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Mitch Clarke vs. John Cholish
The first fight of the night takes place in the lightweight division and will be overseen by Big John McCarthy.
Round 1: They touch gloves and get after it, Cholish landing a pair efore shooting for the takedown. Clarke defends against that one and another, threatening briefly with the guillotine. Cholish is picking his shots and landing some solid single shots. Cholish goes for a foot trip and they end up scrambling, with Clarke briefly taking Cholish’s back while standing. Cholish defends well and ends up getting Clarke to the mat by rolling for a kneebar. Cholish eventually lets Clarke to his feet, where they settle back into a fairly even and uneventful striking exchange. Clarke’s punches are telegraphed and continually coming up short, Cholish is avoiding them and countering occasionally.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cholish
Round 2: Clarke coming out with a little more zip on his punches, but Cholish is still holding the edge standing up. Cholish shoots for the takedown, which Clarke defends and answers with some solid knees. Cholish lands a nice right hook and then a leg kick. Another. Cholish lands the right hand again, twice in a row. Cholish tags Clarke with a straight right, seemingly having found a hole in Clarke’s defense. Cholish shoots deep and gets Clarke down against the fence. Clarke gets to his feet and looks to take Cholish down, but instead he gets his back taken when Cholish rolls for a kimura. Cholish is pounding away at a flattened Clarke, who can do little more than just take the punches. Big John has seen enough and calls it off.
John Cholish defeated Mitch Clarke via TKO (strikes) at 4:36 of round 2
Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht
Round 1: Hecht working leg kicks early on, keeping Attonito on the outside by doing so. Attonito catches one and takes Hecht down, landing in half guard. Hecht recovers full guard. Hecht keeping most of Attonito’s offense stifled by staying busy off of his back. Attonito holding top position, staying busy enough to prevent a stand-up and working consistent, though not overwhelming, ground and pound. The round ends with Attonito on top still and Hecht unable to extricate himself from the position.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Attonito
Round 2: Hecht looking to put his hands on Attonito, but Attonito keeps him honest by tagging him with a right hand. Attonito closes the distance and fights for the takedown, but eats a pair of elbows that buckle his knees. Hecht pounces, taking top position and pounding away until Attonito is clearly unfit to continue.
Jake Hecht defeated Rich Attonito via TKO (strikes) at 1:10 of round 2
Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz
Round 1: Lentz gets off first with a head kick, but Bocek returns fire with a nice right hand and a knee. Bocek closes the distance, landing knees and punches to the body while looking for the takedown. Bocek hits a slick takedown and Lentz threatens with a guillotine briefly. Bocek defends the initial attempt, but Lentz goes for it again. Bocek shakes free by standing up and dropping Lentz down and he goes back to work on the mat, trying to pass Lentz’s guard. Bocek is controlling the action so far, but Lentz is doing well to keep him from setting up subs or put together much ground and pound. Bocek manages to pass to side control, but Lentz recovers half guard quickly. Bocek lands a few hard strikes on the ground before the end of the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bocek
Round 2: Lentz stuffs a takedown to start. Bocek slips on a kick, but ends up going for a deep single. Lentz locks his legs together and defends for a time, but Bocek has him over his head and eventually hits the takedown. Bocek is dominating Lentz on the ground, but hasn’t been able so far to mount very damaging offense; the fighters are warned to work. Lentz goes for the guillotine again, but Bocek defends. The action is halted so that Bocek can pull up his pants, Lentz misunderstands and goes for a punch. No harm no foul, they end the round standing.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bocek
Round 3: Bocek goes for the shot early and completes it, avoiding Lentz’s guillotine attempt. Bocek is working hard to pass guard, but he can’t and Lentz fights to his feet. Lentz lands a nice lead uppercut. Chants of “Bocek” sound through the crowd as the Canadian lightweight drops for the takedown and completes it. Bocek avoids the guillotine again and goes to work with short ground and pound. Bocek passes briefly, but Lentz hip escapes and recovers guard. Bocek turning up his work rate as the round winds down, firing off ground and pound more frequently. Bocek backs out of guard and throws an axe kick to the body, then another body kick when Lentz gets to his feet.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bocek
