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NON-TELEVISED PRELIMINARY CARD
Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Rob Emerson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Eliot Marshall defeated Jason Brilz via split decision (30-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Rick Story defeated Brian Foster via submission (arm-triangle) at 1:09 of Round 1
Nick Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jim Miller defeated Steve Lopez via TKO (shoulder injury) at 0:48 of Round 2
TELEVISED PRELIMINARY CARD
Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal
Round 1: McFedries and Drwal exchanged kicks to start the round. They spent most of the round on their feet, but McFedries was noticeably gassing towards the end of the round. Drwal took control and scored a takedown late in the round and tried to finish McFedries with a rear-naked choke as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores it 10-9 for Drwal.
Round 2: Drwal took McFedries down early in the round. Drwal was able to get his back and secure a rear-naked choke, forcing McFedries to tap.
Winner via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:03 of Round 2: Tomasz Drwal
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
Round 1: Both men circled each other for the opening moments of the fight, neither landing anything significant. Escudero slammed Miller hard to the mat. Miller got back up, and Escudero tagged Miller with a big right hand right on the button and followed it up with two blows on the mat, knocking Miller out.
Winner via TKO at 3:36 of Round 1: Efrain Escudero
Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca
Round 1: Griffin landed some scattered shots early on. Griffin continued to land leg kicks and punches, while Franca kept looking to catch Griffin’s leg and take the fight to the ground. Griffin was able to knock Franca down momentarily, but Franca got quickly back up to his feet. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Griffin.
Round 2: Both men started swinging for the fences early on. Franca was finally able to catch Griffin’s foot, but wasn’t able to take him down. Griffin took Franca down with a big right and started wailing away on Franca until the the referee called it off.
Winner via KO at 3:26 of Round 2: Tyson Griffin
Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
Round 1: Koscheck was able to drop Trigg with a big right early in the round and knocked Trigg to the ground. Koscheck started landing some big shots on the ground and the referee waved it off.
Winner via TKO at 1:25 of Round 1: Josh Koscheck
Koscheck asked for a fight with Matt Hughes after the fight.
Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley
Round 1: Both men started exchanging blows early. Daley was landing more of his combinations, and he nailed Kampmann with a hard left hook. Kampmann was able to press Daley against the cage but Daley was able to escape. Daley nailed Kampmann with a left hook and started wailing away on Kampmann to end the fight.
Winner via TKO at 2:31 of Round 1: Paul Daley
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Junior dos Santos
Round 1: Santos landed some good body shots early. Cro Cap landed a high kick which grazed Santos. Santos landed a good combination, which rocked Cro Cop. Santos continued to be aggressive throughout the round, dominating Cro Cop with his standup. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Santos.
Round 2: dos Santos showed his superior stand up again, pressing the action and backing Cro Cop against the cage. Late in the round, Cro Cop accidentally low blowed dos Santos, which caused a break in the action. dos Santos continued to pick away at Cro Cop as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for dos Santos.
Round 3: Both men started the round exchanging blows. Dos Santos scored with some knees that rocked Cro Cop. Dos Santos continued to work away with knees to Cro Cop’s body and punches. Cro Cop, in a bit of irony from Cro Cop’s fight with Al-Turk, complained that he couldn’t see after one of the punches and the fight was stopped.
Winner via TKO (verbal submission) at 2:00 of Round 3: Junior dos Santos
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort
Round 1: Both men kept their distance and fought cautiously for the first several minutes, with neither man inflicting much damage. Belfort was able to land a nice combination, and hurt Franklin with a big left. Franklin hit the ground, and Belfort landed a series of punches to end the fight minutes into the round.
Winner via KO at 3:02 of Round 1: Vitor Belfort