On a night in which 6 of the first 8 fights at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez ended in a finish, the main card began with a sublime outing by Ireland's Joseph Duffy, who made quick work of Mitch Clarke. Meanwhile, welterweights Alan Jouban and Belal Muhammad sought to put on an entertaining clash, and boy did they manage that. Read how these fights played out.
Alan Jouban (14-4) def. Belal Muhammad (9-0) via unanimous decision (28-27, 29-27, 29-28) - Welterweights
The first of two knockdowns by Jouban came courtesy of a left hand, which put him on the seat of his pants. Muhammad recovered well enough and even omoplata swept his way back to his feet. He even got a takedown but couldn't hold Jouban down for long. Incredibly, Muhammad was flattened by a huge head kick and an assortment of elbows and punches, as well as wicked knees to the body, but Herb Dean didn't stop it, and Muhammad saw out the round. That was a cartoonish amount of punishment Muhammad absorbed. The former Titan FC welterweight champion started nicely in round 2, but was crushed with another left and sent to the mat just a minute later. He sprung back up and went for a clinch. Muhammad pushed for a takedown but Jouban showed strong defense. The pace slowed a tad but Jouban was still in control through the work of his jab, although a late successful takedown by Muhammad capped off the round.
Muhammad need a late push and a stoppage in round 3, and in the 2nd half of the round, he worked hard for it. Belal tagged Jouban against the cage with right hands and was the primary aggressor. Several rights and an uppercut jarred Jouban and had him hurt. Jouban swung back but Muhammad was throwing massive shots and continued to hurt Jouban. Alan was never knocked down but he was clearly hanging on until the clock hit 0:00, and Muhammad ended this incredible slugfest with a spinning backfist.
Joseph Duffy (15-2) def. Mitch Clarke (11-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) at :25 of round 1 - Lightweights
Duffy destroyed Clarke with a huge right hand, didn't get the knockout, but took the Canadian's back and sunk in a rear-naked choke. That was the entire fight and it was an emphatic performance by Joseph Duffy, who bounced back from his loss to Dustin Poirier.