8 – 2
NEW HEMPSHIRE, USA
Rd 1 – Powell is in the orthodox stance. Pineda is in the orthodox. Powell immediately takes the center. Pinedo is moving on the outside. Nice kick to the body lands for Powell. Pineda goes high with the kick, blocked by Powell. Both fighters are setting up their timing. 1st min in, Pinedo explodes with a straight right hand and lands! Powell counters with a leg kick. Pinedo catches the kick and pushes Powell down to the mat. Powell is on the ground. Pinedo is standing. Pinedo lands a leg kick. Pinedo is looking to jump into the guard. Pinedo backs off. Fighters are on their feet. Hard kick to the body lands for Pinedo! Powell is missing with the kicks. Pinedo catches the kick and pushes Powell down to the mat once again. Powell is on the ground. Pinedo is standing. Halfway in, both fighters are on their feet. Powell is putting pressure on Pinedo. Powell is exploding with the punches! Pinedo is doing a good job blocking the shots. Nice uppercut lands for Powell. Powell clinches. Powell lands a couple of hard knees to the body! Powell separates. Right hand lands for Pinedo. Hard uppercut lands for Pinedo! Powell clinches and lands a couple of knees to the body. Powell is gaining confidence. 1 min to go, both fighters exchange punches. Nice leg kick lands for Powell. Pinedo counters with the right hand to the body. Kick to the body lands for Powell. Powell explodes and lands a straight right hand! Pinedo counters with the right hand and lands. Powell pushes with a knee to the body. Pinedo catches the knee and scores a takedown. Pinedo is landing hard hammer fists as the round ends. 10-9 Pinedo
Rd 2 – Powell continues with the pressure. Pinedo goes high with the kick, blocked by Powell. Leg kick lands for Powell. One-two combination lands for Pinedo. Pinedo lands a kick to the body. Powell is looking to explode with the right hand. 1st min in, Nice kick to the body lands for Pinedo. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Pinedo is doing a good job keeping his distance. Pinedo is showing great movement. Pinedo lands a couple of kicks to the leg and body. Nice left hook lands for Pineda. Stiff jab lands for Pinedo. Pineda is looking confident. Inside leg kick lands for Powell. Halfway in, Powell throws a high kick, blocked by Pinedo. Powell initiates the clinch and lands a couple of nice knees to the body. Pinedo separates. Pinedo catches the kick and explodes with a right hand. Pinedo catches another kick and pushes Powell down to the mat. Powell is on the ground. Pinedo is standing. Pinedo is landing leg kicks from the top. Nice right hand lands for Pinedo. Pinedo explodes with the punches from the top! 1 min to go, Powell is doing a good job defending. Pinedo is landing hard shots! Pinedo explodes in the final 10 seconds with the punches! 10-9 Pinedo
Rd 3 – Powell is walking Pinedo down. Leg kick lands for Powell. Nice right hand over the top lands for Pinedo. 1st min in, Pinedo lands a head kick! Powell absorbs. Pinedo is moving on the outside. Hard kick to the body lands for Pinedo! Powell misses with the left hand. Pinedo counters with the right hand and lands. Pinedo is dominating the fight on the feet. Inside leg kick lands for Powell. Pinedo goes high with the kick, blocked by Powell. Nice right hand over the top lands for Pinedo. Halfway in, Pinedo catches the kick and pushes Powell down to the mat. Powell is on the ground. Pinedo is standing. Powell is looking to explode back on his feet. The referee stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Hard kick to the body lands for Pinedo! 1st min in, Powell has a hard time landing anything in this round. Powell misses with the one two combination. Pinedo goes high with the kick, blocked by Powell. Powell explodes and lands hard left hand! Pinedo absorbs. Pinedo is working with the kicks. Powell shoots for a single leg. Pinedo is showing nice takedown defense. Pinedo defends the takedown. 10-9 Pinedo
Klose on 3 weeks notice. Rd 1 – Powell takes the outside, Lead head kick blocked and caught by Klose, who immediately moves in and starts firing punches, Powell covering up against the cage. Klose controlling, Powell reverses, Klose reverses back he continues to land short knees. 2 mins in, Klose still smothering against the cage. Muay thai clinch from Klose, lands more knees. 2 mins to go and they break. Powell moves to the centre, bouncing looking light on his feet, hands low. Head kick misses as Klose moves in firing, Powell throws another kick that caught and Klose dumps him on his back. 1 min to go, and Klose standing over Powell kicking him rather than entering guard. Ref finally stands Powell 45 seconds left. Powell continues to circle away, he doesn’t appear comfortable with his hands. Klose closes distance and Powell steps back, but still absorbs punches. 10 – 8/9 Klose.
Rd 2 – Klose comes forward, Powell times a couple kicks, that are all partially blocked as he runs away, circles away from Klose, to the point where his foot gets momentarily stuck in the cage, Klose throws a flying knee to the body that lands, Powell hits the mat, Klose lets him up. Klose presses Powell to the cage. Klose finds some space and lands a couple solid right hands. 90 seconds in. They exchange reversals against the cage. They break, Powell lands a firm body kick, Klose responds with solid rights overhands. Powell coming forward more now, Klose clinches, 2 mins to go. Klose overhand lands. Superman punch body kick from Klose. Powell starting to throw standing elbows. Flying knee lands again for Klose, Powell showing a great chin. Klose controls against the cage landing foot stomps, till Big John separates them with 40 seconds left. Klose pressuring with decent boxing, Powell backing up. Timed double leg takedown from Klose to end the round. 10 – 9 Klose.
Rd 3 – Klose presses forward with an overhand, Powell backing up still trying to deploy his kicking game, which is all high kicks. 30 seconds in. Klose body punch, body kick, closes distance and instigates the clinch against the cage. Elbows lands for the significantly shorter Klose. Klose controls position, till Big John separates them with just under 3 mins to go. Klose taunting Powell. Solid leg kick lands for Klose. Halfway. Every time Klose throws a punch his left body kick lands. Powell lands a nice short uppercut. Kloses body kicks continue to get through. 90 Seconds left. Bug overhand lands for Klose. Klose looked composed throughout. Powell body kick almost caught. 1 min to go. Klose controls against the cage, to end the fight. 10 – 9 Klose.
Looking for a fight. Rd 1 – Powell starts off with a good leg kick and left hook, then a head kick that lands and drops his opponent. Lemke tries to get up and goes right into a standing guillotine choke until he taps.
Rd 1 – Powell starts off with a head kick and a few body kicks. Powell being compared to Condit due to his stance and how he throws strikes (fair statement). He likes rangy strikes, especially kicks. Bounces around and circles and fires them at will. Opponent catches a few and makes him pay though. Opponent catches a kick and takes Powell down, then Powell throws up a triangle. Doesn’t get it but active off his back. Ref stands them up but he gets taken down soon after. 10 – 9 Marcellino
Rd 2 – Powell shows good power kicks and counter kicks to the body. Powell is more aggressive and opponent lands a takedown which he turns into a guillotine attempt but loses it and opponent gets on top and lands gnp. Powell is too content to stay on his back. Powell is active in terms of throwing strikes from bottom but losing the round. 10 – 9 Marcellino.
Rd 3 – Powell starts off strong. More calculated striking and lands a body kick that drops his opponent. He goes right into mount but loses it and is in guard. More scrambles and they back up, opponent takes him down but he immediately sweeps and takes his back and locks in rnc but no finish. Powell keeps getting taken down easily. Dunno how he won this fight! He was controlled for most of it Sonnen and Branch (commentators) agree. Strange.