The first round had Ray throwing a lot of inside leg kicks, while Ayari was able to pick him apart with his boxing. Round one goes to Ayari. Round two was more of the same, with Ray sticking with his leg kick attack, and Ayari was picking him apart with his boxing. I have Ayari ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Stevie Ray seems to be having trouble with the size of Jessin Ayari.
     Ray continued to destroy the lead leg of Ayari with big kicks in the third round, and that opened up some opportunities to land punches. I thought Ray did enough to win the third round, but I'm expecting this to be a 29-28 decision for Ayari. All 3 judges scored the fight for Stevie Ray, with one judge giving him all 3 rounds. I'm shocked by that decision, but I'm glad he won, because he was on a 2-Fight losing streak going into this fight. Congrats to Ray for the much needed win.
      Darren Till has been out of action for almost 20 months going into this fight with a shoulder injury, and he missed weight by 6 pounds, but he's looking pretty ripped, so I'm expecting big things out of him at this point. They traded a few punches, and Till blasted Ayari with a brutal left hand 90 seconds into the opening round, and it appeared to rock the shit out of him. Till followed that up with a series of big punches, a hard head kick, Ayari fired back with some big punches, and Till continued to stalk Ayari around the outside of the cage, blasting him with another heavy head kick, and then he dumped him to the ground around the halfway mark. He couldn't hold him down, but Till is showing a clear dominance so far in this fight. They clinched, and Till tripped Ayari, grabbed his back as he stood back up, he threw him to the ground again, and then they reset back on their feet. Till continued to stalk Ayari until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Darren Till.
     Ayari started the second round with some clean strikes, and then Till nearly dropped him with another big left hand, he followed it up with some more punches, rushed Ayari to the ground, Ayari tried to catch him in a triangle, but Till slammed him to escape, and then Ayari slapped on a tight armbar from his guard, and Till yanked his arm free, settling back into Ayari's guard. Till stood up 90 seconds into the round, and tried to throw a diving elbow, but missed by a few inches, as Ayari kind of defended with an upkick to the body of Till. Ayari finally kicked his way back to his feet with half the round left to work. They both launched some bombs at each other, and then Ayari shot for a sloppy takedown, Till stuffed the shot, and Ayari took his back from the clinch, and then threw Till to the ground, but Till stood back up immediately and reset. Till threw another big head kick, and then dropped Ayari with another big left hand, and Ayari immediately started flailing around, trying to setup a leg lock, and Till hammered him with a series of big elbows & hammerfists. I thought that round might go to Ayari based on his submission attempts, but it's hard to ignore the fact that Till dropped him, and basically ended the round on top. I have Till ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They both traded some punches to start the third round, and Till rocked Ayari with a clean left hand, and a spinning backfist. Till landed another big head kick 2 minutes into the final round. Ayari tried to rush in to clinch, and Till threw him against the fence and backed out again. Ayari kept rushing forward, looking to land something big, but Till was staying just outside of range, while looking to land some counters. Ayari barely missed with a head kick with 90 seconds left in the round. Till poked Ayari in the eye, so the fight was paused for a few seconds. Once they continued, Till landed another big head kick, and started showing off with some fancy footwork. That round was a little more competitive, but in the end, this fight should be a pretty clear 30-27 for Darren Till. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Darren Till.
Decision (Split)
      Wallhead spent the first round picking apart Ayari's lead leg with decent kicks. Wallhead knocked down Ayari with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Ayari quickly stood back up. That wasn't a very exciting round, but Wallhead pretty clearly won the round.
     The second round started slow, but Wallhead blasted Ayari with a beautiful 2 punch combination that nearly knocked his head off. Ayari has spent most of this fight so far, just running backward, trying to keep his distance, while Wallhead is chasing him, while throwing big punches. Ayari continued to run backward, with his chin high up in the air, and Wallhead clipped him with some heavy punches that made Ayari's eyes roll back for a second. If Wallhead isn't up 2-0 going into the final round, then I'm going to throw some rocks at the judges. This isn't a great fight overall, but Wallhead is landing all the best shots, and Ayari is just running away.
     Ayari has some decent counterstrikes, even though he's running away almost 100% of the time, he's still landing some decent uppercuts when Wallhead rushes in. The third round had Wallhead chasing him, and throwing big punches, Ayari finally started to fight back in the final 2 minutes, but that just opened him up to get hit, so Wallhead dropped him with some big punches, and then tried to finish him, but Ayari quickly stood back up. Wallhead shot for a takedown with a minute left in the fight, but it was easily stuffed. The final minute had both guys winging big punches at each other, and Wallhead nearly knocked out Ayari in the final 10 seconds, causing him to fall flat on his face. I scored this fight 30-27 for Wallhead, but the commentators seem to think this is Ayari's fight, so I have no idea what to expect. The judges gave the fight to Ayari by split-decision, with one judge giving him all 3 rounds, even though he nearly got knocked out twice in the final round. Congrats for being the German fighter in Germany. Fuck these judges, Wallhead got screwed.