MMAFrenzy’s live coverage of UFC 162 continues with our recaps of tonight’s FX preliminary fights. In the card’s feature bout, Andrew Craig defeated Chris Leben in a sloppy bout. In other action, Norman Parke, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Edson Barboza reigned victorious in tonight’s preliminary action.
Craig Slips Past Leben
Andrew Craig picked up the biggest win of his career tonight by defeating Chris Leben. While Leben looked like his old self early, his gas tank failed with the constant pressure of Craig. The win improves Craig to 3-1 in the Octagon, while Leben has now lost four of his last five fights.
Parke Edges Tokudome
“Stormin’” Norman Parke notched his first UFC victory since winning TUF: Smashes this past December. Parke utilized solid grappling to control the majority of the bout but also managed to do some damage in the standup as well. Parke is now officially 2-0 in the Octagon with the win.
Gonzaga Blitzes Herman
Gabriel Gonzaga said he wanted to get back to his submission game tonight against Dave Herman. Herman said that would not work on him and tonight, technically, he was right since Gonzaga needed on 0:17 to knock him unconscious. Gonzaga bounces back from his somewhat controversial loss to Travis Browne with the win, while Herman’s loss likely signals the end of his UFC career.
Barboza Cuts Down Oliveira
Edson Barboza made UFC history with his second legkick KO in the Octagon (third overall). Tonight’s victim, Rafaello Oliveira, was cut down over the course of the opening round and the beginning of the second with legkicks that would make Urijah Faber struggle with PTSD. Barboza has now won two straight since his lone loss to Jamie Varner last May.
UFC 162 Quick Results:
- Andrew Craig def. Chris Leben via split decision (29-28,28-29,30-27)
- Norman Parke def. Kazuki Tokudome via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Dave Herman via TKO (punches) at 0:17 of Round 1
- Edson Barboza def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (legkicks) at 1:44 of Round 2
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