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Nolan Ticman vs. Zhikui Yao
Yao takes the center right away while Ticman moves along the perimeter. A quick exchange leaves neither man with success. Yao continues to chase Ticman around and runs into a stepping jab and a counter uppercut. Ticman tries the jab again as he looks to be resorting to counter-striking and moving away. High kick from Ticman nearly lands. Yao rushes Ticman with punches but the longer Ticman is able to slide out of the way. Yao goes for another blitz and lands his best punches as he’s able to cut Ticman off, Ticman backs against the cage but doesn’t spend much time there as he slips off. Ticman pops his jab and moves. Primarily a cat and mouse boxing match thus far. Clean counter left hook lands for Ticman as he angles off. Yao drops down for a takedown and eats a knee in the progress, the stronger Ticman easily reverses and gets back up to his feet. Clean right smacks Yao coming in flush; Yao tries to follow him with a flurry of punches but hits air. Another small blitz from Yao at the end of the round, but Ticman lands a counter. Clear round for Nolan Ticman. 10-9 Ticman
Yao’s corner mentions the need to cut Ticman off, but Ticman lands a big left hook on Zhikui coming in. Yao ducks underneath for a takedown and gets it, but once again Ticman reverses and sparks a mad scramble. Ticman looks for the guillotine but Yao stands and they clinch. They separate. A big right hand whiffs for Yao. Zhikui shoots another takedown but it is defended by the stronger, longer man, but Yao lands a big knee and a flurry of punches at the end of it. Yao out-scoring Ticman with volume it seems like. Yao motions Ticman forward, but Ticman relying on sticking and moving thus far. Jab misses Yao who can’t follow up. Ticman shoots a takedown attempt from range but Yao stuffs it easily. Yao lands a one-two and catches Ticman off balance who slips to the mat, but gets back up and shakes his head. Much closer round, but Ticman was much less active. 10-9 Zhikui
Ticman opens up with a big counter left hook that barely misses, and a kick that gets the same result. Yao inching forward and eats a clean right but can’t catch Ticman. Ticman still playing a successful game of matador, but can’t quite land anything cleanly. Yao grabs a single leg, but once again Ticman displays his athleticism to reverse and get back to his feet. Ticman changes levels on a blitz from Yao and puts him against the cage. Double underhooks for Ticman who lands big knees to the inner thigh. Ticman keeps Yao against the cage for a few more knees and then separates with thirty seconds left. Ticman shoots a takedown, but backs out to throw a knee. Yao shoots and wheels Ticman down with a single. Ticman reverses in the last seconds and tees off with punches. 10-9 Ticman. Expect a unanimous decision for Nolan Ticman.
Official Decision: Yao Zhikui wins via Split Decision. Controversial decision to open the night up, but Ticman’s lack of output seemed to have plagued him on the scorecards against Yao’s more aggressive approach.
Jon Delos Reyes vs. Roldan Sangcha-an
This flyweight bout starts off with a big kick from Sangcha-an. Reyes cracks him with a big right hand and forces Sangcha-an into a takedown attempt. Sangcha-an pressures him against the cage and scores the first takedown. Reyes looks to be active off his back and is looking to sneak onto Sangcha-an’s back. Sangcha-an recognizes and lands a big shot from the top position. Reyes wraps out an omoplata and uses it to reverse to top position. North-south for Reyes. Reyes wraps up the head and moves to the back. He’s too high though and resets himself. Reyes tries to gets his forearm underneath the chin but doesn’t have position and loses it. Reyes grabs an armbar and it looks tight, but Sangcha-an somehow survives. They scramble back to the feet and clinch. Sangcha-an wraps Reyes up and puts him on the mat with a possible neck crank. Reyes signals he is fine and Sangcha-an moves to mount, but gets easily reversed. Reyes tees off with punches against the cage and Sangcha-an gets back to his feet with a wild exchange. Crazy first round between these two. 10-9 Reyes
Reyes fires off a double flying knee, but Sangcha-an blocks it. Reyes follows it up with an elbow and they clinch up. Reyes is bleeding from an accidental clash of heads. They separate and a wild exchange ensues. Sangcha-an drops Reyes with some wild punching, but Reyes pops back up and fires off in return. Reyes clinches up and lands a big elbow, but it’s Sangcha-an who lands. Sangcha-an’s arms look absolutely gassed now as it looks like he’s underwater. Sangcha-an falls down and Reyes lands three big punches. The ref pauses the action to check the cut on Reyes and the action resumes. Reyes transitions onto the back and sinks in a tight rear naked choke, but it takes several moments of tightening before he can get the tapout form the tough Filipino. Epic war between these two.
