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UFC 173: Anthony Njokuani Vs. Vinc Pichel

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Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel

We head to the lightweight division for the first of five times as Anthony Njokuani takes on Vinc Pichel.

Njokuani (16-7) has been out of action since early in 2013 due to injury, but he scored a knockout victory over Roger Bowling in that fight to improve to 3-3 with the UFC.

Pichel (8-1) rebounded in January to post a decision over Garett Whiteley. He missed all of 2013 after a late 2012 loss to Rustam Khabilov via knockout.

Round 1: Njokuani with a significant reach advantage, both in terms of arm and leg. Great left-jab, quick-kick combo from Njokuani, but he gets poked in the eye off it and is in pain. Njokuani had to have the doctor come in, as he said Pichel’s finger got “all the way in there.” After a long examination, we are back to fighting. His left eye is swollen up already. Big takedown from Pichel, but Njokuani quickly scoots to the cage and is working his way up. Pichel with a nice knee to the body and now he catches Njokuani low. Not a good first round for Njokuani, as he has been poked in the eye and now hit with a knee to the groin. It looked as if Njokuani was hit with at least one more low knee, but the ref did not see it and action continues.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pichel

Round 2: Pichel lands a big Superman punch to the body, as Njokuani fires off some nice kicks. Pichel takes the back and slams Njokuani to the canvas hard. Pichel gets on his feet and starts tagging him with rights, tossing Njokuani around like a rag-doll. More rights and he is dominating this round. Excellent wrestling and ground-and-pound for Pichel as we head under two minutes to go. Big-time knees from Pichel, but Njokuani is able to get free. Pichel powers his way to a double-leg takedown and lands three straight knees to the body. Pichel flattens him out and is working for a rear-naked choke as his corner yells for him to “protect the neck.”

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pichel

Round 3: While Njokuani is obviously down, it’s Pichel coming out with the better striking. Njokuani looks exhausted with four minutes to go in this fight. Left hook misses by Njokuani, who can’t take advantage of an opening while Pichel fires off a kick. Pichel gets in easy for a seventh takedown off a single-leg. More knees to the body from Pichel, who tosses Njokuani over his right shoulder and stepping over into full-mount. He now takes the back, turning him into the fence and peppering his thighs with more knees. A ninth successful takedown for Pichel, who again takes the back, rolls and has his hooks in.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pichel

Vinc Pichel def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)