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UFC 175: Marcus Brimage Vs. Russell Doane

ufc 175

Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane

We begin the main card in the bantamweight division, as Marcus Brimage faces off against Russell Doane.

Brimage (6-2) will be competing for the first time since a loss in early 2013 to Conor McGregor that snapped a four-fight win streak. Doane (13-3) has won his last two and four of his last five overall.

Round 1: Doane comes out and scores right away, looking for a choke. He’s transitioned to the back and has his legs locked up. Doane has him flattened out, but Brimage fights off the rear-naked choke. Still, Doane quickly pounces on his back and has hooks in with two minutes to go. Brimage doing a wonderful job of fighting off the choke, but he remains locked up. Brimage uses his power and gets free, going right after Doane to try and make up for lost time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Doane

Round 2: Brimage comes out strong, taking Doane down with a shot. Doane, though, gets right back to his feet without taking much damage. Doane switches levels and scores with a takedown. Just like the first round, Doane secures the back and is working to get his hooks in. Brimage uses his own wrestling to get back to his feet. Doane tries for another takedown and Brimage rolls, staying upright.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage

Round 3: Brimage with a takedown off a high-kick, but Brimage wants nothing to do with the ground game and escapes a possible submission. Brimage targeting the lead leg with some heavy, heavy strikes. He almost swept Doane off his feet with the latest. Now a nasty inside leg kick for Brimage connects. Doane pulls guard, Brimage on top and he releases, back to the feet we go. Good finish with his hands and feet by Doane to conclude the round, pressuring until the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage

Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)