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Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson

Round 5:

And the crowd is showing them some love ... Chicago has gotten a treat of a main card this year.

Johnson gets the clinch early and lands some big knees, turning it into a takedown with Dodson against the cage seated. Dodson up and Johnson lands some strikes. Dodson reverses position and the two are throwing down in the clinch. Dodson grabs the clinch on a scramble across the cage and Johnson fights out of it. Dodson goes for a takedown of his own and the tempo of the match seems to indicate both fighters think its tied. Both fighters want to grind this round out and potentially take the fight. Johnson does a great job getting back up, though, and we're back to our feet.

90 seconds left and Dodson is looking to counter with a takedown, Johnson countering with thai clinch and knees.Big knee rocks Dodson and Johnson is pounding on him. Dodson is hurt and he's clinging for life.Johnson with some more knees to the face and he chases him down some more. 30 seconds left and Dodson is holding on; he looks like the cobwebs haven't quite cleared yet and Johnson is doing his best to take the round and the fight. 10 seconds left and Dodson moves for a takedown but can't complete it.

Score: 10-9 Johnson, 48-47 Johnson

Insanely close ... can see it going either way

Official Result: Johnson wins via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 48-47)

Round 4:

Johnson is a bit more aggressive to start but as soon as Dodson is moving his hips to throw something big he's moving back. Johnson on a double and gets him to the ground. Dodson is up fast though and Johnson lands an illegal knee. Dodson gets time to recover.

Johnson comes out but that knee awakened something in Dodson as he's more aggressive now. Johnson has to be more aggressive now as he's potentially lost all three rounds so far. He grabs a low single but Dodson defends it well. Dodson circles away and we're back to the middle. Johnson is landing more as the round goes on but he's going for the takedown still; Dodson's takedown defense is special because Johnson hasn't been able to get him down or keep him down. Johnson corners him on a takedown attempt, though and is teeing off with knees on him. Final flurry to end the round as the two are throwing down.

Score: 10-9 Johnson, 38-38 even

Round 3:

Johnson opens with a nice kick that is countered with a nice switch kick from Dodson. Johnson is moving back as soon as Dodson moves forward and grabbing for legs as soon as he's hit; he wants to turn this into a NAGA tournament as soon as he can. Johnson with a low single and Dodson fights it off like a boss but gets the Nutcracker treatment for his prowess. Time for a break.

Johnson misses wide and Dodson with a beautiful fling knee. Dodson's power is a game changer right now; every time he touches Johnson he's moving clearly out as he wants nothing to do with it. He's using some nice push kicks to try and set up something. Dodson is throwing big shots as soon as he does, though. Johnson nearly gets a takedown after catching a kick to no avail. Johnson pushes through and gets a takedown, landing in butterfly guard. Dodson wall walks his way back up as Johnson throws him down. Dodson pulls full guard now. He sets up a scramble to get to his feet and Johnson is right back on him again. Dodson gets away and he nearly counters Johnson with a big shot again.

Score: Dodson 10-9, 29-28 Dodson

Round 2:

Dodson comes out a bit more aggressive as he's looking for the big counter some more. He lands one early as he's finding his range now. Johnson grabs the clinch, though and he goes down for a double and gets it. Dodson wall walks his way back up, though and circles away. Dodson is bleeding a little bit. Johnson is looking for the clinch actively as he doesn't want to continue trading en masse with Dodson. And as I write that Dodson knocks him down a big right. He's back up quickly though. Dodson with a big counter again and Johnson is hurt for a moment. He goes for a desperate takedown that's defended well. Dodson with a big looping left that sends Johnson back again. Johnson is looking to get inside quickly as he wants nothing to do with the power anymore; he's nearly telegraphing his takedown tries by how he's holding his hand. Dodson knows he can wobble him and wants to brawl some more. Johnson throws wild for ab it near the 30 second mark. He throws a leg kick that's get caught and eats a punch for his effort. Round ends as he goes for the clinch against the cage.

Score: Dodson 10-9, 19-19 even

We got ourselves a fight.

