‘The Ultimate Fighter 28’ Finale Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Nov 30, 2018


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Raoni Barcelos vs. Chris Gutierrez

Round 1

The night kicks off with UFC debutant Gutierrez squaring off with Barcelos, who won his own debut in July. Chris Tognoni is the third man in the Octagon. The bantamweights exchange quick low kicks in the early going. Two minutes in, Barcelos is the pursuer, with Gutierrez circling around the outside and staying off the fence, switching between southpaw and orthodox against the orthodox Brazilian. Very little effective offense has occurred when, three minutes in, Barcelos trips Gutierrez to the mat and, after a moment, settles into his guard. Barcelos stands and dodges an upkick, taking the opportunity to dive back down into side control. Gutierrez defends well, regains guard as Barcelos attempts to pass, and Barcelos stands with less than 30 seconds left. Tense but slow round.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Barcelos
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Barcelos
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Barcelos

Round 2

Barcelos wastes little time, clinching and tripping Gutierrez to the floor within the first half minute. Barcelos is heavy on top in full guard, but Gutierrez is throwing elbows from the bottom, one of which cuts the Brazilian badly. Barcelos is bleeding all over both of them but continues to work, and takes Gutierrez’s back during an attempted pass. Gutierrez uses the fence to peel Barcelos off and regain half guard, but Barcelos is on top throwing heavy elbows and punches with his opponent stuck to the fence. Gutierrez is still throwing offense from the bottom, slinging upkicks and throwing his legs up for triangles. Finally, Barcelos’ onslaught forces Gutierrez to turn his back and Barcelos immediately takes the back and sinks a rear-naked choke. Aided by the blood everywhere, it’s deep and Gutierrez is forced to tap almost immediately.

The Official Result

Raoni Barcelos def. Chris Gutierrez R2 4:12 via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)

Tim Means vs. Ricky Rainey

Round 1

Veteran welterweights Means and Rainey engage at referee Mark Smith’s word. After an exchange of long kicks and single punches, Means quickly catches an eye poke from Rainey. They re-engage with four and a half minutes left. Means grabs Rainey in a body lock, prepares to dump Rainey, but is slowed by a blatant fence grab. Nonetheless Means gets his man down near the base of the fence and tees off with punches from guard. Rainey is not defending himself at all, and referee Smith pulls Means off in seconds. Fast and dominant TKO from Tim Means despite being on the receiving end of two fouls.

The Official Result

Tim Means def. Ricky Rainey R1 1:18 via TKO (Punches)

Darrell Horcher vs. Roosevelt Roberts

Round 1

Three-fight UFC veteran Horcher prepares to welcome undefeated Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series alum Roberts to the UFC. The referee is Yves Lavigne. Roberts throws a variety of kicks to the legs and head from orthodox stance while Horcher answers with kicks of his own and some single punches from southpaw. 90 seconds in, the taller Roberts’ speed advantage is obvious, but he is content to keep his distance and throw single potshots. Halfway into the round Horcher steps in as Roberts throws a knees and forces a clinch, but they quickly disengage. Roberts is landing his right hook at will, but Horcher charges in and forces the longer man to retreat. Horcher grabs a body lock against the fence and they jockey for position, Horcher stomping the feet of Roberts as they do. With 30 seconds left, Roberts suddenly snatches a guillotine and spins his man against the fence. He gets his elbow all the way under Horcher’s chin, goes palm-to-palm and cranks. So vicious is the guillotine that Horcher is lifted off his feet. He taps with seconds left.

