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Rafael Natal vs. Joao Zeferino
Rd. 1 – Back after some technical issues. Fighters start the round pretty equal in the standup. Zeferino gets the fight to the ground and the two fighters end up locked in a war of attrition in the 50-50 guard. Neither fighter really has an advantage and the referee stands them up before the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Zeferino.
Rd. 2 - Natal controlling range early and Zeferino looks for a takedown and just misses it and the fighters are in the clinch for a minute. Natal is starting to seize control of the fight with legkicks and jabs. Zeferino tries a takedown but is forced to bail on it and the referee allows him to stand. Nice combo by Zeferino. Missed spinning backfist by Natal but Zeferino tries to pull guard and misses. Natal dives into his guard and lands solid strikes as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Natal (19-19)
Rd. 3 - Fighters with a hug and wave to the crowd to start the round. Zeferino is landing some decent strikes, but he is clearly exhausted. Natal has him in trouble briefly and lands some lefts against the cage before Zeferino works out. Big right from Zeferino just misses being a KO punch. Natal tries a sidekick and Zeferino tries to take him down off it but he gets reversed. Natal is clearly the fresher fighter. Natal is working strikes in the half guard but as he tries to set up a choke Zeferino recovers guard. Natal has side control and lands some elbows before getting to mount. Zeferino is rotating from giving up his back to giving up mount. He is just trying to survive here. MMAFrenzy has it 10-8 Natal (29-27) and he should win the fight.
Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28)
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Rd. 1 - Fighters are feeling each other out early. Left by RDA lands. Nice combo by RDA. Dunham catches a legkick and lands a solid left off the catch. Body shots by RDA are landing but Dunham counters with a jab. RDA looks a step faster than Dunham to this point. Two minute left now and RDA with a straight to the body and another nice kick but Dunham catches it lands the takedown. RDA is being active off his back a keeping Dunham tied up as well. Nice elbow by Dunham. Ref stands them up after a stalemate. RDA pushes the pace at the end feeling Dunham may have stolen the round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-10 in the first.
Rd. 2 - Dunham with a double leg but RDA does a great job of quickly working back up. More body work by RDA. Takedown attempt by RDA but he gives it up and lands a hard right on the exit. Another nice pair of combos by RDA. Dunham cuts RDA with an accidental headbutt and tries a takedown but he’s rebuffed. Good left by Dunham. Nice combo by RDA. Very close fight here. Legkick by RDA lands. Ugly takedown attempt at the end of the round by Dunham he gets RDA to the canvas but he quickly recovers as the horn blows. Really hard round to score. I have it 10-9 Dos Anjos based on my strike count, but it’s close. (20-19)
Rd. 3 - A lot of skirmishes early but nothing landing. Dunham tries a takedown but RDA defends and fends it off. RDA appears to be landing more strikes but Dunham is the one moving forward. Big body kick by RDA. Good combo by Dunham. Wicked exchange by both fighters and RDA seems to just have the edge on strikes landed. Dunham is staying just on the outer reach of RDA’s power shots. Good body kick by RDA. Dunham with a takedown attempt and RDA defends it. RDA with a thai clinch against the cage and he lands some solid knees and Dunham lands good punches. Nice combo by RDA. Slugfest with :15 left and it again seemed even in that round. Very hard fight to score. I have it 30-29 Dos Anjos.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham vis unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
Chris Camozzi vs. Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza
Rd. 1 - Touch of gloves and we’re off. Jacare is pressuring early. Big right from Jacare lands and he lands a trip as a follow up. Camozzi is in the alligator’s lair now. Hard punches by Jacare as Camozzi tries to control posture. Camozzi was defending the passes of Jacare early but Jacare gets to side control. Camozzi scrambles and thinks he has a reversal but Jacare uses an omoplata to recover take control of Camozzi. Jacare moves to side control and passes to mount, Camozzi tries to give up his back but Jacare expertly uses it to lock up the arm-triangle and all that’s left is for Jacare is to do the crawl as Camozzi taps.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def Chris Camozzi via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:37 of Round 1
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Rd. 1 – Slip on the kick attempt by Rockhold to open the action. Rockhold is up quick and pressing the action. Missed takedown attempt by Rockhold and Belfort tags him as he stands up but Rockhold recovers. Kick combo by Rockhold and he evades a Belfort combo with a slick check hook. Spinning hook kick by Belfort and it lands flush. Follow up strikes and that’s it! That’s all folks! Wow!