UFC Fight Night 22 took place earlier this evening at Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin, Texas.
In the main event, Nate Marquardt took on Rousimar Palhares in a middleweight match-up.
Efrain Escudero and Charles Oliveira met in a lightweight bout.
Jim Miller faced Gleison Tibau in a lightweight match-up.
Ross Pearson took on Cole Miller in a lightweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Nate Marquardt defeats Rousimar Palhares via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Charles Oliveira defeats Efrain Escudero via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Jim Miller defeats Gleison Tibau via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Cole Miller defeats Ross Pearson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Yves Edwards defeats John Gunderson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Kyle Kingsbury defeats Jared Hamman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rich Attonito defeats Rafael Natal via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Dave Branch defeats Tomasz Drwal via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Brian Foster defeats Forrest Petz via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Anthony Waldburger defeats David Mitchell via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cole Miller vs. Ross Pearson: Good scrap between Cole Miller and Ross Pearson to kick off the Spike broadcast. It was pretty even through the first as both scored during various striking exchanges. Notably, Miller struggled to take Pearson down and hold him there. It seemed that would work into Pearson’s favor as the fight wore on, but Miller had other plans. Halfway through the second, Miller stunned Pearson with a straight right, then rocked him with a huge left. Miller immediately jumped on Pearson’s back as he fell to the mat and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win. In the post-fight interview, Miller joined Dan Hardy, Paul Daley and Shinya Aoki in saying that fighters need to stop point fighting and start fighting for the finish.
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau: Another good scrap in the second bout of the evening. Jim Miller and Gleison Tibau fought a close three-round battle. While Tibau held his own for the most part, it was Miller who controlled the action on the feet and landed the most significant shots. Tibau on the other hand scored several takedowns making it one of those fights that had you questioning which way the judges were going to lean. As it turned out though, they placed more value on Miller’s strikes and awarded him the unanimous decision.
Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira: Charles Oliveira put himself on the map tonight against Efrain Escudero. There’s been a lot a talk lately about boring fighters with boring styles. That is not how you would describe Charles Oliveira. He brings an intense, dynamic style that’s not only a lot of fun to watch, but also very effective. He peppered Escudero with kicks throughout the fight and managed to stay a short step ahead of the former TUF champ. More impressively though was how he finished Escudero. After exchanging low blows in the third round, Oliveira managed to take Escudero’s back off a scramble and sink in a really slick standing rear-naked choke for the victory.
Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares: Oh boy, more controversy… After a slow feeling out period in the opening minutes of the fight, Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares found themselves in a grappling match. After several position changes, Palhares snatched up Marquardt’s right leg and put it in one of his vicious leg locks. Nate was able to slide right out of it though. Completely throwing the golden rule of MMA — “protect yourself at all times” — right out the window, Palhares looked at the ref and pointed to Marquardt’s leg which Joe Rogan interpreted as Palhares accusing Marquardt of greasing his legs. Well, in that split second that Palhares took his eyes off the ball, Marquardt took advantage and dropped a bomb on Palhares face and finished him off with hammer strikes. The good news is we shouldn’t have a second coming of GreaseGate though. It was confirmed in the post-fight interview that the commission checked Marquardt’s leg for any greasing agent and none was found. Marquardt told Joe Rogan all he did was work up a good sweat so he would be slippery when the fight started.
Submission of the Night: Cole Miller & Charles Oliveira
Knockout of the Night: Brian Foster
Fight of the Night: Kyle Kingsbury & Jared Hamman
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $595,900
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie