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Chad Mendes defeats Ricardo Lamas by TKO at 2.45mins of Rd1
Al Iaquinta defeats Jorge Masvidal by split decision (29-28 x2, 27-30)
Michael Chiesa defeats Mitch Clarke by unanimous decision (29-26 x2, 29-28)
Julianna Pena defeats Milana Dudieva by TKO at 3.59mins of Rd1
Clay Guida defeats Robbie Peralta by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dustin Poirier defeats Carlos Diego Ferreira by KO at 3.45mins of Rd1
Liz Carmouche defeats Lauren Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
A clinch heavy contest here and it was Murphy who appeared to be getting the better of it for the most part and with her constant pressure she often put Carmouche on the back foot. When Carmouche did get off first offensively she had her moments and landed some nice takedowns in the third round as her sense of urgency started to increase. Overall I felt like Murphy had done enough to win though with her workrate in the opening two rounds, so it was somewhat of a surprise to see Carmouche emerging with her hand raised.
Alexander Yakovlev defeats Gray Maynard by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Maynard suffers a defeat to Yakovlev that’ll surely renew talk about him retiring. Surprisingly given his increasingly suspect chin, Maynard was mainly looking to stand and trade in the opening round and looked bright enough, though there were clearly holes in his defense as he repeatedly surged forward with punches. Meanwhile Yakovlev did well to land a solid takedown and overall it was a close round. Things began to unravel for Maynard in the second round as his striking became increasingly predictable. In the end Yakovlev was able to crack him with a straight left that staggered Maynard and sent him to the canvas. Yakovlev initially looked for a finish with strikes, but then opted to grapple on the mat which was a poor choice and enabled Maynard to get to the end of the round and clear his head. Maynard’s movement evaporated in the final round and he was left telegraphing takedown attempts which Yakovlev was doing well to stuff. Then he landed one of his own and was able to end the round on top to ensure the victory was headed his way.
Timothy Johnson defeats Shamil Abdurahimov by TKO at 4.57mins of Rd1
There wasn’t too much happening in this heavyweight encounter in the first few minutes, other than Abdurahimov getting a point deducted for continual fence-grabbing. Then, late in the round Johnson suddenly switched up from striking to a takedown attempt – dumping his opponent to the mat and then easily moving into full mount. He started letting his hands go from this dominant position and with Abduhrahimov unable to get him back off and eating a fair number of shots the ref decided to end the fight. Perhaps a little premature from the ref there given that there was only 3 seconds of the round remaining.
Ron Stallings defeats Justin Jones by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Stallings striking was the difference between the two men here, working to the body with knees and kicks, while Jones’ strategy of attempting to grind out a win from the clinch and with takedowns led to some dull moments and failed to make an impact.