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Fight of the Night

Brandon Davis and Steven Peterson fought a three-round war en route to Fight of the Night honors that saw Davis getting the nod on the scorecards. The fight was contested primarily on the feet with Davis being quicker to the punch utilizing unorthodox angles and foot-work as well as pin-point counter-striking as Peterson looked to walk down his opponent. The highlight of the fight was mid third round, Davis caught Peterson with a massive knee clear across the jaw that had his opponent on wobbly legs. Davis moved in looking to finish landing a clean pair of punches and another crushing knee but Peterson managed to stay standing and the crowd erupts in applause, Peterson waving them on hands in the air searching for validation through a bloodied face. In the final seconds of the fight, Peterson shot for a last-ditch effort takedown as the bell sounds, a clean and impressive performance for Davis bringing him to 1-1 inside of the UFC.

 

Performance of the Night

Derrick Lewis earned Performance of the Night honors with a comeback win over Marcin Tybura, knocking out the Polish fighter in the final two minutes of the third round in a fight that was dominated throughout by the grappling prowess of Tybura. The lone moments that saw Lewis shine in the first two rounds were early on in round one where he was twice able to plant Tybura on the mat with big punches where he looked to finish but to no avail. The second round was much more clear-cut for Tybura where he was able to hold Lewis to the mat for the majority of the round, twice taking the Houston-bred fighter’s back and looking to lock in submissions. The fight seemed all but sealed in favor of Tybura mid third round where a tired Lewis was struggling to stay out of grappling range. When Lewis was finally able to stand with just over two minutes to fight, he tossed Tybura to the side and followed with a flurry of punches that had Tybura out as he tumbled to the mat. The win was Lewis’ ninth knockout inside of the UFC and the seventeenth of his career.

Performance of the Night

Curtis Millender was successful in his UFC debut taking out former Welterweight title challenger and seasoned UFC-veteran Thiago Alves with a monstrous knee in the second round of the contest. Millender dominated early on in the fight, stalking Alves around the octagon making good use of a sizable height and reach advantage whereas Alves was content to circle the outside, puzzled on how to get inside on his rangy opponent. Millender dropped Alves with a straight right hand late in round one and if not for a bit of early celebration, could have put his opponent away but alas “The Pitbull survived to see round two. It didn’t take long for Millender to find the chin of Alves once more and when the Brazilian hit the canvas once more, the referee had seen enough, making Millender’s debut inside the UFC one to remember. The win extended Millender’s win streak to seven fights with three straight finishes.

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