Official Decision: Jon Delos Reyes wins via Rear Naked Choke
Royston Wee vs. Guangyou Ning
They touch gloves and the TUF: China winner, Guangyou Ning takes the center early on. Guangyou plays the role of aggressor and corners Wee against the cage with a flurry of punches. Wee falls to his back and looks to work with his butterfly guard. Wee kicks off and back up to the feet they go. Guangyou pushes forward again and lands big punches. Guangyou grabs a body lock and puts Wee on the ground once again. Royston Wee sporting a cut on his eyebrow. Closed guard for Wee, neither man can do much on the ground. The ref stands them up. Hard low kick for Guangyou. Wee standing very tall as he inches forward, a few more low kicks land for Guangyou. Wee throws high with his kick but Guangyou shakes it off and fires one off to the body. Big overhand left misses for Ning. Two more connections for Guangyou to the body. Guangyou pushes forward with a wild left hand and some follow up punches, but the taller Royston Wee stays out of trouble. Head kick by Guangyou and then straight to a double leg takedown. Wee creates space and Guangyou ends the round big with a flurry of punches. 10-9 Guangyou
Guangyou opens up with a kick attempt to the body, and moves forward with a left hand. Inside low kick sends Royston Wee to the canvas and Guangyou takes top position. Smothering top position by Guangyou, but not overly effective in terms of damage. Referee Steve Perceval stands them up. Guangyou presses forward with three left hands but can’t land cleanly, Wee fires off a kick and it goes low. The action resumes and Guangyou sends a few kicks Wee’s way. Some more kicks for Guangyou land and Royston Wee seems happy just observing. Guangyou throws a left hand to the body but can’t follow up. Wee lands a kick to the body and Guangyou lands a jab in return. Spinning heel kick misses for Guangyou but lands a clean one-two against the flat-footed Royston Wee. Hard head kick backs Royston Wee up and Guangyou throws a big left overhand and a then a crisp left hand to the liver that drops Royston Wee at the end of the round. Guangyou gets on top with big elbows and the referee stops the bout with a second left.
Official Decision: Guangyou Ning wins via 2nd Round TKO.
Jingliang Li vs. Dhiego Lima
Terry Hill is our referee for this welterweight bout. They touch gloves and both size each other up. Jingliang pumping a constant jab out. Lima steps into the pocket with a right hand, Jingliang fires off with counter combination to keep Lima on his toes. Jingliang pushing forward early on, landing with his right uppercut. Jingliang has Lima backed up against the cage and fires off a vicious flurry of punches that puts Lima down. Jingliang fires off with big right hands, and the referee mercifully steps in to save Dhiego Lima. The replay shows a big left hook that takes Lima’s legs out from under him, and a right hand landed flush on the way down as well. The stoppage came 1:25 of the first.
Official Decision: Jingliang Li wins via 1st Round KO.
