Left hand from Silva. Left hand connects from Stann and Silva comes right back with a right hand. Left punch to the body by Silva. Leg kick by Stann. Big right hand breezes past Brian Stann. Inside leg kick from Stann lands in the groin on Silva, but the stoppage is short. Silva hits a punch after a leg kick by Stann. High kick from Silva lands on the right temple of Stann. Outside leg kick from Brian Stann. Huge jumping right hand from Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann is falling backwards in slow motion. Silva jumps in and pounds Stann out for the finish. Silva shows his appreciation to the crowd and blows kisses to the audience. Truly humbled by their reaction.
Official Result: Wanderlei Silva by KO (R2, punches, 4:08)
Stann comes in with a flurry and Silva retaliates. Stann slips and Wanderlei lands several shots. Knee in the clinch from Wandy. Silva is stunned by Stann and he shoots for the takedown. Back in the center of the cage again and Silva and Stann are going at it, but Stann catches Silva and he drops for the takedown again. No takedown for Silva. Sequence of powerful strikes from Silva miss, but on a knee to the chin, Silva takes a foot to the groin and the action is stopped. Stann is already bleeding from the nose. Jab from Wanderlei Silva. Big hit from Silva after the leg kick from Stann. Leg kick from Stann. Insane flurry from both fighters. Silva bounces off the cage and comes back with a hook that puts Stann on his knees. Silva grabs him by the neck as he stands up and hits a big knee. Stann ends up in Silva’s guard as the round draws to a close.
Score: 10-9 Stann
Mark Hunt vs Stefan Struve
Right hand lands from Hunt. Huge body shot and a big left hook from Hunt. Jab from Struve. Head kick from Struve lands cleanly. Right hand from Struve finds a home. Struve continues to walk forward but he’s clearly hurt. Another combination lands for Hunt. Huge leaping left hook puts Struve down and staring at the lights. Hunt gets a walk off KO and Herb Dean comes in to stop the fight.
Official Result: Mark Hunt by TKO (R3, punches, 1:44)
Leaping left hook lands clean from Mark Hunt. Two jabs land clean for Struve. Another leaping left from Hunt. Big punch to the body from Hunt. Right hand over the top by Mark Hunt. Mark Hunt comes in with the left hook again and he lays in some big punches while Struve covers up. Double jab two a hook from Hunt. Body shot from Hunt. Mark Hunt with a front sweep to the mat. Struve tries to set up a triangle and Hunt tries to get free. Struve grabs a leg, but Hunt works his way free. Struve tries to take Hunt’s back, but Hunt is able to wiggle free. Side control from Hunt but he works his way back to standing and trips Hunt. Back in mount, Struve is raining down punches. Struve goes for an armbar, but he forgets Hunt’s arm. Hunt ends up in top position as the round draws to a close.
Score: 10-9 Hunt
High kick from Struve is pulled early. So lanky. Big punches from Hunt, getting him against the cage. Outside leg kicks are landing for Hunt and turning Struve sideways. Left and right to the body from Hunt. Hunt gets clinched up with Struve and Struve pulls guard. Struve sweeps into mount with a butterfly guard. Hunt is able to get back into half guard. Hunt tries to counter and sweep and Struve holds off and gets back into mount. Big punches from Struve, but Hunt rolls away and into an armbar. Hunt ends up back on top, but Struve has butterfly guard again. Big right hand to the chin of Stefan Struve. Struve tries for a submission from his back, but as he tries to sweep, Hunt gets through to side control.
Score: 10-9 Struve
Takanori Gomi vs Diego Sanchez
Both fighters run to the center of the cage. Inside leg kick from Diego. Front kick is blocked by Sanchez. Jab by Gomi. Gomi gets back to the center of the cage and hits a leg kick. He’s avoiding a big takedown against the fence. Inside leg kick connects for Sanchez. Left uppercut lands for Sanchez. Right hand in for Gomi. Front kick misses for Sanchez. Gomi eats a body kick. Only two minutes to go and Diego isn’t pressing. Body kick from Sanchez and he tries for a takedown that, ultimately, fails. High kick from Sanchez misses over the top and Gomi nearly gets a massive takedown. Body punch and missed right hand from Gomi. Gomi tosses Sanchez aside again, avoiding a takedown. Sanchez with a body kick. Both fighters go for a body kick at the same time. Sanchez goes down quickly, but recovers and charges forward with a flurry. Gomi avoids most of the strikes and the round, and fight, come to a close.
