UFC Fight Night 186 ‘Rozenstruik vs. Gane’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

By Jay Pettry Feb 27, 2021
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Dustin Jacoby (204.5) vs. Maxim Grishin (210.5: Missed Weight)

Round 1

What was once supposed to be a 14-fight odyssey has dwindled to a nine-fight offering for a variety of reasons, but UFC Fight Night 186 will still go down as initially planned at the UFC Apex. Kicking off this abbreviated event is a 211-pound catchweight contest, as Jacoby (13-5, 1-2 UFC) tries to keep his win streak alive against the heavy Grishin (31-8-2, 1-1 UFC). The third man inside the Octagon to start off is referee Chris Tognoni, and there is a glove touch to begin the evening. Grishin takes the center of the cage and backs off from a calf kick that comes his way. The Russian bears down on his foe but is only able to block a couple of kicks. Grishin responds with one, and Jacoby leaps towards him with strikes and both get warned for outstretching their fingers. Jacoby fires up a head kick that slaps off the guard, and he snaps out a left hand as soon as his foot comes down. “Maximus” grabs hold of his opponent to clinch up the kickboxer, but he cannot hold him there for long until there is a separation. Grishin tags Jacoby with a jab and the American goes flying. Grishin follow him on the way down with a big right hand, and Jacoby is able to gather himself and stand back up. The two light heavyweights trade leg kicks and Grishin presses forward into another clinch. Grishin delivers several knees to the thigh as he presses his full body weight on his man, but Jacoby pushes off and fires off a couple kicks. Grishin walks through a head kick that impacts him even though it was blocked, and he ducks away from a looping right hand. Jacoby come up short with a few kicks as he tries to advance, and Grishin slaps him with a heavy calf kick. Jacoby gets off a right hand as a response, but he absorbs another thudding kick to his lower leg. Grishin fakes for a takedown but Jacoby does not bite, instead pawing forward with a right hand that brushes past Grishin’s hair. “The Hanyak” delivers a head kick right to the dome of his foe, and Grishin shrugs it off and blocks a spinning back fist that comes his way right after. Essentially saying “two can play this game,” Grishin nails Jacoby with a spinning back elbow. As Grishin rushes forward, he lands a punch that drops Jacoby to a knee, and he pounds away and tries to secure a choke. The round ends before he can get it locked in.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Grishin
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Grishin
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Grishin

Round 2

The two men touch gloves and Jacoby is marked up already from the damage at the end of the last round. Grishin bullies Jacoby into the fence, but Jacoby is ready to counter with a left hand. Grishin walks it off and continues to advance fearlessly, practically ignoring the offense coming his way so he can land shots. Jacoby gets off a solid right hand but it appears to have no effect, but he does score a calf kick that makes Grishin pick his leg up. Grishin pays him back with a low calf kick, and he waves back to avoid a head kick that zooms past him. Jacoby snaps out a short jab and a leg kick, and the Russian replies with a front kick to the chest. The two exchange leg kicks and Grishin sees the high kick coming before it can land. Both double and triple up on jabs, and Grishin tries to break it up with a one-two. When it misses, he scores an emphatic body kick that makes Jacoby visibly react. The two trade punches, and Jacoby makes Grishin back away to the fence, until Grishin strafes to his left. Grishin walks face-first into a jab, and Jacoby is picking up the pace with kicks to all targets as Grishin’s output appears to wane. “The Hanyak” sits down on a leg kick, and Grishin’s shin is marked up but he pays them no mind. Grishin works his way forward into a clinch, but Jacoby pushes him away and gets off a stiff left hand that makes Grishin do a double-take. The Russian shoots in for a takedown, but his opponent stuffs it with ease. Jacoby marches forward and throws the occasional leg kick, while swiping with a left hook that Grishin avoids. Grishin digs in a kick, but Jacoby pays him back immediately with one of his own. When Jacoby throws a leg kick, Grishin responds with an inside kick that clacks off the cup. Jacoby waves off Tognoni to force them to play out the round, and they brawl for a few seconds until time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Jacoby
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Jacoby
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Jacoby

Round 3

There is a final glove touch to begin the last round, and Jacoby picks up where he left off with repeated leg kicks. Grishin, who is appearing a bit compromised on his lead leg from absorbing all these kicks to his calf, is still pushing forward to land bombs but largely hits air. Grishin scores a leg kick, and Jacoby ducks and sticks him with a pair of jabs to circle away. Both land at the same time with jabs, and now Jacoby presses forward with two hooks. When Grishin reaches out with his foot, Jacoby pops him with a left hand. Grishin busts Jacoby’s nose open with a power jab, and Jacoby returns to his rhythm of jabs and leg kicks. Jacoby steps forward with his hands outstretched, and Grishin ducks and jabs him. When Grishin throws a leg kick, Jacoby partly checks it and the Russian falls back in pain. “The Hanyak” seizes the moment and leaps in the air with a knee, and when it collides with his foe’s chin, Grishin grabs on to him in a clinch. Jacoby presses him heavily into the fence, but Grishin spins him out and lands a few shots until Jacoby ducks away. “Maximus” scores a one-two and ducks the counter, but he eats leg kick after leg kick. Grishin tries to respond in kind, and he is a bit more reticent to throw then in light of Jacoby’s successful check. Grishin sits down on a few punches, and Jacoby eats them and fires right back, punctuating his combination with a calf kick. Grishin clips Jacoby with a left hand, and the American keeps his composure but circles away and takes a foot to the face. Grishin scores a leg kick, and he tries to walk through one. Grishin pours it on with the waning seconds, landing a few punches and a head kick at the end of it. Jacoby jumps forward with some attack, but Grishin interrupts him and lands a few punches. The tense round ends, and this one should be very close.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Grishin (29-28 Grishin)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Grishin (29-28 Grishin)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Grishin (29-28 Grishin)

The Official Result

Dustin Jacoby def. Maxim Grishin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Vince Cachero (135.5) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (135.5)