Kajan Johnson vs. Lipeng Zhang
Zhang pushes forward early against the longer Canadian, Kajan Johnson. Johnson, the southpaw, fires off a left hand as he circles around the perimeter. They tie up and Johnson puts Zhang on the mat. Johnson can’t keep him down however and looks to take the back from the standing position. They stalemate as Zhang controls the left hand of Johnson. Big knee from Johnson on the exit. Zhang catches a high kick and puts Johnson on the mat, landing in side control. Johnson regains guard. Zhang postures up and tries to get through the legs, but Johnson wraps up the left leg and attempts a knee bar. Now Kajan rolls for a heel hook, but Lipeng surviving thus far and staying heavy. Zhang maintaining top position and looking to land some strikes. They scramble to their feet and Johnson tries to take it back to the mat again. Zhang defending Johnson’s takedown attempt very well. Zhang tries to counter with his own, but Johnson whizzers and they go back to the clinch. Mostly a stalemate with thirty seconds left. They separate and Johnson looks to land some sharp punches from the outside. 10-9 Johnson
Zhang opens up with a leg kick and Johnson looks to maintain his mobile approach on the outside. Hard outside leg kick by Johnson. Zhang whiffs on a head kick and Johnson gets on top in closed guard. Zhang holds on tight from the bottom, but Johnson breaks free and looks to take the back as Zhang crawls to the cage. Knees to the thigh by Johnson, now one to the head. Johnson pulls Lipeng to the ground, but gets reversed and now it’s Lipeng on top. Johnson kicks off and now they’re back on the feet. Johnson moving well on the outside, neither man landing anything significant. Johnson barely misses with a big head kick. Zhang complains about an eye poke but the referee keeps the action going. Lipeng looks to be having trouble closing the reach advantage. Zhang lands low and the action is paused. Lipeng starts off pushing forward with a punching combination and lands a nice right hand. Johnson shoots for a takedown but eats a handful of hammerfists for his efforts. Nevertheless Johnson gets Lipeng down and is staying heavy on the hips. Knees to the thigh by Johnson. The round ends as Johnson splits off with a big elbow. 10-9 Johnson
Lipeng trying to push forward early now with some big kicks, but Johnson staying away. They tie up and Zhang looks for the body lock takedown but can’t disrupt the balance. Johnson threatens with a trip but the two fighters stay upright. Lipeng exits with a left hand and continues to push forward. Johnson staying elusive. Lipeng dives forward with an uppercut. Johnson puts Lipeng on the mat but can’t hold him there. Against the cage, Johnson stays heavy on the back of Zhang. Some knees to the thigh by Johnson, but nothing else. Johnson threatens with a kimura and now has Lipeng on the ground with one hook in. Johnson rolls for a leg lock with thirty seconds left but can’t get it fully locked in. Lipeng ends the bout on top. 10-9 Johnson. Should be a clear-cut decision for Kajan Johnson.
Official Decision: Kajan Johnson wins via Unanimous Decision.
Jon Tuck vs. Tae Hyun Bang
Referee Steve Perceval shares the Octagon with the two lightweights. Tuck takes the command of the center early on and throws a lead left kick with no wind up. Bang fires off a right hand that clips Tuck and backs him up. Tuck drives underneath and puts Bang on the mat near the cage with little effort. Bang controls the head and gets back up to his feet in the clinch. Bang ducks underneath a right hand and exits. Bang with a lead inside low kick, and takes one to the cup from Tuck. Action quickly resumes. Bang enters range with a jab and tries to follow up with a big right but eats a counter-left by Tuck. Jon Tuck pushes forward with his hands and slams a head kick off the dome of Bang. Bang pushes forward and gets his hands on Tuck, but can’t land flush. Tuck pops his jab and flicks an axe kick Bang’s way. Bang tries to land his right hand, but Tuck slips inside and lands his own that puts Bang on the floor. Tuck pounces on his foe, takes the back, locks up the choke, and elicits the tap out. Big win for the Guam-native Jon Tuck. The stoppage came at 3:56 of the first.
Official Decision: Jon Tuck wins via 1st Round Rear-Naked Choke.
