Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Whenever Yves Edwards is in a fight, you can generally expect it to be exciting. He held up his end of the bargain in his bout with Isaac Vallie-Flagg, and the ex-Strikeforce fighter didn't back down at all either. The two men battled on the feet for most of the 15 minutes and each landed a bunch of damaging shots, but in the end, the judges chose to award the fight to Vallie-Flagg by split decision. The scores were 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.
The two men stayed on their feet early, with each landing some solid strikes. Edwards worked the body and countered a bit, while Vallie-Flagg landed some good straight rights and a nice knee in the gut. Vallie-Flagg was also finding a home for his lead uppercut. Edwards landed a cool flying knee while defending a single leg takedown. The round was close.
Vallie-Flagg got the best of Edwards early in the second as well, landing more uppercuts. Edwards came back with a couple of nice combinations. Edwards got a single-leg takedown and worked his way to side control. He moved to mount with 90 seconds to go, then took his back. Edwards controlled from back mount for the rest of the round but couldn't secure a choke.
IVF came out aggressive in the final stanza and the two fighters traded at a high pace. Vallie-Flagg slowed it down a bit and grinded away against the cage for a bit. After they separated, they went back to the fast pace and IVF landed a big knee to the face. Edwards looked for a takedown but Vallie-Flagg fought it off. Both men were bleeding, and it seemed that Edwards was losing some steam. The two men battled until the final horn nonetheless, and it was an exciting fight.