The welterweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.
Jouban was the man moving forward to start the fight, with Grant retreating as the two set range. Jouban quickly punches his way into a takedown attempt, then just missed on a huge high kick as Grant scrambled back to the feet. The two then traded big punches inside before settling back at range.
Jouban was again the man walking forward, though Grant was active as he moved back, tagging the legs a few times and firing out a couple of right hands that came up short. Grant did score a few wild hooks in an exchange, but Jouban was able to shake it off and score a big low kick of his own shortly after.
Jouban continued to press in the final minute, though he couldn’t quite track down Grant before the bell.
Jouban moved out quickly again to start the second, but Grant came alive with wild punches that certainly threatened harm. Still, Jouban was able to evade any real damage and retreat to a safer range, where he again started stalking in the center of the cage.
Grant continued to chop at the leg as they moved, and Jouban tried to pressure with strikes but struggle dot get in range. Grant was patient in his plan, picking only spots to unleash his wild barraged, but the lack of activity saw the crowd get restless in the final minute.
Jouban pressed again to open the final round, and Grant did return fire a little more quickly. He also continued to dig at the legs, as well, though he was constantly retreating and looking to counter. Jouban tried to press but certainly couldn’t be reckless, and he did walk into an uppercut. But Grant largely stayed outside of his opponent’s range until a Jouban kick accidentally struck the groin and forced a timeout.
On the restart, Grant again found his low kick to be his best weapon. Jouban tried to land something of consequence, but Grant’s constant retreat kept him just out of range. Grant pawed a jab but rarely let go with big punches behind it. Jouban finally got inside in the final seconds and brought the fight to the floor, where he snuck around to the back and tried to unleash a few punches before the final bell, which was accompanied by a chorus of boos.
In the end, Jouban scored a clean sweep on one judges’ card but was still handed a split-decision loss with Grant taking two cards 29-28.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 236 results include:
- Dwight Grant def. Alan Jouban via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Nikita Krylov def. Ovince Saint Preux via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:30
- Matt Frevola def. Jalin Turner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alexandre Pantoja def. Wilson Reis via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:58
- Max Griffin def. Zelim Imadaev via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
- Khalid Taha def. Boston Salmon via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:25
- Belal Muhammad def. Curtis Millender via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)
- Montel Jackson def. Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
- Poliana Botelho def. Lauren Mueller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Brandon Davis def. Randy Costa via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:12
- UFC 236 results: Nikita Krylov gets his revenge, taps out Ovince Saint Preux
- UFC 236 results: Matt Frevola grinds way past Jalin Turner for clean sweep
- UFC 236 results: Alexandre Pantoja flawless in first-round finish of Wilson Reis
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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