Round 1– Inside leg kick from Le, counter strike by
Franklin. Big outside leg kick for Franklin. Another. And another,
Le tries to land a spinning back kick but it comes up short.
Franklin with a left. Then he puts together a combo that lands
well. Hook for Franklin. Then out of nowhere Le hits an amazing
right hook that knocks Franklin out cold. Damn! What to this point
had been an average show delivered a shocking ending. Le gets his
second straight UFC victory.
Official Result: Cung Le def. Rich Franklin via 1st Round
Thiago Silva vs Stanislav Nedkov
Round 3 – Inside leg kick for Silva. Nedkov swings wildly
and misses and Silva makes him pay for it. Again Silva lands a
beautiful counter strike. Nedkov is stunned and Silva takes him
down and easily moves into full mount. Silva is right at home here
on the mat and is making Nedkov pay. Nedkov is looking to tie up
his opponent and get the stand up. Silva transitions into a head
and arm choke and quickly finishes the fight via submission. That
should net Silva some serious cash as I like that performance for
submission of the night (obviously) and fight of the night
(depending on what happens in the main event).
Official Result: Thiago Silva def. Stanislav Nedkov via
Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 3 (1:45)
Round 2 – Silva comes out kicking and he lands one square
in the groin of Nedkov. The fight is paused so that he can recover.
Silva throws another kick after the restart. Nedkov throws some
punches and closes the distance so I guess he is going with the
same strategy here in round 2. He has been very successful at
tieing Silva up against the cage and keeping him there for long
periods of time. The ref warns them to work so Silva starts to
throw some more knees. They get a break from the ref. Nedkov moves
in and lands a few shots and ties him up again. It is only because
he is able to land some of these punches that his gameplan is
working so well. The crowd is getting restless so at least we now
know that premature booing is universal in MMA. Silva goes for a
punch but Nedkov clocks him in the process. Silva connects with a
good punch to the face. Nedkov though seems unaffected and locks
Silva up again. If this is the way this fight is going down then I
guess we really are getting all judges’ decisions today. Big leg
kick for Silva. Huge right from Nedkov knocks Silva over. He gets
on top and tries to finish but Silva is able to cover up and
survive the rest of the round. Uneventful except for the last 20
seconds or so but once again…
Score: Nedkov 10-9. Total: 20-18 Nedkov
Round 1 – Nedkov charges ahead and backs Silva up and
locks him there. They exchange some knees and try to gain an
advantage. Silva lands a strong knee to the thigh of Nedkov. Nedkov
isn’t doing much until he floors Silva with a shot. Silva stands up
and they begin to brawl. Nedkov plays it safe and ties him up
against the Octagon again. Silva lands a knee from the clinch.
Nedkov fires back with huge looping punches. Silva looks to be
gassed very early on. Nedkov with a nasty leg kick. Once again
Nedkov locks him against the cage and tries to land some knees.
Silva returns fire but his shots don’t have a ton of mustard on
them. Big knee from the Thai clinch for Silva. Nedkov goes for the
uppercut, Silva copvers up but Nedkov moves in and ties him up
again. Soft knee from Silva but it is enough to break the hold.
Nedkov closes the distance again and is looking for a takedown. The
round ends. We are going…
Score: 10-9 Nedkov in the name of Octagon control
but it was a close one.
Dong Hyun Kim vs Paulo Thiago
Round 3– Kim goes for a crazy spinning back fist that
misses and sends him off balance. Didn’t we learn anything from
Chael Sonnen? Thiago with a kick that sort of lands. Thiago does
seem a bit more urgent here in the final round. Kim grabs a single
leg and then spins around and takes the back once again. Kim is
very high on Thiago’s back. He tries to soften Thiago up with some
shots to the face. Again Thiago tries to slip out the back door but
Kim is holding on for dear life. Kim almost has a body triangle on
but it isn’t quite there. Kim grounds Thiago again which allows him
to move back down the back and improve his position. Kim uncorks
some huge shots to the side of Thiago’s head. Now he moves to
elbows and Thiago looks to be in danger. Anik dotes on about how
Kim is the UFC’s most accurate welterweight. More big shots for
Kim. He even utilizing the double axehandle. More ground and pound
to finish and that ends a huge performance for Dong Hyun Kim.
