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After The Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs Oliveira

Max Holloway emerged victorious over Charles Oliveira  at UFC Fight Night 74 when Oliveira suffered a bizarre shoulder injury less than two minutes into the opening round.

Oliveira attempted a takedown of Holloway near the edge of the cage and in doing so appeared to injure his shoulder or collarbone.

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Patrick Cote, who earned his first stoppage win since 2008, and Josh Burkina earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Frankie Perez and Felipe Arantes earned performances-of-the-night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman checks in:

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland is proficient in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

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#8 MARYNA MOROZ VS VALERIE LETOURNEAU 

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Valerie Letourneau punches Maryna Moroz of Ukraine in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC event at the SaskTel Centre on August 23, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: VALERIE LETOURNEAU VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: MARYNA MOROZ VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: What was expected was for Moroz to come out, pressure Letourneau with her striking, and get an early KO. However, she didn’t come out with pressure, gave Letourneau time to think, and she displayed her striking. Letourneau rocked Moroz early in the first round and honestly, it wasn’t the same for Moroz after that. Moroz continued to get rocked through several combinations throughout the fight. Moroz was unable to get off her back in the first round, nor in the final round. This was a definitely push for Moroz. A great display by Letourneau!

OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VS TONY SIMS

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Olivier Aubin-Mercier attempts to secure a rear choke submission against Tony Sims of the United States in their lightweight bout during the UFC event at the SaskTel Centre on August 23, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA UNANINOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: As expected, it was the grappling and submission game of Aubin-Mercier that really just gave Sims more than he could handle. Sims showed that he knows how to defend a RNC, but just wasn’t able to keep Aubin-Mercier off of him. Aubin-Mercier didn’t get the submission, but was content to continue to go for it to get the decision win.

CHAD LAPRISE VS FRANCISCO TRINALDO 

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Francisco Trinaldo (top) of Brazil punches Chad Laprise in their lightweight bout during the UFC event at the SaskTel Centre on August 23, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA TKO R1 2:43

WISEMAN PREDICTION: FRANCISCO TRINALDO VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: Trinaldo rocked Laprise early and that was basically the end. He jumped all over Laprise and started pounding him until Herb stepped in for the TKO finish.

PATRICK COTE VS JOSH BURKMAN 

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Patrick Cote punches Josh Burkman of the United States in their welterweight bout during the UFC event at the SaskTel Centre on August 23, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: PATRICK COTE VIA TKO R3 1:26

WISEMAN PREDICTION: PATRICK COTE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: I was afraid this fight could be really bad or really good, but the guys certainly didn’t disappoint tonight. They both came out to leave it all in the octagon tonight. Both guys were rocked throughout the match, but in the final round Cote was hurt, but he somehow came back and connected with a perfect combination for the TKO finish. Wow! It was a close fight, but Cote certainly took it out of the hands of the judges.

#15 NEIL MAGNY VS ERICK SILVA 

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Neil Magny of the United States punches Erick Silva of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC event at the SaskTel Centre on August 23, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: ERICK SILVA VIA TKO 

Wiseman: The problem with this fight for Silva was that he came out trying to be something he isn’t:  Reserved. It looked at though he was trying to save his gas, but what ended up happening was he allowed Magny to out work him, get over confident, then Silva was unable to catch up before the fight was over. Silva is known for his pressure and speed. None of that was shown tonight. Good performance by Magny.

MAIN EVENT

#5 MAX HOLLOWAY VS CHARLES OLIVEIRA 

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Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Max Holloway of the United States in their featherweight bout during the UFC event at the SaskTel Centre on August 23, 2015 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA TKO R1 1:39

WISEMAN PREDICTION: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA TKO

Wiseman: Holloway was moving so well, mixing up his levels, and moving at Cruz-like angles. The problem happened possibly when he went for a takedown. Something happened with the left shoulder of Oliveira which forced the stoppage giving Holloway the win. It was a sad way for things to end because this had the making of an incredible fight.

@casmma365 After The Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs Oliveira

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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