Round 1: Aldo looks focused like always. They high five to start the round. Jung bursts forward with a combo, nothing landing at all. Aldo circling and watching. Aldo lands a good right hand. A nice exchange, Jung looking for his usual hooks while Aldo is looking to counter. Aldo attempts a leg kick, but Jung squats at just the right time and so it glances off. Neither fighter committing. Aldo looks for a few takedowns, which I find very odd. Near the end of the round, Aldo attempts a wheel kick and a flying knee, but Jung evades and attempts to counter, but the round is over. 10-9 Aldo
Round 2: Jung presses forward in this round. He is looking for the lead left uppercut/hook, and it lands somewhat. He cannot follow with the right hand though. Not much activity. Aldo looking very cautious, and looking for a big counter punch that never comes. Aldo goes to the body because he cannot find the head. Some good looking combos from Aldo. Jung throws a one-two here and there, but for the most part looks to be waiting on Aldo. Aldo body locks Jung and finds himself in Jung’s guard, no real activity. Lackluster fight so far actually. 10-9 Aldo
Round 3: If Jung were to pour it on, now would be the time. But he does not. He stands still right in front of Aldo and waits to get hit. Aldo changes it up and double legs Jung down against the fence. Jung resists, but Aldo stays on him. Aldo stays locked up for about 3 minutes, and finally Herb Dean breaks them up and resets them. Aldo looks for the same takedown against the fence and forces himself into the exact same position. This is an odd strategy. Herb Dean resets them again. Jung lands a huge combo, and then round ends. Why, Aldo? 10-9 Aldo
Round 4: Aldo’s corner agrees with me and admonishes him for locking up against the fence. The round begins with Jung moving forward. Aldo looking to land a lead right hook. Still only one leg kick so far from Jung. Aldo with a bizarre approach here of standing still and waiting for Jung to commit. Jung threw a combo and threw his shoulder out of socket, Aldo is all over him and takes him down; Aldo finishes him with punches. Props to Brian Stann, he noticed right when Jung threw the combo. The replay shows Jung throwing out his shoulder and trying to force it back in before Aldo could advance on him. Tough guy, that Zombie.
Jose Aldo(c) def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) at 2:00 of round 4
Round 1: The two elect not to touch gloves before the match, and uncharacteristically Machida takes the octagon control edge early on. They both kick at each other. Machida acting very odd for this fight. He is dropping his hands after throwing strikes and taunting Davis with facial expressions. Davis coming up short with his strikes. Machida lands a left high kick, Davis backs away. Machida lands a straight left, and follows with a flying knee. Davis manages to take Machida down. He passes to half guard and lands some elbows. The round ends. 10-9 Machida
Round 2: Davis throwing combos just to throw them, nothing connecting. Another high kick from Machida. Davis coming up short on all of his punches. He is not looking for a takedown. Strange to see Machida moving forward so much. Davis trying for some more strikes, nothing landing clean at all. He finally looks for a body lock takedown, and Machida easily avoids it and circles away. Machida lands a straight left while Davis is setting up the right. Davis backs away. Machida lands a right hand, and Davis manages a takedown against the fence with only 20 seconds left in the round. 10-9 Machida
Round 3: Both fighters waiting. Machida lands a right hook as Davis presses in. Davis looking to raise his level of output. Nothing landing really. Davis looking for the same body lock takedown, Machida laughs it off. Davis looks for the clinch again, and Machida rotates and takes his back. Machida looks for a high kick upon the exit, but it isn’t there. Machida not afraid of Davis’ hands at all anymore. He left a big left, followed by a knee. Davis times a double leg, and Machida reacts perfectly by applying underhooks and circling away. Machida’s lead right hand lands again. Davis shoots wildly for a double leg takedown, and Machida circles away. Amazing takedown defense from Machida, defending all sorts of different takedown attempts. 10-9 Machida – My God, one of the worst decisions that I have ever seen in my life. Phil Davis wins somehow. I had it 30-27 Machida. Wow, terrible, awful decision.
Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision
Round 1: Thiago Santos is a very large middleweight. They circle, and Santos looks unimpressed. Ferreira blasts him with a left hook, and Santos is hurt. Santos backs up to the fence, and Ferreira snatches a guillotine in a scramble. He holds it and rolls at least 3 times to wind up on his back cranking the choke with all he has. Santos taps. Beautiful submission. If Joe was here, he’d be going nuts right now.
Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago Santos via submission (guillotine) at 0:47 of round 1
Round 1: Watson walks out to the backstreet boys while wearing his gorilla mask. That’s funny. Anyways, Leites throws some shadow punches and clinches immediately. he drags him down and takes his back. Leites traps the arm, Watson surviving. Watosn finally escapes and lands a knee or two. Watson trying to land punches, and lands a right hand just before the bell. 10-9 Leites
Round 2: Leites clinches and lands some nice punches. Leites is all over him with punches leading into the clinch. His game plan is clear here, he wants to set up the clinch with punches moving forward and then take Watson down. He has Watson down and takes his back yet again. Watson stands up and escapes out the back door, but Leites grabs an armbar on the way out. The armbar appears to be deep, but Watson assures Herb Dean that “It’s fine.” He escapes. They clinch again after standing, and surprisingly Watson doesn’t seem to have much to offer while standing. They clinch on and off, and that ends he round. 10-9 Leites
Round 3: They clinch again in round 3, and they both look very tired. Even while they aren’t clinching, Watson looks too tired to land the big shots that he needs at this point. Leites drags him to the ground and we see more of the back mount control that we saw in the previous two rounds. Leites lets him roll and looks for an arm triangle. Watson gives the thumbs up to Herb Dean, and that’s the end of the fight.
Thales Leites def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision
Round 1: They mix it up early, and Maria counters the leg kicks. A kick lands low from Lineker, and so they reset. Spinning backfist hurts Lineker! Lineker is on ice… Maria finding the left hook often. Maria letting Lineker recover. Lineker recovers and clinches. The ref claims that Maria threw a low punch. Lineker recovers nicely and goes for a takedown, and lands it and lets his punches go from on top at the tail end of the round. 10-9 Maria
Round 2: They exchange, and Maria falls down for some reason, Lineker leaps on the opportunity and blasts away from the top until the fight is stopped. It looks like Maria blew his knee out. That’s a bummer.
John Lineker def. Jose Maria via TKO (punches) at 1:03 of round 2
Preliminary Card on FX
Round 1: Magalhaes presses forward and walks straight into a right cross from Perosh that puts him down and hurts him badly! A few follow up punches and that’s all she wrote. Amazing upset victory from Perosh only 14 seconds into the bout! The first punch that Perosh threw literally ended this fight. Absolutely stunning upset, the crowd goes dead silent.
Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes via KO (punches) at 0:14 of the first round
Round 1: Gaff wants to touch gloves, and Nunes is all business. They share an exchange and both git hit. Gaff strangely goes for a flying armbar that is not even close to happening, and so Nunes winds up in the top position. She easily mounts Gaff. Gaff escapes, but Nunes body locks her and takes her down again. Nunes unloads a big series of elbows and punches, and Gaff looks hurt. The ref implores her to fight back, but Gaff lays there motionless. The ref calls it. Gaff was doing well on her feet, why she chose to instigate a ground battle with the taller, longer fighter in Nunes I have no clue. Nunes gets a big win at home, and she is excited.
Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (elbows and punches) at 2:08 of round 2
Round 1: Magny pressing forward with jabs, and setting up some decent right hands and body kicks. Moraes doing a good job on defense. They clinch, and Moraes gets a takedown. The crowd erupts. Maroas quickly goes to mount, and rolls for a triangle when Magny reverses. The triangle is locked in, and Moraes lands some nice elbows. He rolls back to the mount position, and the choke is so tight that Magny is forced to tap. Moraes wasting no time showing his ground skills in this fight.
Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via submission (triangle choke) at 3:13 of round 1
Round 1: Damn, Iliarde Santos is a monstrous flyweight. McCall not intimidated in the least, he lands some punching and combinations that end with a leg kick. He’s looking good. More leg kicks, and McCall lands a few left hooks that back up Santos. Another hook from McCall and Santos decides to shoot in. McCall reverses easily and unleashes a series of punches from the top. Santos escapes and lands a right, McCall grins. McCall using footwork and sets up a nice right head kick with his punches. Santos shows his appeal and waves McCall in, and they exchange. Great fight so far, McCall looks sharp. 10-9 McCall
Round 2: More nice footwork from McCall, but he is staying busy. Leg kicks, and the occasional head kick keep Santos at bay. McCall mixing up his kicks and punches nicely. He looks great. Santos waves him in again, and McCall obliges, which looks to be unwise. Santos lands some big punches and and a knee. McCall smiles. Santos lands a takedown, but McCall furiously gets back up. A few more exchanges and the round is over. 10-9 McCall
Round 3: They both wave their hands in the air before the start of the round, and they touch gloves. Some exchanges see Santos actually land some big right hands. McCall eats them. McCall throws some seriously fast and high volume striking combinations that I cannot even keep up with. Santos’ footwork is very slow at this point, it looks like he is relying on his power. McCall is landing some well timed punches and counter strikes. He wins each exchanges all the way until the bell. Oddly, right at the bell Santos lands a knee to the cup of McCall that puts him down, and Santos raises his hands and claps. That was kinda messed up. 10-9 McCall
Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via unanimous decision
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Round 1: Yahya lands a quick one-two. Yahya circles and shoots in from outside, Clopton easily escapes and reverses, but Yahya is okay with that. Yahya dives for a heel hook from the bottom. Clopton drops to his butt to defend properly. Yahya releases the hold and takes top position. He eventually works his way to mount, but Clopton isn’t threatened by anything. Yahya ends the round mounted. 10-9 Yahya
Round 2: Both fighters afraid to commit to and strikes. Yahya shoots from outside with a single, and gets Clopton against the fence and down. Yahya works his way to mount again. Clopton trying to be defensive, and not looking to escape. Yahya holds him there and lands little punches for four minutes until the bell signals the end of the round. 10-9 Yahya
Round 3: Clopton looking to win the fight this round. He lands some solid shots on the feet. Yahya shoots for an ugly single, and Clopton reverses and winds up on top. Yahya escapes after a minute or so. Clopton lands a punch and a knee while standing. Yahya shoots for anohter ugly single, and Clopton sprawls and reverses again. Yahya escapes again, but he looks tired. Yahya shoots another ugly single, and lands it somehow. Yahya finishes on top. Yahya did an excellent job of allowing the Brazilian audience a chance to go to the bathroom and grab another beer. 10-9 Yahya
Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision
Round 1: The fighters come out aggressively. Oliviera throwing his long arms into straight punches. A few land, and Barroso doesn’t like it. Barroso kicks the legs. Oliviera chasing Barroso around, Barroso staying elusive and kicking the skinny legs of Oliviera. More kicks, more running from Barroso, and the crowd is not happy with this. About a minute and a half left and Oliviera waves him in vigorously, shouting in Portugese. The crowd agrees and shows their support. Barroso unphased, he kicks and circles his way to the end of the round, and the crowd boos loudly. 10-9 Barroso
Round 2: Barroso presses forward and throws a one-two that miss, and lands a soild leg kick to follow it up. Plenty of kicks from Barroso. Oliviera lands a straight right, and Barroso goes back to circling. Oliviera catches a kick and tosses Barroso down and lands about 8 clean punches, this pleases the crowd. Oliviera lets him up. They clinch against the cage, and the crowd goes back to booing. Ref finally breaks them up and resets them in the center. Barroso, for whatever reason decides to open up with his hands. He throws combos and gets the better of them. Why did he wait until now to do this? 10-9 Barroso
Round 3: Oliviera decides to clinch this round and look for knees. This strategy backfires, and Barroso reverses him, lands some knees, and then a takedown. Oliviera looks tired. Barroso stays busy on top. Oliviera makes it to his feet and cliches, landing some knees from a double collar tie position. Barroso resorts back to kicking and circling. both fighters very tired, and the action is slow.They clinch and attempt to smother one another until the final bell. Crowd boos. 10-9 Barroso
Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliviera via unanimous decision
Round 1: The two fighters touch gloves to begin the night. The Brazilian crowd is rabid with anticipation. They feel each other out for a minute or so with probing strikes. Anything that lands clean the crowd reacts by yelling “HEY!” is unison. Marunde looks cautious. Marunde decides to commit to a kick, and Andrade meets him with a stuff one-two. Marunds hits the mat on all fours, and Andrade is looking to finish. Marunde pops up to look for a clinch while standing, and Andrade lands a huge lead right hook behind the ear and puts Marunde down to all fours again. Marunde grabs the referee’s feet instead of Andrade’s, and so the ref decides to stop it. A great start for the Brazilian crowd tonight
Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (punches) at 1:36 of round 1