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The preliminary action is set to get underway at 5.30pm ET (10.30pm UK) with the main card beginning at 8pm (1am UK).
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Chan Sung Jung defeats Dustin Poirier by submission (d’arce choke) at 1.07mins of Rd4
Amir Sadollah defeats Jorge Lopez by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Donald Cerrone defeats Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Yves Jabouin defeats Jeff Hougland by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Igor Pokrajac defeats Fabio Maldonado by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Tom Lawlor defeats Jason MacDonald by KO at 0.50mins of Rd1
Brad Tavares defeats Dongi Yang by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
This was a close fight that unfortunately was marred by a series of unintentional fouls. The first round in particular was derailed by a series of eyepokes suffered by both fighters which caused long delays to give them time to recover. Tavares in particular seemed affected by the damage he sustained and complained of double vision in-between rounds, but insisted he wanted to fight on when quizzed by a doctor. He spent much of the second round wiping at his eye though and Yang was the one pushing the action and landing the better shots as a result, including a nice front kick to the face. Tavares rallied in the third though, particularly in the first few minutes as he switched to a grappling orientated game and was able to control Yang on the ground for a short period. Back on the feet it was clear that Yang was tiring and offered little in the way of offense, ensuring the round would go in his opponents favor. Not an easy one to score and could have gone either way, but the judges unanimously saw it in Tavares favor.
Cody McKenzie defeats Marcus LeVesseur by submission (guillotine choke) at 3.05mins of Rd1
Would you believe it, McKenzie has once again scraped by thanks to his trademark guillotine choke. LeVesseur was manhandling him early in the fight, hurting him on the feet and throwing down some bombs after getting him to the mat too. He got too comfortable on the ground though and left room for McKenzie to post up and get his arm under his neck, before patiently working to cinch it up with his trademark grip, resulting in LeVesseur frantically tapping.
T.J. Grant defeats Carlo Prater by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
This was a great showcase of Grant’s skills as he outclassed Prater in all aspects of the game, from the striking and wrestling to even jiu-jitsu – Prater’s specialty. In fact a few of his best moments came on the ground as he caught Prater in a crucifix in the second round, and threatened with a rear-naked choke and then an armbar in the closing moments of the third. He couldn’t find a finish, but overall this was a very comprehensive win for Grant.
Rafael Dos Anjos defeats Kamal Shalorus by submission (Rear-naked choke) at 1.40mins of Rd1
Impressive win for Dos Anjos against the always tough Shalorus. An early head kick paved the way for the victory, catching Shalorus below his right eye and dropping him dazed to the canvas. Dos Anjos swarmed on him before he had a chance to recover, taking his back and sinking in the fight-ending choke. Shalorus was already sporting heavy swelling around his eye from the kick as he rose to his feet after the fight was over.
Johnny Eduardo defeats Jeff Curran by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
For two rounds of this fight Eduardo punished Curran with some slick striking, mixing up his striking well with punches followed up by kicks. It was those kicks in particular that were really doing the job, landing repeatedly to Curran’s lead leg and throwing him off his own game. Curran had it all to do in the third round to turn things around, and he did his best to mount a comeback, though he was helped a lot by an unintentional eye-poke which left Eduardo clutching his eye and asking for a stoppage. The ref didn’t see it though and so he had to keep fighting through the pain. It seemed to throw him off his game, reducing his offense and making him more vulnerable defensively as Curran pressed forward and began to find a home for his punches. It was too little too late though and Eduardo would make it out of the round to claim a unanimous decision victory.
Francisco Rivera defeats Alex Soto by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Comfortable win here for Rivera who showed some good hands throughout the rounds of action. His victory was built upon a strong start in which he dropped Soto briefly with a right hand after eating a kick, and then had him in real trouble with more flurries of strikes, with his clubbing right hand being the real danger shot that stiffened Soto’s legs. In the end Soto had to go for a takedown to get himself out of danger, but he couldn’t keep him down. When he got back up Soto didn’t quite seem to have his balance and that was something that remained with him all fight long. In the second Soto was dropped again momentarily by a front kick to the face, but again he survived to make it to the final round. Unfortunately for him there was more punishment on the way, with Rivera again finding a home for that right hand, leaving Soto doing the chicken dance until he managed to regain control of his legs. Credit to Soto for hanging on in there, but he just wasn’t able to mount any real offense of his own and there was only ever going to be one winner here.