UFC Fight Night 156 ‘Shevchenko vs. Carmouche’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

By: Jay Pettry
Aug 10, 2019


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Veronica Macedo vs. Polyana Viana

Round 1

Kicking off the Ultimate Fighting Championship's debut in Uruguay is a flyweight fight between two women desperately seeking a win in Macedo (5-3-1, 0-3 UFC) and Viana (10-3, 1-2 UFC). Our referee for this first contest is Keith Peterson. Viana comes out with a body kick to start off the night, and then scores one more. Macedo tries for a spinning back kick but misses and ends up on her back, where Viana takes half guard. Viana advances position by trapping Macedo's arm under her knee for a moment, but Macedo slips out. Out of nowhere, Macedo throws her legs up to snatch an armbar, and Viana rolls to try to defend it but ends up on her back, and Viana has no choice but to tap out! Macedo earns the first win of her UFC career, and in the process becomes the first fighter to ever finish Viana.

The Official Result

Veronica Macedo def. Polyana Viana R1 1:09 via Submission (Armbar)

Alex da Silva Coelho vs. Rodrigo Vargas

Round 1

Next we move to the lightweight division, where a pair of twice-beaten fighters face off as Coelho (20-2, 0-1 UFC) takes on the debuting Vargas (10-2, 0-0 UFC). Refereeing this bout is Fernando Portella. Opting not to touch gloves, Vargas charges forward at Coelho, but Coelho uses his aggression against him and takes Vargas down to the canvas early on. Coelho lands a few small strikes on the ground before taking the back of Vargas. Coelho gets his hooks in as Vargas buries his head in Coelho's arm, all while trying to get double wrist control on Coelho's right hand. Vargas defends any offense well and a stalemate ensues, prompting a warning from the referee to do something. The two men hand-fight as Coelho is unable to get any submission attempts going. Coelho takes the body triangle while Vargas looks to spin out, but he is unable to move. The crowd grows restless, and then Vargas breaks position and takes top position. With a few seconds left in the opening round, Vargas throws some fierce ground-and-pound, and then stands back while sticking his tongue out at his opponent. The round ends with Vargas looking in opposite direction of Coelho.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Coelho
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Coelho
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Coelho

Round 2

The second round opens up with Vargas swinging, and he scores a jumping front kick that stuns Coelho for a moment. Vargas then goes for a takedown, which proves to be a mistake as he gets stuffed and lands on his back. Vargas tries to sweep his foe but is unsuccessful, and for a moment it looks like a repeat of the first round as Coelho briefly takes Vargas' back. Vargas gets out of that position but falls to his back. Coelho seems content to sit in guard while throwing punches. Vargas throws his legs up to go for an armbar, and Coelho is wise to it and evades it well. Vargas continues to threaten with his legs, and Coelho pushes off and jumps to Vargas's back once again. Coelho lands some minor strikes to force Vargas to move, and in the process Vargas returns to guard. One of the strikes from Coelho appears to have cut Vargas on the top of his forehead, as a thin stream of blood trickles down from his hairline. The second round comes to a close as Coelho sits on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Coelho
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Coelho
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Coelho

Round 3

The two men finally touch gloves in this final round, unlike the first two when Vargas avoided it. Vargas, like the first two rounds, swings wildly and whiffs. Coelho lands a leg kick or two while staying out of the way of a head kick from Vargas. Again trying for a one-hitter quitter, Vargas fires off a spinning wheel kick that falls far short of the mark. After both land on one another, Coelho trips Vargas and climbs on top of the debuting Mexican fighter. Staying very patient, Coelho infrequently sits up to land a stiff punch on top, and then goes back to putting heavy pressure on top of Vargas before taking half guard. Vargas fishes for Coelho's left hand as Coelho lands several frustrating strikes on Vargas' head. As Coelho pours on some more strikes, Vargas tries to escape by walking up the cage, and although he does, Coelho drags him right back down seconds later. As the clapper sounds, Coelho picks up Vargas and tries to slam him to the ground, and the fight comes to an end with Coelho holding on to Vargas' back. Presuming Coelho picks up the victory, it will be the first time in his career that he has ever won on the scorecards, with all 20 of his previous wins coming by stoppage.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Coelho (30-27 Coelho)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Coelho (30-27 Coelho)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Coelho (30-27 Coelho)

The Official Result

Alex da Silva Coelho def. Rodrigo Vargas via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Geraldo de Freitas Jr. vs. Chris Gutierrez

