Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC 154 live blog for Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Bocek, who has won three of his past four fights, will face dos Anjos, who also has won three of his past four fights, on the main card.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Dos Anjos throws an uppercut, but Bocek ties him up and pushes him back toward the fence. They break. Dos Anjos throws a kick and Bocek again pushes him back. They clinch along the fence. Borek grabs a leg, drops to the mat, and gets up, He's meeted by a big knee. Dos Anjos lands a couple more before they re-set in center Octagon. Midway through the round. Dos Anjos connects on an uppercut, Bocek responds with a leg kick. Bocek slips throwing a head kick and gets back up. Bocek lands a knee in the Thai clinch. They're grappling along the fence again. Back to the middle of the cage. Dos Anjos misses a running knee. Dos Anjos throws a kick, Bocek again goes for a takedown and again doesn't get it. Dos Anjos reaches for a Kimura, doesn't get it. Bocek 0-for-5 on takedown attempts in the round. MMAFighting scores the round for Rafael dos Anjos, 10-9.
Round 2: Bocek goes for a low kick and it lands a little too low. Dos Anjos is back and ready from the foul after about a minute. Bocek again misses a takedown attempt. The scramble ends with Dos Anjos on top of Bocek. Bocek goes for a Kimura, doesn't get it, now Dos Anjos works for a Kimura. He tries to switch over to an armbar, but Bocek rolls out of it. Bocek's trying to get back to his feet, but Dos Anjos controls his head. Bocek is tiring. Bocek comes out of the exchange with a bloody nose. They're back standing. Bocek wings a right hand and a low kick. Dos Anjos takes Bocek down and it trying to get his back. Dos Anjos lands a flurry of right hands to the head. Bocek covers up. Dos Anjos can't quite get in position to take his back. They're back up and Dos Anjos takes him down. They stand up late, Bocek is cut open bad. MMAFighting scores the round for dos Anjos, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Bocek finally manages to get dos Anjos to the mat, but he's right back up. Bocek goes for a double leg and nearly gets the takedown. Dos Anjos switches position, picks Bocek up, and effortlessly slams him. They stand, Bocek goes for Kimura and doesn't quite get it. By and large an anticlimactic third round, as Bocek continues with his ineffective game plan. They clinch along the fence with about a minute left. Dos Anjos lands a knee. Yves Levigne breaks them. Dos Anjos slips and gets back to his feet. Bocek whiffs entirely on a takedown attempt and dos Anjos throws a spinning back kick in the closing seconds. MMAFighting scores the round for dos Anjos, 10-9 (30-27 overall).
Rafael dos Anjos def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
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