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“UFC On FOX: Henderson Vs. Melendez” Results

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez.

Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

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Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero

We open up action in the middleweight division, as Clifford Starks (8-1) looks to rebound from his first career defeat against Yoel Romero (4-1), also coming off a loss. The referee in charge will be Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Outstanding physical-imposing match up to start the day, as both fighters are jacked. Romero coming after Starks to start, throwing a nice head kick and following with a jab. Flying knee and this one is all over, as Romero stuns, drops and finishes Starks out of nowhere. What an exceptional finish.

Yoel Romero def. Clifford Starks via KO (flying knee) at 1:32 of Round 1

Anthony Njokuani vs. Roger Bowling

Our second of two Facebook prelims comes up next in the lightweight division between Anthony Njokuani (15-7) and Roger Bowling (11-3). The third man inside the Octagon will be Herb Dean.

Round 1: Njokuani looking very concerned with Bowling’s wrestling, staying high and looking to keep him from shooting. Now, Njokuani looking for offensive-oriented, but Bowling fires off a huge strike. Straight jab lands by Njokuani, but he misses on an overhand right before connecting with a lead body shot. Bowling comes right back, just missing a big body kick. Njokuani catches a kick, but eats a right for his effort. Takedown by Bowling scores as we approach a minute left and he starts to attack. Njokuani gets back up and goes on the offensive, finishing strong.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Njokuani

Round 2: Njokuani catches a kick and gets his own takedown, but is unable to capitalize. High kick by Njokuani gets through, as does a stiff right. Good exchange, as both land jabs and quick kicks. Bowling drops levels and hits the body, nearly forcing Njokuani to double-over. And just like that, this one is over, as Njokuani times a hook perfectly and walks away, dropping Bowling. Another insane and incredible finish.

Anthony Njokuani def. Roger Bowling via KO (left-hook) at 2:52 of Round 2

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana

Up first on FX will be bantamweights T.J. Dillashaw (7-1) and unbeaten Hugo Viana (7-0). Keeping things in line will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: Viana catches Dillashaw coming in and drops him, but Dillashaw quickly recovers, scores a takedown and takes the back. The Alpha Male fighter looking for a rear-naked choke, but is unable to get the hooks in and Viana slips out with his power. Nasty elbow just misses by the Brazilian, and Dillashaw with another takedown. Viana has been using Dillashaw’s momentum against him, catching him several times with counter elbows and jabs. Dillashaw, who is busted open, tries for a big head kick but misses. Dillashaw lands a big right that stuns Viana and forces him to backpedal. Another big right and this one is all over, as Dillashaw lands some unneeded strikes on the ground before the ref can step in.

T.J. Dillashaw def. Hugo Viana via TKO (strikes) at 4:22 of Round 1

Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal

Back to the ranks of the 155-pounders, as Tim Means (18-3-1) takes on Jorge Masvidal (23-7). Mike Beltran is the referee in charge. Means is unbeaten in his last 11 fights, while Masvidal is set to make his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Masvidal is a former contender to the Strikeforce lightweight title, falling to Gilbert Melendez. Means, though, has the UFC experience, winning his first two fights inside the Octagon. Means with a nice straight left to the sternum, and they exchange kicks to the body. Masvidal catches him with a right. Means throws a spinning elbow that connects. Wouldn’t that be something if the entire night featured finishes? Of course, I probably just jinxed it and we’ll have zero finishes the rest of the way. Masvidal gets the first takedown off a single-leg and quickly works in a hook on the back. Nothing there and they square back off.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 2: Masvidal goes for a double-leg takedown and scores, working from the guard. Big upkick from Means – ala Benson Henderson – connects, as he gets up. In that exchange, Means was the winner, as he also landed elbows from the ground. Another takedown by Masvidal, who takes the back as we go under three minutes. Masvidal with another takedown, but hasn’t really been able to do much damage while in the top position. Big elbows by Masvidal as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 3: Means tags him, but Masvidal just drops his hands and shakes, saying “that didn’t hurt.” Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. Another two lefts get through by Means. Masvidal catches the left kick, but Means throws a knee with his right and keeps his balance. Masvidal to the clinch and scores a takedown, his fifth, and adds an elbow. Means lands another elbow, but Masvidal with a takedown. Means answers with more elbows from the ground and even takes a glance over to Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg at Octagon-side. When you break this fight down in terms of damage done, Means would look like the winner, as he has done more work. But, Masvidal has controlled the bout and scored six takedowns. Under a minute, and Means continues to do work from the bottom. Means reverses and mounts, but Masvidal slips out. Means finishes on top, reigning down big lefts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama

Former No. 1 contender Joseph Benavidez (17-3) returns to the Octagon for the second time this year, taking on Darren Uyenoyama (8-3). Keeping things legal will be referee Herb Dean.

