mount and unloads. Full mount now for McCann as Belbita is trying to move. McCann with some elbows and hammer fists. Belbita tries to kick off the fence, McCann gets to side control and lands punches. Wall walk from Belbita, who doesn’t even look damaged cosmetically. They fight in the clinch, McCann slips on a throw attempt and Belbita lands a right then a knee as they regain their feet. Belbita lands a leg kick as the last blow of the round.

SCORECARD: 10-7 McCann after the point deduction, 19-17 McCann overall

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the final round. McCann fighting southpaw, eats a right hand. Belbita lands a jab. McCann is coming forward, walks into a few jabs. Body kick from Belbita, McCann responds with a couple of punches. McCann lands a left. Right uppercut lands for McCann. Belbita lands a bit of a jab. Right uppercut from Belbita lands. McCann avoids an elbow and lands a left. Uppercut from Belbita lands. Belbita is looking to land one twos, McCann is pressuring forward. Right from Belbita but McCann lands a left. McCann lands a front kick to the body then a right. Leg kick from Belbita lands. Leg kick from McCann then a right uppercut. McCann just wont be deterred, she keeps coming forward. Body shot then a double leg from McCann, she gets the clinch but can’t keep it. Belbita eats a bit of a knee as the last real blow of the fight.

SCORECARD: 10-9 McCann, 29-26 McCann overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Molly McCann via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)

I’m gonna stand by my scoring there, I thought under the new rules McCann had a 10-8 going in the second before the point deduction. No interview for McCann as we’re short on time.

Charles Rosa has traded wins and losses while going 2-3 in the UFC, he’s coming off of a loss and is looking to avoid his first ever losing streak and get his UFC record back to .500. Also of note is the layoff, Rosa hasn’t fought since April of 2017. Manny Bermudez missed weight for his return to featherweight here, joining John Lineker and Anthony Johnson as fighters to miss weight across multiple weight classes, and is coming off of his first professional loss to boot. Bermudez needs a win badly to help get over the specter of missing weight for a second time. Bermudez is your favorite at -175 to a +145 comeback on Rosa.

Featherweight Bout: Manny Bermudez (14-1, 148 lbs.) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3, 144 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Bermudez is an inch taller and has two and a half inches of reach advantage. Southpaw for Rosa. Bermudez is stalking forward, getting Rosa towards the fence. Rosa lands a leg kick, he’s doing some stance switching now. Bermudez lands a right. Bermudez catches a kick and trips Rosa down then gets on top in half guard landing short punches. Rosa is trying to tie up an arm, Bermudez keeps punching him in the face. Full guard for Rosa now but he’s pinned on the fence. Elbows from Bermudez as he looks to pass. Good consistent offense from Bermudez as Rosa tries to play guard. More punches from Bermudez, Rosa tries an armbar, he’s kind of close, and looking to adjust, gets the angle and does get the verbal submission. Did not expect that one.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Charles Rosa via Submission, armbar, at 2:46 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Rosa for his work this evening. That’s a big win for Rosa, Bermudez is an excellent grappler. Mic time for Rosa, he says that armbar is his best move and he gets a lot of people with it. He talks us through the finish, and feels he’s the toughest guy.

Here’s a look at the finish. Watch Rosa’s grip switch as the arm gets into the position he wants, and even against the fence he can get enough leverage with his legs and hips to force the tap.

That will do it for prelims, but we’re still on ESPN 2 for the main card. We get a “In Memory of Patrick Day” to start the main card. For those unaware Day is a boxer who passed away as a result of a violent KO this week.

Deron Winn missed weight for this fight, but is undefeated as a professional including a successful UFC debut this year. Winn is hoping for another win and to move on from the weight cutting gaffe. Darren Stewart has done alright for himself considering his UFC run started out at 0-3 with 1 No Contest, he’s 3-1 in his last four fights and is coming off of a win. Stewart is trying to turn back a noted prospect and continue moving up in the division. Winn is a slight -140 favorite to +110 for Stewart.

