UFC on FOX 1 takes place later tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The special one hour event airs live on FOX at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The remainder of the card will stream live on Facebook and FoxSports.com at 4:45pm ET/1:45pm PT.
In the main event, Cain Velasquez put his UFC heavyweight title on the line against Junior dos Santos.
In the Facebook headliner, Ben Henderson and Clay Guida fight for a potential UFC lightweight title shot.
Pable Garza takes on Dustin Poirer in a featherweight match-up.
Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas meet in a featherweight bout.
Clay Harvinson and Damarques Johnson face off in a welterweight bout.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Junior Dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez via KO (Punches) at 1:04 in Round 1
- Ben Henderson def. Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dustin Poirier def. Pablo Garza via Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:32 in Round 2
- Ricardo Lamas def. Cub Swanson via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 2:16 in Round 2
- DaMarques Johnson def. Clay Harvison via TKO (Punches) at 1:34 in Round 1
- Darren Uyenoyama def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
- Robert Peralta def. Mackens Semerzier via TKO (Hammerfists) at 1:54 in Round 3
- Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Pierce def. Paul Bradley via Split Decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
- Aaron Rosa def. Matt Lucas via Majority Decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)
Recap & Thoughts
Matt Lucas vs. Aaron Rosa: Here’s a fun fact for you: when Kimbo Slice was supposed to face Ken Shamrock in EliteXC and Shamrock was suddenly sidelined by a cut, Rosa was one of the fighters on that undercard that was considered as a replacement. (Of course, we all know Seth Petruzelli ended up being the fill-in.) Anyway, usual heavyweight Rosa cut down to 205 pounds for his bout against Lucas, and the size and strength advantage enabled him to turn most of the All-American wrestler’s takedowns into extended hugging sessions against the fence. Lucas was docked a point in Round 2 for spitting out his mouthpiece too many times, and in the third Rosa began securing the Thai plum more and more and landing knees and short punches. The end result: a majority decision for Rosa.
Paul Bradley vs. Mike Pierce: The common denominator between Bradley and Pierce is wrestling – strong, aggressive wrestling – mixed with hard hooks thrown off the tie-up. As such, we got a decent first round that had both men chipping away at the other and going for it (as opposed to just clinching). However, things slowed down a bit in the second as the two began to lose steam, so it turned into a game of inches, with Bradley moving forward by virtue of his two semi-successful takedowns and Pierce moving forward from his output, kicks and volume of punches landed. When time expired, Pierce took the split decision.
Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo: TUF 12er Caceres, a.k.a. “Bruce Leroy”, ditched the afro and cut down to longtime fight veteran Escovedo’s bantamweight territory, and we were treated to his flashy, colorful striking style (in-air switch-kicks, spinning backfists, sidekicks, etc.) employed against someone willing to let himself get hit. Throughout the first, Caceres flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee, while Escovedo ate shot after shot and hit pretty much nothing with his counters. “The Apache Kid” changed tactics in the second and attempted to pull his foe into his guard, but Caceres wisely wanted none of that and deftly stepped out of trouble each time. However, when Escovedo did succeed in nailing the takedown (in Round 3), Caceres put him through the submission attempt ringer, going for a triangle, an armbar and an omoplata that Escovedo had to work to escape from. The decision was an easy one to render, as there was no question Caceres had taken all three rounds.
Robert Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier: What do you get when you put two rangy, scrappy featherweights together and make them fight? In the case of Semerzier and Peralta, you get something that’s pretty entertaining. Round 1 had the more experienced Semerzier dropping Peralta with a right hand, and unleashing punishment from above after dumping him once more onto the canvas. But Peralta blasted Semerzier with a right coming out of the gate in the second, and the ensuing constant stream of fists had Semerzier struggling for a takedown until the cobwebs cleared. With both men cautious and looking for an opening on the feet, Round 3 seemed to be playing out incrementally – that is, until an accidentally clash of heads sent Semerzier stunned to the ground. Peralta kept up with the hammerfists, and at 1:54 of the round referee “Big” John McCarthy stepped in.
