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flo 07-08-2012 02:50 AM

Here we go!

Rafaello Oliveira vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo

Round 1:
Mario Yamasaki is the referee for our opening bout. Izquierdo whizzes a left hand past Oliveira's head before shaking off a takedown and pressing forward with a knee. Oliveira trades combinations, then changes levels and drags Izquierdo to the mat. Oliveira postures up and patiently transitions into side control against the fence. Izquierdo is completely stifled here, unable to do anything but fight off transition attempts. Oliveira snatches an arm and nearly secures an Americana, but Izquierdo fights it off and muscles his way back to the feet. Oliveira ducks under a wild swing and shoots in. Izquierdo sees the takedown coming, grabs double underhooks and uses Oliveira's momentum against him. Great takedown defense to end the round.

Round 2:
Oliveira opens with a leg kick and Izquierdo quickly charges forward. Both fighters trading wild combinations. Oliveira slips another left hook and bulldozes Izquierdo to the ground. Oliveira, working from side control, avoids a triangle attempt, and someone is already bleeding. Looks like Oliveira is cut open on his forehead. Oliveira still feverishly hunting for submissions. Yamasaki stops the action to examine Oliveira's cut, but quickly resumes the action in side control. Oliveira looking for a mounted crucifix, unsuccessfully tries for another Americana, and another.

Round 3:
Oliveira grabs Izquierdo and wrestles him back to the mat a minute in, much to the anguish of an already restless crowd. Oliveira passes again to side control, the exact same script as the first two rounds. Blood is caked all over Izquierdo, who manages to squirm back to his feet briefly before being dragged back down. Oliveira, of course, working in side control. He finally gets his mounted crucifix, but quickly loses it after another failed Americana attempt. Izquierdo just can't escape, and the final seconds tick off the clock with both men in the exact position as the previous round.

Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


flo 07-08-2012 02:52 AM

John Alessio vs. Shane Roller

Round 1:
Josh Rosenthal oversees the first fight of the FX broadcast. Alessio and Roller circle each other in the center of the cage, gauging distance and winging jabs. Roller charges forward, fakes a shot and lands a solid left hook to Alessio's jaw. Roller goes at it again but this time connects on a low blow with a sickening 'thwack.' Well, that one was bad. Alessio takes his time, before the action eventually picks back up with both men trading exchanges. Roller changes levels for a takedown but can't get it. Alessio pushes Roller up against the fence and snatches a leg, looking for a takedown that never comes. Roller eats a few body shots and circles out, stalking forward. Alessio floors the wrestler with a wild left hook, but Roller is luckily saved by the bell.

Round 2:
Alessio working his jab and staying busy early. Roller plods forward and eats a stiff counter for his troubles. Alessio walks Roller to the fence and drags the fight to the ground. Roller scrambles back to his feet after a failed guillotine attempt, reverses momentum and throws Alessio to the mat. Roller rains down elbows and short shots in half guard. Alessio tries unsuccessfully to stand but gives up his back to Roller in the process, who patiently latches both his hooks in. Thirty seconds remains and Roller is starting to blast Alessio with unanswered punches, but it's not enough.

Round 3:
The fight is up for grabs as both men meet in the center of the cage. Alessio charges forward with a salvo of on-target shots and Roller is hurt. Another uppercut cracks Roller against the fence. Alessio backs off and now Roller pushes on the offensive, dragging "The Natural" to the mat. Alessio hunts for a triangle from the bottom. He can't get it, but he uses the momentum to briefly stand before Roller throws him back down. Roller scrambles to Alessio's back and a clearly frustrated Alessio yelps, "Come on, let's fight!" Roller, with both hooks in and a body triangle, has complete control and rains down unanswered shots. Alessio squirms away and reverses to top position, where he frantically tries to unload on Roller. But it's too little, too late.

Shane Roller def. John Alessio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

flo 07-08-2012 02:54 AM

Constantinos Philippou vs. Riki Fukuda

Round 1:
Steve Mazzagatti is the man in charge of the action. Fukuda probing early with inside leg kicks against the orthodox stance of Philippou. Neither fighter willing to engage yet. And the boos start raining down already. Fukuda finally makes the first move, drops levels and wrestles Philippou down against the cage. Philippou stays patient and works his way back up. The former boxer stalking Fukuda, setting up his shots before letting loose with a stiff combination. Slow going to end the round.

Round 2:
Philippou catches a leg kick and threatens a takedown before deciding against it. Philippou whizzes a straight left right down the pipe, defends a takedown and winds up against the fence. Fukuda releases the position after eating a few shots. Both fighters trading punches now. Philippou finds a home for his right hand, while Fukuda continues working leg kicks. Philippou blocks a head kick, circles left and eats another leg kick, which may or may not have grazed his family jewels. After a brief breather, Fukuda opens back on the agressive. Twenty seconds left and neither fighter is willing to commit to anything significant.