Score: 10-9 Gomi and 30-27 Gomi
Official Result: Diego Sanchez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Body shot from Gomi early on in the round. Diego shoots for a takedown, but Gomi avoids it. Right hand to the body from Gomi. Stoppage by the ref for a kick to the groin. Left hand connects for Diego Sanchez. Gomi continues to back Sanchez against the fence with his solid pursuit, led by a solid jab. Body kick lands for Diego Sanchez. Hook to the body from Sanchez. Right hand from Gomi as Sanchez comes in for a takedown. Body kick and jab from Gomi. Outside leg kick from Gomi, but a liver kick lands from Sanchez. Both fighters press for a finish as the round concludes.
Score: 10-9 Gomi – 20-18 Gomi
"The Fireball Kid" comes out swinging. Leg kick from Sanchez. Right hand over the top from Gomi. Two big hooks miss from Sanchez. Accidental kick to the cup on Gomi, but he walks it off. Diego Sanchez gets a takedown and gets on top. Gomi works his way back to his feet quickly. Loud "Gomi" chants start to break out. Two right hands to the body from Diego Sanchez. Jab lands from Gomi. Sanchez throws a front kick to the body. Gomi gets a knee up, but Sanchez eats it and gets a takedown. Gomi is stuck in a kneebar, but he slips free and is back on his feet. Body kick by Gomi is caught by Sanchez, who drives him across the cage for a takedown as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Gomi
Yushin Okami vs Hector Lombard
Lombard comes out attacking and Okami gets hurt early. Lombard gets him with shots to the body, but Okami gets a knee. Okami comes for a takedown but Lombard ends up in half guard. Here’s Lombard’s chance to show what his big contract is all about. Okami grabs a single leg from the bottom, but Hector Lombard lands with hammerfists while Okami hangs on. Lombard stands up and motions for Okami to stands, but Okami comes up grabbing for a takedown. Lombard pushes Okami away. Okami looks exhausted and comes forward with a takedown attempt that is stuffed. Lombards slides into guard. Not sure why. He was getting the better of him on the feet to start the round. Twenty seconds to go and Lombard is being held down by Okami.
Score: 10-9 Lombard and 29-28 Okami
Official Result: Yushin Okami by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Knee to the body from Okami. Nasty look on that one. Right hand from Okami comes through cleanly. Two punch combo from Okami as he finds his range. High kick from Okami is blocked and Lombard starts coming forward, barely missing a left uppercut. Single leg takedown that Lombard tries to get free, but Okami persists and has Hector Lombard on his back again. Okami gets full mount on Hector Lombard, who is in big, big trouble now. Big elbow misses from Okami. Short punches from Okami as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Okami, 20-18 Okami
Lombard comes out aggressive early and pursues Okami around the cage. There is a marked height advantage for Okami. Big kick from Lombard, but Okami gets a single leg takedown. Lombard is able to explode back to his feet. Two shots in the clinch from Lombard. Body kick from Okami. Right hand from Okami as Lombard comes in. Lombard finds a home for his right and left. Lombard is starting to find a rhythm for his shots. Another single leg takedown from Okami and he’s into half guard. Okami smothers Lombard to the mat, but he’s up and stuck in the clinch against the cage. Knees to the body from Okami. Body shot from Lombard. The round ends with Lombard pressing Okami to the fence.
Score: 10-9 Okami
Mizuto Hirota vs Rani Yahya
Yahya circles away as he knows that Hirota needs a finish to take this bout. Takedown stuffed by Hirota and he gets back to his feet. Right hand coming forward from Yahya followed by another takedown that is blocked by Hirota. Rani Yahya gets a single and is down. Hirota transitions through an attacks with a straight armbar. The submission attempt is tight, but Yahya remains calm and escapes. Yahya gets Hirota’s back once again and is working for a choke. Hirota gets a double leg takedown, but Yahya hangs on tight. Hirota into half guard and striking. Yahya rolls to his knees and eats to two hammerfists. Yahya stands up and Hirota charges in with a flying knee. Yahya is down on his face and Hirota lands short punches to the side of the head. Yahya gets up and throws a big spinning backfist that doesn’t connect. He backs away to the cage and Hirota pursues as the fight draws to a conclusion.
Score: 10-9 Hirota and 29-28 Yahya
Official Result: Rani Yahya by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Hirota gets a clinch with underhooks and forces Yahya to the fence. Yahya drops for a takedown and gets it. Yahya gets to half guard against the cage, but Hirota gives up the head and arm choke. Yahya is really cranking on the hold and Hirota is able to use the cage to protect himself. Yahya gives up the attempt and ends up back in guard. Good short punches on the mat from Yahya. Yahya is grinding on Hirota, who has to be frustrated.
Score: 10-9 Yahya
Right hand connects from Yahya. Yahya shoots and gets a takedown early. Hirota is able to use the fence to get back to his feet, but Yahya takes his back and tries for an omoplata. Hirota gets free and is clinches with Yahya on their feet so Yahya pulls guard. Yahya sweeps back on top and has shown a ton of persistence so far. Strikes to the ears and sides of the head from Yahya. Hirota uses that as a chance to get up, but he’s soon dumped back onto his back, eating punches from Rani Yahya. Yahya loses a kimura attempt, but ends up on Hirota’s back. The round comes to a halt as Yahya works for a choke.
Score: 10-9 Yahya
Dong Hyun Kim vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Bahadurzada needs to press as he’s down two rounds. Right hand lands for Bahadurzada, but Kim hits a push kick. Takedown into side control by Kim. Kim works in crucifix position before quickly switching to mount. The head and arm choke is there again and Kim slowly works free by hitting knees to the body. The choke is in tight, but Bahadurzada is hanging in there. Kim cannot get the position to finish the hold after a lot of effort and he finally maintains mount and lands several strong strikes. Kim is going nuts, even shaking his head for Bahadurzada to hit him. Kim hits more double hammerfists and Bahadurzada almost slips out the back door as the fight ends.
Score: 10-9 Kim and 30-27 Kim
Official Result: Dong Hyun Kim by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Front kick from Bahadurzada misses. Bahadurzada keeps poppin out that jab and leads in with a big overhand right. High kick from Kim is countered by a big right hand. Takedown is stuffed by Bahadurzada and he lands a counter. Kim with another takedown into side control. Knees to the body from Bahadurzada, who rolls onto his stomach and accidentally gives up his back to Kim. Kim ends up in mount again, hitting short strikes and some big elbows. Bahadurzada almost gives up a head and arm triangle and Kim slides further forward, striking with double hammerfists. Kim is high on Bahadurzada’s chest and is landing strikes as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Kim, 20-18 Kim
Bahadurzada testing the jab early. Kim flicks out a kick and misses. Kim comes in and clinches with Bahadurzada, but he stuffs the takedown. Left high kick is checked by Bahadurzada. Wild right from Bahadurzada misses wildly and Kim counters with a high kick that misses over the top. Left hand from Kim leads to him getting a single leg takedown. Kim gets mount and is pulled in tight by Bahadurzada. Short punches to the head from Kim. As Kim lands several short elbows, Bahadurzada tries to pop free to no avail. Big elbow from Kim. Kim gets the back of Bahadurzada as he stands and the round ends as the two collapse to the mat.
Score: 10-9 Kim
Riki Fukuda vs Brad Tavares
Tavares continues to attack in the third. His jab has been finding a home. Riki Fukuda has heart as he is obviously hurt and he’s still attacking with his left, damaged, hand. Inside leg kick from Fukuda. Tavares to the head, but Fukuda hits a leg kick to the body. Tavares hits a kick as Fukuda comes forward. Halfway through the round, Tavares misses a big right uppercut and Fukuda tries to clinch, missing a left hand in the process. Dirty boxing from Tavares, landing some short uppercuts. Right hand from Fukuda. Jab from Tavares as Fukuda steps in. Nice right hands from Tavares who throws a big right high kick that is blocked. Three right hands from Tavares. Right high kick is checked by Fukuda. Right hand is followed by a jab from Tavares. The fight ends with a missed strike.
Score: 10-9 Tavares and 30-27 Brad Tavares
Official Result: Brad Tavares by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Inside leg kick lands HARD from Tavares. Fukuda clinches up and gets Tavares against the cage. Back in the center of the cage, Tavares is finding a home for his right hand-right kick combination. Outside leg kick from Tavares. Big jabs from Brad Tavares and Fukuda is a swollen mess. Brad Tavares comes forward with a pair of hooks and follows it with a body kick that just misses. Right uppercut lands in the clinch for Tavares. Spinning backfist glances off the chin of Riki Fukuda. Tavares is coming on very strong in this round. Left high kick from Fukuda is blocked. Fukuda, the commentators are saying, hasn’t thrown a left hand this round. He was seen shaking it off between rounds. Jab-straight combination from Tavares. He seems to be landing it at will. Fukuda lands a big shot with his weaker hand. Another big left hand from Fukuda and the round ends after a front kick to the face of Fukuda.
