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Round 1 – Big leg kicks from Nguyen to get things started. Oh! Huge right hand by Errens connects clean. Nguyen is backing up now. Big leg kicks by Nguyen. Nasty calf kick by Errens. And another one! Uppercut by Errens then Nguyen connects with a jab. More leg kicks by Errens. Man, more nasty leg kicks by Errens. He’s putting a lot behind them. Good combo by Nguyen. Errens is now bleeding from his nose. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Errens.

Round 2 – A pair of jabs land for Nguyen. Errens is bleeding from his nose. Nasty leg kick by Errens, but Nguyen answers back with a counter. Errens is upping the pressure here. One, two connects for Errens. Jab to the body by Errens and then he goes upstairs with a jab. Right hand connects for Nguyen. More leg kicks from Errens. It seems Nguyen is starting to have issues moving. Final minute. Nguyen is walking down Errens here, looking to make a big attack in the final seconds. Oh! Huge right hand from Errens drops Nguyen! Nguyen immediately back up and Errens is all over him. The bell rings shortly after.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Errens.

Round 3 – Errens back at attacking the legs. Body shot by Errens. Looks like Errens got dropped by Nguyen. Nguyen on top. Oh! Nasty elbow by Nguyen. Errens gets back up and appears fine. Oh! Errens lands a left and drops Nguyen! Nguyen gets back up. Three minutes left. Nguyen’s mobility is compromised due to the leg kicks. Uppercut by Errens. What a chin on Nguyen, who’s constantly moving forward. Jabs by Errens. More calf kicks by Nguyen. Huge uppercut and then a left by Errens. Nguyen eats it well. Nguyen moving forward, trying to get a finish, but Errens is sticking and moving. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Errens. Overall 30-27, Errens.

Result: Jarno Errens def. Steven Nguyen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Photos: UFC on ESPN 53: Best photos from Las Vegas
Records: Errens (14-5-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC), Nguyen (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Mark Smith

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