Iaquinta lands a nice counter right hand while blocking a low kick. Iaquinta gets to his knees, eats another left hand. Iaquinta shoots, but Nurmagomedov pulls away. In side control with half the round to work, Souza bides his time. Rawlings starts to come alive around the two-minute warning, but her right hand appears to wake up Evans-Smith, who flurries with punches and knees, now looking for a Thai clinch. Kattar partially blocks the last two, but they do damage. More than half of the round gone.
Mike Rodriguez Round 1 — Both men quick to the center. Round 1 Evans-Smith lands a leg kick, then shoots on Rawlings with a single, but the Australian fends off the first takedown attempt from the wrestler. Nurmagomedov won with a pair of 50-43 scores and a 50-44, meaning he took a pair of 10-8 rounds from two judges. Still, he stays with it, switches to a double and brings the fight to the floor. Iaquinta walks his way up the fence and gets standing, but Nurmagomedov slams him down hard. Goddard is right there, and Leites suddenly flounders as Hermansson pours on the punishment. Iaquinta goes for a single leg and follows up with punches that only partially connect.
Iaquinta worked hard for a late rear-naked choke, but couldn't get it. Bochniak tries to come on strong down the stretch, throwing hands freely and shouting at Magomedsharipov, but it may not be enough to influence the scorecards. Kattar with a right downstairs. Evans-Smith responds with an uppercut, grabs for a double-leg and gets shoved away by the Aussie. Al Iaquinta Round 1: Iaquinta with an early right hand.
Right hand by Kowalkiewicz, stiff jab by Herrig. Two elbows and a knee for Kowalkiewicz. The full lineup and schedule follows. Kowalkiewicz goes for an Imanari Roll, winds up on the bottom in guard. Jabs piling up for him.
Instantly, Dern wraps the rear-naked choke and seals the deal. Spinning backfist blocked by Rawlings, who is trying to time her attacks to get past the range. The right arm wraps the body, and the left hand drives into the head and body. Round 3 — Corner waves the fight off between rounds. Kattar trying to press a bit, but Moicano moving well. Leites works for a sweep and then powers into a takedown attempt. Gastelum frees himself and swings hands at Souza until the final horn.
He dives forward on a takedown. Gruetzemacher tries to tie up in the center of the cage and gets zapped with an elbow from Lauzon, who subsequently shoots, then pulls guard. Nice right hand, inside leg kicks. Left hook lands for Nurmagomedov. The final minute of the round sees Machida continuing to pick at Belfort with kicks.
Just when it looks like Kelleher is on the retreat, the New Yorker turns the tides with a thudding left hand that puts Lineker on rubber legs. Mina pressing again with 90 seconds to go. Hermansson now on top and manages to advance to mount, resisting a scramble to pepper Leites with punches. Evans-Smith with a few low kicks that score. He chops the legs again. Chris Gruetzemacher Round 1: Lauzon does damage early with 1-2s, forcing Gruetzemacher back. Namajunas checks the next low kick.
Magomedsharipov catches Bochniak coming inside and hits him with a counter uppercut. Left hook and left body kick from the Dagestani. Lots of feints, not many clean connections. Dunham makes a mistake by trying to clinch up, as Aubin-Mercier immediately throws a pinpoint knee to the liver that folds Dunham in half. Left straight lands for Namajunas, right hook misses but the second left hits hard. Alves spins to the outside with 3:15 on the clock and gives Aliev a pair of hard knees to the midsection.
Sherdog Scores Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Alves Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alves Josh Stillman scores the round 10-9 Alves Round 2 Alves takes the better part of a minute to close the distance on Aliev; once he does, Aliev immediately clinches up and spins the Brazilian against the fence. They trade right hands in the center a minute in. Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision 50-44, 50-43, 50-43 Round 1: Iaquinta just misses with a hard right hand. They trade, left lands for Namajunas. They trade punches on the ground. Namajunas with a right hand over the top.