411’s UFC 200 Report 7.09.16
Hello everyone and welcome to 411mania’s LIVE coverage of UFC 200. I’m Robert Winfree and this is the third night of consecutive UFC action, and I don’t know about you guys but I’m feeling a little bit of the burnout but I’ll be relaying all of the action to you just as I see. While you’re here I’d appreciate it if you’d check out the Radulich in Broadcasting Network as it’s home to a variety of podcasts including the 411 Ground and Pound radio show on Sunday’s. This card suffered a setback earlier this week when the original main event fell through, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones got flagged for a failed drug test and got pulled from his rematch with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier but Anderson Silva stepped in on just two days notice and kept Cormier on the card. This card is still insanely stacked, the main event is now a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes, the co-main event has the return of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and he’s fighting the always dangerous and generally awesome Mark Hunt. Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are fighting for a second time, even the prelims are stacked with recognizable names and talented fighters. This event comes to us from the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with the usual PPV commentary duo of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan on commentary.
The UFC is using a yellow canvas for this event, I’m not much of a fan but I appreciate them trying to make this event feel big and unique.
Takanori Gomi was the only PRIDE lightweight champion and a legend of Japanese MMA but has struggled in the UFC as he came into the organization later in his career and is just 1-3 in his last four and on a two fight losing streak but while a run towards the top of the division is unlikely he could claim a signature win in the UFC tonight. Jim Miller has been with the UFC since 2008 and has been a top lightweight for almost all of that time, and while he’s on the downside of his career being on a two fight losing streak and just 1-4 in his last five a win over a legend here would avoid the three fight losing streak and get a few more wins as he starts winding down his career.
Lightweight Bout: Takanori Gomi (35-11 1 NC, 156 lbs.) vs. Jim Miller (25-8 1 NC, 155.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Miller has an inch of height and reach on Gomi. Both men are southpaws, and we touch gloves to get us going. Miller just misses a left. Gomi misses a right hook. Miller lands a straight left. Gomi lands a leg kick but gets taken down and Miller has his back very quickly. Gomi trying to shake him off, Miller is a little high but I don’t think he’ll get shook off as Gomi bends forward to try and shake him off. Miller switches to a body triangle and starts digging for the choke. Miller landing body shots now, bails on the choke and flattens out Gomi and starts pounding on him. Miller just wails on Gomi until the ref calls a stop to this one.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jim Miller via TKO, punches, at 2:18 of Round 1
The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Miller for his work this evening. That’s Miller’s 15th win in the UFC’s lightweight division. We try for an interview but the first mic doesn’t work, the live crowd isn’t happy about that but they get a working one and the crowd cheers. Miller says he knew he’d have an advantage on the ground and he knew if he got the back he’d get the finish and once he had it he knew he had plenty of time to work. He thanks all of his jiu-jitsu instructors, says this is a big win for him as he’s had a tough two years but the opportunity to fight on 200 was big and he’s happy to be here for the fans.
Gegard Mousasi has been a top fighter in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions for several years now but has been struggling to find consistency in the UFC. Mousasi is coming off of a dominant win over Thales Leites and will be looking to build on that momentum here if he wants to move towards a possible title shot. Thiago Santos is riding a four fight winning streak and just cracked the top fifteen rankings for the division, a win over the respected Mousasi could possibly get him into the top ten and move him closer to a possible title shot.
Middleweight Bout: #8 Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2, 185.5 lbs.) vs. #15 Thiago “Marreta” Santos (13-3, 186 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Mousasi has two inches of height on Santos but the reach is identical. Mousasi moving forward, Santos circling. Mousasi probing with the jab. Mousasi lands a bit of a one two combination. Santos lands a left hook. Both men being very calculated so far. Mousasi lands an inside leg kick. Santos lands a leg kick, Mousasi lands a jab. Sanots lands a left hook but Mousasi counters with rights, Santos drops for a moment and Mousasi lands some lefts and gets the back. Mousasi has half guard while Santos is sitting on the fence, Mousasi looking to get the back again. Mousasi lands some lefts, Santos stands but Mousasi knees his body and trips him down again. Mousasi landed in side control, lands a hard elbow. Mousasi tries to mount, Santos got half guard though. Mousasi lands a hard left. Mousasi looking to pass again, he stands and lands a few more punches but Santos gets to full guard. Mousasi lands an elbow, Santos kicks him off but Mousasi lands a wicked right uppercut as he was getting up, Santos falls and Mousasi lands a perfunctory punch as Santos was done.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Gegard Mousasi via KO, punches, at 4:32 of Round 1
The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Mousasi for his work. Mic time for Mousasi. He puts over Santos as a potential top ten guy who people just haven’t heard of. He says he feels he’s one of the best strikers in the division and he felt better than Santos in either wrestling or grappling as well to close the interview.
Here’s the Mousasi finish if you’re interested.
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Diego Sanchez has been with the UFC since winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter way back in 2005 and while he’s just 2-3 in his last five fights he’s one of the more popular and recognizable fighters and a win here would give him his first winning streak since 2011. Joe Lauzon has also been with the UFC for what seems like forever and has accumulated several bonuses along the way and is looking to bounce back from a loss to Evan Dunham here.
