Welcome to FightLine.com’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares. Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. You can catch the main card live on Spike TV.
Now, on to the action! We’ll have quick match results available for you after each preliminary fight followed by live round-by round coverage of all main card bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
Brian Foster defeated Forrest Petz via TKO (punches) at 1:07 of Round 1.
Anthony “T.J.” Waldburger defeated David Mitchell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Rich Attonito defeated Rafael Natal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
Dave Branch defeated Tomasz Drwal via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Kyle Kingsbury defeated Jared Hamman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Yves Edwards defeated John Gunderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Cole Miller vs. Ross Pearson
Round 1: Pearson landed several leg kicks to start the round. Miller grabbed a leg and pressed Pearson against the cage and took Pearson to the mat, but Pearson quickly got up to his feet. Miller landed a few punches and hooked the body, but Pearson escaped. Miller landed several punches. Both fighters stayed standing. Miller landed a good leg kick, but Pearson responded with a few hard punches of his own. Good round for Miller, although Pearson is finding his range. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pearson.
Round 2: Miller went for a leg and took Pearson to the ground, but Pearson got right up and got back to his feet. Pearson was finding his range and landing more shots. Miller surprised Pearson with a flying knee and started teeing away on Pearson. Miller rocked Pearson with a left hook and landed a couple of more punches before sinking in the rear-naked choke, forcing Pearson to tap.
Cole Miller defeated Ross Pearson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2.
After the bout, Miller said he’s tired of seeing a bunch of wrestlers trying to lay ‘n pray and run the clock, and wanted to give the fans something exciting.
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1: Both fighters started swinging early. Miller landed a leg kick, but Tibau caught a second one and took Miller to the ground. Tibau grabbed on to the neck, but Miller was able to get back to his feet. Miller nailed Tibau with a solid jab that rocked Tibau and followed through with several punches. Tibau took Miller down, but Miller was able to apply a front choke on the ground. Tibau got back to his feet and pressed Miller against the cage and landed a couple of punches before going to the center of the cage. Miller went for another takedown and they clinched against the cage. Tibau started to chase Miller around the cage. Miller cracked Tibau with a couple of shots. Tibau landed a left as the round came to an end. Close round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 2: Miller cracked Tibau with a big left hand and immediately went for the rear-naked choke, but Tibau was able to shrug him off. Miller took Tibau down, but Tibau got back to his feet as Miller worked to take Tibau down again. Miller pressed Tibau against the fence, but Tibau reversed and worked on Miller’s legs. Both fighters went back to the center of the cage and Tibau was able to score a big takedown. They got back up to their feet. Miller charged and landed a body kick. Tibau scored another takedown with 30 seconds to go. Tibau followed Miller to the ground and finished the round on top. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Miller.
Round 3: Both fighters traded punches on their feet and Tibau pressed Miller against the cage. They went back to the center of the cage. Miller stuffed a takedown. Miller went for a leg trying to score a takedown, but Tibau was able to defend. Tibau then went for a takedown of his own, but Miller was able to defend. The referee separated them and they’re back in the center of the cage. Miller went for a takedown but was caught with a knee to the head. Tibau pressed Miller to the cage and landed a couple of knees to Miller’s legs as the round ended. Another close round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Miller.
Jim Miller defeated Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28).
Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira
Round 1: Oliveira started off aggressive with punches and kicks and missed a flying knee. Escudero pressed Oliveira against the cage and they were quickly separated. Oliveira landed a nice leg kick and straight right. Oliveira landed a left and went for a takedown, which was stuffed. Escudero pressed Oliveira against the cage and attacked the legs. Oliveira broke free and ducked under some of Escudero’s punches. Escudero blocked a head kick from Oliveira. Oliveira landed a good inside leg kick. Oliveira picked away at Escudero and went for a takedown, but was stuffed and was met with some shots to the head. Escudero got Oliveira to the ground and got in half guard. Escudero landed some big elbows as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Escudero.
Round 2: Both fighters touched gloves to start the fight. Both guys exchanged early. Oliveira manages to complete a takedown, but Escudero is able to reverse the position and get back to his feet. Escudero landed some shots when they were back on their feet. Oliveira landed a pair of nice leg kicks. Oliveira grabbed Escudero’s neck and landed a pair of knees to the head. Escudero pressed Oliveira against the cage and tried to take Oliveira down, but was unable to. Oliveira landed another leg kick and ducked under some of Escudero’s punches. Oliveira started hopping around and landing more body kicks. Oliveira went for another flying knee. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira.
Round 3: Oliveira went for an inside leg kick early but accidentally nailed Escudero with a low blow. Escudero was given a moment to recover. Oliveira hit a push kick to Escudero’s gut and landed a leg kick to the body. Escudero was able to press Oliveira against the cage and accidentally caught Oliveira with an unintentional low blow that looked like it hurt. The referee asked Oliveira to get going even though it wasn’t close to five minutes. Escudero went for a big kick but Oliveira caught Escudero and got a huge takedown. Escudero got back to his feet but Oliveira climbed on Escudero’s back and sunk in a choke, forcing Escudero to tap.
Charles Oliveira defeated Efrain Escudero via submission (choke) at 2:25 of Round 3.
Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
Round 1: Palhares and Marquardt circled each other for the opening moments of the round with neither fighter doing much damage. Finally Palhares charged in and landed a nice uppercut. They continued to circle each other and the crowd started to boo. Marquardt pushes forward and threw a couple of punches. Palhares went for a single but Marquardt sprawled and tried to wrap Palhares in a traingle. Palhares broke free and went for a heel hook. He lost it and pointed at Marquardt’s leg insinuating he was greased, and Marquardt immediately capitalized and nailed Palhares with a big right and followed up with several big shots and the referee stopped the fight. After the fight Palhares walked up to Marquardt and tapped Marquardt’s leg, implying that he had greased.
Nate Marquardt defeated Rousimar Palhares via TKO (strikes) at 3:28 of Round 1.
After the fight it was noted that Marquardt’s leg was checked and he wasn’t greased. Marquardt noted that he came in warm so he can get sweaty to slip out of submissions easier.