Round 1: The fighters touch gloves and UFC 168 is officially underway. Peralta takes the center of the cage and delivers an outside leg kick. He steps forward with a combination and takes Payan down. He works in Payan’s half guard. He lands short left hands. Payan works his way back to his feet and delivers a knee to the body, followed by another one. Peralta presses him against the cage. Payan lands a couple of knees to the body and Peralta decided to take the fight to the ground. Peralta looks to mount but Payan reverses him and ends up in side control. He lands elbows. Payan continues to pepper Peralta with short shots. Payan rolls and gets back to his feet in the closing seconds. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Payan with the strikes from top position.
Round 2: Peralta lands an outside leg kick to start the second round. Payan answers with one of his own. Peralta rushes in with hay makers. Payan misses with a counter. Peralta lands another leg kick followed by a left hand. Peralta goes to the body with a right hand. He’s just winging punches. They clinch and Payan takes Peralta down. He lands in side control. Peralta works back to half guard. Payan postures up and lands a left hand. Peralta gets back to his feet. They clinch and Peralta delivers a knee to the body. They work for position along the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Peralta.
Round 3: Peralta rushes in with a flurry and lands a left hand that knocks Payan down. He follows up with more punches and the referee stops the fight.
The official time of the technical knockout was 0:12 of the third round.
“I felt like I was a little behind on the scorecards because he was able to secure those takedowns and hold me down. I really didn’t think he did much with them though in terms of striking or submission attempts. My coaches told me in between the second and third rounds that I needed to go out there and finish him so that’s what I did. I let my hands go and landed to his body then I followed it up and stayed on him. I’m glad I was able to go in there tonight and get the come from behind win.”
“That was an early stop. I went to get back up and he was already waving it off. I was clearly winning that fight and he didn’t give me the chance to get up. Completely ridiculous stop.”