Round 1: Ok, just a word of warning, with Benavidez and Uyenoyama going 1-on-1, I might have to call Uyenoyama “Yama” a few times just to shorten things up. No touch of gloves, as these two are all about business. Big right lands by Benavidez off a scramble. Benavidez catches a kick, lands some big rights, and drops down, almost getting caught on the ground with Uyenoyama. Uyenoyama cannot take many more of these big shots from Benavidez, as another lands right before a kick to the groin causes a halt in the action. Benavidez drops him again with a right, but doesn’t follow up, instead allowing him back to his feet. Benavidez catches him again with another powerful blow, landing a head kick that floors Uyenoyama. Takedown by the former tournament finalist with a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Benavidez

Round 2: Just all Benavidez, as he continues to pick and chose his strikes with ease and power. Combo left, right and kick, but Uyenoyama clinches and takes the back. This could be his one and only chance and he drops to the ground, but Benavidez winds down with a left. Benavidez pulls out and stands up, as Uyenoyama can’t seem to tie him up on the ground and keep him there to work his submission game. Benavidez lands a jab to the body after some nasty striking and this one is all over, as Uyenoyama is floored. And yes, I did not jinx any further finishes for the night.

Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama via TKO (strikes) at 4:50 of Round 2

Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury

Lightweights are up next, as Ramsey Nijem (7-2) welcomes unbeaten Myles Jury (11-0). Both of these men are alums of The Ultimate Fighter. The referee will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: Jury comes out firing, landing a big right. Kick caught by Jury, who scores a takedown as Nijem tries to grab a leg. Jury could be going for an armbar, but Nijem is able to avoid it. Jury able to score another takedown and takes the back, landing a few quick strikes. Body triangle by Jury leaves Nijem on top, but possibly stuck in an armbar.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jury

Round 2: Jury finishes this one with a statement just seconds into the round after a stoppage due to an eye poke, landing a massive right off a counter, as he catches Nijem coming in full-force. Nijem is out and still looking up at the sky. UFC officials are going to have a fun time deciding “Knockout of the Night” this evening.

Myles Jury def. Ramsey Nijem via KO (right-hand) at 1:02 of Round 2

Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin

The final middleweight contest of the night is next featuring Francis Carmont (20-7) putting his nine-fight win streak up against the debuting Lorenz Larkin (13-0). Larkin moved down from light heavyweight while in Strikeforce, defeating Robbie Lawler last year. The referee will be Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Carmont starts early with a kick to the lead leg, as both excel in Muay Thai. Carmont doing a fine job of switching stances and levels, really keeping Larkin off balance. Carmont the first to shoot for a takedown, switching from one leg to another and finally getting it. Larkin pounces right back up, though, and lands some nice elbows like Travis Browne did last weekend while fighting off another takedown. Carmont throws Larkin’s leg on his shoulder to try for the takedown, but Larkin keeps his balance and fends it off. Just incredible balance and flexibility by Larkin.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Carmont

Round 2: Carmont again controlling the Octagon, engaging the action. Larkin looking to work the lead-leg with his kicks to start. Larkin counters a big right with a left of his own. Both miss spinning side kick attempts, and Larkin lands a shot to the knee with an oblique kick. Uppercut lands from Larkin, as Carmont grapples for a takedown. Series of elbows to the head by Larkin while tied up against the fence. Powerful right leg kick from Larkin, who seems more comfortable and willing to exchange. Overhand right from Carmont connects. According to the UFC stats crew, Larkin defended seven takedowns before being dropped late in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Round 3: Just the second time through six fights we’ve reached the third round. Carmont looking to go, coming in, taking the back off a failed takedown attempt and locking in a hook. Carmont trying to loosen him up with some punches and jumps on his back, but Larkin fights it off with ease. Incredible takedown defense by the Strikeforce import. Carmont with a takedown and Larkin is looking to work a submission with just under two minutes to go. A minute left and Larkin nearly locks in a kimura, but is unable to keep hold of it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Larkin

Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins

We conclude the prelims with featherweight contenders Chad Mendes (13-1) and Darren Elkins (16-2) doing battle. The referee will be Herb Dean. Mendes, a former title contender, has won two straight, while Elkins is 5-0 since joining the ranks of 145 pounds.

Round 1: Mendes unloads with a huge right hand that backs Elkins up and doesn’t let him recover, attacking and finishing this one quickly. What a great run by Team Alpha Male in the last couple of weeks from Urijah Faber to T.J. Dillashaw to Joseph Benavidez to Mendes.

Chad Mendes def. Darren Elkins via TKO (strikes) at 1:08 of Round 1


Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein

We begin the FOX-televised main card with welterweights Matt Brown (16-11) and Jordan Mein (27-8) squaring off. Both are on multi-fight win streaks, as Mein is a replacement for Dan Hardy. The referee will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: Mein, the youngster, coming right out and lands a nice elbow and follows it up with a right uppercut. Brown lands a big shot that has Mein backing up and running, and Brown gives chase, landing another huge shot. Mein appears to have some issues with his right eye, as he can’t see Brown coming. Stiff left jab connects from Mein, but Brown answers and drops him for a brief moment. Major vision issues from Mein’s right eye, and now Brown has a cut on his own. Brown lands again, but Mein remains upright. Quick combo from Mein is answered by heavy hands from Brown, who delivers a pair of knees to the body, as well. Mein now fires off a pair of power lefts, lands one to the body that drops Brown and seeks a choke. Unable to lock it in and Mein goes to the mount. Another body shot gets a huge reaction from Brown, who is in a lot of pain and trying to cover up. More shots from Mein, and Brown ties him up inside the guard. Brown locks in a triangle with a minute left, switches to an armbar, goes back to the triangle, and Mein escapes. Right-knee combo from Brown as the round comes to an end. What a thrilling five minutes of action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mein

Round 2: Brown comes out firing, landing a nasty shot that likely has broken the nose of Mein. Brown pounces and is unloading as the blood is flowing now from Mein, who is covering up. Brown delivers several shots to the lower back area and the ref steps in.

Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein via TKO (strikes) at 1:00 of Round 2

Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson

Lightweights Nate Diaz (16-8) and Josh Thomson (19-5) are up next, as both are coming off defeats to the main event fighters this evening. The referee will be Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Just 10 seconds in and Diaz throws his hands up, typical Diaz fashion. Thomson throwing a lot of leg kicks. Diaz engages, but Thomson wants none of that and separates. Massive kick to the face by Thomson, but Diaz doesn’t even wince, just continues moving forward. Thomson laughs as Diaz mutters something and we have the second hands-in-the-air throw. Clinch from Diaz, exchange of knees to the body, and Thomson separates. Thomson catches him from behind with what appeared to be shots to the back of the head, but no warning issues. Thomson with a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round. Best exchange of the round comes on the ground.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thomson

Round 2: Diaz with some swelling on his right knee, and he starts the round by delivering a low blow to Thomson. Back to action, and Thomson clinches and lands a knee, followed by several elbows. Blood pouring from above nose of Diaz now after those elbows that connected, and Diaz scores a takedown, and lands several lefts and rights while Thomson stands up. Stiff jab from a bloody Diaz lands, who is mixing his punches to the head and body. Pair of knees to the body from Thomson. Head kick hurts Diaz and Thomson swarms, forcing the ref to step in after giving Diaz plenty of time to recover. An excited Thomson even picks up and hugs UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. Upon the replay, the corner threw in the towel just as the ref stopped the assault.

Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 2

Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier

It’s time for our co-main event, as former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-6) welcomes ex-Olympian and winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Daniel Cormier (11-0), to the Octagon. The referee will be Herb Dean.

