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ORLANDO, Fla. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC on FOX 28 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET (1:15 p.m. PT). The event takes place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and it airs on...
ORLANDO, Fla. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC on FOX 28 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET (1:15 p.m. PT).
The event takes place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and it airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, vet Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) meets fellow featherweight Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), and in the co-headliner, Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) fights Tecia Torres (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in a clash of women’s strawweight contenders.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 4:15 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 6 p.m. ET for the FOX prelims, and 8 p.m. ET for the FOX main card.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on FOX 28 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters Matt Erickson (@MMAjunkieMatt) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) on Twitter.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ilir Latifi
Round 1 – Saint Preux pawing early with his lead hand. Both fighters switching stances. Lead hook clips Latifi early. He fires back with a body kick. Latifi flurries to keep Saint Preux away and takes a side kick. Latifi pops Saint Preux when he gets too close. Saint Preux attacks the legs, and Latifi replies. Kicks stall Saint Preux’s advance. When he gets too close, Latifi ducks his head and fires off a flurry. Head kick nearly takes off Latifi’s head, and audience oohs. Stiff jabs for both, and pace picking up. Saint Preux attacks the lead leg. Latifi’s left is good on a charge. Leftifi drops Saint Preux with a left hook. Saint Preux pops up tries to survive. Instead, he gets clipped with another shot. Saint Preux rights himself again and Latifi jumps to wrap the head. He cranks with all his might until Saint Preux drops unconscious to the mat. Crazy fast finish. Replay shows Saint Preux tapped slightly before going out, but referee Alonso was on wrong side.
Records: Ilir Latifi (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Ovince Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: Jorge Alonso
Mike Perry vs. Max Griffin
Round 1 – Perry leads with a hook kick and draws a punch counter from Griffin. Griffin attacks the head as Perry ducks. Fast lateral movement from Griffin as Perry closes. Perry misses wide with right hook. Leg kick from Perry, but his hooks miss. Griffin firing straight punches in close, and he’s keeping Perry away. Straight right good for Griffin. Perry initiates clinch in next exchange, and Griffin knees to the body before shucking off Perry. Low kick slams perry. Counter and move for Griffin. Hook kick again misses for Perry. But leg kick good. Straight jab clips Perry, who ducks under Griffin’s counter and nearly misses with his right. Griffin again eludes the worst of Perry’s bombs. Leg kicks from Griffin. Then a nice body shot. Perry jump kicks sgtraigght into a one-two combo from Griffin. Fight IQ is not in his corner so far. Griffin playing a smart game and picking him apart. Perry rips the body and lets Griffin go. Griffin grabs the clinch on a missed heak kick. Perry gets his own takedown in the next sequence and threatens a rear-naked choke before ending the frame in mount. He runs out of time before he can do work, and Griffin takes the frame 10-9.
Round 2 – Perry nails a left hook early. Griffin trying to use his length. Nice combo from Griffin early, and Perry looks dazed briefly. Leg kick draws straight counter from Griffin. Jab good. Charge from Griffin nets some offense. Perry digs the body. Griffin circles off and repies in kind. They trade jabs. Perry tries to clinch up and deliver a kill shot, but Griffin escapes and fires back to keep his foe at bay. Left hook for Perry good, but Griffin is still there. Still using his distance properly. Head kick blocked from Griffin. Perry stalking his prey. Clinch intercepted, and Griffin circles away. Jab defuses big hook from Perry. Left hook good for Perry. Griffin lands a onw-two. The two is a hook that drop Perry clean. He pops up, but the damage has been done. Blood now coating Perry’s face. He hasn’t made a dent so far. Superman punch leads to flurry in the final seconds of the round, and Perry wears almost all of it. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Griffin, who’s up 20-18.