The Official Result

Roosevelt Roberts def. Darrell Horcher R1 4:50 via Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Leah Letson vs. Julija Stoliarenko

Round 1

Letson and Stoljarenko square off in the de facto consolation final of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 28, with referee Chris Tognoni overseeing proceedings. The two begin exchanging hard strikes almost immediately, with the southpaw Letson in a deep crouch, using her reach advantage to throw long straights at her orthodox opponent. A Letson kick pushes Stoljarenko off balance, but Letson allows her to stand back up. Stoljarenko’s counters are getting through enough to redden Letson’s forehead badly by halfway through the round. With a minute and a half left, Letson tags Stoljarenko with two hard punches and rushes her to the fence, where she attempts to wrap her up. Stoljarenko frees herself and lands a hard elbow on the break. They end the round as they started, throwing in the middle of the Octagon.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Letson
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Letson
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Letson

Round 2

Round 2 begins with immediate exchanges on the feet, more measured than in the first. Stoljarenko attempts a spinning backfist without success. Once again, Letson appears to be landing more and harder shots, yet her face is wearing its punishment more vividly. Stoljarenko attempts a level change two minutes in and is completely denied. A minute later, she shoots once again, grabbing a single-leg and is forced to bail on it almost immediately. In the last minute, Stoljarenko throws a pair of glancing high kicks and is countered with punches. The round ends with an exchange of elbows in close quarters.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Letson
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Letson
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Letson

Round 3

The final frame opens with Letson trickling blood from a cut over her left eyebrow, opened by one of the elbows she caught at the end of the second. The first minute is dominated by exchanges of single low kicks and punches at range, where Letson has been finding success all evening. Two minutes in Stoljarenko, bleeding from the nose, tries a takedown. She is denied, but grabs a guillotine and jumps guard. The guillotine is fairly deep and Letson appears distressed, bleeding from the face, but extricates her head with 2:15 left in the round. Now in the Lithuanian’s guard, Letson pushes her opponent towards the fence asthe women are warned to keep up the action. Stoljarenko is doing a good job controlling Letson’s posture with overhooks, and Tognoni stands them up with 30 seconds left. They immediately rush in and begin swinging wildly, exchanging until the final horn.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Letson (30-27 Letson)
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Stoljarenko (29-28 Letson)
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Letson (30-27 Letson)

The Official Result

Leah Letson def. Julija Stoljarenko via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Maurice Greene vs. Michel Batista

Round 1

The “bronze medal match” of the TUF 28 heavyweight tournament kicks off with Smith set to referee. Greene takes the center of the Octagon and keeps Batista at bay with jabs. Batista changes levels a minute in, grabbing a double-leg against the fence. Greene wide-legs and throws elbows, but Batista manages to scoop him up and dump him at the base of the fence. Batista gets aggressive and wanders into a triangle. Greene cinches it up with sheer length and power, pulling on his own knee rather than Batista’s arm or head. After a tense few seconds where Batista’s hand hovers on the point of tapping, he asks out. Nice submission win from Greene, who has been vocal all week about wishing to redeem his villainous portrayal on the show.

The Official Result

Maurice Greene def. Michel Batista R1 2:14 via Submission (Triangle Choke)

Joseph Benavidez vs. Alex Perez

Round 1

Yves Lavigne presides over the clash between rising contender Perez and perennial contender Benavidez. Benavidez is feinting and bobbing, looking to get the much longer Perez to bite on something. A minute in, it’s Perez who closes the distance, rushing Benavidez to the fence and appearing to line up a standing arm-triangle, but nothing comes of it and they disengage. Benavidez is suddenly more aggressive, darting inside and landing hard punches. A right hook stumbles Perez and Benavidez tries to swarm against the fence, but Perez ties him up and recovers. Halfway through the round, Benavidez is closing at will, rushing in with a one-two punctuated by a low kick. With two minutes left, Benavidez topples over an off-balance Perez with a punch. He flattens him and blasts him with punches and hammerfists. Referee Lavigne steps in and puts his hands on the fighters, stopping the action, then retreats and has the fighters fight on. Perez takes the momentary relaxation on the part of his opponent to recover and attempt to escape. Abysmal refereeing. Benavidez corrals Perez back to the ground and pounds him with more punches until Lavigne stops the fight once again, apparently for real this time. Horrible gaffe by Yves Lavigne that fortunately did not affect the outcome of the fight.

