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    Round 1

    Welcome back, fight fans, we missed you. We’ve had a few noteworthy
    fight cards this year in the form of Invicta, LFA and KSW – the
    latter currently ongoing – but the major league of the UFC is back
    in town tonight. In the UFC Apex, 10 fights will play out after a
    litany of shakeups to the billing, and we appropriately begin in a
    fight now scheduled at lightweight between Brown (15-8, 1-2 UFC)
    and extremely late replacement Rosa (14-6, 5-6 UFC). Referee Mark
    Smith draws the first assignment of the night, and with a touch of
    gloves, away we go! Brown comes out of his corner hot, rushing
    after Rosa sticking out jabs to the head and body before winging an
    overhand right over the top. Rosa rolls with it and chops down with
    a pair of calf kicks, doing enough damage from those few strikes to
    nearly make Brown trip to the ground. “Downtown” Brown times his
    right hand over the top a few times in an effort to stop the leg
    kicks from scoring, and a few land and pound into Rosa’s chin. A
    few identical exchanges play out as Rosa is aiming for the lead
    leg, while Brown prefers to bust him in the chops. Some damage has
    formed on the top of Rosa’s left eye, but his kicks are equally
    doing damage as Brown stumbles. As “Boston Strong” continues to
    slam strong leg kicks home, Brown crashes forward to hit a
    takedown. Rosa sits up, walks up the fence and targets the neck
    with a guillotine choke. Although he does not have the submission,
    he is able to get back to his feet and gain space. When they reset,
    Rosa looks to emulate Brown’s success and fires off a right hook
    that whizzes past Brown’s head. The two one-time lightweights
    proceed to slug it out in the center of the cage, and Brown’s hands
    find their home on the side of Rosa’s head while Rosa mixes punches
    up with kicks. Rosa continues to work on Brown’s front calf,
    forcing Brown to change stances. As soon as Brown switches it up,
    Rosa goes up high with a kick that is barely blocked in time. Brown
    spins with an elbow that glances off the side of Rosa’s head, and
    he chains the strike into a few punches on his way into a clinch.
    Right before they tie up, Brown connects with a clean elbow, and he
    changes levels to plant Rosa on his backside. Rosa once more
    scrambles back to his feet, and he threatens with a guillotine
    choke. Brown pushes through to flatten Rosa on his back and even
    flirt with a Von Preux choke momentarily, before electing to try to
    pass guard and set up an arm-triangle choke. Rosa does not appear
    remotely concerned as Brown tries to choke him out, instead calmly
    pushing off and getting Brown back to his guard. Brown stands up so
    that he can find another angle, jump down and attack. “Downtown”
    goes down into the guard to land a strike or two, and the exciting
    round comes to an end.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Brown
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Brown
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Brown

    Round 2

    Once more the fighters touch gloves before getting after it, and
    Rosa picks up right where he left off with several damaging leg
    kicks. Brown lines up a right hand every time Rosa looks to kick
    him low, but when he does, he absorbs the kick first before hitting
    Rosa back. Rosa goes up high with a kick to throw Brown off, but
    Brown sees it coming, deflects it, and strings together a short
    combination. After he lands with his punches, Brown darts in and
    snags a takedown to put Rosa on his back. The Bostonian is only in
    this position for seconds before he scrambles, turns to his knees
    and stands. A successful mat return comes from Brown, who fights
    off a submission setup from Rosa to get him down again. This time
    around, Rosa turns with his opponent, and he reverses Brown to take
    top position and immediately pursue submissions. As Rosa sets up
    something, anything he can find, Brown bucks and flips Rosa back
    over and down. Brown sets up an arm-triangle choke from half guard,
    and the shoulder pressure is tight but Rosa practically laughs it
    off as he wrenches his neck free and breaks the grip. With Rosa
    getting his foe back into his guard, he starts setting up a high
    guard to hunt for a triangle choke or an armbar. As he does this,
    he briefly has leverage, but Brown stands up and pulls his neck
    out. Rosa meets him as they get to their knees with an anaconda
    choke setup, and Brown shrugs it off and dumps Rosa back to the
    mat. In half guard, Brown starts landing some ground-and-pound with
    elbows and left hands, much to the delight of his audible corner.
    Rosa turns to his knees and surrenders his back, and Brown takes it
    for a moment before Rosa turns back over. When Rosa goes to his
    back, Brown fishes for his arm-triangle choke again, and Rosa is
    not having it as he shakes his neck out. Brown sits up, drops down
    some hammerfists, and the second frame ends.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Brown
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Brown
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Brown