Score: 10-9 Tavares
Big shot catches Tavares as he throws another kick and Fukuda ends up on top on the mat. Tavares is able to explode to his feet and push Fukuda away. Body kick by Tavares is caught and ends up on his back. Good triangle attempt by Tavares, but Fukuda gets his arm free and Tavares pushes back to his feet. Inside leg kick from Fukuda. Good combination from Tavares as he comes forward. Jab from Tavares finds a home after he eats a leg kick. Two leg kicks then a body kick thrown out there from Riki Fukuda. Right hand over the top lands on the ear of Brad Tavares. Outside leg kick from Brad Tavares. High kick from Tavares is blocked. Right hand from Tavares lands. Another right high kick from Tavares lands. Fukuda catches another body kick and has his leg swept out from under him. Tavares recovers quickly and ends up on his feet. Round one ends.
Score: 10-9 Tavares
Takeya Mizugaki vs Bryan Caraway
Big right lands for each fighter. Caraway comes forward and gets a left before backing out. Left to the body from Mizugaki and a right hand drops Caraway. Mizugaki gets on top, but Caraway recovers and is back on his feet. Big right lands again for Mizugaki. Caraway shoots for a takedown and it’s stuff. Mizugaki lands a big left hook on the way out. Mizugaki again with a leaping left hook. Half the round has gone by and Caraway goes for a takedown. Stuffed. Big left hook from Mizugaki keeps landing. Caraway is working for a takedown and almost gets him to the mat. In the clinch against the fence, Mizugaki lands some knees to the body. Caraway is content to dirty box. Takedown attempt by Caraway and he lands a big hook on the way out to the center of the cage. Left and rights are flashed away with no one really doing much damage as the fight draws to a close.
Score: 10-9 Mizugaki and 29-28 Mizugaki
Official Result: Takeya Mizugaki by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Left-right lands for Mizugaki. Caraway eats an outside leg kick and is pressing forward. Big body shot from Mizugaki. Caraway goes for a double leg takedown, but switches to a single leg against the fence. Mizugaki grabs the fence so that he doesn’t go to the mat. He grabs it again and Caraway’s corner yells for the point deduction. The fighters end up back in the center of the cage and Caraway eats a big liver shot. Big right hand from Caraway puts Mizugaki down. Caraway grabs a guillotine in mount, but Mizugaki gets free. Caraway grabs the neck from behind. Mizugaki is able to roll, however, Caraway stays with him and ends up in half guard. Good second round ends with Mizugaki on his back.
Score: 10-9 Caraway
Left hand connects for Mizugaki. Caraway eats an inside leg kick early on. Left hand and right uppercut land for Caraway. Caraway ducks down for a takedown and gets Mizugaki against the fence. Caraway goes for a single leg, but Mizugaki lands a nice right hand. Caraway down momentarily, but back to his feet. Left hook to the body from Mizugaki. Left connects for Caraway and he gets a takedown. He can’t keep Mizugaki on his back, however, and they’re back to their feet. Good sequence from each fighter. Caraway eats another right hook. Left uppercut and big right from Mizugaki. Caraway can’t get a takedown. Caraway finally drives through and gets Mizugaki to the fence. Caraway takes his back and is working for the choke as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Mizugaki
Cristiano Marcello vs Kazuki Tokudome
Right hand from Marcello lands, but Tokudome counters and drops Marcello with a short left hook. Marcello eats a ton of long punches while on his back. In Marcello’s closed guard, Cristiano Marcello controls the wrist of Kazuki Tokudome. Tokudome tries to get to his feet and he eats an upkick. Marcello uses this opening to spin free and back to his feet. Left-right-left from Marcello, but Tokudome walks through the combo. Big right hand from Marcello just misses "the button". Flying knee to the body by Tokudome, but Marcello grabs the knee. Marcello tries to get the back, but Tokudome is able to spin around into clinch. Side takedown by Tokudome. Posturing up in guard, Tokudome lands from long punches. Marcello reaches for another leg lock, but Tokudome stands up out of the move. Big upkicks threaten the chin of Tokudome, but the round ends without a KO.
Official Result: Kazuki Tokudome by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marcello paws the jab out there, testing the distance before charging in with a takedown attempt. Tokudome grabs him around the waist and tosses him to his back. Tokudome now in full guard and Marcello is working to get off his back as he eats long left hands. Scissor sweep attempted by Marcello, but Tokudome is able to steer clear. The referee stands both fighters up again. Marcello charges across the ring with a wild, swinging combination and is able to get a takedown. Tokudome is able to get back to his feet. Front kick from Marcello lands. Marcello lands a right hand and after a big feint, lands another big right. Tokudome lands two good combinations and then a knee to the body as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Tokudome
High kick blocked by Tokudome. An exchange of leg kicks from each fighter. Marcello lands a right that puts Tokudome against the fence. Tokudome recovers in time to deliver two of his own. Grabbed into the clinch by Marcello, Tokudome eats a few knees to the body. Marcello is slugging it out with Tokudome and has a welt under his eye to show for it. Big miss on a kick from Marcello, who ends up on his back, bleeding from the nose. Tokudome lands some very good ground and pound. Tokudome tries to stand up and eats an upkick, falling into half guard. Marcello works for a leg lock, but Tokudome rolls free. Tokudome is hit with an illegal upkick as the round ends. No warning from the ref.
