UFC Fight Night: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov Play-by-Play

Starting off the main card, undefeated Russian fighter Askar Askarov fought Alexandre Pantoja. The fight went like this.

Bout 8: Alexandre Pantoja (22-4) vs. Askar Askarov (11-0-1) (Flyweight)

Askarov got a takedown early after a moment of Pantoja being mounted on him. Pantoja tried for a triangle choke from the bottom. Askarov lifted him up, putting him back on the ground after Pantoja tried for an armbar. Pantoja got ahold of a leg in the second minute but lost it after Askarov went intl half guard. They went into a clinch for a few minutes before Askarov threw Pantoja down for a moment. Askarov kept pressing forward, putting Pantoja against the cage. They went down to the ground where Pantoja was able to get on the back of Askarov. He stayed on the back of Askarov until the round ended.

Askarov got a takedown in the second minute of the second round. Pantoja got up but was pressed against the cage by Askarov after. Both fighters scored with singular shots on the feet. Askarov put Pantoja against the fence again in the final minute, bringing the fight to the ground while on the back of Pantoja. Pantoja slipped out of the position, getting on the back of Askarov after.

Pantoja dropped Askarov with a right-cross in the first minute of the final round. Pantoja took full guard on the bottom but was pushed off by Askarov, making the fight get back to the feet. The fighters had close stand-up in the final minutes of the fight. Askarov landed a hard right hook before the fight ran out of time. Going to the judges the decision went to Askarov (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

RESULT: Askar Askarov def. Alexandre Pantoja via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Pantoja 10 9 9 28
Askarov 9 10 10 29

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