In the main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua puts it on the line against Brandon Vera.
In the co-main event, Ryan Bader takes on Lyoto Machida.
Joe Lauzon steps up to face Jamie Varner.
Mike Swick makes his way back to The Octagon to duke it out with DaMarques Johnson .
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- M. Rua def. B. Vera via TKO (punches) at 4:09 of round 4
- L. Machida def. R. Bader via KO (punches) at 1:32 of round 2
- J. Lauzon def. J. Varner via Submission (triangle choke) at 2:24 of round 3
- M.Swick def. D. Johnson via KO (punches) at 1:20 of round 2.
- N. Pham def. C. Miller via Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)
- P. Davis VS W. Prado No Contest (accidental eye poke)
- R. Yahya def. J. Grispi via Submission (north-south choke) at 3:15 of round 1
- P. De Fries def. O. Thompson via Submission (face crank) at 4:16 of round 2
- M. Gamburyan def. M. Omigawa via Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson:
Swick came out strong and landed a good right just 15 seconds into the fight damaging Johnson. The two then clinch and tie up while exchanging some elbows. They go to the ground briefly, but Swick managed to land another solid shot causing Johnson to tie up and slow the fight’s pace. Johnson trips Swick and they fall; The pair swap failed submission attempts, but the round ends with Swick cut below his left eye. End round
Johnson starts the second as the aggressor, but Swick swiftly catches a kick, throws Johnson down, and puts him out cold with the first of three punches to Johnson’s chin.
Swick wins by KO at 1:20 of the second round
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner:
Varner stayed on the outside and landed several accurate shots to Joe’s body. Lauzon became visibly tired, and he began to take deep breaths. Lauzon then got rocked by a sharp left which sent him to the canvas. Joe did manage to fight back and even threw up an arm-bar, but Varner never really was in any danger. The round ends with Varner on top. End round
The two resume the same way the first round started. Varner throws leg kicks and lands most, but Lauzon started showing damage and Varner turned up the pace. While Varner was coming in, Lauzon managed to grab on and put Varner on his back. The two scrambled around, and ultimately, Varner was able to stand, but again Joe managed to drag Jamie down and proceeded to mount him. The round closes as Varner reverses and lands an elbow or two. End round
The third began with a hug as a sign of respect, and Lauzon neglected to put in his mouthpiece. After putting it back in, the men immediately engaged, and Varner scored a nice double leg take-down. Joe managed to sweep and get back to his feet, and the two follow-up with some strikes. Varner’s strikes were far more significant than Lauzon’s. Varner gets another take down, but Lauzon flipped it and managed to sink in a flawless triangle. Joe gets the choke and nabs a come back win.
Joe Lauzon wins by triangle choke at 2:44 of the third.
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader:
Machida started in a south-paw karate stance and managed to keep Bader away. Machida shut down the younger fighter’s striking game quite early and had an oddly unusual presence in The Octagon. Machida successfully out struck Bader nearly every time the two engaged. Bader did manage to tie-up with Machida, but he eventually let go, and the horn blew soon after. End round
The second round was basically the first’s twin brother. Bader was unable to deal with Machida’s awkward strikes. Machida knocked Bader to the floor with a crushing right hand and swiftly followed up with two more to finish the fight early in the second.
Machida wins with a KO at 1:32 of the second round.
Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera:
The first round started a bit normally. Feeler kicks and punches were thrown loosely by both parties. Shogun scored the first real points with a take-down, but he never really advanced with it. End round
Shogun came out hard and fast. He stunned Vera with a nasty hook and staggered Vera badly. Shogun conservatively attacked, but Vera seemed to recover rather quickly and even managed to land a few punches of his own on his advancing foe. Shogun put Vera on his back yet again, but this time Shogun was more able to mount an offensive ground game. Vera ate several elbows and punches while offering up little offense of his own, but he also managed to play good defense. Vera regained his feet and landed a take down to call his own and even got into half guard, but the horn stopped his advance on Rua. End round
Vera, clearly having gained confidence after his success towards the end of round two, came out swinging. He tagged Shogun severely enough to cause Shogun to tie up. Vera broke free of the clinch and landed a huge combo on Shogun’s chin. Shogun fell back a few steps, but he did manage a defensive take-down. The two were horrifically tired at this point and literally just laid there for about 15 seconds. Shogun then began to move up Vera’s guard; Shogun passed into half, and laid down a barrage from the top, but Vera intelligently defended for the remaining time. End round
The two guys come out, and they are tired. They clinch and lazily throw half-hearted punches and kicks, but then Shogun clinched up and landed a huge left that sent Vera backwards. Shogun attacked, with what we can only assume to be all of his might, and landed a devastating right that crumpled Vera and allowed Shogun the opportunity to finish the fight with a few more shots.
Shogun wins by TKO at 4:09 of the fourth.
Submission of the Night: Joe Lauzon
Knockout of the Night: Mike Swick
Fight of the Night: Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner