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Jon Madsen defeated Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Daniel Roberts defeated Forrest Petz via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
Gerald Harris defeated David Branch via TKO (Slam) in Round 3.
Kendall Grove defeated Goran Reljic via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Ricardo Romero defeated Seth Petruzelli via Submission (Americana) in Round 2.
Brendan Schaub defeated Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (Strikes) in Round 1.
George Sotiropoulos Vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Kenny Florian in Pellegrino’s corner, Eddie Bravo in George’s. Josh Rosenthal is the third man in the cage.
Round 1: The two men take to the center of the cage immediately and start trading strikes. George taking a low stance and looking to land right hands. George cracks Pellegrino with a right and knocks him to the ground. George is all over him but Pellegrino recovers and gets back to his feet. Pellegrino with a right and working well for him is the fact that Kenny Florian’s voice is the loudest thing in the arena. George lands a clean left hook and Kurt lands a takedown. They scramble and George gets back to his feet. George goes for a knee that barely misses. George lands the left again and Pellegrino gets another takedown. George establishes rubber guard. Pellegrino pulls out and eats an upkick. George throwing elbows from the back and stifling Pellegrino’s offense. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos.
Round 2: Pellegrino starts the round with a nice left. George goes for a leg but Pellegrino is fighting off the takedown. George stays persistent and gets him down. Pellegrino staying busy but George is stifling on top. He’s landing elbows from the top and has no problem landing in Pellegrino’s half guard. George throwing some nasty elbows to the side of Pellegrino’s face. They hit the cage and George gets into Pellegrino’s side control. Pellegrino using the cage to wall walk but George is still all over him. George picks Pellegrino up off the ground but cannot get the slam. They separate and engage on the feet again. George with a head kick. Pellegrino with a knee, he takes a left for his trouble. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos.
Round 3: George looks a bit slower, his punches don’t have quite the same pop as they did in the first and second. They are exchanging but not much is coming of it so far. George pushing forward after landing a solid left and right. Pellegrino gets the takedown. Pellegrino with a few nice elbows, George establishes mission control and then something Joe Rogan calls “crabcake” control; both of his legs are locked behind Pellegrino’s neck. Pellegrino slams hims off and they are back to their feet. With thirty seconds left George has Pellegrino pressed against the cage. Pellegrino with a serious knee and some follow-up punches at the end that knock George down but it may be too little too late. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Pellegrino.
George Sotiropoulos defeated Kurt Pellegrino via unanimous decision (30-27, 20-27, 29-28)
George says he was dazed from the knee but definitely not unconscious.
Stephan Bonnar Vs. Krzysztof Soszynsnk
Mario Yamasaki officiating this bout.
Round 1: Soszynsnki backing Bonnar up early with nice combos. “The Polish Experiment” with a solid leg kick. Bonnar catches a kick and takes Soszynsnki down. Soszynsnki neutralizes Bonnar’s top control and rolls him over. They stand up and Soszynsnki hammers Bonnar with punches against the cage. They tie up on the fence. Bonnar bleeding already. Bonnar with a nice knee after he reversed Soszynsnki in the clinch. Bonnar tries a spinning back kick but Soszynsnki cuts the angle and grabs him from around the waist. THey chase each other for a moment and end up against the cage again. Bonnar landing some slick elbows and punches against the cage. Bonnar with a powerful body kick that lands clean. They clinch against the cage again. Sosynsnki with a nice right after Bonnar fails a takedown. Sosynsnki pushing forward and landing some serious shots but Bonnar pushes through them and fires back. He throws a high kick and lands a push kick. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Bonnar.
Round 2: That was a seriously close round. Soszynsnki bullying Bonnar to start, forcing him around the cage. Bonnar teeing off against Soszynsnki against the cage. Soszynsnki clips him and the momentum turns in his favor again. Bonnar teeing off again, ends a combo with a high kick. Bonnar with a beautiful knee to Soszynsnki’s face. Bonnar lands a takedown and gets into side control. Soszynsnki gets back to his feet and Bonnar is still glued to him. Bonnar lands another clean knee and Soszynsnki drops. Bonnar throwing big shots on the ground. That’s it, Yamasaki calls a stop to the bout.
Stephan Bonnar defeated Krzysztof Soszynsnki via TKO (Strikes) at 3:08 of Round 2.
Bonnar thanks the fans, tells them he loves them and has been proud to bleed for them. He credits being “sick in the head” for his willingness to repeatedly engage in brawls. He then tells Joe Rogan that he loves him and Rogan returns the sentiment.
Matt Brown Vs. Chris Lytle
Steve Mazzagatti to referee this sure-to-be barn burner.
Round 1: Brown looking to land kicks and Lytle is loading up on his right hand. They briefly hit the cage and as they break Brown pushes forward with a combo. Brown lands a nice trip and fails on a guillotine choke attempt. Brown showing some nice clinch control, lands a knee as they fight against the cage. Brown with a head kick as they break and then lands another knee from the clinch. Brown lands a takedown. Lytle looking for the omoplata but can’t cinch it. They scramble, Brown stays on top and looks for the D’arce choke, it’s looking pretty tight. Brown lets it go after a few tense moments. They are back to their feet. Lytle uncorks a right hand and Brown lands with some kicks. Lytle winging right hands with bad intentions and poor aim. Brown clips Lytle and knocks him off balance and to the mat. Lytle rolled for an armbar at the bell. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Brown.