    Round 3

    The two meet in the middle with a glove touch, and Brown starts to
    pay Rosa back with a pair of thudding calf kicks. He continues to
    throw heavily, doing so to pressure Rosa back to the fence and
    eventually slam him to the mat. Rosa turns to his side, and Brown
    deftly circles around to take his back. Rosa does not fear any
    choke attempts as he gets to his knees, but Brown is largely
    controlling him across the fight. “Boston Strong” threatens with a
    front choke, and he uses this position to muscle Brown down to the
    canvas, where Rosa is now on top. Rosa keeps side control, and when
    he looks to sit up and pass, Brown explodes out of the position and
    stand up. As he does, he scoops Rosa’s legs up and sets him down,
    with Brown on top landing a few strikes. Rosa threatens with
    anything he can off his back, including a two-on-one wrist lock and
    an inverted triangle, but Brown shrugs them all off to pass to
    mount. Rosa turns, leans on the wall and stands up, but Brown is on
    him like a cheap suit. Brown shoots low for a single, and he gives
    up his neck as Rosa hooks in a brabo choke. Brown sees it coming
    and pulls an arm free, but Rosa turns to set up a brabo on the
    other side. Brown rolls to his back so that he can slide his neck
    free, and Rosa follows him to try to tie his neck up. Brown shrugs
    it off so that he can stand, and they both try to push the other
    over. Rosa claims the better position, hammering Brown with elbows
    right to the bell.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rosa (29-28 Brown)
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Brown (30-27 Brown)
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Rosa (29-28 Brown)

    The Official Result

    T.J. Brown def. Charles Rosa via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28,
    29-28)

    Round 1

    Like the last fight, this one will take place at a new weight
    category on exceptionally short notice when Kelleher (23-12, 7-5
    UFC) moves back up to featherweight against fight-saver Croom
    (21-13, 1 NC; 0-1, 1 NC UFC). Our referee is Keith Peterson, who is
    ready to stomp out all the nonsense ahead of a potentially wild
    battle. They are thankful to be competing this weekend, and express
    their satisfaction by touching gloves. It’s “Crash” vs. “Boom,” and
    they come out ready to throw hands. They both are feinting and
    faking at one another, and Croom is the first to engage with a low
    kick and then one to the head. As Kelleher circles away, Croom
    boots him in the belly. Croom uses his forward momentum to mash
    Kelleher into the fence, and he looks for an outside sweep while
    landing left hands until Kelleher breaks free. They both swing for
    the fences on the break, and Kelleher lands first with a right hand
    that drops Croom to the mat. Croom springs back to his feet, shakes
    it off and kicks Kelleher square in the groin. “Boom” takes less
    than 30 seconds to recover, possibly in hopes that Croom is still
    hurt from the strike, and they get right back to swinging wildly.
    Croom measures himself with long low kicks, and he stays out of the
    way from Kelleher’s big left hand that zooms by his chin. Croom
    keeps his range with jabs and front kicks, and Kelleher ducks down
    and just misses with a spinning back fist. The jabs from Croom are
    marking Kelleher’s nose up, but Kelleher pays it no mind as he is
    trying to close the distance and land bombs. All the while, Croom
    picks and pokes away at Kelleher, scoring leg kicks as Kelleher
    tries to come in and knock him off his feet. Croom remains on his
    bike to frustrate Kelleher, and he gets Kelleher’s attention with a
    three-punch combination. In the center of the cage, Kelleher shoots
    in for a takedown, only to get stuffed with ease and have his chin
    checked with a knee. Kelleher separates and takes a kick that makes
    him twirl around, and when he recovers, he rips the body with a
    left hand. Croom’s volume is giving him the advantage thus far, and
    he sneaks punches around Kelleher’s guard from outside. They clinch
    together and cannot put anything together, and Croom backs off just
    in time to avoid a big punch. Kelleher bites down on his mouthpiece
    and cracks Croom with a spinning back fist and an overhand right,
    and as Croom is stunned, he hits a takedown. The round ends with
    Kelleher attempting to get ground-and-pound off.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kelleher
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Croom
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Kelleher

    Round 2

    The two meet in the middle and throw hands, and Kelleher backs off
    to sling a head kick. As it gets blocked, Croom backs off and
    stings Kelleher, but Kelleher shakes it off and cocks his right
    hand back to launch it. When he fires it, he misses, and Croom
    comes through to kick him in the head and land a pair of heavy
    punches. Kelleher swings back, only for Croom to duck back, evade
    an uppercut and kick Kelleher in the body. Croom scores a right
    hand around the guard, and Kelleher does not even register that a
    strike landed. Croom continues to put volume together, with body
    kicks and low kicks mixed in with sharp jabs. Kelleher ducks to
    land a pair of hooks, but Croom is connecting with three to every
    one. Croom winds up with power punches of his own, and Kelleher
    shells up and backs off before slinging bombs of his own. “Crash”
    evades them before crashing into the pocket to jam Kelleher into
    the wall. Croom cannot keep Kelleher in this position for long
    before the New Yorker breaks free and starts throwing high kicks.
    Kelleher walks through a kick to target the body, and he is marking
    Croom’s liver up. Croom replies with a standing elbow, slashing
    Kelleher’s face wide open. Croom times a knee up high as Kelleher
    comes at him, only for Kelleher to instead bowl him over and then
    set up a guillotine choke. Kelleher’s blood begins to flow as he
    circles around hunting for submissions, keeping Croom honest and
    forcing him to defend submissions. When Croom stands, Kelleher
    emphatically whips him to the ground and climbs into his guard.
    Croom defends from most of the ground strikes, but a few elbows
    from Kelleher get through to conclude the second stanza.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kelleher
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Kelleher
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Kelleher

    Round 3

    Kelleher comes out aggressively in the final round, punching his
    way into a potential takedown setup. As he bullies Croom into the
    fence, he lifts the man formerly known as “The Hard Hitting
    Hillbilly” up off the ground and deposits him down to the mat.
    Croom scrambles as he tries to work his way up to his feet, only
    for Kelleher to smack him upside the head repeatedly and drag him
    back down to the ground any time Croom makes his way up. When Croom
    turns to his knees, Kelleher sets up a guillotine choke, and he
    abandons it to take Croom down again. Croom continues to move,
    never staying in one place for long, and Kelleher follows him every
    step of the way. Croom gets up using the fence as his ally, and
    Kelleher smashes him in the face with a knee to force Croom to drop
    back down. As he does, Kelleher sets up another guillotine choke,
    and he rolls through to turn it into a brabo choke. When that falls
    short, he goes after another guillotine, using it to push Croom to
    the ground and take half guard. Croom turns to his side and then on
    to his knees, and as soon as he does, Kelleher goes hunting for his
    specialized guillotine choke. None of the chokes succeed, but he is
    completely dominating a fatiguing Croom and rolls through with
    Croom every time to keep him down. Kelleher threatens with a
    rear-naked choke in one position, and then settles to end the fight
    with fierce punches from on top. The fight concludes in this spot,
    with the final bell sounding seconds before a stoppage could
    materialize.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Kelleher (30-26 Kelleher)
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Kelleher (29-28 Kelleher)
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-8 Kelleher (30-26
    Kelleher)

    The Official Result

    Brian Kelleher def. Kevin Croom via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
    30-27, 29-28)

