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UFC 194 live blog: Jacare Souza vs. Yoel Romero

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Jacare Souza squares off against Yoel Romero at UFC 194 on Saturday night.
Jacare Souza squares off against Yoel Romero at UFC 194 on Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 194 live blog for Jacare Souza vs. Yoel Romero, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Souza, who has won eight straight fights, will face Romero, who has won six straight fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 194 live blog below.

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Round 1: Marc Goddard is the referee. Romero is southpaw, circling, Jacare is orthodox. Right hand lands for Jacare as he reaches, but misses on the follow up. Lots of feints and movement from Romero, but not a lot of action and Jacare drives a left hook to the body. Romero drives into a leaping left that's blocked, but got Jacare's attention. Left over the top from Romero lands, but not clean. Spinning backfist from Romero drops Jacare, but Jacare moves into full guard. Jacare's getting pounded on and shucks off a triangle attempt. Jacare tries to find an armbar and Romero escapes.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Romero

Round 2: The two circle each other. Jacare shoots for a takedown and gets stuffed. Romero tries to reverse Jacare into the mat, but the Brazilian stuffs that as well. Jacare whiffs on a single, but gets the body lock. Jacare nearly scores the takedown, but Romero holds the fence. By the time he lets go, Jacare is reversed. Referee Goddard stops the action and stands them up to compensate. Jacare eats a right, but drives a left to the body of Romero. Jacare times an overhand right and attempts a takedown, but Romero stuffs it. Front kick to the body lands for Souza. Hard inside leg kick lands for Romero before the bell sounds.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Jacare

Round 3: Jacare ducks a punch and barely clips Romero in response. Hard outside leg kick scores for Jacare. Romero fakes a takedown and lands an overhand right. Jacare tries to time a takedown off of a right hand and can't, but scores a hard body kick. Hard overhand left scores now for Romero. Jacare lands a series of hard punches against the fence, then takes down Romero. Jacare is on top in half guard while he fires a series of punches on top. Jacare is on top and seemingly avoiding mount. Romero controls Jacare's wrist and is able to stand.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Jacare and the fight 29-28 Jacare

Yoel Romero def. Jacare Souza via split decision (29-27, 28-29, 29-28)