*UFC on FOX 5 SPOILERS*
I'll get the spoilers started with the Prelim results (from MMAFighting):
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert
Herb Dean is our referee. Albert pumps his jab, Jorgensen responds with a leg kick. The fight hits the mat and Jorgensen takes top position in a scramble. Jorgensen working from guard, Albert explodes and sweeps into top position. Jorgensen tries to stand and retakes control. Jorgensen planting a forearm across Albert's face, but quickly finds himself locked into a deep triangle choke. The crowd erupts, bad spot for Jorgensen early. Jorgensen sits up, escapes and takes a few heavy breaths before passing to side control. Jorgensen unloads a few elbows from the top. Albert tries to roll and Jorgensen takes his back. Time winding down on the clock, "Young Guns' looking for a rear-naked choke. And he has it! Albert taps out just as the horn sounds.
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of round 1.
Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan
Round 1: Referee Anthony Hamlett oversees the action. Siver finding his range with low kicks early. Phan blocks a head kick and responds with a straight left. Siver nearly connects with a right hand counter. Another Siver leg kick finds its mark, and another. Phan not checking any of these kicks to his lead leg. Siver starting to open up with combinations. Phan getting picked apart on the feet. Siver grabs a leg and briefly tosses Phan to the mat. Siver changes levels for a power double but Phan defends. Siver connects with another hard kick as the horn sounds. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Siver.
Round 2: Both fighters touch gloves to start round two. Siver the aggressor, picking up right where he left off. Phan slips a combination and stumbles Siver with a straight counter. Siver regains his footing and presses forward. Siver just misses with his trademark spinning back kick, before connecting with another kick and dragging Phan to the mat. Siver working from half guard, briefly traps Phan's right arm with his shin. Siver dominating position as Phan eats a salvo of hard right hands. Phan scrambles to no avail as Siver continues to rain down shots from the top. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Siver.
Round 3: Thirty seconds in and Phan is already on his back following a brief exchange. Siver softens Phan up with a few right hands before nearly passing to mount. Phan defends but he's helpless from this position. Siver just brutalizing Phan's bloodied and swollen face with short punches and elbows. Another pair of elbows crush into Phan's skull and the TUF alum blearily gazes up at the clock. Phan clinging onto Siver's leg while the German postures up and continues to punish him. The crowd offers an appreciative round of applause as the one-sided round comes to a close. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Siver.
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-26)
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Abel Trujillo
Round 1: LeVesseur immediately stumbles Trujillo with a leg kick before taking his back and nearly suplexing him to the mat. Trujillo defends and finds himself trapped up against the fence. LeVesseur drops low and works for a double leg. He can't get it. Trujillo squeezing in some elbows and knees, trying to create some distance. Referee Anthony Hamlett splits the fighters up. LeVesseur shoots back and this time he successfully drags Trujillo to the mat, if only briefly. LeVesseur grinding Trujillo against the fence and the boos start raining down. LeVesseur drops back down for a double while Trujillo slams elbows on his back and head, much to the crowd's approval. Both fighters are split up again. LeVesseur's face is a mess. The former wrestler charges back in, only to be dropped by a huge knee. LeVesseur survives the round but he's in bad shape. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Trujillo.
Round 2: Trujillo looking fresh, bouncing on his heels, while LeVesseur is flatfooted, his face swollen and bloodied. LeVesseur misses wildly and Trujillo capitalizes by taking his back and sinking in a deep choke. LeVesseur's head is turning a dark shade of purple, this one is in tight. LeVesseur stays patient and somehow survives, but is dropped again in the ensuing scramble. Incredible action here. Both fighters retake the center of the cage and LeVesseur looks much worse for wear. Trujillo lunges forward and connects with another hard shot. LeVesseur hazily tries to clinch but ends up on the mat. Trujillo starts unloading with knees to LeVesseur's midsection. The crowd is exploding with every one. That's it, Hamlett steps in. Brutal finish.
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur via TKO (knees to the body) at 3:56 of round 2.
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
Round 1: Anthony Hamlett is the man in charge. Martinez surges forward right from the start, pressing Cruickshank against the fence and working for single leg. He can't get it and Hamlett splits the fighters up. Cruickshank unloads with a volley of punches but Martinez wants none of it and reengages the clinch. Martinez steps back and unleashes a savlo, though nothing lands clean. Cruickshank answers back and we've got ourselves an ol' fashioned brawl. Martinez's face is leaking blood. Cruickshank connects and Martinez is hurt. Cruickshank charges forward with relentless string of kicks but somehow Martinez guts it out, to a huge roar of applause from the audience. One minute left in the first. Martinez eats another huge shot and he looks like he's out on his feet. Cruickshank rushes to finish but Martinez is back in this. Wow. The horn sounds and the crowd explodes. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Cruickshank.
Round 2: A battered Martinez catches a knee and clinches, but Cruickshank still finds his mark on the way out. Cruickshank is just teeing off. Martinez is tough, no question. Cruickshank presses forward, his shorts coated in blood. A monstrous head kick floors Martinez! He was out instantly. What a fight.
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez via KO (head kick) at 2:57 of round 2.
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
Round 1: Nijem starts the round off pressing Proctor into the fence, but not overly reaching for a takedon. Proctor defending with a front head lock as the two jockey for position. Nijem breaks free and the two trade hard shots, Nijem slightly getting the better of them. Some of jumping front kick lands for Nijem which puts Proctor on the mat. Nijem pounces and Proctor turns away, so Nijem takes the back. He's pouring shots on now, but Proctor is hanging on. Nijem uses farside wrist control to mount from Proctor's back, but Proctor briefly escapes before Nijem puts him right back down. Proctor granby rolls to stand and does. The two trade shots and Nijem gets rocked. Nijem goes base down, but Proctor holds him there with a front head lock. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nijem.
Round 2: Proctor lands a right straight and a left hook to start the frame. Nijem loaded up with a shovel punch left, but Proctor clips him with a short left on the way in. Charging right hand from Nijem finds the mark as Proctor backs up straight. More counter lefts from Prcotor land as Nijem throws wildly. Nijem finally gets Proctor to the mat and is working within Proctor's guard. Proctor sits up and slightly trips Nijem as he sits out. Now Proctor trying to lock up a standing guillotine, which he can't get but uses is to keep front headlock control. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Proctor.
Round 3: Nice right-body shot left fro Nijem to start things. Nijem gets the takedown and stuffs both an armbar and kimura attempt. Proctor is one on knee, but gives up his back and Nijem is landing small shots. Proctor tries to explode out, but that gives Nijem the double leg he wants and Proctor is on his back. Proctor tries to take Nijem's back and go for the armbar, but Nijem pulls out. Nijem works from on top for a time, then Proctor goes back to front head lock control. Both fighters stand and trade big shots in the middle. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nijem and the fight 29-27 Nijem.
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Round 1: Both fighters fight orthodox. Easton attempts a spinning back kick, but misses. He lands an outside leg kick and Assuncao returns the favor. Sharp right hand over the top from Easton and an inside leg kick. And now an outside leg kick. Right hand to the body for Easton, but Assuncao lands a nice left hook as Easton moves in. Easton's whiffed on a number of right hands, but is pressing forward. Assuncao shoots and tries to turn, but Easton stuffs it and lands a leg kick. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-10.
Round 2: Both fighters whiff on kicks and Assuncao lands a jab to the body. Both fighters then exchange leg kicks. Not as much activity thus far in the frame. Spinning wheel kick from Assuncao misses. Both fighters exchange outside leg kicks. Easton drives a right hand to the body and Assuncao and they two clinch up. A brief groin strike temporarily halts the action, but they restart. Right hand grazes for Easton. Easton shoots after a level change and is stuffed. Easton tries it again and is stuffed again. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Assuncao.
Round 3: Easton misses with a lunging hook, Assuncao answers with a loud kick to the body. Assuncao rushes in an ties up against the fence. Assuncao trips Easton to the mat but it's short-lived. Easton finds himself back against fence, and the boos start to rain down. Assuncao backs up, misses with a front kick and changes levels looking for single. More boos flood down to the Octagon. Easton leaps in but is thrown away by Assuncao. Ten seconds left and the crowd is not happy. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Assuncao.
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1: Steve Newport is the man in charge of the action. Stephens lunges forward with a jumping front kick. Edwards ties up and loses his balance, briefly falling to the mat before standing. Stephens charges forwards with a pair of straight rights. Edwards blocks a head kick. Stephens misses with another jumping knee. Edwards floors Stephens with a short counter right hook. Stephens is out. Edwards tacks on a few heavy elbows for good measure and this one is over.
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (strikes) at 1:55 of round 1.
Some good prelim fights tonight!
Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown
Round 1: Dan Miragliotta is your referee. Brown uses a lot of head movement early, and scores the first strike of note with a counter. Swick makes a half-hearted takedown attempt and abandons it. Swick with a right, but Brown responds with a takedown. Brown maneuvers Swick into a D'Arce choke. Two minutes into the round. Swick pops out of the choke. He's in top position, but Brown's guard is strong. Brown tries to work for a triangle, has Swick's wrist. Brown locks in the triangle on his second attempt. Swick is trying to push off with his leg. Swick manages to create some space, and finally pops up out with about 30 seconds left. Swick goes for a guillotine. They're back standing late. MMAFighting scores the round for Matt Brown, 10-9.
Round 2: Brown fans on a head kick. Brown dictating the tempo early. He closes the distance, land an elbow, and we've got a clinch battle along the fence. They break. The clinch again, and Brown lands an elbow on the break. Swick grabs a single leg and lets go. They're back to center Octagon. Brown lands a huge left hook and that's all she wrote.
