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Mitchell opens with a high kick that’s blocked and Phillips
responds with a low kick in return. Mitchell drives Phillips into
the cage and secures a left underhook. He drops down, connects his
hands and takes Phillips to the canvas. Mitchell immediately begins
working to pass guard while Phillips tries to use the cage to
return to his feet. Mitchell dumps him to the floor again and
continues to remain in control. Phillips uses a guillotine to
briefly reverse Mitchell against the cage before being taken down
again. Mitchell is in full mount. He lands a few short punches
before swiftly transitioning to his foe’s back. He locks in a
rear-naked choke but Phillips escapes. Mitchell remains busy with
punches from back control before transitioning to an armbar. Now
“Thug Nasty” shifts from a triangle back to an armbar, but Phillips
scrambles out of danger and ends up on top with less than a minute
to go. He stands and orders Mitchell to join him. Mitchell
immediately shoots for a double-leg and gets Phillips down. He
passes to full mount and again takes Phillips’ back. Phillips
survives to take Mitchell past the first round for the first time
in his career. 10-9 Mitchell.
Mitchell again leads with a high kick to begin the stanza but
Phillips defends. Mitchell lands a glancing head kick and Phillips
answers with a low kick. Mitchell closes the distance and pins
Phillips against the cage. Mitchell has his man down again and is
applying pressure from above. Phillips sits up against the fence
but Mitchell is relentless. He keeps Phillips grounded while
occasionally landing short punches. Mitchell suddenly jumps guard
and secures a triangle choke. It looks tight and Mitchell fires off
an elbow on his defenseless opponent. A few moments later, Phillips
taps out, giving Mitchell the seventh submission victory of his
The Official Result
Bryce Mitchell defeats Brandon Phillips via Submission (Triangle
Choke) R2 3:14
Cooper begins with a pair of quick jabs and a low kick.
Magomedkerimov fires back with a combination. Cooper lands a kick
to Magomedkerimov’s lead leg. Cooper lands a counter right hand as
Magomedkerimov attacks. Cooper continues to lead with his jab.
Magomedkerimov responds with a right hand to Cooper’s lead leg.
Magomedkerimov comes over the top with a right hand followed by a
left hook. Magomedkerimov pushes forward and lands a right hand.
Cooper goes to the body with a straight right hand. Magomedkerimov
pushes forward with another combination but nothing lands clean.
Cooper throws a leg kick and Magomedkerimov catches it and takes
his opponent down after securing a body lock. He’s got Cooper
pinned against the fence in side control as he battles to create
space to land punches. Magomedkerimov ends the frame landing
standing-to-ground punches in Cooper’s guard. 10-9
Magomedkerimov closes the distance with a combination, then lands a
kick to the body and a leg kick. Cooper connects with a jab. A
right hand from Cooper grazes his foe’s head. Magomedkerimov
presses forward and lands a left hook. Cooper is pumping his jab,
while Magomedkerimov chooses to attack with leg kicks.
Magomedkerimov lands a right hand. Cooper counters effectively then
avoids a half-hearted takedown attempt from the Russian.
Magomedkerimov lands a left kick to the body. Magomedkerimov lands
a pair of looping left hooks, which creates an opening for a
takedown with a little more than a minute remaining. Magomedkerimov
tries to work his way to Cooper’s back. The Russian lands several
hard knees to Cooper’s thigh as the American stands. Magomedkerimov
scoops Cooper up and dumps him right back to the mat.
Magomedkerimov is now in Cooper’s guard, and he once again finishes
the period landing ground-and-pound. 10-9 Magomedkerimov.
Cooper begins the round moving forward, working behind his jab and
couple find their range. Cooper follows a jab to the body with a
clean overhand right. A big right hand from Magomedkerimov buckles
the knees of Cooper, and he urges the Russian forward to exchange.
Magomedkerimov takes advantage of his opponent’s carelessness and
takes Cooper down. Magomedkerimov goes to work in half guard,
landing short left hands while attempting to advance position.
Cooper attempts to stand near the fence but Magomedkerimov rides
him and lands a few hard knees to the leg. Cooper gets up only to
see Magomedkerimov pick him up and slam him down. Magomedkerimov
stays busy on top and then rains down several hard standing to
ground punches. Cooper gives up his back but briefly is able to
reverse the position. It’s only a brief respite, however, as
Magomedkerimov counters and gets Cooper down once more. The fight
ends with Magomedkerimov in control. 10-9 Magomedkerimov (30-27
The Official Result
Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Bobby Cooper via Split Decision (30-27,
28-29, 30-27) R3 5:00
Azaitar lands a kick to the body to begin the fight as he circles
on the outside. They tie up and Azaitar turns Arrant into the cage.