Round 3 – Griffin works the leg early. Griffin charges and meets a right hook from Perry. All of a sudden, Griffin is on his bicycle, and Perry is stalking him. Perry charges into the clinch and takes the back, trying to get on his foe for a choke. Griffin shucks him off and tries to do the same in an ensuing scarmble before they reset. Griffin attacks the lead leg. Back to the game plan. Right hand counter good for Griffin. Perry lands with a winging left hook, then a right. Midway through the frame. Straight right defuses power punch from Perry. Perry puts his hands up trying to get Griffin to trade. He fakes a look into the stands and fires off a hook. Griffin is too smart for that and stays clean with straight counters. Perry is running out of time. Leg kick catches him. Big hooks are not working. Head kick slaps Griffin, and he’s trying like all hell to avoid Perry’s last0minute charge. Left hiok catches Griffin, and he goes for a takedown. Scramble, and Griffin recovers to his feet. Perry is pressing for a takedown, and then decides to right himself. Griffin drops for a guillotine choke and winds up on bottom. Perry runs out of time, and MMAjunkie gives him the frame 10-9. But Griffin gets the 29-28 decision.
Result: Max Griffin def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-27)
Recap: Heavy underdog Max Griffin works over Mike Perry for upset
Photos: Max Griffin vs. Mike Perry
Records: Max Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Mike Perry (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Referee: Andrew Glenn
Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
Round 1 – Kelleher and Barao trade kicks, and Kelleher closes distances. Feints from Kelleher and Barao bouncy on his feet. Barao working a jab. Kelleher swings wide with a right hand. Head kick from Kelleher blocked. Kelleher in and out with attacks, and trying to end with overhand right. Nice leg kick from Barao. Jab trade and Barao misses with an overhand right. Another stiff low kick from Barao, and another almost sweeps Kelleher. Barao now knows what to do. Kelleher trying to punch his way inside to avoid more damage. He finally lands his right hand, and Barao locks up for a clinch against the fence. Midway through the round. They trade knees, and Kelleher reverses against the fence, looking for a leg. Barao muscles for underhooks. Kelleher with an elbow inside, and he drops for a takedown. Action warning from Miragliotta. Then a break, and Kelleher is charging in and firing big shots. Barao trying the counter, and he’s punching backward. Big right hand lands again for Kelleher, and Barao moves for a takedown. Against the fence, Kelleher fights the trip. Elbow in close from the ex-champ. Kelleher reverses and works the knees. Takedown attempt. Barao working to get underhooks, and they’re running out of time. Round 1 ends in a tie-up, but Kelleher takes the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Barao punching in close early. Kelleher goes for the takedown and is blocked. He muscles Barao to the fence and gets reversed. Another clinch fest against the cage. Kelleher peels off with a right elbow. Marao so close on his counter punches. He attacks the legs. Kelleher lands a left straight and again initiates the clinch, muscling Barao to the fence. Reversal. Knees in close from both. But it’s mostly a tactical stalement. Kelleher gets the legs and secures a double leg. Barao pops up after one second on the mat. Again, back to the clinch. Miragliotta breaks them again, and Barao punches in, taking a left hook for his efforts. They’re trading in close, and Kelleher is blocking most of the punches coming his way. He again pushes for a takedown and uses head control to stuff Barao. Reversal from the ex-champ. A trip attempt from Barao fails, and there’s 30 seconds to go. Kelleher keeps the clinch and they trade knees. Break again with 10 seconds to go, and they get off a pair of missed shots before time again sounds. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Kelleher, putting him up 20-18.
Round 3 – Kelleher presses in and takes a one-two from Barao. he keeps pressing and tries to land as Kelleher gets in close. Leaping knee misses for Barao. Leg kick for Barao. And another. Spinning backfist glances for Kelleher, who shoots in and his stuffed by Barao. More urgency from the Brazilian this round. Inside leg kick good. He’s fighting forward this round. Uppercut from Kelleher good. Phonebooth fighting. Barao puts his left hand on Kelleher, who lands a hook in counter. Another spin for Kelleher and Barao is moving back. Kelleher looking for his big right, and he takes a leg kick that visily hurts him. He pushes into the clinch and takes a knee and punch to the body. Another firefight in close, and Kelleher walks Barao to the cage. They trade position and trade knees in close. Barao peels off with a knee. They’re trading again, but so far both men avoiding the worst of the attaks. Spin attack opens up right hand for Kelleher who rocks Barao with a right hand. Then another right hand, and Barao is in trouble. Kelleher walking him down and looking or that knockout punch. Shot stuffed, and Kelleher pauses. Lead uppercut for Kelleher. Trading huge shots with not much time left. Kelleher with a right, and then Barao. Swinging for the fence with seconds left, and Barao is getting caught with hook after hook. He’s literally about to fall down as the final bell sounds. Crazy slugfest in the final seconds. Kelleher was down early in the round, but turned the tide again with his right hand and late-round attack. He wins the frame 10-9 and takes home the 30-27 decision on MMAjunkie’s scorecard.
