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UFC Fight Night 27: Roger Bowling Vs. Abel Trujillo

Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo

Two lightweights in desperate need of a victory start off our action, as Roger Bowling (11-4) battles Abel Trujillo (10-5). Bowling, a former Strikeforce veteran, is on a two-fight losing skid, while Trujillo had his five-fight win streak snapped by Khabib Nurmagomedov. The referee will be Rob Hinds, as maybe 100 people enjoy this battle from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

You can always tell when the UFC is back in the U.S. for early prelims, as they do not show like Brazilians.

Round 1: Bowling connects with several huge rights, and Trujillo responds with a counter-left. Big-time punches being thrown by these lightweights. Combo from Trujillo gets through, as they are both just standing and trading. Bowling with a combo, but Trujillo answers. Bowling picks him up and lands a huge double-leg power takedown. Trujillo quickly to his feet and lands a knee to the body in the process. Trujillo with a left-right-knee combination, keeping Bowling at bay with his jab. Trujillo scores a takedown off a rush-in attack, and switches to side-control. Not a great idea by the camera crew to pan out, showing nobody in the arena yet for this one. Several vicious knees to the body for Trujillo, who has his hands locked around the waist. Bowling gets an opening and goes for a guillotine choke with just 30 seconds left. Trujillo survives and lands a combo to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Trujillo

Round 2: Right back to standing and banging, and Bowling shoots for a takedown. Trujillo gets back to his feet and fires off some big left hooks that land. Bowling lands a leg kick, and appears to have more pop in his step as Trujillo looks winded. Bowling with a big left and a body shot. A flurry from Bowling against the fence and a takedown, but that might provide him a chance to catch his breath and recover. Another left hook from Bowling, and Trujillo answers back with his own. One more takedown, as Bowling listens in to his corner and does as instructed. Bowling works to the back, offering a thumbs-up that he is fine, and works out. Just as both are looking to stand up as the round ends, Trujillo connects with a pair of illegal knees. The first one was to the chest and the second one was to the head.

The referee has instructed Trujillo he will take a point away, but Bowling has an obvious broken nose, as blood is pouring. His ability to continue is being looked over by the physician. The ref has stated he will not disqualify Trujillo for the infraction, but a second one will result in him being DQ’ed. Upon further review, the right hand broke the nose.

The doctor has stated Bowling was knocked out and cannot allow him to continue. This will be called a no-contest, as Bowling went after Trujillo to ask what happened.

Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo ruled a no-contest (illegal knee) at 4:57 of Round 2