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– Jon Madsen defeated Gilbert Yvel via TKO (strikes) at 1:48 of Round 1.
– Chris Camozzi defeated Dong Yi Yang via split decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
– Sam Stout defeated Paul Taylor via split decision (scores of 29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
– Daniel Roberts defeated Mike Guymon via submission (anaconda choke) at 1:13 of Round 1.
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– Tom Lawlor defeated Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
– Court McGee defeated Ryan Jensen via submission (arm triangle) at 1:21 of Round 3.
Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Gonzaga walks out looking focused and determined. Schaub, walking out to Eminem, looks a bit nervous but fired up nonetheless. Jason Herzog will ref the main card opener.
Round 1: They touch gloves and stick to the middle of the cage, testing the waters. Schaub scores first with a right and Gonzaga slams a leg kick into his thigh for the effort. Schaub looking a bit jumpy. Schaub showing a precise jab. Schaub nails Gonzaga with a right hand after scooping up a leg kick. Schaub scores with another right that snaps Gonzaga’s head. Schaub finding his range it seems. Schaub hanging his left hand low but making it work. Schaub tagging Gonzaga up as he comes in looking to strike. Gonzaga tries a head kick that is blocked. Gonzaga with a nice leg kick. Gonzaga tries and fails on a takedown. Schaub with a nice one-two. And a stiff follow up jab. Schaub showing more fluid movement here than Gonzaga and he’s landing more frequently. Gonzaga really trying for the left head kick. THey exchange a few and Schaub wins it with a stiff right that wobbles Gonzaga. Schaub pouring it on at the end, Gonzaga hits the canvas at the bell. Great round for Schaub.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Schaub
Round 2: Gonzaga’s corner advised him to take the fight to the ground. Gonzaga lands a solid leg kick and Schaub tries to push forward. Gonzaga with another big leg kick. Gonzaga falls off balance after Schaub checks a leg kick. Schaub makes him pay for it, landing some nice punches as Gonzaga gets back to his feet. Schaub is keeping Gonzaga on his heels with solid combinations. Gonzaga with a nice inside leg kick. Schaub has Gonzaga against the fence and is scoring with big punches to the head and body. He punctuates the onslaught with a knee to the body. The two have slowed a bit but it’s still Schaub getting to the punch first. Gonzaga whiffs on a head kick. Schaub lands a nice one-two to top the round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Gonzaga
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the last round. Schaub tries first with a straight right that Gonzaga avoids. Gonzaga looking to land some punches. Schaub tries for a takedown and Gonzaga shows a perfect sprawl in avoiding it. Gonzaga is still having a hard time landing on the more mobile Schaub. Schaub is landing frequently with his jab. Gonzaga with a kick to the body. The action has slowed but Schaub is still keeping Gonzaga frustrated with his movement and stiff one-two. Temporary pause for a low blow but they get right back to it. Gonzaga not looking for new ways to win, Schaub seems on his way to winning this one. The crowd lets the fighters know they don’t appreciate the slowed pace. Gonzaga with a stiff left hand. Schaub pours it on for the last few moments and goes for a takedown that is stuffed.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Schaub
Brendan Schaub defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via unanimous decision (30-27 across the board)
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Hamill jogs to the cage to “I Want it All” by Queen. Ortiz performs his usual flag-adorned walkout to Eminem’s “Mosh”. “Big” John McCarthy is the third man for this bout.
