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Fight #1 – Brandon Vera vs Fabricio Werdum
There was some sloppy standup for two minutes then Werdum scored a takedown. Vera escaped and avoided another takedown before stunning Werdum with a left. With a minute left Werdum tripped Vera from the clinch and quickly passed guard. He moved to mount and beat on Vera’s arms for about 15 seconds before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight. This was one of the most premature stoppages I’ve ever seen.
After the fight Vera said he told Miragliotta during the bout “I’m ok! I’m ok! I’m ok! I’m ok!”
Winner: Fabricio Werdum by TKO at 4:40 of rd 1
Fight #2 – Thales Leites vs Nate Marquardt
Thales dropped Marquardt with a nice right early in round one. Fortunately Miragliotta wasn’t reffing because Nate recovered and came back to rattle Leites with an uppercut late in the round.
In round two Marquardt landed a brutal, illegal knee to Leites jaw. Leites was out of it as he grabbed referee Herb Dean’s leg thinking it was Marquardt. Seconds later Leites tried to stand but he staggered around the Octagon. Dean then took a point from Marquardt.
Before the five minute recovery time was up, the action resumed. It was all Nate and his ground and pound bloodied Leites’ face.
In the third round Marquardt was penalized another point for elbowing Leites to the back of the head. Being penalized two points in a three round fight made it almost impossible for Nate to get the W.
Winner: Thales Leites by split decision (28-27, 28-27, 27-28)
Fight #3 – Luiz Cane vs Jason Lambert
Cane’s reach was too much for Lambert. Lambert rushed forward swinging wildly and Cane popped him with a straight left instantly taking his legs away. Cane scored a couple more knockdowns and had Jason looking for the canvas after just over two minutes.
Winner: Luiz Cane by TKO at 2:07 of rd 1
Fight #4 – Mike Swick vs Marcus Davis
Both guys attempted a few kicks before Davis took Swick down with a sweet Judo throw. Swick was back up but Davis pulled him on top during a Guillotine attempt. Swick opened some cuts on Davis’ face during the ground and pound.
In round two, Swick began to find his range. He landed some nice punches, a knee and a kick before the fight hit the ground. He resumed his ground and pound and once again the blood began to flow from Davis’ face. Later in the round Davis fought his way to his feet and then took Swick down after the fighters engaged in a clinch. Swick scored a takedown in the last ten seconds.
In the third round Davis was unable to land anything significant while Swick landed a couple of knees. Swick was penalized one point by referee Mario Yamasaki for grabbing the fence during a takedown attempt. After the break Swick took Davis down and flailed away until the horn sounded.
Winner: Mike Swick by unanimous decision (29-27 on all three cards)
Fight #5 – Michael Bisping vs Jason Day
Bisping beat the shit out of Day. It was complete domination from start to finish, especially on the ground.
After the Bisping fight the UFC introduced a new feature called ‘Turning Point’ and showed Eddie Sanchez getting knocked out after being ahead in his bout.
Winner: Michael Bisping by TKO at 3:42 of rd 1
Fight #6 – Thiago Alves vs Matt Hughes
Hughes lacked the strength to take Alves down so he fell to his back. Alves opted to go back to the feet. Alves delivered a hard knee to Hughes’ midsection and the fight hit the ground with Matt on top. Hughes controlled Alves for a couple of minutes. Thiago escaped with around 30 seconds left stuffed a Hughes shot.
Thiago landed a hard knee to Hughes’ face that opened a cut. He then inflicted some ground and pound before the fight returned to the feet. Alves then landed a second knee that buckled Hughes left leg. As Hughes lay back concussed, Alves landed a final right hand that ended the bout.
Winner: Thiago Alves by TKO at 1:02 of rd 2
Fight #7 – Matt Wiman vs Thiago Tavares
After fighting a spirited round one, Matt Wiman ‘Nelmarked’ Tavares in round two. As Tavares was standing against the fence, Wiman landed a right hook that crumpled the Brazilian. Tavares looked like a scarecrow as Wiman landed another punch before the fight was stopped.
Winner: Matt Wiman by KO at 1:57 of rd 2
Fight #8 – Jorge Rivera vs Martin Kampmann
Kampmann scored an early takedown and eventually took Jorge’s back. The rear naked was not there so he transitioned to an arm triangle and finally to a Guillotine. Rivera tapped at the 2:44 mark.
Winner: Martin Kampmann by tapout (Guillotine) at 2:44 of rd 1