#3 Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos
Round One: The round begins with Markos peppering Esparza with some jabs, Markos pops a swinging Esparza with a short right. Esparza comes forward while swinging away at Markos, Esparza catches a jabbing Markos with a counter right. Esparza starts to just swing away at Markos, Markos recovers and she catches Esparza with a right of her own. Esparza scores a takedown on Markos and she gets side control, Esparza starts attacking Markos with ground and pound. Markos scrambles to briefly get top position on Esparza, Markos attacks Esparza witha plethora of hammer fists while on her back as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Markos
Round Two: The round begins with Markos quickly jabbing away at Esparza, Esparza steps in to crack Markos with a left. Esparza charges at Markos while throwing punching combinations, the fighters exchange blows near the cage wall. Markos cracks a swinging Esparza with a pair of rights, Esparza continues charging at Markos while throwing strikes. The fighters take turns cracking each other with two punch combinations, Esparza then pops Markos with a pair of rights. Markos jabs away at an incoming Esparza, Markos charges at Esparza while landing a multiple punch combination. Esparza scores a takedown on Markos and she gets side control, Esparza catches Markos in the arm triangle choke as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Esparza (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)
Round Three: The round begins with Markos charging at Esparza while landing a combination, Esparza cracks Markos with a combination of her own. Markos cracks an incoming Esparza with a spinning back fist, Esparza continues coming forward before eating a right from Markos. Esparza comes forward to nail Markos with a right of her own, the fighters just start swinging away at each other. Esparza nails Markos with a few knee strikes after a failed takedown attempt, Esparza scores a takedown on a swinging Markos and Markos gets right back to her feet before eating a knee strike. Esparza grabs Markos and she holds her against the cage wall for a few moments, Markos catches a swinging Esparza with a three punch combination. Esparza scores a takedown on Markos as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Esparza (Final Score: 29-28 for Esparza)
Official Result: #3 Randa Markos def. Carla Esparza by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Round One: The round begins with Ponzinibbio jabbing away at Taleb, Taleb backs up Ponzinibbio with a high kick attempt. Taleb then catches Ponzinibbio with a kick to the midsection, Ponzinibbio starts attacking Taleb with leg kicks as well. Taleb starts nailing Ponzinibbio with leg kicks of his own, Taleb charges at a kicking Ponzinibbio while throwing a combination. Taleb continues attacking Ponzinibbio with a variety of kicks, Taleb then catches Ponzinibbio with a left followed by a kick to the midsection. Taleb kicks away at Ponzinibbio as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Taleb
Round Two: The round begins with Taleb attacking Ponzinibbio with a bunch of kicks, Ponzinibbio starts jabbing away at Taleb. Taleb catches Ponzinibbio with a plethora of leg kicks, Ponzinibbio cracks Taleb with a right to the face. Taleb continues to just kick away against Ponzinibbio, Taleb catches a swinging Ponzinibbio with a counter right. Taleb attacks Ponzinibbio with a superman punch that barely connects, Ponzinibbio then catches Taleb with a kick to the midsection. Ponzinibbio drops Taleb with a two punch combination and Ponzinibbio gets top position, Ponzinibbio starts attacking Taleb with some ground and pound. Ponzinibbio transitions to the half guard position on Taleb before returning to the full guard, Ponzinibbio returns to the half guard while landing strikes as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ponzinibbio (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)
Round Three: The round begins with Ponzinibbio cracking Taleb with a right after landing a few jabs, Taleb starts attacking Ponzinibbio with some kicks. Ponzinibbio catches a kicking Taleb with a two punch combination, Taleb just kicks away at Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio catches a backing Taleb with a head kick followed by a few punches, the fighters are also jabbing away at each other. Ponzinibbio eats some leg kicks as he nails Taleb with a two punch combination, Taleb nails a swinging Ponzinibbio with a right. Taleb briefly rocks a swinging Ponzinibbio with a counter left, Ponzinibbio backs up Taleb after landing a right. Ponzinibbio eats a counter right from Taleb as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ponzinibbio (Final Score: 29-28 for Ponzinibbio)
Official Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Nordine Taleb by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Paul Felder vs. Alessandro Ricci
Round One: The round begins with Felder catching a swinging Ricci with a counter left hook, Ricci starts attacking Felder with a variety of kicks. Felder catches Ricci with some leg kicks before landing a right, Ricci catches a ducking Felder with a left. Felder then cracks a swinging Ricci with a counter uppercut, Felder backs up Ricci after landing a right. Ricci responds by catching Felder with a kick to the midsection, Felder lands a kick before nailing Ricci with a two punch combination. Felder follows that up by nailing Ricci with a spinning elbow strike followed by a right, Ricci backs up Felder by landing a two punch combination. Felder catches an incoming Ricci with a looping right, Ricci cracks Felder with a kick followed by a left. Felder drops Ricci with a standing elbow strike followed by a knee strike, Felder then pounces on him with strikes until the referee jumps in.
Official Result: Paul Felder def. Alessandro Ricci by TKO via strikes (4:44, R1)
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