Arrant reverses the position and grinds against his foe. Azaitar
throws a knee and they break up. Azaitar comes forward aggressively
throwing punches and gets tagged with a straight left from Arrant.
There’s already a little bit of blood coming from Azaitar’s left
eye. Azaitar whips a hard leg kick and Arrant nods in
acknowledgement. Azaitar lands a left hook to the body. Arrant is
walking his man down, but Azaitar rushes forward with another
combination. Nothing serious connects. Arrant lands a kick to the
face with his lead leg. Azaitar explodes for a takedown and nearly
gets caught in an armbar on the canvas. The German-based fighter
frees himself and lands several left hands as Arrant stands.
Azaitar takes him right back down and gets busy with
ground-and-pound as the frame ends. 10-9 Azaitar.
Arrant begins with a spinning kick but Azaitar blocks it. A lead
leg head kick from Arrant grazes his foe’s face. Azaitar lands a
combination. Arrant responds with a straight left. Azaitar fins a
home for a body kick. Azaitar continues to attack the body with
kicks and punches. Azaitar ups his aggression and fires off a
combination. Offense has been limited in the frame thus far, with
both combatants playing patty-cake in the center of the cage.
Azaitar presses the action and lands a couple hooks to the body. He
sprawls on a takedown attempt by Arrant and in a scramble Azaitar
ends on top. Azaitar is bleeding profusely from his nose as he
tries to take Arrant’s back. They return to their feet and action
is halted as Azaitar lands a kick to the cup. After a brief pause
action resumes, but neither fighter lands anything in the final 15
seconds. 10-9 Azaitar.
Azaitar lands a hard kick to the body. Arrant fires back with a
combination but doesn’t connect. Azaitar continues to find success
with kicks to the body early, while Arrant struggles to pull the
trigger through two minutes. Azaitar is controlling the distance
with his kicks, although he isn’t landing in great volume.
Azaitar’s weapon of choice in this frame continues to be the rear
kick to the body, and it’s landed multiple times. Arrant tags
Azaitar with a crisp one-two, and Azaitar briefly backs up. Azaitar
connects with a counter right hand. Arrant attempts to force the
issue in the final 10 seconds, but it’s Azaitar who ends the frame
with a flurry of punches. 10-9 Azaitar (30-27 Azaitar).
The Official Result
Abu Azaitar def. Michael Arrant via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00
Magomedov misses with a jumping knee but clips Brock with a
follow-up right hand. Brock survives as Magomedov swarms to
capitalize and they return to the center of the cage. Magomedov
uses the flying knee to set up the right hand again. Magomedov
ducks under a Brock right hand and lands a takedown. Brock attempts
to stand and Magomedov slams him down from behind. Brock gets up
again and Magomedov presses him into the fence. They exchange knees
in the clinch and Magomedov lands a punch on the break. After a
brief pause for a low blow from Magomedov, the action resumes.
Magomedov catches a Brock low kick and takes his man down.
Magomedov is in full guard now, keeping his head close to Brock’s
chest. Brock does a good job controlling Magomedov form his back as
he works his way toward the fence. Brock is up, but Magomedov
maintains a body lock. Finally they break up and return to the
center of the cage. The smaller Brock is struggling to find his
range, but he finally connects with a right hand. A spinning back
fist form Magomedov is blocked by Brock as time runs out. 10-9
Magomedov lands a right hand in an initial exchange. The Russian
again finds the range on a long straight right hand. Magomedov
snaps his foe’s head back with a pair of jabs. A right hand form
Magomedov briefly has Brock reeling, but he’s back up in the center
of the cae. Magomedov attacks with a flying knee and quickly
transitions to a takedown. Brock defends and they get back to the
center of the cage. Brock closes the distance and they tie up. They
battle for position near the fence and eventually separate.
Magomedov lands a right hand, then ducks down and grabs a single
leg. Brock is down momentarily but scrambles back up. Magomedov
maintains a body lock and lands some knees to the body with his
opponent against the fence. Finally Magomedov slams Brock to the
mat and lands in side control. Brock works his way up and the round
ends with both fighters missing punches in an exchange. 10-9
Magomedov seems to have slowed somewhat as neither fighter lands
much in a tentative opening minute. Brock shoots for a takedown and
Magomedov defends well against the fence. Brock gives up on a
single leg against the cage and they separate. Blood is coming from
Brock’s nose as Magomedov lands a couple jabs. Brock times a
Magomedov knee with a takedown and takes his foe’s back. Brock
works to secure the second hook with less than two minutes
remaining, but Magomedov fends it off. Brock maintains the
position, but Magomedov retains hand control to prevent any serious
threat from the Boise native. Brock throws some heel strikes with
his free leg to Magomedov’s hip. However, Brock can’t break
Magomedov’s grip and the Russian scrambles to his feet as the bell
sounds. 10-9 Brock (29-28 Magomedov).
