10 Feb - 
UFC 234: Shane Young's steady pressure leads to decision over Austin Arnett

Despite a length advantage for his opponent that seemed to hurt him a few times early, Shane Young outworked Austin Arnett for a hard-fought unanimous decision.

Young (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) beat Arnett (16-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) with a trio of 30-27 scores in a lightweight bout that was part of the UFC 234 prelims on ESPN at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. It followed prelims on UFC Fight Pass and preceded the pay-per-view main card.

Arnett’s length appeared to be an advantage for him in the first round, allowing him to land jabs, then back out to be at least on the end of Young’s counters. Young tried to push forward to get his punches to land, and he did – but almost always while Arnett was backing up. But with 15 seconds left, Young put together a solid combination that popped Arnett’s head back several times.

The second round played out much the same as the first – Arnett’s success came throughout most of the frame, but Young put together his rally late in the round. Both fighters landed heavy punches at the end of the round, including a big forearm from Young. Arnett went back to his corner with his nose looking smashed.

Fifty seconds into the third, Arnett landed a big right hand that took Young briefly off his feet. But he was up quickly, and went back to trying to back Arnett up with combinations. Again in the final minute, Young put rallies together that almost certainly paid off with the judges. Arnett put some punches together late, too, and Young got a knockdown just before the horn.

“The whole fight, I was just doing my thing,” Young said. “Whenever I heard corner advice, I just tried to take it on. I didn’t know it was going to be tough, but when I cracked him a couple of goodies, I was like ‘Damn, he’s tough.’ Then he showed it a couple of times that he was hurt. It wasn’t until the very end when he ran right in and I dropped him, I thought, ‘Finally!'”

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