Matt Brown defeats Mike Swick by KO at 2:31 in Rd 2
B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
Round 1: Penn comes out of the gate and goes for a single leg. He pushes MacDonald back against the fence and MacDonald reverses position. MacDonald lands an elbow off the break, and pushes Penn back against the cage. They break about a minute into the round. MacDonald's throwing single jabs. He connects with a low leg kick and a kick to the body. Penn lands a counter right. The Seattle crowd is absolutely electric. They continue to circle and measure one another. Penn scores a takedown against the fence, but MacDonald is back to his feet. Two minutes left. MacDonald spins Penn back toward the cage and fires and elbow which connects. MacDonald lands a left to the body. MacDonald shoots for a single and abandons it. One minute left. MacDonald wobbles Penn with a jab. Penn checks a head kick. MacDonald with a body shot and Penn with a counter right. Thirty seconds left. A late clinch along the fence MMAFighting scores the round for Rory MacDonald, 10-9.
Round 2: MacDonald slowly and methodically picking Penn apart, mixing up his strikes. He makes Penn briefly cover up. One minute in. This fight is starting to look like Rory MacDonald's "star is born" night. Penn starting to throw two-punch combos, including a right hand which lands solid on the jaw. MacDonald connects with a nasty kick to the body. Penn standing, but covering up. He withstands the assault and comes back for more. Penn's basically a standing punching bag at this point. One minute left. Penn's weathered the storm for now. MacDonald does the Ali Shuffle. MacDonald scores a takedown with about 40 seconds left, but Penn's got him all tied up as the round ends. MMAFighting scores the round for Rory MacDonald, 10-9 (20-18).
Round 3: Penn was checked by the doctor between rounds and was cleared to continue. He comes out and tries for a takedown, but MacDonald eventually breaks free. They clinch with Penn's back to the fence. Herb Dean breaks them. MacDonald with a left hand to the body. MacDonald whiffs with a high kick and slips, but gets right back to his feet. Pace has slowed this round. MacDonald goes for a takedown and doesn't get it. Ninety seconds left, they clinch along the fence, and Dean breaks them again. Rory with a head kick. MacDonald connects with a superman punch and followed with a left hook. The time winds down to what very well might be the end of Penn's career. MMAFighting scores the round for Rory MacDonald, 10-9 (30-27).
Rory MacDonald def. B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27).
:sad: I thought BJ looked really good physically and came out strong initially, but MacDonald came at him with so many moves and really hard shots, body and head. I was hoping BJ might be able to deliver a fatal blow at the end, but kudos to him for sticking in there till the end.
I don't know if Rory has done the feet dance thing in other fights, but I thought it was unnecessary and disrespectful. :thumbsdown:
Shogun Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Round 1: Gustafsson drops Shogun fast with a right hand. Shogun manages to roll and catches Gustafsson in a heel hook. Gustafsson back to his feet, but Rua has him bodylocked from behind. Shogun drops and goes for a leg lock, but doesn't get it. They're back to center Octagon. Gustafsson with a takedown. Rua again goes for his legs and the Swede gets back to his feet. Rua tags Gustafsson with a right hand. All this and we're only two minutes in. Gustafsson back up, but Rua isn't giving up. he's got Gustafsson against the fence and he's throwing knees. They break. Rua rushes in a closes the distance to neutralize Gustafsson's reach. When he doesn't, Gustafsson tends to connect. Rua with a two-punch combo. One minute left. A grappling contest along the fence. Gustafsson goes for a takedown and doesn't get it. MMAFighting scores the round for Mauricio Rua, 10-9.
Round 2: More of the same early, as Gustafsson lands when they're at distance and Rua scores when he closes in. They end up in a stalemate along the fence, causing ref Dan Miragliotta to re-start them. Two minutes in. Rua goes for a takedown, but ends up on his back. Gustafsson stands and lands a punch, but then backs off and lets Rua back up. Rua connects on two big rights. Gustafsson with a takedown, but Rua gets back to his feet and clinches Gustafsson. Another takedown with about a minute left. They're standing again, Gustafsson lands a knee in the clinch. Gustafsson with a right uppercut, followed by a knee. MMAFighting scores the round for Alexander Gustafsson, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: Gustafsson goes for a takedown, which leads to a scramble. Gustafsson tries to get Shogun's back, but can't. They're standing again. Shogun noticeably slower than earlier in the fight. Another takedown by Gustafsson. he lands a couple elbows and then stands again. Midway through the round. A body shot sends Rua scampering backwards. Gustafsson lands a big left hand and a knee. Gustafsson has Shogun locked against the fence. Big Dan breaks them. One minute left. Shogun losing the fight, but still looking for a home run finish. They grapple in center Octagon in the closing seconds and Gustafsson scores a trip right before the horn. MMAFighting scores the round for Alexander Gustafsson, 10-9 (29-28 overall).
This fight went much like the Penn/MacDonald fight. :sad: The older guard not doing so well tonight against the up and comers.
my thoughts and questions
why do people hate rory mcdonald so much, im outta the loop
the ufc is going to really have to censor/do something to prevent bj penns trainers mouth, and nate diaz's middle finger, it ain't so much fun watching fights that half the audio is bleeped out cuase of the f word or that they cut away cause of the finger, thats one of the biggest probs with their network future imo
i can never get enough of the super slow motion replays of the shock waves rippling through their heads
i'm sorry but django looks super retarded
Did anyone else notice at the end of the Henderson/Diaz fight that Henderson had a toothpick in his mouth? Did he fight the whole fight with that thing in?
Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz
Round 1: Herb Dean is your referee. There is no glove tap before the fight. Henderson with a low leg kick. Diaz is already taunting. Diaz grabs Henderson and pushes him against the fence. Both guys are throwing knees in the clinch. Henderson switches position. Still clinching. Diaz working for throws and trips, but doesn't get him. Henderson gets underhooks and briefly gets him down on a knee, but Diaz is back up. The chess match continues. Diaz lands an elbow from the clinch. Henderson with a trip. Diaz is daring Henderson to come in after him. Henderson obliges. Diaz gives up his back and gets back to his feet. Henderson with a leg kick that knocks Diaz off balance, and back to his feet. Diaz is throwing punches from a distance and not having much success. MMAFighting scores the round for Benson Henderson, 10-9.
Round 2: Henderson again with a low kick and a takedown. Henderson's size advantage is obvious and he's taking advantage. Back on their feet, they grapple along the fence. Diaz just doesn't seem to have any answers for Henderson's game plan. Henderson rocks Diaz backwards with a big left. Henderson dishes out some ground and pound. Diaz again gives up his back and again is able to get to his feet. Diaz finally scores a trip with about 40 seconds left, but Henderson is right back to his feet. Diaz is bleeding around his right eye. Diaz connects on a late combo. MMAFighting scores the round for Benson Henderson, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Henderson continues to use his low kick to set up combos. Diaz walks into a takedown and lands several big shots, but Diaz is back up. All those leg kicks are taking their toll on Diaz. Diaz hits the mat and he's working for a submission, controlling Henderson's wrists, but nothing is coming of it. Henderson stands and Diaz throws kicks from the ground. Diaz rolls and catches Henderson in a kneebar. Henderson goes for a heel hook as a counter. Uenderson spins out of it and gets Diaz's back. Crazy scramble continues, as Diaz is again going for the kneebar. Diaz flips Henderson off and attempts yet another kneebar. They stand. Henderson drops Diaz with a big right and withstands Henderson's flurry. Henderson moves into side control. Diaz committed to side control. Henderson postures up and a crazy round comes to an end. MMAFighting scores the round for Benson Henderson, 10-9 (30-27 overall).
Round 4: Positional battle early ends with Henderson scoring a trip. Diaz turtles and Henderson lands a knee to the body. Diaz gets up, but Henderson puts him right back to the mat. Standing now, along the fence, Diaz tries for a Kimura and doesn't get it. Every time Diaz gets up, Henderson puts him right back on the mat. Midway through the round. Henderson is in Diaz's half-guard as Diaz works for an armbar. He lets go and Henderson lands a hammerfist and an elbow. Diaz still looking for submissions, but Henderson is outworking him at every turn. One minute left. MMAFighting scores the round for Benson Henderson, 10-9 (40-36 overall).
Round 5: The doctor checks out Diaz before the start of the round. Last chance for Diaz, who has had his boxing game completely shut down. Henderson is basically smothering Diaz against the fence. Henderson picks Diaz up and slams him to the mat. A standing Henderson rains punches and elbows to the downed Diaz. Diaz is back to his feet, but instantly bodylocked against the cage by Henderson. Midway through the round. Henderson just owning Diaz in the clinch. Diaz with a trip, but Henderson scrambles right back to his feet. Henderson lands a head kick. Henderson opens up with a flurry of punches to the body. The irrepressible Diaz tries to goad Henderson in the closing seconds. An absolute virtuoso execution of the game plan by Benson Henderson. MMAFighting scores the round for Benson Henderson, 10-9 (50-45 overall).
Benson Henderson def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the UFC lightweight title.
Wow, both guys constantly working, fighting till the very end! Benson Henderson was really impressive in how he handled Nate, and Nate is one tough nut. Good fight!
I agree about Rory and his antics, I didn't like it, thought it was disrespectful. It made him look arrogant and little, like a sorry winner. I already gave him a :thumbsdown: for it, but he deserves another :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:!
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