UFC Fight Night 25 takes place later tonight at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event airs live on Spike TV at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The Spike broadcast will be preceded by a prelim special on Facebook at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT.
In the main event, Jake Shields looks to back bounce from his loss to Georges St. Pierre in a tough fight against Jake Ellenberger.
Court McGee takes on Dongi Yang in a middleweight match-up.
Jonathan Brookins returns to action against Erik Koch.
Alan Belcher returns from a career-threatening eye injury to take on Jason MacDonald.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Jake Ellenberger def. Jake Shields via TKO (Punches) at :53 in Round 1
- Court McGee def. Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-28)
- Erik Koch def. Jonathan Brookins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Alan Belcher def. Jason MacDonald via Verbal Submission at 3:48 in Round 1
- Vagner Rocha def. Cody McKenzie via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:49 in Round 2
- Evan Dunham def. Shamar Bailey via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Lance Benoist def. Matt Riddle via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ken Stone def. Donny Walker via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:47 in Round 1
- Seth Baczynski def. Clay Harvison via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:12 in Round 2
- T.J. Waldburger def. Mike Stumpf via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:52 in Round 1
- Robert Peralta def. Mike Lullo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Justin Edwards def. Jorge Lopez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald: When two battered men mix it up, you have to wonder how much their worn-down bodies will factor into their performances. In the case of Belcher versus MacDonald, it was MacDonald who seemed to lack the same zest for combat he’d wielded before. After some brief tangling against the cage, the Canadian pulled the American down on top of him, no doubt in an effort to bring him into his world and hunt for submissions. But Belcher was a step ahead of him, and wasted no time dropping fists and elbows galore. MacDonald fought back with one Kimura attempt, yet that offense paled in comparison to what Belcher was laying down, and after a few more hard doses of knuckle love, MacDonald verbally submitted at 3:48 of the first round.
Jonathan Brookins vs. Erik Koch: When I was a kid I once pushed a hard-boiled egg through the mesh of a screen door. You know, just to see what it would do. Brookins apparently wanted to emulate that experiment, with Koch playing the role of the egg and the Octagon fence as the screen door. For three rounds the TUF winner did his best to avoid Koch’s far superior striking by pressing him against the cage, succeeding with the takedown really only once, yet nearly successful in fusing his DNA with his foe’s. Meanwhile, when they were apart Koch landed frequently and almost at will – not with anything major, mind you, but with enough regularity to rack up the points. When time ran out Koch took the unanimous decision, which was the right decision on the part of the judges. I mean, I got my ass beat for the hard-boiled egg thing; why should Brookins be rewarded?
Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang: The South Korean Yang’s nickname is the “Ox”, and as an aficionado of oxen fighting, I can tell you the bovines are not known for their capacity for excitement. And so it was when Yang and TUF winner McGee squared off, we were treated to two men picking away at each other with kicks and punches in maddeningly small increments for two and a half rounds. Thankfully, at one point in the third Yang landed a fist that sent the American stumbling, and after an attempted flying knee the South Korean was soon eating punches, bloody, working to escape from the bottom and defending a mounted guillotine. Still, half a round does not a great fight make, but it was for the judges, there was enough there to make a determination, and that was that McGee had taken the unanimous decision.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jake Shields: You knew, going into this particular bout, Jake was going to win. The only mystery was if it would be Shields or Ellenberger. Well, the answer was Ellenberger, whose ability to wrestle and deliver hard strikes made all the difference. The former Strikeforce champ came out searching for the takedown repeatedly, and he was shrugged off each time. That is, until the last time, when Ellenberger kneed him in the dome to stun him, then followed him to the ground to deliver a stream of bout-ending punches. Shields was so out of it, when referee Kevin Mulhall jumped in Shields tried to take him down. The official time of the TKO was :53 of Round 1, with Ellenberger notching the best win of his career.
Submission of the Night: T.J. Waldburger
Knockout of the Night: Jake Ellenberger
Fight of the Night: Lance Benoist vs. Matt Riddle