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Danny Castillo defeated Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
Fredson Paixao defeated Bryan Caraway via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Ricardo Lamas defeated Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Javier Vazquez defeated Mackens Semerzier via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:35 of Round 2.
Maciej Jewtuszko defeated Anthony Njokuani via TKO (punches) at 1:35 of Round 1.
Zach Micklewright vs. Bart Palaszewski
Round 1: Palaszewski landed several low leg kicks early. Micklewright was able to land a nice flurry. Both men clinched against the cage until they were separated and sent back to the middle cage. Palaszewski landed a couple of nice left hooks, but Micklewright was able to land a nice right of his own. Palaszewski grabbed Micklewright by the back of the head and landed a series of punches to the head. Micklewright landed an accidental low blow and the action was paused for a few seconds. The fight resumed and Micklewright landed a nice combination. Palaszewski an unintentional low blow of his own, and Micklewright was given a minute to recover. Palaszewski landed a pair of nice rights. Palaszewski threw another high kick and goth men traded punches as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Palaszewski.
Round 2: Palaszewski came out swinging and let his hands go. Palaszewski landed a body kick and a straight right hand that knocked Micklewright out.
Bart Palaszewski defeated Zach Micklewright via TKO (strikes) at 0:31 of Round 2.
After the bout Palaszewski said he was always an entertainer first and a fighter second. He said he’s always looking to put on a show for the fans. He said he was working his wrestling for the past three months, but after it didn’t work, he let his hands go.
Scott Jorgensen vs. Brad Pickett
Round 1: Pickett nailed Jorgensen with a straight right that knocked Jorgensen down, but he quickly got back to his feet. Both men clinched against the cage, and ended up back in the center of the cage. Pickett landed a couple more big shots and pressed Jorgensen against the cage. Jorgensen broke free and Pickett kept coming in with punches. Jorgensen took Pickett down, but Pickett was quickly back up to his feet. Jorgensen nailed Pickett with a shot that knocked Pickett’s mouthpiece out. Pickett grabbed the mouthpiece and put it back in and was back in the fight. Both men traded punches and Jorgensen took Pickett to the mat. Pickett managed to lock in a guillotine, but Jorgensen was able to defend and get into side control. Jorgensen dropped some elbows to the head and Pickett was able to get back to his feet. Both fighters traded punches and Pickett landed a flying knee. Both fighters went on to trade blows as the round came to an end. Great round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pickett.
Round 2: Pickett landed some solid punches to the jaw early on. Pickett landed a straight left and Jorgensen landed a nice uppercut. Pickett continued to get the better of the stand up. Both guys traded hard shots and Pickett landed a hard right. Pickett’s mouthpiece was out again, and this time the fight was paused so he can put it back in. Jorgensen went for a takedown, which was stuffed. Pickett landed an unintentional low blow, and Jorgensen was given a few moments to recover. Both men continued to swing away until Jorgensen took Pickett down in Pickett’s full guard. Jorgensen landed some elbows and punches from the top and went to pass, but Pickett was able to get back to his feet and defend a guillotine attempt. Pickett went for a takedown of his own as the round ended. Another great round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.
Round 3: Both men touched gloves to start the round. Pickett landed some short punches. Pickett connected with a hard jab. Jorgensen scored another takedown and landed more short elbows from the top. Jorgensen stayed busy on top, while Pickett looked like he was looking for a triangle. Jorgensen defended and both fighters were back to their feet. Both men traded punches and Jorgensen scored another takedown. Pickett went for another triangle, but Jorgensen was able to avoid it. Jorgensen got side control and landed knees to Pickett’s back. Pickett tried to get back to his feet, but Jorgensen was able to take Pickett to the ground. Pickett was able to reverse and drop a couple of punches from the top as the round ended. Another fantastic round, a definite ‘Fight of the Night’ candidate. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen.
Scott Jorgensen defeated Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27 across the board).
After the fight, Jorgensen said that he wasn’t surprised that the fight went the distance. Jorgensen said he’s deserving of a title shot and will be watching the main event closely to see whom he’ll face next.
Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson
Round 1: Mendes rocked Swanson with a punch early. Swanson missed a punch and Mendes took Swanson to the ground. Swanson got into side control. Mendes kept control, but wasn’t able to do much damage. After a couple of minutes, both fighters were stood up. Mendes got the better of the stand up when they were back to their feet. Mendes caught a kick and scored another takedown, but Swanson was up quickly this time. Mendes pegged Swanson with a right. Swanson came in with a flying knee, only to be taken down again as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mendes.
Round 2: Mendes landed a low kick and a punch and scored a single leg takedown. Mendes looked to let go and both fighters were back to their feet. Swanson started landing some punches and kicks. Mendes landed a couple of shots of his own, but Swanson looked like he was finding his rhythm. Mendes scored another takedown and got in Swanson’s full guard. Swanson almost got back to his feet, but Mendes put him back on the mat. Mendes landed a couple of scattered elbows and stayed in control. Swanson was able to get back to his feet and went for a guillotine attempt, but Mendes was able to defend. Swanson missed a high kick as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mendes.
Round 3: Swanson slipped early and Mendes took Swanson to the ground pressed him against the cage. Swanson got back to his feet and both men went back to the center of the cage. Mendes with another takedown and into Swanson’s guard. Swanson was going for a omaplata, but Mendes was able to avoid it. Swanson finally got back to his feet and went for a flying knee,only to be taken back to the ground. Swanson got back up and started swinging for the fences and avoided another single leg. Swanson landed a leg kick, but was taken back to the mat. Mendes finished the round on top of Swanson. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Mendes.
