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Yves Jabouin showed off his flashy striking game, dropping Jeff Hougland a few times en route to a unanimous decision victory. The bout probably should have been stopped at two different points, once in the first round and once in the third. Jabouin dropped Hougland with a spinning back kick to the body in the first and was cut off briefly by the ref when he tried to attack, yet the bout continued. A similar situation occurred in the third after Jabouin dropped Hougland with a left hook . I had the fight 30-25 for Jabouin.
Jabouin was the first one to strike and landed a nice leg kick. Jabouin then got flashy with a spinning back kick. The fighters exchanged head kicks that were both blocked. The pace was fairly slow, especially for a bantamweight fight. Jabouin continued to work his kicks. Out of nowhere, Jabouin landed another spinning back kick that crumpled Hougland against the fence. Jabouin thought it was over, but the referee allowed the fight to continue. Jabouin continued to drop bombs on the floor, but he was unable to get the finish before the round ended.
Hougland appeared to be recovered early in the second. Jabouin started going to the body with more frequency. Hougland couldn't get a takedown. Hougland looked for a spinning backfist but missed, and Jabouin responded with another spinning back kick that landed. It was basically all Jabouin, but there wasn't a lot being landed by either fighter.
Jabouin opened the third round with a nice left hook, then another that dropped Hougland. He swarmed Hougland on the ground, but was warned by the ref for shots to the back of the head. Jabouin went for a choke for some reason and Hougland reversed. Yves ended up back on top quickly though. Jabouin worked in Hougland's guard against the cage for a while. Hougland looked for an armbar unsuccessfully. The ref stood them up with 40 seconds to go, and Jabouin dropped Hougland once again with a shot to the body. The bout ended on the ground.
Jabouin entered the bout with two straight wins since he dropped to bantamweight. Hougland was 1-0 in the organization coming in.