UFC on Versus 3 took place earlier this evening at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
In the main event, Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann faced off in a welterweight bout.
Mark Munoz met CB Dollaway in a middleweight match-up.
Chris Weidman made his UFC debut against Alessio Sakara.
Brian Bowles and Damacio Page met in a bantamweight rematch.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
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- Diego Sanchez defeats Martin Kampmann via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mark Munoz defeats C.B. Dollaway via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Chris Weidman defeats Alessio Sakara via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Brian Bowles defeats Damacio Page via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Danny Castillo defeats Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Cyrille Diabate defeats Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
- Shane Roller defeats Thiago Tavares via Knockout in Round Two
- Takeya Mizugaki defeats Reuben Duran via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
- Dongi Yang defeats Rob Kimmons via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Rousimar Palhares defeats Dave Branch via Submission (Kneebar) in Round Two
- Igor Pokrajac defeats Todd Brown via TKO (Knee) end of Round One
Recap & Thoughts
Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo: Joe Stevenson’s tenure in the UFC might be coming to a close. He dropped his third straight loss in the UFC to former WEC lightweight Danny Castillo. It was a close fight through the first two rounds. Stevenson had a few guillotine choke attempts and a couple slams, but Castillo was able to neutralize most of Stevenson’s attacks and inflict some damage of his own (although one blow was an unintentional illegal knee to the head). Some had it even entering the third, but there was no question by the end of the fight who had won. Castillo controlled all the action in the final frame and bloodied Stevenson up before the final horn blew. The judges got it right awarding Castillo the unanimous decision.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Steve Cantwell: Cyrille Diabate used his height and reach to pick Steve Cantwell apart on the feet for three straight rounds. Diabate faded in the third and couldn’t finish but picked up the win via lopsided unanimous decision nonetheless.
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page: Brian Bowles looked to make a statement in his UFC debut tonight and that’s exactly what he did. Damacio Page came out the gate looking for the kill. Bowles weathered the storm though, then caught him with a big shot halfway through the first and put him on his back. Bowles worked his ground and pound for a moment, but then snatched up the guillotine choke as Page tried to scramble. Seconds later Page was asleep and the fight was over. Impressive debut for Bowles.
Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Weidman: Alessio Sakara needed to keep the fight on the feet against wrestling specialist Chris Weidman, but it didn’t happen. To his credit, Sakara did stuff all of Weidman’s takedown attempts in the first round, but couldn’t stay upright in rounds two and three. Weidman worked his ground and pound and opened a nasty gash on Sakara’s forehead. Sakara put up a fight, landing several liver and body shots in between takedowns, but it wasn’t enough. Weidman get the unanimous decision in his UFC debut.
Mark Munoz vs. C.B. Dollaway: Mark Munoz made quick work of CB Dollaway. Munoz nailed Dollaway with a right hand to the chin that stunned CB and knocked him down. Munoz followed him down and drilled him with two unanswered hammerfists. Dollaway argued that the stoppage was premature, but he looked out of it, if only for a second, when Munoz dropped the bombs. No problems here with Mario Yamasaki calling it.
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann: You can always count on Diego Sanchez to put on a show and he didn’t disappoint tonight against Martin Kampmann. Diego finished strong, but he didn’t get off to a good start. Kampmann stuffed his takedowns and busted him up in the first round. The second was much closer, but Diego forced Kampmann into two wild exchanges that cut up Kampmann’s right eye. The round could have went either way, but I scored it for Diego on damage. The war continued into the third round. Diego’s best moments came when he turned it into a firefight. Diego ate a ton of shots in that round and his face looked like he got beat up by a street gang in a back alley, but he kept coming after Kampmann and landed plenty of his own. It was a close fight, one that Kampmann thought he won, but in the end, all three judges agreed that Diego did enough in rounds two and three to earn the victory. It’s worth noting however that Martin Kampmann outstruck Diego Sanchez in total strikes (97 – 45) and power strikes (50 – 39) in power strikes and stuffed 14 of 15 takedowns, so there is a case there that Kampmann should have won. Either way, great fight.
Submission of the Night: Brian Bowles ($40,000)
Knockout of the Night: Shane Roller ($40,000)
Fight of the Night: Diego Sanchez & Martin Kampmann ($160,000 each)
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: 8,319