TUF 13 Finale Play-by-Play: Reuben Duran vs. Francisco Rivera

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Reuben Duran vs. Francisco Rivera

Round 1: Duran opens the fight peppering his jab trying to establish his range.  Duran shoots a double leg takedown and is successful and is now in Duran’s guard landing body, body, head combos.  Rivera posts with his feet and kicks off Duran and they know are back to their feet in the clinch against the cage with Duran grinding Rivera down.  Knees to the body from Duran.  More dirty boxing from Duran and Rivera as of right now is looking outmatched.  The fighters separate briefly from the clinch and Duran lands a nice flurry, culminating with a right hook.  Trip takedown slam from Duran and is now in side control looking to pass.  Duran has a brief guillotine attempt but Rivera pulls out and he now has top control as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Duran.

Round 2: Duran opens with a leg kick and Rivera seems a bit rejuvenated from ending last round on a high note.   Low kick from Rivera now and he is using good lateral movement..  Duran with a big left/right combo that stuns Rivera.  He follows with a less effective combo seconds later.  Duran fires jabs now to the body of Rivera.   Looping overhand right from Rivera grazes Duran.  Rivera now jumps guard into a standing guillotine against the cage.  Duran survives rather easily and he is now in the guard of Rivera landing peppering shots.  Rivera is looking for a Kimura, but his efforts are fruitless at this point.  Duran now passes to half guard and is landing elbows to the body and head of Rivera.  Duran takes Rivera’s back as the round ends and was looking for a guillotine. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 Duran.

Round 3: Rivera’s corner screams, “Everything ‘Cisco!!!” to open the round.  Rivera’s certainly down 2 rounds at this point.  Leg kick by Rivera starts the action.  Spinning back kick by Duran grazes Rivera and backs him up.  Range-finding jabs from Rivera as he is trying to set the pace.  A huge double leg takedown from Duran is successful as he now finds himself in side control against Rivera.  Duran takes Rivera’s back, and that’s all she wrote.  Rear naked choke finish for Duran.  A solid showing of being composed and patient by Rivera.

Reuben Duran def. Francisco Rivera by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:57, R3

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