Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Our second U.S. vs. Canada match of the night, and first fight on FX, comes in the bantamweight division, as TUF alum Bryan Caraway (16-6) seeks his second UFC victory against Mitch Gagnon (8-1). The referee will be Yves Lavigne. Miesha Tate, the girlfriend of Caraway, is in his corner tonight.
Round 1: Caraway with a righ that lands, followed by another right that just misses. Gagnon gets the takedown, lands a few quick blows, and attempts to get his hooks in. Caraway rolls, but winds up with Gagnon on top of him. Gagnon unleashes some ground-and-pound, blasting Caraway right in the face. Caraway attempting an armbar, but Gagnon powers his way out. Gagnon landing several big lefts as Caraway holds on to his right. Caraway gets to his feet and lands a knee to the body. Gagnon tries for another takedown, but Caraway blocks it, eating a few knees for his effort. Caraway lands a big combo that causes Gagnon to stop for a second, allowing Caraway to get a takedown with less than a minute to go. Caraway hasn't been able to do much damage since the takedown, likely not being able to steal the round late.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gagnon
Round 2: Caraway landing some nice lefts to start, stepping in and connecting with several shots early. Gagnon seems tired after doing a lot of work in the first, but fires off a big strike. Caraway goes for the takedown, but Gagnon slips out. Elbows by Gagnon within the clinch, along with some nice knees to the body. Gagnon wrenching on the neck and head, connecting with another knee. The two square off and exchange several times, and Caraway gets the takedown and eventually the back. Quick little punches to the face by Caraway, who seems content to wait for Gagnon to make a mistake. Caraway starting to flatten Gagnon out, as Gagnon rolls over and is eating punches in bunches. Gagnon looks exhausted, as Caraway takes the back again. Caraway with a nasty choke attempt, but Gagnon gets out, powers out and takes the back of Caraway, attempting to lock in his own choke. Gagnon with a front headlock, but not enough to do anything. A big knee buckles Caraway as the round comes to an end.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway
Round 3: Slower start to the round by both men, as Caraway shoots in and works for a double-leg takedown, getting it and going right for the back again. Caraway with some nice rights to the face as he keeps a body lock. Caraway going for a rear-naked choke, and he avoids it once, but Caraway goes for it again and this time Gagnon can't escape, tapping out.
Bryan Caraway def. Mitch Gagnon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:39 of round three
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