Round 1

Up next at bantamweight, “The Anomaly” Cachero (7-3, 0-1 UFC) will try to prove his first UFC loss was an anomaly against Dana White’s Contender Series signee Lawrence (6-1, 0-0 UFC). Drawing the assignment is referee Jerin Valel, who observes the two touching gloves to start the show. Lawrence starts out with a wide stance, throwing a low kick that makes him spin all the way about. Cachero cannot capitalize on it, and he takes a short side kick to the chest as he looks for a punch. Cachero takes a knee on the chin and throws a few punches, and he fails on a takedown. Lawrence spins and barely misses with a kick. “The Heat” changes levels in an instant to hit a double leg takedown, where he puts Cachero on his back and is in the full guard. Cachero defends with a sweep, but Lawrence is able to put him back down to the canvas. After a wild scramble, Cachero gets up and finds himself in a choke. When Cachero pops his neck free and gets a separation, Lawrence chops his leg down and puts Cachero back to the ground. “The Anomaly” springs back up, and Lawrence is on him with a few punches and a winging low kick. Cachero plants his foot on Lawrence’s chest, but Lawrence is unconcerned as he nearly hits another takedown. This time, Cachero protects himself by not falling on his back, and he does not fall victim to a potential choke attempt as he instead presses “The Heat” into the cage. Lawrence pushes off and sticks out a jab a few times to disrupt an advancing Cachero. Cachero swings back with a huge right hand that staggers Lawrence briefly, but the American Top Team fighter takes the fight back down and lands in a triangle choke setup. Lawrence pushes off to free himself, and leaps back down while nailing Cachero with elbows before advancing to three-quarter mount. Cachero turns to his side to try to get out, but Lawrence pins him down and holds him there until the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Lawrence
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Lawrence
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Lawrence

Round 2

There is another touch of gloves, and Lawrence hops back to land a leg kick and then a body kick. On the second strike, Cachero responds with an overhand right counter. Lawrence lands kicks high and low, and he dings Cachero with a right hand while the Hawaiian out of California crashes towards him. Cachero scores a leg kick that makes Lawrence turn around, and he misses with the head kick when Lawrence sees it at the very last second. When Cachero throws a looping right hand, Lawrence ducks it and secures a double leg takedown. Cachero tries to scramble through it, but Lawrence counters him every step of the way and keeps him down. Cachero rolls to his knees and stands up, where he tosses Lawrence down but somehow winds up on his back again. Lawrence maintains heavy top pressure as he looks to set up an arm-triangle choke while also slicing over to side control. Lawrence breaks the leg grip to climb to side control, where he keeps his shoulder pressed on Cachero’s head momentarily. “The Anomaly” stands up, and as soon as he does, Lawrence tosses him back down. Cachero defends off his back with a guillotine choke, and he transitions into a brabo choke while Lawrence rolls to his knees and free his neck. In one smooth movement, Lawrence pulls his neck out and hits a takedown. Cachero pops up, so Lawrence redoubles his effort and slams Cachero down on his back hard. When Cachero rolls to his knees to escape, Lawrence climbs on to his back. He allows Cachero to turn to his back so that he can take mount, but Cachero pulls him back to three-quarter mount all while the commentary booth stops discussing the fight and starts discussing play-by-play commentator Jon Anik’s future at bantamweight in an amateur fight – both Paul Felder and Michael Bisping offer to train Anik, while completely ignoring the action on the ground. The round ends as Cachero tries to scramble.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Lawrence
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Lawrence
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Lawrence

Round 3

The two touch gloves, and Lawrence is a man possessed. Lawrence drills his man to the liver with a spinning back kick, and sweeps the leg with a calf kick. He latches on to Cachero when Cachero stands, slams him down, and keeps a tight grip when Cachero inevitably stands up again. “The Heat” uses the momentum to hit a suplex, landing Cachero hard on his neck. Lawrence maintains top position but is not able to get off many strikes, as Cachero twists and turns wildly. Lawrence manages to sit on top in three-quarter mount, and finally starts delivering punishment from on top. Lawrence starts pounding on his opponent with punches in bunches, forcing Cachero to turn to his stomach. Lawrence keeps working him with punches and heavy elbows, and Cachero rolls to his knees but is getting brutalized with strikes. “The Heat” turns up the heat with a fiery barrage of punches, and as Cachero’s defense falters from strike after unanswered strike, Valel has seen enough and calls a stop to the fight. Welcome to the UFC, Ronnie Lawrence.

The Official Result

Ronnie Lawrence def. Vince Cachero R3 2:38 via TKO (Punches)

Alexis Davis (135) vs. Sabina Mazo (135.5)

Round 1

The first of two women’s matches tonight comes at bantamweight, as former title challenger Davis (19-10, 6-5 UFC) returns for the first time since 2019 while looking to snap a three-fight skid against “Colombian Queen” Mazo (9-1, 3-1 UFC). Thirteen years separates the two fighters, and referee Chris Tognoni clocks the fight in when the two do not touch gloves. Mazo starts out with crisp boxing, landing a few punches and taking a leg kick from her opponent. Mazo’s jabs have already marked up Davis’ face, and she keeps her opponent at bay with push kicks like jabs. Mazo outlands Davis and is much faster, with Davis throwing looping strikes while Mazo’s are straighter and more accurate. Davis catches a kick, lands a kick on Mazo’s rear leg, and pushes Mazo down to her back. “Ally-Gator” climbs on top and easily slices to side control, where she shifts to north-south position before taking side control back again. The former title challenger lands sporadic punches to the body while Mazo looks to sit up, and Davis keeps her on her back. Mazo throws her legs up to snag a back-take from behind, and when Davis thwarts it, Mazo ties her up with an inverted triangle that gets broken up quickly. Mazo twists and turns, surrendering her back and allowing Davis to get one hook in. When Mazo rolls, Davis secures the other hook and starts hunting for a choke. Mazo keeps her wrists locked down to prevent any choke attempt, but Davis breaks the grip and hunts for the neck. Davis fishes for a choke again and even grabs on for a neck crank, but Mazo protects herself well. Mazo tries to burst out of the position, and when Mazo nearly gets out, Davis rolls through it to take mount. Mazo gives up her back again, and the Canadian locks on to a body triangle to ride out the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Davis
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Davis
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Davis

