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Rafael Natal vs. Paul Bradley


Round 1
Referee Kevin Mulhall is in the cage to get the first fight of the night underway. Bradley takes the center of the cage and “Sapo” feints and swings as he dances around the perimeter. A wild overhand right from Bradley grazes the Brazilian, but then Natal comes forward, flicking inside leg kicks and pumping his jab. Natal goes to the outside thigh with his kick and Bradley’s legs are already showing damage, his nose bloodied. Bradley is checking the kicks now and eating more jabs from Natal, who’s really taken over midway through the opening frame. Single-leg from Bradley is easily slipped by Natal, who moves from orthodox to southpaw stance and back again before stuffing another takedown attempt. Bradley catches a kick and tries for another takedown, but still can’t get it. The leg kicks from Natal are just vicious, causing Bradley to hop each time one is thrown. Bradley puts a one-two on Natal just before the bell and doesn’t follow up.

Round 2
Bradley charges Natal into the fence and throws a bunch of punches which stagger the Brazilian. The wrestler gives chase as Sapo stumbles out of the corner, and Bradley finally gets his takedown. He pins Natal on the base of the fence and lays on him from half-guard, nearly passing to side control. After a minute, Natal grabs for a leglock and Bradley is forced to bail, giving up the position. Back on the feet, Natal resumes his steady diet of leg kicks to Bradley’s badly damaged stems. Bradley doesn’t even appear to be considering another takedown as Natal bangs him with kicks and right-left straight punch combos. With just under a minute remaining, Bradley catches a finger in the eye and referee Mulhall halts the action. Bradley doesn’t take more than 20 seconds to recover and they get back to work. Bradley scores another takedown with 15 ticks left, but doesn’t do anything with it.

Round 3
Bradley catches an early leg kick from Natal and tries to spin him down, but only winds up eating a pair of knees from the Brazilian for his troubles. More chopping inside leg kicks from Natal force Bradley to dive for another shot, which comes nowhere close. Spinning backfist misses for Natal and Bradley whiffs on another single-leg try. Again, Bradley tries for the takedown, and again Sapo punishes him with knees and punches. Bradley’s got nothing left in his legs, making it really difficult for him to execute single-legs. After eating a particularly hard one-two, Bradley opts to clinch Natal into the fence and the Philly boo-birds let themselves be heard. Bradley catches another finger to the eye, but this one goes unnoticed. He gets a takedown, but can only keep Natal on the floor for about 10 seconds before the Brazilian is vertical and striking again. Bradley initiates the clinch again, drawing another knee to the gut by Natal and more jeers from the crowd.

Official result: Two judges cageside score it 29-28, while one has it 30-27, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Rafael “Sapo” Natal. Judges’ names are not announced.

Dang, sorry your friend had a loss, adamt. He looked pretty tired, I know he took the fight on short notice; I think all those kicks really did him in.



(courtesy Sherdog since my play-by-play isn't ready for prime time)
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:57 PM
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Mike Thomas Brown vs. Nam Phan

Round 1
Brown immediately looks to come over the top with right hands, and ducks in behind his strikes with a stuffed takedown attempt. Phan’s mixing up his punches, but the first meaningful punch comes from Brown, who socks the “Ultimate Fighter” vet with a left hook. Now, Brown gets inside and scores the takedown, and Phan gives up his back. One hook is in for Brown, who has his right arm looped around the kneeling Phan’s waist while his left hand repeatedly socks Phan in the side of the head. The punches aren’t hard, but a few dozen shots go unanswered by Phan, who’s just waiting for his chance to escape at the base of the fence. With two minutes to go, Phan turns to his side, his left arm still pinned beneath him. Brown’s bloodied him with the short punches and they aren’t stopping. Phan doesn’t seem in danger of being finished, but he also doesn’t look to be going anywhere. From full mount, Brown drills Phan with nasty horizontal elbows. Phan gets to his feet in the waning seconds of the round, only to be dragged back down before the horn.

Oh man, I don't know how Nam made it through that round. I think he got punched about 100 times.

Round 2
Phan sprawls wide on a single-leg in the center of the cage and Brown pushes him to the fence. Phan goes down to a knee, but only briefly, as he slips out to the center. The Californian is putting together some solid punches now, cracking Brown with hooks to the face and body. Brown dives at another takedown and is stuffed again. Halfway through the round, the American Top Team fighter picks Phan’s ankle, but again they’re back on their toes almost instantly. Brown just misses an overhand right and Phan puts a thudding left hook on the former WEC champ’s body, then one to the head. An uppercut lands for Phan, then another left hook to the guts. Brown shoots with 40 seconds to go, charging Phan into the fence, where he widens him base and steps away from Brown.

Round 3
Phan opens the round with a sharp right hand over the top and then lays another three-piece on Brown, who’s headhunting with big rights of his own. It’s 40 seconds before Brown tries for a takedown and gets Phan’s back standing. Phan turns around and gets put on his posterior, but uses the cage to pop back up. Standing kimura attempt from Phan on the right arm of Brown causes the pair to split. Three minutes to go and Phan’s corner is urging him to finish, as they did between rounds. Brown shoots again and Phan tries for another kimura. There’s even less there for Phan this time and he breaks out, eating a left hook from Brown in the process. Phan misses on a head kick and a tired-looking Brown charges forward. Phan sprawls all over a single-leg and socks Brown with a few hammerfists. Right hook, then a left hook from Phan seems to bother Brown, who shoots once more with 90 seconds left. Phan stays up, muscled into the fence by Brown, whose inactivity is drawing the ire of the crowd. Brown takes Phan’s back standing, then shoots low when Phan turns around, absorbing a couple elbows from his knees.


Official result: It’s one scorecard of 29-27 and two 29-28s, all in favor of Mike Thomas Brown, who picks up his first UFC win by way of unanimous decision.

Dang, I'm 0 for 2 in my predictions. Since when is Mike Brown going by 3 names? That's kind of serial killerish...
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:22 PM
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Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce

Round 1
After exchanging shots early, Hendricks is first to clinch and the wrestler stall out on the fence. They split and Pierce scores with a leg kick while Hendricks grazes with an uppercut. Hendricks lands some knees in the clinch in center cage, then chases Pierce down with a single-leg. Pierce uses the fence to stand right back up, and Hendricks takes his man’s back standing to drive some knees to Pierce’s thigh. They disengage and Hendricks comes forward with wild knees and punches, but it’s Pierce who finds success with uppercuts in the clinch. Now Hendricks gets his knees through, and follows up with a crisp left hook before putting Pierce’s back on the cage. Pierce lands a level elbow upon exit and has a head kick blocked. Another to the body by Hendricks gets through before the horn.

Round 2
Hendricks gets back to business, whipping Pierce with leg kicks and quick right hands. Pierce tries to slow the action with a clinch on the fence, but it doesn’t last long. Hendricks shoots a far-out double and gets sprawled on, then put against a cage post by Pierce. There’s not much going on aside from a few short punches by Pierce to the body of Hendricks, so referee Mario Yamasaki splits them up. Hendricks shoots and Pierce grabs a front headlock; Hendricks puts his hand on the mat to prevent any knees to his head. Pierce lets the headlock go and they’re back to trading. Hendricks leaps in with a knee, but Pierce answers with a one-two. Another knee from Hendricks causes Pierce to clinch, and Hendricks follows up with a three-piece combo that has Pierce covering. Pierce sprawls on a shot, but Hendricks uses the position to knee Pierce’s thigh to the horn.