Mark Bocek defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Yves Jabouin vs. Walel Watson
Round 1: Watson starts things off, whiffing on a head kick. Watson throws a pair of side kicks and then tags Jabouin twice with his left hand as Jabouin tries to close the distance. Jabouin seems to be having trouble getting inside Watson’s reach, though he tags him with a right hand when Watson misses on a spinning back fist. Watson moves in behind a few punches and tries to get the takedown, but Jabouin reverses and ends up putting Watson on his back. Watson gets to his feet and reverses beautifully when Jabouin tries to take him down again. Both men fighting, but neither landing completely flush.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Watson
Round 2: Jabouin catches a body kick and lands a nice right behind it. Watson working his kicks on the outside, putting together punches in between. Watson’s reach is giving Jabouin fits now, but the shorter fighter is still hanging in. He lands a body kick that makes Watson wince, maybe because it grazed a little low. Watson opening up more. They both throw spinning back kicks that miss. Jabouin lands a good leg kick. Watson knocks Jabouin back with a strong side kick. Watson lands a right but then eats a hard spinning back fist. Jabouin hits a nice takedown, but Watson puts on the guillotine with ten seconds to go. It’s deep, but Jabouin pops his head out at the end.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 3: They come out smiling and touch gloves for the last round. Jabouin lands a hard leg kick. Jabouin lands a turning side kick of his own. Watson checks a kick and fires back with one his own that lands hard. Watson pecking away from the outside again, but Jabouin is still doing well, landing hard leg kicks. Jabouin with a front kick and another hard leg kick. Watson returns with one of his own. Jabouin hits the takedown, but Watson threatens with a submission and reverses taking half guard with two minutes to go. Watson is looking to work the D’arce choke. He connects his hands and it looks tight, he squeezes hard, but Jabouin fights free and to his feet. Watson shakes out his arms. Both men have slowed down now, with Jabouin throwing hard and looking for the knockout. They exchange until the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Watson
Yves Jabouin defeated Walel Watson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
John Makdessi vs. Dennis Hallman
Round 1: Hallman immediately goes for the takedown, closing the distance and pressing Makdessi into the fence. Makdessi grabs the fence hard twice despite Josh Rosenthal’s warnings. Rosenthal forcibly removes his hand from the cage to allow Hallman to complete his takedown. Hallman takes the back in short order and flattens him out, going to work with ground and pound. Makdessi rolls over, but Hallman stays in mount. Hallman’s size is giving Makdessi all kinds of trouble (he missed weight, coming in at 158.5). He ends up going for the rear naked choke and gets it, forcing Makdessi to tap in short order.
Dennis Hallman defeated John Makdessi via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:58 of round 1
Constantinos Philippou vs. Jared Hamman
Round 1: Philippou touching Hamman with punches early, but The Messenger is walking through them so far. Hamman lands a hard leg kick, but Philippou floors him with a right hand. Philippou follows him as he reels backward and nails him again with a right that rocks him. Philippou tries to slap on the rear naked choke, but Hamman fights free and to his feet. Philippou rocks him with another shot, then several more. Hamman is showing incredible durability, but a hard left hook puts him on his heels and a follow-up right hand sends him face-first to the mat, unconscious.
Constantinos Philippou defeated Jared Hamman via knockout (punches) at 3:11 of round 1
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Igor Pokrajac
Round 1: They touch gloves and go at it, both men throwing heavy punches to start the round. Pokrajac puts Soszynski on his heels with a short right hand and follows him as he backs into the cage. Pokrajac is pouring it on, knocking Soszynski to the mat under a torrent of punches and separating him from consciousness with a few more shots on the ground.
Igor Pokrajac defeated Krzysztof Soszynski via TKO (strikes) at :35 of round 1
Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
Jung makes his way to the cage to The Cranberries’ “Zombie;” Hominick to P. Diddy’s “Coming Home” and a standing ovation.
Round 1: They touch gloves and go at it. Amazingly, Jung catches a wide open Hominick with a right hand that puts him on his ass. The Korean Zombie follows him down and rains down blows until his eyes are closed and his head is bouncing off the canvas. Shocking.