    Round 1

    In this welterweight battle between an older lion and a young,
    hungry thundercat, TUF 11 winner McGee (20-10, 9-9 UFC) will try to
    hold the line against Brahimaj (9-3, 1-1 UFC), where the latter
    will hope to make it two in a row after his ear exploded in 2020.
    There is nothing but respect between these two fighters, who touch
    gloves before referee Chris Tognoni. The venerable veteran leads
    the dance with several kicks from afar, aiming them to varying
    targets. McGee avoids a punch combination to throw back one of his
    own to the body and head. They land single shots at the same time,
    and Brahimaj winds up with a left hand that snaps McGee’s head
    back. McGee scores a solid left hand after a few jabs to set up a
    takedown, and he pushes Brahimaj into the fence when he cannot take
    him down. In the clinch, Brahimaj grimaces, and McGee groans to
    pick his man up but there is nothing doing with this takedown
    effort. McGee sells out for a double, and he lifts Brahimaj off the
    ground and slams him into the mat. Brahimaj turns to his side in an
    effort to stand, and after a brief struggle, he succeeds to get
    back up. “The Crusher” looks to grind and crush Brahimaj up against
    the fence, going after another takedown and making life miserable
    for Brahimaj. Once more, McGee elevates his opponent and drops him
    down. This time, Brahimaj turns to his knees and nearly gives up
    his back, but he stands up before McGee can set anything up.
    Brahimaj gets off a short knee up the middle while McGee is in
    close, and it does not discourage McGee from looking for a
    takedown. Brahimaj successfully shoves McGee away to gain some
    breathing room, in which he gives chase with long strikes. McGee
    gets off a clean one-two, and he connects with a pair of right
    hooks when Brahimaj is finding his range. They land strikes at the
    same time, and Brahimaj catches his opponent with the left. McGee
    gives it right back to him, and they trade it out. McGee cracks his
    man with a crisp right hand over the top, sending Brahimaj crashing
    to the canvas right before the bell sounds. Before McGee can try to
    force a stoppage, the round ends.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 McGee
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-8 McGee
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 McGee

    Round 2

    McGee is ready to engage right out of his corner, and he does so
    with a few fierce punches and a leg kick that gives Brahimaj
    issues. Brahimaj gathers his thoughts and charges in to hit his own
    takedown. The veteran climbs back up to his feet without issue,
    only for him to turn the tables and ground Brahimaj instead. The
    youngster fights his way back up to his feet, but McGee is
    pressuring him with every bit of weight he can muster. Brahimaj
    briefly threatens with a guillotine in this close proximity, but
    there is nothing to be had as McGee is too crafty and more than
    willing to effectively embrace the grind. As Brahimaj tries to wing
    a punch, McGee turns around him to find a better angle, one he uses
    to set Brahimaj on the ground again. Brahimaj springs up, but he
    cannot break the grip of “The Crusher.” As Brahimaj wriggles, he
    manages to get his arms free and pushes off, and when he scores a
    punch, McGee hits him back harder. Only a few seconds elapse before
    McGee charges in for a double, one he uses to push Brahimaj back
    against the fence. Brahimaj manages to break off, and McGee is
    there to punch him in the face. Damage continues to mount on
    Brahimaj’s face, as his left eye starts leaking from right hands of
    the Utahan. McGee blitzes forward again for one final takedown try,
    one he hits right before the round ends.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 McGee
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 McGee
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 McGee

    Round 3

    Brahimaj feebly offers a glove touch that might have been construed
    as a hug, and McGee taps his foe’s glove and then crashes in to
    pursue a takedown. McGee goes after a double, and he turns the
    corner to plant Brahimaj on the floor again. Brahimaj defends with
    a guillotine off his back, and McGee shrugs it off as he tries to
    set over and pass guard. Brahimaj utilizes a rubber guard to go
    after an omoplata, but McGee does not register the submission and
    instead keeps heavy top pressure to shut Brahimaj down. From
    another angle, Brahimaj goes after a guillotine with his left arm,
    and McGee wriggles his neck out so that he can keep grinding. The
    Fortis MMA fighter may have blood leaking in his eye and he might
    be down on the scorecards, but he does not quit and is constantly
    searching for something until he scoots his way to the wall.
    Brahimaj gets to a knee, and McGee pulls his hand out to splat
    Brahimaj on his face. McGee, taking Brahimaj’s back, sets up a
    rear-naked choke. The choke is not there, but McGee uses the
    opportunity to force Brahimaj to turn over and surrender full
    mount. McGee ties up an arm-triangle choke, but with the cage to
    his side, he cannot find the right leverage to secure the
    submission. Once more, Brahimaj turns over to give up his back, and
    McGee is quick to attack the neck. Brahimaj alternates between
    fighting off rear-naked chokes when McGee has his back to
    preventing arm-triangles when allowing McGee to take mount again,
    as this sequence continues. In a final burst of energy, Brahimaj
    stands, but it is far too little, too late, as the grueling fight
    is over.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 McGee (30-27 McGee)
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 McGee (30-26 McGee)
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 McGee (30-27 McGee)

    The Official Result

    Court McGee def. Ramiz Brahimaj via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
    30-27, 30-27)

    Round 1

    Wrapping up these abbreviated prelims is a middleweight matchup as
    “The Nightwolf” Pickett (12-6, 1-2 UFC) welcomes self-described
    “Ugly Man” Holmes (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the Octagon. This clear-cut
    striker vs. grappler battle – one where Pickett posts two-thirds of
    his wins by knockout while Holmes has earned submissions in 71% of
    his victories – will draw oversight from referee Mark Smith. The
    two gentlemen touch gloves before coming out firing. Holmes swipes
    with a few punches, and they both connect with body kicks at the
    same time. Holmes carries a hop in his step, as if to chamber a
    right knee or kick whenever he walks. When Pickett comes at him,
    Holmes catches him on the way in with a calf kick. The man that
    actively wants people to call him “Ugly Man Joe” comes up short
    with a body kick, but he reaches out a jab and a high kick skims
    the forehead of his opponent. Pickett gathers himself to punch his
    way into a clinch situation, and Holmes turns him around to mash
    him into the wall. Holmes gets off short knees to the thigh as he
    grinds Pickett tightly, even going after a trip on the outside
    before Pickett pushes him away. A Holmes low kick makes Pickett
    stumble, and as he ducks away, Holmes just misses with a booming
    kick that whizzes past his hair. Pickett again tries to bully
    Holmes into the wall, only for Holmes to turn him about. The
    middleweights jockey for position against the wire, and Pickett
    tries and fails to trip Holmes to the mat. Holmes makes him pay for
    a trip with a hacking elbow to the side of the head, but it is not
    enough to make Pickett back off. Holmes continues to smash Pickett
    in the side of the head with elbows until he turns the corner and
    breaks off. Pickett aims a front kick up the middle that misses by
    an inch, and he charges in like a bull with a takedown that is
    stuffed with ease. Holmes comes up short with a high kick when
    Pickett rebounds off the fence, and they return to kickboxing
    range. Holmes commits to a low kick, and he slides out of the way
    when one comes back at him. A hard inside leg kick connects for
    Holmes, apparently angering Pickett, who rushes at Holmes with a
    four-punch salvo. Pickett’s relentless rushes for takedowns finally
    succeed with 20 seconds left in the round, as he drags Holmes down
    for a moment. Holmes gets up, and he lands a few clinch strikes
    before the round ends.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Holmes
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Holmes
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Holmes

