UFC on ESPN+ 41: Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett Play-by-Play

Tafo Nchukwi and Jamie Pickett both made their UFC debut when paired against one another on Saturday’s preliminary card. The fight went like this.

Bout 3: Tafon Nchukwi (4-0) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-4) (Middleweight)

Nchukwi landed a right hand in the first minute. Nchukwi was walking forward and really pressuring Pickett early. Nchukwi clinched with Pickett in the second minute of the round two times. He was able to land some knees and punches in a third clinch. Pickett shot for a takedown in the third minute of the fight, eventually getting Nchukwi down. Nchukwi worked up to his feet quickly, still in a clinch before separating. Nchukwi would throw combinations of punches, finishing them with a head kick attempt. Nchukwi got on the back of Pickett as they went down to their knees. While Nchukwi continued to advance on Pickett, Pickett started to throw more strikes in the second half of the round.=

Nchukwi advanced on Pickett with more strikes early in the second round. Nchukwi was able to put together numerous knees and punches while in a clinch in the second minute of the fight. Pickett put together a series of punches in the final minute of the round that hurt Nchukwi, causing him to back up. Nchukwi was able to recover. Pickett seemingly got accidentally hit with a headbutt in the final moments of the round, being visibly wobbled due to it.

A pause came before the third round so a doctor could look at Pickett. The fight resumed, where Pickett was clearly still annoyed by the headbutt. Nchukwi landed some hard punches early in the round. Nchukwi landed a head kick while leaving a clinch halfway through the round. Knees to the body dropped Pickett. Nchukwi threw punches from the back of Pickett on the ground. Pickett was able to work his way up to his feet in the fourth minute of the round. They remained on the feet until the round ran out of time. Needing judges to find a winner, Nchukwi was given the win (30-25, 30-26 & 30-26).

RESULT: Tafon Nchukwi def. Jamie Pickett via Decision, Unanimous

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Nchukwi 10 10 10 30
Pickett 9 9 9 27

Live coverage of the entire card can be viewed here.

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