Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC on FX 7 live blog for Daniel Sarafian vs. C.B. Dollaway, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sarafian, who is making his UFC debut, will face Dollaway, who has lost two of his last three fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC on FX 7 live blog below.
Round 1: Mario Yamasaki is the referee. Both fighters open orthodox. Lots of feeling out from both fighters early. Sarafian charges forward in a flurry and landed a shot or two on the way in. Right hand drops Dollaway, but he's scrambling by trying to get a single. Sarafian breaks it off and they resume striking in the middle. Left hook in the pocket cracks Dollaway. Sarafian firing off all kinds of punches using his incredible speed, still much of it missing.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Sarafian
Round 2: Both fighters missing with wild spinning kicks. Sarafian presses Dollaway into the fence, but backs away. Sarafian drops Dollaway again with a right hand, but an overshot on a takedown finds them both standing again after a short scramble. A failed takedown from Sarafian leads to a body kick from the Brazilian. Dollaway lands a few short left hooks as Sarafian comes in, but they don't land with any authority. An uppercut catches Sarafian coming in and he's badly stunned. The bell saves him. That was Sarafian's round until then.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dollaway
Round 3: Left hand from both fighters temporarily stun each other. Both fighters also taking deep breaths. Both fighters AGAIN trade left hooks in the middle. Dollaway gets the takedown on an exhausted Sarafian, but he's able to stand back up. He's taken down again, but Sarafian scores with a pendulum sweep. Now he's in half guard and then he moves to mount and then back mount. Dollaway fakes with one turn and then switches sides to move into guard. ANOTHER pendulum sweep puts Sarafian on top and he even scores a knee. Really close round.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dollaway and the fight 29-28 Dollaway
C.B. Dollaway def. Daniel Sarafian via split decision (29-28 Dollaway, 29-28 Sarafian, 29-28 Dollaway)
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