The first three UFC Fight Night 36 preliminary card fights ended in decisions, repeating the theme of UFC 169, which set a record for decisions on a UFC card. Would these four prelims be any different? Spoiler: No.
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The TUF 15 cast members closed out the decision-laden prelims. Marcello, a BJJ black belt, was able to fend off an arm-in guillotine and get Proctor to the mat. After a little bit of ground-and-pound from guard, Marcello moved to half-guard and then went for a foot lock, which Proctor successfully avoided and got back to his feet and away from Marcello's dangerous (and underused) grappling. Proctor once again tried for a standing guillotine to no avail before the round ended.
Proctor's corner implored for more striking and he obliged. He cracked Marcello with a right hand about halfway through the 2nd and had him hurt, but Marcello survived the ensuing onslaught. Round 2 was clearly Proctor's as Marcello was unable to implement his grappling and was always going to be outmatched as a striker.
Round 3 was all Proctor again, as he buckled Marcello with his right hand over and over again, but as is expected from this card, the actual finish was hard to come by. Alas, Proctor was unquestionably the winner. Joe Proctor (9-2) def. Cristiano Marcello (13-6) by unanimous decision. (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
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