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“UFC Live: Cruz Vs. Johnson” Results

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Walel Watson vs. Joseph Sandoval

The night’s first bout will take place in the bantamweight division between two UFC newcomers. Rocking a bandana around the face, the red mohawked Sandoval resembles a mini-Dan Hardy.

Round 1: They touch gloves and move towards cage. Watson already establishing his range and keeping Sandoval on the outside with kicks. Watson lands low with an inside leg kick. They touch gloves and get back at it. Watson lands a head kick that puts Sandoval on his butt. He chases him down with another head kick and a volley of punches, knocking him down again and prompting the referee to call it.

Walel Watson defeated Joseph Sandoval via TKO (strikes) at 1:17 of round 1

Josh Neer vs. Keith Wisniewski

Round 1: No glove touch between these two veterans. Neer takes the center early; they trade shots before clinching up and moving toward the cage. Both men very relaxed. Neer doing good work with the right leg kick. Neer grabs the plum, but Wisniewski keeps good posture and avoids any knees. Neer bullies Wisniewski to the fence and works his body. Good knee by Wisniewski. Neer is the aggressor so far, but Wisniewski might be opening up. Neer drops his mouthpiece, doesn’t care to get it washed off before resuming action. Wisniewski lands a good left hand, but Neer returns fire with a nice combination. They clinch and trade punches from the phone booth. Neer appears to be landing the more significant offense so far; landing some nice elbows from the clinch to finish the round. scores the round 10-9 for Neer

Neer holds his rib when he heads to his corner, he looks to have taken damage from a hook to the body.

Round 2: Neer is having some slight difficulty with Wisniewski’s height and reach advantage, but he’s still pushing forward more and finding more success offensively. From the clinch, Neer lands some more nice, short elbows. They work the Thai clinch against the fence, with Neer continually landing elbows. Wisniewski returns fire with one of his own, but Neer is getting the better of it. Neer is stalking down a bloodied Wisniewski, landing nice punches before they clinch again. Wisniewski is absorbing a ton of shots and the ref calls a halt to retrieve Neer’s mouthpiece from in between the cracks of the mat and the fence as well as to look at Wisniewski’s bloodied mug. After a prolonged break, they resume. Neer defends the takedown against the fence and continues to land elbows, wrecking Wisniewski’s face. Neer has to be setting a record for standing elbow strikes landed tonight. Neer is pouring it on Wisniewski as the round winds down, chasing him down with punches. Neer goes for the standing guillotine at the end of the round and Wisniewski’s face leaks something nasty from the squeezing. scores the round 10-9 for Neer

Referee Big Dan Miragliotta calls in the doctor to look at Wisniewski’s face and he believes that the fight should be stopped, so it is.

Josh Neer defeated Keith Wisniewski via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at the end of round 2

TJ Grant vs. Shane Roller

Grant moseys out to White Snake’s “Here I Go Again,” classy stuff. Referee for this bout? Fernando Yamasaki, possibly related to Mario…

Round 1: Grant comes out low, taking the center of the cage. He’s doing well cutting off Roller’s footwork and keeping his back against the fence. Roller lands a nice uppercut and Grant immediately takes him down. Roller reverses, but Grant scrambles and sweeps Roller, landing in side control on Roller. Roller sweeps Grant and goes for the guillotine. Grant defends superbly and eventually gets to his feet, standing over Roller. Grant back in Roller’s full guard. Grant working ground and pound where he can, landing well with punches to the body and the occasional elbow to the head. Grant back in side control; Roller turns to his belly, but Grant has his right arm pinned between his legs. Grant works punches from that position until the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Grant

Round 2: Grant mixing in some kicks now, working his reach advantage. Grant is controlling the stand-up now; he lands some nice knees as Roller shoots for the takedown. Roller fights him down against the cage, but Grant gets to his feet quickly. They work from the clinch against the fence, with Grant landing a good knee. Roller cracks Grant with an uppercut and they start to throw down. Grant grabs hold of Roller and takes him down; he avoids the subsequent guillotine and spins into side control. Roller is scrambling from the bottom, but Grant is keeping top control. He pins Roller’s left arm and tries to roll him to his back, but he loses the position and ends up working guard with Roller in top position. The two scramble again, keeping up the night’s theme of technical grappling and Grant ends up rolling for the armbar at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Grant

Round 3: They touch gloves for the final round and Roller lunges in with a left hook that glances off the top of Grant’s head. Roller’s right eye is swelling noticeably and he’s trying to protect it. Grant lands a thudding right hand that cuts Roller’s nose. Roller drives for the takedown and Grant defends initially, though Roller continues to drive through and presses him into the fence. Grant drops for a guillotine but Roller defends; Grant transitions to an armbar and Yamasaki stops it, even though Roller didn’t tap.

