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Viktor Pesta vs. Ruslan Magomedov

Let’s start the busy day with heavyweights, as Viktor Pesta takes on Ruslan Magomedov.

Pesta (9-0) is making his Octagon debut after earning seven regional stoppage victories. Magomedov (11-1) picked up a win over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in his last bout.

Round 1: Pesta lands the first good strike, comes in flying to land another right and loses his balance. He almost catches a nasty kick to the face, but it was to the body. A takedown attempt is denied by Magomedov, who fights it off and gets free. Pesta trains with Alexander Gustafsson, the No. 1 contender to the UFC’s light heavyweight title. Quick right lands from Pesta and Magomedov shoots off a big head kick that misses. Magomedov catches him with a right hook and a kick, but Pesta is standing still. He looks wobbly and is retreating, and Magomedov is coming after him. He shoots for a takedown to try and gain his balance back. Pesta catches him with the clinch and lands a pair of knees. Magomedov goes down and Pesta is on top, pounding away with vicious ground-and-pound. Magomedov tries to tie him up, but is eating a lot of punches to the face. Pesta takes half-guard as we go under a minute in the round, but is unable to gain a better advantage. Two elbows get through the defense and Pesta stands up to power down with big strikes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pesta

Round 2: Magomedov with a good kick to the body to start the action, as these two have been a little more leery to engage. Nice counter from Magomedov, who catches Pesta coming in a little too far. Perfect double-leg takedown for Pesta, but Magomedov does a great job of working to get to the fence and begin the climb back up. Big knee just misses from Pesta. Magomedov lands with the right, catching him coming in unprotected. Right-leg head kick from Magomedov, but he’s unable to get much power behind it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pesta

Round 3: Pesta gets in close and lands with the uppercut, following up with a back elbow. Magomedov defends a takedown and lands a nice left. Pesta tries again for a takedown and gets denied, while Magomedov makes him pay with a huge uppercut. Some heavy breathing for Pesta, who appears to have used up a lot of energy trying for the takedown. Good pair of exchanges from both fighters, with Magomedov getting the better of the attacks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov

Rashid Magomedov def. Vitor Pesta via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andy Ogle vs. Maximo Blanco

Our first of two featherweight fights hits the Octagon next, as Andy Ogle meets Maximo Blanco.

Ogle (9-4) has dropped his last two, falling to Charles Oliveira and Cole Miller. Blanco (9-6-1) is also 0-2 in his last two fights and is just 1-4 in his last five overall.

Round 1: Blanco just came dead-sprinting across the cage and landed a kick to the face of Ogle. Blanco pounces and that was just an incredible move. Blanco takes his back and is landing good shots to the face. Ogle looked like he was completely out, but he gets to his feet. Blanco uses a hip toss to take him back down and is attacking. Big shots from Blanco, but Ogle gets up, uses a headlock to gain the advantage and drops for a takedown. Ogle’s face is a mess, but he’s recovered from the early attack and scores a takedown with three minutes to go. He takes the back, get the hooks in and is working for a rear-naked choke. He’s a little high on the back, but is working for the choke. Nice heel-kicks to the thighs from Ogle, but Blanco is able to reverse and move to the top. Potential armbar for Ogle results in a scramble and they get to the feet. Vicious body kick from Blanco and a nice right uppercut. Ogle catches him with a right and another and a third. He’s been the more effective striker in terms of accuracy, but Blanco’s shots have much more power to them.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Blanco

Round 2: Blanco pretends to come running at Ogle again, but stops and delivers a switch-kick. Ogle recovers and is working for a takedown, but Blanco rolls for a knee-bar. Ogle trying to tie him up now on the canvas, and the Brit takes his back. He’s got both hooks in again and is stretching him out, searching for a rear-naked choke like in the first. At a stand-still for the moment, as Ogle can’t secure the choke and Blanco is tied up. Ogle finally gets a bit of an opening and tries to slide the arm under for the choke, but Blanco reverses and winds up on top with 30 seconds to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ogle

Round 3: Just a normal opening round this time, as Blanco doesn’t try anything crazy. Right jab from Ogle, who mixes up the strikes with a body shot and another right. Blanco retaliates, and another, keeping the range in his favor. Ogle switches from a takedown attempt to a nice straight left that lands to the face. Blanco with a good left-right combo and a right uppercut off a takedown attempt that fails. Blanco with a spinning back kick to the side of the head, and Ogle smiles it off, but it was effective. Ogle shoots for another takedown and is denied. Ogle seems to sense the shift in momentum, as he is attacking with more force now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Blanco

Maximo Blanco def. Andy Ogle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Peter Sobotta vs. Pawel Pawlak

We head to the welterweight ranks with Peter Sobotta and Pawel Pawlak.

