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UFC 157: Dennis Bermudez Vs. Matt Grice

Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice

Featherweights hit the Octagon, as Dennis Bermudez (9-3) takes on Matt Grice (15-4). The referee will be Herb Dean.

Round 1: Bermudez lands a stiff right and ties up Grice against the fence. Both men like to use their wrestling background to impose their will. Grice with a takedown, but Bermudez rolls over and lands in mount, firing off several uncontested rights to the face. An elbow gets through, as Bermudez continues to punish by tying up the right arm of Grice. Bermudez landed 40 significant strikes during the brief period of action. Bermudez working the neck, but unable to secure a choke and forced to release it. Exchange of rights and leg kicks by the two. Grice with a left hook-elbow combo that excites Joe Rogan at Octagon-side. Bermudez with a leg kick-jab that rocks Grice, closing the distance, dropping for a single-leg, but unable to get it. Grice makes him pay on the break, and floors Bermudez with a vicious left hook that drops him. Bermudez is back up, and fighting for survival with his wrestling skills. Grice finishes the round with another combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Grice

Round 2: Grice’s striking is on point, as he floors Bermudez and lands another left hook again just seconds later. Grice shoots, and Bermudez doing a nice job of fighting it off as he switches to a double-leg attempt and scores. Grice quickly transitions to the back, but Bermudez is able to reverses things. Grice has a cut on his forehead, as Bermudez was able to catch him coming in earlier in the round. Flying right from Bermudez connects, but he’s unable to score with the takedown attempt. Illegal knee by Bermudez, but no stoppage and the round comes to an end as Bermudez is unable to finish off a choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Grice

Round 3: Bermudez storms after Grice, knowing he is down, and drops him. Bermudez pounces and is looking to finish, teeing off on Grice with uncontested lefts and rights. Short elbows are blooding up the face of Grice, as he has the left arm tied up. Bermudez with an uppercut and several jabs, and is now just throwing everything at a wobbling Grice. Grice is trying to fight back, and is somehow standing still. Another knee by Bermudez, but Grice catches a kick and has survived for now. The ref nearly stopped it, starting to step in but decided to back up. Great job of officiating by Herb Dean. Vicious uppercut by Bermudez lands, as he throws a spinning back kick but misses. Bermudez is just throwing everything he can, jabs, uppercuts, knees, but Grice is still standing – somehow. Both men are exhausted, as they nearly fall over. Less than 40 seconds left, and Grice connects with a left. They end the round throwing everything they can at each other. What an incredible fight between two men who left it all inside the Octagon.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bermudez

Dennis Bermudez def. Matt Grice via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)