The second of three welterweight fights o the main card featured two fighters who were coming back from brutal knockout losses.
The first is Mike Pyle whose former winning streak was halted by Matt Brown back in August while TJ Waldburger had the unenviable task of welcoming Adlan Amagov to the UFC at UFC 166.
A big statement was needed from both men, especially with a potential future opponent right next to them on the main card.
Round 1: Waldburger displayed a confident striking approach. Pyle was caught off guard and but avoided further damage by getting a takedown and slipping in to side control. Waldburger got back up as Pyle held the thai clinch before breaking it and taking Waldburger down to end the round.
Round 2: Waldburger attacked the leg of Pyle on a takedown attempt but couldn’t finish. Instead, he pulled guard on Pyle who got on top then quickly in to side control. Waldburger got back to his feet with Pyle the one coming forward now. Waldburger’s face was bloodied up now from a Pyle knee. Fatigue had set in to both men after the hard grappling exchanges as they headed to the final round.
Round 3: Pyle was on a mission in the third round. He tried to finish the fight with every punch. Pyle hurt Waldburger several times and dropped Waldburger with yet another clean punch. Waldburger recovered enough to grab a clinch with two and a half minutes remaining in the fight. Pyle cleared the clinch with two successive elbows. He got Waldburger on the ground and then in a rear-naked choke. Waldburger escaped and got in to the mount with an arm of Waldburger trapped. He pummeled Waldburger until referee Herb Dean pulled him off.
Official Result: Mike Pyle defeats TJ Waldburger via TKO at 4:03 of Round 3.
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