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-Curt Warburton defeated Maciej Jewtuszko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
-Mark Hunt defeeated Chris Tuchscherer via knockout at 1:41 of Round 2.
-Tiequan Zhang defeated Jason Reinhardt via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:48 of Round 1.
-Anthony Perosh defeated Tom Blackledge via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:45 of Round 1.
-Nick Ring defeated Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
-Alexander Gustafsson defeated James Te Huna via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:27 of Round 1.
-Ross Pearson defeated Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke
Camozzi takes it old school and walks out to “Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep. Noke comes out to “Land Down Under” by Men At Work, with some kind of gas mask on? Camozzi, the non-Aussie, is predictably booed during the fighter intros. You can figure out how the crowd treats Noke.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start it off. Camozzi standing Southpaw. Camozzi scoring well early with leg kicks, he misses with one up high. Camozzi backs Noke up with a combination but Noke hangs tough and fires back, eventually getting Camozzi to the ground and mounted. Noke is all over him, he takes his back and slaps on the rear naked. It’s over just like that. The crowd loves it.
Kyle Noke defeated Chris Camozzi via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:35 of Round 1.
Noke credits Greg Jackson for his improvement.
Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
Ebersole makes his way to the cage in boxing head gear to the strains of “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. Also, his chest hair is shaved into the shape of an arrow pointing at his head. Lytle looking like it’s just another day at the office.
Round 1: No glove touch at the start. Ebersole tries a cartwheel kick to start, but Lytle avoids. Lytle unloads some heavy uppercuts against the cage. Ebersole tries a takedown/push thing that doesn’t pan out. Lytle stuffs a takedown attempt. Lytle with a sick body shot followed by one upstairs. He catches a kick and makes Ebersole pay with a heavy shot. Ebersole tries for the takedown again and Lytle goes for the guillotine. Ebersole avoids but Lytle hangs on and eventually reverses. Ebersole on his back, Lytle working side control. Lytle goes for the guillotine again, pulling Ebersole into full guard. Lytle releases and they’re back to their feet against the cage. Lytle tries for the guillotine again, then switches to a triangle that fails. Lytle rolls for a knee bar almost immediately after which also doesn’t pan out. Ebersole cuts Lytle with an elbow. Gets up and goes to his corner before the bell… Close one.
Fightline.com scores it 10-9 for Lytle
Round 2: Ebersole with a body kick. Lytle returns with a volley of punches. Lytle winging away while Ebersole gets creative with unorthodox attacks, including a spinning back kick. Lytle whiffs on a haymaker, Ebersole on a lunging knee. Lytle missing more than usual, this is a closer round, and fight, than most expected. Ebersole with a nice body kick, then a failed takedown. Lytle chasing Ebersole down with bombs that mostly miss. Lytle with a body kick that lands without much pop. Ebersole goes for the takedown and gets it briefly, but Lytle pops back up. Ebersole drops Lytle with a big knee! He’s going for a choke on a dazed Lytle, but “Lights Out” survives. Ebersole tries for a standing arm triangle and then throws the knees. He lands a nice right hand and then goes for the takedown, slamming Lytle to the mat. Complete domination by Ebersole, who ends the round throwing shoulder strikes.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole
Round 3: Ebersole misses on his cartwheel kick again. He goes on the attack, which Ebersole disrupts by going for a takedown. Lytle stuffs the takedown but he ends up on his back after a scramble anyway. Lytle looks tired here, and Ebersole is all over him, even briefly taking his back standing. Lytle sneaks out on top, with Ebersole pressed against the cage. Lytle goes for a side choke and it looks tight but Ebersole gets out quickly and regains top position. Lytle tries repeatedly for the guillotine to no avail. Ebersole posturing up with some strikes before getting back to their feet. Ebersole is smothering Lytle and keeping him pressed against the cage. Lytle looks exhausted and may have dropped his mouth piece, while Ebersole Randy Coutures him against the cage. The ref separates them, turns out to be Ebersole’s mouth guard. They exchange and Ebersole gets the best of it, mixing up his strikes. Ebersole goes for a takedown and briefly gets it, then avoids a kneebar. Ebersole in Lytle’s guard, lands with another big elbow.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole
This should be a big upset win for Ebersole. Lytle is cut wide open.