Round 2

Mazo begins the round with a jab, but Davis is the one who leads the dance with an early combination ending with a leg kick. The Canadian lands a few more leg kicks as her corner cheers, and she lands a few punches while Mazo is content to jab from range. Davis lets her hands go, and she walks through jabs to score heavier shots. Davis digs deep with a leg kick, and Mazo gives her one aback and a few punches. The two women exchange frequently on the feet, going tit-for-tat with leg kicks and punches, and Davis’ face is reddened up but she pays it no mind. Mazo lands two big punches, and Davis slaps home a leg kick. Mazo’s combinations are doing damage, and she is reaching her target faster like the previous round. Mazo’s forward momentum leads her into a clinch, but she pushes away before Davis can put her on her back. Davis eats a low kick and clicks her toes off Mazo’s chin with a kick. “The Colombian Queen” absorbs leg kick after leg kick, and they are largely landing on the calf. This low kick allows Davis to go up high, and when Mazo switches stances, Davis chips away at the other leg. Mazo lands a few punches, and when she reaches forward, Davis kicks her calf and stuns Mazo momentarily. Davis goes right back to it, and Mazo is limping and showing some damage from it. This pause drawn from Davis allows her to clinch up, but Mazo does not play the game and breaks free. Davis charges at her with looping punches, and Mazo is stuck playing defense as she anticipates a leg kick that comes her way. The Colombian tries to keep her foe away by giving leg kicks back at her, but Davis digs more in. Mazo’s boxing is still effective and she is frequently landing on the chin, but this round is a tale of two strategies – Mazo goes high, Davis goes low. When Mazo leaves a kick out too long, Davis hits a takedown and lands in guard. Davis sits up with a few elbows to end the round emphatically.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Davis
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Davis
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Davis

Round 3

Mazo walks through punches to land her own, and she tries to score a body kick when Davis presses the pace towards her. When she throws another with her other leg, Davis catches it and takes her down. “The Colombian Queen” attacks a heel hook off her back, and Davis stands up to break the grip, twisting her knee out of the position and managing to keep Mazo on her back. The Canadian wades back into Mazo’s guard, and she sits up to rain multiple right hands down. Mazo looks to wall-walk and get back up, but Davis leverages her back down briefly. Mazo gets to her knees on the fence, and as soon as she does, Davis climbs on to secure her back and get both her hooks in. Davis once more aims quickly for the neck as she softens her foe up with light punches, and ignores when Mazo pushes off the fence as it actually puts Mazo on worse position. Mazo rolls to her side, and although she elbows Davis in the face, Davis climbs back into the guard and exudes heavy top pressure. Mazo rolls through to the wall and hunts for an armbar, but the former title challenger knows it is coming and yanks her shoulder out of danger. Mazo gets to a knee and once more surrenders her back, where she quickly allows Davis to take her back again. Davis maintains both hooks to keep Mazo trapped, and she tries to break Mazo’s grip to set up a rear-naked choke. Mazo rolls to the side to break up the posture, but Davis re-secures the position and starts working on Mazo’s face with right hand. Mazo desperately kicks off the fencing, but Davis traps her tightly. Mazo nearly turns the position about, but the final horn blares before she can turn things around.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Davis (30-27 Davis)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Davis (30-27 Davis)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Davis (30-27 Davis)

The Official Result

Alexis Davis def. Sabina Mazo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Alexander Hernandez (156) vs. Thiago Moises (155.5)

Round 1

Capping off the shortened preliminary card is a lightweight matchup pitting “The Great” Hernandez (12-3, 4-2 UFC) against DWCS Brazil signee Moises (14-4, 3-2 UFC). The Octagon ranger for this 155-pound bout is referee Mark Smith, and the two have no interest in touching gloves. Hernandez circles around on the outside and blocks a head kick, and barely avoids one that comes right after. Hernandez tries to fire one right back, and it too misses the mark. Moises scores a calf kick so hard that Hernandez stumbles, but the American regains his composure and lands a few punches to the body. Hernandez walks forward to land a punch, and his head movement allows him to duck out of the way while keeping pressure on his man. Moises digs in another low calf kick, which has more impact as Hernandez keeps a low stance heavy on his lead leg. Both men start slugging, and neither land flush with anything of merit but are throwing hard. Moises steps back to tag the calf again, and Hernandez work the body with a left hand. Moises counters with an overhand right, and he lands a body kick as well. Hernandez jabs to the head and body, missing an uppercut to evade big punches coming flying at his face. Hernandez sits down on a head kick, and Moises blocks it with ease and does not appear concerned. Both land punches at the same time, and Moises takes a surprised step back. Hernandez kicks the body and fires off a one-two, but Moises’ defense is ready for most of the oncoming fire. Moises again targets the calf with a kick, and he takes a front kick that splits his guard. Hernandez misses with a head kick, and he gives Moises a leg kick back. Hernandez pops the lower body with a kick, and a toe collides with the cup to force a 15-second pause. The two get back to it throwing heavy single strikes, with Hernandez landing a leg kick and blocking a big head kick. Moises spins with a kick, and when it is blocked, he sits down on a huge right hand that falls just short of the mark. Hernandez ducks out of the way to jab several times, and a head kick he lands on Moises’ arm makes the Brazilian stumble back briefly. Both men wind up and throw bombs, and Moises chases down Hernandez to land more strikes. Hernandez avoids most of the damage, and he opens up a cut on Moises’ forehead as the round ends in a flurry from both.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Hernandez
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Moises

Round 2

The lightweights open the round just as furiously as the previous one ended, throwing wildly and landing heavily on the other. Both men take some shots and give it back to the other, before they take a moment to reset. Moises thinks he has his man hurt, and he blitzes forward to throw big shots but Hernandez circles away and appears no worse for ear. Hernandez has a head kick blocked and he gets punched in the face for it, and Moises follows it with a high kick that collides with the chest. Moises taunts his opponent by putting his arms in the air when Hernandez lands a strike, and he fires right back to make Hernandez dance out of the way. The Brazilian digs in the leg kick, and the two are putting combinations together instead of winging single shots. Moises works the lead leg again, and he takes a superman punch square on the nose for his effort. Hernandez splits the guard with a few punches, stunning Moises and halting the counter. Moises absorbs a heavy right hand when he throws his own, and he leaps forward with a punch as Hernandez is backing off. Moises eats a leg kick and automatically wings a counter, but Hernandez’ guard is up in time to stop it. Moises spins with a kick that careens off the shoulder to the chin, but Hernandez eats it like a steak. Moises lands, points at Hernandez and scores again. The Brazilian busts up Hernandez’ nose, but Hernandez fires back with a sharp one-two. Moises does not let him rest and celebrate his work, as he too scores a one-two. Hernandez clips Moises with a left hand when Moises is coming in, and the two are winging up throwing with serious heat as they headhunt this round. Hernandez switches stances back and forth, and Moises walks through the façade to land a few punches. Moises and his foe both land jabs, and Moises loads up on massive punches. Hernandez lands a head kick, and Moises waves him on and forces another brawl to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Moises
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Moises

