Stay tuned to https://mmainsight.com this evening for all the results live as they happen from UFC 169 in New Jersey.
The preliminary action is expected to get underway at around 6.30pm ET (11.30pm UK) with the main card going live at 10pm (3am UK).
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Renan Barao defeats Urijah Faber by TKO at 3.42mins of Rd1
Jose Aldo defeats Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
Alistair Overeem defeats Frank Mir by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ali Bagautinov defeats John Lineker by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Abel Trujillo defeats Jamie Varner by KO at 2.23mins of Rd2
Alan Patrick defeats John Makdessi by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Makdessi displayed smooth striking and very good defensive movement tonight, but he was fighting at a measured pace and perhaps not taking the fight to Patrick and looking for the finish as much as he might have which was to prove costly. Patrick found Makdessi to be a somewhat elusive target on the feet, particularly his more exotic techniques, but did notch up a few brief takedowns, in-between a number of one’s that were stuffed by his opponent, and that resulted in him being awarded a slightly controversial decision win.
Chris Cariaso defeats Danny Martinez by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Like the fight before it, this one was going to be decided by whether the judges favored Cariaso’s crisper, more accurate and technical striking, or Martinez’s successful takedown attempts over 15 minutes of action. This time around it was the striker who came out on top thanks to his fluid combinations of kicks and punches.
Nick Catone defeats Tom Watson by split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
On the feet Watson was in command in this fight, utilizing leg kicks particularly well, while also controlling the center of the cage and pushing the pace over the course of three rounds. Catone was racking up takedowns though in each round though, and while more often than not he wasn’t able to do much on the mat before Watson found a away to get upright, two of the judges believed that was enough to award him the victory.
Al Iaquinta defeats Kevin Lee by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 28-27)
Good competitive fight. Iaquinta got off to a great start in the first round, having Lee hurt with strikes early, then later threatening with a heel hook for a significant period of time. Lee rallied in the second round and dominated on the mat, getting Iaquinta down and taking his back before working on a rear-naked choke for several minutes that he couldn’t finish. In the third Iaquinta was edging it in the striking department again before Lee looked for a takedown. Iaquinta instead dropped down looking for another heel hook, but didn’t lock it up and Lee managed to bloody his nose with ground and pound before they got back up. It was then close on the feet, but with Iaquinta landing the better strikes which helped earn him a unanimous decision win.
Clint Hester defeats Andy Enz by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Hester got the better of Enz tonight and it was really in the first round that he made his mark, buckling his opponent’s legs with a punch to the temple, then rocking him again with another blow. Enz did well to recover though and kept plugging away all fight long, but while Hester wasn’t able to put him in serious danger later in the fight, he was doing enough to earn a comfortable win in the eyes of the judges.
Rashid Magomedov defeats Tony Martin by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
There was great action in the first round here as Martin produced a nice takedown and then looked for a kimura. Magomedov tried to roll out, but Martin smoothly transitioned to an armbar and looked to even be thinking about the triangle choke too. He had to settle for that armbar and it looked like it may well be enough as Magomedov was struggling to escape. Magomedov was grimacing in pain, but still had the presence of mind to roll and then step over to attempt to break free, and his determination paid off as he finally wrenched his limb clear of danger. Despite nearly having his arm wrenched off, Magomedov actually came to life in the second round, with his striking starting to come together while he also claimed a takedown and worked some solid ground and pound that left swelling to his left eye. There was all to play for in the third round and Martin was working hard for a takedown against the cage, but coming up short. Then Magomedov tried a guillotine and went to the mat with it, but couldn’t finish. Martin stood and was met by a head kick and punches from Magomedov who was going all out for the stoppage. Martin was now bleeding, potentially with a broken nose, but showed toughness to make it to the final bell, though ultimately lost on the scorecards.
Neil Magny defeats Gasan Umalatov by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Magny was definitely the better man in this fight, with his long, rangey striking keeping Umalatov at bay, while he also managing to get on top on the mat in the closing stages of both the first and second round. In the third Umalatov started to rally a little bit, scoring a couple of takedowns, but it was too little too late.