Round 3:
Fukuda's corner imploring their fighter to push the pace to open the final round. Fukuda lunges forward and connects with a solid right hook. Philippou successfully fights off a takedown attempt and circles back out. Fukuda lands a body kick, only to be answered by a sharp combination from Philippou. Another Fukuda takedown gets stuffed. More restless boos start to rain down from the crowd. Fukuda connects with massive body kick, but pokes Philippou in the eye in the process. Oh wow, this one is bad. Philippou screaming in agony on the mat. This fight might be stopped. The on-sight doctor tells Mazzagatti to give Philippou some time to "see if it clears up." Dang, a noticeably furious Philippou asks to continue immediately. Philippou storms forward and he smells blood. Fukuda works towards the fence, then circles out to the center of the cage. Thirty seconds left and Philippou continues to press forward, landing a stiff right hand as the final horn sounds.

Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Fukuda was a cheat to deliberately gouge his eye like that. :angry:

flo 07-08-2012 02:56 AM

Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Round 1:
Referee Mario Yamasaki kicks off the action. Tibau already looking like he has a massive size advantage over the Russian. Nurmagomedov lunges in with a wild left hook. Tibau blocks a body kick and presses forward. Nurmagomedov shoots in for a leg, but Tibau just hops out of it and, after some clinch work against the fence, throws his opponent off. Nurmagomedov shoots back in for another takedown, but again it's unsuccessful and this time the Russian eats a few knees to the body in the process. Like clockwork, Nurmagomedov attempts to drag the fight to the mat but is once more rebuffed by Tibau to close the round.

Round 2:
Both fighters pacing themselves to open the second frame. Tibau slips a punch and staggers Nurmagomedov with a counter left. Nurmagomedov charges forwards, trying unsuccessfully to wrestle Tibau to the mat. Looks like the Russian might want to switch up strategies. Now it's Tibau who shoots in on Nurmagomedov, and this time he gets the takedown. Nurmagomedov quickly stands and gives the level change another chance, but once again, it fails. Yamasaki separates the fighters after the action stalls on the fence. Nurmagomedov connects with a loud right hand as the round comes to an end.

Round 3:
A desperate Nurmagomedov applying the pressure early on the feet. Tibau gets himself trapped against the fence, but he isn't getting taken down anytime soon. Tibau 11-for-11 on takedown defenses so far. Nurmagomedov frustratedly backs off and misses wildly with an overhand right. Tibau changes levels and muscles Nurmagomedov down, briefly getting his back before standing back up. Nurmagomedov traps Tibau against the cage wall, but the takedown eludes him once again. Yamasaki warns the Russian to stop grabbing the fence and the fighters disengage. Both fighters exchange combinations but nothing significant lands. Nurmagomedov storms forward, missing a few last-ditch, homerun swings as the horn sounds.

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

flo 07-08-2012 03:22 AM

Melvin Guillard vs. FabrŪcio Camoes

Round 1:
Yves Lavigne is the referee for this lightweight battle. Neither fighter touches gloves to start. Guillard opens up early on his feet. Camoes changes levels for a single-leg but Guillard counters then shakes it off. Camoes lunges forward with a superman punch, misses, but nearly gets a takedown in the process. Guillard calmly circles back to the center of the Octagon and gauges his distance. "The Young Assassin" catches a kick and traps Camoes against the fence with a salvo of punches, but nothing lands clean. Guillard slips a jab and, surprisingly, wrestles Camoes down to the mat. Guillard steps over into half guard. Though it's short lived, as Camoes quickly reverses to top position. Camoes sweeps to full mount and the blows start raining down. Guillard nearly gives up his neck, but Camoes over-extends and Guillard scampers back up. Camoes misses with a kick and tumbles down to the mat, with Guillard following him. Guillard landing punches from the top as the round comes to a close.

Round 2:
Guillard attacks first with a left hook. Camoes double jabs and backs the American up. Another lunging left hook from Guillard, and another. Nothing landing clean for either fighter. Camoes grazes Guillard with a spinning heel kick, then unsuccessfully shoots for a takedown. Camoes tries again and this he gets it this time, briefly dragging Guillard to the ground. The Brazilian crowd explodes with chants of, "Brazil!" Camoes is loving it, and he uses the energy to work Guillard down against the fence. Guillard stands, barely eats a spinning back elbow, then takes his opponent's back. "The Young Assassin" starts pummeling the Brazilian's head and body with unanswered shots.

Round 3:
Guillard bouncing on his heels as a "U, S, A!" chant erupts from the crowd. Both fighters trade combinations as the chants of "Brazil!" return. Guillard leaps forward with a left hook but it's blocked. Another pair of lefts miss and "The Young Assassin" circles. Guillard staying patient, prying with his jab from distance. Camoes rips into Guillard with a leg kick, then just misses with a front kick. Guillard slips a head kick, defends a single leg and backs out. Guillard briefly trips and scrambles back to his feet, before defending another takedown attempt. Camoes eventually drags the fight to the mat and starts working on a leglock. Ten seconds left and Guillard looks like he'll survive.