Lightweight Bout: Joe Lauzon (25-11, 156 lbs.) vs. Diego Sanchez (26-8, 155 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Sanchez has half an inch of reach on Lauzon and both men are the same height. Sanchez fighting southpaw, and we get a touch of gloves. Sanchez lands a body kick. Sanchez tries his favorite combo, lead hand uppercut into a left then a follow up right. Lauzon moving forward now, Sanchez lands a heavy inside leg kick. Lauzon lands a hard left hook, drops Sanchez with a right, drops him with a left and Lauzon is all over Sanchez. Sanchez stands but Lauzon is teeing off on him as Sanchez moves along the fence. Lauzon rocks Sanchez again with lefts and rights, Sanchez is out of it and a final straight right from Lauzon to a standing Sanchez gets the ref to finally stop this one.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Joe Lauzon via TKO, punches, at 1:26 of Round 1
The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Lauzon for his work this evening. Interview time for Lauzon now, he says the early finish is satisfying and he was prepared to get into a brawl but he landed a good right quickly and got to finish. He says he was happy and healthy tonight and that he’s been working on his striking. That’s Sanchez’s first loss due to strikes, his other stoppage loss was to a cut.
That’s it for Fight Pass, fights will resume at the top of the hour on Fox Sports 1 so apologies for the lack of updates. We cut to the analyst desk to kill time on Fight Pass, the desk is Jay Glazer hosting a truly great panel of UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, and Brian Stann. We open the prelims on Fox Sports 2, there’s a baseball game running long on Fox Sports 1, with a moment of silence for the people killed and injured in Dallas, Texas over the last couple of days.
Sage Northcutt is 2-1 in the UFC but is coming off of the first loss of his professional career and will be looking to rebound with a win here. Enrique Marin lost the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America’s second season in a split decision but has a chance here to get his first UFC win over a high profile fighter here.
Lightweight Bout: Enrique Marin (8-3, 156 lbs.) vs. Sage Northcutt (7-1, 156 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Northcutt is two inches taller than Marin but Marin has two and a half inches of reach on him. Touch of gloves to get things going. Marin flashing the jab early, moving forward and they split jabs. Northcutt lands a left high kick and a jab. Marin lands a left hook then a right straight. Northcutt lands the left high kick again, his switch kick is on point so far. They clinch and Marin pushes Northcutt into the fence. Marin looking for a trip, Northcutt stays upright. Marin with some knees to the thigh, drops for a single leg and spins Northcutt down. Northcutt tries for a guillotine, nothing doing but he tries for a leg lock and uses that to sweep and get on top in half guard. Northcutt passes to side control, he gets the back as Marin gets to his knees and Northcutt has Marin flattened out now. Northcutt grabs an arm triangle choke, Marin defends and has half guard. Northcutt lands an elbow, Marin sitting in now looking for his feet and he’s up and pushing Northcutt into the cage. Marin lands a knee to the body, Northcutt lands a knee then tries a double leg but Marin sprawls on him and spins to his back. Marin has no hooks though and Northcutt easily slides him over his head and grabs a front head lock. Northcutt lands a couple of rights then gets the ride position. Marin turns into him and gets on top with a cradle like position to close the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Northcutt
ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Marin lands a leg kick, he’s moving forward early here. Northcutt lands a jab. Northcutt lands a one two combination. Marin lands a counter left hook. Northcutt lands a side kick to the knee, they clinch and Northcutt tries to drag him down but Marin stays with him and gets on top in side control. Marin lands a right, now in north/south position which gets some jeers from the crowd. Come on people, I thought we were beyond this. Marin grabs a double wrist lock, spins and gets to spiderweb control and starts sitting back for an armbar, he breaks the grip and starts cranking on the arm. Northcutt spins out of it, not sure if that’s impressive from him or poor technique from Marin, but Northcutt gets on top in the guard of Marin. Northcutt lands an elbow. Marin kicks Northcutt off and gets on top in side control again. Marin to north/south again and grabs the double wrist lock and starts cranking the kimura. Northcutt’s arm isn’t close to his head though, Marin tries to convert it into an armbar but can’t get spiderweb control and Northcutt ends the round on top with a couple of elbows.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Marin, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Northcutt lands a bit of a right. Marin lands a right and a left, Northcutt lands a left. Jabs traded. Marin pushes into the clinch and pushes Northcutt into the fence. Marin drops for a double leg and gets Northcutt down against the fence. Northcutt sitting on the cage, trying to wall walk but Marin keeping him pinned on the fence. Northcutt to his knees now, and back up but Marin has the rear waist lock now. Northcutt able to spin into him but he can’t get free. Marin gets a double leg position, Northcutt trying to work elbows but Marin tries a trip but those elbows opened up Marin. Northcutt tries a front choke, Marin keeps him on the fence looking for the takedown. Marin finally gets the double leg and mounts the legs while Northcutt sits on the fence. Marin gets one hook in for the back mount while Northcutt stands, Northcutt rolls forward and gets on top of Marin. Northcutt lands an elbow from Marin’s full guard. Marin sits up and holds a single leg as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Northcutt, 29-28 Northcutt overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Sage Northcutt via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
No real controversy there, and no interview for Northcutt.
