UFC on FX 6: Live fight blog


George Sotiropoulos vs Ross Pearson

Round 3:

Well that was over fast. Ross Pearson finishes where he left off
in round one. He busts up Sotiropoulos’ face with a left jab
finishes with a right and Sotiropoulos will not be getting up this
time. Pearson follows Sotiropoulosto the canvas and within 2
seconds the ref has to stop the fight.

Official result: Pearson via KO in round 3

Round 2:

Sotiropoulos opens round 2 with some kicks to maintain distance.
Pearson is being a little more tentative which is a little
surprising for the amount of success he had aggressing in round 1.
Sotiropoulos has now moved into a state of countering letting
Pearson come to him and responding with nice jabs. 2 minutes in and
neither man has done too much this round, but you can feel that
Sotiropoulos has control which is a big step up from the beginning
of round 1. Late in the round, Pearson catches Sotiropoulos with a
big left hook, dropping Sotiropoulos to the mat, but Sotiropoulos
gets up very quickly this time. Despite the knockdowns,
Sotiropoulos has put up a good fight. We’ll see if home field
advantage lets him score the round.

Score: 10-9 Sotiropoulos, 19-19 even

Round 1:

Sotiropoulos comes into this match as the underdog and 1 minute
in we find out why. Pearson decks him with a huge hand and
Sotiropoulos is bumbling about to Octagon just trying to find some
footing. Pearson chases him and throws a damaging flurry, but is
not able to finish the job. Sotiropoulos grabs one of Pearson’s
legs partially trying to balance and breathe, partially looking for
a takedown. He gets neither as Pearson forces the break and lands
another massive right. Sotiropoulos is still shaken but he’s still
fighting on autopilot. Sotiropoulos lands a strong left jab and
evens control by rushing Pearson and scoring his back. Sotiropoulos
is mounted on Pearson while he’s standing but Sotiropoulos doesn’t
seem to be able to sink in the choke. Pearson throws Sotiropoulos
down to the ground and shortly after, the horn sounds.

Score: 10-9 Pearson


Robert Whittaker vs Bradley Scott

Round 3:

Both men have learned from past mistakes. Scott is weaving a
little more to avoid the strikes of Whittaker and Whittaker is
circling away from Scott quickly every time Scott approaches for a
clinch. Whittaker seems to be getting the better of the early
striking even though neither is delivering a finishing blow.
Whittaker’s bloody mustache and the fact that he is fighting
through it shows his desire to win. Scott, the Forrest Griffin
stunt double has been absolutely game. Scott eats a series of
elbows from Whittaker and blood starts pouring from his hairline.
Scott comes back witha  flurry, but Whittaker deals him two
more. Both men wanted this, but the nod needs to go to
Whittaker.

Score: 10-9 Whittaker, 29-28 Whittaker

Official Result: Whitaker via unanimous decision
(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Round 2:

Scott comes out aggressive early fighting as if he knows he
needs these last two rounds. Scott comes forward with a strong
flurry and then follows it with more punches and kicks actually
chasing Whittaker around the ring. The frenzied pace is doing
wonders for breaking down Whittaker’s stamina, a primary goal of
Scott. Whittaker finally engages and returns fire with a few kicks,
but catches Scott int eh groin. Scott take a quick breather before
charging Whittaker and sneaking around to take Whittaker’s back!
This fight has flipped like a coin! Scott’s punches have added up
to a bloody nose for Whittaker and Scott is looking for a
rear-naked choke to close the deal. Whittaker plays moderate
defense for the better part of two minutes before finally escaping
to the delight of the Australian crowd. Some belabored striking
closes out the round, but we are square heading into the decisive
round.

