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UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Events Center
MAIN PPV CARD – 10:00PM ET
Jose Aldo © (145 lbs. 21-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (144 lbs. 14-3-1)
Rashad Evans (206 lbs. 17-2-1) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206 lbs. 17-4)
Alistair Overeem (264 lbs. 36-11, 1NC) vs. Antonio Silva (262 lbs. 11-2, 1NC)
Jon Fitch (171 lbs. 24-4-1) vs. Demian Maia (170 lbs. 17-4)
Joseph Benavidez (126 lbs. 16-3) vs. Ian McCall (125 lbs. 11-3-1)
FX PRELIMINARY CARD – 8:00PM ET
Gleison Tibau (155 lbs. 26-8) vs. Evan Dunham (155 lbs. 13-3)
Tyron Woodley (170 lbs. 10-1) vs. Jay Hieron (168 lbs. 23-6)
Jacob Volkmann (156 lbs. 15-3) vs. Bobby Green (155 lbs. 19-5)
Yves Edwards (155 lbs. 42-18-1) vs. Isaac Valliee-Flagg (156 lbs. 13-3-1)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com – 7:00PM ET)
Chico Camus (134 lbs. 12-3) vs. Dustin Kimura (139.5 lbs. 7-2)
Edwin Figueora (136 lbs. 15-9-1) vs. Francisco Rivera (135.5 lbs. 8-2, 1NC)
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We are live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Intros for the first preliminary fight begin at approximately at 4:00PM PT.
Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan are of course your broadcast team for tonight as we go to the octagon for our first fight.
Flyweight Bout: Edwin Figueora (136 lbs. 15-9-1) vs. Francisco Rivera (135.5 lbs. 8-2, 1NC)
ROUND ONE: Rivera opens up with a legkick. Figueroa comes in with some hard overhand rights. Later on the ground Figueroa goes for a triangle hold, but Rivera is able to defend. Figueroa gets back to his feet and they exchange punches. Rivera lands a solid kick to the body. Rivera is able to shoot in and get a takedown. Rivera passes into side control. Figueroa is able to roll over and get back up. Rivera is able to aim high and lands a question mark kick. Rivera shoots in and gets another take down and lands some ground shots. Rivera stands up and Figueroa stays away from damage as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: 10-10, Even.
ROUND TWO: Figueroa lands a big punching combination. Rivera gets put on his back and Figueoroa goes into his guard. Figueroa goes to work on the ground and works Rivera over to the cage and mixes in some ground shots. After absorbing some punishment, Rivera is able to get back to his feet. Rivera lands a good left punch and outside legkick combination. They start trading leather standing up. Figueroa looks like he’s starting to tire and Rivera opening up more with his punches. Rivera is dropping his hands and Figueroa unloads with left and right punches. Rivera is hurt and tries to circle away. Rivera doesn’t let up his attack and some punches to Figueroa’s head put him to his knees and the referee steps in as that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Francisco Rivera by TKO at 4:20 in Round 2.
– Rivera is with Rogan. Rivera says he needed to turn it up since he thinks he lost the first round and had to keep up the pressure.
Catchweight Bout: Chico Camus (134 lbs. 12-3) vs. Dustin Kimura (139.5 lbs. 7-2)
– Kimura failed to make weight on Friday so this is now a catchweight fight. Herb Dean is the referee for this bout.
ROUND ONE: Camus tags Kimura with a right hand early, but Kimura recovers. Camus gets Kimura to the mat. Kimura looks for a triangle hold. Kimura isn’t able to finish it and Camus defends. Kimura is able to sweep out of the position with an omoplata and gets to his feet. Kimura is able to get Camus back but can’t get the hooks and Camus takes top position again. Kimura attempts some submissions from the guard, but Camus neutralizes him. Not much action happening on the ground. Kimura attempts an armbar but doesn’t get it and Camus drops some shots as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: Camus, 10-9. Overall Camus, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Outside legkick by Camus. Camus throws a front kick after some feints and circling. Later Camus initiates the clinch and gets Kimura up against the fence. They trade some knees in the clinch. They leave the clinch, and Camus shoots and gets a single-leg takedown. Kimura goes for the triangle and switches to an armbar. Camus defends and Kimura gets a full on triangle hold with the arm locked up as well. Camus signals he is OK and is able to finish the round. Kimura had the most significant damage of the entire round and actually tried to finish.
