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Kimball catches a kick, but Reyes pushes the foot into the chest to release it.

Kimball lands a nice left hand coming forward. Kimball looks for the takedown. Reyes grabs a guillotine, and tries to bring it to the ground. Loses the grip. Reyes stands. Kimball looking for the takedown again.

Reyes digs an underhook in the clinch and tries a trip takedown with a his back against the cage. Reyes then scores a takedown straight into side control. Still 3:15 left. Lot of time to work.

Kimball does a good job to pull full guard, but gives up a heavy shot to get there. Couple of good ground and pound shots. Reyes stands, and Kimball rolls away unconvincingly, allowing Reyes to take the back and get the body triangle on.

Big heavy elbows from Reyes. Gets a warning for the back of the head. Kimball is getting beat up with 90 seconds left.

Reyes rolls him over and submits him with the rear naked choke. Very smartly done!

Official decision. Dominick Reyes defeats Jeremy Kimball via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:39 of Round 1.

Reyes still looks pretty green, but he's athletic, and extremely talented. UFC would be smart to not rush him, but he has big potential.

We open with a couple of early finishes. 6 straight finishes opened up the TUF Finale last night. Any chance we'll see something similar tonight? Next up, we move to welterweight.

Sabah Homasi vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan. Homasi lost his UFC debut to Tim Means at UFC 202 and makes his return after over 15 months on the sideline. Alhassan knocked out Charlie Ward in his UFC debut last November in Belfast, but lost last time out via split decision to Omari Akhmedov in Stockholm.