The Official Result

Joseph Benavidez def. Alex Perez R1 4:19 via TKO (Strikes)

Rick Glenn vs. Kevin Aguilar

Round 1

Veteran featherweight Glenn, who missed weight by 2.5 pounds, prepares to roll out the UFC red carpet for DWTNCS signee Aguilar, who is on a 7-0 run and undefeated in the last five years. Chris Tognoni is the third man in the cage. Weight miss aside, Glenn looks to be twice Aguilar’s size. Glenn opens up by throwing kicks to the body and head. Aguilar darts into range with a hard body kick of his own. 90 seconds into the round, Aguilar’s nose is bleeding. With three minutes left, it’s Glenn who changes levels, grabbing a single-leg and hustling Aguilar to the fence. Aguilar defends and they disengage. Aguilar smacks Glenn with an uppercut and a right hook that leave him on rubbery legs, but Aguilar is unable to capitalize. Glenn’s right eye is swelling and black and blue on the outside corner. They continue to exchange single shot until the horn, and both men return to their corners showing damage.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Aguilar

Round 2

Glenn tries to keep Aguilar on the end of his jab to open Round 2, but Aguilar continues to rush in without fear, landing hooks and straights to the head of the taller man. A little over a minute in, Glenn shoots for a takedown but is stood up by Aguilar and they reset in the center of the Octagon. Halfway through the round, Aguilar jumps in and lands a hard straight to the body. Glenn is catching him on the counter with more regularity, but Aguilar is still handing more and harder shots. With a little over a minute left, Glenn grabs a single collar tie but is unable to land much effective offense and Aguilar hits him as they disengage. The round ends with an attempted level elbow by Glenn.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Aguilar
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Aguilar

Round 3

The third round begins with Glenn the aggressor, walking down Aguilar. Aguilar is giving ground and throwing single strikes where he was throwing combinations a round ago. Two minutes in, a hard inside leg kick buckles Glenn’s right leg briefly. A few moments later, Aguilar levels Glenn with a right hook and swarms on his fallen opponent. Referee Tognoni looks on as Aguilar throws punches on a Glenn, who is on all fours but defending himself. Aguilar briefly gets Glenn’s back, but Glenn manages to escape to his feet. The referee stops the action to return Glenn’s mouthguard, then they reset on the feet. Glenn manages to hip-toss Aguilar to the mat in the closing seconds, but probably too little, too late after taking a beating.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-8 Aguilar (30-26 Aguilar)
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Aguilar (30-27 Aguilar)
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Aguilar (30-27 Aguilar)

The Official Result

Kevin Aguilar def. Rick Glenn via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ji Yeon Kim vs. Antonina Shevchenko

Round 1

Jeon, who missed weight so badly that this fight could well have been cancelled, stands ready for the highly-anticipated UFC debut of the other flyweight Shevchenko, with Smith the referee for the main card opener. The southpaw Shevchenko throws long jabs and a high kick that misses, while Kim remains coiled in her orthodox stance, not throwing much. Little action through the first two minutes, until Kim catches Shevchenko off-balance, but can’t capitalize on the stumble. They clinch against the fence, with Shevchenko taking an overhook and possibly looking for a hip throw. Kim pushes her against the cage, but is reversed. Shevchenko presses her into the fence but no action is forthcoming and Lavigne splits them up with less than a minute left. Shevchenko gets a head-and-arm throw with seconds left and tries a scarf hold choke, but runs out of time.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko

Round 2

The flyweights open the round once again exchanging sporadic, tentative single shots. The room is dead quiet, the “Heeeeeeey!” shouts of the younger Shevchenko sister in the red corner the only audible sound. Shevchenko throws a snappy one-two that lands solidly and, a minute in, hustles Kim to the fence. There, she takes an overhook and once again looks to be setting up a throw. It doesn’t come, and Lavigne breaks them up once again. Halfway through the round, they are once again trading in the center of the Octagon, neither on doing much damage but Kim simply throwing far less volume. Shevchenko gets Kim to the fence once again, but is unable to take her down or land any significant offense. In the last 30 seconds, Kim tries throwing a combination and Shevchenko grabs her head and is looking for another throw when the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko

Round 3

Kim is more aggressive to open the third round, perhaps sensing she is behind on the cards. She flicks out her left jab several times, then has a kick caught and is hustled to the floor. Shevchenko is in Kim’s full guard, as Kim fights for wrist control. Shevchenko tries to posture up and Kim wraps her head with her left arm, keeping her close. Complete stalemate on the ground two minutes in, and Shevchenko stands. Standing over Kim, she rushes in and throws a flying knee as Kim kneels to stand. Lavigne breaks them up immediately, saying that Shevchenko’s knee landed to the face, and the replay shows him right. No point taken, and once they restart, Shevchenko quickly gets the fight back to the fence. 90 seconds left and Kim is coming forward, still not throwing more than the occasional jab or straight that falls short. Shevchenko throws a huge spinning backfist that only grazes Kim, but uses it to grab the clinch yet again. They end the fight exchanging by the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko (30-27 Shevchenko)
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko (30-27 Shevchenko)
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Shevchenko (30-27 Shevchenko)

The Official Result

Antonina Shevchenko def. Ji Yeon Kim via Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Darren Stewart

Round 1

The resurgent Stewart prepares to take on the 21 year-old undefeated Shahbazyan. Mark Smith is the referee. They touch gloves to start and set up in matching orthodox boxing stances. Referee Smith warns Shahbazyan twice about his extended fingers within the first 30 seconds. Shahbazyan ducks under a punch, shoots through Stewart’s hips and gets a takedown. Stewart gets to his feet but Shahbazyan is tenacious, latching onto his back and wrapping Stewart’s waist. An extended sequence of jockeying for position against the fence ends with Stewart escaping, and they separate with 90 seconds left. Shahbazyan again collapses the distance and clinches with Stewart against the fence, appearing to want the takedown again. Stewart shucks him off and catches him with a punch coming in. Stewart appears rocked but throws back, then times Stewart and hauls him to the floor again, where he is working to pass against the fence when the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Shahbazyan
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Shahbazyan
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Shahbazyan

Round 2

The middleweights open up by exchanging on the feet until about a minute in, when Shahbazyan drops levels for a deep single. Stewart defends against the fence and once again offers his back. Shahbazyan pivots to the front and grabs a guillotine, but can’t secure it. Halfway through the round, Shahbazyan has Stewart against the fence, throwing knees at his left leg. Stewart turns into Shahbazyan, prompting the younger fighter to try a double-leg, then turns his back again. With a minute and a half left, Shahbazyan gets Stewart to his knees and sinks a hook almost like a folkstyle wrestling ride. He sinks the hook fully, then a body triangle, while fishing for a choke. Stewart escapes to his feet and they finish the round as they spent it: with Shahbazyan on Stewart’s back against the cage.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Shahbazyan
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Shahbazyan
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Shahbazyan

Round 3

In the third round, it takes only 50 seconds before Shahbazyan tries his first takedown. It looks like rinse-and-repeat of the first two rounds, but Stewart breaks, turns and smashes Shahbazyan with an elbow. Shahbazyan is visibly rocked and tries to grab hold of Stewart as Stewart tries to tee off, but Shahbazyan manages to recover his wits and halfway through the round they’re back to the fence. With two minutes left, Smith breaks them up and they reset. Shahbazyan looks either tired or rocked and Stewart drops him with a right. Stewart follows him down, throwing desperately, but can’t seem to land the kill shot. Shahbazyan is exhausted, but manages to get back to his feet, where he secures yet another takedown. They end the fight, fittingly, against the fence with Shahbazyan holding on to Stewart’s waist.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Stewart (29-28 Shahbazyan)
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Stewart (29-28 Shahbazyan)
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Stewart (29-28 Shahbazyan)

The Official Result

Edmen Shahbazyan def. Darren Stewart via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Bryan Caraway vs. Pedro Munhoz

