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UFC 242 live blog: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Diego Ferreira

Mairbek Taisumov faces off with Diego Ferreira ahead of their lightweight bout Saturday at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi
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This is the UFC 242 live blog for Mairbek Taisumov vs. Diego Ferreira, a lightweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at The Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Taisumov, who has won six straight fights, faces Ferreira, who has won four straight fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 242 live blog below.

Round 1: Referee Herb Dean overseeing this one. Ferreira takes the center, he pumps a few jabs. Taisumov staying patient as usual. 1-2 by Taisumov. Ferreira looking to be the aggressor but he’s getting caught by glancing punches. Uppercut by Taisumov, Ferreira counters with a right hook. Ferreira not afraid of Taisumov’s power, he’s wading right in. Kick by Taisumov catches Ferreira’s spin, knocking him off balance momentarily. Right hand over the top catches Ferreira behind the ear, he’s stunned, but recovers. Ferreira has been in Taisumov’s face this whole round. Lunging right by Taisumov catches Ferreira as he’s throwing a kick to the body. Taisumov circling out of the range of Ferreria’s high kicks. Ferreira lands a few punches of his own to close the round.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Taisumov.

Round 2: Left hand by Taisumov, Ferreira clips him with a high kick. Taisumov continuing to counter well, but Ferreira is keeping up the pressure and his accuracy looks better. Judo throw by Taisumov and Ferreira immediately springs out of it. Looked nice, though. Dean steps in to warn Ferreira about a potential head butt in the clinch. They’re reset in the center of the cage. Ferreira beating Taisumov to the punch now, it looks like he’s out-striking Taisumov 2-to-1. Body kick by Ferreira. Some blood on the bridge of Taisumov. Ferreira pulling away in the striking now, Taisumov only responding with single shots. Right hand by Ferreira lands clean.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Ferreira. Overall, 19-19.

Round 3: Good kick to the body by Taisumov, but Ferreira will not stop coming forward. Great head movement by the Brazilian fighter who isn’t letting Taisumov land a clean counter. Body-head punching combo by Ferreira, then an inside leg kick. Taisumov working the jab, but Ferreira answers with a crisp combination. Another 1-2 by Ferreira lands. Ferreira’s jab is on point. Hard 1-2 bounces Taisumov’s head back. Big head kick by Ferreira. He is connecting with everything. Ferreira has to be over 300 attempted strikes right now. The middle of Taisumov’s face is well-bloodied. Ferreira pieces Taisumov up against the cage. He finishes a combo with a head kick. Non-stop offense by Ferreira until the buzzer sounds.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Ferreira. Overall, 29-28 Ferreira.

Official result: Diego Ferreira def. Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)