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Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva by TKO (injury) at 1.16mins of Rd2
Ronda Rousey defeats Miesha Tate by submission (armbar) at 0.58mins of Rd3
Travis Browne defeats Josh Barnett by KO at 1.00min of Rd1
Jim Miller defeats Fabricio Camoes by submission (armbar) at 3.42mins of Rd1
Dustin Poirier defeats Diego Brandao at 4.54mins of Rd1
Uriah Hall defeats Chris Leben by TKO at 5.00mins of Rd1
Wow, Chris Leben quit on his stool at the end of the first round after being badly hurt by Hall. It all started with the very first strike of the fight as Hall connected with a jumping knee that briefly dropped the hard-headed Leben. Hall didn’t go in for the kill though, instead fighting at a measured pace, often on the back foot as Leben lumbered forward looking to connect with big, but rather telegraphed strikes. Hall’s footwork kept him out of danger though and his crisp, accurate counter punching quickly left his opponent with cuts below each eye. A spinning kick from Hall fizzed just over Leben’s head later in the round and he landed some nice elbows too before a big right hand in the closing seconds of the round dropped Leben again. He followed up with some nasty ground and pound and Leben was lucky the bell sounded when it did. He got right back to his feet, but was clearly hurt and asked his corner whether the fight was over. Then as he sat on his stool he seemed dejected and told them that he was “done” and asked them to call an end to the fight. His corner didn’t react immediately, but after he said it a couple more times and the referee came in to confirm it the fight was stopped. Leben’s one of the toughest fighters in the sport so for him to quite on his stool was a big surprise and you have to wonder whether he will now hang up his gloves.
Michael Johnson defeats Gleison Tibau by KO at 1.32mins of Rd2
The first round of this fight was fairly close, but out of nowhere early in the second round Johnson suddenly produced a big finish, catching Tibau with a counter left that sent his opponent falling awkwardly to the mat, followed up by some big shots on the ground to seal the KO stoppage.
Dennis Siver defeats Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Siver won the first round after securing a takedown, and he appeared to momentarily drop Gamburyan with a punch early in the second. However, Gamburyan rallied later in the round, claiming takedown of his own and then opening up a cut on Siver’s head with some elbows on top. So, the third round was crucial in this fight and it was Siver who again got Gamburyan to the mat and ended the round latched onto his back to ensure he’d win this one on points.
John Howard defeats Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Howard got the better of the first round, with a takedown sealing the deal. It was closer in the second though as Siyar scored a takedown of his own and the two exchanged evenly on the feet at times. Both were starting to tire in the second half of the fight though and it was particularly noticeable from Siyar in the final five minutes which enabled Howard to take control. He notched up a few takedowns and landed a few heavy ground and pound blows which helped secure the round in his favor, and lead to a clean-sweep on the judges scorecards.
William Macario defeats Bobby Voelker by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Macario was in the ascendancy in the stand-up battle from the opening round, showing very relaxed, yet accurate striking and good head movement too as he frequently made his opponent miss. Voelker did his best to try to get back into the fight in the second round, but around mid-way through Macario started landing some hard elbows that opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Voelker’s nose, quickly leaving him soaked in blood. Macario then really took the fight to him in the remaining minutes of the round, buckling his legs at one stage against the cage with an uppercut. Again Voelker tried to rally in the third round, but Macario was just to slick for him and comfortably outstruck him to earn a convincing decision win.
Robbie Peralta defeats Estevan Payan by KO at 0.12mins of Rd1
Not the most exciting fight up until the final round when Peralta suddenly came to life in explosive fashion, first clipping him with a right hook, before a left followed and landed flush, sending Payan reeling backwards, with another right clipping him on the temple to help him on his way to the canvas. Peralta followed up with a few strikes to his grounded opponent bringing an end to the fight with just 12 seconds of the round gone.