87.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     These guys quickly ended up in an awkward position, as they tried to take each other down near the fence, and Sanchez was eventually able to shake Brooks off, so that Sanchez could settle into some sort of top control against the fence, but Brooks rolled for a leg lock, it looked like Sanchez could be in trouble, and then Sanchez was able to spin into a more comfortable position, where he was able to punch Brooks in the face, while hammering the thigh of Brooks with some pointed elbows. Sanchez almost escaped the leg lock with 90 seconds left in the round, and Brooks quickly switched to the other leg. Sanchez was hammering Brooks with strikes the entire time though, so I think Sanchez technically won that exchange. The final minute of the round was spent on the feet, with Sanchez clinching and pressing Brooks against the fence.
     The next two rounds were all about Brooks taking down Sanchez, and pretty much dominating him on the ground. Neither fighter was doing much damage, but Brooks wrestled the shit out of Sanchez for almost the entire 10 minutes of the final two rounds, leading to what SHOULD have been a unanimous decision victory for Jarred Brooks, but one of the judges gave an extra round to Sanchez, making it a hard fought split-decision victory for Jarred Brooks, and he took the fight on 5 days notice, so that's significant.
88.7
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
1:50
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Roberto scrambled for back control, he sort of took down Joby, but he wasn't able to hold him down, but he was able to score multiple takedowns, while spending a decent amount of time in control with the back clinch against the fence. He climbed on as a backpack with a tight body triangle 90 seconds into the round, as he started digging for the standing rear-naked choke. Joby tried to slam his way out of it by falling backwards, but that just allowed Roberto to lock the choke on even tighter, and he finished the fight with a first round submission. That was an outstanding performance by Sanchez as he gets his first win in the octagon.
90.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
3:56
      Sanchez started this fight with a quick takedown inside the first 30 seconds of the opening round, and Morales tried to catch him in a guillotine on the way down. Sanchez scrambled past that, but was still stuck inside the guard of Morales. Sanchez postured up halfway through the round, to work some ground & pound against the fence, and Morales went for another guillotine attempt, and used that to stand back up. He then dropped Sanchez with a huge right hand. The referee ALMOST stopped the fight due to the dramatic way that Sanchez dropped, but he let them continue. Morales landed a few more strikes, he rocked Sanchez again, and then jumped on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and Sanchez was able to defend for a little while, but Morales continued to dig deep for that choke, Sanchez's head started to turn purple, and he was eventually forced to submit. That was a solid submission victory for Joseph Morales in his UFC debut, as he hands Sanchez the first loss of his career, and he does it in highlight reel fashion.
90.1
Submission (Armbar)
13:41
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Sanchez rushed in, and aggressively took Rivera's back against the fence with some heavy clinching. Rivera did a great job staying on his feet, but Sanchez was digging like crazy, trying to take Rivera to the ground while keeping him squashed against the fence with heavy clinching for the first 3 minutes of the fight. He finally took him down, but Rivera opened up with some heavy punches to the side of his head, so Sanchez repositioned, and continued to drive Rivera into the fence. Rivera finally swept him with a minute left in the opening round, and spent the final minute beating up Sanchez on the ground from inside his guard. I would say Sanchez won that round based on controlling the fight for 4 minutes, but Rivera did more damage in the final minute, and he finished the round on top, so I'm going to score the first round for Jerome Rivera.
     The second round started with Sanchez taking down Rivera, but he couldn't hold him down for more than a few seconds. He then tripped him again, for another takedown, with Sanchez ending up on top inside Rivera's guard this time. Rivera threw up a triangle attempt, but Sanchez shook him off and beat him up with some punches while pressing him against the fence. Rivera threw up some elbows from his guard, and chopped up the face of Sanchez a little bit. They continued to scramble around at a decent pace for the rest of the round, with Sanchez working his ground & pound, while Rivera fought back aggressively from his guard. This is a close fight, but I'm scoring the second round in favor of Sanchez, based on holding top control for pretty much the entire round.
     They traded some strikes to start the third round, and then Sanchez grabbed Rivera's back and pulled him to the ground again. He locked on the body triangle, and started working for a rear-naked choke, but Rivera did a good job defending against the choke. Rivera finally broke free from the body triangle 3 minutes into the round, he turned into Sanchez's guard, and Sanchez immediately slapped on an armbar, Rivera looked like he was going to be able to roll out of that as well, but Sanchez finally flattened him out and finished the fight by submission, as Sanchez becomes the first ever LFA Flyweight Champion.
88.8
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
7:08
      These guys traded a few random strikes, they scrambled around wildly, Sanchez shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the fight, and Mai caught him in a deep guillotine choke in the center of the cage. Sanchez looked like he was JUST ABOUT to tap, and then he stood up instead, carried Mai across the cage, pulled his head free, and then took Mai's back for some clinching against the fence. Mai spun into him, pushed him to the ground, and then they reset back on their feet to trade a few punch combinations. Sanchez spent most of the round clinching with Mai's back, but he never really did anything with it. Mai reset in the center of the cage with a minute left to work. They traded a few strikes, and the round eventually ended. I'm giving that first round to Mai, based mostly on that tight guillotine, since I think he came the closest to finishing the fight.
     These guys traded a few strikes, Sanchez threw a spinning back fist, and Mai took his back for a second in the clinch, but they quickly reset to trade some more strikes. Sanchez threw a big kick to the body of Mai, Mai spun around, and Sanchez took his back on the ground, he locked on the body triangle, punched him in the head a few times, opened him up for the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission 2 minutes into the second round. That was a solid win for Roberto Sanchez.