T.J. Dillashaw is the former UFC bantamweight champion and is an impressive 4-2 in his last six fights that includes a four fight winning streak during which he claimed the bantamweight title and had two successful title defenses but is coming off of a loss to current champion Dominick Cruz and tonight has the opportunity to avenge an earlier loss and potentially set himself up for a rematch with Cruz for a shot at the title. Raphael Assuncao is riding a seven fight winning streak that includes the win over Dillashaw and an eighth consecutive one here over a former champion like Dillashaw would make him the undeniable number one contender to the bantamweight title.
Bantamweight Bout: #3 Raphael Assuncao (23-4, 135.5 lbs.) vs. #1 T.J. Dillashaw (12-3, 136 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Dillashaw has an inch of height and half an inch of reach on Assuncao. Dillashaw switches his stance frequently, Assuncao lands a right and Dillashaw lands a counter left. Dillashaw lands an inside leg kick. Assuncao lands a body kick, eats a counter jab. Assuncao misses an overhand right. Assuncao lands a leg kick, Dillashaw returns it. Dillashaw lands a right. Assunaco lands a leg kick. Dillashaw misses a high kick. Assuncao lands an inside leg kick. Dillashaw misses a couple of wide hooks. Dillashaw lands a left and an inside leg kick. Outside leg kick from Dillashaw. Assuncao lands a leg kick, Dillashaw lands a left body kick. Assuncao has a wheel kick blocked. Assuncao lands an inside leg kick, Dillashaw has a combo fall short. Dillashaw lands a leg kick, Assuncao catches it and lands a knee to the head as they break. Dillashaw lands a high kick but Assuncao catches it and lands two hard lefts. Assuncao lands a counter right. Dillashaw grabs a single leg, stalls out on the fence where he starts landing some knees to the thigh. They break with a bit of a right from Assuncao. Assuncao lands a side kick to the chest, Dillashaw misses a couple of punches and a high kick. Dillashaw lands a right hand. Dillashaw lands a high kick but eats a counter, these two are going at it as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw but a competitive round
ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. They both land rights from the southpaw stance, Assuncao has been switching liberally as well this fight. Dillashaw tries a single leg, Assuncao defends. Dillashaw lands a counter right that gets a thumbs up from Assuncao. Dillashaw lands an inside leg kick. Assuncao just misses a right hand. Assuncao bleeding from the nose, he lands a body kick. Dillashaw lands a leg kick. Assuncao has a wheel kick blocked. Assuncao lands a counter right hook after Dillashaw landed a left. Assuncao lands a left then a right, Dillashaw lands an inside leg kick. Assuncao lands a counter right after slipping a left. Really interesting fight developing here. Dillashaw lands a bit of a right but eats a left body kick. Assuncao ducks a right and hits a double leg, Dillashaw immediately back up but eats a right. Assuncao has a jumping knee blocked. Dillashaw pushing forward, we get time from the ref for something. The ref wants the nose checked, the doctor says Assuncao is good to continue and we’re back to fighting. Dillashaw lands a counter right and gets on top of Assuncao. Assuncao scrambles up almost immediately. Dillashaw lands a left body kick. Assuncao pushes forward, lands a left and grabs a single leg attempt as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw, 20-18 Dillashaw overall
ROUND THREE: They both swing and miss hooks to start the round. Assuncao misses another wheel kick. Body kicks traded, Assuncao landed the better one. They trade leg kicks, again Assuncao landed the better one. They both land lefts, Dillashaw landed better this time. Assuncao lands a left from the southpaw stance. Dillashaw lands a bit of an overhand right. Dillashaw tries a double leg that stalls out on the fence and they separate. These two have tremendous wrestling bases. Dillashaw lands a jab. Dillashaw lands a body kick. Another body kick from Dillashaw. Dillashaw lands a leg kick. Dillashaw misses a right, Assuncao lands a side kick to the thigh. Assuncao tries a double leg, Dillashaw defends. Assuncao lands a bit of a right, then a left body kick. Assuncao lands a leg kick then a right. Assuncao has a right just glance off of the shoulder of Dillashaw. Dillashaw ducks a right and gets a double leg, this time he can keep Assuncao down and settles into half guard. Assuncao scrambles back up, very quickly still but time’s gotten away from him. Dillashaw happily circles away for the last fifteen seconds to some boos from the crowd.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Dillashaw, 30-27 Dillashaw overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – TJ Dillashaw via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Not a lot of issues there, interesting fight and Assuncao was more competitive than I thought he would be. No interview for the former champ though.
Johny Hendricks is the former UFC welterweight champion but has gone 3-3 in his last six fights that includes winning and losing the title and he’s coming off of the first stoppage loss of his career when he was TKO’d in the first round by Stephen Thompson. Tonight Hendricks is looking to rebound from that and avoid the first losing streak of his professional career. Hendricks also missed weight for this fight, and a losing streak combined with missing weight is pretty much the worst case scenario. Kelvin Gastelum is 2-2 in his last four fights and while also coming off of a loss, his to Neil Magny, a rebound win here over the former champion would be the biggest of his career and likely move him into the top ten of the division.
