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UFC Fight Night 41: Luke Barnatt Vs. Sean Strickland

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Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland

The first of three straight middleweight bouts to conclude the card is up, as Luke Barnatt meets Sean Strickland.

Barnatt (8-0) is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter, and has won each of his three UFC fights since his time on the show. His last two wins have been finishes, as he stopped Mats Nilsson earlier this year after submitting Andrew Craig to close out 2013.

Strickland (14-0) will be after his second Octagon win after submitting Bubba McDaniel in March. He owns 11 finishes in his career.

Round 1: Barnatt backing Strickland down, looking very relaxed and throwing his jab. He’s loading up the right-hand, potentially looking to unleash it. Strickland answers and is blocking his kicks. The crowd starts to get restless, shouting out some booing two minutes into the round. Barnatt fakes a Superman punch. Nice left gets through for Strickland. Kick to the lead leg by Strickland nearly sweeps Barnatt off his feet. Barnatt’s nose has been busted open and he takes another inside kick. Very patient approach from Strickland, who lands a nice right. Feeling out process through the round, but things did get interesting late.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Strickland

Round 2: Strickland with a takedown off the bat, landing some nice ground-and-pound. Barnatt, though, uses his legs to push him off and get to his feet. Left hook from Barnatt, but he can’t seem to string anything of significance together. The Brit gets in close and lands a big left, but Strickland has him frustrated and gets free off the fence. Straight right lands from Barnatt and another power shot gets through. A third right lands and Barnatt tries for a takedown. Despite being rocked, Strickland defends and remains upright. Exchange of rights by the two to conclude the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barnatt

Round 3: Barnatt trying to back him down and unleash, as he has opened up a cut over the right eye of Strickland. Solid body kick from Barnatt, and Strickland answers with a quick left jab. Good hook connects by Barnatt and he sizes up the right for a power shot. Barnatt with a takedown, but Strickland works for a leg lock. He’s got the left leg of Barnatt locked up and they are in the 50-50 guard with just over a minute to go. Barnatt slips out and they stand.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barnatt

Sean Strickland def. Luke Barnatt via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)