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Complete UFN 76: Dublin Coverage

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 76.

Today’s card comes to us from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland and airs completely on UFC Fight Pass.

The main card has been hit hard by the injury bug in recent weeks, losing both the original main and co-main events. Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy were scheduled to headline, but Duffy was scratched after medical officials declared him unfit to compete.

Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic were the planned co-main event, but an injury in training suffered by Miocic scrapped that.

Now, it’s the flyweights who will main event, as Paddy Holohan battles Louis Smolka.

Holohan (12-1-1) has won two in a row and is 3-1 over his Octagon career, scoring recent decisions over Vaughan Lee and Shane Howell. Smolka (9-1) is on a similar two-fightw in streak and is also 3-1 within the Octagon.

The rest of the main card features Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi, Darren Till vs. Nicholas Dalby and Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes.

For Madadi, this is his first fight since a 2013 submission win over Michael Johnson due to a prison sentence he received that same year. He served 14 months and was resigned by the UFC shortly after.

All the action begins at 1:15 p.m. ET with a six-bout prelim lineup including Steven Ray vs. Mickael Lebout, Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese, Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham, Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida, Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford and Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush

We begin in the middleweight division with Garreth McLellan (12-3) taking on Bubba Bush (8-3).

Round 1: Good grinding affair here in the early stages, as McLellan is searching for a possible front-choke. That allows Bush to score with a takedown and gain control on the ground. McLellan, though, still holding the head and controlling the neck, but Bush has passed to side control with two minutes left in the round. North-south position for Bush, but he moves to side control once more. Strong finish to the round for Bush is lost as McLellan gets up and slaps on a tight guillotine. Bush slips out, but McLellan earned a lot of momentum there at the end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bush

Round 2: McLellan starts off the round with a strong kick, but Bush rushes forward and puts him down with a takedown. McLellan immediately to his feet and they tie up. Huge hip-toss takedown for McLellan scores and he has Bush flattened out. Good, quick shots are landing by McLellan, as he is now in side control and pounding away with rights to the face.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McLellan

Round 3: Huge uppercut from McLellan seconds into the round, as he roared and stormed. McLellan locks the hands and scores with a double-leg takedown against the fence, as Bush appears exhausted. With five rear-naked chokes to his credit, McLellan slips to the back, but he’s unable to secure the submission for now. Bush tries for a takedown and gets it, taking the back himself as we go under three minutes. Another suffocating round by McLellan, as he postures up and hammers down with more shots. McLellan goes for the finish in the final seconds and gets it, as the ref steps in to call a stop to the action.

Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 3

Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford

We’ll move down to the featherweight ranks next, as veteran Darren Elkins (18-5) goes one-on-one against Robert Whiteford (12-2).

Round 1: Elkins went and trained with Team Alpha Male ahead of this fight. Whiteford just misses with a huge right hand and Elkins goes to the body. Huge cut has opened up over the left eye and in the forehead of Elkins, as Whiteford wobbles him for a brief second. Elkins is throwing bombs but they are nowhere near landing. He switches to his wrestling and scores with a takedown. Elkins tries to better his position and that allows Whiteford to get up and out with under a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Round 2: Whiteford sprawls and avoids the takedown attempt the first time, but he can’t do it again and Elkins scores. Elkins now looking to take the back and secure his hooks in, slipping the body triangle on. Whiteford slides, but eats plenty of shots to the face for his decision. For a brief moment, Whiteford was almost able to lock up a choke, but he loses position and takes more punishment. With 90 seconds left, the Scot gets to his feet, reversing and holding Elkins against the fence. Judo throw by Whiteford is answered by another Elkins takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Round 3: Whiteford measures and just misses with a right. He might need to land the KO-punch to win this one after two rounds. Elkins stops any thought of that, connecting with another easy takedown. Good defense by Whiteford allows him to scramble to his feet. Elkins showing his power, sending Whiteford stumbling back with left-right-left combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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