Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Out Conor McGregor in UFC 229 Grudge Match Before Starting Brawl

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Steven Rondina

Khabib Nurmagomedov bested Conor McGregor in convincing fashion in their long-awaited grudge match at UFC 229. While McGregor had his moments, Nurmagomedov's smothering wrestling game was just too much for him, resulting in some heavy ground-and-pound and a fight-ending choke, Things didn't end there, however, as Khabib proceeded to hop over the cage and jump towards McGregor's corner, sparking a massive brawl. It was an amazing night of MMA action that was ultimately tarnished by a scene that could see the victor suspended for a length of time.

  1. October 7, 2018
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    UFC 229 Full Card Results

    Main Card (Pay Per View)

    Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor by Submission via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:03 of Round 4 Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis by TKO via Retirement at 5:00 of Round 2 Dominick Reyes def. Ovince Saint Preux by Unanimous Decision (30-37, 30-27, 30-27) Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov by KO via Punch at 4:49 of Round 3 Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)

    Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)

    Jussier Formiga def. Sergio Pettis by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28) Vicente Luque def. Jalin Turner by KO via Punches at 3:52 of Round 1 Aspen Ladd def. Tonya Evinger by TKO via Punches at 3:26 of Round 1 Scott Holtzman def. Alan Patrick by KO via Elbows at 3:42 of Round 3

    Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

    Yana Kunitskaya def. Lina Lansberg by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Nik Lentz def. Gray Maynard by TKO via Kick and Punches at 1:19 of Round 2 Tony Martin def. Ryan LaFlare by TKO vi

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    UFC 229 Full Recap

    UFC 229 Full Recap
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    UFC 229 - October 6 2018

    UFC 229 Full Recap

    Alex Ballentine
    via Bleacher Report
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    Khabib starts brawl with Conor's camp after UFC 229 win

    Khabib starts brawl with Conor's camp after UFC 229 win
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    UFC 229 - October 6 2018

    Khabib starts brawl with Conor's camp after UFC 229 win

    Steven Rondina
    via Bleacher Report
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  6. October 7, 2018
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    Khabib Jumps in the Stands 😱

    Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

    Another view at Khabib jumping out the Octagon after winning #UFC229 (via @AndreasHale) https://t.co/MdBxcj8lcZ

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Official Decision

    Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor by Submission via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:03 of Round 4

    There's no way to take away from Nurmagomedov's actual performance. He stayed disciplined, imposed his gamee and scored a great finish.

    I'm not going to say that Khabib disgraced MMA or anything of the sort. Let's not forget, the build to this fight started with McGregor exploding a bus window with a hand truck, injuring two random fighters in April. But this was definitely a bad idea for Nurmagomedov, who is likely looking at a serious fine and a potentially lengthy suspension.

    This isn't over.

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    E. Casey Leydon @ekc

    For a fight that was promoted by a guy attacking a bus and sending innocent people to a hospital... Now we are getting into whats right and wrong feels weird... They are gonna use all this footage for a even bigger rematch.

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    Iain Kidd @iainkidd

    Dana is refusing to put the belt on Khabib in case it starts a riot. Khabib is being escorted from the cage, without a belt. It's possible they never give him the belt after that. Sheer stupidity. Idiocy. Biggest fight ever, great victory for Khabib & they ruin it. #UFC229

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Aftermath

    After forcing the tap, Nurmagomedov hopped the fence and started throwing hands at McGregor's corner, particularly McGregor's BJJ coach Dillon Danis. A skirmish erupts and Khabib's corner gets involved and seems to go after Conor. The UFC broadast cuts away to a sky view and we don't get to see much of the specifics.

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Round 4

    Khabib seems flustered coming off the stool over something at the end of the third round. Conor tags him with a left hand and starts to open up with kicks, landing multiple front kicks to the gut. Khabib shoots for a double and gets McGregor down. McGregor ends up on all four, but gets dragged to his back by Nurmagomedov, who starts hunting for an arm triangle.

    McGregor hip escapes to his side, but Nurmagomedov is back in Round 1 form, tangling up his legs. McGregor tries to explode out but Nurmagomedov takes his back and sinks in a rear-naked choke. Fight over.

