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Josh Sampo vs. Patrick Holohan

We open up action in the flyweight division, as Patrick Holohan (9-0) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Josh Sampo (11-3).

Round 1: Holohan has been out of action for a year, recovering from back surgery. He trains with Conor McGregor, who we will see later today. Loud ovation for the Irish fighter, and a chant quickly breaks out in support. Holohan with a nice knee to the body, but Sampo is backing him up with powerful right hands. Counter right lands by Sampo, as he catches Holohan flush on the side of the face. Out of nowhere, Holohan catches Sampo and he looks out. As Sampo hits the canvas, it appears as if he came back to life. Holohan pounces and is inside the guard, but it appears as if Sampo has recovered. Holohan transitions to the back off a slick reversal, locks in a rear-naked choke and has both hooks in. Sampo fights out, but Holohan is able to lock it right back up and he gets the tap and his first UFC win. Holohan ignites the Irish crowd right off the bat.

Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:06 of Round 1

Cody Donovan vs. Nikita Krylov

We head to the light heavyweight division, as Cody Donovan (8-4) battles Nikita Krylov (16-4).

Round 1: Donovan quickly takes the center of the Octagon, but Krylov lands a head kick and forces Donovan back against the fence. Donovan fights off his back and tries for a toss, but falls to his back. However, Donovan finds an arm and appears to have an armbar locked up. Krylov, though, shows his skills and slips out, getting free. Great exchange on the feet, as Krylov does damage with a left hook. Donovan with a perfectly-executed double-leg takedown and into guard. Donovan decides enough is enough on the ground and stands up, which allows Krylov to get the better of the action with knees and lefts. Krylov does a great job of switching off a rear-naked choke and going to straight ground-and-pound, forcing the ref to call a stoppage just before the round ends.

Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (strikes) at 4:57 of Round 1

Trevor Smith vs. Tor Troeng

Middleweights hit the Octagon for our next contest, as Trevor Smith (11-5) faces off with Ultimate Fighter alum Tor Troeng (16-5-1).

Round 1: Smith lands a pair of leg kicks and shoots for a takedown, but Troeng denies him and they clinch. Troeng flexes his might, bullying Smith against the fence. Smith gets a good knee off while inside the clinch and they separate after a struggle. Troeng lands a left, throws a kick and avoids another takedown. Off the separation, he connects with the best shot of the round and proceeds to drop Smith. Troeng tries to take the back, is denied and eats a huge knee when he attempts to stand up. Now back inside the clinch, Troeng hammers away with knees to the body, one after another. Front-kick from the Swede and Smith takes some deep breathes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Troeng

Round 2: Troeng with a kick-takedown combo right off the bat. He’s patient and waits for his opportunity to advance. Troeng mounts, gets bucked off and rolled to his back. Excellent job of grappling by Smith on the ground and he starts hammering away with rights. Smith now inside the guard of Troeng with three minutes to go. Smith being warned for punches to the back of the head, so he modifies his striking shots and lands to the side. Troeng gets to the fence in an attempt to stand up, but is eating more and more shots. He is finally able to get upright and ties Smith up, holding him against the cage now. Troeng with a takedown in the final seconds, working for a guillotine choke. It was in deep, but the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Round 3: Smith this time starts the round off with a takedown, but Troeng gains the advantage, switching to the back and locking in a hook. As he tries to get the second hook in, Smith reverses and moves inside the guard. Good elbows from the top by Smith with three minutes to go in the fight. Smith does more damage before they stand up. They roll and Smith winds up back inside the guard as both men are fatigued. Troeng attempts an arm-lock, but Smith ties him up and continues to pound away with rights to the face. Smith is working a D’arce choke, planting knees to Troeng’s body at the same time. A strong round for him.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smith

Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mike King vs. Cathal Pendred

Two middleweights – and teammates – from the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter collide, as Mike King (5-0) meets Ireland’s own Cathal Pendred (13-2-1).

