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Old 03-20-2011, 12:27 AM
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Raphael Assuncao vs. Erik Koch
Round 1
Kevin Mulhall presides over the opening bout. Assuncao with lazy kicks to start. Koch is trying to counter with his right cross but can't land clean. Hard inside low kick by Assuncao. Koch jabs and Assuncao charges in. Koch lands a right hook that destroys the Brazilian. Assuncao is out cold on his back forcing Mulhall to rescue him. Koch's brutal UFC debut ends at 2:32 of the first round.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:28 AM
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Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Catone
Round 1
Our referee for the 195 catchweight bout is Kevin MacDonald. A tentative opening minute is filled with pawing and no significant strikes. Catone glances with a jab and the boos start to rain over the cage. A weak Catone shot leads to a clinch along the fence. Short shots land inside for both and Catone separates. Philippou cracks him with a right and Catone responds in kind. More aimless feinting and booing. A Philippou right grazes and Catone drives him to the mat. Catone cracks his foe, prompting Philippou to elbow from the bottom. Catone smashes an elbow into Philippous' head that rips his skin open at the bell. 10-9 Catone.

Round 2
Both men swing freely to open the second frame but nothing lands. Catone bulls Philippou into the cage and lands a hard knee to the guts. Philippou breaks away but Catone drills him with a knee to the face on the exit. Low kick and a jab connect for Catone. The Jersey Devil lobs a head kick that is blocked and drives his foe into the fence again. The crowd boos and with a minute left, Catone scores a single leg. He quickly gets to half guard and gets mount for a moment. Philippou regains guard and gets socked in the mouth. 10 9 Catone.

Round 3
A more comfortable Catone probes with his right before slamming Philippou to the mat. Catone gets to side for a moment but Philippou reclaims guard. Philippou looks exhausted on the bottom as Catone drives his forearm into his jaw. He tries to use the fence to wall walk but Catone sucks him back down. Catone lands a series of heavy elbows and deftly takes mount. He hammers Philippou, who is able to turn and scramble back to half guard. More Catone elbows rain down until the horn. 10-9 and 30-27 for Catone.

Official scores: 30-27 across the board for Catone, winner by unanimous decision.
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Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Round 1
Kevin Mulhall is our referee for the bantamweight contest. Loveland advances on Benavidez and backs him into the cage. Benavidez punches his way free but gets stuffed on a shot. Loveland lands a nice uppercut after another missed shot. Benavidez lands a hard low kick then a right hand. He shoots and gets him down for a second, but loveland is back up. Benavidez bullies his way back in but can't get the takedown and reverts to swinging wild punches that Loveland easily avoids. Benavidez gets busier towards the end of the frame but can't land anything hard. Loveland counters a low kick with a right cross as the round closes. Sherdog scores the first round 10-9 for Loveland.

Round 2
Benavidez is met with a Loveland combination as round two gets underway. He retreats and then darts back forward to hit a double. Loveland locks up a kimura and uses it to free himself and get back to his feet. Benavidez misses on a double and rolls but Loveland pounces and nearly lands a huge hammerfist. Benavidez, back on his feet, lands a nice one-two and then a hard left in the midst of a four-punch flurry. Loveland rushes in but Benavidez changes levels and plants him. He tries to get some ground-and-pound going but Loveland lands the harder shots, cutting Benavidez somewhere on the top of his head. Blood is trickling from his hairline and Benavidez paws at it. Loveland is back up and slips a head kick at the bell. Sherdog scores round two 10-9 for Benavidez.

Round 3
Benavidez opens the final round with a pair of nice push kicks and right hand follows. He then locks up a single on Loveland, who is only looking for right hand counters at this point. He takes him to the mat and tries for a guillotine but Loveland defends and gets back to his feet. Benavidez the hurts Loveland with a right hand to the face. He pounces and tries to flurry. Loveland gets back to his feet again and lands a right hand and a knee. Benavidez tries to throw him but ends up on the ground on the bottom at the horn. Sherdog scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.

Official scores: 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 for Benavidez, winner by unanimous decision.
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Darn, I started to go for Koch, but picked the loser.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:39 AM
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Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1
Herb Dean is in charge of the first of two Facebook prelims. Both men are just feeling each other out in the first minute. The southpaw Tibau pops Pellegrino with a short left hand. A moment later, the Brazilian rushes in and grabs at a single-leg. Pellegrino defends and winds up with his back to the cage. They split after a bit of dirty boxing and go back to feinting and pawing. Pellegrino connects with a one-two and eats another left from Tibau in return. The lightweights still look tentative with two minutes left in the round. Now Pellegrino looks for takedown and Tibau defends. Pellegrino gets muscled into the fence again and tripped to the floor. He stands back up and shoots on Tibau, but is stifled again. Pellegrino breaks free of Tibau’s clinch and lands a right hand before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Tibau
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10

Round 2
Both fighters are letting their hands go a bit more in the opening moments of the second frame, though neither is gaining an advantage. Pellegrino raises his arms, Diaz style, to rile Tibau, to no avail. They resume the slower pace of the first round. Tibau gets through with a one-two; Pellegrino lobs an inside leg kick. With just over three minutes on the clock, Pellegrino opens up with a combination that stuns the Brazilian and takes Tibau to the mat. Pellegrino landing shots from half-guard, looking to pass as the hometown crowd explodes. Tibau is grabbing at Pellegrino’s arms to slow the pace and Pellegrino lays a forearm across his neck. Pellegrino still can’t pass, but is doing well to hold Tibau on the floor. Tibau appears to be bleeding from the mouth and near the eye, and it’s stained Pellegrino’s bleached hair. Tibau finally breaks loose with 40 seconds on the clock. He slugs Pellegrino with a one-two, but Tibau looks to be slightly drained as the round expires.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pellegrino

