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T.J. Grant defeated Kevin Burns via TKO (strikes)at 4:57 of Round 1.
DaMarques Johnson defeated Edgar Garcia via submission (triangle choke) at 4:3 of Round 1.
Rousimar Palhares defeated Lucio Linhares via submission (heel hook) at 3:21 of Round 2.
Johny Hendricks defeated Ricardo Funch via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-25).
Matt Wiman defeated Shane Nelson via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Alan Belcher defeated Wilson Gouveia via TKO (strikes) at 3:03 of Round 1.
Paul Buentello vs. Stefan Struve
Round 1: Struve has an obvious reach advantage being 6’11” and nine inches taller than Buentello. Both fighters traded blows early, and Struve pulled guard in an attempt to take the bout to the ground. Buentello blocked the attempt, and Struve was able to land a big uppercut. Struve was able to take Buentello down and got his back. Struve secured a body triangle and tried to cinch in a rear-naked choke. Struve landed blows from the top and kept busy trying to secure the rear-naked choke. The crowd is booing even though Struve is staying busy on the ground. Struve let go of the body triangle, and Buentello was able to push Struve off and get on top in Struve’s guard as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Struve.
Round 2: Buentello came out punching and floored Struve with a right hand. Buentello allowed Struve to get back up to his feet. Struve attempted a heel hook, but Buentello was able to get out. Struve flew in with a knee, and Buentello clipped him with a big right that knocked Struve down. Buentello allowed Struve to get back up and landed a few more punches. Struve caught Buentello with a big elbow and Buentello caught Struve with a right. Both men then started teeing off as the crowd went crazy. Struve pressed Buentello against the cage, and Buentello caught Struve with a nice uppercut as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Buentello.
Round 3: It took a minute to get the round underway as Struve had a piece of his tooth stuck in his mouthguard and his corner tried to take it out. Struve landed some nice leg kicks, while Buentello kept punching. Both fighters continued to trade blows, but Struve was getting the better of it. Struve continued to land leg kicks, with Buentello not even attempting to check them. Struve kept landing leg kick after leg kick before Buentello finally caught his leg with about 90 seconds left in the round. Buentello checked another kick and knocked Struve to the ground, but let him back up. Buentello landed a couple of big punches as the round ended. Good round, but Struve did more damage with his leg kicks. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Struve.
Stefan Struve defeated Paul Buentello via majority decision (scores of 29-28,29-29,28-28)
After the bout, Struve said he didn’t feel like a winner and wasn’t happy with his performance, and felt that the bout was a draw. The crowd booed even though it was the right decision.
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
Guida came out to a big reaction from the crowd. Florian was actually booed coming out.
Round 1: Loud “Guida” chants as the round started. Guida came out with his frenetic pace and floored Florian after Florian attempted a head kick. Guida got on top, but wasn’t able to do much and Florian got back to his feet. Florian has a small cut over his right eye. Guida kept pushing the pace. Florian attempted a takedown, which was stuffed by Guida. Florian was finally able to take Guida to the ground and got side control, but Guida was able to shake out of it. Florian started teeing off on Guida and cut him badly with his elbows. The fight was paused as the doctors checked on Guida’s cut. The doctor said Guida was ok, and the fight resumed. Florian landed a couple of jabs as the round ended. Close round, but Florian did more damage with his exchange at the end of the round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Florian.
Round 2: Guida attempted a takedown early, which Florian stuffed. Guida looks like a mess with blood all over. Florian kept peppering Guida with jabs. Florian rocked Guida with a big right that floored Guida and started landing punches before securing a rear-naked choke, forcing Guida to tap.
Kenny Florian defeated Clay Guida via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:19 of Round 2.
After the fight, Florian gave Guida his props. Florian just noted that tonight was his night. He said he was trying to get better and wanted another crack at the title.
