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UFC on Fox 4 Play-by-Play

MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC on Fox 4 rolls along with our play-by-play and live scoring of tonight’s main card. Tonight’s card is highlighted by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua taking on Brandon Vera in the main event. Be sure to check back and refresh often for updates on tonight’s main card on Fox.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera

Round 1 – Body kick by Vera. Kick by Vera is caught by Shogun and Shogun with a great takedown. Shogun working in half guard now. Rua is setting up his free leg for a pass but Vera wises up. Shogun uses a switch of the legs to move to side control. Vera tries to scramble and Rua with a hard knee to the grounded Vera’s body. Vera escapes and goes for headkicks. Vera jumps into a very nice guillotine choke but Rua stays patient and calmly works his way out. Big punches by Shogun in half guard. Shogun advances to side control and then takes Vera’s back with :30 left. Big shots from Shogun, elbow to the face by Vera. Round ends with more punches from Shogun. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Rua.

Round 2- Leg kick to left hook by Shogun. Shogun is swarming a wounded Vera. Vera stops the rush and then lands a wicked right cross. Big hook to a straight left by Vera. Right hook to a body kick by Vera. Thigh kick by Vera. Big punch by Vera and an elbow to follow up but then Shogun answers with a massive strike of his own and looks to throw knees. Shogun snaps him to the mat and works for his back but Vera keeps fighting and fights out. Big right from Vera. Both fighting a little dazed and it’s only at the 2 minute mark of Round 2. Nice right by Vera. Vera clinches and uses a back trip to take Shogun now. Vera taking his time on the ground though.Vera looks like he’s in more pain than Shogun, knees from Vera. Rua is throwing punches from his back. Vera finally postures up and misses a big elbow as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores a crazy round 10-9 Vera (19-19)

Round 3- Vera pressures forward and throws a flying knee that misses. Shogun grabs a single leg but Vera defends against the cage. Knees exchanged by both fighters. Vera goes for a big knee but Rua pushes him off. Nasty left by Shogun. Body punch to thigh kick by Vera. Hook by Vera countered by Rua. Rua grabs a fronthead lock and throws bg knee to the head of Vera. Vera wisely drops to the gorund to avoid more knees. Shogun locks up a cradle. Shogun postures up and lands a big uppercut. Big elbow from Vera as he escapes. Two beautiful combos by Vera!. Big attack from Vera now and Shogun clinches and trips Vera with a back trip. Both guys are tired but neither is relenting. Shogun postures up and lands some big hammerfists. More punches by Rua. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Rua (29-28).

Round 4- Good combos by Vera early. Nice knee to the body by Vera. Rua on a single but Vera defends. Nice knee to body and then a nice knee to the head by Shogun. Punches to the body by Shogun. Punches from Vera. Grueling fight so far. Knee by Shogun and Vera tries a footsweep but Rua recovers. Body punch to legkick by Vera. Nice elbow by Vera is answered by a wicked uppercut from Rua. Knee by Vera. Knee by Vera, elbow by Rua in the clinch. They separate. Left by Vera lands. Nice right by Vera. Big uppercut by Shogun staggers Vera. Shogun hits Vera with a left that makes Vera reach for his jaw and Shogun drops Vera with a nasty 1-2 combo. Big shots from Rua and Vera is done. Crazy fight.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches) at 4:09 of Round 4

Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida

Round 1 – Big John is our referee and we’re underway. Front body kick by Machida. Bader rushes and lands a few body shots and bolts out. Bader rushes again but misses. Wicked body kick by Machida. Knee to the body by Machida. Bader charges again but Machida disappears before Bader can land. Frontkick to the body by Machida. Machida is using a lot of fakes that Bader is biting on. Bader advances and eats a nasty jab from Bader. Bader advances again and gets tagged again. Elbow by Machida and Bader tries to body clinch but Machida escapes. Headkick by Machida miss. Body kick by Machida. Three punch combo by Machida as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Machida.

Round 2 – Legkick by Machida. Machida is using a lot of hand movements to draw Bader in and it’s working. Kick to the thigh by Machida. Bader charges and goes down like a ton of bricks as Machida evades with a wicked right hand… ouch..

Lyoto Machida def. Ryan Bader via KO (punch) at 1:32 of Round 2

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner

Round 1 – Fighters wasting little time so far, Varner is jumping in with combos and then jumping out to edge. Nice shots to body by Varner. Nice combo by Lauzon answered by a body kick from Varner. Nice shot by Varner staggers Lauzon but he recovers. Varner with body shots. Great combo by Lauzon punctuated by a stuffed shot and big knee. Varner answers though and Lauzon backs off. Jumping knee attempt by Varner. Nice combo by Lauzon. Body kick by Varner. Left hook by Varner. Hard left hook by Lauzon to the body. Lauzon is increasing his pace and showing good defense against Varner. Varner clips Lauzon and pounces but Lauzon recovers quick and has an inverted armbar but Varner escapes. Nice knees to the body by Varner from fronthead lock position to end the round. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Varner.

Round 2 – Legkick by Varner. Great combo by Lauzon. Varner is throwing more, but Lauzon’s hand defense has been solid. Nice legkick by Varner. Big body shot by Varner. Nice elbow by Varner. Varner tries a body clinch takedown but Lauzon whizzers out. Lauzon tries a takedown and Varner grabs a guillotine choke but Lauzon scrambles to back mount. Varner stands up and Lauzon is unable to grab the choke and he gives it up. Body shots by Varner. Lauzon staggers Varner and takes him down. Massive shots from Lauzon and somehow Varner is able to work back to his feet. Lauzon drags Varner down again and takes his back. Lauzon moves to mount and is digging an arm triangle. Lauzon tries an armbar from back mount but slips off and Varner lands some elbows as the round ends. Great fight. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Lauzon. (19-19)

Round 3 – Fighters embrace to start the round but Varner forgot his mouth piece. Combo by Lauzon out of the break. Lauzon tries a double leg but it’s blocked. Varner times a double perfectly and gets to half-guard. Lauzon sweeps to his feet. Lauzon is stalking Varner down now. Elbos by Varner are blocked. Double by Varner but he get’s swept and Lauzon immediately attacks with a triangle. Varner is fighting desparately to escape but Lauzon adjusts and it’s all over. Joe Lauzon via triangle in a fantastic fight.

Joe Lauzon def. Jamie Varner via submission (triangle choke) at  2:44 of Round 3

DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Swick

Round 1 – Our referee is Herb Dean and the night has begun! Touch of gloves. Swick with a nice overhand right. Swick with another massive overhand right that staggers Johnson but he clinches and recovers. Another overhand right by Swick. Nice shots from Johnson now. Swick with a hard shot from thai clinch but Johnson catches his leg and takes him down. Swick has full guard and is trying to walk back to the fence. Shots to the body by Johnson. Swick escapes and he lands a nice shot. Big shot by Swick and these two just swing for the fences where Swick catches him again but then Johnson answers himself. Johnson gets the trip takedown. Johnson has mount now, works for a neck crank and gives it up to work punches. Swick recovers half guard after taking some hard shots. D’arce attempt by Johnson, with :45 to go, Swick defends it well and escapes the choke. Johnson finishes the round in Swick’s full guard. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Johnson.

Round 2 – Touch of gloves. Big left hook by Johnson. Swick circles away. Swick counters Johnson with a tough left hook. Long jab by Swick. Swick catches a kick and holy crap Johnson is knocked asleep on a punch during the takedown! What a finish!

Mike Swick def. Demarques Johnson via knockout (punch) at 1:20 of Round 2

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