Bellator 136 ‘Brooks vs. Jansen’ Results: Play-by-Play & Updates

Apr 10, 2015

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Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva vs. John Teixeira da Conceicao

Round 1

Teixeira lands the first hard shots of the bout, clipping da Silva with a few short right hands and then a lead left hook. Teixeira continues to stalk “Guerreiro” around the perimeter as the Brazilian featherweights circle the cage counterclockwise. Da Silva sticks a jab that sends Teixeira charging forward with a swarm of punches, most of which miss as da Silva circles away. The action slows midway through the round, then Teixeira connects with a good right hand in a brief clinch. Guerreiro comes back looking for a takedown, then drops for a heel hook, but he quickly abandons the submission attempt. Back up comes Guerreiro, pushing Teixeira against the fence with an underhook. The clinch doesn’t lead anywhere, and with one minute left, the 145ers go back to trading strikes. Teixeira counters a low kick with a right hand but misses with the flying knee behind it. Da Silva takes a low kick on the cup moments before the end of the round and doesn’t take long to recover. Teixeira counters a leaping knee from da Silva with a looping left hand, then slaps his face with a left high kick to finish the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Teixeira
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Teixeira
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Teixeira

Round 2

Da Silva grabs hold of Teixeira and shoves him against the cage, then grabs hold of a leg and tries to trip him to the ground. Teixeira yanks his leg free and marches forward on his countryman to land a short left and a hard right hand. Da Silva drops down and recovers as Teixeira tries to finish him off with punches. Teixeira allows his opponent back to his feet, and now Guerreiro covers up as Teixeira gets aggressive with combinations. Da Silva comes away from an exchange blowing his nose after getting clipped with a nice left hook. The rangier da Silva is starting to get wise to Teixeira’s lead left hook, slipping backward out of range. Teixeira hits a takedown and slowly works to pass to side control, simultaneously framing up an arm-triangle choke. Da Silva swivels his hips to put Teixeira back in guard, but moments later, Teixeira is working his way around to take the sitting da Silva’s back. Da Silva stands up with Teixeira on his back, hunting for a rear-naked choke, and that’s where time runs out.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Teixeira
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Teixeira
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Teixeira

Round 3

Da Silva continues his jabbing attack to start the round, pressing forward on Teixeira but not exactly pressing the action with his sporadic punches. Teixeira’s offense has dropped off a bit, too, though he’s still swinging for the fences with his lead left hook.

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'John Macapa' outlasted his Brazilian
countryman via split decision.
Midway through the final frame, da Silva changes levels and floors Teixeira with a takedown. Teixeira scrambles back to his feet, only to be dragged back to the canvas, this time at the base of the fence. Da Silva has the kneeling Teixeira trapped in an awkward position, looping his right leg inside Teixeira’s left knee to prevent him from establishing a base. Teixeira tries to hit the switch and explode out, but he winds up with da Silva holding him in a rear waistlock. Da Silva lands three or four big right hands from the rear position in the closing seconds, his best offense of the fight.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 da Silva (29-28 Teixeira)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 da Silva (29-28 Teixeira)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 da Silva (29-28 Teixeira)

The Official Result

John Teixeira da Conceicao def. Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Saad Awad vs. Rob Sinclair

Round 1

Sinclair spends the first 90 seconds cutting angles around the outside, firing kicks at the lead leg of Awad, who is slowly closing the distance with his right hand cocked. Awad throws a few low kicks of his own as he gets near Sinclair, but he backs off to let the Englishman escape close quarters. A right hand from Sinclair knocks Awad to the ground, but Awad pops right back up to resume his stalking. Neither man is scoring at a high rate, but Sinclair continues to land solid leg kicks as he cirlces to his left around the outside. Referee Mark Smith calls for action with 20 seconds left, but there is not much action to be found. Awad shoots for a takedown just before the bell but can’t bring Sinclair to the mat.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-10
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-10
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10

Round 2

The second frame begins with more tentative striking from the same positions, Sinclair circling the outside with his back to the fence while Awad closes the distance. Once Awad gets near Sinclair, however, neither man is letting his hands go. Awad rips a good right hook to the body, then a left kick to the gut. Sinclair clinches up and takes a knee to the body that sends him to his knees. Sinclair drives forward on a double-leg takedown attempt and gets snared in a guillotine, but he steps over Awad’s head and takes top position. Awad releases the headlock as Sinclair sets up in side control on the Californian’s right side. Awad looks to be hunting for an inverted triangle or leg scissor choke, but Sinclair gets hip to it and pulls his head out of danger. Sinclair tries to spin and take the back, but Awad bursts back to his feet with just over one minute left in the round. Awad marches forward on Sinclar, sticking a jab and landing a low kick. Sinclair responds with a kick to Awad’s lead leg and a counter overhand right to the temple after dodging a power shot. Sinclair clinches up and takes Awad’s back standing, but it’s Awad who finishes the round scoring with a pair of over-the-shoulder elbow strikes.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Awad
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Awad
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Awad

Round 3

The lightweights go back to their familiar positions at the start of round three, only now Awad is showing a little more aggression as he moves Sinclair around the outside. Jabs and leg kicks score for Awad before Sinclair counters a low kick with an overhand right. Both men land leg kicks, then Sinclair takes one off the right forearm. Halfway through the round, Sinclair touches Awad with a lunging left hook.

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Awad was the effective aggressor for 15
minutes against Britain's Sinclair.
He lands the same punch again and tries to follow through with a big overhand right, but Awad gets out of the way. Leg kick from Sinclair, then a right hand that splits Awad’s guard. Awad taps him with a jab as they circle near the fence with 60 seconds left. A kick from Awad lands on Sinclair’s cup, and referee Mark Smith pauses the action. Sinclair recovers in a few seconds, then denies Awad a single-leg takedown when action resumes. Sinclair instead gets double underhooks and presses Awad against the fence as the final seconds tick away. Awad breaks free and trips Sinclair to the ground in the closing seconds, then closes out the fight with some heavy ground-and-pound.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Awad (30-28 Awad)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Awad (30-28 Awad)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Awad (30-28 Awad)

The Official Result

Saad Awad def. Rob Sinclair via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

Joey Beltran vs. Brian Rogers

Round 1

Rogers keeps Beltran at bay with body kicks in the opening minute, then switches to low kicks and gets one in return from “The Mexicutioner.” Beltran takes a hard kick to his left leg and then slips when he tries to charge forward. Rogers can’t capitalize but does catch Beltran with a body kick near the fence. Minimal punches so far from the two hard-hitting middleweights, but after two minutes, Beltran begins letting go of his hands. Rogers keeps feeding the UFC veteran a steady diet of leg kicks, clipping Beltran with short, hooking punches when Beltran steps into the pocket. Beltran covers up to avoid a barrage of punches but doesn’t see the step-in knee that lands on his chest. Beltran takes the body blow and bounces off the fence with an uppercut for Rogers. Another clinch knee scores for Rogers, who is doing well to keep Beltran out of striking range.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rogers
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rogers
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rogers

Round 2

Beltran sticks a jab and thumps Rogers with a right hand, then backs up to avoid a leaping knee from the “Professional Predator.” The middleweights meet in the center of the cage, where they exchange leg kicks and jabs. Rogers lands a long right hand and tries to walk Beltran toward the fence, but in the process, Rogers takes a finger to his left eye from Beltran’s outstretched hand. Rogers only takes 30 seconds to recover from the foul, and now they’re back to business with just under three minutes on the clock. Rogers stays out of range of Beltran’s flailing punches and then steps in to tag the “Mexicutioner” with a hard right hand near the fence. Rogers tries for a trip takedown from the clinch but Beltran denies him. The 185ers fight back to the center briefly, then go back to the fence, where Rogers pins Beltran to the cage and decks him with a level elbow. Beltran is freed and walks forward to hurt Rogers with a huge right hand. With 50 seconds left, Beltran has turned the tables, and he is bombing the dazed Rogers with nonstop punches near the fence. Rogers’ hands are down, not throwing anything back at Beltran, who is just teeing off with punches as referee Mike Beltran tells Rogers to fight back. Beltran is still unloading with uppercuts when the bell sounds, and Rogers staggers back to his corner.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Beltran
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-8 Beltran
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Beltran

