Team Dos Santos' Mick Bowman (7-2) vs. Team Lesnar's Clay Harvison (8-3)
UFC president Dana White does the intros, referee Steve Mazzagatti calls for the start, and we're underway.
Clay strikes first with a quick right. He lands another while charging. Mick calms down and takes the center of the stage and lands some low kicks. Clay moves forward with a combo and lands the right again. He follows with a low kick and another combo. Mick looks frustrated and shoots. But Clay easily avoids it, stands over Mick while he's on his back, and drops punches and leg kicks before moving into full guard. Mick throws up a quick triangle choke and attempts an armbar, but Clay easily escapes, and we're back standing. Mick works some solid low kicks, but Clay again answers with solid rights. Mick shoots again but eats a knee. Clay again uses his lunging right to force Mick to cover up and then presses his opponent against the cage. Mick answers with a knee but eats a couple punches before circling away. Clay again throws a combo right down the middle and then pops Mick with a right. Clay presses him against the cage, but Mick reverses and lands a forearm to the face. Clay reverses, and they jockey for underhooks. Clay misses on an elbow strike and backs away to reset. Mick fires off nice low kicks. Mick lands a few nice punches. Clay counters with a right. Mick throws some low kicks and shoots before the round ends. Mick showed signs of life toward the end of the round, but Clay obviously won it, 10-9.
After some instructions from their corners, the fighters return to the center of the cage for round two.
Clay lands some nice lunging shots and a body kick. He then counters a kick with a punch, clinches and trades knees with Mick before pressing him into the cage. The pace slows as the fighters battle for position. Mick eventually reverses the position and then pops Clay with an elbow before resetting in the center of the cage. The fighters trade a couple wild punches and then swap leg kicks. Mick works a solid left jab and is slowly wearing down Clay, who's clearly tiring. Mick throws a leg kick that knocks his opponent off balance. Mick also is avoiding punches more easily now. Mick works kicks from various angles. Clay finds some success with jabs and just misses with a big overhand right. Mick dials up the intensity and peppers his opponent with jabs and low kicks. Clay answers with a right. Mick is now stalking and looking for an opening. Clay gets through a solid right, but Mick shoots, puts him against the cage, but can't get the takedown. Clay reverses, the fighters again jockey for position. Each mixes in some short punches before the round ends. It's a close round, but based on the slight aggression advantage and more effective striking, MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Mick.
No one is quite sure if there will be a tiebreaker round, but Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission finally announces the fight is over. The judges have a winner.
Clay gets the win in a clean sweep of the judges' scorecards.
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