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UFC On Fuel TV: Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes Round-by-Round Breakdown

The following was from our live coverage of UFC On Fuel TV 1. To access our full coverage, click here.

Round 1: Simpson comes after Markes hard, but Markes returns fire and staggers Simpson. They clinch and Markes presses Simpson into the cage for a bit, before Simpson turns him. The ref breaks them up after a spell and resets them on their feet. Simpson moving forward, but he's eating hard shots from Markes as he does so, both kicks and punches.

Simpson times a brilliant uppercut that plants Markes on his butt. Simpson follows him down and goes to work with ground and pound. Markes hanging on, he tries to roll for an armbar. Simpson steps out of guard and eventually lets him up. Markes on the attack now, chasing after Simpson. Simpson returns fire, they clinch and Simpson presses Markes into the cage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Simpson

Round 2: Simpson wading through hard leg kicks trying to land a hard right hand. Simpson closes the distance and presses Markes into the fence, but Markes fights free and circles away. Markes getting in some nice combinations as Simpson fires off, moving forward.

Simpson closes the gap again and presses Markes into the wall. Markes shoves him off. Simpson grabs hold of Markes and they battle for position on the fence. Markes is doing well in avoiding Simpson's takedown attempts, but then he takes it one step further by tripping Simpson to the mat. Markes can't do much with top position other than get off some ground and pound as Simpson eventually gets to his feet. Markes stays on him, grating him against the cage until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markes

Round 3: Simpson comes out behind a hard right hand that barely misses to close the gap and clinch. Markes shakes him off and works from kicking range. Markes with a nice right shovel punch. Simpson again closes the distance behind a shot, but Markes ties him up and bulls him into the fence. Markes foot stomping and grating Simpson on the wall. The referee (with the Bad Boy logo tattooed on the back of his head) separates tem again and Markes goes back to work from the outside with kicks.

Markes pressuring on the feet, eventually pressing Simpson back against the cage. Markes foot stomping away as the ref warns them to work. He breaks them with just over a minute and a half to go. Simpson charges forward, clipping Markes with a right hand. Markes returns fire with a knee and then defends a deep double leg. Markes nails Simpson with a right as he moves in for the takedown, throwing him off balance on his way in and allowing Markes to take his back standing. Markes working for the takedown and he plants Simpson against the cage in short order. Simpson gets to his feet before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Markes

Ronny Markes defeated Aaron Simpson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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