    Round 2

    The second round opens as Holmes offers a glove touch, and they do
    not wait for long to swing for the fences. Pickett attacks with
    swiping punches, getting Holmes attention as he pushes forward to
    press his man into the wire. Holmes turns him around, but Pickett
    pulls his leg out and puts him down to the ground. Holmes stands
    up, and Pickett lets loose with a long combination of punches and
    kicks that bust Holmes’ face open. Holmes may be a little hurt as
    he escapes, but Pickett is not allowing him much space as he works
    the body with kicks. Pickett dodges a pair of looping punches, only
    to walk into two more from Holmes. “The Nightwolf” jumps forward to
    stomp kick, and it hits the thigh. A high kick from Pickett slaps
    into Holmes’ face, possibly wobbling Holmes but more likely him
    taking a funny step on the edge of the cage. Pickett lays into
    Holmes with long punches, as Holmes tries to back off and recover.
    Pickett jabs his way in, and tags Holmes with a one-two. The two
    makes Holmes instinctively shoot for a single-leg takedown, where
    he lifts Pickett’s leg up briefly before setting it down when he
    does not have the right posture. While tied up, they push one
    another around like wedgebots from “Battlebots,” until Holmes
    manages to get Pickett up against the fence in search of a possible
    double. The takedown is nowhere to be found, and Holmes backs off
    only to get slugged with a right hand. They have a wild exchange
    until Pickett grabs hold of him again, and Holmes turns him about
    so that he can grind him tight. Holmes smashes his foe in the solar
    plexus with a knee, and Pickett doubles over and complains only for
    Smith to state it was a legal blow. Pickett breaks off so that he
    can knee Holmes in the face, and he follows his foe with punches
    until they clinch again. This clinch position concludes the
    round.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Pickett
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Pickett
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Pickett

    Round 3

    They meet in the middle and start throwing hands, and Pickett comes
    out the heavier aggressor as he backs Holmes up to the wall.
    Pickett eats a punch and gives a few back, before dodging a swiping
    left paw from “Ugly Man Joe.” Pickett mushes Holmes into the fence
    like strained peas, and Holmes has had enough of this position as
    he shoves off. Pickett appears the far fresher man, while
    comfortable at range with low kicks. The punches lead him into
    closing the distance, where he ties Holmes up again. As they
    separate, Holmes catches Pickett cleanly, but “The Nightwolf” is
    ready to grind and pushes Holmes back up to the wall. Pickett
    cannot keep Holmes there for long, and Holmes swings inaccurate
    punches and a body kick that slaps off the side. Pickett crashes in
    again after landing a punch, and he gets a grip on Holmes’ neck to
    set up a high knee. The strike does not land as Holmes muscles out,
    and Pickett plants a crisp side kick on his midsection. They trade
    body kicks one after the other, and Pickett jams Holmes into a
    clinch by leading with a left hand. Holmes appears frustrated, but
    he manages to break off after a few seconds and aims a front kick
    to Pickett’s chest. Pickett recoils from the strike, but he gathers
    himself and pushes back in to the clinch. On the way in, Holmes
    times an elbow that glances off Pickett’s face, but this does not
    discourage Pickett from the close-range pursuit. Pickett backs away
    and starts to fire off “Sweet Chin Music” side kicks to the jaw,
    landing at least one while throwing three. Holmes retreats to
    defend himself, and the horn blares, leading the two to hug it
    out.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Pickett (29-28 Pickett)
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Pickett (29-28 Pickett)
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Pickett (29-28
    Pickett)

    The Official Result

    Jamie Pickett def. Joseph Holmes via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
    29-28, 29-28)

