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Raul Castillo vs. Yancy Medeiros - Round 1 - Jab by Medeiros lands. And again. Castillo looks really tight. Right hand by Yancy now land hard. Leg kick by Castillo. Castillo shoots now and Medeiros ia able to bounce right back up once he hits the mat. They separate and Medeiros lands a kick. Again Castillo can't get the takedown. Uppercut by Yancy lands. Castillo again working for a single leg and again can't get the fight to the floor. Medeiros is opening up and landing now again. Yancy is unloading at the end of the round and he is tagging Castillo! The round ends and as Medeiros landed a lot of shots while Castillo had no effective offense in the round I gave it 10-8 to Medeiros. Round 2 - Early Medeiros is landing shots and Castillo looks like he has no clue what to do. Jab lands for Yancy. Castillo is just circling and getting hit with the occasional punch. Hard body kick by Medeiros now. Leg kick by Medeiros now. Castillo ducks under a punch and grabs a single but great takedown defense and Yancy won't go down. Nice sprawl by Medeiros and he avoids the takedown again. The round ends and it was still one sided, but not as much so. 10-9 Medeiros puts him up 20-17 on my card. Round 3 - Medeiros lands a few shots, almost gets taken down but stuffs it. Nw Castillo pushing for the takedown again. Castillo throws a jab and gets caught with a counter hook. Knee lands for Medeiros. Now they tangle and Castillo lands a knee to the head! A flurry by Castillo and he lands a knee to the groin. As Medeiros is trying to recover the ref tells him that it's time to fight and starts them again, he is just doing a brutally bad job working this fight. Yancy lands a flurry and Castillo goes down, he gets back up though and they're fighting on. Low kick by Castillo lands. Now with 30 seconds Castillo goes to his back trying to bait Yancy to the ground but no luck. They're trading as the time runs out and Medeiros takes the round 10-9 and gives him the fight 30-26 on my card. Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Yancy Medeiros wins by unanimous decision.
James Terry vs. Tarec Saffiedine - Round 1 - High kick by Terry is blocked. Left hand by Saffiedine and the ref tells them to fight. Not a good night for referees. Tarec landing stiff punches and now a knee. Terry tries a takedown and gets shrugged off. Saffiedine with a two punch combo and avoids a body kick return. Uppercut lands now for Tarec and Terry looks like he's having problems with the distance the fight is taking place at. Leg kick by Saffiedine. Head kick from Tarec lands and it was solid. Terry looks a little buzzed. Body shot by Saffiedine. Terry has recovered and now shoots for a very nice double leg and puts Saffiedine on his back. Tarec scrambles to his feet. The round ends and it was 10-9 Saffiedine on my card. Round 2 - Early on and again Saffiedine is keeping a good distance and just misses with the uppercut. Tarec with a right hand, left how kick combo that lands hard. Whenever Terry tries to get inside he's eating punches from Saffiedine who then moves back outside and resets. Terry gets inside briefly and misses an uppercut. Terry ducks under a punch but can't get the takedown. Right hand lands for Saffiedine. Leg kick by Saffiedine, Terry misses with a head kick. The round ends and it was another 10-9 round for Saffiedine on my card. Round 3 - Terry looking to be more aggressive but eats some big shots from Saffiedine. Left hook lands for Saffiedine now. Terry shoots and gets to the ground but Saffiedine is able to use the fence pad to stand back up. Terry can't finish another single leg. Standing elbow misses for Terry, who is game to keep trying to find a way. Bad cut under the left eye of Terry. Big low kick by Saffiedine. Terry keeps coming forward and getting hit hard, but deserves respect for not quitting. Spinning back kick to the hip by Saffiedine. Terry with a takedown attempt and Saffiedine reverses to end up on top in the mount. The fight ends and we'll go to the scorecards. 10-9 Saffiedine makes it 30-27 for my card. Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Tarec Saffiedine wins by unanimous decision.
Luke Rockhold vs. Paul Bradley - Round 1 - Rockhold with a high kick and right hand and now they lock up. Bradley looks TINY next to Rockhold. Rihgt hand by Rockhold drops Bradley and Rockhold jumps on top. Bradley working to regain guard and has botten as far as getting his butterfly hooks in and manages to scramble to his feet. Another big right counter by Rockhold drops Bradley. Head kick by Rockhold hurts him again. Now as Rockhold is throwing shots the ref stops the fight. There may have been a low blow in there but that fight was extremely one sided and Bradley was getting dropped repeatedly. Luke Rockhold wins by TKO, round 1.
Trevor Prangley vs. Karl Amoussou - Round 1 - Prangley comes in throwing and Karl tags him with counters. Again he lands a flurry of shots that land. The ref urging them to fight which is one of my least favorite things in the world. Again Amoussou lands a few punches and gets away. Now Prangley catches a body lock and takes Karl to the ground. Prangley working with short punches from half guard and the Ref is telling him to improve position. Just awful reffing on this event tonight. It's embarrassing to think that these guys are deemed "qualified" to ref fights on this level. Prangley comes in and catches some hard shots and continues to come forward. Right hand from Prangley now and that hurts him a bit. Hook from Prangley and Amoussou is poked in the eye. The doctor tells the ref to stop the fight and it's over on an accidental eye poke. That's a big downer for what was shaping up to be a good fight. The fight is ruled a technical draw.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Takayo Hashi - Round 1 - Hashi throwing low kicks early. Kaufman landing some straight punches in return. Right hand by Kaufman puts Hashi down but she's right back up and into a clinch. As Kaufman has her against the fence and is working some punches and position the ref separates them to continue the awful work they've done all night. Hashi keeps eating punches and now from a jab goes down. She bounces up again though. Right hand lands for Sarah now. Counter right hand puts Hashi down again and now Hashi looks for a takedown but can't get it. Hashi smiles at her which is nice and all, but she should really worry about not getting knocked down any more. 10-8 round for Kaufman on my card. Round 2- Low kick from Kaufman. Now a series of punches land for Kaufman. Hashi has to try to get this to the ground rather than stand and get punched. Finally a right lands for Hashi. Hashi's big weapon now seems to be a slow low kick. Kaufman landing whenever she throws but she just isn't going for the finish. 10-9 round for Kaufman. Round 3- Kaufman catches a kick and drops Hashi with a right again. Hashi keeps throwing low kicks and Kaufman just slowly follows her around and throws one punch at a time. This is a really dull fight. Hashi ties up so Kaufman lands a flurry to the head and then back to the same pattern. Right hand by Kaufman lands hard and Hashi is still standing there. Right hand again by Kaufman and Hashi goes down again and AGAIN gets back up. More punches landing for Kaufman. Now Hashi has a shot stuffed and the round ends. 10-9 for Kaufman. Round 4- Hashi shoots again but just gets out muscled. These two aren't really in the same weight class and it shows when they tie up. They're working up against the cage and the ref separates them which, makes absolutely no sense. Just embarrassingly awful reffing. These men should lose their jobs for how badly they've done tonight. Hashi shoots and can't get the takedown. Hashi is shooting over and over here but can't finish the shots. Hashi now pulling guard and Kaufman stands up. The round ends and it was 10-9 Kaufman again. Round 5 -Hashi with a soft right hand. Kaufman is the one landing the harder shots still but Hashi is trying to throw punches back. Hashi tries to pull guard after the first half of the round and can't keep Kaufman on the ground with her. Hashi with a nice kick as they're back to standing. Eye poke with about a minute left in the fight. Hashi says to continue so here they go. The round ends and it was 10-9 again making it 50-44 on my card. Official Scorecards: 50-45 across the board. Sarah Kaufman wins by unanimous decision.