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Anderson Silva defeats Yushin Okami by TKO at 2.04mins of Rd2
Mauricio Rua defeats Forrest Griffin by KO at 1.53mins of Rd1
Edson Barboza defeats Ross Pearson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Brendan Schaub by KO at 3.09mins of Rd1
Stanislav Nedkov defeats Luiz Cane by TKO at 4.13mins of Rd1
Thiago Tavares defeats Spencer Fisher by TKO at 2.51mins of Rd2
– Tavares was in control from the start here, taking Fisher down and smothering him in the first round, and then continuing with more of the same in the second before finally securing a side mount position that allowed him to rain down blows until the referee brought an end to Fisher’s misery.
Rousimar Palhares defeats Dan Miller by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25)
The opening five minutes is up their with the most crazy rounds we’ve seen in the UFC. It all started when Palhares took a leaf out of Anderson Silva’s book and landed a front kick to the jaw followed by an enormous slam, but Miller somehow immediately responded by taking Palhares down. Before long they were back standing and during an exchange Palhares land a head kick that dropped Miller and then followed up with ground and pound. Then things get really strange. As Miller wilted under the blows Palhares suddenly got up and celebrates as if he’s won, leaping up onto the cage as the fans go crazy. Herb Dean then goes over and calls him back down saying he didn’t say the fight was over! So they start over and suddenly it’s Miller who drops Palhares momentarily with a left hand, but the Brazilian quickly regains his senses and ends the round by slamming Miller down again.
Round two was very tough for Miller as he found himself taken down early and then have to weather some extremely heavy blows from Palhares from inside his guard. At one stage the fight looked close to being stopped, but Miller showed remarkable grit and determination to keep moving from his back and take the bout to a third round. By the final stanza both fighters were exhausted and so the pace dropped significantly as the two wearily traded blows on the feet without much to show for it until the final bell. There’s no doubt about the winner, but both fighters should be applauded for their efforts here and the first round action will live long in the memory.
Paulo Thiago defeats David Mitchell by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
– After back-to-back defeats Thiago couldn’t afford to lose in front of his home fans this evening, but the truth is he never looked like doing doing anything other than win against Mitchell. Though Mitchell was a game opponent throughout the fight he was coming up second best against the Brazilian. Thiago’s best work came from frequent well timed takedowns which Mitchell failed to find an answer for. Thiago looked comfortable from top control, but Mitchell was well versed enough to keep out of his submission attempts, leaving Thiago to pick up a unanimous decision. The crowd really got behind Thiago in this fight and if this is the atmosphere during the prelims I can’t wait to hear what it’s going to be like during the main event later tonight.
Raphael Assuncao defeats Jonny Eduardo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
– Solid win for Assuncao over the debuting Eduardo. Assuncao’s grappling was the difference here, though he was also able to hang with Eduardo in the striking department too for significant portions of the bout. Eduardo’s best action came in the second round on the feet, but he never had his opponent troubled, and in the closing stages of the round Assuncao cleverly switched from a double leg takedown to swooping behind to take Eduardo’s back and tenaciously working to drag him to the mat. It was enough to steal the round and ensure he’d get a clean sweep on the judges scorecards.
Erick Silva defeats Luis Ramos by TKO at 0.40mins of Rd1
– The fight is less than a minute old when Silva lands a left and immediately follows up with a thundering overhand right that drops Ramos. Silva follows him to the mat and blasts away with strikes until Herb Dean steps in to end the fight.
Yuri Alcantara defeats Felipe Arantes by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
– Alcantara secured this win with a strong performance in the opening two rounds, getting the better of Arantes on the feet and even more so on the ground where some good elbow strikes opened up a cut on his opponent’s face. Arantes tried to pick up the pace in the third round and got Alcantara down early, but never looked like getting the finish he needed, and by the final bell it was Alcantara who had worked his way back to full mount to leave no question as to who would be the winner.
Yves Jabouin defeats Ian Loveland by split decision (30-27, 28-29 x2)
– This was a competitive fight, but Jabouin’s superior striking was the main difference between the two. He mixed things up nicely and scored the more damaging blows, clocking Loveland with a solid right hook in the first followed by a flying knee which left him stunned, while further eye-catching strikes in the second including a spinning back kick and a powerful liver shot put him on the road to victory. Strange judging though, with two seeing it in favor of Jabouin, while puzzlingly the other gave Loveland all three rounds.