Chad Mendes defeated Cub Swanson via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27,29-28,29-29).
After the fight, Mendes said he’d been working on his standup but stayed with his wrestling where he was most comfortable.
Anthony Pettis vs. Shane Roller
Round 1: Both guys traded blows early and Roller went for a takedown, stuffed by Pettis. Roller was able to get Pettis down but Pettis immediately got back to his feet. Roller went for a single, and pressed Pettis against the cage. Roller went for another takedown but Pettis landed a nice straight right. Roller landed a right of his own and clinched with Pettis against the cage. Roller went for takedown but Pettis ended up on top and got back to his feet. Pettis kept coming forward and landed some nice punches. Roller went for a guillotine, but Pettis brushed it off. Roller landed a hard right and Pettis landed a high kick to the back of Roller’s head and a knee before Roller pressed Pettis against the cage. Both men clinched against the cage and Pettis hit his kick again as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 2: Roller clinched Pettis against the cage again, but Pettis broke free. Pettis landed some nice leg kicks. Roller went for a takedown again, but Pettis ended up on top. Pettis landed punches to the body. Pettis stayed in control and landed some right elbows. Roller was looking for a triangle and Pettis got up to his feet. Roller landed a big punch that rocked Pettis and was looking for blood, but Roller was able to regain his senses. Roller took Pettis to the ground and into mount, but Pettis used the cage to somersault out of it. Pettis went for a spinning back kick that Roller ducked as the round came to and end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 3: Roller shot and scored a huge takedown in the center of the cage. Pettis was going to a kimura, and then was looking for a triangle, but Roller was able to avoid it. Pettis landed a clean up kick and went to the mat, but almost ended up in a triangle from Pettis. Roller went for a guillotine, but Pettis wiggled out. Pettis managed to get back to his feet and Roller looked spent. Pettis landed a leg kick and rocked Roller with a right. Pettis then took Roller to the ground and pressed him against the cage. Rollder got back to his feet. Both men look really tired, but Pettis went for another takedown, only to find himself in a guillotine. Pettis sprung out of it and locked in a triangle, forcing Roller to tap with only 9 seconds left in the round.
Anthony Pettis defeated Shane Roller via submission (triangle choke) at 4:51 of Round 3.
After the bout, Pettis gave Roller props saying he’s never been hit that many times. He thanked his camp and then said he’s ready for the champ. He said WEC needs a new face and it’s him.
Roller said he just could never get going tonight and for some reason never felt strong tonight.
WEC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavidez
Round 1: Cruz landed a nice right to start the fight. Cruz continued to stalk Benavidez and landed another nice right and Benavidez fell to the ground, although it was a slip. Benavidez got back to his feet and Cruz pressed him against the cage. Benavidez was able to shake him off and landed a nice combination. Cruz landed a nice leg kick and a right uppercut. Benavidez connected with a big right that looked like it rocked Cruz. Cruz took down Benavidez and landed some punches from the top. Cruz stayed busy on top as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round 2: Cruz landed a big shot, but slipped when Benavidez went for another shot. Benavidez quickly went for a guillotine, but Cruz shrugged it off and got back to his feet. Cruz hit a big knee to Benavidez’s body. Benavidez landed a nice high kick while Cruz picked his shots. Benavidez stayed aggressive and landed some big punches. Benavidez went for another takedown but Cruz snuck out of it. A “Benavidez” chant broke out. Cruz hit a flying knee, but caught a counter right for his efforts. Cruz went for a takedown but nearly got caught in a guillotine. Both men clinched against the cage as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 3: Cruz stayed dancing while Benavidez was trying to pick his shots. Benavidez landed a low kick and went for another takedown which was stuffed by Cruz. Benavidez went for a high kick that missed. Benavidez pressed Cruz against the cage and went for a single, but Cruz defended. Benavidez pressed forward, while Cruz looks like he took a page out of Frank Edgar’s book in keeping moving. Benavidez landed a hard low kick. Cruz finally scored a takedown with seconds remaining. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Benavidez.
Round 4: Cruz got another takedown to start the round and went into side control. Cruz stayed on top while Benavidez looked for submissions from the bottom. Benavidez was able to get out and get back to his feet. Benavidez pressed Cruz against the cage and went for a guillotine, which Cruz again defended. Both fighters traded knees to the head, and one of Benavidez’ knees cut Cruz on the bridge of the nose. Cruz got Benavidez to the mat again and got side control. Cruz landed knees to the body and Benavidez was able to scramble out. Benavidez pressed Bruz against the cage as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Round 5: Cruz went for a double leg but almost got caught in a guillotine. Benavidez continued to stalk Cruz. Cruz went for a flying knee that missed. They stayed standing, trading kicks and punches. Benavidez connected with a spinning backfist. Cruz went for a takedown but got caught with a right. They both started trading and Cruz scored a takedown with seconds left. Cruz landed some ground ‘n pound to end the round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Cruz.
Dominick Cruz defeated Joseph Benavidez via split decision (scores of 48-47,47-48,49-46).
The fans booed Cruz even though it was a great fight. Cruz gave Benavidez his props and thanked the fans, even the ones who are booing him. Cruz said that he has no doubt in his mind that he ranks amongst the best in the world.