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The preliminary action is set to get underway at 5pm ET (10pm UK), with the main card going live at 9pm ET (2am UK).
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Demetrious Johnson defeats Ian McCall by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Erick Silva defeats Charlie Brenneman by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4.33mins of Rd1
Mike Pyle defeats Josh Neer by KO at 4.56mins of Rd1
Eddie Wineland defeats Scott Jorgensen by KO at 4.10mins of Rd2
Mike Pierce defeats Carlos Eduardo Rocha by split decision (30-27 x2, 27-30)
This one was all Pierce as he logged in a grinding performance, alternating between pressing Rocha up against the cage in the clinch and keeping him pinned to the mat for much of the fight. Not thrilling to watch, but it got the job done without Rocha being able to mount any kind of offense of his own. God knows how one judge scored this fight in Rocha’s favor – surely a scoring error?
Seth Baczynski defeats Lance Benoist by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
This was a good, competitive fight, but while they both got into good positions at times Baczynski seemed to make better use of his opportunities. He was more effective on the ground in particular, landing hard strikes while on top and looking for submission attempts while on his back. He also landed the most meaningful strike of the fight, with a knee appearing to open up a sizable cut on benoist’s face early in the third round. Benoist didn’t appear to have quite enough left in the tank to mount a real push in the closing stages and while the fight ended with a split decision verdict Baczynski was a worthy winner.
Matt Grice defeats Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Grice avoided Garcia’s striking completely for large portions of this bout, wisely opting to take him to the mat instead. From there he was able to completely nullify his opponent and control the action on top, feeding him a stead diet of ground and pound. He relented only for the first half of the third round where he chose to stand and strike, but Garcia looked tired by that stage and wasn’t able to take advantage of it, before finding his back on the mat again in the closing stages of the fight.
Dustin Pague defeats Jared Papazian by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3.21mins of Rd1
Good win for Pague here, starting with an excellent foot sweep from the thai clinch that landed him in full mount. After a few elbow strikes Papazian gave up his back and Pague gladly took it and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the finish.
Tim Means defeats Justin Salas by TKO at 1.06mins of Rd1
Finally the action crackles to life with the fourth fight of the night as Means puts Salas to the sword inside the first round. It really was all Means here, wobbling Salas early with a left hand and he never quite got his bearings again after that. Means followed it up with some big knees and he continued to land as Salas attempted to reverse out of danger. Then a short shot sent Salas to the mat and he was barely conscious and not defending himself as Means threw down some ground and pound strikes which was the referee’s cue to jump in with barely a minute of the fight gone.
Buddy Roberts defeats Caio Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Unfortunately we’re now three for three in terms of lackluster fights at ‘UFC On FX 3’. Both men were making there UFC debut’s here and it showed for Magalhaes in particular who was starting to gas as early as the mid-point of the first round after a few stuffed takedown attempts. Roberts stayed on his bike for most of the fight, frustrating Magalhaes and landing the better strikes when they did engage to cruise to a decision victory.
Henry Martinez defeats Bernardo Magalhaes by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Another close fight that say both men trying to outbox each other over three rounds without ever really throwing caution to the wind and going all out for the finish. Magalhaes did try to mix it up with takedowns, but was never successful in actually landing one and that cost him as Martinez edged the first two rounds to claim the victory. Hopefully the action will now heat up a little as we head to the Fuel TV prelims.
Sean Pierson defeats Jake Hecht by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Hmm, not a whole lot to say about this one. It was fairly even stuff with neither man really taking the fight by the scruff of the neck at any stage. Pierson got slightly the better of the stand-up action though and that was enough for him to eek out the win.