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Nick Gonzalez vs. David Douglas
Round 1 - Gonzalez is looking to be evasive early but Douglas lands a few times and now Douglas goes down. Douglas is firing with big shots and Gonzalez gives up his back and Douglas locks in the rear naked choke, and that'll do it. David Douglas wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 1.
Erik Apple vs. Ryan Larson
Round 1 - Feeling out with long strikes early before Larson tries for a takedown and Apple attempts to do the same. Right hand by Apple lands in the clinch but Larson hits a head kick and then a takedown and quickly moves to side control. The arm of Apple is trapped in a crucifix. Larson landing some punches before trying for a kimura. He cant lock it so he goes back to the crucifix. Another kimura attempt briefly lets Larson get to mount but Apple gets half guard back and almost locks up a leg but Larson avoids. Apple goes for the heel hook again and can't get it as time expires. 10-9 Larson.
Round 2- Larson with a quick takedown and almost gets to mount but Apple gets half guard. Larson does some work and advances to full mount, landing a series of punches and Apple gives up his back. He can't get the choke, tries for the armbar and Apple turns right into a triangle choke and has to tap out. Ryan Larson wins by submission (triangle choke), round 2.
Ryan Couture vs. Lee Higgins
Round 1 - Couture with some soft leg kicks and a few pawing punches which Pat calls "nice" but look pretty horrible. More leg kick attempts from Couture. Couture with a body kick. Higgins is trying to come over the top with counters but he's not really having any luck. Right hand lands for Couture. Body kick by Couture and they go to the ground. Couture tries for a guillotine but can't get it. D'arce choke (kind of) attempt to close the round. 10-9 Couture.
Round 2- Couture trying to keep the fight at distance early. Leg kick by Couture. Right hand by Higgins lightly gets through. Higgins is dropped by a big shot but recovers, Couture ends up in side control on the ground and jumps to mount. Couture tries for an arm triangle but isn't really coming close to finishing it and now has the back. Body triangle locked in but the rear naked choke is being defended. Couture throwing shots to the body and a few to the head. Time runs out and Higgins will get to the third round. 10-9 Couture.
Round 3- Couture gets pushed into the cage early and Higgins is working to get the takedown but Couture is defending. Couture is the one that ends up with the takedown with a little more than two minutes left and moves to the back. Couture works for the rear naked choke over and over and finally gets the submission. Ryan Couture wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 3.
Carlo Prater vs. Bryan Travers
Round 1 - Prater with a quick takedown and right away he is going for an anaconda choke, he traps a leg and Travers is a deep shade of red in the face and he is forced to tap out. Wow. Carlo Prater wins by submission (anaconda choke), round 1.
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Pat Healy
Round 1- Headkick by Beerbohm and he shoots off of it for a takedown but Healy defends well and keeps standing. Healy ends up getting a takedown but they're back to standing shortly thereafter and Beerbohm pushes Healy into the cage. Beerbohm tries to throw a few punches before picking up Healy and slamming him. Healy scrambles back to standing with relative ease but is still up against the cage. Beerbohm briefly had the back and now Healy is trying to outmuscle him and they slug it out to the bell. 10-9 Beerbohm.
Round 2 - Beerbohm pushes Helay into the cage and works for the takedown several times but can't get him down. Beerbohm with a few left hands in the clinch before dropping down and not getting the takedown again. Beerbohm finally gets the takedown but Healy uses a triangle threat to spin out and back to standing. Beerbohm looks to be wilting a little from being tired but he is still pushing forward and trying for another takedown. The same thing keeps happening over and over but they're finally back to distance throwing hands with neither guy really landing. Beerbohm goes for the takedown and gets caught in a reverse triangle and Healy is looking for a hammerlock behind the back. He can't get it and now it's a kimura attempt. He can't finish it but he did win the round on my card for that work at the end. 10-9 Healy.
Round 3-Beerbohm is starting to look really gassed. Healy landing some nice punches against the cage. Healy with a takedown and a weird attempt at a rear naked choke but he doesn't have any sort of back control. Beerbohm uses it to get on top and they're scrambling a lot and Healy manages to get back on top. They stand with Healy on Beerbohms back and Lyle dives for a leg lock but can't secure it and Healy is on his back but now Beerbohm escapes and is on top in side control. They're standing with 30 seconds left and Healy lands several jabs, a hook and a one-two combo. Beerbohm shoots but cant' get the takedown. Both men flurry at the end of the round but Healy clearly got the better of the punching exchanges in the last 30 seconds and that won him the fight on my card. 29-28 Healy.
Official Scorecards: 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28 across the board. Pat Healy wins by unanimous decision.