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UFC Ottawa prelims results: Theodorou, Markos, Covington pick up wins

The first four fights of UFC Fight Night 89 are in the books, and here's how they went down.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC Fight Night 89 prelims started with some action, but slowed down a lot after that. With just one finish in four fights, it wasn't the most exciting Fight Pass card. Nonetheless, here's how it all went down.

Elias Theodorou defeated Sam Alvey by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

This wasn't entertaining, but it was smart fighting by Theodorou. Knowing that Alvey is exclusively a counterpuncher, Elias just lit him up with kicks and stayed out of range. Alvey had absolutely no answer for it, throwing just one strike in the first. He landed a couple of times in the second, but ate a bunch more kicks in exchange. The third round was more of the same, and Elias cruised to an uneventful decision.

Randa Markos defeated Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Markos did solid work in the first round, using a good wrestling game to tie up her opponent and threaten with a heel hook. She also closed the round with some emphatic striking. Markos won a dull second, and Jones-Lybarger won a fairly dull third. Overall, it was Markos' fight.

Colby Covington defeated Jonathan Meunier by submission (rear naked choke), 2:00 of round 3

Covington used his strong wrestling game to control Meunier for the first two rounds. Meunier attacked a leg here and there, but couldn't get much going. Finally in the third, he connected with a wicked spinning back fist that sent Meunier crashing to the mat. Covington jumped on him, secured a choke, and got the tap.

Ali Bagautinov defeated Geane Herrera by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

This was a fun fight. Bagautinov was all over Herrera for most of the fight, landing hard strikes on the feet and beating him up on the ground. Every so often though, Herrera would escape and put Bagautinov in danger with a submission. He actually almost finished him in the third with a nasty kimura, but Ali shook him off and beat him up for the rest of the round. Bagautinov proved he's still a contender in the division, and Herrera showed that he can make life difficult for anyone in the flyweight division.