In the co-main event of the evening, former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman fought Omari Akhmedov. Here’s how it went.
Bout 11: Chris Weidman (14-5) vs. Omari Akhmedov (20-4-1) (Middleweight)
Widman shot for a single leg takedown early that Akhmedov was able to stop. They went into a clinch after Weidman tried again in the first minute for a takedown, although they separated shortly after. Akhmedov stopped another single leg takedown attempt in the second minute of the fight, going into a clinch after. Akhmedov landed some singular punches on the feet. Akhmedov shot for a takedown for the first time halfway through the fight, although Weidman was able to keep them on their feet. Weidman finally got a takedown in the third minute, grabbing a leg and sweeping the other. They got back up shortly after, although Weidman kept pressing for a takedown after, getting one eventually. Weidman took full guard on top with a minute left in the fight. He was able to step over into half guard and stay in the position for the final 30 seconds of the fight.
Akhmedov landed with two punches before getting a takedown against the fence early in the second round. Weidman got to his feet and shoved Akhmedov away eventually. A takedown attempt in the second minute from Akhmedov was refused. An attempt from Weidman in the same minute was unsuccessful as well. Akhmedov stopped another takedown a minute later. Akhmedov got a takedown in the fourth minute, landing in half guard after. Akhmedov stood up, with Weidman getting up shortly after. Akhmedov dumped Weidman to the ground twice in the final minute. Both fighters landed some punches before the round ended.
Weidman had a single leg takedown attempt shut down to start the final round, although he got his second attempt. Akhmedov got back to his feet, but Weidman was able to trip him to get him back to his knees. Weidman got on the back of Akhmedov, moving into full mount a minute later. Weidman landed some punches and elbows to the head from the position. Weidman started to work for an arm triangle choke with a minute left in the fight. He went back to strikes late in the round, throwing elbows to the head of Akhmedov. Weidman got on the back of Akhmedov before the round ran out of time. After three rounds of competition, Weidman got the win (29-27, 29-27 & 29-28).
RESULT: Chris Weidman def. Omari Akhmedov via Decision, Unanimous
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