Round 3
Pierce immediately looks for a takedown and the welterweights wind up clinched in the middle of the Octagon, trading elbows and punches inside. Now it’s Hendricks who shoots, allowing Pierce to grab another headlock. Again, Hendricks puts his hand on the canvas, and again, Pierce lets the hold go. Hendricks pumps his jab and Pierce wades inside for another takedown, but it doesn’t come. A few solid punches from Hendricks land before Pierce lifts him up and plants him on the floor. Pierce works from Hendricks’ open guard, trying to blast with elbows, but they’re not down long before ref Yamasaki warns of a standup. Pierce lands a vertical elbow that’s not called foul, but Yamasaki halts the action when Hendricks lands a glancing upkick to the face of Pierce, who appeared to be standing. No point is deducted and they get back to work. Hendricks has a shot stuffed and lands a few knees to Pierce’s thigh before the final horn in what will be a very close decision.

Official result: One judge at cageside has it 29-28 for Mike Pierce. However, the remaining officials see it 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Johny Hendricks.

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Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace

Round 1
The bantamweights clinch up instantly, but nothing much happens through the opening minute. When they split, it’s Menjivar taking action with outside leg kicks and right crosses. Pace tries to take the “Pride of El Salvador” down, can’t, but does follow up with a crisp left hook. An errant inside leg kick from Menjivar catches Pace low; it’s not long before Pace is back in action. Pace ducks under a big right hand from Menjivar and trips him to the ground. Menjivar uses butterfly guard and drills elbows to the head of Pace, who passes to side control. Menjivar gives up his back and stands up with Pace attached, one hook in. Menjivar grabs the ankle and tries to shake Pace loose, but the American is stuck on there. Pace tries a rear-naked choke and it looks bad for a moment, but he can’t get the hold under the chin. Menjivar shucks Pace off his back with 25 seconds to go and comes forward with punches, most of which miss their mark.

Round 2
Menjivar catches a kick from Pace and cracks his younger opponent with a hard right hand. The Tristar Gym fighter fires off a bunch of leg kicks and then walks the retreating Pace down. Snapping front kick from Menjivar now, followed with a hard knee-punch combination. He backs Pace up some more and whacks him with a right hook on the cheek. An overhand right scores for Menjivar, then another teep and a turning side kick. Pace is covering up, back to the fence as Menjivar unloads with punches and knees to the body. Still two minutes to go and Menjivar is taking over this fight, whipping leg kicks inside and out. Pace is getting worked, but he scores a takedown with 60 seconds left. He’s in half-guard, but he’s pinning Menjivar’s right arm down. Menjivar extracts the limb and rides the round out with Pace in his guard.

Round 3
Pace is looking for a takedown early, but Menjivar is having none of it, sprawling on the shots and cracking Pace with hard right hands and one-twos. Now it’s Menjivar looking for a trip that doesn’t come, so he goes back to leg-kicking and standing just out of range of Pace’s punches. Menjivar goes high with a right hand, to the body with a left, then catches Pace low with another inside kick. Pace takes 30 seconds to get well and they’re back at it with half a round to go. Menjivar keeps the leg kicks coming, dancing outside of Pace’s range. A feint to the body and a one-two up top from Menjivar. With a minute left, Pace drills his man with a hard knee in the clinch and Menjivar is backpedaling. Menjivar’s squinting, clearly injured in the left eye, where he caught the knee. Pace gives chase, hitting a step-in knee and winging more punches, but only a few get through as Menjivar does a good job keeping alive as the round winds down.

Official result: All three judges score it 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Ivan Menjivar.


Another lousy judge's decision, Pace got robbed, IMO. Menjivar was literally running away from him the entire last minute of round 3.
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Where the heck have you been?!? Can you take over now so I don't have to copy & paste Sherdog??

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Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya

Round 1
The featherweights open up with much feinting and some clashing leg kicks. Yahya shoots low for a double-leg, but doesn’t get near the body of Mendes before he’s pushed away. Mendes clips Yahya low with a kick and the Brazilian takes a minute to regain his composure. When they restart, Mendes is whipping leg kicks inside while Yahya seems to be just looking for his chance to shoot or tie up. At the halfway mark, he does, and Mendes simply walks backward to avoid the shot. They tie up and Mendes shows his strength by tossing Yahya aside, then spins him around with a leg kick. Yahya ducks inside and Mendes throws him down again, just toying with the BJJ black belt now. Mendes connects with a punch to the body, more leg kicks, and a flying knee just before the round expires.

