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The prelims are scheduled to get underway at 6.10pm ET (11.10pm UK), with the main card set for 9pm ET (2am UK)
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Frankie Edgar defeats Gray Maynard by TKO at 3.54mins of Rd4
Jose Aldo defeats Kenny Florian by unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
Chael Sonnen defeats Brian Stann by submission (arm triangle) in Rd2
Nam Phan defeats Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Joe Lauzon defeats Melvin Guillard by submission (rear-naked choke) at 0.47mins of Rd1
Demian Maia defeats Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- While there were some relatively even displays of striking in this bout, the vast majority of it was fought on the floor with Maia landing frequent takedowns and using his world class jiu-jitsu skills to control his opponent. Santiago is no slouch in the BJJ department himself though and so he used his defensive guard well to prevent Maia from getting into more dominant positions, leading to somewhat of a stalemate that the crowd didn’t appreciate. Despite not offering up a great deal of offense over the course of the 15 minutes Maia was undoubtedly the winner though.
Anthony Pettis defeats Jeremy Stephens by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
- Good competitive fight here. For much of it Pettis was getting slightly better in the stand-up exchanges with his quick kicks in particular being effective, but there wasn’t a great deal in it. That left the takedown attempts by each man being a crucial factor. in the opening round it was Stephens who was scoring with takedowns, but cautious of Pettis’ submissions he wasn’t staying on the mat for long. In the later rounds Pettis wisely decided to start mixing in some ground work of his own, and though he wasn’t threatening too much offensively he did show some good technique from top control at times to help edge the fight in his favor.
Stipe Miocic defeats Joey Beltran by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- The debuting Miocic looked impressive in the first round as he outstruck Beltran with technical combinations of kicks and punches. Beltran came out more aggressive in the second round though and had some success turning the fight into a brawl. Miocic smartly begins to mix things up by utilizing takedowns, almost effortlessly putting Beltran on his back on a couple of occasions. Beltran finds ways to get back however and as the round draws to a close it’s becoming clear Miocic is now feeling the pace. The newcomer keeps his composure however and does enough to win the third and ensure he’s going to get his hand raised.
Darren Elkins defeats Tiequan Zhang by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
- Zhang started strongly, catching Elkins in a deep guillotine choke attempt, but after escaping it was Elkins who spent the rest of the round dominating his opponent on the mat, taking his back and threatening with the rear-naked choke. This exact sequence of events would continue to play out in ‘Groundhog Day’ style in the following rounds, a further three times in total before the final bell. On each occasion it was Elkins who was clearly getting the better of the action and would lead to him earning a very comfortable decision victory.
Aaron Simpson defeats Eric Schafer by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Simpson got off to the perfect start when he dropped Schafer with an uppercut in the opening minute. Though Schafer recovered he continued to be completely outclassed by his opponent, battered by shots to the head and body. In the second he was on wobbly legs after one right hand connected and then dropped by another at the end of the round. Schafer’s built tough though and continued to lumber forward in the third despite essentially being used as a punching bag until the final bell.
Mike Massenzio defeats Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
- Cantwell got the better of the first round in the striking department, rocking Massenzio with a right hand at one stage. Massenzio did well to rally in the later rounds though, with the key being to be more aggressive with his own striking which left Cantwell bloodied and on the back foot – something he clearly wasn’t comfortable with. Mixing combinations of punches with the occasional takedown he successfully managed to change the course of the fight and emerged with the unanimous decision victory.