UFC on ESPN 18: Kai Kamaka III vs. Jonathan Pearce Play-by-Play

Both returning for their second fight in the UFC, Kai Kamaka III and Jonathan Pearce fought to kick off UFC’s six-fight main card. Here’s how the matchup went.

Bout 5: Kai Kamaka III (8-2) vs. Jonathan Pearce (9-4) (Featherweight)

Pearce seemingly pulled guard in the second minute of the round. Kamaka left the position on the ground, returning to the feet within the minute. Kamaka had the stronger strikes on the feet throughout the round. Pearce had a single leg takedown blocked in the fourth minute of action. Pearce landed a takedown in the final minute of the round, taking the back of Kamaka after being in half guard. Kamaka got to his feet while Pearce was on his back. Pearce landed a knee to the head of Kamaka while against the cage. They returned to striking for the closing seconds of the round.

Pearce landed a clinch takedown early in the second round after trading punches with Kamaka. Taking the back of Kamaka, Pearce threw punches and looked for a choke. Kamaka got to his feet while Pearce was still on his back. Kamaka went to the ground before getting to the feet again, this time without Pearce attached to him. Pearce walked Kamaka down with strikes on the feet. Pearce scored a takedown in the second minute of the round. He got on the back of Kamaka on the ground. Kamaka got to his feet, although Pearce threw him back down with after. Flattening Kamaka out, Pearce landed a series of punches to the head. Kamaka escaped the position in the fourth minute of the round, taking full guard on top after. Kamak got on the back of Pearce before they returned to the feet in the clinch. Pearce scored a takedown in the fourth minute of the round. While Kamaka put in a guillotine choke from the bottom, Pearce escaped it shortly after. Pearce got on the back of Kamaka with a minute left in the fight. He threw a series of punches to a flattened out Kamaka. After landing a series of punches, the referee stopped the fight.

RESULT: Jonathan Pearce def. Kai Kamaka III via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:28)

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Kamaka 9
Pearce 10

 

Live coverage of the entire card can be viewed here.

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