UFC On FOX 9 Play-By-Play, Live Results Coverage

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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PRELIMINARY CARD

Darren Uyenoyama vs. Alp Ozkilic

We begin things where we will end them, as flyweights Darren Uyenoyama and Alp Ozkilic square off. Uyenoyama (8-4) had his three-fight win streak snapped by title-contender Joseph Benavidez earlier this year, while Ozkilic (8-1) is making his Octagon debut after three straight regional circuit wins.

Round 1: Ozkilic catches Uyenoyama with a big left-hook early and sprawls off a takedown attempt. Uyenoyama continues and gets it, scoring off a single-leg. Ozkilic working for a potential choke, but gives it up to work to his feet. Uyenoyama continues to press and is working an armbar off his back before getting to his feet. Big knee inside the clinch by Uyenoyama and he takes him back to the canvas. Uyenoyama lands a high kick after they get back to the feet and shoots for another takedown, which is denied. Ozkilic fends off another takedown attempt and lands his own trip takedown, but Uyenoyama is now on his back – which is where he likes to be. We head under a minute in the round, as Ozkilic is landing some nice ground-and-pound, while Uyenoyama continues to look for a ligament to secure.

FightLine scores the round for Ozkilic

Round 2: Uyenoyama rolls to try and grab a leg but is denied. He shoots for another single-leg and gets hold of it, but Ozkilic winds up on top after they roll. Uyenoyama, again, in his preferred position on his back, working out of the guard. As Uyenoyama goes for an armbar, Ozkilic lands some nice strikes before standing. Big right hand lands from Uyenoyama, who follows up with a kick to the body. Uyenoyama pulls guard off a failed takedown attempt. The pace has slowed a bit by both, especially Uyenoyama. Ozkilic might just be conserving energy, waiting for his opportunity to strike. Uyenoyama pulls guard once again and eats some lefts for his decision.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Uyenoyama

Round 3: Ozkilic is the fresher fighter, landing some big strikes that are hurting Uyenoyama now. Uyenoyama tries to tie him up in the clinch, but Ozkilic scores with another trip takedown, as Uyenoyama is forced to give up a potential armbar because of his tiredness. Ozkilic needs to watch out, as Uyenoyama has him tied up in the rubber guard but he’s unable to do anything. Out of nowhere Uyenoyama throws a flying wheel kick, but misses. Ozkilic nearly takes him off his feet with a right, as he goes flying back. Another right lands and Ozkilic wants him back to his feet. A third right connects with over two minutes left in the round. Ozkilic in complete control, though he is eating some elbows from the ground. Uyenoyama trying for another armbar, but he just doesn’t have the energy to secure anything.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ozkilic

Alp Ozkilic def. Darren Uyenoyama via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling

Our first of four lightweight fights on the prelim card will see Abel Trujillo square off with Roger Bowling. This is a rematch of an August encounter that ended in a no-contest between Trujillo (10-5) and Bowling (11-4).

Round 1: Bowling and Trujillo are exchanging, as these two are pretty familiar with one another. Trujillo grabs hold of him and is working to drag Bowling to the ground, but he withstands and looks for a guillotine up against the fence. Nice sprawl by Bowling allows him to flip Trujillo to his back and has a possible guillotine choke, maybe head-and-arm choke. Back to the guillotine is Bowling, but he’s unable to secure it. Trujillo comes out firing, landing a big knee and multiple shots that really connect. Bowling, though, has proven he can take a shot – and he has done so again in this one already. Huge knee inside the clinch by Trujillo, as Bowling has some damage around his right eye. A left by Trujillo, another right and Bowling is getting picked apart. Trujillo on top of him now, hammering down with big strikes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Trujillo

Round 2: Trujillo once again on top and in control to start this round, landing a huge knee to the body as Bowling gets to his feet. Again, Trujillo takes him down. Bowling looking for a potential choke, but Trujillo’s too powerful and gets out of it with ease. Trujillo is teeing off now, as Bowling is getting dominated with lefts and rights. Trujillo continues as Bowling gets to his feet and the ref steps in, as he has seen enough.

Abel Trujillo def. Roger Bowling via TKO (strikes) at 1:35 of Round 2

Sam Stout vs. Cody McKenzie

We remain in the 155-pound division with Sam Stout taking on Cody McKenzie. Stout (19-9-1) has alternated wins and losses in his last six fights, including a submission defeat at the hands of James Krause in June.

McKenzie (14-3) topped Leonard Garcia earlier this year. After starting his career 12-0, he is 2-3 in his last five.

