The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #25-1

#25

FIGHT: Fumitaka Iizuka vs. Yusuke Uehara
DATE: March 17
CARD: ZST 31
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Iizuka R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#24

FIGHT: Joao Paulo Moura vs. Nilton Cachorrao
DATE: April 27
CARD: Coliseu Extreme Fight 3
VENUE: Joao Paulo II Gymnasium
LOCATION: Arapirca, Brazil
RESULT: Moura R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#23

FIGHT: Daniel Pineda vs. Mike Brown
DATE: May 26
CARD: UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir
VENUE: MGM Grand Garden Arena
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Brown UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Brown, 29-28 Brown, 29-28 Brown
MY SCORECARD: 30-29 Brown
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAJunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Yves Lavigne oversees the evening’s first preliminary bout, a featherweight affair. Touch of gloves to open, and Pineda takes the center as Brown circles right. Jabs traded but nothing lands. Pineda slaps on a kick and eats a counter right as he crawls back to his feet. Brown continues to fire overhand rights, and another lands. Left comes behind it. Pineda is fine, and he lands a few crisp jabs that wobble Brown, who then shoots in and takes the fight to the floor with a power double. Brown in half-mount, controlling, but Pineda sweeps and finds himself on the top. He pulls away and moves to his feet, but Brown stay in tight. He lands a straight and backs away. Two minutes remain. Pineda kicks the lead leg and fires a few punches that miss. Brown is walking forward, but Pineda is more active to close the round. Pineda dives in for a takedown, but Brown expertly pulls his opponent over with his own momentum and takes half-mount again. A few punches come down before the bell.

Round 2 – Pineda gets busy on the feet to start, and the pair drops bombs in the pocket. Pineda shoots in for a takedown, and Brown falls back to guard while overhooking on the outside. He lets go, and Pineda scrambles up and leaps for a flying strike. It doesn’t work, and Brown calmly brings him to the floor. Acrobatic moment as Pineda leaps over to escape, and the pair moves back to the feet. Brown pushes in against the cage and lands several big punches. Pineda looks tired, but he fires back with desperate hooks. Pineda’s right eye is bleeding, as is his mouth. Two minutes left. Pineda jabs and fires a spinning backfist. Brown moves forward and slips, leaving Pineda to push in. However, he’s turned back, and Brown controls again from the top. Final minute, and it’s Pineda who looks worse for the wear as he works from guard. Brown drives in elbows from the top. Pineda looks to turn for an armbar that’s not there. Brown now bleeding above his left eye.

Round 3 – Brown walks forward and punches again to open. He catches Pineda with a knee to the gut as he moves in, and the damage sees him crumple to the floor. Brown jumps on top to finish with punches, but Pineda gathers his wits and ties things up, slowing down the pace. Brown works to pass into side control. The cage prevents him from capitalizing, and Pineda scrambles in the cramped space to regain guard. Halfway in, and Brown is on top and happy with the position. He’s punching just enough to keep the fight in place. Pineda isn’t absorbing huge shots, but he’s seeing the fight slip away. Brown looks to advance and pass, but Pineda slips around to the back in a beautiful transition.Figure-four is in with the legs. Pineda in a dominant position and looking to pull off the miracle. Brown keeps his hands in front of his face, looking to defend and choke attempts. Brown trying to turn in with the clock ticking down. Pineda punches away, but he’s going to run out of time.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/R1G5Y6AYHUW/Mike-Brown-vs-Daniel-Pineda–UFC-146

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#22

FIGHT: Jason Culverwell vs. Raymond Ahana
DATE: July 27
CARD: EFC Africa 15
VENUE: Carnical City Casino and Entertainment World
LOCATION: Brakpan, South Africa
RESULT: Culverwell R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDM2NDI1MjU2.html

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#21

FIGHT: Ignas Barysas vs. Toshihiro Shimizu
DATE: November 10
CARD: Bushido Lithuania Hero’s 2012
VENUE: Seimens Arena
LOCATION:Vilnius, Lithuania
RESULT: Barysas R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#20

FIGHT: Brent Weedman vs. JJ Ambrose
DATE: March 23
CARD: Bellator 62
VENUE: Laredo Energy Arena
LOCATION: Laredo, Texas
RESULT: Weedman R2 Submission (Von Flue Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Examiner.com)
Round 1 – Leg kick from Weedman. He drops Ambrose with a left but lets him up. Ambrose slams Weedman, takes half guard, locks on a D’arce. Weedman rolls and escapes. Weedman now in half guard. They scramble and Ambrose goes for a guillotine but Weedman escapes and is in full guard, moves to half guard. Ambrose sweeps with a kimura. Ambrose stands over Weedman and eats a huge upkick that knocks out his mouthguard. They scramble and Weedman takes full mount. Ambrose gives up his back, Weedman with a body triangle looking for the choke. They roll to their back, Weedman still locked on. They roll to their stomach, Weedman tries to flatten him out, landing punches. They sit up, Weedman still locked on and landing punches, still fishing for the choke. They go to their back and Weedman is still locked on landing punches. Ambrose tries to turn into top position but Weedman stops it and takes top control as Ambrose gets to his knees at the bell.

Round 2 – Ambrose catches a leg and puts Weedman on his back. Weedman with closed full guard. Ambrose goes for a D’arce. Weedman rolls and escapes to side control on top, big knee to the body of Ambrose. Weedman tries to mount, ends up putting Ambrose in a crucifix, both arms trapped. Weedman looks for an Americana, lets it go but still in side control. Couple of nice knees to the ribs of Ambrose. Ambrose has Weedman’s neck and tries to sweep but can’t muscle him over. Weedman still in side control, while Amrose has his headlocked. Weedman has him in a Von Flue choke though at the same time and Ambrose is forced to tap. You don’t see that one very often.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/5U3NRS679489/Brent-Weedman-vs-JJ-Ambrose–Bellator-62

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#19

FIGHT: John Alessio vs. Ryan Healy
DATE: March 16
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 4
VENUE: Hamilton Place Theatre
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Alessio UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Alessio, 29-28 Alessio, 29-28 Alessio
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Alessio
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#18

FIGHT: Michael Regalado vs. Troy Bantiag
DATE: February 18
CARD: Pacific Xtreme Combat 29
VENUE: Ynares Sports Center
LOCATION: Philippiines
RESULT: Bantiag UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Bantiag, 29-28 Bantiag, 29-28 Bantiag
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Bantiag
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#17

FIGHT: Jared Papazian vs. Mike Easton
DATE: January 20
CARD: UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
VENUE: Bridgestone Arena
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Easton MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Easton, 30-27 Easton, 29-29
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Papazian
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Both bantamweights exchanging a barrage of shots while in the clinch. Easton has him pressed against the cage, Papazian reverses. Papazian eats a right hook. Close, back-and-forth round to score.

2ndRound: Papazian tags him with a left. Eason counters with a left of his own. Easton continues to hunt him down. Easton lands a violent leg kick and right hand to follow. Papazian has him pressed against the fence. Papazian scores with a right. Easton plants him on his back.

3rdRound: They are throwing blows to start the final segment. Papazian has him clinched against the cage. Easton clocks him with a right hand. They are in standing in the pocket and trading. Papazian hits him with an uppercut.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/01/mike-easton-vs-jared-papazian-fight.html

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#16

FIGHT: Gilberto Dias vs. Tashiro Nishiuchi
DATE: September 21
CARD: Shooto Brazil 34
VENUE: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
LOCATION: Brasilia, Brazil
RESULT: Dias UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Dias, Dias, Dias
MY SCORECARD: Dias
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#15

FIGHT: Cosme dos Santos vs. Oton Jasse
DATE: December 1
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 23
VENUE: Bank of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Jasse R3 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (38:00 mark)

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#14

FIGHT: David Round vs. Malik Arash Mawlayi
DATE: October 6
CARD: Superior Challenge 8: Malmo
VENUE: Malmo Arena
LOCATION: Malmo, Sweden
RESULT: Mawlayi R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
Round 1: Kicks from both fighters early in the round. Spinning back kick landed on the head by Malik. Takedown by The Natural Born Killer but One More Round reverses. Malik goes for a triangle but gets slamme dtwice before letting go. Intense fight! David lands a nice punch that drops Malik. Malik gets up and drops David in a Condit, Hardy exchange and then pounces to get the RNC. Imagine Renan Barao vs. Brad Picket and you’ll get the picture.
VIDEO:

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#13

FIGHT: Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
DATE: November 17
CARD: UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
VENUE: Bell Centre
LOCATION: Montreal, Quebec
RESULT: Garza UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Garza, 30-26 Garza, 29-27 Garza
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Garza
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fighters.com)
Round 1: Hominick forward early, bu PG is stepping up and throwing too. PG clearly wants to use the long reach. Both fighters exchanging and they are both coming out even. Just as Hominick lands a solid flurry, PG storms back with solid knees. Hominick is chasing PG, and landing more, but PG continues to plant and throws. Big overhand from Hominick that stuns Garza. Garza goes for the takedown but Hominick lands on top in an arm bar. Hominick escapes and lands ground and pound. PG gets to his feet. Hominick lands a viscous hook to the body that floors PG. Hominick lands ground and pound PG gets up. Garza lands a huge elbow that opens Hominick up and he is coming forward. Close round.

Round 2: Garza dancing around with kids after an exchange, Garza gets the fight to the floor, and ends up in the guard of Hominick. Hominick tieing up nicely. Garza working elbows from inside the guard, and has Hominick pressed up against the cage. Garza postures up and lands a nice flurry, and Garza is starting to overwhelm Hominick on the floor. Hominick shuffles for a submission, but Garza slips out and continues to thump Hominick. Blood flowing into Hominick’s eyes, and Garza is just slicing him up with these elbows.

Round 3: Hominick is coming forward, and putting pressure on Garza. Garza dives in and gets the takedown, and Garza goes back to work with the elbows. Here comes the blood again. Garza is doing such enough on the ground to avoid the stand up, and he is continuing to mark up Hominick. Hominick really has no answer for Garza on the ground. Hominick scrambles to his feet, but Garza pulls him right back down. Garza is now in half guard, and landing more shots. Hominick throws up his legs for a submission but Garza gets out. as the round ends.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/11/18/pablo-garza-vs-mark-hominick-fight-video-ufc-154/

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#12

FIGHT: Jefferson Sousa Correa vs. Wilson Vidal
DATE: November 9
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 22
VENUE: Bank Of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Correa R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#11

FIGHT: Andre Fili vs. Ricky Wallace
DATE: September 7
CARD: Tachi Palace Fights 14: Validation
VENUE: Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
LOCATION: Lemoore, California
RESULT: Fili R2 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Dallas Winston)
Round 1: Wallace unrolls a huge overhand right off the bat to back Fili off. The pair square off and hurl consecutive rights and lefts with a few landing for both fighters. Fili eats a right and drops levels for a takedown, but Wallace boots him off and we pause for a misplaced mouthpiece. Wallace thwacks a stiff one-two on the restart, then staggers Fili with a right cross. Fili goes back to his roots and hits another takedown, but Wallace kicks him away again. Now it’s Wallace who gets low and nails a double leg; Fili stays patient against the fence, pushes the head away and stands back up. They waste no time trading more big punches. Wallace thinks about a spinning back fist but just spins with no fist and digests a two-piece from Fili, who notches a double leg after they re-engage. Fili cracks off a wild series of punches and moves toward Wallace’s back while unloading furiously. Referee Marcos Rosales, normally a decent official, let all three fights he reffed earlier go on too long, and does the same here. Wallace takes a merciless beating on the way back to his feet, then gets dropped on his ass with another punch and Rosales lets it all go until the bell.

Round 2: Fili capitalizes on a visibly out of sorts Wallace with a few punches and another takedown. Wallace is game and escapes once again and turns the tables with a double leg. Fili reverses but can’t hold top position for long and they restart standing. Wallace is stunned with more leather and easily taken down by Fili. The commentary team are justifiably criticizing the poor judgment of referee Rosales. Fili drops back for a submission, Wallace fends it off but Fili transitions smoothly into an armbar. Fili, belly down with the armbar, is interrupted by Rosales. He grabs Fili awkwardly for a moment before waving the fight off despite no tap; ironic, as he missed an obvious tapout earlier in the evening. Commentator Jordan Breen deems Rosales’ performance “one of the most embarrassing in MMA” and it’s unfortunate that he’s correct.
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#10

FIGHT: Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman
DATE: March 3
CARD: Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
VENUE: Nationwide Arena
LOCATION: Columbus, Ohio
RESULT: Kaufman MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Kaufman, 29-28 Kaufman, 29-29
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Kaufman takes the center of the cage. Davis stays in the pocket and throws combinations. Kaufman lands a right hand that wobbles Davis. They clinch and Kaufman presses Davis against the cage. Davis lands knees to the body and they separate. Kaufman stands on the outside and lands punches. Kaufman presses her against the fence and lands knees to Davis’ legs. Kaufman lands an overhand right on the break. Davis is cut above the left eye. They call in the doctor to check the cut. Davis says she is fine. They let the fight continue. There’s 2:24 left on the clock. Kaufman’s right hand is finding its mark. Davis is a bloody mess. Kaufman moves to the clinch and walks Davis back to the cage. They separate and Kaufman lands a right hand on the exit. Davis comes back with a flurry of punches. Kaufman looks to be cut. They exchange jabs at the bell.

Round 2: Davis lands an outside leg kick to start the second round. Kaufman moves in and lands a left-right combination. Kaufman picks up the pace. They clinch. Kaufman presses her to the cage. They exchange knees to the body inside the clinch. They separate. Davis is getting muscled around. Davis lands a hard leg kick. Kaufman getting the better of the exchanges on the outside. Davis lands a couple of knees in the clinch. The round ends.

Round 3: Davis lands a knee in the opening moments. They’ve both slowed a bit. Davis clinches and lands knees to the body. Kaufman lands a combination. Kaufman moves in with a combination and Davis takes her down. It’s the first takedown of the fight. Davis is in side control. Davis peppers Kaufman with short punches to the body. Kaufman rolls and Davis isolates an arm. Kaufman sweeps her and gains top position. Davis reverses Kaufman. Kaufman scrambles but Davis maintains top position. Davis transitions around to Kaufman’s back. Kaufman rolls and Davis is in her half guard. Davis lands left hands to the body and head. The round ends.
VIDEO:

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#9

FIGHT: Mohsen Bahari vs. Piotr Ptasinski
DATE: September 1
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 7
VENUE: Al-Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena
LOCATION: Amman, Jordan
RESULT: Bahari UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Bahari, 29-28 Bahari, 29-28 Bahari
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Bahari
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#8

FIGHT: Jhonatan dos Santos vs. Luan Luiz Lacerda
DATE: June 15
CARD: Jungle Fight 40
VENUE: Avertino Ramos Gymnasium
LOCATION: Macapa, Brazil
RESULT: Lacerda UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Lacerda, Lacerda, Lacerda
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#7

FIGHT: Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon
DATE: December 29
CARD: UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez II
VENUE: MGM Grand Garden Arena
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Miller UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Miller, 29-28 Miller, 29-28 Miller
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Miller
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via mma-freak.com)
Round 1: They meet in the center and exchange a couple crisp combinations. Jim Miller rips an inside leg kick and fires a one two. Joe is able to cover up and fire back. Jim is firing as he catches joe and they push against the cage and Miller is able to circle back to the center of the cage. Jim starts pouring on a blistering amount of strikes and Joe responds with strikes of his own. Jim is firing body to head and Joe is still active and yet it seems Jim is winning a bit on the feet so far. Jim starts holding the back of Joe’s head as he hits him in the face with his other fist and they push up against the cage. Jim transitions to a standing arm triangle as Joe seems to wobble and the ref ends up stopping the fight momentarily cause Joe is bleeding everywhere. Once the fight starts again Jim starts firing strikes in to Joe’s face and Joe is fighting back regardless of the accrued damage. Jim eats a knee, Joe eats some more strikes. They both kick each other in the chest and simultaneously fall back ward and pop right back up. Joe is still moving forward and both men are in the center of the cage, bloody, and exchanging. Jim backs up Joe with strong strikes to the head and Joe is able to rally back with strikes of his own.

Round 2: A standing ovation meets these two as the second round starts and Jim is pressuring Joe up against the cage with strikes almost immediately. Joe fires back and Jim shoots for a take down and gets Joe down with a solid double leg. Joe is attacking with submission attempts and Jim is trying to posture while throwing strikes. This fight is insanely bloody at this point. Jim is trying to secure an arm triangle and is able to pop a leg out as he searches for half guard but Joe has a leg trapped. The action has slowed a bit as the round goes down to 2 minutes remaining. Eventually Joe is able to reverse Jim on the ground and push Jim up in to the cage. The ref stops the fighters and instructs them not to move. He requests scissors and cuts some lose tape on Joe’s glove. When the fight continues, Joe tries standing and slamming Jim but sinks back in to his guard and they are scrambling for position as Joe stays on top and snatches a leg for a submission but Jim is able to get out and the round closes.

Round 3: Jim drops Joe with a kick and Joe pops back up. Jim and Joe exchange crisp combos and both cover up and seem to avoid damage. Joe drops from a miss timed strike and Jim kicks at his legs a bit but doesn’t go to the ground with him and the ref stands the fight up. They clinch up a bit and Jim hits him with a couple strikes. Joe keeps moving forward and Jim obliges with strong striking attacks. They are exchanging constantly and both are eating shots and returning fire. Jim lands a body shot and goes to the head, then a leg kick. Joe looks tired but is still moving through whatever Jim is throwing. Jim seems slow as well as one minute is left in the fight. The crowd is cheering as both men continue this insane pace and Joe drops for a heel hook and he has Jim in a deep submission hold. Jim is able to get out and Joe sinks in a deep choke and the round ends and the ref steps in. What an incredible fight.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/joe-lauzon-vs-jim-miller-fight-video.html

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#6

FIGHT: Cody Williams vs. Steven Peterson
DATE: September 14
CARD: Legacy Fighting Championship 14
VENUE: Arena Theater
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
RESULT: Peterson R2 Submission (Omoplata)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#5

FIGHT: Owen Roddy vs. Wilson Reis
DATE: December 8
CARD: Cage Warriors 50
VENUE: Kelvin Hall
LOCATION: Glasgow, Scotland
RESULT: Reis R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via FightNetwork)
Round 1: Owen Roddy showing off his striking early, landing with punch and kick combos. Reis looks to take the fight to the ground, but Roddy does a good job of pushing him away. Reis explodes forward with a couple of heavy punches before scoring the takedown. Reis wastes no time taking Roddy’s back, but he gets a little over anxious and slips off. Both men standing, Roddy pumping out the jab trying to work his reach advantage. Reis again takes him down and almost just like his last attempt, he tries to take the back before slipping off and allowing Roddy to stand. Reis back standing and connects with a hard left hand that wobbles Roddy. Reis rushes in but decides to take Roddy down to the canvas. Reis working Roddy on the mat but loses his position when he slips off a mount attempt. Roddy is able to get back up, but its short lived as he gets dumped back onto his back moments before the end of the first round.

Round 2: Reis wild to start the second round, throwing wild left and right hooks. Reis drops down for a single leg, but Roddy is able to separate and circle out. Reis starting to fatigue as Roddy chops away at him with leg kicks. Reis responds with wild hooks but they’re landing in short bursts. Reis closes the distance and shoots in with another takedown but can’t keep Roddy down for long. Roddy moving forward on his foe, looking to open up with his strikes. Another heavy leg kick scores for Roddy who is really starting to get the best of the striking exchanges. Reis tries to fire off another single leg but he’s unable to keep Roddy down for long yet again. Roddy gets back up and throws some light shots before the round ends.

Round 3: It’s anybody’s fight for the taking as the third round gets underway. Out of nowhere Wilson Reis lands a crushing right hand that stuns Roddy, and uses the momentum to get on top. Massive elbows slamming into Roddy’s face and Reis works hard to finish. Reis using every last bit of energy he has to try and put this fight away. Roddy tries to turn and gives up a arm triangle choke, which Reis then switches to a rear-naked choke before putting Roddy to sleep and earning the stoppage.
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#4

FIGHT: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
DATE: February 26
CARD: UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
VENUE: Saitama Super Arena
LOCATION: Saitama, Japan
RESULT: Henderson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 49-46 Henderson, 48-47 Henderson, 49-46 Henderson
MY SCORECARD: 48-48
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAFrenzy)
Round 1 – Marc Goddard is our referee tonight and we are ready to go for the lightweight title. Touch of gloves and Benson immediately begins feinting with his right hand. Nice shot to body. Edgar catches a kick and looks for the takedown but Henderson with a crazy counter and Edgar backs off. Edgar with a brief takedown. Edgar catches another leg kick but doesn’t use it. Bendo with a superman attempt but catches Edgar with a low blow on a kick. Quick break and we’re back. Edgar catches another kick and he lands a nice outside legkick. Edgar catches another kick and then another. Nice knee by Bendo. Nice combo by Edgar. Edgar with a nice right. Nice left by Bendo but Edgar with a great shot to the body. Bendo goes high but Edgar with another brief take down. Nice knee by Bendo. Poor spinning backfist by Edgar misses. Spinning back kick by Edgar. Bendo goes for a takedown but he’s thrown off.

Round 2 – Edgar sporting a black eye now. Nice right by Edgar. Bendo answers with one of his own. Bendo throws another kick that’s caught again by Edgar. Edgar is working hard for angles and Bendo stalks forward. Nice inside legkicks by Edgar. Edgar catches another kick and Bendo exchanges with the champ before Edgar lets it go. Bendo telegraphs a big punch and Edgar briefly clinches. Big knee connects from Bendo. Nice combo by Edgar. Nice hook from Edgar. Edgar with a takedown but Bendo scrambles and Edgar ends up with a front-headlock. Bendo works out with a standing kimura but cannot do anything with it. Nice leg kick by Edgar. Big shot by Bendo is answered by a vicious combo from Edgar. Edgar with another takedown and this time he is able to keep Bendo down with :40 left. Nice ground and bound by the champ. Benson with a sub attempt and misses. Massive upkick from Bendo has turned Edgar’s nose into a fountain as the round ends. That devastating shot steals the round for Bendo.

Round 3 – Nice kick to the body by Edgar. Nice right by Edgar. Bendo clinches as Edgar storms and the fighters separate. Bendo misses a big shot and Edgar with a vicious counter combo. Edgar tries a takedown but doesn’t get it. He lands a nice punch on the way out though. Edgar with another takedown attempt. Big knee by Bendo is answered by nasty shot from Edgar. Nice right by Edgar. Bendo catches a kick and gets Edgar down. Edgar is scrambling on the ground now and gets back to his feet. His left eye may end this fight later though as it looks bad. Nice right by Edgar. Bendo throws a big knee but misses. Edgar with a nice shot but Bendo with a nice stiff jab to stop the exchange. Nasty headkick from Bendo. Edgar with a big takedown but loses control as it hits the round. Bendo misses a big combo. Edgar with a great takedown as the round ends answered by a wicked Bendo elbow.

Round 4 – Inside legkick by Edgar. Headkick by Edgar is checked. Bendo stuffs an Edgar takedown attempt. Nice jab by Bendo stops Edgar’s movement briefly. Nice right by Edgar. Wicked kick from Bendo cracks Edgar in the cup and we’re taking a break. Edgar shakes it off though. Nice right by Edgar. Legkick by Edgar. Bendo takedown attempt is defended well. Big knee by Bendo and he jumps into an Edgar takedown. Bendo fully commits to a guillotine and it is deep. Amazingly Edgar fights it off. Nice elbows by Bendo. Bendo is switching to a tae kwon do stance now. Powerful leg kick from Bendo lands and Edgar catches it. Edgar releases and catches another Bendo kick and releases again. Bendo with a brief takedown and lands a nice body kick as Edgar escapes. Nice combo by Bendo.

Round 5 – Nice combo by Edgar. Edgar catches the kick and lets it go as he throws a headkick. Nice uppercut from Edgar. Nasty left hook from Edgar lands. Great right from Edgar. Edgar with a takedown and briefly has Bendo’s back before he escapes. Nice legkick by Edgar. Wicked right from Bendo. Nice combo from both fighters. Both fighters kick at the same time and Edgar slips momentarily. Edgar with a shot that clips Bendo. Edgar pounces and briefly grabs a cradle before Bendo recovers. Under a minute now. Powerful kicks from Bendo land. Edgar catches another one and misses a takedown along the cage. :30 left now. Jumping knee from Bendo lands flush as Edgar tries for the takedown. Bendo cranks a guillotine and bombs away in side control as the horn sounds. That exchange could have stole the fight.
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#3

FIGHT: Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon
DATE: August 4
CARD: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera
VENUE: Staples Center
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
RESULT: Lauzon R3 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Lauzon takes the middle while Varner goes to the outside to begin, both lightweights in the orthodox stance. Varner just misses with a hard right hook, connects with a left to the body seconds later. Body kick from Varner, then one to the legs, and a right hand sends Lauzon stumbling. Lauzon quickly regains his composure and keeps coming forward, wraps Varner up and drills the former WEC champ with a knee up the middle. Already breathing hard midway through the first frame, Varner misses with a jump knee and whiffs on the elbows behind it. Varner just grazes Lauzon’s face with a left hook and right cross; Lauzon covers up under fire and takes a ripping shot to the body. Lauzon scores with a pair of clean right hands, but a left behind the ear sends “J-Lau” to the floor. Varner goes down to his guard and Lauzon tries a straight armbar, can’t get it. Lauzon gets to his knees and absorbs a few knees to the body, and that’s where the round ends.

Round 2: Varner goes to some outside leg kicks to begin round two; he steps in with a four-piece punching combo, but Lauzon sees it coming and covers up. Lauzon puts up his guard again as Varner probes with jabs and straight punches. Varner scores with a punch to the body, a knee up the middle and a short elbow inside. He wraps Lauzon’s waist and tries to trip him down, but Lauzon stays up. Lauzon pushes Varner into the fence and Varner willingly falls to his back with a guillotine locked up. Lauzon has good posture to pop his head out, though, and he hops onto Varner’s back in one motion. Varner stands and shakes off Lauzon, then goes back to slugging while Lauzon covers up. Good one-two to the body from Varner, and now Lauzon storms forward, hustling Varner to the floor and pinning down his left arm. Lauzon gets off a few punches before Varner flips over and gets to his knees, then stands back up with Lauzon still shoving him into the cage. Lauzon drags Varner to the floor again and takes back mount, this time sinking in his hooks to control the back. Varner slips out the back door just before the horn and drops a couple elbows.

Round 3: Lauzon and Varner hug to begin the final frame, but ref Luis Cobian realizes soon after the start of the round that Varner’s mouthpiece isn’t in. The corner fixes this and the lightweights get back to work. Varner double-legs Lauzon to the floor one minute into the round and works from half-guard for 20 seconds until Lauzon sweeps his way free. Varner throws a combo and Lauzon covers up. Lauzon comes forward and Varner backs him off with a right. Though tired, Varner is still firing hard shots inside, punches and elbows, though none are scoring very effectively with Lauzon covering. Varner hits another takedown, but Lauzon flips him over the top with underhooks and cinches up a triangle choke. Varner resists for a moment while Lauzon elbows from the bottom. Lauzon tightens the choke and Varner has nowhere to go. Joe Lauzon gets the submission win at 2:44 of the third round in a real thriller.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/08/05/joe-lauzon-vs-jamie-varner-ufc-on-fox-fight-video/

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#2

FIGHT: Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
DATE: May 15
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
VENUE: Patriot Center
LOCATION: Fairfax, Virginia
RESULT: Jung R4 Submission (D’Arce Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CagePotato)
Round 1: Tan Dan is looking particularly orange tonight. And they touch gloves. They’re both throwing heat…no feeling out process. Zombie gets a takedown but Poirier gets up and goes for a single. Now they’re clinching against the cage with Poirier doing the pushing. Zombie with a great greco takedown and he’s in Poirier’s full guard. Zombie throwing good elbows and Poirier is cut on his forehead. Zombie looking strong in top position. Poirier lands a good upkick and reverses position. Poirier lands in Zombie’s full guard and now Zombie is trying to wall walk up to his feet. Poirier controlling him against the cage but not much action. Back to their feet. Porier lands a good knee and now they’re throwing bombs. Nothing lands and the round ends.

Round 2: I just accidentally erased my whole round 2…the best round of the night. So I had to rewind and here I am. Let me just say that Poirier was almost tapped multiple times and the Zombie transitioned from arm bar to triangle and back multiple times.

Round 3: Fuck I can’t believe I just erased all of that glorious work. Poirier lands a good shot and now their trading bombs. Most of them are missing and they both look pretty tired. Zombie eats a good straight left and a leg kick. Poirier starting to land some clean shots. Zombie living up to his name doesn’t seem to care. Huge takedown by Zombie and Poirier ends up standing up. Both guys landing good shots but Zombie doesn’t seem to mind it. Zombie landing the better strikes but Poirier not giving up. Both guys using their faces to block punches. Round ends like a scene from Road house.

Round 4: Both guys throwing sloppy shots. Zombie land a one-two followed by a huge flying knee. Poirier in trouble in the d’arce choke. And that’s it! What a finish. Korean Zombie by d’arce choke in a dominating performance.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/05/16/chan-sung-jung-vs-dustin-poirier-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-3/

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#1

FIGHT: Julie Kedzie vs. Miesha Tate
DATE: August 18
CARD: Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman
VENUE: Valley View Casino Center
LOCATION: San Diego, California
RESULT: Tate R3 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAJunkie)
Round 1 – Jason Herzog draws the reffing duty for the second time tonight. They touch gloves and get going. They start trading early. Big kick from Kedzie is on the button to the side of the head, and Tate has to withstand some damage to stay standing. Outside leg kick from Tate, but Kedzie again pushes forward and lands a couple nicely. Good right from Tate, and a counter from Kedzie right before a clinch. Knee from Kedzie is good to the body. Kedzie tries to come over the top of Tate’s hook with a right elbow, and then she has a nice reversal on teh wall. An elbow from Kedzie finds the mark, adn then they split out of there back to the middle. Tate with a shot at a double, but Kedzie sprawls it out and lands a couple shots on the ground. Kedzie then listens to her corner as Greg Jackson tells her to wisely back out. She does, and when Tate again wants to shoot, it’s not there. Kedzie has north-south control on Tate’s back and tries to land some body shots. She pushes her off, then almost immediately comes forward with a right hand. Jackson yelling loudly to Kedzie. Another shot from Tate, but not much there. They both hit the turf, but Kedzie pops back up right away and they tie up. Leg kick from Kdezie, and she again sprawls nicely on a Tate shot and lands body punches. Then a couple rights to the haw. Then a big left kick from Kedzie takes Tate off her feet when it drills her chin. Kedzie moves in right away and looks to land. She’s landing and appears to have Tate in trouble. But Tate defends wonderfully with a triangle that has Kedzie in trouble. Kedzie rolls out of it and survives the round.

Round 2 – Left and right from Kedzie. Tate answers, and they tie up. Kedzie kicks to the body. They trade knees along the fence, and Kedzie looks to pepper in an elbow. There’s a scramble and a takedown, and it’s Kedzie on the bottom looking for a triangle. It’s not there yet, but she has Tate’s arm in short order and is looking to finish. Tate rolls out of imminent danger, but Kedzie still has her tied up. Tate struggles to get her left arm free. She finally does and takes Kedzie’s back and looks for the rear-naked choke. She gets a body triangle and lands some fists to the side of the head. She has to let off the trangle, but she’s still got back mount and the choke looks good. Kedzie is struggling to find a way out of this. Tate in full mount and looks for elbows. Kedzie gets back to half guard, but soon after she rolls into a guillotine. But she has to let off that, as well, and Kedzie manages to make it back to her feet. Tate looking for the double, then a single, and she does spill the fight to the canvas. But Kedzie will survive the round after being in a lot of trouble.

Round 3 – Kedzie opens with a kick, then another to the back of Tate’s leg knocks her off her feet. Both women look a little tired. Good side kick to the body from Kedzie, followed by an outside leg kick. Then Kedzie lands a kick to the face and Tate is down. Kedzie is right on top of her and landing elbows as Herzog looks on. Tate looks completely exhausted. But she manages to roll into a triangle and armbar and she’s looking to finish Kedzie here. Kedzie rolls out of it as Jackson tells her to stand up out of it. Tate still looking to finish and has a lot of time. Kedzie trying to roll her way out of it. Kedzie rolls and she may have rolled the wrong way. And oh sweet irony, Tate has an armbar and the crowd goes nuts. she’s looking to stretch it out and torque it as Kedzie tries to find a way to defend with her foot. And finally, Kedzie has to tap. Amazing fight. Tate was kicked in the face on the front end of the round and rallies for the submission.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/08/miesha-tate-vs-julie-kedzie-fight-video.html

The Top-400 Fights of 2012: 50-26

#50

FIGHT: Adriano Alves vs. Mauricio Chueke
DATE: March 3
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 18
VENUE: Bank of Brazil’s Athletic Association
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Chueke R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#49

FIGHT: Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz
DATE: January 28
CARD: UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis
VENUE: United Center
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
RESULT: Dunham R2 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Both connecting on shots early. Lentz takes him down for a split second and attempts a front choke to no avail. He picks Dunham up and slams him to the ground. Dunham scrambles free and tries a standing guillotine choke. Lentz wiggles loose. Dunham plants his foe on the canvas.

2ndRound: Dunham takes him down within seconds. Lentz gets to his feet and they exchange short blows in the clinch. Exciting flurry with both throwing and landing in the pocket. Dunham has him down again and attempts another guillotine. Lentz’s mug is messed up, but it’s a much closer fight than what his face is showing.
VIDEO: n/a
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#48

FIGHT: Atsushi Ueda vs. Shinichi Taira
DATE: January 22
CARD: Rings/ZST Battle Genesis Volume 9
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Ueda R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzU0NDc5MjAw.html

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#47

FIGHT: Roman Mironenko vs. Vitaliy Ostrovskiy
DATE: March 31
CARD: Vosmiugolnik 1
VENUE: Minsk Arena
LOCATION: Minsk, Belarus
RESULT: Ostrovskiy R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD:
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (13:00 mark)

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDI5MjUzOTUy.html

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#46

FIGHT: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
DATE: February 26
CARD: UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
VENUE: Saitama Super Arena
LOCATION: Saitama, Japan
RESULT: Lee R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CageJunkies)
Round 1 – kid lands a big right hook and Lee answers with a left hand. Kid leaps in with a right hook and Lee gets clipped but answers back with a left. Lee gets hit with another right hand and Kid unloads about 20 power punches on Lee who covers up well and weathers the storm and then Lee lands a hard knee that briefly staggers Kid. Lee lands a hard right hand and Kid immediately secures a take down. Lee works for a triangle from his back but cannot secure it and switches to an arm bar that forces Kid to submit.
VIDEO: n/a
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#45

FIGHT: Anthony Lemon vs. Drew Kennedy
DATE: September 28
CARD: XFC 20: High Octane
VENUE: Knoxville Civic Auditorium
LOCATION: Knoxville, Tennessee
RESULT: Kennedy R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD:
MY SCORECARD:
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Kennedy closes immediately looking to take the fight to the mat. Lemon shrugs it off, and then delivers some big knees. Kennedy again looking for the takedown. Lemon is swinging wild out there. He connects and cuts Kennedy. They hit the mat and Kennedy goes for an arm right away. Lemon pulls out and delivers some big shots from the top before stepping away and letting Kennedy stand. Lemon connects with a winging shot that drops Kennedy. Again he lets Kennedy up. Finally Kennedy gets what he’s looking for and is on top. He takes the back of Lemon and is looking for the RNC. He’s really high on the back though. Lemon shakes him off and is now on top. Kennedy swings his hips and locks up a tight armbar. Lemon stacks him and delivers some big right hands and pulls his arm free. Lemon takes the back of Kennedy and cinches up a rear naked choke. Kennedy goes two-on-one and rips the arm out from under his chin. Kennedy turns in and is now on top. Nice back-and-forth action in this one. Kennedy to full mount. Right hands from Kennedy. Lemon turtles and is taking shots. Kennedy transitions to his back and sinks in a rear naked choke. The tap comes and it’s over. Exciting fight!
VIDEO:

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#44

FIGHT: Greg Atzori vs. Josh Payne
DATE: February 24
CARD: Cage Fighting Championship 20
VENUE: Southport Sharks Club
LOCATION: Gold Coast, Australia
RESULT: Atzori R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#43

FIGHT: Carlos Condit vs. Georges St. Pierre
DATE: November 17
CARD: UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
VENUE: Bell Centre
LOCATION: Montreal, Quebec
RESULT: St. Pierre UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 49-46 St. Pierre, 50-45 St. Pierre, 50-45 St. Pierre
MY SCORECARD: 49-47 St. Pierre
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAFrenzy)
Round 1 – Here we go. GSP takes the center of the Octagon. Legkick by GSP. Legkick by GSP. Front kick by GSP. Combo by Condit. Two-punch combo by Condit. Condit with a jab but eats a hard right by GSP. GSP with a nice takedown and Condit keeps guard. Condit looks for the armbar but it’s not there. GSP to half-guard now.Nice punch by GSP but Condit recovers guard. GSP back to half-guard briefly. Condit is keeping a high guard. Punches from Condit on the bottom. Condit is staying very active. Condit rolls for an armbar. Big shot by GSP. Punches to the body and head by GSP. Nice elbow with 10 left. Condit rolls for a leglock and eats an elbow that cuts him above the eye.

Round 2 – Condit with a combo but the only the kick glances. GSP tries a front kick to the face and gets clipped by Condit. Big right by GSP. Nice right by Condit. Stiff jab by GSP. Nice combo by Condit. Knee to the body and punch by Condit and another nice combo by NBK. Condit tries a flying knee and GSP stuffs it with a wicked punch. Body kick by Carlos is caught by GSP and he lands a gorgeous takedown. GSP passes easily and lands some big elbows to the already cut Condit. Big elbow by GSP. Nice elbows from the bottom by Condit. Condit eats a punch as he escapes. The two go to war as the round ends. Carlos is bleeding badly.

Round 3 – Nice jab and inside leg kick by GSP. Condit rocks GSP with a big headkick and Condit pounces. GSP is recovering but he’s in trouble. Condit teeing off with elbows but GS escapes. Both fighters are going to war here. Big right by GSP and he takes down Condit, who looks like he’s feeling his blood loss now. GSP grinding Condit down with punches and elbows from the top. Condit works his way up against the cage. GSP has the Hi-C lift set up but gets Condit down. Carlos working for a kimura but GSP shuts it down. Very tough round to score. GSP controlled the end but the knockdown by Condit was huge.

Round 4 – Huge hematoma on the side of GSP’s head to start the round. More big shots by Condit. GSP with a wicked combo into a takedown and he passes to side control. GSP is isolating the far arm of Condit. Punches from the bottom by Condit with force. Condit rolls for a kimura but it’s not there and GSP makes him pay. Body-head body-head by GSP.Condit goes for armbar and now Condit grabs a knee bar, and then rotates to a triangle but GSP works out with a big shot. Gorgeous switch by Condit against the cage. Condit goes knee to belly but it’s the wrong knee and GSP reverses off the scramble. Round ends with Condit trying to set up a kneebar but misses it.

Round 5 – Right by Condit. Superman punch to a legkick by GSP. Tough legkick by Condit. Condit has a combo stuffed by a GSP legkick. Spinning back kick by Condit. Condit looks for a switch of the GSP takedown attempt and Condit kicks him away. Big right by GSP. Carlos swarms with a nice right and straight left. Nice left by Condit. Nice counter by GSP stops a Condit combo. Double jab by GSP. GSP with a double and Carlos barely avoids being mounted. GSP with a big look at the clock. Condit gives up back while trying to escape and GSP follows the scramble nicely. GSP checks the clock with :20 left. Big elbows by GSP as the round ends. A clearly exhausted GSP hugs Condit as they get up.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/11/georges-st-pierre-vs-carlos-condit.html

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#42

FIGHT: Andreas Spang vs. Brian Rogers
DATE: April 20
CARD: Bellator 66
VENUE: I-X Center
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio
RESULT: Spang R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNerd)
Rd:1 No Touch and Rogers opens with a low kick. He throws another hard kick and Spang lands a sharp right hand. They are really opening up on each other. Rogers hammers Spang with a straight right hand and Spang turns his back. Rogers is all over him and goes for the high kick but slips. Spang takes his back and is now working the choke. Rogers is defending but its tight. He shakes him off and hammerfists him twice for his efforts. A right hand lands for Rogers and Spang is hurt. Rogers jumps into a knee and Spang is against the fence. Rogers is unloading on him here but Spang is hanging on. Spang moves forward into a right hand and throws a kick that Rogers catches. Rogers chucks him to the ground and has a decent attempt for a rear naked. Spang defends and is now in Rogers guard. Spang is dropping in some hammerfists but Rogers kicks him away at the bell.