    Round 1

    Our ESPN main card will kick off with a featherweight scrap pitting
    Algeo (14-6, 1-2 UFC) against a newcomer nicknamed “Shark” in
    Portuguese – “Tubarao “ – in Brito (12-2-1, 0-0 UFC). “Senor
    Perfecto” will aim to lift his UFC record to .500, all while
    attempting to make Brito’s debut end poorly. The third man in the
    cage will be referee Keith Peterson, who just buried all of the
    nonsense alive out back. The fighters touch gloves before handling
    their business, and Brito is fired up as he rushes after Algeo
    immediately. Algeo fires first, with a big body kick that makes
    Brito practically run at him to clinch up. The featherweights trade
    short knees while tied up, and Brito aims for a double-leg
    takedown. Algeo defends the takedown by hopping up off the ground,
    but this strips his base away from him and allows Brito to lean
    forward and plop him down on the mat. The American scrambles back
    to his feet, and he fights off a mat return while Brito has his
    hands locked around Algeo’s waist. Like he was setting down a
    heaping helping of Country Breakfast, the newcomer Brito channels
    his Matt Hughes and picks Algeo all the way in the air and walks
    him across the cage to slam him down. Algeo hits the ground hard,
    and Brito quickly circles around to take his back after the
    emphatic takedown. The Brazilian gets his hooks in and starts
    hunting for a rear-naked choke, switching from one hand to the
    other until Algeo explodes and turns around to put Brito’s back to
    the mat. Brito keeps an open guard as Algeo starts to unload with
    ground-and-pound, with short elbows and heavy chest pressure to
    disallow “Tubarao” to thrash and get afloat again. Brito throws his
    legs up when Algeo stands to find a better angle, and this lets him
    stand up and try to turn the tables on Algeo. “Senor Perfecto”
    perfectly sprawls to stifle Brito’s attempt, and when they stand,
    Brito swings for the fences and misses. Brito is throwing
    everything into his strikes, and Algeo remains calm and is more
    content to touch his opponent. Brito loads up and then pushes
    forward for a takedown entry, and Algeo stands tall, knees his man
    in the thigh and circles out. Algeo gets off a jab and a few front
    kicks until the round comes to a close.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Brito
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Brito
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Brito

    Round 2

    The second round opens with a clap of hands, and Brito practically
    sprints towards Algeo to lay into him. Brito tags him with overhand
    rights and lefts, but Algeo stands firm and smashes Brito in the
    face. The Brazilian is hurt, but instead of taking a step back, he
    races forward to pursue a takedown. Algeo defends the first effort,
    and he sprawls when Brito goes after a power double. Algeo fakes
    throwing knees as he has Brito leaned over, so Brito plays the game
    and keeps one hand on the mat to protect himself from knees. Brito
    leans back a slight bit, and Algeo drills him with a knee, leading
    Brito to lean back over again. They stand back up, and Algeo clocks
    his foe with a left hand and a body kick. Not to be outdone, Brito
    targets Algeo’s lead leg with four vicious leg kicks that draw
    reactions each time they land. They both start loading up on bombs,
    nailing each other with power punches, and Algeo moves and gets
    rocked with winging hooks from the Brazilian. When he hurts Algeo,
    Brito strangely decides to go after a double, which allows Algeo to
    get his wits about him again as he defends the takedown. With
    Brito’s cardio starting to abandon him, Algeo pushes Brito over and
    lands in side control, where he begins to drop down elbows and
    punches. Brito rolls to his knees in an effort to stand, and he
    does so and leans over to play the game again of putting his hand
    down to prevent himself from getting kneed in the face. Algeo
    brilliantly starts stomping on Brito’s hand on the mat, in a
    maneuver not seen often. This forces Brito to stand, and Algeo
    follows him with a few knees. Brito gains a full head of steam and
    clubs Algeo with a few punches, and he bullies his foe into the
    fence. They continue to turn each other around, until Brito holds
    tight and Algeo protests. The round ends with Algeo frustrated that
    Brito was just hanging on to him.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Algeo
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Algeo
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Algeo

