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Round 1John Braak will be the third man inside the cage. Graham Park wants nothing to do with touching of the gloves, taking Marcus Hicks against the cage and raining down punches. But after a mistake on the ground, Hicks now takes the back of Park and secures the rear-naked choke. What a turn of events! Hicks picks up the victory.
The Official ResultMarcus Hicks def. Graham Park via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:28, R1
Matt Baker vs. Ali Mokdad
Round 1Matt Baker and Ali Mokdad come together and the top of Baker’s head hits the chin of Mokdad. This sends Mokdad to the mat, referee Kyle Cardinal steps in and stops the fight, but not before Baker slams Mokdad with multiple punches. It was literally only five seconds of fighting.
The Official ResultMatt Baker and Ali Mokdad Ends in No Contest (Unintentional Headbutt)
Round 1Tristan Johnson versus Hakeem Dawodu are getting us started on NBC Sports Network in main card action. The referee for the bout is Vern Gorman. After Johnson throws a head kick, Dawodu kicks the leg out from his opponent, unceremoniously knocking him to the mat. Johnson is much longer than Dawodu, therefore he is scoring early with his jab. Dawodu steps into a punch, gets rocked in the process, but counters with a nice shot of his own. He has produced a cut under the right eye of Dawodu. Another overhand right from Dawodu hits it’s mark, both men standing in the pocket and banging. Johnson shoots for a takedown but it’s stuffed, Dawodu scores with a knee on the way out. Dawodu scores with a one-two combination, sending the head of Johnson backwards. Now Johnson comes back with shot. Johnson takes down Dawodu briefly with one minute left in the opening frame. Dawodu with a beautiful uppercut, but is bleeding heavily from the cut under the eye. Another overhand right from Dawodu connects. 10-9 Dawodu.
Round 2Johnson comes out with two stiff jabs. Dawodu enters the muay Thai clinch, but Johnson goes to the body and punches his way out of it. Johnson misses with a right hook and gets countered with a left hook. Dawodu continues to showcase pinpoint striking, landing a shot right to the side of the head of Johnson. Dawodu now parlays the punches with some superior positioning against the cage. Front kick attempt from Johnson misses, Dawodu comes back with another stiff leg kick. Dawodu scores with a body kick, Johnson shoots for a takedown in retaliation but it’s easily defended. Now two front kicks from Dawodu meet the gut of Johnson. Almost out of instinct, Johnson comes back with an uppercut that connects. They are in the clinch now, both taking turns bringing up knees to the gut. They separate, the last ten seconds feature Dawodu connecting with the right jab. 10-9 Dawodu.
Round 3Head kick from Johnson clips Dawodu. Two big punches meet the side of Johnson’s head, who falls backward. Dawodu pounces, holding back the arm of Johnson and dropping punches. Johnson trying to scramble out of it, but Dawodu is keeping the pressure. Now Dawodu lets up and allows a wobbly Johnson to stand up. Dawodu senses the weakness, picking his shots and slowly breaking down his foe. A right hand to the temple drops Johnson, Gorman wastes no time coming in and waving off the fight.
The Official ResultHakeem Dawodu def. Tristan Johnson via Technical Knockout (Punch) 1:59, R3
Round 1ndrew McInnes will face Cody McKenzie in the second main card bout of the evening. Kyle Cardinal is the referee for this scrap. McInnes comes flying across the cage at the Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran. The two come together and McKenzie lands a knee to the gut of McInnes, to which the Canadian presses “The Ultimate Fighter” veteran against the cage. Now McInnes opens up a bit, connecting on a flurry of punches that McKenzie blocks with his arms. “AK-Kid” secures a guillotine choke, McInnes rolls out of it, but McKenzie tries to hold on. McInnes remains calm under the pressure and assumes top position. He now goes to work from the mount, pressing McKenzie up against the steel mesh and dropping punches. McInnes now postures up and drops multiple punches to the head of McKenzie. The former UFC fighter now rolls on top, again looking for a guillotine, but it backfires and he winds up on the bottom. Now McInnes gets full mount, transitions to a triangle choke, but it’s easily defended by McKenzie. Right before the round expires, McKenzie hits McInnes with a headbutt. When talked to by the referee, McKenzie says “he can’t pull my hair,” insinuating that he did it because McInnes pulled his hair. This fight has been waved off, as McInnes has just said he cannot continue. Should be an interesting decision coming up.