Round 1: Two totally different looks from these men who have had some interesting trash-talk in the past few days. Several kicks from Mir get a laugh from Cormier. Knee to the body from Mir gets no reaction and Cormier ties him up against the fence. Elbow and an uppercut connect from “DC,” who just misses a big knee to the head. Cormier unloads with a combo. Knee to the body from Cormier, who is clinching and tying him up again, working the body with power shots. Another knee to the body gets a reaction from Mir and he continues to attack low. All Cormier through three minutes, as he is just picking Mir apart punch by punch. Cormier slips after attempting a kick, but Mir is unable to follow up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 2: Cormier performs a standing jump kick that gets a slight grin from Mir. The corner of Mir told him to avoid the clinch game, but he finds himself right back in it with four minutes to go. No offense from Mir at all, who continues to get tied up and beat on. Standing side-kick, like Jon Jones throws, by Mir, who trained with the champion in New Mexico.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 3: Mir with a big kick, and fends off a takedown attempt from Cormier. However, he winds right back up against the cage and tied up. Cormier with a combo that hurts Mir, but the former champ answers back with a kick to the body. Another big kick throws Cormier up against the fence and is followed up by an elbow. Cormier clinches and works the body. The ref separates and we have two-plus minutes left, with Mir knowing only a finish can give him the victory. Another big kick from Mir, who has a bounce in his step, but gets tied up again by Cormier and thrown on the fence. One minute left and Cormier answers the ref with several rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Benson Henderson (c) vs. Gilbert Melendez for UFC lightweight championship

We’ve reached the main event, as UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (18-2) puts his title on the line against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez (21-2). The referee will be John McCarthy.

Round 1: Intense staredown, but they do touch gloves. As you might have expected a feeling out process to start, as both men known what it takes to go 25 minutes inside the cage. Melendez the first to engage, throwing several inside leg kicks, but Henderson answers with a straight left jab. Melendez catches a kick and trips the champion to the canvas, moving right into the guard. Hook misses from Henderson. Again, Melendez catches a kick, but is unable to score the takedown this time. Another catch by Melendez, who dumps him over and lands a knee to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Melendez

Round 2: Melendez starts off the aggressor again, coming in and landing multiple shots at a time. Melendez eats the knee and Hendo fights off the takedown attempt, as he switches to knee strikes instead of kicks. Neither fighter appears very sure of the range, remaining patient and waiting to attack. Henderson with a pair of elbows that get through, maybe doing enough with those two steal back the round late.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 3: Henderson lands a stiff kick that floors Melendez, and the champion appears to have found confidence in his attack. Melendez has him against the fence, but Hendo recovers. Henderson goes combo-takedown attempt, tripping him to the canvas and taking the back before tying him up and landing knees and body punches. Melendez lands, Hendo shoots and he fends it off. Plenty of swelling on the legs of Melendez, and they brawl against the fence. Body shot for Hendo is greeted by an overhand right from Melendez and an elbow. Hendo attack as the bell sounds, throwing a few shots after. That’s been the norm through the opening three rounds of this one.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 4: Jake Shields told Melendez he is up 3-0, and Joe Rogan remarked there is no way for anybody to feel confident in scoring at this point, as this has been a close one. Melendez straight right, and fends off a takedown attempt. Henderson throws a kick and a knee, and both get caught, but do some damage. Melendez fends off another takedown from the former college wrestler. Step-in elbow from Hendo lands and they exchange lefts. Henderson wincing from his left eye, as he may have caught an accidental poke. Henderson sweeps him with a kick and tries to take the back, but the challenger fights to his feet quickly. Change of levels and Melendez lands, but Hendo answers with a kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 5: Here we go, as we’ve reached the final round of this title affair. The collarbone/shoulder area of Melendez looks weird, as Rogan believes he may have suffered an injury. Very noticeable on the shoulder, as he was out for several months after suffering a training injury to that area. Body shot by Melendez gets through, as he is throwing everything he can now at Hendo. The champion, now, changes levels and goes to the body with three minutes left. Another inside leg kick, and an elbow, as Hendo owns a plus-60 advantage in total strikes landed. Pair of step-in elbows from Hendo land, as does another, but Melendez continues to push forward. Flying knee from El Nino with just over a minute remaining. Flurry from the challenger as the crowd rises to their feet for the finish. Left from Melendez, another elbow by Hendo, and a body shot from Melendez. Another exchange, and this has been a great championship match.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) to retain the UFC lightweight championship

That’s all from tonight. Come back next Saturday when we complete the four events in four weeks run with UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.