Middleweight Bout: Darren Stewart (10-4 1 NC, 185 lbs.) vs. Deron Winn (6-0, 188.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Stewart is six inches taller and has four inches of reach advantage. Both men bouncing to start, Stewart circling to begin. Stewart is looking to establish the jab, lands a bit of a one two. Winn pushes for a takedown, winds up in the clinch on the fence looking for a double leg. Stewart lands a knee and an elbow but he can’t get free yet. Winn gets the takedown into guard. Stewart closes his guard and looks to get his guard in play. Winn avoids a triangle attempt, moves to the ride position as Stewart wall walks. Knees to the thigh from Winn as Stewart is looking to get all the way up. Stewart is able to avoid a single leg and get free. Winn punches into another takedown, this time into half guard. A few lefts land for Winn. Stewart is trying to get to the fence and get back up, Winn moves to his back standing. Winn has a rear waist lock, lands a few lefts to the head as Stewart gets chest to chest and lands a couple of short elbows. Elevated single leg from Winn and he lands in the guard of Stewart again. Body to head punches from Winn. Stewart tries to fire some elbows from his back. One of them has Winn bleeding, both men land blows on the mat as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Winn

ROUND TWO: The cut on Winn is on the crown of his head so unlikely to cause a stoppage. Both men still moving well as the round starts, Stewart still trying to get his jab going. Winn misses a right. Stewart lands a shot to the groin and we’ve got time for him to recover. Replay confirms the low blow, Stewart was trying to land a knee but his foot went into the crotch. Winn is good to continue and we’re back to fighting. Winn pushes into a clinch off of a jab and gets things to the fence. Nice misdirection takedown from Winn and he’s in the guard of Stewart. Winn looks to posture up and land punches, Stewart is trying to set up a wall walk. Stewart back up, Winn still holding the clinch. They separate then Stewart lands a right at distance. A few punches now land for Stewart. Winn with a sloppy shot and Stewart defends well. Bit of a right from Stewart. Stewart avoids a high kick. Winn shoots into the clinch and they hit the fence. Winn is holding a single leg, changes the angle and gets it from his knees but Stewart wall walks very quickly. Still in the clinch, Stewart lands a knee. Winn lands a flurry of punches, Stewart lands a knee as they break. Stewart lands a couple of rights as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Stewart, 19-19 overall

ROUND THREE: Stewart is moving well, Winn might be fatigued. Jabs from Stewart, he’s backing Winn towards the fence. Lots of pressure from Stewart, Winn lands a right and Stewart backs off for a second. Stewart back to jabbing but he’s circling and not pressuring as much now. More one twos from Stewart. Left hook lands for Stewart then a few one twos. Winn lands a left hook but can’t follow up. They clinch, Stewart looks for a double leg and gets Winn down to his seat along the fence. Stewart with elbows, Winn looks to come up on a single leg and gets a crack down to land on top in half guard. Winn is struggling to land much right now. Stewart lands a few elbows but Winn lands punches in response. They get to the fence, Stewart to his knees and then wall walks but is still in the clinch. Winn lands a few rights and gets a takedown into the ride position. More lefts from Winn as Stewart looks to build back up to his feet. Stewart back up and they separate. We get a bit of brawling. Stewart lands a right. Winn misses a right and they both trade punches. Stewart avoids a kick, misses a right and sinks for a guillotine off of a single leg attempt as time runs down.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Stewart but that one could go either way, 29-28 Stewart overall

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

Easily one of Stewart’s best performances top to bottom. Mic time for Stewart, he feels great and puts over Winn and tries to get over a catchphrase about his patients getting drilled. He notes he struggled a bit in the first but adjusted, he notes he’s solid now and wants to keep going.

Maycee Barber is undefeated with two wins in the UFC, she’s looking to remain perfect and continue her climb towards the title picture. Gillian Robertson has gone 4-1 in the UFC and is on a two fight winning streak, she’s hoping to derail the hype around Barber and start her own move towards the title picture. Barber is your favorite at -155 to +125 for Robertson.

Women’s Flyweight Bout: #12 Maycee Barber (7-0, 126 lbs.) vs. #15 Gillian Robertson (7-3, 126 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: These two are the same height while Barber has two inches of reach advantage. Both women pawing with the lead hand. Bit of a left from Robertson after faking a single leg. Barber lands a few one twos. Both women are landing a bit but nothing all that relevant yet. Barber lands a right, they clinch up and Robertson pulls towards half guard and looks to come up on a single leg. They wind up clinched on the feet, Robertson has Barber on the fence. Short elbows from Barber, Robertson is after a single leg but can’t get it and Barber punches her on the break. A flurry of punches form Barber along the fence, Robertson is upright but is getting tagged. They clinch again, Barber with elbows and punches, Robertson can’t get away from her and the ref winds up stopping this.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Maycee Barber via TKO, punches, at 3:04 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Ms. Barber for her work this evening. Mic time for Barber, she feels great after the fight, puts over her opponent. She talks us through the finish and says she felt really good in the cage. Asked who’s next she says she’s calling Paige VanZant.