Round 3
Tibau comes out swinging, the cut near his left eye seemingly repaired for the time being. He contemplates a single-leg, but doesn’t get far with it. Head kick from Tibau is blocked. Pellegrino has the center of the cage, but isn’t throwing through the first 90 seconds. He finally comes forward and gets clipped by Tibau’s left hand. Pellegrino bleeding from the nose now as Tibau pushes him into the fence. “Batman” pushes out and they’re back to trading. Tibau is throwing the same right-left hook combo over and over, but not finding much success. Tibau zaps his man as Pellegrino comes in for a takedown. Tibau stuffs and reverses, taking Pellegrino to the floor and passing to side control. Pellegrino quickly works out of the bad position and tries for a single-leg against the cage with 90 seconds to go. Tibau racking up short left hands as Pellegrino digs for the takedown. Pellegrino opts to let go and soon finds himself on the receiving end of a Tibau single-leg. Tibau desperately pounds from guard as the fight winds down. Pellegrino stands and has his back taken, then rolls for a kneebar at the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Tibau (29-28 Pellegrino)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Tibau (29-28 Tibau)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Tibau (29-29 Draw)

Official scores: One judge scores it 29-28 for Kurt Pellegrino. However, the remaining two judges score it 29-28 in favor of Gleison Tibau, the winner by split decision.
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Darn, I started to go for Koch, but picked the loser.
I did the same thing, Bonnie, I switched at the last moment. So much for "gut feeling", eh?
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Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Round 1
Kevin MacDonald is the referee for this welterweight contest. Almeida moves awkwardly from side to side around Pyle, who stands in the center of the cage. Slapping leg kicks from Almeida as he feints the shot. Pyle feels the distance with his left jab, but accidentally pokes Almeida in the eye. Almeida motions, but the action does not stop. They tie up and Almeida looks for the takedown. Pyle instead trips the Brazilian to the floor and walks away. Back on the feet, Almeida has another shot stuffed and gets spun into the fence. Short knees coming from Pyle, until Almeida reverses the position and drives a few knees of his own. Pyle shoves off, then gets driven to the mat, but jumps right back up. Almeida connects with an overhand right that stumbles Pyle, but the Xtreme Couture product recovers as Almeida clinches up. They trade knees in the clinch with Pyle getting the better. Pyle drives an uppercut into Almeida’s ribs and lands another solid knee before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-10
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Pyle
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10
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Round 2
Almeida scores with a turning side kick to Pyle’s gut, then drags him to the floor. Pyle scoots up with his back to the fence and the Brazilian does his best to pin him against the post. The men jockey for position with over-unders and stall out. They disengage and Pyle drives a knee into the body of Almeida. Two minutes to go and boos start to come from the crowd as the welterweights trade tentative strikes. Almeida initiates the clinch briefly, but Pyle won’t stay there. Chopping outside leg kick from Pyle prompts Almeida to shoot a double-leg. He drags Pyle to the floor and Pyle immediately turns to his left and frames up a kimura. Almeida extracts his arm and finishes the round on top.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Almeida
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Almeida
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Almeida
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Round 3
Leg kicks are exchanged in the early going of the final stanza. Almeida repeatedly fakes a shot on Pyle in the first two minutes, but doesn’t commit. Pyle is throwing combos to the head and body, but not landing much flush. He scores with a kick to the body and Almeida shoots, whereupon Pyle drives a knee into his gut. Pyle slams Almeida to the canvas, but Almeida shoves him right off. Pyle stands over him, slapping with leg kicks, allowing Almeida to drive forward on a single-leg as he gets back up. Almeida digging for the takedown with 90 seconds to go, then fires a level elbow over the top. Pyle loops his right arm over Almeida’s head for a guillotine, can’t get it, and settles for a jumping knee as they separate. Another knee lands and Almeida’s face is showing signs of wear in the final minute. Almeida scores a takedown, but Pyle instantly stands. Pyle finishes with a takedown of his own.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pyle (29-29 Draw)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Pyle (29-29 Pyle)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pyle (29-29 Draw)

Official scores: The judges cageside have it 30-27 (twice) and 29-28, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Mike Pyle.
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Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza Jr.
Round 1
Keith Peterson is the referee for the first Spike TV prelim. The lightweights come out whipping leg kicks at one another. Barboza thumps one to Njokuani’s body, then clips him with a right hand. Njokuani lands a left, but eats a brutal right hand that makes him tilt. Barboza doesn’t pounce and Njokuani survives. He slips a right from Barboza and lands a counter right of his own. Njokuani lands a front kick; Barboza retaliates with a punch that makes Njokuani check his mouthpiece. Njokuani is pawing at his left eye, where Barboza has been landing stiff jabs. Peterson steps in as if to pause the action, but then does not. Njokuani sneaking some jabs through, gaining confidence as the round wears on. Right hook connects for Njokuani, then another before the bell.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Barboza
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Barboza
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Barboza
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