Round 1

Going now to the bantamweight division, Freitas (12-4, 1-0 UFC) faces Gutierrez (13-4-1, 1-1 UFC) in the first of three matchups pitting Brazil vs. the U.S. Referee Eduardo Herdy draws the assignment and we are underway. Freitas leaps out with a looping shot, and feints with a few jabs trying to find his reach. Gutierrez responds with a body kick and then a couple leg kicks all while avoiding the counter. Freitas lands a left-right to the body of Gutierrez, with the latter seeming comfortable throwing kicks at distance. Gutierrez charges forward to land a left hand on Freitas, and then gets risky with a spinning kick that Freitas avoids. Freitas stalks down Gutierrez, backing him up against the fence trying to work his way in. As Freitas comes in, Gutierrez counters and backs away. Freitas grabs hold of Gutierrez and drags him to the canvas for a moment, and Gutierrez springs right back up. Freitas then opts to throw a spinning kick that misses as well, and Gutierrez responds with a sharp left hand. Freitas kicks the legs out from Gutierrez, and Gutierrez pops back up but Freitas presses forward and gets Gutierrez against the fence. With 15 seconds left, Freitas lands a trip takedown and then some ground-and-pound. The horn sounds with Freitas on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Freitas
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Freitas
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Freitas

Round 2

Gutierrez starts off the round with a low leg kick that draws a reaction out of Freitas. Freitas replies by throwing a head kick that is blocked. Gutierrez lands another strong leg kick that puts Freitas down for a second, but Freitas stands back up. Freitas tries for right hook and misses, and in the exchange lands a groin shot on Gutierrez that pauses the action for a few seconds. When we get back to it, Freitas starts throwing more aggressively that misses, and Gutierrez keeps his distance and throws a calf kick that sends Freitas down to the canvas again. Exceptionally aggressive, Freitas pressures Gutierrez into a takedown, where he lands in half guard. Freitas throws a few strikes on top while tries to take the mount, but Gutierrez defends well. Freitas manages to get his leg out and takes side control, but Gutierrez immediately scrambles and gets back to his feet. Standing over his foe, Gutierrez throws a leg kick that misses the mark, and then kneels down with a punch to the body. Gutierrez stays out of Freitas' guard while trying to find position, until the 10-second clapper sounds and Gutierrez dives down to land a couple strikes as the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Freitas
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Freitas
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Freitas

Round 3

The round begins with Freitas flinging wildly, and Gutierrez leaps in the air and lands a knee that busts Freitas open. In fact, in that flurry both men get opened up, with Gutierrez' forehead bleeding as well after they clash heads. Gutierrez scores one more low kick that drops Freitas, and this time lands a leg kick while Freitas is on his back. Herdy stops the action for a moment to check the cut on Gutierrez' forehead, and the doctors clear it and we get back to it. Gutierrez starts back up with another low kick that has a significant effect on Freitas, and then presses Freitas against the cage. With Freitas going down to the canvas one more time, Gutierrez stands back with his hands on his hips as Freitas stands back up. Like several times before, Gutierrez scores a powerful low kick that sits Freitas back down. Gutierrez does not take advantage of the fact that his opponent is compromised, and instead backs away while Freitas throws a spinning back fist that is blocked. As Gutierrez goes for more low kicks, Freitas throws caution to the wind and leaps forward, cracking Gutierrez with a bevy of strikes. Both men try spinning strikes that do not fully connect, but Gutierrez' cut has opened up more and his face is quickly transforming into a crimson mask. In the wild exchanges at the end, Freitas throws hook after hook that mostly miss, and when the final horn sounds both men collapse to the floor. What a solid end to that fight, and to celebrate their battle after they get up, they both jump atop the cage to celebrate and hug it out.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Freitas (30-27 Freitas)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Freitas (30-27 Freitas)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Freitas (30-27 Freitas)

The Official Result

Chris Gutierrez def. Geraldo de Freitas Jr. via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian Paiva

Round 1

A pair of ranked flyweights are set to square off now, with Bontorin (15-1, 1 NC; 1-0 UFC) clashing with Paiva (18-2, 0-1 UFC), where the winner can move into or cement their place in the top-10 in the division. Taking charge of this fight will be referee Osiris Maia. Tentative to start out, Bontorin circles on the outside and then lands a low kick after a one-two. Paiva lunges forward and whiffs with a combination. Paiva then scores a left hand that bloodies up Bontorin, and Bontorin counters and takes Paiva down. In half guard, Bontorin stays heavy as Maia pauses the fight to check the cut below Bontorin's left eye. With the doctors satisfied, Maia briefly makes a mistake and starts the fight on the feet, before realizing the fight should start on the ground instead with Bontorin on top. This proves not to mean much, as Paiva hops back up to his feet. Bontorin crashes forward with a huge knee, only to grab Paiva, lift him in the air and slam him down. Paiva is cut wide open under the eye, with his eyebrow and the fight itself in serious jeopardy. Maia stops the action once again to call in the doctor, this time for Paiva. Upon further investigation, that eye is in horrific shape -- shades of Marvin Eastman-Vitor Belfort -- and the fight is immediately stopped. This was a thriller for as long as it lasted.

