Russell Doane quickly went to work on the PPV curtain jerker, as he took Marcus Brimage down and proceeded to work for a rear-naked choke. He maintained dominant position but never got close to submitting Brimage during that time. The round would end on the feet, with Brimage getting the better of the exchanges.
"The Bamma Beast" came out explosive in the second round and dropped Doane early in the round but to no avail. Doane was clearly limping from the painful inside leg kicks that Brimage was peppering him with and struggled to the keep the fight on the ground. The third round was more of the same from the two competitors, although Doane had clearly slowed down after enduring Brimage's kicks.
While many expected Brimage to get the decision win for his calculated performance, it was Russell Doane who took home the split decision win. One of the judges even scored the fight 30-27 for Doane, which is an inexplicable scorecard.
Official Result: Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
The early moments of the fight were tentative ones, as the two fighters slowly adapted to the proceeding and found their range. Santos immediately took the role of the aggressor with his leg kicks, but Hall turned up the heat in the latter stages of the round and began mixing up his shots.
The second round was much of the same, as Hall remained patient and picked his shots. Santos was less effective with his kicks this time around and Hall took advantage of that and began to throw flashy kicks of his own with little success.
It became clear between rounds that Uriah had injured a toe on his right foot but he continued to kick and punch with high intensity. Santos remained competitive in the latter stages of the fight and ended the fight on top of Hall.
Uriah Hall def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)