Round 1

The bantamweight contenders square off with referee Chris Tognoni overseeing. Caraway shoots for a takedown quickly and is denied as Munhoz sprawls and spins away. Munhoz lands a couple of hard kicks and stinging punches and Caraway drops levels again. Munhoz defends but gets hustled to the cage in the process. He escapes and they reset on the feet. Caraway’s face is marked up and Munhoz is beating him to the punch with ease. Halfway through Round 1, Caraway tries a low single, which Munhoz defends easily, walloping the crouching Caraway. He follows Caraway to the mat and throws punches, prompting a stoppage by Tognoni. Confusion ensues as Caraway gets up protesting. It is not immediately clear whether he is protesting the timing of the stoppage, or a low blow. Munhoz picks the still-distraught Caraway up for a very awkward-looking piggyback ride, then puts him back down. Replay shows the telling blow was a hard cross-body kick, with Munhoz placing the ball of his right foot perfectly on the liver. Very strange ending to an otherwise clean and impressive win by Pedro Munhoz.

The Official Result

Pedro Munhoz def. Bryan Caraway R1 2:39 (Body Kick and Punches)

Pannie Kianzad vs. Macy Chiasson

Round 1

Kianzad and Chiasson prepare to crown the featherweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 28. Yves Lavigne is the referee. Chiasson is the aggressor in the early going, coming forward and throwing kicks and punches. Kianzad counters and circles away. A minute in, Chiasson clinches and forces Kianzad to the fence, alternating between throwing knees and working for a takedown. Halfway through the round they are still there, both women working, but Kianzad unable to escape and Chiasson unable to secure the takedown. They break away from the fence and go hurtling to the opposite fence, where they resume the dance. Four minutes in, virtually the whole fight has been spent with Chiasson pressing the shorter woman into the fence. They break away, Kianzad shoots a takedown of her own and Chiasson executes a smooth back-take. She finishes the round working for a rear-naked choke from full back control.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Chiasson
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Chiasson
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Chiasson

Round 2

Chiasson closes the distance and within 10 seconds, the women are back against the fence with Kianzad defending the takedown. They separate and Chiasson rocks Kianzad with a punch. She follows her to the mat but gets overaggressive and Kianzad locks up an armbar. It’s locked in, and Kianzad goes belly down, but Chiasson manages to extricate herself and take Kianzad’s back in a beautiful piece of scrambling. Once again Chiasson sinks her hooks and locks up the rear-naked choke and this time there is no horn to save Kianzad. She taps and Macy Chiasson is your “TUF 28” women’s featherweight champion. Great grappling display to close the contest, and a far less uncomfortable-looking bit of genuine affection between the competitors afterwards.

The Official Result

Macy Chiasson def. Pannie Kianzad R2 2:11 via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)

Justin Frazier vs. Juan Francisco Espino Dieppa

Round 1

Two unlikely finalists in Espino and Frazier face off for the honor of being the “TUF 28” heavyweight champion. Referee Mark Smith will, as the commentary booth puts it, “handle the big boys.” Espino wastes zero time in shooting for a takedown and slams Frazier to the canvas 15 seconds in. He is heavy on top as he throws punches and attempts to take Frazier’s back. Frazier turns in towards Espino and inches away from the fence, then gives up his back. Frazier tripods as Espino sinks his hooks and attempts to flatten him. Halfway through, Espino has total control, but shifts his weight and Frazier explodes to his feet. Espino follows him to the fence and they swing for a moment, then Espino rushes him into the center of the Octagon and executes a beautiful trip takedown straight into side control. Espino moves into a crucifix, quickly isolates an arm and locks up an Americana. He stretches Frazier's arm into a straight armlock. Frazier resists and tries to grit through it in visible pain, but finally relents and taps. Team Whittaker's Juan Espino is the winner of what may be the last “The Ultimate Fighter” final ever, and the first native of the Canary Islands to win a UFC contract.

The Official Result

Juan Espino def. Justin Frazier R1 3:36 via Submission (Straight Armlock)

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamaru Usman

Round 1

Usman and dos Anjos square off with Yves Lavigne to referee. A few awkward exchanges in the first half-minute lead to dos Anjos walking straight into a single-leg. Usman walks him to the fence but can’t complete the takedown. A minute later, however, Usman grabs a double-leg and hoists the Brazilian for an effortless-looking slam. Dos Anjos gets back to his feet quickly and they are jockeying against the fence, Usman applying the pressure and dos Anjos with his back to the cage. Dos Anjos escapes and they return to the center of the Octagon. Usman uses footwork to corral dos Anjos to the fence and drops for another double. Dos Anjos does a much better job of defending this time, and Usman drops to a knee. With less than a minute left, Usman gets another takedown and is in dos Anjos’ guard, standing and eating an upkick seconds before the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Usman

Round 2

Round 2 opens with dos Anjos flicking a jab while giving ground, clearly wary of the takedown. A minute in, they are against the fence again, Usman applying pressure and looking for the chance to drop levels and hoist his opponent. Dos Anjos again defends ably for a time, but Usman finds his spot and dumps dos Anjos to the canvas, this time in the center of the Octagon. Dos Anjos works an aggressive guard, trying to sneak his hips up while avoiding Usman’s short elbow strikes, but Usman pushes him to the fence. Dos Anjos grabs a kimura and threatens the shoulder. He sweeps using the kimura, but Usman manages to survive with the help of an unseen fence grab, and escapes. Immediately he mashes dos Anjos into the fence again. Dos Anjos escapes and looks alive on the feet, landing a low kick and a punch combination to close out the round.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Usman

Round 3

In the third round, Usman once again maneuvers dos Anjos into the fence but rather than drop for the takedown immediately, engages the Brazilian in a punching exchange at phonebooth range, with both men landing licks. He then changes levels and drags dos Anjos to the floor. Dos Anjos escapes and after a brief exchange, Usman changes levels again and plows him to the canvas at the base of the fence. Dos Anjos grabs another kimura, but is unable to use it to turn or move Usman, choosing instead to let it go and sneak back to his feet. Usman keeps hold of dos Anjos, however, and hauls him back to his knees at the fence yet again. With a minute left, dos Anjos regains his feet once again and finally achieves separation. They end the round exchanging single shots on the feet, Usman shooting for dos Anjos’ legs as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Usman

Round 4

Usman backs dos Anjos into the fence and, same as in the third round, obliges dos Anjos on the feet. Usman is visibly the larger and stronger man, and is landing the harder shots. Nonetheless he takes the former lightweight champ down about a minute into the round and sets up shop at the base of the fence for what seems like the hundredth time tonight. Dos Anjos is game, attempting to return to his feet without giving up his back, but halfway through the round his base is crumbling. Usman throws dos Anjos to the mat and smacks him with hammerfists. Dos Anjos spends the last minute not really trying to escape, but surviving. Dominant round from the Nigerian.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-8 Usman
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Usman
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Usman

Round 5

Within 60 seconds, Usman has forced dos Anjos to the fence and dragged him to his knees. Usman sinks a hook while throwing constant, pelting punches. Dos Anjos turns in to Usman and gets back to his feet, but can’t get the bigger man off him and they remain stuck to the fence. Two and a half minutes in, Usman drops to dos Anjos’ hips and takes him down. Dos Anjos grabs a front headlock on the way down, but is not in position to finish a guillotine choke. He holds onto it anyway, until the last possible moment. Usman ends up on top in his foe’s half-guard, remaining heavy on top with less than a minute left. Usman postures up in the final 30 seconds, throwing elbows, but both men hear the final horn. Complete and total domination by Kamaru Usman.

Sherdog Scores

Ben Duffy scores the round 10-9 Usman (50-44 Usman)
Jay Pettry scores the round 10-9 Usman (50-45 Usman)
Jordan Colbert scores the round 10-9 Usman (50-45 Usman)

The Official Result

Kamaru Usman def. Rafael dos Anjos via Unanimous Decision (50-43, 49-45, 48-47)

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