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UFC 156: Yves Edwards Vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Our first of three lightweight matches is up next, as Yves Edwards (42-18-1) welcomes Isaac Vallie-Flagg (13-3-1) to the Octagon. Vallie-Flagg is unbeaten in his last 11 fights, going 10-0-1, including a win over Gesias Cavalcante. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: These two have a combined age of 70 years old, as Edwards is 36 and Vallie-Flagg is 34. Edwards with an excellent uppercut off a counter strike. Vallie-Flagg looking to work the body, lands a nice shot as he mixes levels. Head kick just misses by Edwards, who also lands a right on the exit. Straight right gets through by Vallie-Flagg. Knees to the body by Vallie-Flagg as they tie up. Edwards throws off a big kick to the head as they separate. Edwards catches him with a knee, but Vallie-Flagg gets inside and uses some dirty boxing, firing off several short, precise uppercuts. Straight right, followed by a left-right combo from Vallie-Flagg. Superman punch fails to connect by IVF, who again ties him up. Flying knee from Edwards as Vallie-Flagg works for a single-leg takedown. Edwards just flung himself into the air and landed back on his free leg. Nice body shots by Vallie-Flagg to close the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg

Round 2: Vallie-Flagg coming right out at Edwards, just like his corner informed him. Vallie-Flagg catches a leg and powers him up against the fence, looking for a trip takedown while also tying Edwards up in the clinch. Edwards breaks free and goes back to striking with IVF. Knees to the body by Edwards, while Vallie-Flagg fires off short, quick rights to the body. Edwards gets through on several uppercuts, but doesn’t seem to faze his opponent. Edwards grabs a leg and gets his first takedown, working to pass the guard. Edwards into side control with just under two minutes left. Edwards mounts, and as Vallie-Flagg rolls over, he takes the back and locks in a body triangle.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edwards

Round 3: More of Vallie-Flagg pushing forward and Edwards countering everything he throws. Vallie-Flagg really putting together nice combs, kicking the leg and firing off straight jabs. Vallie-Flagg pins him against the cage and rattles off several lefts and rights. Big uppercut gets through for Edwards, but he’s unable to follow up. Exchange of rights, and Vallie-Flagg lands a knee directly to the face. Vallie-Flagg fights off the takedown attempt, and goes to work on the body. Series of elbows to the head by IVF, and both fighters have small cuts now. Vallie-Flagg is firing at will, as Edwards is unable to defend or block anything right now. Edwards gets a second wind and lands a straight right, but Vallie-Flagg is hitting three and four shots to every one by Edwards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg

Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Yves Edwards via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)