Result: Brian Kelleher def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Records: Renan Barao (34-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Brian Kelleher (19-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
Round 1 – Reneau active with lateral movement and dodges a flurry of punches from McMann early. Superman punch countered by Reneau. McMann really firing wildly with her punching combos, but they’re short. A big right hand lands for McMann in the subsequent exchange, however, and she capitalizes with a huge takedown. She almost gets a crucifix before settling into a side mount. She briefly gets position and pistons her right hand before Reneau bucks and gets free. McMann relentless and keeps moving into crucifix. Reneau having less and less success getting free. With half the round down, McMann is hanging out in side control. She steps up and traps Reneau’s left arm, working quick punches. Reneau tries to shrimp away and McMann is all over her. Reneau now using her arms to frame and give herself space. She gets to her knees briefly, but McMann wheels to the back and hangs on. A brief north-sound attempt as Reneau is flattened out. Again, McMann adjusts and takes side control. Reneau is floundering. Arm trapped again, and Reneau is taking unanswered right hands. Time runs out in the round, saving Reneau from a first-round TKO. MMAjunkie scores the opening frame 10-8 for McMann.
Round 2 – Reneau putting her gameface on and moving forward, but McMann’s first-round performance has left its mark. McMann charges in again with another wild flurry. Reneau trying to work traditional striking while McMann just going guns blazing to set up takedowns. So far, no takedown yet, but it’s only a matter of time. In response to a McMann flurry, Reneau lands a right hand that drops her flush. McMann tries to shoot and is stuffed, and Reneau tries to capitalize. McMann again goes for the takedown and is stymied by elbows to the side of the head. She gets back to her feet, and Reneau tries to put together combinations. She’s unsuccessful in landing the killing blow, and McMann ducks under for a takedown. Problem is, Reneau has already set up for a triangle. Hold is getting tighter and tighter, and Reneau is now pulling the head. McMann is in deep trouble. Reneau punching McMann to improve her position. McMann tries to buck to her side and loses the air to fight the choke. There’s the tap, and Reneau pulls off the come-from-behind win. She leaps up and screams in bloody joy.
Result: Marion Reneau def. Sara McMann via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:40
Recap: Marion Reneau survives rough first, taps Sara McMann in second
Photos: Marion Reneau vs. Sara McMann
Records: Sara McMann (11-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC), Marion Reneau (9-3-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Maryna Moroz vs. Angela Hill
Round 1 – Moroz tries to give Hill puaw with kicks and punches as Hill advances. Hill lands a nice right and follows with a leg kick. Hill follows up and lands again with her right. Moroz using kicks to keep distance, but Hill is getting inside and landing an overhand right repeatedly. Moroz takedown hint isn’t there. Hill back in, and she’s chasing Moroz back with punches and kicks. Leg kick almost sweeps Moroz’s lead leg. Moroz closes and Hill initiates the clinch, landing and elbow in close before they break off. Moroz tries to get some points back on the board and again walks into the overhand right. Hill punches in and grabs a leg for a possible takedown. She decides it’s not worth the effort and disengages. Hill grabs the plumb in close and fires off a frew knees. She’s bullying Moroz around the cage. Moroz grabs a clinch and takes a few quick shots. Left hook good for Moroz, but Hill is undeterred. Moroz’s strike count is high, but a lot of shots are short. Spinning backfist leads to takedown attempt from Hill, who again switches tactics when she can’t get it. Leaping knee from Hill ends the frame, and she takes the round, 10-9.
Round 2 – Hill closes and attacks the inside leg. Moroz fires off jabs and kicks at distance to keep her opponent at bay. Hill digs a body kick and keeps her distance. Hill can reach with her overhand right. Moroz the busier striker, but again, a lot of her strikes are short or blocked. Hill initiates the clinch and works knees against the fence. Dirty boxing from Hill, who lands a nice uppercut before Moroz resets. Moroz ducks under a Hill punch and pushes into the clinch. She walks Hill back to the cage, only to get tossed to the mat. Working from guard, Hill lands an elbow up top. And more. Moroz’s left eye is not doing so well. Pass attempt allows Moroz back to her feet. Hill lands a right before disengaging. Moroz again with a high strike count. Her kicks are the most effective attack this round simply because she’s got length on Hill. Another right is good for Hill. Moroz charges into the clinch with 30 seconds to work. A last-second flurry from Moroz ends the frame, though Hill escapes the bulk of it. MMAjunkie scores the frame 10-9 for Hill, putting her up 20-18.