Round 1: No touch of gloves from these two. Ortiz fires off a head kick right off the bat. He is looking to push forward and land with both kicks and punches. Hamill catches a kick from Ortiz and takes him down immediately. Ortiz scrambles out and shakes Hamill off of him. Ortiz bleeding from the side of his head. Hamill with a one-two. Ortiz’s right eye looking a little swollen. Ortiz checks a kick and lands a body kick of his own. Ortiz is stalking Hamill. “The Hammer” is landing counters but Ortiz is dictating the pace. Inside leg kick scores for Ortiz. Ortiz tries a spinning back elbow that misses. Hamill with a nice right hand but Ortiz is still throwing back.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Ortiz
Round 2: They take right to the center of the cage again. Hamill looking a little more comfortable on his feet, scores with a nice kick. Ortiz briefly tries for a takedown that is shrugged off. Ortiz lands a nice knee. Ortiz looks to have slowed just a bit. He goes for a high kick that is blocked. Ortiz with a body shot. Ortiz backs Hamill up with another knee. Hamill with a leg kick. Leg kick for Ortiz. Hamill grabs an easy takedown. Hamill in Ortiz’s guard, landing short elbows as Ortiz fires back from the bottom. Ortiz looks for a triangle. Hamill landing with some left hands. Ortiz rolling for a leg. Hamill counters and gets into side control. The crowd chants, “Tito!” Hamill all over Ortiz to finish the round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Hamill
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the round. Hamill starts the round with a solid jab. Hamill with a feint-to-left hook. Ortiz with a nice right. Nice uppercut-straight right for Hamill. Ortiz looking for the head kick. Hamill with a double-jab. Neither man pushing very hard in this round it seems. Hamill stuffs a shot by Ortiz, prompting the former champ to look at the clock. Hamill dumps Ortiz on the mat with just over a minute to go and lands in Ortiz’s half guard. Hamill landing big shots from on top. Hamill grinding Ortiz down from on top. Ortiz still trying to fight out of it but to no avail.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Hamill
Matt Hamill defeated Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Hamill says it was weird to fight his former teacher Ortiz but that it was a great honor. He tells Ortiz, “Thank you” and calls him a great fighter. Ortiz sticks around but gets no interview.
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Sanchez heads to the cage to some traditional Mariachi music. Herzog officiates this bout as well.
Round 1: They take right to the center of the cage and start to engage. Thiago throws a head kick. He lands with a couple of nice punches and Sanchez shoots for the takedown. Thiago avoids and threatens with a choke. They clinch and hit the fence and now it’s Thiago looking for the takedown. Sanchez wiffs on a three-punch combo. Thiago ducks a combo and takes Sanchez down from a body-lock. Thiago in Sanchez’s half guard. Thiago looks for the D’arce choke as Sanchez tries to wriggle free. He gets out but Thiago looks for it again. Sanchez scrambling but Thiago is all over him.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Thiago
Round 2: Thiago lands solid with a left that wakes Sanchez up. Sanchez fires back to show he’s still in the fight. Sanchez looks for the takedown and Thiago staves him off for a bit; Sanchez doesn’t relent and eventual gets Thiago down in an odd reverse-mount position in the middle of the cage. They scramble and Sanchez remains on top, in Thiago’s guard. Sanchez passes to half-guard. Thiago is looking for the kimura but Sanchez defends. The fight is stopped briefly because Thiago lands elbows tot he back of Sanchez’s head.
The rest of round 2 was lost due to technical difficulties.
Round 3: Thiago looks to be wilting here in the third round. He winds up on the bottom after establishing double-underhooks. Thiago looks for the kimura again but Sanchez avoids it. Sanchez takes Thiago’s back with one hook established. Both hooks in and a body triangle. Sanchez posturing up from rear mount and landing big right hands. Thiago trying to fight out of it but Sanchez is all over him. Sanchez will not let Thiago up and is constantly threatening with the choke or ground and pound. Thiago springs out but Sanchez chases him down, eating an up kick before getting right back on top of Thiago. Thiago looking to snatch up a leg. Sanchez gets the back again and lands with some big punches. A furious ground scramble ensues with Thiago briefly latching onto a D’arce choke before Sanchez breaks out and continues his onslaught. Sanchez reigning down ground and pound with a rarely-seen ferociousness to end the round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez
Diego Sanchez defeated Paulo Thiago via unanimous(30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
Sanchez points to the humbling losses he has dealt with as the reason for his impressive victory tonight.
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Kampmann walks out to Three 6 Mafia looking very relaxed. Shields enters to Rage Against the Machine’s “Renegades of Funk” looking focused. “Big” John covers this fight as well.
