So, UFC Fight Night 73 is under way in Nashville, Tennessee, so let’s move to the preliminary card action.
Fight Pass Prelim Results
Jonathan Wilson def. Chris Dempsey via KO (punches) R1, 0:50
Marlon Vera def. Roman Salazar via submission (triangle-choke / armbar) R2, 2:15
Scott Holtzman def. Anthony Christodoulou via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 2:40
Sirwan Kakai vs. Frankie Saenz
Round 1: Saenz with a hard body kick not long in. Both men are keeping busy; not much landing. Hard knee to the body by Saenz. Kakai trips him to the mat but Saenz gets back to his feet. Kakai gets a double leg. Saenz pops back up. Some brief clinch work. Saenz wings a big uppercut that’s blocked. Saenz pushes Kakai to the cage. Round ends.
Round 2: Saenz comes heavy with his right hand. Now Saenz changes levels but can’t get the TD. Saenz takes an eye poke but is okay. Saenz scores a TD but Kakai gets back up. Kakai with a combo. Another high pace round but not much lands.
Round 3: Saenz with a nice right and a follow up knee to the body. Saenz sweeps Kakai to the floor. Kakai gives up his back and Saenz is hunting for a choke. Latter loses the position and Kakai stands back up. Saenz takes a punch and has Kakai against the cage. Saenz with an elbow. Now Kakai changes levels and is looking for a TD. Couple more elbows from Saenz. Kakai throws up a knee. Saenz pushes Kakai to the cage. Round ends.
Frankie Saenz def. Sirwan Kakai via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Willie Gates vs. Dustin Ortiz
Round 1: Gates fires a front kick that misses. Gates throws another one but Ortiz changes levels. Gates is back up and they’re against the cage. Ortiz takes Gates down. Gates works his way up and out. Ortiz with a right hand. Gates wings another kick but gets taken down. Ortiz is looking for a side choke. Ortiz gives it up. Latter is still in mount. Ortiz lands some shots from above. Some more strikes from Ortiz. Round ends.
Round 2: Gates with another front kick; he fires another that misses. Nice knee from Gates to the body. Ortiz clinches up. Ortiz can’t get the TD. Hard elbow from Ortiz. Now Gates looks for a choke but Ortiz escapes. Ortiz still has Gates against the cage. Finally Ortiz sweeps Gates to the mat. Ortiz is in mount. Elbows from the latter. Wow. Some hard shots from Ortiz lands. Gates gives up his back. Ortiz is hunting for the RNC. Can’t get it. Ortiz with more punches from above. Round ends.
Round 3: Ortiz pushes Gates to the cage and takes him down again. Gates is attempting to stand up; gives up his back. Ortiz tosses in punches from behind. Hard elbows from Ortiz to the side of Gates’ head. Yikes. Gates is just eating shot after shot. Gates flips to his back. More punches from Ortiz and that’s a wrap. Impressive win for Ortiz.
Dustin Ortiz def. Willie Gates via TKO (punches) R3, 2:58
Chris Camozzi vs. Tom Watson
Round 1: Watson comes out takes center Octagon; eats a left. Watson clinches up and pushes Camozzi to the cage. Camozzi lands a right. Watson changes levels but gets met with a guillotine. Wow. Watson drops to his back to get out. That was close. Watson is back up. Shoots in again but Camozzi defends. Camozzi sweeps Watson to the mat. Camozzi is looking for a choke as he tries to take Watson’s back. Latter reverses and gets to his feet. Watson with a right hand. Watson kicks Camozzi low. Fight’s momentarily stopped. Latter throws a head kick that’s blocked. Camozzi wings an axe kick. Round ends.
Round 2: Watson with a hard leg kick. Camozzi is keeping busy with the jab. Watson pushes Camozzi to the cage. Watson hits Camozzi low with a knee. Ouch. Watson is deducted a point for the low blows. Watson with a nice combo. Big left from Watson. Camozzi is cut. Watson has definitely stepped up his attacks. Camozzi fires in a few jabs. Leg kick from Watson. Latter shoots in but again, is met with a choke attempt. Watson defends nicely. Camozzi with a timely elbow but takes a knee. Watson with a couple of knees to the body off the clinch. Camozzi continues to pepper Watson with jabs. The latter finally scores a TD. Round ends.
Round 3: Watson chucks in a nice combo to begin the round. Watson eats a left. Jabs from Camozzi score. Watson clinches up briefly. Hard kick to the body from Watson. Grueling bout; no question. Watson eats another jab but he fires in a hard elbow. Camozzi returns the favor. Now Camozzi shoots in and gets the TD. That could be pivotal. Watson gets back to his feet, chucks in some punches. Watson goes for a knee to the head and gets taken down again. Latter is back to his feet. Camozzi lands an elbow and the final horn does.
Chris Camozzi def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-27)
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Uriah Hall
Round 1: Both middleweights come out firing. Bamgbose wings a big body kick but falls to the mat. Hall is working from the top position. Action’s momentarily stopped so that Bamgbose can get back his mouthpiece. Wow. Hall pounds in some big, big punches from the top and the bout’s stopped. Nice win for Hall.
Uriah Hall def. Oluwale Bamgbose via TKO (punches) R1, 2:32