The Official ResultAndrew McInnes def. Cody McKenzie via DQ (Head Butt) 4:58, R1
Round 1Derek Boyle, fighting out of Lethbridge, Alberta will meet St. Catherine’s, Ontario’s Shane Campbell. The pair of fighters trade kicks right off the bat. After they eat a shot, they come together and enter the clinch. Campbell looks for a high knee, but it sends him off balance and Boyle takes him to the mat, but Campbell maintains his balance and stays upright. Campbell scores a nice punching to kicking combination that Boyle counters with a trip takedown. Campbell is now bleeding from the nose after their exchange. The pace is slowing here a bit, as Boyle’s takedown attempt is stuffed. Front kick connects to the face of Boyle. Campbell takes the back of Boyle and drags him to the mat, the two tussle as the round closes. 10-9 Campbell.
Round 2Campbell presses Boyle against the cage right away as the second frame kicks off. Now Campbell snaps off some low kicks that hit their target. Boyle changes his stance quickly, showing that he is in some obvious pain. Campbell shoots for the single-leg takedown but Boyle maintains his balance. Campbell gives up then lands a spinning back kick that hits its mark. The pace slows as Boyle presses his opponent against the cage. Boyle misses wildly with a kicking attempt that sends him down, Campbell pounces and enters the guard of his opponent. Campbell opening up with the punches, but the round expires. 10-9 Campbell.
Round 3Campbell starts the third round violently, connecting with a body kick that crumples his opponent. He taunts a bit, then follows up with another shot that drops Boyle. Smelling the victory, Campbell opens up with right punches until the referee comes in and wave it off.
The Official ResultShane Campbell def. Derek Boyle via TKO (Punches) :31, R3
WSOF Bantamweight Title Fight
Moraes vs. Josh Hill
Round 1The WSOF bantamweight championship is on the line between Marlon Moraes and Josh Hill in the main event. Hill puts his head down throws a punch that Moraes is able to avoid. Moraes connects with a left hand that makes solid contact. Now Hill comes back with a looping right hand that lands. Hill focusing on keeping his down, he then strikes with an uppercut that rocks Moraes -- the Brazilian is stunned -- but manages to survive. Moraes throws a body kick and is also bleeding from the nose. Hill throws a flying knee, but it’s to set up an uppercut. Moraes continues to rub his nose, it very well could be broken at this point in the fight. Stiff left hand connects for Moraes as the round closes. 10-9 Hill.
Round 2Josh Hill opens the second round on the inside, picking his shots and getting right back outside. Spinning back kick from Moraes connects to the gut. The champion’s nose is absolutely gushing blood. Moraes and Hill throw kicks in unison and Moraes unfortunately hits the groin area of Hill. The Canadian is taking his time to recuperate. Moraes shows incredible quickness and wraps his leg around the midriff of Hill. Now Moraes lands a left hand. The champion is starting to land with more frequency. Moraes goes to the well with the spinning back kick, misses, then Hill counters with a shot. The round ends with Moraes chasing the No. 1 contender. 10-9 Moraes.
Round 3Moraes is just wrecking the legs of Hill with those violent leg kicks. Hill throws the flying knee to uppercut combination that he has had some success with early. The blood continues to pour out of the nose of Moraes. The pace is not slowing, but it’s cautious, both men not going out of their way to throw anything too risky. Big kick to the body of Moraes from Hill. Moraes throws a head kick, but it’s blocked by Hill. They come together and trade one-two combinations on the inside. Straight left hand from Hill, then another. The third round closes. 10-9 Moraes.