SCORECARD: Kimura, 10-9. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Camus initiates the clinch again. They move out of it back to their feet. Camus attempts a single-leg takedown, but Kimura is able to land on top into a full mount position. Kimura gets Camus’ back and he goes for the rear naked choke. He’s got it locked in and Camus taps. That is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dustin Kimura by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:50 in Round 3.
– Kimura is with Rogan. Kimura is amazed he’s talked to Joe Rogan right now. Kimura said Camus has really good defense and didn’t want to gas himself out going for the submission at the end of the second round. He says Camus likes to back up a lot and was able to reverse his takedown at the end.
– Kimura is with Rogan. Kimura is amazed he’s talked to Joe Rogan right now. Kimura said Camus has really good defense and didn’t want to gas himself out going for the submission at the end of the second round. He says Camus likes to back up a lot and was able to reverse his takedown at the end.
– We now move to FX for the next set of prelims.
Lightweight Bout: Yves Edwards (155 lbs. 42-18-1) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156 lbs. 13-3-1)
ROUND ONE: Edwards sneaks in an uppercut and a legkick. Vallie-Flagg lands a body shot and a left hand. Right hand down the middle by Vallie-Flagg. Right and left punches to the body by Edwards. They clinch up and Vallie-Flagg lands a knee strike to the head and an elbow shot. Edwards breaks the clinch with a kick to the head. Vallie-Flagg landing some good aggressive strikes in the clinch. Edwards attempts a kick but Vallie-Flagg catches it, but Edwards defends the single-leg takedown and hits a flying knee strike. They exchange strikes and Vallie-Flagg keeps moving forward with his attack. They clinch up as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Vallie-Flagg. Overall, Vallie-Flagg, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: They clinch up against the cage early. They separate and move back to the center. Vallie-Flagg misses on a spinning backfist. Vallie-Flagg moves forward with a right uppercut and left hook. Edwards lands a right jab. They are up against the change again. Edwards grabs a leg and completes a single-leg takedown. Edwards passes into side control. Edwards transitions to full mount. Vallie-Flagg turns over, and Edwards has his back with both hooks. Edwards looks for the rear naked choke, but Vallie-Flag does a good job of defending before the round comes to a close.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Yves Edwards. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Vallie-Flagg tries to walk down and attack Edwards. Edwards does a good job of countering and moving away with a right hand and an inside legkick. Vallie-Flagg keeps pushing forward with his attack. They clinch against the cage and Vallie-Flagg circles away with a right hook. They exchange more standing up. Edwards shoots in for the takedown, but Vallie-Flagg is able to stuff the attempt this time. Vallie-Flagg presses forward as Edwards tries to counter and lands a kick to the body. Vallie-Flagg pushes forward with his punches and both guys look a little gassed. Vallie-Flagg does the wall and stall against the cage, and Edwards circles away. Some more punches and a push kick by Vallie-Flagg. Vallie-Flagg iniatites the clinch and lands some punches. Edwards circles away and lands a counter punch but the round soon ends. Close round, but I think Vallie-Flagg landed more and had more aggression. I think he gets the decision.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Vallie-Flagg. Overall, Vallie-Flagg, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Isaac Vallie-Flagg by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Lightweight Bout: Jacob Volkmann (156 lbs. 15-3) vs. Bobby Green (155 lbs. 19-5)
ROUND ONE: Green tries to stay away, but Volkmann shoots in and gets the takedown. Green is able to keep a half-guard. Volkmann stands up and starts stacking up on Green against the cage. Green shoves Volkmann away, but Volkmann swarms back on Green and gets his back. Body triangle and Volkmann goes for the RNC. Green is able to defend the submission hold. Volkmann lands some punches before the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Volkmann. Overall, Volkmann, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Volkmann shoots in for a takedown but eats a knee strike from Green and Green slips away. They clinch against the cage and Green lands an elbow. Green is able to stuff another takedown attempt and gets Volkmann to the mat in a surprising turn of events. Green steps over to half guard and lands some elbow shots. Green starts landing some more ground shots and elbow strikes doing well against a tough wrestler. Referee Kim Winslow initiates a horrible standup when Green was working and landing some good ground and pound and doing damage. They stand up as Winslow just made a horrible decision. Volkmann blocks a head kick and goes for Green’s back. Volkmann gets the back of Green and has in both hooks. Green defends the choke from Volkmann and stays out of it to run out the clock. A nice turnaround for Green and he would’ve done even better if not for the incompetence of Kim Winslow.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Green. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Straight right by Green. Green sprawls over a takedown attempt and lands a knee strike to the head. A kick goes low from Volkmann and Green gets a break. Green takes a breather and is ready to get back in. Green ducks under Volkmann and gets a left hook and a kick to the body. Green locks up Volkmann and takes Volkmann down right into side mount. Volkmann is able to work back up. Green sprawls over another takedown attempt. Volkmann catches a kick and takes Green down. Green sweeps and gets back up. Volkmannthough grapples the back of Green and drags him down to the mat. Green works and turns over into full mount. Green lands some big ground shots Volkmann is able to hang on and not get finished. Volkmann turns over and Green has his back! Green applies the rear naked choke. Volkmann taps and that is all! Another underdog wins.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Bobby Green by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:23 in Round 3.