The Official Result

Rogerio Bontorin def. Raulian Paiva R1 2:56 via TKO (Doctor Stoppage)

Marina Rodriguez vs. Tecia Torres

Round 1

Heading down to strawweight tonight, the unbeaten Rodriguez (11-0-1, 1-0-1 UFC) receives likely the stiffest test of her career when she faces perennial contender Torres (10-4, 6-4 UFC). Refereeing this strawweight affair is Fernando Portella. Torres starts off the fight feinting and faking, and trying to find her range against the much taller and longer fighter. Rodriguez throws a long push kick to back Torres away. Rodriguez lands a few low kicks while staying away, and Torres throws a punch and kick in response. Torres charges in with a combination that all falls short, and Rodriguez responds with a teep kick that lands square on Torres' body. Staying way out of range, Rodriguez peppers Torres' leg with a few more kicks, and Torres charges in to land a few hooks as Rodriguez goes for the clinch. Torres breaks off and Rodriguez follows with a spinning kick and a leaping combination that does not score. Torres punches in and goes for a takedown, but Rodriguez stuffs the takedown and stands back up. In a brief exchange, Torres pokes Rodriguez in the eye and the action pauses momentarily. Once it starts again, Torres tries to grab Rodriguez while Rodriguez scores a loud body kick. In the clinch, Rodriguez scores with some knees and then a body kick. As Rodriguez presses in with a few seconds left, she cracks Torres with a few elbows and some more knees, and the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 2

Opening up the second round is a kick from Torres, and Rodriguez replies in kind. Rodriguez then lands a few more kicks including some leg kicks for good measure. Rodriguez presses the action and Torres counters with a body kick. Rodriguez launches a high kick that misses, and a spinning back kick that also falls short of the mark. Rodriguez uses her kick attack to close in on Torres, and gets Torres against the fence. Torres retaliates with a body kick, and in an exchange Torres scores the more meaningful strikes. Torres dives in for a single leg takedown, and she cannot hit it so Rodriguez unloads a barrage of long punches. The two clinch up and Rodriguez cracks Torres with a few knees, and then up against the fence lands one more. On the break, Rodriguez tags Torres with a right hand that gets Torres' attention. The two trade front kicks, but Rodriguez is landing at a significantly higher clip. With about 20 seconds left, Torres tries for another takedown, but Rodriguez will not go down. Rodriguez lands a couple more knees with her back against the fence as the round comes to an end.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 3

Rodriguez starts off strong with a couple leg kicks and a spinning back kick that finally scores. Torres lands a kick to Rodriguez body, and then a leg kick, but Rodriguez charges forward and pushes Torres up against the fence. Trying to set up the Thai clinch, Rodriguez lands a knee, and Torres reverses position briefly before breaking away. The UFC encounters some technical difficulties as the two continue to trade kicks. Rodriguez pushes her way in, and catches a kick from Torres to sweep Torres and land a takedown of her own. Torres gets back up and desperately tries for another takedown, and Rodriguez wraps her arms around Torres' neck and drags Torres down. While Torres stands up, Rodriguez lands a flush knee to the body. Against the fence, Rodriguez again tries for a standing arm-triangle position, and fires off a salvo of knees and elbows that all land on Torres. Rodriguez throws an unsuccessful spinning kick, and then Torres attempts another takedown that does not land. Rodriguez trips Torres to the canvas, and in the final seconds Rodriguez unleashes a flurry of elbows as we go the distance.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez (30-27 Rodriguez)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez (30-27 Rodriguez)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Rodriguez (30-27 Rodriguez)

The Official Result

Marina Rodriguez def. Tecia Torres via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Ciryl Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa

Round 1

Two undefeated heavyweights are both set to make their debut in the Octagon next, as Parisian Gane (3-0, 0-0 UFC) meets Brazil's Pessoa (9-0, 0-0 UFC). The third man in the cage is referee Eduardo Herdy. Pessoa starts the fight off with a low kick and big overhand right that misses. Gane lands a few kicks, and Pessoa tries to throw one of his own and Gane catches the kick and hurls Pessoa to the ground. Pessoa stands up and tries a takedown, and Gane backs away. Pessoa tries to spin with a big kick and Gane moves well out of the way. Gane pops Pessoa with a jab, and then comes up short with a two-punch combination. The two exchange jabs, and Pessoa blinks his eye and rubs it after one from Gane connects. Pessoa swings wildly with hooks, and luckily for Gane not a single one has landed yet. Gane throws an overhand right that partially lands, and then utilizes his jab to make Pessoa back off. Both men swing wide hooks and their arms slap together as they connect, and in the exchange Gane trips Pessoa down to the ground. Gane scrambles to gain side control, quickly cinching up an arm-triangle choke, and Pessoa taps out immediately. With the win, Gane ejects Pessoa out from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Official Result

Ciryl Gane def. Raphael Pessoa R1 4:12 via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Gilbert Burns vs. Alexey Kunchenko

