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UFC 182 undercard live blog: Castillo vs. Felder, more

Danny Castillo headlines the UFC 182 undercard against Paul Felder on Saturday.
Danny Castillo headlines the UFC 182 undercard against Paul Felder on Saturday.
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This is the UFC 182 undercard live blog for the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

There will be six fights on the UFC 182 undercard. Danny Castillo vs. Paul Felder, Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt, Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Cannonier, Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm, Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson, and Alexis Dufresne vs. Marion Reneau will be featured on the prelims.

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Alexis Dufresne vs. Marion Reneau

Round 1: Chris Tognoni is the referee in charge. Both fighters open orthodox and Dufresne takes center of the cage. Both fighters throwing one-twos, but Reneau connects with a hard right straight. Dufresne scores an outside leg kick, but pays for it with a right over the top. Dufresne's chin is high in the air and it's causing her to get drilled over and over. Dufresne shoots with no set up. It doesn't work, but she's able to clinch and push Reneau against the fence. Nothing happens before Reneau creates separation. Strong front kick and two outside leg kicks land for Reneau and already Dufresne's face is a mess. One-two scores from Reneau and Dufresne is rocked. She follows up with two more shots, this time to the body. Dufresne survives, but Reneau is throwing huge shots, including an uppercut that partially lands.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-8 Reneau

Round 2:
Dufresne shoots again, but can't get the double and drives a knee into Dufresne's midsection. Somehow Dufresne lands a right hard, but she's still moving poorly. Reneau has slowed down a bit, but is in no trouble. In fact, as I type this, she tags Dufresne with another right. Hard outside leg kick from Reneau. Dufresne pulls half guard, but Reneau is able to stand up and back out. Stiff jab from Reneau and then a left hook over the top. They turn and turn in the center of the cage, but Reneau is almost scoring whenever she pleases.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Reneau

Round 3: This fight could've been stopped already, but they're letting it go. Dufresne lands an outside leg kick, but is back on the defensive from at outpouring of punches from Reneau. Reneau goes upstairs with a left head kick, then cracks Dufresne with an outside right low kick. Checked kick from Reneau and she blitzes forward with a barrage of punches. Dufresne eats two crisp jabs and tries to pull guard, to no effect. Four-punch combination finds the mark for Reneau, who is now mixing up her combos. And again it happens. And again.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-8 Reneau and the fight 30-25

Marion Reneau def. Alexis Dufresne via unanimous decision 30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson

Round 1: Yves Lavigne is the referee. In a quick scramble, Nilsson ends up in guard and right away Akhmedov is bombing on him with rights to the body in tight and rights over the top as he separates. Nilsson manages to catch a leg and push the Russian to the fence for a single, but can't get it and they separate. Akhmedov is counterpunching, but landing quickly and throwing hooks or short punches inside. Nilsson, though, is giving the forward pressure. Left leg kick and hook combo, but Nilsson drives a double into the fence, which he uses to hoist the Russian into the fence and slam him to the mat. Akhmedov, though, is able to stand and scores a blast double that plants Nilsson on the canvas. Akhmedov gets backed into the cage, but scores two hard body shots. He presses the Russian into the fence for a takedown and gets it before the bell where he also scores a right from on top.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Akhmedov

Round 2: Nilsson is continuing to pressure, but Akhmedov scores a strong takedown and fights off a high guard submission threat. Short right elbow from Nilsson. Nilsson works another high guard, which Akhmedov escapes and uses to score a punch on top. Nilsson, though, gets his hips back and stands, where he continues to apply the pressure. Right hand scores for Nilsson, but Akhmedov runs through a blast double to plant him on the canvas again. Three short elbows lands sideways for Nilsson, but Akhmedov stands and lands hard shots of his own. Nilsson puts his feet in Akhmedov's hips and pushes him off. Still, though, Akhmedov takes him down again and continues to bang on him. Nilsson stands just as the round expires.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Akhmedov

Round 3: Nilsson looks fresher and is pressuring Akhmedov backwards, but hasn't landed anything of significance. Nilsson drives on a double after two punches, but Akhmedov stops it and scores two knees, plus some body shots. They separate and go back to striking in the center. Akhmedov attempts a single, but Nilsson stuffs it. Nilsson pressures Akhmedov against the fence and manages to get him down, but without suffering much damage, Akhmedov stands. Yet, Nilsson takes him back down to the mat almost immediately. Akhmedov kicks him off from half guard and stands, but Nilsson's pressure is relentless. Akhmedov manages to turn him against the cage and is pressuring Nilsson into the fence and manages to somehow drag Nilsson to the mat. He attempts to take Nilsson's back, but granby rolls to reverse. He locks up a guilltone from half guard, then uses a butterfly hook to turn Akhmedov where he then switches to a d'arce. The bell sounds before there is any tap.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nilsson and the fight 29-28 Akhmedov.

