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dudeabides 11-14-2012 09:51 PM

UFC 154: Antonio Carvalho vs Rodrigo Damm

dudeabides 11-17-2012 08:31 PM


Round 1 - Dan Miragliotta oversees this featherweight bout. Touch of gloves and we're underway. Slow start. Carvalho inching in, gets a jab from Damm, who feints before unloading a combo. Carvalho kicks the leg after punches meet air. Carvalho lands a leg kick. A lot of staring. Carvalho kicks the leg as Damm punches. Again, Damm shoves in and gets kicked in the leg. They trade inside leg kicks. Carvalho smacks Damm with outside kick. Some of crowd chants "GSP." Damm with good leg kick. And Carvalho. A lot of staring, though. Another hard leg kick for Damm, who closes and lands his own leg kick before getting slapped with another. Neither guy letting his hands go. Both tentative and relying on leg kicks, half of which don't land. Another trade of leg kicks. Carvalho goes up high but gets blocked. His follow up punches miss. Carvalho with that left hook and leg combo again. Nice leg kick counter to Damm's combo. Carvalho catches a jab, seemingly wakes up, and starts turning up the tempo. But the round is over. What little action seen goes to Carvalho for the 10-9 score.

Round 2 - Another 20 seconds, and we've just seen a few leg kicks. Carvalho misses high kick, prompting a few aaahs. They trade leg kicks. Another high kick blocked for Carvalho. He lands to the leg, but audience is losing patience. High kick for Carvalho glances. A lot of feints from Damm, and he jabs in. Carvalho resets. Carvalho trips on high kick attempt, and Damm attempts to leap onto his back. Instead, they tumble over each other and wind up back on their feet. Carvalho offers a glove. And more kicks from both. Damm's jab hook combo misses. Carvalho's high kick blocked. Damm punches in, but hits air. They trade leg kicks. Losing the crowd, and fast. Carvalho's high kicks are so telegraphed they're blocked every time. Damm lands a punch off a leg kick. The Brazilian punches in, but Carvalho avoids and resets. Front kick from Carvalho misses. Damm just pulled his own punch. Carvalho's nose is bleeding slightly. Nice left counter from Damm. Then Carvalho lands a nice right hand in the middle of an exchange. Another round in the books, and gives a slight edge to Carvalho, 10-9 for a 20-18 score.

Round 3 - First 30 seconds of third go much the same as the first two. Damm breaks the monotony with a leg pick, but Carvalho is hip to it. Carvalho is working that lead leg high kick. Damm inching forward with jabs. Now the entire crowd is booing. And who can blame them? Aside from a few leg kicks, they're canceling each other out. Out of nowhere, Carvalho drops his mouthpiece and signals to Miragliotta. This does not impress the audience. We're back, and Damm lands a nice right hand to end a combo of pressing jabs. They trade leg kicks, and both land shots in the subsequent exchange. Nice left from Damm against a bobbing Carvalho. Nice body shot for Damm. But Carvalho counters with a two-shot combo that backs him off. Leg kick for Carvalho, who better times his next head kick. Still, it's picked off. Less than a minute to go, and we're pretty much where we started at the beginning of all this. Carvalho still working that head kick, but it's blocked. He checks a leg kick, and Damm resets. Carvalho lands a two-shot combo and leaps in with a knee after hearing the 10-second clapper, but nothing doing in a dud of a fight. Damm takes it 10-9 on scorecard, but Carvalho should pick the fight up 29-28. Antonio Carvalho def. Rodrigo Damm via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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