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Nah-Shon Burrell def. Yuri Villefort via unanimous decision
UFC 157 was kicked off by a bout between a pair of unheralded welterweights, but the lack of star power detracted nothing from its entertainment value.
Plain and simple, the first round was incredible. It featured a number of big shots landed on the feet, a near submission and a few beautiful transitions on the mat.
Round 2 took place exclusively on the feet, but was a fine encore to the first frame. Burrell looked to be pulling away, but Villefort made it to the bell.
The third round was grappling-heavy, but every bit as action-packed as the first two. It might even have been the best of the three. Villefort was hunting for the submission, but Burrell defended well and pounded away at his the Brazilian's face, as he committed to a leg-lock.
In the end, the damage Burrell did impressed the judges more than the superior grappling of Villefort.
An absolutely incredible bout, marred only by the fact that Burrell missed weight.