Round 1:

Dodson charges out like a racehorse out of the corner. These guys move so fast it's spectacular. Johnson is looking to set up something with leg kicks but Dodson is countering him beautifully. Johnson is throwing more power shots than normal; Dodson looking for a big counter and Johnson is doing everything he can to keep him from setting up for it. Dodson with a big right that drops him, though. Johnson goes for a head kick and Dodson catches him and throws him to the mat. He lets him up though; Johnson is back and he lands a nice counter on Dodson. Dodson is looking for a counter and Johnson is stalking him across the cage; his footwork to get Dodson moving is remarkable. Dodson is landing some big kicks though as Johnson walks through a nice counter. Johnson with a nice combination that leads to a drag double but Dodson fights it off ... until Johnson decides to slam him for effect. He's clamped to those legs as Dodson is fighting him off. He's back up and Johnson catches him before grabbing the clinch. He can't finish it, though, and Johnson finishes the round by going for it again

Score: Johnson 10-9 ... but a very close 10-9

Rampage Jackson vs Glover Teixeira

Round 3:

Rampage is a little gimpy, that knee is a little wobbly. Both guys come out slinging leather as Rampage is baiting him into a brawl. Glover grabs a double leg a minute in and drags Rampage to the ground fairly easy. He's in half guard against the cage as Glover unloads some elbows on him. Rampage up and we're back standing. Rampage with some wild strikes and a takedown attempt of his own that goes nowhere. Glover is walking him down and letting his hands go. Rampage looks gassed at this point. Glover is beating him to the punch and kick as he's throwing wild but not hitting anything, eating a lot of strikes to do so. Glover with a single and Rampage is up quickly. Couple of nice body strikes and the a big knee to the face. Rampage is landing on the arms when he is connecting as Glover is hitting flush. Glover with a beautiful single leg, runs the pip down and grabs mount. 20 seconds left and he's looking for an arm triangle. Round ends as he's unloading on him.

Score: Teixeira 10-9, 30-27 Teixeira

Official Result: Teixeira wins via unanimous deciison (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Round 2:

Glover with some tentative strikes and Rampage wings some shots that misses. Glover with a beautiful single and drags Rampage to the ground in half guard. Rampage is shrimping inside to get a standup and herb Dean allows it as Glover works out of half guard still. Rampage with a beautiful job getting back and we're on our feet. Rampage with some beautiful uppercuts our of the clinch. Rampage is cut underneath the eye now as both guys are throwing jabs to gauge distance. Rampage is trying to use his footwork to get back to the center and Glover is doing a great job cutting off the cage. Rampage's footwork has been really solid here, though. He's not getting trapped, even if he's eating a good chunk of punishment. Glover is keeping him at bay as the two are throwing some serious leather now. Rampage with some taunts, too, that the crowd is eating up. Glover walks him down some more as he's winning the position war some more, despite eating some great shots from Rampage. Round ends with both swinging wild

Score: Teixeira 10-9, 20-18 Teixeira

Round 1:

Rampage gets a ton of love ... Glover not so much.

Both guys come out firing. Rampage is looking to avoid the clinch as Glover looks to make the cage small for him. Not a lot of big shots; Rampage is using his jab to keep him at range and Glover is looking to grab a takedown. Which he does and immediately grabs back. He's in full back mount and in trouble. He switches to an arm triangle as Rampage rolls to his stomach, then back to his back and Glover is controlling him with his hooks in. Rampage gets back up and back to our feet. Glover with a nice head kick. Rampage answers it with a nice combination. These guys are throwing some leather. Rampage aiming wild as Glover is keeping him at bay. Both guys are looking to set up big combinations with jabs and neither is landing solidly after the jab. Rampage goes for the takedown and misses, Glover grabs him against the cage. Glover lets him out but keeps him close, walking backwards. Glover with a big strikes that drops Jackson, Rampage recovers and we're back to our feet. Rampage is throwing big shots with out a set up to get him away. Glover with a nice hook to stagger him somewhat. Round ends as Glover catches a leg and nearly tips him over.

