#2. Alan Jouban (16-6) vs. Dwight Grant (9-2) (Welterweight)
Dwight Grant notched up a win in his last fight in February 2019, against Carlo Pedersoli Jr., while Alan Jouban was coming off a Fight of the Night knockout finish against Ben Saunders from February 2018.
Round 1: Jouban was in southpaw and Grant in orthodox as the usual range-finding kicked off the fight. Jouban went for a straight left and tied up with Grant near the fence. Surprisingly enough, Jouban tripped Grant and scored a takedown.
He couldn't keep him down for long as Grant popped back up. Grant tagged Jouban with a few strikes, while Jouban almost landed a head kick that could have potentially finished off the fight.
Grant hurt Jouban with a strong left hook that grazed the chin followed by a strong right to the side of the head after Jouban came in rushing after a series of fakes and feints.
A snappy inside leg kick from Jouban. A nice looping left hook from Grant. Jouban kept pushing forward as Grant wanted to keep the distance, however, he needed to do so without his chin up in the air.
Jouban went for the head kick, but missed, while Grant went for a right, but was blocked. Jouban ended with an inside leg kick.
Round 2: Grant jumped in wildly and hurt Jouban again with an unorthodox combination of strikes. Jouban covered up but somehow survived.
The stats at this point called for Jouban to land more. Grant kept chipping away with inside and outside leg kicks.
Jouban tried to force the issue as he pushed forward and landed a jab. His corner called for a follow-up. Jouban showed great timing to avoid Grant's punches but didn't dish out any punishment in return.
The crowd booed as they expected a stand-up back-and-forth. Instead, what we all were witnessing was a painstakingly tepid affair. Weird round to score!
Round 3: Jouban showed great Octagon control up until this point, but there was not much to show for.
Both men came out for the final round, looking a little more aggressive. The boos worked, maybe?
However, one minute into the final round and it settled as being the same old story. Grant, though, went for a nice head kick that was checked by Jouban.
Jouban seemed to vary of Grant's power by the looks of it. The fight momentarily stopped as Grant accidentally took a strike to his groin.
Two minutes left to go and it was either go hard or go home! Jouban and Grant didn't agree with the mantra and continued to dance around the Octagon as the restless fans continued to jeer the fighters.
Jouban finished off strong as he landed a few strikes and took Grant down in the last 30 seconds of the fight. He looked for an RNC, but Grant scrambled to get on his back. Jouban ended the fight with some good-looking ground and pound.
The judges may have surely liked that considering from Jouban it was such a close fight.
Result: Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban 30-27, 29-28, 28-29
What an uneventful fight, jeez! Jouban was livid with the outcome as he felt he had done enough to get the win. However, in hindsight, he wasn't convincing enough to claim anything.
Nonetheless, a lackluster win for Grant shouldn't do him any favors either in Dana White's eyes.Published 14 Apr 2019, 12:18 IST