MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC on Fox 5 rolls along with our coverage of tonight’s FX preliminary card. In the event’s headliner, Yves Edwards crushed Jeremey Stephens with a crushing knockout that punctuated a fantastic FX card. Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for full coverage of tonight’s card including live results, recaps, play-by-play, and more.
Edwards Destroys Stephens
In a bout that was long overdue but Edwards did not waste any time in finishing it. The Thug-jitsu master took advantage of Stephens long windup to floor the Iowa native with a wicked right hook. The win improves Edwards to 3-2 since 2011, while Stephens has now dropped three straight fights and is due in court this week for assault and burglary charges.
Assuncao Surprises Easton
A fight that was not expected to be dull turned out to be just that as Raphael Assuncao edged Mike Easton. Easton was simply never able to get started, as Assuncao kept his range and picked his opportunities to sway the judges. Assuncao is now 3-0 since dropping to bantamweight, while Easton sees his eight-fight win-streak snapped.
Nijem Edges Proctor in Exciting Bout
Ramsey Nijem was tested, but proved victorious against a very game Joe Proctor tonight in Seattle. Both fighters were looking to finish, with Nijem looking to finish with strikes and Proctor looking to finish with submissions. The bout looked like it was was going to be over in the first before Nijem got a bit sloppy and was clipped by Proctor. Nijem would nearly make the same mistake in the third but managed to hold out for the victory.
Cruickshank Batters Martinez
Daron Cruickshank absolutely battered Henry Martinez from start to finish with a variety of strikes that would have impressed fellow undercard fighter Dennis Siver. While Martinez showed a lot of heart, and got in a few solid shots of his own, he was on the receiving end of a “KO of the Year” contender in the second round. The win improved Cruickshank to 2-0 since his appearance on TUF: Live.
Trujillo Annihilates LeVesseur
Tim Means is probably thankful he was injured in the sauna after Abel Trujillo absolutely annihilated late-replacement Marcus LeVesseur. LeVesseur, a 4x NCAA DIII champion, clearly wanted the fight on the ground but Trujillo denied him at every turn with devastating, and sometimes illegal, shots that crushed LeVesseur for the better part of two rounds. The bout was mercifully ended as “Killa” rained in brutal knee strikes to the body and shoulder of his downed opponent. The win extends Trujillo’s winning streak to five and marks a successful UFC debut for the Blackzillian prospect.
Siver Crushes Phan
Dennis Siver put on the arguably best performance of his career by defeating Nam Phan in dominant fashion. Siver controlled the bout in every facet of the game, as the striker not only showed his exciting brand of striking, but also a solid wrestling and ground-and-pound attack that prevented Phan from getting anything going. The win improves him to 2-0 in the featherweight division and should move into the ranks of the featherweight contenders.
Preliminary Results (FX)
- Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens by knockout at 1:55 of Round 1
- Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez via KO (Head Kick) at 2:57 of Round 2
- Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur via TKO (Knees) at 3:56 of Round 2
- Dennis Siver def Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-26)
Preliminary Results (Facebook)
- Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of Round 1