UFC on FUEL TV 3: Igor Pokrajac vs. Fabio Maldonado Round-by-Round Review


Round 1: Pokrajac ducks a punch and quickly gets the takedown. Pokrajac in half guard right away. Pokrajac takes mount as Maldonado does his best to defend. Maldonado preventing Pokrajac from getting off with ground and pound, but the Croatian is dominating position on the ground. Pokrajac back in half guard. Pokrajac gets in a few punches before Maldonado starts squirming away. Maldonado escapes to his feet nicely, shaking Pokrajac off as he tries to take his back while he stands. Maldonado lets him to his feet. Maldonado stings Pokrajac with a short left and he starts to turn it up. Pokrajac is hurt and taking damage, but he manages to engage the clinch and get Maldonado's back to the wall. Maldonado shakes him off and goes for the clinch himself, where he works solid dirty boxing. Pokrajac gets in a knee. Pokrajac breaks away before the bell. Close round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pokrajac

Round 2: Another glove touch to start the action. Maldonado with a lead left hook. Pokrajac lands a solid short right and then a pair of lefts that back Maldonado up. He goes for the takedown behind the punches, but Maldonado is defending well and landing short punches to the head and body. Maldonado defends and they fight on the fence. Pokrajac lands a solid knee from the clinch. Maldonado working some mean body shots against the cage; he's starting to work in the head to his combinations now. They continue to battle from the clinch. They continue to trade from the clinch, Pokrajac landing knees and Maldonado hard dirty boxing. Pokrajac absorbing some heavy shots. Pokrajac goes for a takedown, but gets reversed. Maldonado ends the round in half guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado

Round 3: They touch gloves for the final round. Maldonado immediately bulls Pokrajac into the fence, going back to work with hard body shots and the occasional shot upstairs. They continue to trade shots from the phone booth while trading places on the fence, Maldonado getting the better of it. Pokrajac with a jumping knee from the clinch. They're separated after a stalemate. Maldonado cracks Pokrajac with a solid right hand, but Pokrajac hangs in there and fires back. Big left hand lands for Pokrajac. Another. Both men showing great chins. Maldonado tries for the takedown, but gets denied. A little over a minute and a half to go. Maldonado with a hard left hook. Maldonado counters a kick with a left uppercut. Pokrajac nails Maldonado with a straight left hand. Maldonado tees off on Pokrajac with a volley of punches, but he somehow keeps to his feet and fires back from the pocket.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maldonado

Igor Pokrajac defeated Fabio Maldonado via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

The crowd boos the decision.

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