Round 2: They begin exchanging early with Lytle still looking to load up on his overhand right. Brown with a crisp left hand. Lytle answers with a big shot that slightly wobbles Brown. They hit the ground and Lytle establishes mount. He moves to side control and then to a mounted triangle. He’s also isolating Brown’s free arm with a straight armbar. Brown’s arm looks to have hyper-extended or broken as a result of the armbar, either way Mazzagatti calls it.
Chris Lytle defeated Matt Brown via Submission (armbar) at 2:02 of Round 2.
Lytle says that the choke in the first round was very tight and that his plan was just to wait for Brown to tire himself out working for the choke. He calls his double-submission attempt the “Submission of the Night.”
Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Chris Leben
Leben walks out to “Love Rollercoaster” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, looks pretty amped up in the process. Akiyama walks out to Ave Maria and has his whole team bow with him before they enter the main arena, he looks very relaxed. Mike Goldberg says that Akiyama “wants to be the man that rules his country.” Another curious statement made by Goldie. Herb Dean is reffing this bout.
Round 1: Akiyama immediately catches Leben’s kick and takes him down. They are back to their feet almost immediately. The crowd is behind Leben for now, chanting his name. They are trading kicks. Leben with a nice counter left hand. Leben takes a low blow and they halt the action. Akiyama apologizes and they start trading right away. Akiyama with a nice right. Akiyama with a Judo throw as Leben moves forward. Leben sets up a high guard and looks for an armbar but Akiyama gets out easily. Leben not giving up on the armbar attempt though. They scramble and Akiyama stays on top, basically sitting on Leben’s head and looking for an armbar himself. Leben rolls out but Akiyama is still on top, in Leben’s half guard. Leben gets back to his feet and they grapple against the cage. Leben lands a left and a right and Akiyama lands a nice trip at the bell. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Akiyama.
Round 2: Leben tries for a head kick and slips. Akiyama lands a nice right. Akiyama looks to have slowed a bit. Akiyama lands a spinning back fist. Leben wobbles Akiyama a bit but he stays in front of him. Leben is landing effective punches now but Akiyama comes right back landing solid blows to Leben’s chin. Akiyama showing that he is not afraid to brawl with Leben and he’s not doing a half-bad job doing it. Akiyama throws Leben to the ground again. Leben breathing heavily but he manages to get back to his feet after some time on the ground. Leben is bloodied up. Leben looking for a front choke but Akiyama breaks out of it. Leben with a kick and Akiyama with a solid right. Both men look exhausted. Leben landing some big punches but Akiyama will not go down. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Akiyama.
Akiyama is so tired that he falls off of his stool in his corner.
Round 3: Both men show each other respect at the start of the round and go right back at it. Akiyama is exhausted, his hands are low but he is staying right in the pocket. Leben lands a head kick that is barely blocked. Akiyama catches a kick, lands a punch and takes Leben down all at once. Akiyama goes for the can opener from the guard as Leben throws double punches off of his back. Leben looking for an armbar off of his back. It looked tight for a moment but Akiyama shook him off and landed in Leben’s half guard, now full mount. Leben trying to fight it off but cannot. Akiyama back to half guard. Leben establishes full guard and goes back to throwing double punches and elbow from his back. Akiyama with a few left hands from inside Leben’s guard. Leben goes for the triangle and starts punching Akiyama repeatedly. Akiyama taps with seconds to go.
Chris Leben defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via Submission (triangle) at 4:43 of Round 3.
Leben calls out Wanderlei Silva before Buffer even reads the verdict and again when he talks to Rogan.
Brock Lesnar Vs. Shane Carwin
Carwin appropriately walks out to “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” and looks very calm and confident. Brock Lesnar looks like he means business as he makes his way to the cage to the strains of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. Referee Josh Rosenthal will be the man closest to ground zero.
Round 1: Lesnar does not come out Southpaw as he mentioned that he would. Both men showing respect for the other. Carwin clips Lesnar in the first exchange and wobbles him, Lesnar immediately shoots for the takedown and Carwin gets up with a whizzer. Carwin is all over Lesnar with punches and Lesnar is in big trouble. Carwin lands a knee and Lesnar goes down in a heap, Carwin is all over him. Lesnar is bleeding and barely hanging on. Carwin is posturing up and reigning down blows. Lesnar is somehow surviving this and Carwin is slowing his attack. Carwin with a big elbow. Lesnar trying to push Carwin off of him, he makes some space but he is far from being out of danger. Lesnar scrambles back to his feet, presses Carwin against the cage and tries for the takedown. Lesnar with a knee. It actually looks like this will make it into the second round somehow. Lesnar took a ridiculous amount of punishment. Fightline.com scores the round 10-8 for Carwin
Round 2: Carwin winks at Lesnar to start the round. Carwin looks a little tired but Lesnar doesn’t exactly look fresh. Lesnar throws a right. Carwin pushes a one-two which Lesnar easily avoids and turns into a takedown. Lesnar in Carwin’s half guard. Lesnar gets the mount and then almost immediately goes for an arm triangle. Carwin taps, it’s over.
Carwin and Lesnar embrace and raise each other’s hands.
Brock Lesnar defeated Shane Carwin via Submission (arm triangle) at 2:19 of Round 2.
Lesnar says that this night isn’t about him, it’s about his family, his doctors, his training partners and staff. He says that he stands before the crowd a humble champion and the toughest SOB around. Lesnar credits Carwin for having heavy hands and says that he had to weather the storm.
Carwin calls Brock a “tough son of a b***h” for surviving the first round onslaught and says that he may have punched himself out, says he will be back and better than ever.