Round 3

Hernandez feints and fakes his way out of his corner, but he plants a shin on the body. Moises fires back with a pair of huge right hands, and he claps Hernandez with a head kick. The American wears it well and chains together a series of jabs and inaccurate high kicks. Moises chambers his right hand, and he tags Hernandez with a left hook and nearly follows it with his right. Moises shrugs off a leg kick and paws away oncoming jabs. When Hernandez lands a body kick, Moises grabs hold of it and looks to take the fight down, but there is nothing doing so he sets it down. Hernandez slaps the lead leg with a kick, and rushes forward with two lunging strikes. A one-two from Hernandez bounces off the guard, leading Moises to fire back. As Moises pushes forward, Hernandez stumbles and falls to his back, but he springs back up before Moises can jump on him. Hernandez backs off and eats a couple punches while blocking a speedy head kick, and he stabs the body with his toes. Hernandez is off the mark with punches to the body, and Moises rushes in with three big hooks that blow past Hernandez’ hair. Hernandez sticks his man with a left jab, and he ducks when Moises has a right hand counter come at him. The two jab at the same time, faking kicks and feinting until Moises tags Hernandez with a head kick. Hernandez takes a step back and Moises is energized, throwing big punches and pointing at Hernandez when he lands. Moises keeps scoring, and then pointing, and then scoring again. Hernandez is forced to retreat as Moises pours it on, and Moises is confident as he continues to throw bombs and head kicks. Moises whiffs on a spinning kick on the 10-second clapper, and he shouts “let’s bang” to prompt one final wild exchange of punches to the final bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Moises (30-27 Moises)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Moises (29-28 Moises)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Moises (30-27 Moises)

The Official Result

Thiago Moises def. Alexander Hernandez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Alex Caceres (146) vs. Kevin Croom (145.5)

Round 1

Two wild featherweights come to blows to begin the main card, as “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres (17-12, 1 NC; 12-10, 1 NC UFC) aims to match his career-long win streak by beating “The Hard-Hitting Hillbilly” Croom (21-12, 1 NC; 0-0, 1 NC UFC). The third man in the cage for what should be a high-paced affair is referee Chris Tognoni, who will have his hands full even though they respectfully touch gloves before coming out swinging. Caceres throws a high hook kick as his first strike, and it bounces off Croom’s head. He lands a few more kicks, and Croom charges forward and eats a right hand to the side of the head. Croom falls to the ground, and Caceres lands a few punches, but he cannot finish the fight. Croom gathers himself and lands a punch before transitioning into a takedown attempt. “Crash” holds on in the clinch but cannot get his man down, and the two separate. As Croom recklessly attacks, Caceres counters him with a few stiff punches, timing Croom on the way in. Croom once more attempts to drag the fight down, and “Bruce Leeroy” remains upright and keeps his balance. Caceres knees the body but Croom pursues the takedown again, and once more is rebuffed. Croom lifts Caceres in the air but still cannot get him grounded, tying up a trip and doing anything he can to land his first takedown. The longtime UFC vet protects his leg and aims for a choke before kneeing Croom in the head. Croom drags Caceres down to the ground, but in the process, falls to his back and lets Caceres get on top. Croom throws up a high guard, but Caceres lords over him with punches before Croom explodes out of the position. Caceres threatens with a choke, and he shoots for a distant takedown only to have Caceres circle around and take his back. Croom bursts free and turns the tables on his opponent, and finally puts Caceres down for the briefest of moments. When Caceres stands, Croom swings wildly and nearly falls over from his aggression, until the horn sounds to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Caceres
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Caceres
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Caceres

Round 2

Croom starts the round with reckless aggression, landing a strike before trying to take the fight down. Caceres falls over, but pops up before Croom can capitalize on it. Caceres scores a clean right hand, and stuffs a subsequent takedown attempt that Croom charges into. Croom clings to Caceres’ back and fails on another attempt, so Caceres lands several right hands in the clinch. When Caceres lifts up a knee, Croom takes advantage of the balance shift and hits the takedown he has sought this whole time. Caceres tightens his guard and keeps Croom from landing anything significant from on top. Caceres throws his legs up for a triangle choke, and Croom is firmly in the danger zone. Caceres also tightens an armbar along the way, and trips Croom to the ground by pulling the ankle out. “Bruce Leeroy” lets go of the triangle unexpectedly, and Croom racks up control time without landing anything. Caceres rolls for an armbar and then a leglock, but more importantly, he uses the scramble to stand up after somersaulting backward. Croom doggedly pursues the takedown, but there is nothing there as Caceres stands him up and threatens briefly. When Caceres breaks away for a second, Croom throws a left hand into another clinch to a trip. Caceres stands upright and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Caceres
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Caceres
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Caceres

Round 3

The two featherweights touch gloves, and Croom wades forward to throw punches. Caceres scores a body kick and ducks out of the way. Caceres rings his man’s bell with a huge right hand, and he drills Croom with another that nearly makes “Crash” crash to the canvas. Croom appears completely spent, and Caceres is timing the takedowns to land shots and stay on his feet. Croom clinches up and snatches up a single, but he cannot get it. When they break free, Croom is barely able to stand up. Caceres dings him with accurate punches, but he cannot put Croom down. Croom fails on another takedown, and Caceres takes the fight down this time. Caceres takes the back, but Croom swirls around and climbs on top. “Bruce Leeroy” walks up the cage, and he lands a few punches that Croom eats flush. “Crash” once more dives forward for a takedown, and then rolls through to get the fight to the ground. Caceres steps into the guard and lands a few punches, but the action largely stalls out in this position. Croom rolls to his knees, but Caceres easily takes his back and punches Croom on the ear three times. Caceres may be tired too, but he secures a body triangle as Croom rolls to his back and is already in danger of being choked. Caceres hunts for the rear-naked choke, and he adjusts the body lock before letting it go to just be hooks. Caceres flirts with another choke, and when Croom rolls, he tries to flatten Croom out and drop bombs. Caceres softens his foe up with punches, and he goes back and forth between punches and choke attempts. “Bruce Leeroy” concludes the fight with a few more punches, but he cannot get the finish.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Caceres (30-26 Caceres)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-8 Caceres (30-26 Caceres)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-8 Caceres (30-26 Caceres)