Round 1

Wrapping up the preliminary card is a welterweight matchup between multiple-time World Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medalist Burns (15-3, 8-3 UFC) and the unblemished Russian Kunchenko (20-0, 2-0 UFC). Overseeing this preliminary headliner is the "no nonsense" referee Keith Peterson. The fight begins with a leg kick from Kunchenko, and Burns fires one back that sends Kunchenko straight down. Kunchenko pops up and they trade leg kicks again. Kunchenko falls short with a spinning kick, and then Burns replies with a strong low kick and a very loud body kick. Kunchenko scores a few more leg kicks, and Burns nods at his Russian foe. Burns then throws a few more low kicks back at Kunchenko, and then rushes in for a takedown that lands. Kunchenko scoots his back against the fence while Burns tries to pull Kunchenko back down. Burns postures up with an elbow, but is applying a lot of heavy pressure on Kunchenko. Burns tries to advance his position but Kunchenko defends well, although he is unable to do anything of his own. Burns leans back and throw some strong punches, but Kunchenko pushes Burns off and gets back up to a knee. The first round ends with Burns leaning Kunchenko against the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Burns
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Burns
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Burns

Round 2

Burns opens up with a few more leg kicks, and we can see some visible damage on the calf of Kunchenko's lead leg. Kunchenko throws a looping right hand that Burns dodges and tries for a takedown, but Kunchenko tosses Burns aside. Kunchenko digs a few punches to the body, and Burns falls short on the counter. Burns times the counter with a right front kick that catches Kunchenko, but Kunchenko stays composed and presses the action. Burns misses with a few punches, while Kunchenko slaps another leg kick. Kunchenko throws a body kick that misses and he follows up with a combination, and Burns fires back some counters. Kunchenko lands another stiff body kick, but Burns responds with a leg kick that appears to compromise Kunchenko's lead leg. Burns takes advantage by blasting a quick takedown, and falls into Kunchenko's guard. From there, Burns takes half guard and tries to drop down some elbows. As Kunchenko looks to stand up, Burns pulls for a guillotine while on top. Kunchenko escapes the position but Burns remains on top. Burns stands up and scores some strikes, but while getting a little wild Kunchenko gets to his feet as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Burns
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Burns
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Burns

Round 3

Burns kicks off the final round with a couple body kicks. Kunchenko replies with a body kick, and Burns fires back a few punches that are blocked. Kunchenko lets fly a punch-leg kick combination, and Burns tries to snatch another takedown that does not succeed. Kunchenko starts to chop down the lead leg of Burns again, and like the opening round Burns nods after the leg kicks start to amount. Kunchenko drops Burns with a leg kick, and Burns waves him on. Kunchenko backs away and lets Burns stand back up, but Burns' left leg might be hurt. Burns dives for a takedown and drags Kunchenko down to the cage floor, but Kunchenko gets to one knee. Burns hops over to try to grab the back of Kunchenko to no avail, and Kunchenko with his back against the fence throws several small punches and then a few elbows to try to fluster Burns. Kunchenko protests as Burns continues to press Kunchenko against the fence, concerned that Burns is grabbing his gloves and stalling the action. Peterson separates them with about 20 seconds left, and Kunchenko lands another leg kick that wobbles Burns. Kunchenko stalks down Burns, and lands a head kick and low kick, but it appears to be too little, too late. As soon as the final bell rings, Burns collapses to the floor in obvious pain. If he wins, Burns will snap Kunchenko's 20-fight win streak, one of the longest active in the sport today.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Kunchenko (29-28 Burns)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Kunchenko (29-28 Burns)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Kunchenko (29-28 Burns)

The Official Result

Gilbert Burns def. Alexey Kunchenko via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett

Round 1

Opening the main card is a featherweight scrap between Barzola (15-4-1, 5-2 UFC) and Moffett (14-4, 1-1 UFC). Before the fight begins, Moffett easily wins the walkout music battle as "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin plays throughout the arena during his walk to the cage. The referee in charge of this one is Fernando Portella. After a period of inaction to open the fight, the two men trade kicks about 30 seconds in. Moffett then lands a leg kick, and follows that with a quick head kick that was blocked. Barzola scores a superman punch. Barzola presses the action and lands a few strikes and in the process backs Moffett against the fence briefly. Moffett circles out and lands a right hand, and Barzola responds with a low kick. As the two charges together, Moffett lands an uppercut, and Barzola fires back with a left hand that reddens up Moffett's face. Moffett tries for a couple high kicks, and they are barely blocked, and then he opts to score with a body kick. Moffett continues with several right hand-left head kick combination that are close to scoring cleanly. Barzola throws a few punches that glance off Moffett, and Moffett sits on a few body kicks. Moffett scores with a right hand, and Barzola leaps forward to score a takedown with seconds left, and the horn sounds when Moffett stands up.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Moffett
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Barzola
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Barzola

Round 2

Barzola starts the round with a lot of aggression, throwing some punches that serve as a means to an end, as he tries to go for a takedown that Moffett fights out of. Barzola digs a left hand to the body, and the two stand in front of one another trading briefly. Barzola shoots for another takedown that is stuffed, and Moffett throws a leg kick. Moffett takes control and tries to drop for a double leg takedown, but Barzola stuffs that one. Barzola lands a solid combination that forces Moffett to try for a takedown that is unsuccessful. The two are going punch for punch so far. Barzola scores an uppercut as he increases the pressure. Moffett starts to use head movement as Barzola goes for single straight punches, and counters Barzola on the way in. Moffett attempts another takedown, but Barzola defends it well and the two maneuver back towards the center of the Octagon. Moffett lands with a low kick, and then when kicking again catches Barzola in the cup, causing a stop to the action. We resume as Barzola stalks Moffett down, landing a few strikes and backing up Moffett. Barzola leaps in the air but misses, and Moffett scores with a strong right hand. Moffett lands a low leg kick that causes Barzola to stumble, but Barzola presses forward to let loose a combination punctuated with a kick to Moffett's face. The kick lands as Moffett slaps his face to goad him on, and Moffett charges forward and tags Barzola with strikes of his own. Barzola tries to drag the fight to the canvas at the end of the round, but is unsuccessful as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Barzola
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Barzola
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Barzola

Round 3

Moffett begins the round putting on the pressure, but as Barzola charged forward Moffett stumbles backwards. The two trade leather standing in front of each other, with Moffett trying to land a few more left kicks. Moffett pops out the jab, and Barzola tries for another superman punch that does not land. Barzola recovers by landing on Moffett, and in transition tries for a takedown that does not amount to anything. To counter that, Moffett tries for one of his own but it is nothing doing as the two separate. Barzola lands a combination, and when Moffett fires back, Barzola is quick to set up the counter. On his back heels, Moffett lands a few punches and a kick, but Barzola is advancing far more often. Barzola jumps with a looping left hook that partially connects, and he follows up with an uppercut. On his way in, Moffett cracks Barzola with a right hand counter that stuns and busts up the nose of Barzola. Barzola chases Moffett down and lands three strikes in a row, and Moffett swings right back at his adversary. Barzola calls on Moffett to strike with him, and blitzes in while Moffett wings punches back. At the sound of the 10-second clapper, Barzola scores one last takedown, but Moffett springs up as we hear the final bell. The judges may have their hands full with this one, as it was a close and exciting scrap.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Barzola (29-28 Barzola)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Barzola (30-27 Barzola)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Barzola (30-27 Barzola)

The Official Result

Enrique Barzola def. Bobby Moffett via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Oskar Piechota vs. Rodolfo Vieira

Round 1

Up next is a middleweight contest between a pair of promising 29-year-old prospects, as Piechota Piechota (11-1-1, 2-1 UFC) looks to spoil the Octagon debut of ADCC champ Vieira (5-0, 0-0 UFC). Drawing the assignment is referee Osiris Maia. The two touch gloves and Vieira immediately presses forward and lands a solid jab. Piechota wings a right hand but is well short of his target. Vieira stings Piechota with another jab, and Piechota tries to throw back but goes wide. Vieira drops down for a single leg takedown, and Piechota escapes and gets to his feet. Piechota lands a left-right that briefly backs Vieira away. Vieira tries for another takedown, and successfully lands it this time. Piechota protects himself with his guard and attempts a triangle, but Vieira shrugs it off and lands a few punches from the top. Vieira keeps a heavy top pressure, landing a few hammerfists along the way until he stands up and drops back down with a strong right hand. Piechota throws a few powerful upkicks that back away Vieira, and as Vieira looks for one final takedown in the round Piechota scores over a dozen elbows to the side of Vieira's head. The first round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Vieira
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Vieira
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Vieira

Round 2

To begin the second round the two trade jabs, and Piechota comes over the top with a right hand. Punch for punch momentarily, Vieira attempts another takedown but is stuffed, and Piechota scores an uppercut on the break that appears to mark up Vieira's face. Piechota follows Vieira around but Vieira times a takedown and gets Piechota on his back. Vieira advances to mount but Piechota times his scramble perfectly as he bucks off Vieira and gets back to his feet. Vieira immediately shoots in for another takedown, but gets stood up and instead maintains the clinch position. After some more pressing, Vieira slowly drags Piechota back down. Vieira stands up in his opponent's guard and lands some powerful ground-and-pound, while Piechota is trapped up against the fence. Piechota tries to get out of this bad position but in doing so almost gives up his back. Vieira takes advantage by taking three-quarter mount, then full mount, then side control to set up the arm-triangle choke like a snake slowly devouring its prey. The choke is very tight, and Piechota fights it off for as long as he can until he is forced to tap out before he goes to sleep. With the win, Vieira advances his record to 6-0 with six finishes.

