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REUBEN DURAN VS. GEORGE ROOP
Round 1 – Both fighters come out hard, Roop just missing with the frontkick. Duran uses head movement to avoid an array of spinning attacks from Roop. Duran connects with two hard punches before a frontkick to the stomach backs him up. Roop is throwing with high freuqency, Duran with lightning speed and power. Reuben Duran does an excellent job of changing levels and landing an explosive double leg. Roop works with an open guard as Duran seems to idle. Roop lands a few crisp elbow strikes from the bottom before Duran finally fires back. Roop begins gaining momentum from the bottom and lands a flurry of hard elbows before Duran advances to half guard. The out ends with Roop in Duran’s half guard. Roop seems to have done more damaged throughout the round despite behing held down. Close fight so far.
Round 2- Once again the fighters come out fast, and engage in a quick exchange before Duran puts Roop into the cage. Roop reverses and takes the back of Duran, working for a rear naked choke.Duran fights off the choke and works his way back to his feet. Roop now has Duran on the cage and lands some clean transitional strikes followed by a heavy body kick. Duran scores another takedown, again stalling in Roop’s guard. A few explosive bursts from Duran have Roop throwing up his legs for a submission. Roop finds the cage and works his way back to his feet where he is held until the round concludes. Another close round.
Round 3- Much of the same action in round three. The fighters share an initial exchange before Duran gains control using the cage. Roop reverses and lands a mix of knees and punches on Duran. Roop drops down and secures the takedown halfway through the round. Duran gets to his feet, but Roop has his back once again. Roop with another quick takedown, but Duran does a great job of initiating the scramble, and puts Roop back on the cage. Both fighters seem to have no trouble keeping this grueling pace. Duran remains control but it is Roop who lands the better shots, even with his back to the cage. The men seperate in the last few seconds, neither landing. The judges have their work cut out for them with this close fight.
George Roop takes home the decision. (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
TJ DILLASHAW VS. ISSEI TAMURA
Round 1 – The fighters touch gloves and begin a brief feeling out process. TJ Dillashaw utilizes his five inch reach, chasing Tamura down with legkicks. Dillashaw comes forward fast and lands a flawless takedown. TJ works for the back but Tamura is able to get back to his feet. A scramble ensues and Dillashaw wins the favorable cage position where he pins Tamura for the next two minutes. The fans in Montreal begin to boo and the fighters are seperated with a minute left. Dillashaw throws some powerful head kicks and remains in control of the octagon. Both fighters pick up the pace with a flurry of punches to end the round. Close, but it seems Dillashaw is getting the edge. (And Tamura’s corner agrees)
Round 2 – TJ Dillashaw takes the center and immediately goes to work. He fakes low and throws a tremendous head kick- sending Tamura to the ground. Dillashaw follows up and unleashes a load of punches before the fight is stopped.
TJ Dillashaw wins by knockout.
QUINN MULHERN VS. RICK STORY
Round 1 – Fighters touch gloves and Story begins to pressure. Thirty seconds in he lands a clean combo that shakes up Mulhern. Quinn manages to get some space and regain his composure, but Story maintains the pressure. Story stalks Mulhern, occasionally throwing power shots that are doing damage. Every time Mulhern comes in he is caught with a vicious counter from Rick Story. Halfway into the round Quinn establishes some control, but Story clips him with a shot and sends him to the canvas. Mulhern turtles up and a few more strikes finalizes the victory for Story.
Rick Story wins via TKO.
DARON CRUICKSHANK VS. JOHN MAKDESSI
Round 1 – Makdessi and Cruickshank circle the middle of the octagon, hesitant to strike at first. Cruickshank lands a few leg kicks, but still not much action. The crowd begins to boo only two minutes in and the fighters pick up the pace. A number of spinning kicks are thrown from each fighter, but nothing lands. Both men are in and out with quick strikes, but no real damage is dealt. Cruickshank is caught with a low shot and takes a moment to regain himself. With one minute left they begin to slowly loosen up, and Cruickshank is unsuccessful in a taking down MAkdessi. Cruickshank charges in with a flying knee to close the round, but misses yet again. A slow but even round.
Round 2 – Makdessi tries to find his range and eats a side kick from Cruickshank. John Makdessi seems to have increased the pressure, but is being countered by a fluid Cruickshank. Makdessi lands a clean shot after a failed spinning back fist by Cruickshank. Both fighters explode in a spectacular series of spinning attacks, each landing some good shots in the exchange. They continue to trade- Cruickshank landing kicks while Makdessi fires shots to the head. A much faster paced round, and the fight seems to remain even.
