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UFC on Fuel TV 3 Play-by-Play: Alex Soto vs. Francisco Rivera

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Alex Soto vs. Francisco Rivera

Round 1:  They take the center of the cage.  Soto unleashes a high kick that’s blocked.  Soto moving on the outside.  Rivera counters a kick with a right hand and knocks Soto down.  Soto gets up but is still not recovered.  Rivera lands a combination.  Rivera with a right hand.  Soto rotates out.  Rivera lands another right hand that knocks Soto down.  Soto shoots in for a single leg takedown and gets it.  Three minutes remain in the round.  Rivera works his way back to his feet.  Soto circling away from Rivera’s right hand.  Rivera jumps in with a high kick.  Soto closes the distance and ties him up.  Soto lands a kick to the body.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Rivera.

Round 2: Soto circles on the outside.  Rivera moving forward.  Rivera throws a front kick that nearly landed.  Soto responds with a kick to the body.  Rivera lands a kick to the groin but Soto says he’s okay to continue and action is resumed.  Rivera lands another kick to the groin of Soto.  This time Soto takes time to recover.  The action is restarted.  Rivera lands an outside leg kick.  Rivera lands a right hand.  Soto lands a jab.  Rivera lands a right hand and a kick. Soto eats it.  Soto lands a kick to the groin.  Rivera takes a few seconds to recover.  The fight is restarted.  Rivera lands a solid inside leg kick.  Rivera lands a head kick that knocks Soto down but he immediately gets back to his feet.  Soto lands a kick to the body.  Rivera is stalking him.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Rivera.

Round 3: Soto moves forward with a combination.  Rivera throw a high kick and Soto catches it and takes him down.  Rivera quickly gets back to his feet.  Soto shoots in for a takedown but Rivera stuffs it.  Rivera lands a right hand and Soto is rocked.  Rivera goes in with a flurry trying to finish.  Soto covers and recovers.  Two minutes remain in the round.  Soto lands an uppercut.  The pace slows.  Soto misses with a right hand.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Rivera.

The judges score the fight for Rivera by unanimous decision.  All three scorecards read 30-27.

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