The Official Result

Alex Caceres def. Kevin Croom via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Angela Hill (116) vs. Ashley Yoder (116)

Round 1

The bout was canceled on Saturday afternoon when a member of Yoder's corner tested positive for COVID-19. The match has been rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 187 on March 13, and the news was first reported by MMA Junkie.

Pedro Munhoz (135.5) vs. Jimmie Rivera (135.5)

Round 1

A highly anticipated rematch goes down at bantamweight between Munhoz (18-5, 1 NC; 8-5, 1 NC UFC) and Rivera (23-4, 7-3 UFC), where the first ended with a split nod for “The Young Punisher. Rivera will look to even the score, and try to force Munhoz onto a three-fight losing streak before referee Herb Dean. The glove touch precedes the action, and away we go. Munhoz opens up with a flying head kick in the very first seconds, and he falls over when Rivera blocks it. Rivera allows him to stand and the two start slamming their shins into one another’s calves. Munhoz digs in with a calf kick and Rivera tries to knock his head off with an overhand right, but it misses the mark. When Munhoz kicks the leg again, he trips and falls over, but Rivera once more allows him to stand. Munhoz whiffs with a spinning strike and counters an oncoming Rivera with a huge left hand. Rivera loads up on a couple bombs, and the two deliver more leg kicks to the other. These two are not taking it easy in the cage, blasting each other with huge shots. Rivera stuns his opponent with a left hook, and Munhoz gathers himself and fires right back and stings Rivera. Munhoz rips another leg kick and then chains it with a body kick after. Munhoz sticks his man with a right hand, and he ducks the counter. Rivera crashes forward with a pair of big punches, and Munhoz eats them like an acai bowl as he pushes forward to throw right back. Rivera stomps the knee, and he scores a right hand and then a left as both wing shots at the same time. Rivera rips the body with a left hand and follows with a right hand up top, and Munhoz absorbs them, backs off and throws a spinning kick. Munhoz kicks the leg out from beneath his foe, and Rivera is in trouble. Munhoz tags it again and Rivera can barely stand on his lead leg. Munhoz walks forward but is not reckless with his advancement, as Rivera is locked and loaded with wild looping punches. Rivera ducks down to throw a punch to the body, and he lifts his leg up in time to partially check a calf kick. Rivera’s limp is noticeable as he cannot move well on his left leg, and Munhoz is able to circle around him and pick away with jabs and a high kick. Munhoz scores another kick and Rivera tries to jump on the leg to work it out, but he is hurt. The round ends before Munhoz can land on it again.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz

Round 2

Rivera admits to his corner between rounds that his calf is heavily damaged, but he is ready to come out of his corner to start the round gingerly. Munhoz throws a front kick and avoids a leg kick to stick out a jab. Rivera bull-rushes into a takedown attempt, and Munhoz dives into a leglock. Munhoz secures a heel hook, nearly turns it to an inverted heel hook on the other side, and both kick off to stand back up. Rivera releases a salvo of punches and ends it with a kick from his rear leg. Munhoz allows the strikes to come, as he follows them with a devastating calf kick. Rivera walks through a low kick to connect with a right hand, and Munhoz fires off a high kick but gets his plant leg chopped down beneath him. Munhoz bursts back up and blocks a few punches from Rivera, who is struggling on his lead leg. Munhoz works it once more and Rivera is hopping around while favoring his other leg. Rivera gets off a low kick, but Munhoz fires back with one much more emphatic, and Rivera winces. Rivera doubles up on his jab and tries to chain a right hand from it, but Munhoz sinks in a calf kick to disrupt it. Rivera drills his man with a right hand, and Munhoz shakes it off and spins with a kick that glances off Rivera’s chin. Rivera takes a leg kick and it gives away beneath him, but he manages to get up and starts jabbing. Munhoz sweeps the leg and Rivera powers back up and retreats. “The Young Punisher” punishes his opponent with a spinning back kick to the body, but Rivera is ready to fire back with a trio of punches. A punch in a combination from Munhoz has opened up a cut under Rivera’s eye, and he swats at his foe with a few left hands. Munhoz kicks the damaged calf again, and leaps forward with a left hook that Rivera can barely block. Rivera rushes in to throw, and Munhoz greets him with two punches to end the second round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz

Round 3

There is a glove touch to clock in the final round, which begins with a furious brawl. Rivera gets the better of the exchange, and Munhoz gathers his thoughts and absorbs another right hand on the outside. The pace wanes for a moment, so Munhoz stabs the body with his toes from a kick. Munhoz follows the body kick with one to the head, and Rivera rolls through it but still absorbs the brunt of it. Rivera takes a calf kick and puts on a brave face while throwing back, but Munhoz is out of the way of swinging strikes. Munhoz throws a pair of kicks to the thigh, and the second clanks on to Rivera’s cup. Twenty second elapse before Rivera says he is ready to continue, and the two pick up where they left off with big punches. Munhoz digs the body again with a kick, and Rivera darts in with a right hook. Rivera’s leg kick does not have nearly the same effect, so Munhoz can ignore it and put a few punches and a kick together while Rivera resets. The Brazilian comes up shy of the mark with a spinning wheel kick, and he rushes in to throw bombs but Rivera is ready to greet him with some. Munhoz resets and kicks the cup once more, and Rivera needs even less time to recover surprisingly. Rivera is amped up and ready to throw fire, but Munhoz stops him with a leg kick that makes Rivera fall over. “El Terror” has a terrifying amount of swelling and damage on his busted leg, and he barely gets back to his feet. Munhoz kicks the other leg when Rivera changes stances, and Rivera is fully in southpaw stance to hide his wrecked leg. Munhoz bounces a head kick off Rivera’s dome, and Munhoz kicks the leg a few more times as Rivera springs away in pain. In a massive surge of adrenaline, Rivera sprints in to throw everything he has left, and he pops Munhoz with a vicious right hand. The Brazilian is not afraid of a brawl, and he tags Rivera right back with powerful punches. The two go toe-to-toe with a ferocious barrage of punches right to the bell, and then they high-five after time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz (30-27 Munhoz)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Munhoz (30-27 Munhoz)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Rivera (29-28 Munhoz)

