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UFC Fight Night 25: Matt Riddle Vs. Lance Benoist

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Round 1: They touch gloves and get set. Benoist lands an inside leg kick before sending home a crisp straight left that stuns Riddle. Benoist showing serious stand-up prowess, barely missing a hook kick. Riddle presses Benoist into the fence, where he lands a nice knee. Benoist lands a knee to Riddle’s cup that makes him gag. He takes a minute and they get back to it. Benoist throws a front kick and gives the takedown up as a result. Benoist actively trying to work his way out from under Riddle, demonstrating the ability to prevent Riddle from getting off with too much offense. Benoist uses a kimura to sweep directly into full mount. Riddle regains half guard, but Benoist is holding him against the fence and looking to land shots. Benoist lands some hard shots from half guard. scores the round 10-9 for Benoist

Round 2: Benoist lands a nice one-two. Riddle establishes the plum, but Benoist shakes him off. Riddle drops for a double and completes it. Benoist gets to his feet, but Riddle stays leaning into him against the fence. Good knee by Riddle as the battle from the clinch. Benoist hits a takedown; he postures up and lands some hard shots. Benoist is bleeding heavily from the nose, but still maintaining a solid offensive output from top position. Riddle lands a nice up-kick. Riddle rolls for an armbar, but Benoist defends well. Riddle trying to get off with elbows from his back. scores the round 10-9 for Benoist

Round 3: Benoist opens with a hard straight left. They clinch and Riddle lands some nice knees. Benoist drives for the takedown, but Riddle avoids it and starts teeing off. Benoist circles away, but Riddle gets hold of him and takes him down. Benoist very skillfully regains full guard from side control. Riddle grinding on Benoist against the fence, holding him down and working short elbows and punches. Riddle lands a hard shot that worsens the damage to Benoist’s nose. Benoist doing his best to fight to his feet, but the best he can do is regain guard. Benoist doing well avoiding damage from the bottom, but Riddle lands a pair of hard elbows. Riddle pops out of guard with seconds left and tries to tee off, but Benoist breaks his posture quickly. scores the round 10-9 for Riddle

Lance Benoist defeated Matt Riddle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)