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Tyler Toner defeated Brandon Visher via TKO (elbows) at 2:36 of Round 1.
Takeya Mizugaki defeated Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Chad Mendes defeated Anthony Morrison via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:13 of Round 1.
Brad Pickett defeated Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Anthony Pettis defeated Alex Karalexis via submission (triangle choke) at 1:35 of Round 2.
Leonard Garcia defeated Chan Sung Jung via split decision (scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
Round 1: Banuelos and Jorgensen touch gloves to start. Both fighters start exchanging, and Banuelos lands a nice combination. Both men continue to trade punches before Banuelos dropped Jorgenesen with a left. Banuelos stayed busy on top, but Jorgensen went for an arm and Banuelos quickly jumped to his feet. Jorgensen keeps working the jab and both men scramble. Banuelos lands a body kick, head kick and body kick as the round comes to a close. Close round, but Banuelos rocking Jorgensen with the left hook syncs the round for him. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Banuelos.
Round 2: Jorgensen comes out stalking Banuelos. Jorgensen continued to work the jab and keep the pressure on Banuelos. Both trade strikes, with Jorgensen getting the better of it. Jorgensen stayed aggressive and kept pressing the action with his punches while Banuelos has noticeably slowed down. Jorgensen rocked Banuelos with a right that knocked Banuelos to the ground. Jorgensen got on Banuelos' back and pounded on him while trying to sync the hooks in. Jorgensen continued to drop hammerfists before Banuelos broke free and hit Jorgensen with a big kick as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.
Round 3: Jorgensen came out aggressive again. Jorgensen peppered Banuelos with jabs. Jorgensen continued to punish Banuelos with some big shots, but Banuelos stayed on his feet. The crowd – spoiled by the last fight – started to boo a little, which is uncalled for in this fight. Jorgensen rocked Banuelos with a big shot, dropping Banuelos to the ground. Jorgensen pounded away on Banuelos and managed to lock in a rear-naked choke, but Banuelos as able to break free. Jorgensen maintained position, dropping punches while on Banuelos' back. With a little over 15 seconds left, Jorgensen locked the choke in again and Banuelos kept punching to try and break free. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.
Scott Jorgensen defeated Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (all scores of 29-28).
Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller
Round 1: Roller managed to take Njokuani to the ground early. Roller worked to get mount, then got Njokuani's back. Roller was trying to lock in the rear-naked choke, but Njokuani was able to defend. Roller kept working for the choke, and kept attacking and adjusting his position. Roller was finally able to sync in the choke and get the submission.
Shane Roller defeated Anthony Njokuani via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:07 of Round 1.
Dana White was shown at cageside with Jake Shields with a shit-eating grin on his face.
Mike Brown vs. Manvel Gamburyan
Round 1: Gamburyan and Brown traded early with neither doing much damage. Brown was able to peg Gamburyan, and Gamburyan followed with a short right hand that knocked Brown to the mat. Gamburyan followed it up with punches on the ground before the referee waved him off.
Manvel Gamburyan defeated Mike Brown via KO (strikes) at 2:22 of Round 1.
WEC Lightweight Championship
Ben Henderson (c) vs. Donald Cerrone
Round 1: Henderson went for a single leg takedown earlier, but Cerrone defended it. Henderson was able to press Cerrone against the cage and landed some knees to Cerrone's head. Henderson stayed busy and then landed a takedown. Henderson quickly scrambled and locked in a guillotine on Cerrone, forcing Cerrone to tap.
Ben Henderson defeated Donald Cerrone via submission (guillotine) at 1:57 of Round 1.
WEC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Urijah Faber
Round 1: Faber looked for body kicks early on, which grazed Aldo. Aldo landed a leg kick, which knocked the challenger down, but Faber got quickly back to his feet. Both guys maintained their distance, just landing scattered shots. Faber landed some knees to Aldo's body. Aldo was able to nail Faber with a knee to the body of his own, which hurt Faber. Tough round to call, as Faber landed the most blows, although Aldo landed the most damaging blows. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 2: Faber was able to land some nice combinations earlier, mixing up his offense with punches and kicks. Aldo grazed Faber with an uppercut. Faber is having difficulty finding his distance. Aldo landed some hard leg kicks while dodging Faber's big shots. Aldo nailed Faber with another hard leg kick and Faber started limping. Faber's left leg is in bad shape. Aldo continued to work on Faber's leg as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 3: Aldo nailed Faber's leg again, and Faber is in a bad way with his leg. Aldo continued to stalk Faber and work on the leg. Faber was able to catch one of Aldo's leg kicks and take him down, but Aldo immediately got back to his feet. Aldo landed a big kick to Faber's head and started teeing away on Faber, but Faber was able to get out and nail Aldo with a big shot. Aldo pegged Faber with more devastating kicks. Aldo landed a couple of more shots and a hard leg kick at the end of the round that floored Faber as the round ended. Faber needed to be helped back to his corner. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 4: Aldo nailed Faber with a leg kick again, and Faber switched stances, so Aldo kicked the other leg. Aldo took the fight to the ground and got Faber's back. Aldo got the hooks in, but Faber was able to scramble out and get back to his feet. Aldo knocked Faber to the ground again with another leg kick. Aldo got side control and got Faber in a crucifix and started landing unprotected shots and elbows, but Faber kept trying to power out. Aldo continued to land punches and elbows at will. Aldo kept dropping punches, and the referee didn't stop the fight as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Aldo.
Round 5: Both fighters touched gloves at the start of the final round. Faber went for a takedown, but Aldo was able to stuff it. Aldo hovered over Faber for awhile before the referee stood Faber back up. I don't know why Aldo wouldn't have wanted Faber to stand immediately at that point unless he's just trying to let the time run out. It seems like Aldo is playing it safe in this round as he's not attempting to throw much. Aldo nailed Faber with another body shot, that hurt Faber. You can hear scattered boos throughout the arena for Aldo not trying to finish. Neither fighter did anything in the closing moments of the fight as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo for a final score of 50-44 for Aldo.
Jose Aldo defeated Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (scores of 49-45,49-45,50-45) to retain the WEC featherweight championship.
After the bout, Aldo said that he didn't go for the kill in the last round because Faber kept switching his base and he didn't want to get caught with something. He said he was looking to finish, but didn't get the chance to.
Faber, who was being held up by his teammates, said he had trained defending leg kicks, but Aldo did a good job and he couldn't do much with his bad leg. Faber said it was a tough fight and he tried his best.