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Featherweight: Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Round 1: Garcia and Cody open up the bout with quite the grappling contest. A few scrambles in the round which saw each man in a dangerous position. Cody saw the most favorable position of the round, however it was toward the end. He had Garcia locked in a triangle position before time expired. Close round. 10-9 McKenzie
Round 2: McKenzie now seems to be on the upperhand of every grappling scramble. Little action has been seen while standing. Garcia is being taken out of his element and it is evident; he is gasping for air. McKenzie is latched onto Garcia’s back with a body triangle. Garcia stands up and SLAMS McKenzie on his head. Loud thud. That’s about all the offense Garcia saw this round. Horn sounds. McKenzie 10-9.
Round 3: Garcia charges to the center of the octagon and lands a head kick. He’s being smart and keeping his back away from the cage. Garcia is Garcia-ing and throwing punches all the way from Grandma’s house. It’s working, oddly enough. McKenzie is being more cautious. McKenzie keeps connecting with a leaping jab. Garcia keeps missing these wild shots and McKenzie just chuckled and put his hands behind his back, dodged two shots and connected with three. Two minutes left at this point and things are evening up. McKenzie grabs a leg and lands a takedown. The way Garcia fell, it looks more like he slipped down. Doesn’t matter; McKenzie is on top and is going to grind a decision victory. Impressive performance on his end. 10-9 McKenzie.
Result: Cody McKenzie defeated Leonard Garcia by way of unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Featherweight: Steven Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Round 1: Holobaugh is active in the opening minute and is throwing some wild punches that is leaving him open for counters. Holobaugh pressed him up against the fence and is connecting with some good elbows, and they separate. Holobaugh pushes him up again on the fence but Siler is connecting with nice knees. Siler slams Holobaugh on his head and eventually gets his back. Both hooks are in. Holobaugh is protecting his neck well, but he has two more minutes to defend. Holobaugh makes it back to his feet and is looking to dump Siler, but Siler is hanging on tonight. Holobaugh tries to roll through, Siler sticks on and sinks in a choke. Holobaugh looks to be a goner but somehow escapes after he spits up a lot of blood— that didn’t look good. Siler now has a body triangle locked in. Horn sounds. 10-9 Siler.
Round 2: Within ten seconds of the round, Siler almost gets locked in a guillotine but he escapes and is now on top. Holobaugh pops up and is standing over Siler, but gets knocked down after being in Siler’s high guard. Both fighters are bloody. Holobaugh is standing over Siler again with Siler throwing upkicks. Two minutes is killed with Holobaugh trying to get in an advantageous position on top before Siler makes it back to his feet. Siler connects with a nice two punch combination. Siler is just getting the better of Holobaugh. Siler, in a sense, pulls guard and you can see him trying to sweep. Too late, end of the round. Very close round, and Holobaugh spent a lot of it on top. I’m giving it to him. 10-9 Holobaugh.
Round 3: Both fighters are, once again, very active at the start of the round. Siler has his back against the cage and ate some bodyshots, but nothing too serious. Siler separates after giving Holobaugh a nice knee to the face. Siler overshoots on a high kick and Holobaugh caught him off guard with a counter right. After a scramble, Siler has Holobaugh’s back again. Body triangle locked in. Looks like it’s locked in. Siler is wrenching pretty hard but Holobaugh isn’t going to give up without a fight. He pivots his body in a position to where he can push off the fence, but it goes nowhere. The round ends with Siler on Holobaugh’s back, swinging. 10-9 Siler.
Result: Steven Siler defeated Kurt Holobaugh by way of unanimous decision. (29-28)
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Tags: Cody McKenzie, Leonard Garcia, Mixed Martial Arts, Steven Siler, UFC 159