Welterweight Bout: #12 Kelvin Gastelum (11-2, 171 lbs.) vs. #6 Johny Hendricks (17-4, 171.25 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Gastelum has two and a half inches of reach on Hendricks though they’re the same height. Touch of gloves to get us going, both men fighting southpaw. Gastelum working the jab early. Hendricks lands a body kick. Both men moving rather well so far. Gastelum lands a one two combination. Gastelum lands a leg kick, then another one. Hendricks lands an inside leg kick. Inside then outside leg kicks from Gastelum. Gastelum lands a couple of lefts, he’s looking very smooth so far. Hendricks lands a left in close and a body kick. Gastelum lands another leg kick. Lefts traded, Hendricks follows up with a glancing left uppercut. Hendricks wings the left, partially lands on the shoulder of Gastelum. Gastelum lands a series of jabs to the body and head then a leg kick. Stiff couple of one two combinations from Gastelum, he’s landing that combination pretty much every time he throws it. Hard left from Gastelum lands, he’s out working Hendricks here. They clinch and Hendricks gets Gastelum on the fence. Hendricks with some knees to the thigh, Gastelum gets double under hooks and pushes free. Gastelum lands a leg kick, Hendricks lands a bit of a left. Hendricks’ corner is calling out everything Gastelum is trying to do but Hendricks is struggling to adjust to that information. Gastelum lands a couple of one two combinations and Hendricks fires back a left. The round ends on a jab from Gastelum.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gastelum
ROUND TWO: They touch gloves for the second round. Gastelum lands a leg kick. Hendricks lands a bit of a left. Hendricks misses a left but lands a leg kick. Hendricks lands a leg kick. Gastelum lands a body kick but Hendricks catches it and lands some lefts then pushes Gastelum into the fence. Hendricks drops for a double leg, he gets the hips of Gastelum on the mat against the fence. Gastelum back up but Hendricks has the rear waist lock now and slams some knees to the thigh. Gastelum turns into him and slides out of the clinch. Gastelum backs Hendricks up with the jab and they clinch again with Hendricks getting Gastelum on the fence. Hendricks lands a left uppercut as they break. Hendricks lands a bit of a combination, Gastelum lands a right body kick. Hendricks fakes a kick and lands a left. Gastelum lands a jab. Gastelum lands a spinning back kick to the body. Hendricks lands a combination and pushes Gastelum into the fence again. Gastelum fights out of the clinch. Hendricks lands a counter left. Gastelum gets the clinch now and lands a combination in close as they break. Gastelum lands a right to the body. Hendricks blocks a takedown and just misses a haymaker of a left. They both swing in close, both miss a lot, and they clinch again. Hendricks breaks the clinch without incident. Hendricks misses some wide punches, technique is going for both men. Gastelum lands a leg kick to close the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gastelum, 20-18 Gastelum overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves, Hendricks misses a combination. Gastelum lands a one two combination but these two are getting sloppy. Gastelum pushing forward, Hendricks is fading under the pressure. Gastelum lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from Gastelum. They both throw some blows that miss and clinch. They break after a couple of knees to the thigh. Gastelum lands a stiff left. Hendricks digs a couple of lefts to the body, Gastelum lands a leg kick. Hendricks lands a bit of a left but eats a counter combination from Gastelum. Gastelum lands a left. Gastelum lands a right body kick. Hendricks lands a body kick but he’s not got a whole lot on his blows now. Hendricks grabs a single leg, lands a few lefts then switches to a double leg that stalls on the fence. Hendricks gets him down for a split second and winds up leaning over holding a leg while Gastelum elbows the body. They break and Hendricks lands a left. Hendricks pushes for another takedown, Gastelum defends and they break. Gastelum grabs the clinch, lands a knee to the body and they break. Gastelum lands a combination, we get a bit of a sloppy sloppy brawl for the last ten seconds.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Gastelum, 30-27 Gastelum overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Round 2 was legitimately close, and the right guy won. No interview for Gastelum, guess you need a finish if you want mic time tonight.
Juliana Pena is 3-0 in the UFC and has been making noise about a possible title shot, if she can get a fourth consecutive win here this time over a former title challenger she’ll have made a very good case for a possible title shot or at least a number one contenders fight. Cat Zingano is coming off of the first loss of her professional career when she was defeated in a title fight against Ronda Rousey but she holds a TKO win over current champion Miesha Tate and while her last fight was over a year ago if she can get a win over Pena here she’ll be on her way back to title contention.
