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flo 12-30-2012 12:02 AM

Here we go!

Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga

Round 1:
Chris Tognoni is our referee. Cariaso ducks under and lands a kick to Moraga's lead leg. Moraga answers with a right hook. Moraga catches a kick and briefly stumbles Cariaso with a counter. Moraga muscles Cariaso to the ground only to immediately let him back up. So far neither man willing to commit to anything significant. Cariaso charges in with a one-two but Moraga slips it and presses Cariaso against the fence. The fight retakes the center of the Octagon and Cariaso wastes little time connecting with a kick to the body. Moraga blocks a high kick. Solid left hook lands on the jaw of Cariaso. Moraga eats a right hand and answers with a straight counter. Cariaso launches another kick to the body.

Round 2:
Cariaso's corner calls for him to push the pace. Cariaso follow their advice and tosses out the first combination of the round. Moraga blocks another high kick. Cariaso clinches, lands a knee to the body and winds up with his back against the fence. Moraga nearly connects with a knee to the hand. Moraga lands a combination flush on his way out. Most significant moment of the round thus far. Cariaso throws out another high kick and this one lands. Moraga catches a kick to the body and counters with a leg kick. Moraga ducks under a straight punch and answers with another leg kick. Moraga tosses Cariaso to the ground but is hesitant to follow. Moraga eventually lets Cariaso back up. Moraga blocks another high kick. Cariaso trips Moraga to the mat, landing in full guard as the horn sounds.

Round 3:
Cariaso hunting for a takedown early. Moraga shakes it off and pushes forward. Cariaso muscles Moraga against the fence. Moraga sneaks in a front headlock, whirls around and clamps down. This one is over. Cariaso taps. Slick stuff from John Moraga.

John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:11 of round 3.


flo 12-30-2012 12:30 AM

Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway

Round 1:
Referee Kim Winslow oversees the action. Holloway slips a combination. Garcias connects with a slapping leg kick. Holloway eats a big right hand. Huge shot drops Garcia, but only briefly. Holloway charges forward to capitalize, but sensing Garcia has regained his senses, backs up and take a deep breath. A classic looping punch unloads from Garcia. Garcia the far more agressive fighter so far. A straight punch staggers Holloway. Garcia beginning to open up and find his range. Holloway finds his mark with a spinning back kick. Another right hand puts Holloway on wobbly legs. Garcia lunges forward but the horn stops the action.

Round 2:
Holloway tosses out a spinning back kick. Holloway paws forward with his jab before missing another spinning back kick. Garcia connects with a left hook but eats a sharp counter for his troubles. Garcia picks up Holloway and slams his to the mat. Holloway quickly stands back up and retakes the center of the cage. Holloway lands a pair of right hands. Holloway ducks under a looping punch and smacks Garcia in the jaw with a straight counter. Garcia's corner imploring for their fighter to stay composed. Garcia starting to the open up with his combinations, shouting with every strike. Holloway clinches and lands a knee to the body.

Round 3:
Holloway digs in with a left hook to the body. Garcia staying aggressive. Holloway content to sit back and counter. Wild spinning backfist misses for Garcia. Garcia's hands are completely down now. Holloway eats a left-right to the jaw. Garcia throwing combinations with reckless abandon. This is the Leonard Garcia we all know and love. Holloway trying to stay active. Garcia changes levels and throws Holloway to the mat. Holloway briefly hunts for a kimura from the bottom but can't get it. Garcia allows Holloway back to his feet, but Holloway looks absolutely exhausted. A right straight smashes the temple of Holloway, who just clenches his teeth and fires back. Another spinning back kick from Holloway. The pair clinch and Garcia muscles the fight to the mat. Holloway looks for a triangle, but Garcia simply stands and slams himself free. The horn sounds and both fighters embrace in the center of the cage. Wild fight.

