The lighter weight classes kicked off the pay-per-view UFC 137 main card, as bantamweight contender Scott Jorgensen earned a unanimous decision over returning veteran Jeff Curran and Japanese newcomer Hatsu Hioki scored a controversial split decision over George Roop.
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UFC 137 play-by-play and results for Jorgensen vs. Curran and Hioki vs. Roop are below:
JEFF CURRAN VS. SCOTT JORGENSEN:
Round 1 – Curran is aggressive early and thows several combos. Jorgensen freezes Curran with a nice counter. Jorgensen gains a single-leg takedown and the fun begins. Curran quickly gains full guard and is controlling posture well. Jorgensen firing nice short punches though, but Curran keeps positioning his hips for an armbar or triangle. Butterfly sweep attempt from Curran barely misses and Jorgensen recovers. Impressive defense from the Boise St. wrestler. Curran firing punches off his back and briefly works back to his feet. Referee Kim Winslow stand them up. Curran showing some power strikes but Jorgensen executes a nice single leg. Contentious round there. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Jorgensen.
Round 2 – Curran opens the round with a head kick that Jorgensen easily checks. Jorgensen is opening much more aggressive here. Jorgensen gains a front-headlock and begins throwing knees on Curran. Curran escapes along the cage though. Jorgensen catches a Curran knee and we’re back on the mat. Jorgensen looks to pass to no avail. Curran attempts a guillotine but Jorgensen defends perfectly. Curran firing combos but isn’t moving side to side enough. Jorgensen gets another takedown and Curran attacks with his guard again. Curran controlling the wrists well and goes for shoulder lock, which he turns into a sweep attempt. Jorgensen defends well though as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Jorgensen. (20-18)
Round 3 – Curran is loading up and trying to catch Jorgensen shooting to start the third. Curran connects on a nice punch but Jorgensen keeps working. Curran with a nice combo. Curran is favoring his left hand but still firing it anyways. Nice uppercut from Curran. Fighters clinch and trade knees as Jorgensen works him against the cage. Curran gains the Greco clinch for a moment but Jorgensen works out. A minute left and we’re still standing. Curran with another nice combo and Jorgensen punches out. Curran with a shot to the body. Curran attempts a shot but misses and Jorgensen works to side control. Round ends as Curran attacks off his back. Impressive technical battle in this one. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Curran but the fight to Jorgensen 29-28.
Scott Jorgensen def. Jeff Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
HATSU HIOKI VS. GEORGE ROOP:
Round 1 – Roop is aggressive early but not landing much. Hioki fires a combo but Roop evades. Roop catches Hioki with a groin shot. We’re back underway now. Hioki with an outside leg kick. Hioki forces a clich against the cage. Hioki looking for the takedown and Roop reverses position. Hioki uses a missed outside trip to reverse. Hioki’s clinchwork is impressive. Roop is defending the takedown well however. Hioki takes Roop’s back briefly but reverses out against the cage. Hioki hits a beautiful takedown into side control. Hioki immediately looks to pass. Brief exchange and Roop regains guard before escaping. Hioki lands a few knees in the clinch as the horn sounds. Roop looks solid early but MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Hioki.
Round 2 – Roop is really looking for the that high teep early. Roop with a nice combo finished with a kick. Hioki fires another combo but Roop evades well. Hioki secures a brutal body lock and gains full mount off the takedown. Roop hip escapes but Hioki recovers side control. Hioki is looking for a keylock but Roop defends and Hioki explodes to full mount. Hioki locks his legs in mount and Hioki fires shots while controlling Roop. Hioki is clearly looking for his signature triangle everytime Roop tries to buck. Hioki begins working an Americana/arm triangle. Hioki with an elbow but Roop escapes. Roop fires an upkick and gets to his feet. Roop fires repeat head kicks but wastes time taunting Hioki as the round ends. Hioki just smiles. Round 2 goes to Hioki 10-9 (20-18)
Round 3 – Round begins with Roop being very aggressive. Hioki keeps his composure and gains a clinch against the fence. Roop doing a good job defending and pummeling in. Roop gets a body lock and reverses position. Hioki fires some knees and Roop responds with his own knees. Midway through the round and Roop is controlling the action so far. Referee Josh Rosenthal separates the fighters and Roop gets a takedown. Hioki traps an arm but Roop works free. Hioki gains rubber guard. Thirty seconds left and Roop is playing it safe. Hioki throws his legs over but misses as the horn sounds. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Roop, with the fight going 29-28 Hioki.
Hatsu Hioki def. George Roop via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Pictured: Scott Jorgensen