– Francisco Rivera following his victory: “He caught me and I remember waking up on my back so I had to recover and get back to where I started. I was definitely down in that first round so I knew I had to come back very strong and make up for lost time. After my first stint in the UFC I was planning on retiring but my family encouraged me to continue and supported me all the way, I’m very thankful they did.” — Sent by the UFC
– From his opponent Edwin Figueroa: “When I dropped him in the first round I just took my time because I didn’t think that I hit him very hard. I didn’t go crazy on him and that was probably a mistake. Everything was pretty blurry and when he started throwing combinations it was hard to see the second and third shots coming. I guess he caught me.” – Sent by the UFC
– From Dustin Kimura after his win over Chico Camus on Facebook: “I’m on cloud 9. I’ve been dreaming about this since the first day I started training in mixed martial arts. I’ve never been nervous for a fight but I woke up this morning very nervous. Those UFC jitters are for real because I was shaking out there. My first round was terrible and by the second I thought I was behind two rounds and needed to get a finish. I didn’t show what I’m really capable of tonight. After he landed that big shot early I’m happy that I was able to get the win.” – Sent by the UFC
Welterweight Bout: Tyron Woodley (170 lbs. 10-1) vs. Jay Hieron (168 lbs. 23-6)
ROUND ONE: Woodley drops Hieron with a huge right hand! Woodley swarms on and lays into Hieron. Herb Dean steps in and that’s it. You can’t complain about Woodley doing lay and pray here.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tyron Woodley by KO at 0:36 in Round 1.
– Woodley said the win feels amazing and said he wanted to declare war on the welterweight division. Woodley says they worked on the blitz in camp and is glad it worked. Woodley thanks God and his family.
– From Isaac Vallie-Flagg, a former Strikeforce fighter who won his UFC debut against Yves Edwards: “I’m not happy with my performance at all. There are a lot of things that I need to work on. My cardio was off and my lungs were killing me so I couldn’t push as hard as I would have liked out there. This was a great learning experience and it’s good to get the win but I’m eager to get back in the gym and correct my mistakes.” – Sent by the UFC
– From another former Strikeforce fighter Bobby Green who submitted Jacob Volkmann in his UFC debut: “Every time I go out there I’m doing two things, I’m trying to win a fight and I’m trying to entertain the fans. I try to bust my ass and inspire people to want to be fighters each time I step into that octagon. I thought the stand up was premature considering I was landing elbows actively from the top. I don’t know why she decided to stand it up but I definitely didn’t agree with it. Jacob is tough and he has great wrestling and control so I knew I would have to make my shots count. I knew he’d tire trying to hold me down and it would get easier to slip those shots in. Just very glad to get the finish and looking forward to going out there and doing it again.” – Sent by the UFC
Lightweight Bout: Gleison Tibau (155 lbs. 26-8) vs. Evan Dunham (155 lbs. 13-3)
ROUND ONE: They trade some punching exchanges. Dunham comes in and eats a left hook. Tibau comes in and swings some big punches. Tibau shoots in and gets a takedown. Dunham gets back up, but Tibau attempts a guillotine choke. Tibau pulls guard and tries to complete the choke, but Dunham survives and stays out of danger. Dunham is able to work back up and they clinch against the cage. Dunham lands a right hand on the break. Dunham tries to find his reach and lands some distance punches. They’re back against the cage. They trade some knees in the clinch before round one is over.
