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UFC Battle Evening outcomes: Cub Swanson beats Kron Gracie in slugfest

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Cub Swanson landed straight proper palms. He landed left hooks. Swanson landed uppercuts and punches to the physique. By means of all of it, Kron Gracie, blood on his face, continued coming ahead.

Gracie stalked Swanson for 3 rounds. And for 3 rounds, Swanson teed off en path to a unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory Saturday night time within the co-main occasion of UFC Battle Evening: Joanna vs. Waterson in Tampa, Florida. The bout earned fight-of-the-night honors.

Swanson was by no means in bother and it was a comparatively dominant victory. However Gracie, the newest of the legendary household to compete in UFC, pushed him — onerous.

"I'm drained," Swanson mentioned within the postfight interview. "It takes two to placed on a terrific struggle. Hats off to him for that. He stood and fought with me the entire time."

Gracie does a particular respiratory train throughout open exercises during which his abdomen strikes out and in. Swanson joked that he needed to check that train with physique pictures and "attempt to tear a gap by him." Swanson landed some brutal punches to Gracie's midsection with out a lot impact.

"These are supposed to start out kicking in by now," Swanson mentioned he was considering late within the struggle. "What's occurring?"

Swanson landed his full arsenal for 3 rounds. Gracie pressured and tried to drive the struggle right into a clinch. He not often succeeded, although he did hit Swanson with some punches, together with one which opened up a minimize to the facet of Swanson's proper eye within the second spherical. A number of instances Gracie acquired shut sufficient to clinch and attempt to drag Swanson all the way down to the bottom, but it surely labored with solely 45 seconds left within the struggle. By that point, the bout was all however determined and Swanson survived.

Swanson (26-11) snapped a four-fight shedding streak with the victory. The California native earned his 16th win at featherweight, tied for the second most in UFC/WEC historical past in that division. Swanson, 35, proved he nonetheless belongs within the UFC with the win.

Gracie (5-1) was undefeated coming in and gained all of his earlier 5 fights by submission. The California native is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace like his well-known relations — the primary household of MMA in the USA. Gracie, 31, is the son of legendary grappler and vale tudo fighter Rickson Gracie and nephew of former a number of time UFC champion Royce Gracie.

Welterweight: Niko Value (14-3, -150) defeated James Vick (13-5) with a first-round KO by up-kick.

The previous cliché a few fighter with the ability to knock out an opponent from any place is trite. Besides within the case of Value.

For the second straight yr, Value earned one of the inventive knockouts in MMA. "The Hybrid" landed an axe kick from his again on a standing Vick to win by KO at 1:44 of the primary spherical.

"Combating shouldn’t be a way," Value informed Michael Bisping in his post-fight interview. "You simply struggle! Be a canine! Get in it!"

In July, 2018, Value knocked out Randy Brown with hammer fists from the underside. What made it distinctive was that Value held up Brown's head along with his foot to border it for his strikes. The Florida native has established himself as one of the revolutionary knockout artists within the sport.

Value (14-3, 1 NC) has gained two of his final three fights and three of his final 5. The 30-year-old welterweight has not gone to a call a single time in his three-year UFC profession. Vick (13-5), a 32-year-old Texas native, has misplaced 4 straight. He was shifting up from light-weight to welterweight for this bout.

ESPN Sports activities & Data: Value scored simply the second up-kick knockout in UFC historical past. The opposite was Jon Fitch's end of Thiago Alves in 2006. Value earned a performance-of-the-night bonus.

Strawweight: Amanda Ribas (8-1) defeated Mackenzie Dern (7-1) by unanimous choice.

Amanda Ribas dominated Mackenzie Dern, who returned to the Octagon 4 months after childbirth. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Pictures

The story going into this struggle was Dern competing simply 4 months after giving beginning. The story popping out? Ribas' emergence.

In a battle of girls's strawweight prospects, Ribas proved she was the another prepared for prime time with a dominant, unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) win over Dern. Not a single spherical was all that shut. Ribas pieced Dern up on the ft and stayed out of bother on the bottom in opposition to Dern, the previous a number of time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion.