Robertson had no answer for the power of Barber, she tries covering up but isn’t moving and that lets Barber find the openings in her defense and she pours on enough offense to get a stoppage. Stoppage might be a bit early, but Robertson isn’t really making a case for herself that the fight should be allowed to continue.

Joe Lauzon is a veteran of the sport and still holds the record for most finishes in UFC lightweight history, but he’s just 1-4 in his last five fights and even he acknowledges that win was a bad decision that should have gone to his opponent. Lauzon has been finished in his last two fights as well, he’s trying to halt that losing streak and score one more win in a lengthy UFC career. Jonathan Pearce is on a five fight winning streak that includes a win on the Contender Series in back in July, he’s hoping for the biggest win of his career by taking out a veteran with a very recognizable name. Pearce is the -170 favorite while Lauzon’s comeback sits at +140.

Lightweight Bout: Joe Lauzon (27-15, 153 lbs.) vs. Jonathan Pearce (9-3, 154.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Pearce is two inches taller but has just half an inch of reach over Lauzon. They touch gloves to get us going. Pearce with leg kicks early and he’s circling. Lauzon lands a jab. Both men land in close. Pearce lands a leg kick but eats a couple of counters and Lauzon looks to tee off. They clinch up and Lauzon starts looking for trips, he gets one into full mount. Lauzon gets the back mount and lands rights to the face. Pearce is stuck and can’t defend himself from the blows so the ref stops the fight.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Joe Lauzon via TKO, punches, at 1:33 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Lauzon for his work this evening. Lauzon reclaims sole possession of most finishes in UFC lightweight history, he and Jim Miller were tied coming into this event. Mic time for Lauzon, he says this is his house and he wasn’t going to be pushed around. He notes this might be his last fight, he’s not sure, but he is looking forward to playing with his kids. He talks us through the finish and notes that his opponent had no way of escaping from that finishing position. To close he appreciates the fans for coming out, thanks everyone in his gym, and is glad he didn’t cry because he hates seeing fighters cry after wins.

Here’s the finish. Pearce wound up stuck in this reverse half nelson, look just how deep the arm of Lauzon is, he can get into the armpit of Pearce’s other arm. Combine the downward pressure of Lauzon’s hips and legs flattening him out and his inability to do anything with his arms and Pearce was stuck.

Greg Hardy has gone 2-1 in the UFC but is on a two fight winning streak and is looking to get that to three in a row here. Ben Sosoli hasn’t officially lost since 2017, he’s coming off of a No Contest on the Contender Series which is apparently enough to earn him a main card fight on ESPN. Sosoli is trying to score the biggest win of his career. The odds are with Hardy at -320 to a +250 comeback on Sosoli.

Heavyweight Bout: Greg Hardy (5-1, 264.5 lbs.) vs. Ben Sosoli (7-2 1 NC, 264 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Hardy is five inches taller and has eight inches of reach advantage. They touch gloves, Sosoli is fighting southpaw. Sosoli lands a counter left. Hardy is trying to work outside leg kicks but Sosoli is landing counter lefts so far. Head kick from Hardy is blocked. Hardy avoids a few lefts and circles away. Another left from Sosoli is a miss. Hardy lands an inside leg kick. There’s a lot of staring going on now. Sosoli lands a left to the body, Hardy lands a straight right. Hardy lands a left hook. Inside leg kick from hardy, he lands a coupel of uppercuts in close as well. Sosoli lands a left to counter a leg kick. Glancing left from Sosoli. Hardy avoids a few lefts and circles away. Hardy lands a right. They just kind of stare and dance away the final fifteen seconds.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Hardy

ROUND TWO: Back to dancing around. Hardy avoids a few punches. Body kick from hardy, Sosoli lands a counter left. Neither man lands on a rush from Sosoli. Hardy lands an inside leg kick and avoids the counter left. Sosoli just has no reliable answer to the size difference he’s trying to deal with. Body kick from Hardy. Sosoli lands a left and right in close quarters. Sosoli lands a left to counter an inside leg kick. Another bit of a left from Sosoli to counter an inside leg kick. Hardy lands a jab. Sosoli misses a lunging left, and cardio has gone out the window for both of these guys. They just stare away the final seconds.