The Official Result

Pedro Munhoz def. Jimmie Rivera via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Montana De La Rosa (126) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (125.5)

Round 1

The last women’s match of the night comes in the featured fight slot, as two submission specialist flyweights tangle. De La Rosa (11-6, 4-3 UFC) and Bueno Silva (7-1, 2-1 UFC) will undoubtedly look to tap out the other, who combine for 13 subs in their 18 wins, all under the watchful eye of referee Jerin Valel. A touch of gloves shows a sign of respect before the showcase begins. De La Rosa reaches out a jab and gets kicked in the calf, a theme for the evening. The American lets loose a one-two, and she follows with another and lands at the end of a right hand. Silva tries to clinch up, and De La Rosa pushes her off only to get kicked in the face. The clinch ensues again, where De La Rosa attacks a single and has her neck snagged from a defensive guillotine choke. De La Rosa transitions to a double and scores the takedown, but Silva walks her way back up with ease while De La Rosa takes her back. De La Rosa looks to trip her foe down but she cannot land it, and turns it into a single only to find herself in a choke attempt. Silva grabs the fence to stop a takedown, and Valel takes a point as Silva apologizes. Right after they touch gloves, De La Rosa shoots for a takedown in the open cage, and Silva stands her up and knees her foe in the chest several times. De La Rosa kicks the chest a few times, and then fires off a pair of crescent kicks that clip off Silva’s chin. The Brazilian eats a fierce one-two, and she marches into a clinch only to wind up defending a takedown attempt. Silva protects herself with several vicious elbows and knees, and De La Rosa is forced to back away. The American sticks out a jab, and she ducks down to take the fight down. Silva nearly grabs the fence again to stay upright, and De La Rosa looks to Valel. When there is nothing done about it, De La Rosa continues her grind against the cage. Silva turns her about but gets trapped against the fence again until the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 De La Rosa
Ben Duffy scores the round: 9-9
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-8 De La Rosa

Round 2

The two women touch gloves, and De La Rosa reaches out with a pair of punches that land. Silva cracks De La Rosa with a head kick, and the American gathers her thoughts and tries to clinch up as Silva lands again. When Silva presses the pace, De La Rosa sells out for a takedown, only to fall to her back with butterfly hooks. Silva stands up to land a couple right hands, and De La Rosa boots her in the face with an upkick. De La Rosa threatens off her back with a triangle choke setup, but the Brazilian stands up to deliver some long punches to De La Rosa’s face. When Silva stands up, De La Rosa chops at her leg with low kicks on her side until Silva lets her back up. De La Rosa scores a side kick to the face, and she tries to counter an advancing Silva with a left hand. De La Rosa lets fly a head kick, and Silva blocks it but eats a left hand that follows. Silva replies with her own head kick, forcing De La Rosa to shoot in from a distance for a takedown. She gets stuffed, and Silva makes her pay with punches and knees. The clinch that comes from it leads to several nasty knees and elbows from Silva, and De La Rosa redoubles her effort to take the fight down. De La Rosa scoops up the leg and puts Silva on her back, where she takes the Brazilian’s back in a scramble. Silva twists and turns to get flat on her back, and De La Rosa takes full mount as she lands strikes from on top. De La Rosa uses arm-triangle choke control to keep her foe down, leading Silva to roll to her side and get hit in the side of the head. De La Rosa lines up the arm-triangle choke, and Silva has her arm trapped and is absorbing punishment. De La Rosa sets up the arm-triangle choke again, only to bail on it to land punches in mount to conclude the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 De La Rosa
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 De La Rosa
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 De La Rosa

Round 3

There is a final glove touch, and De La Rosa once more lunges to throw the first strike. Silva sits down on a pair of big head kicks, and they snap the head back but do not hurt De La Rosa. When De La Rosa comes too close, they clinch up, and Silva starts up kneeing the body and unleashing heavy elbows on the inside. De La Rosa bullies her foe into the cage wall for a single leg takedown, but the Brazilian stands her up. The American ties up the leg to try to drag Silva down, and Silva counters with a close-range choke attempt that is unsuccessful. Silva uses elbows to open up De La Rosa’s face, but De La Rosa hits a takedown. Silva springs back up to her feet and tees off on De La Rosa with a few strikes as blood flows from De La Rosa’s nose and face. De La Rosa ties up her adversary on the fence, and her face is busted up from the strikes from the Brazilian. Silva backs away around the fencing to knee De La Rosa once more, and De La Rosa changes levels low for an unsuccessful takedown. Silva cracks De La Rosa with a few sharp elbows, and De La Rosa stays tight and working the body with a few punches, De La Rosa grabs a single leg and still gets elbowed in the face. De La Rosa tries to respond with a few short knees, all while keeping Silva’s left leg in the air. Silva gains space and marches down her opponent, but De La Rosa hits a takedown in the center of the cage. De La Rosa sits down in her opponent’s guard, as there are few seconds left in the fight. Silva throws a few elbows off her back, but De La Rosa drops down punches as the clock hits zero. The scorecards could be all over the map from this grueling fight.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Silva (29-27 De La Rosa)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Silva (28-28)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Silva (29-27 De La Rosa)

The Official Result

Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva is ruled a Majority Draw (27-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Nikita Krylov (205.5) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (205.5)

