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UFC 156 Play-by-Play

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Ian McCall vs. Joe Benavidez

Rd. 1- Mazzagatti is our referee. Wild combo by Benavidez and a takedown attempt by McCall is rebuffed. Big elbow on the exit by Benavidez. Big kick to the body by McCall. Big combo by Benavidez connected there and McCall smiles. Low blow and we have a brief break. Legkick by McCall. McCall with a combo by Benavidez with a wicked counter. Nice right in a combo by Benavidez. Big inside legkick clips the cup again and that’s the third time but no stoppage. Nice body kick by McCall stops a Benavidez charge. Left-right combo by McCall and he’s finding his range. Big left hook by McCall. Big shot by McCall after the fighters kick at the same time. Big comeback by McCall there but Benavidez takes the round. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Benavidez.

Rd. 2- Legkick by Benavidez is answered by a great combo by McCall. Big hook by McCall. Benavidez is loading up and telegraphing his punches now. Nice combo by McCall is answered by Benavidez nicely. Fighters clinch and a knee by McCall. Big right on the exit by McCall. Legkick by McCall. Knee in the clinch by McCall. Benavidez tied to duck a punch and McCall counters and takes JoeB’s back. Hammerfists from McCall and the fighters scramble. Benavidez gives up his back to standup and eats a knee from McCall. Big knees in the clinch by McCall. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 McCall (19-19).

Rd. 3- Touch of gloves here and we’re underway. Big right by Benavidez to open the round but McCall recovers. Both fighters kick and McCall is dropped  on the slip but works back up quickly. Nice evens exchange by both fighters. Body kick to straight left by Benavidez. McCall ducks a punch and lands a big takedown but Benavidez scrambles up and escapes. Body kick by Benavidez. Legkick exchange. Body kick by McCall and Benavidez rushes to no avail. 1-2 by Benavidez. Big right to the body and head by McCall. Body kick by Benavidez. Short shovel hook by McCall on an exchange. Very, very close round there. MMAFrenzy scores the round, and the fight, for Benavidez (29-28).

Joe Benavidez def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)

Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia

Rd. 1- Kim Winslow is our referee. Touch of gloves and Maia immediately takes down and takes Fitch’s back. Maia has the body triangle as Fitch stands up. Big punches by Maia as he digs for a choke/neck crank. Big punch and Maia slides the arm around Fitch’s chin. Maia continues to switch from punches to choke attempts while Fitch continues to stand. Maia takes the body triangle out and then takes Fitch back down. Backmount by Maia again but he lets the hooks out as Fitch stands. Maia trips him back down knees the thighs and again secures the body triangle. Punches by Maia. Impressive grappling display by Maia here. Dominant 10-9 Maia, possibly 10-8 on grappling dominance.

Rd. 2- Kicks by fitch to open the round. Nice left by Maia is answered by a strong Fitch right. Singleleg takedown by Maia. Fitch scrambles up but Maia trips him back to the mat. Maia takes his back again. Demian is setting up a backmount armbar here but Fitch evades. Rear-naked attempt by Maia and Fitch somehow works out. Maia again eyeing the armbar. More punches by Maia. Maia in complete control of this fight. Maia is digging the choke again but cannot secure it. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Maia (20-18).

Rd. 3- Maia again in on a takedown against Fitch but Fitch is defending well so far and fends off the initial charge. Maia drags Fitch down again and takes his back. This is unreal dominance by the BJJ expert, incredible. Fitch works out but Maia is immediately back in on the takedown. Fitch attacks with a guillotine and Maia pulls guard to defend. Maia expertly uses his underhook to slide under Fitch and work back to his feet. Maia back on the single but Fitch defends. Maia ducks a Fitch punch and again with a takedown. This is incredible dominance by Maia. Maia again has his back. Maia looks for the choke and doesn’t get it but secures the mount as the final horn sounds. Dominant decision for Maia (30-27).

Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)

Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Rd. 1- Herb Dean is our referee. Huge men in the cage here. Jab by Overeem. Left hook to the body and a clinch by Overeem. Legkick Silva after the break. Jab-uppercut combo by Reem as he clinches again. Right hook by Silva is answered by a big right by Overeem. Big knees by Overeem to Silva’s body. Overeem is holding the hands low and trying to draw Silva in but he has none of it and tries to clinch Reem but gets controlled against the cage. Big combo by Overeem counters Silva’s one strike. Wicked legkick by Overeem lands solid and Silva lands one of his own. Fighters clinch and Overeem with knees to the body and thigh. Overeem telegraphs a spinning backkick but then easily slips Silva’s punch and connects with one of his own. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Overeem.

Rd. 2- Headkick by Silva is countered by a Overeem jab. Big right hand by Reem and he clinches Silva and throws him down with force. Big elbow from the bottom by Silva. Massive shots to the body by Overeem in Silva’s guard. Big shots from Overeem to the body and head that seem to have no effort but a ton of power. Huge hammerfist from Overeem as he postures up. Silva trying to set up a Kimura sweep but Overeem muscles out. Overeem backs out and lands a big combo as he again fails to pass against Silva. Herb Dean stands them up as Overeem backs out. Big uppercut by Overeem to a right hook and a Thai knee by Silva, best combo of the fight for him. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Overeem.

Rd.3- Bigfoot storms in and Overeem is rocked. Huge combination by Silva and he swarms and destroys Overeem. The Dutchman was way too cocky there. Herb Dean has to again grab Silva after Silva ran back at Overeem and screamed at the man who had taunted him.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round 3

Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Rd. 1- Yves Lavigne is our referee tonight. Fighters are feeling each other out early and finding range. Kick to the body by Evans. A lot of motion by Evans are testing the defenses of Lil’ Nog. Big kick by Evans. Jabs by Nog. Right and straight left by lil’ Nog. Another right by lil’ Nog, his boxing is on point tonight. Huge overhand right by Evans off a shot-fake. Evans with a gorgeous takedown by ducking a lil’ Nog punch. Scramble and Evans with some nice shots before Lil’ Nog escapes. Nice right by Evans. Evans has a headkick checked before the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Evans.

