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The preliminary action will get underway at around 4.30pm ET (9.30pm ET) with the main card commencing at 8pm ET (1am UK)
Demetrious Johnson defeats Joseph Benavidez by KO at 2.08mins of Rd1
Urijah Faber defeats Michael McDonald by submission (guillotine choke) at 3.22mins of Rd2
Chad Mendes defeats Nik Lentz by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Joe Lauzon defeats Mac Danzig by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ryan LaFlare defeats Court McGee by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
This was a gritty, closely contested dog fight from start to finish between two closely matched fighters. Credit to LaFlare though as he came into this fight at short notice, yet managed to just edge the opening two rounds, looking a little quicker and more dynamic. He also managed to open a nasty cut which left McGee’s face covered in a bloody mask for much of the fight which certainly helped his cause. The third round was close too, with McGee perhaps just stealing it at the end with a late takedown and some solid ground and pound.
Edson Barboza defeats Danny Castillo by majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28)
The first round was huge for Castillo as he caught Barboza by surprise with big punches that had him rocked. He tried to back away, but Castillo was right on him with more offense and got him to the mat. From their Castillo continued to unleash big punches and this fight was close to being stopped, but Barboza hung in there. He couldn’t get Castillo off him though and had to spend the rest of the round underneath him, and more strikes left him streaked in blood from a cut to his scalp as the round came to a close. Castillo expended a lot of energy in that dominant round and he looked a little slower in the second, while surprisingly Barboza looked fresh and was landing his trademark kicks including a spinning one to the mid-section and a number of chopping ones to the legs of his opponent. THen with barely a minute left he landed a hard punch that dropped Castillo down to the mat. Barboza followed him down and attempted a choke, but couldn’t finish it and opted to throw a little ground and pound before they stood up for the final 10 seconds. Barboza continued with big leg kicks in the third, looking to keep his distance. Then Barboza unleashed a pefect spinning kick to the body and Castillo bent over in pain, but stayed on his feet. Barboza tried to continue to target the body, but credit to Castillo for hanging tough and then starting to push forward again as he recovered. Barboza caught him with a nice left and then another spinning kick landed, but this time it was to the chest which sent Castillo reeling, but didn’t hurt as much and he stayed upright. Barboza briefly tried a takedown, but Castillo was right back up and that was the last big action of a very fun fight.
Bobby Green defeats Pat Healy by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Two opposing styles at work here, with Green relying on his speed and quick reactions to stay out of Healy’s range and tag him with quick, hard shots. That proved to be effective in the opening round, even though he played with fire by keeping his hands held low. While there was more of the same at times in the second round, leaving Healy bleeding from his nose, Healy’s gritty, dogged style started to have an impact as he got in close and started to rough up his opponent a little and turn this into a grinding battle. He wasn’t having as much success as we’ve seen from him in the past though, and Green was even able to land a takedown of his own late in the round. In the third round both men had their moments, with Green having slowed down, but still being somewhat effective with his strikes, and also getting a nice takedown near the end of the round, though Healy managed to reverse him in the final 10 seconds and was throwing hard ground and pound to end strongly. As far as the judges were concerned it appeared to be too little, too late though.
Zach Makovsky defeats Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Big win for Makovsky in his short notice debut against a very tough opponent. His best work came in the first round when he appeared to have Jorgensen hurt with punches, while also doing well pretty much wherever the fight went. Jorgensen took his corner’s advice and stepped things up in the second round, making this round closer both on the feet and on the floor. There were some great scrambles in the final five minutes, with Makovsky just getting the better of them while also posing more of a threat in the striking exchanges and that helped him on his way to clean sweep on the judges scorecards.
Sam Stout defeats Cody McKenzie by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
McKenzie threatened on the ground early, but it was all Stout after that as he punished his opponent with his vastly superior striking over the course of the three rounds, with his body work in particular taking it’s toll. Given the gulf in class between the two in the striking department Stout will perhaps be disappointed he wasn’t able to put McKenzie away, but nonetheless, he notches up a comfortable victory.
Abel Trujillo defeats Roger Bowling by TKO at 1.35mins of Rd2
Trujillo looked great in this fight, showing vicious, accurate striking from start to finish. Bowling is tough, but he was eating big punches from early in the first round along with some particularly good knees to the midsection. By the second round it was essentially one way traffic and Trujillo sealed the deal after getting a takedown and dropping down bombs on Bowling who struggled back to his feet only to be met by more firepower which promoted the ref to call a end to the fight.
Alptekin Ozkilic defeats Darren Uyenoyama by split decision (30-27, 29-28 28-29)
Ozkilic looked accomplished in his UFC debut, showing very good wrestling and solid punching power, and perhaps should have been awarded a unanimous decision victory here, though he’ll not doubt just be happy to get a win over a respected opponent under his belt.
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