The Official Result
Bekbulat Magomedov def. Jesse Brock via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
29-28, 30-27) R3 5:00
Valiev lands a low kick to Gutierrez’s lead leg after an extended
feeling-out process. They trade leg kicks as Valiev controls the
center of the cage. Valiev catches a kick and takes Gutierrez down.
Valiev attempts to pass guard but Gutierrez denies it. Valiev
creates space for an elbow. Gutierrez kicks Valiev away and the
Russian stands. He dives back in and controls Gutierrez’s left leg
from side control. Eventually Gutierrez recaptures full guard.
Valiev stays busy with left and right hands with less than a minute
to go. Again, Gutierrez pushes Valiev away with his legs. The
American attempts to land upkicks from his back before Valiev finds
his way back into his opponent’s guard. The period ends with Valiev
on top. 10-9 Valiev.
Valiev catches a kick and takes Gutierrez down within the first 30
seconds. Gutierrez turtles near the fence as Valiev looks to take
his foe’s back. Valiev is patiently attacking with left hands to
the head, but Gutierrez is blocking most of the attacks. Valiev
lands a belly-to-back suplex and is inside Gutierrez’s guard.
Valiev stands and drops a right hand. Miragliotta urges Valiev to
keep busy as he works from top position. Gutierrez again uses his
guard to create separation but Valiev keeps the pressure on and
eventually dives back into guard. Valiev has a body lock on
Gutierrez near the fence and he lands a couple knees to the body
and thighs. Valiev lands three or four short right hands to the
head as Gutierrez stands near the fence. With 10 seconds left
Miragliotta orders the fighters to break, and the round ends
without further incident. 10-9 Valiev.
Valiev starts out aggressive, keeping Gutierrez at bay by throwing
punches and spinning kicks. Valiev lands a leg kick then follows up
with a perfectly timed takedown at about the 3:30 mark. He’s back
in Gutierrez’s guard. Gutierrez frames his legs for a triangle and
uses the maneuver to sweep to his feet. Valiev presses Gutierrez
against the fence but is doing nothing so Miragliotta orders a
break. Gutierrez lands a kick to the body and Valiev answers with
an outside leg kick. Gutierrez connects with a leg kick of his own,
but Valiev backs him up with a combination. Gutierrez doesn’t pull
the trigger in the final minute until approximately 10 seconds
remain. After a brief, furious exchange, Gutierrez tries to jump
guard as the bell sounds. 10-9 Valiev (30-27 Valiev).
The Official Result
Timur Valiev def. Chris Gutierrez via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00
Jordan rocks Gooch with a straight right out of the gate, and the
two heavyweights briefly trade punches. They separate and Jordan
connects with a clean straight left. Gooch looks to be rocked and
he stumbles backward as Jordan is on the attack. They UFC veteran
lands a takedown near the fence and he sets up shop in half guard.
Jordan looks to land right hands but Gooch defends reasonably well.
Gooch makes it to a seated position, so Jordan takes his opponent’s
back. Gooch is on his knees as Jordan peppers him with left hands.
Referee Marc Wasem warns Gooch to let go of the fence, and Jordan
continues to patiently pick his spots with punches. Jordan puts all
his weight on Gooch’s back and flattens him out. Jordan unloads
with punches from back mount. Wasem warns Gooch once and the CES
representative attempts to explode out of danger to no avail.
Jordan continues to land ground-and-pound on his prone opponent and
finally the bout is halted. Jordan’s victory likely lands him a
shot at reigning WSOF heavyweight king Blagoy Ivanov.
The Official Result
Shawn Jordan def. Ashley Gooch via TKO (Punches) R1 4:40
Nurmagomedov lands a pair of jabs and Howard misses a right hook in
an initial exchange. Nurmagomedov looking to land a big overhand
left early on. The fighters trade inside leg kicks. Nurmagomedov
lands an overhand left and they briefly clinch before separating.
Howard lands a pair of hooks and then ties up with Nurmagomedov.
The Dagestani fighter turns him and tries for a takedown but Howard
lands a knee before they separate. Nurmagomedov explodes for a
double leg takedown and lands in his opponent’s guard. Nurmagomedov
is warned against using his head as he drives it into Howard’s
chin. Nurmagomedov is gradually working his way to half guard and
he gets there. Howard is doing a good job controlling his foe’s
wrist to prevent ground-and-pound. With 30 seconds remaining,
Nurmagomedov is still on top. He lands a short elbow and is content
to ride out the rest of the period on top. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov lands a jab followed by a head kick from his lead leg.
Howard follows with an inside leg kick. Nurmagomedov jabs and moves
out of danger when Howard counters. “Doomsday” is finding a home
for leg kicks, however. Howard ties up his foe but after a takedown
both welterweights are quickly back up. Nurmagomedov tries for a
takedown but is denied. The rangier Nurmagomedov lands a jab, then
another. Howard sprawls on a takedown but stumbles backward after
eating an overhand left when they separate. Nurmagomedov continues
to jab repeatedly on the outside. Howard’s face is starting to show
some damage with a little more than a minute remaining.
Nurmagomedov continues to beat his foe to the punch while moving
out of danger when Howard counters. Nurmagomedov buckles Howard’s
knees with a short elvow and shoves him to the mat. Howard gets up
and briefly takes Nurmagomedov down. Nurmagomedov ends the frame
with a takedown of his own. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Howard closes the distance with punches and clinches with
Nurmagomedov. Howard lands a right hook on the break. Nurmagomedov
jabs and Howard answers with a hard leg kick. Nurmagomedov goes for
a single leg but Howard defends. Nurmagomedov stays attached to his
foe and eventually drags Howard down. Nurmagomedov is briefly in
side control before Howard regains half guard. Nurmagomedov stays
heavy on top but isn’t landing much in the way of ground-and-pound.
With 90 seconds left, referee Mike England orders a standup.
Nurmagomedov connects with a one-two combo and Howard has a
takedown stuffed. Nurmagomedov reverses the position but he can’t
get Howard down. Howard catches Nurmagomedov looking at the clock
and snaps his head back with a right hand. Howard tries to jump
guard for a guillotine but slides off his opponent. Nurmagomedov
ends the period in his foe’s guard. 10-9 Nurmagomedov (30-27
The Official Result
Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. John Howard via Unanimous Decision
(29-28, 29-28, 30-27) R3 5:00
Foster opens things up with an outside leg kick. Firmino comes
forward for a takedown, but Foster counters with heavy leather and
shoves his foe down. Foster is on top now, but Firmino fishes for a
leg lock. That allows the Brazilian to move into top position in a
scramble. Firmino alternates punches to the head and body from
above. Foster attempts to control Firmino’s head but continues to
absorb punches to the ribs. Foster slides his legs up and briefly
creates some space but Firmino is quickly back into his guard.
Firmino gets overzealous and Foster secures a triangle after
pushing off the fence. Firmino appears to tap a couple times and
the bout is halted. The Brazilian has angry words for both referee
Mike England and Foster after the stoppage.
The Official Result
Brian Foster def. Luiz Firmino via Submission (Triangle Choke) R1
High throws a low kick and Zeferino counters with a combination.
Zeferino counters another leg kick. Zeferino shoots for a takedown
and High ensnares him in a guillotine. High rolls into mount and
Zeferino tries desperately to defend. Somehow Zeferino escapes the
hold. It’s back to a standup fight and High lands a counter left
hand. The fighters trade punches near the fence before clinching.
High takes control and stays busy with short right hands to the
ribs. They separate and return to the center of the cage. Zeferino
connects with a clean straight right hand. High moves forward and
lands a kick to the body. High just misses on a big left hook. High
gets wobbled by a short punch by Zeferino. The Brazilian
capitalizes for a takedown and lands several short elbows from
above. Zeferino continues to work with elbows as less than 30
seconds remain. Zeferino lets High up and lands a perfectly timed
front kick as his opponent returns to his feet. 10-9 Zeferino.
Zeferino lands a kick to the body and then shoots for a takedown
near the cage. High thinks the kick was low, but the action isn’t
halted and Zeferino gets him down. High reverses the position and
avoids a guillotine attempt in the process. Zeferino returns to his
feet and turns High into the fence. Zeferino gets one hook in and
forces High to turn. That allows Zeferino to get a takedown. High
locks up Zeferino’s arms and a standup is ordered with a little
more than 2:00 to go. After a brief exchange Zeferino pushes High
back into the cage. The Brazilian trips his man to the canvas and
lands in half guard. Zeferino lands a few short right hands to the
ribs. Another standup is ordered shortly thereafter. Zeferino lands
a kick to the body for the last significant offense of the period.
