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The prelims are expected to get underway at around 6pm ET (11pm UK) with the main card beginning at 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Georges St. Pierre defeats Carlos Condit by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45 x2)
Johny Hendricks defeats Martin Kampmann by KO at 0.46mins of Rd1
Tom Lawlor defeats Francis Carmont by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Rafael Dos Anjos defeats Mark Bocek by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Pablo Garza defeats Mark Hominick by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-28)
Patrick Cote defeats Alessio Sakara by DQ at 1.26mins of Rd1
Wow, this one was action-packed from start-to-finish with both men getting hurt in short order, but unfortunately it ended controversially. First was Sakara who ate a few punches from Cote that stiffens his legs. He hung in there though and ripped to the body before going in to the clinch against the cage. He then worked in some terrific elbows to the temple that turned the fight on it’s head, with Cote now being the one that was hurt. Continuing to pressure him Sakara landed two right hooks in succession that dropped Cote to the mat. The Canadian desperately reached for a single leg-takedown, but Sakara was raining down hammerfists on him, and five or six of those Cote appeared to suffer a flash KO and the fight was brought to an end with 86 seconds on the clock. There was a big problem though – it seemed very clear that at least some of the hammerfists Sakara had landed, including the one that finally knocked Cote out, landed to the back of his head which is illegal, and after considerable deliberation the Italian was disqualified, so it’s Cote who gets the win.
Cyrille Diabate defeats Chad Griggs by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2.24mins of Rd1
Griggs came charging out of the blocks in the opening round looking to pressure Diabate into a scrappy stand-up fight, only to be met with a clean, precise left straight that stopped him in his tracks and took his looks out from under him. Surprisingly, despite being a renowned striker, Diabate opted to follow him to the mat and equipped himself well there. Griggs did try to get to his feet a couple of times, but was quickly back down again. The second time around Diabate was able to take his back and sunk in a rear-naked choke, earning him his first submission win in the UFC.
John Makdessi defeats Sam Stout by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
This was a very composed, assured performance from Makdessi. Able to stuff Stout’s takedown attempts he kept the standing and despite Stout’s punching power he rarely appeared troubled by them. That was largely thanks to his lazer-accurate counter-jab which consistently snapped Stout’s head back over 15 minutes of fighting, while his head movement was also exemplary and left his opponent swatting at thin-air more often than not. Makdessi never looked like stopping Stout, but there was no doubt about who the winner was when it came to the judges scorecards.
Antonio Carvalho defeats Rodrigo Damm by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
This was for all intents and purposes a kickboxing bout, and a very close one at that. Carvalho may well have edged it thanks to his repeated leg kicks which left Damm’s lead leg an absolute mess by the end of the fight – swollen, dark red and covered in unsightly welts. Damm’s own best work had come from punch combinations, including a nice flurry mid-way inside the third round, but he was never able to sustain that level of pressure for long and that cost him in the end.
Matt Riddle defeats John Maguire by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
This was a close stand-up battle, but Riddle was able to edge it thanks to more aggression at times, more accuracy in his strikes, particularly in the bout’s more frantic exchanges, and better cardio which allowed him to finish the fight at a good tempo, while Maguire’s own output slowed due to fatigue.
Ivan Menjivar defeats Azamat Gashimov by submission (armbar) at 2.44mins of Rd1
Wow, what a beautiful, deadly finish from Menjivar. Gashimov had quickly taken the fight to the mat and looked comfortable their in the early stages, but all the time Menjivar was looking for the opportunity to pounce on a submission from his back. Eventually he saw his opportunity, swivelling his hips and locking in the armbar. Gashimov tried to lift him up, but he rode the momentum, going belly down and cranking hard on the arm which forced the tap from Gashimov who was wincing in real pain and may well have suffered a dislocation.
Darren Elkins defeats Steven Siler by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Siler just had no answer to Elkins grappling here and found himself taken down repeatedly and manhandled on the mat over the course of 15 minutes.