Brian Ebersole defeated Chris Lytle via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
An emotional Ebersole addresses the crowd.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Siver looking very stern, apparently amped up by the Papa Roach jam he chose for his walk out tune. The crowd, predictably quiet for Siver’s entrance, comes alive when Sotiropoulos emerges looking like a man possessed to some ACDC. Leon Roberts will oversee this bout.
Round 1: No gloves touch from these two either. Both men throwing test strikes early, just pecking away so far. Sotiropoulos goes for the takedown early and Siver avoids easily. Sotiropoulos grabs a straight kick delivered by Siver and presses him against the cage. Siver shows some BJ Penn-esque balance in avoiding the takedown. Siver lands a nice punch, Sotiropoulos shoots in deep and Siver avoids easily. Siver digs in with a leg kick to Sotiropoulos’ lead leg. Siver barely misses a wheel kick. Siver tags Sotiropoulos again, who recovers quickly. Siver drops Sotiropoulos with a punch. Sotiropoulos gets to his feet and is dropped again. Siver lets him up and is head hunting now. Sotiropoulos dives for a takedown that is easily avoided. Siver with a nice right straight. Sotiropoulos tries for a takedown again. Sotiropoulos misses a turning side kick.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Siver
Round 2: Siver gets a little wild on a whirring combination. Sotiropoulos showing better foot and head movement, keeping Siver a little more honest, but Siver is threatening consistently with left hooks. Siver with a front kick. Sotiropoulos struggles for a takedown but Siver throws him off and makes him pay with a combination. Siver’s takedown defense is looking very solid as he shrugs off another takedown with ease. Sotiropoulos looking out of his depth right now. Sotiropoulos with a nice right hand. Sotiropoulos keeping Siver slightly more honest here and he finds a home for his left hand. He tries for another takedown that fails, but he is turning things up against Siver, landing much more consistently on the feet. Siver’s difficult weight cut may be playing a factor in his slowed pace. Sotiropoulos with a nice punch combination and a body kick to finish. This one is close, but Sotiropoulos finished stronger.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulos
Round 3: Siver with a nice pair of kicks, and then he defends another takedown from Sotiropoulos. Siver with a front kick. Siver reducing his volume of strikes, but avoiding most anything of significance from Sotiropoulos. He avoids another takedown. Sotiropoulos lands a nice kick and then a jab. He fails on another takedown and then they get into a heated punch exchange which ends mostly evenly. Siver with a nice leg kick and then another defended takedown. Siver uncorks a combination with bad intentions to Sotiropoulos’ body. Siver throwing with more power and he lands his spinning back kick, which Sotiropoulos seems to shake off well. Siver making Sotiropoulos fight his fight, and he’s doing a better hob of it in the closing moments of the fight. Still a close round, but I give it to Siver for stopping all of the takedowns.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Siver
Dennis Siver defeated George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27)
Siver credits his win to a hard training and a good game plan. Sotiropoulos credits Siver for having stellar takedown defense, he is humble and respectful in defeat as Siver was in victory.
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
Rivera looks focused and calm. Bisping looks fired up and welcomes the early boos while walking out to “Song No. 2″ by Blur. Bisping egging Rivera on in the cage. Marc Goddard will ref the bout, no glove touch when they meet in the middle.
Round 1: They both take to the center immediately. Rivera pushes forward early. Neither man landing much of significance in the stand up, so Bisping dives in deep and completes a nice double leg takedown. After a bit of a scramble, Rivera gets to his feet and taunts Bisping. Rivera lands his right and Bisping drops for a takedown that is stuffed. Bisping goes for the takedown again and gets it, landing in Rivera’s guard. Bisping postures up and lands a few big punches before landing a blatantly illegal knee to the head of Rivera. Rivera is down and the action is halted. After a few moments of tension, a clearly wobbled Rivera says he can continue. Bisping gets a point deducted. Rivera with a partially blocked head kick and thena nice jab. Rivera pushing forward with the one-two and coming very close to connecting. Bisping goes for the takedown but it’s stuffed. Rivera switches stances. Bisping gets a double leg and lands in Rivera’s guard. Bisping landing with some solid ground and pound and follow up strikes against the cage. Rivera whiffing on one-twos at the close.
