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Round 1: They touch gloves, Brown quickly pumping out a double jab. Cope comes right back at him but misses. Brown ends a nice combo with a hard right leg kick. Cope with a right that throws Brown off-balance. Brown resets and comes back after Cope. Cope keeping Brown back with kicks, but Brown gets hold of him and presses him into the cage, where he lands a pair of knees before eventually being turned into the fence. Cope keeping Brown grated on the fence; he lands a hard right elbow. Brown makes space and lands a hard knee on the break. Brown shoots for and gets the takedown. Cope is quickly to his feet, though Brown still has him round the waist. Brown working knees to the midsection and legs. Cope reverses and looks to work elbows while pummeling. Brown returns the favor and then drops for a takedown. Cope spreads out and defends, but Brown gets him down after switching to the high crotch and sweeping the leg. Cope back up to his feet, where he hits a knee. Brown taking some deep breaths. Brown with a slick leg kick, but his offense has slowed. A hard one-two elicits a trademark “Woo!” from Cope.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brown
Round 2: Another glove touch and Brown goes on the attack, sending a right hand over the top and then landing a body kick. Brown with a crisp left to disrupt Cope’s forward movement. Cope briefly knocks Brown off-balance, but Brown comes right back after him and make him pay with a nice combination of punches and kicks. Brown staggers Cope with a hard right hand and then sends him to the mat with a left hook. The follow up ground and pound is academic, this one’s over.
Matt Brown defeated Chris Cope via KO (punches) at 1:19 of round 2