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In a classic striker vs. wrestler match-up at UFC Fight Night 191 from Las Vegas, the wrestler prevailed as American Derek Brunson submitted England's Darren Till in the third round of their main event contest. Till started well scoring some hard punches in the first minute of the fight. But Brunson quickly shot in on a double leg takedown bringing Till to the mat where he controlled him landing punishing blows for much of the round.
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Giga Chikadze continued his unbeaten run in the UFC stopping veteran Edson Barboza in the third round of their UFC on ESPN 30 featherweight main event Saturday night from Las Vegas. Two of the best kickers in the sport engaged in a kicking duel for much of the bout with Barboza landing some hard leg kicks while Chikadze scored several punishing body kicks. But it was the punches that finally won it in the third as Chikadze follow a knee to the body with a right hand to the head that staggered Barboza. After a scramble on the ground they returned to their feet where a final flurry of punches from Chikadze quickly ended matters.
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Boxing all-time great Manny Pacquiao lost to Yordenis Ugas Saturday night in Las Vegas in what may be the final fight of his legendary career. Though he came in as a heavy favorite against the unheralded WBA welterweight champion who was a late replacement opponent, Pacquiao, at 42, finally appeared to be showing his age in dropping a unanimous decision.
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Jared Cannonier continued to find success in the middleweight division as he defeated longtime contender Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on ESPN 29 Saturday from Las Vegas. Cannonier, who began his career as a heavyweight and fought for several years as a light heavyweight, seems to have found a home at middleweight having now won four of his last five bouts.
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