Round 1

Two light heavyweights who practically only know one speed come to brawl in the center of the cage, when Krylov (27-7, 8-5 UFC) takes on Ankalaev (14-1, 5-1 UFC). With 35 finishes in 41 wins, action is sure to come between these two finishing machines, and referee Mark Smith will need to keep his head on a swivel as there is a glove touch ahead of this co-main event. Krylov starts off with a head kick that gets blocked, and he throws another as Ankalaev respond with an overhand right. Krylov wades forward with a right hand as he closes the distance to trip Ankalaev to the ground, and Ankalaev gets away with a fence grab to stay on his feet. Krylov drags him down despite another fence grab, and Ankalaev once more interlocks his fingers in the fence and slaps Ankalaev’s hand out. Krylov has his opponent’s leg trapped beneath him as he vies to keep Ankalaev on his back, but the fighter from Dagestan powers back to his feet. Krylov keeps his foe pinned to the cage wall, and Ankalaev drops in a knee to the chest. Ankalaev breaks free and marches forward to sling a right hand, all while blocking a head kick that soars towards his face. Both men land flush, and Ankalaev gets the better of the exchange with a stiff right hand that makes Krylov take a step back. Krylov digs to the body with a kick, and snaps Ankalaev’s head back with a high kick. Ankalaev counters a body kick with a right hand, and he plants the fall of his foot on Krylov’s torso. Krylov steps in with a body kick, and both men crack one another. Practically every time Krylov kicks the body, Ankalaev is ready with a right hand counter. Ankalaev fires off his own body kick, and he once more counters a push kick with a slapping right hook. Both men engage in a brief but furious exchange of strikes, and Ankalaev shoots in for a takedown suddenly but cannot secure it before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Krylov
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Krylov

Round 2

Krylov kicks the lead leg early, and rushes in to throw. Ankalaev pushes back and nearly shoves Krylov to his back. Ankalaev charges in to throw bombs, but then pulls back before pulling the trigger. Krylov backs off to kick the body, and when he steps in, Ankalaev pops him with a right hook. Krylov replies with his own right hook, and Ankalaev ignores it and walks forward to throw. Krylov walks face-first into an uppercut, and he kicks Ankalaev’s lead leg as he circles away. Krylov chains a right hand into a body kick, and he backs off before Ankalaev can tag him. Ankalaev marches him down and stings him with a front kick to the face. The Ukrainian chips at the lead leg, and the two clinch together as Ankalaev drills him in the face with a knee. Ankalaev follows it with a body kick that planted square on the liver, and he counters an advancing Krylov with a right hook. He tags Krylov again with this short hook, and he digs the body with a front kick. Ankalaev delivers that right hand to the side of the head, and when Krylov tries to sling leather, Ankalaev scores again on the temple. Krylov spins with a strike, but Ankalaev catches him and puts him on his back. Krylov defends with butterfly hooks, and the man from Dagestan is unable to advance position as Krylov keeps him at bay. Krylov protects himself from damage, springs up and tries to reverse the position, but Ankalaev bulldozes him over and climbs into the guard of “The Miner.” Ankalaev postures up to land a few left hands, and one of his elbows scores flush on the forehead. Ankalaev works a few more elbows to punctuate the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev

Round 3

Krylov starts off throwing long punches and body kicks. Ankalaev aims a kick to the body, and Krylov backs away, spins in a full revolution and fires off a leg kick with emphasis. Ankalaev nails his man with an overhand right, and Krylov is hurt and falls back but keeps a poker face. The Ukrainian shoots in low and gets shoved aside, and when he stands up, he eats a big right hand right on the button. Lesser strikes have felled greater men, but Krylov keeps a stiff upper lip and fires right back. Ankalaev presses into the clinch, and he looks to take the fight down and grind out the remainder of the fight. Ankalaev pulls Krylov’s legs apart against the cage to drag the fight down, and he starts opening up with punches. Krylov struggles with his leg caught under Ankalaev, and he starts to absorb big left hands flush. “The Miner” digs deep and fights his way back to his feet, but Ankalaev is putting everything he has into keeping Krylov trapped and nullified. Ankalaev muscles the fight back down, where he connects with a pair of left hands. Ankalaev swings an elbow that Krylov is able to duck, even though Krylov is trapped against the cage wall. Ankalaev drops down left hands and pulls Krylov away from the fencing, but Krylov scoots back to an odd angle as Ankalaev pounds on him with left hands and elbows. Ankalaev marks him up with left hands but they are not of the fight-ending variety, and the numbers may add up but there is no stoppage. Like almost every other bout thus far tonight, this match goes the distance.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev (29-28 Ankalaev)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev (30-27 Ankalaev)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Ankalaev (29-28 Ankalaev)

The Official Result

Magomed Ankalaev def. Nikita Krylov via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik (254.5) vs. Ciryl Gane (247)

Round 1

Like last week, a big heavyweight tilt caps off a Fight Night event, this time with brutally powerful kickboxer Rozenstruik (11-1, 5-1 UFC) against highly touted “Bon Gamin” Gane (7-0, 4-0 UFC) with a top-five spot on the line. Sixteen of their 18 total victories have ended inside the distance, and both search for a statement victory to shoulder past other contenders. The final Octagon official of the night is referee Herb Dean, and the big men touch-‘em up to seal the cage and hopefully end this night with a bang. Rozenstruik swings and misses on a huge right hand, and Gane dances out of the way without issue. The Frenchman sticks out a single power jab, and he lands a body kick as well. Rozenstruik charges like a bull, throwing a few big punches but none land cleanly. Rozenstruik aims a leg kick but is out of range, and Gane paws out a few jabs as he switches stances and tries to stay loose on the outside. Gane reaches out with another single jab, and very few strikes have been even thrown through two minutes. Gane scores a leg kick and tries to put a jab behind it, but Rozenstruik leans back to evade it. Gane stabs forward with a front kick, and the action stalls out as both men stare at one another. Gane reaches with another jab, and he sticks and moves as Rozenstruik is ready to throw at him. Gane leaves a leg outstretched too long, and Rozenstruik capitalizes on it with a few big punches that score. Gane slaps the lead leg with a kick, and Rozenstruik responds with one and tries to sit down on a right hand. When Gane closes the distance, Rozenstruik is ready to unload with strikes as his punches collide off the guard. Gane scores a huge right hand, and he shoots in for a takedown but ultimately winds up in a clinch position. Gane sneaks in a few short knees and keeps Rozenstruik stuck against the fence, thinking to drop down low for a single. Rozenstruik defends with a few elbows to the side of the head, but Gane is able to suck his legs out and put the Suriname native on his back. Rozenstruik stays seated against the fence without absorbing a single strike to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 2