Round 3

Rogers takes a kick to the cup in the first 30 seconds of the round and surprisingly only takes about one minute of his allotted five to recover. When action resumes, it’s Rogers coming forward, throwing hands at Beltran and connecting with a few short lefts and jabs. Beltran is slipping more punches now, but Rogers has gone back to cutting him off with counterpunches. Rogers tries a clunch on the fence, can’t hold Beltran there.

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Beltran won a rugged brawl.
Beltran cracks Rogers with an overhand right, eats a stiff jab in return. Now it’s Beltran’s turn to stick a few jabs as the fight enters its final two minutes. Rogers tags Beltran with a straight right and slips on the canvas but stops himself from falling. Rogers’ face is lumped up, blood pouring from his nose, but he continues to walk forward on Beltran. A double-leg attempt from Rogers goes nowhere, and the next time they clinch up, Beltran easily spins him around and leaves him on the fence. It’s rock ‘em sock ‘em in the closing seconds, both guys connecting with looping punches as they fight near the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rogers (28-28 Draw)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rogers (28-28 Draw)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rogers (28-28 Draw)

The Official Result

Joey Beltran def. Brian Rogers via Majority Decision (29-27, 29-28, 28-28) R3 5:00

Tony Johnson vs. Alexander Volkov

Round 1

Johnson comes out swinging, punching wide with both hands, but is picked off by the straight counters of the taller man. Johnson changes levels and begins working for a double-leg takedown against the fence while Volkov keeps a wide base. Back up comes Johnson, now holding Volkov in place with double underhooks. Volkov fires off a few knees to the body of Johnson, who answers by peppering with a few short left hands. The heavyweights disengage briefly, and Johnson prevents Volkov from throwing clinch knees by swinging with five or six haymakers, one of which clips Volkov’s chin. Back to the clinch midway through the round, then Johnson spins Volkov in a circle with an unsuccessful single-leg attempt. They wind up back on the fence, Johnson on the outside. He pops Volkov with an uppercut, and Volkov responds with more clinch knees to the gut. As the big men exit the clinch, Johnson jams a finger in Volkov’s left eye. Volkov recovers after half a minute and comes back with a big front kick which Johnson takes on the chest and chin. Johnson shoots in for another takedown, planting Volkov on the mat near a cage post. After absorbing some short ground-and-pound, Volkov tries to get to his feet and nearly has his back taken. After a few seconds, Volkov powers off of his knees, back to his feet, and hits Johnson with another pair of knees to the body. Johnson holds Volkov against the cage again, but Volkov gets free and rushes the American with a front kick, a short left hand and a kick to the body in the last 10 seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Johnson

Round 2

Johnson floors Volkov with a fast takedown, though the wrestler’s progress is stalled once they hit the ground as Volkov threatens with a loose guillotine. About one minute into the round, Johnson frees his head and tries to score with some ground-and-pound. Volkov is wrapping up his arms from underneath, allowing little more than a forearm or short punch here and there. Johnson connects with a couple good elbows halfway through the round, but referee Mike Beltran is calling for more work. Volkov opens his guard and leans right, framing up a kimura on Johnson’s left arm. Johnson doesn’t appear concerned, throwing right hands to Volkov’s body until the Russian stretches out the arm. Johnson rolls through and nearly takes Volkov’s back, freeing his arm in the process. When the heavyweights get back to their feet, Johnson stays glued to Volkov, bullying the taller man on the fence for the final 30 seconds.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Johnson

Round 3

Johnson goes straight after Volkov with a single-leg, can’t complete the takedown but does manage to put Volkov’s back to the fence yet again. After about a minute in the clinch, Volkov pulls down on Johnson’s head with the Thai plum and drills him with a few knees to the body. Johnson digs an underhook to push Volkov on the fence, but Volkov is free on his right side and uses the opening to throw more knees. Johnson drops levels again and quickly comes back up to the underhook.

