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In a no-brainer “Fight of the Night” candidate, Frank Camacho and Damien Brown beat each other up for 15 minutes.

But it was Camacho (21-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) who got the most work done, and bloodied Brown (17-11 MMA, 2-3 UFC) up on his way to a split decision win. The judges rewarded his output with scores of 30-27 and 29-28; Brown got a dissenting 29-28 score.

The catchweight bout (Camacho missed the welterweight limit) was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Brown kicked up the middle early, then moved to the outside. He threw a big right, but it was off the mark. Camacho came forward with a combo, then pushed through a counter right from Brown. A minute in, Brown dropped down for a takedown, but Camacho outmuscled him and reversed it, then pushed Brown to the fence. Camacho worked punches and elbows to the body, then tried a takedown. But Brown got underneath and tried another takedown and got it.

Camacho was back up quickly, then with two minutes left got his own takedown and got to side control. Brown worked out of it quickly, though, and got back to his feet. With a minute left, Brown got a takedown, then took Camacho’s back. He went after a rear-naked choke, but only had one hook in. He worked for it again and got it with 20 seconds left. But Camacho escaped it, reversed and finished the round on top for the final two seconds.

Camacho threw a three-punch combo early in the second, then ate a counter right from Brown, and an elbow from him moments later. Camacho kicked up the middle, then continued to exchange. Camacho’s power was obvious, but Brown stayed in the pocket with him and threw despite a damaged left eye. But Camacho’s punches were landing way more consistently.

Midway through, he landed a pair of right hands, then a counter punch. But Camacho drilled him and popped his head back seconds later. With 90 seconds left, Brown forced a tie-up. They broke apart with a minute left, then traded bombs with 45 seconds left until the horn.

Brown landed a step-in elbow early in the final round, seconds after they hugged to start the round. Brown landed a right, then a jab a minute in. Brown landed a pair of body kicks, then covered up for Camacho’s punches – which seemed to have much less on them than then did early. Camacho continued to land – but Brown continued to fire back. Camacho’s volume was there, but Brown seemed unconcerned with it.

With two minutes left, Brown likely needed a finish, but kept eating too many punches from Camacho. With a minute left, Camacho kept drillign Brown, who was all busted up on his face. Brown drove in for a takedown, but couldn’t get it. In the final 30 seconds, both fighters lit each other up with punches, and neither went down.

Camacho got back in the win column following a decision loss to Li Jingliang at UFC Fight Night 111 in June. He has won three of his past four fights. Brown lost for the second straight time, including a first-round knockout loss to Vinc Pichel at UFC Fight Night 110 in June.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 121 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Sydney.)

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