UFC 145 Round-by-Round Review: Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco

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Our first fight of the evening will see Maximo Blanco make his featherweight and UFC debut against TUF alum Marcus Brimage.

Round 1: Southpaw vs. southpaw here. Blanco halts Brimage's advance with an inside leg kick. Brimage chasing after Blanco; Blanco gets out of the way without taking any shots. Brimage pushes forward and lands a straight left. Brimage lunges in and lets off a few hooks, scoring with a left. Brimage finding success by getting in quick, planting and scoring with combos and then getting out. Brimage overcommits and gets taken down, but he's quickly back to his feet. Blanco with a left outside leg kick. Brimage bulls in again and gets off with punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage

Round 2: Brimage with a solid outside leg kick before circling away. Blanco lands a front kick and follows with a jumping body kick. Brimage tags him with a right. Another jumping round kick for Blanco, this one lands as a knee. Brimage powers forward and knocks Blanco down; they scramble across the cage. The action has slowed, with Brimage looking more tentative and Blanco noncommittal. Brimage moves forward and slips after a leg kick. Blanco countering well as Brimage lunges in to close the distance. The crowd boos at the round's end. Brimage runs into a front kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Blanco

Round 3: Blanco not really engaging much, making it difficult for Brimage to make it a slugfest. Brimage hits a nice cut kick that knocks Blanco off balance as he goes for a kick of his own. Blanco is denied on a takedown attempt, but lands some punches afterward. Brimage blitzes Blanco again, landing a few shots. Little urgency to Blanco's game tonight. Brimage chasing after Blanco and firing punches, getting in a few as Blanco circles away. Brimage stuffs another takedown and lands a pair of counter punches. Blanco with a left kick to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage

Brimage mimics Blanco as he celebrates, calling him a runner. This leads to an impromptu tumbling contest; both men show off some nice flips. I'll call it a draw.

Marcus Brimage defeated Maximo Blanco via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

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