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.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches, Northcutt looked fast, Gouti clipped him, and then Northcutt scored one of the fastest takedowns I've ever seen, pinning Gouti in the center of the cage, landing in side control. Northcutt worked some wild ground & pound, Gouti tried to tie him up on the ground, and then they stood back up 2 minutes into the round. They traded some wild strikes, Gouti blasted Northcutt and rocked the shit out of him, and then nearly ripped his head off with a front choke, but Northcutt was able to recover, and then Gouti pressed him against the fence. They split up, and continued to wing wild shots at each other. Northcutt landed some sharp kicks to the body, and some solid punches to Gouti's face, but he looked like he was nervous to engage after getting clipped a few times. I'm scoring the first round for Northcutt, but it's kind of a hard round to score.
     Northcutt landed some solid knees in the second round, but Gouti was pressuring him quite a bit, and then he dropped Northcutt with a big punch a minute into the round, and he pinned Northcutt near the fence. Northcutt worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round, only to get taken down again. Northcutt was mostly in a seated position with his back against the fence, and Gouti wasn't doing anything with it, other than just grinding Northcutt against the fence. Meanwhile, Northcutt was hitting him with some random elbows here & there. Northcutt stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Gouti continued to press him against the fence. The referee eventually split them up, and Northcutt landed some solid shots in the final seconds of the round, as Gouti was finally backing up a bit. I'm giving that round to Gouti, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Northcutt threw a lot of kicks to start the final round, they traded a few punches, and then Gouti scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. Northcutt blasted him with some elbows on the ground, and then worked his way back to his feet, only to get taken down again. Northcutt stood up again, and Gouti took him down again. Gouti isn't doing ANYTHING on the ground though, so even though he's smothering Northcutt against the fence, Northcutt is landing way more strikes on the ground. Northcutt sort of setup a front choke, and used that to get back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round. The referee split them up, Northcutt beat up Gouti on the feet with some wild strikes, he shot for a couple of takedowns, Gouti stuffed them both, and this fight is going to be a hard one to score. I'm giving it to Northcutt, 29-28, based entirely on an effort to finish the fight, whereas Gouti was only trying to smother Northcutt, and he did absolutely nothing on the ground after taking him down. The judges & crowd agreed, as they gave the unanimous decision victory to Sage Northcutt.
86.8
TKO (Punches)
4:28
     Holbrook threw some decent punches to start the first round, but he was mostly just testing the distance, without really landing with a lot of power. He shot for a couple of early takedowns, and Gouti stuffed them all with ease. Holbrook finally tripped Gouti 90 seconds into the opening round, but he wasn't able to keep him down at all. They both traded some wild punches, with Gouti kind of picking apart Holbrook with punches, and then he kicked him in the head, Holbrook dropped, Gouti grabbed his back and tried to finish him with strikes, and Holbrook just kind of turtled up. They eventually stood back up, Gouti continued to unload on him, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight. Congrats to Gouti for securing his first win in the UFC. As for Holbrook, that was a terrible performance.
88.4
KO (Punches)
1:36
      These guys came out and traded some clunky strikes, and then Laprise pressed Gouti against the fence in a clinch. The split up, traded a few punches, Laprise rocked Gouti with a beautiful left right combo, and then unloaded with a lot of punches, chasing him to the ground with some punches from behind, eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight fairly early in the first round. Great KO finish for Chad Laprise. Gouti stood back up and clearly didn't know where he was. This SHOULD mark the pink slip for Gouti at this point, since his UFC record is now 0-3.
89.1
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
12:28
      The first round started with some hard strikes, both guys throwing head kicks, Mercier threw a nice flying knee, Gouti clipped him with an uppercut, and halfway through the round, Mercier was finally able to complete one of his takedown attempts, pressing Gouti against the cage on the ground. Mercier blasted him with a few heavy punches on the ground, before spinning around to try to take his back. Gouti scrambled out of that bad position, and got on top of Mercier, and blasted him with some really heavy punches, rocking the shit out of Mercier. They stood back up, and Mercier looked wobbly. They traded a few more heavy strikes before the end of hthe round. Gouti nearly put away Mercier with his final barrage of punches in the final 10 seconds or so. That round was competitive as hell, but I'm going to have to score that one for Gouti. I can see the Canadian judges maybe leaning in favor of Mercier though.
     The second round had Mercier beating up Gouti on the feet for a little while, but then he got clipped, so he shot for a takedown, Gouti tried to stop him with a guillotine, and Mercier slammed him, ending up half mount, avoiding the choke. From there, Mercier was able to drop a few elbows before Gouti regained his guard. Mercier continued to drop some pretty decent elbows from inside Gouti's guard. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but I wouldn't be shocked if Mercier is ahead, 2-0 on the scorecards.
     The final round started with Mercier clinching with Gouti's back, he threw him to the ground, latched on with the body triangle, and now he has 4 minutes to work for the rear-naked choke. Gouti rolled around for 90 seconds or so, doing a great job defending against the choke, but he eventually tried to sit up, Mercier finally got under his chin, and got the quick submission halfway through the final round. Mercier's record in UFC fights that take place in Canada, is quickly catching up to the #1 guy, Georges St. Pierre. To be honest, I kind of hope they keep Mercier in Canada, and don't bother sending him to other countries at this point.
88.3
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
0:24
      This fight started, Packalen landed a massive right uppercut, knocking Gouti to the ground. He jumped on him, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and the completely overwhelmed Thibault Gouti was forced to submit in under 30 seconds of the first round. Outstanding performance by Teemu Packalen in his second UFC, earning his first UFC victory.
89.0
Decision (Majority)
10:00
      The first round was a very back & forth kickboxing match, with both guys coming at each other and landing some really hard shots. The second round had both guys trading strikes until Teymur took down Gouti and beat him up on the ground against the fence. As the round progressed, he continued to beat the living shit out of Gouti on the ground. The round ended with both guys blasting each other with big punch combinations. After two rounds, two judges gave the fight to Teymur, and the other declared it a draw, giving Teymur the hard fought majority decision.