R1: Aliev takes the center but he's backed off by a couple of huge Marshall lefts. Aliev clinches up and hits a trip from the body-lock. Marshall tries to take a knee and stand but returns to his guard after a few shorts from Aliev. Marshall takes some hammer-fists but closes his guard and controls posture to defend. Aliev passes to half but Marshall regains full guard shortly after, then bucks Aliev off into a standing clinch.
Marshall fires a hard knee to the body and Aliev topples him over again with a trip. Short right hands from Aliev in half guard. Aliev bases down with head control and throws hammer-fists. Herb Dean stands them up and Marshall gets taken down on a wild flurry as the bell sounds. 10-9 Aliev.
R1: Marshall wheels out a low kick and a left hand. Rhino switches to a high kick and it seems to stun Aliev. Marshall turns it up with strikes but Aliev again capitalizes on his aggression with a counter takedown. Marshall controls his posture and wrists well for a prolonged period and Herb Dean steps in.
On the restart, Marshall head-hunts with an uppercut and charging left hook. Sequential high kicks from Marshall are blocked. More aggressive kicks and left hooks for Marshall, and Aliev again times his blitz for a double leg takedown. This time Marshall is right back on his feet and chucking bombs. Marshall matches Aliev's level drop twice for consecutive stuffs, and follows with right hands. A third takedown is thwarted. Cleaving right to the body for Marshall in the clinch. 10-9 Marshall for the effective offense.
R3: Marshall on the hunt again with heavy rights and lefts, then stifles the takedown and the follow up trip attempts by Aliev. A big right slips through for Marshall. Aliev shoots and spins to Marshall's back when he sprawls. Aliev cleverly peels a turtled Marshall off the fence enough to take his back with a hook in. Marshall shakes him off and gets enough to room to chamber off a combo but ends up on his butt again.
Aliev is clinging to a leg with little offense and hears from the crowd for it. Herb Dean steps in a moment later and an elated Marshall gives pursuit with his hands whirring. Aliev clinches up to slow him down and lands another double leg and does nothing with it. Herb stands them back up with 10 seconds left and Aliev timidly falls on his back and covers up while Marshall wails a big right hand and a few follow up punches. Hell, Marshall's few spurts of striking were more effective and significant than anything Aliev did in that round. 10-9 Marshall for a 29-28 on my card.
One judge has it 30-27 for Aliev and the other two see it 29-28 for Doug Marshall, who defeats Sultan Aliev by split decision.