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UFC Fight Night 40: Chris Cariaso Vs. Louis Smolka

ufc fight night 40

Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka

Let’s kick the main card off with flyweight action, as Chris Cariaso takes on Louis Smolka.

Cariaso (16-5) has won his last two, defeating Danny Martinez and Iliarde Santos. Prior to that, he had lost two straight after winning three in a row.

Smolka (7-0) earned a win in his UFC debut by besting Alptekin Ozkilic earlier this year. The Hawaiian has won two fights by knockout and four more via submission.

Round 1: Smolka backing Cariaso up against the fence, throws a huge head kick that goes over his head. Cariaso, though, lands a counter and they lock up. Smolka with a nice knee to the body inside the clinch, as these two are feelign each other out. Cariaso with a head kick of his own, as his striking has been on-point. Despite a huge reach advantage, Smolka has not been able to use it, as he keeps getting tied up. Rapid-fire lefts to the body from Smolka from in close, as he drops for a single-leg against the fence. Cariaso rolls into a submission, but Smolka counters.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso

Round 2: Cariaso to the back in the middle of the Octagon and has both hooks in. He’s working for a rear-naked choke with four minutes to go, transitioning to a neck crank for the moment. Smolka remains calm and transitions out and gets to his feet. Potential armbar for Cariaso, who shifts to a triangle and back to the armbar, but Smolka counters. Nice exchange on the ground. Cariaso has negated the disadvantage, using his experience to pick Smolka apart. Beautiful combo lands from Cariaso, as Smolka’s head snaps back and we go under a minute. Cariaso locked in a choke and had it tight, but the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso

Round 3: Smolka sensing he is behind, as he is trying to push the tempo. Nice takedown from the youngster and he goes to work. Smolka gets the full mount as we go under three minutes and he lands a big elbow from the position. Smolka doing a great job of avoiding the submission attempts of Cariaso, but he is able to get to his feet with two minutes left. Good exchange with 90 seconds left, as they trade lefts. Smolka and Cariaso finish off standing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Smolka

Chris Cariaso def. Louis Smolka via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)