Score: 10-8 Kim giving him an extremely dominant
30-25 scorecard as far as we are concerned.
Official Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Paulo Thiago via
Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 2 – Big head kick for Thiago glances off the head of
Kim. Kim struggles for a takedown but Thiago grabs the arm and
begins to crank on a kimura. It looks tight but Kim man’s up and
powers through it to survive. Thiago still has the arm but Kim is
looking to take the back. He’s pressty much there but Thiago will
not let go of the arm. He finally lets go and Kim gets his arms
around the torso of Thiago. Thiago tries to scramble away but is
unable. They jockey for position but Kim is easily winning this
fight. Kim goes for short elbows to the head and Thiago reverses
out the back door and uses it to stand up. Kim moves away and gets
Thiago up against the cage. Kim sees an opportunity for a D’Arce
choke and he commits to it but the round ends before he has a
chance to finish.
Score: 10-9 Kim. Total 20-17 Kim
Round 1– Kim goes for the single leg right away but Thiago
is able to defend for a bit. He goes for a choke but Kim escapes
and maintains his grip on Thiago and scores the takedown. Thiago
gives up his back and Kim begins working on getting his hooks in.
Kim is looking for some sort of choke, perhaps a modified rear
naked is the best way to describe it. He releases that and begins
to pound away on the face of Thiago. Thiago is able to get out of
one of the hooks. Kim is now focused on getting a hold of Thiago’s
arm. Kim now has a body triangle in place. He works over the face
of Thiago remaining in complete control of this fight. He begins
work on another rear naked choke. Thiago defends well and tries to
slip out the back door. Kim still has the back and is still
pounding away. With 30 seconds left Kim goes for another choke. He
doesn’t quite have it all the way on. He transitions into a neck
crank and really torques on it. Somehow Thiago survives but that
round was clearly a 10-8.
Score: 10-8 Kim.
Takanori Gomi vs Mac Danzig
Round 3 – Gomi catches Danzig with a sneaky right to open
the round that knocks Danzig down. Gomi is right there to get on
top and start working his top game. Danzig has a half guard. Gomi
starts working for a head and arm choke but Danzig defends and Gomi
has to release it. Danzig finds a leg and goes for a knee lock.
Gomi defends and tries for a submission of his own. It goes nowhere
but Gomi ends up on top which is ultra-important in this all
decisive round. Danzig stands up after about 30 seconds or so. The
two grapple for position. They fight their way to the mat where
Danzig slips around and almost gets the back but Gomi is sneaky and
manages to stand up. Nice hook for Danzig. Leg kick for Gomi.
Florian comments on how tired both of them are and I am inclined to
agree Danzig tries to hurn up the heat. He goes for a takedown but
is stuffed. Two uppercuts from the clinch for Danzig. Gomi responds
with a few of his own. The fight ends. That was an ultra close
round to end an ultra close fight. We are going with…
Score: Gomi 10-9, giving him a 29-28 advantage on
our scorecard though it will be very interesting to see which way
the judges fall on this one.
