twitter google

UFC Fight Night: Shogun Vs. Sonnen Results

Welcome to Fightline’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the TD Garden in Boston. It marks the first-ever event on the newly-created FOX Sports 1 network.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting F5 on your keyboard for the latest results. We also have a new feature, as under the fighter information is the latest Vegas odds. Interesting addition, as it appears FOX Sports 1 is pushing betting odds.


Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick

We kick-start action in the lightweight division, as former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Ramsey Nijem (7-3) looks to get back on track vs. unbeaten James Vick (4-0), who is also a TUF alum. The referee will be Kevin McDonald.

Round 1: Vick, a very tall lightweight, uses his length early on. He sprawls to defend a takedown, but Nijem continues to push and scores. Quickly back to his feet is Vick, who tightens his hands and scores a quick guillotine. Vick had it locked up on the feet and dragged him to the ground, scoring the impressive submission.

James Vick def. Ramsey Nijem via submission (guillotine choke) at :58 of Round 1

Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux

Our second Facebook fight will take place in the light heavyweight division with Cody Donovan (8-2) looking for his second UFC victory against former Tennessee college football player Ovince St. Preux (13-5). The third man inside the Octagon will be Herb Dean.

Round 1: Donovan trying to make this a “dirty” striking fight, as St. Preux is a bigger athletic, but still relatively new to the game. Donovan using the clinch, working hard for a takedown, but OSP is staying upright despite his corner yelling at him to “take him down right now.” Big sweep by OSP gets Donovan to the ground and the former standout football player finishes him, landing several uncontested lefts to the face. Donovan has no idea where he is as Herb Dean checks on him. Big reaction by the still-coming TD Garden crowd.

Ovince St. Preux def. Cody Donovan via KO (strikes) at 2:07 of Round 1

Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller

We conclude the three-fight Facebook prelims with featherweights Manny Gamburyan (12-7) and Cole Miller (19-7) hitting the Octagon. Both were members of season five of The Ultimate Fighter and coached by Jens Pulver. Ronda Rousey is accompanying Gamburyan to the Octagon as she is a training partner. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: The fact that these two are in the same division is incredible, as Miller looks like a light heavyweight compared to Gamburyan. Massive, massive reach advantage for Miller here, but Gamburyan continues to throw his big right hand and is seeking for the knockout. Miller using his jab to pick him apart, adding in the front-kick for good measure. Gamburyan shoots for a takedown and picks up Miller, igniting the Boston crowd with a power takedown. Gamburyan with a nice elbow from inside the guard as the round comes to an end. In fact, it’s the first time we’ve made it out of the first round on the night.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan

Round 2: As the round came to an end, Miller hammered a pair of elbows to the head. The second one was close to being at the back of the head, in fact, Miller held him up from collapsing to the floor. The doctor has checked on Gamburyan, who continues to rub the back of his head. He is telling the doctor he is fine to continue, and he is allowed to do so. Very interesting situation. Big cut on Gamburyan courtesy of some inside strikes. Two more big knees and Miller takes the back, but winds up going over the top, and the crowd approves. Gamburyan, listening to Rousey in his corner, scores the takedown off another double-leg. Blood pouring from Gamburyan’s head, where a huge cut continues to rip open. Big overhand right lands from Gamburyan, and the fight goes back to standing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller

Round 3: Miller’s corner tells him “you need this round very much,” as they are probably viewing this as 1-1 heading to the final five minutes like we are here. Gamburyan connecting with leg kicks, keeping Miller at bay. Gamburyan applying the pressure, continuing to stalk Miller around the cage. Now, Miller fires back, landing a knee, but gets taken down to his back. We head under the two-minute mark and this will be an interesting match to judge. Miller working to get to his feet, but Gamburyan drags him back down. Sounds as if the arena is starting to fill up, as more chatter can be heard. Miller works nearly free, but Gamburyan locks the hands and slams him back to the canvas hard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan

Manny Gamburyan def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda

Our second of four straight featherweight bouts features former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao (17-8) and Daniel Pineda (18-9). The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: We have a bit of a delay, as there appeared to be too much ankle wrap on Pineda and the ref forced some of it to be cut off. This one is looking like an early finish, as both men are stepping into every strike, throwing with as much power as they can. Vicious side kick, a right hand and a flying knee all connect by Brandao, and Pineda is stunned. Another lands, and another flying knee and Pineda is wobbly. However, he is fighting back, and the TD Garden approves with applause. Those were some nasty strikes by the Brazilian, who has been questioned in regards to his stamina in the past. Two power rights get through the defense of Pineda, and Brandao comes back with three more strikes, dropping him. A third flying knee lands and Brandao follows up with a successful takedown. Through four minutes, Brandao is plus-20 in terms of striking, having landed 35 shots. Brandao is taking some deep breaths, as he might have burned up too much energy.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brandao

Round 2: Pineda comes right out after him, moving forward and landing combos. Brandao answers with a takedown, just like his corner instructed him to do to preserve energy. Pineda seeking a triangle, moves to a potential armbar, and Brandao pulls free. As they move to the feet, they are greeted with applause, as these fans want to see more striking. Brandao catches Pineda, who smiles and extends a hand to congratulate him. Brandao scores with another takedown. Pineda sees an opening and sweeps Brandao to his back, flattening him out and hammering down with rights and elbows. Pineda connecting on everything he throws with two minutes to go in the round. This could be a long – or short – two minutes for Brandao, as he isn’t fighting back and is eating tons of punches. More lefts, rights, and Brandao gets to guard. Pineda stands up and almost gets his ankle caught in a submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pineda

Round 3: Pineda asks the crowd for approval, and they respond. We’ve got a fight on our hands here. Right off the bat, Brandao catches a kick and scores with a takedown. After a pair of rights, he lets Pineda get up to his feet and they exchange. Interesting move by Brandao, who scores with his fifth takedown of the match and second in this round. Double-spinning backfist by Pineda, and Brandao goes back to what has been working – the takedown. Pineda controlling the striking, including a Superman punch, but once again winds up on his back via the takedown. Brandao is completely exhausted. He had an arm triangle right in front of him and wasn’t able to complete it. Exhausted punches being thrown to conclude the action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brandao

Diego Brandao def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler

We remain in the featherweight division, as former WEC champion Mike Brown (26-8) returns for the first time since early in 2012 to face Steven Siler (22-10). Brown, who lost the WEC title to Jose Aldo in 2009, was nearing retirement before deciding to fight once again. Siler is 4-1 since joining the UFC from The Ultimate Fighter. Yves Lavigne will serve as the referee in charge.

Round 1: Brown is 37 years old. I turn 31 in a matter of weeks and cannot imagine competing at my age, yet alone in six years. Just incredible. Brown is the betting favorite and crowd favorite. Siler looking to use his reach, lands a kick and catches Brown with a right. Brown drops, Siler pounces and lands another right that knocks him out. The ref steps in, and Brown is protesting, but he was out. The finish was the fifth-fastest in the featherweight division.

Steven Siler def. Mike Brown via KO (strikes) at :50 of Round 1

Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway

This has been the most billed prelim fight ever, as Conor McGregor (13-2) takes on Max Holloway (7-2). McGregor defeated Marcus Brimage earlier this year and has been pushed hard in the buildup to his fight due to his Irish roots. He will be the local favorite, despite being from Ireland. Herb Dean serves as the referee in charge.

Well, just to continue the hype-train, we are getting entrances, and McGregor’s is spectacular. If you are not seeing this, you need to catch the replay. The TD Garden is on its feet as if Larry Bird just walked out. McGregor is embracing all of it as “Dropkick Murphy’s” starts pouring out of the speakers.

Round 1: Head kick right off the bat by McGregor, followed by a standing switch-kick. And, as you might have expected if you watch soccer, the typical soccer chant has started up by the crowd. Joe Rogan is gushing over everything McGregor throws. Quick 1-2 combo lands, as does another, and a pair of standing side kicks. Big uppercut gets through the defense, and McGregor is all-offense. McGregor’s kicks are doing damage to the body of Holloway, which continues to wince when each one lands. Plus-17 advantage in kicks and knees landed by McGregor, who is taunting Holloway a bit.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGregor

Round 2: Ran into the technical difficulties at the start of the round, but it has been all McGregor through two minutes. The Irish fighter continues to mix his offense up well, landing kicks, punches and combos. Holloway into guard with just under two minutes to go. McGregor not able to pass and do any kind of finishing damage, but he has been able to stay busy and active. The two are talking to each other from close distance, and McGregor continues posturing up and looking to improve his stance.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGregor

Round 3: McGregor on top, moving to side control and looking to punish. McGregor gets a little high and Holloway is able to break free, but he can’t stay out and is back in a bad spot. Full guard and McGregor is locked around the body. FOX taking advantage of all the cameras they have, showing us some sweet footage via the Canvas-cam. Holloway tries to get out and McGregor winds up on his back, hammering down with some lefts. One more takedown for McGregor and this one is over, as the crowd voices its approval of the Irish legend.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGregor

Conor McGregor def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald

We’ve arrived at the prelim main event, as recent bantamweight No. 1 contender Michael McDonald (15-2) meets Brad Pickett (23-7). McDonald lost to interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao earlier this year, halting his four-fight Octagon win streak, while Pickett is 3-2 in his UFC career. Kevin McDonald is the referee.

McDonald is seven years younger than Pickett, and is the second-youngest fighter on the active roster.

Round 1: Pickett sizing McDonald up for that big punch, as evident by his nickname, “One Punch.” It’s McDonald, though, that rocks Pickett, landing a flurry and continuing to attack. McDonald is just teeing off, landing heavy lefts and rights. Pickett goes down, gets up, and McDonald drops him again. Pickett goes flying across the Octagon, but somehow, gets back to his feet. McDonald with more lefts and rights and the crowd reacts to Pickett’s unbelievable heart and toughness. Pickett’s face looks like he has been beaten on for 20 minutes, not just the two that this one is through. Despite the incredible flurry, McDonald is poised and clam, and scores a quick takedown. Back to the feet we go and they exchange right hands. McDonald catches Pickett with a high kick that drops him, and they go to the ground, with Pickett needing to find out where he is right now. What a performance by McDonald so far, and he allows Pickett back to his feet. Count-right from McDonald, who looks to be on top of his game this evening. Despite the several near finishes, not much reaction from the crowd. Maybe they all went to get a beer after the Conor McGregor fight? Swelling around the eye area of Pickett, who continues to fire away with everything he has.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for McDonald

Round 2: Pickett comes right out, looking to land the KO blow. Very technical fight by McDonald, who is hitting, moving and defending. Pickett shoots for a single-leg and scores, moving into the guard with three-plus minutes left. McDonald tying up Pickett, likely to get a standup from the referee here. Pickett, still attempting to pass, lands an elbow and another to the head. McDonald throws up a triangle out of nowhere, grabbing the arm, moving from an armbar back to the triangle, and he gets it. A perfect submission, and Joe Rogan exclaims “that kid is for real.”

Michael McDonald def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) at 3:43 of Round 2


Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson

Let’s kick-start the main card with a pair of lightweights primed to steal the show, as “King of the Fight Night Bonuses,” Joe Lauzon (22-8) battles Michael Johnson (12-8). Lauzon has won 12 bonuses, tying him for most in the UFC with Anderson Silva. Yves Lavigne serves as the referee.

Round 1: As you would expect, just a completely crazy ovation for Lauzon, the Boston-bred fighter. And, just to stay in the norm, the crowd boos Johnson as if he were a New York Yankee or Los Angeles Laker. Johnson with the first flurry of the fight, unloading with lefts and rights, followed by an inside leg kick. Lauzon gets off a right hand, as neither fighter have been able to string much together yet. Johnson catches Lauzon with a straight left and drops him, but Lauzon gets right back to his feet before any further damage can be done. Johnson on the attack and Lauzon seems rattled. Big straight connects from the former Ultimate Fighter competitor. Large “Lauzon” chant breaks out, but the crowd has been calmed due to the offense of Johnson. Again, Lauzon eats a huge uppercut, but he remains upright. Another straight left catches Lauzon and this time Johnson continues the attack, following up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 2: Lauzon goes right for the takedown, as he has had enough of Johnson’s offensive attacks. Johnson, though, fends it off and they square back at center-Octagon. The pace from Johnson has been taken down a notch, likely knowing he can’t finish Lauzon right now and needs to save some in the tank for the third. Lauzon lands a big left, but Johnson fires back with several uppercuts. Lauzon’s face is starting to look like earlier this year during his loss to Jim Miller – minus the pool of blood. Johnson ends the round with a big takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 3: Both guys are taking it down a notch, but here comes Johnson with a solid combo that connects. Johnson pours it on, sending Lauzon down. More rights and lefts continue to land to the head of Lauzon, who just appears to be a step behind Johnson. Two takedowns defended and Johnson scores with an uppercut. A great showing by the underdog who was in dire need of a victory. One minute left and Lauzon’s face is wearing the punishment of the 116 strikes landed by Johnson.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Michael Johnson def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

