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UFC Fight Night 41: Viktor Pesta Vs. Ruslan Magomedov

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Viktor Pesta vs. Ruslan Magomedov

Let’s start the busy day with heavyweights, as Viktor Pesta takes on Ruslan Magomedov.

Pesta (9-0) is making his Octagon debut after earning seven regional stoppage victories. Magomedov (11-1) picked up a win over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in his last bout.

Round 1: Pesta lands the first good strike, comes in flying to land another right and loses his balance. He almost catches a nasty kick to the face, but it was to the body. A takedown attempt is denied by Magomedov, who fights it off and gets free. Pesta trains with Alexander Gustafsson, the No. 1 contender to the UFC’s light heavyweight title. Quick right lands from Pesta and Magomedov shoots off a big head kick that misses. Magomedov catches him with a right hook and a kick, but Pesta is standing still. He looks wobbly and is retreating, and Magomedov is coming after him. He shoots for a takedown to try and gain his balance back. Pesta catches him with the clinch and lands a pair of knees. Magomedov goes down and Pesta is on top, pounding away with vicious ground-and-pound. Magomedov tries to tie him up, but is eating a lot of punches to the face. Pesta takes half-guard as we go under a minute in the round, but is unable to gain a better advantage. Two elbows get through the defense and Pesta stands up to power down with big strikes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pesta

Round 2: Magomedov with a good kick to the body to start the action, as these two have been a little more leery to engage. Nice counter from Magomedov, who catches Pesta coming in a little too far. Perfect double-leg takedown for Pesta, but Magomedov does a great job of working to get to the fence and begin the climb back up. Big knee just misses from Pesta. Magomedov lands with the right, catching him coming in unprotected. Right-leg head kick from Magomedov, but he’s unable to get much power behind it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pesta

Round 3: Pesta gets in close and lands with the uppercut, following up with a back elbow. Magomedov defends a takedown and lands a nice left. Pesta tries again for a takedown and gets denied, while Magomedov makes him pay with a huge uppercut. Some heavy breathing for Pesta, who appears to have used up a lot of energy trying for the takedown. Good pair of exchanges from both fighters, with Magomedov getting the better of the attacks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Magomedov

Rashid Magomedov def. Vitor Pesta via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)