Melvin Guillard def. FabrŪcio Camoes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

flo 07-08-2012 03:40 AM

Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton

Round 1:
Josh Rosenthal gives us the signal and, as expected, Easton is a frenzy of movement right off the bat. Menjivar tests the waters with kicks both low and high, but neither stops Eastonís forward momentum. Menjivar misses a spinning backfist. Weíve seen him fall in love with that move to his detriment before. Easton seems displeased with Menjivarís strategy of retreat, and doesnít hesitate to tell him so. More kicks and the threat of spinning attacks from Menjivar, but he canít find a way through Eastonís defenses and all this backing away probably doesnít look good for the judges. Easton makes a tentative grab for a takedown in the final ten seconds, but time runs out on him. The fans are not impressed so far.

Round 2:
Easton gets busier to start the second, throwing more kicks, but not necessarily landing them. Menjivar goes back to trying his spinning low leg kick, as if heís trying to bring Eastonís hands down for a spinning backfist later on. The boos from the crowd start up again, and Easton makes a Ďwhatís your problem?í gesture to Menjivar. Menjivar pauses his retreat only long enough to launch a couple kicks, but as soon as he has both feet on the mat again heís back into backpedaling mode. Jumping knee by Easton in the final ten seconds, but itís not enough to get the crowd to stop booing for long.

Round 3:
Itís more of the same in round three. Menjivar kicks and backs away. Easton plods forward and tries to get close enough to land a punch, then looks frustrated when he canít. Thereís the spinning backfist from Menjivar, but Easton clocks it all the way. Spinning kick attempt by Menjivar, and this time Easton drops under it and gets the takedown. He goes to work with short strikes from the top, avoiding an armbar attempt in the process. Longest period of sustained action so far. Easton canít keep Menjivar on his back for long, however, and weíre back to the feet with two minutes left. Easton lands a nice counter left hook in the final minute. Easton tries a jumping kick that lands him flat on his rear. Thereís the horn to end it, and itís followed closely by more boos.

Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

flo 07-08-2012 03:56 AM

Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie

Round 1:
McKenzie charges across the cage and gets tagged right away. Surprising that he’s not more interested in maintaining his distance and using his reach, but okay. McKenzie fires off a kick and Mendes drills a right hand to the body that drops him in a heap. A few hammerfists from Mendes to a largely unresponsive McKenzie, and that’s all it takes.

Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via TKO (punches) 0:31 of round one

I'm 2 for 7. :laugh: I didn't really think Cody would win but picked him because he's a local boy...

flo 07-08-2012 04:07 AM

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia

Round 1:
Maia comes straight across the cage, touches gloves with Kim, then almost immediately looks for a single-leg takedown. Guess he heard the criticism that heís fallen in love with his standup a little too much. Kim turns and exposes his back and Maia hauls him down and goes straight into mount. Two fairly innocuous punches from Maia, and then he stops and raises his hands in victory. Kim isnít moving. I didnít see a tap, but referee Mario Yamasaki rushes in and Kim isnít complaining. He seems to have suffered a rib injury during the takedown. Weird.

Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (takedown?) at 0:47 of round one

flo 07-08-2012 04:41 AM

Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote

Round 1:
Josh Rosenthal is our referee for this fight. Cote starts the action with a kick to the body. Le catches it and immediately puts him down with a leg sweep. A little embarrassing, but Cote is up and back at it quickly. Cote tries to paw forward with probing jabs. Le stays out of range and fires a body kick. Cote tries for a takedown, but heís not even close. Le keeps working the midsection with kicks. Cote comes forward with a flurry and Le responds with a hook that knocks him off balance, though Cote seems to think it caught him on the back of the head. A left hand from Le stings Cote. Cote fakes a spinning attack, and Le gives him his props for it. Thereís the horn to end the first.

Round 2:
Le mixes up the kicks and switches his stance to start the second, then catches Cote with a nice head kick. Cote takes it well, and fires back with a right hand moments later that gives Cote something to think about. Cote is opening up his attack now, and Le counters with a well-placed right hook. Le appears to be cut around his left eye, and it only encourages Cote to up the pressure. A couple more solid head kicks land for Le, but Cote keeps coming and turns the pressure up. A good knee from Le shakes Cote up for a moment, but he comes back with a straight right that looks to have Le worried. Le presses forward in the clinch and grabs a breather against the fence before the horn.

Round 3:
The fans show their appreciation for what has been the fight of the night so far. Le and Cote immediately get to mixing it up again, and Cote seems to sense that he probably needs a finish to win this fight. He punches his way in then grabs a clinch. Good shot by Cote. Le continues with kicks, but they seem to have lost a little of their zip. Cote presses Le against the fence in the clinch, and Le puts him down briefly with a leg trip. Cote is up quickly and trying for a takedown to negate Leís, but this one is probably going to be decided on the feet and they both know it. A sharp combo by Le catches Cote, who tries to clinch and gets tripped to the mat again moments later. Le rests for a moment with his hand over Coteís mouth, and this one will go to the judges.

Cung Le defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (30x27 x3)

Neezar 07-08-2012 04:57 AM

A LOT of decision fights tonight.

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