Score: Teixeira 10-9

Anthony Pettis vs Donald Cerrone

Round 1:

Pettis and Cerrone stared at each other with menace. These guys want to fight. Cerrone gets booed and Chicago has adopted Anthony Pettis. Milwaukee is close to Chicago, right?

No feeling out as they throw some big strikes to start. Cerrone gets Pettis to slop with a punch, and then a kick. Cerrone's pushing the pace and Pettis is on the defensive. Pettis with a nice combination but Cerrone still the aggressor. Pettis hasn't figured out Cerrone's reach yet but lands some nice counters, including a nice knee. Pettis with a nice use of the cage to land a knee. Pettis with a MASSIVE liver kick and Cerrone is down. Pettis with a couple of strikes and it's over.

Official Result: Pettis wins via TKO at 2:35 of the first round.

**It also marks the first loss by Cerrone due to strikes.

Erik Koch vs Ricardo Lamas

Round 2:

Koch comes out more aggressive as Lamas is looking to stand with him instead of go for the takedown. He's letting his hands go more and is looking for a good punch as opposed to change levels. Koch goes for the clinch and we're against the cage and then backs off when he can't get anything. Lamas hits a nice leg kick and gets the takedown, Koch comfortable in guard. Lamas postures up and unloads some nice shots before landing in guard with some nice elbows. Koch is taking some big shots and is bleeding. Lamas finishes him with strikes.

Official Result: Lamas wins via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of the second round.

Round 1:

Ricardo Lamas gets the homecrowd treatment. Erik Koch gets quite a mixed reaction.

Lamas starts out looking to set up a takedown and Koch is using his footwork to keep him at distance. Lamas is moving backward as he's looking to set up a shot and Koch is the aggressor, almost baiting him to do it. Koch is walking him down with some nice kicks as Lamas uses his jab to keep him at distance. Lamas dives in for the takedown and gets Koch against the cage but can't finish. Koch is defending it well as Lamas has a single and is right back up after Lamas runs the pipe on him. Lamas is clinging to it like a dog to a bone as Koch is defending well off one leg. Lamas lets it go for some clinch work as he's looking for a trip takedown. He can't get it as Koch uses a whizzer to pry him off. This is first rate takedown defense from Koch. He gets away and lands a nice strike on the exit. Koch has found his range as he's using a jab to set combinations attempts. Lamas is aware and is looking to get in quick for the clinch. He gets it with 30 seconds left, and has a single leg, but Koch defends it well and is right back up to his feet again. Round expires as they clinch against the cage.

Score: 10-9 Koch

TJ Grant vs Matt Wiman

Round 1:

Both guys come out swinging as Wiman lands a nice elbow and head kick. Grant is going for the clinch and Wiman is backing out, but not without taking some damage first. Both guys are throwing a lot but nothing major is landing. Wiman is looking to counter and Grant is going over the top with big looping strikes or uppercuts. Wiman is eating a lot of punishment to get close and Grant is grabbing the clinch as soon as he does; Wiman is looking to grab a takedown and Grant is making him eat some punishment. He gets in deep on a double but can't finish, nice sprawl by Grant, and Grant gets behind him. Grant gets him down and makes him eat some punishment, but not a lot goes on though. Standup and grants grabs the thai clinch some more. He's unloading on Wiman in it as he lands a MASSIVE elbow. Wiman goes down like a sack of potatoes and a couple of perfunctory strikes later it's over.

Official Result: TJ Grant wins via TKO at 4:51 of the first round

Clay Guida vs Hatsu Hioki

Round 3:

Back in and Guida is getting chanted some more. He's popular everywhere but this is Chicago, which loved him first.

Hioki comes out the aggressor, landing some nice uppercuts to the body. Guida is moving away, sticking and moving now. Hioki gets baited into a double as the crowd explodes some more. Hioki with a triangle and gets slammed in it for his efforts. Guida gets out and Hioki locks it in again. This is deep and Hioki is getting stacked for his effort. Guida swims his arm through and we're back into full guard. Stalemate some more as Guida is riding him out and Hioki is looking for a stand up. Hioki is wall walking his way back up and Guida is on him like wallpaper. Guida's looking to drag him back all the way down and Hioki is doing a great job preventing him. Hioki manages to get to a crouch but can't quite get all the way up. Guida's top position control is something right now. We got a standup at 40 seconds though.

Hioki is going for broke now as he's throwing much more. Last ten seconds of the round and Guida can't finish a takedown. Fight's his though.

Score: 10-9 Guida, 30-27 Guida

Official Result: Guida wins via split decision (29-28 Hioki, 30-27 Guida, 29-28 Guida)

Round 2:

Guida comes out with nice jabs. His boxing game looks really crisp so far. Beautiful double and the crowd explodes as he picks him up and slams him to the ground.

Guida's running for mayor immediately after this, I think.

Hioki goes for a switch and Guida has him stopped. He circles out of it but Hioki can't get to his feet. He's got a Kimura in, and deep, but Guida is defending well. Hioki's looking for rubber guard and gets into a triangle, Guida counters by stacking him. Hioki rolls out of it and we're back to full guard. Guida starts working some ground and pound, posturing up as he tries to pass. Hioki's doing a good job at keeping full guard, though, and we're in a stalemate. Hioki's looking to sweep and Guida to pass; they stop when the other counters with strikes. Really fascinating stuff in a grappling aspect. Hioki is looking for mission control but Gudia is doing a great job at countering. We get a standup as Hioki is the aggressor. He lands a nice uppercut with 13 seconds left and a big head kick a short while later.

Score: Guida 10-9, 20-18 Guida

Round 1:

Guida's the hometown boy and the crowd erupts during the video package. Chicago loves their native sons and Clay Guida is going to get loved tonight. Hioki doesn't get much of a reaction outside of the Japanese flag waver on one side of the cage. Got booed once his music stopped. And then the Clay Guida love erupted. On par with Fedor's entrance in Chicago 3 years ago; can barely hear myself. Jason Guida slaps him a couple times, to get him psyched up, and the second of three Chicago residents tonight is in the cage. Hioki gets booed as soon as he's introduced ... and Guida gets showered with love.

Guida comes out more aggressive as his movement is setting up some nice strikes on Hioki. Guida is the aggressor here; he's landing some nice leads as Hioki is tentative. Hioki is starting to figure out his movement, though, and lands some nice strikes on him. Guida is moving backward as Hioki is landing some nice shots. He grabs the clinch but Guida won't let him get it. Some nice striking exchanges and Guida goes for a double that Hioki fends off. Guida goes after it again and Hioki makes him pay with some nice uppercuts. He's finding spots to land some nice counters on him. This is fairly even so far.

Two minutes left and Guida gets a beautiful double leg and the crowd goes nuts. He's like a rock star here. Hioki goes a triangle and can't finish, Guida presses him against the cage and Hioki wall walks his way out. Guida goes in deep for a double again but Hioki sprawls out. Both get out and Guida back on the offensive; Guida with some nice strikes here. Another takedown comes up empty as the round ends.

Score: Guida 10-9
 

Mike Stumpf vs Pascal Krauss

Round 3:

Stumpf comes out and Krauss looks to be getting ready to finish this. He gets him in the order and makes him eat some punishment. Quick stop to get Stumpf's mouthguard in and we're back. Krauss unloads a beautiful combination and it's shocking Stumpf is still standing. Stumpf is wading in but Krauss is landing some great combinations. Stumpf with a takedown attempt but Krauss smells it a mile away. Krauss with another nice combination as Stumpf's face looks the part now. Krauss is landing combinations and Stumpf is firing back single strikes. Stumpf with another takedown attempt and Krauss defends it well, making him eat a nice elbow as he exits. This is some first rate striking. Stumpf with another takedown attempt and Krauss gets it, landing in full guard with a minute left. He rides it out as he lands enough to keep it honest but not enough to end it.