The Official Result

Rodolfo Vieira def. Oskar Piechota R2 4:26 via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Round 1

Moving on to the light heavyweight division, two top-10 fighters look to bounce back from recent losses as Latifi (14-6, 1 NC; 7-4 UFC) collides with Oezdemir (15-4, 3-3 UFC). The referee is Keith Peterson. The fight begins as Oezdemir throws a leg kick, and Latifi tries to counter but is short. Oezdemir lands another leg kick, and just barely misses a big right hand. Latifi leans in and Oezdemir tags him on the counter, and then scores on Latifi with a knee. After Oezdemir lands one more low kick, Latifi grabs the leg, and lifts and slams Oezdemir to the canvas. Oezdemir gets up, and Latifi ducks down to set up a takedown, only to use that to crack Oezdemir with a right hand. Latifi presses Oezdemir against the fence, scores a few short elbows that welt up Latifi's face. Latifi tries to go for another takedown and Oezdemir times a jump knee that lands flush. Up against the fence, Oezdemir throws some unorthodox shoulder strikes, and on the break Oezdemir lands another strong leg kick that forces Latifi to switch stances momentarily. Latifi falls to the floor, and Oezdemir charges forward with a flying knee that does not connect. Latifi lands a couple of uppercuts that catch Oezdemir off guard, and then shoots for a takedown that is quickly shucked off. Landing one more leg kick, Latifi tries once more for a takedown but falls forward. Against the fence, Oezdemir throws a cornucopia of strikes including more shoulder strikes, foot stomps, knees, elbows, and anything else that lands. The round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Oezdemir
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Oezdemir
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Oezdemir

Round 2

Latifi comes out more aggressive to start, pawing a few jabs but Oezdemir backs Latifi away quickly. Oezdemir scores with a jab to Latifi's body, and then another low kick. Leaping forward with a left hook, Latifi tries to blitz in but does not connect with much. Oezdemir throws a body kick that lands solidly, and Latifi fires back with a combination that gives Oezdemir pause. Oezdemir backs Latifi against the fence while chaining strikes together, and lands a powerful knee that drops Latifi. Latifi stands up and launches a left hand that dings Oezdemir. In the Thai clinch, Oezdemir blasts Latifi with knees and elbows that hurt the Swede. Both men look at the clock with two minutes remaining, but Latifi looks much worse for wear. Latifi bends over either feigning injury to throw a big right hand, or because he is exhausted, while Oezdemir lands practically at will. Oezdemir scores a low kick that staggers Latifi, who is struggling to stay upright. A huge left hand from Oezdemir sets down Latifi, and after a few more follow-up shots, Latifi falls face down as Peterson calls a stop to the fight. Huge win for Oezdemir, who snaps his three-fight losing streak with this knockout victory.

The Official Result

Volkan Oezdemir def. Ilir Latifi R2 4:31 via KO (Punches)

Humberto Bandenay vs. Luiz Eduardo Garagorri

Round 1

The next fight is an all-South American featherweight affair between Peru's Bandenay (14-6, 1 NC; 1-2 UFC) and the only fighter from Uruguay on the card, unbeaten debutant Garagorri (12-0, 0-0 UFC). Our referee is Osiris Maia. Garagorri starts out with a big leg kick that is short of the target. He then throws a head kick, that Bandenay blocks and shakes his head. Bandenay drops in for a quick double leg takedown and is successful. Garagorri throws a few elbows that land on the side or potentially back of Bandenay's head, but Garagorri uses those strikes to stand back up. Bandenay keeps the clinch tight, throwing a knee and trying for a takedown until Garagorri reverses him and gains top position. After a few short elbows, Garagorri stands back up and offers a hand to help Bandenay back up. Garagorri scores with a right to the body and a big right hand that shocks and cuts Bandenay, and Bandenay regains control by taking Garagorri down. Garagorri stands up, and Bandenay jumps for a flying guard pull, as Garagorri pushes him away. On the break, Garagorri lands a string of stinging shots, and Bandenay eats them without issue. Bandenay charges in with a flurry that does not land flush, and tries to press Garagorri against the fence. As Bandenay holds on, the horn sounds and the round comes to a close.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri

Round 2

Garagorri starts the round off strong with a heavy leg kick, and then a body kick on the other side. Garagorri freezes Bandenay with another leg kick, but Bandenay counters with a combination that cracks Garagorri and draws a smile from the hometown fighter. The two men high-five as they land on each other, and continue to trade kicks. Garagorri chases Bandenay around the cage with a few body punches, and as Bandenay sits on the counter he opens up Garagorri on the corner of his left eye. As the two remain in the clinch, Maia separates them and we get back to the center of the cage. Bandenay throws wildly and is just short of the mark, while Garagorri returns with a body kick. Whiffing a spinning back kick, Garagorri backs Bandenay against the fence with strikes. Bandenay tries a head kick, and Garagorri catches the kick and presses Bandenay to the cage wall. The two jockey for position against the fence, neither have an advantage until the break, when Garagorri cracks Bandenay over the top. The two trade wildly, and Bandenay rushes and takes Garagorri from one end of the cage to the other with a takedown that lands just before the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri

Round 3

As the final round begins the two fighters embrace. Garagorri scores with a one-two combination, and as Bandenay crashes forward Garagorri lands some effective counterpunches. Bandenay eventually manages to drag Garagorri to the canvas, and tries to take Garagorri's back. Garagorri turns out of the position while trying to stand up, and bucks Bandenay off of him. Bandenay goes back into the clinch, landing some short knees to the thighs of Garagorri. Maia steps in quickly to separate them after the crowd grows restless. Bandenay swings with hooks, and one lands, but Garagorri comes back strong. Bandenay again presses his opponent against the fence, landing some more knees while Garagorri looks at the camera and shrugs. Garagorri spins out and gets the separation, and Bandenay tries to throw some more looping hooks that miss or are blocked. Garagorri misses with a spinning back kick, and Bandenay taunts his foe with a little shuffle. The two come together and throw, while Garagorri nods as they engage. Bandenay shoots for another takedown to no avail, and the two begin swinging wildly. Missing with a jumping kick, Bandenay wants one last takedown but does not get it. Garagorri scores a few strikes as the fight comes to a close when the final horn sounds, much to the delight of the home country crowd.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri (30-27 Garagorri)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri (30-27 Garagorri)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Garagorri (30-27 Garagorri)

The Official Result

Luiz Eduardo Garagorri def. Humberto Bandenay via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry

Round 1

Our co-main event is what is sure to be an all-action welterweight battle, as Luque (16-6-1, 9-2 UFC) encounters fellow finisher Perry (13-4, 6-4 UFC). In their combined 29 wins, the two combatants have finished 26 of those opponents. Taking charge of the cage will be referee Eduardo Herdy. We begin as Luque scores with a combination, but an unafraid Perry fires right back. Perry lands a leg kick and then a strong right hand to the chest of Luque. Perry opens up with a head kick that misses, as Luque evades or blocks the most significant strikes so far. Luque lands a leg kick that makes Perry pick his feet up, and tags Perry with a straight right hand and a partially-blocked head kick. Perry charges forward with two head kicks that are both blocked. Perry sits down to throw hooks, and Luque dodges them and counters to open a cut under Perry's eye. Perry leans down and stings Luque with left hand that marks up Luque's nose. Luque jumps forward to land a knee on Perry's chin, and then a leg kick follows that up. Trading leg kicks, Perry tries for a few looping hooks that fall short. In another exchange, Luque opens up a cut on Perry's other eye, and then Luque scores with a low kick. Another low kick that stings Perry causes Perry to pick his leg up, and Perry blitzes forward to unload a barrage that causes Luque to cover up. One more leg kick ends the round as the horn sounds.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Luque
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Perry
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Luque

Round 2

Luque opens up with another leg kick, and Perry fires back. Luque launches a head kick, and Perry presses forward to push Luque against the fence. Perry lands a few knees in the clinch, and Luque looks up at the clock as he tries to separate. Luque throws a few head kicks that Perry avoids, and Perry responds while Luque counters as Perry comes in. Perry lands a strong right hand, and Luque counters the Floridian hard. Perry lands a few left hands and a right to the body, while Luque responds with a few kicks. Perry catches Luque and backs him against the fence, but Luque circles out. A stiff left jab snaps the head back of Luque, but Luque responds with a strong right hand that knocks some blood on the camera lens. The two go punch for punch, and Luque cracks Perry with an uppercut as they stand in front of each other and trade. Perry lands another straight right hand to the body as Luque looks to counter. They continue to land one after the other on one another, as they are very closely matched. Luque tries a jumping knee but Perry dodges, and the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Perry
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Luque
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Luque

Round 3

Luque starts the round off strong with a few kicks, as Perry is content to work the body of Luque. Trading leg kicks, Luque goes up high with a head kick that is just barely blocked. Luque jumps forward and lands a couple leg kicks that Perry eats. A strong body kick scores for Luque, and Perry tries to counter with hooks. Perry aims for a takedown and picks Luque's leg up but is unable to secure the takedown. Pressing Luque against the fence, Perry lands knee after knee to Luque's legs. The crowd begins to boo and whistle as they stay in the clinch, and Perry responds with a middle finger to the crowd. Herdy separates the two men and Luque goes for another leg kick. Luque jumps for a knee that completely crumples Perry's nose, but Perry uses that opportunity to take down Luque. Luque pulls for a guillotine off his back, and the blood pours from Perry's head as Perry gives the thumbs-up. Luque squeezes with all he has as Perry stays strong while punching Luque's body. Perry pops his head out with seconds remaining, and sits up to land a little ground-and-pound as the horn sounds. Outstanding fight, and easy frontrunner for "Fight of the Night."

