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The Preliminary Card (ESPN 2) is closing with the Women’s Flyweight battle between the fearsome jiu-jitsu specialist Alexis Davis (19-9-0) and upcoming Brazilian Viviane Araujo (7-1-0). The former Bantamweight title challenger is coming back from the two decision loses, motivated to bounce back with a win over much less experienced Brazilian.
Check out our live play-by-play coverage below:
Rd 1 – Araujo comes out aggressive and firing from all angles. Davis survives an early storm and connects with a hard left hand which partially drops Araujo! Araujo is landing from her distance; Davis wants to initiate the brawl. Araujo displays her insane speed and lands a big two punch combo! Another quick one-two! Davis is already busted up! Araujo is constantly exploding from the outside, her accuracy is insane! However, she is using a lot of energy and Davis remains calm. Davis presses forward but she is taking a lot of punishment coming in. Araujo establishes the jab and takes the outside position. Davis has a hard time closing the distance. Araujo is destroying her from her range. Her boxing and movement are perfect so far.
Rd 2 – Araujo immediately establishes the job and starts busting Davis up! Davis spots the danger and shoots for a takedown, easily defended by Araujo. She clearly has big speed and movement advantage. Araujo becomes more stationary early in the round. Davis lands a good right hand but Araujo responds. She dives for a double leg and gets the takedown! Davis attacks the heel hook, Araujo defends but Davis takes the top position after the scramble! She is in the full guard position. Araujo is controlling the posture from the bottom. Davis is landing nice body shots, she is tiring Araujo out. Araujo has no answer on the mat; she is not offering any offense. Davis postures and lands a couple of nasty elbows! Araujo is exhausted! Big elbows lands for Davis!
Rd 3 – Both fighters are exchanging hard shots at the beginning. Araujo continues to move and land with the nasty jab. Davis is taking a lot of damage! Araujo is so sharp! However, Davis shoots for a double leg but Araujo stuffs it! Davis’ face is all bloody! Bog kick to the body lands for Araujo! She is mixing her attack very good. Araujo is slowing down once again as Davis cracks her with the right hand. She dives for a single leg but Araujo displays good takedown defense once again. Another big kick to the body lands for Davis! She is clearly looking to empty the gas tank. Araujo continues to score over the top until Davis stops her with the clinch against the cage.