Score: 10-9 Tokudome
Alex Caceres vs Kyung Ho Kang
Right hand over the top connects from Kang. One-two from Caceres. Body kick from Caceres is caught and Kang kicks his leg out from under him. Caceres gets aggressive and switches the position. He misses out on a guillotine attempt, but Kang pops his head out. Short elbows from Caceres and a knee to the body as Kang rises. It appears that Kang eats a knee to the head while grounded, but no matter, he drives through into Caceres’ guard. Caceres tries to push off, but Kang is right back on him. Caceres escapes and goes for a triangle attempt. He uses it to reverse the position and is hammering down with blows. Caceres is on top in mount and tries for a triangle, but Kang gets free. Big upkick from Kang. Caceres continues to look for a finish but Kang is hanging in. The round ends with Caceres on top of the turtled Kang, but no finish. 10-9 Caceres and 29-28 Kang
Official Result: Alex Caceres by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Side kick from Caceres misses. Kang shoots forward and gets the takedown on his opponent. He has side control briefly, but is doing some limited damage in half guard. Caceres uses a slick butterfly guard to get up to his feet, but Kang is on the attack. Kang and Caceres miss hooks and Kang commits to takedown that Caceres avoids. Back to his feet, Kang goes for a toss, but Caceres lands on top. He rolls through and tries for Kang’s back, but he transitions into Caceres’ guard. Kang takes Caceres’ back and has the choke up under the chin. Caceres gets free and is in top position on his feet. Big axe kick to the body from Caceres but Kang is able to get free. Big takedown into guard from Kang and we end the round with Kang in top position.
Score: 10-9 Kang
Superman punch from Caceres misses and Kang clinches him into a body lock. Kang finishes the takedown and is into guard. Kang stands and rains long punches on Caceres and controls him as he gets into side control. The smiling Caceres gets back to his feet. He misses another big punch and he is dumped to his back by Kang. Caceres looks for a kneebar, but Kang is free and working from half guard. Cacares gets up to his feet, but Kang takes his back as he ducks two punches. Caceres reverses the position and gets a few punches before Kang stands up and trips Caceres down to the mat. Sweep from Caceres but he lets Kang go after an omoplata attempt. Back on their feet, Kang and Caceres begin striking in earnest. Right hand misses from Kang. Double kick from Caceres. Big right from Kang that backs up Caceres as the round ends.
Score: 10-9 Kang
Marcelo Guimaraes vs Hyun Gyu Lim
Leg kicks and jabs from Lim early on as he re-establishes the distance. Side kick from Guimaraes pushes Lim across the cage. Big takedown is stuffed by Lim. Another takedown is stuffed and Guimaraes eats a knee for his effort. Guimaraes gives two punches to Lim as he backs away. Good four strike combo from Lim, who fits a body shot in there to soften him up. Guimaraes ducks a hook and dumps Lim to his back. Guimaraes is quickly into half guard. Lim gets back to his feet, but Guimaraes still has leg. Lim swings free and the blood is beginning to run onto the lip of Lim. Guimaraes is swinging for the fences, but Lim has no respect for his power and walks through everything he puts out there. Guimaraes ducks down and Lim throws a knee to the chin of Guimaraes and he is out cold.
Official Result: Hyun Gyu Lim by KO (R2, knee, 4:00)
Leg kicks from each fighter to start. Takedown from Guimaraes is avoided by Lim. Gyu Lim with a counter right as Guimaraes comes in for another takedown. Lim thwarts a takedown attempt and pops off two hooks. Big right uppercut coming forward from Guimaraes. Jumping front kick from Guimaraes misses. Two jabs from Gyu Lim and and another takedown is avoided. Big overhand right from Guimaraes, but Gyu Lim lands a knee to the face as he comes in for a takedown. Lim continues to back into the center of the Octagon and is working the jab. Kicks from Lim, as he lands one to the body. On a flying knee attempt from Lim, Guimaraes gets a big takedown into butterfly guard to end round one.