Zeferino lands a hard body kick which High catches but the “Kansas
City Bandit” quickly drops the limb. Moments later, High lands a
body kick of his own. The fighters trade in the pocket and High
lands a clean left hand but drops his hands, allowing Zeferino to
floor him with a short counter right hand to the chin. Zeferino
dives in and lands several more follow-up punches but High appears
to be intelligently defending himself. Referee Marc Wasem has seen
enough, however, and the bout is halted.
The Official Result
Joao Zeferino def. Jason High via TKO (Punches) R3 0:51
Branch sticks a pair of quick jabs to open the bout. Magalhaes
tries to invite the champ into guard and Branch makes him get up.
Branch lands a jab to the body. Magalhaes closes the distance with
punches but Branch avoids his clinch. Branch tags Magalhaes with
more straight punches. Branch catches a kick and dodges a wide
punch from his opponent before dropping the leg. Branch continues
to beat Magalhaes to the punch in exchanges. Branch ducks under a
Magalhaes hook and lands another jab. Magalhaes lands a jab of his
own as Branch moves forward. Still, it’s Branch who is most
effective with the jab, as he’s controlled the majority of the
round with his lead hand. Brnach doubles up on the punch nicely
with about 20 seconds to go. Magalhaes ends the frame with a high
kick and they battle in close quarters before being separated after
the horn sounds. 10-9 Branch.
Branch sets the tone with his jab right out of the gate. Branch
dodges a high kick from the Brazilian. Magalhaes lands a solid low
kick on Branch’s lead leg. Magalhaes follows a body kick with a
superman punch, but doesn’t connect. Branch floors his opponent
with a massive left hook on the chin. Branch dives in to finish his
foe with punches and hammerfists. When that is unsuccessful, Branch
elects to make Magalheas get up. Branch rocks his woozy foe with a
left hook and then they clinch. Magalhaes is bloodied now, and
Branch tees off against the fence. Branch takes Magalhaes down with
ease and then walks away. Branch marches forward and tags Magalhaes
with hooks against the fence, but the Brazilian fires back to make
his foe back up briefly. Branch pumps his jab and then avoids a
high kick. Branch lands a four-punch combo and Magalhaes circles
away. Branch finds a home for his left hook yet again and he avoids
one final Magalhaes salvo as the bell sounds. 10-8 Branch.
After a brief doctor checkup, Magalhaes is cleared to continue.
Branch lands another combination but eats a counter. Branch lands a
left jab and a right hook. The champ sends Magalhaes back with a
straight right hand. Magalhaes is showing plenty of heart, but
Branch is landing at will again. Branch lands several punches to
the body near the fence before Magalhaes shoves him away. Branch
continues to jab away and then deftly dodges Magalhaes’ counter
offerings. Branch backs his foe into the corner and lands a
combination. Branch closes the frame with a three-punch
combination. 10-9 Branch.
Branch continues to push the pace as the championship frames begin.
Branch catches a kick but misses on overhand counter. Magalhaes
lands a hard kick to the body. Magalhaes lands a jab as Branch
marches forward. Branch seems to be slowing down, but the jab is
still there for the Renzo Gracie pupil. Magalhaes goes back to the
leg kick. Branch sends Magalhaes on the retreat with a lead left
hook. Branch lands a jab and then follows up with a right hand to
the body. Branch appears to hurt Magalhaes with a big left hook.
Magalhaes circles away and Branch can’t find a finish as time runs
out. 10-9 Branch.
Magalhaes dives desperately for a takedown and then falls to his
back. Branch isn’t having it and the Brazilian is back up. Branch
lands a hard kick to the body. Branch again finds a home for his
jab, which has been the theme of this fight. Branch backs his man
into the fence and lands a combination. Magalhaes circles away and
eats a one-two combo in the center of the cage. Magalhaes fires off
a left hook but it only grazes Branch. The combatants trade leg
kicks and Branch closes the distance to land another combination.
Magalhaes whiffs on a couple kicks. Branch keeps the pressure on
and again lands a multi-punch combination on his foe. Branch isn’t
coasting in the final minute as he again finds the range on a left
hook. Branch lands a jab and they clinch briefly before the final
bell ends the title bout. 10-9 Branch (50-44 Branch).
The Official Result
David Branch def. Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision (50-44,
50-44, 50-44) R5 5:00