UFC on ESPN 18 ‘Smith vs. Clark’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

By Jay Pettry Nov 28, 2020
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Luke Sanders (140) vs. Joseph Nathan Maness (139.5)

Round 1

We begin this kneecapped event at a 140-pound previously scheduled catchweight, as one of the most experienced competitors on the card in Sanders (13-3, 3-3 UFC) takes on relative newcomer Maness (12-1, 1-0 UFC). Drawing the first assignment of the night for this 10-fight offering is referee Jason Herzog, and with a tough of gloves, it’s time to fight. Starting in opposite stances, both men try to find their angle in the early going. Sanders kicks the leg and punches the body, and he ducks out of the way of the counter that zips past his head. “Cool Hand Luke” again chops at the lead leg, and when he reaches too far to jab at the torso, Maness nearly clips him with a right hand counter. Sanders tries to chip away on the outside with kicks, and Maness nearly takes his head off as he is coiled and waiting to strike. Both men come together and trade violently, and then do this again and both seem to sting the other. They separate, and Sanders starts up his kicking game again, with some slapping leg kicks off the thigh. Sanders slams a shin to Maness’ knee, and his knee practically buckles as he stands still for a moment. Sanders uses this opportunity to charge in and clinch, but Maness pushes him off. When Sanders lets fly another big kick, he misses and topples over. Maness stands back and lets him up, and then dodges two booming shots when Sanders rushes after him. “Cool Hand Luke” flings up a head kick as they wade towards one another, and the exchange between the two is frenzied. Sanders loads up on a few punches and gets Maness’ attention, and “Mayhem” falls back to the cage before bouncing off to hit a takedown. Sanders springs back to his feet while Maness is still on him, and he shoves away a potential choke attempt to get back to the center of the cage. Sanders swings with everything he has with a few punches, and Maness ducks, bobs and weaves. Sanders backs away and unloads with a ferocious combination, and this time, Maness cannot avoid the brunt of the damage. Maness is hurt, but he is surviving and keeping his wits about him as he retreats on the outside. Sanders tries to capitalize with a head kick like Anthony Njokuani over Chris Horodecki in the WEC, but he comes up short and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Sanders
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Sanders
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Sanders

Round 2

Round 2 begins with a heavy calf kick from Sanders, and every one he has landed in this fight draws a visible reaction from Maness. Sanders chases him down and swarms him with punches, and Maness gets stung but tries to trade heavy leather back at his opponent. Sanders bullies Maness against the cage, and “Mayhem” nails Sanders with a counter to buckle Sanders’ legs. Maness sprints after him as Sanders backs away, and he clips Sanders again in a ferocious exchange. Sanders shakes off the cobwebs and the two engage in a brief but damaging brawl, and this time Maness is hurt again. Sanders comes at him and gets countered once more, and Maness is timing these shots. Sanders backs away, and Maness scores a left before slamming his right fist in the side of Sanders’ head. Sanders goes flying across the cage, and Maness crashes forward and blitzes him with a wild flurry as Sanders tries to get back up. Maness bullies him down the canvas with a body lock trip takedown, and he hits mount and rapidly circles around to take Sanders’ back when Sanders powers his way up. “Mayhem” is already hunting for the rear-naked choke as Sanders falls over, and with his hooks in, he has it under the chin and Sanders is firmly in the danger zone. A few seconds later and Sanders has to tap out, as he is still rocked badly and unable to release himself from the grip of his foe. What a wild fight!

The Official Result

Joseph Nathan Maness def. Luke Sanders R2 2:29 via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)

Su Mudaerji (126) vs. Malcolm Gordon (126)

Round 1

Dropping down to the flyweight division, Mudaerji (12-4, 1-1 UFC) will be scrapping it out against Gordon (12-4, 0-1 UFC) in a classic battle of China vs. Canada. The third man inside the Octagon is handsomely bearded referee Dan Miragliotta, and the glove touch precedes the action. Gordon walks forward but Mudaerji is ready with a leg kick and a high kick. “Malcolm X” wades through it and Mudaerji is ready to play the matador, as he slips in a quick right hand as he dances out of the way. A piston-like left hand from Mudaerji smashes Gordon in the face, and Gordon is hurt. Mudaerji sees that he has his man in trouble, and he targets two more that split the guard and find Gordon’s chin. Two more clubbing punches are all it takes for Gordon to topple over, with his mind wanting to continue fighting but his body and legs giving out on him. Gordon falls face-first, and he curls up as he is already done. One more punch is merely academic as Gordon appears to have physically surrendered, and Miragliotta races in to rescue the defeated fighter. When the official time is read, this may go in the books as one of the quickest knockouts in UFC flyweight history -- but it will not beat Dustin Ortiz' 15-second dusting of Hector Sandoval in 2017.