Rd2: Rogers opens up with a beautiful combination but Spang’s still there. Snap kick from Spang but he eats a right hand. Spang scores a hard jab but moves straight into a right hand. Rogers tags him with a hook to the head and then a right hand to the body. Spang fires a straight punch combination and backs out. Rogers stones him with a right hand and Spang falls into the fence. Some how hes still up and even lands a decent hook. Rogers tags him with another hook and follows with a right hand. Rogers steps behind another right hand which Spang covers and lands a huge left hook. Rogers is down. A few follow ups and its over.
VIDEO:

http://www.mmatko.com/andreas-spang-vs-brian-rogers-fight-video-bellator-66/

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#41

FIGHT: Mac Danzig vs. Takanori Gomi
DATE: November 10
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Franklin vs. Le
VENUE: CotaiArena
LOCATION: Macao, China
RESULT: Gomi SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Danzig, 29-28 Gomi, 29-28 Gomi
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Gomi
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via FightGameBlog)
Round 1: Nice back and forth first round. Gomi got a nice takedown, but Danzig just looks a bit stronger and confident with his punches. It’s close, but I’d give it to Danzig.

Round 2: The second round was Danzig’s. He was able to get a takedown and had Gomi in a guillotine, which wasn’t close to finishing Gomi. Gomi is being patient, but needs to pick it up.

Round 3: Gomi landed a nice right that put Danzig on his rear end to start the round. Danzig tried a heel hook from the bottom, but Gomi grabbed his leg and put on what Kenny Florian described as a figure four foot lock. It looked similar to a Bret Hart Sharpshooter, or Edge’s submission move, the Edgecator (I had to look that one up. I’m not that big of a wrestling nerd.). They ended the round on their feet throwing one shot at the time, but neither could put together any combinations.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/11/10/takanori-gomi-vs-mac-danzig-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-macao/

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#40

FIGHT: James Brum vs. James Saville
DATE: September 1
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 7
VENUE: Al-Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena
LOCATION: Amman, Jordan
RESULT: Brum UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Brum, 29-28 Brum, 29-28 Brum
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Brum
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#39

FIGHT: Joe Proctor vs. Ramsey Nijem
DATE: December 8
CARD: UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz
VENUE: KeyArena
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington
RESULT: Nijem UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Nijem, 29-28 Nijem, 29-28 Nijem
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Nijem
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: Nijem landed a hard body kick early on and clinched, but Proctor countered with a guillotine choke. He landed a knee to the chest and the fighters exchanged big power punches. Nijem landed a knee and backed away. A flying front kick to the body sent Proctor to the mat and Nijem swarmed with punches. Proctor began to bleed from the mouth as Nijem peppered him with more punches. Nijem took Proctor’s back and tried to move to mount, but Proctor scrambled to his feet. He worked for another guillotine choke and Nijem took him down. Proctor rolled through to escape and got back to his feet. More hard punches were exchanged and Proctor rocked Nijem with a counter left-right combo. Proctor landed short punches from half-guard. Close round.

Round 2: Proctor opened the second round with another one-two and both fighters landed left hooks at the same time. Nijem countered a two-punch combo with a right hook and a leg kick. Nijem landed right hooks and mixed in more kicks from a distance. A hard right hand scored for Proctor and Nijem shot in for a takedown. He got Proctor down and worked from the top. Proctor postured for a triangle choke from the bottom and kicked as Nijem stood up. Proctor scrambled into a front choke and used it to pin Nijem up against the cage. He tried to move into mount, but Nijem defended. Proctor maintained his grip on Nijem’s neck until Nijem escaped in the final 20 seconds. Proctor eyed a Kimura before the bell. Another close round.

Round 3: Nijem landed some nice punches in the first 30 seconds of round three. Proctor answered with a right hook and countered a takedown with a Kimura attempt. Nijem escaped and tried to move to mount. He punched to the body and transitioned to Nijem’s back. Proctor stood and Nijem dumped him back down to the mat again. Proctor scrambled back up and sprawled out of a takedown. Proctor took Nijem’s back and tried to spin into an armbar. He nearly got it, but Nijem held on and broke Proctor’s grip. Nijem punched from the top and kept Proctor pinned down against the cage. Proctor managed to sprawl out once more and landed weak punches to the side of Nijem’s head. The fighters stood and traded punches. Nijem landed a hard knee and Proctor answered with two big hooks.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/12/09/ramsey-nijem-vs-joe-proctor-fight-video-ufc-on-fox/

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#38

FIGHT: Kim Hock Quek vs. Major Overall
DATE: March 31
CARD: OneFC 3: War of the Lions
VENUE: Singapore Indoor Stadium
LOCATION: Kallang, Singapore
RESULT: Quek R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNation)
Round 1: It’s on right now! The crowd is clearly behind the home boy Kim Hock. Major throws a head kick and they are trading! Major tries a takedown and Kim Hock stops him. Major is trying another takedown. Looks like he doesn’t want any of Kim standing. They’re backed up against the cage right now. Not sure trying to do what though. Major has control and Kim just pushes him off. Kim Hock drops some bombs and Major drops! Major tries to get a leg and tries a submission! Kim Hock escapes and Kim Hock is beating Major down! Looks like Kim Hock seems to be getting the best of Major! Kim Hock takes him down and lays some heavy punches. They stand and trade! Well more like Kim Hock is punching Overall. Overall gets a takedown. Kim Hock lands a great up kick and they both stand. Kim Hock is just backing Overall up against the cage. Major seems to have gotten a second win and tries a FLYING KNEE! This is a good fight! End of round 1.

Round 2: Nice low kick by overall. Kim checks it. Overall tries a takedown but Kim stops it. Kim looks very composed though. Spinning backfist by Overall. He missed but it was pretty cool! Overall tries to shoot and gets it! Kim reverses and gets Overall’s back and tries a rear naked choke! They scramble for positioning and stands. Overall lands a flying knee! Overall is showboating a lot! This guy is asking for it! He shoots in and gets stopped again! Kim Hock’s a monster. He gets Overall’s back and he’s got on a rear naked choke. This fight is so fast, it’s hard to keep track of! The RNC is tight and Overall taps!
VIDEO:

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#37

FIGHT: Felipe Enomoto vs. Ole Laursen
DATE: February 11
CARD: OneFC 2: Battle of Heroes
VENUE: BritAma Arena
LOCATION: North Jakarta, Indonesia
RESULT: Enomoto R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNation)
Round 1: They both start swinging for the fences. Ole is landing some hard punches. He’s punching so hard he almost fell down while punching. Oh yeah this fight is brought to you by Carl Jr. Ole punches Felipe and knocks him down. The fight goes to the grown. Ole is in control and now…..my feed is dead. Alright, we’re back! Ole is still in control and tries a rear naked choke. Felipe gets control and ends the fight standing up above Ole who’s on the ground. The first round was fought at a frantic pace.

Round 2: Round 2 starts like round 1, the 2 are standing and banging, HARD. Ole is putting together some great combinations. Felipe is getting sucked into Ole’s gameplan. Ole is throwing hard kicks and Felipe is not checking them. How much longer can Felipe take it? Felipe tells the ref that he got poked in the eye. He takes a time out. They restart. Felipe is landing some hard punches. Ole is firing back and he’s smiling! This dude is hardcore! Felipe is throwing some nice jabs. Felipe is unloading but Ole is just smiling! This is a fight ppl! These 2 guys are punching the hell out of each other. Felipe rocked Ole with a left kick. Ole drops and Felipe takes his back! He gets a rear naked choke and has it deep! Ole TAPS!
VIDEO:

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#36

FIGHT: Mark Platts vs. Neil Seery
DATE: June 2
CARD: Cage Warriors 47
VENUE: The Helix
LOCATION: Dublin, Ireland
RESULT: Seery R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via FightNetwork)
Round 1: Both men touch gloves and this featherweight contest in underway. Quick exchanges by both men as they size each other up. Left hand lands for Platts but Seery answers. Big right by Seery now followed by a left that sends the Englishman to the canvas. Ground and pound now coming from the hometown favorite but Platts recovers and gets back to his feet. Both men clinched along the cage now as Platts tries desperately to get the fight to the ground. Takedown lands for Platts now but Seery is quick to get back up. Seery on the attack now as both men exchange uppercuts and hooks from the Thai clinch. Back to the center of the cage and Seery utilizes the left hand again to rock Platts. Inside leg kick a little off the target and Seery goes down from the low blow. He quickly shakes it off though and both men resume throwing wild punches as the round comes to a close.

Round 2: Round two underway and the local boy Seery lands a big body kick. Both men throwing a lot of punches but not much landing. Platts now shoots for a takedown but Seery showing off good takedown defense as he gets his hips out. Seery now on the attack landing almost at will on his foe and Platts slips to the mat. Seery on top now using his ground and pound while trying to take the back of his opponent. He eventually gets both hooks in and slips in the fight-ending rear-naked choke.
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#35

FIGHT: Brett Martinez vs. Eric Albright
DATE: October 19
CARD: Bellator 77
VENUE: Reading Eagle Theater
LOCATION: Reading, Pennsylvania
RESULT: Martinez R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Takedown negated by Albright and he works from inside Martinez’s guard, but Martinez is able to stand. A head kick misses from Martinez and he quickly shoots from the ground, but Martinez thwarts him and they go to the clinch. Albright again with the takedown and again into the guard of Martinez who briefly finds an armbar, but he surrenders that and has his back taken. The fight goes back to standing and Martinez eats some knees to the head from the clinch before again being taken to the mat and Albright is into side control and looking for an opening to land his punches. Good round for Albright.

Round 2: Albright looks comfortable, but dominating in your first pro round will do that for a fighter. The two go to the clinch and Martinez is cranking on a hellacious choke. They break and Martinez again hits the deck after a missed kick and Albright looks for an armbar. A quick exchange against the cage and back to the clinch where Martinez finds a guillotine choke, but Albright is out. Albright gets the back of Martinez, but no hooks and Martinez finds the opening for a guillotine and that’s the night for Albright at he taps 3:28 of Round Two.
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDY1NTY1OTA4.html

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#34

FIGHT: Luiz Firmino vs. Toby Imada
DATE: October 6
CARD: Championship Fighting Alliance 8: Araujo vs. Bradley
VENUE: BankUnited Center
LOCATION: Coral Gables, Florida
RESULT: Firmino UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Firmino, Firmino, Firmino
MY SCORECARD: 29-27 Firmino
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#33

FIGHT: Duda Yankovich vs. Jessica Andrade
DATE: September 8
CARD: Bitetti Combat 12
VENUE: Rocinha Sports Complex
LOCATION: Rocinha, Brazil
RESULT: Andrade R1 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#32

FIGHT: Ben Wall vs. Rob Lisita
DATE: February 24
CARD: Cage Fighting Championship 20: Fogagnolo vs. Muir
VENUE: Southport Sharks Club
LOCATION: Gold Coast, Australia
RESULT: Wall UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Wall, Wall, Wall
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#31

FIGHT: Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward
DATE: April 28
CARD: InvictaFC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Penne R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Opening minute of the fight is a feeling out process. Ellis-Ward lands a head kick but had minimal power on it. Ellis-Ward gets a takedown right into side control but Penne scrambles and gets back to her feet. Penne gets a takedown of her own. Penne working methodically from half-guard. Penne trying to get Ellis-Ward to open up but Ellis-Ward got to guard and then back to her feet. Ellis-Ward gets another takedown and Penne uses amazing flexibility to get a crucifix.

Round 2: Ellis-Ward landed a hard right hand that stunned Penne. She rushes in for a takedown but Penne winds up in top position. Ellis-Ward works back to full guard. Penne tries to stack Ellis-Ward but that gives her space to get back to her feet. The two fighters end up back on the ground quickly fighting for submissions. Ellis-Ward gets top position after a short leglock stalemate. Penne still going after a leg and Ellis-Ward making her pay with strikes. Penne tries an armbar but Ellis-Ward picks her up and slams it to make her release the submission. In the last ten seconds Penne reverses position.

Round 3: Ellis-Ward opens the third frame with a body kick. Penne lands a straight right of her own. Big bodylock takedown from Ellis-Ward. Ellis-Ward bleeding profusely from her forehead. Ellis-Ward going for a Kimura but loses it. Penne goes for an armbar but Ellis-Ward defends. Penne in mount. The ref stops the fight after some ground and pound. Ellis-Ward is a bloody mess.
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#30

FIGHT: Alexey Nevzorov vs. Shamil Abdulkerimov
DATE: June 6
CARD: M-1 Challenge 33: Emelianenko vs. Magomedov
VENUE: Ingush Centre
LOCATION: Dzheyrakhsky District, Russia
RESULT: Nevzorov UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Nevzorov, Nevzorov, Nevzorov
MY SCORECARD: Nevzorov
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#29

FIGHT: Daniel Straus vs. Mike Corey
DATE: April 13
CARD: Bellator 65
VENUE: Boardwalk Hall
LOCATION: Atlantic City, New Jersey
RESULT: Straus UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Straus, 30-27 Straus, 29-28 Straus
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Straus takes the center of the cage and he immediately drops Corey with his first combination. Corey pops right back to his feet and they clinch along the cage. They reset and Corey throws a nice punch to the body while Straus blasts him with a nice left hand. Straus throws a nice knee in the clinch and then a nice body kick. Straus looks strong here. Straus throws a head kick which is blocked but his follow-up leg kick connects. Straus throws a combination and then shoots in for a takedown but can’t get it. Corey stuffs him and they enter the clinch where Corey throws a nice knee to the body and some short rights hands to the body. They reset and Corey is bleeding. Corey throws a nice uppercut but doesn’t follow up. Straus lands a nice leg kick and a straight left. Straus is finding a nice home for his straight left and Corey can’t seem to stop it. Corey throws a spinning back fist and eats another big left hook from Straus. They trade until the final horn.

Round two: They trade early and Straus ducks a hook to try for a takedown but can’t get it. Corey does the same and he’s successful with a takeodown. He’s on top as Straus is trying to work his way back to his feet and he’s got a hold of Straus’ ankle but the ref stands them up pretty quickly. Straus connects with his left hand and then a nice leg kick. Straus counters with a strong right hand as Corey comes in and throws a push kick to keep Corey at a distance. Corey ducks down and misses with a big hook and changes levels for a takedown but Straus stuffs him this time. They clinch and Corey attempts an inside trip. Straus also attempts a throw but Corey denies him. Corey throws a knee and Straus again takes inside position. Both men trade with nice combinations and Corey gets the better of it as he’s being more active. Corey pushes Straus into the fence and utilizes some nice dirty boxing. Straus is stuck against the fence here and can’t get off. Straus finally circles and the reset an dconnects with a nice left hand. Corey throws a big left hand and they exchange nicely until the bell.

Round three: Corey’s face is a mess at the start of the round. Straus throws a nice pair of leg kicks early and Corey initiates a clinch working for a takedown but he can’t get it. Straus has inside position along the fence and he throws a pair of nice knees. Corey reverses position changes levels but gives up on the takedown. Straus stuffs another takedown attempt and he’s got Corey in a standing reverse body lock. Corey tries to keep wrist control and Straus fires off some knees. They reset in the cage center and Straus throws a nice leg kick. They trade and Corey connects with a short knee inside but Straus got the better of the punches. Straus throws a beautiful left counter which nails Corey and then another. Corey was staggered there for a second. Corey shoots in for a takedown and grabs a reverse body lock in the stand-up position. Straus turns into him and unloads a big flurry which backs Corey off. Corey’s bleeding all over the place. Corey misses with a spinning back fist but throws push kick which grazes Straus. Corey pushes forward and throws a nice left hand but eats another counter. Corey presses Straus into the fence and Straus’ mouthpiece comes out. The ref resets them and both men exchange strikes. Straus dives for a single leg and eats some short punches until the final bell.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Mike_Corey_vs_Daniel_Straus_Bellator_65/10028350

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#28

FIGHT: Jae Hoon Moon vs. Soo Chul Kim
DATE: March 24
CARD: RoadFC 7: Recharged
VENUE: Jangchung Gymnasium
LOCATION: Seoul, South Korea
RESULT: Moon UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Moon, Moon, Moon
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#27

FIGHT: Kyle Baker vs. Ryan Ford
DATE: November 2
CARD: Bellator 79
VENUE: Casino Rama
LOCATION: Rama, Ontario
RESULT: Ford UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Ford, 30-27 Ford, 30-27 Ford
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – The fighters would feel each other out for the first 20 seconds of the round and Ford was able to land the first significant strike and would then take Baker to the ground. Ford would stand on top of his opponent and looked to land strikes before laying on top of his opponent. While on his back, Baker looked for an armbar but Ford realized it and escaped the potential submission. Once again, Ford would get in the guard of Baker and be in top position. After Ford landed several strikes, Baker looked to escape and would get back to his feet. Ford would once again land several big strikes and appeared to have Baker rocked. While on the ground, Baker begin to hold onto Ford and would end up getting side control on Ford. Ford would be able to get back to his feet and landed several big shots against the cage. The fight would go to the ground with Baker having the better position and the round would end.

Round 2 – Ford opened the round with a combination, which included a head kick that landed. The action would end up against the cage with them grappling and Ford’s back against the cage. After a lack of action, referee Yves Lavigne would separate the fighters. After the separation, Ford landed another big strike that had Baker on his heels. With the action once again against the cage, they would grapple and Baker would take the fight to the ground. While on the ground, Baker would transition to get the back of Ford and began to look for a rear-naked choke. He would be unable to get the submission locked in a Ford would be able to transition to side control on the ground. The round would end with Ford on top and looking to throw ground strikes.

Round 3 – As the third round started, Ford went for a takedown, which he could not achieve. After a short exchange of strikes, Ford looked for a single leg takedown but was once again unsuccessful. The action returned to the middle of the cage and Ford was able to get a takedown when Baker came forward at him. With the action on the ground, Ford maintained top position but they were stood up by the referee after a lack of action. Once on the feet, Ford wasted no time and immediately took the fight to the ground. Baker was able to get off his back and would get in top position and led to him getting the back of Ford. Baker began to look for a rear-naked choke against the fence and Ford would be able to flip positions and end up in top position on Baker. The round would end with Ford landing hammer fist and the judges would decide the fight.
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#26T

FIGHT: Erick Silva vs. Jon Fitch
DATE: October 13
CARD: UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
VENUE: HSBC Arena
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Fitch UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Fitch, 29-28 Fitch, 29-28 Fitch
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Fitch
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Fitch opens with a couple leg kicks. But as Silva fires off a kick, Fitch catches it and takes him to the mat, taking Silva’s back. Silva stands, but Fitch still has control from his back and is hammering right hands home to Silva’s head. Fitch grapevines Silva’s left leg and puts on a standing arm triangle, but Silva escapes just past the midway point. Silva lands a front kick to the face and follows with an overhand right that rocks Fitch. Silva backs off, but Fitch chases him down and they clinch on the fence. As they break, Fitch lands a hard uppercut that rocks Silva. Fitch lands a combo and they clinch in the center of the ring, Fitch landing a couple knees before dropping down and taking Silva to the mat again. Silva regains his feet quickly, but Fitch tosses him back down. They’re back up, Fitch bodylocking Silva on the fence, kneeing him. He drags Silva to the mat and takes his back, pepping him with punches until the horn.

Round 2: Silva comes out firing mixing some spinning kicks, but Fitch answers with a hard uppercut. Silva, however, sweeps Fitch’s leg, dropping him to the mat. He follows Fitch down, but Fitch reverses. Silva escapes to his feet, but then drops down to Fitch’s back, rocking him with punches and hammerfists before applying a gut wrench. Fitch breaks the grip and they start exchanging again on the feet. Fitch lands a straight right hand followed by a knee to the face, then he presses Silva to the fence, kneeing his legs. Fitch tries to throw Silva, but loses his grip and Silva takes Fitch’s back, sinking the hooks. He applies a rear naked choke and falls to his own back, maintaining the hold. It’s deep, but Fitch defends and breaks the choke. Fitch reverses and stands in Silva’s guard, dropping punches. Fitch drops down and takes Silva’s back, gives up the choke and goes for an armbar, but Silva defends to the horn.

Round 3: Fitch lands a right hand then clinches and takes Silva to the mat. Silva is on all fours, Fitch at his side pounding away with right hands to the face. He takes Silva’s back and keeps punching, relentless. Silva turns to escape, Fitch goes for an arm, but loses it. Silva sinks an arm-in guillotine choke, but Fitch gives the thumbs up, saying he’s ok. He’s slips out in Silva’s guard and drops some big punches and elbows. Silva turns to all-fours again, but Fitch takes his back, continuously punching, punching, punching Silva’s face. Silva gets free enough to regain his feet, but Fitch tosses him right back to the mat, takes his back, flattening Silva out and pounding his with punches and elbows. Silva turns to his back, Fitch in full mount just continuing to drop punch after punch to the face of Silva and then unloads elbows, mixing it up, unrelenting. Silva slips out just before the horn, but ate an untold number of punches before the final horn.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/10/jon-fitch-vs-erick-silva-fight-video.html

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#26T

FIGHT: Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson
DATE: January 7
CARD: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Saffiedine SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Stinson, 30-27 Saffiedine, 29-28 Saffiedine
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Saffiedine starts out strong, landing good inside leg kicks and putting together combinations. But against the cage as they separate, Stinson fires a straight elbow that blasts Saffiedine and rattled him. The fight hits the ground and Stinson almost grabs an armbar from the bottom as well. The remainder of the round has Saffiedine looking to avoid damage as Stinson chases him around the cage.

Round 2: Saffiedine wasted no time getting Stinson to the ground this time and work his ground and pound. Grinding Stinson against the cage, Saffiedine continues his attack. Stinson can only play defense as he gets cut up from Saffiedine’s elbows. Strong second round for Saffiedine.

Round 3: Saffiedine again takes Stinson down in round three as he looks to press the action against the cage. Saffiedine blasts away at Stinson’s head with some nasty elbows. Saffiedine stays busy to keep the fight right where it is and Stinson just can’t get off his back. Saffiedine postures up with just over a minute to go, but then jumps back down in the guard of Tyler Stinson. The referee opts to stand the fighters up with one minute to go. Stinson stalking forward but can’t land the fight ending shot.
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The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #75-51

#75

FIGHT: Cathal Pendred vs. David Bielkheden
DATE: June 2
CARD: Cage Warriors 47
VENUE: The Helix
LOCATION: Dublin, Ireland
RESULT: Pendred UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Pendred, 30-27 Pendred, 30-28 Pendred
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Pendred
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via FightNetwork)
Round 1: Pendred opens up quickly with an uppercut that lands. The Irishman now stalks Bielkheden around the cage and lands a crushing left that sends the Brazilian Top Team product to the mat. Big ground and pound now from Pendred but Bielkheden remains calm off his back. Couple of nice right hands from Pendred, but he ultimately stands up. Back on the feet now and both men exchanging punches. Nice shots landing for the local fighter that forces Bielkheden to shoot in for a takedown. Not much effort as the Swedish-born Bielkheden scores the takedown and quickly puts his black belt to work as he applies a tight kimura, but time runs out and the UFC vet is forced to give up the move.

Round 2: Both men touch gloves as the second round gets underway. Pendred throws a wild punch and quickly clinches up with the Swede. Not much going in clinch so both men separate. Pendred slowing down as Bielkheden stalks him around the cage. Out of nowhere, a huge head kick lands for Pendred, who once again crumbles his opponent. Wisely, he steps back and allows Bielkheden to stand. Back on the feet, the Brazilian Top Team product seems to have recovered well from his second knockdown. Takedown for Bielkheden no good, but Pendred answers with a double leg of his own that gets the Swede down. Bielkheden sweeps now and gets back to his feet before scoring with a quick takedown of his own to end the round.

Round 3: Round three underway and Bielkheden smiles at the Irsishmen. Big left lands for Bielkheden that drops Pendred. Bielkheden on top now looking to pass guard which he easily does. Back to the kimura he couldn’t finish in round one but he lets it go to move to mount. The Swede looks to posture up from mount, but Pendred shrugs him off and explodes back to his feet. Back standing momentarily, but Bielkheden wastes no time getting the fight back to the mat. In guard now and Bielkheden lands short punches as the crowd cheers on both warriors. 1:30 left in the round and Pendred is completely spent as he looks to survive off his back. Referee stands both men up with a minute left. Bielkheden desperately looking to finish but is too tired. Pendred shoots for a takedown late, but it’s stuffed as the round comes to an end.
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#74

FIGHT: Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page
DATE: April 14
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Gustafsson vs. Silva
VENUE: Ericsson Globe Arena
LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden
RESULT: Pickett R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: They come out swinging. Page misses with a huge right hand. Pickett ends up in top position as the fight went to the ground. Page lands an up kick. He gets back to his feet. They’re throwing big shots. Pickett misses with a right hook and Page ducks under and gets the takedown. Pickett works his way back to his feet and slams Page to the canvas. Pickett lands punches. Page took a few solid punches. Pickett works short elbows inside of Page’s closed guard. Page gets back to his feet and they take the center of the Octagon. Pickett lands a right hand to the body. Page misses with a flying knee and Pickett takes him down. Pickett lands a solid right hand as Page worked his way to his feet. Pickett secures another takedown in the closing seconds.

Round 2: Page comes out aggressive. He looked for a takedown but Pickett moves away. Pickett secures a takedown but Page scrambles to his feet. Pickett lands a left hook that drops Page. He swoops in and tries to finish with a flurry of strikes. Page ties him. Page is bleeding from his nose. Pickett landing right hands at will form half guard. Pickett works for a guillotine choke. Page defends and gains top position. At the half way mark in the round, Page is in top position. Pickett scambles to top position. Page gets to his feet. Pickett lands a big uppercut. Page dives for a takedown. Pickett fends it off and takes Page’s back. He sinks in both hooks and applies the rear naked choke. Page is forced to tap out.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/G477H2GOY89N/Brad-Pickett-vs-Damacio-Page–UFC-on-Fuel-TV-2

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#73

FIGHT: Rob Hill vs. Yusuke Kasuya
DATE: March 30
CARD: Legend Fighting Championship 8
VENUE: Asiaworld Expo
LOCATION: Chek Lap Kok, China
RESULT: Hill R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: Referee for this bout is Gene Yu. The fighters traded cautious punches in the opening minute until Hill landed a nice overhand left. Kasuya tried for a takedown and took Hill’s back while standing. He flattened Hill out on the ground and worked for a rear-naked choke. Kasuya locked on a body triangle and nearly got the choke, but Hill escaped. Kasuya continued to try for rear-naked chokes, but Hill defended well. Kasuya looked to isolate one of Hill’s arms, but Hill used the opportunity to sweep. He took top position in Kasuya’s guard and landed some solid punches. Kasuya gave up his back and Hill locked on a rear-naked choke of his own. Kasuya tried to hold out until the bell, but eventually tapped out. Excellent fight.
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#72

FIGHT: Eric Reynolds vs. Luciano dos Santos
DATE: April 13
CARD: XFC 17: Apocalypse
VENUE: Oman Arena
LOCATION: Jackson, Tennessee
RESULT: Reynolds UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Reynolds, 29-28 Reynolds, 29-28 Reynolds
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Touch of gloves to start. Reynolds with a kick but it’s checked. He gets the next one in. Reynolds with a nice one-two, then follows up with another kick. Dos Santos staying patient. He fires a jab straight down the middle. More stinging kicks from Reynolds. He then shoots but is stuffed. Dos Santos clinches and fires off a couple of knees. Reynolds gets on his bike and gets out of there. Reynolds with more kicks after the reset. Dos Santos lands another big jab, then follows up with a kick. Looping punches by Reynolds, while Dos Santos is scoring with straight punches. Big knee inside by Dos Santos. Looping right hand lands over the top for Reynolds. More knees from Dos Santos. Dos Santos is doing work inside, but Reynolds is getting the better outside. Dos Santos lands to the crotch, and the fight is stopped for the moment. Dos Santos is given a warning from the referee. Back to the action. Inside leg kick by Dos Santos after the restart. Reynolds unleashes a big right hook, then goes to the body. Dos Stantos scores with a short elbow. Another lead right hand by Reynolds. He closes and eats a right hand from Dos Santos. To the clinch, Dos Santos goes to work with knees. Uppercut lands for Reynolds. Reynolds to the body now. More knees from Dos Santos. Reynolds lands a short elbow, then dives into the legs of Dos Santos. A short does of ground and pound by Dos Santos closes the round out. Close round.

Round 2 – Jabs from both guys land. Knee Dos Santos. Kick for Reynolds. Another. He fires off a head kick that’s blocked. Nice jab by Dos Santos. Reynolds comes back and misses with his jab but follows up with a hard kick to the body. Lead right hand for Reynolds. He likes to throw that from crazy angles. Looping right hand by Reynolds. Dos Santos with a nice left hook. Big knee in close. Again by Dos Santos. Dos Santos throws a spinning backfist that Reynolds ducks. Reynolds capitalizes changing levels and getting the takedown. Back to the feet. Dos Santos goes to the plum and lands a series of stiff knees up the middle. Reynolds retaliates with a flurry of body shots. He then shoots but gets stuffed. Dos Santos puts Reynolds on the cage and goes to work with knees and elbows. Reynolds retreats to the center of the cage and rolls as Dos Santos takes the fight to the mat. Dos Santos posturing now and landing big strikes from the top. Now elbows. He’s grinding this round out with punishment from the top. Dos Santos stands and steps away. Reynolds gets tho his feet and fires off a left hook just before the bell.

Round 3 – Reynolds goes right back to that right hand. Inside leg kick, then left hook by Reynolds. To the body, then kick from Reynolds. Left hook from Reynolds. Jab now from Dos Santos. Reynolds lands a big right hand that hurts Dos Santos. Left hook from Reynolds. He’s landing at will from the outside. Dos Santos lands a couple of kicks but is doing better when he can get inside, which has been rare this round. Five punch combo for Reynolds. He’s taking control of this bout now. Jab Dos Santos. Reynolds with a slapping left hook. Dos Santos finally closes, clinches and lands a few knees. Reynolds gets out of range and resumes landing his strikes from outside. Just as I type that, he shoots and ends up on his back, but only for a moment. Back to the feet. Reynolds changes stances now. Spinning backfist from Reynolds connects. He then shoots but is stuffed again by Dos Santos. Reynolds with a wild spinning kick that misses. They tie up and swing for the fences to the bell. Both guys raise their hands.
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#71

FIGHT: Joe Muir vs. Priscus Fogagnolo
DATE: February 24
CARD: Cage Fighting Championship 20
VENUE: Southport Sharks Club
LOCATION: Gold Coast, Australia
RESULT: Fogagnolo R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#70

FIGHT: Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard
DATE: August 11
CARD: UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II
VENUE: Pepsi Center
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
RESULT: Cerrone R1 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMABay)
Round one: Cerrone with a head kick early which is blocked. Guillard lands a counter left which drops Cerrone. Guillard keeps the pressure on a badly hurt “Cowboy”. Guillard composes himself and his attack. Cerrone clips Guillard with a head kick and he’s wobbled. Big right hand from Cerrone and Guillard is out for the count. It is all over folks.
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#69

FIGHT: Nazareno Malegarie vs. Rad Martinez
DATE: October 12
CARD: Bellator 76
VENUE: Caesars Windsor
LOCATION: Windsor, Ontario
RESULT: Martinez UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Martinez, 30-27 Martinez, 30-27 Martinez
MY SCORECARD: 30-29 Martinez
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TopMMANews)
Round 1 – Malegarie is the early aggressor as he’s firing off jabs and low kicks. Martinez throws a two punch combo that was unable to land. Martinez gets Malegarie up against the cage but is unable to do anything as they separate shortly after. Martinez is hunting him down. Martinez goes for a takedown but Malegarie stuffs it. He continues pushing forward trying to get Malegarie’s leg but is unsuccessful. Martinez lands a nice body punch. Martinez counters a low kick with a straight right. Martinez lands a nice low to high combo. Malegarie lands a few solid shots that push Martinez back. Malegarie clinches and throws a knee but it does not land. What he releases, Martinez lands a nasty hook that has Malegarie wobbling. He continues pushing forward and landing big shots on Malegarie. Malegarie beginning to fire back. Malegarie slips after throwing a right hand and Martinez gets him up against the cage. Martinez continues to batter the Brazilian’s bloody face. Martinez lands a takedown to end a very solid first round.

Round 2 – Martinez pushing forward and just misses a solid high kick. Malegarie pushes Martinez up against the cage but Martinez is able to reverse the position. They separate and get in tight to exchange punches. Malegarie gets the better of Martinez in the exchange. Another exchange occurs and Martinez lands the better punches this time. Malegarie shoots for a takedown and Martinez fires off several punches but Malegarie is able to complete the takedown. Martinez easily makes his way back up. Martinez continues to land at will. He shoots for the takedown but Malegarie is able to get away. Martinez fires in and lands a couple jabs. Malegarie pushes forward with a few jabs but is unable to land. A nice low kick to punch combination by Martinez. They both land with straight’s. Malegarie is starting to land a bit more and is now pushing forward. He was able to get Martinez up against the cage and land a couple jabs before moving in for a takedown. Martinez reverses positions and separates. The round ends with Martinez once again looking great.

Round 3 – Early exchanges are favouring Martinez. He shoots and takes down Malegarie. Malegarie reverses with a phenomenal sweep but Martinez scrambles to his feet. Martinez lands a couple nice stiff jabs. Malegarie pushes forward and begins to throw his hands a little more. Martinez clinches and puts the Brazilian up against the cage. Malegarie lands a nice jab. Malegarie is starting to push forward and he shoots for a takedown. Martinez reverses and gets Malegarie up against the cage. They separate and start to throw bombs. Martinez is definitely getting the better of these exchanges as he pushes Malegarie back. Martinez goes low for a takedown but is unable to complete. He has him pushed up against the cage. He moves off and throws a jab. Martinez lands another jab and Malegarie falls. He is able to get back to his feet but Martinez shoots and completes the takedown. The round ends with Martinez in top position.
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#68

FIGHT: Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni
DATE: November 16
CARD: Bellator 81
VENUE: Ryan Center
LOCATION: Kingston, Rhode Island
RESULT: Jansen SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Jansen, 29-28 Tirloni, 29-28 Jansen
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Tirloni
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – Both fighters started quick and looked for the knockout shot. Jansen then dropped Tirloni but he recovered quickly. As the round wore on the pace didn’t slow down one bit and Tirloni seemed to be picking the better shots. To slow the pace a little bit Jansen started throwing some leg kicks but that didn’t do much. Tirloni then hit Jansen with a good left but he quickly recovered and started returning fire. As the round came to a close Jansen grabbed Tirloni and suplexed him to the canvas. Tirloni then pulled himself up as the bell rang.

Round 2 – The second round started with a couple of missed right hands by both fighters. As the round continued both fighters slowed down a bit and really just started counter punching each other Tirloni then threw a hay-maker which landed wide and outside that woke Jansen up a bit. Jansen then tried changing levels and got locked in Tirloni’s tai plum. As the round came to a close both fighters continued their onslaught of counter punches.

Round 3 – The final round opened with a simultaneous clinch. Jansen then continued to throw some uppercuts with little damage on Tirloni. More chants of USA started echoing through the Ryan Center as Jansen started to push the pace a little further. Tirloni then started using in-and-out movement to slow Jansen’s pace down a little bit. After a lull in the action Jansen went for a take-down and a flurry ensued. As the round came to a close Jansen went in for another suplex but was unable to capitalize.
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#67

FIGHT: Dave Jansen vs. Jacob Kirwan
DATE: March 23
CARD: Bellator 62
VENUE: Laredo Energy Arena
LOCATION: Laredo, Texas
RESULT: Jansen UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Jansen, 29-28 Jansen, 30-27 Jansen
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Jansen
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Jansen pushes forward on Kirwan right away, but Kirwan reverses the momentum with a shot. Kirwan slaps on a guillotine choke and Jansen scrambles until he can pop his head loose and stand back up. They tie up in the center of the cage and trade uppercuts and knees on the inside. Kirwan scores with a strong knee up the middle that has Jansen breaking away. Kirwan shoots again and this time it’s Jansen looking for a guillotine. Kirwan escapes and stays on top, trying to control the legs as Jansen works to stand using the fence. Kirwan has a body lock and Jansen slams a few hard right hands to his body as he gets to his feet. Jansen turns the corner and nearly takes Kirwan’s back before Kirwan hits a switch. Jansen goes around the back again and drops right hands to the face of the kneeling Kirwan. With 80 seconds left, Jansen goes back to the front for another choke attempt and Kirwan uses the opportunity to put Jansen on his back. Kirwan tries to stay heavy on top but Jansen gets to his feet again. Another guillotine try from Kirwan yields nothing, and Jansen closes the back-and-forth first round on top, throwing punches.

Round 2: Kirwan pops Jansen with a left and drives on a single-leg attempt while Jansen grabs for yet another guillotine attempt. Kirwan gets his head loose and steps into full mount, then latches onto Jansen’s back to go for a rear-naked choke. Jansen twists free, giving Kirwan mount momentarily before stuffing him back into his guard. In one motion, Kirwan takes Jansen’s back again and sinks in a deep rear-naked choke. Jansen somehow bridges and gets free from the choke, then twists around to place himself in Kirwan’s closed guard. Jansen drops right hammerfists on Kirwan’s face and chest at the midway point of the fight. Kirwan goes for another guillotine and Jansen escapes once more. Jansen drops hard shots until Kirwan — now trickling blood from his brow — turns around, then takes his back and finishes the round with punches from there.

Round 3: Jansen puts Kirwan on his back quickly and works from his closed guard. Kirwan throws up a triangle which Jansen denies and keeps pounding away. The action isn’t enough for ref Jacob Montalvo, who stands them back up with just about three minutes to go. The pattern repeats with Jansen shooting and Kirwan grabbing at a guillotine which he’s soon forced to abandon. Montalvo wants more action and Jansen postures up to put right hands on Kirwan’s body and face. Another guillotine try from Kirwan with a minute remaining. Jansen isn’t troubled and punches Kirwan’s body until he can get loose. Jansen finishes the fight as he finished the previous round, throwing punches from top position.
VIDEO: n/a
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#66

FIGHT: Eduardo Dantas vs. Zach Makovsky
DATE: April 13
CARD: Bellator 65
VENUE: Boardwalk Hall
LOCATION: Atlantic City, New Jersey
RESULT: Dantas R2 Submission (Arm-Traingle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via BoneSnapper)
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Makovsky throws a high kick that’s blocked. Dantas comes forward with a knee. Dantas throws a hard kick and Makovsky stumbles backwards, but he’s not hurt. Dantas lands another hard kick and Makovsky looks for a takedown and gets it. Dantas attempts an omoplata and Makovsky escapes. Dantas on his back as Makovsky stands above him. Dantas attempts another omoplata, but Makovsky escapes again. They return back to their feet and Dantas comes forward with punches. Dantas stalking his opponent and lands a head kick that’s partially blocked. Makovsky looks for a takedown, but Dantas. Dantas lands another partially blocked high kick as the round ends.

Round 2: Dantas throws a front kick that misses and follows with another high kick. Makovsky returns fire with a head kick of of his own. Makovsky looks for a takedown but Dantas defends well. Dantas briefly achieves mount and Dantas tries to work to his back. Dantas now in Makovsky’s guard. Dantas works to Makovsky’s back and then mounts Makovsky. Back on Makovsky’s back and then to mount again. Dantas looking for the arm-triangle. He passes to side mount and the choke is tight. Makovsky is fighting it, but he goes to sleep and Referee Keith Peterson steps in. Eduardo Dantas is the new Bellator bantamweight champion.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Eduardo_Dantas_vs_Zach_Makovsky_Bellator_65/10028351

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#65

FIGHT: Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya
DATE: March 30
CARD: Bellator 63
VENUE: Mohegan Sun Arena
LOCATION: Uncasville, Connecticut
RESULT: Saunders UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Saunders, 30-27 Saunders, 30-26 Saunders
MY SCORECARD: 30-26 Saunders
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Amaya dances around for a bit and immediately dives in with a body lock looking to take the fight ot the ground. Amaya is working for a single leg takedown while Saunders is hunting for a Kimura. Amaya has Saunders presses against the fence and Saunders reverses him, taking inside position against the fence where he blasts Amaya with a pair of knees. Saunders keeps the knees coming to the legs and body and then he goes high. Saunders almost catches a standing Kimura but is content to take top position on the ground when Amaya falls down. Amaya tries to roll free but Saunders is on top of him dropping punches. Saunders drops some big knees from side control and Amaya pops back to his feet. Saunders again takes inside position against the fence and he throws some heavy knees. Amaya keeps working for the takedown but Saunders nails another knee. Saunders steps over and he’s hunting for an inverted triangle. Saunders transitions to an armbar but Amaya slips free. Saunders now attacks with a Kimura but Amaya rolls free and Saunders finishes the round looking for a triangle and an armbar.

