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UFC On FUEL TV 9: Papy Abedi Vs. Besam Yousef

Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef

We begin things in the welterweight division, as hometown fighters Papy Abedi (8-2) and Besam Yousef (6-1) enter the Octagon. The referee in charge will be Robert Sundel.

Round 1: We start off like the Evans-Nogueira match from earlier this year with a lot of popping of Yousef to the lead-hand of Abedi. Now, some kicks are thrown in by both fighters. Abedi working the inside leg kicks, doing early damage to Yousef’s calf area. Yousef catches him with some solid strikes, and a trip takedown scores. Abedi gets the advantage, moving to the top, and into guard. Knee to the body connects from Abedi, but allows Yousef to get to his feet. Yousef finishes strong inside the clinch with some solid rights and knees, but Abedi gets a late takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Abedi

Round 2: Back inside the clinch, with Yousef gaining the upperhand. Big uppercut connects from Yousef. Into the guard of Yousef goes Abedi, landing some nice elbows. Abedi with a solid knee to the body, and has his takedown attempt stuffed. Pair of elbows connect from Yousef, as do more shots to the body. Yousef looks fresh, while Abedi appears to be winded. Plenty of power strikes have damaged the body of Abedi.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yousef

Round 3: Yousef comes flying in, working the body with more big blows. Abedi scores a trip takedown, his first since the opening round. Abedi takes the back and has an opening, punishing the body himself in side control. Yousef is able to survive the ground attack, and is now in top position. The ref, though, quickly stands them up as we go under a minute left. Big right catches Abedi.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Yousef

Papy Abedi def. Besam Yousef via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)