#9 Alexa Grasso vs. #12 Tatiana Suarez
Round One: The round begins with Grasso attacking Suarez with a high kick, Suarez gets Grasso against the cage wall while eating elbow strikes. Suarez scores a takedown on Grasso and Grasso gets back to her feet, Suarez scores another takedown on Grasso and she gets her in the seated position. Suarez gains the half guard position against Grasso, Suarez transitions to back control against Grasso and she applies the rear naked choke to force a tap out.
Official Result: #12 Tatiana Suarez def. #9 Alexa Grasso by submission via rear naked choke (2:44, R1)
#5 Demian Maia vs. #7 Kamaru Usman
Round One: The round begins with Usman attacking Maia with some leg kicks, Maia then cracks Usman with a left. Maia eats a jab before nailing Usman with another left, Maia scores a takedown and Usman gets right back up. Maia gets Usman against the cage wall while getting standing back control, Maia attacks Usman with a few strikes while maintaining back control. The referee separates the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Maia nailing Usman with more lefts. Usman responds by catching Maia with a right, Maia lands one more left as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Maia
Round Two: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Usman then cracks Maia with a two punch combination. Maia responds by catching Usman with a short left, Maia goes for a takedown as Usman pops him with an uppercut. Maia again catches a swinging Usman with a counter left, Usman uses the jab to keep Maia at a distance. Maia starts hunting for the takedowns against Usman, Maia then pops a swinging Usman with a counter left. Usman comes forward and he swings away at Maia, Maia grabs Usman to start a clinch between the two. Maia pulls guard and he gets Usman to the ground as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)
Round Three: The round begins with Maia popping Usman with a few lefts, Usman cracks Maia with a straight right. Usman goes for a few kicks before catching Maia with another right, Maia fights back and he attacks Usman with lefts. Usman chases Maia down while throwing a few more strikes, Usman continues to just swing away against Maia. Maia again hunts for the takedowns against Usman, Usman catches a swinging Maia with a counter right. Maia catches an incoming Usman with a short left, Maia looks for a takedown and Usman controls his head as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Overall Score: 29-28 for Usman)
Round Four: The round begins with Usman dropping Maia with a straight right, Usman pounces on a downed Maia with more strikes. Usman backs away and he makes Maia stand as well, Maia goes for a takedown and Usman assaults him with a ton of rights while stuffing it. Usman stands again and he allows Maia to get up as well, Usman chases Maia around the cage while swinging away at him. Usman blocks a plethora of takedowns from Maia while still throwing strikes and the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Overall Score: 39-37 for Usman)
Round Five: The round begins with Usman swinging away at Maia, Maia hunts for takedowns again and Usman stuffs them again. Usman continues backing Maia up while attacking him with punching combinations, Maia catches Usman with a few lefts to the face. Usman controls Maia’s head on the ground before letting him stand back up, Maia pulls guard on Usman and he gets him in the half guard. Usman gets back up and he makes Maia stand up as well, Usman then cracks Maia with a straight right. Usman attacks Maia with a high kick as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Usman (Final Score: 49-46 for Usman)
Official Result: #7 Kamaru Usman def. #5 Demian Maia by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
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