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UFC 157: Nah-Shon Burrell Vs. Yuri Villefort

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort

We begin the Facebook prelims in the welterweight division, as Nah-Shon Burrell (8-2) takes on Yuri Villefort (6-1). All three Facebook prelim bouts go down at 170 pounds. The referee will be Jason Herzog. Burrell did miss weight by over five pounds, forfeiting a portion of his purse to Villefort.

Round 1: Boxer vs. wrestler bout here, as Burrell wants to stand and trade, which is how things get started. Villefort, though, catches a kick and trips him to the ground, moving quickly to the back. Villefort locks in the hooks and is working for a rear-naked choke a minute in. Burrell fights out of it, but Villefort remains locked in. Burrell gets out and up, and wants the fight standing. Villefort lands a nice leg kick, which Burrell answers with his own. Another nasty kick to the lead leg by Villefort. Burrell goes to the body and drops Villefort, pounces, but gets his leg caught. Burrell avoids the knee lock, but Villefort slides on top. Burrell switches things, stands up and starts walking away, but Villefort jumps to his feet and lands a big right. Burrell with an elbow, and we have a fight on our hands as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Villefort

Round 2: Burrell knocks Villefort down again, and again, walks away. He wants him up and standing, but might want to stop just turning his back, as it allows the Brazilian a chance to attack. Villefort with his own power punches, but Burrell answers back. Big overhand right by Burrell connects. High kick connects by Villefort to the face, and he combos it up with a body shot. Villefort peppering the body, and the two exchange knee strikes. Burrell with a leg kick that nearly sweeps Villefort off his feet. Uppercut-jab combo from Burrell, as blood starts pouring from his opponents face.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Burrell

Round 3: Villefort tucks and goes right for a takedown, which he gets with ease. Quickly to the back and going under the chin for a rear-naked choke, but Burrell gets out. Villefort slides under, Burrell defends and they are standing again. Villefort looking to lock up the heel, while Burrell bloodies his face with several lefts and rights. Villefort still has the leg, but his unable to defend the onslaught of punches and has to release the hold. Burrell worked for a guillotine, but couldn’t get it. Burrell back to the guillotine, but had just one arm locked in and couldn’t secure it. Kick to the face courtesy of Burrell, as Villefort isn’t hitting him with anything of meaning. Shoot attempt, work for a single-leg but unable to get it. Burrell landed over 100 significant strikes, including 96 head ones, while Villefort scored four takedowns.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Burrell

Nah-Shon Burrell def. Yuri Villefort via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)