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Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson
Shane Nelson defeated Aaron Riley by TKO (strikes) at 0:44 of Round 1.
Brandon Vera vs. Mike Patt
Brandon Vera defeated Mike Patt by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:27 of Round 2.
Tim Boetsch vs. Jason Brilz
Jason Brilz defeated Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (29-28 on all scorecards)
Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day
Kendall Grove defeated Jason Day by TKO (strikes) at 1:32 of Round 1.
Tamdan McCrory vs. Ryan Madigan
Tamdan McCrory defeated Ryan Madigan by TKO (strikes) at 3:35 of Round 1.
Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller
Round 1: Miller landed a couple of shots early before the two clinched against the cage. They moved back to the center of the octagon. Maynard landed a good hard right. Miller tried to take Maynard down but Maynard stuffed it. Miller is bleeding badly from the nose. Maynard landed some hard shots to end the round. 10-9 Maynard.
Round 2: Maynard came out aggressive. Miller landed a couple of shots, but Maynard’s shots had more behind them. Maynard landed some more hard punches. Miller finally got a takedown, but Maynard was able to get to his feet quickly. Miller’s face is busted up. Maynard kept landing shots and picking Miller apart as the round ended. 10-9 Maynard.
Round 3: The fight stayed standing early with both fighters trading punches. Miller landed a good body kick. Maynard hit a big slam but Miller went for a knee bar and Maynard quickly got back up to his feet. They went to the ground and Maynard landed some big punches. The two circled each other for a bit as the round came to a close. 10-9 Maynard.
Winner by unanimous decision (all judges scored it 30-27): Gray Maynard
A promo for UFC 97 aired. The main bouts are Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites and Chuck Liddell vs. Shogun Rua.
Gabriel Gonzaga was shown backstage getting ready for his fight.
Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz
Round 1: Hamill stuffed a takedown attempt early. Hamill peppered Munoz with shots and took Munoz to the ground. They were quickly back up and Hamill kept chasing Munoz while landing scattered shots along the way. Munoz connected with a couple of good right hooks. Hamill landed a huge head kick and knocked him out cold!
Winner via KO at 3:53 of Round 1: Matt Hamill
Frank Mir was interviewed by Mike Goldberg and confirmed that the fight with Brock Lesnar is off for May. He said he wants the fight to happen on July 11th.
Rashad Evans was then interviewed and it was confirmed that the main event for the May show. If Jardine beats Rampage tonight, Evans will face Lyoto Machida, otherwise he’ll face Rampage.
Brock Lesnar was shown at ringside with his wife Rena.
Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell
Round 1: Brown landed a couple of kicks early and nailed Sell with a hard right and it looked like the referee called it off. It turned out that he didn’t and the fight continued and Brown just worked Sell over with kick and knees. Surprising that the referee hasn’t stopped it yet. Matt Brown looked at referee Yves Lavigne wondering why he wasn’t stopping it and dropped a couple more punches before Lavigne decided to stop it.
Winner via TKO at 1:32 of Round 1: Matt Brown
Rampage and Jardine were shown in the back getting ready for their fight.
They are showing the Kendall Grove – Jason Day fight from earlier.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin
Round 1: Carwin pushed forward early and Gonzaga rocked Carwin with two hard rights. Gonzaga took Carwin to the ground and mounted him, but Carwin got up and rocked Gonzaga with a hard right and knocked Gonzaga out! He followed it up with a couple more shots as the referee stopped it. Shane Carwin has arrived!
Winner via KO at 1:09 of Round 1: Shane Carwin
Rashad Evans was interviewed again and he talked about how Keith Jardine was preparing for this fight.
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
Round 1: Both fighters tied up early. Referee Yves Lavigne separated them and Jardine landed a couple of good punches. Jardine kept going for the leg kicks and tied up against the cage again. Rampage caught one of Jardine’s kicks and followed up with a couple of punches that seemed to rock Jardine a little and landed another hard right before the round came to a close. 10-9 for Rampage.
Round 2: Rampage landed a leg kick early and Jardine landed one of his own. Jardine would land a couple of leg kicks and then Rampage rocked Jardine with a hard right and a flurry of punches. It looked like it was almost over but Jardine managed to escape. Rampage then took Jardine down but they ended up back on their feet. Jardine caught Rampage low and the action stopped for a minute. Jardine then pushed forward and nailed a bunch of punches on Rampage that rocked him. Good back and forth round. The two traded blows and then tied up against the cage to end of the round. Tough round to call, I’d score it 10-9 for Rampage.
Round 3: Both guys came out swinging. Rampage landed another leg kick and then took Jardine down and got in half guard. Jardine got up pretty quickly and they were clinched against the cage. Jardine hit Rampage with a big shot and followed up with leg kicks. Rampage rocked Jardine with a hook, but Jardine recovered. Rampage stuffed a takedown from Jardine and they’re locked against the cage before the referee separated them. Rampage landed some hard shots that rocked Jardine again and then rocked Jardine with a hard right and a couple of punches as the fight ended which should cinch the fight for Rampage. Great fight, 10-9 Rampage.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28,29-28,30-27): Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson
So it will be Rampage vs. Rashad Evans for the light heavyweight championship in May. Rashad Evans got in Rampage’s face after the fight. Rampage was hilarious in his exchange with Evans and afterwards said “there’s going to be some more black on black crime”.