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Luque (29-28 Luque)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Luque (29-28 Luque)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Luque (30-27 Luque)

The Official Result

Vicente Luque def. Mike Perry via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche

Round 1

The headlining bout of the evening is a flyweight title fight, as Shevchenko (17-3, 6-2 UFC) looks to defend her title and get her revenge on Carmouche (13-6, 5-4 UFC). The two first met at an event in 2010, and Carmouche came out with the TKO win to hand Shevchenko her first career defeat and only stoppage loss to date. The referee overseeing the main event is Keith Peterson. Carmouche starts out with a lot of movement, and opens with a few leg kicks. Carmouche steps in and Shevchenko stops her advancing with a straight right. Carmouche throws a head kick that misses the mark, and Shevchenko responds with a combination to counter. Staying far on the outside, Shevchenko is unable to land a spinning kick on Carmouche who is at a long distance. Another leg kick lands for Shevchenko, but the two are very patient waiting for the other to make a mistake. Carmouche fakes for a takedown and Shevchenko lands a stinging right hand to stop that from happening again. Picking at one another with short leg kicks, they come together and trade but neither lands with anything substantial. Shevchenko puts a one-two together, and then throws a few more in rapid succession that largely fall short. After a few more kicks, this feeling-out opening round comes to a close.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko

Round 2

Round 2 opens with a few successful strikes from Shevchenko, as Carmouche is content to stay on the outside and occasionally dip in with a punch or kick. Shevchenko starts to crowd in, and Carmouche circles away to avoid anything of note. For the first time in the fight, Carmouche tries to go for a takedown, and Shevchenko has none of it and shoves Carmouche away. Both try to land on each other, but neither hit their targets. Shevchenko lands a leg kick that connects, and then tries to press the pace but cannot land anything more than another leg kick on Carmouche. Shevchenko throws a two-punch combination punctuated by a leg kick, and then keeps Carmouche at bay with a body kick. Shevchenko tags Carmouche with a spinning back fist, and backs away. The round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko

Round 3

The round begins much like the first two have, with Carmouche staying away as they try to kick each other and land every so often at distance. Shevchenko scores with an audible leg kick but does not follow it up with anything else. Carmouche responds with a leg kick of her own. The crowd grows restless, trying to urge the fighters to pick up the pace. Shevchenko gives the crowd a little something, with a push kick to the body of Carmouche. In a flurry, Shevchenko drops Carmouche with a lightning-quick left hand, but Shevchenko does not follow Carmouche to the ground and Peterson stands Carmouche up. The two clinch together in the center of the cage, and Shevchenko pulls off a body lock takedown to land in Carmouche's guard. Carmouche throws a few heel kicks to the thigh and hip of Shevchenko, and the round ends with Shevchenko landing a few short punches while on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko

Round 4

Carmouche starts off the fourth round by trying to jab her way inside, but Shevchenko stands firm and swings to back away Carmouche. Carmouche dives for a takedown, but Shevchenko stifles it and puts Carmouche on her back in the same position that we ended the third round. Staying heavy on top, Shevchenko is unable to mount any substantial offense. With neither fighter advancing position or throwing anything of significance, Peterson stands them back up. Carmouche pushes forward for a takedown, and Shevchenko times the attempt with a spinning back fist that helps Carmouche find the cage floor quicker. Shevchenko briefly goes after her opponent's back, and transitions into side control atop Carmouche as the fourth stanza comes to an end.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko

Round 5

As the fifth and final round begins, Carmouche throws a few more kicks while Shevchenko tries to counter with punches that are unable to land. Shevchenko catches Carmouche with a low kick that makes Carmouche switch stances for a moment. Trying another leg kick, this time Carmouche grabs Shevchenko's leg and tries for a takedown, but Shevchenko will not allow it. Carmouche ends up yet again on her back with Shevchenko in full guard. Shevchenko presses hard on top of Carmouche, completely nullifying the challenger as she calmly advances to half guard. Carmouche tries to land heel strikes, short punches or anything she can muster off her back, but Shevchenko will not budge. As we hear the final clapper signaling 10 seconds remaining, Shevchenko scores a few powerful punches on top, only to stand up and walk away. With the sound of the final bell, this five-round fight mercifully ends, in what looks like a clean sweep for the champion. The biggest pop from the crowd for the whole fight comes when Shevchenko dances in victory.

Sherdog Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko (50-45 Shevchenko)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko (50-45 Shevchenko)
Mike Sloan scores the round: 10-9 Shevchenko (50-45 Shevchenko)

The Official Result

Valentina Shevchenko def. Liz Carmouche via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
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