Luiz Garagorri was able to oustrike Humberto Bandenay to earn a unanimous decision victory in his promotional debut tonight at UFC Fight Night 156.
Garagorri misses with an early leg kick. Head kick attempt now is blocked. Leg kick after Bandenay withdraws on a strike attempt.
Takedown in the center of the cage from Bandenay and drives him across to the cage. Garagorri trying to get up with his back to the cage, but Bandenay is keeping him down for now.
Bandenay in full mount, but Garagorri powers up and gets back to his feet, with Bandenay still in the clinch. They move to the center of the Octagon and suddenly it’s Garagorri who lands a takedown. He doesn’t stay down for a long though, opting to pop back up to his feet.
Bandenay allowed to get back to his feet. Garagorri lands a leg kick. Body punch and a right hook from Garagorri, but then Bandenay works for a takedown and gets it.
Garagorri back up to his feet and Bandenay immediately tries to jump up and pull guard but it doesn’t pay off and he hops back down from that.
They work in the clinch and then Garagorri unleashes a flurry of punches. Short flurry of punches from Bandenay as he moves into the clinch.
They jockey for position against the cage and Bandaney ends the round in the dominant position.
Kick for Garagorri. Now one to the body. Bandenay short with a punch. left hook from Garagorri clips his opponent. Another body kick for him.
Hard leg kick for Garagorri. Now a jab lands. Highh kick for Bandenay. Now a very hard punch for Bandenay and he looks for more behind it, but Garagorri throws back and then the two fighters grin and tap gloves as a sign of respect.
Garagorri moves in with body punches. One-two for Bandenay as blood leaks from around Garagorri’s left eye. Garagorri clinches up against the cage until the referee stops them for a lack of action.
Bandenay swinging for the fences but misses. Knee to the body from Garagorri and then a body kick behind it. Spinning kick misses.
left hand gets through for Garagorri. Low kick for him. Body kick for Bandenay. Body punch and then upstairs for Garagorri before clinching up against the cage.
They jockey for position again and it’s relatively even. Garagorri with a nice punch as he backs out and then they both trade big punches.
Missed spinning kick from Garagorri. Bandenay drives into a takedown and lands it to end the round.
left hand for Garagorri. Now a leg kick. left connects for Bandenay. Garagorri counters. Bandenay looking for a takedown, but it doesn’t work out.
They clinch against the cage and Bandeney lands a takedown. Bandeney trying to take his back, but that doesn’t work for now. He moves to full mount and then tries to take the back again as Garagorri stands, without success.
Bandenay remains in the clinch though until the referee opts to separate them. Bandenay ducks a punch. Body kick for Garagorri.
Bandeney going back in on a takedown, but settles for the clinch against the cage instead.
Garagorri reverses. Not much action though and they finally separate. Hooks for Garagorri as Bandenay covers up.
Bandenay throws a strike and Garagorri counters with a flurry of punches. Body punch for Garagorri. Takedown attempt from Bandenay is stuffed.
Spinning kick from Garagorri misses. Jab for Garagorri. Jumping kick misses from Bandenay and then he goes for a takedown, but can’t land it.
Both men exchange punches in the final seconds of the round.
Solid debut from Luiz Garagorri here in front of his home fans in Uruguay as he earns a unanimous decison victory (30-27 x3).