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Tony Johnson hung out on top.
Referee Beltran calls for action midway through the round, and Johnson responds by lifting Volkov into the air with a high double. Volkov keeps his balance and winds up back on the fence, where the fighters stay for a few seconds before Beltran splits them up. Volkov is on the march with two minutes left, picking at Johnson with jabs, but Johnson slows his progress with with another tie-up on the fence. Volkov tries to reverse and free himself, tries to land more knees, but Johnson is keeping heavy pressure. Johnson thumps Volkov’s body with a couple short punches, answered by a few final knees from Volkov just before the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Volkov (29-28 Johnson)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Volkov (29-28 Johnson)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Volkov (29-28 Johnson)

The Official Result

Tony Johnson def. Alexander Volkov via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Marcin Held vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy

Round 1

Sarnavskiy clips Held with a turning kick as the Pole tries to jab his way into range, then makes Held pay for a Thai clinch with a no-look overhand left. Held gets in on Sarnavskiy’s legs and pushes him to the fence, where he digs for a double-leg while Sarnavskiy widens his base. Held throws a few shots to Sarnavskiy’s legs before dropping quickly to the ground to attempt a heel hook. Sarnavskiy frees his legs and rolls to guard, where he closes guard around Held and looks for an armbar opportunity. On top with three minutes left in the round, Held scoots Sarnavskiy slowly around the cage, peppering him left hands, then elbows to the body when Sarnavskiy leans right to try a kimura. Held frees his arm as he steps over to half guard, then side control on Sarnavskiy’s right. Held leans across Sarnavskiy’s body to try a kimura of his own, but Sarnavskiy rolls right and scrambles to come out on top. Held triangles Sarnavskiy’s arm and uses it to escape from the bottom, then pops Sarnavskiy with an upkick as the Russian stands. Held drops for another heel hook and forces Sarnavskiy to play defense for the last 30 seconds of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Held
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Held
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Held

Round 2

Sarnavskiy misses with a spinning kick but catches the incoming Held with a kick to the body a few seconds later. Held takes the shot to close the gap and grabs hold of Sarnavskiy’s right leg as the lightweights once again find themselves on the fence. Held spins Sarnavskiy to the mat about one minute into the round and spends another minute slowly working to advance past the half guard of “Tiger.” With 2:50 on the clock, Held passes to full mount, but it doesn’t last long as Sarnavskiy gets a knee inside and reclaims half guard the first time Held sits up to throw strikes. Back to full mount goes Held, who drops an elbow to slice open Sarnavskiy’s face and then tries an armbar when Sarnavskiy attemps to escape out the back door. Held gets bucked out of mount but lands in position for a triangle, which he works to cinch up as Sarnavskiy kneels in his guard. Sarnavskiy frees himself from danger and sits back to hammer-fist Held’s body. Sarnavskiy stands up and has to sprint away in order to shake Held, who was clinging to his right leg. Held follows Sarnavskiy to the feet and hits another takedown soon after to spend the last 30 seconds of the round in Sarnavskiy’s half guard.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Held
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Held
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Held

Round 3

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Held flexed his amazing leglock game.
Sarnavskiy fends off an early takedown attempt from Held and then circles away when Held drops to the ground, either to pull guard or grab for heel hook. Sarnavskiy pushes Held back to the fence with a front kick and charges in, but Held greets him with a spinning back fist. As Held turns around, Sarnavskiy clips him with a left cross. Held wraps up Sarnavskiy and reaps the inside leg, dropping to the ground along with the Russian. Held goes from toe hold to belly-down kneebar, extending Sarnavskiy’s right leg all the way. Sarnavskiy screams out in pain from the kneebar, prompting referee John McCarthy to step in.