Max Holloway def. Leonard Garcia via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

BS decision. :grumpy: :punch:

flo 12-30-2012 12:45 AM

Phil De Fries vs. Todd Duffee

Round 1:
Duffee immediately crumples De Fries with a leg kick. De Fries clamors into the clinch and secures a desperation takedown. Duffee tries to climb to his feet but eats a salvo of short shots to the head on his way up. De Fries dodges a looping hook out of the break. A massive pair of uppercuts connect for Duffee. De Fries is in trouble. Duffee storms forward unloading haymaker after haymaker. Another giant right-left-right combination smashes De Fries and he collapses in a heap. Wow, impressive return for Todd Duffee. Shades of Baroni vs. Menne with the destructive finishing sequence against the cage.

Todd Duffee def. Phil De Fries via TKO (strikes) at 2:04 of round 1.

flo 12-30-2012 01:43 AM

Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury

Round 1:
Herb Dean is our referee. Jury finds his range with an outside leg kick. Johnson ducks under a wild right. Jury fakes a right hook and trips Johnson to the ground, landing in half guard. Jury advances to mount. Johnson escapes back to half guard. Johnson controlling Jury's left arm and trying to defend. Jury frees his arm and unloads a flurry of unanswered punches to Johnson's head. Johnson scrambles, but Jury continues to rain down elbows from the top. Jury briefly looks for a kimura before transitioning to side control. Jury deftly advances to mount and hunts for a rear-naked choke as the horn sounds.

Round 2:
Johnson light on his feet to open the second frame. Jury dodges a looping right. Johnson tentatively tosses out a high kick. Head kick lands clean for Jury. Johnson blocks a shot and unloads a counter right hook. Johnson tags Jury with a short punch. Jury catches a kick and drags Johnson to the mat. Jury works a few short elbows from the top. Jury postures up before uncorking another big elbow. The crowd starting to get restless at the lack of action. Johnson seems content to just hold on while Jury patiently continues to attack.

Round 3:
Johnson opens aggressively. A lunging right finds its mark, and another. Jury clinches up and immediately trips Johnson to the ground, landing in half guard. Jury advances to side control. Johnson once again unable to mount any defense or sense of urgency underneath Jury. Jury unloads a volley of left hands while looking to seize Johnson's back. Johnson slips back into half guard, but eats another flurry of strikes to the head in the process. Jury is absolutely stifling. Jury briefly advances into mount before Johnson stands and clutches for a last-second guillotine, but it's too little, too late.

Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

flo 12-30-2012 02:07 AM

Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner

Round 1:
Referee Chris Tognoni oversees the action. Leg kick lands for Guillard. Varner lunges in and misses with a right hook. Another leg kick from Guillard. The crowd already getting restless. Varner connects with a hard combination. Guillard blocks a high kick. Varner rushes inside only to be thrown away by Guillard. Varner presses forward against another pair of leg kicks. And another one. Varner ducks under and lands a wide, looping counter. More boos start to come down from the crowd. Guillard eats a wild hook. Varner briefly drops Guillard with a combination. Guillard trying to stay alive. Varner seizes a guillotine. It's in deep, but the horn saves Guillard.

Round 2:
Varner slips a straight punch and fires right back. Guillard finds a home for another leg kick. Varner changes levels and drags Guillard to the mat. Varner looking to take Guillard's back, but Guillard defends and flips Varner down. Guillard considers hunting for a guillotine, but quickly thinks better of it and stands. Huge head kick lands flush for Guillard. Varner is hurt, but still in this. Varner connects with a left hook, followed by a combination. Varner ducks under a looping hook and shoots for a double. He gets in, landing on top with Guillard sitting against the fence. Guillard slowly works his way back up. Guillard tossing out his jab. Big right hand connects for Varner. A wayward kick smashes Guillard in the nether region. Ooof, that looked bad. After a quick break, the action resumes with Varner on the aggressive. Flying knee nearly lands for Guillard.

Round 3:
Another Guillard flying knee opens the final frame. Varner changes levels and looks for a single, but Guillard defends. Varner tries again and this time he's successful. Varner hunts for a Peruvian necktie, but Guillard slips out and winds up on top. Varner scrambles and escapes, eating a knee on his way out. Varner quickly drags the fight back to the foor, landing in Guillard's guard. Guillard works his way to his feet, nearly giving up his back in the process. Almost immediately Varner takes him back down. Guillard clutches for an armbar from the bottom, before reversing into side control. Varner sweeps to retake top position. Guillard pushes him off. He has 30 seconds to make something happen. Guillard digs a hook into Varner's body and then clinches. Varner responds by lifting Guillard up and slamming him down sideways. The horn sounds as both men lie on the mat in a tangled mess of limbs.

Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard via split decision (30-27, 27-30 (WTH?!?), 30-27)

One of the judges is apparently legally blind...

flo 12-30-2012 02:33 AM

Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth

Round 1:
Kim Winslow is our referee. Bloodworth tags Perez with a pair of overhand rights. Perez ties up, muscles Bloodworth against the fence, and works a few short knees and elbows. Huge knee to the body crumples Bloodworth. Perez lunges on top, postures up and unloads a flurry of short shots. Perez relentless with his attack. Perez slices open Bloodworth's forehead with an elbow. Bloodworth is in trouble. Another flurry of right hands come and Winslow steps in. This one is over.

Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO (strikes) at 3:50 of round 1.

flo 12-30-2012 03:34 AM

Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland

Round 1:
Referee Yves Lavigne is the man in charge of the action. Pickett lands first, connecting with a stiff left hook to the jaw. Wineland answers with a right hand. And another. Left hook clips Wineland. Pickett ducks under a combination and tags Wineland. Huge shot puts Pickett on wobbly legs. Wineland lands flush once more, but Pickett seems to be alright. Wineland finds a home for another left and once again Pickett drops to a knee. Pickett changes levels and shoots for a takedown, but Wineland successfully defends. Wineland staying active with combinations. Pickett eats a counter hook. Wineland lands cleanly again as the horn sounds.

Round 2:
Pickett pumps his jab. Looping overhand right nearly lands flush for Pickett. Wineland catches a kick and fires back a straight right. Pickett misses wildly with an overhand right. Wineland tags Pickett and circles. Another straight shot snaps Pickett's head back. Both fighters trade combinations in the pocket, with Wineland getting the better of the exchange. Wineland throws out a superman punch. Pickett lunges in with an uppercut that misses. Restless murmurs start to rain down from the crowd. Straight counter connects for Wineland.

Round 3:
Pickett charges forward with an uppercut. Pickett jabs and briefly clinches, unloading a knee on his way out. Wineland walks into a leg kick. Right hand lands cleanly for Pickett. Neither fighter willing to commit too much to any exchange. Wineland slips a jab and circles. Looping hook cracks Wineland on the jaw. Pickett misses an uppercut from the pocket and eats a counter shot. Left hook connects on Wineland. Pickett turns on the gas as the clock counts down, but nothing lands flush. Wineland content to sit back and counter.

Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

flo 12-30-2012 03:38 AM

Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson

Round 1:
Touch of gloves to start the fight. Herb Dean is your referee. Brunson goes for a kick, Leben catches him, they tie up, and Brunson trips Leben. Brunson postures up and Leben grasps for an armbar, but doesn't get it. Leben works for a triangle, but Brunson picks him up and drops him to the mat. Brunson in Leben's guard, lands an elbow. Leben nearly gets back to his feet, but Brunson takes him right back down and gets an arm triangle. Leben escapes. Two minutes left. Brunson lands a couple solid elbows from side control. One minute left. Brunson tries for a choke, doesn't get it. Leben back to his feet with 30 seconds left, but Brunson's all over him. Leben with a knee of the break as the round comes to a close.

Round 2:
Leben thwarts a Brunson takedown attempt, but ends up bodylocked against the fence. Leben stays on his feet after another scramble. They break. Leben tags Brunson, but Brunson shakes it off, shoots the double, and this time gets the takedown. Leben gets back to his feet and Brunson goes for a halfhearted standing guillotine. Midway through the round. Brunson staying out of Leben's range. Brunson appears to be breathing heavy. Leben with a low kick. Crowd chants for Leben. They clinch along the fence and break. Brunson fans on a high kick. Every time Leben looks like he's about to open up, Brunson grabs him and slows the pace. Leben whiffs on a big right in the closing seconds. Closer round, but still goes to Brunson.

