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UFC 156 After-Action Report: The Prelims

Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau
These two closed the preliminary card and had a good outing. They could have taken Fight of the Night honors, which would have been Dunham’s third in a row. While it was a good performance, I don’t know if it was enough to bring them to the main card next time.

Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron
This was the most impressive fight for me. Woodley said his UFC run was long overdue and he might be right. That was such a great and quick win over Hieron, that Woodley now deserves a Top 10 spot. Hieron just can’t catch any breaks since coming back to the UFC. His UFC 151 fight was postponed for months, which he lost in the end and now he might get released. His future in the UFC is in doubt.

Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann
Green’s four fight win streak was in jeopardy before he choked Volkmann out with around 15 seconds left in the fight. It was another tough loss for Volkmann, who had such a dominate 2010 and 2011. Most of Volkmann’s losses have come via submission, so he needs to work on avoiding those. If he does that, he can rejuvenate his career.

Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. Yves Edwards
Edwards is a veteran of the UFC and this was a major loss after stopping Jeremy Stephens in December. Both looked really tired at the end, but the judges gave it to Flagg. I don’t know if I agree with the decision, so a possible rematch with these two is possible. If they didn’t gas out so soon, this would have been a much more exciting encounter.

Dustin Kimura vs. Chico Camus
Kimura, who came in overweight, took a late submission over Camus. Both are still young in their career, so to guess who they meet next is really impossible. For several rounds, they went out and put on a fight that probably deserved to at least be aired on live TV. Expect to see them again as they look to establish themselves.

Francisco Rivera vs. Edwin Figueroa
Rivera was possibly facing a release if he lost here. He was 0-2 under the UFC name, plus was coming off a failed drug test. Rivera was able to use his ground and pound to finish Figueroa. By doing so, he kept his UFC career alive. Figueroa will fight again, but next time his career might be up for grabs due to the recent loss.