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UFC On FOX 11: Brad Tavares Vs. Yoel Romero

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Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero

We kick things off in the middleweight division, with Brad Tavares meeting Yoel Romero.

Tavares (12-1) is on a five-fight win streak, all of which have come via decision. He topped Lorenz Larkin this past January after 2013 wins over Bubba McDaniel and Riki Fukuda.

Romero (7-1) has finished each of his last three opponents, scoring knockouts of Derek Brunson, Ronny Markes and Clifford Starks since debuting with the UFC. He is also a former silver medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics in freestyle wrestling.

Round 1: No feeling out period, as both men are showing off their striking right off the bat. A flying knee high-kick from Romero misses, but it allows him to get in close, land some punches and score with a takedown. An incredibly quick move for the big man. He’s in position for a potential submission as we head under three minutes, trying to roll with it. Monster throw from Romero and into side control. Just flawless wrestling by the former Olympian. Good elbow by Tavares, who still has Romero locked in him. A knee by Romero allows for Tavares to get free, and he fires off a knee of his own to the body. Under a minute and they tie up, and Romero easily takes him down again. Tavares gets to his feet, scores a takedown, but lands in a kimura by Romero.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Romero

Round 2: Five seconds into the round and Romero scores with his fifth takedown of the match. Moves to side control and can really unleash his offense now. Tavares gets to his feet, avoiding any damage. Head kick thrown by the Hawaiian and he catches him coming in with a stiff right. Romero appears to be slowing down a little and Tavares is taking advantage with combos. However, he gets too close and Romero lands an elbow. That elbow opened a huge gash on the forehead of Tavares, as blow is pouring from it. Tavares working hard for a takedown of his own, grinding on him against the fence. We’ve got 90 seconds to go and Romero tries for a kimura on a wild scramble. They both wind up on their feet and a flying knee lands by Tavares, but Romero counters with a shot of his own.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Romero

Round 3: Knee from Romero partially gets through, but they have done a great job of stopping the bleeding from the head of Tavares. Good combo from Tavares, but it doesn’t faze Romero one bit. One more takedown from Romero as we head under two minutes in a bout that has been very one-sided. Six total takedowns for the ex-Olympian, while also defending all five from Tavares, who quickly gets to his feet in an attempt to do something here in the final moments. One more takedown for good measure by Romero.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Romero

Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)