Levan Makashvili vs. Mark Eddiva
Terry Hill gets us started for this featherweight contest between the Filipino, Mark Eddiva, and the Georgia-native, Levan Makashvili. Eddiva opens up with a pair of leg kicks and Makashvili tries to find an answer via his punches. A kick to the body for Eddiva backs up “The Hornet”. Makashvili jumps forward with a lead left hook and Eddiva changes levels, but gets sprawled on. They battle for position in the clinch, both throwing each other against the cage. Makashvili hooks the leg and strong-arms Eddiva to the mat. Eddiva scrambles up, defends his head, and back up to the clinch they go. Makashvili leans on the arms of Eddiva and works some knees to the thigh. The referee splits them up. Head kick attempt is blocked by Makashvili. Eddiva enters range with the right hand, Levan answers with a left. The kicks of Eddiva seem to be his most effective weapon thus far. Makashvili misses a right hand as Eddiva changes levels, but can’t work the wrestler to the mat. In the clinch, Makashvili presses the Filipino against the cage, and now lands an outside trip into half guard. Some short punches on top by Makashvili. Eddiva underhooks and gets back up, but eats a knee to the body. They trade knees to the thigh at the end of the round. Good first round, perhaps edges by Makashvili. 10-9 Makashvili
Makashvili takes the center as the Filipino, Mark Eddiva, circles around the outside. Chopping low kick by Eddiva. The second one misses. Eddiva moves forward but can’t land. Eddiva’s side kick keeps Makashvili at bay. Makashvili drives forward with a right hand and they tie up. Eddiva separates and resets in the center. Both fighters’ volume seems to have tanked as they both appear to be content monitoring each other. Makashvili drives forward with a clinch and puts Eddiva on the mat despite a blatant fence grab by the Filipino. Makashvili, inside the open guard, attacks the body but doesn’t offer much else. The ref stands them up after a few moments of inactivity. Good low kick by Eddiva, but Makashvili powers through and ties him up against the cage. They exit and neither fighter can land. Eddiva, moving backwards, tries to counter a body kick with some punches. Makashvili pushes forward and tries to clinch but ends up landing some punches at the end of the round. Close round, but neither fighter has been totally effective. 10-9 Makashvili
Third and final round between these featherweights. Eddiva misses on some low-effort leg kicks. A strong side kick keeps Makashvili at bay. Levan shoots and tries the double leg, then an outside trip, but Eddiva stays upright. Against the cage now as Makashvili muscles Eddiva to the ground. Eddiva is on his way up, but and Makashvili can’t hold him down. Makashvili just totally smothering Eddiva now and not letting him get any space. Levan throws Eddiva down and tries to circle to the back, but Eddiva gets back up. Makashvili throws Eddive back down and transitions on top in side control. Eddiva dives underneath, and scrambles back up to his feet. Eddiva throws some more low-effort punching combinations, but can’t land effectively. Makashvili once again drives Eddiva against the cage, and puts him back down with a minute left. Side control for the Georgian. Eddiva bellies down but Makashvili takes the back and lands some good right hands. Eddiva gets his base and then creates space to separate with fifteen seconds left. A head kick misses by Eddiva to close the round. 10-9 Makashvili. Not the best performance for both men, but Makashvili should take the decision via his smothering clinch work and takedowns.
Official Decision: Levan Makashvili wins via Split Decision.
Yui Chul Nam vs. Phillipe Nover
The two featherweights meet in the center and Nover throws a lead head kick up high. Nam pressures and tries to get his hands on him early. Nover ducks underneath and puts Nam on the mat against the cage. Nam struggles to get up to his feet, but Nover stays heavy on the hips and keeps Nam on the mat. A stalemate thus far with Nover laying on the hips and slowly trying to take the back. They stand and Nover stays heavy in the clinch. A knee to the head by Nover in the clinch, and now some knees to the shoulder and thigh. Nover changes levels and tries to get his opponent back to the mat. He elevates and a big slam lands for Nover, but Chul Nam scrambles to his feet near the cage. Some left hands land for Nover who has his opponent completely overwhelmed thus far. Another takedown for Nover and some more pestering punches. Nam makes his way back up to his feet and eats an elbow. Nam pushes for his own takedown but can’t get it to close the round. 10-9 Nover
Round two begins with Nover circling the outside. Nam lands a right hand off of a Nover kick. Phillipe shoots from a distance and puts Nam on the mat without much effort. Nam hooks the leg from underneath but can’t seem to do much with it. They scramble and Nover takes the back, and slams Nam down. Nover slips off the back and Nam gets on top. A loose armbar attempt is shook off. Nam drops down into a triangle but shakes it off and continues to pound away with punches. Nover scrambles back up and eats a knee to the body. Back on the feet. Nover circles away and lands a body kick. Nam trying to pressure with footwork but unable to land any punches. Nover enters in with a takedown but can’t get enough power behind it. Nover puts Nam against the cage for some more clinch work. They trade knees to the thigh inside. Nover tries for a trip but Nam maintains balance and winds up on top. Nam postures up and lands some punches but has to fight off the legs once again. Nam passes to half guard and throws to the body to close the round. Much closer round, but I’d give the edge to Nover. 10-9 Nover
Nover throws a kick on the outside but misses. Another outside attack by Nover comes up short. Nam changes the tide and puts Nover on the mat, but Phillipe immediately gets back up. They battle for position in the clinch and Nam gets Nover down one more time. Nover tries to get back up but gives up positioning as Nam passes into half guard. Nover briefly threatens with a guillotine but doesn’t appear to have the gas to finish it. Nam in mount now. Nover retains guard and tries to scramble but finds himself in fear of an arm-triangle by Nam. The cage is hindering Nam’s ability to fully lock it in, but is holding onto it nonetheless. Some tense moments as Nam is slowly pushing Nover away from the cage. Nam lets the choke attempt go and unloads with big hammerfists. Nam ends the round on top to put a strong cap on the grueling contest. 10-9 Nam. Should be a close decision.
Official Decision: Phillipe Nover wins via Split Decision.
Neil Magny vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Referee Steve Perceval is ready to start this bout off between two long and rangy welterweights. They touch gloves and Magny takes the center. Lim switches and now becomes the aggressor. Lim pressures and controls the center with his footwork but neither fighter has yet to land anything big. Magny puts a jab out and Lim fires one back. A right hand catches Magny, but Magny fires back. Lim walks Magny down but shows a bit of hesitation. A side kick pushes Lim back but nonetheless Lim pressures and swarms Magny with punches. A big knee gets through for Lim who is walking Magny down and teeing off with big punches. Magny smartly ties up and tries to regain his composure. Great survival instincts by Magny. Magny wraps up the body and is trying to get the strong Korean down but can’t do so thus far. Magny finally manages to get Lim down and takes the backs. Lim tries to shrimp Magny off and eventually winds up on top. Magny locks up a triangle but uses it to reverse and gets on top. Lim now threatens with an armbar attempt after eating some punches. Magny gets out and takes the mount. Magny unloads with big punches and now takes the back. Magny rolling for the rear-naked choke now. Lim powers his way back up to his feet and they both trade big punches. Lim stuffs a Magny takedown and now pushes Magny against the cage. They seperate and Magny ends the round with a big punching combination. Entertaining first round so far. Hard to score, but Lim did the most damage. 10-9 Lim
Magny comes out with a leg kick and takes the center. Some jabs are traded and Magny ducks underneath. Magny slams Lim to the mat and immediately transitions into mount. Big punches by Magny who has Lim in trouble early in the second round. Magny peppers the head with punches and Lim is offering nothing in return. Steve Perceval steps in to save Lim, making it a 7-fight win streak for Neil Magny. After struggling in the first round, Neil came out and made it look easy in the second. The stoppage came at 1:24 of the second round.
Official Decision: Neil Magny wins via 2nd Round TKO.
Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt
Referee Terry Hill gets us started for is being labeled Mark Munoz’s swan song. Barnatt comes out quickly and puts some jabs down range, and is moving well. A right uppercut clocks Munoz coming in. Barnatt push kicks Munoz backward and now controls the center. A big knee lands for Barnatt on a shooting Munoz. Munoz puts Barnatt down but has to fight off a guillotine. Munoz takes side control but Barnatt gets back up. Another takedown for Munoz and Barnatt is back up to his feet against the cage. Munoz controls the body against the cage and puts a knee to the body. A big right hand on the exit by Munoz, and an uppercut. Barnatt gets hits again with his back against the cage. Munoz is putting the pressure on him and Munoz puts Barnatt back to the ground again. Munoz stays heavy as Barnatt gets his feet under him. Munoz is having a hard time keeping Barnatt down, but maintains control in the clinch. Munoz wheels Barnatt to the ground only to eat some big shots. Munoz is mauling Barnatt with his takedowns and ground and pound now, swinging for the fences. With a minute and a half left, Barnatt is back on his feet with Munoz pressuring him in the clinch. Barnatt finds space to throw Munoz on the mat, but he’s back up again. Munoz looks to be fading bad as Barnatt easily shrugs him off and throws some strikes from range. A big overhand right clocks Barnatt and they clinch. With ten seconds left, Munoz can’t get Barnatt down. What a wild first round. 10-9 Munoz
Second round starts off and Munoz looks for his right hand but comes up short. A kick misses for Munoz. Barnatt looks to put his knee to the midsection and he times it well on Munoz coming in. Mark is looking for a high crotch takedown but can’t disrupt the balance. Munoz switches to a double now and can’t get it. Barnatt throws him off with a hip toss, but can’t capitalize. They split off. Barnatt misses a head kick. Munoz pushes forward and eats a right hand. Munoz scores a high crotch takedown and puts Barnatt on the mat. Munoz in open guard. Barnatt creates space and they’re now back in the clinch with two minutes left. Both fighters look massively fatigued as Munoz is trying for another takedown, but just doesn’t have enough energy to pull it off. Barnatt separates. Munoz’s punches are coming in slo-mo now, but Barnatt’s aren’t coming much quicker. A knee to the body lands for Barnatt. Barnatt stuffs a takedown and now tries to push forward with his own strikes. Barnatt runs into a big right hand with ten seconds left. 10-9 Munoz
Barnatt feints with a few flying knee attempts. Munoz lands two right hands and shoots for another single leg. Hard elbow in defense by Barnatt who shrugs it off. Another overhand right lands for Munoz. Barnatt is on the defense who eats a left hook and a right. Barnatt misses a right counter and Munoz puts him back on the mat, but not for long. Barnatt stands, but can’t get off the cage just yet. Some hard elbows by Barnatt as he tries to defend the takedown. He gets briefly grounded and eats a hard right on the ground, but quickly gets back up. On the feet, Munoz scores with another left hook. Barnatt is taking everything on the chin. Another right hand backs Barnatt up who offers up a knee to the body. Munoz shoots again only to eat some more elbows. Munoz sucks the hips out and keeps Barnatt grounded against the cage. Munoz hugs the legs as Barnatt seemlessly stands up and peppers his head with some more elbows. With a minute left, Munoz continues to push Barnatt against the cage and try for another takedown. Munoz creatively rolls Barnatt to the ground and stands over him. Munoz jumps over the legs with a trademark Donkey Kong punch. Munoz ends the round on top as the Filipino crowd cheers on their man. 10-9 Munoz. Both guys had their moments, but Munoz fought through the fatigue and put a beating on Luke Barnatt.
Official Decision: Mark Munoz wins via Unanimous Decision
Gegard Mousasi vs. Costas Philippou
The two middleweights come out and they both trade low kicks. Philippou lands a right hand over the top but eats a jab for his efforts. A body kick lands for Philippou as Mousasi controls the center of the Octagon. Mousasi slides out of range and then puts Philippou on the mat and immediately lands in side control. Philippou regains half guard. Mousasi lands a big hammerfist and looks to pass over the leg, but Philippou stays defensively sound off his back. Mousasi postures up, lands some hammerfists, and briefly takes mount but gets pushed back. Now in full guard is Mousasi. Gegard comes down with a right hand and Philippou is struggling controlling the posture of Mousasi who now slides into half guard. Gegard continues to grind on Philippou from half guard and doing some good damage. Mousasi nearly locks up an arm-triangle but Philippou is able to get his arm out. Philippou hooks the leg and tries to get up but Mousasi stays in control and maintains top position. Another arm-triangle attempt for Mousasi but lets it go. The round ends with Mousasi on top. Smothering first round for Mousasi. 10-9 Mousasi
Philippou comes out with a low kick-spinning back fist combo but comes up short. Mousasi staying out of range very well; he lands a low kick. Mousasi pops a jab and then floors Philippou with ease up against the cage. Philippou creates some space and gets up to the feet. Philippou pushes forward behind some powerful kicks. Philippou tries to clinch and Mousasi shrugs him off. Philippou misses a left hand and Mousasi grazes with a right hand. Both trade low kicks. Philippou jabs and Mousasi pops him to the cup. The action pauses, but quickly resumes. Gegard ducks underneath a right hand and floors him once again with ease. Mousasi slips past the legs and into side control. Now looking to isolate the arm of Philippou is Mousasi, but gives it up as Philippou has a tight grip of his own shorts. Mousasi gets pushed back to half guard, but maintains overwhelming top pressure. Mousasi puts some left hands to the head and is peppering Philippou from all over in half guard. Philippou desperately tries to create some space but Mousasi pounds him with elbows to close the round. Another dominant round for the Armenian born. 10-9 Mousasi
Philippou comes out looking for his right hand but Mousasi swats him with a check left hook. Stiff jab by Mousasi catches Philippou coming in. Inside low kick for Mousasi, returned later by Philippou. Philippou continues to hit nothing but air against a defensively sound Mousasi. Philippou grazes a right hand off the head, but Mousasi immediately changes levels and puts Philippou on the mat. In closed guard is Mousasi. Mousasi continues to damage Philippou from top position. Half guard now for Mousasi, who is methodically dismantling Philippou on the mat. In the final moments, Mousasi opens up with more punches and takes mount. 10-9 Mousasi. Dominant performance by Mousasi. The finish didn’t materialize, but a virtually flawless performance nonetheless.
Official Decision: Gegard Mousasi wins via Unanimous Decision.
Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
Referee Steve Perceval gets us started for this super fight in the 145 lb division. They both circle each other and Faber looks to set up some feints. Faber grazes the cup with an inside low kick early on. Faber throws a right hand and tries to tie up, Edgar shrugs him off with an uppercut. Both throwing lots of feints and circling each other, neither fighter has landed anything significant a minute in. Faber dives in with a right hand but misses. Faber lands a lead left. Edgar pressures and has Faber on the cage, he lands some punches and a spinning back kick to the body. Faber lands an overhand but fails to follow up with a knee. Faber throws for the lead left hook but misses. Edgar looks to land the uppercut on the retreat, but is controlling the center of the Octagon thus far. Edgar tries to pressure and Faber has a right hand waiting for him. Edgar changes levels and puts Faber on the mat, but he’s quickly back up with Edgar on his back in the clinch. Faber gets warned multiple times for grabbing the cage. They separate. Two hard kicks to the leg for Edgar while Faber lands a good jab. Edgar thinks about another level change but Faber puts his hands on him. The round ends. Close first round. 10-9 Edgar, he landed the takedown, had good clinch control, and landed some good low kicks.
Faber opens up with a big kick. Faber comes in with a big knee as well that lands flush, but Edgar eats it. Edgar misses on a spinning back kick and Faber looks to grab the back, but Edgar spins free. Faber catches a kick, but can’t do anything with it. Edgar continues to control the center of the Octagon. Edgar pushes forward with his hands and ends with a head kick, Faber returns fire on an angle. Left to the body by Faber. Left upstairs by Faber as well. Edgar lands a straight right moving forward. Faber lights up the guard of Edgar. Edgar answers with a right upstairs. Faber moves forward with some more combinations but eats an uppercut for his efforts. A minute left in the second round and both are still looking to size each other up with feints. Edgar looks to be trying to counter the explosions of Faber, but both are managing to land. Another very close round, but Faber could have edged it with the big knee he landed early in the round. 10-9 Faber
Faber pushes Edgar away with a push kick. Edgar chops the leg and looks to get in Faber’s face. Faber changes stances and Edgar pushes forward with his hands, but Faber cuts an angle and lands a hard left. Edgar is looking to make Faber pay for everything. Urijah throws to the body and eats a flush right upstairs. Faber barely misses with a spinning back kick. Faber ducks low and Edgar drills him with a few uppercuts. Edgar changes levels and puts Faber down on the mat, but has to immediately fight off a guillotine attempt. Edgar passes the guard and frees himself – back up tot he feet they go, but Edgar doesn’t let him go. Edgar elevates him and puts him down away from the cage, but Faber crawls back up to his feet. Edgar staying heavy on the back, and lands a hard knee to the head. Edgar pursues a double leg and gets it. Faber tries to sweep, but can’t and gets mounted. Faber springs back up to his feet and is pressed against the cage once again with Edgar on his back. Edgar loses his balance and stumbles on his exit – they reset in the middle. Sharp jab by Faber. Edgar misses a head kick and a jumping kick at the end. 10-9 Edgar. By far Edgar’s best round.
Edgar and Faber both miss big head kicks within the first few moments. Faber throws hard to the body but Edgar doesn’t let him off easy. Edgar backs him up to the cage and lands a spinning back kick to the body. Faber tries to catch a leg kick but fails to do so. Faber lands a right hand on Edgar coming in, but gets clipped on the exit. Faber eats a right hand and misses his answer. Edgar drives in on a takedown and floors Faber with a minute forty-five to go. Faber gets up but Edgar stays heavy on his back. Faber spins out and they reset. Faber lands a check left and afters the return from Edgar. Frankie pursues his opponent and lands a body-head combo. With ten seconds left Faber lands a counter right and then a grazing jab. Another close round but Edgar is landing the cleaner punches, and got the takedown. 10-9 Edgar
Faber looks to take command of the center in this final round. Faber eats a counter left. Faber misses a body kick and eats a right hand from Edgar. Faber throws a left to the body against the always-moving Edgar. Faber lands a good right hand on Edgar coming in. Edgar throws a right and pops the head back with a left uppercut. Edgar shoots and rolls to the back to get him down. Faber is back up but Edgar slams him down again. They scramble and Edgar lands on the exit. Faber scores with a jab and then an overhand right. Edgar scores with his own right hand at the end of a combination. Edgar looks for a knee pick but Faber keeps his distance. Edgar slips a right hand and scores with an uppercut. Edgar pushes forward again but eats the right this time. In the final seconds Edgar misses a wheel kick, but pops him with a one-two as Faber looks for the counter right. 10-9 Edgar.
Should be a unanimous decision for Edgar who landed the cleaner punches, and undoubtedly won the grappling exchanges. Faber landed a few decent shots, but they were few and far between. Edgar landed better quality punches, controlled the center of the Octagon more, and landed more takedowns.
Official Decision: Frankie Edgar wins via Unanimous Decision