The Official Result

Su Mudaerji def. Malcolm Gordon R1 0:44 via KO (Punches)

Rachael Ostovich (125.5) vs. Gina Mazany (125.5)

Round 1

Moving over now to the women’s flyweight division, two women in desperate need of a win compete next as Mazany (6-4, 1-4 UFC) makes her first trip to 125 pounds against Ostovich (4-5, 1-2 UFC). The Octagon ranger for this bout is referee Mark Smith, and the two women have no interested in touching gloves and want to get right down to it. Mazany punches her way forward with right hands, and pursues a trip, but she backs away and Ostovich slaps a shin off her midsection. Mazany leaps forward and scores a big left hand, and cracks Ostovich with another. Mazany uses the momentum to push Ostovich against the fence, and she easily trips Ostovich down and leaps on top. Ostovich gets to her knees and bucks, but Mazany holds a lock on her shoulder to keep Ostovich grounded as she takes Ostovich’s back. Ostovich scrambles and frees herself from the grip, and she manages to get back to her feet. Mazany evades an overhand right to slap a leg kick home, and the two walk towards one another throwing bombs. Ostovich lands a heavy right hand and avoids the counter that whizzes by her face, and she scores a body kick as Mazany wades forward. Mazany puts together a one-two, and scores right hand as Ostovich retreats and reset. Ostovich sits down on a right hand counter as Mazany lands a body kick, and when Ostovich kicks the body, Mazany grabs the leg and pursues a takedown. She presses the Hawaiian into the cage but cannot get her down, so Mazany elects to knee the thigh a few times before taking Ostovich’s back standing. Ostovich breaks the grip and pushes away, and Mazany is ready with an elbow up the middle. Ostovich kicks her away with a body kick, and the two return to the center of the cage again. The two land right hands at the same time, and some damage has shown on Ostovich’s face. Mazany eats a sharp left hook, and she kicks the lead leg and then uses her other leg to kick the body. Mazany ends the round with a heavy left hand that makes Ostovich bounce off the cage.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Mazany
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Mazany
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Mazany

Round 2

Mazany begins the second frame with a calf kick, and Ostovich times an overhand right across the forward bow. Mazany crashes in to pursue a takedown attempt, and Ostovich scores a knee up the middle but she cannot keep “Danger” at bay. Mazany elevates Ostovich down, and although Ostovich muscles her way back to her feet, Mazany gets a mat return to land in full guard. Ostovich throws her legs up and threatens with an armbar, and Mazany uses the position to pass but her head falls briefly into a triangle choke place. Mazany pulls her head out and passes all the way to north-south position, but she cannot find a position to wrangle a choke so she works her way back to side control. She rolls back to north-south position, and she squeezes down for a rare choke out of the Jeff Monson playbook. The incredible flexibility allows Ostovich to flip all the way around to take Mazany’s back, but Mazany is not having it as she bucks Ostovich off and cracks her with a right hand on the way up. Both women trade blows, and Ostovich gets cracked and fires back a left hand that hurts Mazany. The pink-haired fighter regains her composure and crashes the pocket to hit a body lock takedown, and Ostovich is on her back again. Mazany is already in half guard and slices over to three-quarter mount, and she breaks the grip to take mount for a brief moment. Ostovich times the pass to power out of the position, and Mazany lets her up only to slam her back down. This happens again, with Ostovich bursting up to her feet only to succumb to another emphatic mat return. Mazany holds on to the back of her opponent, and she lands a few strikes until the Hawaiian gets back to her feet with sheer force of will. The two engage in a brief but wild brawl until the horn breaks them up.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Mazany
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Mazany
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Mazany

Round 3

Both women paw at one another to find their range in the last round, and suddenly both sit down on right hands and clock one another. Mazany presses in and clinches, where she pushes Ostovich into the cage and drills Ostovich on the chin with a high knee. Mazany circles around to take Ostovich’s back, and she knees the thigh a few times until Ostovich turns her back about. Ostovich chains a few takedown attempts together, but Ostovich remains standing and gains a separation. Mazany does not let her off the hook for long, as she wanders back in and knees Ostovich in the face again before pursuing a takedown. Ostovich lands a few punches to back Mazany off, but Mazany grits her teeth and slugs it out with her foe. Mazany spins for a back elbow, and Ostovich grabs her but quickly gets turned back and pushed into the cage wall, where Mazany knees her in the face for her effort. Mazany scores an elbow on the break, and she backs away to avoid a pair of punches before charging in to hit a takedown. Mazany takes full mount, and she starts slamming punches and elbows on opponent, and Smith asks Ostovich to fight back. The elbows are doing serious damage, and Ostovich turns to her knees and survives the assault. The Hawaiian powers her way back to her feet, and Mazany swings and misses with wild strikes and telegraphed takedowns. Ostovich tosses her aside, and Mazany boots her in the liver and makes Ostovich double over in pain. Ostovich falls to her knees as Mazany pours it on, but she gathers herself and fights her way back up. Mazany lands a clean standing elbow, and she backs off to aim one thudding liver kick that makes Jason DeLucia wince in pain somewhere, and Ostovich is down for the count while Mazany lands a few punches from above. Smith rushes in as he observes that Ostovich is done, and he stops the fight while Ostovich writhes in pain. This is a statement performance for Mazany, who introduced herself to the flyweight division in a big way.

The Official Result

Gina Mazany def. Rachael Ostovich R3 4:10 via TKO (Body Kick and Punches)

Martin Day (135.5) vs. Anderson dos Santos (135)

Round 1

Up next at bantamweight to headline our preliminary portion of the card, Day (8-4, 0-2 UFC) and dos Santos (20-8, 0-2 UFC) attempt to earn their first UFC win in each of their third trips to the cage. Officiating this contest is referee Herb Dean, and the glove touch starts things off. Both men trade quick kicks early, as dos Santos sneaks in a body kick after absorbing a leg kick. The Brazilian swings and misses with his own leg kick, and Day spins and misses with a strike. Dos Santos again attacks the leg, and Day gives it back to him. Day leaps forward and snaps the head back with a jab, and lands a high kick and a punch as he gets backed into the fence. Dos Santos dives low for a takedown and gets pushed away, but he pops back up and blasts Day with a big overhand right. Day falls back into the fence, and the two trade heavy leather for a moment until dos Santos pursues a low takedown out of nowhere. Day fights off the grip as dos Santos takes his back, and elevates Day but cannot drag him down. Dos Santos looks to drag a leg out, and decides instead to stop messing about and lifts Day in the air to smash him down to the ground, much to the delight of his corner. The Brazilian lands in half guard, and he presses his shoulder down for the first part of an arm-triangle choke. Day kicks off as dos Santos hops over to take mount, but he cannot free himself and “Berinja” takes side control and drills Day in the ribs with a knee. Dos Santos keeps working with short punches and elbows on top, all while pressing his full 135-pound body weight on his foe. Day gets him back to butterfly guard, and he kicks dos Santos off and goes after his own double leg takedown. When Day lifts his opponent in the air, dos Santos snatches up his neck immediately to cinch up a guillotine choke, and Day is in big, big trouble. The Brazilian gives it everything he has to crush on the neck, and Day wriggles but he cannot get out. Day taps out, awarding dos Santos his first UFC win. Overcome with emotion, dos Santos screams out in glory before falling to the ground in tears, celebrating his first-ever win inside the Octagon.

The Official Result

Anderson dos Santos def. Martin Day R1 4:35 via Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Kai Kamaka III (145) vs. Jonathan Pearce (145.5)

Round 1

Opening up this six-fight main card is a potential featherweight brawl and third consecutive match with a Hawaiian involved as “The Fighting Hawaiian” Kamaka III (8-2, 1-0 UFC) takes on “JSP” Pearce (9-4, 0-1 UFC). Referee Dan Miragliotta is in charge of the cage for the main card opener, the touch of gloves comes just a second before Pearce kicks his man to the body. Pearce throws another front kick to the midsection, and Kamaka decides it’s his turn and he cracks Pearce in the ribs with his shin. Both men are almost exclusively targeting the body, perhaps because they saw the Mazany stoppage backstage, and both are landing strikes from the outside. Kamaka keeps punching the torso, and he pushes back a leaping “JSP” with one strike. Kamaka lands two heavy leg kicks that make Pearce react, and Kamaka continues kicking and lands a body kick to the liver. Kamaka scores a body kick that clips off the cup, and Pearce shrugs it off and has the two continue. Pearce throws up a kick, and when Kamaka grabs hold of him, Pearce falls to his back and considers a submission off his back. Kamaka is not interested in this grappling exchange, and steps out of guard to allow them to strike again. Kamaka gets off a solid jab and a leg kick, and “JSP” returns fire with a short salvo of punches over the top. The Hawaiian kicks the leg and gets shoved back with his foe’s foot, and the two clash together and swing heavily, but are too close to land flush. Kamaka sits down on a leg kick, and he barely blocks the counter right hand coming at him. “JSP” tries to grab on to the leg to go after a takedown, and Kamaka shoves it away and lands a few heavy punches. “The Fighting Hawaiian” flirts with his own takedown attempt, but when it does not succeed, Pearce replies in kind and is also stuffed. Kamaka scores a stiff jab, and he over-extends himself with a follow-up punch to allow Pearce to take the fight down. Kamaka flips over and gets to his knees, where he stands up while allowing Pearce to take his back. The Hawaiian gets kneed in the face when “JSP” slides off his back, and the two separate. Pearce jumps at him with a flying knee, but Kamaka sees it coming and waits for his opponent to land to score a quick left hand at the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Kamaka

Round 2

“JSP” starts the round with another flying knee, and a pair of looping hooks get Kamaka’s attention early on. Pearce crashes forward to implement his grappling, and he hits a takedown. Like the previous round, Kamaka bursts up and gives up his back, walking up the fence while wearing Pearce like a backpack. Kamaka riskily falls forward to escape the position, but it proves to his benefit as Pearce falls off. The two both scramble back to their feet, and they start trading huge punches. Pearce lands a few, and Kamaka gives them back to him. When Pearce lines up a knee in a clinch, the Hawaiian works the body and draws a reaction. Pearce decides to take the fight back down again, and this time Kamaka is not able to pop back up. Instead, Pearce climbs over his guard and nails him with a big shot, but Kamaka is scrambling wildly to get back to his knees. Pearce takes back control and gets his hooks in, and he flattens Kamaka out to start landing heavy punches. “JSP” hunts for a rear-naked choke, and when Kamaka breaks the grip, Pearce smashes him with an elbow. Pearce alternates strikes with submission attempts, and Kamaka rolls to his back and allows Pearce to stay on his back. Kamaka spins around and gets back on top, but he slams down a right hand. Pearce bucks him off and gets up, where he takes Kamaka back down instantly. On his opponent’s back and sitting up like he is riding him like a horse, Pearce sits up and smacks his foe with hammerfists both sides of his head. Pearce keeps pounding on Kamaka, and Miragliotta leans in to chide Kamaka to defend himself. “JSP” knows this is his time to shine, and he pours it on with punch after punch until Miragliotta has seen enough. This is a huge win for Pearce, who earns his first win inside the Octagon while also becoming the first man to finish “The Fighting Hawaiian” with strikes. With that, Hawaiian fighters end their night at 0-3.

The Official Result

Jonathan Pearce def. Kai Kamaka III R2 4:28 via TKO (Punches)

Ashlee Evans-Smith (135.5) vs. Norma Dumont Viana (139.5: Missed Weight)

Round 1

What was once a bantamweight tilt has been transformed into a catchweight after Viana (4-1, 0-1 UFC) missed weight by 3.5 pounds before taking on Evans-Smith (6-4, 3-4 UFC). With both trying to even their UFC records to .500, referee Jason Herzog will make sure everything is above board as they collide. There is no glove touch, and instead Evans-Smith walks forward to land a leg kick, miss with a high kick and also swing wildly with a front kick to the body. The American does land another leg kick, and two more to the body connect as well. Viana tries to time a right hand, and Evans-Smith goes back to kicks high and low. When Viana tries to respond with a kick, Evans-Smith counters with a left hand, but the kick landed much heavier than her opponent’s previous strikes. Evans-Smith comes up short with a few more, and she is out of range from a standing elbow as well. Viana sits down on a right hand in a one-two, and it careens off Evans-Smith’s guard. Evans-Smith scores a right hand when Viana comes forward, and she follows it with a chipping leg kick. Viana drills her with a hard leg kick of her own, and a left hand from Viana appears to have started a little swelling above Evans-Smith’s right eye. Viana strings together a trip of punches, and she walks through a kick but Viana loads up on heavier strikes. Evans-Smith charges forward with a salvo of strikes, but Viana dodges them all and clips her with a counter. Viana cracks Evans-Smith with three punches, and Evans-Smith has four strikes easily thwarted. Viana blocks a strike and lands a left hand, and Evans-Smith does sneak in a right hand but Viana blitzes her with several hard punches. Viana clinches up with her opponent, and she holds her hand over Evans-Smith’s mouth and Evans-Smith is wincing. A strike from Viana has opened up a cut on the bridge of her opponent’s nose, and Evans-Smith shoots in for a takedown but hits a brick wall. Viana, the much stronger woman at the moment, lifts Evans-Smith up and slams her down hard. Viana sits up and lands a left hand from above, and the round ends. Viana helps Evans-Smith up on the break.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Viana
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Viana
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Viana

Round 2

Evans-Smith swings and misses with a kick to open up the second, and Viana stands before her and waits to land a few thudding punches. Evans-Smith fakes a takedown but Viana sees it coming, and she pulls off a head-and-arm throw but cannot maintain the position. Instead, Viana rolls through the position, takes Evans-Smith’s back, and the two wildly scramble back to their feet. Pressed against the cage, Viana tosses Evans-Smith down, and she lands in side control, where she opens up with elbows before taking Evans-Smith’s back. Evans-Smith blocks a rear-naked choke attempt and she pushes off the fence, but Viana takes full mount and looks to unload strikes on top. Evans-Smith clings to her heavier opponent like Saran wrap, and Viana breaks the grip and lands occasional ground-and-pound. Viana grinds her forehead on her opponent’s like the UFC days of old, and when she sits up, her top gets trapped and slides off. Herzog pauses the action to get it fixed for her, and when we resume, Viana lands several cracking elbows. Evans-Smith is fired up, and she kicks off to get back to her feet, and she starts throwing heavy leather when they both get back up. Evans-Smith is busted up but she stalks down her opponent, and Viana stays composed and lands an overhand right as Evans-Smith rushes towards her. Viana connects with a loud leg kick, and she ducks out of the way of a one-two to score a right hand over the top. Evans-Smith tries to attack with high kicks, but Viana’s counter strikes are doing damage and making Evans-Smith recoil at each one that lands. One final body kick concludes the round for Evans-Smith.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Viana
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Viana
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Viana

