The first round was basically just a striking match, with Moontasri picking apart Morono with his superior kicks and some decent punches. Morono fired back with a few decent shots, but that first round should pretty clearly go to Moontasri. Morono started to brawl a bit more in the second round, and even though they both landed some solid shots, Morono looked like he rocked Moontasri a couple of times, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was another round full of Morono aggressively brawling, as he battered Moontasri against the fence with heavy punches, and Moontasri was barely even defending himself at all. Moontasri continued to try to fight back with some random strikes, especially after Morono emptied his gas tank, but in the end, this should be a clear 29-28 decision for Alex Morono, maybe even a 29-27 or something, depending on if anyone wants to throw a 10-8 scorecard on the table. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Alex Morono for the unanimous decision victory.
      A few strikes were exchanged, and then Oliveira shot for a takedown, lifted Moontasri into the sky, tried to dump him, and Moontasri magically landed back on his feet. Fantastic takedown defense by Moontasri. Oliveira went for a hip toss, and still couldn't get Moontasri down. Moontasri took control of the clinch, and then took a brutal knee to the groin, dropping immediately. It looked like the fight might be stopped, but Moontasri recovered. They traded a few strikes, and Oliveira pressed him against the cage again. Moontasri spun him around and took control of the clinch. Moontasri threw some short elbows from the clinch, and Oliveira continued to look for takedowns, but Moontasri is still showing outstanding takedown defense. They traded some hard elbows, a few knees, and the round ended with Oliveira throwing a few short uppercuts inside the clinch. Round one probably goes to Oliveira, but he needs to be careful with those groin shots.
     Oliveira started the second round by moving forward, he got clipped by some hard shots, and then pressed Moontasri against the cage again. Moontasri spun him around again. Oliveira spun them back around so he was in control again. Oliveira hit him with a big knee to the body, and continued to press him against the cage. Oliveira FINALLY secured a takedown halfway through the second round. Moontasri tried to stand up, and Oliveira used that moment to pass to full mount. Oliveira is clearly looking to take his back, and Moontasri looks a little lost on the ground. Oliveira is landing some decent punches, but for the most part, he's just smothering Moontasri. With a minute left in the round, Oliveira finally started landing some brutal ground & pound, some massive punches, both to the head & the body, making loud "meat getting hit by a baseball bat" sounds. Moontasri finally got back to his feet with 20 seconds left in the round, but Oliveira continued to beat him up in the clinch. Oliveira is more than likely ahead 2-0 going into the final round, and that second round MIGHT have been a 10-8 round for Oliveira.
     They bounched around for a few seconds to start the final round, Moontasri blasted Oliveira with a spinning backfist, and then they traded some wild punches, before Oliveira took Moontasri to the ground again. He spent the rest of the round beating up Moontasri with big punches to the body, but he wasn't really doing a lot. He was clearly 100% in control though. The problem here is, Moontasri should really drop back down to 155, because he's just getting overpowered by the much larger Oliveira. Fantastic performance by Oliveira, but Moontasri seriously needs to drop down a weight class. All 3 judges give the fight to Oliveira, obviously.
TKO (Spinning Back Fist)
      Moontasri came out throwing ultra fast leg kicks, but Zafir was able to slow him down by clinching with him against the cage. Zafir eventually took the fight to the ground, where he landed in Moontasri's half guard. Zafir showed some decent enough wrestling to win most of the round, but Moontasri was able to get back to his feet in the final minute, where he landed a nice spinning back kick to the body, followed by a spinning back fist, which caused Zafir to crumble to the ground. Awesome first round stoppage by James Moontasri.
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was a pretty good fight, with both guys throwing wild kicks for no apparent reason, and then once Lee shot in for a takedown, he powered the shit out of Moontasri, eventually slamming him to the ground, where he was able to work his way onto Moontasri's back, where he locked on the rear-naked choke, and refused to give it up, until he eventually was able to sink it in really deep, finishing the fight by submission in the first round. I'm really happy to see Kevin Lee get his first finish in the UFC, and move onto a now 4-Fight winning streak in the UFC.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     This fight was ok. It was between a couple of guys that don't even make the Top 100 List at 155, but that's ok, somebody has to fill out these undercards, eh? With that being said, Moontasri landed a handful of nice knees in the first round, while defending against the sloppy takedown attempts by Pfister. The second round was basically more of the same, with Moontasri getting on Pfister's back, where he was able to lock on a pretty easy rear-naked choke for his first victory in the UFC.
Decision (Split)
      This was a pretty great fight. James Moontasri took the fight on 2 weeks notice, and beat the living shit out of Ellenberger in the first round, showing excellent striking skills, and almost finishing him. Ellenberger made a huge comeback in the second round, taking the fight to the ground and beating up Moontasri with some hard elbows. The third round was kind of close, but I gave that one to Ellenberger as well, for controlling the majority of the ground game. In the end, I gave the fight to Ellenberger, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, earning him the split-decision victory.