The final four preliminary bout of the UFC 169 card took place on Fox Sports 1 and was headlined by Alan Patrick defeating John Makdessi by unanimous decision.
As the fight opened, it was clear that Patrick wanted to take the fight to the ground, but he was only able to land one takedown in his twelve attempts during the fight. Makdessi was able to outland Patrick in all three rounds and landed 46% of his strikes, compared to the 24% of Patrick.
However, all three judges felt that Patrick (12-0) did enough to win the fight as the scores were 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27. Patrick is now 2-0 in the UFC and this is his sixth career win by decision.
Cariaso uses striking and takedown defense to defeat Martinez
In the first of two flyweight bouts on the UFC 169 card, Chris Cariaso used effective striking and takedown defense to defeat Danny Martinez by unanimous decision.
Martinez was able to score a takedown early in the first round but struggled to go much with the takedown. He would work his takedowns for much of the opening round and Cariaso was unable to break away.
Cariaso was able to land his strikes in the second and third rounds as he landed 104 total strikes in the final ten minutes of the fight. Martinez would attempt nine takedowns in the final two rounds, but was only able to score on two of the attempts.
All three judges scored the fight for Cariaso (16-5) has won back to back fights after dropping two in a row.
Catone gets first win since 2011
In a middleweight bout, Nick Catone scored his first victory since March of 2011 as he defeated Tom Watson by split decision.
The opening round would be a battle on the feet and the total strikes landed by both guys were identical. Catone would score a takedown, which would be one of five in the fight.
During the second round, Catone would be able to score two takedowns but Watson was landing the better strikes on the feet, especially leg kicks. He attacked the right leg of Catone and the second was the best round for Watson.
Watson would have the striking advantage in the final round, but Catone was able to score two takedowns in the round. The fight would end up going to the scorecards and two of the three judges scored the fight for Catone.
The victory for Catone (10-4) snaps a two fight losing streak and he is now 4-4 in the UFC.
Iaquinta wins third straight with decision over Lee
The opening bout of the UFC 169 preliminary card on Fox Sports 1 was a lightweight bout as Al Iaquinta won his third straight fight with a decision victory over Kevin Lee.
Iaquinta got off to a great start as he rocked Lee with a right hand and had him on his heels. Lee would be able to recover and Iaquinta would end up dropping down for a heel hook submission. Lee would escape the submission and the remainder of the first round was on the feet.
As the second round opened, Lee was able to get the fight to the ground and got on the back of Iaquinta. He immediately locked in the body lock and went for a rear-naked choke attempt. Iaquinta would survive the submission attempt but could not escape the body lock in the round.
The third round would primarily be on the feet and Iaquinta was able to land more in the final round. He would land ten more strikes than Lee and stop five of six takedown attempts.
Iaquinta (8-2-1) would end up getting the decision victory by unanimous decision and he is now 3-1 in the UFC.
UFC 169 Results:
Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Cariaso def. Danny Martinez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nick Catone def. Tom Watson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-27)
Clint Hester def. Andy Enz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Rashih Magomedov def. Tony Martin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny def. Gasan Umalatov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)