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

ROUND THREE: They touch gloves for the last round. Major regulatory issues between rounds as Hardy was allowed to take a hit off of his inhaler which is really against the rules. Sosoli walking forward, Hardy circling. Commentary is losing their mind over that issue, Wittman can’t believe it either. Hardy working his kicking game a bit more this round. Sosoli lands a right. Bit of a left than right from Sosoli, even Mark Ratner mentions how illegal it was for Hardy use that inhaler between rounds. Sosoli is still coming forward, Hardy is circling and evading more than anything. Left to the body from Sosoli. Hardy lands an inside leg kick that drops Sosoli for a second. OK, I’m just going to say it, this fight sucks. So much staring going on right now. Sosoli lands a left to counter an inside leg kick. Hardy goes southpaw, and eats a right hook then returns to orthodox. Left from Sosoli staggers Hardy for a second but he remains upright and circles away. Hardy just evades for the final 30 seconds or so.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Sosoli, 29-28 Hardy overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Greg Hardy via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Hardy should be disqualified after that inhaler use, Sosoli’s team should absolutely appeal that. Commentary says that a commission official said Hardy could use his inhaler, I’m calling BS. Cruz notes he was forced to cut the athletic tape off of his ankles when he fought TJ Dillashaw in this same building but they’ll apparently allow an inhaler. No interview for Hardy.

Yair Rodriguez is coming off of that No Contest with Jeremy Stephens after he poked Stephens in the eye in the first round and the fight had to be called off. Rodriguez has lost just once in the UFC and he’s hoping to prove he’s ready to make another run towards the top of the division. Jeremy Stephens is on a bit of a skid as he hasn’t won a fight since February of 2018, he’s hoping to exact a bit of revenge for the eye poke in the last fight and derail the momentum of Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a slight -130 favorite to an even -100 for Stephens.

Featherweight Bout: #7 Yair Rodriguez (11-2 1 NC, 145 lbs.) vs. #8 Jeremy Stephens (28-16 1 NC, 145.5 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Rodriguez is two inches taller but the reach is identical. Rodriguez opens with a flying side kick to the head. Stephens coming forward, they trade hooks. They clinch after a failed spinning attack from Rodriguez and they wind up on the fence. A few knees go back and forth. Stephens gets a body lock and puts Rodriguez on the fence. Attempted trip from Rodriguez doesn’t work. They break with an elbow from Rodriguez. A few side kicks to the body from Rodriguez. Double kick from Rodriguez, Stephens misses his counter punch. Rodriguez lands a body kick. Southpaw for Rodriguez and he’s looking to kick more. Stephens lands a bit of a let in close. Rodriguez lands a side kick to the knee then misses an ax kick. Glancing counter right from Stephens. Rodriguez lands a body kick and a right. They clinch again after Rodriguez tried a flying knee, Stephens is looking for a takedown. They break and Rodriguez misses a spinning elbow. Rodriguez punches into a clinch, Stephens lands an elbow as they break. Jumping switch kick from Rodriguez, partially successful and Stephens lands a jab. More leg kicks from Rodriguez, he eats a right and backs up but Stephens gets over zealous chasing him and is dropped with a jab. Stephens fights back up, Rodriguez lands a body kick. Stephens circles away and mocks Stephens as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-9 Rodriguez

ROUND TWO: Rodriguez misses a few kicks to start the second round. Calf kick from Rodriguez lands. Hard body kick from Rodriguez locks up Stephens, he’s down and Rodriguez looks to swarm on the mat. Stephens looking to wrestle, Rodriguez keeps punching him on his knees. Rodriguez looking to get a finish but Stephens keeps doing enough to survive. Rodriguez keeping him on his back looking to land punches and elbows. Stephens is tying up his arms, Rodriguez goes into half guard and looks to land hammer fists but he’s missing a lot now. Rodriguez is looking to set up a d’arce choke, he’s got the arms in the right position but bails on it. Stephens wall walks and they separate. Rodriguez circling away, Stephens coming forward swinging punches. Stephens gets a rear waist lock after Rodriguez fails a spinning attack and rides Rodriguez down. Full guard for Rodriguez, Stephens lands an elbow. Rodriguez is trying to throw up a triangle, Stephens is defending so far. There’s a modified choke Rodriguez is trying but Stephens is hammer fisting him. Lefts from Stephens, Rodriguez looking to build up and eats knees to the body and head. Lefts from Stephens int he clinch before Rodriguez gets free. Rodriguez misses a body kick as the round ends.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Rodriguez, 20-17 Rodriguez overall