Official Result: Takanori Gomi def. Mac Danzig via Split
Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Round 2 – Danzig lands a leg kick but has to eat a shot to
the face for his trouble. Danzig starts boxing but isn’t doing much
in the way of damage. Gomi is looking for the bigger shots but
isn’t having any more luck as far as landing is conerned. Gomi
works through the defense and hits some big body shots. Quick combo
for Danzig connects. Jab from Gomi lands. Gomi goes for a takedown
but is shrugged off. Danzig goes for the Thai clinch, but only
lands a mediocre knee out of it. Leg kick for Gomi. Gomi continues
to apply pressure, throwing tough straights and hooks. Danzig comes
back with a 2-1 combo and then is able to secure a double leg
takedown. Gomi tries to get up but Danzig locks on a dandy
guillotine. It looks tight at first but Gomi adjusts his position
to relieve some of the pressure. Danzig himself readjusts and goes
for the finish but Gomi is able to hold on until the end of the
Score: 10-9 Danzig. Total: 19-19, even
Round 1– Inside leg kick for Danzig. Kick to the body for
Danzig. Danzig throws another kick, Gomi catches it and makes him
pay with a straight punch. Lots of trepidation from both of them in
the early stages of the fight. They exchange punches, Danzig moves
in, grabs the clinch and lands a few knees. Gomi counters with a
double leg takedown. Danzig grabs for the neck, Gomi escapes but it
allows Danzig to stand up. Big leg kick for Gomi. Another and then
a right hook to follow. Hook slips through for Danzig. Gomi with a
big shot to the chin. Leg kick for Gomi. Danzig follows with one of
his own. Danzig leaps forward and gets a nice single leg takedown
and then lands a few shots. With a few seconds left Gomi goes for a
heel hook and the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Gomi though it was close and neither
of them looked all that spectacular.
Tiequan Zhang vs Jon Tuck
Round 3 – Zhang comes out swinging so I guess he knows
that he’s down two rounds to none. Jab for Tuck. Outside leg kick
for Zhang. Tuck hits another jab and Zhang swings wildly and misses
with two shots. Zhang hammers him with two massive shots right to
the kisser and Tuck is stunned and off balance. Tuck tries for some
funky kicks but neither of them really land and Zhang is clearly in
control of this round. Tuck tries to recover and resorts to
throwing some short punches. They exchange kicks. Big right hook
for Zhang. Outside leg kick for Zhang. Zhang is actually pushing
the action for the first time all night and Tuck is forced to fight
while backing up. Inside leg kick for Zhang is checked. Zhang keeps
on him with a diet of kicks and punches to the face. Flying knee
from Tuck does not find a home. The round and the fight come to a
Score: 10-9 Zhang but we have the fight going to Tuck
Official Result: Jon Tuck def. Tiequan Zhang via Unanimous
Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Round 2– Tuck opens with a straight to the face and
follows it with an attempted head kick. Big left for Tuck lands and
Zhang fires back and a war breaks out in the center of the cage.
Tuck keeps throwing bombs but Zhang locks him up and takes him
down. Zhan’s offense from the top is pretty inert so far and Tuck
is able to reverse and land on top. The fight slows down as the two
combatants try to gain an advantage. Tuck certainly seems to be
ahead on grappling points. He moves into full mount again and has a
full two minutes to work with. He pins the right arm of Zhang down
with his knee. Tuck transitions around and once again gets the back
of Zhang. Tuck tries for a body triangle but can’t get it all the
way on. Not much going on near the end of the round as Tuck clings
to Zhang’s back.
Score: 10-9 Tuck once again.
Round 1– Very nice of the UFC to put their one Chinese
fighter on their one UFC card. They start off boxing. Zhang gets a
bodyslam and instantly takes side control. Tuck tries to land some
elbows from the bottom ,but not much comes from it. Zhang tries to
land shots from the top but Tuck grabs a big armbar that looks like
it has the potential to finish the fight. They roll and and roll
and Tuck keeps cranking on the arm but Zhang hangs on and escapes
the hold. Tuck is able to take the back though and begins moving
towards a rear naked choke. Zhang defends well but Tuck transitions
beautifully into full mount. Zhang spins and gives up his back
again. Tuck grabs for the neck. He looks like he might be able to
lock it in but Zhang is a fighter and the battle continues. Tuck
tries to soften them up with blows to Zhang’s face and side. Zhang
escapes and gets back to his feet with only a few seconds left in
Score: 10-9 Tuck.
