Stay tuned to https://mmainsight.com this evening for all the results live as they happen from UFC 149 in Calgary, Canada.
The prelims are set to get underway at aprox 7pm ET (12am UK) with the main card starting at 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Renan Barao defeats Urijah Faber by unanimous deicions (49-46 x2, 50-45)
Tim Boetsch defeats Hector Lombard by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Cheick Kongo defeats Shawn Jordan by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27 x2)
James Head defeats Brian Ebersole by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Matt Riddle defeats Chris Clements by submission (arm triangle) at 2.02mins of Rd3
Nick Ring defeats Court McGee by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Let me say right off the bat that I think McGee got robbed here. In the opening round McGee looked in control, pushing the pace and landing the more meaningful strikes while Ring looked hesitant to engage and was frequently circling around the cage waiting to counter. In the second it looked like we were in for more of the same until mid-way through when Ring landed a couple of hard straight lefts, one of which bust up Mcgee’s nose and sent him into reverse gear. That allowed Ring to have his best spell of the fight, and those left hands were continuing to find their mark, but McGee was hanging in there. In the third McGee came out strongly and began grabbing the fight by the scruff of the neck again. Meanwhile Ring looked to be tiring rapidly. He was still able to occasionally land that straight left that’d been so effective in the previous round, but McGee was now firing back with rapid successions of punches. There wasn’t a whole lot on them, but they were all finding a home and further depleting Ring’s energy reserves, and in the final minutes it was all he could do just to head into his defensive shell and circle away from the TUF winner. To be it looked like a 49-48 decision in favor of McGee, but for some reason the judges saw it the other way. Hometown bias for Ring who received good support throughout from the Calgary crowd?
Francisco Rivera defeats Roland Delorme by KO at 4.19mins of Rd1
Delorme was simply outclassed by Rivera on the feet in this bout. From the start Rivera was finding his range with his punches and chopping leg kicks, while also nimbly steering clear of Delorme’s own offense. The bout continued in the same manner for much of the round, and it’s to Delorme’s credit that he was hanging in there despite taking some solid shots. However, he wasn’t destined to make it out of the opening round. Biting down on his gumshield in the final minute he charged forward with a looping punch, but Rivera stepped back just out of range and then countered with a short, compact left hook that connected cleanly and floored Delorme for the KO win.
Ryan Jimmo defeats Anthony Perosh by KO at 0.07mins of Rd1
Ooft, Jimmo just knocked Perosh out in seven seconds, equalling the UFC’s fastest ever KO!! He simply stepped forward and launched a big overhand right that landed hard on Perosh’s jaw and sent him toppliing backwards onto the mat, crashing into the cage on the way down. He was already out with that one strike alone, but Jimmo landed just one further hard punch on the ground before the referee could get across to stop the fight. What a debut!
Bryan Caraway defeats Mitch Gagnon by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1.39mins of Rd3
This was a fun back-and-forth grappling battle. Gagnon started out strongly and before long had Caraway down and was landing some big ground and pound. Caraway tried to threaten with an armbar at one stage, but for the most part was just surviving. He did just that, and later in the round he was able to get on top himself and move to full mount, but didn’t land the same damaging shots as his opponent had done. Gagnon was noticeably slower in the second round, but came out swinging anyway and had Caraway hurt with shots up against the cage. Caraway sensibly sought a takedown and took his back which proved to be a turning point in the fight as he was able to control much of the rest of the round and threaten to sink in the rear-naked choke. He didn’t get it, but he had another chance early in the third after again seizing Gagnon’s back after a takedown, and this time he was able to get his arm underneath his neck and squeezed to force the tap.
Antonio Carvalho defeats Daniel Pineda by KO at 1.11mins of Rd1
Carvalho put Pineda to the sword early in this one. The two started exchanging right from the opening bell, and a minute in to it Carvalho started to piece together a series of strikes, throwing a head kick that was partially blocked, but then following up with what looked like a slap before a hard right hook landed that buckled Pineda’s knees. Pineda tried to get back upright only to be met with a crashing uppercut that sent him back down to the mat. A clipping shot to the temple also landed on his way down and forced the referee to dive in to save Pineda from further punishment.
Anton Kuivanen defeats Mitch Clarke by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
A competitive ground battle between these two got tonight’s event off to a solid start. Kuivanen was more effective on the mat with sustained spells of control on top and was laying down the better strikes, but Clarke made a fight of it and produced some good submission attempts. He tired as the fight wore on though and Kuivanen was able to finish strongly to ensure the split decision went in his favor.