ROUND THREE: Stephens is doing stance switching now as well, he’s trying to keep Rodriguez from kicking into the open side of his body. Stephens gets close and lands some punches, Rodriguez slips away and circles. Stephens lands a jab. Rodriguez has visibly slowed at this point. Stephens lands a right and avoids a body kick. Stephens catches a kick and gets a takedown against the fence. Rodriguez builds back up but eats some punches. They’re still in the clinch on the fence, then break without incident. Another takedown for Stephens, he gets in the guard of Rodriguez this time. Rodriguez is trying to set up a triangle position, Stephens lands body shots and looks to posture up. Elbows from Stephens. Stephens is looking to pass to half guard, and gets there. Rodriguez is looking to tie up and stall, Stephens lands a few short blows to the head. Stephens with body to head offense. A few elbows from Stephens. Rodriguez is able to get full guard, still just stalling. More punches and elbows from Stephens but the clock will run down before he could get the finish he needed.

SCORECARD: 10-8 Stephens, 28-27 Rodriguez overall

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Yair Rodriguez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Seriously, no 10-8 for Rodriguez in the second? That’s crap. Rodriguez on the mic, he wants to resume working on his wrestling, puts over Boston and thanks some of his coaches who had a long flight to get here. Asked about the near finish in the second he says he was tired in the third but never felt in danger and just stalled out to win the fight overall.

Dominick Reyes is undefeated and basically the only prospect in the division to have made the move towards contender status, he’s got five wins in the UFC already and if he can turn back the former middleweight champion here there’s a good chance he’s the next challenger for the light heavyweight title. Chris Weidman has gone just 1-4 in his last five fights and has been finished in all of those losses, he’s hoping a move to light heavyweight will revitalize his career and possibly even get him on the fast track to fighting for another title. Reyes is the -185 favorite to a +155 comeback on Weidman.

Light Heavyweight Bout: #4 Dominick Reyes (11-0, 203 lbs.) vs. Chris Weidman (14-4, 204 lbs.)

ROUND ONE: Reyes is two inches taller while Weidman has an inch of reach advantage. Southpaw for Reyes, they touch gloves and get us going. Reyes coming forward early, fires a few kicks. Weidman avoids a punch and gets a double leg along the fence. Reyes builds back to his feet, Weidman still after the takedown against the fence. Weidman lands a few body shots. They break without incident. Body kick from Weidman, Reyes is backing up but lands a counter left that drops Weidman. Reyes stands over him, Weidman tries to tie up a leg but Reyes lands hammer fists and Weidman goes limp.

OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Dominick Reyes via KO, punches and hammer fists, at 1:43 of Round 1

The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Reyes for his work this evening. Mic time for Reyes, he gives glory to God first and says he had a lot of fun in this fight and felt very loose. He says the main event experience was great and puts over Weidman as a fantastic competitor. He talks us through the finish, noting he saw the opening earlier when Weidman was lunging in and new he could get it. Asked about what’s next, he says he doesn’t want any party favors from Jon Jones, he wants the belt.

Weidman also gets an interview, he puts over Reyes and apologizes for not winning but promises to be back better than ever.

Have a look at this lovely bit of counter striking. Reyes slips and circles to his own left, Weidman over extends his body, mostly misses the right and the timing from Reyes means that even if Weidman tried to get his hand back to his chin he wouldn’t have been there in time.

That will wrap up UFC on ESPN 6. Thanks for reading everyone, be that live or after the fact I’m just glad you’re reading and supporting the website and the work I do. We’ll be unpacking all the action from this card on the 411 Ground and Pound MMA Podcast this upcoming Sunday, plus a preview of next week. Next week the UFC is back in Singapore, the prelims starting at 5:30 am EST so next Saturday early morning I’ll be here. Until then thanks again everyone, stay safe out there, and keep checking 411mania for all of your pop culture needs.


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