Round 3 – Cruickshank wastes no time in landing a clean right hand that gets Makdessi’s attention, who is controlling the octagon at this point. Cruickshank slips on a kick, but Makdessi motions for him to get up. Cruickshank tries to get the fight to the ground, but telegraphs the shot and Makdessi easily sprawls. Another shot by Cruickshank, and Makdessi effortlessly tosses him aside. It seems Makdessi has successfully changed his attack, and continues to catch Cruickshank with numerous combinations. Makdessi takes a hard eye poke with a minute left and he is given time to recover. Upon resuming, Makdessi goes on the offensive, peppering Cruickshank with shot after shot. He pushes the pace and begins to overwhelm Cruickshank just before the end of the fight.
John Makdessi takes the unanimous decision. (29-28,29-28,29-28)
JORDAN MEIN VS. DAN MILLER
Round 1 – Dan Miller comes out and delivers a nice combination ending with a leg kick to start the fight. They circle for a bit before Miller scores a double. Moments after securing position, Miller advances to mount and continues with an unorthodox transition to an armbar. It looks tight, but Mein does an expert job of escaping and gets back to his feet. They go back to trading strikes and Mein claims the center. Mein continues pushing forward, but Dan mixes things up and lands the better shots. Mein lands a monstrous strike to the head out of nowhere that drops Miller. Mein, recognizing the danger of Miller’s ground game, does not persue the takedown and instead summons Miller to stand. Mein catches Miller with a stiff jab thirty seconds left and has Miller hurt. He goes in for the finish and Miller wilts under the pressure. Jordan Mein wins via TKO.
ANTONIO CARVALHO VS. DARREN ELKINS
Round 1 – The fighters tie up in a clinch only seconds in, and Elkins lands on the separation. Carvalho waits for Elkins to engage before countering with solid left hooks. He stuffs Elkins’ take down attempts and reverses cage position. Elkins lands another clean shot on their separation from the cage. A calm and composed Carvalho seems to be getting the better of Elkins on the feet. Before you know it Elkins fires in with a right hand that wobbles Carvalho. He pursues and lands another hard right that buckles Carvalho and Yves Lavigne interrupts with a controversial decision. Carvalho protests, but the fight is over, perhaps too soon.
Darren Elkins wins by TKO.
PATRICK COTE VS. BOBBY VOELKER
Round 1 – Both fighters come out swinging and go toe-to-toe only seconds in. Cote lands a clean shot that wobbles Voelker, who recovers quickly. They clinch up and Cote pummels to the dominant position on the cage. The fighters split up and Cote resumes a vicious assault on the feet. Voelker returns with a flurry, but Cote easily dodges the shots, returning with a few of his own. He begins to mix up his striking with leg kicks but Voelker scores a trip takedown. Cote throws up a promising armbar, but abandons the submission early. Voelker delivers some ground and pound to counter Cote’s very active bottom game. Cote is extremely active on the bottom, but is unable to finish his submission and sweep attempts. The round concludes with Cote on the bottom, but with great control.
Round 2 – Voelker immediately eats a leg kick followed by a few crisp punches to the head, but seems to absorb the damage. Cote continues to duck Voelker’s punches, but fails to counter the increasing number of leg kicks. Cote slows the pace down and puts Voelker up against the cage and unleashes a devastating combination on Voelker, who covers up. Amazingly, Voelker seems unfazed by the shots and now has Cote on the defense. Cote attempts a takedown on the cage, but abandons it to deliver another head-body combination that lands clean. Voelkman punishes Cote with a hard knee to the face and once again, Cote aims to slow things down and work on the cage. Voelker scores a quick takedown but they return to their feet and go toe-to-toe once more before the round ends.
Round 3 – Both come out swinging for the fences in another exiting exchange. Neither man refuses to go down, and Cote finally separates. Cote appears to be slowing down, but trying hard to push the pace and work for take downs. They meet in the center of the octagon and each land clean punches but it is Cote who shoots in once again. Voelker stuffs the takedown and gets on top, raining punches down on a fatigued Cote. Cote regains guard, throwing up his legs in what looks like a potential armbar. A composed Voelker defends, quickly returning to a neutral position. A cut has opened over the right eye of Cote, who makes it to his feet only to be taken down instantly. Voelker is smothering Cote as he desperately looks for a submission. The round ends with Voelker on top of a battered Cote.
Patrick Cote takes home the unanimous decision. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD: (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Patrick Cote def. Bobby Voelker via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Darren Elkins def. Antonio Carvalho via TKO (Round 1 3:06 )
Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller via TKO (Round 1 4:14 )
John Makdessi def. Daron Cruickshank (29-28,29-28,29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET)
Rick Story def. Quinn Mulhern via TKO (Round 1 3:05)
TJ Dillashaw def. Issei Tamura via Knockout (Round – 0:26)
George Roop def. Reuben Duran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)