    Round 3

    Brito accepts a glove touch as he is aggressively coming towards
    Algeo, and he lets loose with a long combination of looping punches
    that are largely inaccurate. Algeo ducks and dodges most of them,
    and when Brito clinches up with him at the end of the salvo, he
    lets Brito have it with a pair of shots. Brito gains some space and
    stuns Algeo with his power strikes, but Algeo keeps moving and does
    not let Brito to pin him down. Algeo fires back, and he threatens a
    spin but Brito interrupts him with an attack. Brito hacks at his
    lead leg as Algeo wobbles back, so he kicks the same spot again.
    Algeo pats his chest as if to say “bring it on,” and Brito comes at
    him right as Algeo ducks down for a takedown of his own. “Tubarao”
    does not succumb to the try, but he does get shoved up against the
    wall while Algeo works on him with short strikes including a solid
    shoulder to the jaw. Algeo backs off and just comes up short with
    an intercepting knee, but he sticks out several punches to break up
    a Brito barrage. Brito throws wild, power strikes, and he spins
    with an elbow that Algeo sees coming. When Algeo ducks out of the
    way, he plays coy and pulls a Max Holloway by looking around
    mockingly. Algeo is in his flow state, slipping the telegraphed
    punches of the Brazilian and stinging him with straight punches.
    Brito does not let him off the hook, and he connects ever so often
    with his bombs, but Algeo is scoring two to every one, at least. As
    Brito aims to ground the American, Algeo hits a slick throw and
    puts Brito on the ground hard. Algeo takes Brito’s back in the
    ensuing scramble, and he starts fishing for a choke before electing
    to elbow Brito in the side of the head. Algeo maintains a tight
    body triangle while he elbows his foe on the dome, and he puts his
    hand up to motion that he’s number one right before time
    elapses.

    Sherdog Scores

    Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Algeo (29-28 Algeo)
    Brian Knapp scores the round: 10-9 Algeo (29-28 Algeo)
    Tristen Critchfield scores the round: 10-9 Algeo (29-28 Algeo)

    The Official Result

    Bill Algeo def. Joanderson Brito via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
    29-28, 29-28)

    Round 1

    Moving things right along, “Hairy” Bush (8-3, 0-1 UFC) will try to
    buzz through the competition and get his first UFC win at the
    expense of Team Alpha Male’s “Slava” Borshchev (5-1, 0-0 UFC). The
    two lightweights with finish rates of 75% or above will battle it
    out while referee Herb Dean stands vigilant. The touch of gloves
    precedes the action, and Bush starts off with several kicks at
    range to his foe’s lead leg. Bush aims a body kick, and he spins
    with the momentum but Borshchev is able to duck out of the way.
    Bush lets loose with a high kick that is easily blocked, and he
    catches a returned kick from Borshchev well in front of him. He
    sets the foot down and backs off, where he flicks out a jab and
    nails Borshchev with an overhand right. Borshchev stands patiently
    in the center of the Octagon, and he blocks a high kick that makes
    Bush fall over. Borshchev starts to let go with a combination, and
    as his strikes start to connect, Bush grabs hold of him and takes
    him down with an emphatic thud. Bush lands a few punches, but
    Borshchev kicks him off before much damage is taken. When Borshchev
    tries to get back up, Bush tackles him over. The scramble is wild
    and frantic, and Borshchev is able to burst his way back up to his
    feet. Bush greets Borshchev with a knee on the way up, and
    Borshchev is hurt and wobbling on the way back. Bush gives chase
    and lets go with a huge barrage of punches. Bush tags his foe, and
    then gets clipped with a huge right hand from Borshchev. Bush
    shakes it off and takes Borshchev down, where he quickly circles
    around and takes Borshchev’s back. Borshchev stands up, and he
    tries to buck Bush off of him by standing and wriggling. Bush
    slides off the back and on to his back, where Borshchev climbs down
    into the guard to punish Bush. Bush grits it out and kicks off so
    that he can pursue a single-leg takedown from Borshchev, which
    Borshchev defends in part by grabbing the fence. With Bush backed
    up to the wall, Borshchev unleashes a furious two-punch combination
    to the body. The right connects to the solar plexus, while the left
    slams square into Bush’s liver. In a delayed effect, Bush’s legs
    suddenly give way beneath him as he crumples to the canvas in pain.
    When Borshchev dives on top to pound him out, Dean is already
    leaping across them to pull them apart and call a halt to the
    contest. We finally have our first stoppage of the night, and in
    celebration, Borshchev breakdances in the center of the cage.

    The Official Result

    Viacheslav Borshchev def. Dakota Bush R1 3:47 via KO (Punch to the
    Body)

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