Following the Facebook portion of the UFC on Fox 8 preliminary card, FX took over the show. The broadcast got off to a slow start with the women's Bantamweight fight, but Middleweights Herman and Smith turned it up a notch.
The fight got off to a slow start. Randamie slipped moving away from a Kedzie combo. Kedzie moved in but was quickly wrapped up against the fence. De Randamie controlled the fight in the clinch doing some damage with knees to the body but not a lot of action.
After a couple striking exchanges to start the second round, Kedzie finally hit the takedown she wanted in the first round. For the remaining three minutes of the round, Kedzie unsuccessfully struggled to pass de Randamie's half guard. Another stagnant round.
They met in the center of the Octagon right at the bell to start round 3 and started swinging, but it didn't take long for de Randamie to grab the clinch and slow the action again. They split and Germaine landed a solid straight right. Kedzie snatched a leg on a de Randamie low kick to secure a takedown with less than a minute on the clock. The final bell rang with Kedzie trying to strike in guard.
In the second split decision of the night, Germaine de Randamie got the nod (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) over Julie Kedzie.
As this was the UFC debut for both women in a very thin division, I expect both to get another chance to prove themselves in the Octagon. Kedzie dropped to 16-12 and is now on a three-fight skid. De Randamie improved to 4-2.
When Smith clinched up early in round one, it looked like the Middleweight fight would turn into a replay of the show's opener. But, when they separated and Herman rocked him with a solid lead left hook, it turned into a brawl. Smoth responded with a punch that rocked Herman and they both spent the rest of the fight swinging for the fences. When Smith escaped from a defensive turtle position in the second he sent a soccer kick at a rising Herman. "Short Fuse" mixed in a couple takedowns, but Smith always returned to his feet and both fighters kept swinging from their hips until the final bell.
Coming back from being fed to Jacare Souza early in the year, Herman improved to 21-9. This is Smith's second consecutive loss for a Zuffa promotion, but with a gutsy performance like this, he should get another chance.
From the outset of this Lightweight striker battle, Edwards looked to pressure Cruickshank to take away his versatile kicking game. Both fighters managed to land some solid shots, but overall they were hesitant to get caught in the others' wheelhouse. So, most of the bout saw Yves walking Daron down to the fence, only to back out when Cruickshank threw a head kick. Cruickshank went for the only takedown of the fight with less than a minute left in the fight. In the end, the judges gave it to Cruickshank for landing the better shots and not allowing Edwards to cut off the cage.
Cruickshank recovered from his first ever UFC loss to improve to 3-1 in the Octagon. Yves dropped to 4-4 in his most recent UFC run and the first time he's linked losses this time around.