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Live Coverage Of UFC Fight Night: Poland

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 64 from Krakow, Poland.

The main card features a rematch between heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop. Gonzaga won the first meeting, knocking out Cro Cop and moving directly into title contention.

Other main card bouts include Jimi Manuwa vs. Jan Blachowicz, Pawel Pawlak vs. Sheldon Westcott and Joanne Calderwood vs. Maryna Moroz.

Veterans Seth Baczynski, Sergio Moraes, Yaotzin Meza and Anthony Hamilton, along with the Octagon debut of Russian strawweight Aleksandra Albu, are among those set for the prelims.

Now, let’s get started!

PRELIMINARY CARD

Taylor Lapilus vs. Rocky Lee

We open up the card with a featherweight contest, as Taylor Lapilus (8-1) meets the unbeaten Rocky Lee (3-0), who was on The Ultimate Fighter: China.

Round 1: Lee immediately pushes forward, working for a takedown against the fence. Nice head control from him, but a low blow from Lapilus halts the action and separates the fighters. Lee, again, goes in for the takedown and he scores this time. Lapilus, though, grabs hold of the neck and has a potential guillotine choke. He’s landing knees while also holding the head, but Lee spins free. Lapilus picking him apart with his striking, taking advantage of his reach. He has Lee stuck again, but releases the choke and scores with a big knee. Lee is getting punished each time he comes in for a takedown, eating knees and elbow strikes. Lapilus feeling it, putting his hands up. He connected with a perfect knee and is landing lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Round 2: Lapilus taking the fight to Lee now, grinding on him and using his the cage to his advantage. This isn’t going to end well for Lee if he can’t stop Lapilus from taking him down because he does not have the striking advantage. Lee’s nose is busted open, but he hits Lapilus with a solid kick to the body and is able to gain back the clinch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Round 3: Lapilus secures the Thai clinch and hammers off with knees, dragging Lee to the ground within the first minute of action. He continues peppering him with lefts and rights, but Lee survives and is back to his feet. Lapilus lands the jab and follows in, scoring a takedown as we approach the one-minute mark.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lapilus

Taylor Lapilus def. Rocky Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Marcin Bandel vs. Steven Ray

Scotland’s Steven Ray (16-5) will play the role of heel, taking on Poland’s own Marcin Bandel (13-3) in a lightweight contest.

Round 1: As expected, a huge ovation breaks out for Bandel. Body lock off a level change for Bandel, driving Ray to the fence. He gets a takedown, but Ray quickly pops back to his feet. Bandel pulls guard and tries for a leg-lock, but Ray is able to get to his feet. Ray has taken control, busting open the nose of Bandel. He looks for a potential arm-triangle choke, gaining better position and attempting to choke him out. Bandel will survive, as both men used the fence to gain an advantage multiple times.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ray

Round 2: Bandel pulls guard and we go to the ground, but Ray takes advantage of the situation and is on the back. He’s got a modified rear-naked choke in without the hooks, but can’t lock it up. Something might have happened to Bandel, as he appeared to just fall over. Ray is attacking, unloading on him with several shots. Ray keeps it up and finally the referee steps in to call a stoppage.

Steven Ray def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (strikes) at 1:35 of Round 2

Aleksandra Albu vs. Izabela Badurek

We’ll have the first of two female strawweight bouts hit the Octagon with Russian Aleksandra Albu (5-0) facing Izabela Badurek (5-2). Both will be making their debuts with the UFC.

Round 1: No touch of gloves and Albu with the first strike, landing a quick right to the face that has started swelling on the face of Badurek. Another nasty shot and it’s quite evident Albu has the advantage on the feet. Huge left hook connects from the Russian. Badurek peppering her rock-solid abs with knees, looking for the inside trip. Finally, Albu gets free from the clinch. She tries for a trip takedown, but it’s Badurek who winds up on the back. Albu works to the feet and is back against the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Albu

Round 2: Albu doing a much better job of not coming in wildly and getting caught in the clinch. She connects with a combination and they resort back to the clinch game. Good striking from Albu, but she gets taken down. On the way down, Albu locks up a guillotine and Badurek quickly taps out.

Aleksandra Albu def. Izabela Badurek via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:34 of Round 2

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Interesting.

    Somewhat impressive by Cop, maybe elbows is the new trick to give his career another year or two. But I dont think Cop is getting anywhere against real comp, elbows or not and this was just as much a product of Gonzaga’s general weakness himself.

    An ex-retired guy who should have stayed retired beats the other ex-retired guy who should have stayed retired.

    This would all be cute in a mildy humorous tito/boner way in bellator,
    but lol that this is the product that all the monopoly of the sport and dana’s 1 million twitter followers has created in the ufc.

    Lets see Cop/AA next.

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