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UFC 208 live blog: Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier

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Glover Teixeira and Jared Cannonier will square off on the UFC 208 main card Saturday.
Glover Teixeira and Jared Cannonier will square off on the UFC 208 main card Saturday.
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This is the UFC 208 live blog for Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Teixeira, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Cannonier, who is 2-1 in the UFC, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 208 live blog below.

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Round 1: Referee for this light heavyweight fight is Kevin MacDonald. This one might not last long. The touch gloves. Teixeira circles around, and he is waiting for an opening — his hands a shield. Cannonier with a nice jab there, and plenty of respect. He peels around. Another jab from the Alaskan. Teixeira now gets a takedown right in the middle of the cage, and he's in Cannonier's half-guard. He postures out, looking to lay something big down, but Cannonier swaddles him with his arms. Teixiera pivots and he's again in Cannonier's half-guard. He postures up and tries to land some elbows. Now he snags Cannonier's neck, and Cannonier somersaults out of it. But Teixeira still on top, and trying to get into side control. Cannonier from the bottom boxing Teixeira's ears. Crowd letting out some boos as Teixeira continues to fight from the top. He can't get anything big in terms of strikes, as Cannonier is keeping him close. Now Teixeira into full mount. He lands a couple of shots there, but Cannonier able to regain guard. Teixeira just mugging him in there. They stand, and that's a moment for Cannonier to retaliate, and he does. A couple of big shots, one of which hit Teixeira. That's the round. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Teixeira, 10-9.

Round 2: Wide open-armed stance for Cannonier, who is cutting Teixeira off here. Nice left from Teixeira. He wastes little time and grabs a single leg, spinning Cannonier down. They are in the middle of the cage, and Teixeira is landing short elbows. Again, he's trying to advance to side control, and finding that passage difficult. Still, Cannonier is on the bottom helpless to do much. They go on. Teixeira just overpowering Cannonier here. Frustrating the hell out of him, Taking away his entire body of offense. Leaning his hulk into his chest. Making himself into sheer poundage. It's all Teixeira, and the referee stands them up. Biggest cheer from the crowd right there. Right hand from Cannonier was almost like a slap. Some jabs being exchanged on both sides, but nothing with mustard. Front kick from Cannonier was blocked. Teixeira with a wicked right hand there, and that snapped Cannonier out of the lull. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Teixeira, 10-9 (20-18 overall)

Round 3: They have a moment of respect for each other to start the third, and then Teixeira moves in like he feels some urgency. But he doesn't throw, and now he twists Cannonier down in the middle of the cage. Same thing all three rounds. Cannonier with half-guard, and Teixeira trying to drop elbows. There's a lot of limb entanglement, so can't get anything through. Boo birds are out. People on Brooklyn not digging this action. Or lack thereof. Now Teixeira has a great position, as he has Cannonier's back — Cannonier on his belly. Teixeira now in full mount. He gets up too high and Cannonier squiggles out. Back into half-guard. This is a pattern fight, just rinse and repeat. Full mount again from Teixeira. See if he can do anything with it here. Big elbow comes down, but — as he's done for the bulk of this fight — Cannonier wrangles those limbs close to keep the damage minimal. Inside of a minute to this one-sides, unadventurous fight. Cannonier tries to scramble up, but Teixeira is right there to grab his back, kneel on him, and keep him planted to the canvas. Crowd lets up a chorus of boos as they stand at the end. All Teixeira, but not much in the way of aesthetics. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Teixeira, 10-9 (30-27 overall for Teixeira)

UFC 208 official results: Glover Teixeira def Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)