Mexico’s Alexa Grasso thrilled her followers at Area Ciudad de Mexico Saturday night time, profitable a razor-skinny three-spherical cut up choice over strawweight contender Randa Markos within the UFC Battle Night time co-major occasion.
Disregarding the excessive altitude, Grasso and Markos received after it within the first spherical, each competing at an exhausting tempo. Within the first half of the body, Markos acquired out to an early lead, however within the second half, Grasso roared again, not simply together with her putting, however with some efficient floor work.
The tempo didn’t let up within the second, with some early hanging exchanges adopted by a Markos takedown try that noticed Grasso land on prime. Markos scrambled out of hassle and the 2 continued to grapple towards the fence till breaking with a bit over three minutes left. Markos went on to catch a kick and put Grasso on the deck moments later, and the Canadian went to work, touchdown some arduous strikes earlier than Grasso obtained again to her ft. With lower than two minutes left, the 2 went again to the mat and battled it out, Markos touchdown a number of exhausting elbows.
Markos obtained one other takedown with three minutes left within the last spherical, however a minute later, Grasso was again up and making an attempt to make a remaining impression on the scorecards, and thanks to a few onerous proper palms, she did simply that, taking the nod by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29.
With the win, Guadalajara’s Grasso, who got here in at 119 kilos for the bout, improves to 10-1. Ontario’s Markos, the No. 9-ranked strawweight contender, falls to 7-6.
PRICE vs JOUBAN
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What was shaping as much as be a attainable Struggle of the Night time scrap was ended shortly by unbeaten welterweight prospect Niko Worth, who halted veteran Alan Jouban within the first spherical.
Each fighters have been throwing onerous photographs from the beginning, with one among Jouban’s punches elevating a welt on the aspect of Worth’s face. However within the second minute, Worth dropped Jouban with a proper hand, and after a comply with-up barrage of photographs, referee Gary Copeland intervened, stopping the battle on the 1:forty four mark.
Worth strikes to 10-zero, 1 NC with the win. Jouban falls to fifteen-6.
BANDENAY vs BRAVO
The most important underdog on Saturday’s card, Peruvian featherweight Humberto Bandenay, scored a spotlight reel first-spherical knockout of TUF LATAM winner Martin Bravo in his UFC debut.
Bandenay confirmed no indicators of the primary-time Octagon jitters on this one, however then once more, he didn’t have a lot time to get them, as he softened Bravo up with a kick to the physique, then went upstairs, catching his foe with a left knee that put his foe down and out. The official time of referee Jerin Valel’s stoppage was 26 seconds of the primary body.
With the win, Lima’s Bandenay, who took the struggle on two weeks’ discover, strikes to 14-four with 1 NC; Rosarito’s Bravo falls to 12-1.
ALVEY vs EVANS
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After a quick feeling out course of, the 37-yr-previous Evans (24-7-1) appeared for a takedown, however Alvey’s protection was strong. Evans stored urgent although, and he was capable of get Alvey to the deck briefly with two minutes left. As soon as standing, the 2 remained locked up till ninety seconds remained, however there was little vital scoring for the remainder of the body.
Alvey (31-9, 1 NC) obtained extra aggressive within the second stanza, however regardless of strolling his foe down, he wasn’t letting his palms go. Evans landed a pair kicks and scored a fast takedown, however not a lot outdoors of that, and the followers let each fighters hear it.
Regardless of a tough proper hand by Evans that briefly acquired Alvey’s consideration, the busier and simpler fighter within the third was “Smile’N Sam.” And although his output wasn’t getting the gang again into it, it was sufficient to get the win by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29.
PEREZ vs SOUKHAMTHATH
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Scores within the bantamweight bout have been 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Perez, now 19-6-1. Soukhamthath falls to eleven-5.
Perez was busy with leg kicks within the opening spherical, however two left arms from Soukhamthath resulted in two flash knockdowns that doubtless gained him the spherical.
Within the second, Perez started touchdown extra telling blows, solely to hit the deck a 3rd time courtesy of Soukhamthath’s left hand within the second minute. However with beneath two minutes left, Perez obtained his personal knockdown because of an overhand proper. After a quick spell on the mat, the 2 rose, with Perez scoring a again elbow that acquired the gang roaring.
Within the third, Perez broke open an in depth struggle with a takedown, and that ultimate spherical edge proved to be sufficient for him to earn the arduous-fought determination.