SCORECARD: Tibau, 10-9. Overall, Tibau, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Dunham tries to keep his range and picks and lands his shot It looks like Tibau might be slowing down after that flurry in Round 1. Dunham shoots in but isn’t able to finish the takedown. They break away from the clinch and Dunham continues to keep the distance. Dunham picks his shots and stays away from Tibau’s power. Dunham goes for a double-leg takedown, but Tibau stuffs it. Dunham uses his reach well to land some good punching combinations. They swing and trade punches right before the horn sounds. Better round for Dunham.
SCORECARD: Dunham, 10-9. Overall, Even, 19-19
ROUND THREE: Tibau shoots in and gets the takedown. Dunham works his way back up. Tibau goes for the guillotine again. Dunham defends is able to get back up. Nice little me grappling sequence there. Dunham gets another takedown stuffed. Dunham continues to use his range for his punches. Tibau is able to get some in as well. Dunham shoots in and can’t get the takedown. He’s able to continue using his range well. Tibau blocks another takedown but eats some knee strikes in the clinch. Looks like this could end up being a close one, but I think Dunham is finding more success. Dunham uses his range and is landing with his mix of punches and elbows. Dunham goes in and gets a big flying knee strike. He lands two more big knee strikes to close things out. Dunham definitely took the round with the closing sequence and should get the decision.
SCORECARD: Dunham, 10-9. Overall, Dunham, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Evan Dunham by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
– From former Strikeforce title contender Tyron Woodley who quickly destroyed Jay Hieron in the first round in his UFC debut: “My trainers and I planned to go out there and be explosive. People in the welterweight division need to know that I’m here. My last few fights have been wars so I was due for a knockout and I’m glad I was able to get it in my UFC debut against a tough guy like Jay. I’m looking forward to fighting a top five guy and continuing to climb the ladder in this division.” – Sent by the UFC
– And that ends the FX prelims and now it’s time for the PPV.
– Opening intros and videos, and it’s time for the main card of UFC 156.
Flyweight Bout: Joseph Benavidez (126 lbs. 16-3) vs. Ian McCall (125 lbs. 11-3-1)
ROUND ONE: They trade legkicks. Benavidez shoots in for the takedown and McCall defends. Big elbow shot by Benavidez on the break. McCall gets a kick to the body. Benavidez throws a kick that goes a little low, but McCall runs it off and says he’s OK. Punching combination rocks McCall. Benavidez comes in with a knee strike that goes low and hits McCall in the groin. McCall takes a minute and gets back in. Benavidez lands with another nice right hand. Benavidez lands a kick to the body and McCall is getting fired up. McCall lands a good kick to the body as Benavidez comes in with some punches. Left hook by McCall and he circles out. They both go for kicks and Benavidez looks hurt but quickly returns to his feet. Close round, but Benavidez edged it out with the more significant strikes.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Benavidez. Overall, Benavidez, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: They trade punches. McCall is smiling a lot. They eventually start clinching against the cage. Looks like a knee might’ve gone low. Benavidez looks to still be landing the bigger punches. McCall is able to sneak some of his own in. Benavidez tries to talk under but falls to his back. McCall gets top position and lands some ground strikes. McCall gets Benavidez’s and starts landing some more punches. Benavidez is able to get back up to his feet but eats a knee. McCall throws another one and keeps position at Benavidez’s back at the end of the round. Nice comeback at the end for McCall which he might’ve stolen.
SCORECARD: 10-9, McCall. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Benavidez rocks McCall with a big right hand. McCall smiles and pushes back with the clinch. Benavidez lands another right on the break. McCall throws a kick but gets dropped from an inside kick by Benavidez. McCall is able to get right back up. Benavidez later lands a kick to the body. McCall then shoots in and gets a takedown. Benavidez scrambles and gets right back to his feet. Outside legkick by Benavidez and McCall answers with one of his own. Another legkick exchange soon after. Benavidez does well at pushing forward with his punches. McCall tries to grab Benavidez for a takedown, but Benavidez defends. Round comes to an end and I think Benavidez edged this out by landing more and more and being more effective with his striking.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Benavidez. Overall, Benavidez, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Joseph Benavidez by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
– Rogan is with Benavidez. Benavidez said McCall was a tough fight. Benavidez said if there is a title shot there for him he’s going for it, if not, he’ll take as many fights as possible.