Round 1: McKenzie has no sponsor banner and nothing on his shorts, outside of maybe some hand-written area code numbers. Big takedown right off the bat by the TUF alum, who is working for his patented guillotine choke of some sorts. Pretty sure referee Herb Dean just ripped the tags off McKenzie’s fight shorts. Never seen that before. Yep, they are Nike-brand shorts with “907” written on the leg. Stout misses with a head kick attempt that McKenzie just laughs off. Stout lands with a kick to the body. McKenzie is getting hit hard, as he has a cut under his left eye. Stout’s striking is on point, and he’s doing the right thing by avoiding the ground game with McKenzie. Stout drops McKenzie, tells him to stand up and connects to the body again. All Stout to end this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stout

Round 2: Stout continuing to work the body with lefts, rights and kicks, and now he’s catching every kick attempt by McKenzie and making him pay with shots to the body. Total domination so far for Stout, who is perfect with his attacks. Big kick lands to the face of McKenzie, appeared to be the shin of Stout that connected. Unless McKenzie can take this to the ground, he’s going to lose a decision. Stout with a big right off a faint and just misses with a left hook. All Stout, though he didn’t do a lot of damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stout

Round 3: Have to expect McKenzie to go for it all here, as he has to know he’s down two rounds. Stout, though, catches him coming in. Can’t imagine at this point McKenzie has the power to drop Stout with one punch, and he’s been unable to string anything together. Just over three minutes left and Stout continues to keep him at bay from any submission attempts with jabs. Now, after fending off a takedown, Stout tries to roll McKenzie over with a choke. He’s got control of his head and neck, but can’t quite secure it. Stout takes the back, but realizes that’s McKenzie’s only chance to catch him and stands back up. Another nasty kick to the body by Stout. McKenzie throwing a bunch of spinning attacks, but the crowd begins to boo in disapproval of the lack of action. McKenzie deep on a single and Stout sits on top of him. McKenzie tries for a leglock, but is unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Stout

Sam Stout def. Cody McKenzie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky

A pair of fighters debuting is next, as Scott Jorgensen makes his first appearance at flyweight, while Zach Makovsky makes his Octagon debut. Jorgensen (14-7) fought in the bantamweight division before, going 1-3 in his last four.

Makovsky (16-4) is a former Bellator champion who captured the RFA title before signing with the UFC.

Round 1: Jorgensen has some Nick Diaz-like mean-mugging going on. Makovsky working the leg kicks right off the bat. Jorgensen lands a nice flurry and his corner screams for him to continue attacking. Jorgensen has more power, that’s pretty obvious, at the moment. After getting a spinning attack blocked, Makovsky lands a nasty uppercut that stops Jorgensen in his tracks. Makovsky is applying the pressure, proving my previous comment about him not having the same power wrong. Now, Jorgensen sprawls off a takedown and is working for a guillotine with just over two minutes left. Makovsky catches him again and Jorgensen is retreating. For his first time in the Octagon, Makovsky is remaining patient and not going in wild. Jorgensen with a takedown and tries to shift to the back, but is unable to. Another takedown by Jorgensen, as this is a battle of former Div. I wrestlers.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Round 2: Each time Jorgensen gets the takedown, Makovsky is able to reverse it. Jorgensen attempts a choke, releases it and winds up on top with four minutes to go in the round. Makovsky gets back to his feet and is free, scoring with his own takedown. Makovsky to the back after tying up the legs, but Jorgensen is able to get to his feet. Makovsky is a former Bellator champion, and Jorgensen happens to have a former Bellator champ in Joe Warren in his corner. Halfway through this round and things have settled down a bit. Jorgensen moving his head better and takes the back along the fence. Some good work alongside the fence by Jorgensen, who might steal this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen

Round 3: “Fun Size” appears to have lost some momentum after that second round, as Jorgensen dominated things on the ground and feet. Jorgensen’s corner told him now or never and to make something happen. Strong words from Warren and company. Makovsky just misses with a nice spinning attack, as Jorgensen continues to try and push the tempo up in his favor. Nice combo by Makovsky, who follows up with a takedown but gets too out of control and Jorgensen reverses. Makovsky uses his techniques and scores with a reversal to wind up on top as we approach the two-minute mark. Makovsky takes the back, but gets too high and flipped off. Jorgensen rolls with a headlock-choke attempt, but Makovsky winds up in the mount with a minute to go. He transitions to the back and is working for a rear-naked choke. Makovsky is working hard for the choke, but he’ll run out of time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Makovsky

Zach Makovsky def. Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bobby Green vs. Pat Healy

A battle between former Strikeforce fighters will take place inside the Octagon, as Bobby Green meets Pat Healy. Green (21-5) is on an impressive six-fight win streak that includes three submission victories and a TKO win over James Krause in November.

Healy (31-16) lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September after having a bout with Jim Miller ruled a no-contest after he failed the post-fight drug test. Prior to those two UFC appearances, “Bam Bam” had won six in a row.

Round 1: Green quickly crosses the Octagon, and as he stands next to Healy, he looks a weight class or two smaller. Healy looks massive compared to the “King.” Green with the first takedown of the match, but Healy quickly to his feet. Healy evens up the takedown scorecard and Green gets right back to his feet and signals for Healy to “bring it.” Healy tagging him and Green does some taunting. Green putting together combos and Healy answers back with power punches. Healy to the back and takes him to the ground. Green spins out and gets free. Healy ending the round strong, and Green answers back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Green

Round 2: Green with a nice counter left that lands as Healy was coming in, and he goes back to taunting, ducking, moving and striking. Green is leaps and bounds faster than Healy. Man, Green is just snapping off lefts and rights at will; he is super fast, like Demetrious Johnson fast, but Healy still has that one-punch-power. Healy says enough with the quickness and just comes after Green, taking him to the canvas. Healy with a better job of cutting Green off, who concludes the round with another takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Healy

Round 3: Green’s movement has been hindered by the beating Healy put on him over those five minutes, as he comes out for the round looking tired. Nice right lands by Healy and Green connects with a counter catching him coming in. He approves of himself with a head nod. Green working the Healy came against the fence, holding him there and using the clinch. Both men are busted up and the pace has slowed dramatically, as expected. Green puts together a combo and lands with another left of Healy coming in. Healy gets a takedown and moves to the back, but gets too high and Green takes the back. They move up against the fence with Green holding the advantage. Green scores with one more takedown in the final moments, but winds up on his back after trying to do something. Healy pounds on him to conclude the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Green

Bobby Green def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Danny Castillo vs. Edson Barboza

The first Team Alpha Male fighter will make that walk next, as Danny Castillo does battle with Edson Barboza in the 155-pound division. Castillo (16-5) is on a two-fight win streak and is 5-1 in his last six overall.

Barboza (12-1) has rebounded from his first career loss in 2012 to finish both Rafaello Oliveira and Lucas Martins this year.

Round 1: Barboza finding out what U.S. fighters feel competing in Brazil, as the pro-Castillo crowd hammers him with booing during intros. Barboza fends off the first takedown attempt and shows his striking with some quick lefts and rights. Castillo hurts Barboza and drops him, pressuring him with more shots. Barboza is hurt and Castillo scores with a takedown, moving quickly to a rear-naked choke. He locks it in, but gives it up and goes to the ground-and-pound as the Sacramento crowd approves. Barboza looks dazed and tries to tie him up with two minutes to go. Huge right hand lands from Castillo, who avoids a triangle attempt. More punishment by the Team Alpha Male fighter. Castillo has a crank, but gives it up again and goes back to the ground-and-pound. He is really hammering away on Barboza, who is now busted wide open across his forehead. Barboza catches his leg and nearly gets a heel hook before Castillo slips out. Some big upkicks by Barboza just miss and the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Castillo

Round 2: Barboza starts the round out with his leg kicks, which he needs to do to get back in this one. Castillo may have used most of his energy trying to finish this one in the first, too. Big spinning back kick lands by Barboza, and the crowd enjoys it on their hometown fighter. Another leg kick by the Brazilian, and another, with sickening sounds. A huge spinning heel kick just misses and it was quick. More leg kicks with just incredible speed from Barboza. Castillo has little movement and can’t capitalize when Barboza slips on a spinning attempt. Barboza floors Castillo with a left and pounces, working for a choke right in the middle of the Octagon. Castillo fights free and this has turned into a crazy bout between these two, with each one dominating their respective round.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Barboza

Round 3: Nice show of sportsmanship between these two, who have really ignited the arena. Barboza back to peppering off the leg kicks, connecting with three straight. Barboza looks to be the fresher fighter, moving well and landing with his hands as much as his feet. Front kick backs Castillo up, who is denied on a takedown attempt. Castillo able to get inside and do some work for the first time since the opening minutes. Castillo is hurt by a spinning back kick, as he gets doubled over. Another one from Barboza, who follows with a left hook and just misses a spinning high kick. Castillo was stopped in his tracks for a brief moment. Nice right from Castillo who gets denied again on a takedown attempt and takes a huge breath after another spinning attack lands by Barboza. Barboza surprises Castillo with a takedown as we go under 30 seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barboza

Edson Barboza def. Danny Castillo via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

Court McGee vs. Ryan LaFlare

We conclude the prelims with a welterweight bout between former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee and Ryan LaFlare. Originally, McGee was scheduled to meet fellow TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum.

McGee (16-3) has picked up back-to-back decision victories since moving down to 170 pounds. We recently talked with “The Crusher” about his intense training camp.

LaFlare (9-0) is 2-0 since joining the UFC, defeating both Ben Alloway and Santiago Ponzinibbio via decision.

Round 1: McGee is cutting the cage off, coming right after LaFlare. McGee comes in with a combo and LaFlare takes him down. Right back up goes McGee, and LaFlare brings him right back down. Nice right jab by McGee gets through, as does a kick to the body – which is answered. LaFlare gets off a combo of his own and another that includes a punch to the jaw. LaFlare continuing to go to the body with kicks and McGee lands a combination. McGee with a takedown but gets caught along the fence by LaFlare, who hammers him with knees to the body. Right back comes McGee with a left-right combo and a kick of his own to the body. McGee blocks a spinning kick attempt bu can’t quite finish the takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Round 2: McGee, like the first, comes right out and pushes the pace. Nice exchange of kicks to the body and McGee fires off another. LaFlare with a pair of kicks and a left hand that gets through. LaFlare on top, but he wants this on the feet and stands up. This has been a grueling fight through eight minutes, as both men have taken punishment. LaFlare lands with a left to the body and a right hook, just missing on a big knee to the face. Pair of stiff kicks by LaFlare, who has upped the amount of effective strikes in this round, adding in another takedown. He moves to side control as we go under 50 seconds in the round. McGee quickly back to his feet, but he is a bloody mess.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for LaFlare

Round 3: McGee showing more movement this round, coming after LaFlare, but he eats a left for his efforts. McGee catches a kick and tries for a takedown, but is unable to secure it. A right by McGee nearly floors LaFlare, who appeared to be hurt by it. Inside leg kick and more pep in the step now for the TUF winner. McGee going for a takedown against the fence and he gets it, looking for a guillotine. LaFlare rolls against the fence and free, tying him up as we head under three minutes. Both fighters still throwing plenty, just not connecting as much as they were in the first and second. McGee bullies LaFlare against the fence and gets the takedown as he avoid a kimura. McGee again pushes him to the fence in hopes of a takedown, but is denied. Back to it with a double-leg this time and he scores. McGee tries for a choke but finishes on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McGee

Ryan LaFlare def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

Joe Lauzon vs. Mac Danzig

“Mr. Fight-Night Bonus,” Joe Lauzon, steps into the Octagon to tackle Mac Danzig to kickoff the main card. Lauzon (22-9) has lost two in a row, but is a 12-time fight-night bonus winner, including five “Fight of the Nights.”.

Danzig (21-11-1) has won four bonuses himself, including three “Fight of the Nights.” He is also on a two-fight losing skid and is 2-4 in his last six.

Round 1: Danzig has no logos on his shorts and just the words “Not For Sale” on the back. Lauzon with a takedown early in the action, working to control Danzig and comes hammering down with big shots. Danzig, though, rolls, but gets stuck in an armbar. Lauzon working hard for it, but Danzig gets out with a smooth step over. Danzig grinding on Lauzon against the fence, and “J-Lau” storms back with a takedown, sending him across the cage and to the canvas.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon

Round 2: Danzig comes out strong, firing off leg kicks and clinching with Lauzon, who tries a hip toss but gets denied. Something you don’t hear very often is happening, as the crowd is booing and restless during a Lauzon fight. Danzig catches him with a left, as Lauzon appears to be hesitant to engage. Lauzon with a nice trip takedown, as Danzig pulls guard and we go under two minutes. Danzig is busted open and his vision could be impaired with blood now after some vicious elbows by Lauzon from the top. Danzig looks like he is wearing a cover around his eyes due to the blood and Lauzon goes for an armbar as we go under 10 seconds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon

Round 3: Danzig gave Lauzon’s a compliment before the round started and will likely need a finish to pull out the win. Lauzon with a shot and scores on the takedown, making him a perfect 3-for-3 with three minutes to work on securing the finish. Working on a submission or finish by punches, as Lauzon ties up his arms and is bloodying the face with elbows. Back to the mount as we go under two minutes and more elbows. The ref is getting close to the action, signalling a decision to stop it. Lauzon moves to a potential armbar with 90 seconds left, battering Danzig, but he’s unable to secure it. Danzig folds him up and is on top with a minute to go. Lauzon reverses and winds up back on top of Danzig as the round – and fight – comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon

Joe Lauzon def. Mac Danzig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz

We enter the featherweight division, and get another member of Team Alpha Male, as Chad Mendes squares off with Nik Lentz. Mendes (15-1) has won four straight since a loss to UFC champion Jose Aldo, and is viewed by many as the next contender should he win tonight.

