UFC 227 results: Sheymon Moraes survives late charge, outpoints Matt Sayles

LOS ANGELES – It wasn’t necessarily the cleanest of victories, but Sheymon Moraes (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) did score his first UFC win, outpointing Matt Sayles (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 227 event at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on pay-per-view.

Sayles was light on his feet to start, bouncing back and forth while Moraes preferred to be a little more stationary in his stance. Sayles chopped at the legs a bit to start, while Moraes was content to seek opportunities to counter. Sayles was the busier man, but Moraes appeared to do more damage with the blows he landed.

Moraes quickly discovered he was the faster man and seemed relatively unconcerned with his opponent’s striking while standing firm in the pocket and throwing powerful punches. Sayles was able to work himself to the clinch on a handful of occasions, but the position proved relatively neutral, with both men landing knees inside.

Moraes was a little more aggressive to open the second, but Sayles responded well, getting inside and hunting the takedown. Still, he wasn’t able to get the fight to the floor, and that meant enduring Moraes’ powerful punches on the feet. Sayles didn’t back down from the barrages, but it was clear his opponent was getting the best of the exchanges.

Moraes began leading his combinations with a step-in elbow, and the right hand was thrown with ever-increasing velocity. Sayles complained of an eye poke, but referee Blake Grice allowed the action to continue, and the pair continued striking until the bell.

Sayles pushed forward quickly in the third, looking to seize some momentum. The action was briefly halted for another Moraes eye poke, and Sayles seemed agitated on the restart. He continued to press forward, though he was forced to pay mind of Moraes’ snapping punches, including a few crisp jabs that landed clean.

Sayles did briefly push an off-balance Moraes to the floor, but he couldn’t keep the action on the canvas. Sayles never backed down, pressing forward in the final mnute and landing his best punches of the fight. Moraes appeared to fadea touch, though he constantly shook his head to indicate his opponent’s attacks weren’t as effective as they may have appeared.

In the end, judges handed the fight to Moraes, 29-28 on all three cards.

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