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Round 3

    McGregor is no-selling the beating he took in Round 2, and comes out pressuring and popping jabs. Nurmagomedov shoots for a takedown but McGregor stops it flat. He starts opening up with punches and successfully forces McGregor back to the cage. McGregor hand-fights his way free and cracks Khabib with a big uppercut.

    Khabib starts opening up but eats a big left for his effort. He's eating shots but manages to latch onto a single, but can't quite complete it. McGregor stays upright against the fence en route to the horn. Huge round for McGregor.

    10-9 McGregor

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Round 2

    Conor doesn't seem at all fazed by Khabib's grappling and once again comes out showing early pressure. Nurmagomedov cracks McGregor with a massive right hand that rocks McGregor but McGregor recovers quickly and starts firing back. Nurmagomedov clinches, gets to the cage and scores a double.

    Nurmagomedov lands in mount but McGregor quickly explodes and gets Khabib into his guard. While he was fairly conservative in the first round, he's swinging for the fences in the second, throwing massive punches from top position. Conor turtles as Nurmagomedov posts up and goes for the kill but McGregor is slippery enough to avoid any major damage.

    Nurmagomedov gets back on top and starts working for a kimura. He doesn't get it and McGregor manages to work his way back standing. Khabib isn't going to let him slip away, though, and just latches onto his leg. The horn sounds and gives a huge momentum swing for the Russian.

    10-8 Nurmagomedov

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor Round 1

    McGregor comes out pressuring early and immediately tags Khabib with a left hand. Khabib shoots for a single and Conor sprawls and starts slinging elbows Nurmagomedov stays latched onto the leg, spins and completes the takedown. Conor keeps tossing elbowsbut Nurmagomedov is staying so, so sticky on top.

    Khabib is keeping Conor pinned into the corner and tying up Conor's legs but isn't landing any ground-and-pound. He finally starts advancing position and moves to half-guard. but still doesn't land anything more than light ground-and-pound. He lands one solid punch at the horn but, well, it's hard to score this round for Khabib when he didn't actually do any damage.

    10-9 McGregor

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    Main Event Time!!!

    It's finally here! I don't know about you, but I'm excited.

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    Tony Ferguson Breaks Down in Tears After Literal Bloodbath vs. Anthony Pettis

    Tony Ferguson Breaks Down in Tears After Literal Bloodbath vs. Anthony Pettis
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    UFC 229 - October 6 2018

    Tony Ferguson Breaks Down in Tears After Literal Bloodbath vs. Anthony Pettis

    Nathan McCarter
    via Bleacher Report
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    Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis Official Decision

    Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis by TKO via Retirement at 5:00 of Round 2

    Between rounds, Pettis' corner called the fight off due to a broken hand. It's a surprising, anticlimactic outcome but the call by Pettis' corner should be respected.

    That said, there's no taking away from Ferguson's performance. He returned months ahead of schedule from a bad knee injury and doesn't seem to have missed a step. Cardio for days, creative offense and pure killer instinct? All present and accounted for.

    There's no telling what may be next for him, but he certainly deserves a big opportunity in his next fight.

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    Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis Round 2

    Ferguson comes out aggressive but Pettis cracks him with a massive right hand that rocks Ferguson badly. Ferguson is trying to escape and begins rolling away, but Pettis gets on top of him and starts throwing hands. Both men are bleeding badly and Ferguson slips away.

    The referee quickly pauses the action and checks the cuts on both men. That's a great thing for Ferguson, too, who seems fully recovered from that early knockdown.

    Ferguson comes out aggressive after the reset and Pettis is once again having trouble finding the opportunity to return fire. A big punch lands for Ferguson and Pettis seems wobbly. He starts opening up but Pettis cracks him with a hard right that pauses his momentum. Ferguson starts pressuring again but eats another hard one.

    Ferguson seems fine, somehow, and starts going absolutely wild. Pettis is a bloody mess and goes for a flying armbar in the final seconds. He can't get it, though, and the horn sounds after another wild round.

    10-9 Ferguson

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    Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis Round 1

    Pettis cracks Ferguson with a big leg kick and Ferguson is already limping. He's still pressing the action, though, and starts flinging front kicks to Pettis' midsection.

    Ferguson seems to have worked out his limp and ups his volume even more. Pettis is on his bicycle, but Ferguson is making no effort to cut off the cage from him, simply chasing forward. That's working out fine though as Pettis is struggling to find any opportunity to return fire. He eats a hard flurry in the final seconds and Ferguson puts a stamp on Round 1 after some initial worries.