The heavyweights touch gloves, and Gane hops around the outside and switches stances repeatedly. Like much of the last round, the action stalls when neither man is willing to engage. Gane reaches out with a left hand, and Rozenstruik swings and misses wide with a counter. The Frenchman lands a front kick that nearly connects with the cup, but Dean says it is clean and the fight continues. Gane starts landing kicks on the outside, and Rozenstruik is stuck doing nothing but waiting. Gane scores a stiff jab, and he gets away from any potential counter before it comes. Rozenstruik lands a right hand and a leg kick, and Gane responds with a left hand and his own leg kick. Gane scores a power jab, and a front kick goes up the middle to the chest. Both slap at one another with light low kicks, and Rozenstruik is almost completely neutralized as if his controller were disconnected. Gane lands a right hand, and Rozenstruik complains that he was poked in the eye. Dean does not call it, and the staring contest continues. Gane occasionally jabs out, and Rozenstruik rushes forward after one only to have his leg get snagged in the air. Gane presses him into the cage wall, leaning his full body weight on his adversary to firmly embrace the grind. Gane hits a trip and puts Rozenstruik down, and Gane leaps around the back to snatch up a rear-naked choke. Rozenstruik powers out of it and tries to make Gane pay for it, but it is nothing doing as he gets jabbed again. Gane works the body with another front kick, and he scores a lunging left hand as Rozenstruik is powerless to do anything but absorb sporadic jabs. Rozenstruik slaps away Gane’s right hand, and he gets jabbed to the body as the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 3

One more glove touch begins the round, and Gane lands a leg kick and straight right hand. Gane recommits to the thigh kick, and darts in and out with jabs to the body and stomp kicks to the knee. Gane lets loose a head kick that gets blocked, and Rozenstruik is ready with a responsive leg kick when Gane reaches out with a jab. Rozenstruik tries to attack, but Gane is easily out of the way before anything comes. Gane may have landed another groin kick, and he offers an apologetic glove touch. Rozenstruik throws a punch but is well away from the mark, allowing Gane to chip at the legs with a kick. Rozenstruik stands up a mid-cage takedown attempt and nearly connects with a big punch, and Gane walks forward to trade. Both men land cleanly at the same time, and Rozenstruik scores again to make Gane back off. Gane tries to keep his man from advancing with jabs and leg kicks, and once more Rozenstruik is practically standing there doing absolutely nothing. Rozenstruik paws out a few jabs to find his range, and he is not willing to pull the trigger in many of his strikes as Gane peppers him with front kicks to the body. Dean implores the two to start working, and Gane obliges with several long jabs. Rozenstruik gets off a single leg kick and Gane’s thigh is marked up a bit, so Rozenstruik targets it again and Gane takes a funny step back. Gane leans over to punch the body a few times, and Rozenstruik aims another leg kick. Gane scores a one-two and Rozenstruik complains of another eye poke, and Dean checks on it but tells them to keep fighting in an odd pause. Gane snaps out a few jabs, and Rozenstruik scores a leg kick that may have landed low. Rozenstruik bits down on his mouthpiece to wins a few bombs, but Gane is able to get out of harm’s way without much effort. Gane takes a right hand on the chin, and shoots in for a takedown as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 4

Before the round begins, Dean delivers a stern warning to Gane for leaving his fingers outstretched. Gane jabs a few times here and there, and Rozenstruik laughs off a leg kick but does not do anything about it. Gane gets off an oblique kick to the knee, and when he rushes in for a takedown, Rozenstruik is prepared with hooks that Gane sees coming from a mile away. Rozenstruik hops around like Gane but is stuck at the end of Gane’s punches, until Gane steps in with a knee to the chest. Rozenstruik comes up shy on the counter, and Gane shakes his head at him. The Frenchman keeps chopping down the lead leg with stay-busy strikes, as his opponent has virtually abandoned all offense. The two both land single leg kicks, and Gane keeps picking away with his kicks. Gane paws out with a jab, and he pushes his opponent into the fence and blasts Rozenstruik in the cup with a knee. The Suriname fighter shakes it off in about 20 seconds, and he kicks the leg once as he steps back. Gane pushes out with his hands outstretched to stifle any offense coming at him, and Rozenstruik flails with hooks. The Frenchman scores a big left hand, but it is one-and-done as Rozenstruik swings and misses with an overhand right counter. Rozenstruik puts his hands down and motions at his opponent, and Gane laughs at him as the tepid round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 5

There is a glove touch to clock in the final five minutes of this dreadful heavyweight affair. Gane swipes out with right hooks, jabs and leg kicks. Rozenstruik is stalled out already, unable to get any momentum going as he gets kicked in the head. “Bigi Boy” wears it well and tries to jab back, but Gane is firmly in the driver’s seat. Gane fakes on the way in, getting Rozenstruik to bite on practically every feint, until he crashes in to clinch. The Frenchman lands a few strikes to the body, and he backs away so that he can play with his food a little longer. Gane reaches out with jabs and snaps Rozenstruik’s head back, and he has completely shut down Rozenstruik’s power. Gane jabs away from a distance, sprinkling in the occasional leg kick and staying away from any possible damage. Gane ducks low, and Rozenstruik tries to counter a takedown attempt like Derrick Lewis wrecked Curtis Blaydes last week, but it does not land flush and Gane pushes through the strike. Gane squeezes Rozenstruik into the fence as if he were trying to use the wire as a cheese grater, with precious seconds ticking off the clock for any hope of a Rozenstruik comeback in the vein of his match with Alistair Overeem. Gane shoots in for a double, and Rozenstruik defends with a guillotine choke before letting go, and Gane takes his back standing. Gane wrenches Rozenstruik down to the canvas, but “Bigi Boy” springs back up with his back stuck against the wall as if it were covered in fly paper. Gane embraces the grind until the fight ends, and thankfully it is finally over. Bon jeu, “Bon Gamin.” Hopefully, the blockbuster UFC 259 next week breathes life back into fight fans, as this event was not one for the record books.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane (50-45 Gane)
Ben Duffy scores the round: 10-9 Gane (50-45 Gane)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Gane (50-45 Gane)

The Official Result

Ciryl Gane def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
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