Round 3 – Moroz leads with a flurry. Hill trades body kicks with her foe. Moroz hasn’t slowed down one bit after two rounds. Hill good with a three-punch combo. Moroz continues to fire and lands some glancing shots. Most of them are short or blocked. Body kick good. Hill’s strike count has dropped consinderabaly. Moroz’s kick is caught and Hill sweeps her other leg. Hill goes body-head with a punch. Her hooks are good from distance. As Moroz stops, she fires off her hooks. She works into the clinch and fires off a few knees. It isn’t long before Moroz pushes her off with kicks. Those are again Moroz’s best weapon. Every time she gets too close, Hill lands power punches inside. Moroz takes a jab and fires back more kicks. They work into the clinch again, and Hill fires off knees and elobws. Nice elbow as Moroz resets. Combinations from Moroz defty countered by Hill. They’re firing away with abandon as the seconds tick down. Again, Moroz is the slightly busier fighter. But as time runs out, Hill is the one with more significant offense in her corner. MMAjunkie gives her the third round via 10-9, and the 30-27 decision.
Result: Angela Hill def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Angela Hill outworks Maryna Moroz for unanimous decision
Photos: Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz
Records: Angela Hill (7-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC), Maryna Moroz (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Referee: Jorge Alonso
Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban
Round 1 – Jouban leads with a body kick, prompting Saunders to try and cut him off after another pair of attacks. Jouban in and out before Saunders can clinch. Saunders bullies into the clinch and tries to work against the fence. They trade knees to the bread basket before Jouban escapes. Jouban misses on a combo and slps Saunders with a head kick. Volume on Jouban’s side early. Not all of his shots get through, but he’s giving Saunders a hard time. Saunders lands a nice right hand as Jouban briefly turns his head. Low kick slaps Saunders as he moves in. He pushes back Jouban with punches and kicks. Right hand good for Saunders, who’s got Jouban on his heels. Jouban batters the insie leg with shots. Right head kick and right hook hurt Saunders, who’s blooied. Low kick sweeps Saunders off his feet. Sudden momentum shift. Jouban really working the lead leg. Inside right hook good for Jouban, who’s starting to find his distance and pick apart Saunders. Low kick stops him in his tracks, though. After a brief restart, Jouban lands a kick straight up and chases back Saunders with a wheel kick. Inside leg kick tearing up Saunders, who drops to the mat after a combination. He wants Jouban down, but Jouban isn’t having it. Lead leg looks ready to go for Saunders, who’s trying to muscle through it and fire back. Jouban has the speed and accuracy advantage, however, and pops the leg again before the frame ends. MMAjunkie scores the round 10-9 for Jouban.
Round 2 – Saunders circling in away from Jouban’s power. Charge of punches short. Jouban moving to evade the charge and pops a body kick. Head kick and combination catches Saunders, who grabs the plumb. Jouban has Saunders aagainst the cage, and they’re trading huge elbows in close. Both guys tagging each other. Spinning back elbow misses for Jouban, who resets. Saunders with a pair of straight rights, and Jouban forced to reset. Jouban goes back to work on the lead leg. Saunders is limping. Jouban capitalizes with a punch combo as Saunders leg briefly gives out. Saunders charges in nonetheless and winds up in the clinch, where Jouban tags him with a flurry of elbows. Saunders still there, and Jouban has to reset. Saunders can barely walk, and as he staggers forward on a wobbly leg, Jouban places a straight left hand that drops him cold.