    10-9 Ferguson

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    Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes Official Decision

    Dominick Reyes def. Ovince Saint Preux by Unanimous Decision (30-37, 30-27, 30-27)

    Weird ending and a bit weird Reyes didn't get a single 10-8 round...but oh well. He wins and wins big here.

    OSP is a solid veteran and he's turned back plenty of "hot up-and-comers" over his many years as a top-10 light heavyweight. Beating him is a big deal and beating him as convincingly as Reyes just did? That bodes well for his future.

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    Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes Round 3

    Reyes is more tired and OSP is coming out more urgent in Round 3, knowing he likely needs a finish in order to win. He presses forward, but isn't actually landing much of note.

    He clinches Reyes up but can't really do much with it. They break and go back to a very slow-paced bullfight. OSP lunges with just a few seconds left and eats a massive punch that knocks him out cold. The buzzer sounds and the fight is over.

    There's confusion over whether it's a TKO or not but, regardless, Reyes should have this in the bag.

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    Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes Round 2

    Reyes' cardio is an issue, but OSP seems to have no life left after that brutal opening round. Reyes presses the action but OSP deflects the shots and little else.

    Both men get some licks in, but this is a fairly slow round that breaks favorably for Reyes.

    10-9 Reyes

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    Fighter's Unreal Comeback 😯

    Fighter's Unreal Comeback 😯
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    UFC 229 - October 6 2018

    Fighter's Unreal Comeback 😯

    Nathan McCarter
    via Bleacher Report
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    Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes Round 1

    Reyes coming out with early pressure, especially with leg kicks. OSP shoots for a takedown and he can't quite get it, leading to back-and-forth clinching.Reyes lands a series of elbows but OSP stays on him, struggles forward and keeps working for the takedown.

    They break and Reyes opens up with a hard combination that has OSP on baby deer legs. He survives, but OSP is visibly wounded and struggling to muster up any offense of his own. Reyes seems to be tired out a bit from his high-octane offense. OSP survives to the end of the round and it will be interesting to see how this one looks in Round 2.

    10-9 Reyes

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    Also, This Happened...

    GIF Skull @GIFSkull

    "Why did you take your pants off?" - Joe Rogan "Because my balls was hot" - @Thebeast_ufc #UFC229 https://t.co/GImWwOkdx1

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    JE Snowden @JESnowden

    That was fucking incredible. Heavyweight MMA is god level. #UFC229

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    Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov Official Decision

    Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov by KO via Punch at 4:49 of Round 3

    What a ridiculous win for Derrick Lewis. He showed every one of his flaws in that fight, from lacking cardio to weak grappling to an inability to make adjustments. But he also showed that this doesn't really matter too much because he can punch insanely hard!

    With wins over Volkov and Ngannou, Lewis should theoretically be in line for a crack at gold. He'll likely have to wait until next summer, though, since there's no way the UFC is going to give up on Daniel Cormier's fight with Brock Lesnar.

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    Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov Round 3

    Lewis goes for a takedown but doesn't come close to getting it. Volkov responds with a great combination but Lewis soaks it up. Lewis is repeatedly rubbing his left eye, hinting a broken orbital or some other sort of injury and that is clearly taking a toll mentally. Volkov continues to put safe points on the board with long strikes and Lewis has no real answer.

    Lewis starts opening up in the final minute but just doesn't have the cardio for any kind of sustained offense. He cracks Volkov with a big right hand, but he doesn't follow it up with anything. He does it again and, WHAT?! Volkov is down.

    Buzzer-beating knockout win for Derrick Lewis.

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    Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov Round 2

    Lewis is extremely tired coming off the stool and Volkov knows it. He cracks him with jabs and Lewis seems to just be in a defensive shell, hoping to land a haymaker.

    Volkov is taking this slow but Lewis is incredibly dangerous at all times. He's landing volume but can't land any kind of combination out of fear of Lewis' right hand.

    Unfortunately, that is translating to a boring fight as Volkov is in full point-fighting mode and Lewis is just loading up for one single punch every minute or so.

    10-9 Volkov

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    Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

    Conor McGregor is in the building. https://t.co/uWXmdltp9Y

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    Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov Round 1

    Volkov opens up early with a flurry of kicks and a teep folds Lewis over. Lewis is folded over by a body shot and Volkov looks for the kill. Lewis sends him darting back with a single haymaker, though, and Volkov is back at range. Another exchange happens but the action is paused due to an eye poke.

