Welcome to FightLine.com’s live coverage of UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.
Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The main card will air live on FOX, while the prelims will air on FUEL TV.
Now, on to the action! We’ll have live round-by round coverage of all of tonight’s bouts. Remember to keep refreshing this page for the most up to date results.
Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
Round 1: The two touch gloves. Moraga throws a couple knees in the clinch before landing a sharp leg kick that wobbles Gomez slightly. Moraga closing the distance much better, able to stick and move effectively. Gomez rushes in for a single, but Moraga gets wrist control and they’re back on the feet. Another strong knee to the body followed by and elbow from Moraga. Now a flurry of strikes and an uppercut left hook combo downs Gomez and it’s all over.
John Moraga def. Ulysses Gomez via first TKO (punches) at 3:46 of the first round.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
This is a must win for the always tenacious Gamburyan who comes off of three loses. Omigawa looks to rebound from a defeat to Yuri Alcantara at UFC 142.
Round 1: Gamburyan already stalking Omigawa around the cage, loading up that heavy right hand. Gamburyan throws a flying knee but Omigawa lands with a short left that knocks him down briefly. Gamburyan back up and seems to have regained his composure. Big swats from that overhand right from the Anvil but none connect. Omigawa showing that unorthodox movement, throwing lots of faints. Gamburyan lands a nice body shot and follows up top with a right that catches Omigawa. The knockdown will likely give the Japanese judoka the early round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Omigawa
Round 2: Gamburyan walks into two straight punches that connect. Omigawa’s striking and movement still giving him problems. Gamburyan now going for the double while Omigawa works a guillotine briefly. Showcasing some chain wrestling, Gamburyan transitions to a single that gets Omigawa down for a second. Another two takedown attempts and this one looks successful. Gamburyan takes his back before getting back into his guard but Omigawa defending any submissions or ground and pound. Now back up to the feet as Omigawa scoots out.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan
Round 3: Big head kick from Gamburyan. Omigawa retreating back but the Anvil swarms with punches. Somehow, Omigawa still standing and now pushing the pace as he lands some short shots that land up against the fence. Gamburyan might be gassing after that initial barrage and Omigawa is still pressuring. Gamburyan gets a single leg but Omigawa is back up on his feet. Gamburyan unrelenting, as he picks Omigawa up and drops him down but Omigawa up again. Gamburyan finds himself in a neck crank with fifteen seconds to go. An action packed fight closes with the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan
Manny Gamburyan def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
Round 1: De Fries counters nicely against an agressive Thompson. The two clinch against the cage but nothing doing as De Fries attempting to drop down for the takedown. Referee John McCarthy stands them back up before De Fries initiates the clinch in the same spot and gets the single momentarily but the muscular Thompson gets back to the feet and Big John separates them again. Uneventful first round prompts some boos from the crowd.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for De Fries
Round 2: De Fries unleashes a flurry of punches that down Thompson who has exposed his chin a couple of times this fight. Thompson now turtling up as De Fries lands a series of right hands on the ground. Former strongman Thompson somehow gets up to his feet before getting put in the clinch again. Both release and exchange a series of punches. De Fries now losing up as he lands a knee and a right hand. De Fries catches a leg and secures the takedown. Thompson now turtled up as De Fries tries to get his hooks in. Very defensive position but defending well so far is Thompson. De Fries now gets in the hooks with 50 seconds remaining and locks in the rear naked choke. A quick tap from Thompson ends this strategic fight for De Fries.
Phil De Fries def. Oli Thompson via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:15 in the second round
Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Round 1: Rani with hands low, looking for the takedown. Grispi stuffs the first attempt but gets caught with a single with Yahya in his guard. Yahya now landing some strikes on top, looking to soften him up and pass guard. Yahya slips into side control with 2:20 remaining. Now moving into north-south and locking in the north-south choke. Yahya rotating with Grispi who struggles to escape. There’s the tap and this one is all over.
Rani Yahya def. Josh Grispi via submission (north-south choke) at 3:15 of the first round.
Yahya fought just the type of fight he wanted, proving there is still space for specialists in the UFC.
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
A unique fight for both fighters as the 8-0 Prado makes quite a UFC debut against wrestling standout Phil Davis. Davis on the other hand, is coming off a main event loss to Rashad Evans and will be looking to gain some momentum with a win over the newcomer.
Round 1: The two feel eachother out in the center of the Octagon. Prado lands a heavy right hand before getting poked by Davis. Very blatant poke to the right eye of Prado who appears to be in a ton of pain. Doctor calls the fight and Prado is screaming in frustration. Very unfortunate stoppage to an exciting matchup.
