Joe Lauzon took on Jeremy Stephens in the night’s main event.
Cain Velasquez fought to keep his winning streak in the UFC alive against Denis Stojnic.
Mac Danzig faced off against John Neer in a lightweight match-up.
Anthony Johnson squared off against Luigi Fioravanti.
Results after the jump.
- Joe Lauzon defeats Jeremy Stephens via Submission (Armbar) in Round Two
- Josh Neer defeats Mac Danzig via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Two
- Cain Velasquez defeats Denis Stojnic via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Anthony Johnson defeats Luigi Fioravanti via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Kurt Pellegrino defeats Rob Emerson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Dan Miller defeats Jake Rosholt via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Matt Veach defeats Matt Grice via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Gleison Tibau defeats Rich Clementi via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Nick Catone defeats Derek Downey via Submission (Keylock) in Round Two
- Matt Riddle defeats Steve Bruno via Unanimous Decision
The seventeenth installment of the UFC Fight Night series started off with another impressive victory by Anthony Johnson over Luigi Fioravanti. The fight started out slow with both fighters feeling each other out. Short exchanges ensued with both fighters coming very close to landing a huge fighting ending blow. Johnson’s reach and superior stand up was the difference though as he caught Fioravanti at the end of the round. Johnson pounced finishing the fight with seconds to go. Johnson’s on a roll now. I’m not sure he’s title contender material just yet in the UFC’s deep welterweight division, but he’s definitely someone to watch in ’09.
Mac Danzig and Josh Neer may have just given us the best round of the year so far in the opening five minutes of their fight. They went back and forth on the feet with both fighters landing damaging shots. Deep in the second, Danzig was working inside Neer’s guard when Neer slapped on a fight ending triangle choke. That’s two losses in a row for Danzig in the Octagon. Gotta wonder where he goes from here.
Denis Stojnic looked like he might have a chance early against Cain Velasquez with the bombs he was throwing, but it quickly became apparent that Velasquez was the much better fighter. Cain dominated Stojnic on the feet literally just teeing off on him every chance he got. Denis was tough though, but I guess you’d have to be if your sparring with the Golden Glory guys all the time. Nevertheless, it wasn’t enough as Cain finished him in the second with strikes. I think it’s about time we see Velasquez take a step up in competition. Heath Herring comes to mind.
Jeremy Stephens best chance of beating Joe Lauzon was landing a devastating shot either on the feet or the ground. Lauzon wanted no part of that smothering Stephens early, and put him on the ground. Lauzon’s superior jiu jitsu was apparent immediately, however Stephens was able to hang on fending off submissions, and even turned the tide on Joe late in the first delivering some vicious ground-and-pound. It was more of the same in the second until Lauzon beautifully transitioned into an armbar from full mount ending the fight. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Lauzon take on Nate Diaz next.
Knockout of the Night: Cain Velasquez
Submission of the Night: Joe Lauzon
Fight of the Night: Josh Neer & Mac Danzig ($30k each)
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Live gate: $428,000
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