Lentz (24-5-2) has picked up three straight wins since moving down from lightweight, including a pair of decisions this year over Hacran Dias and Diego Nunes.

Round 1: Here we go with the action, as Mendes fires off a huge shot and nearly finishes Lentz in the early moments. Mendes continuing to attack, forcing Lentz to back up. Lentz answers with a kick that seems to halt the momentum for at least the time being. Blood pouring out of the nose of Lentz now and he comes in wild with an uppercut. Mendes with a perfectly-timed takedown that scores. Lentz has plenty of swelling on his face from the damage inflicted by “Money.” Another takedown for Mendes with ease, as Lentz has no answer for his wrestling. One final takedown to end it for Mendes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mendes

Round 2: Mendes seemed exhausted after that opening round, which typically doesn’t happen with him. Mendes lands a fourth takedown. but is not attempting to do much on the ground. Joe Rogan believes something could be wrong, as this doesn’t seem like the same old finishing Chad Mendes. Maybe he’s just concerned with making a mistake. Lentz lifts him on his legs and throws Mendes off him and into the fence, getting back to his feet. Big shot catches Lentz. Another takedown by Mendes as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mendes

Round 3: Lentz drops Mendes with a right. He asked during the break if he was up 2-0 and his coaches told him yes. Something definitely seems off with Mendes. Mendes stuffed for the second time on a takedown attempt and eats a kick to the body. Lentz pushing the pace and coming after Mendes. Lentz really giving Mendes troubles with his striking, and just like that, Mendes fires off a huge flying knee that lands and goes for a guillotine choke. He mounts with it as we go under a minute, but Lentz gets free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Mendes

Chad Mendes def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald

It’s co-main event time, as former WEC champion Urijah Faber takes on Michael McDonald. Faber (29-6) has won three straight since a loss to Renan Barao for the interim UFC bantamweight title. And in his fighting home of Sacramento, “The California Kid” is 3-2 all-time.

McDonald (16-2), also a California-based fighter, is 5-1 since joining the UFC from the WEC. He finished Brad Pickett this past August after a loss to Barao for the belt.

Round 1: Big head kick by Faber, as it’s a glancing blow but allows him to score with a takedown. McDonald working to get into the guard to better defend and possibly secure a submission before the fighters get sweaty. McDonald working the rubber guard, and with the news of Chad Mendes battling the flu, you have to wonder if it hit the entire Team Alpha Male. Faber using his power to improve his position. Huge overhand right by Faber connects and they clinch for a brief moment. Faber with a left hook as we go under a minute. So far, an interesting round to score, as Faber is more effective with his striking, but McDonald did well on his back with submission attempts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 2: And we have a break with an inside leg kick that lands below the belt. Faber catches McDonald with a big right hand and he goes on the offensive. McDonald, though, quickly recovers and lands a counter on a charging Faber. That shot hurt him, but he recovered exceptionally quick. Wild miss by McDonald and Faber is using the front-kick to his advantage. Big head kick and Faber lands on McDonald. He fires off several more shots and McDonald goes flying up against the fence. Instead of mounting, Faber sees an opening and grabs the neck, scoring with another guillotine choke. McDonald fights it but eventually has to tap.

Urijah Faber def. Michael McDonald via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:22 of Round 2

Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Joseph Benavidez for the UFC flyweight championship

The main event is on deck, featuring UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his belt against Joseph Benavidez. This is a rematch of the tournament final to crown the first-ever UFC 125-pound champ, a bout “Mighty Mouse” won via split decision.

Johnson (18-2-1) is unbeaten in his last five, going 4-0-1. His last loss came in 2011 to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

Benavidez (19-3) has picked up three straight wins, two via TKO, to secure another shot at Johnson. His only other two losses came to Cruz when they were both in the WEC.

Round 1: Benavidez rockets off a nice kick as Johnson is pinned against the fence, and lands a counter kick, as well. Johnson comes over the top with a left and these two are picking up where they left off over a year ago. OH MY GOD! Johnson just landed and Benavidez is completely out. As in out dead cold! He becomes the first fighter to stop Benavidez. A huge right hand connected that dropped Benavidez and a series of shots ensued before the ref could step in.

Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez via KO (strikes) at 2:08 Round 1

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