Jonathan Martinez picked up a unanimous decision win over Said Nurmagomedov tonight at UFC Las Vegas: Yan vs. Dvalishvili. The fight was an entertaining back-and-forth scrap between two of Bantamweight's best, but the story of the night wasn't the action, it was about who really won.
Let's take a brief look at the action in each round, then the judges' scorecards compared to The Verdict Scorecard:
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This round was one-way traffic for Nurmagomedov. He landed crisp combinations of kicks, spinning attacks, and chained his grappling in well.
Judges Scorecards: 10-9 Nurmagomedov x3.
The Verdict Scorecard: 10-9 Nurmagomedov (Clear round).
Nurmagomedov opens up with more diverse strikes, landing several kicks to all areas of the body. He throws a spinning back fist and then secures a single leg in the open. He controls Martinz from the top briefly before they return to their feet, where Martinez defends a takedown and holds Nurmagomedov against the fence. They separate with a few moments to go and swing wildly.
Judges' Scorecards: 10-9 Martinez x3.
The Verdict Scorecard: 10-9 Martinez (Close round).
Nurmagomedov catches a leg kick and punches Martinez to the ground, landing on top. Martinez throws up a triangle armbar, but Nurmagomedov escapes. He stays on top and locks in a rear naked choke attempt, controlling him until just under two minutes in the round. They return to the feet and clinch until the final few seconds, where both men swing away.
Judges Scorecards: 10-9 Martinez x3.
The Verdict Scorecard: 10-9 Nurmagomedov (Close round).
After seeing the action and data, do you agree with the decision? Let us know with a comment.