Score: 10-9 Scott, 19-19 even

Round 1:

Whittaker and Scott will face off for the seconds UFC contract
to come out of TUF: Smashes. Whittaker is fighting like he wants
his signature to be that of a knockout artist. all of his punches
are thrown with evil intent. Scott is a bit more calculating,
bouncing in and out looking for his spot. Whittaker is getting the
best of it occasionally catching Scott witha  big blow. Scott
slows things down backing Whittaker against the cage. After a brief
struggle, they break and Whittaker catches Scott with a huge left.
Scott backpedals and falls down, and Whittaker jumps on top to
level some ground and pound. Whittaker drops another 5-6 bombs that
connects before Scott escapes and runs to the other side of the
Octagon. Whittaker lands one or two other solid blows in the last
minute of the round to secure the lead.

Score: Whittaker 10-9


Colin Fletcher vs Norman Parke

Round 3:

All Parke. All day. For the first half of the final stanza,
Parke actually is willing to keep this fight standing . Makes sense
when you see the damage he is dealing with his fists. Parke is
picking Fletcher apart. A series of well-placed blows cuts Fletcher
above the left eye, but Fletcher has no intention on going down
easy. With 2 minutes to go, Fletcher is throwing with more force
and incorporating some elbows. His corner is screaming that he
needs to finish. 1 minute remaining now, both guys are gesturing
for more action. And then Parke goes to his bread and butter taking
Fletcher to the canvas. Twice. Parke takes Fletcher’s back and the
horn sounds.

Score: 10-9 Parke, 30-27 Parke

Official Result: Parke via unanimous decision

Round 2:

These guys may be good friends from the TUF: Smashes
house,  but Parke is dominating and Fletcher knows he needs to
power through in these last two rounds if he wants the UFC
contract. In the first minute, Parke establishes the clinch again
scoring an early takedown. From bottom position, Fletcher tries to
grab a heel hook, but Parke defends well. Shortly after, Parke
locks in a single arm guillotine, but abandons it to pass
Fletcher’s full guard. Parke is in full control and slips to
Fletcher’s back. Parke tries for a rear naked choke but can’t sink
the forearm in. Fletcher pops his head out and quickly rolls to
escape and the fight returns to standing. The fighters exchange
some kicks, but Parke is getting the better of the striking battle
with a strong left and a 1-2 combination. Fletcher tries a spinning
kick near the end of the round, but Parke has marked another tally
in his corner.

Score: 10-9 Parke, 20-18 Parke

Round 1:

It’s the first of our TUF contract fights and Parke vs. Fletcher
is an all UK affair. Parke comes in early pulling Fletcher into the
clinch and the two struggle for the better part of the first
minute. Park eventually fins a trip and takes Fletcher to the
canvas. Parke is in half guard and looking to progress, Fletcher is
sprawled flat on his back. The submission wars begin. Fletcher
looking for a kimura and Parke attempting numerous grips. No one
falls into serious danger and Parke decides it might be time to
pass on the submissions and deal some damage. Parke lays some
strategically placed elbows in Fletcher with brilliant accuracy.
Fletcher is try to spin out of bottom position, twisting to
north-south, but still no success. A scramble ensues with Parke
trying to score a guillotine but ending up rolling to the bottom.
Fletcher is finally on top for the last 20 seconds but can’t do
anything with it.

Score: 10-9 Parke


Hector Lombard vs Rousimar Palhares

Round 1:

Welcome to the Main Card on FX! Lombard had a disappointing
showing his last appearance in the Octagon. Surely he’s looking to
dominate and be more entertaining tonight. Lombard is the aggressor
pushing the action with leg kicks and leaping punches, but Palhares
is not very threatened. Palhares is known for his leg locks and
submissions but has not made a big move inside yet. Lombard knocks
Palhares down briefly, but Palhares bounces back up. Lombard may be
very aware of the submission game and might wisely be choosing not
to take combat to the ground. Lombard is living by the right hook,
even thought a following left might be more powerful. Lombard with
half the round to go lands the massive right, toppling Palhares,
and he dives in for the ground and pound. He lands about 7-8 blows
before Palhares has to pull Lombard tight to prevent more damage.
Palhares is cut badly over his left eye. Lombard ceases action and
gestures to the ref to stand them up. Lombard gets his wish… and
then he gets another one. Lombard can smell the blood and like a
bull seeing red, he fully charges Palhares, laying him out yet
again, this time for good. THAT is the Hector Lombard everyone
wanted to see in the UFC.