Uriah Hall vs. John Howard

Ultimate Fighter runner-up Uriah Hall (7-3) takes on John Howard (20-8) in the middleweight division next. Hall, who was upset by Kelvin Gastelum in the TUF finals earlier this year, has losses to Costa Philippou and current UFC champion Chris Weidman on his resume. Howard is returning to the Octagon after putting together a 6-1 mark in regional action. The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

From 2009-11, Howard went 4-3 in seven UFC bouts, losing his last three to Matt Brown, Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger.

Round 1: And just like that, Hall with a takedown in the first seconds. Those training sessions with Mark Munoz appear to have paid off. Hall attempting to improve his position, but Howard is doing a great job of denying him. Howard whips off a crazy-quick leg kick, and Hall counters with an attack that includes a spinning head kick that just misses. Howard comes flying in with a left and clinches against the cage. It sounded as if the crowd was anticipating a KO there, as they got loud for a brief moment. For the first time, we hear a smattering of booing as these two take a breather against the fence. Hall responds with a knee to the body, but gets denied on a takedown attempt. Hall fends off a takedown and lands a left as the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

Round 2: Hall goes for a power takedown and leaves his head exposed, but Howard can’t secure the choke. They stand and exchange, and for the first time in this fight, the Boston crowd responds to the action. Not the highlight-worthy fight most were probably expecting. Hall goes for a slick kimura, is unable to secure it and transitions like a flyweight to the back. Nice move by the big man. Howard now working a possible arm submission, but spins away and unloads a left followed by a leg kick. Hall quick clinches and gets taken down for his effort. Howard finishes with round on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Howard

Round 3: Both fighters have slowed with their attacks, and they clinch against the fence. With no action taking place, the ref steps in and separates them to the enjoyment of the fans. Both men smile at each other, and Hall lands a kick in response. Big knee by Howard who follows up with a takedown. Hall looking for a switch as we go under two minutes in this round. Howard takes the back and Hall gets to his feet. Howard almost mounting the back, and Hall spins free. Hall with a takedown that might just seal the round and fight. Howard tries to pump up the crowd, they both spin their fingers in the air and show some energy that seemed to be in the reserve. Hall misses with a spinning attempt and Howard comes flying down with a big right.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

John Howard def. Uriah Hall via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle

Former welterweight training partners Matt Brown (17-11) and Mike Pyle (25-8-1) square off. Brown has won five in a row, including four via finish. Pyle is on a four-fight win streak that includes three finishes. The third man inside the Octagon will be Kevin MacDonald.

Round 1: Brown with a big leg kick to oepn up, and comes forward with a flurry. Brown with a big left, a knee that lands to the head and Pyle is down. Brown continues to hammer down and this one is over, as Pyle is out. Pyle stomping around the Octagon, slapping hands with Joe Silva and everybody else he can find. Brown’s corner could be seen jumping in the background that Pyle was out.

Matt Brown def. Mike Pyle via KO (strikes) at :29 of Round 1

Urijah Faber vs. Iuri Alcantara

Former WEC champion Urijah Faber (28-6) will look to remain perfect in non-title fights when he takes on Iuri Alcantara (28-4) in a bantamweight affair. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Just an insane reaction for Faber, who is easily one of the biggest fan favorites in all of MMA.

