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UFC 207 live blog: Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg

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Louis Smolka will kick off the UFC 207 main card against Ray Borg on Friday night.
Louis Smolka will kick off the UFC 207 main card against Ray Borg on Friday night.
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This is the UFC 207 live blog for Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg, a catchweight bout at Friday night's UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Smolka, who has won four of his past five fights, will face Borg, who has won three of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 207 live blog below.

Round 1: Referee is Dan Miragliotta for this flyweight bout to kick off UFC 207's main card. They touch gloves. Borg circles — does a full lap. Now Borg to middle, and it's Smolka rolling around. A little feel out process. Right hand from Smolka his forearms. They clinch in the middle, and Smolka grabs Borg's knee and hikes it off the ground. Nothing there, so they break. High kick from Borg, and he slips and goes down, now tries a two-legged upkick that narrowly misses. They are tumbling on the ground, and Borg has Smolka's back. He was trying to transition with hooks, but couldn't quit get it. Borg still has control, and now into side control. As Smolka scrambles, Borg reestablishes the back control. Blood now over Smolka's eye. He is able to stand up, and Borg emphatically takes him right back down. Now he moves into full mount. Borg stretches out to keep his position, and Smolka...it's all he can do to buck Borg off, as Borg goes for an armbar, now an omoplata. Smolka not having it, and he steps out. Or...not quit. Now he's out. Borg looking fantastic in these grappling exchanges. All him so far. Now he delivers a couple of big blows from the side, and Smolka rolls to his knees. Borg postures up, and delivers a short elbow flush on the supine Smolka. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Borg, 10-9.

Round 2: Plenty of blood on Smolka's eye after that round. Borg quickly to center. Tries a high kick, and then threatens a flying knee, but doesn't follow through. Speed all to Borg early. Leg kick from Smolka. Borg able to grab Smolka's side, and takes him down — but Smolka does a nice job in transition, scrambles onto top. Now Borg reverses, and he gets full mount. Can't keep it. Smolka flirting with a heel hook, but so far Borg spinning out. He delivers a big punch as he lies on the canvas. Wow. Back to side control, and Borg continues to vex Smolka from every grappling position. He grabs the neck, and with good poise fishes for an arm — can't get it, and Smolka spins free, but to his back. Borg right back on top, now working in half-guard. Looking for an arm triangle, but that's not there. Smolka scrambles back to his feet, and Borg immediately on him as he peels towards the fence. Right back down. Borg just having his way. Now Smolka is trying for a guillotine choke. Gives that up on the fence, and Borg again in side control. Just a manhandling. Smolka doing his best to compete, but can't get anything going. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Borg, 10-9 (20-18 overall).

Round 3: Heard Borg say he thought his ankle was broken during the break, and yet no limp — odd. Smolka tries to go up top with a combo, which prompts Borg to change levels and drive Smolka into the fence. He drops for a single-leg and here we go again. Borg unable to drop him clean there, but as he turns him off the fence he deals him to his back. Borg now scrambles, and ends up in Smolka's half-guard. Borg climbs on Smolka's back, and he's going to work. Smolka turns in there, and slips back into guard. Now half-guard. Borg coolly grabs Smolka's neck, and has a arm choke. Smolka is hanging in there, but it looks tight. Damn. Now he goes into mount and gives up choke, turns, and right back to work from side control. Smolka literally can't get anything going; he's dealing with a relentless force in the Jackson-Wink product Borg. Borg stays on him, and tries to slam Smolka down — now he does momentarily. They are up, and Smolka has his back on the fence. Just toiling on that fence, is Smolka, trying to stay upright. Smolka able to break, and now with a rare moment of range, tries to throw some leather up top. Side kick. And Smolka steps in with a nice elbow, and a spinning elbow by Borg. It's over. Should be a one-sided victory for Borg, who just had his way in there tonight against Smolka. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Borg, 10-9 (30-27 overall for Borg).

UFC 207 official results: Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)