Sobotta (13-4-1) is making his return to the UFC after going 0-3 back in 2009-10. He is unbeaten since, posting a 5-0-1 record, with all five victories coming via rear-naked choke.

Pawlak (10-0) has six knockout and three submission wins to his resume, as the 25-year-old is making his debut.

Round 1: A large ovation for Sobotta, who is making his return to the Octagon. He’s got an aggressive approach to his striking, really pushing the tempo. Pawlak’s fans are in attendance too and are reacting for their fighter. Nice switch and body kick from Sobotta. Very dangerous body kicks from Sobotta are getting through, as does a straight left. Glancing blow off a head-kick by Sobotta, but it gives Pawlak something else to be mindful of. Again to the body goes Sobotta, who obviously has a game plan in mind to break him down. Good finish from Pawlak, who completes the round with better striking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sobotta

Round 2: Pawlak gets a little too aggressive and Sobotta lands a takedown. He’s advancing his position quickly and the black belt is switching from full to side guard. Nice elbows from the back out of Pawlak, but Sobotta gets a clean elbow of his own through. Blood coming out of the nose of Pawlak, as Sobotta keeps hammering him with elbows. Great defensive measures from Pawlak and he’s going to survive the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sobotta

Round 3: Pawlak coming out the aggressor, but Sobotta has such great defense, he’s unable to land. Good knee to the body from Sobotta, but Pawlak answers with a combo. Sobotta switches levels and scores a takedown. Pawlak gets to his feet without suffering any damage, but Sobotta tosses him back down. Little work being done on the ground and the ref stands them up with seconds left. Pawlak firing off with everything in the book.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sobotta

Peter Sobotta def. Pawel Pawlak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Iuri Alcantara vs. Vaughan Lee

Bantamweights Iuri Alcantara and Vaughan Lee are up next.

Alcantara (29-5) is 4-2 with one no-contest since joining the UFC, including losses to Urijah Faber and Hacran Dias. Lee (14-9-1) is 3-3 in six Octagon bouts, including a defeat at the hands of current division champ T.J. Dillashaw.

Round 1: Alcantara catches him and this one is all over just seconds into the first round. Swooping overhand left caught Lee on the back of the head and dropped him and a follow-up right finished him off.

Iuri Alcantara def. Vaughan Lee via TKO (strikes) at :25 of Round 1

Magnus Cedenblad vs. Krzysztof Jotko

The first of four middleweight bouts features Magnus Cedenblad going up against Krzysztof Jotko.

Cedenblad (11-4) has split his two UFC bouts, defeating Jared Hamman and falling Francis Carmont. Both fights ended in submissions.

Jotko (14-0) defeated Bruno Santos in December in his debut with the promotion. He has four knockout and two submission wins.

Round 1: Jotko is coming right out after Cedenblad, attacking him and pushing forward. His aggressive nature gets him tied up and held against the fence. Cedenblad trying to land a knee to the face from inside the clinch, continuing to bully his way. Trip takedown from Cedenblad, who is now in butterfly guard. Jotko defends the D’arce choke and winds up back inside the guard position. Jotko’s corner has a nasty, rough voice and is shouting instructions. It’s a little intimidating to hear. Jotko works to his feet, but gets taken right back down and we’re back to half-guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cedenblad

Round 2: Cedenblad with a big head kick and he lands a solid left that backs Jotko up against the fence. Break in action due to Cedenblad losing his mouthpiece, and we reset inside the center of the Octagon. Jotko now in deep with a takedown attempt, switching to some nice lefts to the body. Cedenblad reverses course and is now going for a double-leg of his own. Jotko defends, but is unable to stay upright and Cedenblad transitions to half-guard on the way down. Two minutes left in the round. He postures up and lands some nice rights, but Cedenblad passes and has a potential head-and-arm choke. He gets a hook in, but it allows Jotko to slip out and move into half-guard himself. Solid elbows land from Jotko. With a nice slip to the back, Jotko has a potential rear-naked choke. He tries to tighten the grip, but Cedenblad transitions and is back on top quickly. Cedenblad working a guillotine and he gets it with just seconds left in the round.

