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UFC On Fuel TV: Anton Kuivanen Vs. Justin Salas

The following is from our live coverage of UFC On Fuel TV 1. To access our full coverage, click here.

Round 1: Salas shoots in for a single, but backs off when Kuivanen starts to fight him off. Salas trying to close the gap and move in behind hard punches, but Kuivanen is thwarting him with superior striking technique. Kuivanen showing solid takedown defense as well. Salas touches Kuivanen with a stiff jab as he moves forward. Salas hits a powerful takedown as Kuivanen backs up. Salas playing Kuivanen’s legs, trying to pass or land punches. Kuivanen trips Salas as he does so and uses the time to get to his feet. Kuivanen tags Salas with a hard straight right counter to the push kick. Kuivanen putting on the pressure standing, landing some good kicks. Salas with a body kick and Kuivanen returns fire. Salas catches it and hits a nice takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Salas

Round 2: This is a very competitive fight so far, but Salas has been adjusting to Kuivanen’s technical attack with solid counters and a well-timed wrestling offense. Salas drives for the takedown, pressing Kuivanen into the cage. Neither man able to put much together two minutes into the second. Salas tries for a takedown but the stout Kuivanen thwarts him. Both men getting in a few good shots, but neither taking a very clear edge. Salas goes for the single and Kuivanen defends it easily. Salas grates Kuivanen against the fence and gets him down briefly with a nice trip, but Kuivanen gets right back to his feet and lands a mean body kick. Salas tries a knee and Kuivanen knocks him off balance, but can’t do much to capitalize before Salas pops to his feet. Salas shoots with about twenty seconds to go and Kuivanen denies him again. Salas backs off and lands a good right hand.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Salas hits a nice left body kick to start off the last round. Salas relentless in seeking the takedown, planting Kuivanen against the cage. Big right hand for Salas, and another. Kuivanen threatening with the heel hook. Salas uses the cage to roll out of it and he retains top position. Salas standing over Kuivanen and dropping big punches. A left cracks Kuivanen, but he works to his feet anyway. Kuivanen with a right straight. Salas tries for a takedown, but gets denied. Salas grating Kuivanen against the fence, landing a nice elbow before separating. Kuivanen sits down on a hard one-two, but then gets taken down. Salas passes to side control; Kuivanen recovers half guard. Kuivanen to his feet with ten seconds to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Salas

Justin Salas defeated Anton Kuivanen via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)