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UFC 168: William Macario Vs. Bobby Voelker

William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker

We’ll wrap up our two-fight online prelims with welterweights William Macario (6-1) and Bobby Voelker (24-10).

Macario suffered his first pro defeat at the hands of Leonardo Santos in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 this past June, while Voelker is looking for his first UFC win in three tries after losses to Patrick Cote and Robbie Lawler this year.

Round 1: Macario is the more effective striker, landing with ease. The Brazilian is giving the large contingent of supporters something to cheer about early, but Voelker has an iron chin. Maybe Voelker just wants to wear him out, as Macario has never gone the distance. Big shot by Macario connects again, and he has him caught up against the fence, landing knees and shots with ease and effectiveness. Macario is even doing the Anderson Silva-like hands down stance, following that up with a takedown. Voelker is getting a little offense going, but Macario is avoiding most of it with ease.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Macario

Round 2: A little more aggressiveness by Voelker, who is putting pressure on the younger fighter. Macario, though, lands an easy takedown to halt the momentum. Macario catches Voelker coming in with a nice counter, stopping him in his tracks. Nasty cut, likely from an elbow by Macario, on the face of the American. He goes to the body, follows up with a pair of knees and has Voelker up against the fence. More short elbows, another knee and Macario is just so effective. Voelker’s face is a crimson mess, as Macario is connecting on 70-percent of his strikes according to Mike Goldberg. Voelker is saying he can see, but there is tons of blood and he might have a broken nose. He tells the doctor he is fine and we are back to action. Voelker, amid bleeding like a faucet, lands a nice kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Macario

Round 3: Just a nasty cut on Voelker, as his face is a bloody mess just moments after being wiped up. He is coming out hot again, going after Macario and attacking. Between strikes, Voelker has to wipe the blood away so he can see and breath easier. A great performance by the Brazilian, who is calm and relaxed; not attacking wildly despite being in complete control. Another elbow gets through and Macario tells Voelker to come after him. One more takedown by Macario, who proceeds to get back to his feet and continue picking him apart.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Macario

William Macario def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)