and a high outside leg kick. The give-and-take continues as the men take turns pushing forward, Hominick trying to stick stiff punches and Garza working with knees and kicks. Crisp right straight from Hominick, and a one-two follow-up has Garza covering up momentarily. They go to the mat and Garza swings his long legs up, trapping Hominick’s right arm in an armbar. Hominick lifts him up and is able to extract the limb before coming back down in Garza’s open guard. Body shots from Hominick as he sits up, then gets pushed off by Garza’s legs. Hominick lands a nasty left hook to Garza’s liver and Garza wilts. Hominick tries to pound him out, but Garza gets up and blasts him with a right hand. Hominick decks Garza with another uppercut, this time to the face, but it’s Hominick leaking blood from his left eye as the first round comes to a close.
Garza goes airborne to begin the round with a kick which misses Hominick by a good margin. Garza grabs a waistlock and Hominick tries to roll through, nearly ending up with Garza on his back. Instead, Hominick puts his back on the mat with Garza in his closed guard. Garza scoots Hominick toward the fence, covering the Canadian’s mouth with his hand and landing the occasional hard left hand. They get to the edge of the cage and Garza postures up to throw some solid ground-and-pound, cutting Hominick open further. Hominick swings his hips for an armbar but Garza stands, pulls out and goes back into Hominick’s guard with about a minute to go. Short punches and lots of smothering from Garza gives way to hard, short elbows, and Hominick’s face is looking rough by the end of the period.
Hominick still has some pep in his step as he emerges for the final round, coming at Garza and connecting with a few combinations. After a minute, though, Garza hits another takedown and gets back to work in Hominick’s guard, keeping busy with short hammerfists and grinding elbows. Hominick alternates between closed and butterfly guard, nearly pushing Garza away on a few occasions, but Garza is doing well to stay on top. Another near escape for Hominick as he tries an omoplata but again Garza keeps top position. Garza stands up to throw punches just before the horn; Hominick tries a last-ditch armbar that Garza slips out of.
Official result: The judges turn in diverse scorecards of 29-27, 30-26 and 29-28, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Pablo Garza.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Mark Bocek
Dos Anjos wants to work on the fence early but Bocek frees himself from the clinch. After the lightweights trade leg kicks, it’s Bocek who decides to shoot for a single-leg as dos Anjos sprawls on the cage. Good knees in the Thai plum by dos Anjos force Bocek to bail out. Bocek slips on a leg kick but dos Anjos doesn’t pounce. Another single-leg attempt from Bocek and again dos Anjos widens his base and sprawls on the fence. Quick right hand from dos Anjos as he escapes, followed by a kick to the body. Dos Anjos kicks the body of Bocek, who goes after another single-leg and eats some elbows for his trouble. Bocek won’t give up on the shot, so dos Anjos turns him around and exits with a knee.
Dos Anjos catches a hard low kick to the cup just seconds into the round. He recovers quickly and the lightweights are back to business in short order, this time with dos Anjos chasing the takedown. He gets it but Bocek is active underneath, first going for a kimura and then an armbar. Dos Anjos steps over Bocek’s head and escapes after a moment. Bocek’s face is bloodied as he’s taken down against the cage again. Dos Anjos can’t properly take Bocek’s back, so he works from the side and pounds away as Bocek tries to turtle and escape. Bocek gets back to his feet momentarily, only to be slammed back down. When Bocek gets up with a few seconds left in the round, his face is a mess, blood dripping down into his eyes.
Bocek goes after another takedown but dos Anjos once again sprawls on the fence. The Canadian is relentless in his pursuit of the single leg, finally getting dos Anjos down to a knee. That’s as far as it goes, as dos Anjos pops back up and hits an easy takedown of his own. Dos Anjos spins to take Bocek’s back and Bocek goes for a standing kimura. It doesn’t stick but it’s enough to get dos Anjos to back off. Straight punches and a leaping knee from dos Anjos, then a grazing punch to the body. Bocek grabs for dos Anjos’ lead leg and dos Anjos immediately sprawls out. It’s Bocek clinching on the fence late in the final round but dos Anjos breaks free to land a few more shots before the end of the bout.
Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Rafael dos Anjos.
Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
Lawlor comes straight at Carmont and pushes the Frenchman into the fence with an underhook. Good pressure from Lawlor as he keeps the bigger man pinned to the cage, digging for a single-leg. Carmont lands a nice knee to the gut and turns Lawlor around, but it doesn’t last long and Lawlor gets control back. There’s not enough action for referee Philippe Chartier, who breaks them up just past the 2:00 mark. Lawlor goes after a double-leg and Carmont sprawls on the fence, then cranks Lawlor’s left arm in a kimura. Lawlor gives up the position to free his arm, steps out and then shoves Carmont back into the fence. Carmont doesn’t stay put this time and the middleweights go back to striking with a minute left. Carmont comes in for a single-leg behind a leg kick and Lawlor snares him in a guillotine. Lawlor pulls guard with 30 seconds to go and wraps Carmont up tight. Carmont is spitting blood out of his mouth and manages to pop his head loose with seconds to spare. He socks Lawlor with one shot from top position right at the horn.
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