Round 2
Yahya tries to get inside with punches and Mendes takes him for a ride. Open guard for Yahya, who shrimps and looks for an angle only momentarily before Mendes stands back up. Mendes has his hands by his side, standing out-of-range of all Yahya’s strikes and easily shucking shots with the Brazilian chooses to try. An overhand right lands for Mendes, then a left hand to the body is followed by a takedown. Yahya digs his heel into Mendes’ body a few times and Mendes gets back up. Back standing, Yahya sneaks a left hook through, but fails on a diving single-leg try. A straight right from Mendes snaps back Yahya’s head, then another has Yahya wobbling. Yahya’s efforts to wade inside with clinches are not working. Mendes grabs underhooks and eats a short hook from Yahya, then lets him go.

Round 3
Mendes drives Yahya down, straight into open guard. Yahya’s working on the right arm of Mendes while “Money” uses his left to sock Yahya in the ribs. Mendes puts his hand over Yahya’s mouth, forcing Yahya to squirm out. A pair of fast, short elbows from Mendes has Yahya breathing with his mouth open. Yahya is twisting and shrimping, looking for a submission, but both men are covered in sweat and Mendes is keeping it tight on the floor. Mendes stands back up with half a round to go, but brings Yahya down again straight away. Yahya creeps his right leg up and tries for an omoplata; it doesn’t come close, as Mendes stands up drops back down into full guard. Mendes lets the grappler back to his feet with a minute remaining. Yahya catches Mendes coming in with a left hand and Mendes stumbles a bit before regaining himself. Another takedown for Mendes with 20 seconds to go; he flips over the guard of Yahya and finishes the fight with back control.

Official result: It’s a clean sweep for Chad Mendes, who stays unbeaten with scores of 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards.

5 fights and all decisions!

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It's a looooooong story, but the short version is this:
  • Four weeks ago - prepping for mission trip
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It's a looooooong story, but the short version is this:
  • Four weeks ago - prepping for mission trip
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  • Two weeks ago - getting ready to move
  • This week - moving (Internet not set up until this coming Wednesday)
It's been a wild month!
Wow, you *have* been busy! I forgot what a problem cable/internet hook-up can be.
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Alexander Gustafsson vs. Matt Hamill

Round 1
The much taller Gustafsson circles outside while Hamill takes the center, missing on a pair of single-leg attempts. The second one comes with a right hand from Gustafsson; Hamill answers with a nice left jab to the mush. Gustafsson lands an outside leg kick, socks Hamill with a pair of right hands and stuffs a shot. Hamill connects with a left straight, then a right uppercut-left straight combo. A left hook from Hamill bloodies the corner of Gustafssonís right eye. Hamill catches Gustafsson coming in, zapping him with a right over the top, but Gustafsson lands one of his own underneath. Neither man scoring big in the last half-minute, as they trade punch-for-punch to finish a close first round.

Round 2
Gustafsson shucks a shot from Hamill early in the second, zapping the American with punches when he dips inside to clinch. Hamillís right eye is showing wear now as Gustafsson gets busy with high kicks, then jogs the perimeter of the cage. Gustafsson switches his stance repeatedly while Hamill stands almost still in the middle. Not a lot of clean offense getting through for either man, but Gustafsson has been more active through the first half of the stanza. Gustafsson stuffs a single-leg and splitís Hamillís guard with a left hand. Hamill falls to his side and Gustafsson pounces, slamming with elbows and hopping into full mount. Right hands rain down on the bloodied Hamill, then more elbows, then alternating lefts and rights which bounce Hamillís head off the canvas. Referee Dan Miragliotta has seen enough and steps in for the save at 3:41 of round two.

I wonder if Hamill will get cut? He really needed this win.
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