– From Evan Dunham who won a split decision over Gleison Tibau: “Whenever I don’t finish a fight the decision is up in the air. Unless I get the knockout or submission I’m nervous no matter how far ahead I think I am. Gleison was very strong. It took me a few shots before I woke up and really started getting into a rhythm out there. He’s a very muscled guy and it takes a lot to feed those muscles. Going into the third I think he tired a lot and I was pretty sure I had him. I haven’t met many guys who can hang with me in the third round. I’m just happy to have gotten the nod.” – Sent by the UFC
– From his opponent Gleison Tibau: “Evan Dunham is very tough. I think he was able to edge out the end of the rounds and that’s what cost me the fight. I could’ve performed better in the last minute and a half of each round but I got a little lazy and thought I had the rounds. My attention slipped and it cost me.” – Sent by the UFC
Welterweight Bout: Jon Fitch (171 lbs. 24-4-1) vs. Demian Maia (170 lbs. 17-4)
ROUND ONE: Demian Maia shoots on Fitch right away, and takes him down! Maia gets Fitch’s back and gets the hooks in! Fitch stands up, but Maia still on his back and swings in some punches. Maia tries for the choke but can’t get it. Maia is able to hold on to the position for a while. Maia lets go of the body triangle but stays on Fitch’s back. Maia takes down Fitch to the ground. Fitch is able to stand back up. Maia gets him down again and throws some knees to Fitch’s leg. Maia Gets the body triangle back on and lands some punches to the head of Fitch. Maia keeps Fitch on the ground with the body triangle and lands some more punches. Fitch can’t get out and the round ends. Dominant first round for Fitch. Can he come back for the next round?
SCORECARD: 10-9, Maia. Overall, Maia, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Outside legkick by Fitch. Right hand and a head kick by Fitch. Maia shoots in for a single-leg takedown and gets it. Fitch pushes Maia away and gets back up. They clinch against the fence and Maia gets another takedown and switches to the back of Fitch. Maia gets the hooks in but he can’t finish the RNC. Maia switches to a body triangle and keeps the dominant position. Maia tries the RNC again. Fitch is able to survive. Joe Rogan on Jon Fitch: “He’s got a neck made out of tractor tires.” Maia keeps on the body triangle and Fitch can’t escape. Fitch is able to defend the choke attempts. This is generally what Jon Fitch does to most of his opponents. Maia maintains the position, but Fitch stays away from the choke to end out round 2. Impressive domination and grappling by Maia.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Maia. Overall, Maia, 20-18.
ROUND THREE: Maia grabs a kick from Fitch but can’t finish the takedown. Maia tries to switch for a double, but Fitch is able to defend the takedown. Maia is able to get Fitch down again and gets the back of Fitch. Maia gets in both hooks as he continues to humble and out-grapple Fitch. Fitch is able to get out and gets back to his feet. Maia shoots in yet again. Fitch is able to grab a guillotine choke, but Maia is able to slip out of it. Maia works his way back up and takes the back of Fitch again. Knees to the legs of Fitch. Fitch sprawls and defends another takedown attempt. Less than 90 seconds to go. Maia is relentless for the takedown and gets it. Maia gets the back of Fitch again. Maia gets in a hook and Fitch is getting frustrated with less than a minute to go. Maia puts on the body triangle and Fitch can’t get out. Maia switches to full mount right as the horn sounds as Maia picks up one of the biggest wins of his career. Amazing grappling and domination. It was quite hilarious to see Fitch get mad at a guy doing what he generally did to many of his opponents in his UFC career.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Maia. Overall, Maia 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Demian Maia by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
– From Joseph Benavidez who defeated Ian McCall in the opening bout: “I knew he was a tough guy. He’s got a big head that was meant to take a shot. Finishing a guy in the first doesn’t necessarily teach you a lot. You learn way more going the distance with a guy like Ian McCall. My corners didn’t sugar coat it. They told me very clearly that I had to get the third round. It was one to one going into the final five minutes and I had to go out there and take it. You always want a title shot because that’s what we’re all working for. I had an impressive win over a top guy but I want to continue to grow and be ready when the time comes to take that shot again.” – Sent by the UFC
Heavyweight Bout: Alistair Overeem (264 lbs. 36-11, 1NC) vs. Antonio Silva (262 lbs. 11-2, 1NC)