The Official Result

Marcin Held def. Alexander Sarnavskiy via Submission (Kneebar) R3 1:11

Rafael Carvalho vs. Joe Schilling

Round 1

Schilling follows Carvalho as the Brazilian cuts angles around the edge of the cage. The middleweights clash arms in a punching exchange, then Schilling lands a body kick and clinches up. The first knee from Schilling lands low, but Carvalho is ready to resume after about a minute. This time, it’s Carvalho instigating a clinch on the fence, wrapping up Schilling until referee Mike Beltran begins calling for work. Schilling scores with a few knees to the body and keeps his balance through a trip takedown attempt. Beltran is still telling the fighters to get busy or be restarted; Carvalho saves him the trouble and releases Schilling, who steps forward and catches Carvalho with a left hand on the temple and a follow-up right hook. Carvalho catches a kick from Schilling and drives him to the ground with 90 seconds on the clock, but “Stitch ‘Em Up” immediately sweeps to top position and sits up in Carvalho’s guard. Schilling stands with about 50 seconds to go, and now it’s Carvalho’s turn to come forward, popping Schilling with a couple right hands before hugging him agains the fence again. Carvalho holds Schilling on the cage to the end of the round, delivering a pair of knees to the gut just before the bell.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Schilling
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Schilling
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Schilling

Round 2

Schilling spends the first 30 seconds of the round on his back foot, clowning and mugging with his hands low, drawing Carvalho forward. Carvalho shoves Schilling against the fence and tries to trip him to the ground, but Schilling defends and spins him around to take the outside position. Schilling trips Carvalho down instead and pops him with a few short right hands along the way. Carvalho drives forward, pushing Schilling across the cage before completing a takedown on the other side. Carvalho comes up in side contol but Schilling is able to put him back in half guard. Carvalho postures up halfway through the round and socks Schilling with a hard right hand, a left, then steps over to side control on Schilling’s right. Carvalho leans across the Glory fighter’s body and works a kimura on the left arm while Schilling tries to walk off the fence and escape. Schilling frees his arm, gets to his knees and works back to his feet, still held against the fence by Carvalho with one minute left in the round. Both middleweights throw knees up the center, though neither lands clean, and referee Beltran spends the final 20 seconds telling the fighters to work in the clinch.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Carvalho
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Carvalho
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Carvalho

Round 3

The fighters clash low kicks and throw hands, Carvalho tagging Schilling with a right cross, the best punch of the exchange. Schilling comes forward and drives a knee into Carvalho’s body, then catches the Brazilian lunging into range with a corkscrew right hand. Carvalho’s legs go out for a split second, but he bounces back up to his feet and is shoved against the fence.

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Carvalho's wrestling carried him past
Schilling's striking game.
Schilling stomps his opponent’s feet from the outside position, but Carvalho reverses and gets Schilling off balance to trip the American to the ground. Schilling drops back to try a heel hook but he doesn’t have the position; with no leg lock to worry about, Carvalho drives forward to put Schilling on his back with just over two minutes remaining in the fight. Carvalho passes to side control and grinds with his forearm on the face of Schilling, who rolls to his knees on the other side. Carvalho socks him with a few hammer fists before Schilling rolls through and regains half guard. With 45 seconds on the clock, Carvalho is back in side control, leaning across to isolate Schilling’s left arm while drilling his ribs with knees, and ultimately finishing the fight on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Carvalho (29-28 Carvalho)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Carvalho (29-28 Carvalho)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Carvalho (29-28 Carvalho)

The Official Result

Rafael Carvalho def. Joe Schilling via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Bellator Lightweight Title Fight:
Will Brooks vs. Dave Jansen

