UFC newcomer Zak Ottow bested veteran Joshua Burkman on the main card of UFC Fight Night Portland, earning a win in his Octagon debut via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
The win is Ottow's fifth straight overall.
Round one saw both fighters come out cautiously, trading kicks and punching combos. Burkman used his shoulder as a shield from the hands of Ottow, but that left his legs open for destruction. Momentum began building halfway through the round, until a groin kick from Ottow forced a time stoppage.
The second half of the round saw much of the same, with Ottow maintaining more control of the cage.
The second round mirrored the first, with Ottow taking control. Neither fighter was able to do anything dominant, but both continued their leg kicking assaults.
Ottow tried for a takedown early in round three, perhaps desperate for some extra points with the judges, but Burkman was able to defend and the fight continued on the feet. It was Burkman who was finally able to obtain a takedown with just 60 seconds left in the round. But with Ottow on his back and time running out, he lunged into action and attempted a choke. Sadly, the surge came too late and time ran out.