Round two: Amaya comes in wild swinging freely and hunting for a takedown but Saunders lands another knee. They clinch along the fence at a strange angle and Saunders fishes for a standing Kimura. Amaya drops and Saunders lands big punches and then takes Amaya’s back with a body triangle. Saunders attempts an armbar transition but slips off and Amaya takes top position. Saunders pops back to his feet and Amaya attempts a slam and then scores a takedown but Saunders is attacking with an omaplata and now he transitions to a triangle choke. Saunders has the triangle but Amaya slips free. Now Amaya attacks with a front head lock and he’s back in top position. Saunders continues to attack from bottom but Amaya postures up and drops a couple nice punches. Saunders boxes Amaya’s ears from bottom and again brings his legs up hunting for a submission. Saunders transitions to an armbar and Amaya spins free once more and he’s back in Saunders’ full guard. Amaya postures up and drops punches and Saunders dodges most of them. Amaya drops a pair of punches at the end of the round.

Round three: Saunders opens witha body kick and Amaya swarms him with a big flurry of punches. Amaya throws a knee and slips, falling to his back. Saunders takes top position and passes to side control. He passes to mount and tries to transition to a triangle choke but loses his position. Saunders is still hunting for an arm here but Amaya now is on top and now he takes Saunders’ back. Amaya is in full mount but he’s very high up and Saunders rolls over and takes top position with a sweep. Amaya’s eye is nearly swollen shut and he turtles. Saunders puts a hook in and now he’s got the body triangle again. Saunders rolls him over and he’s putting a ton of pressure on Amaya with his hips. Under 90 seconds left and Saunders flattens Amaya out and drops some big punches. Amaya is not defending and he gives up the full mount. Saunders grabs wrist control and thinks about a keylock and Amaya bridges attempting to squirm free but Saunders takes his back instead. They finish the round with Saunders glued to Amaya’s back dropping punches.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Raul_Amaya_vs_Ben_Saunders_Bellator_63/10027862

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#64

FIGHT: Forrest Petz vs. Sergej Juskevic
DATE: March 16
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 4
VENUE: Hamilton Place Theatre
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Petz R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#63

FIGHT: Salimgerey Minatulaev vs. Yevgeniy Lakhin
DATE: February 12
CARD: Pankration Cup of Call: Siberia vs. Caucasus
VENUE: Palace Of Sport
LOCATION: Omsk, Russia
RESULT: Lakhin R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#62

FIGHT: Eduard Folayang vs. Ole Laursen
DATE: March 31
CARD: OneFC 3: War of the Lions
VENUE: Singapore Indoor Stadium
LOCATION: Kallang, Singapore
RESULT: Laursen SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Laursen, Laursen, Folayang
MY SCORECARD: Folayang
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNation)
Round 1: Ole starts of like a ball of fire with some damn hard shots. Folayang pushes Ole against the cage and and somehow, Ole gets a takedown. Ole is going for the Kimura but doesn’t get it. They stand and Ole pushes Folayang against the cage. Ole gets his back and Folayang reverses it and tries a rear naked choke. They scramble and Eduard gets Ole’s back. Tries a RNC but doesn’t get it. Eduard gets Ole’s back again! They stand. These 2 guys are working like machines! It’s so fast paced! I might be getting my shit wrong! Great fight! They’re standing and trading. Spinning back elbow by Eduard. Eduard tries a spinning back kick and slips. Ole jumps on that. Eduard stands and they’re just teeing off again. That was a crazy first round! WOW!

Round 2: Folayang is starting of with some heavy bombs. Eduard gets a takedown but Ole stands immediately. These 2 guys are trading fast and HARD! Ole rocks Eduard but Eduard recovers fast. These guys are just trading so fast and furious that I just can’t keep up. Ole’s face is so swollen and banged up he looks like a hambuger. He ain’t so pretty anymore. Ole and Folayang just keep beating each other up like punching bags. Ole gets a takedown but Folayang gets up near immediately. They stand and just keep trading bombs. It’s as though these 2 guys are drunk in a bar brawl. Don’t they feel pain? Like I’m feeling pain just watching. Folayang tries a takedown but doesn’t get it. We end the round. Great fight.

Round 3: They start the 3rd the same way as ever, beating the shit out of each other. Eduard gets Ole’s back with a takedown and Ole flips him! You have to see it to believe it. They both stand now and they’re going ape shit crazy on each other. This fight is crazy! Like the reporter shouting next to me! Nah, just kidding. They square each other up again. They’re just standing and trading. Eduard lands a hard right and Ole seems to be going for a takedown. Hard knee by Eduard. They stand and Ole lands a hard hook square on the jaw! Ole gets a last minute take down and they’re fighting on the ground. The bell rings and the fight ends. That was a crazy fight! I’m so tired right now. Seriously. We go to the judges.
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#60

FIGHT: Carla Esparza vs. Sarah Schneider
DATE: July 28
CARD: Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Esparza R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: Referee for this bout is John McCarthy. Esparza looked to strike early on and threw a one-two and a body kick. She attempted a takedown and Schneider stayed on her feet. Schneider took Esparza down and moved to mount. Esparza kicked her off and battled back to her feet. Esparza reversed a throw attempt from Schneider and landed on top in mount, but Schneider spun into a heel hook attempt. The fighters stood and Esparza landed a nice combination. Schneider shot in for a takedown and wound up on the bottom. She used rubber guard to control Esparza’s posture, but Esparza managed to create space to land punches. The close round ended with Esparza on top.

Round 2: Esparza was aggressive with punches in the second round and the fighters teed off in an exchange. Esparza got the better of it and countered a takedown with a rear-naked choke attempt. Schneider sat up to defend and Esparza wound up in side control. She moved to mount and unloaded with punches that forced Schneider to give up her back again. Schneider stood briefly and Esparza dragged her down again. From the back, Esparza landed punches until Schneider exploded out. Esparza retained top position and continued to pepper Schneider with strikes. Schneider scrambled and locked on an inverted triangle choke. Esparza freed herself and punched from a modified scarf hold position. She transitioned to Schneider’s back and punched with her right hand until the fight was stopped.
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#59

FIGHT: Christian Morecraft vs. Pat Barry
DATE: January 20
CARD: UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
VENUE: Bridgestone Arena
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Barry R1 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Morecraft catches a kick and trips him to the mat. He moves to full-mount, but Barry gets back to his feet. Barry scores on three big jabs. Morecraft lands another takedown. He gets Barry in an armbar, though Barry barely escapes. That was close. Barry clocks and drops him with a violent left hook. He pounces and unleashes bombs to clean up the job. Game. Set. Match, Barry.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/01/pat-barry-vs-christian-morecraft-fight.html

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#58

FIGHT: Alexey Prokofiev vs. Arnodas Eiza
DATE: March 31
CARD: Vosmiugolnik 1
VENUE: Minsk Arena
LOCATION: Minsk, Belarus
RESULT: Prokofiev R2 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#57

FIGHT: Kaitlin Young vs. Leslie Smith
DATE: April 28
CARD: Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Young, 29-28 Smith, 29-29
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Smith takes the cage center and Young throws a nice inside leg kick. Young snaps another kick and Smith is throwing a large volume of punches. Young throws a head kick but Smith catches it and leg sweeps her. Young thinks about an armbar but gives up on it. Young has a high guard and Smith is having trouble finding space to land punches. Young pops back to her feet and throws a pair of nice body kicks. Young connects with a nice overhand right and Smith fires back with an uppercut and a body shot. Young clinches and throws some wicked short knees and a big elbow. Huge body kick from Young and they trade hooks. Young connects solidly with a leg kick and a right hand and then an inside leg kick. Young’s kicks have so much zip on them, they’re landing heavily here and Smith seems to be slowing down from them. Smith fires back with a body kick. Big flurry of strikes from Smith and Young counters with a right hand. Smith again wades in with a flurry and Young throws a big body kick. Huge right hand from Young and Smith fires back with body kick. Nasty body kick from Young and Smith throws a big flurry of punches. They trade heavy punches on the inside and they throw down until the bell.

Round two: Smith presses forward and throws a nice left hand. Young responds with an inside leg kick. Smith is being very aggressive with her punches early and Young has slowed down now. Young clinches and throws a big elbow on the exit. Young is dancing around on the outside and throws a big straight right. Smith’s pace is terrific here and she’s making Young play more defense than she’d like. Big body kick from Young and a nice right hand. Smith keeps pressing forward and she throws a pair of nice right hands to the body. Young lunges in with a right hand and Smith keeps the pressure on. Smith is throwing nice flurries and Young throws a big body kick. Nice right hand from Young and Smith backs Young into the fence throwing effective punches. Solid left hand from Smith and Smith turns it up in the final 10 seconds.

Round three: Smith keeps up the forward pressure and both ladies exchange heavily. Smith lands a big combination and Young has enough and shoots for a takedown, pressing Smith into the fence. Young scores a takedown but Smith somehow stays on top and drops some nice right hands from above to the body. Young throws up her legs looking for an armbar but she locks her legs together and Smith escapes it. Smith switches to an armbar of her own but Young gets on top and slips out. Young throws a big knee as Smith gets to her feet and they are back at it with strikes. Nice right hand from Young and Smith connects with a big 1-2 combination and a body kick. Young throws a heavy leg kick which staggers Smith. Big right hand from Young and Smith comes over the top with a right. Heavy body kick from Young and Smith throws a nice left which snaps her head back. We’ve got 60 seconds left and this round is still up for grabs. Big leg kick and then another from Young and Smith is limping. Heavy body kick from Young and Young turns it up in the final 10 seconds. Awesome fight.
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#56

FIGHT: Fabio Maldonado vs. Glover Teixeira
DATE: October 13
CARD: UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
VENUE: HSBC Arena
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Teixeira R2 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Teixeira lands a big hook early. Another hook and Fabio is down. Glover is just pouring it on. He has Maldonado mounted and is landing elbows from the top. Maldonado is defending but Teixeira is landing a ton. Huge shots to the face and Maldonado has a heck of a chin but he’s taking a ton of punishment. Glover is working for an arm-triangle and he’s passed to side control. Oh that’s tight. Maldonado shows crazy heart and survives but Teixeira has mount again. More punches and elbows from the top. Maldonado’s face is a mess. Maldonado is able to escape and get back to his feet. Maldonado connects with a left hook. Major punches from Teixeira. This should be stopped! Wait! Maldonado rocks Teixeira with hoks! He’s on wobbly legs. This is insane! Glover takes him down as the round ends.

Round 2: Glover takes the fight immediately to the ground with a double leg and then takes Maldonado’s back. He’s manhandling him on the ground. Maldonado gets back to his feet and they are trading punches on the feet. Body shot from Maldonado. Glover drops and gets another takedown. He has full back mount and Maldonado rolls and gives up mount. Glover lands some nasty elbows from the top. Maldonado gets back to half guard but Glover passes back to side control. Glover is doing work but his pace has slowed considerably. Those elbows are nasty but the referee stands them. He takes a moment to inspect the face of Fabio Maldonado. Looks like the doctor is coming in to check out Fabio Maldonado. Doc gives the OK and we’re back. Teixeira lands a left hook and then a right hand over the top. Fabio is out on his feet. How is this fight still going?
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/10/14/glover-teixeira-vs-fabio-maldonado-fight-video-ufc-153/

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#55

FIGHT: Andre Fili vs. Enoch Wilson
DATE: November 15
CARD: Tachi Palace Fights 15: Collision Course
VENUE: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Lemoore, California
RESULT: Fili UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Fili, 30-27 Fili, 30-27 Fili
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Fili
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#54

FIGHT: Bae Young Kwon vs. Eric Kelly
DATE: June 23
CARD: OneFC 4: Destiny of Warriors
VENUE: Stadium Negara
LOCATION: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RESULT: Kelly UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Kelly, Kelly, Kelly
MY SCORECARD: Kwon
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Leg kick exchange and a good body kick from Kelly. Beautiful Judo throw from Kwon puts him in mount, but Kelly immediately reverses. Kwon fishes for a Kimura, but elects to find his way to his feet instead. Another great throw from Kwon gives him side control and he briefly takes Kelly’s back, but the Filipino fighter worms his way out and back to the feet. Nice knee tap from Kwon but Kelly stands again. Yet another throw from Kwon has him in side control. Krown again gets the back but is too far off to one side and gets reversed. Brief triangle attempt from Kwon provides enough room for him to return to his feet when Kelly pulls out. Nice leg kick from Kelly and a right hand. Flying knee from Kwon doesn’t connect, but he briefly gets into front headlock position before Kelly escapes and socks him in the mouth. Another good leg kick from Kelly and another. Quick punch flurry ends with Kwon landing a right. Great, close round.

Round two: Leg kick from Kwon. Bigger leg kick from Kelly. Slick trip from Kwon but he just can’t stay on top as Kelly makes his way to his feet. Kwon nearly takes his back standing but can’t maintain it. More-traditional double-leg from Kwon puts him on top. He gets the back again and actually has hooks in this time. Doesn’t look like he’s on there very well, but he’s fishing for the RNC. Kwon too high and Kelly slips out. Nice elbows from Kwon in the clinch. Matt Hume gives Kwon a yellow card for strikes to the back of the head, although those looks like the side of the head to me. Nice kick from Kelly, nice left hand from Kwon in return. Elbow on the break from Kelly connects. Nice body kick from Kelly; Kwon tries to respond likewise but slips and Kelly grabs his back. RNC looks extremely deep, but Kwon is saved by the bell.

Round three: Nice right straight from Kelly. Quick clinch and both men land hard. Good leg kick from Kwon. Beautiful double-leg from Kwon puts him on top in half. Kwon rolls back for a heel hook and Kelly decides to do the same. Kwon disengages and gets top position. Kelly tries to spin out but gets stuck in turtle position. Kwon gets hooks in but he’s just way too high on Kelly’s back. He goes for an armbar but loses position. Kwon fiddling with a leglock, but decides to just get up. Kelly takes the back standing in beautiful fashion and looks like he has the choke, but Kwon spins and lands on top in guard. Short punches from Kwon. Kwon has Kelly against the fence and is using it to actually keep him down for once. Kwon finishes with a series of punches.
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDE5MTc0Njk2.html

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#53

FIGHT: Jared Papazian vs. Tim Elliot
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC TUF 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Elliot UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-25 Elliot, 30-25 Elliot, 30-26 Elliot
MY SCORECARD: 30-26 Elliot
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAJunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Chris Tognini oversees this flyweight fight. Quick punches traded before Elliott takes the fight to the floor and latches on to a guillotine. Not there, and he lets go to reset. Papazian responds with several punches and a head kick that lands flush, but Elliott pushes through and takes the action to the floor. Fast pace to start. Elliott trying to advance to mount. Papazian recovers guard and tries to set up a triangle. Elliott slips out and resets. Elliott snatches a guillotine and rolls over as he looks to finish. He has the neck, and he tries hard to secure guard but can’t quite get it. Papazian breaks free and pushes forward. As he does, Papazian lands a knee to the face just as Elliott was settling back on his rear end. Tognoni calls time, and the doctors come in to take a look. Elliott staggers as he stands. He doesn’t look good, but the fight carries on. Tognoni didn’t clearly deduct a point, so tough to tell if he was penalized. Not sure fight should continue, but it does. On the restart, Elliott launches forward and drops Papazian. Incredible turn of events there. Elliott in top position. He’s grinding away from the top with punches and elbows. Papazian scrambles up. Firefight on the feet in the final minute of a crazy first round. They clinch briefly before scrambling at the end.

Round 2 – Both fighters moving well to start as they fire punches from distance. Elliott moves inside and scores a slick trip takedown. He’s in side control and looking to fire elbows. Papazian’s nose bloodied, but he spins to his knees. Elliott breaks free and they reset on the feet. Elliott takes a deep breath and then shoots in again and takes the fight to the floor on a single leg. Papazian is right back to his feet. Halfway mark, and pace finally settling in. Leaping knee scores for Papazian. Lead uppercut follows. Elliott has his mouth open and is slowing down. High kick scores for Papazian. Round close into the final 90 seconds. Papazian picking up his striking output and landing. Elliott tries to shoot in to change the momentum, but Papazian shucks him off. Elliott answers with a front kick and a straight. He looks to be fading a bit. Strikes exchanged in the closing seconds, and Elliott scores another takedown and lands a few punches.

Round 3 – Could be even heading into the third, so both fighters need to go. They scramble in a takedown attempt and Elloiott looks to twist an ankle. With their bodies facing opposite ways, it’s a stalemate, and Tognoni stands them up. Both come out energized on the restart. Front kick fro Elliott and a straight to the head and Papazian drops. Elliott pounces and moves immediately to mount. Blood pouring from Papazian’s nose. Elliott punching away. Papazian rolls to his knees, and Tognoni is on top of the action. Papazian moving but taking a lot of damage. Halfway mark of final round. Elliott thinking choke. He punches and punches until it opens up. Left hand goes under, but Papazian circles in and pops free. Papazian showing heart but getting handled on the floor. Elliot looks for the choke again in a bloody battle. Hooks are firm, and the arm is sliding under the neck. Elliott lets it go in favor of holding mount. Papazian slips free anyway and back to his feet. Big firefight before Elliott drives it to the floor again. Papazian running out of time. Papazian bucks and rolls, but Elliott stays tight until the bell.
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#52

FIGHT: Gregor Gracie vs. Tyson Steele
DATE: November 3
CARD: World Series of Fighting 1
VENUE: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Steele R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Gracie and Steele circle the cage looking for an opening but neither fighter seems ready to commit. About a minute in Gracie charges in and grabs a single-leg and methodically works him to the mat. Gracie clears Steele’s guard and locks up an arm triangle but it isn’t tight enough. Gracie goes to the figure-four grip and Steele still manages to keep the blood flowing to his brain. Gracie goes to knee on belly and works for an arm but he can’t secure it and Steele is free. Back on their feet it is all Steele. He lands punches at will and then drops Gracie with a knee. He pounces and bombs away until referee Chris Tognoni steps in to end the assault at 4:52 of the opening round.
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#51

FIGHT: Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Sanja Sucevic
DATE: March 11
CARD: Super Fight League 1
VENUE: Andheri Sports Complex
LOCATION: Mumbai, India
RESULT: Sucevic R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Both ladies land big body kicks and Ovchynnikova connects with a nice left hand. They clinch and exchange strikes and Ovchynnikova throws Sucevic over her hip and passes directly to mount. Ovchynnikova throws some punches from mount and transitions to an armbar but Sucevic slips free. Sucevic attempts a guillotine and then attempts a leg lock before switching to an armbar. Ovchynnikova picks her up and tries to slam free. They scramble and Sucevic lands in top position and now she’s in full mount but Ovchynnikova sweeps her and takes top position in full guard. Ovchynnikova sits back and attacks with a leg lock but can’t secure it and they both pop back to their feet. Sucevic takes inside position in the clinch along the fence. Ovchynnikova scores a takedown but Sucevic takes top position. Sucevic attacks Ovchynnikova’s back as the round finishes.

Round two: Ovchynnikova throws a leg kick and then another before cracking Sucevic in the face with a side kick. Ovchynnikova throws a nice push kick and they clinch. Ovchynnikova lands a pair of nice knees before throwing Sucevic over her hip. Ovchynnikova passes to side control and throws a knee to the body and now she’s in full mount. Ovchynnikova is hunting for another armbar and she gives up the mount to try another armbar but Sucevic escapes and takes Ovchynnikova’s back. Sucevic puts her hooks in, flattens Ovchynnikova out and then locks in a rear naked choke. She puts her hips into it and Ovchynnikova taps the canvas!
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The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #100-76

#100

FIGHT: Matt Horwich vs. Thales Leites
DATE: March 31
CARD: Amazon Forest Combat 2
VENUE: Amadeu Teixeira Gymnasium
LOCATION: Manaus, Brazil
RESULT: Leites R2 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#99

FIGHT: Motonobu Tezuka vs. Tatsuya So
DATE: March 11
CARD: Pancrase Progress Tour 3
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Tezuka R2 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#98

FIGHT: Ale Cali vs. Jesse Taitano
DATE: February 18
CARD: Pacific Xtreme Combat 29
VENUE: Ynares Sports Center
LOCATION: Ynares, Philppines
RESULT: Cali R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#97

FIGHT: Katja Kankaanpaa vs. Simona Soukupova
DATE: September 14
CARD: Botnia Punishment 12
VENUE: Rytmkorajaamo
LOCATION: Seinajoki, Finland
RESULT: SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Kankaanpaa, Draw, Draw
MY SCORECARD: Soukupova
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
The main event for the evening was a fight between the grappling star Katja Kankaanpää and relatively unknown fighter from the United Kingdom Simona Soukupova. The fight was fast paced from the opening bell to the end of the fight, both fighters showing their well rounded skills. Kankaanpää had Soukupova in a deep kneebar at the end of first round and Soukupova retaliated with her own submission attacks at the end of the second round and almost submitted Kankaanpää. As the fight got closer and closer to the end, both fighters seemed to kick in the extra gear and go full blast, trying to secure dominance on the judges score cards, but eventually the fight was announced as a split decision draw. It was a close fight but many felt that Kankaanpää should’ve gotten the decision as she pressed the action more and dictated where the fight was fought by landing numerous takedowns.
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#96

FIGHT: Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: Izod Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Belcher R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fox Sports)
Round 1: Belcher throws the jab out to start the bout. Palhares shoots in for a takedown and Belcher avoids it, ending up in a pretzel-like position. As he escapes, Palhares grabs his first leg lock, which Belcher fights out of. Another leg lock is avoided by Belcher and he spins into open guard. Belcher spends 30 seconds raining blows down on Palhares before the fight is stopped.
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#95

FIGHT: Kian Pham vs. Shabe Kafo
DATE: May 18
CARD: Cage Fighting Championship 21
VENUE:
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Kafo R2 Submission (Twister)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAOceania)
Round 1 – Shabe opens up with a head kick and some combos, kian shoots for the double leg and is successful. kian in guard now trying to pass as shabe goes for the omoplata. kian passes into side control. shabe escapes and gets to half guard. kian now going for the omoplata, and shabe escapes. shabe ontop now going for kians back. kian is defending well but gives up his back. shabe with both hooks in. throwing a few hammer fistsas kian scrambles and escapes. shabe gets to half guard.kian turns it around and gets onto to halfguard. shabe working here and trying to escape. but kian gets his back with both hooks in. great jui jitsu here in round 1. shabe escapes and gets to standing guard throwing ground and pouns. shabe hammer fisting away as kian rolls for a kneebar then tries to turn it into an ankle lock but time runs out.

Round 2 – Its a slow start to the round, neither fighter really commiting to any solid strikes, Shabe throws a flying knee, which stuns kian. Shabe grabs a hold of Kian,throws a few uppercuts and pushes him into the cage , Shabe drags him down to the ground, Shabe secure Kians back and throws some bombs, Kian in trouble rolls over and Shabe goes for the rear naked choke, Shabe turns it into a twister and Kian is force to tap.
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#94

FIGHT: John Cofer vs. Mike Rio
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC TUF 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Rio R3 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: The two come out striking and Cofer lands early. Rio shoots, but they reach the cage and clinch. Rio maintains the middle of the cage. They break, and Cofer lands a pair of big lefts that rock Rio. Rio attempts a desperation takedown and again drives Cofer to the cage. Again they split, and Rio is fully recovered. Cofer continues looking for the big straight left, and Rio lands a takedown and winds up in Cofer’s guard. Rio lands some ground and pound, but Cofer threatens his leg, and uses that to reverse into top position. In Rio’s guard, Cofer starts landing his own ground and pound. In the final seconds, Rio starts looking for a heel hook, but Cofer struggles until the horn.

Round 2: The two strike and as Cofer overextends for a punch, Rio starts swinging himself. Cofer finds another left hand, but Reio grabs Cofer and slams him to the ground. Cofer threatens with a submission and Rio quickly stands. Rio stands over Cofer, looking to get back into his guard, but Cofer uses upkicks to the body to keep Rio off. Winslow separates them and they return to their feet. Cofer starts setting up kicks to the body, and Rio still has trouble keeping up with the strikes. They clinch, but Cofer twists Rio to the cage and begins landing knees to the legs and body. Rio turns Cofer around and looks for elbows. Rio lands a knee as the split and goes for a big single, turning Cofer and getting in mount. Cofer gives up his back and returns to his feet, but Rio holds on. Cofer shakes him off and, and lands in Rio’s half-guard. He lands a big elbow, but Rio slips out and gets back to striking range. The round ends without much happening.

Round 3: Cofer again begins finding a home for the left hand, and starts landing leg kicks. Rio ends up going straight-up Lucha Libre and spins around Cofer and gets to half-guard. Rio powers through wrist control to get to side control. Rio lands short elbows to the body and takes hold of Cofer’s arm. Cofer tries to slip through slide control, but finds himself deep in an armbar. Rio lets go, and Cofer ends up on top, in Rio’s guard. With 90 seconds left, Cofer knows that he needs to go nuts to win the fight, but Rio keeps active in guard. Rio brings his legs over and gets hold of Cofer’s wrist. He ends up getting the armbar position and applies enough pressure from an awkward position, and gets the tap.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/12/16/mike-rio-vs-john-cofer-fight-video-ufc-on-fx/

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#93

FIGHT: Marcin Held vs. Rich Clementi
DATE: November 16
CARD: Bellator 81
VENUE: Ryan Center
LOCATION: Kingston, Rhode Island
RESULT: R2 Submission (Toe Hold)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – The round opened with Held landing a couple of nice low leg-kicks. Clementi then grabbed Held and rolled him to the ground. The exchange lead to a very awkward position which eventually lead to Held grabbing a toe-hold. As the exchange went on, Clementi countered with a leg-lock. As the round wore on Clementi then positioned for an inverted heel-hook. Held then snuck out and grabbed a knee-bar. The round finally ended with Held on-top and Clementi going for a triangle.

Round 2 – The second round opened with a couple of good shots by Clementi. He then grabbed Held and threw him down to the mat. From the top position Clementi continued to move around and hold half-guard. As the round wore on Clementi maintained the top-position with Held trying to fish for more leg-locks. As the flurry ensued Held snuck in a toe-hold and forced Clementi to tap.
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#92

FIGHT: Fabricio Camoes vs. Tommy Hayden
DATE: January 20
CARD: UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
VENUE: Bridgestone Arena
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Camoes R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – The fighters revert to a feeling-out process early. The patiently circle before reigning punches. Hayden clips Camoes as he moves in and then takes the center. Hayden ducks under a punch but can’t finish the takedown. Camoes then tries on his own and fails, but Hayden takes his back and drags him to his knees. Camoes works his way back up, but Hayden shoots and gets the double-leg takedown. Camoes, though, easily gets back up, catches a kick, and forces the fight to the mat. Hayden tries to take his back and secures one hook, and then he puts Camoes on his back and works from side control. Camoes, though, grabs an arm. It looks deep, but Hayden pops free. Camoes instantly swarms and takes top position as Hayden tries to push him away. Hayden lands an upkick, but Camoes takes his back and pulls him backward while working for the rear-naked choke. Camoes continues torquing and appeared to tap, but it continues on. Hayden finally taps, and this one is over.
VIDEO:

http://www.mmaburst.com/2012/01/fabricio-camoes-vs-tommy-hayden-fight.html

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#91

FIGHT: Masaya Takita vs. Tatsuya So
DATE: January 28
CARD: Pancrase Progress Tour 1
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: So, Draw, Draw
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#90

FIGHT: Lance Benoist vs. Seth Baczynski
DATE: June 8
CARD: UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall
VENUE: BankAtlantic Center
LOCATION: Sunrise, Florida
RESULT: Baczynski SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Benoist, 29-28 Baczynski, 29-28 Baczynski
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Baczynski
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Nerdles)
Round 1: Benoist throws a high kick, but Bacyzynski ducks under it. Benoist keeps his kicks at a normal launch sequence against his opponent. Both clinch and Benoist gets the inside trip and gets the fight to the ground. Benoist works on his ground and pound in Bacyzynski’s full guard. Bacyzynski tries scooting out of trouble, but Benoist pushes him against the fence. As Bacyzynski uses the fence to get back up, Benoist releases an illegal knee which pauses the fight. The fight resumes with both fighters trading kicks. Bacyzynski throws a heavy hand that momentarily rocks Benoist. Benoist grapples into an innovated “monkey-like” cling which Bacyzynski just ignores. Benoist lets go and the fight resumes on the feet. Benoist attempts a takedown that Bacyzynski stuffs, capitalizes, and takes control of the ground game. Benoist eats some shots from a towering Bacyzynski, but returns fire with some upkicks of his own. Round ends.

Round 2: Bacyzynski sets up his attacks with some jabs. Bacyzynski moves in with his combinations that Benoist tries defending. Bacyzynski trips and Benoist locks his neck in a front lock and launches a knee while Bacyzynski’s knee is still down. The referee calls for time-out and deducts a point from Benoist. Benoist comes back by striking some immediate points and takes down Bacyzynski to the mat. Benoist works on his ground and pound. Bacyzynski lands a powerful upkick and drops Benoist into his opponent’s full guard who almost locks up a triangle choke. Benoist realizes the submission attempt and stands up and pulls his hand out. The fight gets back on the feet. Bacyzynski moves in with a flying knee that slightly catches Benoist and drops the fight to the ground. Bacyzynski scores some points of his own with his own rendition of ground and pound. Round ends.

Round 3: Benoist catches a left and right kick to an incoming Bacyzynski! Bacyzynski recovers and catches Benoist in a Thai clinch which he uses to throw a knee which cuts Benoist! Benoist switches into his own body clinch and trips Bacyzynski! Benoist continues his ground and point scoring. Bacyzynski escapes and gets up, but Benoist locks up the body and drags Bacyzynski to the ground. Benoist works diligently by smothering Bacyzynski with punches. Bacyzynski also attacks off his back. The referee stands both fighters up and the fight is reset. With one minute remaining, Benoist locks a standing arm triangle, but Bacyzynski just swings him off and Bacyzynski pushes Benoist to the ground and rains shots from the top. Round ends.
VIDEO: n/a
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#89

FIGHT: Enoc Solves vs. Gregory Babene
DATE: September 30
CARD: M-1 Challenge 34: Emelianenko vs. Gluhov
VENUE: Druzhba Sport Hall
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Babene R2 Submission (Heel Hook)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#88

FIGHT: Sebastian Latorre vs. Thiago dos Santos
DATE: June 15
CARD: Jungle Fight 40
VENUE: Avertino Ramos Gymnasium
LOCATION: Macapa, Brazil
RESULT: dos Santos R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#87

FIGHT: Rob Hanna vs. Rocky Edwards
DATE: October 26
CARD: Bellator 78
VENUE: Nutter Center
LOCATION: Dayton, Ohio
RESULT: Hanna SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Edwards, 29-28 Hanna, 29-28 Hanna
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Edwards
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via BluegrassMMA)
Round 1: Rob is the first to action shooting in for a takedown but is not able to get it as they run up against the cage. The fighters are now clinched up against the cage with rocky having outside control. Rocky uses what appears to be a hip-toss to get Rob down to the ground but not for long as Rob is able to manuverner out from underneath. Rocky now has a modified side-control position. Rocky jumps out of side-control and is able to lock in a very loose armbar attempt. Rob is slidding out from the back of Rocky almost slipping out but Rocky locks in the leg hooks and now has the back of Rob. Rocky goes for an armbar but Rob is again able to get out of it and now he is on top in full-guard postion. Rocky turns over giving up his back nad is abelt to get to his knees with Rob hovering over the back of him. Rocky turns back over to go belly-to-belly only for a second though as he is able to transition to get the back of Rob. Rocky locked in a body triangle to stop Rob from going anyway and as the ten second bell sounds Rocky was looking for a rear-naked choke. The bell sounds ending the round.

Round 2: Rob comes forward with a quick combination and then grabs a hold of Rocky and they are now tied up against the cage with Rob on the outside. Rob is able to grab the back of Rocky and tosses him down to the ground and passes to side-control position. Rob drops an elbow and Rocky turns over and gives up his back. Rob was looking to get his leg hooks in but Rob is too quick and jumps out from underneath gets the back of Rob and secures the body triangle lock with his legs and goes for a rear-naked choke. Rob is doing a great job at preventing the rear-naked at the moment. Rob is able to roll Rocky from the bottom and slide out from the back and he gets to his feet standing over Rocky. Rob allows up to get back to his feet; they immediately clinch back up against the cage with Rob gaining outside control. Rocky tries to lock in the underhooks. Rob jumps to get Rocky down to the ground but in the tranisition Rocky is able to manunveur out of it to get a submission attempt in. However once they get down to the ground the bell sounds ending the round.

Round 3: Rob comes forward ducks a jab from Rocky and clinches up with him and they step back up against the cage. Rob has outside control this time around looking to get Rocky down to the ground. It appears that Rocky was looking to go for a standing guillotine choke but was unsucessful in the attempt. Rob picks Rocky up from the clinch and slams him down to the ground landing on top in side-control. Rocky quickly rolls to his knees to get out but Rob jumps and secures the back of Rocky but isn’t quick enough to lock in the leg hooks allowing Rocky to get out and back to his feet. Both fighters are standing and clinch right back up with Rob getting outside control; they’re now battling to gain position. Rob drops down to get a single-leg takedown but Rocky stops him mid-air and gets out from the takedown but Rob is too quick and gets full-guard on top of Rocky. Rob transistions quickly to full-mount with the time counting down. Rocky does the right thing and pulls Rob down so he can’t do any damage. Rocky is able to get out but gives up his back in the process however the bell sound ending the round.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/10/27/rob-hanna-vs-rocky-edwards-fight-video-bellator-78/

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#86

FIGHT: Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
DATE: February 26
CARD: UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
VENUE: Saitama Super Arena
LOCATION: Saitama, Japan
RESULT: Fukuda UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Fukuda, 30-27 Fukuda, 30-27 Fukuda
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Fukuda
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CageJunkies)
Round 1 – Fukuda shoots a take down and Cantwell looks for an arm bar but Fukuda escapes and is landing big punches from the top. Cantwell escapes back to his feet and they clinch against the cage. They break and Cantwell lands a good leg kick. Fukuda shoots but is stuffed. Cantwell lands a right hand. Fukuda lands a right hand and a leg kick. Cantwell throws a superman punch but misses. Cantwell ducks under a right hook and lands a hard body shot and follows it with a flying knee that misses and then grazed Fukuda with a head kick. round ends.

Round 2- Fukuda lands 3 leg kicks and then 3 uppercuts and shoots a take down but gets caught in a guillotine. Fukuda breaks free and they get back to their feet. Fukuda lands a good left hook and a body punch. Fukuda has Cantwell up against the cage and he unloads on him with punches. Cantwell fights back with punches of his own and gets off the cage. Cantwell has a head kick blocked and eats an upper cut. Fukuda throws an inside leg kick that hits Cantwell in the junk. Action is stopped while Cantwell recovers. They continue and Cantwell lands a body kick and then shoots a take down. Cantwell briefly takes the back but Fukuda gets to his feet and the round ends.

Round 3- Fukuda lands a left hook and a leg kick and a right hook and 2 more leg kicks. Cantwell throws a leg kick but it is blocked. Fukuda lands a few punches against the cage and then gets the take down. Cantwell looks to lock on a gogoplata but gives up his back after being rolled. Cantwell gets back to his feet and goes back to eating punches and kicks. Fukuda lands several punches to the body and head. Fukuda lands 3 hard body kicks and several punches. Fukuda lands another hard body kick and the round ends.
VIDEO: n/a
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#85

FIGHT: Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
DATE: July 7
CARD: UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II
VENUE: MGM Grand Garden Arena
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Griffin UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Griffin, 29-28 Griffin, 29-28 Griffin
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via StudioMMA)
Round 1: Griffin takes the center and throws a headkick. Nice combo by Tito. Another headkick by Forrest. Big overhand by Tito misses. Nice combo by Griffin lands. Tito with the takedown! Looking to pass the guard. Forrest scrambling. Huge elbow by Tito. Right hook by Tito as Forrest tries to stand. Tito all over him. Half-guard now. Griffin escapes and back up. Both men look tired from that scramble. Lead hook by Tito lands. Forrest jabbing. Tito stalking. Both men landing solid punches. Forrest with some front kicks. Tito slowing. Nice right hand lands for Forrest. Head kick lands for Tito. Forrest a bit more active here. Leg kick, right cross from Forrest. Uppercut from Forest. Tito dives for a shot, stuffed by Griffin. Tito not offering much hee as we have a minute left. Forrest mixing kicks and punches nicely. Tito somewhat paralyzed. Right lands on Tito’s cheek. Body kick lands for Griffin. Griffin circling, offers a superman punch. Tito with almost no movement here. Forrest with a very late single-leg that trips Forrest, but that won’t win him the round.

Round 2: Tito with a straight right countered by Forrest. Tito drops Griffin with a right and he’s still wobbly! Tito hoping to finish but Griffin is a survivor! Tito does not have the stamina to close it out and now they are clinched against the cage. Forrest recovering. They square up again. Nice right by Forrest, mixed with leg kicks. Both warriors huffing a bit. This is fight of the night so far. Trading punches in the center of the ring. An admirable display of heart and toughness by both men. Forrest lands a right and more punches in bunches. Leg kicks from Griffin. Jab lands on Tito’s eye. Tito standing right in front of Forrest, who is landing more strikes. Uppercut by Forrest, but nothing seems to be hurting Tito. Forrest’s upper lip is swollen quite a bit. Combos. Griffin throwing everything he can. Tito very slow now. Head kick barely misses for Forrest. These guys are earning their payday. Battered faces on both sides. They’re standing in the middle of the ring and brawling. Front face kick by Forrest misses. Nice left from Griffin. Tito looking for another late-round takedown. Not quite.

Round 3: Final round. Does Tito have one big bomb left in that right hand? Forrest attacking. Tito conserving — he’s not afraid of Forrest’s power. Great combo by FG. Another right hand by Tito drops Griffin! But he can’t finish again. Tito takes him down! Ortiz with some elbows from the top. Forrest doing what he can to get back up. They’re in the middle of the octagon. Forrest holding guard. An exhausting scramble. Both men tired. Both men desperate to win. Tito with an elbow. Forrest has to get up or he’ll lose this round. Forrest looks for a kimura but doesn’t get it. Tito causing no damage, but still on top. Forrest wall walks. They’re back up. Exhausted and clinching. Tito against the fence. 2 minutes to go. Knee from Griffin hits the belly. Great fight. The heart of the UFC. Griffin throwing and throwing. Landing some on Tito’s chin. 1 munte to go. They’re in the center of the cage. The crowd roaring as Tito lands. Tito needs to unload. Forrest connecting with combos. Both men slugging. Tito not doing much. He’s out of gas. They swing for the fences as the fight ends!
VIDEO:

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/82645055/

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#84

FIGHT: Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
DATE: February 26
CARD: UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
VENUE: Saitama Super Arena
LOCATION: Saitama, Japan
RESULT: Boetsch R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CageJunkies)
Round 1 – Tim opens up with an inside leg kick. Tim lands a quick combo and Okami answers with a stiff left. Okami lands a good jab and a straight left and another jab. Okami lands another left hand and then eats a right hook. Tim tries for a game down but its stuffed. Okami lands another hard left hand and then a good head kick. Okami continues to find a home for his jab. Tim lands a quick 2 punch combo and then another right hand. Okami lands a hard knee to the body before the end of the round.

Round 2- Okami lands 2 punches and a hard knee to the body. Tim throws a leg kick but its blocked. They clinch against the cage and Okami gets the take down but gets caught in a guillotine. Okami escapes and works to pass the half guard of Tim. Okami passes to full mount and rains down punches until the dvd of the round.

Round 3- Tim lands a kick to the body and also a knee and hen a right hand. Tim rocks Okami with a hard punch and then chase Okami all over the cage landing punches and a head kick until clinching and landing a series of uppercuts that drop Okami. Tim follows to the mat and rains down punches until the ref stops the fight.
VIDEO:

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#83

FIGHT: Abri Valentine vs. Armand de Bruyn
DATE: April 13
CARD: EFC Africa 13
VENUE: Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World
LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa
RESULT: de Bruyn R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#82

FIGHT: Jens Pulver vs. Zhao Ya Fei
DATE: October 6
CARD: OneFC 6: Rise of Kings
VENUE: Singapoor Indoor Stadium
LOCATION: Kallang, Singapore
RESULT: Pulver TD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Pulver, Pulver, Pulver
MY SCORECARD: Pulver
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Leg kick by Zhao. Good combo by Zhao, ending on a body kick. Pulver with a response combo. Pulver pressing the action. Zhao lands a good right hook. Pulver down, looked to be a slip. Back up. Big overhand right by Zhao. Good left hand by Pulver, but he eats a huge right hand response. Pulver powers through for the takedown, right to half guard. Pulver using ground and pound, trying to pass to side control. Pulver pushing on the body with his hands to get his leg free. Pulver wraps an arm around the neck for positioning, but he may try and turn this into a choke. Pulver gives up on it and stands, hovering over Zhao. Zhao springs back to his feet. Good jab by Pulver. Outside leg kick by Zhao. Big combo by Zhao. And another! Pulver looks stunned. Zhao is throwing some huge punches in this fight, clearly winning all of the stand up exchanges. Inside leg kick by Zhao. Big right hand by Zhao. Head kick by Pulver is blocked. Pulver rushes in to tie things up and he eats a couple of big punches.

Round two: Outside leg kick by Zhao. Good jab by Pulver, then a straight let as Zhao throws wildly and misses. Inside leg kick by Zhao. Fighters exchange combos. Leg kick by Zhao. Outside leg kick by Zhao, as he consistently is picking off Pulver’s lead leg. Stiff jab by Pulver. Zhao continuing to throw punches in bunches, making it difficult for Pulver to get in close. Big left hand by Pulver out of nowhere, knocking out Zhao’s mouthpiece! Pulver follows up with the takedown. North south with Pulver on top. Pulver using knees to the head which are legal here. Big knees! Pulver tries for the crucifix. He’s close to having that arm pinned in. Big knees to the ribs and then to the head by Pulver. Just over a minute left. Bad spot for Zhao. Another knee to the head by Pulver. Several more. Knees to the ribs now by Pulver. Zhao just seems to have no answer. Pulver using elbows to the body now. Elbow to the head by Pulver. Big round for Jens Pulver.

Round three: Slow going early on in round three. Zhao throws a kick that strays low and Pulver takes a moment to recover. Back to action. Outside leg kick by Zhao. Zhao throws another kick that goes low, this time, right up the middle. Pulver falls to the mat in obvious agony. He’s clearly in a ton of pain. His cornermen are going crazy, shouting that they feel the last kick was on purpose, though that is unlikely. Pulver will get time, and he clearly needs it. Pulver trying to talk it off now, but he is in absolute anguish. Now dropping back to his knees. He may not be able to continue. And Zhao has now received a yellow card for the illegal kick. If Pulver is unable to keep fighting, this contest will go to the judges scorecard and will be judged on the action up to this point. It looks like they’re calling this one. Unfortunate end to the fight, which will now be decided by the judges.
VIDEO:

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#81

FIGHT: Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
DATE: October 13
CARD: UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
VENUE: HSBC Arena
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Marcello SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Marcello, 29-28 Madadi, 30-27 Marcello
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Marcello
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
Round 1: Madadi comes out, and Marcello tries an overhand right and then a right kick. The crowd cheers with every Brazilian strike. Reza is keeping his defense tight, waiting for his spot to strike. A couple left straights from Madadi, who looks confortable stalking his opponent. One and half minutes down, and no one has landed anything significant. Madadi seems the more confident fighter, waving on his opponent for more. A super man punch from Madadi looks to land. Half way through the round, Madadi lands a few more punches. Marcello takes the center of the Octagon. Overhand punches from Madadi, as he chases the ground specialist. Marcello looks to have a litte blood coming from his nose. The Brazilian is mising in a right kick, and Madadi likes to keep the fight standing, as he doesn’t look for a takedown. One minute left in the round. Madadi takes it to the ground with 40 seconds left. Madadi says “Get up bitch”, and the referee says “watch the offensive language”.

Round 2: Good left hands from Madadi to start the second. One minute in the round, and Madadi seems to be stalking now. Solid right hand from Madadi. Marcello tries a left kick, and the two are exchanging. When Madadi lands, there is no applause. Madadi with a big upper cut. The Swede is cut on the left eye, and thinks about taking the fight to the ground, but follows the game plan and keeps it standing. The two clinch half way in teh round, and Madadi wipes blood away. The two try to land haymakers, and Madadi is damaging more, but no huge blows land. Big right from Madadi , and another left and righ, and he has Marcello hurt bad. One minute left, and Madadi takes a few of his own. Madadi slams Marcello with one minute left, and lands some small hammer fists. The fight is stood up after 25 seconds on the ground. Marcello flurries, and the crowd applauds, but not enough for a dominant round from Madadi.

Round 3: Big right hand by Madadi 20 seconds into the round. Madadi seems to be the fresher of the two, and moves forward as the Brazilian tries to counter-strike. Madadi with a take-down one minute into the bout. “Keep yourself busy” says the referee immediately, and the fight goes back to the feet as Madadi elects to keep it there. Two minutes down, and three minutes left in the fight. The left jab seems to be the difference here, as Madadi uses it to land first. Marcello’s face looks beaten, and he tries a reverse high-kick, and Madadi gestures to the crowd with the miss. A big right rom Madadi that again chases the Brazilian around the cage. Marcello looks up a tthe click , and sees one and a half minutes left and charges as Madadi and lands some punches. Madadi is moving back, but the two elect to stand in the middle of the Octagon. 35 seconds left and Marcello is throwing some jabs and kicks that miss.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/10/14/cristiano-marcello-vs-reza-madadi-fight-video-ufc-153/

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#80

FIGHT: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Masakatsu Ueda
DATE: January 8
CARD: Shooto Survivor Tournament Final
VENUE: Korakuen Hall
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Ueda MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Ueda, Draw, Ueda
MY SCORECARD: Ueda
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#79

FIGHT: Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger
DATE: February 15
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Ellenberger vs. Sanchez
VENUE: Omaha Civic Auditorium
LOCATION: Omaha, Nebraska
RESULT: Ellenberger UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Ellenberger, 29-28 Ellenberger, 29-28 Ellenberger
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Ellenberger
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CagePotato)
Round 1: Ellenberger throwing punches and Sanchez looking for an opening. Feeling each other out at the start. Good right by Ellenberger. Ellenberger moving forward, throwing wide punches but not landing solidly. Knee by Ellenberger on chin of Sanchez. Sanchez charges in and lands; counter knee by Ellenberger. Both fighters with flurries. Crowd chanting “Jake, Jake…”. Ellenberger with the knockdown and Sanchez gets up. Big punch seems to hurt Sanchez but does not slow him down.

Round 2: Sanchez’s corner working on his nose and it may be broken. Ellenberger ready to go at start of round. Spinning back kick by Sanchez is ineffective. Right roundhouse kick by Ellenberger blocked by Sanchez. Sanchez kick is ineffective. Ellenberger is quicker and lands a left hook. Another left hook as well. Sanchez with solid right hook and then bull rushes Ellenberger. Hometown hero has not landed much in the final round but then he gets a takedown. He is trying to punch from the top and Sanchez could be in trouble. Ellenberger thowing power punches and elbows and Sanchez is a bloody mess. He got hit in the nose and eye. Big finish of round for Ellenberger. Should be a great round 3.

Round 3: Sanchez cleaned up by corner to start round. Sanchez has not landed any seriosu power punches. Ellenberger knocks Sanchez off balance and he goes backwards. Sanchez bleeding again and that nose looks broken. Right hand by Ellenberger followed by right hand from Sanchez tht appeared to hurt Ellenberger. However, Sanchez can’t follow up. Ellenberger is cut and he is being hit with punches before Ellenberger scores takedown. Sanchez reverses and throws punchs and he is taking control. Tremendous rally by Sanchez. Two-fisted attack by Sanchez and then escape by Ellenberger at the horn… What a finish…It will go to a decision and Ellenberger had control for most of the fight, but Sanchez had control in the final few minutes. Is it enough?
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/02/16/diego-sanchez-vs-jake-ellenberger-fight-video-ufc-on-feul/

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#78

FIGHT: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
DATE: June 23
CARD: UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II
VENUE: Mineirinho Arena
LOCATION: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
RESULT: Franklin UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 49-46 Franklin, 49-46 Franklin, 49-46 Franklin
MY SCORECARD: 48-47 Franklin
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Referee Mario Yamasaki is in charge of tonight’s main event, a catch-weight affair at 190 pounds. Franklin begins by inching Silva toward the fence, creeping in the southpaw stance and testing the range with jabs. Silva counters a body kick perfectly with a right hand over the top. Franklin stays on the offensive, keeping Wand on the fence and striking with a pair of straight left hands. Jabs and right hooks connecting now for “Ace,” and he catches a high kick from Silva. It’s the “Axe Murderer” who lands a few blows while he’s off-balance, however, and Franklin lets go of the limb. Two minute to go in the opening round and Franklin clips Silva with a short right hand in the pocket. Silva stumbles to the ground but stands right back up and resumes circling the outside counter-clockwise while Franklin tries to cut off the angles. Franklin is finding his range now, working his straight shots and adding kicks and hooks to the body. Silva lands a head kick but Franklin shakes it off and deflects the next one with his forearms.

Round 2: Silva takes the center of the Octagon to start the second round, but he’s soon back to moving backward while Franklin presses forward. Silva hits the ground after throwing a low kick, looking perhaps like he twisted his ankle, but the Brazilian shows no sign as he stands back up. Franklin is controlling the cage, choosing his windows to step inside and rough up the bloodied face of Silva, then dip back out before the former Pride star can unload. The veterans trade head kicks, neither landing clean, and the crowd jolts alive when a pair of short punches from Silva get through Franklin’s guard. Franklin pays him back with a few combinations and a body kick, but Wand backs him off with a right hand. Silva staggers Franklin with a right hook and that’s just the beginning of an onslaught which includes knees and another nasty right which puts Ace flat on his back. Silva is vicious but unable to put away Franklin, who manages to get to his knees and turtle up under fire. Silva just won’t relent, blasting away with hammerfists which very nearly prevent Franklin from seeing the third round. Ref Yamasaki gives Franklin every opportunity to recover, and somehow the former UFC champ hears the horn.

Round 3: Franklin appears recovered but is nowhere near as aggressive as the third round begins, content to simply follow Silva around the outside and flick out jabs. Silva, meanwhile, may have overexerted himself trying to finish at the end of the second round, as he just trods around the outside, putting up his guard and not throwing much of anything in return. Franklin sticks some long punches in the face of Silva, who continues his passivity as the round enters its final minute. Franklin gets a waistlock and trips Silva to the floor, landing in half-guard on the Brazilian’s left side near the fence. Franklin stands up in the final 15 seconds and bashes away with elbows and punches to close out the round.

Round 4: It’s more of the same from Franklin to begin the fourth, pawing with right hands over the top while staying out of range of what minimal offense Wanderlei offers (slow hooks and the occasional head kick). A straight left from Franklin splits Silva’s guard, followed closely by a nice right hook. Despite his strong finish to round two, Silva has seen the fight slipping out of his hands with every moment since. He’s just getting picked apart by the jabs of Franklin, who’s keeping his distance even in the late going. Franklin takes a shin on the cup and it’s a bad one; Ace needs a couple minutes to shake himself up and the fight resumes with 65 seconds left in the round. Left straight-right hook combo from Franklin gets through again and he adds a leg kick to the end. The crowd cheers as Silva counters a body kick with a right hand over the top, but it’s the most they’ve had to cheer for in the last 10 minutes.

Round 5: Silva is throwing more this round than in the previous two, but it’s still Franklin looking the fresher, keeping the Brazilian on the end of his jab. Good footwork and head movement from Franklin down the stretch is keeping him out of any serious trouble from Silva’s sporadic power punches. The jab of Franklin is working well, too, further bloodying the bridge of Wanderlei’s nose and leaving Silva no option but to come forward continually and push the pace. Silva lands a right hand and Franklin wheels away, prompting Silva to wave him on. Another right from Silva and Franklin keeps backpedaling, flicking out jabs as he goes. Silva is still giving chase at the final horn, pinning Franklin against the fence. Franklin gets the final word, knocking Silva to the ground with a left hand in the last exchange. The two veterans of the sport grin and embrace at the end of the fight while the Brazilian crowd explodes.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/06/wanderlei-silva-vs-rich-franklin-2.html

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#77

FIGHT: Daijiro Matsui vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara
DATE: February 18
CARD: Deep 57 Impact
VENUE: Tokyo Dome
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Draw, Draw, Kanehara
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#76

FIGHT: Diego Jauregui vs. Fabiano Nogueira
DATE: January 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 36
VENUE: Rocinha
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Nogueria UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Nogueira, Nogueira, Nogueira
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a

The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #125-101

#125

FIGHT: Mike Pierce vs. Seth Baczynski
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
VENUE: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
LOCATION: Queensland, Australia
RESULT: Pierce UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Pierce, 29-28 Pierce, 29-28 Pierce
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fighters.com)
Round 1: Pierce right away grabs a double leg takedown and takes down Baczynski, but Baczynski is keeping him wrapped up tight. Baczynski uses the cage to stand up but pierce stays on top of him as they grapple along the fence. Fighters get space, and they feel each other out a bit. Pierce catches a kick and puts Baczynski on his back. Baczynski sneaks up to his feet, but gets put right back on his back. Pierce isn’t doing much with these takedowns, but he is landing some short strikes.

Round 2: Baczynski trying to figure out the reach early in this round, but Pierce grabs a hold of him and gets a big takedown. Baczynski gets back to his feet using the cage, but Pierce is not letting him off the hook. Baczynski creates some space, and tries a knee that Pierce grabs. Baczynski begins to open up a bit, but Pierce dives in and gets the takedown. Baczynski pops back up, but Pierce still pressuring. Fighters break up and Baczynski is trying to put the strikes together, but Pierce closes the distance. Baczynski throws a random knee and slips and Pierce jumps in his guard and goes to work.

Round 3: Pierce closes the distance early, but Baczynski starts opening up and turning on the strikes of Pierce. Baczynski is starting to mark up Pierce now, and now Baczynski is stopping the takedowns. Pierce dives in, and does get one. Pierce goes to work from guard. Baczynski is landing plenty of strikes from his back. Pierce isn’t doing anything and the ref stands them up. Surprise, Pierce gets another takedown.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Mike_Pierce_vs_Seth_Baczynski_UFC_on_FX_6_Part_1/10047601

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Mike_Pierce_vs_Seth_Baczynski_UFC_on_FX_6_Part_2/10047602

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#124

FIGHT: Dan Ring vs. James Haddad
DATE: January 27
CARD: MFC 32: Bitter Rivals
VENUE: Mayfield Inn Trade and Convention Center
LOCATION: Edmonton, Alberta
RESULT: Ring MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-27 Ring, 28-28, 29-27 Ring
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Ring
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Dan_Ring_vs_James_Haddad_MFC_32/10026329

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#123

FIGHT: Ali Bagautinov vs. Zharkyn Baizakov
DATE: March 7
CARD: Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 6
VENUE: Aquarium Sports Arena
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Bagautinov UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Bagautinov, Bagautinov, Bagautinov
MY SCORECARD: Bagautinov
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (1:58:00 mark)

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#122

FIGHT: Emil Alqvist vs. Kenny Karlsson
DATE: May 5
CARD: Vision Fight Night 1
VENUE: Pleasure Factory
LOCATION: Karlstad, Sweden
RESULT: Draw
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Alqvist, Karlsson, Draw
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
Round 1: Emil opening with a flurry of strikes and trips Karlstads own Kenny Karlsson. Emil ends up in Kennys guard and is looking to punish Kenny with some ground and pound. Kenny stands up and is looking to redeem himself but gets put up against the cage by Emil. Kenny takes Emil down and works for a guillotine, it isn’t successful but he ends up in top position and mounts. Kenny works with some good ground and pound but Emil gets saved by the bell!

Round 2: Emil rocks Kenny with a left hook in the opening of the second round and Kenny clinches. Kenny lands a good combination and is landing more shots. Emil clinches and gets the takedown. Emil looks to pass Kennys open guard. Kenny is looking for a triangel choke but Emil is aware of it and defends. Kenny pushes Emil of and gets up to his feet. Kenny lands solid shots and knees to the head of his opponent possibly just stole this round as well.

Round 3: Kenny rocks and drops Emil and is trying to get a stoppage with heavy ground and pound but Emil is able to withstand the flurries and gets on top and in side control after Kenny lets him up. Emil has one hook in and is looking to take Kennys back, and he does and works for a RnC. Kenny defends and lets Emil into mount but thereafter regains half guard. Emil however passes again to mount. Emil is able to land some good shots with one minute left but Kenny gets up against the cage for a short while but gets taken down again.
VIDEO:

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#121

FIGHT: John Dodson vs. Tim Elliot
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: Izod Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Dodson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Dodson, 29-28 Dodson, 29-28 Dodson
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMABay)
Round one: Elliott with a side kick early but Dodson moves away. Both men fly through the air looking to land but nothing significant lands. Dodson barely misses with a head kick before almost getting taken down. Dodson has to fight off another takedown attempt but does so. Big exchanges from both men before Dodson has Elliott down for a second. Nice little counter from Dodson. The reality show winner is looking to throw bombs but Elliott is covering up. Dodson gets the fight to the ground before Elliott looks to take an arm. Both men return to their feet. Nice left from Elliott lands. Dodson misses with a flying knee. Bad poke in the eye from Dodson to Elliott. A doctor has been called in to assess the condition of Elliott who seems to be saying he can’t see properly. He tells the doctor he’s ok to continue. The fight resumes. Dodson lands a couple of big shots as Elliott gets wild with all sorts of crazy shots. Flying knee from Dodson ends the round.

Round two: Elliott is clearly having a hard time opening his eye. Dodson with a head kick that knocks Elliott off balance. Elliott with a wild kick just to prove he’s not out of it just yet. Nice combination from Dodson but Elliott with a couple of nice left hands. Right hook from Dodson lands flush on the jaw but Elliott takes it and continues to move forward. Dodson is throwing short elbows now but they’re coming up… short. Elliott gets crazy again, desperate for a takedown but somehow Dodson rolls his way out of it to safety. Nice couple of hooks from Dodson land before the reality show winner scores with a low blow. Brief stoppage. The fight resumes and Dodson goads Elliott in for a big takedown. Elliott back up and he lands a knee. The round ends.

Round three: Nice exchange by both men sees Elliott take a little tumble. Dodson is throwing elbows on the left side as he seems to have broken his hand. Nice knee from Elliott lands. Nice left hand from Elliott lands as Dodson stumbles a little. Elliott gets through over and over with one-two combinations. Elliott looks for a single leg but Dodson spins away and the fight resumes on the feet. Knee from Dodson lands to the mid-section. Dodso with a series of leg kicks land. Elliott fires back with straight punches that all get through. Elliott pours it on looking for a late finish but he just can’t land the right shot. Another flurry from Elliott lands but Dodson survives. Double flying knee to end the round.
VIDEO: n/a
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#120

FIGHT: Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway
DATE: December 29
CARD: UFC 155: dos Santos vs. Velasquez II
VENUE: MGM Grand Garden Arena
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Holloway SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Holloway, 29-28 Garcia, 29-28 Holloway
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fighters.com)
Round 1: Garcia takes the center of the cage as they feel each other out. Garcia opens up with some leg kicks and Holloway returns fire. Garcia staying calm so far but Holloway is quickly getting comfortable. Holloway drops Garcia with a right, and after swarming in on him and landing a few shots he gives him some space. Holloway back to work on the legs. Garcia coming forward though. Garcia now loading up his punches, and Holloway is seeing them coming. Garcia lands a nice straight right that wobbles Holloway a little bit, but he is staying calm. Garcia is head hunting, and already looks to be breathing deep. A spinning back kick is also paying dividends for Holloway.

Round 2: Holloway goes back to the spinning back kick to the body right off the bat. Holloway now pressing the action, and lands a nice one two that backs up Garcia. When Garcia is landng one, it seems as though Holloway is landing one or two. Garcia gets a takedown but Holloway gets right back up and they split up. Holloway is now wearing on Garcia who is throwing horrible looking punches. Garcia lands a nice left he throws from his pocket, but Holloway isn’t having it.

Round 3: Holloway is coming forward early and Garcia is throwing punches and groaing with each one of them. Holloway is standing in the pocket and exchanging with Garcia and getting the better of them. There doesn’t seem to be much on the punches from Garcia. Garcia and Holloway exchange toe to toe, and Garcia gets a takedown. Garcia can’t do much with it, Holloway back to his feet. Both fighters are standing in the pocket and trading, but it seems like Holloway is the one landing the better punches.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/12/30/max-holloway-vs-leonard-garcia-fight-video-ufc-155/

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#119

FIGHT: Diego Bautista vs. Ryan McGillivray
DATE: January 27
CARD: MFC 32: Bitter Rivals
VENUE: Mayfield Inn Trade and Convention Center
LOCATION: Edmonton, Alberta
RESULT: McGillivray R3 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Ryan with a significant height advantage. Touch gloves as they meet in the center. Left hook from McGillivray., jab. Body shot from Bautista. Ryan working the jab. Nice leg kick from Bautista, body shot, Ryan shoots, eats two rights. Bautista lets him up. Left hook from Ryan. Leg kick inside from Bautista. Big overhand right from McGillivray, Bautista ducks it. Big slam from Ryan, lands in side control. Moves to north-south, lets go of the neck. Side control, knee to the body. Left hand from McGillivray, looks for a keylock. Bautista slips out. Just over one minute left. Bautista tries to push off the ropes with his feet. Ryan controlling Bautista. Bautista gets to his feet as Ryan still has him in a front headlock. Bautista pushes Ryan to the corner with 15 seconds left. Ten seconds. Ryan still holding him. Cranks toward a guillotine as bell sounds.

Round 2 – Fakes a jab, left hook from Ryan, misses a right. Right hook from Ryan. Left jab pokes Bautista in the eye. Ryan misses a punch, it goes to the ground and Bautista takes Ryan’s back quickly, locks on the choke. Ryan escapes, gets mounted, Bautista drops some shots, Ryan gives up his back. Bautista with both hooks in. Ryan spins around and ends up on top inside full guard. Beautiful. Ryan bleeding on Bautista’s chest. McGillivray working from top with punches, body shots and elbows. Under two minutes to go. More body shots. Ryan in half guard. He hooks up Bautista’s arm but he slips out. Ryan is cut on his hairline. The Voice keeps on and on and on about the blood. It’s really not that bad but he makes it sound like Friday the 13th. Ryan looks for a choke at the end of the round. Replay shows it was an elbow from the bottom by Bautista that cut Ryan.

Round 3 – Ref wipes off Ryan, says he’s too slippery. They trade jabs. Front kick from Ryan. Left hook from Ryan. He misses a hook. Leg kick from Ryan. Body shot from Bautista. Bautista ducks a punch and Ryan slips to the ground, ends up on his back. Bautista lays down inside his guard. Elbows from Bautista. Ryan throws up and armbar, spins, locks the legs, goes belly down for a second turns it over and Bautista taps out quickly. Ryan gets his hand raised with his daughter Peighton on his shoulders. Ryan said he tore his meniscus coming into this fight and he took a leg kick early on that blasted his knee. Ryan said he played possum to get the fight to the ground so he wouldn’t have to shoot on his knee again. It worked!
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Ryan_McGillivray_vs_Diego_Bautista_MFC_32/10026332

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#118

FIGHT: Dave Jansen vs. Magomed Saadulaev
DATE: October 19
CARD: Bellator 77
VENUE: Reading Eagle Theater
LOCATION: Reading, Pennsylvania
RESULT: Jansen R3 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Saadulaev opens with some kicks and goes for the takedown and Jansen looks to work out, but after a prolonged struggle Saadulaev takes his back and slips in the hooks. Jansen goes old school and looks to escape with a Gramby roll, which looks nice, but doesn’t work. Jansen does reverse, but takes a stiff punch when the fighters stand and Saadulaev is pretty free with the lefts and the kicks before gaining another takedown and landing inside Jansen’s guard.

Round 2: Jansen is throwing, but he’s far out of range and landing nothing. Saadulaev back in for a takedown, which fails. Some strange body language from Saadulaev here as he makes a fist with his right and looks down at it and then briefly places the hand on his hip, looks like the tank is running low. Jansen with the takedown, but finds his arm in a precarious position as Saadulaev has a kimura, he frees that and slaps on an arm triangle choke, which he gives up when he can’t jump to the side to tighten it up. Jansen postures up and is throwing heavy strikes down on Saadulaev.

Round 3: Team Jackson practically drags Saadulaev back to the corner between rounds two and three. Saadulaev in for a takedown and Jansen slaps on the guillotine and Saadulaev taps out.
VIDEO:

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#117

FIGHT: Jeremiah Jason Wood vs. Ronnie Rogers
DATE: April 13
CARD: XFC 17: Apocalypse
VENUE: Oman Arena
LOCATION: Jackson, Tennessee
RESULT: Wood R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Wood with a kick to start. Rogers with a big right hand. Wood ducks under, shoots and then secures an early takedown. Wood looking to pass to the right but the cage prevents it. Rogers scrambles to his feet then takes Wood down. He’s in side control and going to work looking to isolate an arm. Wood retains guard and locks up a guillotine. It’s tight. Rogers is stuck in the guard of Wood, but manages to free his head. Rogers creates a little space and lands a left hand. Wood is very active off his back looking for openings for a sub attempt. Rogers has a lot of experience and recognizes the danger. He postures and lands another left hand. They stand for a moment, and Rogers grabs a quillotine and drops to his back looking to finish. Wood pulls free and now has his chance to do some work from the top. He gets busy with left hands. Wood is bleeding from his nose, but is doing significant work from the top. Body-head from Wood. Rogers kicks off and Wood stands over him looking for an opening. Rogers lands a big upkick but Wood walks right through it. He takes the back of Rogers as time runs down. Very close round.

Round 2 – Wood coming forward. Huge exchange in the middle of the cage. Rogers lands a big right hand. Wood looks for the takedown, but can’t get it. They hit the mat for a moment then break. Wood sets up his shot and drives Rogers into the cage but ends up on his back. Wood again looking for subs from his back. He looks for an arm but Rogers recognizes the danger and postures out. Short hammerfists from Rogers now. Wood is staying active on his back as Rogers continues to land. Rogers makes a mistake and Wood pounces, securing the neck and looking to finish by guillotine. It’s tight!! The tap comes and it’s over.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Ronnie_Rogers_vs_Jason_Wood_XFC_17/10028360

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#116

FIGHT: Zorobabel Moreira vs. Roger Huerta
DATE: June 23
CARD: OneFC 4: Destiny of Warriors
VENUE: Stadium Negara
LOCATION: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
RESULT: Moreira R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Huerta just looks weird bald. Just pitting that out there. Huerta aggressive early, but Zoro catches a kick and sweeps him down. Huerta finds his way to his feet quickly, though. Nice right upstairs and body kick from Zoro, but Huerta bulls his way inside and batters away with short punches. Zoro gets the Thai clinch with his back on the fence but loses it quickly as Huerta thumps away. Nice leg kicks from Zoro. Kick from Zoro is caught and released shortly thereafter. Nice left from Roger. Jab, leg kick, and head kick all land from Zoro and another head kick. Huerta roars back with solid punches. Teep to the face from Zoro and a hard leg kick. Good straight from Zoro; Huerta looks a lot more tentative now. Another leg kick from Zoro. Solid head kick from Zoro. Heurta pushes forward with punches that fall short. Hard combo from Huerta after Zoro caches a kick. Huerta finishes the round on the attack. Very close, entertaining round.

Round two: Roger bulls forward with punches and lands a handful. Flying knee from Zoro misses and leads to a clinch. Nice leg kick by Zoro. Hard left by Zoro and another. Another leg kick. Clinch. Zoro is doing a great job using his length here. Thai clinch and Zoro lands a knee while Huerta punches. Good right hands from Roger, who eats another solid leg kick. Left hook from Zoro lands, Huerta responds in kind. Huerta looks slow at the moment. Zoro unloading on the cage now with knees and punches, just battering Huerta. Roger escapes but continues eating punches HUGE straight right from Zoro drops him. Roger gets up and is eating punch after punch after knee, but he’s still going and throwing. Never mind, he’s crumbling. Roger is dead on his feet. They need to stop this. Zoro just owning him. MONSTER soccer kick from Zoro after Roger fails a takedown and Roger is completely out. Good lord, that was PRIDE-esque.
VIDEO:

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#115

FIGHT: Rafal Lewon vs. Yuri Shurov
DATE: June 6
CARD: M-1 Challenge 33: Emelianenko vs. Magomeov
VENUE: Ingush Centre
LOCATION: Dzheyrakhsky District, Russia
RESULT: Shurov R2 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#114

FIGHT: DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Swick
DATE: August 4
CARD: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera
VENUE: Staples Center
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
RESULT: Swick R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (MMAFrenzy)
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.

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!
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/08/05/mike-swick-vs-damarques-johnson-ufc-on-fox-fighty-video/

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#113

FIGHT: David Rickels vs. Jason Fischer
DATE: November 30
CARD: Bellator 82
VENUE: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
LOCATION: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
RESULT: Rickels UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Rickels, 29-28 Rickels, 29-28 Rickels
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Rickels
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – The action opened with the fighters exchanging strikes and Rickels looked to grapple for a moment. They would separate and Fischer landed a jab and looked for a takedown. Rickels would stop the attempt and they continued to have a stand up fight. After a brief stop to the fight for Rickels mouthpiece following out, Fischer was able to take the fight to the ground. Rickels would be able to get back to his feet. Fischer would once again go for another takedown, but it was unsuccessful and Rickels ended up in top position. Fischer attempted an arm bar near the end of the round, but could not finish the fight.

Round 2 – The fight would continue to be a stand up battle, with the fighters exchanging strikes. Fischer looked to take the fight to the ground, but Rickels would stop the attempt and they would grapple against the cage. Rickels would jump up to take the back and then transition to the full mount. Fischer would be able to get out of the position and went for a heel hook. After he knew he would not finish the fight, he gave up the position and got on top of Rickels. Richels would reverse the position and finished the round with hammer fist.

Round 3 – After a minute of striking, the fighters grappled and Fischer looked for a kimura submission, but could not do anything with it. Fischer would end up in top position and Rickels looked for an arm bar submission from his back. Fischer ended up standing on the face on Rickels to escape the hold. Rickels would stay on his back and looked for a triangle choke submission. Fischer would escape the submission and maintain top position. The action would end in this position with both fighters looking to score points to win the fight.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/david-rickels-vs-jason-fischer-fight.html

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#112

FIGHT: Amaechi Oselukwue vs. Joel Cooper
DATE: April 13
CARD: XFC 17: Apocalypse
VENUE: Oman Arena
LOCATION: Jackson, Tennessee
RESULT: Cooper UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Cooper, 29-28 Cooper, 29-28 Cooper
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Oselukwue
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – A.O. lands an early kick. Again. He’s getting off with his kicks early. Big punches, nice exchange. Clinch, knees by A.O. He’s blitzing Cooper. After a stall they restart. Big right hand by Cooper. A.O. lands another kick, then drives Cooper into the cage. Cooper fights off the takedown attempt by skipping on one leg across the cage. A.O. stays relentless, then lands a huge knee to the groin. Cooper is down and in a lot of pain. The referee tells him to take his time, but he’s hurt pretty bad. The referee rules it unintentional as the crowd comes alive. Cooper is standing now but still in pain. A.O. feinting now. He fakes the leg kick, then lands a jumping knee. Spinning backfist just misses by A.O. He’s really mixing up his strikes. A.O. fires down the middle but misses. They clinch briefly then break. A.O. clinches then goes for a throw, but ends up on the bottom. He gets back to his feet and they swing for the fences until the bell. What a round.

Round 2 – Touch of gloves to start. Cooper looks to establish his jab. A.O. fakes low and goes high and lands. Cooper is a tough kid. Big knee up the middle. Flying kick by A.O. and Cooper lands on top after it hits the mat. A.O. looking to use the cage to get back to his feet. Cooper snatches his hips out and maintains top control. A.O. gives up his back trying to stand and Cooper takes his back. Cooper is a Jackson Tennessee guy and the crowd is going nuts. He has his hooks in and is landing with left hands. A.O. manages to defend and gets back to his feet. A.O. puts Cooper on the cage now and locks up the plum clinch. He lands a knee, then both guys swing for the fences. What a way to kick off the televised card. Cooper lands his best punch of the night countering a kick with a straight right hand. Cooper scores to the body with a kick of his own. A.O. with a spinning back kick that doesn’t look like it lands but Cooper responds like it caught him low. The fight is stopped and A.O. is warned again. After the restart, Cooper lands another big right hand down the middle. A.O. responds with another big kick. These guys are banging. A.O. Goes for a leaping kick and slips. Cooper goes to the mat and takes his back but time is running down. A.O. reverses and goes ballistic from the top until the bell sounds.

Round 3 – Cooper connects with a right. A.O. with more kicks again. A.O. is slipping in the cage. He shakes his head and gets back to work. Another nice right hand from Cooper. Cooper lands a right hand, and this time it’s A.O. that gets caught with an unintentional blow. The eye poke stops the action for a moment, but we are back on. Good kick from Cooper. Knee from A.O. He tries to trip Cooper but can’t get the fight to the mat. Cooper on the other hand gets his takedown. He goes for a leg and slips, giving up position. A.O. can’t scramble to his feet, and Cooper scrambles, taking the back of A.O. He’s got one hook in and is looking for the second. Close third round. A.O. is trying to tie up Cooper looking for the ref to stand them up. Cooper gets reversed soon after and now A.O. is on top. Cooper stays busy on his back and sweeps, landing in the full guard of A.O. A.O. sweeps and gets to full mount. He can’t maintain control though as Cooper reverses and finishes on top.
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzkxMTMwODcy.html

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#111

FIGHT: Eric Kelly vs. Jens Pulver
DATE: August 31
CARD: OneFC 5: Pride of a Nation
VENUE: Smart Araneta Coliseum
LOCATION: Manila, Philippines
RESULT: Kelly R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Kelly throws a push kick early and then another kick. Big right hand from Kelly staggers Pulver but he gets overaggressive and Pulver’s on top of him. Kelly reverses him and he’s on top in Pulver’s full guard. Kelly tries to pass and Pulver pops back to his feet. Kelly tries to throw Pulver over his shoulder but gets denied. Kelly wades in and Pulver drops him with a left hand! Pulver tries to follow up but doesn’t land anything and Kelly is back to his feet. Head kick misses from Pulver and Kelly scores with a nasty leg kick. Pulver seems confident now and his left hand is scoring nearly every time he throws it. Nice left from Kelly and the fight’s momentum has shifted. Inside leg kick from Kelly and then another kick. Pulver eats a right hand and fends off a takedown attempt. Pulver lands a nice kick to the body and then blasts Kelly with a pair of body shots. Kelly whiffs with a one-armed judo throw and Pulver is on top in side control. Pulver throws a knee to the head on the ground but then lets Kelly back to his feet. Head kick is partially blocked by Pulver. Pulver is really loading up the left hand. He lands another left which paritally stuns Kelly and he’s pouring it on here. Pulver is in control as time expires.

Round two: Kelly lands a big right hadn and then another. Pulver is hurt but he eggs Kelly on. Pulver shoots in for a takedown and Kelly stuffs him. Pulver is hanging onto a single leg and he dumps Kelly on the ground but can’t keep him there. Kelly is putting the pressure on Pulver and Pulver looks like he’s in major trouble. Huge body kick from Kelly and Pulver is folded in half. A couple more punches and the ref intervenes.
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#110

FIGHT: Nick Denis vs. Roland Delorme
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: Izod Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Delorme R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAweekly)
Round 1: They come out swinging, but Delorme quickly switches to the takedown, hip-tossing Denis, but they’re right back on their feet, trading punches. Denis lands a couple of right hands and a low kick that get Delorme’s attention, then clinches and tosses him to the mat. Delorme works from his full guard, trying to land an armbar, but Denis pulls out and drops some big right hands on Delorme. Delorme scrambles, grabbing Denis’ leg and works up to his feet. Delorme tries to switch to the log kicks, but Denis catches him with punch combinations, then unloads with knees to the body and chin, leaving Delorme wobbly and scrambling to regain his senses. Delorme gets to the mat, putting Denis in his full guard, trying to slow the pace of the fight to recover. Denis drops a couple hammerfists, but backs out and forces Delorme to his feet, but Delorme dives in and rocks Denis with punches, staggering him. Delorme unloads a flurry of punches, causing Denis to clinch and slow the punches, but Delorme tosses him to the mat. Delorme takes his back and locks on a rear naked choke with his hooks in. Denis taps out!
VIDEO: n/a
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#109

FIGHT: Brandon Vera vs. Mauricio Rua
DATE: August 4
CARD: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera
VENUE: Staples Center
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
RESULT: Rua R4 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAFrenzy)
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.

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.

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.

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.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/08/mauricio-rua-vs-brandon-vera-fight.html

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#108

FIGHT: Silvio Pantera vs. Thiago dos Santos
DATE: May 12
CARD: Jungle Fight 39
VENUE: Rio de Janeiro Municipal Club
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: dos Santos R3 Submission (Anaconda Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#107

FIGHT: Ariel Sepulveda vs. Duane Bastress
DATE: October 19
CARD: Bellator 77
VENUE: Reading Eagle Theater
LOCATION: Reading, Pennsylvania
RESULT: Bastress SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Bastress, 29-28 Sepulveda, 29-28 Bastress
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Bastress
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Bastress quickly clinches looking for a takedown. Sepulveda sprawls, but Bastress rolls forward into guard, sucking the bout to the mat. From bottom, the former D3 national wrestling champion swings for a kneebar, but Sepulveda shuts the attempt down. Bastress keeps attacking at Sepulveda’s legs, eventually shucking by his arm, whipping him to the mat and landing in top position along the fence. Bastress gets to half guard and looks for a front headlock. “The Storm” passes to mount easily, but Sepulveda bucks, rolls and escapes. Bastress shoots in, Sepulveda tries to isolate his arm for a kimura, but Bastress explodes out with a parting shot for good measure. They reset on the feet, and two left roundhouse kicks to the head crack Bastress. Head kick-left cross from Sepulveda follows, prompting a Bastress shot, which Sepulveda stuffs. Sepulveda is cut just under the right eye, and it is leaking onto his foe’s back as he sprawls out on top. He tries to lock up a kimura and step over Bastress from the top to take the back, but Bastress sucks his legs out and gets into side control. Knees to the body land for the Dover, Pa., native until the horn.

Round 2: Bastress feints and walks forward with a massive overhand right. When Sepulveda kicks in response, he grabs the leg and slams him to the mat again. Bastress sets up in guard until the upkicking Sepulveda forces him to reconsider. Upon restanding, Bastress drives right back in for a takedown, clinching along the cage. Referee Mario Yamasaki warns Bastress for linking his fingers into the cage links before separating the two. Bastress follows with a hard right hook, then takes Sepulveda right back down. Sepulveda keys in on another kimura from the bottom, but is getting nowhere. Bastress tries to step over from the top and roll into an armbar, but opts instead of reaffirm position on top. “The Storm” sets up in the closed guard of Sepulveda and chips away with punches, but Mario Yamasaki stands them up after just 15 seconds. They stand up, but the bell cuts them off.

Round 3: Bastress steps in on a jab, and the left inside low kick from Sepulveda strikes him low. Bastress takes a moment to compose himself, and on the restart, lands a jab-spinning back fist. Sepulveda kicks in response, sending Bastress shooting into a power double that plants “Smash” on the floor again. Sepulveda rolls forward as Bastress goes for mount, finding himself in a guillotine. Bastress pulls guard, but has one butterfly hook and Sepulveda clears it, escaping the choke. Bastress re-shoots, and is stuffed. He tries to pop up and just narrowly blocks a head kick from Sepulveda. He reshoots, shucking his foe by and showing more wrestling dominance. Bastress lands a hard right elbow from full guard. Referee Mario Yamasaki again the stands the fighters up on a whim. Bastress shoots in on a low single, and Sepulveda squats on him, hammerfisting the side of the head. Yamasaki warns Sepulveda for hitting the back of the head even though the blows are clearly legal. Just before the horn, Bastress rolls through and completes a single, ending up on top at the horn.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Ariel_Sepulveda_vs_Duane_Bastress_Bellator_77_Part_1/10044000

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Ariel_Sepulveda_vs_Duane_Bastress_Bellator_77_Part_2/10044001

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Ariel_Sepulveda_vs_Duane_Bastress_Bellator_77_Part_3/10044002

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#106

FIGHT: Kyle Baker vs. Lucio Linhares
DATE: March 16
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 4
VENUE:
LOCATION: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Linhares UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Linares, 29-28 Linares, 29-28 Linares
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Linares
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#105

FIGHT: Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson
DATE: May 19
CARD: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals
VENUE: HP Pavilion
LOCATION: San Jose, California
RESULT: Melendez SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 48-47 Melendez, 48-47 Melendez, 48-47 Thomson
MY SCORECARD: 48-48
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Melendez scores a takedown for a brief moment. Thomson did a nice job of avoiding damage and gets to his feet. A sparring session has broken out for much of the round. The champ trips him to the canvas and drops a bomb just as the horn sounds.

2ndRound: Thomson thwarts a takedown attempt. The reported knee he injured heading into the scrap looks just fine so far. Melendez is very methodical in his attack. Thomson takes a finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Melendez secures a takedown with a minute to go.

3rdRound: Thomson may have lost the opening two frames, but he is much more competitive than in their rematch. He throws Melendez off on a weak takedown try. Melendez’s hands look sharp. The challenger trips him to the canvas. Great back-and-fourth action. Thomson takes another finger to the eye, but refuses to take time. Melendez stuffs a takedown attempt. Close round to score.

4thRound: Melendez gets a powerful slam and has him pinned against the cage with three minutes remaining in the stanza. Thomson gets up with no problem. Melendez has him clinched against the fence. Thomson trips him to the mat and takes his back with a minute to go. He’s got a body lock and is attempting a rear-naked choke. Melendez does a great job of fending him off for the rest of the frame.

5thRound: Melendez gets a brief takedown. Nice one-two combo by Thomson, but he’s gonna need a lot more than that to leave with the strap. Thomson takes another finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Despite what Melendez’s face looks like, he’s most likely winning. It’s pretty busted up, BTW. Thomson gets a takedown with less than a minute remaining, though there’s not much GnP. Melendez is actually more active off his back. The horn blares and both raise their hands in victory.
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#104

FIGHT: Mike Ortiz vs. Tulio Quintanilla
DATE: April 27
CARD: Fight Time 9: MMA Explosion
VENUE: War Memorial Auditorium
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
RESULT: Quintanilla R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Cage Junkies)
Round 1: Tulio drops Ortiz with a right hook, but Ortiz gets back to his feet. Ortiz staying outside and throwing 3-2 punch combo, which doesn’t land flush. Leg kicks by Ortiz, and Tulio lands a low kick that catches Ortiz in the nuts. Temporary break in action. Ref tells Ortiz to take up to 5 mins if he has too. After a couple minutes, they restart with Tulio throwing high head kicks, then he lands a straight right, backing Ortiz up just a bit.Both fighters landing low kicks, and Tulio lands a left uppercut followed by a knee. Superman punch by Ortiz misses. Both fighters content with standing and trading. Ortiz tries to find the range with his jab, then throws a kick, and Tulio takes him down. Tulio tries to work some ground and pound from Ortiz’s full guard.

Round 2: Tulio rushes Ortiz with a barrage of punches, Ortiz responds by throwing a wild right hook that misses. Tulio doing a good job circling and finding his range. Tulio takes him down again now dropping punches from half guard. Ortiz tries to escape out the back door, but Tulio gets full mount, then Ortiz turns giving up his back. Tulio with both hooks in dropping punches to the side of Ortiz’s head. Tulio trying to flatten Ortiz out and so he can secure the rear naked choke. Ortiz tries to fight it off controlling Tulios wrists but Tulio lands more punches as the round ends.

Round 3: Ortiz pushes the pace throwing left jabs and right hooks. Tulio with a leg kick and a left jab that connects. Another takedown by Tulio. Ortiz tries to get a left underhook to no avail, then Tulio gets his back again. He flattens him out with both hooks in, and locks in a rear naked choke forcing Ortiz to tap.
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#103

FIGHT: Guto Inocente vs. Virgil Zwicker
DATE: May 19
CARD: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals
VENUE: HP Pavilion
LOCATION: San Jose, California
RESULT: Inocente UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Inocente, 29-28 Inocente, 30-27 Inocente
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Inocente
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Inocente clocks him with a head kick, but gets taken down for his efforts. Inocente attempted a guillotine choke for a brief moment. They get to their feet. Zwiker eats a spinning back kick. Inocente is giving him the business. Amazing Zwicker is able to survive the onslaught. He picks Inocente up and slams him to the mat.

2ndRound: Zwicker catches a kick and takes him down. Inocente wiggles free and continues his kicking exhibition. Inocente wrestles him to the ground and is unloading some nice GnP. Zwicker eats a nasty spinning back fist. Both are gassed.

3rdRound: Zwicker catches a high kick and tags him with a big right hand. The action was fast and furious early, but they are clearly winded in the final frame. Zwicker is still coming forward despite being on the receiving end of several highlight reel strikes. Inocente unleashes a jumping knee to the dome.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/8NUMB3X6O8K9/Guto-Inocente-vs-Virgil-Zwicker–Strikeforce-Barnett-vs-Cormier

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#102

FIGHT: Meixuan Zhang vs. Pingyuan Liu
DATE: September 8
CARD: RUFF 5
VENUE: Hohhot People’s Stadiu
LOCATION: Hohhot, China
RESULT: Liu SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Liu, Zhang, Liu
MY SCORECARD: Zhang
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#101

FIGHT: Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
DATE: July 21
CARD: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
VENUE: Scotiabank Saddledome
LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta
RESULT: Caraway R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: Caraway landed a nice left hook early in the fight and Gagnon returned fire with a body kick. He tried for a takedown and took Caraway’s back in the scramble. Caraway rolled through and Gagnon wound up on top in guard. He postured up with punches and elbows. Caraway spun into an armbar, but Gagnon escaped and landed more strikes. Caraway upkicked but ate some big left hands. Caraway managed to stand up and Gagnon landed a knee. The fighters battled for takedowns and exchanged knees in the clinch. Gagnon scored with a knee to the jaw and backed away. Caraway put together a nice combination and took Gagnon down. Caraway passed to mount and landed short elbows before the bell. Close opening round.

Round 2: Lead left hooks scored for both fighters early in round two and Gagnon put together a flurry of punches and a knee against the cage. He followed with another knee and the fighters teed off with punches. Caraway took Gagnon down and fought off a guillotine choke. Caraway landed short punches from back control and tried to set up a rear-naked choke. Caraway switched to a body triangle and landed more punches. He moved to mount as Gagnon rolled and continued to punish Gagnon with left and right hands. Gagnon tried to explode to his feet, but Caraway took his back again and worked for another rear-naked choke. An exhausted Gagnon turned into Caraway’s guard and stood. Gagnon landed a knee in the dying seconds.

Round 3: Caraway dragged Gagnon to the mat in the final round and quickly moved to back control. Caraway secured a body triangle and punched at the ribs of Gagnon, then locked on a rear-naked choke and Gagnon was forced to submit.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/07/22/bryan-caraway-vs-mitch-gagnon-ufc-149-fight-video/

The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #150-126

#150

FIGHT: Rich Hale vs. Thiago Santos
DATE: November 2
CARD: Bellator 79
VENUE: Casino Rama
LOCATION: Rama, Ontario
RESULT: Hale R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – Santos opened the round by landing several shots that appeared to stun Hale and Santos looked for a standing guillotine choke. Hale would be able to escape the submission attempt and Santos landed a strike that set up a takedown. While on the ground, Santos landed multiple strikes, but Hale was able to get off his back. The fighters would grapple against the cage and Hale looked for a standing guillotine choke against the cage. After a lack of action, the fighters would be separated by the referee. Upon the stand up, Santos appeared to be gassed out and Hale landed a strike that dropped Santos and landed ground and pound to finish the fight.
VIDEO:

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#149

FIGHT: Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Jordan R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Jordan connects with a left hand and Thompson counters with a one-two combination. Jordan tags him with consecutive uppercuts and follows up with a left. Thompson’s left eye is already banged up. Jordan unleashes a right, uppercut and knee flurry that drops Thompson. Jordan pounces, but his opponent manages to scramble free after eating some knees. Both of Thompson’s eyes are battered now. Jordan, 10-9.

2ndRound: Thompson lands a solid leg kick. Both heavyweights are flinging leather, but nothing devastating has landed. Jordan clocks him with a huge uppercut and Thompson appears dazed and confused. He floors Thompson with an uppercut and knee. Jordan goes in for the kill. Game over.
VIDEO:

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#148

FIGHT: Ainsley Robinson vs. Chad Laprise
DATE: October 12
CARD: Bellator 76
VENUE: Caesars Windsor
LOCATION: Windsor, Ontario
RESULT: Laprise UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Laprise, 30-27 Laprise, 30-27 Laprise
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Laprise
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – The action opened with both fighters looking for their distance and choosing their shots wisely. Laprise was able to land a combination that dropped Robinson, but he would be able to get back to his feet. Laprise continued to throw several strikes and Robinson looked for a takedown, which he achieved. Laprise would be able to get back to his feet and continued to control the fight. Laprise would land a knee in the clinch, which dropped Robinson. Robinson would survive the round with Laprise continuing to pressure him and was looking for the finish.

Round 2 – Robinson opened the round by pushing forward and landed a combination. Robinson was throwing wild punches and Laprise was able to move away from the strikes. Robinson looked for a takedown, but it was stopped by his opponent. Laprise landed an uppercut, which forced Robinson to cover up as Laprise looked for a combination. Laprise landed a right hand and Robinson appears to be gassed out. The fighters began to slug it out with Laprise getting the advantage. The round would end with Laprise landed multiple shots from the ground and Robinson was able to survive.

Round 3 – Laprise stalked around Robinson in the opening minutes of the round and Robinson appeared to have nothing left in the gas tank. Robinson was able to land a counter right hand, but Laprise was able to get a takedown and in top position. He would transition to full mount, which lead him to getting the back of his opponent. Once having the back, Laprise went for a rear-naked choke. Robinson was defend the submission attempt and made it to the final bell.
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDYyMTE5MzQ0.html

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#147

FIGHT: Matt Wiman vs. Paul Sass
DATE: September 29
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Miocic vs. Struve
VENUE: Capital FM Arena
LOCATION: Nottingham, England
RESULT: Wiman R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: They touch gloves and Wiman throws a leg kick that Sass catches and quickly gets the fight to the ground. Sass works short shots inside of Wiman’s guard. Sass lands a solid elbow. Sass drops back for a leg lock. He switches to an oma plata. Wiman gets free. Sass stays on him and gains top position. Sass looks for an ankle lock and gives it up. Wiman applies a triangle choke but Sass defends it. Wiman lands an elbow from the bottom. Sass postures up and lands a few heavy shots. Wiman works for an arm lock. Wiman extends the arm and Sass is forced to tap out. Wiman wins by submission.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/09/29/matt-wiman-vs-paul-sass-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-tv/

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#146

FIGHT: Aaron Ely vs. Matt Manzanares
DATE: June 30
CARD: Resurrection Fighting Alliance 3: Stevenson vs. Cochrane
VENUE: Viaero Event Center
LOCATION: Kearney, Nebraska
RESULT: Ely R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#145

FIGHT: Daniel Acacio vs. Guilherme Gomes
DATE: August 25
CARD: Shooto Brazil 33: Fight for B.O.P.E. 2
VENUE: Special Police Operations Battalion Headquarters
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro
RESULT: Acacio UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Acacio, Acacio, Acacio
MY SCORECARD: Acacio
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#144

FIGHT: Aaron Simpson vs. Mike Pierce
DATE: October 5
CARD: UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot
VENUE: Target Center
LOCATION: Minneapolis, Minnesota
RESULT: Pierce R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: They immediately clinch and trade knees to the body fighting for position. Punches to the body from both fighters before they break. Front kick from Simpson. Pierce lands some leather. Exchange of punches early. Pierce hits a throw but Simpson is back to his feet. Knees to the body from Simpson. He has the thai clinch and lands to the head. Pierce gets underhooks but as they separate, Simpson lands a high kick. Simpson lands a right hand and drops Pierce. Simpson is going for the kill and Pierce is surviving by holding onto a leg. Simpson landing punches as he fights to get his leg back. More knees to the head from Simpson and an uppercut. Simpson lifts Pierce and slams him on his back. He’s riding Pierce landing punches to the head. Simpson has his back and is working for a choke. He can’t as the horn sounds.

Round 2: Body kick from Simpson to open the second. And he follows up with uppercuts. Mike Pierce lands a right hand that crumples Simpson and then crushes him with right hands on the ground. HOLY *$#@!
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/10/07/mike-pierce-vs-aaron-simpson-fight-video-ufc-on-fx-5/

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#143

FIGHT: Kyle Prepolec vs. Jason Meisel
DATE: August 25
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 5: Fraser vs. Hill
VENUE: Hamilton Palace Theatre
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Prepolec R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAxposed)
R1 – Prepolec presses Meisel against the cage, they separate. Both guys are swinging for the knockout. A crazy scramble ends up with Meisel on top. Prepolec reverses, gets up and lands some hard knees in the clinch. Meisel throws two left high kicks and Meisel retaliates. Very close round and a good one to debut on live TV with.

R2 – Meisel connects with a low right kick to the groin that stops the clock. Prepolec does not look comfortable and is taking his time. The doctor checks him out in the octagon to the love of the crowd! After the full five minutes, Prepolec gets up and is still in considerable pain but they continue. Prepolec gets a take down, passes to half guard and Meisel reverses and ends up on top. Prepolec locks in a triangle, Meisel slams him to defend but ultimately taps!
VIDEO:

http://video.thescoretv.ca/watch/kyle-prepolec-vs-jason-meisel

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#142

FIGHT: Ev Ting vs. Mark Striegl
DATE: February 11
CARD: Legend Fighting Championship 7
VENUE: City Of Dreams Grand Hyatt Ballroom
LOCATION: Cotai, Macau
RESULT: Striegl R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: Striegl landed a body kick and scored a takedown in the opening seconds. He moved to half-guard, then rolled to his back with a guillotine choke. Ting stood and landed a rushing kick to the body, but Striegl swept and wound up on top. Ting tried for an armbar and Striegl countered by taking his back. He attempted a series of rear-naked chokes and landed punches to the sides of Ting’s head. Striegl locked on another choke and Ting refused to tap out, so he was rendered unconscious.
VIDEO:

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#141

FIGHT: Andrew Craig vs. Kyle Noke
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Craig UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Craig, 29-28 Craig, 29-28 Craig
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Craig
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: After trading kicks, Noke rushes Craig quickly and gets a takedown. Craig tries to stand against the fence, but the Australian controls him with a front headlock. Noke turns the corner and gets Craig’s back, instantly looked for the rear-naked choke. Craig stands and is able to shake Noke, but Noke holds the rear waistlock and keeps threatening to take his back. Noke lands a sharp knee to the head from behind Craig, and then throws him back to the mat. Noke takes Craig’s back with one hook, Gable gripping his chin. Craig breaks free, but Noke stays on top and sets up in full guard. A Craig triangle is quickly thwarted by Noke, who lands two heavy left elbows. Noke goes to half and lands several clean right hands before Craig shrimps away and gets back to his feet. They clinch, Craig defends a Noke kneepick attempt, and they circle away. Wild overhand right for Noke glances Craig’s chin. Noke gallops forward right into a counter left hook from Craig. Nice kick to the body lands for Noke, marking the best action of the final minute.

Round 2: Craig feints with his hands and cracks Noke with an outside low kick, but the Aussie responds with one of his own. Craig comes into the pocket swinging, and Noke cuts the corner and hits him with another good low kick. Craig walks Noke down to the fence and feints, trying to set up a place for his right. He stings Noke with one, but can’t follow up. The Aussie snatches up a high single-leg, and Craig smashes him with short elbows, winding up on top in half guard. Noke regains full guard and looks for a triangle, but Craig postures up and shuts it down. Right hands and elbows for Craig land on top as Noke continues to look for the triangle by using wrist control. Noke pushes Craig away with just under a minute to fight, and Craig allows his foe to stand. Noke lands a jab and a right hand before following with knees. Just as Noke gets aggressive, Craig clips him with a short hook on the way in that stuns him. Noke hits the mat on his seat, and Craig dives into half guard, where he stays until the bell.

Round 3: The middleweights trade tired kicks to start the final frame. A left hook for the circling Noke lands, and he follows with two kicks. Craig trips him up off the second kick, but Noke is back to his feet instantly. Craig whips his right overhand above Noke’s jab, landing above the ear. Noke shoots, and Craig shuts it down before attempting a wild, out-of-range kneetap of his own. Noke punches and shoots in on another single, driving Craig back to the fence. Craig fights is, pummeling and getting an underhook, but Noke stays glued to his waist and finally drags him to the mat halfway through the round. Craig sits on the mat for a few seconds, taking a breather before walking up the fence and breaking free from Noke. Noke continues to push a tired-but-effective jab into Craig’s face. With 90 seconds to go, Craig explodes with a power double-leg, driving Noke straight to his back with a sudden show of force. Noke gets his back to the fence and Craig chips away with short right hands. Noke rolls to the turtle position, and Craig punches away as Noke tries to escape. Noke bails out looking for a kneebar, and Craig sits up and punches away until the bell.
VIDEO: n/a
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#140

FIGHT: Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Kampmann R3 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAJunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Herb Dean in charge of this welterweight main event. Alves takes the center. Kampmann shifting left to right. Alves throwing heavy to start, including kicks. Kampmann sneaks in an uppercut and drops for a single. Alves defends well as he backs to the cage. Kampmann briefly switched around to the back, but Alves pulls free. Big front kick to chin ricks Alves. Kampmann moves forward and clinches, landing a few knees before scoring a takedown. Alves works to his feet, but Kampmann hits him with a knee when he stands. They break, and Alves looks relatively clear despite the early shots.Halfway mark. Kampmann looks again for a single. Instead, Alves stands him up and pushes the action down. Alves working from Kampmann’s gaurd. Alves jumps smoothly out to side control. Alves gets one short elbow. Full mount for Alves. Kampmann regains guard, but more mount for Alves. Unexpected ground control fro Alves. Not a ton of damage, but he’s spending a lot of time there. Final seconds. Alves scores a few punches before they scramble up at the end. Good stuff.

Round 2 – Traded strikes again to open. Kampmann looking to work inside. Alves defending well and keeping his distance. Kampmann keeps pressure tight, but he can’t capitalize inside. Kampmann throws a knee but it only hits the chest. Stiff punches from Alves score. Both land as the striking game starts to open up a bit. Uppercut from Kampmann. Kampmann lands a nice left counter. Halfway in, and Kampmann driving in for a takedown. He can’t get it. Alves doing a great job of staying upright. Kampmann is cut under his eye. Alves kicks the leg. He’s scoring, but neither throwing combinations right now. Kampmann just misses that front kick. Stiff right from Alves. Kampmann starting to wipe his eyes a bit. Bothh fighters trading in the pocket. Alves controlling the center. Two punches and a knee from Kampmann. Kampmann clinches in the end, but round ends there.

Round 3 – Scores could be interesting. Kampmann game, but Alves doing a fine job of keeping the center and just seems a little fresher, a little cleaner. Clinch comes, but nothing there. They break, and Kampmann again closing the distance and working inside. Still, Alves pulls free. Alves left eye showing some real wear now. Two minutes in. Kampmann scores with a knee, but Alves pulls away and answers with a low kick. Kampmann kicks the body. Stiff right for Alves. Back and forth with shots from both. Kampmann the one moving forward now. Alves still throwing heavy, but Kampmann adding some shots together. Kampmann clinches again to no avail. Low kicks traded. Final minute. Alves lands a big right and comes alive. He hits a takedown, but Kampmann sweeps and gets a guillotine from top position. It’s in. Wow. He has to tap. Crazy finish.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/03/thiago-alves-vs-martin-kampmann-fight.html

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#139

FIGHT: Derrick Kennington vs. Phillipe Nover
DATE: September 28
CARD: Bellator 74
VENUE: Caesars Atlantic City
LOCATION: Atlantic City, New Jersey
RESULT: Nover R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1: Nover shot right into a guillotine. Kennington used it to reverse and ended up in his opponent’s guard. Nover then got back to his feet and finished a double-leg takedown with an outside trip. Kennington threw up a slick armbar that nearly finished it. Nover winced in pain, but escaped and kept position on top. The TUF vet tried to pass to half guard, but Kennington swept him easily. DK defended a “ninja choke” and got mount for a second. However, Nover quickly reversed. Kennington got to his feet, but Nover put him back down and landed his best strikes of the fight against the cage. He then went for a Kimura from the top and lost position. Both fighters traded sloppy grappling. Kennington could have taken it with some submission threats, but he ate too many punches on the bottom. A Nover fans keeps yelling “Kill Him,” At least throw in a Karate Kid reference.

Round 2: Nover got out of the way of some punches and scored another takedown. Kennington tried to use some rubber guard and somewhere Joe Rogan thought “this guy needs to work on his flexibility.” Nover started unleashing some nasty elbows from the top, but he was still trying to work from guard. Kennington got back up, and Nover put him back down. This could have been the turning point of the fight. Nover kept top position and started landing harder and harder shots. Much better round for Nover. With 45 seconds left, Nover took the back. He worked for the rear-naked choked and finished with 36 seconds left in the round.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/09/30/phillipe-nover-vs-derrick-kennington-fight-video-bellator-74/

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#138

FIGHT: Kaitlin Young vs. Leslie Smith
DATE: October 6
CARD: Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Smith R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Both ladies clinch early but they separate. Smith throws a huge head kick and then a flurry of punches as they clinch. Knee from Young and then a big kick but Young takes her down. Young immediately attacks with a submission but Smith seems otu of danger so far as both ladies are tied up on the canvas. Knee to the shoulder from Smith and she sits back, spinning into side control. Young brings her legs up for a reverse triangle on Smith and she’s got her twisted up but Smith breaks free and she drops several kicks at her legs from above. Smith comes back down into Young’s guard and she drops some heavy punches to the head and body. Young is trying to throw her legs up and be active from bottom but Smith smashes her with a nice elbow. Left elbow from Smith and she passes to half guard and drops punches. Young is hunting for an armbar but Smith powers it on with punches as time expires in the round.

Round two: Young initiates a clinch early and they circle each other. Slashing elbow from both ladies and Smith throws some nice knees. Big flurry of strikes from Smith and Young attempts a takedown but Smith rolls for a kneebar. Young defends but Smith is sticking with it and after the scramble, Smith lands on top. Smith drops punches but Young is attacking with an armbar but Smith passes to side control. Smith has a mounted crucifix and she’s blasting Young with right hands. Young can’t escape the position and she’s eating a huge bevy of right hands as the ref puts a stop to it. Wow! Great performance by Leslie Smith!
VIDEO:

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#137

FIGHT: Koji Ando vs. Rob Hill
DATE: June 16
CARD: Legend Fighting Championship 9
VENUE: City Of Dreams Grand Hyatt Ballroom
LOCATION: Cotai, Macau
RESULT: Ando UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Ando, 29-28 Ando, 29-28 Ando
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Ando
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: Referee for this bout is Thomas Fan. Hill landed a quick one-two and a jab early on. The fighters traded punches and Hill just missed with a looping hook. Ando began to put together combinations and he landed one to the face after Hill fired off a flurry to the body. Hill landed left hooks and jabbed. Ando replied with left hands of his own and the round ended with an exchange of hard punches.

Round 2: Ando scored with a nice combination to open round two. The fighters exchanged left hooks to the body and Hill ducked into a knee from Ando. Quick jabs and one-twos connected for Ando and he used an impressive leg sweep to take Hill down. Ando swarmed with left hands on the ground and the fighters were repositioned in the centre of the ring. Hill scrambled back to his feet and covered up as Ando backed him into the corner with a combination. Ando pushed a fatigued Hill off of the ropes and used another leg sweep to take him down.

Round 3: Ando backed Hill up with a knee to the body in the final round. Hill remained content to circle on the outside and Ando used a third leg sweep takedown to trip him to the mat. Hill stood and Ando landed body kicks. Hill found the mark with an overhand left, but Ando remained a step ahead with his strikes. Hill flurried to the head and body and Ando clinched. He took Hill down and punched from the top. Hill got to his feet and missed with a spinning hook kick. Ando landed one final combination before the end of the fight.
VIDEO:

http://www.dramafever.com/drama/4199/8/Legend_Fighting_Championship_9/

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#136

FIGHT: Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley
DATE: July 14
CARD: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
VENUE: Rose Garden
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon
RESULT: Marquardt R4 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMABay)
Round one: Woodley kicks to the body before landing quick kicks to the legs. Big right hand from Woodley lands behind the ear that has Marquardt in a little trouble. Woodley looks for a takedown but Marquardt defends well. The two men exchange knees. Marquardt with the big right this time dumps Woodley to his back. Marquardt attempts a guillotine but Woodley spins out and the two men regain their feet. Marquardt looks to keep the pressure on and presses Woodley up against the fence. Knee to the head from Woodley before circling away. Marquardt lands a right hand again but Woodley quickly ties him up. Marquardt takes control against the fence before pressing forward to end the round.

Round two: The two men come out at a slower pace as Marquardt stalks his foe. Spinning back-fist from Woodley lands, as does a straight right hand. Inside leg kick from Marquardt. Right hand lands to the jaw of Woodley who ties his foe up momentarily. Nice leg kick from Marquardt lands. Another leg kick from Marquardt does damage. Spinning back kick partially lands from Marquardt. Nice combination from Marquardt before scoring with a trip takedown. Woodley has full-guard before getting back to his feet. The two men trade bombs. Marquardt again pushes forward to end the round.

Round three: Woodley with a nice combination backs Marquardt up. Big right hook from Woodley sees Marquardt drop to the canvas. Marquardt looks to control the posture of Woodley as he eats shot after shot. Marquardt spins for an arm-bar but Woodley escapes. Woodley goes to work with ground and pound from the closed guard of Marquardt. The action slows a little and the referee returns them to the feet. The two men begin to exchange on the feet once again but it’s much more even in this one. Marquardt looks to land the kicks but they aren’t doing a massive amount of damage. Nice flurry from Marquardt before pinning Woodley on the fence. Elbow on the inside from Marquardt lands.

Round four: Marquardt comes out landing at will in the fourth round, scoring with single shots and combinations. Marquardt has upped the pace as he looks to test the cardio of the undefeated welterweight. Big combination from Marquardt including a vicious elbow drops Woodley. He’s out…
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/07/nate-marquardt-vs-tyron-woodley-fight.html

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#135

FIGHT: Chris Fields vs. Pavel Kusch
DATE: September 1
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 7
VENUE: Al-Husein Youth City Boxing Arena
LOCATION: Amman, Jordan
RESULT: Fields R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#134

FIGHT: Maiquel Falcao vs. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
DATE: April 20
CARD: Bellator 66
VENUE: I-X Center
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio
RESULT: Falcao UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Falcao, 29-28 Falcao, 29-28 Falcao
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Falcao
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNerd)
Rd:1 Falcao opens up with two great straight punchs that has VV backing up. Falcao hits a hard low kick and circles out. He tries the same kick again but VV catches it and lands a right hand that sends Falcao down hard. He’s still with us though and looks for the arm. VV defends the attempt while working some strikes in from the top. Falcao pushes him away and is back on his feet but VV quickly trips him up again. Another scramble and they are back on the feet but again VV hits a series of trips and lands on top. After a brief period of inactivity the fight is stood up.

Rd:2 They open up with jabs and Falcao scores a hard low kick. He goes back for it again and is caught with another right hand. Falcao lands a glancing right hand but Is stuck with a jab. They Clinch and VV trips Falcao down hard but Falcao doesn’t wait around and stands up with a single. VV grabs a guillotine but decides to let it go. He goes for another trip but this one is defended. Falcao bounces a few punches off his head for good measure. In a brief scramble Falcao ends up on top now and is working hammer fists till the bell.

Rd:3 Left hook lands for Falcao. VV runs into a right hand but is moving fine. He now lands a right hand of his own. Falcao slides in behind a jab and bombs VV with an over hand right. Hes hurt. Falcao grabs the thai clinch and is working some high knees. VV is holding on but he was in trouble there for a second. Left hook misses for VV and the fight hits the floor for a moment. VV shoots and secures a double in the middle of the cage. He is working some downward punches from guard. Falcao is defending and hits a sweep. Now he is taking his turn punching VV. He controls the position till the bell.
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#133

FIGHT: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Will Brooks
DATE: December 31
CARD: Dream 18
VENUE: Saitama Super Arena
LOCATION: Saitama, Japan
RESULT: Brooks R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via FightNetwork)
Round 1: Kitaoka in the southpaw stance to start the fight. Brooks lands a couple short right hands early and circles away. Brooks connects with another series of short shots that cause his opponent to trip to the mat. Brooks assumes top position momentarily but before being forced to fight off a leg lock attempt. Brooks wisely stands up and this fight is back on the feet. Brooks lunges in and stuns Kitaoka with a solid right hand before promptly picking him up and slamming him on his head. To Kitaoka’s credit he manages to survive and regain guard. Brooks passes to half guard and uses the position to rain down some heavy ground and pound. Less than a minute remaining, Brooks stands back up and allows Kitaoka to do the same. Both men feint before Brooks connects with a solid right hand that floors the Japanese fighter. Brooks try’s to follow up but Kitaoka avoids the shots and survives the round.

Round 2: Not even five seconds in the round, Brooks connects with a right high kick followed by a power double. Brooks starting to work from top position but its short lived as Kitaoka escapes to his feet. Back standing, Kitaoka looking to counter Brooks but can’t seem to find his timing. Brooks lands a left hand and uses the momentum to take Kitaoka down. Immediately on the ground, Kitaoka works for a kneebar as Brooks relaxes and attempts to posture up. Brooks manages to escape the position and starts to pound away at his exhausted opponent. Short punches raining down in heavy numbers before the referee mercifully steps in and ends the contest.
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#132

FIGHT: Deivison Francisco Ribeiro vs. Alejandro Rodriguez
DATE: November 15
CARD: Jungle Fight 45
VENUE:
LOCATION: Belem, Brazil
RESULT: Ribeiro UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Ribeiro, Ribeiro, Ribeiro
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#131

FIGHT: Anatoly Safronov vs. Kazunori Yokota
DATE: November 2
CARD: Abu Dhabi Warriors 1
VENUE: Adnec Exhibition Center
LOCATION: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Yokota R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#130

FIGHT: Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
DATE: December 8
CARD: UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz
VENUE: Key Arena
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington
RESULT: Cruickshank R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via StudioMMA)
Round 1: Both men ready to attack. They exchange and Martinez goes for the single. Cruickshank against the cage. Martinez can’t execute and they are separated. Left lands for Martinez. Both men landing now. This ia a brawl. Martinez again looking for the takedown and Cruickshank defending. Another fast-paced fight tonight. Elbows from Cruickshank as he defends the td. Both men throwing. Crazyiness. Martinez landed the better shots, but both men still standing. Martinez bleding from the forehead. Cruickshank lands and then misses with a spinning wheel kick. This is wild. Martinez seems to be tiring. Body kick hurts Martinez bad. Cruickshank attacking and landing kicks and punches. Martinez has covered up. He’s hurt bad. But he fights back. Martinez very wobbly. He’s still in trouble, but fighting back now. His body is hurt. Maybe a broken rib there. Heel kick missed by Martinez. Cruickshank great with the kicks. Leg kick from Martinez. Wheel kick to the thigh by Cruickshank! Cruickshank attacks with a slick combo and a huge head kick that almost put Martinez to sleep! But he’s surviving somehow! And he comes back attacking! Amazing heart from Martinez.

Round 2: Martinez looking for the takedown from the start. Daron defends and then lands a nasty knee. Another straight body kick from Daron. His striking is remarkable. Again to the body. Martinez stalking all fight so far. Hard right from Daron. Martinez with combos that don’t land. Daron slowing down, as is Martinez. Leg kick from Martinez. Side kick to the body from Daron connects hard. Martinez seems to be rather tentative. And then a HUUUUUUUGEEEEE roundhouse to the side of the head puts Martinez to sleep! Wow!!! KOTN!!! Cruickshank is goddamn scary!
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#129

FIGHT: Eddie Yagin vs. Mark Hominick
DATE: April 21
CARD: UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
VENUE: Philips Arena
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
RESULT: Yagin SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Yagin, 29-28 Hominick, 29-28 Yagin
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Yagin
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CageJunkies)
Round 1: Yagan lands a short jab, then a stiff right hand. Hominick lands a left hook, and then Yagan lands a left hook of his own. Overhand right by Yagan connects behind Hominick’s ear. Leg kicks by Yagan then he connects with a big right hand that drops Hominick. He tries to finish with some quick ground and pound, but Hominick clears the cobwebs and gets back to his feet. Left hook to the body by Hominick, and Yagan looks tired from the earlier exchange.

Round 2: Hominick is bleeding and showing damage to his face. Spin kick by Yagan that misses by a mile. Yagan still the aggressor and catches Hominick again with the right hand and drops him again. Yagan now working from Hominick’s half-guard. Both fighters back to their feet now. Leg kick by Yagan that throws Hominick off balance. Niether fighter looking for a takedown. Both content with exchanging in the middle of the octagon. Body shot by Hominick lands and sends Yagan backwards. Another left hook to the body by Hominick, then connects with a stiff jab.

Round 3: Both guys faces are a bloody mess. Yagan continues to throw telegraphed kicks that Hominick sees coming from a mile away. Crisp punch combination by Hominick and now he’s really finding his rhythm. Yagan taking some deep breaths and is obviously tired as Hominck picks him apart. Yagan lands some stiff leg kicks that Hominick doesn’t check. Hominick the fresher fighter at this point, but Yagan continues to land a couple stiff right hands. Both guys landing punches, Yagan gets tagged by a right and loses his mouth piece. Yagan looks hurt with a minute to go in the fight. Yagan is a tough dude, and eats punches from Hominick. What a fight!
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/04/22/mark-hominick-vs-eddie-yagin-fight-video-ufc-145/

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#128

FIGHT: Sebastian Grabarek vs. Sergej Grecicho
DATE: April 27
CARD: MMA Attack 2
VENUE:
LOCATION: Spodek, Poland
RESULT: Grecicho R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://rearnakedsmoke.com/2012/04/30/sergej-grecicho-vs-sebastian-grabarek-fight-video-from-mma-attack-2-on-friday-42712/

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#127

FIGHT: Mauricio Santos Jr. vs. Zeilton Rodrigues
DATE: April 26
CARD: Shooto Brazil 29
VENUE: Hebrew Social and Sports Club
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro
RESULT: Rodrigues R2 Submssion (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#126

FIGHT: John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen
DATE: December 8
CARD: UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz
VENUE: Key Arena
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington
RESULT: Jorgensen R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via StudioMMA)
Round 1: Jabs from Albert. Leg kick from Jorgensen. Albert misses over the top and then a wild take-down by Jorgensen. Now in Albert’s guard. Wild start. Scott looking to pound. Albert active on the bottom. Action slows now. Albert looking to slip out. No luck. Albert with a crazy sweep and takes Jorgensen’s back. Jorgensen gets up and slams and now Jorgensen back on top throwing elbows. Wild!!! More elbows from Scott… means stuff. Albert looking for something from the bottom. Quickly locks in the triangle and throwing elbows at Scott’s head. This is trouble. Albert trying to end it with the triangle. How is Jorgensen surviving this? Wow! Jorgensen sitting back now and he’s out. Tremendous defense. Scott in side control now. Is Albert tired? Albert is very wily off the back. Very impressive. Albert resumes guard. Jorgensen pounding from the top. More elbows. Albert looking for the triangle again, but Scott takes the back and AT THE BUZZER Albert taps!!!! Amazing! If he only hung on for ½ a second longer! But this fight is over and Jorgensen is the winner. Craziness. That’s all we can say. What a round of fighting!
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The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #175-151

#175

FIGHT: Eric Reynolds vs. Nick Newell
DATE: December 7
CARD: XFC 21: Night of Champions 2
VENUE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Newell R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – This is for the belt! No touch of gloves. Big kick from Newell to start. Again. Big body kick from Newell. Nice exchange. Big right hand from Newell. These guys are throwing. Body kick by Reynolds. Newell ducks in and gets a huge suplex. He has the back of Reynolds and is looking for the RNC!! It looks tight!!! Reynolds falls back and the choke is TIGHT!! The tap comes it’s over. Nick Newell is the champ!
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#174

FIGHT: Lewis Long vs. Paul Redmond
DATE: October 27
CARD: Cage Warriors 49
VENUE: St. David’s Hall
LOCATION: Cardiff, Wales
RESULT: Redmond R2 Submission (Neck Crank)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
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#173

FIGHT: John Salter vs. Reggie Pena
DATE: June 22
CARD: XFC 18: Music City Mayhem
VENUE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Pena R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Pena comes forward quickly. Salter puts a right hand on him Pena fires back. Salter ducks in for a takedown attempt but bails on it. Leg kick Salter. Pena coming forward but gets too aggressive and gives up a takedown. Exactly where he doesn’t want to be with Salter. Pena rolls to defend and gets flattened out. Salter is pouring on the punches from the top. Pena is covering up but is getting blasted. He rolls and Salter takes full full mount and continues to punish Pena. He’s in a very high mount now. He tries to shake off Salter and Salter takes the arm and extends it. Pena is fighting off the armbar for now but he’s in a bad spot. He somehow breaks free and gets back to his feet. Salter comes forward again. Pena fires off a flurry, but ends up back on the mat with Salter on his back. Salter gets both hooks in and starts landing right hands. He flattens Pena out and is going to work with left hands now. Pena rolls and Salter is right back in a high full mount. Pena again manages to shake Salter off as time runs down on the round. Salter with another takedown. Dominating round for Salter. PMN scores it 10-9.
Round 2 – Jabs by both guys to start. Pena stings Salter with a right hand. Nice one-two combo from Pena. Salter has seen enough. He shoots and gets a takedown but lands in a guillotine. He tries to roll out of trouble but Pena readjusts his grip and gets the tap! Shocking turnaround.
VIDEO: n/a
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#172

FIGHT: Attila Vegh vs. Zelg Galesic
DATE: June 22
CARD: Bellator 71
VENUE: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
LOCATION: Chester, West Virginia
RESULT: Vegh R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round one: Both fighters come out and exchange jabs. They clinch and Galesic gets the takedown. Both are aggressive to open up. Back to the feet and Galesic sprints after Vegh with some strikes. Vegh covers up and drops Galesic with a short right hand. Vegh takes his back and locks in a rear-naked choke and Galesic is in trouble. It’s tight and Galesic taps a minute into the opening frame. Wow, very impressive victory from Vegh.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Attila_Vegh_vs_Zelg_Galesic_Bellator_71/10031090

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#171

FIGHT: Ivan Leandro Lima vs. Marcos Vinicius Sa Freire
DATE: March 17
CARD: Extreme Force MMA 1
VENUE: Fenart Exhibition Hall
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Freire R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#170

FIGHT: Derek Boyle vs. Shane Campbell
DATE: March 16
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 4
VENUE: Hamilton Place Theatre
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Campbell UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Campbell, 29-28 Campbell, 29-28 Campbell
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TopMMAnews)
Rd1: Boyle comes right out and body locks Campbell, both men look for the toss to no avail. Campbell starts to works over Boyle’s lead leg with thunderous kicks. Boyle attempts. Flying knee but misses but comes down straight into a double leg that puts Campbell on the canvas albeit briefly. Again Boyle brings Campbell to the ground but again Campbell is right back up. Campbell pushes Boyle against the cage but can’t unleash from the Thai clinch and backs off. Boyle again looking for the double but Campbell reverses and winds up on top. Campbell backs off and let’s Boyle back to he’s feet where Boyle quickly lands a body lock takedown and finishes the round on top.

Rd2: Campbell comes out looking to strike but his kicks are missing the mark, Boyle ties up and is able to muscle Campbell to the canvas. Boyle transitions to side control but Campbell escapes and takes Boyle’s back. Campbell takes top position and lands some shots before being reversed by Boyle who ends up back in side control. Campbell escapes again back to his feet. Boyle right back into the body lock but can’t finish and they are separated. On the restart Campbell lands a teep kick on Boyle’s chin butBoyle doesn’t seem fazed. Campbell finishes off the round as the aggressor.

Rd3: Again Campbell looks to strike but Boyle dives across the ring and locks up on the body but can’t bring Campbell to the ground. Campbell switches it up and lands a take down of his own but let’s his opponent back to his feet. Campbell lands a leg kick to Boyle’s back leg that causes Boyle to briefly tumble to the mat. Boyle looks for take down but Campbell looks to counter with a Kimura but Boyle easily pulls his arm out. 30 seconds left and both men take centre cage to slug it out but both are gassed and a sloppy slug festival ensues, Boyle finishes off the round landing the last shot and looking for the takedown.
VIDEO: n/a
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#169

FIGHT: Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: Izod Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Gaudinot R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Both fighters come out firing, Lineker looking like he’s getting the better of the early exchanges, but not by much. They clinch up briefly, Gaudinot landing a couple knees to the body, but soon separate and start winging punches again, Lineker doing some good body work. Another flurry ensues, but Lineker landing some solid combinations. Lineker goes to town on Gaudinot’s ribs, winging hug hooking punches to his sides. Gaudinot has finally had enough and shoots and takes Lineker to the mat. In Lineker’s full guard, Gaudinot takes a few elbows to the head before finally getting in some shots of his own. Lineker ties up Gaudinot’s leg, working for a heel hook, but Gaudinot slips out and lands some ground and pound before the bell.

