Decision (Split)
      The first round had Martins holding the center of the Octagon, while Whiteford danced around him, throwing random punch combinations here & there, while Martins was clearly waiting to counter. Martins rocked Whiteford with a few punches, and Whiteford clinched with him against the cage to regain his composure at the end of the round. It was a close round, but I would probably give that round to Martins, mostly for rocking Whiteford. It's also worth noting that Martins looks a full weight class bigger than Whiteford, especially with the height/posture.
     The second round was a very similar round, with Martins holding the center, as Whiteford moved around him, trying to hit him with random punches. With 90 seconds left in the round, Martins really started to move forward, pressuring Whiteford toward the fence, while throwing punches & flying knees. Whiteford finally shot for a legit takedown with 45 seconds left in the second round, driving Martins across the cage. I was going to give that round to Martins, but that takedown MIGHT have been enough to steal the round for Whiteford. Let's just assume that's the case to keep this fight interesting, leaving the fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Whiteford was a little more active in the final round, throwing more combinations, and jumping in a little more frequently to try to cut through the reach advantage of Martins. Whiteford shot in for another takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight, which just lead to a clinch against the cage. Martins broke free with 50 seconds left in the fight. They traded a few more strikes, and we end up going to a somewhat lackluster decision. I have a feeling that this one might be a split-decision, but I personally would like to see Whiteford win this one, 29-28. It was in fact a split-decision, but the tie breaker gave the fight to Martins, 30-27.
TKO (Punches)
      Wow, that was an ass beating delivered by Bektic, I'm really impressed by him. The first round had him striking with Martins for a few seconds, landing some great punches, and then he picked him up, and slammed him, and spent the rest of the round, beating the shit out of Martins on the ground. 10-8 round for Bektic in my opinion. Bektic came out swinging in the second round, knocked Martins to the ground early, and then just absolutely slaughtered him with punches on the ground, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Amazing domination by Mirsad Bektic. I really like this guy, and look forward to seeing where he goes from here. He absolutely destroyed Martins in this fight.
Decision (Split)
      Wow, so far the undercard was WAY better than this PPV has been. This was a pretty big fight for the division, with both guys battling to secure a spot in the Top 10, but it was a pretty boring fight overall. Elkins probably won most of the rounds by holding Martins in the clinch, and controlling the pace of the fight (but he didn't do any damage at all). Martins beat up Elkins a bit with his striking, and left the face of Elkins looking a bit smashed. So I WANTED Elkins to win, but I thought Martins did more damage, one judge gave it to Martins, 30-27, and the other two judges gave it to Elkins, 30-27. At this point though, I KIND of wish Martins would have won, that was a boring as way to grind out a decision by Elkins.
KO (Punches)
      For some reason, I had a hard time getting excited about this fight. Lucas Martins won the first two rounds, by showing better striking skills, but it wasn't really that exciting at all. Eventually, in the third round, he landed a big punch, knocked White on his ass, and the referee stopped the fight. Good win for Martins, but sort of a boring fight overall. I had a hard time paying attention to this one.
Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
      FINALLY! Way to finish a fight! These guys both came out swinging, Lucas Martins clipped Hernandez, knocking him to the ground as his legs buckled. Instead of going for some ground & pound, that might have given Hernandez time to recover, Martins immediately went around to his back, and locked on a rear-naked choke, putting Hernandez to sleep. That was pretty awesome. I have to give Hernandez credit for not tapping out, but watching guys go to sleep after being choked, is pretty brutal. Awesome fight!
     Wow, that's gotta be disappointing for Jeremy Larsen. I personally gave both of the first two rounds to Larsen, for throwing heavy punches, as well as securing several takedowns. Martins locked on a nice calf slicer in the first round, and also showed some solid muay thai skills throughout the fight, but I really thought he was losing. The third round started, and it looked like Larsen was executing his gameplan perfectly, throw a few jabs, and follow it up with a big hook or overhand right, but Martins was backing up quickly against the cage, threw a hard right jab to defend himself, and knocked Larsen unconscious. Great fight overall, between two guys I haven't really been paying much attention to. I also want to add, that Brazilian crowd is terrifying, so I felt bad for Larsen, it sounded like they were going to kill him at any minute with those loud waves of chants. Martins on the other hand, with the hometown crowd support, wins via KO.
Submission (Punches)
      I'm a huge fan of Edson Barboza, when he finishes fights, he generally does it in pretty spectacular fashion. This fight basically consisted of Barboza outstriking Martins on the feet, and eventually Martins crumbled, Barboza attacked like a rabid dog, and Martins tapped out due to strikes. Barboza is super fast, and super strong. This guy is awesome.