Roller is pissed.

TJ Grant defeated Shane Roller via verbal submission (armbar) at 2:12 of round 3

Grant says he heard Roller cry out in pain; Roller says that, while he may have made some noise, he certainly didn’t verbally tap out.

Mike Easton vs. Byron Bloodworth

Massive crowd support for the local fighter, Mike Easton.

Round 1: Easton comes out showing some fancy footwork á la Dominick Cruz. So far, a lot of movement from Easton but not much offense. Bloodworth keeping tight and patient, trying to figure Easton’s rhythm. Bloodworth finding a home for his inside leg kick. Bloodworth drops for the takedown and Easton defends, but gets pressed into the fence. Easton turns Bloodworth. Easton working some nice knees from this position. The ref breaks them and resets them in the center. Easton barely misses a spinning back kick. Bloodworth misses on a series of elbows. Easton slips a punch and gets in a quick knee. Easton stuffs another takedown. Good leg kick by Easton. scores the round 10-9 for Easton

Round 2: Bloodworth lands some straight punches early. Easton with a good leg kick. Easton is showing a lot more aggressiveness in this round, walking Bloodworth down and landing some nice leg kicks. Easton’s fancy footwork has gone out the window; he’s planting his feet and digging in to his shots now. He stuffs a takedown and lands a nice uppercut. Easton lands hard with a left hook-right leg kick combo that looks to have damaged Bloodworth’s leg. Bloodworth backpedaling while Easton walks him down. Waston lands low and Bloodworth takes a moment. They get back to it and Easton goes back to plodding after Bloodworth, walking through his counters. They clinch and Bloodworth turns Easton into the fence. Easton strings together some nasty knees, landing two square to the body that send Bloodworth to the mat. Easton only needs to land a few punches to a downed Bloodworth to force an end to things.

Mike Easton defeated Byron Bloodworth via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of round 2

Michael Johnson vs. Paul Sass

Round 1: They touch gloves and get things started. Sass tries a flying knee, just trying to close distance. He goes for the takedown and Johnson avoids, popping him with a right hand for his trouble. Johnson wanting nothing to do with Sass’ ground game early on, dumping him to the mat and walking away. Johnson lands a slick straight right hand counter shot, then a nice knee. Johnson showing some very solid stand-up, countering with hard shots and knocking Sass off balance with leg kicks. Sass trying desperately to lure Johnson to the mat, but Johnson is keeping his head and fighting his fight so far. Sass finally pulls Johnson to the mat and looks to isolate Johnson’s left leg. Sass adjusts the hold and cranks, forcing Johnson to tap.

Paul Sass defeated Michael Johnson via submission (heel hook) at 3:00 of round 1

Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Round 1: They touch gloves to start the last preliminary card bout. Oliveira aggressive early, swinging punches recklessly before pressing Edwards into the fence. Oliveira chasing Edwards with punches; Edwards is bleeding from the right eye already, but is keeping his composure. They trade head kicks. Edwards gets hit with a right hand counter that puts him briefly on his heels. Oliveira rushes in with a volley of hard-thrown punches. Edwards with a nice kick to the body. Edwards starting to loosen up with his legs, finding a home for kicks. Edwards showing some nice head movement in slipping a left hook. Edwards puts together a nice combo that ends with a kick. They trade from the pocket until the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Oliveira

Round 2: They touch gloves again to start the second. Oliveira lands a pair of nice kicks and continues to disrupt Edwards’ rhythm with aggressiveness. Oliveira swarms Edwards and the fight ends up on the ground with Edwards on top, but hey quickly reset on their feet. Edwards drops Oliveira with a right hook; he pops back up and Edwards drops him again. Oliveira is recovering well and showing a serious ability to withstand punishment, but Edwards stays patient and stays on him. Edwards drops him with a head kick against the fence, takes his back, flattens him out and pounds on him until the ref has to stop it.

Yves Edwards defeated Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (strikes) at 2:44 of round 2


Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig

Fernando Yamasaki will referee the first fight on the main card.

Round 1: Wiman takes the center early and grabs hold of Danzig before too long. Danzig landing nice uppercuts from the clinch. After some back and forth clinch work, Wiman catches a head kick and dumps Danzig to the mat. Danzig gets to his feet and threatens with the guillotine before letting loose with punches from the pocket. They make it back to the center and exchange; Wiman is being aggressive, but Danzig is defending well. Good elbows from the clinch by Wiman. Wiman backs Danzig into the fence and lands some good knees with his back on the fence; Danzig returns with some hard shots to the body, but Wiman catches Danzig with a hard punch and puts him on his heels. He eventually pins him down and bloodies Danzig against the fence. They trade back and forth, with Danzig defending a takedown before the bell. scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Wiman with a nice leg kick to start it off. Danzig pushes Wiman into the fence and both men land good shots in close, Wiman with elbows and Danzig with uppercuts. They have another back and forth standing exchange before Danzig puts Wiman on the mat. Danzig slipping in punches and looking to pass, but Wiman throws up the triangle and then transitions to the armbar. The armbar looks tight, but Danzig gets out and starts to Donky Kong Wiman. Wiman threatens with the kimura, but Danzig avoids and lands some nice ground and pound shots before Wiman gets to his feet. Danzig stays on him against the fence though, teeing off with punches. Wiman is countering though, landing elbows and punches himself. Danzig backs off and Wiman starts to put the pressure on, but Danzig gives it right back to him, pressing him into the fence. Danzig dodges a takedown after they separate and lands some hard counters to make Wiman pay. scores the round 10-9 for Danzig

Round 3: They touch gloves for the last round and Wiman comes out hard. Danzig avoids most of his offense and looks to counter. Wiman pins Danzig on the cage briefly and lands a good right hand. Danzig showing nice head movement in defending, but his back is on the fence with Wiman throwing elbows at him. He turns him, but Wiman does the same and starts to land some hard elbows from there. Danzig gets off the cage though and dots up Wiman with some good counters. They clinch again and it’s the same story: Danzig landing punches and Wiman landing elbows. They plant their feet and start to slug it out, with Danzig posting up on the fence. Danzig stuffs a takedown and takes top position on Wiman; he’s looking to take his back against the fence, but he slips off the top and Wiman lands in half guard. Danzig has a huge hematoma in between his eyes and Wiman is posturing up, landing more hard shots. Wiman presses a progressively bloodier Danzig into the fence, but Danzig gets to his feet. With his back to the fence, Danzig fights back against Wiman’s pressure. Wiman drops for the takedown and Danzig slaps on the guillotine, cranking on it until the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Wiman

Matt Wiman defeated Mac Danzig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Anthony Johnson vs. Charlie Brenneman

Round 1: They touch gloves and take to the center. Johnson is the aggressor early on; he stuffs a takedown attempt by Brenneman and holds top position, pounding him with hard right hands. Johnson starts in with knees to the body to a turtled Brenneman; things aren’t looking great right now for The Spaniard. Johnson spins to the back. Brenneman starts to improve his position and ends up securing half guard. He threatens with the guillotine, but Johnson avoids and gets to his feet. He grazes Brenneman with a head kick and is all over him as he tries to get to his feet. He smacks Brenneman in the face with a head kick and it knocks him to the mat; though Brenneman is still conscious and lands on his elbows, Mario Yamasaki calls a stop to things.

Anthony Johnson defeated Charlie Brenneman via TKO (head kick) at 2:49 of round 1

Johnson says he’s happy with his performance, especially after taking heat for the decision over Dan Hardy. He says Brenneman was one of the first opponents he’s ever been nervous about, because he respects his grappling and his camp. Asks for a round of applause for his opponent.

Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve

Referee Dan Miragliotta will oversee tonight’s co-main event.

Round 1: Both men respecting the other, taking a moment to feel the other out. Struve with a body kick. Barry goes inside with a leg kick. Again. Barry trying to cut off the cage from Struve. He lands another good leg kick. The ref tells them to turn it up and they start to engage. Struve tries to get in close and Barry backs him off by bracing on his elbows. The crowd is going restless. Barry goes to the body with a straight and almost touches Struve’s head with a high kick. Strive lands a knee. Struve is starting to work from his range, landing push kicks. Barry lands a good left hand. Barry lands a good leg kick and Struve returns with a head kick. scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Struve comes out flurrying to start the first, but Barry defends well and lands a hard shot after finding his way inside that makes Struve smile. Barry goes for a head kick; Barry is starting to turn things up, landing good leg kicks and defending well. Both men are loosening up and settling into a kickboxing match. Barry with a good leg kick. Despite the reach difference, the edge at this point is going to the more experienced Barry. Barry lands a good left hook counter when Struve moves in with a knee. Struve goes for a choke standing and drags Barry to the mat. Struve slaps on the triangle from guard, Barry picks him up and slams him, but it just tightens the choke; Barry is forced to tap.

Stefan Struve defeated Pat Barry via submission (triangle) at 3:22 of round 2

Struve says he’s been working hard on his kickboxing and he’s really happy with the result; asks the crowd to give it up for Barry, “one of the coolest guys in MMA.”


Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson

For the UFC bantamweight championship

Kevin Mulhall will be the third man in the cage for tonight’s main event, a bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Demetrious Johnson.

Round 1: No glove touch to start the first, they get right at it. It’s as frantic as expected, with Johnson taking the fight to Cruz and Cruz moving well and countering. Johnson dives for the takedown and it’s stuffed. Cruz trips Johnson down, he gets up and Cruz knocks him back down with a knee. Cruz working top position with Johnson against the fence. Cruz passes to side control; Johnson scrambling well, but Cruz makes it very hard for him to get to his feet. He breaks free eventually though and turns the pressure on standing; Cruz catches a head kick and takes Johnson down again, quickly passing to side control. Johnson gets to his feet and lands some nice punches before pressing Cruz into the fence and looking for the takedown himself. Cruz ducks under but can’t get Johnson down, and Johnson tags him on the break, as he has been all round. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 2: Johnson lands a slick combination punctuated by a head kick; Cruz takes him down promptly and presses him into the fence. Johnson gets to his feet and then presses Cruz into the fence, threatening with the takedown. Cruz, for the first time in a long time, looks a bit slower than his opponent. Johnson is landing frequently on the feet and clearly throwing the champ off. He turns Johnson into the fence and lands a nice knee. Johnson threatens with the takedown, but Cruz defends well. They break and take to the center again. Johnson is outpacing Cruz and is making it hard for the champ to work his outside game. Cruz with a nice uppercut. Cruz lands a nice knee and defends the subsequent takedown attempt. Cruz gets a takedown with thirty seconds to go, holding him against the fence until the bell. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Johnson with a nice leg kick and Cruz returns with one of his own. They go back and forth on the feet some before Cruz tries for the takedown – he is thrown off; he stays after Johnson and lands a suplex before taking the back with one hook in. Cruz threatens with the rear naked choke and Johnson survives, again Cruz threatens with the choke but Johnson defends and is immediately back to his feet, pressing Cruz into the fence. Cruz lands a good knee to the body and hits another takedown. He holds Johnson down against the fence for most of the rest of the round, Johnson gets to his feet with fifteen seconds to go and presses Cruz into the fence for the remainder. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 4: Johnons lands a pair of leg kicks and looks to be the fresher of the two fighters. Cruz is having a hard time getting off while standing, but he lands a good leg kick and a right hand. Cruz slips a volley of punches and moves in for the takedown again, getting it in short order. Cruz is in half guard, pressing Johnson into the fence. Cruz takes full mount with two minutes to go. Johnson is breaking Cruz’s posture and trying to buck out; he manages to regain guard and eventually gets to his feet. Cruz takes a deep breath when they reset standing; both men land some nice shots before clinching again. Cruz lands a good knee and then drags Johnson back down against the fence, this time managing to land some ground and pound. Johnson kicks him off and chases Cruz across the cage landing a punch and kick before Cruz grabs hold of him. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Round 5: They touch gloves for the last round and they get right back to it. Johnson really starting to push the pace, miming Cruz’s footwork. Cruz grabs him and lands a full suplex again, landing in side control. Johnson regains guard and the referee warns them to get to work. Johnson scoots to the fence, but Cruz continues to control the position, holding him down. Johnson fights to his feet, but Cruz stays on him. Johnson lands some nice shots on the break. Johnson is pushing forward, Cruz throws the trip, but Johnson defends it well. Johnson going on the attack again. Cruz slips a volley, ducks under and hits the double leg, quickly taking full mount against the fence. Cruz is looking for the neck again with thirty seconds to go. Johnson bucks him and tries to press the action, but Cruz lands a hard knee to the body that backs him off. The champ hits a takedown right before the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Cruz

Johnson is sporting a very swollen left cheek.

Dominick Cruz defeated Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45)

Cruz says it was a hard fight; Johnson keeps a “sick pace” so he knew that he had to use his strength and size to out-wrestle him. Says he heard Johnson gurgling when he had the choke on at one point, but that Mighty Mouse just toughed it out. Tells the rest of the division to bring it on, he’s here to make history.

Johnson takes his hat off to Cruz, says he’s way stronger than he thought he would be. Thinks that his cheek got damaged when Cruz landed a knee against the fence. He says he needed to be better about fighting to his feet and plans to go back to the drawing board to come back stronger.

That’s it for tonight’s coverage guys, thanks for tuning in!