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UFC Fight Night 102

UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis mounts late rally to finish Abdurakhimov

Derrick Lewis used a late takedown and ground-and-pound to cap a come-from-behind rally and put away Russain Shamil Abdurakhimov in the fourth round at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany, New York.

Abdurakhimov frustrated Lewis for over three rounds with timely takedowns that won him the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Lewis finally scored a takedown of his own off a Thai clinch, and took full advantage of it, getting full mount and raining punches until referee Dan Miragliotta was forced to call the bout at 3:42.

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Gian Villante and Saparbek Safarov earned Fight-of-the-Night, while Francis Ngannou and Gerald Meerschaert earned performances-of-the-night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims.

Juliana Lima def JJ Aldrich via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ryan James def Keith Berish via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Marc Diakese def Frankie Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Shane Burgos def Tiago Trator via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)

Andrew Sanchez def Trevor Smith via via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gerald Meerschart def Joe Gigiotti via submission R1 4:12

Randy Brown def Brian Camozzi via TKO R2 1:25

Justine Kish def Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

#14 GIAN VILLANTE VS SAPARBEK SAFAROV

UFC Fight Night 102

WINNER: GIAN VILLANTE VIA TKO R2 2:54

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GIAN VILLANTE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Villante started off fast, and then withstood some offence from the injured Russian in the second half of the first round to pick him apart in the second. Good win for Villante.

#9 COREY ANDERSON VS SEAN O’CONNELL

WINNER: COREY ANDERSON VIA TKO R2 2:36

ANDREWS PREDICTION: COREY ANDERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Anderson just blasted, and that’s the Corey Anderson I want to see every time. Took down the striker and and kept pounding him out. Excellent win for Anderson.

#12 FRANCIS NGANNOU VS ANTHONY HAMILTON 

WINNER: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA SUBMISSION R1 1:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANCIS NGANNOU VIA TKO

Andrews: Ngannou not only has power, but is crafty on the ground as well. And he continues to wrack up clean and tidy victories. My hat is off to the Frenchman.

MAIN EVENT

#10 DERRICK LEWIS VS #15 SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV 

UFC Fight Night 102

WINNER: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO R4 3:42

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO

Andrews: Abdurakhimov fought a defensive fight once he racked up the first three rounds, which forced Lewis to step things up. He finally got the takedown and went to work in the fourth. Excellent comeback win for The Black Beast.

@kenaiandrews

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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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