Round 4Hill steps in and throws the right hand, but Moraes counters with another nice body kick. Moraes’ trunks are turning red from all the blood he’s leaking. Overhand right from Hill meets its mark, Moraes circles away from it. Another overhand right to the forehead of Moraes. Hill throws a jab that Moraes times well and connects with a headkick. Flying knee from Hill misses. They come together and throw short punches on the inside. The overhand right from Hill continues to score, but so does the kicks from Moraes. Now the champion shoots for the first takedown attempt of the fight, but gives up on it quickly. 10-9 Moraes.
Round 5The fifth and final round is underway. Josh Hill touches up the nose or Moraes in the first strike of the frame. Spinning back kick up top from Hill connects beautifully, Moraes walks right through it and can’t help but smile that it was successful. Hill remains hesitant, doesn’t seem too desperate for a finish. Moraes scores with the liver kick. Hill catches a kick from Moraes and then sweeps the leg. He doesn’t pounce on his fallen opponent, but he does get the better part of the exchange. Now the champion gets an ever important takedown, Hill tries to use the cage to stand. Moraes is holding on and is doing a fine job of grounding the challenger. Hill stands, but Moraes remains committed to the takedown and pulls his legs out from under him. Now Hill opens up with some elbows that seem to hurt the champion, but it’s too little too late. 10-9 Moraes [49-46] Moraes.
The Official ResultMarlon Moraes Defeats Josh Hill via Decision (Unanimous) [49-46, 49-46, 49-46]
Round 1Spencer Jebb and Mark Drummond kick off our post-lim coverage. The two trade jabs and hooks up against the cage. Now the pace slows and Drummond pushes Jebb against the steel. Big low kick from Drummond scores. Jebb comes inside and lands a quick punching combination, but Drummond pushes his opponent away with huge shots. Jebb catches Drummond on the side of the head with a shot that seems to hurt, now another. Jebb teeing off here in the final ten seconds, likely swinging the round in his favor. 10-9 Jebb.
Round 2Drummond takes the back of Jebb quickly, but it doesn’t last long as Jebb manages to power out. Jebb is putting all his weight against Drummond as the two lean against the Decagon. Jebb opens up with a huge combination, looking for a finish, Drummond doesn’t have any answer. Suddenly in a poor decision, Jebb begins seeking a takedown, when he very clearly could have finished the fight by just continuing to land shots unabated. Big left hand from Jebb again wobbles Drummond. Jebb continues to pound Drummond, but the round concludes. 10-9 Jebb.
Round 3Jebb drops Drummond with a shot, it’s unclear if it’s a product of how tired Drummond is, or he’s hurt but Jebb looks to finish. Now Jebb allows Drummond back upright. A kick from Jebb hits low and stops the fight for the required five minutes. The fighters restart. Jebb landing at will, but the chin of Drummond is truly being showcased at this point in the fight. Goodness, gracious, Drummond just hit Jebb with a knee to the chin from close range and dropped Jebb. This came absolutely out of nowhere, it’s all over. What a come from behind win for Drummond.
The Official ResultMark Drummond Defeats Spencer Jebb via KO (Knee) 2:43, R3
Round 1The final fight of WSOF 18 comes in the form of Garret Nybakken against Dan Lariviere. Nybakken and Lariviere bring the violence early, bumrushing each other and each looking for the knockout. Nybakken throwing huge shots, while Lariviere is looking to counter. The tumble to the floor, Lariviere doesn’t seem to want much to do with a grappling battle, but Nybakken pushes the pace and enters side control, but it’s brief as Lariviere escapes. Now Lariviere is on the wrong end of a low blow. He takes his time to recuperate. Nybakken gets taken down, Lariviere takes the back for a second time and is now seeking the rear-naked choke. After some time opening him up, he succeeds with the maneuver and earns the tap.
The Official ResultDan Lariviere def. Garret Nybakken via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 4:40, R1