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The action is expected to get underway at around 6.30pm ET (11.30pm UK) with the main card going live at 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Ronda Rousey defeats Liz Carmouche by submission (armbar) at 4.49mins of Rd1
Lyoto Machida defeats Dan Henderson by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Urijah Faber defeats Ivan Menjivar by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4.34mins of Rd1
Court McGee defeats Josh Neer by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Robbie Lawler defeats Josh Koscheck by TKO at 3.57mins of Rd1
Brendan Schaub defeats Lavar Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Having been KO’d in his last two fights Schaub was understandably keen to avoid striking with the heavy-handed Johnson in this one and so resorted to multiple takedowns and positional control from top position throughout the fight to plot a route to victory. An anaconda choke attempt in the first round was his best offense of the fight, but other than that Johnson was actually landing the more damaging blows over three rounds even though he was on the bottom. Nonetheless, Schaub did enough to claim a clean sweep on the judges scorecards.
Michael Chiesa defeats Anton Kuivanen by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2.29mins of Rd2
Kuivanen got the better of the first round in this one, but TUF winner Chiesa found a way to win in the second, managing to take Kuivanen’s back up against the cage then hanging on to the position as the rolled onto the mat. From there he worked for the rear-naked choke, and after switching arms he finally got it in deep and forced the tap.
Dennis Bermudez defeats Matt Grice by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
wow, what a dog-fight this turned into. Bermaduez started big, getting Grice down and trapping an arm as he lay down repeated blows, but Grice got back to his feet and started to show off crisp, powerful punches as the round progressed. Towards the end of the round he landed a hook flush that took Bermudez clean off his feet. Credit to Bermudez though who recovered from the flash knockdown and made it out of the round. The second was a lot more even with Grice still getting a little better of the striking, but Bermudez constantly pushing the pace and working from the clinch. Things really amped up in the third round though with Bermudez dropping Grice with a punch early and landing punches from on top. Grice worked his way back up to his feet, but was eating punches in the process. More offensive striking from Bermudez follows up against the cage and Grice is hurt. Bermudez keeps up the pressure, landing punches and knees and Grice’s legs are wobbling. It seems like the cage is the only thing holding him up, yet he somehow manages to dig deep and starts swinging wildly in retaliation. Grice is continuing to get rocked though and the ref’s close to stopping it, but the fact that Grice is still throwing allows him to stay in the fight and he’s rewarded with a brief respite as Bermudez takes his foot off the gas a little. They break free in the final minute and Grice shows he’s still in it, landing a punch and a spinning back kick. Huge round for Bermudez though and it helps him to earn a split decision win.
Sam Stout defeats Caros Fodor by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
A close fight here, but not particularly eventful, with Stout utilizing a lot more clinch work against the cage than we’ve since in the past, while Fodor was looking for point scoring takedowns, particularly in the third round as the fight seemed envitably destined to be decided by the judges. In the end better clinch work from Stout along slightly crisper hands at times, a solid takedown that lead to an armbar attempt in the first may have been key factors in enabling him to eek out the split decision win.
Kenny Robertson defeats Brock Jardine by submission (leg lock) at 2.57mins of Rd1
Impressive finish from Robertson here. After escaping an early submission attempt from Jardine he was able to work on top, take his back and then gave up on a rear-naked choke attempt and instead reached for a leg and was able to use an unorthadox leg lock submission to force an unexpected tap from his opponent who was clearly in a lot of pain.
Neil Magny defeats Jon Manley by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Magny definitely the better fighter here, certainly getting the upper hand in the striking and also scoring a few takedowns to boot. On the other hand Manley’s striking looked sloppy and he gassed before the end of the fight so it’ll not be a big surprise if he’s one of the names on the UFC’s release list in the coming days.
Nah-Shon Burrell defeats Yuri Villefort by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Great scrap to start of the night. This one was back and forth from start to finish with Villefort having a clear advantage on the mat and with leg kicks, while burrell’s hands were better and he showed good defense on the deck. For my money Villefort won the first with good offensive ground work, catching burrell in a rear-naked choke early and landing another takedown later in the round while landing consistently with leg kicks on the feet, though a nice flurry from Burrell at one stage hurt Villefort. In the second it was all stand-up and Villefort’s continued leg assaults were bettered by Burrell’s heavier hands, working well to the body and then going upstairs with either hooks or an uppercut, leaving his opponent with a bloodied nose by the end of the round. All to play for in the third and Villefort was looking to get the fight to the mat again, but Burrell broke free from another rear-naked choke attempt. Back on the feet Villefort dropped for a heel hook, but Burrell began raining down punches to his unprotected face, clearly getting the better of the action before breaking free. Villefort was dead tired now while Burrell looked fresher and took advantage of that in the final minutes before the two men slugged it out in the final 10 seconds.