ROUND ONE: Silva misses on a legkick. Overeem initiates the clinch and lands a knee. Silva gets out of it. Jab and an uppercut by Overeem. Back into the clinch. Some more knee strikes from Overeem. They separate. Silva iniaties the clinch again. Overeem turns it around and throws some more knee strikes. They break away again. Overeem mixes it up with a right and a knee. Overeem keeps his hands down and lands an outside legkick. Silva does one of his own. They clinch back up against the cage. Overem lands a knee to the body and moves away. Overeem slips a punch from Silva and lands a quick uppercut before the end of the round. Bit of a slow round, but Overeem took it.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Overeem. Overall, Overeem, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Silva gets a legkick but eats a jab. They clinch up and Overeem slams Silva down into side control. Silva lands a good elbow from the bottom. Overeem goes into full guard and lands some hard ground strikes. Overeem is able to keep Bigfoot on the ground and lands some punches in the guard. Overeem manages to keep up enough activity on the top to not get stood stood up. Overeem then stands up from the guard and Herb Dean lets Silva get to his feet. Silva is able to land a big knee. Overeem lands a punch of his own. Silva tries to clinch but Overeem shrugs him off.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Overeem. Overall, Overeem, 20-18.
ROUND THREE: Silva starts unloading lefts and rights on Overeem and lands a big head kick. Overeem is stunned with an uppercut. Silva continues to swing and punch hard. Overeem goes down! Herb Dean steps in and that is it! Overeem was knocked out!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Antonio Silva by TKO at 0:23 in Round 3.
– Rogan is with Bigfoot. Bigfoot thanks Brazil, his family, and his wife. Bigfoot says you fight inside the cage not outside. Silva says he told Overeem at the press conference, I’m going to make you respect me. Silva says this is the most satisfying win of his career and he’
Light Heavweight Co-Main Event Bout: Rashad Evans (206 lbs. 17-2-1) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206 lbs. 17-4)
ROUND ONE: Both men looking hesitant to engage in the early going. Evans gets a head kick. Nogueira lands a right and then a straight left. They continue to circle and Nogueira gets another straight left. He follows it up with a straight right jab. Evans finally wakes up and starts throwing some punches which hurt Nogueira. Evans shoots in and gets the takedown. Nogueira works back up and they break the clinch. They exchange punches. Evans lands a good right hook and then another head kick before the round closes. Close round and tough to score. I think Evans just barely edged it out, but Nog could’ve gotten it.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Evans. Overall, Evans, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Nogueira lands on a left and right. Evans hits an inside legkick. Nogueira is moving forward with his punches and Evans doesn’t seem to be answering as much. Nogueira defends a takedown attempt. Nogueira continues to back up Evans with his jab which looks to be working effectively. Evans eats two solid lefts from Nogueira. Nogueira gets a kick to the body and another right jab. Nogueira sprawls on another takedown attempt. Evans game plan doesn’t seem to be working too well. Evans lands on a right hook. Nogueira looks to be landing more punches. Evans lands a high kick before the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Nogueira. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Evans continues to catch the right jab from Nogueira. Kick to the body from Nogueira, and Evans lands a right hook. Nogueira lands a kick to the body, but Evans accidentally pokes Nogueira in the eye. Doctor comes in to check on Nogueira. Nogueira is good to go and they are back in. Nogueira continues his boxing game plan and throws in a body kick. Evans gets backed up by Nogueira’s jab. Evans shoots in for the takedown again but Nogueira stays away. Another kick to the body by Nogueira. I think Nogueira has effectively taken over the fight here and has pretty much shut down Evans. Nogueira steps out of a single-leg takedown attempt. Less than a minute to go. Knee to the body by Nogueira. Evans lands a straight right. Thai clinch by Nogueira and throws some knee strikes. They trade some punches right as the horn sounds. I think Nogueira totally took this fight, but I wonder if the judges will agree.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Nogueira. Overall, Nogueira, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
