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UFC 174 live blog: Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante

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Ryan Bader and Rafael Cavalcante square off at UFC 174 on Saturday night.
Ryan Bader and Rafael Cavalcante square off at UFC 174 on Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 174 live blog for Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.

Bader, who has won three of his past five UFC fights, will face Cavalcante, who is 1-1 in the UFC, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 174 live blog below.


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Round 1: Yves Lavigne is the referee in charge of the action. Both fighters open orthodox and Feijao lands an inside leg kick. Bader tosses a one-two, but both are blocked. Bader scores a double and gets it, but Feijao stands with Bader behind him. Bader is battering the legs of Feijao as he works from the side of the Brazilian. Feijao is finally able to secure an underhook and separate. Both fighters throwing bombs, but not really able to land anything clean. Now both fighters trade jabs. Great blast double by Bader plants Feijao on the mat. Feijao gets his back to the fence. Feijao is turtled and eating short shots, but mostly covering up. Just before the final bell, Feijao eats a crushing knee to the body.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Bader

Round 2: Spinning back kick from Feijao, but it misses. Bader lands an overhand right and attempts to get a takedown, but Feijao stuffs it. Bader tries it again,but it's stuffed again. Feijao doing the stalking now, but succumbs to a power double from Bader against the fence. Feijao is turtled, but again absorbing a variety of knee strikes to his body. Feijao times his stand up and it works. Feijao whiffs on a wild overhand right and blocks a one-two from Bader. Again, Feijao whiffs on a winging right hook. Bader tries a double against the fence, but Feijao stuffs it. Another well-timed double from Bader plants Feijao on his back.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Bader

Round 3: Feijao scores a hard right hand to start the frame. Bader attempts a double and is stuffed. Feijao charging into Bader, stuffs another takedown and has a front headlock on Bader. Bader is in on Feijao's legs and Feijao literally shoves him off. Bader struggles more and more for a takedown and eventually gets it. Feijao holding half guard, but he's eating hammerfists. Feijao secures full guard, but is just eating short shot after short shot.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Bader and the fight 30-27 Bader

Ryan Bader def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)