Women’s Bantamweight Bout: #5 Julianna Pena (7-2, 135.5 lbs.) vs. #3 Cat Zingano (9-1, 135.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Pena has an inch of reach on Zingano but the two are the same height. Zingano fighting southpaw. Zingano lands a couple of punches and gets the clinch on the fence. Zingano lands some knees then hits a takedown into side control. Pena back up and now has Zingano on the fence. Zingano lands some knees to the thigh. Zingano hits a takedown into the guard of Pena. Zingano passes to half guard and lands some rights then a knee, knee was nearly illegal and they’re in the clinch still. Zingano tries a trip but Pena reverses and lands on top in half guard. Zingano scrambles to her knees, Pena holding a front head lock. Pena tries to sit for a guillotine but loses the head and Zingano is on top now. Zingano lands an elbow. Another elbow from Zingano lands. Pena using slaps to the ear, eats another elbow. Zingano lands another elbow, Pena trying to move her hips but Zingano remaining tight. Zingano postures up and lands a right. commentary is putting over Pena’s work from her back, Zingano lands another elbow. Zingano avoids an armbar and lands a hard right. Zingano grabs a head lock as they stand, lands a knee and they break. They both land a punch as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Zingano
ROUND TWO: Zingano lands a body kick, they clinch then Zingano hits a hip toss and lands in the guard of Pena. Zingano lands a right elbow. Zingano stands and backs up, the ref lets Pena stand. They clinch and Zingano hits a body lock throw and lands in side control. Zingano steps into half gaurd to keep Pena on the mat. Pena still to her knees, Zingano tries to get an inverted triangle, the legs aren’t in the right position and Pena pulls her head out and is side control. Zingano has kind of a d’arce choke going from bottom though, lets go of it and rolls to her knees. Pena has the front face lock and walks around to the ride position. Pena gets one hook in, Zingano gets it out but Pena pulls her back into a body triangle. Pena trying to get the choke, she’s across the jaw though and she bails on it. Zingano trying to turn into her but that’s a tight body triangle. The round ends in that position.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Pena, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Zingano misses a left to start the round. They clinch again, Pena hits a trip into the guard of Zingano. Pena stands, passes to half guard. Pena lands an elbow. Pena passes to side control and lands a couple of elbows to the body. Zingano gets half guard back. Pena lands another couple of elbows. Pena stands, eats an up kick but drops into side control. Zingano to her knees, Pena walking towards her back again and she gets the ride position. Pena tries to get the back, she’s basically got it and is looking for the choke. Pena only has one hook in, now both. Pena going for the choke, Zingano defends. Zingano sitting up now, trying to break the back mount but Pena is holding it well. Pena tries for the choke again, loses one of her hooks though and lands a couple of rights. Pena lands some lefts, Zingano expoldes to get on top but there’s just ten seconds left and nothing will come of a final roll between them.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Pena, 29-28 Pena overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Julianna Pena via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
No interview for Pena, but the biggest win of her career there.
And the UFC just ruined their PPV by opening it with Face the Pain. You had a chance on a huge card to take a step forward with your production decisions and instead you went with that? Bad decision.
Cain Velasquez is a former two time UFC heavyweight champion but is coming off of a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum but had won four in a row before that and is looking to return to prime form here and get back towards what would be a record setting third UFC heavyweight title. Travis Browne is 2-2 in his last four fights, trading wins and losses, and is coming off of a win over Matt Mitrione. A win here over the former champion would be the biggest of his professional career and could set him up for a title run.
Heavyweight Bout: #7 Travis Browne (18-3-1, 244 lbs.) vs. #2 Cain Velasquez (13-2, 242.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Browne has five inches of height and two of reach on Velasquez. Velasquez moving forward quickly lands a left and a leg kick but eats a counter right. Velasquez lands another leg kick. Inside leg kick from Velasquez. Velasquez pushing forward, lands a couple of jabs while Browne circles. Velasquez lands another couple of jabs, has a high kick blocked. Browne lands a knee to the body, Velasquez tries a takedown that stalls out on the fence. Velasquez works some dirty boxing and knees to the thigh. They break without incident. Browne avoids a single leg. Velasquez lands a leg kick and just avoids a counter uppercut. Velasquez still moving forward, lands another leg kick. Inside leg kick from Velasquez lands. Velasquez lands a left and a right while pushing into the clinch. They break without incident. Velasquez lands a wheel kick that wobbles Browne, Velasquez follows up and knocks him down with a right. Browne trying to hold half guard on the mat, Velasquez happily settles into that position and lands some lefts. Browne trying to wall walk, Velasquez lands some lefts. Browne getting smothered and mauled here. Browne to his knees, Velasquez drags him onto all fours with a body lock, now has the ride position. Browne to his feet, still in the clinch and they break. Browne lands a jab. Velasquez lands a left that wobbles Browne. Velasquez misses a wheel kick, works a knee to the body and a leg kick. Velasquez tackles Browne to the mat and lands blows from half back mount and the ref stops this with around five seconds left in the round.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Cain Velasquez via TKO, punches, at 4:57 of Round 1
The First Round Finish Club thanks Mr. Velasquez for his work this evening. Mic time for the former champion now. He says it feels good to win again, says he respects Browne and reiterates that it feels good to get a win. He says he wants perfection of himself and he felt his timing was off here but he wants to fight the best guys, he wants the belt back but will fight whoever the UFC puts in front of him.
This fight is for the interim featherweight title since champion Conor McGregor is unlikely to make that weight cut again it’ll likely get promoted to the official title in the near future. Jose Aldo is one of the best fighters in the history of the sport, was the first UFC featherweight champion, went undefeated for ten years including dominant wins over the best featherweights in the world but has been fighting for a long time and is coming off of a first round knockout loss when he lost the title. Aldo is trying to recapture his championship form, recapture some UFC gold, and earn either a promotion to the full title or a rematch with McGregor for the belt. Frankie Edgar has been one of the finest fighters in the sport for several years now and is riding a five fight winning streak and coming off of a first round knockout win over Chad Mendes, he’s a former UFC lightweight champion and if he can avenge an earlier loss to Aldo here he’ll be in elite company as just the third man to hold UFC gold in two different weight classes and get a shot at the featherweight title at some point down the line.
