Two of the three judges cast identical 29-28 scores in favor of Diabate (18-8, 3-2 UFC); a third ruled it a 28-28 draw.
DeBlass (7-1, 1-1 UFC) -- a Ricardo Almeida protégé who stepped in for the injured Jorgen Kruth on short notice -- moved to establish a quick foothold. The 29-year-old New Jersey native took down the 6-foot-6 Diabate, passed to side mount after a considerable struggle and attacked with elbows to the head in the first round. Had the scene repeated itself over the next 10 minutes, DeBlass would have exited the cage with his unblemished record intact. However, fatigue took hold, and Diabate capitalized.
The seasoned 38-year-old Frenchman turned the tide in round two, as he moved into a dominant position on the ground and bloodied DeBlass, an accomplished grappler, with punches and elbows. Diabate made his fading foe pay for a sloppy takedown try in the third round, doing further damage from inside the guard. DeBlass made one last move to secure the victory, but his late heel hook attempt was unsuccessful.
Abedi (8-2, 0-2 UFC) struck for an early takedown from the clinch, worked to pass his opponent’s guard and uncorked a crisp right hook after the two men returned to their feet. From there, Head (8-2, 1-1 UFC) took control. The 28-year-old Oklahoman dazed Abedi near the cage and brutalized him with a series of elbows and right hands that forced him to the canvas. Head then stepped into full mount, forced his wilting adversary to surrender his back and, after a brief adjustment, landed the choke for the tapout.
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Carmont rallied in round two.
The Swede nearly secured a finish of his own in the first round, as he mounted Carmont (18-7, 2-0 UFC), transitioned to his back and fished for the choke. It never materialized, and the Frenchman eventually freed himself from his opponent’s clutches. Carmont retaliated in full in round two, where he scored with a takedown, pinned Cedenblad to the mat, moved to mount and unleashed a hellish barrage of punches. With no means of escape available to him, the UFC newcomer left his neck open for the choke. Carmont obliged.
Izquierdo (6-1, 0-1 UFC) fought well through the first five minutes, as he scored with punches and kicks, sprawled effectively and found a route back to his feet when taken down. More than once, he had Madadi in retreat mode. However, Izquierdo’s good fortune was short-lived. He succumbed to a takedown in the second round and left his neck exposed while attempting to return to a standing position. Madadi capitalized, snatched the choke and rolled into mount to finish it.
Yousef established himself as the superior standup fighter throughout a competitive opening stanza, but Thoresen (17-2, 1-0 UFC) had his way with him on the ground. The 28-year-old Joachim Hansen protégé buckled Yousef with a short punch in the second round, followed him to the mat and moved to mount following a failed brabo choke. Thoresen then forced the Syrian-born Swede to surrender his back and battered him with punches from above, setting up the choke and the resulting tapout.
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