Takeya Mizugaki vs Jeff Hougland
Round 3 – Inside leg kick for Mizugaki, followed by a huge
shot that drops Hougland for a second. But when Mizugaki comes in
to take advantage Hougland grabs him and scores a big power double
takedown. But, as has been the case, he can’t stay in control on
the ground and within seconds Mizugaki is back in the driver’s
seat. They stand up and Hougland tries to throw some punches for a
few seconds before Mizugaki predictably takes him back down. The
crowd is a little restless but you can hardly blame Mizugaki when
Hougland is making it so easy for him to pitch a shutout. Hougland
tries to stay active from the bottom, but he is unable to get any
steam behind any of his punches. He is able to get things standing
again and now he has 2 minutes to try and finish the fight. But
Mizugaki quickly takes things down again. I assume we are seeing
the end of Jeff Hougland’s UFC career. Mizugaki is content to lay
on top and run out on the clock on what could be the easiest
victory of his career. Hougland is busted open bad in the final
seconds which just adds insult to injury.
Score: 10-9 Mizugaki again giving him a 30-27
victory on our scorecard and if anybody saw any of those rounds for
Hougland then they out of their mind.
Official Result: Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Hougland via
Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)
Round 2- Mizugaki lands a body shot early on in the round.
He grabs the clinch and connects with a short elbow that staggers
Hougland. Hougland looks for a takedown, but it isn’t meant to be
as Mizugaki flattens him and gets a takedown of his own. And we are
right back to where we were last round with Mizugaki on top
dominating the action and pasting Hougland with punches to the
face. Hougland rolls backwards to escape but Mizugaki pounces and
takes the back for a second before Hougland is able to turn over.
However, that lands him right back to where he’s been for the
majority of the fight which is to stay flat on his back. He gets a
reprieve though as the ref stands the action back up. Right away
Mizugaki connects with a left hook and scores another takedown.
Hougland has been completely useless in this fight through the
first 10 minutes. Mizugaki is able to slip in a few more blows
before the bell rings.
Round 1– I guess they only hired two refs for tonight but
that is neither here nor there. Mizugaki comes out throwing bombs.
Hougland tries to close the distance and work from the clinch but
isn’t really able to. Mizugaki lands another shots that backs
Hougland up. Hook for Hougland. Mizugaki backs him up again with
some strikes but Hougland falls back on his gameplan and takes him
down with a double leg. Mizugaki quickly reverses it though and
ends up on top. Hougland grabs an arm looking for a submission but
Mizugaki lands some big shots and Hougland releases the hold.
Hougland has him in full guard but Mizugaki is able to get some
heavy shots through. Two minutes left in the opening frame and
Mizugaki is finding all kinds of success from the top as he lands
shot after shot on Hougland. Hougland appears to be looking for a
triangle but Mizugaki will not be stopped as he continues to beat
up Jeff Hougland. Mizugaki goes a little too far into the guard and
Hougland grabs a nice looking head and arm choke from the bottom
that seems to be quite tight. Mizugaki is able to escape though and
remains on top of the American. The round ends and things are
looking good for Mizugaki.
Score: 10-9 Mizugaki
Alex Caceres vs Motonobu Tezuka
Round 3- Caceres slips in the opening seconds. Tezuka follows up
with a shot that knocks Caceres backwards. They break and then come
back together and tie up against the cage. Another break and
Caceres tries to start working his jab. Hook for Caceres lands.
Another good combo from Caceres finds a home. Some boxing from the
fighters. Tezuka goes for another single leg but Caceres has gotten
very good at blocking these. Tezuka throws a 1-2 combo but neither
shot really lands. Caceres keeps moving and lands a few nice jabs.
He also catches Tezuka with a hook on the way in. Another tough
hook lands for Caceres. Tezuka starts to look desperate and begins
to throw some more strikes. He then ties Caceres up against the
cage trying with all his might to score a last second takedown.
Instead Caceres locks on to a side triangle but the round ends
before he can do anything with it.
Score: 10-9 Caceres giving him a 29-28 advantage
on our scorecard.
Official Result: Alex Caceres def. Motonobu Tezuka via
Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Round 2 – An outside leg kick for Tezuka is the first bit
of offense we see in round 2. He lands another while Caceres tries
to utilize his spinning attacks. Caceres throws a sidekick but
Tezuka grabs it and scores a takedown. Caceres has a modified half
guard that he’s working. Tezuka falls into the full guard but can’t
really do anything on the ground and Caceres is able to escape and
stand up. Outside leg kick for Caceres. Caceres tries a flying knee
but it appears to be mostly blocked. Tezuka grabs a leg and tries
to wrestle Caceres to the ground. They end up against the cage.
Caceres gets away and lands a good, clean punch to the side of
Tezuka’s face. Caceres with a short little jab. Tezuka is throwing
some strikes of his own. Tezuka goes for yet another single leg but
Caceres is able to blast him. Another flying knee from Caceres and
this one gets through though it does limited damage.
Score: 10-9 Caceres. Total: 19-19 even
Round 1 – Caceres opens up as the aggressor trying to land
some kicks to start this fight off. Outside leg kick for Tezuka
lands. Tezuka goes for the single leg and Caceres tries to grab the
guillotine but Tezuka is able to get things to the mat. Caceres
tries for a triangle but Tezuka uses the opportunity to pass guard
and get into side control. Tezuka is slow to take advantage,
however, as the fight slows down dramatically. Tezuka is possibly
looking for the North-South Choke but he doesn’t do it fast enough
as referee Marc Goddard stands them up. Tezuka goes for an ankle
pick but it doesn’t work. Then he tries for the single leg but
Caceres does well for himself in fending it off. Tezuka tries
desperately to hold on to the leg but Caceres escapes and gets a
takedown of his own. Tezuka once again goes for the ankle, Caceres
grabs the back but Tezuka rolls to escape. It works for a minute
but Caceres grabs the back again and lands a nice short elbow.
Super close round but we see it…
Score: 10-9 Tezuka
Yasuhiro Urushitani vs John Lineker
Round 3– Inside leg kick for Lineker lands followed by a
big right hand that knocks Urushitani down again. He gets up
quickly though and the fight continues. Inside leg kick for
Urushitani. Big left hook for Lineker stuns his opponent again. A
beautiful 2-punch combo lands for Lineker. Urushitani throws a kick
which is blocked. Lineker comes forward and lands a flurry of
punches that once again seem to have Urushitani on the ropes. He
can’t quite finish him though and Urushitani is able to create
enough distance to collect his thoughts. Big left for Lineker
lands. He goes for the takedown but Urushitani is able to sprawl
away from it. They end up tied up against the cage with Lineker in
control. Straight left for Urushitani finds Lineker’s chin. Lineker
will not stop though as he keeps throwing an insane number of
punches. The round and the fight come to a close.
Score: 10-9 Lineker (which means that he is up
30-27 on our scorecard as we go to the judges.)
Official result: John Lineker def. Yasuhiro Urushitani via
unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Round 2- After a few seconds of dancing Lineker connects
beautifully with a spinning back kick that seems to hurt
Urushitani. After a quick recovery Urushitani lands a two kick
combo. Lineker comes right back though and hammers Urushitani with
a clean shot of his own. Urushitani goes for a headkick but he
comes up dry. Lineker charges forward again with a series of
punches and he lands cleanly with a few of them. Urushitani seems
to be dazed and in danger as Lineker is having all sorts of success
here. Inside leg kick for Lineker. Urushitani returns the favor.
Urushitani gets poked in the left eye and the action stops for 30
seconds or so. After the timeout Lineker picks up right where he
left off, pushing the action and staying in charge. Urushitani
finds his range with a right hand. Massive left hook from Lineker.
Nasty inside leg kick for Lineker which he follows with two more as
the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Lineker, Total: 20-18 Lineker
Round 1– Lineker opens up with a series of leg kicks that
land. Urushitani is staying active and bouncing around the cage
trying to find his distance. He lands a leg kick of his own.
Urushitani comes forward with a strong kick to the stomach of
Lineker. Lineker goes back to the leg kick and finds some success.
Neither man is overly eager to commit to anything which has led to
a semi-uneventful opening frame. Knee for Urushitani. Stiff jab
lands for Lineker. A very right hook for Lineker also finds its
mark. Lineker keeps the heat on as he charges forward with a series
of punches. None of them do much in the way of damage but he is
certainly scoring points with them. Urushitani tries his hand at
kickboxing but nothing has really worked for him thus far. Lineker
lands a left hook as Urushitani leaps that floors his opponent but
he is unable to capitalize on it. Urushitani finds his way back to
his feet and the round ends a few seconds later.
Score: 10-9 Lineker
Riki Fukuda vs Tom DeBlass
Round 3– More boxing to open the final round. Fukuda lands
a big right hook that startles DeBlass momentarily. Fukuda grabs
him with a bearhug and muscles him to the ground for top position.
Fukuda starts to work the mid-section of DeBlass. DeBlass seems to
be out of gas and Fukuda is doing enough to keep the fight
grounded. Fukuda goes for the pass but can’t quite get it and is
back in full guard. He fires a few more shots in towards the head
of DeBlass. DeBlass tries to fight his way out but gets scolded for
hitting the back of the head. DeBlass desperately trying to grab an
armbar but cannot find it and Fukuda is relentless. More shots to
the side of DeBlass. Goddard stands them up which is a questionable
decision. DeBlass tries to land big shots after the stand up but
Fukuda quickly ties him up again against the inside of the Octagon
and lands some nice shots. The round and the fight come to a
Score: Fukuda 10-9 (once again, giving him a
dominant 30-27 win on our scorecard.)
Official Result: Fukuda wins via unanimous decision (30-27,
Round 2– Hook for Fukuda to open the round. They tie up
against the cage and exchange some knees. Fukuda is in the dominant
position and works the knees very nicely. Soft outside leg kick for
Fukuda. He hits a few more leg kicks as DeBlass is unable to get
anything going in round 2. Inside leg kick for Fukuda. Fukuda ties
him up and grabs the clinch so that he can land a few more knees.
DeBlass comes back with a combo of his own hoping to score some
points. Fukuda pushes forward with some crisp shots of his own. The
action slows down but Fukuda seems to be in charge as he is able to
keep DeBlass moving backwards. They are back up against the cage
and Fukuda is able to connect with some shots to the temple. They
break and box for a good minute or so. The final seconds tick away
and Fukuda has another one in the bag.
Score 10-9 Fukuda, Total 20-18 Fukuda
Round 1– Marc Goddard will be the ref for this opening
contest. DeBlass opens with a leg kick and then follows it with
another and another. Fukuda is keeping the pressure on and is able
to score a double leg takedown. DeBlass gets his guard up and
Fukuda is having difficulty landing shots on him. Fukuda works the
body but DeBlass is utilizing strong defense off his back. DeBlass
is back to his feet. The fighters exchange shots to the face but
nothing lands cleanly. Outside leg kick for DeBlass. DeBlass lands
a jab but catches an eyepoke at the same time and the action is
halted for a few seconds. Fukuda goes for a single leg takedown but
DeBlass is able to fend it off. Inside leg kick for Fukuda. Fukuda
peppers DeBlass with some punches and kicks though is unable to do
any real damage. Fukuda grabs a single leg takedown in the final
seconds on the opening stanza. He keeps the action there for the
duration and it is enough to steal him a round.