UFC Fight Night 212 Alexa Grasso vs. Viviane Araujo faceoff

Round 1 – Good leg kick by Rodriguez. Both fighters battling for the center of the cage. Nothing landing flush so far, as both are still testing range and timing. Three minutes left. Good double jab by Hughes. Solid left lands by Rodriguez. And Rodriguez closes the distance and clinches with Hughes. A couple of good knees land for Rodriguez. Rodriguez shoots for a takedown and gets it. Hughes gets backs to her feet fairly quick. Rodriguez with another takedown attempt, but this time fails. One minute left. Hughes putting the pressure on Rodriguez. Nothing lands flush. Competitive start.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Hughes.

Round 2 – And Rodriguez with an earl takedown here. Hughes gets back up but she’s now being pressed against the cage. Hughes scrambles out and the fight resumes on the feet. Hughes bleeding from the bridge of her nose. Good leg kick by Rodriguez. Rodriguez now presses Hughes against the cage. She gets a takedown, but Hughes gets immediately back up. Rodriguez now lading shots as she presses Hughes against the cage. Hughes escapes. Two minutes left. Clean left hook lands by Rodriguez followed by a takedown. Hughes back up but gets pressed against the cage. Once again, she escapes. One minute left. Hughes pressuring Rodriguez now. Nasty knee lands from Rodriguez in clinch. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Rodriguez.

Round 3 – Rodriguez puts Hughes in the clinch and lands multiple knees to the body and head. Hughes escapes and lands a solid right. Now Hughes is the one that closes the distance and presses Rodriguez against the cage. Rodriguez escapes and the fight resumes on the feet. Rodriguez gets a takedown, she controls briefly, and Hughes gets back up. Rodriguez really having trouble controlling Hughes once the fight gets to the ground. Hughes pressing Rodriguez, but she’s unable to tag clean the Venezuelan. Two minutes left. Rodriguez with a good left. Rodriguez looks tired now. Oh! Big left hook from Rodriguez. Hughes connecting more here in the end. Good leg kick by Rodriguez. Hughes closes the distance and presses Rodriguez against the cage as the bell rings. Very close fight.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Rodriguez. Overall 29-28, Rodriguez.

Result: Piera Rodriguez def. Sam Hughes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Photos: UFC Fight Night 212: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Piera Rodriguez (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Sam Hughes (7-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Jared Valel
Judging: Mike Bell, Adalaide Byrd, Sal S’Amato 29-28.

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