Score: Krauss 10-9, 30-27 Krauss

Official Result: Krauss wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Round 2:

Krauss comes out aggressive but Stumpf is throwing in volume. Krauss lands some nice combinations early. Krauss is taking him apart with combinations. Stumpf is hanging in but Krauss is out classing him so far. Lands a beautiful double leg but Stumpf with a texbook switch to get the advantage and the takedown. Krauss is using butterfly guard to keep Stumpf off him but he's trapped against the cage. Krauss wall walks his way back up and we're back to our feet against the cage. Krauss backs up and we're playing fun with uppercuts as both guys just tee off. Some nice trading and Krauss winds up with position against the cage. Lands some beautiful knees on Stumpf, round ends with a flurry.

Score: 10-9 Krauss, 20-18 Krauss

Round 1:

It's touching the guy from Wisconsin gets booed against the native Chicagoan. Suburbs, technically, but who's counting?

Krauss comes out more aggressive as Stumpf looks to counter. Stumpf with a nice combination as Krauss eats a nice leg kick. Stumpf wants him in close and Krauss is maintaining his distance. He's landing more but nothing of big power; more jabs and straights with not much on them. Stumpf catches him coming in and grabs a double leg, lands in full guard. Stumpf is looking to get better position and Krauss is defending well and moving well on his back. He's looking to set up an armbar and Stumpf wants back up. Krauss initiates the clinch as he goes for a takedown but Stumpf backs out.

A chant for Clay Guida breaks out for no real reason.

Stumpf gets backed into the corner but lands some big time knees to the face. They're exchanging leg kicks now as Krauss has found his range. Stumpf has to wander in to get anything and he's eating a lot to get it. Nice from kick from Krauss as well. Krauss rocks him with an uppercut and Stumpf goes for the desperation takedown with 30 seconds left. Krauss defends it against the cage and Krauss goes for one of his own as time expires.

Score: Krauss 10-9
 

Ryan Bader vs Vladimir Matyushenko

Round 1:

We'd write more, but Bader nickname migth have to change from "Darth" to "Lightning". Bader rocks Matyushenko with a big punch 30 seconds in and Vlad is totally dazed. Bader capitalizes and sinks in a deep guillotine. Vlad tries to fight out of it but can't. He taps. Fastest light heavywieght submission in UFC history.

Official Result: Bader wins via submission (guillotine) at :50 of round 1

Mike Russow vs Shawn Jordan

Round 2:

Russow opens with a big punch but can't connect, Jordan comes back with some nice power of his own. Russow is connecting well, though, but gets poked in the eye. Time to recover and we're back. Russow is going for the clinch and Jordan is countering him better this round; he's making him eat some punishment for it. Jordan just turned it on this round as he's moving better. Nice combination started off with a body kick and Jordan with a beautiful double leg. Jordan gets into mount and it's time for some ground and pound. Russow rolls to his back and Jordan goes for the choke. Russow is rolling and gets him off but Jordan still has his back. Russow tries to roll again and Jordan grabs the hooks, but can't finish it. Russow in the scramble and has a front head lock. Back to the cage and we're in for some clinch work. Jordan drags him down again and is in half guard. Jordan postures up and is landing some shots, Russow rolls to his stomach. Jordan pounds him until Herb Dean stops him at 3:44 of the second round.

Official Result: Jordan wins via TKO rd 2, 3:44

Round 1:

Shawn Jordan would like to send a wake-up call to Mike Russow. Within the first 45 seconds, Russow PLASTERS Jordan with a right and follow it up with a series of absolute bricks. Jordan somehow manages not to collapse to the floor, but he is already cut under the right eye. A minute later, Russow is decking Jordan again! Jordan is no Glass Joe as somehow he is absorbing all of this punishment. Jordan escapes a clinch from Russow and bounds around the cage. How does this man still have energy? If anything, Russow is the one huffing and puffing. Russow chases Jordan and plants him against the cage. Jordan has a cut over his left eye as well now and while this round is going to Russow, you do wonder if Jordan might be able to pull off a rope-a-dope.

