89.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a crazy round of striking, with Haqparast throwing a large volume of really intense punches, as he rocked Gouti around the cage, and he dropped him at one point and nearly finished him, but Gouti was able to run away far enough to survive the round. Round one clearly goes to Nasrat Haqparast, and you could argue that it was a 10-8 round.
     Gouti started to fire back with some decent shots in the second round, but everything Gouti threw, looked like a slow jab blob punch, and everything Haqparast threw, was with 100% power. Gouti started bleeding with 90 seconds left in the second round, but he also started to fire harder shots. Gouti lost his contact lense at the end of the round. I have Haqparast ahead 20-17 going into the final round, but it's probably closer to 20-18. Either way, Haqparast is winning.
     Haqparast rocked Gouti 45 seconds into the final round, and he followed that up with a series of uppercuts to the body. He hit him with a hard kick to the body, unloaded with some wild punches, another kick to the body, and Gouti was literally running away. Gouti fell down 90 seconds into the round, and Haqparast continued to unload on him with some big punches on the ground. Haqparast ran out of gas, but he continued to work some ground & pound, not doing a ton of damage, but he was clearly winning the fight on the ground. They stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Gouti threw everything he had at Haqparast, but that should still be a 30-26 decision for Haqparast. All 3 judges agreed, giving Haqparast the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round mostly had both guys pumping jabs at each other, but halfway through the round, Haqparast started to unload on Diakiese, pressuring him toward the fence, while blasting him with some big combinations, including heavy punches & some big knees from close range. Round one goes to Haqparast.
     Diakiese started the second round with a pair of hard high kicks, which Haqparast blocked, but they still landed with some weight. The rest of the round consisted of both guys throwing big punches at each other, with Diakiese landing a lot more frequently, while moving around the octagon at a fast pace, while Haqparast seemed to be having trouble finding his range. I was going to give that round to Diakiese, but Haqparast dropped him in the final seconds, unloaded on him, and stole the round. Haqparast has a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     Haqparast continued to pick apart Diakiese to start the final round, Diakiese shot for a takedown, and Haqparast almost threw him with a judo throw, but the cage saved Diakiese from hitting the ground, so they reset, traded a few more strikes, and then Haqparast dropped Diakiese again. They reset 90 seconds into the round. They continued to trade heavy strikes at a solid pace until the end of the round, the fight was somewhat competitive, but all 3 judges still agreed with a 30-27 unanimous decision for Nasrat Haqparast. I like Marc Diakiese, but this marks 3 losses in a row, so I'm not sure what the UFC will do with him from here.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys both spent the first half of the opening round trading wild punches & kicks while chasing each other around the cage. Held finally shot for a takedown (halfway through the round), and Haqparast did a good job stuffing his shot against the fence. Held eventually took him down, settled into his guard, and tried to work some ground & pound, but Haqparast tied him up with an awkward guard. Held landed a few nice short elbows before the end of the round. Round one goes to Marcin Held.
     They continued to trade some heavy punches to start the second round, and then Haqparast dropped Held with a clean left hand, Held almost caught him in a triangle, Haqparast stood back up, and had a giant string dangling down his leg, so they had to pause the fight to cut it. When the fight started back up, Held tried to take Haqparast to the ground, but Haqparast did a good job stuffing his shots, while pounding on him with big heavy punches. There was a wild clinch, Haqparast dumped Held on his head, and then Held immediately started scrambling for a leg lock, and used that scramble to end up on top in side control. I don't know why Held ever stands with anybody, considering his ground game is vastly superior to his striking. He spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Haqparast, but didn't really do much damage on the ground. I have Held ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     Held started the final round by shooting for a deep double leg, bringing Haqparast to the ground almost immediately. Held rolled for a leg lock, but Haqparast was able to pull away from it, so Held just scramble back into Haqparast's guard. Held continued to scramble around, looking for submissions, he almost went belly down with an armbar, but Haqparast was able to pull free, and he stood back up with 2 minutes left in the fight. Haqparast pressed him against the fence, and then Held pulled guard. They stood up with a minute left in the fight, and Haqparast continued to pressure Held until the end of the round. I'm going to assume Held will win this, 30-27, but that was a pretty decent debut for Nasrat Haqparast as well. All 3 judges agreed, giving Marcin Held the much needed unanimous decision victory, ending his 3-Fight losing streak since coming to the UFC.