Round 1 – The second DWCS, Season 6 alum to debut in the UFC, Denise Gomes makes her walk to the cage seconds after Loma Lookboonmee. The fight is underway. Lookboonmee elbows Gomes, who is now already leaking less than a minute into the fight. Lookboonmee kicks Gomes to the canvas. Gomes ties her up against the fence. Lookboonmee defends. Gomes lifted her up off her feet. Not only did Lookboonmee defend, she leaned and fell on top of Gomes – right into mount. Gomes flips to her belly, but Lookboonmee snatches the back. Gomes’ blood is painting the canvas. A puddle is forming. Gomes has wrist control, defending the choke. Lookboonmee goes to high on Gomes, who lands up on top and attempts an arm-triangle choke. She’s in half guard on the wrong side, however. Blood is squirting as Gomes strains to complete the submission. Gomes moves to mount but loses grip of the choke. Gomes pulls for an armbar. There is a brief struggle, but Lookboonmee slips out. You have to wonder if the slippery blood came into play just then. Lookboonmee is now on top in Gomes’ guard. Lookboonmee lands a hard elbow as the round ends. 10-9 Lookboonmee.
Round 2 – Lookboonmee takes Gomes down and is in half guard. Lookboonmee shifts to mount and lands some punches. Gomes shoves her away and the fighters return to their feet. Moments later, Lookboonmee clinches, headlocks Gomes, and tosses her to the canvas. Lookboonmee is back in half guard. Gomes shoves Lookboonmee away. As Lookboonmee walks away from her downed opponent, she stops paying attention for a second. Gomes quickly gets to her feet and dives for Lookboonmee’s legs. She has Lookboonmee up against the cage then lands a hard combination. The round ends. 20-18 Lookboonmee.
Round 3 – Oh! Gomes lands a spinning elbow. Lookboonmee grabs her and throws a headlock toss. On the ground, Gomes grabs hold of a leg and attempts a heel hook. Lookboonmee escapes but now Gomes in on her back with a ton of time left. Gomes is seeking a rear-naked choke. Lookboonmee defends the hands. A minute of inactivity ends with Gomes attempting an armbar. That failed. Lookboonmee is now on Gomes’ back. Gomes raises up, bloodied. Lookboonmee keeps her grip and throws Gomes down again. Gomes desperately seeks to get to her feet. Lookboonmee keeps her pinned against the canvas and fence however, as she lands short elbows and punches with about 30 seconds remaining on the clock. Gomes controls the wrist to stop the stream of strikes. A few more elbows and punches paint the canvas red and the horn sounds. That was a fun, competitive matchup. Good matchmaking. 29-28 Lookboonmee.
Result: Loma Lookboonmee def. Denise Gomes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Records: Denise Gomes (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Loma Lookboonmee (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s strawweight
Referee: Chris Tognoni
Judging: Mike Bell, Sal D’Amato (30-27); Derek Cleary (29-28, scoring Round 3 for Gomes)