UFC 140 Results Recap: Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson

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Yves Jabouin escaped from his UFC 140 bout with Walel Watson with a split decision victory. Jabouin now sports a 17-7 record, with a 2-1 mark in the UFC while Watson moved to 9-3 and 1-1 in the UFC.

The majority of the three rounds were spent on the feet with Watson trying to use his long frame and Jabouin trying to get inside and land powerful strikes. Watson also managed to nearly finish the fight with chokes in both the second and third quarter. In the end, it was the Canadian native who got the nod on the scorecards.

What was the high point of this fight?

Watson had a very, very deep d'arce choke locked in during the third round which almost got him the win but Jabouin gutted through it. One of the most exciting moments of the fight if I'm looking to single out a single flurry of action.

Where do these guys go from here?

Jabouin has won two fights in a row now and is 2-0 since dropping to bantamweight, but both wins were split decisions. I scored this fight for Watson and it seemed many others did too. I think the best plan for Jabouin is sticking him in exciting fights and treating him more like an attraction than a contender.

Watson is 27 years old with an incredibly long frame for 135 pounds. He's a finisher and came close to getting the win a couple times in this fight. I don't know what his true upside is but I wouldn't take him too far down the ladder for this loss.

Watch it now, later or never?

Skip it. Not a bad fight, but there's better action on this card to catch. In the end it was a lot of moment without a lot of actual results.

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More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 140 in the full entry.

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