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Anthony Johnson defeats Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
The first round in this one was fairly competitive for the most part, but Johnson was getting the better of it, appearing to be the quicker, more explosive fighter despite having moved up several weight classes in the last couple of years. Then, after stalling against the cage for a while, Johnson turned up the heat in the final 15 seconds of the round and dropped Arlovski with a right hook. He got right back to his feet only to be met with another clipping right then sent him right back down again. Johnson unleashed more punches to his grounded opponent looking for the finish, but amid the commotion the bell had sounded and the referee jumped in to separate them. Johnson thought for a few seconds that he’d won the fight, but that’s wasn’t the case, we were heading to a second round. In the final two rounds Johnson continued to get the better of the action, but wasn’t able to drop Arlovski again. At times he came close, but started opting for a curious strategy of going in for takedown attempts rather than putting his opponent to the sword, perhaps just not having the gas left in the tank to finish the job. Either way he was doing enough to ensure that he’d emerge from this fight with his hand raised. Not bad for a guy who’s spent most of his career at welterweight!
Marlon Moraes defeats Tyson Nam by KO at 2.55mins of Rd1
Moraes stops this one early after first hurting Nam with a glancing head kick that sent him to the mat. He immediately pounced with strikes on the ground and that left his opponent face down on the canvas.
Dave Branch defeats Paulo Filho by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
I’m not going to lie, this was just a bad fight. Filho offered virtually nothing, allowing Branch to take him down at will and work him over with ground and pound over three rounds. It was essentially a training session for Branch, and with that in mind it was disappointing that he didn’t make more of an effort to go all out for the finish. Instead he seemed happy just to cruise to a dull but decisive decision win.
Josh Burkman defeats Aaron Simpson by KO at 3.04mins of Rd1
Burkman was the aggressor early in this fight, and it wasn’t long before that strategy paid dividends. First he stiffened Simpson’s legs momentarily with a right hand that had the former UFC fighter hitting reverse gear in a hurry. Burkman continued to press forward with punches until he backed him up against the cage. Then he went upstairs with a big knee to the face that slumped Simpson to the mat and resulted in the referee intervening to protect him from further punishment. Burkman’s win books him a fight with new WSOF signing Jon Fitch.
Justin Gaethje defeats Gesias Cavalcante by TKO (doctors stoppage) at 2.27mins of Rd1
Gaethje immediately took this fight to Cavalcante, putting him on the back foot with a sustained offensive assault. Punches and elbows opened up a deep cut above Cavalcante’s left eye mid-way through the round and forced the referee to briing in the doctors to take a look at him. ‘JZ’ was eager to continue, but the doctors decided he couldn’t continue and so Gaethje gets the TKO win.
Danillo Villefort defeats Kris McCray by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Rick Glenn defeats Alexandre Pimentel by KO at 1.51mins of Rd3
Waylon Lowe defeats Cameron Dollar by TKO at 2.58mins of Rd1
Richard Patishnock defeats Igor Gracie by TKO (shoulder injury) at 5.00mins of Rd1
Ozzy Dugulubgov defeats Chris Wade by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Brenson Hansen defeats Tom Marcellino by KO at 3.24mins of Rd2
Bill Algeo defeats Frank Buenafuente by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4.36mins of Rd2