Official Result: Lombard via TKO in round 1


Chad Mendes vs Yaotzin Meza

Meza is making his UFC debut, and what a way to do it against
someone like Chad Mendes. Mendes is gaming Meza early, fainting and
faking in order to set upa  few early right hands. Neither man
is going crazy, but Mendes is the one pushing the action. Meza has
been dancing aroundthe ring with his chin a little high and man
does Mendes take advantage. Meza thorws a high left which Mendes
ducks, countering with a brutal right blast that lands right on the
money. Meza collapses to the canvas. Mendes throws a backflip.

Official Result: Mendes via KO in round 1


Igor Pokrajac vs Joey Beltran

Round 3:

Whereas the other rounds started with flurries of action, this
one starts more subdued. Beltran takes the action close and against
the cage yet again and the first two minutes are spent with Beltran
manipulating double underhooks to keep Pokrajac from attacking.
After a spell, the fighters split and Pokrajac start to throw some
bombs and finds success landing a pair of rights that test
Beltran’s chin. Both men have shown an amazing ability to take a
punch this fight as lesser men would be on their knees. With a
minute to go, those aforementioned knees come into play. Beltran
catches Pokrajac in a headlock and with Pokrajac bent over Beltran
pummels him in the head with knees. Beltran has shown diverse
control of this fight with a propensity to want to do damage. That
my friends is how you win in the Octagon.

Score: 10-9 Beltran. 30-27 Beltran

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

Round 2:

The difference in the early part of this round is about 3 feet.
In round 1 Beltran stayed body-to-body with Pokrajac, but in round
2 Pokrajac has managed to keep some distance. Pokrajac has started
to pick some spots and is landing hard punches consistently. At the
halfway mark of the round Beltran seems tired of eating Pokrajac’s
punches and pulls the fight in tight against the cage. Beltran
takes control and starts to punish Pokrajac again the same way he
did in round 1. Then he slips with a fist and punches Pokrajac in
the groin. He complains to the ref as the punch allows Pokrajac a
much needed breather. Pokrajac only takes about 30 seconds and
continues the fight to find Beltran invigorated and ready to bang.
Beltran comes flailing, punishing Pokrajac with successive hooks
and mercifully the round ends.

Score: 10-9 Beltran, 20-18 Beltran

Round 1:

Big exchange at the opening klaxon. Pokrajac responds in kind to
Beltran’s early aggression. Against the cage wall, Beltran starts
stomping Pokrajac’s feet, then turning to delivers some knees to
Pokrajac’s midsection. After that comes the crowd-pleaser with
Beltran dealing 10 punches left, right, left in rapid succession.
Beltran isn’t threatening to end this fight, but he is taking the
driver’s seat. Pokrajac lands an occasional punch of his own and is
taking Beltran’s assault well, but Pokrajac seems content giving up
this round. With 1 minute to go, Beltran wails into Pokrajac’s gut,
causing what will have to be internal bruising. This round is all
his.

Score: 10-9 Beltran


Mike Pierce vs Seth Baczynski

Round 3:

Baczynski may have lost the last two rounds convincingly, but
Baczynski is game and knows the score. He comes out in round 3
going for the knockout. He’s throwing haymakers and knees. All big
blows and he’s landing some of them. Pierce is cut under his right
eye but he’s still standing and trading with Baczynski. Baczynski’s
corner is screaming for more aggression from Baczynski and Seth
obliges, but he gets overaggressive and Pierce scores yet another
takedown. It’s imperative that if Baczynski wants to win he needs
to get up off the canvas. That’s quite hard when Pierce is putting
on a grappling masterclass. With 90 seconds to go, the action slows
and Baczynski gets a blessing, the ref stands the fighters up,
giving Baczynski a chance… or not. Pierce scores another takedown
immediately and closes out the bout in total control.

Score: 10-9 Pierce, 30-27 Pierce

Official Result: Pierce wins via unanimous
decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Round 2:

Things aren’t getting any better for Baczynski. Yes, he landed a
kick and a few punches, but when it comes to takedowns, he is still
Mike Pierce’s tackling dummy. For half the round, Pierce continues
to dominate until Baczynski stands it up and finally starts to take
advantage of his size and reach advantage. Baczynski catches Pierce
with a few punches, but nothing serious. Proving that Baczynski is
in some parallel universe where he just can’t win, Pierce lands a
stunner of a right,dazing Baczynski. Baczynski is in trouble and
Pierce lands a few more. Baczynski throws a flying knee but slips
and lands on his back. Pierce closes the rounds on top, controlling
Baczynski. Where have we seen that before?

Score: 10-9 Pierce, 20-18 Pierce

Round 1:

Huge height difference here. Pierce is 5’8″, Baczynski is 6’3″.
Pierce goes for the takedown early and Baczynski isn’t happy.
Pierce succeeds putting Baczynski on his back but he doesn’t really
capitalize or deal much damage. Baczynski works his way back to his
feet and the fight continues. You’d think Baczynski would be taking
advantage of being in a striking position, but it’s Pierce that is
throwing the punches coming dangerously close with a haymaker of a
left. Baczynski is on his heels and Pierce takes advantage scoring
another takedown. Pierce, while not doing damage, is absolutely
owning Baczynski. Baczynski gets up and Pierce almost instantly
scores another double legger. This round ends with Pierce on top,
just the way it started.

Score: Pierce 10-9


Ben Alloway vs Manuel Rodriguez

Round 1:

Rodriguez opens the bout by putting Alloway straight on the
ground. Both of these guys are skilled with submissions, but
Rodriguez is taking total control right now. Rodriguez spends the
better part of the first half of the round moving into side guard
and as fast as he takes that he takes Alloway’s back. Rodriguez
starts dealing short jabs to try to get Alloway to give up his
neck, but Alloway is holding savvy. Alloway finds his way back to
his feet but Rodriguez scuffles him back to the ground. Rodriguez
may have gotten too aggressive though as Alloway escapes and
finally gets to deal some damage. Alloway pins Rodriguez against
the cage and delivers a few quick shots and then the unthinkable
happens. Alloway goes for an inside leg kick, blasting Rodriguez in
the groin, but as Rodriguez hunches to the ground, the ref calls
the fight! Rodriguez pleads saying he just took a low blow, and
after some discussion the ref allows the fight to resume.

Maybe he shouldn’t have.

10 seconds after the fight restarts, Alloway delivers his first
huge blow of the fight, a devastating front kick and Rodriguez
collapses like a pile of jenga bricks. This fight is over adn
Rodriguez is out cold.

Official Result: Alloway via KO at 4:57 in Round
1


Brendan Loughnane vs Mike Wilkinson

Round 3:

The action starts furious and Loughnane seems to want to mix it
up. He might have gotten in there a little to much as he eye pokes
Wilkinson. Wilkinson take s45 seconds to recover and the action
continues. Loughnane is still showing some great takedown defense,
much improved from round 1. Wilkinson is still chasing Loughnane
around the cage and Loughnane seems to be looking to counter each
Wilkinson blow with a knee or kick. These guys are both showing
excellent chins. Even though those chins, and foreheads are
dripping blood in the corner of the cage. Loughnane has Wilkinson
up against the cage and is landing some nice punches and knees. He
even goes for a takedown but aborts. As they step away fro the cage
wall, Loughnane catches Wilkinson with a nightmare of a right hand,
flattening Wilkinson. Loughnane dives on to to capitalize, but
somehow Wilkinson survives and gets to his feet! Loughnane is
looking for one last takedown for late points, misses it, and the
last 10 seconds are spent by the guys emptying their gas talking
with brutal blows. And they say these guys are friends?!? The horn
sounds and the guys hug in a bloody mess. Yeah, they both earned
their spot regardless of the result. And that result really could
go either way and be satisfying.

Score: 10-9 Loughnane, 29-28 Wilkinson

Official Result: Wilkinson by unanimous decision
(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Round 2:

Wilkinson only takes charge of the fight when he takes the
action to the ground. Or maybe we should take that back. In the
opening seconds Wilkinson deals a series of 3 heavy rights that
force Loughnane to take notice. They scuffle against the cage
briefly and Loughnane catches Wilkinson with a left that cuts hime
over his right eye. Both men holding steady with plenty of energy.
Loughnane’s nose is dripping blood and Wilkinson is the aggressor
pursuing Loughnane around the cage. 2 minutes to go and Loughnane’s
leg kicks are being returned by Wilkinson. Wilkinson has found a
striking range, but Loughnane has upped his takedown defense,
staving off another Wilkinson attempt. In the final minute,
Loughnane beats Wilkinson with a deep knee and a strong right, but
Wilkinson still refuses to slow down. Another thoroughly
entertaining and tight round. We only give it to Wilkinson based on
being the aggressor.

Score: 10-9 Wilkinson, 20-18 Wilkinson

Round 1:

Wilkinson and Loughnane and keeping things cautious. Loughnane
is working the kicks, brutalizing the inner thighs of Wilkinson.
Wilkinson is moving hard and fast toget inside on Loughnane and he
succeeds with a takedown pinning Loughnane’s head against the cage.
Loughnane keeps Wilkinson in full guard, but Wilkinson is stayin
very active beating Loughnane with short elbows. Loughnane wraps up
Wilkinson’s left arm but is finding no luck escaping. With 90
seconds to go, Loughnane slips out and the crowd cheers. Against
the cage, Loughnane delivers some knees of revenge and then as they
move to the center, Loughnane lands a big right hand. Loughnane has
about 30 seconds to make up for all that time on his back, and
while this has been a very even round, a few late plaster shots
from Wilkinson may get him this round

Score: 10-9 Wilkinson


Nick Penner vs Cody Donovan

Round 1:

Donovan and Penner touch gloves and the night has begun. Donovan
pulls Penner into the clinch, but Penner reverses if and puts
Donovan against the cage. They work out of it and we’re back to the
center. Donovan charges and Penner catches him with a hard right
hook on the temple that rocks him to the canvas. Penner pounces and
gets some good blows in but Donovan comes to and works him into an
arm triangle. Penner escapes and we return to standing. Donovan
charges again and this time Penner catches him with a brutal
uppercut! Back to the ground where the ref mistakenly stops the
action and is forced to reset the fighters. Donovan is miraculously
surviving and after a stoppage due to a low blow on Penner, Donovan
rushes Penner against the cage pulling a double-legged takedown. He
does little with it. 30 seconds to go and Donovan is starting to
feel it. He ducks a jab from Penner and blasts Penner with a left
hook. Donovan hulks over Penner, lowers some huge punches and this
is all over!

Official Result: Donovan wins via TKO at 4:35 in
Round 1


Main Card


George Sotiropoulos vs Ross Pearson

Robert Whittaker vs Bradley Scott

Colin Fletcher vs Norman Parke

Hector Lombard vs Rousimar Palhares


Prelims


Chad Mendes vs Yaotzin Meza

Igor Pokrajac vs Joey Beltran

Mike Pierce vs Seth Baczynski

Ben Alloway vs Manuel Rodriguez

Brendan Loughnane vs Mike Wilkinson

Nick Penner vs Cody Donovan