UFC 133: Jorge Rivera Vs. Constantinos Philippou

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Taking a page out of Frank The Tank’s book, Philippou strolls out to White Snake’s “Here I Go Again,” with Matt Serra, Ray Longo and Pete Sell backing him up.

This middleweight tilt will be officiated by Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Rivera starts in with leg kicks. They clinch and Philippou presses Rivera into the fence, where he lands a good knee to the midsection. Philippou gets Rivera to the mat with relative ease. Philippou passes to half guard against the fence. Philippou threatens to mount and then punches Rivera in the face as he wall-walks to his feet. Yamasaki breaks them after a bit of inactivity and they set back up in the center. A good leg kick lands for Philippou before closing the distance and pressing Rivera back into the fence. The crowd grows restless. Rivera turns Philippou into the fence and they break. Rivera lands a clean one-two that staggers Philippou before he pushes him into the fence. Rivera lands a nice left hook on the break and Philippou responds with a good uppercut. Philippou pushes forward and presses Rivera into the fence as the round closes.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Philippou

Round 2: Both men digging in and trading from the pocket. Philippou rocks Rivera with a right hand and Philippou jumps all over him, hammering away as Yamasaki warns Rivera that he’s close to stopping it. Rivera takes Philippou down against the fence and starts to tee off on him. Rivera backs off and lands a few punches before diving on Philippou’s neck. Philippou gets up and turns Rivera into the fence. Philippou bulls River back into the fence. Philippou leaning on Rivera here. Yamasaki breaks it up. In the center, Philippou lands a few punches before pressing Rivera back into the cage. Rivera turns him and lands a nice knee, then a trip. Philippou immediately rolls for the omoplata; he locks it up, but can’t figure out how to finish the move. Philippou eventually just sweeps with ten seconds to go.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Philippou

Round 3: Philippou gets off first with a pair of punches. He lands clean again and Rivera counters with a hard knee to the body. Rivera slips and falls off of a head kick. Rivera lands a hard right that backs Philippou up, but they clinch before he can capitalize. Philippou lands a nice left hand before completing a takedown. Rivera looks to set up a triangle but Philippou postures out of it and takes Rivera’s back. Rivera gets to his feet and Philippou lands a knee. Rivera presses Philippou into the fence but the Greek reverses and returns the favor, working in some foot stomps. Yamasaki doesn’t see the foot stomps as significant offense and breaks them up. Philippou grabs the clinch behind a few strikes, but fails on a takedown and gives up top position to Rivera. Rivera leaning down on Philippou, but he’s not landing with much. Rivera is not capitalizing as much as he could from this position and Philippou gets to his feet, where he turns Rivera into the cage. Yamasaki breaks it up as the crowd boos. Ten seconds to go and Philippou lands with a pair of hard punches before tripping Rivera to the mat.

FightLine.com scores the round 10-10

Constantinos Philippou defeated Jorge Rivera via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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