Fight is ruled a no decision due to an unintentional foul (eye poke) at 1:28 in the first round.
Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Round 1: Nice front kick from the 6’1″ Miller. Phan will have to deal with the reach of Miller who is keeping him at a distance with a couple of hooks. Nice body-head combination from Phan and another flurry once again. Phan doing a great job of mixing up his strikes with those trademark body shots. Phan now doing most of the initiating and hits him with a strong left hook Miller as he was circling away. Phan now loosening up and catching Miller with another combo against the cage. Cole trying to keep Phan at bay with some leg kicks but Phan is able to close the distance and outstrike Miller.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Phan
Round 2: Miller’s corner urging him to take the fight to the ground after Phan got the better of him. Some rangy punches for Miller have some success before the two trade shots in the center if the Octagon. Phan walks into a stiff jab but answers with a left hook to the body against the cage again. Octagon control has been the main factor thus far. Miller lands another nice right hand who leads 70-64 in significant strikes landed with just another a minute remaining. The two continue to exchange before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller
Round 3: Let’s see if one of these guys takes control of the fight. Left hand catches Miller who backs up. Phan does not let up, throwing more combinations, finishing with a headkick. Too much pressure for Phan who continues to pepper his opponent. Miller thinks takedown but backs off as the two return shots in the center. Phan lands a right and a left to the body. Miller starting to counter Phan well, utilizing his superior range. Miller now beginning to surge at the end of the round. Landing a couple shots before throwing in a flying knee for good measure. Miller trying to steal this round from Phan. Very close fight here.
FighLine scores the round 10-9 for Phan
Nam Phan def. Cole Miller via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Mike Swick kicks off the main card on FOX after a knee injury sidelined him for over two years. His opponent DaMarques Johnson will look to rebound from a submission loss to John Maguire in April. There are a lot of variables for Swick given the layoff so it should be interesting to see what he brings to this welterweight tilt.
Round 1: The two touch gloves in the center. Swick leans in with a big right hand that shakes Johnson. Another nice right connects for Swick. Nice right hand from Johnson lands as Swick was coming in. Strength from Johnson pins Swick against the cage and takes his offbalance opponent to the ground. Swick manages to escape though and swings with a flurry of hooks against the cage. Power shots here and he follows with the knee. Johnson gets him to the ground however and has is playing in half guard. Swick in a lot of trouble as he eats some shots from on top. Johnson moves in for a D’Arce and tries to get it deeper before giving up. Round comes to a close with Johnson on top.
Fightline scores the round 10-9 for Johnson
Round 2: The two feeling eachother out trading punches. Swick catches a leg and lands a big takedown. A huge right hand knocks out Johnson and two more shots follow before the ref steps in.
Mike Swick def. DaMarques Johnson via TKO (punches) at 1:20 in the second round.
Despite the rough start, Swick capitalized brilliantly on his takedown with some precise striking on the ground. Johnson drops to 16-10 while Swick improves to 15-4. Interesting to see who the UFC picks as his next opponent to see where he falls in the division after the layoff.
Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon
After a shocking upset over rising star Edson Barboza, Jamie Varner gets another big opportunity against Joe Lauzon. The submission specialist Lauzon will try and get back in the win column after suffering a knockout to Anthony Pettis. This is going to be a career-defining bout for both lightweights.
Round 1: Varner comes in with a quick left hook from the body and lands another explosive combination. Varner looking very crisp with his striking. Right hand rattles Lauzon who is struggling to find his rhythm with Varner’s pressure. Lauzon appears to have recovered as he catches Varner with a significant knee. Lauzon coming back into this fight as Varner slows his action. Lauzon rips a body shot and follows up with a few more punches. The two exchange and Varner catches him with a hook that sends Lauzon on his back. Varner with control of Lauzon who turtles up before the round comes to a close.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Varner
Round 2: Interesting to see if Lauzon’s stamina will give him the advantage as we saw Varner taking some deep breaths in the first round. Varner lands a powerful leg kick that throws Lauzon off balance. More pressure from Varner who peppers Lauzon with a short elbow and a few more shots. Lauzon goes for a takedown. Varner counters for the guillotine but Lauzon transitions to his back. Now attempting a rear naked choke as Varner stands to his feet and eventually slips out. Lots of action in this one. Fight turning into a brawl as the two exchange wildly. Back and forth action with Lauzon getting the better of his opponent. Varner slips and Lauzon is on top before they return to the feet. Lauzon drags him down again with both hooks in. Varner fighting for wrist control as Lauzon works the rear naked. Lauzon transitions to mount, now working an arm triangle but he loses it. Lauzon all over him but Varner escapes and throws two elbows from the top position as the round comes to a stop.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon
Round 3: This one has fight of the night written all over it as the two fighters hug in the center of the cage. Action stops as Varner forgot his mouthpiece. Varner throws a couple of short elbows but appears winded nonetheless. Varner with a well-timed double that finds him in Lauzon’s tricky guard. Lauzon sweeps and gets back to the feet. Nice right hand connects from Varner and now throwing some more elbows but Lauzon is covering up nicely. Varner gets a takedown but Lauzon locks in the triangle. Lauzon working to tighten the submission and he gets the tap.
Joe Lauzon def. Jamie Varner via submission (triangle choke) at 2:44 in the third round.
A rollercoaster match with a ton of action from both fighters. Varner’s striking was impressive but his stamina was tested and Lauzon proved why he is considered one of the greatest submission artists in the UFC.
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
The co-main event kicks off between a karate expert and former UFC champion in Lyoto Machida and two-time All American wrestler in Ryan Bader. Both light heavyweights are vying for the next title shot along with the main eventers according to Dana White.
Round 1: Machida displaying that unorthodox karate stance as he takes the middle of the cage. The two feeling eachother out 1:30 into the contest. Machida breaks the silence with a sharp kick to the body. Bader tries to close the distance with an elbow but Machida circles away. Machida catches him coming in with a nice right hand and follows with another knee. So far the karate master has countered every Bader charge. Machida with some bizarre karate hand movements, trying to confuse his opponent.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida
Round 2: Machida getting more comfortable with his striking as he lands a few nice shots. Bader comes in again and runs into a stunning right hand that knocks him out. Right on the button.
Lyoto Machida def. Ryan Bader via KO (punches) at 1:32 in the second round.
Great performance by Machida who showcased the countering, karate-style he is known for. Will it be good enough to earn him the title shot?
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera
In tonight’s main event, Brandon Vera returns from an injury to take on UFC great Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Coming off a war with Dan Henderson, Rua needs a win to remain a title contender and will be a serious favorite in this fight. Herb Dean gets the nod for referee duties.
Round 1: Vera opens with a strong body kick. Nicely timed takedown for Shogun. Unexpected top position for Shogun who works to pass guard. Shogun moves to side control but has not been able to do any damage. Now in full side control and tries to work a guillotine but Vera gets to his feet. Shogun drops for a single and get caught in a guillotine. He looks to have it in tight but Shogun eventually pulls out. Big punch from the top position and pins he arms and lands a few more before passing into side control and then the back. Shogun doing some more work here.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Shogun
Round 2: Shogun pins Vera against the fence and lands some knees and elbows that rattle Vera. Vera not giving up though and lands a nice kick. Shogun with a big knee to the head and has him in the clinch. Shogun now going for the back as the two stand again. Vera fires back with a head kick but showing some damage on his left eye. A leg kick and right hand lands before the two clinch. Fatigue playing a factor for both fighters with 1:30 left in the round. Vera lands a nice trip and ends up in half guard. Vera appears to have an opening to pass and free his leg but is not going for it. A couple more elbows from the top close the round out for Vera.
Fightline scores the round 10-9 for Shogun
Round 3: Shogun comes at Vera early and now has him up against the cage. The two disengage before Vera lands a leg kick and a left hand. Big knee from Shogun in the clinch as Vera has his knees on the mat. The two get back standing as Vera now pours it on. A leg kick and big knees from Vera before Shogun counters with a trip and ends up in half guard once again. Big shots and short elbows from Shogun who continues to batter his opponent.
Fightline scores the round 10-9 for Shogun
Round 4: A ton of heart shown from both fighters as we start the fourth round. Big elbow from Vera who throws it like a jab. Shogun goes for another takedown before landing a knee from the clinch. Interesting wrestling strategy from the Brazilian. The two separate before Vera lands a left hook, right leg combo before eating an uppercut from Shogun. The fight has turned into an endurance contest as they’ve exerted a ton of energy and taken a lot of damage. An uppercut and series of left hands rock Vera who falls to the ground. Referee Herb Dean comes into stop the action.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches) at 4:09 in the forth round
It was a heroic victory from Shogun who has been in yet another war in Saturday’s main event. Shogun’s wrestling and Vera’s will were two big surprises in the fight. The big question is whether Shogun or Machida will earn the nod as the next light heavyweight title contender.