Magnus Cedenblad def. Krzysztof Jotko via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:59 of Round 2

Nick Hein vs. Drew Dober

We’ll conclude the prelims in the lightweight division with Nick Hein and Drew Dober.

Hein (10-1) is a perfect 4-0 in his last four and is unbeaten in his last six overall. He will be making his Octagon debut.

Dober (14-5) dropped his first fight in the UFC with a decision loss to Sean Spencer. Prior to that, he had gone 8-1, with the lone loss being to current interim Bellator champion Will Brooks.

Round 1: Hein throwing everything he can in his left hand, as Dan Hardy called it, “Hulk smash.” A cut is opened up over the eye of Dober and he is bleeding from it. Hein attacking the opening, but Dober is pushing forward. Straight left lands after an inside leg kick, but Hein uses his judo and scores with an easy takedown. Dober has him tied up, avoiding any damage. Straight kick drops Dober, but Hein allows him to get back to his feet. Good exchange from in close by both. Dober ties him up against the fence, but Hein easily scores with a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hein

Round 2: Dober defends a body lock from Hein and seems mad now, firing strong shots at Hein. Dober getting thrown around by Hein, who is wearing on him with a lock. Hein jumps on his back and has both hooks in, looking for a choke with under two minutes to go. Dober tries to throw him off, and does, but Hein quickly latches back on. This time, though, Dober reverses and is on top, landing good elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dober

Round 3: Dober gets in deep for a takedown, but Hein is able to keep his balance and they clinch against the fence. Lots of blood being smeared across the face of Dober from the cut opened up in the first. He drops for another takedown but quickly bails on it. Hein with a huge right and we are going to have the cut looked at by the Octagonside doctor. After a little work, the fight is back on and Hein is peppering the face with lefts and rights. Hein has no trouble denying the takedown attempt and they square off in the center again with a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hein

Nick Hein def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)


Tom Niinimaki vs. Niklas Backstrom

We open up the main card in the featherweight division, as Ton Niinimaki takes on Niklas Backstrom.

Niinimaki (21-5-1) earned a split decision victory over Rani Yahya in his Octagon debut last November, and is riding a 12-fight win streak.

Backstrom (7-0) is making his debut with the promotion after three straight TKO victories on the regional scene.

Round 1: Backstrom using his length at the start, throwing long kicks. Niinimaki, though, gets in close and deep and scores with a takedown. Little trouble executing the move for Niinimaki, but Backstrom has the long legs and is tying him up. Nice takedown defense from Backstrom, staying upright. Backstrom jumps into a guillotine and drops down. He appears to have it locked in tight, but Niinimaki gets a bit of breathing room. He pops his head out and is free. Big knee and Backstrom grabs a headlock and gets the tap immediately. Great debut for Backstrom.

Niklas Backstrom def. Tom Niinimaki via submission (headlock) at 4:15 of Round 1

Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland

The first of three straight middleweight bouts to conclude the card is up, as Luke Barnatt meets Sean Strickland.

Barnatt (8-0) is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter, and has won each of his three UFC fights since his time on the show. His last two wins have been finishes, as he stopped Mats Nilsson earlier this year after submitting Andrew Craig to close out 2013.

Strickland (14-0) will be after his second Octagon win after submitting Bubba McDaniel in March. He owns 11 finishes in his career.

