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The preliminary action is expected to get underway at aprox 6.45pm ET (11.45pm UK) with the main card set for 10pm ET (3am UK)
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Jon Jones defeats Vitor Belfort by submission (americana) at 0.54mins of Rd4
Demetrious Johnson defeats Joseph Benavidez by split decision (48-47, 49-46, 47-48)
Michael Bisping defeats Brian Stann by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Matt Hamill defeats Roger Hollett by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cub Swanson defeats Charles Oliveira by KO at 2.40mins of Rd1
Vinny Magalhaes defeats Igor Pokrajac by submission (armbar) at 1.14mins of Rd2
Pokrajac survived being on the mat with BJJ ace Magalhaes in the opening round, but he made a big error by trying to take the action back their in the second round and paid the price. The Brazilian immediately looked for a triangle choke from his back, but he was being pressed against the cage and couldn’t lock it up. So, instead he switched to an armbar. The position still looked awkward, but he then showed off his elite level skills by managing to flip Pokrajac over while cranking on the arm, and quickly forced the tap from his opponent who was wincing in pain after the fight.
TJ Grant defeats Evan Dunham by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Wow, what an unexpected slug fest this turned out to be! Both men were clearly up for this one and from the opening bell they were happily slugging it out at close range. Throughout the three rounds that would follow it was fairly even, but Grant was pressing the action more, and certainly causing more visible damage. early in the fight he opened a slight cut to the side of Dunham’s right eye, but that was nothing compared to the knee he landed in the second which opened a huge cut down the middle of Dunham’s forehead, leaving his face covered in blood for the rest of the fight. To his credit Dunham never let that stop him, and he fought smartly at times, landing a solid takedown in each round, though he was never able to do much with the advantageous position. In the final round he seemed to have more gas in the tank and began to take the action to Grant more, but it would prove not to be enough to sway the judges verdict in his favor. Good win for Grant and a good fight overall that’s certainly a strong contender for ‘Fight of The Night’ honors.
Sean Pierson defeats Lance Benoist by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Pierson wins this one, but he had to survive a late scare to do so. The fight was almost entirely fought on the feet and at first Pierson was edging it, rocking Benoist in the first round with punches, though he was able to recover quickly. In the second the fight started to tighten up a little, with Pierson perhaps just edging it. In the third Benoist started to come to life though, and mid-way through the round he had Pierson on wobbly legs after catching him with a solid left hand. He pressed forward with a flurry of punches and eventually knocked him to the floor, following him with a thundering punch as he followed him down. A further barrage of ground and pound strikes followed, but Pierson dug deep and did just enough to get out of the firing line and keep the referee from stopping the fight. benoist took his back and looked for the submission, but Pierson struggled to his feet. He was clearly still shaken, but managed to make it to the final bell and thanks to the previous two rounds he left the Octagon with his hand raised.
Marcus Brimage defeats Jimmy Hettes by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
This fight turned out to be a bit of an eye-opener. As much as Hettes is considered a real prospect, that’s largely been down to his excellent ground game, and tonight for large spells we instead got to see his stand-up – and it wasn’t pretty. His defense was almost non-existent with his hands low, mouth open and no lateral movement, while his offense was sloppy. That was good news for Brimage who’s an explosive striker and had had Hettes hurt several times in the opening round. Hettes showed he’s got a strong chin though and kept pushing forward throughout the fight. He had a good second round when he was able to take his opponent to the mat twice, but couldn’t find the finish, and Brimage again had the better of the striking in the third stanza to earn the decision victory.
Seth Baczynski defeats Simeon Thoresen by KO at 4.10mins of Rd1
Thoresen actually started this fight pretty well on the feet, looking slightly more technical and crisp than Baczynski, but he was occasionally getting clipped with hooks which was an early warning for what was about to happen. In the final minute of the opening round Baczynski caught Thoresen flush to the jaw with a clean left hook which sent him slumping unconscious to the mat.
Mitch Gagnon defeats Walel Watson by submission (Rear-naked choke) at 1.09mins of Rd1
Good win for Gagnon here, initially dropping Watson with a long looping hook after his opponent left himself open following a missed superman punch attempt. As Watson moved back to his feet Gagnon took his back and pulled him to the mat before sinking in the fight-ending choke.
Kyle Noke defeats Charlie Brenneman by TKO at 0.45mins of Rd1
A quick, and perhaps slightly premature finish to start the night off. Noke was throwing solid punches in the opening minute and floored Brenneman with a beautiful straight right. Brenneman was trying to regain his bearings on the ground as Noke stepped in and landed more blows to the head which knocked him onto his side. That was enough for the referee who stepped in with 0.45mins on the clock, just as Brenneman recovered and was reaching aggressively for takedown. The fight probably should have gone on a little longer as Brenneman didn’t appear to be as badly hurt as it first appeared, but Noke certainly had him in all kinds of trouble.