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Claude Patrick took a unanimous 29-28 decision over Daniel Roberts after three hard fought rounds at UFC 129.
Patrick got the take down to start the action but Roberts attacked his left arm, working for a kimura. Patrick had to stand up to escape the hold. Patrick landed a hard leg kick before clinching up. From the clinch Patrick peppered Roberts with sharp punches. They separated briefly and Patrick landed a hard right hand then got a trip take down. He attempted an arm triangle choke but couldn't get anywhere from inside Roberts' guard. Roberts threatened with an omaplata but Patrick lept to his feet and assaulted Roberts with a series of 1-2 punches.
Roberts fought hard to get the fight to the ground in the second. He ate some hard knees to the face in the process. Patrick was able to fight off Roberts on the ground a couple of times early in the round. Roberts got another take down with a little more than two minutes left and got side control. Patrick reclaimed full guard, but Roberts took his back before Patrick escaped. Roberts was visibly exhausted at the end of the round.
Roberts landed some strikes to open the third. Patrick forced the clinch and backed Roberts up against the cage and scored a nifty trip take down. On the ground, Patrick took mount and landed some punches before Roberts regained guard. Patrick landed a left that allowed Roberts to stand back up. Roberts shot in for a single leg but Patrick stuffed it. Roberts ended up getting a body lock in the clinch before the ref restarted them. Roberts shot in and dove into a guillotine attempt and ended the fight in Patrick's guard, throwing punches.
The Canadian Patrick improves to 3-0 in the UFC with wins over Ricardo Funch (via guillotine choke) at UFC 115 and James Wilks (via unanimous decision) at UFC 120.
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