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UFC 137: Ramsey Nijem Vs. Danny Downes

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Round 1: They touch gloves and circle. Nijem lunges in immediately, he tages Downes with several winging shots before taking Downes to the mat. Nijem taking Downes’ back against the fence, riding him as he tries to stand up. Downes separates himself, but eats more wild punches by Nijem. Nijem hits another easy takedown, hammering Downes’ ribs with elbows. Nijem landing good elbows to the head as Downes tries to scramble up. Downes gets to his feet, but Nijem lands a good knee as he does. Nijem follows Downes and drags him back down against the fence. Downes is back up, but Nijem stays on him and lands knees to the thighs before getting a slick takedown and immediately taking Downes’ back. Nijem looking for the rear naked choke, but Downes defends well. Nijem switching between ground and pound and the choke. Nijem looks close to completing it, but Downes defends. Nijem gives up the position and they take to their feet, where Nijem looks a little slower. He goes in for the takedown, but this time Downes defends it briefly. Nijem gets him back down and takes his back again with about thirty to go. He threatens with the choke again and rides Downes’ back until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nijem

Round 2: Downes gives two and takes two, but Nijem lands harder. Nijem comes in behind a pair of punches and a kick to take Downes to the mat. Downes sets up the crucifix and briefly threatens with an inverted triangle, but can’t keep either position. Nijem stays on him and puts his back on the mat, working from top position. Downes looking for a leg, but eating shots for his efforts. Nijem sets up a slick mount and pounds on Downes before Downes gives up his back. Nijem sinks the choke and it looks tight, but Downes survives. Nijem continues to dominate the grappling, smothering Downes and threatening with submissions and ground and pound from most every position. Downes briefly gets to his feet, but Nijem muscles him back down. Nijem takes Downes’ back and lands nice elbows to the body and the head. Nijem grabs the choke yet again but can’t finish it. He puts on the body triangle with just over ten seconds to go, but still can’t sink the choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nijem

Round 3: Nijem grabs the collar tie and lands some dirty boxing to the head and body. Nijem keeps right in Downes’ face and eventually forces him to the mat. Nijem sets up the crucifix briefly, abandoning that to take Downes’ back. Nijem just dominating Downes on the mat, transitioning almost as he pleases. Nijem takes Downes’ back with one hook in, landing punches repeatedly against the fence. Downes is suffering another one-sided beatdown under the UFC banner, giving Ramsey Nijem a coming out party at lightweight. Nijem smothering Downes against the cage, preventing him from standing for any extended period. Nijem takes Downes’ back and locks in the body triangle, threatening with the rear naked again. Nijem flattens him out and pounds on him, but Downes still manages to survive somehow. Nijem goes for the choke again, but can’t force the tap. He rides out the round on Downes’ back, tagging him with elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nijem

Ramsey Nijem defeated Danny Downes via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)