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Masio Fullen and Alexander Torres entered the UFC with high-hopes, if a lack of experience at MMA’s highest platform, in UFC 184’s first preliminary bout.

Fullen, of Mexico, and Torres, of Colombia, alums of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, didn’t hesitate from the opening bell.

Torres wobbled Masio Fullen with strikes in the opener, but the Mexican battled back and hurt Torres with counter punches. A late grappling sequence was mostly controlled by Masio Fullen in a back-and-forth round of MMA — both were prepared to put everything on the line.

Round two was a bit more even-tempered, but Fullen took the initiative. He allowed Alexander Torres to press early and didn’t exert himself in the clinch. The Mexican would close the round dominantly, however, punishing Torres with punch combinations and likely tying the fight on the scorecards.

The third ended as the fight began, with Fullen and Torres both finding their moments. A late attack against the cage gave Torres a shot on the cards, but Masio Fullen was given a hard-earned split decision win to start UFC 184.

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