Ribas landed onerous proper palms all through and saved Dern at bay with jabs. Dern has a notably highly effective overhand proper, however Ribas was staying out of vary after which countering it with proper palms. Dern was aggressive together with her guard when the struggle ended up on the bottom within the first and second rounds, however Ribas stayed stable and didn't permit for any important offense. When Dern shot in for a takedown and tried to tug off a deep half guard sweep within the third, Ribas smashed her with punches and elbows. It was an entire efficiency and even drew recognition from featherweight and bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes.

Congrats Amandinha @amandaribasufc

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) October 13, 2019

Ribas (7-1) has gained three straight, together with her two lone fights within the UFC. The 26-year-old Brazilian was cleared earlier this yr from an anti-doping suspension by USADA as a result of perception that the optimistic check got here from tainted dietary supplements. She completed Emily Whitmire by submission in her debut in June.

Dern (7-1) gave beginning to her daughter Moa in June. The 26-year-old Arizona native remains to be considered a high prospect at 115 kilos. Dern had gained her solely different two UFC fights coming in.

Light-weight: Matt Frevola (8-1-1) defeated Luis Pena (7-2) by break up choice.

Each males threatened on the bottom. Each males did injury to one another on the ft. The featherweight bout went forwards and backwards and will have ended a number of instances, but it surely ended up a break up choice (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) in favor of Frevola.

The primary spherical began with Frevola upping the depth and stress. He took Pena down repeatedly and landed a tough proper hand. Pena ended the spherical nicely, flurrying in opposition to the cage and landed a pleasant left that wobbled Frevola.

Within the second, Pena landed a leaping change knee that rocked Frevola and adjusted the course of the bout. Frevola took Pena down, however Pena labored for a kimura, acquired up, landed a knee after which a pleasant straight left hand. Frevola fired again with one other takedown, however Pena reversed and ended up in mount to shut the spherical. Frevola rallied as soon as once more within the third with a crushing proper hand close to the beginning of the spherical and a left that wobbled Pena towards the top of it. The efficiency within the last spherical was sufficient to seal the choice. Frevola (8-1-1) is unbeaten in his final three fights. The 29-year-old New York native has rebounded properly after struggling a knockout loss to Polo Reyes in his UFC debut in 2018. Pena (7-2), a 26-year-old American Kickboxing Academy product, had his two-fight successful streak snapped.

Middleweight: Eryk Anders (13-4) defeated Gerald Meerschaert (29-12) by break up choice.

Gerald Meerschaert, proper, and Eryk Anders traded pictures, and whereas Anders was harm at instances, he pulled out the break up choice. Josh Hedges/Getty Pictures

Anders picked up an essential win in his return to middleweight. The previous College of Alabama soccer participant rode a dominant first spherical and stable third to win a break up choice (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

Anders walked Meerschaert down within the first and landed onerous punches. Meerschaert saved flopping to his again to attract Anders right into a grappling match, but it surely didn't work. Meerschaert discovered his putting and rhythm within the second spherical and landed a pleasant physique kick that put Anders on his heels.

Anders and Meerschaert every landed left palms that rocked the opposite within the third. Meerschaert's strikes appeared to do extra injury — Anders was rocked — however the judges nonetheless noticed the struggle for Anders.

Anders (13-4) has gained two straight following a three-fight shedding streak. The 32-year-old Alabama native is more likely to stick to middleweight now after a pair of bouts at gentle heavyweight over the previous two years. Meerschaert (29-12), a 31-year-old Wisconsin native, has misplaced three of his previous 4 bouts.

Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo(17-1) defeated Tim Elliott (15-9-1) by guillotine choke within the first spherical.

Deiveson Figueiredo has an unimaginable 14 finishes, together with Saturday's by guillotine. Josh Hedges/Getty Pictures

The flyweight division has a brand new, severe contender.