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Round 1: Both fighters teed off early. Fitch caught a leg from Pierce and was able to take Pierce to the ground. Fitch got Pierce’s back and got the hooks in, but didn’t have him flattened. Fitch landed some punches from the top to loosen him up. Pierce was able to power up to his feet and slammed Fitch to the mat. Pierce pressed Fitch against the cage, and Fitch was able to get up to his feet. They were eventually separated and placed back in the center of the octagon. Fitch shot in, but Pierce grabbed him as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 2: Pierce pressed Fitch against the cage, but Fitch was able to break free. Fitch caught a leg kick and took Pierce down again, and Fitch tried to take Pierce’s back. Pierce was able to get back to his feet. Fitch stayed dominant, but wasn’t able to do much damage. They exchanged blows and Fitch tried to take Pierce down as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 3: Fitch started the round landing a good body kick and a knee. Fitch tried a takedown, but Pierce was able to stuff it. Fitch got a muay-thai clinch and landed a couple of knees. Pierce was able to press Fitc. h against the cage and landed some knees to Fitch’s leg. Pierce managed to catch Fitch with a left hook and a couple of shots. Fitch grazed Pierce with a head kick. Fitch tried to get Pierce’s back again, but Pierce was able to power out. Pierce landed a nice leg kick and planted some big shots on Fitch that rocked Fitch. Fitch was rocked as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pierce.
Jon Fitch defeated Mike Pierce via unanimous decision (all judges score it 29-28).
After the bout, Fitch said getting cut right off the bat kinda freaked him out and he wasn’t able to be as aggressive as he would have liked.
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank Mir
Round 1: Not surprisingly, both men didn’t touch gloves before the bout. Kongo came in with a combination early, but wasn’t able to connect. Frank Mir floored Kongo with a big left and dropped Kongo. He landed a deep guillotine and held it in for several moments, and Kongo went limp, prompting the referee to stop the fight. Wow! Mir checked on Kongo after the bout.
Frank Mir defeated Cheick Kongo via submission (guillotine) at 1:12 of Round 1.
After the bout, Mir said that he wished that Brock Lesnar would get healthy, and once he returns, he would hurt him.
In the text voting, 55% thought that BJ Penn would defeated Diego Sanchez. That was closer then I expected.
UFC Lightweight Championship
BJ Penn (c) vs. Diego Sanchez
Round 1: Loud chants of “BJ” early on. Penn clipped Sanchez right off the bat and started raining down with a flurry of punches. Penn continued the assault and got on top of Sanchez. Amazingly, Sanchez got back to his feet, the fight almost looked like it was over. Penn was able to hit Sanchez with another uppercut, and Sanchez was able to press Penn against the cage. Sanchez landed an elbow and then both men were back to the center f the cage. Sanchez is visibly tentative, and Penn is stalking the challenger. Sanchez went for a takedown, but Penn defended it. Penn caught Sanchez with a couple more big strikes as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Penn, almost a 10-8.
Round 2: Penn started the round stalking Sanchez again. Sanchez went for another takedown, but Penn was able to defend again. Penn continued to press forward and outclass the challenger. Penn used his superior head movement to dodge Sanchez’s attacks, and he made him pay for it. Sanchez went for the leg again late in the round, but Penn was able to make the most of it, dropping punches from the top. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Penn.
Round 3: Penn started aggressive again, but Sanchez was able to press Penn against the cage. Sanchez tried to work on the takedown, but Penn was able to shrug it off and get back to the center of the cage. Sanchez kept trying – unsuccessfully – for the takedown, but wasn’t able to get anything going. Penn landed a couple of punches right before the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Penn.
Round 4: Penn continued to counter everything Sanchez was throwing at him. Penn defended another takedown attempt and landed shots while Sanchez had Penn pressed against the cage. The round was more of the same, another round for the champion. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Penn.
Round 5: Penn landed a nice body shot as the round started. Sanchez attempted yet another takedown that was stuffed. It was time to stop trying that three rounds ago. Penn managed to bring Sanchez to the ground, but both fighters were quickly back to their feet. Penn landed some big shots and looked to be attempting to finish the fight. Penn turned it on, and Sanchez was cut bad over his eye. The fight was stopped due to the cut. Another dominant performance from the champion.
UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn defeated Diego Sanchez via doctor’s stoppage (cut) at 2:37 of Round 5.
After the bout, Penn said he was keeping his mouth shut, but he always wanted to fight Diego Sanchez. He then said that all his questions would be answered on BJPenn.com.
Diego, who looked like a bad car accident after the bout, said that BJ was a great champion. He then said that he will be back.