Rd. 2- Evans with good movement to start the round and lands a nice legkick. Evans defends a Nog combo. Straight right by Lil’ Nog. Nice combo by Evans and then a legkick. Strong left by Lil’ Nog. Evans has a takedown stuffed. Lil’ Nog is starting to connect more on his punches. Nog’s hand defense sems tied to Evans’ movement, could be some to watch. Left by Nog and a body kick, followed by another left. Evans with a takedown attempt but is stuffed and he eats a left-right combo. Right by Nog. Fighters exchange legkicks. Highkick by Evans is checked. MMAFrenzy has that round 10-9 Nogueira (19-19).

Rd. 3- Evans with more bounce in his step to start the round. Evans is using his level changes but not following up. Body kick by Evans. Nice right hook connects from Evans a Lil’ Nog resets. Jab by Lil’ Nog and Evans rotates out. Evans swats a body kick but eats a jab. Accident eye-poke by Evans and we have a stoppage for a doctor to check the eye and he’s cleared to go. Jab by Evans off the restart. Nice lefts by Lil’ Nog. Evans seems a bit gun-shy. Nice left by Lil’ nog and jab by Evans. Lil’ Nog with a kick and Evans tries for a takedown and he is rebuffed. Left hook off a jab feint by Lil Nog. Big knee to the body by Lil’ Nog with :40 left. Nice rights by Rashad as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 29-28 for Nogueira.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)

UFC Featherweight Championship Fight: Jose Aldo (c) vs. Frankie Edgar

Rd. 1- Steve Mazzagatti is our referee and we have a touch of gloves and we’re off. Edgar opens up the action with a legkick but Aldo responds with a body kick. Leg kick by Edgar and he evades an Aldo combo. Big uppercut catches Edgar coming in. Aldo’s jab is quick and accurate. Big straight right from Aldo stops Edgar’s movement. Aldo is finding his range early. Aldo’s jab is landing a lot so far. Spinning back kick attempt by Edgar. Wicked right from Aldo as Edgar advances.Aldo doubles on the jab as Edgar lands one of his own. Edgar is bleeding from the nose here. Also is controlling the pace through the first four minutes. Massive legkick by Aldo connects. Another huge legkick by Aldo as Edgar tries a combo. Headkick by Aldo. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Aldo.

Rd. 2- Strong right by Aldo to open up the round but Edgar lands one of his own. Edgar with a solid legkick but eats a wicked counter combo by Aldo. Edgar tries a single but it’s not there. Great even exchange there. Edgar in on a single but Aldo stays up. Wicked legkick by Aldo stumbles Edgar. Nice exchange by both fighters and then Aldo drops Edgar with a big legkick. Another legkick as Frankie is trying to avoid and find a hole in his defenses to no avail. Flying knee by Aldo but Edgar recovers in the clinch. Edgar anticipates the legkick and lands a hard takedown and punch before Aldo scrambles up. Frankie is turning it up but Aldo tones him down with a nice double jab. Better round for Edgar, but Aldo has it. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Aldo (20-18).

Rd. 3- Driving takedown by Edgar but Aldo springs back up. Nice right by Edgar. Front kick to the body by Edgar. Great even exchanges here. Huge front kick to the face by Aldo turns Edgar’s nose into a faucet but he keeps pressing. Nice combos by both fighters. Edgar with a solid combo. Aldo is reestablishing his jab now. Great legkick by Edgar and he lands another one before Aldo lands a left hook. Wicked combo by Aldo and he lands another one. Big right hand by Frankie connects and he checks an Aldo legkick. Aldo stuffs an Edgar takedown with authority. Another hard shot by Edgar though.Inside legkick by Frankie. Big jab by Aldo. Hard body kick by Edgar as the round ends and Aldo misses a spinning kick. MMAFrenzy has it narrowly for Edgar 10-9 (29-28).

Rd. 4- Legkicks by Edgar to open the round. Legkick by Edgar and a spinning backkick by Aldo just misses. Great combo by Edgar but Aldo stops the kick at the end. Another nice combo by Edgar before he lands a spinning back kick of his own. Edgar with a snatch single attempt and Aldo rebuffs him. Fighters exchange shots but Edgar is scoring more. Nice combo by Edgar and he lands a big snatch and return takedown. Aldo springs back up but Edgar  is landing big knees to the thighs here. Legkick by Edgar and Aldo avoids the single leg takedown. MMAFrenzy has it all tied headed to the third. 10-9 Edgar (38-38).

Rd. 5- Accidental eyepoke but Frankie waves it off. Stiff jab by Aldo. Takedown attempt by Edgar is stopped but Edgar lands a nice over-the-top right. Spinning back kick by Edgar partially lands. Takedown attempt by Edgar is again stuffed but he lands a solid punch. Nice combo punctuated by a legkick from Edgar. Edgar is really pushing the pace here. Brief clinch and Edgar lands a great knee on the exit. Another solid combo and then a headkick by Edgar. Inside legkick by Edgar is answered by a big punch from Aldo. Great combo by Edgar but he misses the takedown. Big combo again by Edgar. Amazing fight with only :30 left. Big uppercut by Aldo misses and Edgar answers with a big right. Huge superman punch off the cage to end the fight. MMAFrenzy has the round and the fight going to Edgar 48-47. Could go either way though.

Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46,49-46,48-47)

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