UFC 138 took place earlier today at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The event will air via tape-delay on Spike TV at 8pm ET/PT. The prelims were shown live on Facebook at 1:50pm ET.
Spoiler Warning: We will be posting the results and recaps live as the fights happen overseas. If you’re planning on watching the Spike broadcast at 8pm, don’t come here starting at 4pm ET or you will be spoiled.
In the main event, Chris Leben and Mark Munoz met in a middleweight match-up.
Renan Barao took on Brad Pickett in a bantamweight bout.
Thiago Alves met Papy Abedi in a welterweight bout.
Cyrille Diabate took on Anthony Perosh in a light heavyweight match-up.
Terry Etim returned to action against Edward Faaloloto in a lightweight bout.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Mark Munoz defeats Chris Leben via TKO (Cut Stoppage) at end of Round 2
- Renan Barao defeats Brad Pickett via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:09 in Round 1
- Thiago Alves defeats Papy Abedi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:32 in Round 1
- Anthony Perosh defeats Cyrille Diabate via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:09 in Round 2
- Terry Etim defeats Edward Faaloloto via Submission (Guillotine) at 0:17 in Round 1
- John Maguire defeats Justin Edwards via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Philip De Fries defeats Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Michihiro Omigawa defeats Jason Young via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Che Mills defeats Chris Cope via TKO (Knee) at 0:40 in Round 1
- Chris Cariaso defeats Vaughan Lee via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto: Terry Etim blew up Dana White’s ring rust argument today. Coming off a couple jabs, Etim threw a spinning back kick in the opening seconds that forced Faaloloto to close the distance and go for a takedown. Etim immediately recognized what was coming though and caught Faaloloto in a nasty standing guillotine choke. Etim pulled guard to sink the choke in deeper and forced Faaloloto to tap when they hit the ground. The fight lasted all of 17 seconds. Not a bad way to return from a 19-month layoff.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh: It was a classic striker vs. grappler match-up and tonight the grappler won. Anthony Perosh took a little damage on the feet and his back in the first, but once he was able to secure his first takedown it was his fight from there on out. Diabate did a pretty good job fending off submission attempts for awhile but Perosh’s grappling skill level proved to be too advanced for Diabate to handle when Perosh eventually sank in the rear-naked choke for the win three minutes into the second round.
Papy Abedi vs. Thiago Alves: UFC newcomer Papy Abedi wasn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with one of the division’s most vicious strikers. That proved to be a mistake. Deep into the first round, Thiago Alves dropped Abedi with a right-left combo that nearly knocked him out. Dan Miragliotta was just about to stop it, but Abedi started showing signs of life on his back and desperately tried to hang long enough to recover. Alves was having none of it though and proceeded to give Abedi a helacious beating from full mount. Not liking the elbows Alves was dropping on his face, Abedi gave up his back and in turn gave Alves the opening to sink in a rear-naked choke for the win.
Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett: Renan Barao and Brad Pickett were not messing around. These two came out throwing serious leather from the opening bell and didn’t stop till the fight was called four minutes later. Both fighters landed nice shots, but Barao landed the most damaging when he drilled the side of Pickett’s face with a beautiful knee. Barao followed it up with some punches and jumped onto Pickett’s back like a cat as he tried to scramble out of danger. Pickett tried to fend off the rear-naked choke, but Barao managed to sink it in and get the tap with plenty of time left on the clock.
Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz: Mark Munoz learned first hand today just how tough Chris Leben is. Munoz hit Leben with huge shots on the feet and on the ground, but Leben just kept on coming like a zombie. Munoz couldn’t knock Leben out or finish him off, but he did manage to open up a nasty cut above Leben’s left eye with a big right hand bomb in the second. It didn’t take long for the blood to start flowing and impair Leben’s vision. It got so bad, the ref called time to have a doctor check it out, but Leben said he could see and the fight commenced. When the doctor checked it again in between the second and third however, Leben said he couldn’t see and the fight was called. As Leben explained to Joe Rogan after the fight, “it’s hard to fight when you’re choking on blood.”
The first five-round non-title fight didn’t go the distance or even reach the fourth round, but it was a war while it lasted. An excited Munoz even called out Anderson Silva after the fight… in the nicest possible way. After showering Silva with praise and compliments, Munoz said he respects Silva as his “friend” but he really wants a title shot and thinks he deserves it. Can’t wait to see how Silva reacts to it. That will probably piss him off more than anything Chael Sonnen has said, as wacky as that would be.
Submission of the Night: Terry Etim
Knockout of the Night: Che Mills
Fight of the Night: Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett