UFC on FUEL TV 5 Round-by-Round Review: Tom Watson vs. Brad Tavares

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Another UFC newcomer is up next, as Tom Watson (15-4) takes on Brad Tavares (8-2) at middleweight. Leon Roberts will be the referee.

Round 1: Watson comes right out, looking extremely intense and focused. Big right lands from Watson, but Tavares isn't backing down. Tavares throwing some solid jabs, and shoots in and takes Watson down to the mat. Quickly, Watson gets back to his feet, as Tavares holds tight around the waist. Watson throws a huge right that misses, and a high kick that just misses. Another kick by Watson sends Tavares spinning back. Tavares answers a right by Watson with a combo of his own.

The two go to land a knee each and Tavares catches Watson's low. Nice hug between the two and we are back to action. Tavares avoids the kicks and countering with heavy strikes of his own. Tavares not missing with much of anything, kicks, strikes, and blocking plenty. Watson tries to clinch, and pushes Tavares up against the cage. Just over two minutes to go in the round. Watson lands and Tavares spins back again but recovers. Straight right by Watson. A straight left now lands to the chin of Tavares.

Tavares gets another takedown, and keeps Watson down this time. Tavares takes the back, but Watson stands up and is back to his feet. A second low blow and Tavares questions Watson this time. Referee informs Watson he will be deducted a point with another low blow. Tavares lands a knee, but Watson catches it and goes for the takedown. Tavares fights it off, thanks to a little help from the cage. Big knee to finish the round by Watson.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tavares

Round 2: Tavares finding success with his jab, keeping Watson from coming in and landing anything significant. Watson comes in and eats an uppercut. Tavares working for a takedown, but is unable to get it. Knee to the body by Watson. Watson has found his range, landing a kick to the body and a series of rights and lefts. Two minutes to go in the round, and this fight has been filled with action. Big right by Watson lands, and Tavares goes to the body and connects. Combo by Watson, but it allows Tavares to get the takedown and move to the back of Watson. Tavares going for a rear-naked choke as he has control of the back and is looking to work his arm under the chin. Tavares switches gears and goes to the other side in an attempt to secure the choke. Watson moves, but Tavares keeps the back and we move under 10 seconds. Not enough time for Tavares to secure the submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tavares

Round 3: Tavares lands a big right, and continues to keep Watson off balance. Tavares with a takedown, but Watson nearly grabs a kimura. Back to his feet by both fighters, but Tavares slips in for another takedown. More jabs land from Tavares, who grabs a single-leg but can't complete it. Tavares switches to a double-leg and Tavares slips out as Watson seeks a guillotine choke. Watson looking to secure the back with just over two minutes to go. Instead, Tavares is able to grab the neck but is in a weak position vs. Watson. Big right by Watson as Tavares stands up, and a kick to the head by Watson. Knee to the chin of Tavares by Watson, as he seeks another guillotine choke. However, Tavares is able to get takedown with a minute left in this fight. Tavares fending off Watson's attempts to reverse things, and they separate and square off for the final 10 seconds. Watson with a big shot, but Tavares answers with a flying knee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Watson

Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson via split decision (30-27, 28-28, 29-28)

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