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