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It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. Amir Sadollah took advantage of a tired Jorge Lopez to squeak out a split decision victory in the co-main event of UFC on Fuel 3. Lopez looked good with his striking early, but faded late and started to rely on a clinch and takedown game. Sadollah was taken down a few times, but apparently did enough on the feet to negate the cage work. It wasn't a very pretty fight.
Lopez looked sharp early, landing a bit more than Amir. Lopez pinned Sadollah against the cage and the fighters exchanged knees. Lopez continued to land his jab. Lopez caught a kick and looked for a takedown. Sadollah looked to lock on a guillotine and got slammed for his troubles. Lopez pinned Amir against the cage, but Sadollah got up and looked for his own takedown against the cage. The fighters grinded away against the cage to close out the first.
Lopez looked for a takedown against the cage early in the second, but much like the end of the first there was nothing there and they just clinched against the cage for over a minute. Once they finally separated, Sadollah landed a nice combination. Lopez again went for a takedown against the cage, and actually got a leg, but Amir countered with a guillotine. Lopez ended up on Amir's back in the scramble but was unable to do anything with it. Back in the middle Sadollah landed more strikes over the next minute, but Lopez got a takedown off a Sadollah kick with 30 seconds to go. Sadollah got back to his feet at the end of the round.
Lopez came out quickly in the third with some strikes and again looked for a takedown in the clinch against the fence. After a full minute, Lopez got it to the floor for exactly one second before Sadollah popped back up. Lopez looked a bit tired, and Sadollah landed a nice push kick to the face and an elbow. Lopez once again went for the clinch takedown, and finally gets it this time. Lopez didn't do much on top, and the bout was stood up with a minute to go. Sadollah went on the attack against a tired Lopez, but it went back against the cage once again. Sadollah dumped Lopez down briefly, but Lopez popped up. Sadollah closed it out with a big knee.