Interim Featherweight Title Bout: #1 Jose Aldo (25-2, 145 lbs.) vs. #2 Frankie Edgar (20-4-1, 144.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Aldo has an inch of height and two of reach on Edgar. Touch of gloves to get things going. Edgar circling forward early. Edgar lands a leg kick. Edgar lands a bit of a left. Aldo fighting very patiently so far. Aldo lands a left hook. Edgar lands an inside leg kick. Outside leg kick from Edgar lands. Edgar lands another leg kick. Aldo lands a jab. Edgar misses a couple of punches but lands a leg kick. Aldo lands a counter right. Aldo just misses a sharp one two combination. Edgar tries a single leg, Aldo easily limp legs out of it. Edgar lands a body kick. Edgar doing good work here, staying busy. Aldo lands a good right. Aldo ducks a punch and lands a left hook. Edgar lands a bit of a right to the body. Aldo lands a knee to a ducking Edgar. Aldo lands a jumping knee, they get close, Aldo lands a body kick then fades a right to close the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Edgar but that was a very close round
ROUND TWO: Aldo avoids a left high kick. Edgar misses a couple of punches but lands a leg kick. Another leg kick from Edgar lands. Edgar misses a high kick. Aldo lands a knee as Edgar ducked into it the avoids a takedown attempt and lands a jab. Edgar misses a wheel kick. Edgar lands a right. Edgar’s nose is bleeding now, per usual. Aldo slips a right. Correction, that blood is from the corner of his right eyebrow, just so used to it being his nose I made an assumption. Edgar lands a right. Edgar tries a single leg, fails miserably. Edgar tries another single leg, defended by Aldo. Aldo circling, not doing a whole lot offensively though. Aldo lands a hard right as I type that. Edgar returns with a left and a right. Aldo lands a good counter right. Aldo lands another right and avoids a takedown attempt. Jabs traded. Aldo lands another right, he’s finding his counters much more now. Aldo lands a couple of stiff jabs, Edgar lands a leg kick. Aldo lands a jumping knee then avoids a takedown and lands a left. Edgar misses a high kick to close the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Aldo, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Edgar doesn’t touch gloves for the third round. Edgar lands a leg kick, he’s landing those but Aldo seems unphased by them. Edgar lands another leg kick. Aldo lands a one two and a left. Edgar tries a double leg, Aldo stuffs it. Edgar just misses a right and gets the clinch on the fence. Aldo lands a knee to the head. Edgar lands a couple of knees to the thigh. Edgar just kind of holding on, Aldo escapes and Edgar lands a bit of a left. Now Edgar’s nose is bleeding, if you took the third round in the pool for that go collect. Aldo lands a right, Edgar lands a left. Aldo lands a counter left, Edgar’s combinations are falling short now. Aldo lands a stiff right hand. Edgar returns it. Aldo lands a knee to the body then again defends a takedown attempt along the fence. Edgar trying for a single leg, Aldo is having none of that and they break. Aldo lands a couple of jabs. Edgar lands a bit of a right. Aldo slips a right and lands a jab. Aldo lands a jab and avoids the counters. Aldo lands another knee to the body. Aldo lands a leg kick to close the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Aldo, 29-28 Aldo overall
ROUND FOUR: Edgar lands a couple of short jabs to get the fourth going. Edgar lands a leg kick. Edgar moving a lot but Aldo is staying with him. Aldo lands a jab. Edgar lands a body kick. Edgar fakes a takedown and lands a bit of a right. Leg kick from Edgar lands, Aldo lands a jab. They both land rights to the chest in close. Aldo lands a bit of a jab. Edgar lands a left hook. Aldo blocks a high kick. Aldo lands a right, and another one. Aldo lands a right uppercut and a left hook. Aldo lands a counter right. Edgar fails on a takedown attempt. Aldo slips a couple of punches. Aldo lands a counter right after eating a right from Edgar. Aldo slipping punches regularly now, lands a bit of a counter right. Aldo lands a jab. Edgar misses a right. Aldo clips Edgar with a jab then just misses a knee. Edgar lands a bit of a right as the last blow of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Aldo, 39-37 Aldo overall
ROUND FIVE: Touch of gloves for the last round, Aldo lands a leg kick. Aldo lands a counter right. Left hook lands for Aldo. Edgar misses a combination. Aldo lands a flush left hook. Edgar lands a leg kick. Aldo has a high kick blocked but he put some heat on that. Aldo lands a couple of jabs while backing up. Aldo lands another counter left, Edgar lands a bit of a left but he’s really struggling to close the distance. Aldo lands a right that briefly wobbles Edgar. Aldo lands a jab. Aldo lands a right elbow and defends a takedown. Jabs trade, Aldo also lands a right. Edgar misses a series of punches. Edgar lands a leg kick. Edgar tries a clich, thinks better of it and they separate. Jabs being traded now. Edgar misses a high kick. Aldo lands a right. They both land rights. Aldo lands a jab. Edgar lands a bit of a right. Edgar misses a wheel kick. Aldo slips a right from Edgar. Aldo lands a knee to the body as time expires.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Aldo, 49-46 Aldo overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)
Masterful performance from Aldo, looked great dealing with a truly great fighter in Edgar. Mic time for Aldo, he says he’s happy and puts over his coaches saying this win was for his coaches not for him. He puts over Edgar but says his goal is to beat McGregor, who he points to at ringside. He closes by saying he’s stronger now, he lost his father but feels he found a new one in Andre Pederneiras.
Anderson Silva took this fight on very short notice after Jon Jones got pulled from the event, he’s a former middleweight champion and one of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen. Silva has the longest ever UFC winning streak, most consecutive successful title defenses, and is one of the most spectacular strikers in the sports history. Despite those accolades Silva hasn’t officially won a fight since beating Stephan Bonnar in 2012 and is looking to get back on the winning side of things and possibly earn a shot at the title if he stays around at light heavyweight after beating the current champion. Daniel Cormier is the current light heavyweight champion and has only lost to Jon Jones, he’s on a two fight winning streak and if he can keep that streak going here he’ll continue cementing his legacy as a fighter.
Light Heavyweight Bout: (c) Daniel Cormier (17-1, 206 lbs.) vs. Anderson Silva (33-7 1 NC, 198.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Silva has three inches of height and four and a half inches of reach on Cormier. Silva fighting southpaw. Touch of gloves to get us going. Silva circling, Cormier walking forward. Cormier misses a high kick. Silva lands an outside leg kick. Cormier backing up Silva, grabs a double leg and gets Silva down with ease. Silva closes his guard, Cormier lands some rights to the body and head. Cormier trying to pass, can’t do it but lands an elbow. Cormier stands and stacks up Silva against the fence, Silva has good wrist control and Cormier just passes to half guard. Cormier lands a couple of elbows. Cormier with some rights to the body, Silva lands an elbow. Cormier lands an elbow. Cormier postures up and lands a couple of punches. Cormier struggling to get good strikes off here, but he’s busy enough to keep from getting stood up. Cormier postures up finally and lands some elbows. And the round will end in that position.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Cormier
ROUND TWO: Cormier blocks a high kick and lands a right. Silva has a high kick blocked. Silva lands a left body kick but it’s caught and Cormier takes him down with ease this time landing in side control. Silva gets to half guard and we’re back where we left off at the end of the first. Cormier working some short blows and Silva can’t do anything from the bottom. Cormier with a couple of hammer fists. Man this is sleep inducing. Cormier with some lefts to the body. Cormier with some more hammer fists but he’s not putting a lot on them. The ref stands them up and the crowd cheers. Silva backing up again, trying to pump the jab. Silva misses a straight left. Cormier lands a bit of a right. Silva lands a knee to the head of Cormier. Silva lands a left, ducks a combination and lands a right. Silva with a left body kick and an outside leg kick. Cormier gets close and lands a couple of rights, eats an elbow and settles for the clinch. And the round ends in the clinch.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Cormier, 20-18 Cormier overall
ROUND THREE: We get a quick hug before the official start of the round. Silva lands a bit of a left and an outside leg kick. Jumping body kick from Silva lands. Cormier slips a left and lands a right. Silva misses an elbow, Cormier ducks a punch and gets a takedown to thunderous boos from the crowd. Cormier landed in Silva’s half guard. Cormier lands a left elbow. Crowd booing still, Cormier doesn’t care and works some rights to the body. Cormier postures, and misses an elbow. Loud chant of “stand them up”, the ref ignores them in favor of doing his job. Cormier lands a couple of punches. And the ref stands them up. Lots of staring, Cormier lands a body shot, and an outside leg kick. Silva lands a leg kick. Silva moving forward, lands a bit of a left. Body kick from Silva hurts Cormier. Silva lands a knee, he’s trying to swarm but Cormier grabs the clinch. Cormier just hangs onto Silva for the last twenty seconds or so.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Cormier, 30-27 Cormier overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Cormier could have a 10-8 in there somewhere, likely round 1. Awful fight. Mic time for Cormier now, who’s being booed. He says the fight went how it had to go, talks about the change from Jon Jones to Anderson Silva, says switching opponents on two days notice is hard. He says Silva did a good job avoiding damage but he did what he had to do. He talks about being sad when Jones fell out, he says a lot of guys wouldn’t have taken this fight meaning taking the Silva fight, but he wants to be the best.
Silva with some mic time now, the crowd still loves him. He says the fight was a personal challenge to himself, and he wants to prove you can do anything. He says he’s used to training with heavy guys like Cormier and the fight was a great test and while he wasn’t able to perform his best it was still a good test. He closes in English thanking the fans and saying this is a great time for him.
Brock Lesnar is a former UFC heavyweight champion but retired five years ago on a two fight losing streak and if he can win a comeback fight here after that time off he’ll have proven again what a tremendous athlete and fighter he is. Mark Hunt is a former K-1 World Grand Prix champion, is on a two fight winning streak with first round finishes of Antonio Silva and Frank Mir, a second consecutive win over a former champion in Lesnar he’ll have scored a big win on a big stage and could be moving back towards title contention.