Round 2: Gaudinot opens with a solid combination, follows with a couple leg kicks. Lineker again starts to work on the body, landing heavy hooks to the ribs. Lineker unleashes a flurry, mixing it up from body to head and adding in a knee to the chin. Gaudinot, reeling from the attack, clinches and press Lineker to the fence. Lineker escapes and starts walking Gaudinot down, swinging the entire way. Gaudinot is firing back, but Lineker is the busier fighter, again mixing in a couple knees. Gaudinot though moves in and takes Lineker down and immediately starts ground and pounding from inside Lineker’s guard. Lineker is striking off his back, firing elbows. But Gaudinot keeps working his ground and pound, hammering Lineker’s ribs. Lineker goes after a leg again, but Gaudinot defends and drops a jackhammer of left hands to Lineker’s face and follows with elbows. Lineker tries to get up, but Gaudinot locks on a guillotine. Lineker picks him up and puts him back down on the mat, but Gaudinot holds onto the choke until Lineker goes completely out.
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#168

FIGHT: Carlos Eduardo vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
DATE: April 26
CARD: Shooto Brazil 29
VENUE: Hebrew Social and Sports Club
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro
RESULT: Eduardo R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#167

FIGHT: Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
DATE: November 17
CARD: UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
VENUE: Bell Centre
LOCATION: Montreal, Quebec
RESULT: dos Anjos UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 dos Anjos, 30-27 dos Anjos, 30-27 dos Anjos
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 dos Anjos
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fighters.com)
Round 1: Bocek forward early, but dos Anjos interested in clinch fighting.dos Anjos doing a lot of dancing, but jumping in and out to strike. Bocek ducks for a takedown but dos Anjos defends it. Bocek has dos Anjos against the fence, and committed to the takedown. dos Anjos landing huge knees and Bocek forced to let go. Bocek throwing looping punches, that don’t seem to land on dos Anjos. Bocek crowds dos Anjos and gets him back up against the cage, but again dos Anjos fights out and starts to land more shots. dos Anjos throws a kick, and Bocek dives right back in for the takedown. Bocek can’t get it to the floor.

Round 2: dos Anjos clearly the fresher fighter and Bocek comes out and lands a kick right to the groin of dos Anjos. Back to fighting, Bocek still coming forward, and now dos Anjos gets the takedown. Bocek is bleeding from the mouth. In a scramble, dos Anjos has a hold of a kimura, but Bocek scrambles out of it. Bocek is cut under his right eye, and he scrambles to his feet. dos Anjos is just pushing around Bocek on the feet. Bocek dives for a takedown. dos Anjos defends and gets one of his own. dos Anjos is on Bocek’s back beating him like a drum, and trying to take his back. Bocek scrambles to his feet, and dos Anjos pulls him right back down.

Round 3: dos Anjos clearly the fresher fighter, but Bocek is game and coming forward. dos Anjos defending the takedowns effortlessly. Bocek can’t get it down. dos Anjos picks up Bocek and slams him down. Bocek took a few punches and scrambled back up. Still all dos Anjos. Bocek is avoiding shots going straight back, and thats probably not smart against dos Anjos. dos Anjos now landing combinations when he’s coming forward. Bocek has no answer for dos Anjos. Ref breaks up the stalemate, and both coming forward. dos Anjos is still looking like he can run a race.
VIDEO:

http://www.mmavideos.pl/video/mark-bocek-vs-rafael-dos-anjos-ufc-154

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#166

FIGHT: Chris Coggins vs. Nick Newell
DATE: April 13
CARD: XFC 17: Apocalypse
VENUE: Oman Arena
LOCATION: Jackson, Tennessee
RESULT: Newell MD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 28-28, 29-28 Newell, 29-28 Newell
MY SCORECARD: 27-27
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Big kick by Newell to start. Coggins unloads with a right hand. He then lands a kick right up the middle. Coggins is warned and the fight is back on after the low blow. Coggins is feinting with his kick, then unleashes a nice punch-kick combo. Newell clinches, and works Coggins to the mat for his first takedown. Newell with a left elbow from the top. Coggins is looking for an opening for a submission. Great control by Newell, he lands some shots, then goes for a heel hook. He drops to his back and is looking to finish. It’s tight. Coggins fights free but has Newell all over him against the cage. Newell lands to the body with a right hand. Coggins scores with a left from this back. Coggins working some rubber guard now trying to control the left arm of Newell. He goes for the arm now, but Newell recognizes the danger and pulls free. Nice right hands from Newell from the top. This kid has nice top control. Coggins is staying busy from his back, firing off short elbows that are landing. More elbows from Coggins on the bottom. Newell comes back with right hands to the body. Coggins goes for the armbar with less than 10 seconds to go. He’s cranking, but time runs out.

Round 2 – Touch of gloves. They exchange kicks and Coggins then shoots in and scores a takedown. Newell looks to sweep but is shut down by Coggins. After a scramble, Coggins is in the full guard of Newell. Coggins scores with a left hand, then dives in with a big right. Newell fires off an elbow, then uses the cage to stand. Coggins takes his back and is looking for the rear naked choke. Newell stands with Coggins on his back. Newell drops to the mat trying to shake Coggins off. Coggins still has his back. He’s striking to open up the choke. Coggins still looking for the rear naked choke. He has it and it looks very tight. Newell is hanging tough but the choke is tight. Somehow he survives. Wow! He’s not out of danger just yet though. Coggins still has control from his back. Newell stands again with Coggins on his back throttling the choke. They hit the mat and somehow Newell is still surviving. The heart on this guy to survive that choke again. 20 seconds to go. Newell survives to see round 3. Coggins takes round 2.

Round 3 – Nick scores with a big right hand. He follows up with a kick. Coggins comes back with a left hand, then drives for a takedown. Newell locks up a guillotine and takes the fight to the mat. Coggins defends, rolls to his knees and is out of trouble. North-South and Newell still has the neck of Coggins. Newell scrambles to take the back, but Coggins gets his back on the mat and retains full guard. Newell on top now. Coggins working for wrist control on the right arm of Newell. Newell goes to work on the body now with right hands. Short hammerfist from Newell. Newell with an elbow from the top. Coggins is trying to use the cage to get to his feet but is getting smothered by Newell. Ground and pound now from Newell. Coggins is landing with right hands from his back but Newell is grinding him out from the top. After a stall, the referee stands them up. They exchange kicks after the restart. Again. Newell snatches a single and puts Coggins on his back again. Coggins throws his legs up for a last second submission but it’s not to be.
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#165

FIGHT: Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
DATE: August 4
CARD: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera
VENUE: Staples Center
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
RESULT: Gamburyan UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Gamburyan, 29-28 Gamburyan, 30-27 Gamburyan
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Omigawa
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: They touch gloves and Gamburyan presses forward stalking Omigawa. Gamburyan lands an outsid leg kick. Omigawa switching stances and circling on the outside. Gamburyan jumps in with a flying knee. Omigawa answers with an outside leg kick. Omigawa lands a left hand that knocks Gamburyan down but he quickly gets back to his feet. Gamburyan goes back to stalking. Gamburyan lands a right hook to the chin of Omigawa. He ducks down and lands a straight right to the body. Omigawa lands a right hand. Gamburyan is moving back now. Gamburyan looks for a high kick but it doesn’t land. They exchange and Gamburyan lands a right hand. Gamburyan goes to the body. Omigawa goes to the body. Omigawa moving forward. Gamburyan drops down looking to get the fight to the ground but Omigawa fends it off. They round ends.

Round 2: Omigawa takes the center and lands a left hand. Gamburyan lands a right hand. The pace has picked up. Omigawa pressing forward with Gamburyan circling on the outside. Gamburyan shoots in for a takedown. He presses Omigawa against the cage. Gamburyan working hard for the takedown. He gets it but Omigawa immediately stands back up. Gamburyan picks him up and slams him to the canvas. Again, Omigawa immediately gets back to his feet. Gamburyan presses him against the cage and lands knees to the legs. Gamburyan drags him to the ground and takes Omigawa’s back. Omigawa gets back to full guard. Omigawa uses the fence to stand. Gamburyan works to get him back to the ground. Omigawa gets free and Gamburyan lands a right hand on the break. A minute remains in the round. The pace slows. Omigawa’s hands are low. He presses forward. Gamburyan misses with a high kick and the round ends.

Round 3: Round 3: They take the center of the cage. Omigawa picks up the pace. Gamburyan lands a head kick that hurts Omigawa. Gamburyan presses forward looking for a finish. Omigawa retreats. Gamburyan lands another high kick. Omigawa fires back. Omigawa stalks him and lands a flurry. Gamburyan lands a left hand counter. Omigawa pours it on. They clinch along the cage. They separate. Omigawa lands a straight left hand. Gamburyan delivers a nice right hand. Omigawa lands a counter shot. Omigawa continues to apply pressure. Gamburyan works for a takedown. He gets the single leg but Omigawa quickly gets back to his feet. Gamburyan works for another takedown. Omigawa looks for a guillotine choke. Gamburyan defends the submission attempt. Gamburyan elevates Omigawa and slams him to the canvas. Omigawa bounces back to his feet. Gamburyan stays on him and slams him back to the canvas. Omigawa gets up and has Gamburyan against the cage and works for a neck crank. he lets it go and Gamburyan gets up. Gamburyan misses with a head kick. The bell sounds.
VIDEO: n/a
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#164

FIGHT: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
DATE: July 7
CARD: UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II
VENUE: MGM Grand Garden Arena
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Silva R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via StudioMMA)
Round 1: As the men converge, Anderson looks for a knockout punch immediately, but Chael ducks under for a power double. And, 5 seconds into the fight, Anderson is on his butt with Chael in his guard. De ja vu all over again. Chael, of course, looking for the ground and pound. He’s active and trying to take Anderson to the fence. Anderson with outstanding posture control. Chael throwing to the body and head, but no damage yet. Anderson using butterfly guard. Chael looking to pass, but can’t. Half guard now. Chael with some wrist control. Perhaps looking for a kimura or americana. Anderson holding tight, not giving Chael room to generate any power. Silva is deceptively strong. He look for a sweep, but no go. Chael still on top. Smacking the sides of Silva’s head now. Knees to the body from Chael, but with little effect. Anderson with the gable grip, refusing to let Chael posture. Chael throws some bombs that miss. Anderson throws up a leg for a triangle, but no. Chael throwing short rights, but really no damage. The crowd wants the fight stood back up, but Yves isn’t playing that game. Wrist control by Anderson. Chael ineffective with his G-n-P here. Chael MOUNTS ANDERSON! 45 seconds left and Chael looking to pound. Shoulder strikes. Anderson calm. Chael needs to capitalize on this mount, but he can’t so far. Anderson holds on. Dominant round from Chael, but almost no damage to Anderson.

Round 2: They converge and Anderson is more elusive. Chael throws a few lead hooks before pushing Spider to the cage. They clinch and Anderson defends with his back to the cage. Anderson grabs a single but does not execute. Chael with some knees, but Anderon is fine. Great TDD from the champ. Chael drops for a double and Anderson defends remarkably. They move away from the cage. Anderson connects with two sharp rights that make the challenger retreat! The second one rocked Chael’s head back. Now Anderson drops his hand and walks backward as Chael follows him across the cage. Chael takes the bait. And as Sonnen attacks Anderson throws a blazing right counter hook to the chin. Chael looks stunned. Another combo and a right lands for Spider. Chael backs off. He looks disoriented. I think the challenger is hurt! Chael drives in for a wild double-leg attempt, but Anderson’s takedown defense is beautiful. They are against the cage now. Chael tries for a trip, but no go. Chael jumps in for a WILD spinning back fist that Anderson dodges. Chael stumbles to the ground. He must have been hurt by those right hands earlier, because he is way off balance. Chael is on his butt against the cage as Anderson steps toward him, hands down. Anderson throws a brutal knee to Chael’s neck! Chael crumples to his side. Anderson on top pounding! Huge right hands to the temple. Chael back up and very wobbly, wounded, flailing. Anderson drops Sonnen! Chael in a fetal position as Anderson pounds on him, throwing huge right hands! This could be it!
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/07/anderson-silva-vs-chael-sonnen-2-fight.html

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#163

FIGHT: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
DATE: August 11
CARD: UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II
VENUE: Pepsi Center
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
RESULT: Henderson SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 48-47 Henderson, 48-47 Henderson, 49-46 Edgar
MY SCORECARD: 49-48 Edgar
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMARising)
Round 1: The fighters traded leg kicks early on and Henderson countered a one-two with a left cross. Henderson landed a hard leg kick and followed with another one soon after. Edgar tagged him with a right hand, but Henderson dropped Edgar to a knee with a third leg kick. Edgar latched onto Henderson’s leg, but Henderson broke free. Edgar landed a leg kick of his own and threw punching combinations, but came up short. A lead right hook landed for Henderson and he switched his stance repeatedly. Henderson scored with a knee to the body, but Edgar answered back with a right hand and a leg kick. Henderson threw a leg kick and locked on a tight guillotine choke as Edgar took him down. Edgar made it to the bell.

Round 2: Henderson scored with another hard kick to Edgar’s lower leg in the second round and Edgar snuck in a short right hand counter. He caught a kick from Henderson and landed one to the body. Henderson attempted an axe kick and landed a leg kick. Edgar landed two big right hands and dropped Henderson against the cage. Edgar locked on a power guillotine choke and Henderson rolled to escape. Edgar kept him down on the ground and landed a knee as Henderson scrambled up. He landed another one and Henderson backed away. An exchange of right hooks followed and Henderson tried for a takedown. Edgar landed a right hook and Henderson answered with a body kick.

Round 3: Both fighters landed solid punches in the opening minute of round three and Henderson scored with a knee to the body. He remained aggressive with jabs and quick punches were exchanged in close. Edgar ducked under a right hook and landed a three-punch flurry. Edgar threw a series of leg kicks and caught one from Henderson. In the final 40 seconds, both fighters landed leg kicks and Henderson followed with a right hook. Very close round.

Round 4: Henderson landed a kick and a knee to the body in round four. Edgar flurried with punches and countered a hard leg kick with a right cross. Edgar landed a leg kick of his own and tripped Henderson to the mat. Henderson landed a head kick from the ground and Edgar worked to secure a guillotine choke. Edgar landed a knee to the body, but Henderson stood up. A right hook scored for Edgar and he remained active with his punches. Henderson jabbed and knocked out Edgar’s mouthpiece. Time was called to replace it and quick punches were exchanged after the restart. Edgar landed a right hook over the top and a leg kick. A stiff jab found the mark for Henderson, but Edgar fired right back with a right hand. A nice right hook landed for Edgar in the final seconds.

Round 5: Edgar began round five with a nice right hand and he knocked Henderson off-balance to his back with a lunging right soon after. Henderson quickly stood and Edgar kicked at his legs. A one-two scored for Henderson and Edgar pressed forward with another lead right hook. Henderson snapped Edgar’s head back with a left cross and he countered a leg kick with another one-two. The fighters exchanged punches in close and Edgar broke away with a right hook. He dropped Henderson to a knee with two leg kicks, but Henderson stood and landed a knee to the body. Edgar ducked under a left from Henderson and flurried to the head and body. Henderson cracked him with a hard left hand, but Edgar battled back with more quick punches. Edgar missed with a head kick and Henderson landed one in return.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/08/ben-henderson-vs-frankie-edgar-2-fight.html

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#162

FIGHT: Nick Catone vs. TJ Waldburger
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC TUF 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Waldburger R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Round 1: The two fighters instantly clinch and split. Waldburger threatens with a head kick and then shoots, but Catone sprawls and locks in a front headlock. Catone transitions to the back, but Waldburger reverses, flips, scrambles and ends up putting Catone to the fence. Catone has a brief takedown, but Waldburger gets back standing. Waldburger then locks up a standing kimura attempt, and does some crazy gymnastics with his leg to drag Catone to the ground. Catone escapes and stands back up, and lands a big drop-down punch, and presses Waldburger to the cage. Catone bullies himself to Waldburger’s back and the fight goes to the ground and again, Catone has control of Waldburger’s back. The horn sounds shortly after. A close round with very little damage. That said, Catone twice found himself on Waldburger’s back, and that’s important.

Round 2: In the opening seconds of the second round, Waldburger lands a big punch and goes for a guillotine. Catone escapes but Waldburger slaps on a triangle choke. He tightens it up and Catone ends up going to sleep. A surprising, but great, end to the fight.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/12/16/tj-waldburger-vs-nick-catone-fight-video-ufc-on-fx/

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#161

FIGHT: David McAfee vs. Jesse Chaffin
DATE: September 21
CARD: XFL Xtreme Fight Night 9
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Catoosa, Oklahoma
RESULT: Chaffin R3 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (34:00 mark)

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDYxNjQzNDcy.html

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#160

FIGHT: Denniston Sutherland vs. Leeroy Barnes
DATE: September 15
CARD: BAMMA 10: Sinclair vs. Winner
VENUE: Wembley Arena
LOCATION: London, England
RESULT: Sutherland UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Sutherland, 30-27 Sutherland, 30-27 Sutherland
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Sutherland
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAValor)
Round 1: Both men come out throwing hard single shots early, with limited success. Barnes lands a combination and an awkward jump knee before pushing Sutherland to the cage and working for a takedown. Sutherland muscles in a guillotine and turns him against the cage, but loses the submission and the position. Both men trade hard shots against the fence and Sutherland goes for the guillotine again while landing knees to the body. The hold is lost and Barnes circles out, throwing more wild hooks and a jumping knee. Barnes pressuring against the fence and hits a high crotch takedown into side control with two minutes left. Sutherland stalls the fight and muscles out of side control and to his feet, landing knees to the head and body. Barnes eats the shots and rolls for a sloppy kneebar, but misses and winds up with Sutherland in his half guard. Sutherland working short elbows and an Americana, but Barnes sweaty arm slips out of his hand. Barnes muscles back to his feet with a lumbering turn and Sutherland pushes him to the fence before locking on another guillotine, then rolling to his back, but it’s nowhere near sunk.

Round 2: Barnes opens with a mid kick and catches a punch from Sutherland, who then goes for a high crotch takedown, but settles for a trip. Barnes working a kimura from bottom side control before Sutherland pulls his arm out and goes for one of his own. This is a total slop fest of grappling as Barnes simply stands up from bottom side control and slams Sutherland directly into mount. Barnes forces Sutherland to turn to his side briefly, but he thinks better of it and stays in mount with Barnes throwing sporadic elbows and punches from top. Sutherland turns to his side and establishes half guard, where Barnes grabs an arm in guillotine, but gives up position for a loose submission attempt. Sutherland is working from top half guard now and throwing vicious elbows, forcing Barnes to turtle and allowing his opponent into quarter position. Barnes stands up and goes for another weak rolling kneebar, but Sutherland doesn’t move, instead dropping down and punching the clearly winded Barnes. Barnes regains his guard, but he’s being battered and ends the round with Sutherland elbowing him from quarter position.

Round 3: Barnes is battered but still in the fight, throwing jabs and hanging back. Sutherland is leaping forward with looping punches and grabs for another high crotch takedown, but is stuffed. Sutherland grabs another loose guillotine and lets it go as Barnes inexplicably gives up his back, and then sits down on the mat for a bizarre takedown. Sutherland begins raining body knees to the very gassed Barnes and allowed him off the hook so he can work more knees from the clinch. Barnes surges back with wild punches, and actually throws himself to the mat by overextending, where Sutherland moves to quarter and works punches and elbows. Barnes stands and starts trading, but breaks off the attack to hit a double leg. Sutherland stands up out of it and Barnes goes for a fireman’s carry but collapses in mid-attempt as Sutherland continues to elbow to the body, finishing the round on top for a clear win.
VIDEO: n/a
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#159

FIGHT: Casey Dyer vs. Phil Harris
DATE: March 16
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 4
VENUE:
LOCATION: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Harris UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Harris, 30-27 Harris, 30-27 Harris
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Harris
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#158

FIGHT: Charles Oliveira vs. Jonathan Brookins
DATE: June 1
CARD: UFC TUF 15 Finale
VENUE: Palms Casino Resort
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Oliveira R2 Submission (Anaconda Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fightline)
Round 1: Oliveira goes for a couple of hard leg kicks that have a lot of pop. The Brazilian has a lot more bounce to his step as the two clinch and exchange a couple of knees. Big knee from Oliveira that almost lands but Brookins latches on and get the takedown. Brookins now contemplating moving into Oliveira’s guard but needs to be careful. The two go back to the feet. Oliveira lands a huge overhand right that rattles Brookins momentarily. Another series of rights sends Brookings spiraling but the two trade blows against the cage. Nice matchup here but it seems Oliveira is a little more skilled on the feet as Brookins keeps his hands low and eats more punches. First round ends as the two embrace in an exciting start to the bout.

Round 2: Oliveira goes for a front kick ala Anderson Silva but misses. The more comfortable he gets the more he is favored here but Brookins swarms with a series of strikes of his own. The two clinch against the cage as they battle for position. Oliveira gets a big takedown and falls into the former TUF champ’s guard. Oliveira now has a guillotine locked up on him and continues to crank on the neck. Slick submission there as he closes out the fight.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/DDWGD791M479/Jonathan-Brookins-vs-Charles-Oliveira–TUF-15-Finale

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#157

FIGHT: Chris Clements vs. Keith Wisniewski
DATE: April 21
CARD: UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
VENUE: Philips Arena
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
RESULT: Clements SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Wisiniewski, 29-28 Clements, 29-28 Clements
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Clements
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Wisniewski gets a body lock and drags him to the ground. He immediately moves to side control. Wisniewski drops an elbow that cuts Clements. He advances to full mount. Wisniewski now takes his back. Referee inexplicably stands them up. Clements folds him over with a spinning back kick to the midsection.

2ndRound: Wisniewski trips him to the mat and lands in side control. Clements wall walks to his feet. He nails Wisniewski with a big right hand. Clements eats a front kick to the face in return. Clements clocks him with a right and follows up with another back kick to the stomach. Wisniewski plants him on the ground and takes his back. He’s attempting a rear-naked choke. Although he’s caught in a body triangle, Clements clobbers him with some back elbows.

3rdRound: Wisniewski immediately goes for a takedown, but Clements does a solid job of fighting him off. Clements nails him with a big right hand and left hook. He connects with another spinning back kick to the body. Wisniewski is just eating all of these shots with no problem. Clements unleashes a spinning back fist and knee to the grill that floors Wisniewski.
VIDEO: n/a
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#156

FIGHT: Allan Nascimento vs. Terry Acker
DATE: July 13
CARD: Legacy Fighting Championship 12
VENUE:
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
RESULT: Nascimento R3 Submission (Kneebar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Nascimento is undefeated at 5-0. Acker is also undefeated. Bantamweight action. Inside leg kick from Nascimento. Left from Acker. Leg kick Nascimento. Jab, then leg kick. Acker catches a kick, tries to get the takedown, but Nascimento drops him with a punch. Acker seems okay, gets right up, clinched, backs up. Right hand from Acker. Leg kick Nascimento. Clinch, takedown from Acker, lands in side control. Knee to the ribs from Acker. Nascimento holding on to the neck of Acker. Acker now in half guard on top. Nascimento makes it to the feet, high kick. One two from Acker. Jab. Leg kick from Nascimento goes high to the groin and time is called. Leg kick from Nascimento, eats a counter right. Big leg kick from Nascimento. Nascimento connects with punches, clinches up with a body lock before the bell.

Round 2 – Leg kick Nascimento, right counter from Acker. Right from Nascimento. Acker catches a leg and dumps Nascimento hard on his back, landing in side control. Acker looks for an arm lock, Nascimento goes for a leg lock and Acker escapes to his feet. Leg kick Nascimento. One two from Acker. Left hand from Acker backs his opponent up. Jab from Acker, left hook. Left right counter. Clinch, presses Nascimento to the cage. Body shots and dirty boxing from Acker. Knee to the body. And another body lock takedown. He stands over Nascimento, kicks his leg, again, again. Up kicks from Nascimento backs Acker up momentarily. More kicks to the legs from Acker. Ref lets Nascimento up. Left hand Acker, again, then a left right. High kick from Nascimento. Acker lands a nice right left. Nascimento fires back and connects too. Acker pushes him to the cage with some dirty boxing. Knees from Acker to the body. Body punches.

Round 3 – Nascimento swings wild and misses. Acker counters nicely. Leg kick from Nascimento, again. Acker shoots, stuffed. Left counter from Acker, countering a leg kick. Acker clinches, pushes him to the cage. They struggle for position. Acker with underhooks, knees to the body. Elbow from Nascimento. More knees to the body from Acker, body clinch takedown. Nascimento turtles. Acker with body shots as he rides his back. Nascimento rolls for a knee bar, it’s tight. Acker tries to get out of it but… put a for in em’ — Nascimento moves to 6-0. Great comeback from Nascimento as he was definitely behind on the cards.
VIDEO:

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#155

FIGHT: Anton Kuivanen vs. Mitch Clarke
DATE: July 21
CARD: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
VENUE: Scotiabank Saddledome
LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta
RESULT: Kuivanen UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Kuivanen, 29-28 Kuivanen, 29-28 Kuivanen
MY SCORECARD: 30-29 Kuivanen
PLAY-BY-PLAY:
Round one: Both men come out jabbing as they engage on the feet. Clarke lands a left hand before looking to take the fight to the ground. Kuivanen does well to stave off the grappling attack as he gets his back against the cage. Kuivanen gets back to his feet but Clarke dumps him back to the ground. Clarkes takes control in half-guard. Kuivanen get back to his feet before securing a takedown of his own. Clarke recovers guard. Clarke gets his feet on the hips and looks to attack with an arm-bar. Kuivanen slips out. Clarke attacks with a deep arm-bar, rolling Kuivanen to his back, but lets go in favour of top position. Clarke takes Kuivanen’s back. Kuivanen shakes his opponent off and recovers guard. Clarke ends the round on top.

Round two: The two men begin the second round with thirty seconds exchanging tentatively on the feet before Clarke looks for a takedown. Clarke looks for a takedown and secures a single leg. Kuivanen scrambles and secures top position but Clarke attacks with a kimura and retakes top position. Both men look to stand but Kuivanen drags Clarke back down as he has hold of his neck. Kuivanen looks for a choke but Clarke survives and gets back to his feet. This time Kuivanen rolls Clarke with the kimura and winds up in top position. Kuivanen looks to stand but Clarke has hold of a knee-bar. Kuivanen drops to the ground after eating an up-kick to the face and both men look for leg based submissions. Kuivanen with a big strike to the face from 50/50 position.

Round three: Simular start to the third round as what we’ve seen previously. Clarke looks for a takedown but Kuivanen reverses the situation and secures a takedown of his own. Kuivanen looks to pull guard with a guillotine but Clarke escapes. Kuivanen takes control in top position and pounds away from the half-guard of Clarke. Clarke attacks with a kimura from the bottom but Kuivanen pulls free and lands a left hand. Clarke gets back to his feet and looks for a takedown but Kuivanen stuffs it and looks to land a knee from the clinch. Clarke continues to look for the takedown but is punished for his trouble and Kuivanen takes control on top. Big shots from Kuivanen as he postures up. Clarke attacks the legs again of Kuivanen but the Finn stays clear of danger. The two men get to their feet in the final seconds and Kuivanen lands a big knee.
VIDEO: n/a
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#154

FIGHT: Alex Caceres vs. Edwin Figueroa
DATE: February 4
CARD: UFC 143: Condit vs. Diaz
VENUE: Mandalay Bay Events Center
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Figueroa SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 28-27 Caceres, 28-27 Figueroa, 28-27 Figueroa
MY SCORECARD: 28-28
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Caceres with the front kick to the body. Caceres with the side kick, then a left hand to the head. Caceres is very busy and landing with frequency. Oh boy. Caceres just landed a very hard low kick that has Figueroa on the ground, writhing in pain. When the kick landed, it sounded like a clean-up hitter nailing a 100 m.p.h. fastball. Very sick. But he says he wants to continue. Crazy. Herb Dean goes over to give Caceres a “strong warning.” Caceres apologizes to Dean and Figueroa. Back to action. Figueroa rushes in and gets hit with a right hand to the head. Caceres lands a hard slapping kick to the body. Figueroa throws a right that misses and is countered by a straight right hand that sends him backwards. Three minutes left. Figueora lands a right head kick out of nowhere! This could be huge! Caceres is on his back. Figueroa puzzlingly lets him recover by not really doing all he can to drop down and finish. Caceres gets back up and ties him up against the fence. Two minutes left. Caceres gets the takedown. He has his back. He’s working to get hooks in and Figueroa slips out the back door. Back on their feet. Caceres trying to take his back from the standing position. He’s got it. He gets him down to the ground and is working for a neck crank. Figueroa escapes the submission but he’s still in a bad spot. One minute left and Caceres has him in the body lock. He transitions to full mount but he’s out. Back on the feet and Caceres takes his back again. Caceres is doing all he can to finish him but Figueroa looks like he’s going to make it out of this round, somehow. Very tough to score. Both fighters almost finished the other.

Round two: Caceres starts off with the side kick to the body. He throws another side kick, this time to the head. They’re exchanging wildly now, with Caceres getting the better of each back and forth. Good combination by Caceres who finishes with a head kick. Caceres is oing a great job of technically picking his shots and avoiding the big attempts by his opponent. Caceres with a good front kick to the body. Figueroa chases him down but Caceres is being evasive. And…there it is. Caceres nails him with another thunderous kick to the groin. He should probably lose a point this time and he’ll be fortunate to not be DQ’ed. Figueroa says he’s able to continue and in a huge turn of events, Herb Dean takes two points away from Alex Caceres. Caceres now looks like a man who feels like he needs a finish. Caceres with a big knee to the head. Caceres ties him up and grabs his neck, pulling him down to the ground. He’s got his back and is working for a choke. Lots of time left here with 2:08 to go in the round. Figueroa is in trouble. Caceres gets the body lock. He’s punishing him with punches to try and get him to succumb to the choke. Caceres is having a hard time getting under his chin. Figueroa rolls over and Caceres is trying for an armbar now. He transitions to the triangle. Not a ton of time left. He sinks it in. Thirty seconds left. Figueroa slips out.

Round three: Figueroa with the leg kick and Caceres slips a bit. Figueroa tries to jump on him but Caceres recovers and lands a straight right hand to the head. Figueroa throws a leg kick that misses badly. Caceres with a big spinning back kick to the side. Caceres fakes another spinning back kick and resolves to a side kick to the body. Figueroa throws a good inside leg kick but eats a left hand to the head in the process. Caceres blitzes him and takes his back, standing. He jumps to a standing back mount. He’s got both hooks in and is working for a finish. Figueroa, trying to be patient and not make a fight ending mistake. Two minutes to go. Caceres still having trouble getting under his chin. Figueroa drops down to the mat but Caceres is still on him. He’s got his back on the mat now, still trying voraciously to get the choke. Just over a minute to go. Figueroa reverses but finds him in a spot where Caceres could potentially secure the triangle. Figueroa rears back and lands a few punches. Figueroa drops down for a kneebar, but Caceres shakes it off instantly. Caceres has his back again and the clock expires in a position in which most of the fight was spent.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/02/06/alex-caceres-vs-edwin-figueroa-fight-video-ufc-143/

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#153

FIGHT: Alonzo Martinez vs. Estevan Payan
DATE: January 7
CARD: Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Payan UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Payan, 30-27 Payan, 30-27 Payan
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Payan
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Kim Winslow in charge of this 160-pound catchweight contest. Jabs traded early, and Martinez goes to work with leg kicks before firing heavy shots up top. Payan there to answer, and there’s a few big punches exchanged. Payan starting to get the best of a few early exchanges, but Martinez looks fine. Martinez firing big overhand shots, but Payan moving well and answering. Martinez shoots on a leg, but Payan is able to pull free. Two minutes into the round, and Payan is controlling the center. Combo fired, and big left lands for Payan. Martinez tries to answer, but Payan’s defense solid. Martinez kicks the body a few times, but Payan pushes him to the cage and continues to land heavy leather to the chin. Martinez was aggressive early, but he looks a bit tentative now. Payan lands a slapping kick to the thigh. Martinez drives in for a takedown, but Payan sprawls against the cage and eventually pulls free. Martinez really slowing in the closing minute. Payan flurries in the final seconds, and he takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card.

Round 2 – Payan takes the center and goes to work with his hands. Martinez looks to counter. He’s shown a solid chin thus far but needs to turn the tide. Martinez mixes in a few kicks to the leg and body, but Payan scores with a crisp right that knocks Martinez’s mouthguard out. Jab lands for Payan. Martinez lands a kick to the cup, but Payan fights on. Martinez leaps in wildly, and Payan males him pay with a slick combination. Martinez looks stunned, and Payan blasts him with a knee. Somehow Martinez remains standing. Halfway into the frame. Payan continues to pepper his opponent with jabs and straight rights. Martinez’s face showing the damage. They clinch, and Martinez hits the deck on a little off-balance slip, but Payan pulls away. Martinez lands a sot to the body, but he continues to have his head snapped back with a crisp jab. Martinez loads up on a big overhand right but eats a crisp counter instead. It’s all Payan through two.

Round 3 – Touch of gloves to start the final round. Martinez firing kicks to open, and he lands to the leg and body. Payan still pressing forward with punches, and his jab and lead hook are extremely effective. Payan’s corner wants him to turn up the volume, and he obliges with a few big hooks. Martinez trying to counter, but it remains Payan with the biggest punches. Payan holds the center of the cage and is picking his opponent apart. Martinez tries for a takedown, but Payan snuffs it out. A second attempt falls short, as well. Two minutes remain. Martinez is flashing a little southpaw, but nothing he’s trying is slowing Payan down. Corner wants more aggression from Martinez. He lands to the body and then again to the chin with a right hand. A lead left scores as well. Martinez’s chin is impressive, but that’s never a good thing to brag about. He’s simply taking too many punches. Payan continues to push forward until the final bell, and he takes the frame on the MMAjunkie.com card
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/01/estevan-payan-vs-alonzo-martinez-fight.html

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#152

FIGHT: Akhmet Aliev vs. Viktor Halmi
DATE: December 16
CARD: Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 9
VENUE: Dynamo Sports Palace
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Aliev R3 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#151

FIGHT: Heather Jo Clark vs. Stephanie Eggink
DATE: December 7
CARD: XFC 21: Night of Champions 2
VENUE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Eggink UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Eggink, 30-27 Eggink, 30-27 Eggink
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Eggink
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Eggink takes the center of the cage. Clark comes forward and throws a flurry of right hands. The last one connects. Big winging right hand counter lands for Clark as Eggink throws her jab. Nice straight jab from Eggink. Eggink is working to establish her jab, throwing straight punches. To the clinch now. Eggink puts Clark on the cage. Short left hand inside scores for Eggink. She’s working hard to get this fight to the mat. They are battling on the cage. Inside knee from Eggink. Clark fires back with knees. They break. Big exchange in the middle of the cage. Eggink with a nice straight jab, then leg kick. Clark is landing with more power in the exchanges. Back to the clinch now. Clark lands with a nice knee inside and works to drag Eggink to the ground. Eggink ends up on her back and immediately goes for the arm bar. It looks tight. Clark rolls to free her arm but is still in trouble. Clark steps over as time winds down on the round. Close round.

Round 2 – Eggink bouncing around the cage. She lands a lead left hook as Clark steps in throwing. Eggink with the leg kick. Clark is circling, then leans in with a winging right hand. Clark steps in and gets an early takedown. Eggink did really nice work from her back late in the first round. She looks really comfortable here. She’s looking for an arm again. Clark stacks her and is out of trouble. Eggink transitions to the triangle now. It looks super tight. Clark somehow survives and rolls out of trouble. Clark is now in side control, no, half guard as Eggink sneaks a leg in. Eggink keeps working as Clark stands over her and is looking to reverse. Clark has head control as Eggink secures the leg and works two-on-one. Eggink scrambles to her feet and is standing over the guard of Clark. Clark goes for a leg and eats some shots from Eggink from the top. Eggink takes her back after a scramble, the transitions to the full mount. Clark rolls giving up her back. Eggink postures and lands some big shots from the top. She flattens her out and is landing big right hands from the top. Big shots as the round ends from Eggink. Dominating round for Eggink. Wow!!

Round 3 – Eggink working her jab early. Landing laser straight shots. Clark is stalking but Eggink is landing nice shots from the outside then circling out of range. Nice work form Eggink. Clark lands a kick but it’s clear that Eggink’s confidence is building as this fight goes on. Jab, body from Eggink. Clark steps in and lands a right hand. Clark’s face is clearly showing the damage that Eggink has inflicted. Great footwork from Eggink. She’s using great angles and not leaving much of a target for Clark. Double jab from Eggink. Clark finally lands a big shot, then closes, putting Eggink on the cage. Nice knees from the inside by Clark. Eggink reverses and punishes Clark with knees. Big left hook from Eggink. Clark lunges forward, and Eggink simply steps to the side and lands a flurry. Eggink avoids a takedown then they flurry to the bell.
VIDEO:

The Top-400 Fights of 2012: #200-176

#200

FIGHT: Alex Soto vs. Francisco Rivera
DATE: May 15
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
VENUE: Patriot Center
LOCATION: Fairfax, Virginia
RESULT: Rivera UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Rivera, 30-27 Rivera, 30-27 Rivera
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Rivera
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAbay)
Round one: Soto fires a high kick which is blocked. Rivera lands a big right hand, dropping his opponent to the canvas. Soto gets back to his feet but Rivera continues to press and has his opponent on wobbly legs. Another right from Rivera drops Soto to a knee. Soto secures a takedown and looks to change the course of the first round. Big knees to the body from Soto as Rivera regains his feet. Rivera continues to press the action and lands a nice hook. Rivera is wining every fire fight. Soto knees from the clinch. Rivera finishes the round pressing forward.

Round two: Nice body kick from Rivera lands. The two men exchange kicks as Soto does a better job of avoiding the punches in this round. High kick from Soto lands before he eats a leg kick. Rivera seems to be slowing down a little despite coming forward. Just as we say that Rivera lands a big shot which Soto takes well. Nice head kick is blocked by Soto. Big head kick from Rivera lands and drops Soto to the ground. Soto pops back to his feet. Good finish to the round from Rivera.

Round three: Rivera looks for the head-kick but its caught and Soto dumps him on his back. The fight is soon standing again. Nice counter right from Rivera lands. Front-kick to the chin by Rivera. A big right hand from Rivera has Soto in all sorts of trouble but somehow he recovers and survives for now. Hard body kicks exchanged by both men. Nice combination from Soto lands. Rivera continues to pick his opponent apart from the outside. The two men exchange big kicks but nothing lands as time runs down.
VIDEO: n/a
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#199

FIGHT: Ovince St. Preux vs. TJ Cook
DATE: August 18
CARD: Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman
VENUE: Valley View Casino Center
LOCATION: San Diego, California
RESULT: St. Preux R3 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAfrenzy)
Round 1 – Big swings by OSP early. Massive legkick by Cook. Huge headkick by OSP. Big legkick by Cook. Fighters decide to grapple a bit along the cage but we’re free. OSP unloads on Cook and then drops him with a massive left hook. OSP is swarming and the refereer is close to stopping it but Cook somehow works back up. Cook catches OSP swarming and stuns him now. Cook now teeing off but OSP recovers. Both fighters are throwing bombs. OSP with a headkick. OSP with a nasty body shot that drops Cook again. OSP works a takedown and Cook nearly takes his back. OSP works a keylock but can’t get it. OSP into mount and now back mount. Cook bucks him off and we’re back on our feet.

Round 2 – Fighters look for an opening early. Nice body kick by OSP. Pace slows. Big body kick by OSP. Headkick by OSP. Cook barley misses an uppercut but lands another right. Pace has really slowed here. Good kick by OSP that apparently landed low and it looks like the main impact was on the leg but it causes a stop anyways. OSP misses a head kick and Cook lands a nice counter right punch. OSP with a driving double and he’s in Cook’s guard now. Side control for OSP now. OSP is digging a north-south choke. OSP works a Von Flue choice for a second but passes to mount. Some big shots by OSP and Cook gives up his back.

Round 3 – Both look gassed to start the round. Fighters feel each other out and the BOOM. OSP with an absolutely brutal one-punch walkoff KO. Looked like a wild hook that Cook just couldn’t get out of the way of.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/08/19/ovince-st-preux-vs-t-j-cook-fight-video-strikeforce/

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#198

FIGHT: Jeremiah Riggs vs. Trey Houston
DATE: March 16
CARD: Bellator 61
VENUE: Horseshoe Riverdome
LOCATION: Bossier City, Louisiana
RESULT: Houston R1 Submision (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Riggs and Houston trade leg kicks to start the bout. Riggs connects with a wicked overhand right. He follows with a flurry but Houston recovers. Riggs gets a takedown and sets up in guard, landing punches from top position. They make it back to their feet and Houston answers with his own takedown. Riggs forces a scramble, and they get to their feet again. Both men are exhausted. Shots from both are lumbering and inaccurate. A fatigued Riggs tries to pull Houston back to the mat but Houston ends up in full mount. Riggs tries to push off the cage, but Houston locks up a tight belly-down armbar and forces Riggs to tap out at 3:30 of the first round.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Trey_Houston_vs_Jeremiah_Riggs_Bellator_61/10027523

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#197

FIGHT: Henry Martinez vs. Matt Riddle
DATE: February 4
CARD: UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit
VENUE: Mandalay Bay Events Center
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Riddle SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Riddle, 29-28 Riddle, 29-28 Martinez
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CageJunkies)
Round 1: Martinez lands a left leg kick and a right hand. Riddle just misses with a knee. Martinez lands 2 quick combinations. Riddle is still trying to find his range and he is getting hit 3 times every time he throws a punch. Martinez lands 2 quick punches and Riddle lands a leg kick. Martinez lands a good combination but Riddle lands a hard left hook. Martinez lands a hard right hand and a leg kick to end the round.