Round 3:
Leben sprawls Brunson's first takedown attempt, but can't fend off his second. Leben doing more work from the bottom. Leben works his way back to his feet. Midway through the round. Leben catches Brunson with a left and misses on an uppercut. Brunson backs up and throws a left of his own. Leben throws occasional low kicks. Brunson looks up at the clock, 1:40 left. Crowd jeers. Brunson circles away from Leben and throws a left jab. Brunson fighting round three like someone who know's he's up on the scorecard. Leben connects with a couple punches, which prompts Brunson to score another takedown. Leben catches Brunson with an upkick. Back standing, closing seconds. Leben throws a couple uppercuts and that's it.

Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

flo 12-30-2012 04:07 AM

Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher

Round 1:
Belcher misses on a head kick and connects on a low kick. Then lands a high kick and follows with a low. Belcher goes for another high kick, but slips, and is back to his feet. Okami pushes Belcher back toward the cage. He bodylocks Belcher and lands a knee to the midsection. Midway through the round, Okami goes for a clinch, but Belcher ends up on top. Another scramble ends with Belcher guillotining Okami, but Okami pops out. Belcher keeps Okami pretty much tied up. Okami maneuvers to side control. Belcher works his way back to his knees as the round ends.

Round 2:
An early scramble ends up with Okami in Belcher's half-guard. This is pretty much looking like their 2006 fight so far. Midway through the round, Okami still in Belcher's half-guard, but unable to do much with it. The referee stands them, midway through the round. Belcher fans a font kick and Okami lands a left, which backs Belcher into the fence. Okami works for the takedown and eventually gets it. We're back to Okami in Belcher's half guard. Another standup in the closing seconds.

Round 3:
Belcher drops Okami in the opening seconds, but Okami's right back to his feet. They clinch along the fence and Okami goes for a trip, but Belcher ends up on top. Okami rolls and Belcher gets his back. Okami gets to his feet, but he's carrying Belcher. Okami scrambles out, but ends up in a standing guillotine, which Belcher takes to the ground. Okami pops out of the choke. Two minutes left. Okami resumes smothering Belcher. Same deal with a minute left. Okami finally starts throwing a few punches. Belcher turns over and Okami ends up on Belcher's back. Belcher lands a big elbow late, but that's it.

Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

flo 12-30-2012 04:34 AM

Tim Boetsch vs. Costa Philippou

Round 1:
Kim Winslow is the referee for this one. Opening exchange leads to a Greco clinch, Philippou against the cage. Boetsch throws occasional knees. Boetsch goes for a single leg and Philippou hits the mat, but Philippou grabs a half-hearted guillotine. They're back on their feet. More clinch work. Philippou breaks free and scampers to safety. Lots of dancing and circling, but not much action. Boetsch with a front kick. Philippou catches a charging Boetsch with a solid uppercut. They clinch as Boetsch clears the cobwebs. Boetsch with a takedown. Philippou ties him up. One minute left. Winslow stands them up with 30 seconds left. Philippou opens up with a combo. Boetsch drops him in the closing seconds, but the horn sounds before he can follow up.

Round 2:
Another clinch battle breaks out, as Boetsch seems content to grind this fight out. One minute in, they reset in center Octagon. Boetsch's forehead is cut open, didn't see what caused it. Philippou sprawls a takedown attempt and tries to line up a knee to the head as Boetsch slips, but Boetsch keeps one hand on the ground. Back standing, midway through the round. Boetsch catches an eye poke and Winslow calls time-out. The doctor comes in to check Boetsch, and he's cleared to fight. Boetsch throws a front kick and Philippou and uppercut. Philippou again sprawls a takedown attempt. A scramble ends up with Phillppou in in control. He opens up a series of punches and elbows, and now Boetsch is cut open bad. Strong finish for Philippou.

Round 3:
Boetsch goes for a takedown and can't get it. Philippou lands a couple hammerfists to the the downed Beotsch before ending up in his guard. Boetsch eas a couple more shots and tries to keep the fight on the ground, but Philippou gets up and Winslow makes Boetsch stand. Boetsch is cut open something fierce. They hit the ground again, Philippou starts landing right hands. Boetsch looks like he wants nothing to do with the fight anymore. Winslow stops it.

Costa Philippou def. Tim Boetsch at via TKO at 2:11 of round three.

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