UFC Fight Night 90 is underway at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the card will see lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos throw hands with Eddie Alvarez.
Let’s jump to the main card action shall we?
Alberto Mina def. Mike Pyle via KO (flying knee and punches) R2, 1:17
John Makdessi def. Mehdi Baghdad via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Birchak def. Dileno Lopes via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Pedro Munhoz def. Russell Doane via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 2:08
Felipe Arantes def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (armbar) R2, 1:39
Gilbert Burns def. Lukasz Sajewski via submission (armbar) R1, 4:57
Marco Beltran def. Reginaldo Vieira via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:04
Vicente Luque def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (D’arce Choke) R2, 3:52
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Round 1: Wow. Duffy floors Clarke with a right hand just seconds in. Duffy moves to his back, sinks in a rear-naked-choke, and that’s that. Impressive win for Duffy.
Joseph Duffy def. Mitch Clarke via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 0:25
Alan Jouban vs. Belal Muhammad
Round 1: Not much going on. Crazy. Jouban cracks Muhammad with a big left hook and he hits the deck. Wow. Muhammad rolls out with a nicely executed omoplata and takes top position. Muhammad lands some lefts hands as Jouban gets to his feet. Jouban with a hard body kick. Muhammad moves in and eats a huge left kick to the head. Jouban swarms in for the finish and Muhammad is trying to defend. Unbelievable. Jouban with a big knee to the body. Latter is on top and Muhammad is attempting to tie him up. Jouban misses with a big punch from above and Muhammad gets back up. Round ends.
Round 2: Muhammad plants a right. Jouban has a leg kick checked. Latter follows up with a leg kick that lands. Hard body kick from Jouban. Another big hook from Jouban sends Muhammad to the deck but he pops back up instantly. Unbelievable. Muhammad is working a single leg but can’t get it. Jouban lands a couple more hard punches. Muhammad lands a nicely timed TD but Jouban gets to his feet. Round ends.
Round 3: Jouban fires a kick but eats a punch from Muhammad. Latter shoots but Jouban sprawls nicely. Muhammad lands a right. And another from Muhammad. Jouban is slowing down a bit. Muhammad fires a head kick that’s blocked. Jouban sticks a couple of jabs. Muhammad flurries in and plants a hard right. Jouban returns fire. Wow. Muhammad cracks Jouban with a big right. Wow. Great fight. Jouban is launching shots of his own. Muhammad plants another hard right. Jouban lands a big left but Muhammad eats and starts pouring in shots. Fantastic action! Final horn goes. Great rally by Muhammad but it’s likely not enough.
Alan Jouban def. Belal Muhammad via unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-27)
Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson
Round 1: Nelson misses with a huge overhand right and they clinch up. Nelson has Lewis pinned against the cage. Nelson is throwing knees to the thigh. Referee”Big” John McCarthy splits them up. Lewis comes in firing some heavy punches and kicks, but Nelson counters with a nicely timed TD. Wow. Lewis gets back to his feet and chucks in a couple of big knees to the body. Now Lewis is winging in huge punches as well and Nelson pushes him to the cage. Ref splits them up again. Huge welt is visible on Nelson’s stomach. Wow. Lewis is just chucking in huge punches but Nelson again, gets the TD. Round ends.
Round 2: Nelson wings a big right and so does Lewis. Latter attempts a flying knee. Action is slowing. Nice leg kick from Nelson. Lewis misses a punch and Nelson clinches up again. “Big Country” gets the TD and moves into side mount. Lewis explodes up and to his feet. Nicely done. Nelson scores another sweep but Lewis again, pops back up. Another TD from Nelson. Wow. Lewis again, gets back to his feet. Round ends.
Round 3: Who thought this would go three rounds huh? Lewis misses with a right hand and Nelson counters. Wow. Lewis pounds Nelson with another knee to the body but latter clinches up. Nelson gets yet another takedown. Lewis has been on an impressive run but Nelson has dominated in the wrestling this fight. Again, Lewis gets back to his feet. Nelson takes it back down but Lewis works his way up, yet again…Latter is running out of time. McCarthy breaks them up. Lewis fires a right hand that’s blocked. Body kick from Lewis. Wow. Lewis comes in with some heavy shots but Nelson pushes him to the cage. Lewis cracks Nelson with an uppercut. Wow. Lewis tags Nelson with a massive, massive shot but Nelson stays up. Unbelievable. Final horn goes.
Derrick Lewis def. Roy Nelson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez
Round 1: Alvarez with a leg kick. Lots of feints to kick things off. Leg kick from dos Anjos. Wow. RDA comes with a big uppercut that lands. Front kick from Alvarez. Left hand from RDA. Head kick attempt from the champ. Alvarez shoots in but RDA defends with a choke attempt. Alvarez eats a knee as he gets back to his feet. Alvarez changes levels again but RDA defends. Now the champ shoots in. Alvarez defends. Wow. RDA grazes Alvarez with a head kick. Crazy. Alvarez stuns RDA with a huge right hand and starts pouring on punches. RDA is in all sorts of trouble. Alvarez charges in a with a flying knee but winds up on the bottom. Alvarez gets back to his feet and is chucking in punches. That’s it. Herb Dean stops the action! Alvarez is the new lightweight champ!
Eddie Alvarez def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO (punches) R1, 3:49