UFC 145 Round-by-Round Review: Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio


The first fight on the main card will take place in the lightweight division.

Round 1: They touch gloves. After some range-finding on the feet, Bocek shoots for the takedown. He gets Alessio pinned to the cage. Bocek grating Alessio against the fence; he eventually drags him down, even though Alessio grabs onto the fencepost. Bocek in half guard, wrking ground and pound. Alessio recovers guard. Bocek is constantly trying to improve position; Alessio is forced into defense mode. Bocek takes the back, landing solid hammerfists as he tightens control. The round ends with Bocek working the body triangle.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bocek

Round 2: Alessio with a strong one-two as the first significant strikes of the round. Alessio starting to put things together on his feet, keeping Bocek at range and putting his hands on him. Bocek drives for the power double and gets Alessio down. Alessio with butterfly guard, but Bocek, clearly the more skilled fighter on the ground, is improving position with relative ease and landing ground and pound. Alessio gets to his feet and lands a left hook in quick succession. Alessio looks a little tired, but he gets in a sequence of solid punches with about forty seconds left. Bocek drives him into the fence though, where he works for the takedown untilthe bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bocek

Round 3: Alessio turning it up, landing some solid punches as his corner urges him on. Alessio throws a poorly timed front kick that Bocek snatches and uses to take him down. Bocek immediately moves into back mount with over three and a half minutes to go. They fight for position, with Alessio showing solid defense. Alessio reverses and gets to his feet. Bocek is bleeding as Alessio charges after him. Bocek with a right hand. Bocek with the takedown. Bocek works to take the back, but Alessio scoots out the backdoor. They end up in the clinch again though and Bocek works into superior position quickly. Thirty seconds left and the crowd boos. They separate and Alessio presses forward with seconds left, but cannot get the finish.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bocek

Mark Bocek defeated John Alessio via unanimous decision (30-27, 39-28 , 30-27)

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