Nik Lentz defeats Waylon Lowe via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:24 in Round 3
Johny Hendricks defeats T.J. Waldburger via TKO (Punches) at 1:35 in Round 1
-Hendricks returns to his winning ways after dropping his first fight against Rick Story in January. Hendricks won knockout of the night for an extra $55,000.
Aaron Simpson defeats Mario Miranda via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
-World class wrestler Simpson picks up a much needed win after dropping his last two to Munoz and Leben.
Christian Morecraft defeats Sean McCorkle via Submission (Standing Guillotine Choke) at 4:10 in Round 2
-Twitter warrior Sean McCorkle can’t seem to back up his talk, losing his second consecutive fight. McCorkle is on thin ice in the UFC, despite being previously undefeated.
Michael McDonald defeats Edwin Figueroa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-At 20, McDonald is one of the youngest fighters in the UFC, and an exciting prospect. McDonald got the win, but both fighters walked away with an extra 55K for fight of the night.
John Hathaway defeats Kris McCray via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
-British phenom Hathaway rebounded from his first-loss trouncing at the hands of Mike Pyle by taking down TUF 11 finalist McCray in a tightly contested split decision.
Mike Russow defeats Jon Madsen via TKO (Doctor’s stoppage – eye) at 5:00 after Round 2
-Russow is making a habbit of taking down rising stars. After his miracle knockout against undefeated Todd Duffee, Russow forced a stoppage by opening up a cut on Madsen that the doctor said he could not continue with.
Mackens Semerzier defeats Alex Caceres via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:18 in Round 1
-Bruce Leeroy couldn’t get it done in his UFC debut. After making it to the semi-finals in TUF 12, it took Semerzier less than 2 minutes to tap him out. A fan favorite on TUF 12 due to his eccentric personality, Cacares will have to rely on his fan-base to get another shot in the UFC.
Chan Sung Jung defeats Leonard Garcia via Submission (Twister) at 4:59 in Round 2
-In a rematch of 2010’s fight of the year, “the Korean Zombie” vs. “Bad Boy” Garcia was highly anticipated as a barnburner. Unlike their first meeting, neither fighter seemed eager to get into a slugfest. Jung’s technical ability exceeded Garcia’s, so this played into his hands. Garcia was picked apart by superior striking, while unable to trap Jung in a brawling exchange and land one of his brutal haymakers. Jung’s clear advantage came with the ground game, as he gained mount at the end of the first and took Garcia’s back at the end of the second. Jung tapped out Garcia with 1 second left in the second round with a “twister” neck crank, the first time it’s ever been successfully used in the UFC. many expected these two men to get fight of the night, but Jung was just as happy walking away with a submission of the night bonus of $55,000.
Amir Sadollah defeats DaMarques Johnson via TKO (Punches) at 3:27 in Round 2
-Props to DaMarques for taking the fight with two weeks notice, and props to Sadollah for not dropping the ball and taking him out. Sadollah dominated Johnson on the feet and on the ground, landing some devastating body shots to soften him up before DaMarques tapped out due to being repeatedly elbowed in the face from mount.
Anthony Johnson defeats Dan Hardy via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-In the prefight hype for their fight, Johnson and Hardy both claimed they would keep the fight standing and give the fans the brawling striking war they love. Turns out both men are liars. Johnson, for repeatedly taking it to the mat, and hardy for not having the takedown defense to keep it from going there. Ring rust was not a factor for “Rumble” Johnson, and he looked explosive in his return to the octagon after recovering from surgery. “The Outlaw” still can’t seem to plug a gaping hole in his game, and got dominated again due to his weak wrestling. His only answer for being taken down by Johnson was several weak attempts at a kimura.
On a side note, Johnson made his target weight of 170lbs after weighing 235 only 8 months before. One of the more monstrous specimens of physicality in the welterweight division, Johnson claimed to weigh 195lbs on fight night. He has missed weight by several pounds on two occasions. Dana White has threatened to move him up to middleweight, but if he can consistently make 170lbs his size and athletic ability will greatly benefit him against the divisions smaller competition
Phil Davis defeats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Mr. Wonderful remains undefeated in his MMA career, and “Lil Nog” dropped his second fight in a row to an unbeaten prospect. Davis is being heralded as the biggest threat to the new LHW champ Jone’s throne, but this win did not come easily for him. He landed some big shots on Nogueira, but absorbed his fare share as well. The biggest story of the fight was Nogueira’s takedown defense. Davis shot low and hard for his favorite takedown many times, but it took him a whole round and a half to finally take Lil Nog to the mat. Once there it was the beginning of the end for Nogueira as he was held down for half the second round and most of the third.
Davis is skilled, there’s no denying it. You can’t get any better than undefeated. It’s too soon to compare him to Jon Jones however, their respective levels of dominance against similar opponents is far separated. Only time will tell where the next threat to Jones’ reign will come from.