UFC 138 Play-by-Play: Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee

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Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee

Round 1: Cariaso connects first with a short punch, but Lee comes back with a couple kicks and nearly secures a standing guillotine. Cariaso clinches and they end up fighting for position along the cage before Lee puts Cariaso on his back, Lee in his full guard. Lee is very active, dropping bombs, searching for the choke, but Cariaso regains his feet. They’re once again clinched on the fence. Good clinch fight by Cariaso, but Lee puts him down on his back again. Back to their feet with some good shots by both fighters. Lee puts Cariaso on the mat once again, but he bounces right back to his feet. Lee has done a good job controlling where the fight goes in this first round. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Lee

Round 2: Lee starts strong again, quickly putting Cariaso down, locking up his head, and pounding away at his body. Cariaso manages to get back to his feet, again clinched on the fence. They separate and Lee starts utilizing his reach advantage, tagging Cariaso with a couple sharp punches. Cariaso tries to fight his way in, blasting a flurry of punches and elbows, then shoots and takes Lee to the mat. Cariaso works his way from half guard into full mount. Lee bucks and gets out from under the mount, but Cariaso moves into side control, and then fights his way back to mount. He’s not doing a lot of damage, but makes Lee carry his weight for a significant amount of time. Lee fights his way back to full guard just before the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Cariaso

Round 3: Cariaso does a good job sneaking in some punches before Lee clinches and presses him to the fence. Referee Dan Mirgliotta quickly separates them. They start trading blows, Cariaso landing more than Lee. Lee shoots again, but this time Cariaso defends. They clinch briefly before Cariaso drops and scores the single leg takedown. Cariaso quickly works to side control and transitions to full mount. Lee turns, but Cariaso remains on his back, forcing Lee to turn again and give up full top mount, dropping down punches and elbows. Cariaso takes the back, working for the choke, but can’t secure it before the bell. Solid final round from Cariaso. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Cariaso

Chris Cariaso def. Vaughan Lee by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3

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