UFC 147 Round-by-Round Review: John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana

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Round 1: Viana puts together the first significant flurry with a sequence of straight punches. Viana has his hands low and his stance wide. Teixeira gets in some solid kicks to the legs and body. These two are swinging for the fences and both are getting in their shots. Teixeira lands a solid knee to the body and, smelling blood, he moves forward. Viana plants his feet and goes to the body well himself with a left hook. Teixeira swings wildly and overshoots it, allowing Viana to lock him up and tag him repeatedly. He can't get Teixeira down though and they break. Viana closes the gap again and grates Teixeira against the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Viana

Round 2: Teixeira knocks Viana off balance with a stiff left and then engages the clinch. He goes for the inside trip, but Viana defends. Teixeira gets in a knee to the gut before Viana turns him into the fence. Teixeira moves in for a takedown behind a wild combo and manages to get Viana down against the cage. Viana works his way up and they stall against the cage long enough that the ref separates them. They go back to work on their feet, Viana looks to be slowing down. The round ends with some evenly contested striking, though Teixeira held a slight edge by virtue of his kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Teixeira

Round 3: Teixeira countering Viana's looping punches with leg kicks. The action has slowed in the third round. Viana manages a nice kick of his own followed by a left hand. A big overhand right connects for Viana, who then gets tagged with a low blow. Viana cracks Teixeira with a solid left hook. Viana working the outside and establishing his jab well this round. Teixeira still pressuring with leg kicks, but Viana has tightened up some and is scoring well himself. Teixeira moves in for a takedown behind a punch. Viana shows slick takedown defense in keeping to his feet. A minute to go and it could be either man's round with a push. Teixeira moves in for the clinch again. He manages to get he takedown this time, but only very briefly. Viana is right back to his feet. Ten seconds to go and Viana comes forward with punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Viana

Hugo Viana defeated John Teixeira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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