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UFC 201 results: Ryan Benoit splits Fredy Serrano in short notice snoozer

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Up-and-coming Flyweight hopefuls, Ryan Benoit and Fredy Serrano had the privilege of kicking off UFC 201’s pay-per-view (PPV) main card tonight (Sat., July 30, 2016) inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. And it was the fighter who took the match on super short notice, Benoit, who was able to escape “Hotlanta” with a very close split decision win over the decorated wrestler from Colombia.

Serrano got the action started early with a hard punch that set up a huge takedown slam. Serrano couldn’t control Benoit on the ground, however, and when it got back to vertical “Baby Face” dropped “El Profe” with a great shot. Benoit angled for a submission on the ground, but Serrano was not hurt and was able to defend and escape quickly. Benoit stalked Serrano for the final minute of the round, throwing several kicks, but failing to connect with anything meaningful. He did land a nice cross as the round came to a close, forcing Serrano to make a run for it and then, after the buzzer, Benoit landed another shot that drew the ire of Serrano.

Both fighters touched gloves to start the second after the first ended with Serrano shoving Benoit in disgust. Benoit continued to stalk Serrano, who appeared to just have his right hand cocked, looking to land a one-hitter quitter. Serrano shot in for a takedown, but was unable to do get anywhere with it along the cage. Shortly thereafter he was able to turn a standing guillotine choke submission attempt into a takedown and worked some ground-and-pound before Benoit literally threw him off. Benoit — who took the fight on just 10 days notice — too a deep breath midway through the round and checked the clock. Moments later, Serrano was able to secure another takedown, but once again couldn’t really ….View full article

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