UFC 119 took place earlier this evening at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the main event, Mirko “Cro Cop” stepped in for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to take on Frank Mir.
In the co-main event, Ryan Bader hoped to take another step up the light heavyweight ladder with a win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Chris Lytle looked for a win over Matt Serra in front of his hometown.
Sean Sherk faced Evan Dunham in a lightweight match-up.
Melvin Guillard took on Jeremy Stephens in a lightweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Frank Mir defeats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via Knockout (Knee) in Round Three
- Ryan Bader defeats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Chris Lytle defeats Matt Serra via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham via Split Decision (29-29, 28-29, 29-28)
- Melvin Guillard defeats Jeremy Stephens via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- C.B. Dollaway defeats Joe Doerksen via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Matt Mitrione defeats Joey Beltran via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Thiago Tavares defeats Pat Audinwood via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Waylon Lowe defeats Steve Lopez via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- T.J. Grant defeats Julio Paulino via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Sean McCorkle defeats Mark Hunt via Submission (Kimura) in Round One
Recap & Thoughts
Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran: Matt Mitrione and Joey Beltran kicked off the Spike prelims broadcast with fireworks. The two fighters went toe-to-toe throwing heavy leather for much of the fight. Both fighters landed big shots, but it was pretty clear that Mitrione was getting the better of Beltran as the fight wore on. The judges agreed and awarded Mitrione the unanimous decision. Great fight and continued improvement from the now 3-0 Matt Mitrione.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen: CB Dollaway picked up a very impressive submission victory against Joe Doerksen. During an early scramble CB snatched up an arm in guillotine choke but realized rather quickly he wasn’t in position to finish it. Rather than gas himself going for the finish, he held Doerksen in the position and patiently waited for an opening. When Doerksen finally made his move, Dollaway was ready and kept his arm wrapped around Doerksen’s neck while they rolled like a couple of alligators. Once they finally stopped, Doerksen tapped making it three wins in a row for CB Dollaway. It will take something special to steal the sub bonus away from him tonight.
Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle: It might be one and done for Mark Hunt in the UFC. An early takedown attempt by Sean McCorkle failed but landed Mark Hunt in his guard. It turned out that position was just fine for McCorkle as he slapped on a kimura and twisted Hunt’s arm to a nasty angle forcing the ref to step in before his elbow snapped in the wrong direction. Mark Hunt never took the time to learn the ground game in the past and it continues to cost him fights. It will be interesting to see if the UFC keeps him around. If not and Hunt is still committed to training seriously, he would make a fun addition to the Strikeforce heavyweight roster.
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens: Guillard vs. Stephens didn’t turn out to be the barnburner it looked like on paper. Melvin Guillard stayed slightly of out of Jeremy Stephens’ range and employed a stick and move strategy for most of the fight. It wasn’t exciting, but it was effective. Stephens landed the two biggest blows of the fight, but found himself swinging at air more often than not as Guillard jumped back out of range. In the end, two of the three judges thought Guillard was the more effective striker and awarded him the decision.
Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham: What a fight between Sean Sherk and Evan Dunham. These two went to war for three straight rounds in what turned out to be a close fight with a controversial split decision. Perhaps sensing his opponent had a distinct reach advantage on him, Sean Sherk went back to his wrestling roots early in the fight and made it a point to put Dunham on his back. It worked but Sherk got himself caught in several guillotine choke attempts that nearly ended his night. Sherk survived though, and went on to open a nasty cut above Dunham’s right eye. While Sherk certainly got the best of Dunahm early, the tide turned about halfway through the second. Dunham started to stuff Sherk’s takedown attempts and proceeded to pick his opponent apart on the feet. Sherk, at clear disadvantage with his super short arms, ate shot after shot for the rest of the fight. He hung on tough and made it exciting but it was clear the crowd felt Dunham secured the victory late. The judges however thought differently and awarded Sherk the close split decision. Regardless of who should have won, it’s going to be tough to top that one for fight of the night.
For those wondering:
Kelvin Caldwell: 29-28 Dunham
Cecil Peoples: 29-28 Sherk
Glenn Trowbridge: 29-28 Sherk
Me: 29-28 Dunham
Matt Serra vs. Chris Lytle: Matt Serra and Chris Lytle were only interested in one thing tonight and that was throwing leather. For three straight rounds, Serra and Lytle stood toe-to-toe and boxed. Serra landed a bunch of body shots, but his face by the end of the second round told the story of this fight. Lytle tagged him over and over and over. To Serra’s credit, he has a heck of a chin and took a ton of punishment, but that only keeps you in fights, it doesn’t win them.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader: Ryan Bader picked up the biggest win of his career against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the co-main event. It was pretty close on the feet as both fighters got their licks in, but the difference seemed to be Bader wrestling and takedowns in the first and the third. He didn’t get every one and not all were terribly effective or damaging, but Bader did manage to score the biggest blows of the fight in the first when he dropped some serious bombs on Lil’ Nog from the top. Bader earns the unanimous decision and possibly moves on to face rising star Jon Jones.
Frank Mir vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: I don’t even know what to say about this fight. For the first 14 minutes nothing happened. Both threw punches, Mir went for takedowns, but all it did was result in the two fighters tied up against the fence. As the fight wore down to the final minute, it looked like we were going to a decision with no clear winner, but not so. During a late exchange, Mir drills Mirko with an off balance knee out of absolute nowhere knocking him out cold. Cro Cop never saw it coming. It was a nice finish for Mir but it didn’t erase the 14 painful minutes before it. Definitely not the best showing for either fighter.
Submission of the Night: CB Dollaway
Knockout of the Night: None awarded
Fight of the Night: Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham & Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $1,613,337
Gate info via Mike Chiappetta