Chan Sung Jung defeated Mark Hominick via TKO (strikes) at :07 of round 1
“I was just lucky,” said the victor. “Sorry Toronto, I love Canadians!”
“I’m gonna give it up to him, I came out a little too wild. … I just want to say to all the fans, you’ve been very supportive, thank you,” said Hominick.
Jung ties the record for fastest knockout in UFC history. Big night for the Korean Zombie.
Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole
Round 1: After playing on the feet some, Ebersole drops for the takedown. Patrick defends and threatens with the guillotine but Ebersole avoids easily. The two end up on the cage, fighting for position. Patrick lands a hard knee to the gut that causes Ebersole to wince. Patrick drops for the guillotine shortly thereafter, it’s very deep and he’s cranking on it, but Ebersole keeps his cool and fights through it until Patrick lets off. Ebersole is on top now, but Patrick gets to his feet, dodging a knee as he does. Patrick grabs the plum, lands a knee and a good left. Ebersole coming at Patrick now with some hard punches to the head and then body. Ebersole drops for the takedown, but Patrick defends well. Ebersole pressing Patrick into the cage. Patrick turns him at the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 2: Ebersole fakes a shot to start. Patrick coming at Ebersole, but Ebersole is keeping mostly clear of his attack. He defends a takedown. They battle in the clinch, Patrick landing a nice left and a knee. Ebersole presses Patrick back into the fence; he lands a good right elbow on the break and then shoots for the double. Patrick defends and smacks him in the face, working short elbows and knees as well. Ebersole lands another elbow on the break and then defends a takedown, before pressing Patrick back into the cage. They break and Patrick lands a front kick. He catches a kick and then takes Ebersole around the back, pressing him into the cage. Ebersole gets in a knee. Patrick lands a few punches that cause Ebersole to cover. He then defends a takedown and presses Patrick into the cage.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Patrick
Round 3: Ebersole drops for the single early and Patrick defends it. Ebersole is fighting desperately for the takedown, but Patrick is defending deftly. Patrick goes for a choke but ends up leaving himself open for Ebersole to put him on his back. Patrick gets to his feet, but Ebersole keeps hold of him, picks him up and slams him to the mat. Ebersole manages to get Patrick’s back against the fence with one hook in. Patrick stands, but Ebersole is on him like glue. They battle for position on the cage, Patrick with his back to the cage. Ebersole fights for the single and gets it, but Patrick snags an arm on the way down and uses it to get on top. Patrick goes for a side choke, but Ebersole defends. They stand and start to trade, Patrick getting the better of it. Ebersole shoots again, but Patrick stuffs it and rolls for a D’arce choke that Ebersole defends. Ebersole ends the round on top.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole
Brian Ebersole defeated Claude Patrick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
That was a close one and the fans boo the decision, but either man winning wouldn’t have been a robbery.
Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Lil’ Nog showing some hip hop savvy, walking out to Redman & Method Man’s “Da Rockwilder.” Ortiz makes his way to the Octagon to Eminem as usual, this time “Cinderella Man.”
Round 1: No glove touch between these two, they’re looking to work. Ortiz wading in, clapping Nogueira with solid punches. Nogueira hanging in the pocket and countering. Ortiz drops for the takedown and Lil Nog defends. Ortiz keeping him against the cage, throwing knees while Nog comes back with elbows. Ortiz pulling a Randy Couture and dirty boxing well. Lil Nog is firing back with some nice shots himself, and lands a hard uppercut inside that might have stunned Ortiz. Lil Nog cracks Ortiz with a hard left hand on the break and then swarms him. Ortiz is defending well, but he gets hit with a knee to the body that buckles him. Lil Nog is on top of him dropping punches, but Ortiz manages to recover full guard. Ortiz working a high guard now, seeming to have recovered some. The crowd chants, “Tito!” Lil Nog is pouring it on though, throwing shot after shot, but Ortiz is covering up his head well. However, he can’t do much more than cover up and Lil Nog starts to hammer away at his body. After absorbing some vicious body punches, the ref has seen enough and calls the bout.