Figueiredo snatched a guillotine off an Elliott takedown and put the squeeze on and Elliott had no alternative however to faucet. The end got here at 3:08 of the primary spherical. Afterward, Figueiredo known as out No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez. Figueiredo mentioned, by translator and supervisor Wallid Ismail, that champion Henry Cejudo gained't be again till subsequent yr as a result of harm, so why not make Figueiredo vs. Benavidez for the interim title?

"Cejudo, you're out," Figueiredo mentioned. "However Benavidez, come to struggle for the interim belt. Cejudo isn't gonna come again till subsequent yr. Why are you gonna wait? Benavidez, are you afraid to struggle me? Are you afraid of Deiveson Figueiredo?"

Figueiredo (17-1) has gained two straight and 6 of his previous seven within the UFC. The dynamic Brazilian fighter's lone profession loss was to fellow contender Jussier Formiga. Figueiredo, 31, has stopped 14 of his 17 profession wins, an eye-opening quantity in a division that has been panned for its lack of finishes. Figueiredo got here in ranked No. Four amongst flyweights by ESPN. Elliott (15-9-1) has misplaced three of his previous 5 fights. The 32-year-old Las Vegas resident is the previous Titan FC flyweight champion.

Light-weight: Mike Davis (8-2) defeated Thomas Gifford (17-9) by third-round knockout.

Shade commentator Michael Bisping, amongst others, thought the struggle ought to have been stopped sooner due to the injury Gifford was taking.

I actually hope Thomas Gifford is okay. What makes MMA extra protected than boxing isn’t any 10 counts and officers that cease fights well timed. Poor officiating like that would result in the loss of life of a fighter within the UFC. Gifford took WAY too many pictures. #UFCTampa

— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) October 13, 2019

Gifford's coach Marc Montoya informed ESPN that the fighter was transported to the hospital and was "high quality," trying out nice in checks.

ESPN Workers Author

Thomas Gifford was transported to the hospital, however is "high quality," in response to his coach Marc Montoya. Gifford suffered a fairly brutal third-round knockout in opposition to Mike Davis on the UFC Tampa prelims after sustaining injury all through the struggle. Montoya mentioned Gifford is trying out nice in checks — he's simply upset in regards to the loss.

Marc Raimondi, ESPN Workers Writer1d in the past

From ESPN Stats & Data: Davis completed with 139 important strikes landed, essentially the most in a light-weight, three-round struggle in 2019. The one lightweights to land extra this yr are Max Holloway (181) and Dustin Poirier (178) throughout their interim light-weight title struggle in April. Davis took this struggle on simply 4 days' discover. That is Davis' first UFC victory after shedding to Gilbert Burns in his UFC debut. His two losses have come in opposition to Burns and Sodiq Yusuff, who’ve a mixed file of 27-4 (13-Three in UFC).

Mild heavyweight: Ryan Spann (17-5) defeated Devin Clark (10-4) by second-round submission.

From ESPN Stats & Data: Spann picks up his first UFC win through submission and the 11th of his profession. Spann has now gained seven straight fights, together with his first three within the UFC.

Welterweight: Alex Morono (17-5) defeated Max Griffin (15-7) by unanimous choice.

From ESPN Stats & Data: Morono picked up his third straight victory.

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera (15-5-1, -170) defeated Andre Ewell (15-6) by third-round TKO.

"Each time I leap within the cage, I’m extra skilled and extra ready," Vera mentioned. "All I’ve to do is maintain my work ethic on level, work onerous, be within the gymnasium on a regular basis and maintain in search of methods for me to enhance. For me, it's all about competitors and I wish to carry out, that's why I put together myself so onerous. I at all times say, 'Whoever is subsequent and prepared, I'll choose up the cellphone, say sure, put my boots on and stroll into the Octagon.' I simply must heal some issues from this struggle, I'm hurting a bit of, however as quickly as I'm able to go, I'll contact my coaches and ask what's subsequent. Success is one thing you’ll want to earn, when you can't pay that lease then you possibly can't win on the market, and I earn it each day. I'm the contender on this division."

From ESPN Stats & Data: Vera picks up his fifth straight win, tying Petr Yan for the longest lively win streak within the bantamweight division. Vera's wins have all been stoppages, and Yan has gone to choice in three of the 5 fights — however Vera has not crushed a ranked fighter throughout that streak, whereas Yan has crushed two top-10 fighters, John Dodson and Jimmie Rivera. Vera earned a performance-of-the-night bonus.

Welterweight: Miguel Baeza (8-0) defeated Hector Aldana (4-4) by TKO in second spherical.

Miguel Baeza's knockout stemmed from a kick to the leg, a rarity within the UFC. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports activities

"Phrases can't describe the way it feels to get my first win within the UFC," Baeza mentioned. "It's an accomplishment of so a few years of onerous work and all of the individuals who have put time and love into me. I wish to thank the UFC for placing me on this card and assist me carry my household right here. I virtually must make up a brand new phrase for a way I'm feeling, nothing actually does it justice. I at all times take one struggle at a time, I had a terrific alternative with 'Dana White's Contender Sequence,' and it helped me get used to the cameras and the media and all that, however that and this had been two separate monsters, I needed to deal with separately. I'm prepared for regardless of the UFC throws at me, child, that is just the start of my journey."

From ESPN Stats & Data: Baeza's knockout stemmed from a kick to the leg, the ninth such end in UFC historical past and first by a welterweight. Baeza earned his UFC contract this summer season on "Dana White's Contender Sequence."

Middleweight: Marvin Vettori (14-4-1) defeated Andrew Sanchez (12-5) by unanimous choice.

Marvin Vettori saved the stress on Andrew Sanchez and gained a unanimous-decision victory. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Pictures

"That's two wins in a row now, and earlier than that I fought Israel [Adesanya], and he's the champ now," Vettori mentioned. "It was a brilliant shut struggle [against Adesanya], many even mentioned I gained, so I've had some up and downs, however I'm discovering my stride now. Even my first eight or so fights, half of these guys are within the high 15 or former high 15 now, I really feel; I by no means had straightforward fights, but it surely's been a terrific studying curve, and now I'm on the correct path.

"I must discover a option to end fights, however I really feel like I’m placing on dominant performances, so I simply need to maintain going, and it’ll come. I used to be a bit of pissed with him as a result of I stepped in as a substitute to struggle him in Canada, and it wasn't actually a struggle that did lots for me, after which he pulls out three days earlier than. I had family and friends from Italy who got here to see me, my coaches put in numerous work, so I used to be mad. He additionally talked numerous trash, so I needed to point out lots on this struggle and show to him that I’m higher, and I did that."

Vettori makes it back-to-back choice victories within the Octagon along with his win. After successful his UFC debut by submission, Vettori's previous six fights have all gone the gap. He’s 3-2-1 in these fights.

From ESPN Stats & Data: Vettori is the one fighter to win on a scorecard over undefeated UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya. He misplaced a break up choice to the Final Stylebender on April 14, 2018.

Ladies's flyweight: JJ Aldrich (8-3) defeated Lauren Mueller (5-3) by unanimous choice.

"I actually wanted this, only for myself greater than something," Aldrich mentioned. "I'm right here for a motive, and I do belong right here; I needed to show to myself that I can compete, even after I get hit, I can nonetheless come out and win. That is my first win at flyweight, I felt actually good. I'm not a small flyweight, I used to be a fairly large strawweight, and I had been slicing to that as a result of that was the place the UFC had fights, however I'm glad to make flyweight my house and shoot for the celebs. Afterwards, my nook requested me how I felt, and I informed them that I felt actually good and gained the struggle. I knew she gained the second spherical, so I needed to return out within the third and placed on a dominant efficiency, and I really feel like I did that."

From ESPN Stats & Data: Aldrich has gained 4 of her six UFC fights, however this was her first win at flyweight.

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