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama: We may never see Kid Yamamoto reclaim his former glory, but we can still enjoy the explosive wrestler and striker toss around and punch an ace jiu-jitsu guy in Uyenoyama in crowd-pleasing fashion. Round 1 gave us a couple of throws – one of them a high-amplitude hip toss – before Uyenoyama took Kid’s back and nearly choked him out; Round 2 gave us a brutal left square in the chops before Uyenoyama again took Kid’s back. Nothing much happened in Round 3, save Uyenoyama jumping to guard and tying Kid up with some Rubber Guard techniques, and when time ran out the judges gave the unanimous decision to Uyenoyama.
Clay Harvison vs. DaMarques Johnson: Not everyone can win the Ultimate Fighter, but at least there’s a chance for Octagon glory afterwards. TUF 9 almost-was Johnson came out boxing against TUF 13 not-quiter Harvison, and it didn’t take long for him to find his range and Harvison’s chin with a left hook. When Harvison fell Johnson followed it up with a single punch, and the ref said “no mas” at 1:34 of the first round.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson: It was a WEC class reunion when Lamas and Swanson stepped into the cage, with the one-time featherweight contender Swanson starting off strong with a close guillotine attempt and some wild kicking and punching combinations that put Lamas on the defensive throughout the first round. But Lamas rallied back in the second, getting a takedown, raining down a few strikes, and once he passed Swanson’s guard, judiciously applying an arm-triangle choke at 2:16 into the round.
Pablo Garza vs. Dustin Poirier: Longer and lankier, Garza sported a reach advantage and a propensity for throwing kicks; Poirier, though shorter, had the edge in boxing, and the two were dangerous enough and savvy enough to threaten and nullify each other on the ground. So how did this fight between them go? Round 1 saw Garza try to make his presence felt by banging his opponent up with shins to the body, and Poirier fired back with enough leather to make Garza shell up and hope for the best. But when the Louisianan got on top in the second that was the beginning of the end, as he methodically snaked his arms around Garza’s armpit and neck, cinched on the D’Arce choke, and forced the tap out at 1:32 into the round.
Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson: We knew going in that Guida vs. Henderson was going to be a gigantic ball of frenetic fighting insanity, but man, did these guys deliver. They literally did just about everything there is to do in an MMA bout to each other, and they pace kept would’ve killed lesser men. In the first, the two came out and started swinging for the rafters, with Guida getting clipped and going down. Henderson tried to keep up the pressure, and seemed to be large and in charge for the rest of the round – until Guida rocked him and sent him down. Round 2 had Henderson switching things up with takedown attempts, Guida going for and failing what would’ve been a pretty keen guillotine, and Henderson taking his back to work for a choke of his own. Things did not slow down one bit in the third. This time around Guida was caught with Henderson back-mounted with one of his arms trapped in Henderson’s figure-foured legs, but, impossibly, he escaped. At another point the former WEC champ found himself on the bottom with Guida straining for a guillotine from the mount, and they scrambled, and they scrambled, and then Henderson was on top, delivering hammerfists until the bell. Henderson took the unanimous decision, and with the win gets a shot at champ Frankie Edgar.
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos: Eighteen years to the day since the UFC first aired on pay-per-view, and the UFC debuted on major network television. So of course it was only fitting that the lone bout showcased was the heavyweight championship, which pitted champ Velasquez against challenger Dos Santos in what was, on paper, a contest between two extremely heavy hitters. In a minute and four seconds, that “heavy hitting” motif proved to be the reality. In the opening fifty seconds or so, Velasquez tagged the Brazilian with low-kicks and seemed to be waiting for an opening. Then Dos Santos uncorked a monster right hand that landed right on Velasquez’s ear, and when the champ went down, the challenger pounced. Big John McCarthy jumped in at 1:04 of the first round, and the UFC suddenly had itself a new champion.
Submission of the Night: Ricardo Lamas
Knockout of the Night: Junior Dos Santos
Fight of the Night: Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson