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Frankie Edgar defeats Cub Swanson by submission (rea-naked choke) at 4.56mins of Rd5
Edson Barboza defeats Bobby Green by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30)
Oleksiy Oliynyk defeats Jared Rosholt by KO at 3.21mins of Rd1
Wow, Oliynyk switches out Rosholt’s light in the first round with a powerful left hook to the jaw. Up until that point Rosholt had been getting the better of the action, appearing to have his opponent in trouble with punches and knees against the cage, but that one punch changed everything and ends his four-fight unbeaten run in the UFC.
Joseph Benavidez defeats Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Good performance from Benavidez against a game Ortiz. Benavidez showed his superiority in the striking exchanges, landing the cleaner, harder, more varied work. Credit to Ortiz though, he took some big shots and kept pushing forward, but was struggling to really make his own mark offensively for the most part, though he did knock Benavidez to the mat with a hook for a brief second in the middle stanza. Benavidez also showed excellent scrambling ability on the canvas at times, with Ortiz also proving to be capable, but just not able to really get anything going there.
Matt Wiman defeats Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Gruelling, grinding action here fought to a large extent at close range from the clinch. However, the most significant difference between the two was on the mat, with Wiman being able to take Vallie-Flagg’s back on several occasions over the course of 15 minutes, thoguh he wasn’t able to secure a fight-ending submission.
Ruslan Magomedov defeats Josh Copeland by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
This heavyweight encounter was esentially a 15 minute showcase of Magomedov’s kickboxing ability. He showed good dexterity and speed with his various kicks in particular in this fight, targeting the body well and going upstairs often too. Copeland proved to be a durable fighter, but seemed to be hesitant to engage and rarely let his hands go.
Roger Narvaez defeats Luke Barnatt by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Close fight here that in the early rounds layed out on th feet which should have favored Barnatt, but instead it was Narvaez was finding a home for his own punches more often. Barnatt seemed to edge the second round though as Narvaez output started to decline a little, and the British fighter caught with a hard uppercut before the bell. The third round was when the real action took place though as Narvaez put Barnatt on wobbly legs with a head kick. Barnatt tried to stay upright, but failed and then found himself having to fend off repeated rear-naked choke attempts. He did so, but Narvaez remained in control on the mat for most of the round. Barnatt did eventually get to his feet and landed a grazing kick to the head just as the round ended, but it wasn’t to be enough and Narvaez wins by split decision.
James Vick defeats Nick Hein by decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Competitive fight here, but Vick, who had a big size advantage, was able to outstrike his opponent for the most part though he was dropped by a left hand in the first.
Akbarh Arreola defeats Yves Edwards by submission (armbar) at 1.52mins of Rd1
Arreola made short work of the veteran Edwards here, rocking him early with an uppercut and then getting the fight to the mat where he was able to land some more strikes and then seize on an armbar finish. Edwards has been in decline for some time now, with his chin in particular being a real cause for concern, and on the evidence of this fight it may well be time for him to hang up his gloves.
Paige VanZant defeats Kailin Curran by TKO at 2.54mins of Rd3
Good debut for PVZ here, though Curran made her work for her win. Both ladies seemed hell-bent on ending the fight in the first round, going toe-to-toe with strikes and remaining aggressive in the clinch. Curran was landing takedowns, but then finding herself under threat from relentless submission attempts from PVZ. Towards the end of the round PVZ produced a nice sweep to get on top and rained down ground and pound, but the bell saved Curran. From the second round onwards PVZ really started to dominate in the clinch and landed numerous well placed knees, while Curran’s main successes came from occasional trip takedowns. PVZ showed excellent cardio to continue pushing the pace in the clinch in the third round, then mid-way through produced a takedown, trapping Curran against the cage and landing several blows which forced the TKO stoppage. A bit of an early call from the ref, Curran should have been given a little more time to improve her position, but credit to PVZ for the finish nonetheless.
Doo Ho Choi defeats Juan Manuel Puig by TKO at 0.18mins Of Rd1
‘The Korean Superboy’ had a dream UFC debut in Texas to start of the UFC Fight Night 37 event, dropping Puig with a ramrod of a right hand to the chin with practically the first punch, then following up with strikes on the ground to his dazed opponent until the referee brought an end to the fight.