A welterweight tilt between Danny Roberts (13-1 MMA) and Dominique Steele (14-7 MMA) took place during tonight’s UFC 197 prelims in Las Vegas.
Round one begins and Roberts opens up with a kick to the body. Steele responds with a huge shot that drops Roberts. Steele rushes in and begins landing shots from the top. He lifts Roberts up and slams him back down. Big punches and elbows from Steele. Roberts lands a good shot from the bottom. Danny fights his way back to full guard and then gets up to his feet. Steele pushes Roberts against the fence. Danny lands a good knee to the body and the fighters break. Roberts with a good kick to the body of Steele. He follows that up with a leg kick and then a left hand that lands flush. Steele rushes in for a takedown but it is not there. They clinch and the fighters exchange knees to the body. Steele drops down for a double leg. He lifts Roberts up and takes him down. Steele working from full guard now. He lands a couple of good shots from the top position. Roberts gets back to his feet and the fighters clinch. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Steele pushes Roberts against the fence. He lands a good knee and they break. Roberts with a good kick and then a punch to the body of Steele. Dominique responds with a knee of his own. Steele with a takedown attempt that is stuffed by Danny. Nice left hook lands for Roberts. Steele with some good knees inside. Roberts scores with a front kick to the chest. Big kick to the body lands for Danny. He follows that up with a big shot. Steele quickly clinches up. Roberts lands a knee inside. He presses Steele up against the cage and lands a big elbow. Another left hand scores for Danny. Steele with a knee to the body. Roberts responds with a knee and then an elbow to the head. Huge punches being thrown by Roberts. He scores with a front kick to the body of Steele. Dominique shoots in for a takedown and he gets the back of Roberts. Danny stands back up but Steele has him pressed against the cage. Round two comes to an end.
Round three begins and Roberts misses with a head kick. He lands a big left hand that forces Steele to shoot in for a takedown. Dominique gets the takedown but Danny is up to his feet soon after. The fighters clinch and exchange knees. Roberts misses with a front kick. Steele shoots in but Danny stuffs the takedown attempt. Good leg kick scores for Danny. Steele shoots in and partially lands a takedown. Roberts is on his knees against the cage with Steele wrapped around his legs. This is a grueling fight. Roberts is looking for a kimura. Herb Dean steps in and stands them up. 90 seconds remain. Front kick lands for Roberts. Steele with a knee and then a right hand. He tags Roberts with a left. Steele shoots in for a takedown. He has a hold of Roberts leg in a similar position against the cage. Good knees from Steele. Roberts is not liking those. The horn sounds and this fight is over.
Danny Roberts defeats Dominique Steele via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)