Daniel Rodriguez was a late replacement.

The Fight[edit | edit source]

The first round began. Side kick from Dalby and a leg kick. Counter left from Rodriguez. Inside kick from Dalby. He tries a hook kick. Rodriguez lands a leg kick. A minute in. Rodriguez lands a good leg kick. And a body kick. Dalby lands a hard left and that hurt Rodriguez. Now Rodriguez is backing up. Dalby lands an inside kick and tries another hook kick. Rodriguez partially blocks a high kick. Two minutes in. Dalby lands a leg kick. And a left hook. And an inside kick, Rodriguez clips with a counter left. Dalby lands a body kick. And a good leg kick. Rodriguez lands a right to the body. Dalby tries another hook kick. Rodriguez lands a leg kick. Three minutes in. Dalby blocks a left well. Inside kick from Rodriguez. Rodriguez lands a counter left to the body. Rodriguez catches a high side kick, lands another counter left to the body. Dalby blocks a high kick. Four minutes in. Both men waiting for the other to throw first. Dalby lands a good leg kick. Thirty seconds left. Rodriguez lands a left and another, and a big one. Dalby lands one and ate a counter right. Rodriguez lands a body kick and a good left. Ten seconds left. Rodriguez lands a body kick. And a left, another and another. R1 ends, 10-9 Dalby but close IMO. "I'm tired," Rodriguez whispers to his corner. "Take his ass down," Joe Schilling replies. Schilling icing up Rodriguez's right leg. "Be sharp, check the kicks," he orders as well.

R2 began. Dalby tries a spinning back kick, dodges a capoeira spinning handstand wheel kick from Rodriguez lol. Rodriguez lands a leg kick. Rodriguez shoots for the single-leg against the cage. Dalby defending well. A minute in as he stuffs it to the clinch. Double underhooks from Rodriguez. They break free, Dalby lands a big right. Rodriguez lands one of his own. Dalby partially lands a question mark kick. Rodriguez stuffs a takedown to the clinch. And he stuffs a trip, too. Rodriguez knees the body. Dalby misses a right elbow on the break. Rodriguez blocks a question mark kick. Rodriguez lands a stiff jab. Counter combo from Rodriguez. "Jab!" Dalby misses another question mark kick. "Combinations!" Rodriguez lands a good leg kick and a right hook. Rodriguez stuffs a single with authority. Three minutes in. Dalby lands an inside kick. He blocks a high front kick. Rodriguez lands a jab and a stiff one. Dalby lands a good leg kick. Dalby tries another question mark kick. Rodriguez lands a body kick. Dalby replies. Rodriguez lands a jab. Dalby lands an inside kick, eats a counter left. Four minutes in. Nice exchange. Dalby lands a jab. Rodriguez lands a body kick. Thirty-five seconds left. Rodriguez defends a single. Landing rights to the body as he does. Fifteen seconds left. More rights to the body from Rodriguez. R2 ends, closest round so far, I'd... I'd have to say 10-9 Dalby to be honest. "You're better than this guy," Schilling tells Rodriguez and, "Get a takedown this round, you gotta win this round. Chin down, put the pressure on."

R3 began. Leg kick from Dalby. He lands a right. Rodriguez blocks a high kick. Dalby lands a right to the body, eats a counter left. Rodriguez blocks a high kick. Dalby lands a jab. Rodriguez lands a leg kick, stuffs a takedown to the clinch. They break. One minute in. Dalby lands an inside kick. Rodriguez lands a leg kick. And another, Dalby replies. Rodriguez lands another. Two minutes in. Dalby grazes with a left. Rodriguez lands another leg kick. And a jab. Rodriguez lands a leg kick. Dalby lands a jab. And another. Rodriguez lands a left. Dalby lands a right. Rodriguez stuffs a takedown to the clinch. They break. Rodriguez stuffs a takedown. "He's desperate!" Rodriguez lands a leg kick. Three minutes in. Dalby lands a high kick. Dalby lands an inside kick, eats a leg kick and a left. Clinch. Dalby knees the body. They break. Dalby tries a left, eats a counter right. Rodriguez lands a jab. Four minutes in. Rodriguez partially blocks a high kick. Rodriguez lands a jab. 35 seconds left. Dalby lands a right hook. Dalby lands a left, eats a counter left and stumbles. Rodriguez shoots for a double, Dalby stuffs it. 10 seconds left. Rodriguez lands a jab. And a blocked high kick. Dalby lands a leg kick. R3 ends and they hug, 10-9 Dalby IMO, 30-27 Dalby IMO. 30-27, 29-28 twice, UD for Dalby. Cormier sounds butthurt, thought Rodriguez won. "This was not a split decision? This was a unanimous decision? I mean... come on. Come on, Joe." I don't know what fight Cormier was watching either, dude must really be brain-damaged.

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