UFC 222 Results: Andrei Arlovski defeats Stefan Struve
Round one begins and Arlovski lands a nice low kick to start. Struve returns fire with one of his own. Stefan attempts to upstairs with a high kick but Andrei blocks it. Struve with a front kick to the body. Andrei counters with a right hand to the body followed by a low kick. He steps to the side and then leaps in with another low kick followed by a right hand over the top. Arlovski shoots in and scores a takedown. He begins working from full guard. The former champion opts to stand back up respecting Struve’s submission game. Stefan lands a nice left jab. Two minutes remain in round one. Struve loads up on a right hand and then another. Arlovski ducks under and then shoots in and scores a takedown. Once again Arlovski opts to stand back up. The fighters clinch along the fence. Arlovski lands a knee. He throws Struve to the ground as the horn sounds to end round one.
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Round two begins and Struve goes to the body with a punch. Andrei returns fire with a low kick and the leaps in with a combination. Struve circles out and then partially lands a high kick. Arlovski replies with a low kick. The fighters clinch and battle along the cage. Arlovski with a takedown. Struve is able to scramble and attempts a leg lock. Arlovski avoids the heel hook attempt but Struve winds up on his back. Big punches from Struve now. He is dropping bombs. Arlovski scrambles and gets back up to his feet. The fighters are battling in the clinch along the cage. Arlovski with a knee and then a right hand. They continue to battle but there’s not much action. The referee steps in and tells the fighters to break. Struve with an accidental poke to the eye. The referee steps in so that Andrei can recover. We restart and Struve lands a kick. Arlovski with a side kick. Round two comes to an end.
Round three begins and Struve lands a hard low kick to start things off. Arlovski leaps in with a combination that misses. He follows that up with a pair of low kicks. Struve takes the center of the octagon but eats a left hand. Arlovski leaps in with a right hand over the top. Struve responds with a low kick. He attempts to go to the body but Arlovski blocks the strike. Andrei rushes in with a combination. Arlovski shoots in for a takedown but cannot secure the finish. Struve circles out and lands jab. Arlovski once again leaps in and pushes Struve against the cage. Struve is able to break free and then Arlovski lands an accidental eye poke. Once again we break while Struve recovers. We restart and Arlovski charges forward with a combination. Andrei lands a nice right hand over the top. Struve fires back with a nasty low kick. Arlovski opts to shoot in and clinches up with the big man. He secures double under-hooks and then scores a takedown. Andrei is working from side control here. Struve scrambles and gets back up to his feet. Stefan fires off a big combination. That had bad intentions written all over it. Arlovski circles out and the horn sounds to end round three.