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Dennis Siver vs. Nate Mohr
Dennis Silver defeated Nate Mohr via TKO (strikes) at 3:47 of Round 3.
Ivan Serati vs. Tomasz Drwal
Thomasz Drwal defeated Ivan Serati via TKO (punches) at 2:02 of Round 1.
Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes
Eric Schafer defeated Antonio Mendes via TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1.
Martin Kampmann vs. Alexandre Barros
Martin Kampmann defeated Alexandre Barros via TKO (strikes) at 3:09 of Round 2.
Tom Egan vs. John Hathway
John Hathway defeated Tom Egan via TKO (strikes)at 4:36 of Round 1
Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
Chris Lytle came out first. Davis came out to House Of Pain’s “Jump Around” and got a big reaction from the crowd.
Round 1: The crowd was singing right as the round started. Lytle rocked Davis early with some big right hands. Lytle landed in some leg kicks as well. Davis landed in come good shots but Lytle is the aggressor. The crowd is loud as hell. Late in the round, Lytle rocked Davis again, but Davis followed and knocked Lytle to the ground but they were quickly back on their feet. Davis has a small cut under his left eye. Lytle goes in to land a few punches as the round came to a close. 10-9 for Lytle.
Round 2: Lytle started with some big shots early and Davis is woozy. Davis nails Lytle with a hard shot and knocks Lytle down, but Davis lats him back up. Davis follows with a nice body kick and a hard knee. Lytle continues to be the aggressor. Davis was starting to pick his shots and landing a lot of punches and kicks. As the round was closing, Davis nailed Lytle with another big knee. Closer round, 10-9 for Davis.
Round 3: Both men hugged to open the round. Both men traded blows and kicks early on with neither fighter getting a real advantage. Davis is looking fresher and is landing more shots by the middle of the round. Davis rocked Lytle with 15 seconds left in the round but Lytle got back up. Great round, another 10-9 round for Davis.
Winner via split decision (scores of 29-28 Davis, 29-28 Lytle, 29-28 Davis): Marcus Davis
Davis was emotional in his post fight interview and said it was a dream defeating Chris Lytle 100 miles from where his parents grew up.
A plug for GSP in Men’s Fitness ran.
Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson were shown entering the arena earlier in the day.
A promo for UFC 94 aired. That will be huge.
Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang
Round 1: Kang landed some big shots early and took Belcher down. Kang dominated Belcher on the ground until Belcher was able to fight his way out and they were back on their feet. Kang landed more hard shots and got Belcher down o the ground again and got full guard. Kang was going for a kimura and continues to maintain control as the round came to a close. 10-9 for Kang.
Round 2: Kang connected with come hard shots early but Belcher got Kang up against the cage. Kang got out and both traded shots. Kang was able to get Belcher to the ground again and got half guard. They were eventually stood up and Belcher landed some leg kicks. Kang went for a shot, but Belcher pulled guard and landed a guillotine to get the submission.
Winner via submission (guillotine) at 4:22 of Round 2: Alan Belcher
Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares
Palhares was crying on his way to the cage, Joe Rogan noted that he’s an emotional fighter.
Round 1: Palhares took Horn down early and got Horn’s back with one hook in. Palhares is trying to end this early, he’s dropping fists but Horn is able to break free. Palhares maintained his advantage on the ground. Horn did try for a triangle at one point, but Palhares was able to shake it off. Horn was able to get back to his feet with 2:00 left in the round, but Palhares took him back down and dropped some big hammer fists. Palhares then went for a knee bar and then went to dropping hammer hists on Horn. Dominant round for Palhares. 10-8 Palhares.
Round 2: Palhares shot right up and picked Horn up and slammed him to the mat. Palhares was given a final warning for grabbing he cage (he grabbed it once in the first round). Palhares continued to dominate on the ground, getting Horn’s back and Palhares kept dropping fists to the side of the head. Finally Horn was able to get Palhares down and got full mount, and got Palhares in an arm triangle. Palhares got out of it and they ended up back on their feet. Horn landed a big kick, but was quickly taken to the ground by Palhares with 1:00 left in the round. Horn went for a triangle, but lost it. The round ended with Palhares on top in half guard. Much closer round than the first, 10-9 for Palhares.
Round 3: Palhares suplexed Horn to the ground early. The round stayed on the ground with not much happening and they were eventually stood up with about a minute left in the round. Horn landed a big kick to the head, but Palhares took Horn back to the ground as the round ended. 10-9 Palhares.
Winner via unanimous decision (all judges scored it 30-27): Rousimar Palhares
In the post fight interview, Palhares said that he had broken his hand in the first round and did what he could after that.
Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson were shown warming up in the back.
Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Round 1: Shogun hit a big leg kick early, but Coleman was able to take Rua to the ground early and dropped a couple of big shots. They got back to their feet and Shogun was able to get the better of the standup before Coleman took Rua back down. Shogun was able to gain the advantage and get side control on Coleman. They got back to their feet and Rua landed some hard leg kicks. Coleman is looking tired. Rua rocked Coleman with a hard right that knocked Coleman down. Rua landed some good knees to the body to end the round. 10-9 Rua.
Round 2: Shogun started nailing leg kicks to start the round. Coleman was able to shoot and take Rua down but wasn’t able to do anything and they were back up. Coleman’s hands are down, and Rua is landing jabs. Rua was able to land more knees in the Thai clinch but Coleman was able to take Rua down again but they were back up. Rua landed a string of jabs and Coleman took Rua down again. Shogun is tried at this point and was attempting a omoplata as th round ended. 10-9 for Rua.
Round 3: Coleman hit a good body shot early. Coleman got Rua down again and dropped some punches to the body from the top. He dropped some elbows on Rua. The fans are chanting “Coleman”. Rua turned around and went for a kneebar but Coleman was able to get out and get on top. Coleman’s round so far, incredibly. Coleman has Rua’s back and is landing punches. As they were getting up, Rua nailed Coleman with a knee while Coleman was getting up, and the referee paused the action thinking it was a knee to the hear (it was to the body). Rua rocked Coleman with a series a punches and pulled the referee called it off with less than 30 seconds left.
Winner via TKO (strikes): Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
In his post fight interview, Rua said Coleman was a good fighter and said that he was 100% after his knee surgery. Rua, though victorious, didn’t look good tonight.
After the fight, Coleman said he was disappointed in himself and said him and Shogun were 1-1 and they should do it again.
Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin
Round 1: Henderson and Franklin traded leg kicks early. Henderson rocked Franklin with a big punch and slipped, and Henderson got on top of Franklin on the ground. Henderson dropped some hard shots from the top. Franklin was finally able to get back to his feet and landed some kicks to the body. Franklin finished the round strong, however Henderson did more damage. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 2: Henderson started the round pushing forward. By the middle of the round, Henderson is able to take Franklin down. Henderson maintained the advantage on the ground, however didn’t do much damage. Henderson tried to drop some punches and elbows from the top as the round ended. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 3: Both men traded punches and kicks early before Henderson was able to take Franklin down. The fight got back standing, and Henderson’s looking beat. Franklin got in some good shots. Franklin continued to pick away at Henderson before he was accidentally poked in the eye, which paused the action with only 37 seconds left in the fight. It was a bad one. Franklin was given two minutes to recover. With the fight restarted, Franklin chased Henderson around and landed a couple of jabs. 10-9 for Franklin.
Winner via split decision (scores of 29-28 Henderson, 30-27 Franklin (?!), 29-28 Henderson): Dan Henderson