UFC on ESPN+ 38: Fares Ziam vs. Jamie Mullarkey Play-by-Play

Lightweights Fares Ziam and Jamie Mullarkey fought on Saturday’s UFC prelims. Their fight went like this.

Bout 3: Fares Ziam (10-3) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (12-3) (Lightweight)

The fighters traded leg kicks to start the first round. Mullarkey caught a kick for a takedown in the first minute of the fight. Mullarkey was swept by Ziam, who took half guard on top. Ziam landed an elbow before standing up and returning to striking on the feet. Ziam got a hold of a leg in the final minute,getting a takedown for a moment with it. Mullarkey was thrown down by Ziam again before going back to a body lock on the feet.

Mullarkey chased Ziam down with strikes in the second round. Mullarkey put Ziam against the cage in a clinch early in the second round. Mullarkey seemingly looked annoyed at Ziam’s constant backing up on the feet. Mullarkey clinched again after Ziam threw a flying knee to the head. Ziam left a knee to the body before leaving the clinch. Mullarkey scored a takedown three minutes into the round. Ziam worked back to his feet, although he was taken down less than a minute later. Mullarkey held half guard on top, being moved into full guard eventually. Mullarkey took the back of Ziam in the final minute. Ziam shoved him off of his back, taking the fight to the feet for the closing moments of the round.

Mullarkey chased down Ziam and clinched with him to attempt a takedown. The fighters went to the knees, although Ziam was able to resist a takedown. Mullarkey defended a takedown later in the minute, scoring his own in the process. Mullarkey kept control on the ground for a few minutes. Ziam got back to the feet with half of the round left. Mullarkey scored a double leg takedown with two minutes left in the round. Ziam was able to move into side control on top after Mullarkey attempted to take full mount. Ziam got on the back of Mullarkey before the round ran out of time. Needing judges to find a winner, Ziam was given the win (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

RESULT: Fares Ziam def. Jamie Mullarkey via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Ziam 10 9 9 28
Mullarkey 9 10 10 29

Live coverage of the entire card can be viewed here.

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