Result: Alan Jouban def. Ben Saunders via KO (punch) – Round 2, 2:38
Recap: Alan Jouban KOs friend Ben Saunders in memorable scrap
Photos: Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders
Records: Alan Jouban (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Ben Saunders (21-9-2 MMA, 9-6 UFC)
Referee: Andrew Glenn
Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
Round 1 – Prachnio advances with a few kicks. Lots of leg feints and low kicks. Spinning kick intercepted by Alvey, who only gets a few punches off before Prachnio gets to his feet. As he does, Alvey has the head wrapped and hangs on the neck. Prachnio kneeing he legs. Alvey trying to control him and periodically cranking the neck. Stalemate. Finally, Prachnio frees his head and resets in center cage. He’s pawing with kicks and punches. Alvey has yet to commit to a counter. Nice leg kick and a head kick cracks Prachnio’s guard. Prachnio pushing in and lands a nice right hand. Alvey presses forward and eats a side kick. Alvey almost sweeps Prachnio’s leg from under him. Alvey again with the low kick that defuses the punch. Body shot goot for Prachnio, and Prachnio is on the offense. Alvey walks him straight into a right hand and drops him. Prachnio pops right back up and again charges forward. Alvey greets him with another right hook, and Prachnio drops unconscious to the mat, out on his feet.
Result: Sam Alvey def. Marcin Prachnio via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:23
Recap: Sam Alvey gets masterful knockout of Marcin Prachnio
Photos: Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
Records: Sam Alvey (32-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Marcin Prachnio (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
Round 1 – Doane draws and immediate shot from Yahya, who gets the takedown and settles into guard. Just 20 seconds in. Doane now on his back in half-guard and takes a few knees. Yahya punching the body as Doane wraps the head. As Doane sits up, Yahya wraps a reverse half-nelson hold and cranks Doane’s neck, drawing a check from ref MacDonald. Yahya working for mount. Knees to the chest from Yahya. Doane virtually helpless here. Yahya has 90 seconds to work. He finally gives up the hold and settles into side mount, working elbows from the top with one minute to go. Doane tries to roll free and Yahya knees the spine. MacDonald stops the action for knees to the spine and draws a hard warning. Yahya loses the position on the restart. Doane presses in. Right hand misses wide. Yahya just circling. Time runs out with Doane in pursuit, and Yahya takes the opening frame 10-9.
Round 2 – Doane pushes in in southpaw. Between rounds, he complained of shoulder pain. Yahya shoots in again and Doane attacks the neck. He’s not going to submit Yahya, who immediately attacks the neck when he lets go. Doane gives up his back in a scramble, and it’s just a matter of time. Doane fights the hands and defends his head with Yahya securing a body triangle. Yahya pounds the head. Doane tries to spin and is prevented by Yahya’s legs. Midway point of the frame. Doane tries to sit up and only changes his body position. Punches to the side of the head from Yahya don’t stop. Doane pitches to his hands and knees and then stands. He walks Yahya to the cage and tries to wiggle off his unwelcome backpack. Only 40 seconds left to go. Doane is literally getting advice from his corner on how to escape this mess. What can they tell him? Yahya isn’t going anywhere. At the last second, Doane slams Yahya forward to the mat. Big impact, but it’s not enough to change the 10-9 score for Yahya, who’s up 20-18.
Round 3 – Doane advances and tries to corner Yahya. He unloads punches and kicks as Yahya feebly strikes back before circling off. Takedown any second from Yahya. A body kick provides the opportunity, and Doane manages to stuff the shot and scramble to top position with four minutes to work. It isn’t long before Yahya reverses Doane. So much for a shift in momentum. Back to survival mode for Doane, whos’ trying to shrimp back and sit up. Yahya angling for an arm-triangle. One leg is free, and boom, Yahya gets the other free. Doane has no choice but to tap. Another submission win for Yahya.
Result: Rani Yahya def. Russell Doane via submission (arm-triangle) – Round 3, 2:32
Recap: Emotional Rani Yahya finishes Russell Doane in third round
Photos: Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
Records: Russell Doane (15-8 MMA, 3-5 UFC), Rani Yahya (25-9 MMA, 10-3 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Eric Shelton vs. Alex Perez
Round 1 – Perez leads with a leg kick and presses forward. Shelton replies with a big straight right and resets. Perez attacks the leg again and draws stiff right hands on his next attempts. Shelton countering and circling as Perez presses forward. Right good for Perez. Shelton shoots in the open and Perez sets up for a choke. He wheels to the back and Shelton rolls to give his back. In guard, the two trade short shots. Shelton tries to scoot away and can’t escape. Perez misses on a big right elbow. Next one good. Midway through the frame. Shelton kicks his legs and manages to get back to his feet. Perez inches in again and Shelton works the counter. He dodges Perez on the next charge. Right hand good for Perez again. Perez looks like he’s found his range, while Shelton’s counters are being blocked. Combo good for Perez, and Shelton cirlces off having taken a few big shots. Shelton narrowly avoids a head kick on his next reset. Shelton grabs the plumb on the next approach and again draws the head kick as he circles. Perez grabs a leg as they close, and he converts a leg for a takedown. MMAjunkie scores the round 10-9 for Perez.
