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Nick Diaz defeats BJ Penn by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Cheick Kongo defeats Matt Mitrione by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
Roy Nelson defeats Mirko Cro Cop by TKO at 1.30mins of Rd3
Scott Jorgensen defeats Jeff Curran by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Hatsu Hioki defeats George Roop by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Donald Cerrone defeats Dennis Siver by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2.22mins of Rd1
Cerrone said he was going to prove he had better kickboxing than Siver and he did just that, and finished by submission to boot. He quickly gained the upper-hand in the stand-up and then delivered his shin directly to Siver’s chin which left the German doing the chicken dance as his legs gave out on him. Siver got up and tried to clear the cobwebs in the clinch, but when they separated Cerrone went straight back to work and rocked him again with punches which dropped him, then took his back, flattened him out and sunk in the choke for an impressive finish that will surely now put him in the title reckoning at 155lbs.
Bart Palaszewski defeats Tyson Griffin by KO at 2.45mins of Rd1
Palaszewski slayed Griffin here early in the first round with some devastating hands. It all started with two left hooks to the temple which took Griffin’s legs to go out from under him. He immediately scrambled back to his feet but he was still dazed up against the cage and Palaszewski was taking no prisoners, launching a barrage of left and right hooks, a number of which connected before a right landed hard, knocking Griffin out.
Brandon Vera defeats Eliot Marshall by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
For two rounds of this fight Vera looked to be comfortable, doing nothing particularly outstanding but getting the better of Marshall in the stand-up and using clinch work against the cage to dictate the pace of the bout.
The fight really lit up in the third round however and it was Marshall who was suddenly taking control after buckling Vera’s legs with a right hook and then swarming with more punches, leaving Vera on the canvas desperately clutching onto his opponents leg while trying to regain his senses. After finally getting to his feet Vera wisely looked to clinch again and took a breather against the fence.
Eventually they separated and once again Vera was in trouble as Marshall took him down, seized his back and worked for a rear-naked choke. Vera survived that, but then Marshall switched for an armbar. It looked deep but Vera didn’t tap and managed to make it out to the final bell where a decision victory awaited him, though it emerged that it had came at a cost as he had broken his arm.
Ramsey Nijem defeats Danny Downes by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
This fight only confirmed what I’ve thought since first watching Downes WEC debut a couple of years ago, that he doesn’t belong at this level of competition. He’s certainly tougher than he looks, but he shows little else. Credit to Nijem though who looked good in his lightweight debut and dominated Downes in the grappling department and threatening with multiple submission attempts while also clearly having the better of the brief stand-up exchanges.
Francis Carmont defeats Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
Solid debut from Carmont here. He controlled the striking battle, showing decent hands along with good use of the muay thai clinch to set up hard knees to the body. His best moment came in the second round where he managed to pick up Camozzi and slam him to the canvas and as Camozzi rose back to his feet he sat him back down with a flush left hook to the face. Camozzi rarely threatened in the fight, with a kimura attempt in the last 10 seconds of the fight being too little too late.
Clifford Starks defeats Dustin Jacoby by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
A pretty uneventful start to the evening. Jacoby just never got going in this fight while Starks largely played it safe, not doing anything particularly notable on the feet, but securing a takedown in each round to ensure the inevitable decision was only going to go one way.