Round 2: Martinez lands a quick combination and the catches Riddle with a left hand on his way in. Martinez lands yet another hard and fast combination and another. Martinez lands a hard right hand. Riddle attempts a head kick but misses and they clinch briefly but go back to circling and Riddle lands a body kick and a jab. Riddle lands another body kick and a few Haha before getting hit with a right hand. Riddle gets fired up and lands a series of kicks and hard punches just before the end of the round.

Round 3: Riddle lands 2 body kicks and a front push kick to start the round. Riddle lands a kick and a stiff left hand and follows it up with another kick to the body. Martinez charges forward but is unable to land anything. Riddle lands another hard kick to the body and then takes Martinez down. Martinez utilizes the rubber guard but Riddle manages to take his back. Martinez gets back to his feet and takes a kick to the head for his efforts before getting takes back down. Martinez is using the rubber guard again but Riddle puts him against the cage forcing him to go to full guard. Riddle is landing some big punches from the top and continues to throw them until the end of the round.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/02/07/ufc-143henry-martinez-vs-matthew-riddle-full-fight-video/

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#196

FIGHT: Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lyman Good
DATE: November 30
CARD: Bellator 82
VENUE: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
LOCATION: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
RESULT: Koreshkov UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Koreshkov, 29-28 Koreshkov, 29-28 Koreshkov
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)

Round 1 – Good came out of his corner quickly to gain control of the cage. The fighters would exchange strikes with Koreshkov staying on the outside and god attempting to get on the inside. Koreshkov landed a right hand that dropped Good, but he would be able to get back to his feet. They would continue to strike with each other until the end of the round.

Round 2 – As the round opens, they fighters continued to keep their distance and Good would end up getting the fight to the ground. He would get the back of Koreshkov and began to look for a rear-naked choke. Koreshkov would stop the submission attempt and would get back to his feet. They would strike for the remainder of the round with Koreshkov landed the better strikes.

Round 3 – Good would be able to close the distance in the opening minute of the round, but Koreshkov would be able to back away and be on the outside. Koreshkov landed an uppercut and Good countered with knees in the clinch. After Koreshkov attempted a spinning back kick, Good took the fight to the ground but Koreshkov got back to his feet. Then for the first time in the fight, Koreshkov went for a takedown and it was successful. He would have top position and Good would not be able to get off his back and the fight will go to the judges.
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#195

FIGHT: Gesias Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
DATE: May 19
CARD: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals
VENUE: HP Pavilion
LOCATION: San Jose, California
RESULT: Vallie-Flagg SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Vallie-Flagg, 29-28 Vallie-Flagg, 29-28 Cavalcante
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Vallie-Flagg
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Dan Stell officiates this lightweight bout. After a brief towel scrub of the canvas, we get started, and the two charge and counter charge each other. Cavalcante lands with a nice combo in the next exchange, and a leg kick. Vallie-Flagg pursues and misses with a front kick. Cavalcante nails a front kick. Cavalcante grabs a takedown and gets it easy, kneeing Vallie-Flagg with knees against the fence. The Brazilian takes the back as Vallie-Flagg attempts to stand. Vallie-Flagg puts his back to the fence, and Cavalcante grabs a front headlock. Vallie Flagg gets up and gets drilled with a knee. He returns with a leg kick, but misses on subsequent combos. He’s chasing Cavalcante down. The two clinch, and Cavalcante lands an uppercut in close. They briefly go to the fence, but break off. High kick blocked for “JZ.” Vallie-Flagg still pressing, still looking for the opening. Straight right lands for Cavalcante, and a nice leg kick. Vallie-Flagg charges back and meets a counter that briefly backs him off. He catches Cavalcante’s kick but can’t trip him. Vallie-Flagg nails a jump knee to the advancing Cavalcante that gets the Brazilian’s attention. High kick for Cavalcante lands, and Vallie-Flagg is on his bike. He drives a jump knee, but that misses, and then punches back in flurries. Cavalcante goes high with a kick and slips before righting himself as the round ends.

Round 2 – Cavalante stops Vallie-Flagg’s advance with a takedown, and he works from half-guard. Punches from up top from Cavalcante, and he’s looking to pass as the ref warns for punches to the back of the head. Vallie-Flagg nearly gets mounted but scrambles to freedom and charges with a lunging knee. He lands against a retreating Cavalcante. Hooks land for Cavalcante. Kick from Vallie-Flagg grazes the cup, but we’re OK. Cavalcante to the body. Vallie-Flagg presss with one0-twos and a high kick, then lands a knee in close. Cavalcante with a right hook. Nice jab stops big hook from Vallie-Flagg. Cavlcante tries to go high with a kick, then works a takedown. It’s stopped, and Vallie-Flagg resumes his pursuit. Vallie-Flagg with a right hand. Cavalcante goes to the body. Vallie-Flagg jumps with a knee and connects. They trade in close, but neither gets the better. Vallie-Flagg lands in close again, then stuns Cavalcante with a stiff right that prompts a takedown attempt. Vallie-Flagg stops it and the two clinch against the cage. Vallie-Flagg nearly lands a high kick on the break. They clinch, and it’s Vallie-Flagg landing again in close. He’s driving Cavalcante backward and landing more. Cavalcante takes a winging right and kneels as if baiting Vallie-Flagg.

Round 3 – Vallie-Flagg on the pursuit again, and Cavalcante trying to keep him back again. Vallie-Flagg with a big punching flurry in close after a takedown attempt from Cavalcante, and they’re presses against the cage. Cavalcante reverses and looks for the double. Vallie-Flagg with hammerfists to the flanks. Cavalcante reconsiders takedown. Vallie-Flagg breaks off blinch and pursues again. Cavalcante with knee in close, but Vallie-Flagg is still charging. He stops another takedown attempt and barely misses an elbow against the cage. He nails the next one, then the next, and he’s not letting Cavalcante off the hook. Front kick to the jaw for Vallie-Flagg, and Cavalcante ties him up immediately and walks him to the cage. Vallie-Flagg breaks off and fires that right elbow again. he’s relentless. Again a front kick, but he catches a counter. Cavalcante is overwhelmed here. Vallie-Flagg drives them to the cage and hits that short right elbow. Then he puruses with kicks. Cavalacante counters nicely with hooks on the next charge and pushes them to the cage. Vallie-Flagg reverses and lands short right hands and a knee. Cavalcante east another jump knee and two kicks. He has no response. He looks woozy. Front kick for Vallie-Flagg and a flurry of punches land as he pursues. An errant punch catches the ref at the bell, and this one looks to be in the bag for Vallie-Flagg.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/S47K9H73XYHK/Gesias-Cavalcante-vs-Isaac-Vallie-Flagg–Strikeforce-Barnett-vs-Cormier

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#194

FIGHT: Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett
DATE: May 19
CARD: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals
VENUE: HP Pavilion
LOCATION: San Jose, California
RESULT: Cormier UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 49-46 Cormier, 50-45 Cormier, 50-45 Cormier
MY SCORECARD: 50-46 Cormier
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: Cormier is clearly the quicker striker. He unloads a nice flurry that was capped off with a knee to the face. Barnett may have to get this one to the mat if he wants to win. Cormier’s hands look very nice early. Cormier scores with a front kick to the midsection. Barnett comes firing back with a straight right and knee to the body.

2ndRound: Barnett stuns him with a knee to the grill. Cormier answers with a flurry. The former Olympian connects with several body shots. He puts Barnett on his back halfway through the frame. He’s very methodical with his GnP. Barnett’s face is really bloodied, but it was tough to tell what shot did the damage.

3rdRound: Barnett comes out with more aggression to start the frame. Cormier picks him up and body slams him to the ground, WWE-style. Cormier is in beast mode tonight. Barnett gets to his feet, but he’s looking slow and old, while Cormier appears so fresh so clean. They are flinging leather, though Barnett’s back is against the fence and he’s receiving more than giving.

4thRound: Barnett is bloodied to battered as he leaves his corner. It’s not as though Barnett’s not trying, but it’s not nearly enough so far tonight. Cormier leads him to the canvas with the greatest of ease. Barnett working for a leg lock, but Cormier manages to escape and ends up on top.

5thRound: Barnett appears absolutely gassed and Cormier looks like he could go another 25 minutes. Barnett has him clinched against the cage, but can’t muster up enough energy to take him down. It’s pretty amazing how much Cormier has improved in such a short amount of time, particularly when you consider he’s been sidelined with a broken right hand for several months. Not too much action to end the fight.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/05/20/fight-video-strikeforcebarnett-vs-cormier/

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#193

FIGHT: Raquel Pennington vs. Sarah Moras
DATE: July 28
CARD: Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Pennington UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Pennington, 29-28 Pennington, 29-28 Pennington
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Pennington
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – OK, finally got the stream, so I’m checking in to take over! Moras doubles up on her jab to start, then drives for a takedown. Pennington fighting it off on the cage. She drops for a single but slips and hits the mat. Moras quickly scrambles up and goes right back for the leg. She gets the takedown and is on top in a guillotine. Pennington still squeezing but Moras looks to be safe as she tries to pass to the left. She does and is now in side control. Pennington scrambles and gets to her feet. Moras is all over her giving her no room to separate. She drags Pennington right back down to the mat. So far wrestling has been the story in this one. Pennington gets a sweep but leaves an arm hanging out. Moras goes for the armbar but Pennington recognizes the trouble and pulls free. Moras staying busy on her back and swings her hips for another armbar attempt. She’s now working a very high guard as Pennington tries to break loose and land some strikes. Good defense from the top. Right hands score for Pennington. Elbows from Moras now off her back. Moras goes for an arm then transitions to a triangle attempt. Moras scrambles late and ends the round on top.

Round 2 – Kick from Pennington to start. Moras returns fire then changes levels and gets an early takedown. Pennington working the omaplata and uses it to sweep. Moras on her back now but is still staying very busy from there. Pennington staying tight in the active guard of Moras. Hammerfists from the top. Moras goes to the rubber guard now, then kicks off and stands up. She immediately shoots from way outside and gets stuffed. Pennington goes to the front headlock and is controlling Moras from there. Short elbows from Pennington now. She’s back in the fight and winning the round so far. Pennington postures up and drops some big shots to the body. She backs off and Moras again shoots without a set up and gets stuffed again. Pennington now on the cage fighting off another attack from Moras. Moras locks her hands and snatches her off the cage getting another takedown. Pennington immediately goes for an arm. She has the head of Moras secured with her legs and is still hanging onto the arm.

Round 3 – Jab Moras. Pennington returns fire. Moras goes right back to the takedown game and gets it. She’s stuck in the half guard of Pennington for now. She’s looking to pass as Pennington works to retain full guard. Pennington is using overhooks to control the posture of Moras and isn’t taking much punishment so far. Moras with a couple of shoulder strikes then goes back to trying for the pass. Instead it’s Pennington that retains full guard. Moras breaks free just long enough to land a left hand. More left hands from to top now. Pennington needs to get off her back, and she gets to in the form of a referee restart. Nice kick by Pennington. Right hand Pennington stops Moras in her tracks. Moras isn’t setting up her shots. She’s stuffed this time. Pennington standing over Moras and kicking her legs. Moras scrambles to her feet now and eats a jab, then another kick. Pennington getting the better of the exchanges for sure. Moras gets back to her feet and pumps out a double jab. Pennington goes high with the kick and connects. Moras drives into her after the kick but ends up turtled up in the center of the cage. Pennington is on top and sneaks in a right hand under the arm, then follows up with a short flurry. Wow, hard round to score there. PMN goes with Pennington with the strong finish.
VIDEO:

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#192

FIGHT: John Cofer vs. Justin Lawrence
DATE: June 1
CARD: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale
VENUE: Palms Casino & Resort
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Lawrence R3 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Lawrence tries a side kick and Cofer gets an easy takedown. Lawrence stands and puts Cofer on his back. Lawrence throws punches and Cofer rocks him with a right hand. Cofer comes forward and Lawrence counters and lands two punches from the clinch. They break and then clinch again and Cofer tries to land some knees. Lawrence eats an uppercut as Cofer comes forward. Lawrence lands in their exchange. Lawrence doing well to counter and he’s found a home for his left hook. Cofer has outstruck Lawrence 32-25. Switch kick for Lawrence. Cofer runs forward and Lawrence gets the thai clinch and lands a jumping knee as the round ends.

Round 2: The round opens as the first ended with the two fighters exchanging punches. Lawrence is dictating the pace as he’s kept Cofer away. The striking is very crisp and Cofer responds with a kick to the body. Cofer comes forward and Lawrence circles away. Cofer is still ahead on significant strikes but most are counters. Lawrence tries a spinning back kick and Cofer suplexes him to the mat. Cofer has both hooks in and is trying an arm bar from top. Lawrence escapes out the back door and ends up on top.

Round 3: The round opens and Lawrence comes forward with a jab-cross and lands a head kick that puts John Cofer to sleep.
VIDEO:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/9149698/justin_lawrence_vs_john_cofer_tuf_15/

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#191

FIGHT: Brent Weedman vs. Thiago Michel
DATE: April 20
CARD: Bellator 66
VENUE: I-X Center
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio
RESULT: Weedman SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Weedman, 29-28 Michel, 29-28 Weedman
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNerd)
Rd:1 They touch gloves and circle wide. Low kick from Weedman lands hard. He scores another hard low kick. Michel misses a hook and eats another Weedman low kick. Michel misses a right hand and they are clinched. Weedman goes for the throw but Michel defends with a strong wizzer and lands a pair of right hands. A brief scramble and Weedman lands on top and in cross body. Michel locks up a straight arm bar but Weedman defends. Weedman locks up the darce but Michel stands up and is out. Weedman is back on the low kick right hand plan and Michel is opening up here. He scores a handful of straight punches and then beams him with a mid kick. Weedman presses forward but Michel bombs him with another hard snap kick. Weedman drives forward after a kick and secures a body lock takedown at the bell.

Rd:2 Low kick for weedman and Michel scores a right hand. Left hook for Michel lands as hes sliding away. Weedman follows him with a nice jab, straight right hand and he shoots. Michel sits and grabs a super tight anaconda choke. Weedman survives and passes to side control. He is slamming Michel with gnarly knees to the body. Michel sits up and Weedman jumps onto the guillotine which is defend and eventually gives Michel the opportunity to reverse. It doesn’t last long though and Weedman drives him hard into the fence and commences kneeing the sh*t out of him. Michel breaks out and they are scrambling hard at the bell.

Rd:3 Weedman presses forward immediately and Michel greets him with some straight punches and a couple kicks. They are both exchanging kicks here. Weedman has a huge mouse under his eye. He blasts Michel with a high kick but loses his balances and eats a few nasty hammerfists for his efforts. Michel decides he would rather stand and lets weedman get back to his feet. He lands a nifty spinning back fist and a low kick, but Weedman pushes him into the fence and is able to wrangle him to the ground. Michel turns and comes up with a double leg. They break and Michel scores a hard spinning back kick that would have killed a lesser man. Weedman is still pressing forward. Michel launches a snap,low and then high kick at weedman followed by straight right. Weedman shoots for the single and drops for the ankle at the bell.
VIDEO:

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#190

FIGHT: Victor O’Donnell vs. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
DATE: March 16
CARD: Bellator 61
VENUE: Horseshoe Riverdome
LOCATION: Bossier City, Louisiana
RESULT: Vasilevsky UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Vasilevsky, 29-28 Vasilevsky, 29-28 Vasilevsky
MY SCORECARD: 29-26 Vasilevsky
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: O’Donnell connects with a lead left hook and a nice leg kick. O’Donnell is changing levels well. Vasilevsky lunges in with some punches and O’Donnell clutches at a leg but gets shrugged off. O’Donnell closes the distance and scores a nice takedown, slamming Vasilevsky to the canvas. Vasilevsky sits up trying to get to his feet along the fence but O’Donnell keeps the pressure on him and drops a nice left hand from above. Vasilevsky escapes back to his feet but O’Donnell again scores a takedown along the fence and Vasilevsky is stuckin O’Donnell’s closed guard. O’Donnell throws a few strikes but isn’t very active and they get stood up with just under a minute remaining. Now Vasilevsky closes the distance and scores a takedown with 30 seconds left but O’Donnell uses butterfly guard and gets back to his feet. O’Donnell throws a knee and Vasilevsky fires back with an uppercut as the round ends.

Round two: O’Donnell opens with a series of short inside leg kicks. He’s really throwing them in quick succession and Vasilevsky blasts him with a beautiful short left hand which sends O’Donnell crashing to the canvas. Vasilevsky swarms him looking for a finish but O’Donnell actively begins attacking off his back trying to clear out the cobwebs. O’Donnell hangs onto a leg looking for some sort of leg lock but Vasilevsky doesn’t seem fazed one bit. It’s a stalemate and Vasilevsky drops down with some big punches into O’Donnell’s guard. Vasilevsky postures up with some very nice crisp strikes which smash into O’Donnell’s face. O’Donnell closes his guard and tries to tie Vasilevsky up but the Russian is getting nice ground and pound shots through both to the body and head. Vasilevsky opens up with some big ground and pound and he’d unleashing a big flurry of strikes but O’Donnell is hanging on. Vasilevsky slows down briefly but brings back the pain in the final 10 seconds, nearly finishing the fight as O’Donnell turtles and covers up.

Round three: Vasilevsky opens strongly with a big takedown and he’s in O’Donnell’s closed guard, posturing up on his knees and throwing nice strikes to the body and head. Vasilevsky continues to drop punches and he passes to half guard. Vasilevsky is firing off unanswered strikes and O’Donnell is not fighting back. O’Donnell works his way back to his feet and he’s just getting beat up here. Vasilevsky connects with a nice right hand and O’Donnell’s face is a mess. Huge right hand and O’Donnell starts to turn away but fires back with a slow-motion hook. Vasilevsky still looks fresh and he lands a huge flush right hand. Vasilevsky drops down to the body and the ref is just waiting for O’Donnell to go down to stop the fight but O’Donnell is hanging in tough. Big lead left from Vasilevsky and he continues to throw until the final bell.
VIDEO:

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#189

FIGHT: Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz
DATE: February 4
CARD: UFC 143: Condit vs. Diaz
VENUE: Mandalay Bay Events Center
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Condit UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 49-46 Condit, 48-47 Condit, 49-46 Condit
MY SCORECARD: 49-48 Condit
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMA30)
Rd1: No gloves touched from these two en tonight. Leg kick from Condit. Diaz stalking. Another leg kick and another. Diaz fires, but Condit evades and shoots another pair of leg kicks. Diaz clinches, Condit sends a knee and escapes. Condit backed to the cage and throws an uppercut and circles out. Another leg kick from Condit. Diaz fires again and lands one on the chin before Condit circles out again. Condit misses a head kick. Diaz sends one of his own and is checked. Diaz with a leg kick. Condit with a body shot. Condit misses another high kick. Leg kick from Condit. Diaz forward lands a left on Condit’s shoulder. Fighters trade leg kicks. Condit with a spinning back fist just missing. Diaz has Condit constantly backing up. Leg kick from Condit, another. Diaz clinches and drives this one to the cage. Diaz working the body and trades in a head shot. Diaz doing his signature toying move, taunting. Condit forward and fires, and Diaz taunts again and stalks hands down.

Rd2: Condit quickly with a high kick that misses. Again. Leg kick from Condit. Diaz presses Condit against the cage and peppers in a few shots before Condit evades. Condit lands a right. Another spinning backfist from Condit and Diaz clinches. Leg kick from Coindit. Diaz peppering shots, taunting again. Leg kick Condit, Diaz chasing, Condit kicking and throwing punches to keep separaton. Diaz lands another quick combo. Body shots from Diaz. Pair of body kicks from Condit. Body shots from Condit. Diaz with a flurry of body shots with Condit backed into the cage. Leg kick from Condit. Condit jabs and evades. Condit with a body kick and a body shot. Condit landing more this round, but Diaz stalking and owns cage control. Leg kick from Diaz.

Rd3: Diaz misses a pair of headkicks. Condit fakes with a jab and leg kicks. Again with a leg kick. Diaz attacks and Condit escapes. Body kick from each of them. Diaz backs up Condit and peppers him with a quick combination. Condit with a ice right. Condit with a nice high kick checked. Condit a nice combination of his own. Body kick from Diaz. Fighters trading punches, Condit evades. Body kick from Diaz. Leg kick from Condit, body shot from Diaz. Leg kick Condit. Another. Body kick from Condit. Leg kick Condit, jab and escape. Diaz attacks, but Condit circles out. Leg kick Condit. High kick from Condit followed by another leg kick and jab. Another leg kick from Condit. Diaz swings, Condit ducks under and escapes. Condit kick knee. Condit lands one of his own. Condit with a short elbow that looks like it just misses. Leg kick Condit. Body kick Diaz. Diaz one two, Condit with a bit leg kick causing him to slip to the mat.

Rd4: Championship rounds begin. Leg kick from Condit. Another. Again. Still. Diaz peppers an attack, Condit escapes and Diaz looks annoyed. Diaz with a body kick. Diaz with a leg kick. Condit fires a shot and ducks under another. Body kick by Condit. Fighters trading punches. Leg kick from Condit. Body shot from Diaz. Condit kick to Diaz’s face. Leg kick fro Condit. Diaz shoots, clinches, commits, but cannot get Condit down. Condit makes him pay with a couple of punches while separating. Diaz pushes Condit to the cage and fires a body shot. Condit with a spinning backfist that looks checked. Condit quick combo. Leg kik Condit. Another. Nice left lands on Diaz;s chin. Again, and Condit follows it up with a nice kick to the face! Diaz looked confused by that one. Condit with a kick to Diaz’s body. Diaz with a flurry, but Condit dusts it off. Condit in a rhythm. Condit fakes a jab ends with a solid leg kick. Diaz’s face starting to look mashed up a bit. Leg kick from Condit. Diaz with a high kick backs up Condit, but Condit circles and comes right back with a body kick.

Rd5: Body kick from Diaz checked. Condit with a jab and a body kick. Leg kick Condit. Diaz stalking, leg kick and body shot. Body kick from Diaz. Another. Four more all checked. Condit with a quick combination. Leg kick from Condit. Kick slaps Diaz in the face. Diaz attacks forward, Condit circles out. Diaz stalking. Diaz high kick checked. Big leg kick for Condit. Condit lands a right to Diaz’s face and finishes with a big kick to his face! Diaz clinches, Condit escapes. Condit, right jab. Diaz clinches. Condit with a knee,. Condit combination of body shots. Condit evading. Diaz takes his back, drags Condit to the mat. Condit elbowing Diaz behind him, but Diaz working for a choke. Locks it in but can’t hold on. Condit escapes with seconds to go, fires a shot and takes ahold of Diaz! Close round! Could go either way!
VIDEO:

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#188

FIGHT: David Sousa vs. Zairo Garcia
DATE: November 29
CARD: Best of the Best: Para vs. Brazil
VENUE: Amazonia Convention Center Hangar
LOCATION: Belem, Brazil
RESULT: Garcia R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#187

FIGHT: Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
DATE: August 4
CARD: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera
VENUE: Staples Center
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
RESULT: Phan SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Phan, 29-28 Miller, 29-28 Phan
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Matt Roth/Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Front kick from Miller. Nam responds with an outside leg kick. Nice boxing from Miller keeping Nam at a distance. Name having trouble finding range but Miller’s letting him land to the body. Nice combination from Phan going to the body and head. Miller with nice kicks that land to the body. Miller with a step in knee. They exchange punches and Phan gets the better of the two. Phan lands a really solid hook that backs Miller up. Miller responds. Nam is pressing the action and has found his range. Miller is just ducking his head and taking shots whenever he throws. Multiple punches land for Phan and the last lands flush to the jaw. Miller’s nose is a bit bloodied. Awesome body shot from Phan. He follows with a hook to the head. More body combinations from Phan. His boxing is really impressive.

Round 2: Nam lands a chopping outside leg kick to open the round. Miller responds with one of his own. They exchange punches and Miller follows up with a snapping front kick. Miller’s finally starting to fight tall. He lands hard to the body and blocks Nam’s counter hook. Nam is fighting scrappy and that’s forcing Miller to fight scrappy too. Miller lands a hook that stuns Phan. Phan responds with more body work. Miller is finding a home for his hook. Nam responds with a quick jab to the chin. Miller doubles up a jab and Nam responds with a counter hook to the head. Phan is walking Miller down and landing tot he body. Miller is fighting tall and working his jab. Nice exchange against the cage with Phan landing hooks to the chin. The last woke Miller up. Nam has a chin. He’s taking some hard shots from Miller this round. Miller is starting to throw sloppy punches and Nam is taking advantage. He’s landed some really hard hooks as the round ends.

Round 3: Nam lands early and staggers Miller with a hard hook. He’s looking for the kill. Just a lot of hard shots for Miller to accumulate over the fight. Miller looks to have recovered and then Phan goes high with a round house that grazes the head. Miller throws a body kick and Nam catches it and responds with punches. Miller with a really sloppy takedown. He’s giving up if he’s looking for those sloppy shots. Monstrous hook to the liver form Phan. Another hard punch to the body from Phan. He’s really looking good. Two punches catch Miller on the chin. Miller’s staying in there with knees but not following up with anything. Nam with more combinations to the body. Nam is pressing the action and really putting a stamp on this performance. 90 seconds left and Phan lands more tot eh body. Cole’s wildly throwing punches and Nam’s doing well to slip them. Less than a minute left and the arena is raucous. Miller tries a jumping knee and Phan steps away. Stepping knee from Miller as the round ends.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/08/05/cole-miller-vs-nam-phan-ufc-on-fox-fighty-video/

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#186

FIGHT: John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: IZOD Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Hathaway UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Hathaway, 30-27 Hathaway, 29-28 Hathaway
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Hathaway
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Both fighters trying to get the jab going early as they get their timing down. Hathaway is looking more comfortable as the round advances, and starts landing more of his strikes. He misses with a takedown about two minutes in, but hits Krauss in the chin with a knee that floors the German fighter. Hathaway dives down into Krauss’ guard and begins grounding and pounding. Krauss hangs tight, trying to recover from the knockdown. Hathaway backs out and lets Krauss up, immediately pressing the action with his striking game, mixing up his punches and kicks, but Krauss lands a straight right that snaps Hathaway’s head back. Hathaway shoots and misses again, but drives that knee home, although not with as much authority as the one that floored Krauss. Krauss moves in and puts Hathaway on the mat, working his own ground and pound game from Hathaway’s guard to the bell.

Round 2: Both fighters come out swinging, but Hathaway shifts gears and takes Krauss to the mat, landing in his full guard. Hathaway stays busy, trying to pass guard, but at the same time blistering Krauss with punches and elbows. Krauss, for his part, stays busy off his back, continually working his guard, trying to keep Hathaway off balance until he regains his feet. Krauss chases Hathaway across the cage, but doesn’t get much offense going, eating a couple kicks from Hathaway, as well as a hard right cross. Krauss goes for the takedown, but takes some knees to the body as he presses Hathaway to the cage. They separate, Hathaway pressing the pace to the end of the round.

Round 3: Hathaway gets his striking game going right away. Krauss fires back, but Hathaway is still the more accurate striker at this point. Still, he shoots in, picks Krauss up, and plants him on the mat, ramping up his ground and pound attack once again. Hathaway lets Krauss up and quickly lands a flying knee, though Krauss keeps moving forward, trying to find a way to take this fight back from the Brit. They trade one-off punches for a time before Hathaway lands a spinning backfist. But he backs off and they continue trading. Hathaway lands a solid combination, wobbling Krauss. Krauss again tries to take Hathaway down, but is slowing down. Hathaway scores again with a right knee to the face, followed by a right hand, Krauss’ nose bleeding heavily.
VIDEO: n/a
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#185

FIGHT: Evgeniy Zuev vs. Islam Mamedov
DATE: November 3
CARD: Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 8
VENUE: Sokolniki Hockey Arena
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Mamedov R2 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.mmavideos.pl/video/evgeny-zuev-vs-islam-mamedov-fight-nights-battle-of-moscow-8

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#184

FIGHT: Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Toshihiro Shimizu
DATE: April 7
CARD: Deep Cage Impact Over Again 2012
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Shimizu UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Shimizu, Shimizu, Shimizu
MY SCORECARD: Shimizu
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#183

FIGHT: Ed West vs. Marcos Galvao
DATE: April 13
CARD: Bellator 65
VENUE: Boardwalk Hall
LOCATION: Atlantic City, New Jersey
RESULT: Galvao UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Galvao, 30-27 Galvao, 30-27 Galvao
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Galvao
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via BoneSnapper)
Round 1: Fighters touch gloves and Galvao is aggresive to start. Galvao with a big takedownd and West locks on a guillotine that looks tight. Galvao fights out and they’re back to their feet. Galvao takes West’s back and he’s looking for the choke. Galvao attacking with big right hands. West loses his footing and Galvao lands on top, throwing big shots. Now they’re back to their feet. West throws a high kick that’s blocked. Galvao with a lunging knee. West tries a spinning back kick, but misses. They exchange to end the round and Galvao lands a nice left hook.

Round 2: Galvao comes out aggressive throwing wild haymakers. West lands two nice leg kicks and Galvao shoots for a takedown. West locks on a guillotine, but it’s not tight and Galvao breaks free. Back to their feet and Galvao trips west to the mat but he bounces back up. West tries a spinning back fist that misses. Galvao stalking West and lands a jumping knee. West clinches Galvao against the cage. They separate and West throws a high kick that’s blocked. West throws a bodykick and Galvao returns with a wild right. They exchange leg kicks to end the round.

Round 3: West lands a nice head kick and Galvao looks for a takedown. West defends well, but Galvao succeeds. Galvao working from the top and West attempts an armbar, but Galvao pulls free. Now Galvao in side control. West regains full guard. Now Galvao on West’s back and he has one hook in, but West breaks free. Galvao catches a kick and throws West to his back and he’s in West’s guard. West tries to scramble and Galvao’s attempts to take his back. Back to their feet and Galvao throws a knee from the clinch. West throws hammerfists to Galvao’s leg. They break and Galvao lands a right hand as time expires.
VIDEO:

http://fightnext.com/video/NDWKU6H6XBYK/Marcos-Galvao-vs-Ed-West–Bellator-65

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#182

FIGHT: Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran
DATE: March 9
CARD: Bellator 60
VENUE: Horseshoe Casino
LOCATION: Hammond, Indiana
RESULT: Curran R3 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheFightNerd)
Round 1: Low kick off the touch from Warren. Warren drives the takedown.They are up as Warren is working to pull the action back down. Curran reverses against the fence. Warren connects and Curran backs off. Takedown and scramble up again. Nice combo from Warren. Single leg attempt from Warren and he takes Curran’s back. One hook in as Curran tries to shake him off. Slam attempt and they break. Nice jabs from Curan Big kick from Curran drop Warren. Warren ducks under Curran’s flying knee. They scramble on the mat. Joe still looks big foggy. Warren eats a knee shooting in, but gets Curran down and takes his back.

Round 2: Warren shoots and slams Curran. Curran back up quickly with a slick sweep. Nice stiff jab from Curran. Nice flurry from Warren. Warren shoots from far out and is stopped. Curran’s left jab is connecting. Another far shot from Warren is stopped by he gets the clinch against the fence. Curran is bleeding. Warren pulls Curran onto the mat and casually checks his cut. Nice counter from Curran as Warren came in. Weak shot from Warren and Curran kicks him off.

Round 3: Immediate shot from Warren is stuffed. Big uppercut from Curran. Another shot is stuffed. Curran looks to be cocking his knee for each shot. Knee connecttes Curran smashing Warren on the fence Somehow he is still standing. Pat Curran knocks out Joe Warren.
VIDEO:

http://www.spike.com/video-clips/3spwxi/bellator-mma-curran-vs-warren

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#181

FIGHT: Pat Barry vs. Shane del Rosario
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Barry R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAweekly)
Round 1: They touch gloves. Del Rosario delivers a kick to the body. Barry answers with a leg kick. Del Rosario clinches. He lands a knee to the body. He presses Barry against the cage where he knees Barry’s thighs and midsection. They work for position against the fence. Del Rosario lands more knees to the body of Barry. Barry pushed him away and they separate. Del Rosario lands an outside leg kick. Barry lands an inside leg kick. Del Rosario goes or a takedown and gets a single leg. He takes Barry’s back. He applies a rear naked choke. Barry defends the submission attempt. Del Rosario isolates an arm. Del Rosario transitions and takes Barry’s back. He softens Barry up with punches to the head and body. Del Rosario looks for an arm bar. Barry gains top position. The round ends.

Round 2: Round 2: They meet at the center of the cage. Barry lands a left hand that hurts Del Rosario. Barry swarms him with punches. Del Rosario crumbles to the canvas after a thunderous right hand. Barry wins by knockout.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/pat-barry-vs-shane-del-rosario-fight.html

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#180

FIGHT: Aisling Daly vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
DATE: December 31
CARD: Cage Warriors 51
VENUE: The Helix
LOCATION: Dublin, Ireland
RESULT: Kankaanpaa UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Kankaanpaa, 30-27 Kankaanpaa, 29-28 Kankaanpaa
MY SCORECARD: 29-27 Kankaanpaa
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
Round 1: Daly comes out with a knee and running straight at Kankaanpää. The two clinch, and Kankaanpää secures a body lock and pushes up her opponent against the cage. Kankaanpää is able to drag Daly to the ground, and Kankaanpää spins out of a triangle attempt into side control. Katja Kankaanpää in total control and using elbows to the body and face for over a minute. The Finn is laying accross of the Irish fighter, but Katja looks for a headlock choke, but it’s not tight enough. Daly moves to the feet, but not before taking several knees to the face. Katja brings the fight back to the ground with a lateral drop. And a big round for Katja Kankaanpää.

Round 2: Again it is Daly moving forward, and the swing wild, and this time the Irish fighter pushes up Katja Kankaanpää against the cage, but Katja spins around to take control. Daly looks for a guillotine, but can’t get it. Kankaanpää in control again and has Daly around the waste, looking for a way to bring it to the ground. Daly trying to nuetralize the strong Finn, but can’t do it, and it looks like the Botnia Punishment fighter is just too strong. Half way through the round, and Kankaanpää is back on top. Daly gets up, and the crowd cheers. Daly looks for a trip to take the fight to the ground, but it’s the Finn showing wicked wrestling with a lateral drop landing the Irish fighter to her back. The two scramble, and Kankaanpää looks for an armbar or an omoplata, but the two tangle up and eventually the fight makes the way back to the feet where the second round ends.

Round 3: Kankaanpää just needs to survive this round to win. This round stays on the feet as the two look to exchange. The Finn isn’t rely on just wrestling, showing her standup and looking sharp with a jab, hook, and then a big headkick. The kick misses, but shows the well rounded game of the Finnish fighter. Two minutes down, and the feet. And they say “MMA Viking” on the broadcast! OK, back to the fight. The round is two and a half minutes down, and the two are tied up. Again, the two battle up and down, and around the cage, but the two are equalizing each other. Katja’s wrestling skills are sharp, and even on the feet, Kankaanpää showing her skills. Daly trying to move forward and landing punches, but Kankaanpää is too strong. A knee drom Daly, but not enough from the local.
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#179

FIGHT: Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson
DATE: November 15
CARD: M-1 Challenge 35: Emelianenko vs. Monson
VENUE: Ice Palace
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia
RESULT: Monson R2 Submission (North-South Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#178

FIGHT: Adam Assenza vs. Taylor Solomon
DATE: August 25
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 5: Fraser vs. Hill
VENUE: Hamilton Palace Theater
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Assenza SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Assenza, 29-28 Solomon, 29-28 Assenza
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAxposed)
R1 – Assenza tries a spinning wheel kick but misses. Solomon tries hard for the take down against the cage but is also unsuccessful. Solomon lands a flurry, rocking him and then follows with a slam. Assenza works his way back to the feet and lands a few shots of his own. Both guys are fighting at a furious pace. Solomon has him in the Muay-Thai clinch and lands some solid knees. The round ends with a slip and Adam Assenza take down.

R2 – Solomon is trying very hard for a take down but Assenza defends well. They clinch against the cage and Solomon gets on top, nearly swept in the process. Assenza gets back to his feet, only to be taken down again. Solomon works punches from the top, Assenza nearly gets the armbar but Solomon slips out of it. The round ends with Solomon on top landing small shots in guard.

R3 – Assenza nearly puts him away with a slam and punches on the ground! Solomon gets back to his feet but is still in trouble. Assenza decides to try for the take down and gets it. He works with Solomon pressed against the cage. Both guys are giving it everything they have with Assenza getting the better of the exchanges. The round ends with another Assenza take down.
VIDEO:

http://video.thescoretv.ca/watch/adam-assenza-vs-taylor-solomon

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#177

FIGHT: Luis Nogueira vs. Marcos Galvao
DATE: August 24
CARD: Bellator 73
VENUE: Harrah’s Tunica Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Tunica, Mississippi
RESULT: Galvao R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via ProMMANow)
Round 1 – Left hook and big leg kick from Galvao but Nogueira gets right up, clinched against the cage. Knee to the thigh of Nogueira. Again. Knee to the body. Galvao tries to drag him to the ground, no dice as Nogueira defends. Clinch war right now as they turn each other around, back and forth. Exchanging body shots and knees. Nogueira backs out with some big punches and Galvao throws back. Galvao claims groin shot and a brief time is called. Left jab from Galvao. Inside leg kick from Nogueira, he takes one on the outside in return. Nogueira with a lot of footwork. They are slugging it out with heavy punches, body lock from Nogueira as he puts Galvao down but he bounces right to his feet. Exchange of inside leg kicks. Nogueira on the balls of his feet bouncing around as Galvao waits for him. Big heavy punches are exchange, Galvao throws a knee toward the head as Nogueira ducks low. They throw a few more punches. Close round. I have no idea how to score that one. Both guys landed great shots.

Round 2 – Nogueira with big punches as Galvao counters with knees and punches. Thai plum and a couple knees to the body from Galvao. Big leg kick. He blocks as Nogueira throws a couple punches. Two left counters from Galvao. Galvao trying to counter so far this round. Huge leg kick from Nogueira. Counter knee to the body from Galvao followed by a left hand. Left hook, leg kick from Galvao. he checks a leg kick. Right from Nogueira, leg kick. Huge right hand from Galvao that rocks Nogueira. He tries to fight back but eats another one. Galvao puts him down and gets full mount. Hammerfists from Galvao, Nogueira gives up his back and Galvao blasts him with elbows to the head. The 12-to-6 elbow is legal in Miss. and blasts Nogueira with it until the ref stops it.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/08/25/marcos-galvao-vs-luis-nogueira-fight-video-bellator-73/

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#176

FIGHT: Brian Hyslop vs. Kris Edwards
DATE: July 21
CARD: Cage Warriors 48
VENUE: HMV Forum
LOCATION: Kentish Town, England
RESULT: Edwards R2 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

Top-400 Fights of 2012: #225-201

#225

FIGHT: Jacek Toczydlowski vs. Piotr Ptasinski
DATE: July 21
CARD: Cage Warriors 48
VENUE: HMV Forum
LOCATION: Kentish Town, England
RESULT: Ptasinski UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Ptasinski, 30-27 Ptasinski, 30-27 Ptasinski
MY SCORECARD: 30-28 Ptasinski
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#224

FIGHT: Klaiton Lima vs. Samuel Trindade
DATE: September 1
CARD: Iron Fight Combat 1
VENUE:
LOCATION: Feira de Santana, Brazil
RESULT: Trindade R2 Submission (Heel Hook)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#223

FIGHT: Gerlanio Silva vs. Lucas Caio
DATE: November 23
CARD: Shooto Brazil 36
VENUE: Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
LOCATION: Brasilia, Brazil
RESULT: Caio UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Caio, Caio, Caio
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#222

FIGHT: Artem Boiko vs. Mikhail Malyutin
DATE: November 15
CARD: M-1 Challenge 35: Emelianenko vs. Monson
VENUE: Ice Palace
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia
RESULT: Malyutin R1 Submission (Anaconda Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#221

FIGHT: Guram Gugenishvili vs. Kenny Garner
DATE: June 21
CARD: M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo
VENUE: Ice Palace
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia
RESULT: Garner R3 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAMania)
Round 1: Guram shoots in and scores a quick takedown. He advances to Garner’s back and is hunting for a rear naked choke but can’t get it. Garner escapes and he’s on top briefly. He gets to his feet and throws a nice right hand and Gugenishvili is gassed. Guram throws a huge right hand that whiffs and he falls on his face. He looks exhausted. Garner pounces and lands some big punches.

Round 2: Gugenishvili fires off a low kick and then a big right hand drops Garner briefly. Garner pops to his feet and throws a flurry of punches at Gugenishvili. Gugenishvili shoots in and takes Garner down, passing to his back and hunting for a rear naked choke but Garner perseveres and is now on top in side control. Garner drops some short punches and he’s looking for a Kimura. He has the grip but Gugenishvili is throwing knees to the body from bottom. Garner is cranking on the arm but he gives up on it and drops some punches. They get reset and Garner presses forward throwing big bombs. Gugenishvili is completely gassed.

Round 3: Push kick from Gugenishvili and he’s moving in slow motion. Garner cracks Gugenishvili with a left hand and then a right. Garner is in full control right now and he’s got Garner trapped against the ropes. Garner throws a flurry and Gugenishvili responds with a takedown, landing in Garner’s full guard. Gugenishvili throws some punches from above and he postures up, passing to half guard and then full mount. Gugenishvili drops some left hands and now he’s raining down some punches. Garner tries to buck him off but fails. Garner turtles and Gugenishvili transitions to an armbar. He’s belly down and Garner somehow escapes and fires off a right hand. Garner’s now on top and hunting for that keylock again. He gives up on it and throws some short knees to the body and the ref stands them up. The ref gives Gugenishvili a yellow card for taking too long to get to hsi feet. Garner swarms Gugenishvili and throws a big flurry of punches. Gugenishvili is covering up and he’s hurt. Garner is unloading on Gugenishvili and Gugenishvili shoots for a takedown but Garner sprawls and drops more punches until the end of the round. I think Garner took the round back there with the way he finished the round. Gugenishvili’s face is a mess and his left eye is swollen badly.
VIDEO:

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#220

FIGHT: Jeremiah Riggs vs. Kelvin Tiller
DATE: May 25
CARD: Bellator 70
VENUE: Orleans Convention Center
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
RESULT: Tiller R3 Submission (Kimura)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via BoneSnapper)
Round 1: Internet here is horrible. Riggs wins the first round by numerous TDs’ and top control

Round 2: Riggs stands and block kicks and get another takedown. Riggs with solid top control. Tiller briefly locks up a triangle but Riggs escapes. Riggs staying in full guard and land a shot here and there. Tiller lands some elbows from the bottom. Tiller gets to his feet and get on top of Riggs. Tiller lands a nice knee to the midsection but Riggs reverses and ends up on top.Riggs landing some shots in half guard while controlling Tiller against the cage. Nice shots to the body for Riggs and the round ends.

Round 3: Tiller gets a takedown and Riggs gets a single and takes him down once again. NOT much going on with Riggs from top. Tiller reverses locks up a kimura look tight and the ref stops it.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Jeremiah_Riggs_vs_Kelvin_Tiller_Bellator_70_Part_1/10029965

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Jeremiah_Riggs_vs_Kelvin_Tiller_Bellator_70_Part_2/10029966

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#219

FIGHT: Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
DATE: March 3
CARD: Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
VENUE: Nationwide Arena
LOCATION: Columbus, Ohio
RESULT: Healy R3 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAWeekly)
Round 1: Fodor misses with a big right hand. Healy ties him up along the cage. Fodor lands short hammer fists as Healy works for the takedown. Fodor spins him and presses Healy against the fence. They fight for position. Healy delivers knees to Fodor’s legs. They separate. Fodor lands a left hand on the break. They clinch again. Fodor presses him against the cage and drops down and secures a takedown. Fodor lands a solid elbow. He works in half guard. He postures up and lands two elbows. Healy is cut on the bridge of his nose. Two minutes remain in the opening round. Healy escapes out the backdoor. He trips Fodor and obtains top position. Healy works inside Fodor’s full guard. Healy peppers him with left hands. Healy stands and drops back in Fodor’s guard. Healy has Fodor pressed against the cage and lands punches. Healy may have stolen the round with the strong finish.

Round 2: Fodor throws a combination to start the second round. He lands a stiff jab. Healy comes forward with a combination and Fodor answers with an inside leg kick. Healy delivers an inside leg kick of his own. Healy clinches and presses Fodor against the fence. Healy gives up on the double leg takedown and works for a single leg. Fodor defends it, displaying excellent balance in the process. Healy eventually gets the takedown. Fodor gets back to his feet but Healy gets him back to the canvas. Healy controls him but does little to no damage. Healy advances to side control and then to full mount. Fodor gets back to half guard but was unable to get up from the bottom.

Round 3: Fodor lands a right hand. Healy comes back with a leg kick. Healy drives forward going for a single leg takedown. He secures it with four minutes left in the fight. Healy advances to full mount. Healy’s grappling ability is too much for the lesser experienced Fodor. Healy lands short left hands. Healy applies a side choke but Fodor escapes and isolates a leg. Healy spins aand slaps on an arm triangle choke. Fodor is forced to tap out.
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Caros_Fodor_vs_Pat_Healy_Strikeforce/10027204

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#218

FIGHT: Brad Wheeler vs. Mansour Barnaoui
DATE: March 16
CARD: Cage Warriors Fight Night 4
VENUE:
LOCATION: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
RESULT: Barnaoui R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#217

FIGHT: Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Siler UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Siler, 29-28 Siler, 29-28 Siler
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Siler
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Steve Perceval oversees this featherweight fight. Miller on the outside early, trying to use his reach. Siler in the center, and he moves on the outside as the two clinch. Miller quickly circles off. Miller tries to grab a Thai clinch, but Siler pulls away. Tentative work early, and crowd wants them to pick it up. Siler grabs a Miller kick and pushes him back. Miller pops back up. Miller trying to work inside, but Siler doing a good job o countering and measuring early. Halfway mark, and there’s not a lot between them ye. Miller lands a crisp right, but Siler quickly ties thing sup. Siler holding the center. Miller lands another big right, but Siler answers with punches of his own. Miller kicks the thigh. Siler lands another right. Miller looks a little tentative. Into the clinch again in the final minute. Miller pulls free, but Siler there to walk him backwards. Miller wobbled from a Siler flurry. He stands and returns fire. Siler had him very hurt. Final seconds, and Siler grabs a guillotine as he falls to top position.

Round 2 – Miller works an early jab. Siler still countering well early. Miller lands aright and a knee, but Siler unleashes a flurry. Siler just looks incredibly calm and focused. Bodylock fro Miller, and he looks for the trip. Siler defends well and backs to the cage. Miller finally drags the fight to the floor, but Siler right back up. Thai clinch, and Miller looks a little tired as Siler pulls away and jabs. Miller circles to reset. He does land a nice uppercut. Halfway mark. Miller land three punches, and he starts to come alive. High kick just misses. Siler still answering every exchange. Trading shots on the feet. Siler regaining the early form after a bit of Miller aggression. Final minute, and they’re back in the clinch. Miller on the outside. Nothing there, and he pulls away. Siler pushes forward with more punches, and he’s really looking sharp.

Round 3 – Siler takes the center to start. Miller tries to kick low, but Siler answers over the top. Miller just can’t seem to get anything sustained working. Siler moved forward. Miller claims an eyepoke, but Siler laughs it off, as does Perceval. Both fighters content to box. Siler just a little quicker, and he lands to the body as well as a right over the top. Siler lands a few punches but declines to follow as Miller retreats. Two minutes in. Siler thinks takedown, but Miller pulls free. Miller claims another eyepoke, and Siler tells him, “That was closed.” They carry on. Miller gets a firm clinch on the head, but he can’t deliver any damage before Siler pulls free. Stiff jab for Miller, but he’s going to need more. Miller pushes in again to the clinch. Siler defends against the cage. Miller has a full bodylock and finally drags the fight down. He doesn’t have much time to work. Miller land a few punches from the top and then moves to mount. Miller looks to be setting up and armbar, but he can’t get it. Siler pulls free and survives a little scare.
VIDEO:

http://www.bloody-mma.com/video/38030-cole-miller-vs-steven-siler-fight-video-ufc-on-fx

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#216

FIGHT: Alan Yamaniwa vs. Shunichi Shimizu
DATE: January 22
CARD: Rings/ZST Battle Genesis Volume 9
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Shimizu R3 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#215

FIGHT: Marcin Zontek vs. Sergey Kornev
DATE: September 30
CARD: M-1 Challenge 34: Emelianenko vs. Gluhov
VENUE: Druzhba Sport Hall
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Kornev SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Zontek, Kornev, Kornev
MY SCORECARD: Kornev
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#214

FIGHT: Leandro Gontijo vs. Martin Akhtar
DATE: October 6
CARD: Superior Challenge 8: Malmo
VENUE: Malmo Arena
LOCATION: Malmo, Sweden
RESULT: Akhtar R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAViking)
Round 1: After some minor disturbances the fight is on it’s way. Takedown by Leandro and he gets the back! Sinks in a RNC but Martin won’t tap. Martin Defends and tucks his chin inn. Huge roar from the crowd as he gets out from danger, although momentarily. Leandro lands an armbar but Akhtar pulls his arm out Jon Jones style. Martin lands a few on the feet before getting taken down again. Leandro in Martins guard. I’m still amazed he didn’t tap in either the RNC or armbar. Huge heart showed by the Malmö native. Round ends.

Round 2: Superman punch missed by Akhtar and Leandro clinches. Martin knees in the clinch and separates. Heavy leg kicks landed by Akhtar and Leandro goes for a takedown. Akhtar sprawls and ends up on top in half guard. Leandro regains guard and looks for a foot lock. Akhtar stands up. Leandro gets another takedown and mount. Akhtar bridges and gets guard. High guard from Leandro and he goes for another armbar. Martin looks in deep trouble but gets out again! I don’t believe this! Martin stands up. Big body punch by Akhtar and leandro goes for another takedown and gets it but Martub stands up and lands heavy leather. Akhtar mounts and lands big punches. Leandro turns his back and Martin lands from back. Both are on their back but Leandro isn’t defending so ref Bobby Sundell stops the bout and Martin Akhtar wins via TKO.
VIDEO:

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#213

FIGHT: Bruno Santos vs. Samuel Paiva
DATE: September 6
CARD: Best of the Best: Filho vs. Ninja
VENUE: Amazonia Convention Center Hangar
LOCATION: Belem, Brazil
RESULT: Paiva UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Paiva, Paiva, Paiva
MY SCORECARD: Paiva
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#212

FIGHT: Guram Gugenishvili vs. Kenny Garner
DATE: December 8
CARD: M-1 Challenge 36: Confrontation in Mytishchi
VENUE: Mytishchi Arena
LOCATION: Mytishchi, Russia
RESULT: Garner R4 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#211

FIGHT: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Roland Delgado
DATE: June 16
CARD: ShoFight 20
VENUE: O’Reilly Family Event Center
LOCATION: Springfield, Missouri
RESULT: Gruetzemacher R3 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDgyMzA2MDcy.html

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#210

FIGHT: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
DATE: March 3
CARD: UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann
VENUE: Allphones Arena
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESULT: Majority Draw
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Johnson, 29-29, 28-28
MY SCORECARD: 30-29 McCall
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Leon Roberts in the cage for the first flyweight fight in UFC history. Johnson takes the center and land an early low kick.McCall answers. Quick movement by both to start, and Johnson lands a crisp left. McCall gets inside and scores a trip from the clinch. McCall tries to step over to mount. Johnson defends well and eventually sweeps to top position. McCall climbs up to his feet, and they reset. Johnson moves forward with punches, and knees are traded inside. Lead left for Johnson. McCall a little short on a kick. Johnson works body then high. McCall catches a kick and sweeps Johnson to the floor. Johnson to a knee and up. As fast as expected halfway in. Stiff right hands for Johnson. McCall answering, but Johnson just a little quicker early. Johnson drives in for a takedown. Not there, but he wobbles McCall. He smiles as be backs away. Johnson drives in for a takedown. Not there, and Johnson lands another right. McCall appears comfortable and confident, but Johnson doing his thing. Final minute. Missed punches to close, but fin first round.

Round 2 – Leg kicks traded before a scramble and a flurry agains the cage. Johnson’s speed is absolutely incredible at 125 pounds. Johnson flashes a high kick. McCall stalking and kicking to the legs, but Johnson lands a crisp right to the chin. Flurry from Johnson with another clean right. Johnson works up the middle, but McCall counters. McCall kicks to the cup, and it’s a bad one. McCall apologizes, and Johnson takes a break. Quick restart. Johnson kicks to the body. McCall flurrying and starting to sit on some of his punches. Johnson kicks the lead leg, spinning McCall. Johnson in and out of range so fast, and McCall doesn’t seem to be looking to clinch anymore. Another low kick. Brief apology and carry on. McCall does work inside, but Johnson stays upright. McCall smiles when they break.He’s landing the occasional heavy shot, but he even probably has to laugh at Johnson’s frenetic movement. Final minute. McCall does get a clinch and lands a knee. Johnson bleeding a little form the nose. Trip from McCall, but Johnson scampers up and away. Clinch in the losing seconds. Johnson throws as he pulls away. Another solid round.

Round 3 – Plenty of energy by both, of course. Johnson lands a crisp kick. Johnson lands a low kicks that’s not seen, and they stop. Roberts doesn’t step in, and Johnson flurries. McCall pulls away and seems really affected by the cupshot. Johnson still maintaining a high pace. Jumping knee, but McCall catches it and dumps him on the floor. High half-mount for McCall. He settles down on top. Johnson spins to escape, and he creates the room he needs. Good work from McCall but so hard to keep Johnson down. McCall clinches back up and throws Johnson to the floor. Great toss from McCall, and he’s in back mount. Johnson looks a little stuck on his knees. Johnson overhooks the arms to stall. McCall dismounts, and Johnson scrambles up. He’s mouth is blooded, but he charges forward. Takedown from McCall. Less than a minute. Johnson tried to sweep, but McCall in control, and he steps over to mount. Johnson locks to the body to prevent McCall from posturing. He gets free anyway and starts wailing away. Roberts wants Johnson to move in final seconds. He does, and the bell sounds. Great finish, and crowd loves it.
VIDEO:

http://www.allthebestfights.com/mccall-vs-johnson-full-fight-video-ufc-on-fx-2/

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#209

FIGHT: Dustin Poirier vs. Jonathan Brookins
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Poirier R1 Submission (D’Arce Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: As soon as the bell rings, either fighter starts going nuts swinging. Brookins clips Poirier, who ends up backed against the cage. Brookins desperately looks for rights while Poirier swings wild. Poirier eventually clinches, but again, Brookins lands a big one on Poirier. Poirier once again starts working the clinch game, but must be surprised how Brookins is getting the better of him striking. Brookins comes close to taking down Brookins, but they return to their feet. From there, Poirier lands a couple big hands. Brookins resets, but Poirier lands a big straight right that rocks Brookins. Poirier begins to pour it on, rocking Brookins badly. Brookins shoots for a desperation takedown but Poirier slips in a d’Arce choke. He tightens it up and Brookins taps. Another great finish tonight!
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/12/16/dustin-poirier-vs-jonathan-brookins-fight-video-ufc-on-fx/

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#208

FIGHT: Bhabajeet Choudhury vs. Shyam Prasad
DATE: December 14
CARD: Super Fight League 13
VENUE: Famous Studios
LOCATION: Mumbai, India
RESULT: Prasad R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#207

FIGHT: Rijirigala Amu vs. Zhifa Shang
DATE: June 30
CARD: RUFF 4
VENUE: Hohhot People’s Stadium
LOCATION: Hohhot, China
RESULT: Shang R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://rufftv.com/video.php?v=13

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#206

FIGHT: Akhmet Aliev vs. Rasul Khairulaev
DATE: June 28
CARD: Dictator Fighting Championship 1
VENUE: Golden Palace
LOCATION: Moscow, Russia
RESULT: Khairulaev SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Khairulaev, Khairulaev, Aliev
MY SCORECARD: Aliev
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: (34:00 mark or so)

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDIzNjc4NjI4.html

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#205

FIGHT: Rustam Khabilov vs. Vinc Pichel
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
VENUE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Khabilov R1 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAjunkie)
Round 1 – Referee Chris Tognoni oversees this lightweight prelim. Khabilov takes the center and stands as Pichel circles outside. Khabilov punches into a takedown attempt. Pichel defends against the fence, but Khabilov pulls him away and drags him to the floor. Pichel scrambles up only to have Khabilov takes his back and land a beautiful suplex. Still, Pichel is game and gets back to his feet. Immediately, he goes for another ride. That’s Anthony Macias airtime. Pichel crawls up again and goes for a third ride. He looks out, as Khabilov pounces with a few punches to seal the result. Impressive UFC debut, Mr. Khabilov.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/vinc-pichel-vs-rustam-khabilov-fight.html

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#204

FIGHT: Kevin Reed vs. Lee Caers
DATE: October 27
CARD: Cage Warriors 49
VENUE: St. David’s Hall
LOCATION: Cardiff, Wales
RESULT: Caers R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#203

FIGHT: Eddie Alvarez vs. Patricky Freire
DATE: October 12
CARD: Bellator 76
VENUE: Caesars Windsor
LOCATION: Windsor, Ontario
RESULT: Alvarez R1 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TopMMAnews)
Round 1 – Both immediately take the center of the cage. Alvarez is the first to strike with a leg kick. Alvarez counters a low kick by Pitbull with a right straight that drops the Brazilian. Pitbull immediately gets up and tags Alvarez and rocks him. He rushes Alvarez and gets him up against the cage. Alvarez looks dazed. Alvarez separates and clinches Pitbull against the cage to try to recover. They separate and are both hesitant to strike after getting rocked. Alvarez lands a strong right hand. Solid low kick lands by Pitbull. Alvarez shoots for a takedown but is unsuccessful. Superman punch attempt by Alvarez misses. Pitbull lands a nasty straight. Straight right to body kick combo lands for Pitbull. Alvarez steps in with two right jabs that connect but Pitbull lands a knee. Alvarez goes in firing and Pitbull counters with a couple straights. Alvarez throws a head kick and it lands right on the button as Pitbull drops and the fight finishes. What a crazy finish to an awesome fight.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/10/eddie-alvarez-vs-patricky-freire-fight.html

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#202

FIGHT: Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
DATE: October 6
CARD: One FC 6: Rise of Kings
VENUE: Singapore Indoor Stadium
LOCATION: Kallang, Singapore
RESULT: Chilson R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAmania)
Round one: Chilson starts off as the aggressor, pawing the jab. Chilson with the front kick to the body. Mulyadi responds with a jab of his own. Good left hook by Chilson, clipped him. Chilson comes forward. Mulyadi looks hesitant, and Chilson shoots for a takedown. Mulyadi controls the neck off his back. This is deep! Chilson took him down but shot head first into a guillotine. Lots of time and Mulyadi is cranking. Chilson patiently tries to work out of this position, and he finally does. Chilson on top now inside the full guard of Mulyadi. Chilson stacks and passes to side control, then to north-south. Mulyadi tries to control the posture of Chilson. Back to side control for Chilson. Chilson stands over his opponent and lands some big elbows as he pounces. Full mount for Chilson! Mulyadi tries to reverses and almost does. Chilson gives up his position to avoid giving up his back. And as Mulyadi stands, Chilson grabs hold of his hips and slams him to the mat. Chilson back on top and landing some ground and pound. Mulyadi goes for an armbar off his back. Huge knees to the head by Chilson! Side control for Chilson who is punishing a turtled up Mulyadi. He’s got his back now as Mulyadi rolls. Saved by the bell!

Round two: Jump front kick by Chilson, transitioning to a takedown slam! Mulyadi grabs hold of the neck once more, but like before, Chilson patiently looks to slip out and get back to mount. He’s got him fully mounted and is dropping huge elbows! He’s going to town! It’s all over! TKO win for Mitch Chilson!
VIDEO:

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#201

FIGHT: Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen
DATE: June 8
CARD: UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall
VENUE: BankAtlantic Center
LOCATION: Sunrise, Florida
RESULT: Wineland R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMArising)
Round 1: Wineland landed two right hook counters in the first round and Jorgensen answered back with a right of his own. He clinched and Wineland defended with an uppercut. He broke away from the clinch and the fighters exchanged jabs. Wineland landed a leg kick and more jabs, followed by a right cross. Jorgensen kicked at Wineland’s lead leg and landed a stiff jab seconds later. Punches were exchanged and Wineland dropped Jorgensen with a jab. He swarmed with punches and Jorgensen recovered. Wineland took him down and punched from the top. Jorgensen stood and ate another combination. The fighters continued to trade jabs and Wineland ducked under most of Jorgensen’s punches. He put together a combination in the final 20 seconds.

Round 2: Jorgensen briefly tripped Wineland to the mat in round two, but Wineland got back to his feet and the fighters traded punches and leg kicks. Wineland began to bleed from near his left eye, but he countered Jorgensen’s punches nicely with counter combinations. Jorgensen shot in for a takedown and Wineland reversed it. The fighters stood and Jorgensen landed jabs. Wineland threw lead left hooks and Jorgensen replied with right hands. The pace remained high as both fighters continued to throw punches in combinations. Wineland flurried in close and Jorgensen landed leg kicks. Wineland stuffed a takedown and landed a right hook. Wineland floored Jorgensen with a massive right hand. He dove in with punches on the ground and the fight was stopped.
VIDEO: n/a

Top-400 Fights of 2012: #250-226

#250

FIGHT: Kamal Shalorus vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
DATE: January 20
CARD: UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller
VENUE: Bridgestone Arena
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Nurmagomedov R3 Submssion (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via 5th Round)
1stRound: For simplicity, I will refer to them as Kamal and Khabib. Kamal is walking him down. Kamal is throwing bombs, but nothing has landed. Khabib floors him with a big left hook and is going for the kill. He moves to side-mount with a minute left. Kamal gets to his feet and comes out swinging.

2ndRound: Khabib works hard for a single-leg and finally gets it. They get stood up. Khabib scores another takedown. The lightweights get stood up again and Khabib tags him a couple of times as the round ends.

3rdRound: They are slinging leather to start the round. Khabib gets a takedown and Kamal tries for a guillotine on the way down. Khabib advances to full-mount and secures a rear-naked choke. Game over.
VIDEO:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2547245768431

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#249

FIGHT: Corey Hill vs. Ryan Thomas
DATE: December 7
CARD: XFC 21: Night of Champions II
VENUE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
RESULT: Thomas R1 Submission (Armbar)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bluegrass MMA)
Round 1: Corey comes out with the quick jab and Ryan counters with a jab and low leg kick. They back off and Ryan starts to walk forward and Corey shoots in with a high takedown and grabs Ryan and slams him down to the ground. Ryan isn’t there for long as he is able to shrimp out from the bottom and get back to this feet. They fighters are clinched up right now against the cage with Corey controlling the outside right now. Ryan tired to go for a knee but Corey catches it and is holding on to it; Corey goes for the leg sweep to get Ryan down to the ground. As Ryan falls to the ground he is able to lock on to the arm of Corey as if he was going for an armbar but Corey is able to slip out of it. Corey lands a nice shot from the top; where he is now and is in the full-guard of Ryan. Corey picks Ryan up as he is still in the guard position and slams him down to the ground. Ryan lands hard on his neck, it looks bad but Ryan is still holding on to the arm of Corey. Ryan landed awkward on his neck but it was too high as far as positioning goes and he was able to slip out from underneath Corey while still holding his arm. Ryan torques the arm of Corey and locks in an armbar pulls back and instantly Corey taps.
VIDEO:

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#248

FIGHT: James Te Huna vs. Joey Beltran
DATE: July 11
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Munoz vs. Weidman
VENUE: HP Pavilion
LOCATION: San Jose, California
RESULT: Te Huna UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Te Huna, 30-27 Te Huna, 30-26 Te Huna
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Te Huna
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Bleacher Report)
Round 1: Both fighters come out swinging with Te-Huna landing the first shots of the bout. Beltran and Te-Huna continue to swing wildly with partial connections. Beltran mixes in a body kick and a couple of jabs. Te-Huna controlling the Octagon thus far as he stalks Beltran around the cage. Te-Huna opens up with some hard shots that find their mark, continuing the assault with several combinations. Beltran has Te-Huna against the cage but isn’t able to mount much offense in the clinch. Beltran lands a couple of shots, but Te-Huna counters with a pair of hard rights that drop Beltran. Te-Huna looked to finish the fight both on the ground and when the fighters got back on their feet, but Beltran persevered.

Round 2: Te-Huna opens up with a stiff jab, but Beltran responds with a high kick. Te-Huna answers with a hard body shot. Te-Huna rocks Beltran yet again with a right hook. Te-Huna continues to dominate with shots to the head and body. The crowd groans as Te-Huna takes Beltran down, effectively halting the exciting stand-up action. The ref makes both men stand up, and Te-Huna goes right back to work landing several hard shots. Beltran looks slow on his feet and is dropping his guard. Te-Huna lands another high-low combo. Beltran whiffs on a lazy head kick. Beltran staggers Te-Huna with an uppercut right before the horn.

Round 3: Beltran attempts a fancy two-kick combo but misses. Te-Huna responds with a couple nice shots, but his punches don’t have the force that they did earlier. Beltran presses Te-Huna against the cage as both fighters catch their breath. Beltran scores with an uppercut. Te-Huna takes down Beltran but he is caught in full guard. Te-Huna lets Beltran up only to pepper him with a couple nice shots. Another strong takedown by Te-Huna. Both men appear gassed. Beltran lands a swift double-leg, but it is likely too little too late as Te-Huna wall walks back up to his feet. Beltran lands a nice short elbow and attempts to land a knockout blow but Te-Huna weathers the storm. Both men end the round firing.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/07/12/james-te-huna-vs-joey-beltran-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-4/

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#247

FIGHT: JP Joubert vs. Norman Wessels
DATE: July 27
CARD: EFC Africa 15
VENUE: Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World
LOCATION: Brakpan, South Africa
RESULT: Joubert R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#246

FIGHT: Douglas del Rio vs. Giovanni Guedes
DATE: December 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 47
VENUE: Osmar Fortes Barcellos Municipal Gymnasium
LOCATION: Porto Alegre, Brazil
RESULT: del Rio R2 KO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#245

FIGHT: Alvin Robinson vs. Daniel Straus
DATE: October 26
CARD: Bellator 78
VENUE: Nutter Center
LOCATION: Dayton, Ohio
RESULT: Straus R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via TheMMAReport)
Round 1 – Straus immediately looked for a takedown as the round opened and Robinson looked for a guillotine choke. Straus would work his way out of the submission hold and would transition to get the back of his opponent for a moment. Straus looked for an armbar submission, but could not finish the submission. Robinson would end up in top position and transition to the back of Straus. The fighters would make it back to their feet and grapple against the cage. Straus would end up taking the fight to the ground and maintain side control. In this position, he landed several short elbows and looked to advance his position. The round would end with Straus having a guillotine choke locked in but Robinson would make it to the bell.

Round 2 – Straus would be able to get a takedown early in the second round. Straus looked for a guillotine choke and ended up giving up the hold and looked to advance position. Straus continued to dominate the fight on the ground and advanced to side control. He would then landed several right hands and got the back of his opponent and slammed him. After the slam, Straus locked in a rear-naked choke but Robinson would survive this attempt. Straus would continue to look for the rear-naked choke and would get the submission victory with nine seconds left in the round.
VIDEO:

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#244

FIGHT: Artur Astakhov vs. Florian Martin
DATE: October 13
CARD: ProFC 42
VENUE:
LOCATION: Kharkiv, Ukraine
RESULT: Astakhov R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#243

FIGHT: Handong Kong vs. Jixiang Li
DATE: June 30
CARD: RUFF 4
VENUE: Hohhot People’s Stadium
LOCATION: Hohhot, China
RESULT: Li R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://rufftv.com/video.php?v=11

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#242

FIGHT: Keigo Hirayama vs. Kiji Sakuta
DATE: April 28
CARD: Pancrase Progress Tour 5
VENUE: Differ Ariake
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Hirayama R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:
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#241

FIGHT: Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry
DATE: May 5
CARD: UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller
VENUE: Izod Center
LOCATION: East Rutherford, New Jersey
RESULT: Johnson R1 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fox Sports)
Round 1: Lavar gets Barry against the cage, but he exits with a big head kick. Back on the cage, Barry is eating huge knees and punches from Johnson. Barry, in desperation, shoots for a takedown and ends up in mount. Barry, however, quickly switches to crucifix position and works for an Americana. Johnson reaches up and powers his way out of it. Johnson overpowers Barry to the side of the cage and starts leveling him with power shots. Barry turtles up until he slumps to the mat and the referee calls the bout.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/05/06/lavar-johnson-vs-pat-barry-fight-video-ufc-on-fox/

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#240

FIGHT: Alex Ricci vs. Jesse Ronson
DATE: August 25
CARD: The Score Fighting Series 5: Fraser vs. Hill
VENUE: Hamilton Palace Theater
LOCATION: Hamilton, Ontario
RESULT: Ronson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Ronson, 30-27 Ronson, 30-27 Ronson
MY SCORECARD: 30-27 Ronson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMAxposed)
R1 – The crowd trades chants. Ronson connects with a left hand and then a left hook that staggers Ricci. He takes him to the mat and presses him against the cage. Ricci wall walks but Ronson drops him moments later! Ronson tries to finish but Ricci survives, Ronson takes the half guard. They stand up and Ronson lands a left high kick.

R2 – Ronson controls the centre of the octagon. He forces Ricci to the cage again and works hard for a double leg take down. Ricci defends well and lands a nice body kick after they separate. Ronson staggers Ricci with a devastating leg kick. Ricci connects with a hook in the last minute of the round that is giving him some confidence. They strike to the bell and it’s a 10-9 round for Ronson. Ricci needs to finish the fight in the third if he is to get his hand raised.

R3 – Ronson goes right back to using his wrestling against his opponent. He presses Ricci against the cage, they separate and Ronson ends up on top. Failed submission attempt from the bottom by Ricci; they stand up again. Ronson throws him into side control and opts to stand up and land shots with Ricci trapped on his back. Ricci gets back to his feet and pours it all into the final minute!
VIDEO:

http://video.thescoretv.ca/watch/alex-ricci-vs-jesse-ronson

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#239

FIGHT: Cylderlan Lima da Silva vs. Rogerio Silva de Souza
DATE: July 27
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 20
VENUE: Bank Of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: da Silva SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: da Silva, de Souza, da Silva
MY SCORECARD: Draw
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#238

FIGHT: Bobby Brents vs. Rogent Lloret
DATE: February 18
CARD: Cage Warriors 45
VENUE: HMV Forum
LOCATION: Kentish Town, England
RESULT: Brents R1 Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#237

FIGHT: Danilo Patusco vs. Jeferson Costa
DATE: November 9
CARD: Watch Out Combat Show 22
VENUE: Bank Of Brazil Athletic Association Gymnasium
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Patusco R2 TKO
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#236

FIGHT: Daiki Miyamoto vs. Yusuke Uehara
DATE: January 22
CARD: Rings/ZST Battle Genesis Volume 9
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Uehara R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#235

FIGHT: Eduardo Felipe vs. Mauro dos Santos
DATE: January 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 36
VENUE: Rocinha
LOCATION: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
RESULT: Felipe R3 Submission (Bicep Slicer)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#234

FIGHT: Minoru Takeuchi vs. Yo Saito
DATE: January 21
CARD: Shooto Gig Tokyo 8
VENUE: Shinjuku Face
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RESULT: Saito R2 Submission (Guillotine)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/XnHss0Sdrv4/

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#233

FIGHT: Alex Cheboub vs. Ashley Calvert
DATE: June 1
CARD: EFC Africa 14
VENUE: Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World
LOCATION: Brakpan, South Africa
RESULT: Cheboub R2 Submission (Keylock)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO: n/a
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#232

FIGHT: Bradley Scott vs. Robert Whittaker
DATE: December 15
CARD: UFC on FX: Pearson vs. Sotiropoulos
VENUE: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
LOCATION: Queensland, Australia
RESULT: Whittaker UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Whittaker, 29-28 Whittaker, 29-28 Whittaker
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Fighters.com)
Round 1: Scott coming forward early but Whittaker starts loosening up landing leg kicks. Scott clinches on the fence with Whittaker and Whittaker defends the takedown. Whittaker now looking to counter Scott’s punches and its working. Whittaker misses with a right hand and Scott uses it to clinch, but not fr long. Whittaker lands a punch that sends Scott to butt his, and Whittaker swarms in for the kill. He lands some shots from guard but Scott scrambles up. Scott is now clinching Whittaker on the fence and landing more dirty boxing. Whittaker seems to have Scott timed, but they trade shots as the bell sounds.

Round 2: Scott lands an early few punches and presses forward looking for the clinch. Whittaker looks to be the fresher fighter and lands a nice hand that catches Scott. Whittaker lands a shot south of the border and the action is stopped. Whittaker looking to counter and he is now working his kicks into the game more. Scott clinches and then drags Whittaker to the floor, and sneaks up on his back. Scott landing shots from back mount and sneaks in the hooks. Up against the fence he lands shots looking to open Whittaker. Whittaker scrambles up but gets put back up against the fence. Whittaker lands a nice flurry to end the round.

Round 3: Scott coming forward now but Whittaker rushes in and lands a solid combination. Scott using his jab well, but Whittaker seems to be the fresher fighter. Whittaker lands a slick elbow on the inside. Scott coming forward but Whittaker is really counting on landing that counter. Both exchanging combinations, but Whittaker seems to be landing the harder shots. Scott is still scoring repeatedly with his jab, but Whittaker returns fire with a decent head kick. Toe to toe stuff happening in the third round with a minute left. Whittaker presses forward with another flurry but Scott is staying calm and exchanging. They are both swinging for the fences as the bell sounds.
VIDEO:

http://www.fightvideomma.com/2012/12/brad-scott-vs-robert-whittaker-fight.html

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#231

FIGHT: Gerald Harris vs. Josh Burkman
DATE: November 3
CARD: World Series of Fighting 1: Arlovski vs. Cole
VENUE: Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
RESULT: Burkman UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Burkman, 29-28 Burkman, 30-27 Burkman
MY SCORECARD: 29-29
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via Sherdog)
Round 1: Referee Chris Tognoni watches over this welterweight bout. Burkman takes the outside early and attacks Harris’ lead leg with kicks inside and outside. Burkman pins Harris on the fence but can’t wrestle him down, instead settling for some foot stomps. The second effort finds Burkman lifting Harris into the air and slamming him to the ground at the base of the fence. Burkman tries to extract his right leg from half-guard as he peppers with punches on top. Harris sits up and Burkman sprawls backward, keeping Harris on his seat with a front headlock. Good knees from Burkman as he drills the sitting Harris in the chest. Burkman is framing up a guillotine but Harris defends by peeling off the wrists and stands back up. Burkman side-kicks Harris’ knee and then flicks one at his face. Harris is pressing in but not letting his hands go, and Burkman seems happy to spend the last minute on the outside, flashing kicks and knees. With 20 seconds to go, Harris clinches up and puts Burkman on the fence. They trade knees inside and jockey for position as the round expires.

Round 2: The welterweights pick up where they left off, pummeling against the fence. They break off after 30 seconds and Burkman takes the outside again, his hands at his waist, looking to counter. Harris isn’t throwing, though, and Burkman continues to wait. Burkman backs Harris off with a side kick then rushes him across the cage with a single-leg. Harris puts his back on the fence, still defending the takedown, and grabs a guillotine choke with his right arm. The choke looks deep but Burkman is defending well, using the cage at his back to relieve pressure. Harris won’t let go and throws a few knees to the body before cranking the choke again. Burkman wags his finger behind Harris’ back, letting ref Tognoni know that he’s not in danger. One minute to go now and Burkman seems to have had enough, attacking Harris’ thighs with knees until Harris finally releases the choke. Burkman attacks with punches and head kicks before the horn but can’t connect.

Round 3: Both men come out firing and Burkman is soon shooting on a single-leg. Harris turns it away but Burkman makes him pay with a right hand on the exit. Burkman paws at a cut over his right eye which may be affecting his vision. Harris traps Burkman against the fence and slugs him with a wide right hand. Harris can’t do much on the fence and lets Burkman go. Harris is coming forward, starting to rack up punches before putting Burkman on the cage. Again, nothing comes of it and Burkman breaks out. Two minutes to go and Burkman is back on the outside, flicking out kicks to the legs and body. Harris won’t stop coming forward and he pays for his aggression as Burkman floors him with about a minute left in the bout. Burkman grabs a headlock before Harris scrambles to his feet, only to be plowed down again by Burkman. Full mount now for Burkman, who has 20 seconds to try and finish. Harris gets to his feet with Burkman still attached to his back as time runs out.
VIDEO:

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#230

FIGHT: Hugo Viana vs. John Teixeira
DATE: June 23
CARD: UFC 147: Franklin vs. Silva II
VENUE: Mineirinho Arena
LOCATION: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
RESULT: Viana SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Viana, 29-28 Teixeira, 29-28 Viana
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Viana
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via MMArising)
Round 1: Big punches were exchanged in the opening minute, but neither fighter landed cleanly. Viana connected with a right hook and da Conceicao just missed with an uppercut. Da Conceicao pressed forward with punches and body kicks. Viana answered with a flurry, but he was sent off-balance by a left hook. Da Conceicao scored with a knee to the body and ate a looping one-two in return. Both fighters continued to throw punches with full power and both landed. Viana targeted the body and avoided a front kick. He clinched and unloaded with right hands. Da Conceicao broke away, then walked forward with a right hook. Close opening round.

Round 2: Da Conceicao clinched early in round two and looked for a takedown against the cage. Viana defended and stayed on his feet. Da Conceicao broke away briefly, then clinched again and dumped Viana to the mat. Viana used the fence to work back to his feet and the fighters were separated. Viana jabbed to the body and fired off a flurry to the face. Da Conceicao answered with punches of his own. Viana ate a looping hook and a knee that forced him to backpedal. Da Conceicao landed kicks to Viana’s body and lead leg. He closed out the round with a knee to the body.

Round 3: The final round began with an exchange of leg kicks and both fighters connected with jabs. Viana landed a hard overhand right and time was called when he was kicked in the groin. Action resumed and Viana scored with a looping left hook to the temple. He jabbed and landed a leg kick. Da Conceicao answered with a leg kick in return. He tried to cut off the cage as Viana circled. Da Conceicao took Viana down briefly, but Viana got back to his feet. The fighters exchanged punches and leg kicks and Viana landed stiff jabs before the end of the fight.
VIDEO: n/a
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#229

FIGHT: Ary Santos vs. Lucio de Abreu Curado
DATE: December 21
CARD: Jungle Fight 47: Jungle Belt
VENUE: Oscar Fortes Barcellos Municipal Gymnasium
LOCATION: Porto Allegre, Brazil
RESULT: Curado R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: n/a
MY SCORECARD: n/a
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#228

FIGHT: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
DATE: April 14
CARD: UFC on Fuel: Gustafsson vs. Silva
VENUE: Ericsson Globe Arena
LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden
RESULT: Gustafsson UD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 30-27 Gustafsson, 30-27 Gustafsson, 29-28 Gustafsson
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Gustafsson
PLAY-BY-PLAY: (via CagePotato)
Round 1: Both men come out swinging before deciding to step back and find thier range. The Swede lands a left that drops Silva, but they quickly go back to the feet. More big shots from Gustaffson and Silva is cut. Sweden really getting behind their hometown boy here, but he is getting the better of the standup. Gustaffson looking sharp in the standup, as he throws both punches and kicks aplenty. Silva doing some damage with leg kicks. Silva still smiling and taunting Gustaffson. Both men happy to end the round standing and trading.

Round 2: The round starts with Gustaffson getting a trip, but Silva gets right back up. Announcers making alot of Gustafsson to Jon Jones comparisons, for some reason. Gustaffson still getting the better of the standup with his long reach. Silva lands a nice right hook that puts Gustafsson on his heels, but not for long. Both men connecting sporadically. Gustafsson hits a spinning back kick to the midsection, rather impressive. A couple more shots by each men takes us to the 3rd.

Round 3: Gustaffson looking very loose on his feet. Gustafsson landing well with the uppercut, Silva not doing so bad with the over-hand right. Gustafsson looking to throw knees now. Silva still keeping it interesting though. Silva attacking with leg kicks. Silva starting to look rather winded at this point, but pressing on. Gustafsson still landing shots almost at will. Silva stalking in the final seconds, but can’t land much of anything, and thats the fight.
VIDEO:

http://mmaversus.com/2012/04/14/alexander-gustafsson-vs-thiago-silva-fight-video-ufc-on-fuel-2/

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#227

FIGHT: Ivica Truscek vs. Mukhamed Aushev
DATE: June 6
CARD: M-1 Challenge 33: Emelianenko vs. Magomedov
VENUE: Ingush Centre
LOCATION: Dzheyrakhsky District, Russia
RESULT: Aushev SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: Aushev, Truscek, Aushev
MY SCORECARD: Aushev
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

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#226

FIGHT: Ramiro Hernandez Jr. vs. Kevin Croom
DATE: March 2
CARD: Titan Fighting Championship 21: Santiago vs. Pecanha
VENUE: Memorial Hall
LOCATION: Kansas City, Kansas
RESULT: Hernandez Jr. SD
JUDGES’ SCORECARD: 29-28 Croom, 30-27 Hernandez Jr., 29-28 Hernandez Jr.
MY SCORECARD: 29-28 Hernandez Jr.
PLAY-BY-PLAY: n/a
VIDEO:

http://www.mma-core.com/videos/fights/Kevin_Croom_vs_Ramiro_Hernandez_TFC_21/10027242

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