Score: 10-9 Russow

Rafael Natal vs Sean Spencer

Round 3:

If you have never seen the will of a man broken before, watch this round. Spencer enters the round absolutely exhausted, but still ready to fight. Natal pounces and takes control early. The fight hits the canvas and it's time to play Wheel of submission. From kimura, to americana, to arm triangle... this is getting painful to watch. Spencer is bleeding on the mat and having his limbs bent in very unnatural ways. Natal keeps the pressure on and it takes an admirable amount of time before Spencer finally is forced to tap to an arm triangle. Natal celebrates by telling the audience, "I have a great body and a beautiful girlfriend." That and a statement UFC victory.

Official Result: Natal wins via submission (arm triangle) at 2:13 of round 3

Round 2:

Natal and his corner were smiling and laughing in between rounds. Probably because the end of the last round made it clear that they were in control. If Spencer wants to win this fight he is going to have to keep this standing. That means letting Natal pull you into the clinch ans score a takedown is a BAD idea! Natal gets the double underhooks and takes Spencer to the canvas. He forces his weight on top the Spencer and is absolutely sapping the energy out of Spencer even though he isn't dealing much damage. The round ends with Spencer gasping for dear life as Natal chokes him out. The horn sounds first.

Score: 10-9 Natal, 20-18 Natal

Round 1:

There are two things that you just don't want to see at the beginning of a fight. One is a nut shot, the other is an eye poke. This time we got the latter and Spencer is forced to take a few moments to get his vision back in check. After about 30 seconds the fight resumes and Spencer seems to be a little angry. Spencer is putting his boxing training to work dancing around the ring and working in some nice combinations. Natal has been handling the barrage well, but isn't dealing much damage back in return. Natal begins to work in some side and body kicks and is showing a more diverse offense than Spencer. Late in the round, Natal shoots for a takedown, but Spencer stops it. In the finals seconds Natal catches Spencer with a deft left and follows it with another takedown attempt. This time he's successful and with 20 seconds remaining he deals some earned damage to Spencer. Way to make the judges' decision for them.

Score: 10-9 Natal

Simeon Thoresen vs David Mitchell

Round 3:

We make ti to round 3... but just barely. Thoresen's eye is swollen almost completely shut. Referee Herb Dean has to bring the doctor in as Thoresen is not able to get back into the fight after the 1 minute break. After an evaluation, they decide to let Thoresen continue. Thoresen comes out knowing that he has to protect the eye. He re-institutes his leg kicks from round one as a way off keeping Mitchell at a distance and finds some success. Later Thoresen clips Mitchell with a decent left. But then the trading resumes and Mitchell starts dealing more damage. As the fight makes it's way to the ground, Mitchell attaches an arm triangle and starts leveling hammer fists onto the injured eye of Thoresen. This is all Mitchell, all day.

Score: 10-9 Mitchell. 30-27 Mitchell

Official Result: Mitchell wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Round 2:

Oh what a difference a round makes, and not in terms of who is winning. Mitchell seems to have completely changes his strategy, but still succeed. Mitchell takes Thoresen to the ground early and after a few hooks he tries to complete a leg lock. 30 seconds later, he's blasting Thoresen again and then trying to lock up a gogoplata. Then there's an arm triangle! Mitchell is going crazy, not finishing but absolutely dominating.

Score: 10-9 Mitchell, 20-18 Mitchell

Round 1:

The fights have begun and Mitchell and Thoresen aren't wasting any time. The first round of this battle is a virtual slugfest with the men standing and trading. Seems like Mitchell is getting 3 punches in for every 2 of Thoresen. About halfway through the round, Mitchell has bloodied Thoresen. The drip has started under Thoresen's nose and Thoresen starts changing his tactics throwing in a few more leg kicks. The horn sounds and Mitchell checks his own nose... Nope, he' s not bleeding, he's good.

Score: 10-9 Mitchell

Main Card
Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson
Rampage Jackson vs Glover Teixeira
Anthony Pettis vs Donald Cerrone
Erik Koch vs Ricardo Lamas  

FX Prelims
TJ Grant vs Matt Wiman
Clay Guida vs Hatsu Hioki
Mike Stumpf vs Pascal Krauss
Ryan Bader vs Vladimir Matyushenko
Mike Russow vs Shawn Jordan
Rafael Natal vs Sean Spencer

Online Prelim
Simeon Thoresen vs David Mitchell

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