Round 3

The American uses herky-jerky movement to work her way in and land kicks, but Viana strings together four punches that ring Evans-Smith’s bell. Evans-Smith slaps up a kick that glances off Viana’s guard, and the Brazilian darts out of the way from another that flies by. Viana gets off a one-two that makes Evans-Smith take a back step, and she puts four more together before Evans-Smith can reply. Viana scores a left hand, and then a right, and the two go strike-for-strike with Viana getting marked up as well from these exchanges. They clinch up, and Evans-Smith scores a knee but gets elbowed in the face to send her reeling. Evans-Smith switches stances and rips a body kick, and she lands two more to the body while Viana counters her with punches over the top. Evans-Smith targets the liver with another kick, and Viana circles on the outside before socking Evans-Smith with a stiff one-two. Viana punches her way into a clinch, but she bails on it when Evans-Smith tries to elbow her face off. Viana chops at the lead leg, and she hops backwards to avoid the counter and evades four more strikes that are all inaccurate. Viana again lands a leg kick, and three punches that follow collide off Evans-Smith’s high guard. Evans-Smith charges in to clinch up, and Viana turns her around and gets kneed in the body several times. Viana is well out of the way from Evans-Smith strikes, and she lands a few punches but pulls back when Evans-Smith gets stung. Viana loads up on a right hand, and she chains together a series of punches that hurt Evans-Smith badly and make the American fall to the canvas. Evans-Smith attacks a desperation takedown to save herself, and Viana shrugs it off and starts swinging with everything she has left, hurting Evans-Smith again. A trip takedown for Viana leads to a fun scramble, and Viana ends the round holding Evans-Smith down. We have our first decision of the night, although Viana came very close to finish the fight in the waning seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Viana (30-26 Viana)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-8 Viana (30-26 Viana)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Viana (30-27 Viana)

The Official Result

Norma Dumont Viana def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Bill Algeo (146) vs. Spike Carlyle (145.5)

Round 1

In the featherweight division, two men with solid nicknames looking to rebound off of decision losses this year meet as “Alpha Ginger” Carlyle (9-2, 1-1 UFC) squares off with “Senor Perfecto” Algeo (13-5, 0-1 UFC). The assignment for this clash goes to referee Herb Dean, and the lack of a glove touch is instead exchanged for a spinning wheel kick from Carlyle to start off. Algeo dodges out of the way and scores a pair of heavy leg kicks. Carlyle comes in recklessly and gets cracked by the Pennsylvania native, but Carlyle wears it well. Algeo goes back to a few more leg kicks on Carlyle’s heavy lead leg, and he walks Carlyle back to the fence but takes a hard leg kick for his efforts. Algeo returns the favor but ups the ante by kicking Carlyle in the head, and “The Alpha Ginger” just looks at him as if he were irritated. Algeo scores a few more calf kicks, and he ducks a huge punch. When Algeo lands another leg kick, Carlyle starts screaming at him, but Algeo stays composed and takes a right hand across the bow. Carlyle swings and misses with another big punch, and Algeo chops down the tree with a few more kicks. Carlyle plants his shin on Algeo’s knee, and Algeo scores a spinning back kick to the body. Both men land big punches, and Carlyle eats them and clinches up to take the fight down. Algeo stands up by walking up the fence, and he gives up his back in the process. Carlyle is wrapped around him like a seatbelt, and Algeo motions to Dean to have Carlyle do something. Dean chides Carlyle to work, and Carlyle obliges by dragging Algeo down from behind. When “Senor Perfecto” gets back up again, Carlyle wrenches him right back down. Algeo once more powers to his feet, and in the clinch, he attacks a trip takedown but cannot quite secure it. Carlyle lands in an unusual position, and Carlyle grabs hold of his neck for a schoolyard choke that looks like a bulldog choke from an odd angle. Algeo grits it out and pops his neck off, and he takes Carlyle’s back but loses the position as well. When Carlyle pursues a takedown to seal the round, Algeo lands a 12-6 elbow and is immediately admonished by Dean. The round ends in this clinch position.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Carlyle
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Algeo
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Carlyle