Round 2 – Perez in early again and firing off punches. Shelton missing on the counter. Perez again with a right hand, and it really catches Shelton, who grabs the neck as Perez initiates a clinch and briefly smothers against the fence. Resetting, Perez advances, and the two trade right hands again. Shelton tries a charge from distanve, and his punches are blocked. So far, he’s having a tough time getting through. Perez deflects a shot there and gets a takedown of his own. As Shelton tries to explode, Perez bowls him over and gets to guard. Scooting to the fence, Perez works ground and pound as Shelton tries to stand. Perez trying to ground him with underhooks. Shelton can’t post well enough to recover and winds up sitting against the fence with two minutes left. Shelton elbows the flanks, but Perez still has his arms locked around the waist. Shelton turns and Perez gets to his back. Shelton spins to his hands and knees and Perez sprawls out as he shoots. No dice, and Perez repays him with short punches. Less than one minute to go, and Shelton looks winded. He wraps the head as Perez pushes him back. Running out of time. Shelton elbows the back as the round ends. MMAjunkie scores the second frame 10-9 for Perez, putting him up 20-18.
Round 3 – Final round, and Shelton needs something big. He fires back on Perez’s kick and then sprawls out on a takedown. Perez forced to reset. Shelton sticks a right hand and resets. Combinations and single shots from Shelton. A right hook is good. Perez short in an extended exchange. Shelton doing a better job of keeping Perez at distance. And then, he gets too close, and Perez grabs a leg. After an adjustment, Shelton’s butt is on the mat. He scrambles to the cage and Perez gets to the back, kneeing the legs. Shelton powers to his feet and tries to get loose with his punches. Perez’s defense good. Another charge from Shelton, and Perez backs away. He knows he’s got this in the bag as long as he covers up. Shelton lands a nice right, but it doesn’t have the steam on it to give Perez pause. Just over one minute to go, and Shelton’s attacks are getting blocked. Perez shoots and gets the takedown. Shelton’s reversal attempt doesn’t have the steam. Perez adjusts as Shelton kicks out. Sitting against the fence, it’s desperation mode. Perez grabs the torso as Shelton explodes and then takes the back as Shelton gets up. Shelton trying to escape and winds up pounding the body as the round ends. MMAjunkie scores the round 10-9 for Perez, who gets the 30-27 score.
Result: Alex Perez def. Eric Shelton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Alex Perez frustrates Eric Shelton for unanimous decision
Photos: Alex Perez vs. Eric Shelton
Records: Alex Perez (20-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Eric Shelton (11-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Jorge Alonso
Judging: Richard Bertrand, William Roy Silbert, David Tirelli 30-27 (Perez judging)
Albert Morales vs. Manny Bermudez
Round 1 – Bermudez hints early at a takedown, and they trade jabs. Morales pushes forward early and lands a big right straight, prompting a takedown attempt from Bermudez. Morales wraps the head, but doesn’t protect the legs, and Bermudez gets mount. Morales explodes and sweeps, and Bermudez retorts with a triangle attempt. Angle isn’t there, and Morales tries to stand out. Bermudez pulling the head. It’s not there, and he’s got to give up or risk burning out his legs. Morales has three minutes to work from up top. So far, a jiu-jitsu match. Bermudez slaps on another triangle and segues to an oma plata. Morales patient, and he rolls over. Bermudez grabs his neck and then wheels around to the back. Nice scramble, and Bermudez is now on top. Almost mounted. Morales goes to work with elbows from bottom. First punch from Bermudez. One minute left. Morales kicks off and Bermudez immediately swarms. Against the cage, Morales trips Bermudez and gets on top, landing on half-guard. Elbows and punches from top position. For some reason, he puts his neck in direct danger of a guillotine and allows Bermudez to reverse. MMAjunkie score the frame 10-9 for Morales.
