UFC Argentina results: Nad Narimani grinds out late replacement Anderson dos Santos
The featherweight contest kicked off the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 140 event from Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The two men engaged rather quickly at the start, but it was Narimani who landed the biggest blows, scoring flush with a right hand. Despite taking damage, dos Santos dug in and fired back as the two moved well around the cage. Narimani’s right hand continued to find a home, but dos Santos didn’t show much wear from the attacks and refused to back down. Narimani added a few kicks to the leg as the round continued, and his counter left also touched the chin a few times. Still, dos Santos was always willing to trade shots in close range.
The pace remained high to start the second, with both men again happy to exchange strikes on the feet. Narimani seemed to get the best of the shots, but it was dos Santos who drew first blood with his impressive replies. Afterward, it was dos Santos who looked for a takedown, but Narimani stuffed it with ease and then returned the favor, taking the fight to the floor with relative ease. From there, Narimani controlled the positioning until the bell, landing ground-and-pound blows while keeping his opponent pinned to the canvas.
The two fighters had plenty of energy heading into the third, and the pace didn’t suffer. Narimani shot inside for a takedown in the opening minute but quickly was forced to focus on escaping from a guillotine, which he did after a few tense moments, though he had to scramble back to the feet to do it.On the restart, blood began to trickle down Narimani’s face, streaming from a cut near his left eye. Offense was dos Santos’ primary concern, and he turned up the heat with his strikes, but Narimani countered by changing levels and again driving his opponent to the floor. From there, he was happy to again control position until the bell, taking home a decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.
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