Round 1: Faber comes flying out, lands a right and goes for a takedown, but Alcantara tosses him to the side. Alcantara attacking, goes for an arm, but gives up a leg. Faber unable to secure the submission and Alcantara takes his back, getting in a hook and unloading. Loud chants in favor of Faber, but Alcantara is on top and hammering down with big rights. Alcantara working for a rear-naked choke, but Faber is defending like the seasoned veteran he is. A very weird start by Faber, who seemed over-aggressive. An uneasy feeling from the crowd, who seems to be unsure what to think. Here comes Faber with a transition, but Alcantara goes for a triangle. Faber steps through and is in the clear, and on top. Faber pins down the right arm, tries to advance, but is unable to. This fight kind of reminds me of the Frankie Edgar-Charles Oliveira bout last month. Faber gave Alcantara plenty of respect coming in, and he has now moved into the guard. “USA” chants break out in favor of “The California Kid.” The round ends with Faber reigning down punches.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 2: Faber with a head-kick that gets countered. Faber scores the takedown and the “USA” chants return for him. Alcantara pinned up against the fence, unable to work for any crazy submission attempts. Big knee to the body by Faber, who hints at going for a guillotine but works back inside the guard. Damage being done with short elbows to the face, as Alcantara has some facial wounds. Through three minutes, Faber is up 37-1 in strikes landed this round; not a bad advantage. You get the feeling the TD Garden might explode if Faber can score the finish. Alcantara tries for a reversal and allows Faber to hammer down with more punishment.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Faber

Round 3: These two have not slowed down a beat after 10-plus minutes, as Faber continues to control the action. Big takedown by Faber, as Alcantara tries to sweep him to his back. Faber working some nice ground-and-pound as we approach the two-minute mark. Alcantara hints at a possible armbar, but Faber notices and moves to a stronger position. The ref chimes in with a “work” request and Faber obliges, firing off several uncontested rights. Short elbow from Faber, who looks at the clock and sees just over a minute left. Alcantara with another armbar attempt, as he is trying everything he can to pull the upset. Faber’s arm bends awkwardly, but he is able to get it somewhat free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Urijah Faber def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne

It’s co-main event time, as heavyweights Alistair Overeem (36-12) and Travis Browne (14-1-1) meet up. Overeem hasn’t won a fight since a 2011 TKO vs. Brock Lesnar, while Browne’s only loss came at the hands of Antonio Silva last year. Mario Yamasaki serves as the third man inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Overeem is greeted with a very mixed reaction from the fans in attendance. Overeem comes right in with several rights, backing Browne up. Clinch up against the fence, allowing Overeem to land a nice knee. Browne powers his way out and they are free. Overeem back with a head-body combo, and Browne throws a flying knee. Wild left by Browne allows Overeem to secure a front-choke, but he is unable to lock it in. Overeem with a flurry of rights, a knee to the body, more rights, another knee, an illegal knee that isn’t called and more knees to the body. The ref must not have noticed the knee, but Browne responds and fires back. Another knee to the body and we have a crazy war on our hands. Maybe the “illegal” knee was more to the body, but it looked directly to the head. Overeem ties it back up and lands a nice elbow. A sloppy takedown allows Browne to get out. Head kicks by Browne being thrown. Browne throwing more big head kicks, but is just a fraction off. Front kicks to the body, though, are landing. Browne connects with another that sends Overeem flying to the canvas and this one is all over. Overeem has been stopped again and the TD Garden erupts. Upon review, the kick landed directly to his face, as Overeem wasn’t blocking again – much like his loss to Antonio Silva. One big hammerfist on the ground and “The Reem” was sent to dream street.

Travis Browne def. Alistair Overeem via KO (punch) at 4:08 of Round 1

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Chael Sonnen

We’ve arrived at the main event, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7) looks to get back on track vs. former No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen (27-13-1). Sonnen is on a two-fight losing skid. Herb Dean will serve as the referee in charge.

Just an incredible ovation for Rua, who is loved wherever he goes it seems like. Sonnen, meanwhile, walked with an attitude to the Octagon; we are ready for a war.

Round 1: Literally seconds in and Sonnen scores an easy takedown off a power double-leg. Rua gets up to his feet, locks his arms around Sonnen’s body and scores his own takedown. That seemed to take Sonnen by surprise. Sonnen looking for a guillotine, isn’t able to get it, but does get himself free. Rua goes for a takedown and Sonnen flips him over on his back instead. A grinding battle now, and the crowd voices its displeasure. Sonnen postures up and hammers down, eating an upkick but getting back inside the guard. Sonnen catches him with a clean right as we go under a minute. Sonnen goes back to the guillotine, tightens the grip and he gets it from the bottom. The TD Garden erupts and Sonnen shares a moment with Joe Silva. Rua tried to get his hand inside to break the hold, but he was unable to.

Chael Sonnen def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:27 of Round 1

What an incredible debut on FOX Sports 1 for the UFC. We will see you back here in two weeks for UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis. Good night MMA fans!