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Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee
Round 1: Both men standing Southpaw, mostly trading kicks so far. Cariaso gets in a nice right hand in a combo. Lee returns with a knee to the head. Lee threatens with the standing guillotine; he gives it up but keeps control of Cariaso’s head and fires off nice knees to the legs. Cariaso turns him into the fence, Lee reverses and gets the takedown. Lee is looking to pass guard, he’s landing punches and improving position simultaneously. Cariaso to his feet and they battle for position in the clinch. Cariaso gets in a nice elbow against the cage. Lee gets another takedown on the fence. Some technical difficulties on the part of the UFC stream and we’re back, with both men standing and trading. Lee gets the takedown again on the fence and looks for the guillotine, but Cariaso avoids and works to his feet.
Assuming Cariaso didn’t knock Lee down during the break in the stream, the round goes to the Brit.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lee
Round 2: They trade inside leg kicks and start to trade. Cariaso gets in some nice punches, but Lee returns with a volley of kicks before scoring the takedown and again threatening with the guillotine. Cariaso works to his feet again and presses Lee into the fence, landing a good elbow on the break. Lee with a pair of kicks. Lee misses on a left and moves in to initiate the clinch. Cariaso turns him. Cariaso moving forward behind punches and elbows, landing a volley on a backward-moving Lee. Cariaso lands a nice left and then gets a takedown himself. Lee holding half guard, but he gives up mount looking for a sweep. Lee recovers guard, but Cariaso passes almost immediately into side control. Cariaso gets mount again. Lee throwing his legs up high, but he can’t set Cariaso up in anything before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso
Round 3: Both men engaging, but neither landing with much effect. They end up clinched, with Lee pressing Cariaso into the fence. Ref Dan Miragliotta breaks them, but they immediately clinch again. Lee defends the takedown and lands a few knees before bulling Cariaso into the fence. Good elbow from Cariaso, then a nice follow-up combo. Lee misses with some kicks and goes for the takedown again. Cariaso fights him off. Cariaso turns things around, fighting for and securing the takedown himself. Cariaso passes to side control and mount in short order. Cariaso postures and starts to let loose with punches. He turns him, with both hooks in and looks for the choke. Lee almost turns into Cariaso’s guard, but Cariaso defends and takes Lee’s back. They go back and forth this way, with Cariaso threatening with subs and ground and pound the whole time. Cariaso hammering Lee with elbows. And technical difficulties, right on time. Twenty seconds to go now and Cariaso is still on Lee’s back, working for the rear naked. He doesn’t force the tap before the bell but he definitely takes the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cariaso
Chris Cariaso defeated Vaughan Lee via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Cope vs. Che Mills
Round 1: Mills the aggressor early on, landing some heavy leg kicks and hard punches. Cope fires back with a nice combo, but Mills is undeterred. Mills tags Cope with a left hook-right hand combo that wobbles him; he follows up with a hard knee that puts him on his back. Cope tries to recover, but Mills is all over him with knees and punches and he forces the stoppage early.
Che Mills defeated Chris Cope via TKO (strikes) at :40 of round 1
Jason Young vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Round 1: Omigawa comes out the aggressor, but Young is countering sharply, keeping punches in Omigawa’s face. Omigawa tries for the takedown, but Young defends deftly. Young gets off a head kick that Omigawa takes on the arm. Omigawa endlessly pushing forward, but Young is circling away nicely an landing hard counters. Omigawa with a straight left. Omigawa fails on another takedown attempt. Omigawa finally lands a leg trip and lands in half guard. Young fights to his feet well and lands a good knee and elbow once there. Young tags Omigawa with a head kick that knocks him off balance as he lunges in. Young swelling and bleeding over the right eye from a head butt. He pushes forward and lands a solid knee. Young lands a knee and elbow with his back and the cage and shoots for a takedown of his own when they separate. He completes it and Omigawa threatens with the guillotine.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Young
Round 2: Right away Omigawa has more success striking, landing his left hand more than once on Young’s swollen eye. Omigawa gets the takedown and works from full guard. The crowd is growing restless, but Omigawa is improving his position constantly. He moves to side control and looks to isolate Young’s right arm. Young rolls out when Omigawa starts to land elbows on his damaged eye and fights free on his feet. Young lands a few good strikes before getting taken back down. Omigawa passes to mount, but Young recovers half guard. Omigawa doing little with his dominant positions, but he’s controlling the fight right now. He takes mount again before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Omigawa
Round 3: Omigawa forces the scramble early, but Young fights free of him and starts to swing. Young clearly looking to steal back the fight’s momentum, putting more pressure on Omigawa on the feet. Young lands a good knee behind a few punches, but Omigawa grabs hold of him and drags him to the mat. Omigawa rolls back for a heel hook, but Young defends and gets to his feet. Young fires off a good lef kick and a nice right hand before trying and failing on a takedown. Omigawa takes Young down in a guillotine; Young defends but is now on his back with Omigawa in his half guard. Young is trying to stand up, but Omigawa is all over him and pulls him back down to the canvas. Young looks frustrated with a minute left and Omigawa on top of him. Omigawa threatens with the kimura and uses it to pass to side control. Young turns into him though and gets a takedown himself as the round wanes. Young tries to tee off before the bell but it’s too late.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Omigawa
Michihiro Omigawa defeated Jason Young via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rob Broughton vs. Philip De Fries
Round 1: De Fries shoots for the takedown early, Broughton defends it, but De Fries stays on him and presses him into the fence. Referee Big Dan separates them and they take to the middle. De Fries goes back in for the takedown and eventually fights Broughton down. Miragliotta warns them not to just lay there. Broughton rolls to his knees, but De Fries forces him back to the mat. Broughton is making it hard for De Fries to do much more than control position. De fries on Broughton’s back as the round closes. This isn’t looking like a Fight of the Night candidate so far…
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for De Fries
Round 2: De Fries moves in behind a right and presses Broughton into the fence, wary to exchange with The Bear. He has more success dumping him to the mat this time. Broughton trying to scramble, but De Fries is staying on him and takes the back again in short order. Broughton gets to his knees and slowly, like rising from wet concrete, he gets to his feet. Not for long though, as he essentially throws himself to the mat trying a trip. Broughton rolls De Fries by threatening with a kimura and now De Fries trying to isolate Broughton’s left arm, so Broughton starts to hammer his body and legs with elbows. Broughton goes for the kimura himself know, but De Fries defends. Broughton secures a mounted crucifix and slams his fists into De Fries’ face. He goes back and forth between attacking the arm and dropping elbows.
FightLine score the round 10-9 for Broughton
Round 3: De Fries sticks the jab twice and Broughton whiffs on an overhand right. De Fries drops for the takedown and completes it, landing in side control. Broughton rolls to his knees and De Fries takes his back. Broughton defending from his back, but De Fries is all over him, taking his back at the two minute mark. De Fries takes mount and increases his ground and pound output. Broughton bucking from bottom position, but De Fries retains top control and takes north-south position. Thirty seconds to go and De Fries is on top just holding north-south. Big Dan separates them and stands them up, where Broughton whiffs one more telegraphed haymaker.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for De Fries
Philip De Fries defeated Rob Broughton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Maguire vs. Justin Edwards
Round 1: Edwards with an inside leg kick. Edwards gets warned for kicking close to the groin right before nailing Maguire in the cup. They pause briefly. Maguire shakes it off and comes back. Edwards lands a nice spinning back kick and then nails Maguire with a right hand. Maguire falls to the mat, but Edwards is all over him, hammering him with ground and pound. Maguire recovers and hits the double; Edwards threatens with the guillotine and starts to get to his feet, but Maguire avoids it and slams Edwards to the mat again. Edwards fights to his feet and Maguire clips him with a knee on his way up. Maguire lands a good knee to the body and the establishes double underhooks, shortly thereafter taking Edwards down. Maguire landing knees while holding Edwards in a front headlock. Edwards tries to break free and land punches, but MAguire avoids and uses the kimura to take Edwards down. Maguire displaying really slick grappling here; transitioning all over Edwards and repeatedly taking him down. Edwards drops for the guillotine with thirty seconds left, but Maguire defends.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 2: Maguire gets off first with an inside leg kick. They end up briefly clinched on the cage, but they separate to their feet again. The striking is tentative so far this round, with Edwards coming up just short of landing usually and Maguire landing the jab. Edwards lands a good combo. Good inside leg kick by Maguire. Maguire gets hold of Edwards and eventually slams him to the mat. He takes Edwards’ back with both hooks in, eventually locking up the body triangle. Maguire and Edwards trading punches and elbows. Maguire looking for the rear naked choke and he switches to an armbar just before the bell. Edwards survives.
