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UFC Fight Night 44: Joe Ellenberger Vs. James Moontasri

ufc fight night 44

Joe Ellenberger vs. James Moontasri

Our second straight lightweight tilt will see the long-awaited debut of Joe Ellenberger, as he takes on James Moontasri.

Ellenberger (14-1) is the brother of welterweight Jake Ellenberger and has gone through numerous opponent changes. Moontasri (7-1) will also be fighting for the first time with the UFC.

Round 1: Ellenberger shoots for a takedown, but does eat a straight right. Doing a nice job of avoiding the takedown at the moment and he stays upright. Moontasri with a knee, but Ellenberger grabs the neck and has a headlock secured. He lands a knee from the clinch to the head. Moontasri survives and gets to his feet again and they square off. Moontasri connects and pounces, landing a huge uppercut that floors Ellenberger. Moontasri now inside the guard and he opens up Ellenberger with a shot. Big lefts being hammered down by Moontasri, as Ellenberger tries to lock him up. Instead of punching himself out, Moontasri asks him to get up and Ellenberger is wobbly. He’s still throwing bombs, but eats another big left hand and tries for a single-leg takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moontasri

Round 2: Ellenberger gets a takedown and is on the back of Moontasri, looking to lock up a rear-naked choke as we go under four minutes. Ellenberger goes high and gets both hooks in, but he a bit out of position. He switches to a mount and lands a pair of heavy elbows. Strong ground-and-pound for Ellenberger and he transitions to a D’arce choke. Moontasri rolls the right way and he gets free. Now it’s Moontasri who has a busted face, and a possible broken nose. He decides to bring the fight standing, as both men are breathing heavily. Moontasri connects, but Ellenberger scores a takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ellenberger

Round 3: Ellenberger goes right in for a takedown to start, working hard against the fence. Perfectly-designed takedown for Ellenberger this time, improving his position and landing good shots to Moontasri’s face. Moontasri retaliates and is firing back, as both men are taking breathing heavily. Moontasri notices the camera on him while Ellenberger is trying to advance and smiles, showing a busted nose and blood all over. Moontasri inside the guard and just throwing weak shots to the body, as Ellenberger tries for a couple of armbars.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Moontasri

Joe Ellenberger def. James Moontasri via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)