Russell Doane and Marcus Brimage went the distance in Brimage’s bantamweight debut, with Doane getting a split decision nod in a closely contested fight. There were a number of fun exchanges, particular on the ground, and the scrambles between the two were very fun.
While Brimage had a lot of success with his leg kicks, forcing Doane to limp at more than one stage, Doane utilised the takedowns and good work from the guard to get the nod from the judges. The Hawaiian prospect continues his positive start to the UFC, and hands Brimage his second loss in a row. Dropping down to 135lbs for the first time, Brimage showed that his cardio did not decrease with the weight cut, and will likely get another fight in the Octagon.
Check out how the fight played out here.
Brimage making his bantamweight debut against the tough Hawaiian. He looked good at the weigh-ins, so interesting to see how he does here.
Round 1 - Doane gets countered coming inside. Leg kick from Brimage. Tentative opening minute. Doane with a nice takedown there, and he’s in the butterfly guard of Brimage. Doane passes straight into side control. Now looking for a d’arce choke, but instead gets the back of Brimage. What a scramble there for Doane. Doane has one hook in and Brimage is in a bad spot. Both hooks in now, but Brimage defending thusfar. Good short shots by Doane. This is really tiring for the BW debutant. Doane keeping very active on the back of Brimage, and trying to soften him up before attempting to sink in the choke. He’s sticking to him like glue. Brimage explodes to his feet! Very well done. Less than a minute remaining in this first round. 1-2 by Brimage, missing a body and leg kick. Head kick by Doane is blocked. Brimage catches Doane coming in, then lands a kick. Inside leg kick by Brimage. Good end to that round but nowhere near enough.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Doane.
Round 2 - Couple of kicks by Brimage land, nice technique there. The leg kicks in particular are working effectively. Big 1-2 there! Not sure if Doane slipped there but he certainly dropped. He’s working for a single leg now but Brimage stuffs it. Beautiful inside leg kick and Doane is limping now. Another stuffed takedown. Doane is uncomfortable now. Another big leg kick. These are brutal. Doane shoots in and gets a pivotal takedown. Brimage is up and takes the centre, trying to score with that leg kick. He catched the kick of Doane and tries to counter but is unable to. They get the clinch and Doane lands a couple of solid knees in the thai clinch, before dropping for a takedown. Brimage with some short shots and is unable to get him to the mat but Brimage then gives up his back. Great roll by Brimage and he gets to his feet! Beautiful technique. Brimage attacking to the leg, which was the most significant weapon of the round.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Brimage (19-19).
Round 3 - Brimage catches a high kick of Doane and gets it to the ground. Doane working on an omaplata and Brimage escapes before he is unable to sink it in. Brimage with another big leg kick. He’s attacking the other leg, his technique on that kick is perfect. Another big leg kick. Brimage looks great at 135. And another. He’s targeting the same spot and dropping Doane almost every time. These are significant. Front kick attempt by Doane then a nice series of leg kicks. Doane with a big shot, well defended but some nice knees from the clinch. He pulls guard but Brimage gets out of there quickly. There isn’t too much to report on this round (or fight), unfortunately. Mostly faints and fillers, and the odd jab in-between. The leg kicks have been the key to this one and Brimage has some great technique to them. Mixing it up on the outside and inside. Another stuffed takedown attempt by Doane. High kick by Doane grazes the head of Brimage. Nice 1-2 by Brimage. Another leg kick. Doane pushing forward at the end of the round. Brimage should have his first win at 135.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Brimage (29-28 Brimage).
Result: Doane via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
I really thought Brimage had the last two, but Doane gets the split decision nod. Brimage is a very respectful guy and claps Doane. A solid fight nonetheless.
Check out the full play-by-play for the card here. Here are the full results as they stand.
Main Card: Pay-per-view
Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
Preliminary Card: FOX Sports 1
Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:09 in third round.
Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26 x3).
Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
Rob Font def. George Roop via KO (punch) at 2:19 in first round.
Preliminary Card: UFC Fight Pass
Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Kevin Casey def. Bubba Bush via TKO (elbows) at 1:01 in first round.