FightLine score the round 10-9 for Maguire
Round 3: They touch gloves for the final frame. Maguire keeping Edwards at bay with his jab. Edwards putting more punches together and he misses on a spinning back kick. Maguire dumps Edwards to the mat with ease. Edwards threatens with a heel hook and Maguire counters with a kneebar. They separate and stand. Edwards lands a spinning back head kick on Maguire’s arms. Maguire grabs Edwards in the front headlock and nails Edwards with knees. Edwards takes Maguire down using the same position, but Maguire avoids and ends up in mount. Edwards gives up his back and Maguire establishes the body triangle again. Maguire alternately punching Edwards in the head and looking for the rear naked choke. A minute to go, Maguire’s lost the body triangle, but still riding Edwards’ back. Maguire looking to isolate an arm from back position now. Edwards rolls out and to his feet though, standing over Maguire with thirty seconds left. Maguire sweeps him from guard and slaps on a guillotine as the round ends. Edwards defends and holds out on top until the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Maguire
John Maguire defeated Justin Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto
This lightweight contest is overseen by referee Leon Roberts.
Round 1: They touch gloves and Etim lands some slick counters on a charging Faaloloto. Faaloloto shoots for the takedown and Etim snatches his neck in a guillotine. His grip is ironclad, he drags Faaloloto to the mat and forces the tap.
Terry Etim defeated Edward Faaloloto via submission (guillotine choke) at :17 of round 1
Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh
Marc Goddard is the third man in the cage for this light heavyweight tilt.
Round 1: Diabate comes out and takes the center, feinting and stalking Perosh. Diabate using his range, moving forward with long punches and keeping Perosh on the run. Perosh is denied on more than one takedown and can’t get anywhere near tagging Diabate when he throws punches. He lands a nice right hand though when Diabate closes the gap. The action slows until Perosh dives for a takedown, which is denied. Diabate sticks Perosh several times before denying a takedown and following Perosh down, taking top position. Diabate lands some nice punches from the top, but Perosh kicks him off. On their feet, Perosh absorbs more shots, including a nasty kick to the body. Perosh manages to get the fight to the mat, where he works half guard. Diabate doing well to defend Perosh’s offense from the top, but Perosh rides the top position until the bout.
Round 2: Diabate working his length again, hitting a good knee and sprawling out of a takedown easily. He’s tagging Perosh, but the Australian ducks under a forward-moving assault by Diabate and takes him down. Perosh working hard to improve position and he does, establishing mount. Diabate gives up his back and Perosh looks to choke him. Diabate defends but Perosh is all over. He briefly takes north-south, but moves back into mount and looks for the arm triangle. Perosh all over Diabate, landing big punches with Diabate flattened out. Perosh slaps on the rear naked and, though he tries to escape, Diabate eventually taps.
Anthony Perosh defeated Cyrille Diabate via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:09 of round 2
Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi
Dan Miragliotta will ref this welterweight contest.