Round 1: Just a slight advantage in terms of crowd support from Pendred, who fights out of Dublin. Pendred wastes no time, coming right out and hammering big right hands at King. King, though, scores with a takedown in retaliation. Pendred gets to his feet and is met by a shot from King. Nothing but fireworks in the first minute of this one. King with a right to the chin, as he catches Pendred trying to switch levels. Pendred takes the back, locks up his hands around the waist and scores with a takedown. Good side kick from King connects. Exchange of right hands and King lands the best one, dropping Pendred. King is on the attack, hammering away with heavy shots, but Pendred appears to have recovered from the onslaught. King drops down into side control, switches to full mount and takes the back for a brief moment. King flies over top of Pendred and secures a rear-naked choke as we head under two minutes, but Pendred survives. King now on his back, peppering him with lefts and rights to the head. Pendred trying his hardest to get free and King transitions to an armbar attempt. Pendred, though, gets out of it and the crowd greets him with thunderous applause. Incredible heart to survive that beating by Pendred.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for King

Round 2: King walking down Pendred, but with a little less aggression this round. He used a lot of energy trying to finish the Irish fighter in the first five minutes. King with a beautiful kick to the midsection, but it allows Pendred to score with a takedown. King bucks him right off and lands a single-leg takedown of his own. Pendred with another takedown and takes the back, locking in a hook with two minutes to go. He’s peppering his face with right hands, securing a second hook and moving to get the choke. The crowd is screaming and King immediately goes out.

Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:33 of Round 2

Phil Harris vs. Neil Seery

Back to the flyweight division, as Phil Harris (22-12) takes on Dublin’s Neil Seery (13-10).

Round 1: Seery takes the center of the Octagon straightaway, as the announcers like to say. They lock up, as Harris is trying to use his judo and score a takedown. Seery breaks and even lands a knee to the body on his way out. Harris with an overhand right and goes back to trying for the takedown, but is denied once more. Seery plants Harris with a shot, dropping him to the canvas. Seery pounces, but doesn’t overexert himself and allows Harris to get to his feet. More shots from Seery connect. Seery has Harris hurt, trapping him. Harris, though, answers as they get in close and lands. Seery is swinging for the fences, trying to take the head of Harris clean off. Another flurry from Seery and Harris tries for a takedown, only to end up on his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Seery

Round 2: The doctor examined the eye of Harris, but he is cleared to return. Another failed takedown attempt and Seery is jumping up and down, waiting to attack. Harris is on the retreat, moving away as quickly as he can. He pulls guard, but Seery wants nothing to do with the ground game at this point. Harris finally gets a takedown, but Seery rolls and gets free. On the exit, Seery with a counter right that lands and he’s backing him up again, hammering away with powerful rights. Seery catches him in a corner and goes all-out. Harris denied once again as he tries to drop levels and score a takedown. Seery, meanwhile, is putting all 130 pounds or so he carries into every punch. Seery drops him again with a right.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Seery

Round 3: Harris doing a better job this round of countering when Seery comes in, landing good lefts and rights. It’s Seery, though, who is pushing the pace just like he was in the first. Harris comes in for a takedown and is pushed off with ease. Seery hurts him with a right hook, as Harris is wobbly. Jab from Seery, and another. Lefts land from Harris, as he comes in and connects with a combo. Seery’s right eye has some damage, as there is a cut and some swelling, likely courtesy the jab of Harris. Under a minute to go and Harris is denied once again on the takedown. Seery with a huge shot and he pounces, trying to the get finish.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Seery

Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ilir Latifi vs. Chris Dempsey

We finish up the prelims with light heavyweights Ilir Latifi (8-3) and Chris Dempsey (10-1).

Round 1: Latifi quickly takes the center of the Octagon, landing a nice right hand in the process. Dempsey tries to get in close and mix things up, but retreats after firing and missing. Latifi has some powerful hands, snapping off a right and left, followed by a kick. More leg kicks from Latifi and Dempsey appears bothered by them. He ties up Latifi and unloads with a nice right elbow. Huge leg kick takes Dempsey off his feet and Latifi attacks. This one is all over for the Swede.

Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (strikes) at 2:07 of Round 1


Norman Parke vs. Naoyuki Kotani

We open up the main card with lightweight action, as Norman Parke (19-2-1) takes on Naoyuki Kotani (33-10-7).

Round 1: Parke works quickly to control the center of the Octagon, and Kotani is content to work the outside. Kotani shoots for a takedown, is denied, and finds himself against the fence. It’s now Kotani controlling the center, using kicks and jabs. Parke gets in close and connects, flexing his power in the process. The Irish fighter is backing him down, but Kotani catches a kick and is able to hold Parke against the fence. No damage done, though, and they separate. Parke takes the back off a failed takedown with 30 seconds left. He’s got one hook in but resorts to just pounding away on Kotani instead of going for the submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Parke

Round 2: Kotani was very close to being finished there at the end of the round, so it will be interesting to see how he comes out. Parke right back on the attack. Parke with a takedown, as he drops Kotani to the canvas from the side. He moves to side control and pushes Kotani away from the fence in the process. More vicious elbows to the face by Parke get through. An exhausted and frustrated Kotani is getting bloodied and beaten by elbows. All Parke as we approach the two-minute mark, but Kotani is able to escape with a nice sweep and get to his feet. Parke, though, takes him right back down. Parke’s teeing off with rights and the ref steps in to end this one.

Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of Round 2

Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett

We head to the flyweight division once more with contenders Ian McCall (12-4-1) and Brad Pickett (24-8).

Round 1: High tension before this one, but they still touch gloves. These two have gone back-and-forth on Twitter for months now. Pickett takes the center early on, and McCall tries to jump in with rights. Pickett with a huge left hook and McCall smiles at him. Another hook just misses over the top. McCall with a combo and they tie up, landing a knee in the process. Low blow from Pickett and we have a break in the action. Pickett doesn’t agree, but the stoppage time starts and the replay shows it as a complete low blow. Inside leg kick from McCall, who again clinches and scores with a takedown. He’s so quick and transitions so fluidly that Pickett had no choice but to hit the canvas. Pickett back to his feet and he connects with an elbow from in close. McCall fires off three shots, with the final one landing. Pickett answers right back. Flurry from McCall includes a knee to the midsection. Uppercut by McCall connects, as well.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCall

Round 2: The crowd gets up for the second and McCall responds with a takedown. Pickett, though, is able to work right to his feet and not take any damage. Another takedown, this time of the trip variety, and he mounts. Pickett is attempting to buck him off, but McCall has the advantage. Pickett works free and goes on the attack, pushing forward. McCall defends the takedown and attempts a guillotine at the same time. Quick left for McCall is answered by a Pickett hook.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCall

Round 3: Good start for Pickett this round, but McCall continues to keep him at a distance and avoid the power punches. Solid kick to the midsection from McCall stops Pickett for a moment in his tracks. Pickett is continuing to try and walk him down, but gets taken to the canvas for his efforts. Pickett working hard to get out, but is trapped under the body of “Uncle Creepy.” McCall transitioning from side control to half-guard with ease, damaging the body and face of Pickett.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McCall

Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings

Our co-main event features welterweights Gunnar Nelson (12-0-1) and Zak Cummings (17-3).

Round 1: Just a scary, stoic look on the face of Nelson. They meet in the center and stand toe-to-toe, as neither is backing down. Nelson with a big right. Knee from inside the clinch by Nelson and a right-hook land. Each time Cummings tries to come in close, he gets hit with a counter-right. Cummings resorts to wrestling, grabbing hold of Nelson. He’s unsuccessful in taking him down, though, and they square off.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nelson

Round 2: Cummings with a little flurry to start, closing the distance and holding Nelson against the fence. Nelson fights it off and is backing Cummings down, but has yet to really explode on him with any attacks. Perfect shot for Nelson gets through the defense and that might be the one to get him going. Cummings with a right and an elbow strung together. Cummings catches a kick, but gets locked into a guillotine. Nelson smoothly transitions to the back with under a minute to go, locking up the body and hammering away. He’s trying to secure the rear-naked choke, but Cummings is fighting it off well so far. Cummings’ face is a bloody mess from the attacks and he gets choked out with just seconds left.

Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:48 of Round 2

Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao

We’ve arrived at the main event, and it should be nothing short of excitement. Following knee surgery, Conor McGregor (14-2) returns to the Octagon to face former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao (18-9).

Round 1: Despite all the trash-talk before hand, both men were very respectful of one another and even touched gloves. Head-kick lands by Brandao and McGregor answers with a spinning kick. Brandao is coming right out after him, going for a takedown. Very calm demeanor by Brandao, which is something new for him. Exchange of knees to the body inside the clinch and Brandao scores with a takedown. On the way down, though, it’s McGregor who reverses and winds up on top. McGregor folds him up and lands with a right, but Brandao shoots off an upkick. Brandao tries for a leglock but is unsuccessful and McGregor is back on top. McGregor peppering him with shots to the face as we head under two minutes in the opening round. McGregor with a left as Brandao gets to his feet. Spinning back kick lands, but Brandao slips. They are exchanging in the center of the Octagon. Right-left combo lands and Brandao is hurt. McGregor pounces and this one is all over.

Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (strikes) at 4:05 of Round 1

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