FightLine.com scores the round 9-9
Round 2: They trade inside leg kicks to start it and Rivera rocks Bisping with a right. Bisping tries for a takedown and it’s avoided. Rivera avoids another takedown. Rivera standing right in front of Bisping, not showing much movement. Bisping lands a combo and whiffs on a takedown. Bisping is teeing off on Rivera against the cage. Now come the knees. Bisping is battering a clearly withering Rivera. As Rivera wilts to the canvas the ref calls it. His victory and reputation will likely be marred by the very illegal strike he landed and then his command that Rivera, “Apologize” after the fight, followed up by a few choice words.
Michael Bisping defeated Jorge Rivera via TKO (strikes) 1:54 of Round 2.
Bisping apologizes for his post-fight disrespect and claims his respect for Rivera as an opponent, while the crowd boos. Rivera doesn’t hang around for an interview.
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Jon Fitch walks out grimacing to Johnny Cash. He gives a good barbarian yell inside the cage. The crowd cheers Penn as he comes out to his regular Hawaiian jam, looking fired up. The two pace across from one another in the cage. Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for this bout. They touch gloves in the middle.
Round 1: Penn comes hot out of the gate and shoots for a takedown. Fitch defends against the cage and they trade knees. Penn pressing Fitch against the cage and Fitch turns it around. Fitch drops for a takedown of his own. Fitch breaks and throws a combination before dropping low for a takedown again. Penn avoiding for now. Penn avoids a combination, lands one of his own and then gets a takedown on Fitch. Penn takes Fitch’s back with both hooks in. He’s got the body triangle secured with two minutes left. The two are fighting for control and Penn retains back control until Fitch turns into his guard against the cage. Fitch with some ground and pound against the cage. Penn pushes Fitch off and they are back to their feet against the cage. Fitch pressing Penn against the cage, Penn scoring with nice dirt boxing.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Penn
Round 2: Fitch with a high kick and Penn returns with a knee, then Fitch lands a takedown. Penn gets to his feet. Fitch pressing BJ against the cage. He breaks, throws a combo and then dives back in for a takedown. Penn avoiding and landing with nice elbows. Fitch breaks with a nice combination and goes right back into the clinch. Fitch bleeding. Penn reverses off of the cage and briefly drops for the takedown. They break on a combination. Penn pushes forward and lands a clean takedown. Penn takes Fitch’s back again. Fitch reverses again, exactly as in the first round. Fitch throwing ground and pound from the top and Penn is having more trouble getting Fitch off of him. Penn gets up at the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-10
Round 3: Close fight so far. Fitch lands a big right hand early and follows it up with a takedown. Penn pushes him off but Fitch gets him back down briefly again. Fitch trying to take Penn’s back standing. Penn looks to be slowing down, as many of Fitch’s opponents do under his grinding assault. Fitch working away with ground and pound up top. The crowd getting restless as Fitch settles in. Penn having more difficulty getting Fitch off of him and is now getting beat on. These are the kind of poundings that Penn usually doesn’t come back from. Fitch has him balled up and dominated. The round is winding down, just over a minute to go, and Penn unable to do anything at all from his back. Fitch wins the fight in this third round, thirty to go and Penn looks wilted.
Fightline.com scores the round 10-8 for Fitch
The cage is showered with boos.
Jon Fitch and BJ Penn fought to a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Fitch says that BJ caught him completely off balance with his wrestling-centric gameplan. Fitch a little sour about the decision. A dejected Penn says he thinks he lost the fight and that he expected the decision to go Fitch’s way. Penn indicates that he didn’t know what he was going to do with his career if he lost, but that he would give Fitch another go if he wanted to rematch.