UFC on Versus 4 took place earlier this evening at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event aired live on Versus at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The Versus broadcast was preceded by a prelim special on Facebook.
Heavyweight strikers Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo met in the main event.
Matt Mitrione looked for another victory against Christian Morecraft.
Matt Brown and John Howard met in a welterweight bout.
Charlie Brenneman stepped in for Nate Marquardt on 24 hours notice to face Rick Story.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Cheick Kongo def. Pat Barry via KO (Punch) at 2:39 in Round 1
- Charlie Brenneman def. Rick Story via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Brown def. John Howard via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Mitrione def. Christian Morecraft via KO (Punches) at 4:28 in Round 2
- Tyson Griffin def. Manny Gamburyan via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
- Javier Vazquez def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Joe Lauzon def. Curt Warburton via Submission (Kimura) at 1:58 in Round 1
- Rich Attonito def. Daniel Roberts via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:48 in Round 2
- Ricardo Lamas def. Matt Grice via TKO (Strikes) at 4:41 in Round 1
- Michael Johnson def. Edward Faaloloto via TKO (Strikes) at 4:42 in Round 1
Recap & Thoughts
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft: The Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Mitrione has grown into a pretty sharp striker – or, at least, sharper than Morecraft, who throws his hands so wildly he could be disco dancing. Employing smooth, crisp boxing to repeatedly deliver head trauma, “Meathead” began to edge ahead early in the first, and kept up his lead by dropping Morecraft later in the round. The second frame saw the coup de grace in the form of a one-two-one combination, and as Morecraft sank to the canvas in La-La Land, Mitrione turned and walked away knowing he’d scored a knockout. The official time of the ending was 4:28 of Round Two.
Matt Brown vs. John Howard: Something happened to Howard recently that made him lose confidence in his ability to stand and trade. Was it his loss to Thiago Alves? Was it too much wrestling training in an attempt to deal with all the grappling aces in the UFC? Was it a gypsy curse? Well, whatever it was, it made him forgo his particular Muay Thai strengths (i.e., his powerful outside leg-kicks) to instead go for semi-successful takedowns – and play into Brown’s Muay Thai strength of clinch-work. This inexplicable mode of attack went on for three rounds, and though Howard managed to flex his ground muscle in the third, it paled in comparison to the battering Brown delivered in the first two frames. Consequently, Brown took the unanimous decision.
Charlie Brenneman vs. Rick Story: We don’t yet know why Nate Marquardt failed to get athletic commission approval to compete at UFC on Versus 4, but what we do know is this: Brenneman, his last-minute replacement, stepped into the cage against a heavily-favored Story, and for two out of three rounds, Brenneman kicked Story’s ass. Out-wrestling the wrestler and transitioning into dominant positions masterfully, “The Spaniard” put his foe on his back in the first round, and continued with that feat until almost the final bell. Story fought back hard, of course, threatening Brenneman with a series of triangles in the third frame and stealing the round. But when all was said and done, the judges’ tallies gave Brenneman the unanimous decision nod in one heck of an upset.
Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo: The cool thing about heavyweight strikers? They can kill each other in a split-second, even when they’re dying. In the opening seconds of their bout, Kongo began blasting Barry’s legs with kicks, then ate the kind of punch that nightmares are made of. Tumbling around stunned and on autopilot, Kongo struggled to survive while Barry went in for the kill – Kongo’s marginally intelligent survival efforts barely keeping referee Dan Miragliotta at bay. And then… and then came the most amazing comeback in the form of a Hail Mary right hook, which clipped Barry’s head and opened the door for Kongo to land an uppercut square on his opponent’s chin. Barry was out-freaking-cold, and the follow-up punches by the Frenchman were just the icing on the cake. The official time of the KO was 2:39 of Round 1, and… wow. Just wow.
Submission of the Night: Joe Lauzon
Knockout of the Night: Cheick Kongo
Fight of the Night: Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz