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Corey Hill vs. Justin Buchholz
Justin Buchholz defeated Hill in 3:57 of Round 2 via tapout with a rear naked choke.
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Melvin Guillard defeated Dennis Siver in just 36 seconds of Round 1 via TKO with punches.
Jorge Gurgel vs. Cole Miller
Cole Miller defeated Jorge Gurgel in what is said to be the fight of the night. The fight went down to the wire with Miller catching Gurgel with a triangle with 34 seconds left in the fight. Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight with only 12 seconds left in the fight. Winner via ref stoppage in Round 3: Cole Miller.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Justin McCulley
Gonzaga defeated Justin McCulley in Round 1 with a wristlock submission.
Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio
Round 1: A minute into the round and there was not much action, and the crowd responded with boos. Tyson Griffin pressed the action early with Aurelio trying to secure an armbar. They got back to their feet with less than 90 seconds left in the round. Good first round for Griffin. 10-9 Griffin.
Round 2: The two started with a heated exchange early with Griffin rocking Aurelio with stiff leg kicks. This round was a lot closer, with Aurelio getting Griffin in several dangerous spots, but Aurelio wasn’t able to secure anything. Another 10-9 round for Griffin.
Round 3: Aurelio hit Griffin with a big knee early in the round. The two started swinging without connecting with much before Griffin finally took Aurelio took with 90 seconds left. Aurelio was going for a triangle again, but couldn’t get it but Griffin kept popping out of it. Another 10-9 round for Griffin.
Winner: Tyson Griffin Via Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping was shown at ringside.
A promo for Silva-Irvin aired.
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
Round 1: Midway into the round the action moved to the ground. Koscheck landed a couple of bombs on the ground. Koscheck dominated the round on the ground. 10-9 round for Koscheck.
Round 2: Koscheck went for the takedown early and manages to get Lytle down, but Lytle was able to get back up. Koscheck went for another takedown but Lytle got Koscheck in a guillotine. Halfway into the round, Lytle was busted open. Koscheck dominated Lytle with Koscheck’s blond hair turning red with Lytle’s blood. Lytle’s cut is really bad at this point. There’s a pond of Lytle’s blood on the mat with Koscheck pounding away, and surprisingly the fight isn’t stopped. 10-9, possible 10-8 for Koscheck.
Round 3: The fight went back down to the ground and Lytle was able to get another guillotine on Koscheck, but Koscheck was able to get out. Koscheck went after the cut and Lytle was bleeding bad. This is turning into a horror movie. Joe Rogan noted it was worse than BJ Penn – Joe Stevenson. With 90 seconds left, Yves Lavigne stood them up when everyone thought he was stopping the fight. Lytle started swinging wildly with less than a minute left, but Koscheck was able to get him in the clinch. Lytle started landing some hard blows as the round closed, Koscheck raised his hands and the crowd booed.
Winner: Winner via Unanimous Decision: Josh Koscheck (Scores of 30-26,29-27,30-28)
A promo was aired for Bisping – Leben.
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1 Joe Daddy caught Tibau early and got a guillotine but Tibau snuck out. Halfway into the round, Stevenson was able to take Tibau down. Tibau spent the last couple of minutes going for an uma plata, but Joe made sure to appear unaffected. 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 2: A couple of minutes into the fight, Tibau was able to mount Stevenson but Stevenson was able to get out. Tibau got Stevenson down again 3 minutes into the round, and Stevenson caught him in a tight guillotine and got the tapout.
Winner: Stevenson via submission with a guillotine in Round 2
Patrick Cote vs. Ricardo Almeida
Round 1: Almeida got a guillotine early but Cote popped out. Almeida was on top most of the round, but didn’t land any devastating shots. Still, good ground and pound from Almeida and a solid round for Almeida. 10-9 Almeida.
Round 2: Cote was in trouble early with Almeida getting him down to the ground and trying for a gogaplata, but Almeida let go. Almeida looks like he’s either showboating or getting tired, it’s tough to tell, Almeida doesn’t have the charisma to pull it off if he is showboating. Crowd is starting to get uneasy with the fight, you can feel the unrest with the crowd. Almeida tried for another guillotine late in the round but Cote popped out again. Cote clipped Almeida as the round came to a close. 10-9 Cote.
Round 3: Cote comes out looking strong and up in the round with a leg kick at 1:30 into the round. Cote is clearly the aggressor and earning the judge’s points although no damage is being done. Crowd is in an un-excited silence. With a minute left in the round, this fight has had a couple of leg kicks from Cote and a few jabs from Almeida. Almeida is exhausted at this point but still takes Cote down. Almeida went for a submission, but it’s a tough fight to call. It seems like 10-9 Cote, but hard to say with the takedown at the end.
Winner: Patrick Cote via split decision (29-28 Cote, 29-28 Almeida, 29-28 Cote)
A preview for ‘Bangkok Dangerous’ which releases in September was shown.
Light Heavyweight Championship
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
While watching the preview for the fight, it’s surprising how this fight ended up being a shell of what it should have been. Two popular characters with a colorful smack talker in Rampage and a popular personality in Griffin, and the fight has turned out to be a run of the mill UFC main event.
Griffin was the crowd favorite and the crowd booed Rampage. Rampage came in looking menacing, while Forrest looked like the hopping, crowd favorite dweeb. The crowd reacted to the ring entrances for Rampage and Griffin and for the first time in months, the fight seemed like a big deal. Rampage looked a little softer than usual.
Round 1: The two came out swinging. Forrest went for the leg kicks. Jackson hit some hard punches and Forrest went for the clinch, but Rampage was able to quickly get out. Rampage landed some hard shots that rocked Forrest and Forrest answered. With 80 seconds left, Rampage knocked Forrest loopy and pushed him to the cage but wasted some time hurting Forrest when he was most vulnerable. Forrest able to work up and answer with some knees. They traded blows as the first round came to a close. 10-9 Forrest.
Round 2: The crowd is cheering both men. Forrest buckled Rampage with a leg kick and looked like he was going to finish Rampage but went to the ground. Forrest got side control and worked it from the top. Forrest is dominating on the top while Rampage is holding off, waiting until Round 3. Dominating round for Round 2, 10-8 for Griffin.
Round 3: Rampage is looking more tired and his leg is hurt. Halfway into the round it was all on the feet with Rampage dominating. As the round went on, Forrest was able to land more shots, but every shot Rampage landed seemed to have more of an effect. Tough round to score 10-9 Forrest.
Round 4: Forrest started off with leg kicks. Rampage landed hard shots on Forrest and knocked Forrest down and cut him open. Rampage took Forrest down but couldn’t answer. Rampage was able to land a lot more hard blows in this round, 10-9 Rampage.
Round 5: Rampage rocked Forrest early. Before you know it, they were exchanging blow with no clear winner. Pretty amazing fight, I would give the fight to Forrest.
Winner: Unanimous Decision: Forrest Griffin (48-46,48-46,49-46)