Round 1: Shields throws a body kick that Kampmann avoids. He throws a quick punch combination and shoots for the takedown. Kampmann fights off the takedown for a moment but Shields keeps working and gets Kampmann to the ground. Shields gets into half guard and looks to establish mount. Shields fights for it and gets the mount. Kampmann gets out of it and back to his feet. He spins away and Shields continues keeping ahold of him and pressing him against the cage. Shields gets another takedown but Kampmann pops right back up. Shields still all over him. Kampmann finall shakes Shields off of him. Shields misses on a body kick and lands a jab. Inside leg kick for Shields. Kampmann with a jab. Shields shoots and Kampmann sprawls. Kampmann with another jab. Shields landing with leg kicks. He tries for another takedown and gets it for a moment.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields
Round 2: Shields with a leg kick. Shields drops for the takedown and then gets Kampmann against the fence. Kampmann doing his best to fight Shields off, he turns Shields to the fence. He lands a big knee that drops Shields and then looks for a choke. Shields ignores the choke attempt and continues forward with the takedown, getting him down and landing in guard. Shields gets side control on Kampmann. Shields gets the full mount and then sits back in half guard. Kampmann gets back to his feet and lands a knee. Shields is bleeding and looking exhausted. Kampmann lands another knee and Shields goes for the takedown again, landing it. Shields gets the full mount and Kampmann escapes, though Shields stays on top. Shields gets full mount again. Kampmann bucks out of it but Shields stays on him. McCarthy breaks them apart, somewhat prematurely. Shields is looking very tired, quite possibly because of his drastic weight cut.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields
McCarthy warns Shields that he’ll take a point if he grabs Kampmann’s shorts again.
Round 3: Shields with a couple of snapping kicks and then drops for a takedown. Kampmann sprawls. Head kick from Kampmann that is partially blocked. Jab for Shields. Shields drops for a takedown again that is avoided. Shields looks completely gassed. He looks for the takedown again and Kampmann shrugs him off. Kampmann gets Shields turtled up and lands some punches form on top. Shields looks for the takedown again. Kampmann looking for the D’arce choke. Kampmann is staying on top of Shields but isn’t mounting too much offense. Kampmann still looking for the choke but Shields is simply the better grappler. He sweeps Kampmann and lands in Kampmann’s half guard. Shields is all over Kampmann with less than a minute to go. Shields gets Kampmann’s back with just over thirty to go. Shields with the body triangle to finish the round.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Shields.
The crowd boos before the decision is read. Rogan says that he’s never seen Shields that tired and believes the big weight cut had an impact on his conditioning.
Jake Shields defeated Martin Kampmann via split-decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Shields is granted no post-fight interview.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship
Velasquez takes a page from Sanchez’s book and enters to more mariachi music looking as calm and intense as ever. The boos rain down before “Enter Sandman” even starts playing. A bearded and very viking-like Lesnar walks to the cage looking pretty fired up, even shoving a security guard out of his way at one point. Herb Dean will oversee this title fight.
Round 1: Lesnar bulls Velasquez immediately, even throwing a flying knee at one point. Lesnar lands a big takedown after some brief striking exchanges. Velasquez gets back to his feet but Lesnar is holding him against the cage. Lesnar dumps Velasquez but he gets right back up to his feet and spins away. Lesnar lands with a few nice punches. Velasquewz goes for a takedown of his own and gets Lesnar to the mat. Lesnar gets to his feet but Velasquez is still on him. Velasquez rocks Lesnar, he travels across the cage and Velasquez stays on him, dropping him to the ground. Velasquezis standing over Lesnar dropping punches and Lesnar is looking to hold on. Velasquez is sitting on Lesnar’s belly dropping down punches, but taking his time. Lesnar gets to his feet and fails on a takedown. Velasquez puts him right back down with punches and stays on top of him until Dean stops it. A cut and bloodied Lesnar takes the stool.
Cain Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar via TKO at 4:12 of Round 1.
Velasquez says that he expected Lesnar to come out guns blazing and that he was ready all along. A smiling Lesnar speaks with Rogan following the fight, saying that he expected nothing less from Velasquez. He makes no excuses, congratulates his opponent for being the better man and comes off looking classier than ever.