UFC Fight Night 20 is currently underway at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
In the night’s main event, Gray Maynard looks to avenge his loss to Nate Diaz in a rematch from TUF 5.
Efrain Escudero faces off against Evan Dunham in a lightweight contest.
Tom Lawlor looks to put on a show and pick up a win against Aaron Simpson.
Amir Sadollah meets Brad Blackburn in a welterweight bout.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Gray Maynard defeats Nate Diaz via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Evan Dunham defeats Efrain Escudero via Submission (Armbar) in Round Three
- Aaron Simpson defeats Tom Lawlor via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Amir Sadollah defeats Brad Blackburn via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Chris Leben defeats Jay Silva via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Rick Story defeats Jesse Lennox via Split Decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
- Rory MacDonald defeats Mike Guymon via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares ruled Majority Draw (28-28, 28-28, 29-27)
- Rafael dos Anjos defeats Kyle Bradley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gerald Harris defeats John Salter via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Nick Catone defeats Jesse Forbes via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Brad Blackburn vs. Amir Sadollah: Sadollah and Blackburn open the show with what turned out to be a kickboxing match for the most part. It was fairly close except for the two times Amir rocked Blackburn, once in the first and once in the third with a beautiful knee. Sadollah wasn’t able to put him away, but he beat him up with a good amount of ground n’ pound to take the decision. Very impressive for a dude with a grand total of four professional MMA fights, no?
Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson: Aaron Simpson is one tough S.O.B. because Tom Lawlor straight up destroyed him in the first round. Lawlor battered him with strikes over and over for five minutes straight. Simpson somehow hung on though, and came out stronger in the second, but still took a fair amount of punishment. Lawlor faded in the third and Simpson took over taking the final round but it shouldn’t have been enough to earn him the decision. Two of the Virginia judges thought differently though and awarded Simpson a controversial split decision victory. it doesn’t get my blood boiling like the Machida-Rua decision did, but I definitely think Lawlor won that fight despite the tremendous heart Simpson showed.
Evan Dunham vs. Efrain Escudero: Great come-from-behind victory for Evan Dunham. Escudero rocked Dunham in the first with a flurry of punches that sent Dunham to the mat. Escudero pounced but Dunham was able to use his BJJ and threaten with submission attempts to survive. Dunham turned it up in the second though controlling Efrain for most of the round. Then in the third he almost managed to get a triangle locked in but immediately transitioned to a deep armbar as Escudero tried to escape. Escudero tried to fight it, probably for too long, but eventually was forced to tap. Escudero was in a ton of pain and may have a broken arm or some sort of injury.
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard: Maynard and Diaz boxed for the full fifteen minutes in the main event. It was pretty close as neither fighter inflicted any serious damage, although Maynard’s face was all bruised and bloodied by the end of the fight. The first was too close to call in my opinion, but if I had to give it to one of them I’d go with Maynard. The second was definitely Maynard as he scored a couple of knockdowns. Diaz seemed to connect a lot more than Maynard in the third, but he did land a damaging blow towards the end. Not surprisingly, the judges were all over the place. One saw it 29-28 Diaz, another 30-27 Maynard and the third 29-28 Maynard. I think it could have gone either way, but regardless, I don’t think it was the performance Maynard needed to earn himself a title shot.
Submission of the Night: Evan Dunham
Knockout of the Night: Gerald Harris
Fight of the Night: Tom Lawlor & Aaron Simpson
Bonus info via MMA Junkie
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $730,000
Gate info via Cagewriter