UFC on FX 5′s preliminary card definitely delivered on the action tonight on FUEL TV. The card saw several highlight reel moments to set the tone what should be a great FX card in the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fighters Michael Johnson, Mike Pierce, Marcus LeVesseur, Jacob Volkmann, Diego Nunes, and Darren Uyenoyama all were victorious.
Be sure to check out MMAFrenzy’s full coverage of tonight’s card including recaps, results, and more.
Johnson Comes Back to Crush Castillo
Michael Johnson was almost knocked out and submitted in the first round by Danny Castillo but came back big in the second round with a knockout victory. Johnson caught Castillo with his hands low and landed a short left hook that dropped Castillo. Johnson wasted no time in following up as he teed off until he separated Castillo from consciousness. Johnson improved to 3-0 in 2012 with the big comeback victory.
Pierce KOs Simpson
Mike Pierce bounced back in a big way after being dominated in the first round by Aaron Simpson. Pierce survived a beating in the first and then caught Simpson with his hands out of position and floored the former Sun Devil. That was the first true knockout loss of Simpson’s career.
The win moved Pierce to 7-3 in the Octagon.
LeVesseur Edges Prater in Lackluster Bout
Marcus LeVesseur got his first UFC victory as he edged Carlo Prater in a split decision victory. LeVesseur clearly came into the fight looking to work his developing striking game but Prater was intent on grappling with the Division III 4x National Champion. Prater looked for a guillotine fight quite a bit during the fight but was unable to finish it as LeVesseur had clearly worked his defense since his loss to Cody McKenzie. In the end, the bout resulted in a split decision that was likely decided by LeVesseur’s submission defense and ground and pound.
Volkmann Defeats Roller, “Campaigns” for President
Jacob Volkmann made quick work of Shane Roller using superior grappling to force the fellow All-American wrestler Shane Roller to tap. Volkmann took Roller’s back on their feet before bringing him to the mat and taking his back. It was all academic from that point, as locked in a rear-naked choke over the chin of Roller and forced the Oklahoma State wrestler to tap to the choke.
After the fight, Volkmann lead his hometown crowd in the Minnesota chant and then asked for votes in the upcoming Presidential election. It was all in jest however as Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution obviously prevents Volkmann from being a candidate.
Nunes Dominates Palaszewski
The usually reserved Diego Nunes did not show up as a newer and more aggressive assaulted Bart Palaszewski early and often. Nunes rocked “Bartimus” in the first and third rounds with more aggressive striking. Nunes looked to finish the fight the entire time. The win was the best of the Brazilian’s career as he improved to 3-2 in the UFC.
Uyenoyama Ruins Harris’s Debut
Darren Uyenoyama may have dropped a narrow first round to the debuting Phil Harris, but he would not let it become a factor as he finished the European fighter in the second. Uyenoyama took advantage of the Brit’s willingness to grapple and worked a standing kimura attempt to take control of the ground game and take his opponent’s back. Uyenoyama quickly bailed on the kimura and went to the rear naked choke attack that Harris tried to valiantly defend but it was just not enough as he eventually succumbed to the choke.
Preliminary Card Results:
- Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens*
- Michael Johnson def. Danny Castillo via knockout (punches) at 1:06 of Round 2
- Mike Pierce def. Aaron Simpson via knockout (punch) at 0:29 of Round 2
- Marcus LeVesseur def. Carlo Prater via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
- Jacob Volkmann def. Shane Roller via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 1
- Diego Nunes def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,30-27)
- Darren Uyenoyama def. Phil Harris via (rear naked choke) at 3:38 of Round 2
*UFC President Dana White saying Stephen’s will fight tonight but not sure where, Stephens is still in jail