    They restart the fight and Volkov gets a big takedown. Lewis works his way back up and cracks him with a right hand, but he can't seal the deal and gets put back down on the ground. Volkov starts throwing elbows and takes Lewis' back when he tries to escape. Lewis manages to explode to top position and clobbrs Volkov with a series of punches.

    The horn sounds before he can seal the deal, though, and we have a fun round in the books.

    10-9 Volkov

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    Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig Official Decision

    Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 30-27)

    Weird score cards, but whatever.

    Not much to say about this fight. Waterson is back on a winning streak after a rough pair of losses in 2017 and, given how the promotional brass is infatuated with her, she could be in line for a climb to the top. That's not a great position to be in, though, with killers like Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Tatiana Suarez and Jessica Andrade looking for some fresh meat to dig into...

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    Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig Round 3

    Right back to the clinch for Herrig but she doesn't hold it for long, breaking with a pair of uppercuts. Waterson shoots for a takedown at range but Herrig reverses and lands on top. While that's great in theory, Waterson is slicing her up with elbows from the bottom, a la Michael Bisping in his fight against Georges St-Pierre. The ref eventually stands the up given Herrig's inactivity...but that may not have been the right call given how much Waterson was doing down bottom.

    Herrig ties her up in the clinch againbut once again struggles to keep it. She knows she's behind at this point and is pressing forward, landing some solid shots. She clinches up again in the final seconds but that's another 10-9 for Waterson in what should be a clean win for her.

    10-9 Waterson Bleacher Report scores the fight 30-27 Waterson

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    Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig Round 2

    Herrig gets the clinch early this time, and immediately presses Waterson to the cage. They spin around, but Herrig manages to maintain the center of the cage for minutes before Waterson lands a huge punch on the break and follows it up with a huge hip toss.

    Waterson is in half-guard, popping some short elbows and looking to advance to side control. Herrig ties her up and seems content in being in complete defensive mode.Waterson starts upping the output in the final minute and Herrig starts moving for an armbar, but the horn sounds with a clear victor for Round 2.

    10-9 Waterson

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    Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig Round 1

    Herrig is controlling the center of the cage early as Waterson shows kicks. Lots of kicks. She's throwing front-leg side kicks with impunity but peppering things higher and lower, too. Herrig continues pressing forward, but is struggling to get inside Waterson's guard.

    It takes three minutes, but she manages to do it, cracking Waterson with a right hand and clinching up. Herrig is staying heavy and throwing knees but isn't finding much of consequence. She holds her until the end of the round and we officially have a tough round to score. I'll go...

    10-9 Waterson

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    Dana White @danawhite

    I can't fucking wait for this fight!!!!!! https://t.co/bOsTRFEBUN

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    Main card time!

    We're getting close, folks. Real close. We're now on the pay-per-view leg of the card which has five really solid fights. Kicking us off is Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig.

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    Dana White @danawhite

    Khabib has arrived!!!!!! https://t.co/pA8PnhvaL5

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    This Was Almost the Entirety of Round 3

    Really impressive display of core and leg strength by Formiga. Really boring, too!

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    Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga Official Decision

    Jussier Formiga def. Sergio Pettis by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

    Not an emphatic win, but a big one for Formiga. Pettis was sitting at No. 2 in the official rankings and this win, theoretically, puts him right in the title hunt.

    Pettis, meanwhile, continues to be a frustrating fighter to watch. He has all the tools to succeed, but seems to lack the pure killer instinct to take these kinds of fights.

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    Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga Round 3

    Pettis finally comes out looking aggressive but Formiga makes him pay for it. They go into a clinch and Formiga takes his back and sinks in the body lock. Pettis stays upright, but doesn't really do much to fight out of the position.

    Formiga starts tying up a rear-naked choke but Pettis hand-fights his wayout of danger. He stays insistent on it, though, and looks to soften him up with punches.Pettis just can't shake Formiga off and even walks away from the cage with Formiga backpacking across the cage! The horn sounds and that should be an easy decision win for the Brazilian.

