Welcome to FightLine.com’s live coverage of UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann.
Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. The main card will air live on Versus, while the Castillo vs. Stevenson and Diabate vs. Cantwell bouts will be streamed live and free at www.facebook.com/ufc at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You will simply have to “like” the UFC Facebook Page to gain access to the bouts.
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 by Mark Wayne of FightLine.com. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
Igor Pokrajac defeated Todd Brown via TKO (strikes) at 5:00 of Round 1.
Rousimar Palhares defeated Dave Branch via submission (kneebar) at 1:44 of Round 2.
Dongi Yang defeated Rob Kimmons via TKO (strikes) at 4:47 of Round 2.
Takeya Mizugaki defeated Reuben Duran via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28).
Shane Roller defeated Thiago Tavares via KO (punch) at 1:28 of Round 2.
Danny Castillo defeated Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Cyrille Diabate defeated Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26).
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page
And we’re live. Both Bowles and Page making their UFC debuts tonight. It’s been a year since Bowles has appeared in the cage, his last appearance resulting in a loss to Dominick Cruz. Bowles and Page met in the cage once before in 2008, with Bowles winning via first round submission.
Round 1: Bowles wearing a knee brace on his right. Page scores with a head kick and follow up knee. Page putting on the pressure. Nice leg kick from Page and then a jumping knee. Another digging leg kick for Page. Bowles lands with a body shot while Page lands another leg kick. Page whiffs on a pair of haymakers. Another solid knee lands for Page. Bowles gets poked in the eye, then lands a solid right hand to the body. An uppercut lands for Bowles that wobbles Page. Bowles takes a moment, swarms and gets Page to the ground. A volley of punches is followed bu a guillotine choke that puts Page to sleep. Looks like he was right in saying Page hadn’t changed much from their first fight, as this fight ended the same way that their first meeting did.
Brian Bowles defeated Damacio Page via submission (guillotine) at 3:30 of Round 1.
Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Weidman
Sakara has also been out of the cage for a year, due to illness and opponents getting injured, but Weidman is taking this fight on less than a month’s notice. This will mark Weidman’s UFC debut and will be Sakara’s twelfth trip to the Octagon.
Round 1: Weidman throws a slow head kick that misses.He briefly falls after missing an overhand right. Weidman unable to connect so far, Sakara not throwing much. Sakara with a one-two, leg kick. He lands another slick combination before Weidman tries for a takedown. Sakara stuffs it and Weidman lands an elbow as they break. Weidman lands a nice straight right. Sakara with another combination punctuated by a leg kick. He stalks for a moment with his hands down before Weidman dives for a takedown. Rogan rags on the crowd for chanting “USA.” They separate from the cage and start trading again, with Sakara getting the better of it. Wiedman tries but can’t find another takedown. Leg kick for Weidman. Sakara bleeding from his right eye, from an earlier shot. Sakara with a high kick that is partially blocked. They trade at the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Sakara
Round 2: Weidman lands first with a right hand. Sakara looks to have slowed a bit and Weidman grabs a single early. Sakara has full guard near the center of the cage. Weidman lands a nice right from the top, then an elbow. Sakara is bleeding badly as Weidman starts to loosen up with the ground and pound. He gets side control on Sakara and looks to be working for the crucifix. Sakara hanging on and keeping Weidman from landing too much, Sakara escapes and tees off with a combination before Weidman dives back in for a takedown against the cage. Sakara back to his feet again, he lands a knee against the cage. His forehead has a cavern cut slashed into it. The ref briefly stops the fight to check Sakara’s cut. Sakara wipes his blood on the ref before the doctor allows it to go on. They get right back to it, trading strikes. Sakara whiffs and Weidman lands a nice left. Sakara goes to the body with two nice hooks. Again. Close round.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Weidman
Round 3: Sakara has a gob of vaseline over his eye that Weidman’s corner complains about. Sakara going to the body with vicious shots. Weidman lands a knee. Weidman gets a takedown, Sakara looking to use the fence to get up, but Weidman moves him and gets side control. Sakara doing just enough to avoid too much punishment. He establishes half guard. Weidman postures and lands two nice shots. Ref stands them up, questionably. Sakara fires a stiff jab right off the bat and a few more shots before Weidman gets him back down against the cage. Sakara looks up at the clock before Weidman drags him all the way to the mat. 1:30 to go. Sakara briefly hip escapes, but Weidman stays on him. Sakara gets to his feet with :30 to go but Weidman hangs on and drags him back down.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Weidman
Chris Weidman defeated Alessio Sakara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
CB Dollaway vs. Mark Munoz
Mario Yamasaki the third man in the cage for this bout.
