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UFC 159: Leonard Garcia Vs. Cody McKenzie

Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie

We remain at featherweight, as two fighters in need of a victory square off. Leonard Garcia (15-10-1) has dropped four straight, while his opponent, Cody McKenzie (13-3), is 1-3 in his last four. Dan Miragliotta is the referee.

Round 1: McKenzie quickly takes the back, drags Garcia to the ground and is looking for a submission right away in this one. Body triangle secured by McKenzie, who is peppering Garcia with lefts and rights but is unable to secure the choke yet. McKenzie remains in control on the ground and is hammering down lefts, rights and elbows both from the mount and while on the back. Garcia starts turning into it but is caught in a choke for a brief moment. Garcia finally breaks out, only to eat a pair of lefts and have McKenzie on top with a triangle attempt now, but the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McKenzie

Round 2: McKenzie shoots, but Garcia shakes free and remains upright. McKenzie transitions smoothly to guard and is seeking another choke. Garcia survives this time and gets to his feet, unloading with a kick that connects. Nice knee to the body by McKenzie, who scores another takedown and locks in the body triangle quickly, working for another choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McKenzie

Round 3: Garcia knows he is behind, and comes out like it, swinging for the fences. Big right lands by Garcia, as McKenzie kind of shakes the cobwebs out. Right kick to the head, but McKenzie fires back with a combo and Garcia just smiles and seems to say “Bring it.” Garcia throws a series of swooping lefts and rights that miss, and McKenzie lands a straight left jab. Knee to the body by McKenzie connects as we go under two minutes. Nice left by McKenzie, as he holds the head of Garcia. Trip takedown from McKenzie likely seals the unanimous decision victory unless he gets himself caught.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McKenzie

Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)