    10-9 Formiga Bleacher Report scores the fight 30-27 Formiga

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    Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga Round 2

    Formiga is dancing around Pettis and isn't landing much...but Pettis isn't really doing anything that would suggest he's actually getting the better of these exchanges. He stuffs one takedown, but can't stuff two and Formiga settles into guard.

    He looks for some big ground-and-pound but can't manage to land anything. He settles into guard and advances to half guard. Formiga doesn't do much, but he manages to once again do more than Pettis.

    10-9 Formiga

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    Sergio Pettis vs. Jussier Formiga Round 1

    Formiga is showing Pettis little respect in the opening stage of this fight, pressing the action and darting in and out on Pettis. Pettis is doing good work in terms of avoiding any damage, keeping his guard high and tight, but he isn't landing much in return. Formiga shoots for a single and seems to get it, but Pettis butterflies his way out in impressive fashion.

    Pettis is looking to work his jab but isn't landing anything firmly, a fact that Formiga exploits with another takedown. He settles into full-guard this time and looks to advance. He can't do much with it, but that should seal up the opening 10-9 for the Brazilian.

    10-9 Formiga

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    UFC @ufc

    Aspen Ladd = B E A S T! @AspenLaddMMA finishes Evinger in the first round! #UFC229 https://t.co/bZYJpSSXkV

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    Absurd Power on Display from Luque

    Just ignores a clean spinning elbow and explodes Turner's face.

    UFC @ufc

    The spinning elbow landed, but Luque ate it, then delivered the finishing blows. #UFC229 https://t.co/Bdn6RUV8o8

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    Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner Official Decision

    Vicente Luque def. Jalin Turner by KO via Punches at 3:52 of Round 1

    This was a big mismatch on paper and, to his credit, Luque made it look like one. He is now 7-2 in his UFC career and has the look of a top-10-caliber welterweight.

    Worth noting is that this is yet another fairly late stoppage which saw Turner on the canvas, staring into space for an extended length of time. The referees have been slow to halt the action tonight and that's a bit worrisome.

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    Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner Round 1

    Turner is much, much taller than Luque...but he isn't fighting like it. Luque presses forward and lands shots and Turner just doesn't really have an answer.

    Luque gets caught with a huge spinning elbow, but blitzes through it and rocks Turner with a big right hand. Turner is down, Turner is out and we have yet another stoppage!

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    We had two stoppages on Fox Sports 1. You know what that means...

    Lots of stalling for time. Here are a couple of free fights for you to burn your time on!

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    Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger Official Decision

    Aspen Ladd def. Tonya Evinger by TKO via Punches at 3:26 of Round 1

    While Evinger isn't widely appreciated, she's quietly been a top-five-caliber bantamweight for years now. Beating her is an accomplishment in its own right but mauling her the way Ladd just did? That's something else entirely.

    For the sake of comparison, Evinger went three hard rounds with Cris Cyborg in her UFC debut. Big things ahead for Ladd, who could jump right into title contention with one more win.

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    Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger Round 1

    Evinger lands hard and early, clocking Ladd with some good punches. She ties her up and muscles her to the cage from there but Ladd gets a reversal and gets Evinger's back. She pulls Evinger's own hand across her face for a gift wrap position and lands some hard hammer fists.

    Evinger starts rolling to try and create separation but Ladd keeps her back and sinks in hooks. More ground-and-pound comes and the ref steps in. Amazing performance.

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    A Classic for Those Who Have Played It...

    Tony Ferguson isn't above doing tactical rolls in MMA. Even when the situation doesn't warrant it.

    *that gif of tyson fury uppercutting himself* @NotAlexJones

    For his last fight, Tony Ferguson trained exclusively by playing Dark Souls http://t.co/0QYxxWPgpV

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    The Beginning of the End

    Before sealing the deal with elbows, Holtzman clobbered Patrick with massive punches.

    UFC @ufc

    Right hand from Holtzman drops Patrick in the 3rd! #UFC229 https://t.co/O6tMswAah5

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    Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick Official Decision

    Scott Holtzman def. Alan Patrick by KO via Elbows at 3:42 of Round 3

    Excellent work by Holtzman. Patrick is a tough fighter to look good against and he managed to adjust as the fight went on and finesse his way into the lead. From there? He ugly'd his way to the win.

    In a deep lightweight division, it's tough to really expect much to come of any one win. Still, this is a great win for him, no matter how it's sliced.