Round 1: Abedi crawls out; Alves is keeping his hands up high and blasting Abedi with leg kicks. Abedi is throwing with power, but Alves is defending. Alves continually firing off leg kicks. Abedi throws a front kick and lands a few nice punches,followed by a hard elbow after pressing Alves into the fence. Alves fights free from the cage and Abedi gets in his face with a one-two-leg kick. Alves lands a nice body kick. Alves flicks out a high kick, but Abedi blocks it and continues pressing forward. Akves getting touched by some of Abedi’s straight shots, though he’s keeping his eyes open and countering. Abedi presses him into the cage briefly but Alves fights free. Alves clips Abedi with a tight left hook and starts to swarm him, following him to the mat behind a volley of punches. Alves takes mount and starts to eviscerate Abedi with punches and hard elbows. Abedi gives up his back and Alves sinks the choke, cranking it hard and forcing the tap.
Thiago Alves defeated Papy Abedi via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:32 of round 1
Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao
Leon Roberts referees the co-main event of the evening, taking place in the bantamweight division.
Round 1: They touch gloves and Pickett starts winging punches; Barao isn’t backing down an inch though and stays right in the pocket tagging Pickett with punches and kicks. Pickett touches Barao, but Barao digs in and fires right back. These two are throwing down, the crowd chanting Pickett’s name. Pickett scores with a lead left hook. Pickett sprawls out of a takedown and whiffs on a hard overhand right. Barao with a hard left hook. A front kick. Barao sticks the jab. Barao is countering well as Pickett pushes forward. They trade from the pocket, both men landing but Barao getting the better of it. Barao puts together a nice combo, then nails Pickett with a hard knee. A volley of punches follows and drops Pickett to the mat. Barao follows, as do more punches from the Brazilian. Barao takes his back deftly and looks for the choke. He cranks on it for several long moments before Pickett taps.
Renan Barão defeated Brad Pickett via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:09 of round 1
Chris Leben vs. Mark Muñoz
Marc Goddard is the referee for the night’s main event in the middleweight division.
Round 1: They take to the center and both men test their range. Munoz ducks a right hand by Leben and puts The Crippler on the mat. Leben threatens briefly with a guillotine but Munoz defends and works to half guard. Munoz unleashes a few vicious punches to the body before Leben fights to his feet. Munoz keeps Leben on the fence, alternately working dirty boxing and trying for the takedown. Munoz trips him briefly and lands two right hands before Leben lands a takedown and winds up on two big right hands. Munoz hops to his feet quickly, but Leben is pressuring him on the fence, landing some hard punches. Munoz turns Leben into the cage. Munoz tries for a knee against the cage and Leben catches it, dumping him to the mat. Munoz pops right back up and Leben slaps on the guillotine, dropping to the mat with it. Munoz defends easily and now works from half guard. Munoz unleashing some mean punches from top position. Leben tries to fight to his feet, but Munoz is just wrecking him with hard punches. Munoz is denied on a takedown attempt and Leben threatens with the choke. Munoz fights free and they go back at it on the feet. Munoz slips on a takedown and Leben hits him with hammerfists.
Round 2: Breathing heavily, Leben makes his way to the center of the cage. Munoz is loosening up, but Leben backs him straight up into the fence behind some punches. Munoz turns him and takes him down. Munoz working ground and pound to the body. Munoz breaks Lebens guard and starts to posture up, throwing down bombs. He opens up a big cut over Leben’s left eye. Leben gets to his feet, but not for long, as Munoz plants him back on the mat. Munoz in half guard, throwing right hands. Leben’s face is a mess. Munoz moves out to the side as Leben tries to get up and fires off a series of hard right hands. Leben still gets up and manages to slap on a choke, bringing Munoz to the mat. Goddard stops it to have the doctor look at Leben’s battered left eye. Leben says he can see and they let the fight go on. Leben fires off several straight punches that prompt Munoz to drop for the takedown. He doesn’t get it, but he scrambles around and takes Leben’s back, then mount. Munoz firing off hellacious punches while mounted on Leben. The round is winding down and both men are trading punches, Leben with his back on the cage.
Leben says that he can’t see out of his left eye on the stool, prompting his corner to wave off the fight.
Mark Muñoz defeated Chris Leben via TKO (corner’s stoppage) at the end of round 2
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