Round 1: Barnatt backing Strickland down, looking very relaxed and throwing his jab. He’s loading up the right-hand, potentially looking to unleash it. Strickland answers and is blocking his kicks. The crowd starts to get restless, shouting out some booing two minutes into the round. Barnatt fakes a Superman punch. Nice left gets through for Strickland. Kick to the lead leg by Strickland nearly sweeps Barnatt off his feet. Barnatt’s nose has been busted open and he takes another inside kick. Very patient approach from Strickland, who lands a nice right. Feeling out process through the round, but things did get interesting late.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Strickland

Round 2: Strickland with a takedown off the bat, landing some nice ground-and-pound. Barnatt, though, uses his legs to push him off and get to his feet. Left hook from Barnatt, but he can’t seem to string anything of significance together. The Brit gets in close and lands a big left, but Strickland has him frustrated and gets free off the fence. Straight right lands from Barnatt and another power shot gets through. A third right lands and Barnatt tries for a takedown. Despite being rocked, Strickland defends and remains upright. Exchange of rights by the two to conclude the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barnatt

Round 3: Barnatt trying to back him down and unleash, as he has opened up a cut over the right eye of Strickland. Solid body kick from Barnatt, and Strickland answers with a quick left jab. Good hook connects by Barnatt and he sizes up the right for a power shot. Barnatt with a takedown, but Strickland works for a leg lock. He’s got the left leg of Barnatt locked up and they are in the 50-50 guard with just over a minute to go. Barnatt slips out and they stand.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barnatt

Sean Strickland def. Luke Barnatt via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Francis Carmont vs. C.B. Dollaway

In the co-main event, we remain at middleweight, with Francis Carmont squaring off against C.B. Dollaway.

Carmont (22-8) had his 11-fight win streak snapped this past February at the hands of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. He had opened his UFC career with six straight wins, including victories over Costas Philippou, Lorenz Larkin and Tom Lawlor.

Dollaway (14-5) has put together a 3-1 run since a pair of losses to Jared Hamman and Mark Munoz in 2011. That includes wins over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian.

Round 1: Nice exchange of leg kicks and these two seem interested in testing the other. Carmont with a heavy right and Dollaway answers with a kick. Carmont comes right back with a straight jab and another, and he appears to have found his range. Counter left by Carmont catches him and he tries for a spinning back kick. Both men throw their hands in the air and the crowd responds. Body kick and Dollaway floors Carmont with a shot. He attacks, but Carmont responds and has a single-leg takedown attempt. Dollaway peppering him with elbows to the heaad and Carmont screams and releases the hold. Again, they stand and throw their hands in the air. Carmont scores with a takedown with just 30 seconds left in the round. Dollaway reverses to end the round on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dollaway

Round 2: Beautiful kick by Carmont and he throws his hands in the air again. It’s getting a little annoying at this point. Dollaway transitions nicely to score his first takedown, passing and tying up one arm of Carmont. Dollaway moves to the back as Carmont is trying to secure a possible kimura with just over a minute to go. Dollaway gets his arm out and into side control.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dollaway

Round 3: Just a huge kick by Carmont, and Dollaway smiles back at him, but that one had to hurt. Nice side kick and Dollaway shakes his head. He does not seem impressed by Carmont…which I say because Georges St-Pierre is in the corner of Carmont. Dollaway with a takedown and he immediately takes the back. More grunting from Carmont, and it appears as if Dollaway may have caught himself as his face is not a bloody mess. Dollaway gets both hooks in right in the corner of Carmont, who slips free and out. Dollaway has him mounted and is hammering down shots with just over a minute left. He takes the back and is flattening him out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dollaway

C.B. Dollaway def. Francis Carmont via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi

We’ve reached the main event, as middleweights Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi square off.

Munoz (13-4) is coming off a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida last October, and he is now 1-2 in his last three. The win came over Tim Boetsch, while the loss was in 2012 to current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Mousasi (34-4-2) is a former Strikeforce and DREAM champion, who also lost to Machida in his most recent fight. The defeat snapped a seven-fight unbeaten streak for “The Dreamcatcher.”

Round 1: Munoz comes right out and shoots for a pair of takedowns, but Mousasi catches him with a right. Munoz powers through it and picks him up with a huge double-leg. Too much takedown, though, and Mousasi gets high and out. Munoz catches him with a left jab. Munoz tries for another takedown and gets reversed by Mousasi, who switches to side control. Mousasi takes his back now and is hammering with lefts and rights. Munoz surrenders his back with just over a minute left and Mousasi has locked in a rear-naked choke. Munoz quickly taps and Mousasi has the win.

Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Munoz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 1

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