Round 1: They touch gloves to get it started. Dollaway gets off first with a leg kick. Then he gets a takedown on Munoz. Dollaway lands with a nice body shot, and then lets Munoz up. Munoz rocks Dollaway with a right hand before following up with a few big shots that finish it. Dollaway complains about the stoppage but he wasn’t defending Munoz’s shots and would only have taken more damage had things gone on.
Mark Munoz defeated CB Dollaway via TKO (strikes) at :54 of Round 1.
The crowd boos the stoppage but Munoz mostly wins them over in his gracious post-fight speech.
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann
Round 1: Kampmann lands with a few jabs early. Again, Sanchez fires back with hooks. Good straight right lands for Kampmann and Sanches shoots for the takedown. Kampmann fights it off and lands a nice right hook to a knee against the cage. Kampmann lands another straight right that drops Diego. he locks up a front headlock and lands a nice knee. Sanchez goes for another takedown and Kampmann stuff it. Another nice jab from Kampmann worsens the bleeding from Sanchez’s face. Kampmann nails Sanchez with another knee and Sanchez fails on another takedown. Sanchez much bigger than he usually is and seems to have sacrificed some of his speed for the size gain. Kampmann picking him apart and avoiding his takedowns. Kampmann landing mostly at will. Kampmann drawing more blood by the minute with nice, stiff jabs. Sanchez drives for another takedown and Kampmann fights it off on the cage, barely missing a knee. A left lands for Sanchez. Kampmann with a nice straight right, Sanchez may have a broken nose.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Kampmann
Round 2: Sanchez looks battered and Kampmann looks none the worse for the wear. Kampmann avoids another takedown. Sanchez relentless with the takedown attempts early and lands a nice knee and elbow before Kampmann shucks him off. Sanchez tries to fire off with a combination but it is avoided. Kampmann sticks him with another jab. He whiffs on a high kick. Sanchez lands a left before going for the takedown and it looks to have cut Kampmann, but he still avoids the takedown without much difficulty. Sanchez is going to town on Kampmann against the cage now and Kampmann is bleeding much more now, though he circles off and avoids getting too hurt. He shrugs off another takedown. Sanchez misses on a high kick. Sanchez more aggressive as the round is winding down, the cut is clearly bothering Kampmann. Kampmann stops Sanchez’s forward momentum with a nice right. He avoids another takedown and lands a nice knee. They go to town against the cage with Sanchez getting the better of it.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez
Round 3: Kampmann lands a nice combination first. Sanchez lands a right hook, and again. Kampmann avoids another takedown and lands a knee. Sanchez pushes forward and Kampmann tags him up on his way in. Kampmann easily avoids another takedown and he sticks a kick to the thigh of Sanchez. Sanchez lands a nice combination and finally gets the takedown, landing in side control. Kampmann gets back to his feet as Sanchez tries to take his back. Sanchez with a nice uppercut-hook combination. Kampmann landsa nice right but Sanchez pushes forward regardless. Kampmann with a nice knee. Sanchez now bleeding profusely from under his left eye after Kampmann lands a nice right that looks to have injured his hand. Sanchez is all over him against the cage. Sanchez looks to have been put through a meat grinder but he’s coming on stronger here at the end.
The two embrace after the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez
Great, close fight.
Diego Sanchez defeated Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The crowd boos the decision. Sanchez’s face looks absolutely gruesome. Sanchez thanks Louisville and dedicates the win to his son. Kampmann says he thinks he won the fight and that he also thinks he broke his hand.