UFC on ESPN+ 41: Tony Gravely vs. Geraldo de Freitas Play-by-Play

Bantamweights Tony Gravely and Geraldo de Freitas competed on Saturday’s UFC “Fight Night” prelims. The fight went like this.

Bout 3: Tony Gravely (19-6) vs. Geraldo de Freitas (12-5) (Bantamweight)

De Freitas was quick to throw hard punches at Gravely in the opening minute. Gravely went into a clinch for a takedown in the first minute, taking side control on the ground immediately. They returned to the feet in the second minute. Gravely got his second takedown in the third minute of action, getting into full guard on top after. De Freitas attempted an armbar from the bottom that Gravely escaped by slamming out of. Gravely landed a left hook while in full guard. Gravely got to his feet, where he landed a series of kicks to the legs of de Freitas while he was still on his back. Gravely went back down to the ground in full guard. The fight returned to the feet with a minute left in the fight. Gravely scored another takedown after de Freitas threw a knee in the final minute.

De Freitas was able to score a takedown a minute into the fight, although Gravely was quick to return to the feet. Gravely put a body lock on de Freitas on the feet, putting him against the cage. They separated and returned to striking in the second minute of the round. Gravely reversed a takedown attempt, getting the fight down in the second minute. De Freitas was able to get up in the fourth minute, although Gravely stayed pressed on him in an attempt of another takedown. Gravely put down another takedown in the final minute of the round, securing a single leg, although de Freitas got up shortly after. Gravely landed another takedown, keeping the fight on the ground until the round ran out of time.

Gravely took half guard on the ground after scoring a takedown early in the third round. They returned to the feet again with just over two minutes to go. De Freitas landed a few punches on the feet, although Gravely stopped the momentum by attempting a takedown. De Freitas was putting together punches late in the fight when Gravely wasn’t shooting for takedowns. Gravely possibly saved himself by scoring a takedown late in the fight. They got up and both swung hard strikes before the round ran out of time. (30-27 Gravely, 29-28 de Freitas & 29-28 Gravely).

RESULT: Tony Gravely def. Geraldo de Freitas via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Gravely 10 10 10 30
De Freitas 9 9 9 27

Live coverage of the entire card can be viewed here.

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