UFC on Fox 20 delivered on all of its promises with an exciting main card. Let's get into it!

Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran

Round one: Both fighters came out hot and traded blows in the middle of the cage. Herrig scored a massive take down and took Curran's back, after a short scramble. She finished Curran by way of rear-naked choke at 1:59 in the first round. As mentioned pre-fight, these fighters love to finish their opponents via submission.  A wonderful showing from Felice Herrig, despite being away from the octagon for over a year.

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Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

Round one: After a minute of feeling each other out, they engaged, throwing massive bombs. Ngannou backed Mihajlovic into the cage. In an attempt to escape and score a takedown, Mihajlovic fell and was mounted by Ngannou. Ngannou won by way of TKO at 1:34 in the first round.  Mihajlovic lost his debut fight, and Ngannou took a step toward the title picture.

Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez

Round one: At the beginning of the round, both fighters proceeded cautiously.

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Barboza landed leg kicks at will until the last two minutes before the bell, when Melendez began turning the tide by pushing the pace with his boxing. The round ended with both fighters exchanging a flurry of punches.

Round two: Barboza continued to land stinging leg kicks on Melendez's left knee. Realizing he could not endure much more pain, Melendez attempts multiple takes downs. Barboza was able to defend against all of them and scored a takedown of his own.

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The bell saved Melendez from a TKO.

Round three: Melendez, realizing he would not win a decision, came out hard, looking for a finish. Barboza's kicks, however, forced him to look for a takedown. After Barboza defended it, Melendez spent the rest of the round retreating.

Decision: The judges scored the contest 30/27, 30/27, 29/28. Edson Barboza won via unanimous decision. These two fighters went to war for all three rounds. Edson Barboza has interjected himself into the title picture. Gilbert Melendez's career is now in jeopardy.

Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Round one: After a minute, Shevchenko landed the first significant strike of the fight, a powerful leg kick to Holm's right-inner thigh. After a brief exchange, Holm dropped her with a right hand. Shevchenko recovered and gained a takedown. Holm got back to her feet quickly, and round ended with both fighters exchanging feints.

Round two: After a short exchange, Holm pushed her opponent against the cage.

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After a series of grapples, Shevchenko broke free, leading to both fighters trading punches until the end of the round. 

Round three: After a slow start to the round, both women began to trade heavy strikes. Shevchenko began timing Holm extremely well and landing at will. Shevchenko then scored a takedown and maintained a dominate ground position until the end of the round.

Round four: The entire round both fighters traded jabs, kicks, and heavy straights.

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As the round neared its end Shevchenko looked for another takedown. Holm defended, but Shevchenko began to time Holm well again. Shevchenko landed big strikes as the time ran out.

Round five: Holm came out attempting to land fight-finishing blows, but she couldn't land anything. Shevchenko backed away as Holm came up short on several side-kicks. Mid-round, Shevchenko landed a huge wheel-kick, sending Holm into desperation mode. Holm tried her best to finish the fight, but Shevchenko avoided taking any damage. The fight ended with both fighters trading.

Decision: All three judges scored the fight 49/46, declaring Valentina Shevchenko victorious. Former Champion Holly Holm continued to slide in the rankings, and upcoming Valentina Shevchenko was propelled into the title scene.

The Wrap Up

UFC on Fox 20 saw a fighter return in convincing fashion, two fighters enter the title conversation, and an up-and-coming heavyweight made his mark on the division. Be on the look out for my analysis of UFC 201 later this week! 

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