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The action gets underway at 7pm ET (12am UK) with the main card going live at 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Demetrious Johnson defeats Chris Cariaso by submission (kimura) at 2.29mins of Rd2
Donald Cerrone defeats Eddie Alvarez by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Conor McGregor defeats Dustin Poirier by TKO at 1.46mins of Rd1
Yoel Romero defeats Tim Kennedy by TKO at 0.58mins of Rd3
Cat Zingano defeats Amanda Nunes by TKO at 1.21mins of Rd3
Dominick Cruz defeats Takeya Mizugaki by TKO at 1.01mins of Rd1
Jorge Masvidal defeats James Krause by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Masvidal comfortably outstruck Krause in this fight over the course of 15 minutes, landing the more clinical punches and kicks, better combinations and more significant ground work for a well-rounded overall performance. Masvidal was able to drop Krause to the canvas in the second with a hard right hand as they rose from a grappling exchange, and after getting caught with a couple of punches from Krause in the closing stages of the third he stepped on the gas and tagged his opponent with a variety of strikes to show he was still very much in control of the fight.
Stephen Thompson defeats Patrick Cote by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Excellent technical striking perfromance from Thompson here. He kept the fight at his pace and distance, picking apart Cote from the outside with punches and kicks while doing a good job of steering clear of Cote’s own offense largely thanks to his movement. He also did well at stuffing the majority of Cote’s takedown attempts throughout the fight. Towards the end of the third round he almost found a finish, dropping Cote with a flush right hand, but rather than going all out for the finish against his still wobbled opponent he remained selective with his shots and was happy to take the unanimous decision victory.
Brian Ebersole defeats John Howard by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Close fight here. Ebersole came out fighting with more urgency in the opening round and after having some success on the feet, he took Howard down to the mat and was able to work some ground and pound. In the second it was Howard’s turn to have a good round, landing some hard shots on the feet and then working in a takedown of his own. He was eventually able to take Ebersole’s back and slowly tried to work in a rear-nake choke, but Ebersole defended well and was able to spin around and get free late in the round only to be taken down again. The final round would be the decider then and it could have gone either way with Ebersole landing more frequently, but Howard scoring with heavier shots. In the end it was Ebersole’s workrate that won out via a tight split decision ruling.
Kevin Lee defeats John Tuck by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Good performance tonight for Lee against a game opponent in Tuck. Lee was clearly the better, more dynamic striker here, but he didn’t rely only on that, also mixing in a steady diet of takedowns and work from top control. Tuck threatened on several occasions with submissions from his back, but was never able to put Lee in serious trouble. Lee looked closest to finishing Tuck in the third round, knocking out his mouthpiece with an uppercut which caught him off-guard only to be met a high kick and follow-up punches too. Tuck had to work from his back after that with blood pouring from a cut on his nose. It’s also worth noting that there was some unfortunate moments with groin strikes in the fight, with Tuck first having to take a few minutes late in the first round after being caught. He must have taken that personally because he landed to Lee’s cup almost straight away in the second, and when he did so a second time soon afterwards the referee deducted a point from him.
Manvel Gamburyan defeats Cody Gibson by submission (guillotine choke) at 4.56mins of Rd2
Gamburyan gets a win in his bantamweight debut, but that doesn’t tell the full story here. The truth is that Gamburyan was struggling to cope with Gibson for much of this bout up until the finish. Gibson looked very assured on his feet from the opening bell and was using his height and reach advantage well, tagging his opponent repeatedly with the jab. It was his right hand that really gave Gamburyan fits though, hurting him on several occasions. After tagging him with it in the first round Gibson went all out for the finish with strikes against the cage, but Gamburyan survived by swooping for a takedown. Early in the second Gamburyan had to take a long time out after a hard shot to the groin, and when he got back to it he was met by another right hand from Gibson that dropped him. Gamburyan showed his toughness to hang in there again, but things weren’t looking good for him at all. Then, in the dying seconds of the round Gibson left his neck exposed just long enough for Gamburyan to snatch a hold of it and drop back to the mat with it. With barely any time remaining it looked like Gibson would survive, but then he suddenly tapped, perhaps not realizing he was only four seconds from the bell or just unable to withstand the vice-like grip.