Round 2 – Morales presses in again and tries his straight right, but it’s blocked. Bermudez tries a shot and appears to take a punch that staggers him and prevents the takedown. Morales not taking the bait to go to the mat. He’s working combinations. Bermudez shoots from the open and is way short. Tries again and pulls guard, and Morales is forced to settle into guard. Bermudez starts looking for submissions. Morales’ corner telling him to get up. After a short struggle, he does. Nice leg kick. Morales again looking for those combinations, but Bermudez is elusive. They clinch up, and Bermudez immediately attacks with a guillotine, wrapping the head. Morales goes to his back and rolls, hoping to alleviate the pressure. Nowhere to go, and Bermudez gets the submission and his first UFC win.
Result: Manny Bermudez def. Albert Morales via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:33
Recap: Manny Bermudez stays perfect, chokes out Albert Morales in second
Photos: Manny Bermudez vs. Albert Morales
Records: Manny Bermudez (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Albert Morales (7-4-1 MMA, 1-4-1 UFC)
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Andrew Glenn
Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
Round 1 –
Records: Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Tecia Torres (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1 –
Records: Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC), Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Max Griffin was the biggest underdog at UFC on FOX 28, and had to fight Mike Perry in his backyard. It didn’t seem to matter much. Griffin (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off the biggest win of his career with a unanimous decision over Perry (11-3 MMA,...
It didn’t seem to matter much. Griffin (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off the biggest win of his career with a unanimous decision over Perry (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). He took a 30-27 score and a pair of 29-27s in a stunner to open the main card thanks to some precision striking – and avoiding his opponent’s home-run efforts.
The welterweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 28 event at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.
To little surprise, the sluggers started throwing early. And Griffin got through with something enough to have Perry cut above his left eye. Just past a minute in, Perry tied Griffin up and pressed him to the fence. He looked for knees in the clinch, but Griffin eventually shrugged him off and moved on the outside. He threw a high kick, then a leg kick to try to take Perry off his feet. Perry just missed a high kick, then ate a couple body kicks before landing his own low kick.
Perry looked like he constantly was ready to wind up for the home-run shot, tehn just missed a big right uppercut. When Perry missed a kick, Griffin got through for a two-punch combo, then tried to pump his jab through with a minute left. Perry was bleeding deeper down the left side of his face onto his chest. But with 40 seconds left, Griffin ducked under a big kick and took Perry down. He couldn’t hold the position, though, and Perry took advantage and took his back. Griffin defended the choke until the horn, but Perry finished the round on top.
Griffin put together a solid combo in the first part of the second, then waited through some leg kicks to sting Perry with a right hand. He backed the home favorite up with kicks and another body punch, then again circled outside to keep Perry guessing where he’d be. Griffin landed a leg kick, then another, and kept his jab working. Midway through the round, the two scrambled and Perry left his feet. But Griffin couldn’t take advantage and they stayed swinging.
Perry’s face continued to show the effects of Griffin’s punches, and Griffin wisely circled outside whenever he could knowing Perry wanted the one-hitter quitter. Perry got a left hand through Griffin’s defense, then another. But just when Perry looked like he might have something in him, Griffin drilled him with a combination and knocked him to the canvas. He pounced on him there, but couldn’t put him away. Perry got back to his feet for the rest of the round, but Griffin again lit him up right before the horn.
Griffin worked an inside leg kick, then fired off a combination. But he got caught by return fire from Perry and stumbled. Perry threw a high kick, then drove Griffin forward looking for a takedown. He tried to take Griffin’s back, but Griffin shrugged him off a minute in and stayed upright. Griffin again worked leg kicks as the 3-minute mark approached.
Midway through, Perry stung Griffin with a right, then another and had him backing up. Griffin answered back and kept circling, not wanting to let Perry put much together. The home crowd worked up a chant for Perry. With a minute left, Perry started to get desperate. He threw a high kick that Griffin worked through, but then landed a big left hand. Griffin survived it, then went for a takedown to try to save himself. Perry pressed him against the fence, then got a soft takedown late.
But it mattered none. Griffin left the Orlando fans buzzing with surprise that their home favorite had gone down.
Griffin is back in the win column after a “Fight of hte Night” decision loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in October. He has alternated wins and losses his past five fights. Perry now has consecutive losses for the first time in his career after an 11-1 start.
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