Round 2

Algeo begins the second frame with a head kick, and when it is blocked, he scampers out of the away to avoid a counter. Carlyle kicks him in the leg, and the two come together to both attempt a takedown, but they back off when neither can get it off. Carlyle spins and slaps a back fist off Algeo’s head, and he keeps turning to go after and land a takedown. As Algeo scrambles, Carlyle attacks that bulldog choke again but Algeo is wise to it and twists free. The two gets back up to their feet, and engage in a grueling clinch exchange where one knee may have landed low, but no pause is given. Algeo yanks Carlyle down to the ground, and he is already in back control with a body triangle. “The Alpha Ginger” rolls to his knees to break the grip, but Algeo flattens him out and fishes for an arm-triangle choke. Algeo takes mount when Carlyle keeps turning, and he gives it up as Carlyle bucks and kicks. Algeo once more flattens Carlyle out, and he maintains a suffocating top pressure as he starts to land a few hammerfists. “Senor Perfecto” gets off an elbow to the side of the head, and Carlyle cannot escape this position or blast through it as Algeo is sapping his gas tank. Algeo pursues an arm-in rear-naked choke, and when hunting for it, he loses a hook and hops to the side of his opponent on his knees. When Carlyle keeps rolling, Algeo turns and takes the back again, but he falls to his back and Carlyle is in full guard and being held tight. The Pennsylvania native fires off elbows from his back, and Carlyle climbs over to a more dominant position as he lands a trio of punches until the horn stops the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Algeo
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Algeo
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Algeo

Round 3

Algeo starts out with a leg kick, and Carlyle charges at him with wild, glancing blows. Algeo again scores a leg kick, and he fakes a flying knee to stride in and smack Carlyle with a one-two. He lands another one-two that he follows with a head kick, and “Alpha Ginger” ignores it to land some bombs. Algeo wears the strikes well and lands the leg kick, and Carlyle retreats so that he can set up a spinning back fist. Algeo sees it coming and has his guard up for it, and Carlyle appears to be heavily fatigued as he throws wide, telegraphed strikes. Algeo works the body before landing a crisp jab up top, and when he lands another kick, Carlyle crashes in on him to take the fight down. Carlyle looks for a suplex, but he does not have the energy to hit it so he falls to his back and Algeo scrambles to get on top. Carlyle does have enough to fight back to his feet, and Algeo greets him with a knee in the face. The featherweights jockey for position in the clinch, and Algeo pushes off to land a big head kick. Carlyle charges forward with a takedown attempt all the way across the cage, and although Algeo stuffs it initially, Carlyle’s second attempt gets his man down. Algeo gives up his back as he fights up to a knee, and he works his way up while Carlyle pursues a double leg takedown. Carlyle switches to a single, and Algeo frames him off and blasts Carlyle with a knee. “Alpha Ginger” doggedly continues to pursue this takedown, and Algeo lands strikes to the body and side of the head. Algeo starts hammering down with elbows to the side of the head, and he twists Carlyle around and knees him in the gut. Both men are spent, and they continue to throw caution to the wind and swing crazy yet somehow effective strikes. Carlyle falls forward when throwing a strike, and his face meets an advancing left check hook. Carlyle eats it like a sandwich, and he chases after Algeo to close out the fight with a front kick. Each man raises their arms in the air to celebrate their hard-fought battle.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Algeo (29-28 Algeo)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Algeo (30-27 Algeo)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Algeo (29-28 Algeo)

The Official Result

Bill Algeo def. Spike Carlyle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Josh Parisian (265.5) vs. Parker Porter (263)

Round 1

The heaviest bout of the night goes to a pair of heavyweights looking to earn their first UFC win, when newcomer and TUF 28 vet Parisian (13-3, 0-0 UFC) tries to continue his streak of six consecutive knockouts against the heavy-handed Porter (9-6, 0-1 UFC). Referee Mark Smith may have his hands full between these two men combining for 528.5 pounds, although they show a sign of respect by touching gloves before swinging for the bleachers. Parisian sticks out a jab, and leaps out of the way when Porter bears down on him. Porter starts lobbing bombs, and Parisian eats the punches and ties his man up in the clinch. Parisian lands a knee up the middle and a body shot on the break, and Porter is right on him with big shots. Parisian blocks them and allows Porter to clinch up again, and he takes a few punches to bloody his nose up. Both trade knees to the body, and Porter lands a one-two. Parisian takes a few elbows on the chin, and he sets up a Thai clinch and looks to blast Porter with knees. Parisian cracks Porter with a right hand to force the separation, and he pours it on and starts landing heavy punches as Porter is hurt. Parisian sneaks up a few uppercuts through the guard, and Porter is rocked but willing to engage in a brawl. Parisian snipes him with an uppercut and a long left hand, and Porter comes at him willing to throw caution to the wind and brawl it out. Parisian lands a few one-twos, and Porter responds with a jab that knocks out Parisian’s mouthpiece. Both men are not sure whose it is, and Smith replaces it in Parisian’s mouth. Porter comes at him like his bald head is on fire, swinging big punches wildly, and he clips Parisian with an overhand right. Parisian backs up to the fence, and pushes off to spin and clock Porter with a spinning back fist. Porter clinches up and gets elbowed in the face, and he chases after Parisian to take him down. Parisian climbs back to his feet, and he again sets up the Thai clinch and elbows Porter this time. Porter lands a heavy knee and breaks off to avoid a right hand. Parisian hacks at him with elbows, and Porter wears them well and loads up on right hands. Parisian ducks out of the way but Porter chases him to the fence and plants a right hand on Parisian’s jaw. Porter lands a hard leg kick, and Parisian is fatigued but is willing to throw everything he has into punches. Parisian tosses Porter to the ground, and as he tries to get off ground strikes, the horn blares to end this crazy first round.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Parisian
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Parisian
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Parisian

