UFC 148 Round-by-Round Review: Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo

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The lone Facebook-only fight will be between lightweights Rafaello Oliveira (14-5) and Yoislandy Izquierdo (6-1). The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Izquierdo throws a big left that misses, landing a body kick as Oliveira tries to shoot in. Oliveira misses, and Izquierdo lands a blow as he gets back to his feet. Izquierdo hitting Oliveira with several big strikes. Oliveira takes control with a takedown, working into side control.

Oliveira connecting with some ground-and-pound, keeping Izquierdo on his back. Oliveira tries for a submission, but Izquierdo quickly avoids that, but is still on his back fighting off. Izquierdo finally gets up, and lands a big left to the back of the ear of Oliveira. Oliveira fires back a kick, and blocks a kick attempt by Izquierdo. Izquierdo with a wild strike, and Oliveira goes for the takedown but Izquierdo flips it and the two stand back up. Izquierdo with a left, follows in with a flying knee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Izquierdo

Round 2: Izquierdo remains strong with his striking, landing another to start the round. Oliveira's strikes not hurting Izquierdo too much. Another flying knee by Izquierdo, but Oliveira counters with another takedown and works into control. Oliveira mixing up his ground strikes to the body and head. Izquierdo attempts a triangle, but Oliveira slips out. Izquierdo's quickness is incredible in working from move to move. Oliveira in side control, trying to lock a kimura in but he's too high on Izquierdo's body. The ref calls time to check on the cut above Oliveira's head. The cut is fine, and action continues with Oliveira back in control on the ground, landing elbows to the face of Izquierdo. Oliveira landing more big blows to the face, but remains unable to lock in a deep submission despite numerous attempts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 3: A touch of the gloves and the final round begins. Izquierdo mixes up his kicks and punches, but they don't have the same power behind them now. Izquierdo hits a knee as Oliveira starts to fall, but Oliveira stays strong and gets the third takedown of the match. Oliveira in complete control, hitting punches to the body but not doing much damage. Oliveira attempts to pass, winds up in the North-South position, but goes back to side mount. Izquierdo gets up for a second, but Oliveira grabs him and gets him down once again. A crucifix by Oliveira, but he goes back for another arm submission again and can't get it. Joe Rogan seems very upset by Oliveira's lack of different submission attempts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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