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UFC 231 live blog: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak

Hakeem Dawodu faces off with Kyle Bochniak ahead of their featherweight bout at UFC 231 on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto
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TORONTO — This is the UFC 231 live blog for Hakeem Dawodu vs. Kyle Bochniak, a featherweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at Scotiabank Arena.

Dawodu, who is coming off of his first UFC win in July, faces Bochniak, who has alternated wins and losses in five UFC appearances, on the main card.

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Round 1: Yves Lavigne on hand to officiate this one. Dawodu going to work early with kicks, chipping away at Bochniak’s lead leg. Bochniak responding with a leg kick of his own. Dawodu with the early volume advantage, mixing things up well to the head and body. Bochniak looking to counter punch. Neither man over-committing in round one. Bochniak misses on a punch and Dawodu makes him pay with a quick three-strike combination. Dawodu throws a straight right that backs an off-balance Bochniak up. Bochniak with a 1-2. The ab is working well for Dawodu. Lunging kick by Dawodu is a little low, but Bochniak shrugs it off. Bochniak times a takedown and dumps Dawodu on his back, Dawodu quickly back up with Bochniak clinging onto him. He works to drag Dawodu down again, not doing much damage though. Dawodu works to create separation and their back in striking range.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Dawodu

Round 2: Dawodu coming out fast and forcing Bochniak to defend against leg kicks and punching combinations up top. That jab is keeping Bochniak from being too aggressive. Leg kick, punch to the body by Dawodu. Bochniak catches a kick, raises Dawodu’s leg up high and pushes forward for a takedown. Dawodu rolls through and he’s back up in a flash. Body kick by Bochniak. Punch up top and a knee to the body land for Dawodu as Bochniak whiffs on an elbow. Now it’s Bochniak who lands a knee to the body and a leg kick. Dawodu pressing forward with the jab. Dawodu rarely throwing just single shots. Bochniak finally lands a counter-right, but Dawodu has been outpacing him by a wide margin. Another late takedown attempt by Bochniak, this time it’s blocked. Dawodu throwing 1-2 combinations freely.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Dawodu. Overall, 20-18 Dawodu

Round 3: Dawodu landing accurately from distance to start the round. His jab is opening everything up for him. Bochniak catches a kick and drives in, but Dawodu gets his back against the fence and slips away. 1-2 for Bochniak, Dawodu answers with a knee to the body. Fight is getting scrappy with some even exchanges. Bochniak deep on a takedown and he lands in half-guard. Dawodu turns onto his knees and eats some punches on the ground before walking his way up the fence. They separate. Another punching exchange and Bochniak drops his hands while walking forward. Dawodu not taking the bait, he’s keeping his boxing tight. Now it’s Dawodu whose hands are low as he fires an uppercut. Head-body combo lands for Dawodu. Dawodu continuing his pursuit in the final seconds. He stuffs another takedown. It’s all Dawodu at the end, he’s making Bochniak miss and landing with his own punches, capped off by a straight kick to the body that has Bochniak wincing.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Dawodu. Overall, 30-27 Dawodu

Official result: Hakeem Dawodu def. Kyle Bochniak via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)