Round 2

The two big men touch gloves, and both are sucking wind out of the gate. Porter kicks him in the leg, and he scores a left hand that opens up a cut on Parisian’s right eye. When Parisian scores his own leg kick, he stumbles back. Porter capitalizes on it with a ferocious leg kick that makes Parisian fall over, and he dives down to lock up a guillotine choke that is under the chin. Parisian sits up against the fence and survives this position, but he falls to his back as Porter rains down a few strikes. The newcomer miraculously gets back to his feet, and he is totally spent but is still throwing. Both land leg kicks at the same time, and Porter gets off a head kick that glances off Parisian’s shoulder. Parisian tries to knee Porter in the body, but Porter crowds him to stop them. Parisian lands an elbow, and Porter sticks him with a few punches before they separate. Both men trade furiously but exhaustedly, and Porter swings and misses with another head kick. Porter pushes the pace and presses Parisian to the fence again, but not before he lands a heavy leg kick. He pulls Parisian down to the canvas, and in side control he drops down a few hammerfists. Parisian gets Porter back to half guard, but Porter is content to grind his elbow on Parisian’s face. Porter drops down a few short elbows from above, and he latches on to Parisian’s right arm to hunt for a keylock. Parisian lets him twist the arm but Porter cannot lock up the move, so Porter sits up to thump down some hammerfists instead. Parisian bursts up, but Porter shoves him over and traps his left arm to rain down punches. Porter lands a 12-6 elbow that is near the spine, and when Smith warns him, Parisian stands back up. One final furious flurry from each man ends the round, and Porter lands a trio of hellacious punches but Parisian is there to eat them all.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Porter
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-8 Porter
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Porter

Round 3

The two heavyweights touch gloves to come into this final frame. Parisian sticks out a jab, and he clacks a kick off Porter’s cup. Porter is ready to continue but Smith gives him a moment, and Parisian leans to the fence to take a breather. Smith clocks the match back in after a brief break, and Porter is energized as he lands a left hand and pushes Parisian against the fence. Parisian hops out of the way of a left hand, and he absorbs a hard kick to his thigh. Porter targets one a little lower to buckle the knee, and Parisian headhunts him and jabs a few times. Another punch from Porter dislodges Parisian’s mouthpiece, and Smith asks that Parisian keep it in. Both men trade single strikes, and Parisian loads up on a right hand that gets blocked. Porter scores a thudding leg kick, and he rushes in to land three punches. Porter ducks the spinning back fist, and he presses Parisian to the fence to land heavy punches and a standing elbow. Parisian circles out without taking much damage, and both men trade again. Parisian flicks his foot up and tattoos it on Porter’s face, but Porter ignores it and walks his man down to unload power shots. Parisian swings furiously and occasionally connects, but Porter tees off on him and Smith asks Parisian to fight back. Parisian obliges with a leg kick that gets checked, a few looping punches, and a spinning back fist that does connect. Parisian kicks the leg a few times, and Porter wades forward to land a big right hand. Parisian takes a few punches to land one big one, and Porter lands a knee up the middle and fails to take his big opponent down. Parisian lands a knee of his own, and stings Porter with a heavy right hand. Porter shoves him back to the fence, and Parisian crashes forward while throwing punches. The two big men jockey for position in the fence as time ticks off the round, and Parisian mashes him against the cage while lifting up knees to the body. Both men land big punches right until the bitter end, when the final horn sounds to end this 15-minute heavyweight rumble.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Porter (29-27 Porter)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Porter (29-27 Porter)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Porter (29-28 Porter)

The Official Result

Parker Porter def. Josh Parisian via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

Miguel Baeza (171) vs. Takashi Sato (170)