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    Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick Round 3

    Patrick's corner implores him to go crazy in the third. He's not necessarily going crazy, but he is pressing forward much more in the final frame after a passive 10 minutes.

    Holtzman has his timing down pat, though, and lands some good straight rights, including one that leads to a huge knockdown. He pours on some ground-and-pound and settles into full mount position with three minutes on the clock. Huge elbows land but Patrick hip escapes back to full-guard. Holtzman continues throwing, though, and gets back to mount. Vicious elbows land and the ref steps in. Brutal ending to the fight.

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    Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick Round 2

    Right back where we left off. Patrick is darting around looking for hard shots and Holtzman plods ever-forward. Patrick gets a takedown but can't secure top position, leading to another stiff leg kick.

    Holtzman finally initiates some grappling of his own, getting a nice double-leg takedown before opening up with some solid ground-and-pound. He can't hold the position for too long, however, as Patrick bucks his way free and gets back to backpedaling.

    Holtzman again takes advantage of that in the closing moments, tying him up and landing some good shots in the clinch. After a tossup in the first round, this one feels much clearer.

    10-9 Holtzman

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    Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick Round 1

    Holtzman starts things off well by cracking Patrick with a big left hand. Patrick begins bouncing around from there, and starts opening up with strikes, freezing Holtzman with feints and tagging him with good kicks and left hands. Holtzman is unfazed, though, and plods forward.

    Patrick is content working on the outside but that bites him in the closing minutes. He gets tied up in the clinch for a brief time and then tripped up by a leg kick after the break. Holtzman looks to seal up the 10-9. Patrick breaks free before the horn but this one is going to be a tossup with the judges.

    10-9 Patrick

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    Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya Official Decision

    Yana Kunitskaya def. Lina Lansberg by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Finally it's over.

    Clean win for Kunitskaya but a slog of a fight. A win is a win in the anemic women's bantamweight division...but yeesh.

  59. October 6, 2018
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    Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya Round 3

    Lansberg comes out showing much more urgency in the third but once again gets tangled up and pushed to the cage. She frantically tries to escape but Kunitskaya grabs hold of a leg and gets the single. Lansberg eats some punches but gets back up and slips free.

    Not for long, though! Kunitskaya gets the underhooks and drives her back to the cage. Lansberg gets back to range but, alas, is put on the ground where she stays until the final horn.

    10-9 Kunitskaya Bleacher Report scores the fight 30-27 Kunitskaya

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    Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya Round 2

    Kunitskaya has Lansberg mentally shook. Lansberg backpedals and basically hands her inside clinch position. She makes minimal effort to try and escape, eventually resulting in a referee separation.

    They trade hands with Lansberg landing her first good punch of the night, but Kunitskaya ties her up and pushes her back to the cage. Lansberg locks up some sort of bulldog, rear-naked choke combination but can't complete it. She forces Kunitskaya down but can't do anything to save the round.

    10-9 Kunitskaya

  62. Clock Icon11:42 pm

    Lina Lansberg vs. Yana Kunitskaya Round 1

    Lansberg looks for a takedown early but gets reversed and thrown by Kunitskaya. Lansberg forces her way back up, but it's a tricky endeavor as she eats ground and pound and has her neck torqued hard by a can opener.

    She gets back to her feet but is quicky dragged back down by Kunitskaya. More ground and pound comes from side control and the horn ends it before she absorbs too much damage.

    10-9 Kunitskaya

  63. Clock Icon11:22 pm

    Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz Official Decision

    Nik Lentz def. Gray Maynard by TKO via Kick and Punches at 1:19 of Round 2

    This is kind of a shocking outcome. Not because Lentz won but because he won by something other than a slog of a decision. Anybody with dignity feeling good about his win ends up squirming a little bit as he gives a big shout out to Brett Kavanaugh in his post-fight speech.

    Good win for him, but he remains trapped in the 155 pound quagmire. Look for him to continue fighting on the prelims going forward.

  64. Clock Icon11:17 pm

    Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz Round 2

    Maynard looks steady coming off the stool but he immediately eats an eye poke. That's a blessing in disguise, though, as it gives him more time to recover.

    Maynard comes out swinging and wounds Lentz with a punch but Lentz returns the favor, rocking Maynard with a punch before tagging him with a huge head kick. The ref is quick to step in and that's that.