– From Demian Maia who picked up a huge win over Jon Fitch: “The game plan was to control him. I thought that when I got his back I was going to be able to submit him but he has very good defense. I think when I went for the takedown he was surprised. I kept him off his game and that’s what won me that fight.” – Sent by the UFC
Main Event Five Round UFC Featherweight Championship Bout: Jose Aldo © (145 lbs. 21-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (144 lbs. 14-3-1)
ROUND ONE: Edgar and Aldo uphold the code of honor and touch gloves. Edgar opens things up with a legkick. Aldo gets a kick to the side of Edgar. Aldo catches Edgar with an uppercut coming in. Left jab by Aldo. Aldo landing with his punches. Outside legkick by Edgar. Aldo slips some punches by Edgar. Edgar looks like he slightly grazes Aldo with a spinning back kick. Aldo lands on another left jab. Aldo lands on another jab and then a right hand. Aldo pretty much out boxed Edgar in this round.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Aldo. Overall, Aldo, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Aldo lands a right and a left jab. Edgar gets a good right jab straight down the middle. Straight left by Edgar. Aldo stuffs a single-leg takedown attempt. They exchange punches. Aldo defends another takedown attempt. Aldo snaps off his trademark legkick and that clearly hurt Edgar. Edgar gets tripped up with another legkick. Edgar lands a right hand and a front kick. Aldo throws a big flying knee. Edgar eats it and pushes forward with the clinch. Aldo throws a legkick, but Edgar lands a right and drops Aldo to the ground! Aldo recovers though and gets right back up. Aldo is able to land more left jabs. Another strong round for Aldo. But will taking the fight into deeper waters make the difference and allow Edgar to mount a comeback?
SCORECARD: 10-9, Aldo. Overall, Aldo, 20-18.
ROUND THREE: Aldo stuffs an early takedown attempt. They trade some punches. Aldo lands a big front kick to the face, Anderson Silva style. Edgar eats it though and continues to try and attack. Aldo is starting to slow down a little, but he’s still landing well with the left jab. Outside legkick by Edgar, and he follows it up with another. Edgar catches a leg and hits a knee. Edgar lands some good punches. Aldo slips away from a takedown attempt. Edgar lands a good right hook. Inside legkick by Frankie. Left jab by Aldo. Edgar lands a kick to the side before the end of the round. Closer round and this one might be tough to score. But I think Aldo managed to edge it out with his boxing and volume of punches.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Aldo. Overall, Aldo, 30-27.
ROUND FOUR: Championship rounds now. Aldo looks lik ehe’s slowed down now. Edgar starts moving forward with his punches. Aldo stuffs another takedown attempt, but Edgar is able to get in some more punches. Edgar moves in and out with a kick to the body. Edgar moves in and this time gets a takedown on Aldo. Aldo stands right back up, but Edgar has his back. Edgar lands some knees to the legs. Edgar lets go and gets a legkick on the separation. Edgar lands another legkick. Aldo misses on a big jumping kick before the end of the round. Much better round for Edgar and I think he took it.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Edgar. Overall, Aldo, 39-37.
ROUND FIVE: Edgar gets a punch and a legkick. Aldo looks like he just misses on a flying knee. Aldo is able to get another left jab. Right hand by Edgar. Aldo dodges another takedown attempt. Edgar shoots in for a takedown. Aldo defends and gets a right hook. Edgar moves in with a legkick. Edgar mvoes forward with his punches. Kick to the body by Edgar and an then he follows it up with an inside legkick. Aldo lands a good punching combination. They trade punches in the center and there is less than minute left. Edgar goes for a head kick. More punches are traded. Aldo then lands a good superman punch to end the round. That was a close round and I think Edgar might’ve edged it in the last round. I think overall, Aldo won this fight and did more damage. But remember, Adelaide Byrd is judging.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Edgar. Overall, Aldo, 48-47.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jose Aldo by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).
– Aldo is with Rogan. Aldo said it was a difficult fight and that Edgar is a great fighter. Aldo said he stopped throwing the legkicks because he was worried about getting taken down. Aldo says at the end of the day he can still make the weight and can continue fighting in the featherweight class.
– Now Rogan is with Edgar. Edgar says he’ll stay at featherweight, but he’ll go home and rest up.
-That is all for UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar. Thanks for joining us. But the night isn’t over. Please join us for the post-fight press conference and coverage.