Omari Akhmedov def. Mats Nilsson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm

Round 1: The referee in charge is Chris Tognoni. Dunham is southpaw while Damm is orthodox. Dunham pressures forward, but eats a one-two only to respond with a leaping one-two of his own. Dunham trying to pressure Damm into his right where he's meeting him with hooks. Two strong jabs from Dunham. Good left straight to the body, right hook over the top from the American. Again, Dunham pushing Damm to the right and tries to meet him with a head kick, but it's blocked. Dunham steps in, ducks and scores another overhand right. Dunham scores again with the right hand and Damm moves to Dunham's right, which forces him to change directions.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dunham

Round 2: Damm trying to move forward and right away is paying for it, with two hard rights and left score as blood leaks out of the left ear of Damm. The Brazilian scores a nice body kick, however, but Dunham moves right into a double against the fence. Damm stuffs it, but Dunham is all over him. Dunham tries to change directions on a body lock, but Damm uses it to separate. Nice left straight from the American. Dunham eats a body kick, but catches it and uses it to shove Damm to the floor. He tries to hold the Brazilian down, but he separates and stands. Hard one-two for Dunham snaps Damm's head back. Another good jab-cross combo. The two exchange short combos the rest of the round, much of it simply going Dunham's way, albeit without any significant damage.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Dunham

Round 3: Dunham scores good lefts to the body and rights over the top in tight at the end of two combos. Damm eats a right hand, but nearly scores with a right hook of his own. Dunhsm backing Damm to the fence, but whiffs on a diving left straight. Dunham steps right and fires a left straight, which lands clean. Damm's getting tagged and begins slapping himself in the face to encourage a brawl. Damm does land a knee, but Dunham so far isn't taking the bait. Except for one knee in the clinch, Dunham simply outstrikes him in the center of the cage.

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

Evan Dunham def. Rodrigo Damm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Cannonier

Round 1: John McCarthy is the referee.  Jordan is southaw and Cannonier is orthodox. Jordan fires a right hook, but Cannonier moves out of the way. Jordan, however, lands a right-left combo that snaps Canonnier's head back. Cannonier lands a left after Jordan whiffs on a right hook. Cannonier scoring with low kicks, but they're not very authoritative. Seemingly out of nowhere, Jordan clips Cannonier over the top/side of the head and Cannonier collapses. Jordan follows up with a barrage of punches and McCarthy calls the contest.

Shawn Jordan def. Jared Cannonier via KO (punch) at 2:57 of round 1

Marcus Brimage vs. Cody Garbrandt

Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee in charge. Brimage is southpaw while Garbrandt is orthodox. Inside leg kick plus left hand for Garbrandt. An inadvertent groin kick temporarily halts the bout. The bout resumes after a brief delay. Good one-two stuns Brimage, but Brimage is still there moving well. The two exchange and neither gets the best of the other. Garbrandt catches a kick and takes Brimage to the ground. He lands two hard shots on top, but Brimage is able to stand. Flying knee from Garbrandt, but it misses. Another inadvertent groin strike halts the bout. The bout resumes again. Garbrandt eats a punch, but rocks Brimage and follows with a flurry of punches. He's in trouble, but the bell sounds.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Garbrandt

Round 2: Brimage tries to storm Garbrandt, but not much lands and Garbrandt clinches with him to push him back. Garbrandt lands a set of punches, but Brimage lands a left hook on the exit of an exchange. Right inside leg kick followed by a left hook scores now for the Team Alpha Male product. Hard body kick for Garbrandt, but Brimage lands a right hook in response. Good combo now for Brimage lands with a right over the top.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Garbrandt

Round 3: Garbrandt times two right hands to the head of Brimage as he wades in with punches. Brimage times a kick to the post leg of Garbrandt as he's kicking. Garbrandt nearly locks of a triangle, but cartwheels out of it. Hard kick to Brimage's body as he leans in. Left hook finds that mark, too. Right-left combo lands clean for Garbrandt now. In an exchange towards the end of the round, a right hand drops Brimage. Grabrandt was all over him and manages to stand, but gets dropped again. Referee Herb Dean jumps in there to stop it.

Cody Garbrandt def. Marcus Brimage via TKO (punches) at 4:50 of round 3

Danny Castillo vs. Paul Felder

Round 1: The referee in charge is Yves Lavigne. Both fighters open orthodox. Hard series of leg kicks from Felder to open the frame. The bout is halted due to an inadvertent groin strike on Castillo. Castillo ducks a punch and attempts a single, but Felder stuffs it easily. More leg kicks connecting from Felder here. Felder cracks Castillo with a right and follows with another outside leg kick. Felder is relentless with the leg kicking and Castillo is checking none of them. Felder whiffs on a spinning back fist before the bell, but otherwise fought very well.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Felder

Round 2: Sensational trunk movement from Felder as he dodges two lunging punches from Castillo. Wonderful check knee, left hand from Felder, followed by a takedown stuff. Another hard outside leg kick for Felder. Felder blocked a right kick from Castillo, then spun into it with a spinning back fist that lands flush on Castillo and knocks him out cold. That's it. Fight's over in a single strike.

Paul Felder def. Danny Castillo via KO (spinning back fist) at 2:09 of round 2

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