UFC 221: Romero vs Rockhold

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Bit of a passive last 30 seconds when the fight felt it was really up for grabs. I’ve got 10-9 Quiñonez and 29-28 overall for him

Official decision. Jose Alberto Quiñonez def Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Ishihara looks stunned. The 30-27 is harsh, but don’t think he can have many complaints.

Quiñonez wants a Top 15 opponent. Who doesn’t? Names lads!

Final fight pass fight coming up. And it’s a big one for UK fans.

ROSS PEARSON (19-4) vs. MIZUTO HIROTA (18-8-2) Lightweight Bout This is a must win for Sunderland’s own Pearson. Losing the last four including a flying knee KO by Dan Hooker in Auckland in June. Hirota has the rare 1-1-1 line in his 3 UFC bouts to date, drawing with Teruto Ishihara, beating Cole Miller, then losing to Alexander Volkanovski.

The commentators are using that nice language when talking about Pearson as if he’s past his prime. He’s 6 months younger than me. How sobering.

Pearson vs. Hirota. Pearson closes as a -155 favourite. Ref is John Sharp. Fight is on!

Pearson with a nice right hook counter. Hirota trying to chop down the base with some lead leg kicks.

Hirota has the hands down a lot and leaning in. Pays for it with a stiff jab.