Ortiz is wincing and clutching the left side of his body.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeated Tito Ortiz via TKO (strikes) at 3:15 of round 1
Lil Nog calls the win a “dream come true” and gives props to his fallen opponent.
Ortiz says that Lil Nog hit him in the same spot that Rashad Evans did and he tried to fight through it, but the repeated abuse to the body took it out of him. Ortiz says that he wants to fill out the last fight on his contract and then retire, he hopes that the UFC will let him do it.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Herb Dean will referee the night’s co-main event, which takes place in the heavyweight division.
Round 1: Big Nog pumping out a stiff jab. Mir overthrows a right hand and Big Nog ducks under to shoot for the takedown. Mir defends. Big Nog is pressing Mir into the cage, but Mir turns him and nails him to the body. Mir fights Minotauro to the mat, but he threatens to sweep and gets to his feet presses Mir into the fence. Nogueira tagging Mir up against the cage,, hitting him with a knee to the body on the break. Nogueira makes Mir do the stanky leg with a hard right straight, he goes for a desperation takedown. Nogueira goes for the guillotine, it looks tight, but Mir fights through it. Mir rolls through and takes top position, grabbing a kimura immediately. Big Nog tries to roll through but Mir powers through the hold, eventually snapping his arm in half. Big Nog doesn’t tap until it’s broken. Incredible.
Frank Mir defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at 2:38 of round 1
“Now, I’m the first person to knock him out and the first person to submit him.”
Nogueira is still on the ground getting medical attention, his arm was absolutely shredded.
For the UFC light heavyweight championship
Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida
Machida looking pumped up and focused on his way to the cage, to Linkin Park as usual. Jonny Bones walks out jubilant, calm and collected. Big John McCarthy will be the third man in the cage for tonight’s main event.
Round 1: Jones crawls out, crouching low to throw Machida off. Machida just hangs back and feels him out. Jones stands upright and they start to test their range. Jones throws a spinning back kick and Machida returns fire with a leg kick. Jones gets in a hard leg kick. He blocks a right hand and pushes Machida off-balance. Machida keeps to his feet and moves clear though. Jones cracks Machida with a leg kick and Machida barely misses on a hard right hand counter. Machida moves in quick and touches Hones with a left hand. Machida lands a good kick to the body and backs Jones up by following him back quickly with punches. It’s a chess match so far, both men trying to figure out the other. Jones whiffs on a right and Machida comes back with a counter. Machida catches Jones with a right straight that backs him up. Machida with another body kick-punch combo that touches Jones. Machida is making Jones miss, both on kicks and punches and coming back with effective counters.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida
Round 2: Jones slaps a leg kick and MAchida returns with one inside. Jones lands a glancing side kick. Machida’s timing looks fantastic and he’s actually working well with his opponent’s range, getting in and out on the longer fighter with relative ease. Machida blocks a kick to the body and starts coming after Jones with hard punches. Jones backing up as Machida comes at him hard. Jones avoids taking too many shots, but Machida is giving him a fight. Jones lands a nice right hand and then takes Machida down. Jones lands an elbow that cuts Machida wide open on the forehead. Jones looking to work a headlock. Machida rising to his feet as Jones looks to take his back. BJM stops the fight to have the doctor look at Machida’s forehead cut. It’s a gash, but they’re going to let it continue from the same position. Jones working knees to the legs and body. Machida shakes Jones off but his feet look a little heavier. Machida rips a hard left hand counter, but Jones staggers him with a short left that drops him. Jones presses him into the fence after landing a knee and then slaps on a guillotine choke standing, cranking it until Machida goes to sleep standing. BJM stops it and Machida crumbles to the mat unconscious as Jones walks away.
Jon Jones defeated Lyoto Machida via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:26 of round 2
No, he didn’t have me hurt but he did punch me pretty good. It wobbled me a little bit,” said Jones. “I think it’s good, one of my biggest critic points is that I can’t take a punch. So, I’m glad to prove it to myself and everyone else that I can take a hit.”
Jones gives Machida credit for being a very smart and savvy fighter, the first one to make him face adversity.
That’s it from here folks. Thanks for tuning in!