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Round 1: Referee Marc Goddard on hand for this bout. Aubin-Mercier opens up with a glancing kick to Tsarukyan’s left leg. It doesn’t take long before Tsarukyan punches his way in before going for a takedown. Well defended by OAM. Tsarukyan catches a kick and Aubin-Mercier ends up crawling on the mat towards the fence. Tsarukyan stays on him, searching for a body lock, but Aubin-Mercier showing good balance to avoid the takedown. Back in the center, Aubin-Mercier catches Tsarukyan with a counter-punch. Aubin-Mercier lands the low kick, but Tsarukyan grabs it on the rebound and Aubin-Mercier again scrambles to the cage. Tsarukyan gets the takedown this time, he works to back control with OAM controlling his right hand. Tsarukyan lands a few short punches. Aubin-Mercier trying to break free and Tsarukyan is locked on. Not much damage being done, but Tsarukyan’s wrestling has him in the driver’s seat. Not much room for offense here, though Tsarukyan is scoring with short punches and knees to Aubin-Mercier’s thigh.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Tsarukyan.