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Round 1 – Good jab work by Pacheco, but Loughran counters with a right hand. Pacheco is on the outside, trying to use his range on Loughran. Bog right hand connects for Loughran after a lengthy period of little action. Leg kick and more jabs by Pacheco. Another big right lands for Loughran. Loughran clearly with a power advantage so far. Leg kick by Pacheco. Good body work by Pacheco. Oh! Loughran wobbles Pacheco with a right. Pacheco backing up. Another right from Loughran! Solid counter by Pacheco connects! One minute left. Solid jabs by Pacheco. Loughran is bleeding from his nose. Leg kick by Loughran. Both land at the end. Close round.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Loughran.

Round 2 – Oh! A hard combo lands for Loughran right at the start. Pacheco is firing back despite being at a power disadvantage. Oh! Clean right hand connects for Pacheco! Loughran shoots for a takedown and gets it. He now takes the back of Pacheco. Loughran looking for the rear-naked choke, but Pacheco is defending well. Loughran with big shots from top! They’re adding up. Three minutes left. Loughran steps off the gas on the attack. Loughran re-adjusts and begins to land shots again. Two minutes left. More shots from Loughran. Loughran now takes mount. Pacheco recovers half guard. Pacheco works his way back up, and they’re back to striking. Body kick by Pacheco. Pacheco presses Loughran against the cage. The bell rings.

MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9, Loughran.

Round 3 – Big combo by Loughran to get started. Oh! Loughran hurt Pacheco’s leg with a kick. He can barely stand. Loughran keeps attacking the leg. Solid combo connects for Loughran. He shoots and presses Pacheco against the cage. Pacheco lands a few elbows and then he breaks free. Back to striking. Big right by Loughran followed by a leg kick. Loughran with constant pressure here. He shoots and takes down Pacheco. Two minutes left. Pacheco gets up, but eats a big elbow. Nasty leg kick by Loughran. Pacheco’s output has vastly dropped. Good left connects for Pacheco! Loughran gets the takedown. Loughran lets Pacheco up. The bell rings.

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

Result: Caolan Loughran def. Angel Pacheco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Photos: Caolan Loughran def. Angel Pacheco at UFC on ESPN 54: Best photos
Records: Loughran (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Pacheco (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Division: Bantamweight
Broadcast: ESPN+
Referee: Vitor Ribeiro
Judging: Adrian Castro, Eric Colon 30-27. David Tirelli 30-26.

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