UFC on ESPN+ 38: Thomas Almeida vs. Jonathan Martinez Play-by-Play

Saturday’s main card kicked off with a fight between Thomas Almeida and Jonathan Martinez. Here’s how their three-round bout went.

Bout 7: Thomas Almeida (22-3) vs. Jonathan Martinez (12-3) (Featherweight)

Martinez was landing his lead right jab frequently in the first round. He was frequently the advancing fighter in the first round, which was purely striking. Martinez landed a head kick in the closing seconds of the round.

A cut opened under the left eye of Almeida during the second round. Martinez landed a knee to the head during a clinch in the fourth minute of the fought, although a left hook from Almeida dropped him at the same time.

Martinez refused a single leg takedown early in the third round. Martinez was wobbling Almeida with punches in the third round. Martinez would often counter-strike and land his shots after Almeida charged at him with shots. Martinez stopped a takedown attempt before the round concluded. Martinez swept scorecards after three rounds (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

RESULT: Jonathan Martinez def. Thomas Almeida via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Almeida 9 9 9 27
Martinez 10 10 10 30

Live coverage of the entire card can be viewed here.

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