Heavyweight Bout: #8 Mark Hunt (12-10-1, 264.5 lbs.) vs. Brock Lesnar (5-3, 265.5 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Lesnar has five inches of height and nine inches of reach on Hunt. Touch of gloves to get things going. Lesnar is circling, switching his stance and Hunt is slowly walking forward. Lots of probing with feints, Lesnar lands a jab to the body. Very cautious fight, Lesnar lands a leg kick. They both miss rights, both had serious heat on them. Lesnar lands another leg kick. Lesnar bites hard on a feint from Hunt. Lesnar shoots a single leg, defended but he keeps close and pushes Hunt into the fence and gets a double leg. Hunt to his knees quickly and Lesnar lands some rights but Hunt regains his feet though still in the clinch. Lesnar just kind of holding here and Hunt happy to just wait. Lesnar goes for a high crotch takedown, Hunt is down and Lesnar is in side control. Lesnar lands a left elbow, Hunt rolls to the turtle position and Lesnar has the ride position. Lesnar lands some lefts. Lesnar lands a knee to the body. Lesnar with some lefts and a right. More lefts from Lesnar, Hunt stands up and gets free then lands an uppercut but Lesnar gets one more double leg and gets full mount. Lesnar lands some short rights but the clock will save Hunt from that position.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Lesnar
ROUND TWO: Touch of gloves for the second round. Hunt misses a jab, more range finding than anything. Lesnar circling, Hunt stalking, lands a bit of a right but Lesnar blocked most of it. Hunt tries a left hook that’s mostly blocked. Lesnar tries a single leg, Hunt avoids this one. Hunt avoids a clinch attempt, he’s just stalking now. Lesnar blocks a couple of punches. Lesnar ducks a right, tries a single leg but Hunt avoids this one as well. Hunt just misses a straight right. Hunt ducks a right from Lesnar. Lesnar jabs the body. Hunt lands a left to the body. Hunt just misses an uppercut in close. Hunt misses a right but Lesnar is still just backing up. Lesnar ducks a right, gets a clinch and pushes Hunt into the fence. Lesnar with some knees to the thigh. Lesnar can’t finish the takedown before the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 Hunt but a bad round, 19-19 overall
ROUND THREE: Touch of gloves for the last round. Lesnar jabbing this round, Hunt lands a jab of his own. Hunt lands a bit of a right. Lesnar tries a single leg, he pushes Hunt into the fence and switches to a double leg and gets Hunt down. Lesnar in full mount here, landing some lefts. Hunt onto one hip, Lesnar still landing lefts. Hunt has his hands up but is terrible position. Hunt has kind of half guard, more like 3/4 mount for Lesnar. Lesnar with lefts to the body and head. Hunt gets to full half guard. Lesnar lands another left. More lefts from Lesnar. Lesnar trying to set up an arm triangle, uses that to get back to full mount. Lesnar still trying for the arm triangle choke, lands some rights now. More rights from Lesnar, he’s starting to tee off. More rights from Lesnar. Lesnar lands some hammer fists, Hunt got back to half guard. Lesnar ends the round on top with some short blows.
SCORECARD: 10-8 Lesnar, 29-27 Lesnar overall
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER – Brock Lesnar via unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
I didn’t think that would go the distance regardless of who won, big win for Lesnar all things considered. Mic time for Lesnar now. He says it took him a while to get acclimated to fighting, says words can’t describe this moment and thanks the crowd. He says he’s taking this one day at a time and is just happy to be in here, he gives a shout out to the men and women in uniform that protect and serve America, and from one white boy to all nationalities we need to stand together to close the interview.
Amanda Nunes is on a three fight winning streak and is 5-1 overall in the UFC, her only loss is to top contender Cat Zingano and she has a chance here to take the UFC women’s bantamweight championship back to Brazil and get easily the biggest win of her career and her life. Miesha Tate is the current women’s bantamweight champion, she won that title her last time out when she choked out Holly Holm in the fifth round and tonight looks to establish a legacy as champion with her first title defense.
Women’s Bantamweight Title Bout: (c) Miesha Tate (18-5, 134.5 lbs.) vs. #4 Amanda Nunes (12-4, 135 lbs.)
ROUND ONE: Nunes has two inches of height and four of reach on Tate. Touch of gloves to get things going. Tate circling early. Nunes lands a jab and a leg kick. Nunes misses a leg kick, they trade rights in close though. Nunes lands a leg kick, Tate gets a double leg but Nunes is up immediately and they break from a clinch. They clinch and break without incident. Nunes lands a jab, Tate tries a double leg that doesn’t work and Nunes just misses what would have been an illegal knee. Nunes lands a jab and a right, Tate is backing up now. Nunes lands another jab. Nunes lands a one two combination, Tate if full retreat mode. Nunes lands a hard right, Tate covering up and falls over, gets back up and Nunes trying to swarm her. Nunes lands another one two combination, Nate fails reaching for a double leg and Nunes has the ride position. Nunes with some rights, and now has the back with both hooks in. Nunes going for the choke, Tate has to tap and Nunes is the new champion.
OFFICIAL RESULT: †WINNER and NEW UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion – Amanda Nunes via Submission, rear naked choke, at 3:16 of Round 1
The First Round Finish Club thanks Mrs. Nunes for her work this evening. Mic time for the new champ, that was a virtually flawless victory. She says every fighter has to work hard, she talks about having some hard days, puts over Tate as a tough opponent but feels great as the champion. She says she worked hard to be the champion, she’ll go home to Brazil and visit her family there and she’s coming back as the champion. She talks us through the finish, says she was careful to be controlled with her aggression because Tate is tough and she didn’t want to give Tate a chance to recover and take over the next round. She says she texted Dana White that she would be the champion, and now she is. She’s very happy and clearly excited.
Mic time for Tate now, she says Nunes is a tough fighter who starts fast and she just got caught and it cost her dearly. She says she’ll be back in the gym soon and comes back stronger from loss and thanks her supporters and says their support means he world to her.
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