87.0
Decision
15:00
      These girls clinched early, and then Faszholz pressed Phillips against the fence inside the first minute of the opening round. They split up, traded a few punches, and Phillips tried to throw Faszholz to the ground, and nearly broke her own neck in the process. They both stood back up immediately. Faszholz went back to clinching, and pressed Phillips back up against the fence, while throwing knees at her thighs. The referee split them up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Faszholz went right back to pressuring Phillips against the fence. Round one should probably go to Kelly Faszholz.
     The second round was the same as the first, with a few decent punches being exchanged, and then Faszholz controlled Phillips from the clinch, and continued to pressure her when they were exchanging strikes. The third round started with Faszholz clinching again, as she continued to beat up & bully Phillips against the fence. In the end, I don't think anyone will argue with the 30-27 decision for Faszholz, and all 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory. I'm really starting to question whether Phillips has any business at all competing at this level. The only fighter I've ever seen her beat was Jessamyn Duke, 2 years ago, and that was by decision, and she only won two of those rounds. Faszholz on the other hand seems decent, but only "decent" on an Invicta level. I don't see her beating many people above the level of Phillips.
88.0
KO (Head Kick & Punches)
1:18
      These girls traded some random strikes to start the fight off at a moderate pace, and then Letson dropped Phillips with a BRUTAL head kick that connected directly with her chin, Letson jumped on her, unloaded with some heavy punches on the ground, and Phillips was clearly sleeping, so Letson wins against the UFC veteran, with a beatiful first round head kick KO.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight started really slowly, with Phillips landing a hard leg kick just past the one minute mark of the opening round. She then pressed Pennington against the fence in the clinch. There was some heavy clinch work happening, with Pennington landing a nice knee to the body, but for the most part, Phillips was just trying to drain her gas tank in the clinch. They finally split up with 90 seconds left in the round. Pennington chased Phillips around for a few seconds, Phillips clipped her with some hard counter punches, and then Pennington scooped her up and dumped her to the ground, as Phillips grabbed the fence for dear life. Phillips locked on a guillotine choke as they stood back up, Pennington broke free, and unloaded some heavy punch combinations in the final seconds of the round. I'm scoring the first round for Pennington, but this fight has split-decision written all over it, and we've only past the first round so far.
     Phillips struggled for a takedown to start the second round, and Pennington grabbed her head, but didn't have a good grip under the chin. Phillips continued to press her head forward, and eventually broke free, and they stood up and clinched, with Phillips pressing Pennington against the fence. Phillips shot for another takedown, Pennington grabbed her head, and continued to crank on some sort of front choke, but Phillips broke free again. Phillips continued to drive foward, and Pennington blasted her with a big knee from the clinch. Phillips kept driving forward, and Pennington kept working for that front choke, while throwing punches & elbows to the side of the head of Phillips. Pennington took control of the clinch, and blasted Phillips with another big knee with 45 seconds left in the round. Pennington grabbed her back and slammed the shit out of Phillips, and finished the final 15 seconds with a series of elbows to the head of Phillips. I have Pennington ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They traded some punches to start the final round, and Pennington pressed Phillips against the fence in another clinch. Pennington took her down a minute into the round, mounted her, took her back, and started working for a rear-naked choke 90 seconds into the round. Pennington switched to full mount with 2 minutes left in the round, rolled around to the bottom, locked on a tight arm-triangle choke from her guard, and had to give it up with 90 seconds left in the fight. Phillips tried to land some strikes, but Pennington tied her up in a temporary triangle. Phillips tried to take her back with 45 seconds left in the round, but Pennington stood back up, and took control of the clinch again. This fight should be a pretty clear 30-27 in my opinion for Pennington, MAYBE 30-28, but I have a feeling the judges might get weird. Nope! All 3 judges agreed, giving all 3 rounds to Pennington across the board.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      This was one of those "loser gets fired" fights, where both girls had lost their last 2 fights in the UFC. Phillips won the first two rounds by winning the scrambles, and ending up in top positions more often, and pretty much laid on Duke for 10 minutes. Duke went kind of crazy in the third round, looking for submissions, and came close to finishing with some guillotine attempts, some decent ground & pound, and she nearly finished the fight with an armbar at the very end of the fight, and if she had an extra 15 seconds, she probably could have won this fight, because Phillips was DONE at that point, BUT... the fight went to a decision, so Phillips wins 29-28 on all scorecards.
89.0
Decision (Split)
15:00
     This was a pretty decent fight, with a controversial result. The main highlights for me, were in the first two rounds, where Dudieva SLAMMED Phillips with some excellent Sambo throws, and she also showed some pretty exciting striking skills, reminding me of Wanderlei Silva, with the way she threw wild and hard punches to the head & body of Phillips. So for those reasons, I gave the first two rounds to Dudieva, even though Phillips spent most of the second round on top of Dudieva once they hit the ground. Phillips pretty clearly won the third round by staying on top, and preventing Dudieva from doing any damage. Ultimately, I can see why people think Phillips should have won the fight, since she spent way more time on top, but for the amount of time she spent up there, she really didn't do much damage, so I was happy that Dudieva got the split-decision victory.
89.7
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Yeah! That was a fucking brawl! Great debut by two badass female fighters. Phillips won the first round, by fucking up Letourneau's face with some HARD punches, she was throwing bombs, and looked like she wanted to finish the fight and probably broke Letourneau's orbital bone, and kudos to her for showing up to fight with only one week's notice. Letourneau on the other hand, started to make her comeback in the second round, winning the final two rounds in my opinion, with her crisp technical striking, and her ability to control the rest of the fight. So yeah, awesome win for Valerie Letourneau, and really impressive debut by Phillips as well.