Round 1

The new co-main event of the evening comes at welterweight, as unbeaten Baeza (9-0, 2-0 UFC) tries to keep his spotless record intact against the power-punching Sato (16-3, 2-1 UFC). Officiating this 170-pound affair is referee Dan Miragliotta, and the two show nothing but respect as they touch ‘em up. Both strikers are tentative to begin the match, as Baeza circles around the outside while Sato walks him down and lines up strikes. Baeza is the first to commit to a serious strike, as he swings and misses with a big overhand right. Sato crashes forward to land a few punches, but Baeza blocks them and returns to the center of the cage. “Caramel Thunder” starts up his vicious leg kick game with one on Sato’s forward calf, and he fires off a kick to the midsection after it. Baeza scores another body kick that sneaks under the elbow, and he winds up with a one-two that hurts Sato. Baeza throws up a head kick and then one to the body, and he sneaks a head kick around Sato’s right arm to land on Sato’s temple. Baeza fires off kicks to the body and head, and he follows these two kicks with a superman punch. Sato is ready for him with the punch, and he sneaks out a check right hook while Baeza comes towards him. Both welterweights land hard strikes and they clinch up, where Baeza cracks the cup with his knee. Miragliotta pauses the fight and calls over a translator to tell Sato to take the time he needs. Sato takes less than a minute, and Baeza offers an apology glove touch that Sato accepts. Baeza backs off and slings a body kick, and then steps forward with two more. Sato tries to come at him over the top, and he sticks out a jab before kicking the lead leg of the Florida native. Baeza targets the body with a punch, and he jumps forward with a punch only to jump up with a knee. Baeza swings and misses with a head kick that makes him fall over, but Sato allows him up and we can see a cut has formed under Sato’s right eye. Baeza backs away to deliver another body kick, and Sato loads up on a few punches to make Baeza bounce off the fence. Baeza ends the round with a body kick, an overhand right and another body kick. On that last kick, he falls over, but Sato cannot make him pay for this slip because the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Baeza
Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Baeza
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Baeza

Round 2

The two welterweights touch gloves to check in the second round, and the cutman did not stop the bleeding for Sato between rounds. Baeza goes back to the well with a body kick, and he tags Sato with a superman punch coming forward. Baeza fires off a right hand, and Sato is ready to counter him. This same exchange happens again, and Baeza is loading up on his right hand. Sato runs towards him to throw a right hook, but he falls over before he can get it there. He springs back up and Baeza is ready to kick him in the body again. Sato splits the guard with a left hand, and he cracks Baeza again with it. “Caramel Thunder” drills a one-two on the chin of his opponent, and the head kick after it gets blocked. Sato sticks out a few jabs to the body and head, but Baeza swats them away and paws out with his lead leg. Baeza changes his trajectory of a one-two to land a right hand on the chest. The American fires off another body kick, and Sato cannot do anything but absorb them. Sato is struggling to keep his footing in this fight, as he slides around and is off-balance before he throws. Baeza takes advantage of this with a series of head strikes, with short combinations one after the other. Suddenly, Baeza shoots in for a takedown, and he lifts Sato up and slams him down, where he hops on to the back of his opponent. Baeza has one hook in around the back as Sato is on his knees, and he hunts for a palm-to-palm rear-naked choke. Sato fights out of it but Baeza slams him in the face with heavy punches. Baeza transitions into an arm-triangle choke, and he hops over to side control to secure it. Sato keeps his telephone-answering grip to try to save himself, but the choke is locked up and there is nowhere for him to go. Sato taps one time, and Miragliotta is on top of it and halts the fight. This is Baeza’s first career submission win, as “Caramel Thunder” had recorded all of his previous finishes (seven) by knockout.

The Official Result

Miguel Baeza def. Takashi Sato R2 4:28 via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Anthony Smith (205) vs. Devin Clark (204.5)

Round 1

We have reached the main event of a six-fight main card that started at 10 PM on the east coast, and it comes in the form of a now five-round bout between former title challenger Smith (33-16, 8-6 UFC) and Jackson-Wink MMA product Clark (12-4, 6-4 UFC). This light heavyweight headliner will see referee Herb Dean in charge of the action, and the two are grateful to compete for five rounds instead of three, showing it with a glove touch and an intense stare between one another. Clark begins the fight with a head kick, and he is fired up as he sprints towards Smith. “Lionheart” ties him up and slams him down, where Smith is already in side control but Clark holds on with a head lock position from his back. Smith drags “Brown Bear” into the center of the cage where he can keep Clark grounded and not able to walk up the fence. Smith circles around and takes his opponent's back, and he is setting up a position that could result in a twister while Clark is slamming his heel into Smith’s thigh. Clark muscles his way back up and he twists down in Smith’s guard. The former title challenger now scoots his way back to the fence, and he keeps a high guard while he considers a submission. Smith adjusts his legs and locks in a triangle choke, and Clark is in big trouble and tries to break up the position with very short hammerfists. Smith tightens his grip like Xenia Onatopp, and Clark stops punching as he is rapidly losing oxygen and blood flow to his head. Clark taps out before he falls asleep, and Smith is now in the win column once again. A triumphant Smith screams to the gods that he is not going anywhere, and each of his last eight victories have ended by stoppage.

The Official Result

Anthony Smith def. Devin Clark R1 2:34 via Submission (Triangle Choke)
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