UFC 218 Results: Holloway vs. Aldo II, Ngannou Battles Overeem For A Title Shot & Two Potential FOTY Candidates

#4 Eddie Alvarez vs. #5 Justin Gaethje

Round One: The round begins with Gaethje attacking Alvarez with leg kicks, Alvarez catches a kicking Gaethje with a counter right. Alvarez follows that up by popping Gaethje with a multi-punch combination, Gaethje also connects with a right on Alvarez. Alvarez starts attacking Gaethje with some leg kicks of his own, Alvarez continues nailing Gaethje with punching combinations. Gaethje catches a swinging Alvarez with a combo of his own, Alvarez eats more kicks as he nails Gaethje with an uppercut. Alvarez continuously attacks Gaethje with uppercuts, Alvarez scores a takedown and Gaethje quickly gets back to his feet. Alvarez starts using punching combos to attack the midsection of Gaethje, Alvarez backs up a swinging Gaethje with some lefts. Alvarez charges forward while swinging away at Gaethje, Gaethje scores a takedown on Alvarez as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez

Round Two: The round begins with Alvarez attacking Gaethje with some leg kicks, Alvarez then cracks Gaethje with a right. Alvarez attacks Gaethje with left hooks after eating leg kicks, Gaethje tries keeping Alvarez at a distance by landing jabs. Gaethje comes forward to nail Alvarez with a left hook, Gaethje backs Alvarez into the cage wall with a punching combination. Gaethje follows up on that by popping Alvarez with some uppercuts, Alvarez attacks Gaethje with combinations of his own. Gaethje and Alvarez have some striking exchanges in the center of the Octagon, Alvarez attacks the midsection of Gaethje with punching combinations. Alvarez swings away at Gaethje before landing a knee strike to the midsection, Alvarez backs up Gaethje with blows to the midsection. Gaethje catches a swinging Alvarez with a knee strike to the midsection, Alvarez catches Gaethje with more body shots and a head kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez (Overall Score: 20-18 for Alvarez)

Round Three: The round begins with Gaethje immediately attacking Alvarez with leg kicks, Alvarez comes forward and he swings away at Gaethje. Alvarez eats more leg kicks as he attacks Gaethje with combinations, the fighters stand in the middle of the cage while swinging away at each other. Gaethje attempts a high kick before nailing Alvarez with an uppercut, Alvarez responds by attacking Gaethje with a knee strike. Alvarez eats a ton of leg kicks while swinging away at Gaethje, Alvarez scores a takedown and Gaethje gets right back up. Gaethje pops Alvarez with an uppercut after throwing more leg kicks, Alvarez comes forward to nail Gaethje with uppercuts. Gaethje nails an incoming Alvarez with uppercuts and right hooks, Alvarez destroys Gaethje with a knee strike and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #4 Eddie Alvarez def. #5 Justin Gaethje by TKO via knee strike (3:59, R3)

#2 Henry Cejudo vs. #4 Sergio Pettis

Round One: The round begins with Pettis attacking Cejudo with some leg kicks, Cejudo comes forward to get into a striking exchange with Pettis. Pettis then catches Cejudo with a few lefts, Cejudo scores a takedown on Pettis and he gets side control. Cejudo starts attacking Pettis with some ground and pound, Cejudo gains back control on Pettis while landing knee strikes. Pettis eats some shots as he traps Cejudo in the full guard, Cejudo crushes Pettis with ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cejudo

Round Two: The round begins with Cejudo attacking Pettis with some kicks, Pettis responds by kicking Cejudo in the midsection. Pettis then pops Cejudo with a few right hooks, Cejudo scores a takedown on Pettis and he gets the full guard. Cejudo transitions to back control after nailing Pettis with a few strikes, Pettis scrambles to his feet and he separates from Cejudo. Cejudo then cracks Pettis with a three punch combination, Pettis goes for a roundhouse kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cejudo (Overall Score: 20-18 for Cejudo)

Round Three: The round begins with Pettis taking a few swings at Cejudo, Pettis catches a swinging Cejudo with some counter strikes. Cejudo scores a takedown on Pettis and he gets the open guard, Cejudo attacks Pettis with some ground and pound. Cejudo briefly postures up before gaining side control on Pettis, Pettis eventually gets Cejudo back in his full guard. Pettis scrambles to his feet and separates from Cejudo, Cejudo attempts a high kick and Pettis blocks it. Pettis jabs away at Cejudo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cejudo (Final Score: 30-27 for Cejudo)

Official Result: #2 Henry Cejudo def. #4 Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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