Round 1

Brooks wants to touch gloves, but Jansen greets the champ in the center of the cage with a push kick to the gut. Brooks circles away and resets in the middle of the cage, staying out of range of Jansen’s kicks. When Brooks throws a low kick of his own, Jansen sweeps his other leg and sends him to the ground. Brooks stands up and gets into a few striking exchanges with his challenger, both men throwing wide punches and not landing anything very clean. Jansen grabs a Thai plum and hits Brooks with a few knees to the body, one of which catches the champ off balance and puts him on the canvas for a moment. Jansen continues to up his aggression midway through the round, making Brooks think twice about walking into the pocket with a variety of punches and spinning kicks. Around the two-minute mark, Brooks clinches up and throws knees to Brook’s body on the fence. Brooks reverses and pops Jansen with a few good uppercuts before the lightweights separate. Brooks grabs the Thai clinch and scores with more knees to the gut, and two or three more hard uppercuts up the center.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Jansen
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Jansen
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Jansen

Round 2

The lightweights clash kicks in the center, and Jansen’s kick lands square on Brooks’ cup. Referee John McCarthy gives Brooks a minute to recover and admonishes Jansen, who was posing at the crowd during the break. Brooks rushes into the pocket with a left hook and right uppercut, then ties up with Jansen and holds him against the cage. Jansen answers with a few knees to the body before reversing to take the outside position. Brooks reverses again, landing an uppercut as he does, then a knee to the body and another uppercut as Jansen escapes the tie-up. “Ill Will” charges on Jansen, who leans over and eats a left high kick. Jansen opts to clinch up with three minutes left in the round and lands half a dozen hammer fists to Brooks’ knee before they separate. Brooks comes over the top with a right hand and lands a knee behind it. The champ switches stances, lands a kick to Jansen’s left ribs and backpedals as Jansen charges with a three-punch combo. Jansen puts Brooks on the fence and hits him with a couple knees to the body. Brooks slips out, catches a high kick on his shoulder and uses it to run Jansen to the ground. Jansen scrambles up, greeted by a pair of Brooks uppercuts. Brooks takes a high kick off his right forearm and steps in to hit Jansen with another right cross-knee combination. Jansen ties up again and finishes the round throwing more punches to Brooks’ thigh.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Brooks

Round 3

Brooks puts a hard spinning back kick under Jansen’s left arm, then reverses the challenger when Jansen tries to clinch on the fence. Jansen gets an overhook and puts his forearm across Brooks’ throat, then tries a guillotine which he quickly abandons. Coming off the fence, Brooks follows Jansen and picks at him with jabs and straight right hands. Jansen tries to turn a collar tie into a head-and-arm throw, but Brooks stands firm and sends Jansen to the ground instead. Jansen is back on his feet a few seconds later, taking a few knees to the gut along the way. The 155ers split with 2:20 on the clock, Jansen now sporting some serious swelling mouse beneath his right eye. Jansen is landing kicks to the body, but Brooks is getting the better of the exchanges with his right hand, one of which sends Jansen shooting for a takedown. Brooks stands him up, and shortly afterward, referee McCarthy calls time. Brooks was inadvertandly jabbed in the right eye, but he seems fine. Action resumes after less than a minute, with just about one minute left before the championship rounds. Jansen is coming forward, rattling off kicks and punches, but Brooks is constantly sliding backwards to evade damage. Brooks clinches just before the bell and finishes with a hard knee to Jansen’s right side.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Brooks

Round 4

Jansen tries to run Brooks to the ground with a double-leg and winds up holding the champion against the cage. More hammer fists to the thigh from Jansen, then foot stomps as referee McCarthy calls for action. It’s not enough activity for the ref, who splits up the 155ers about 90 seconds into the round. Brooks stifles a takedown attempt from Jansen, then hits the challenger with uppercuts and right hands over the top as Jansen gets up from his knees. Brooks gets a body lock and holds Jansen on the fence, releasing to throw an overhand right, a short hook, an uppercut. The last punch stings Jansen, who turns to his right and tries to circle away. Brooks catches up to him after a few steps and keeps Jansen held against the cage. Blood is trickling down Jansen’s face from a cut between his eyes, while Brooks continues to punish his opponent’ head and body with thudding right hands. Brooks releases Jansen, who lands a nice straight right but gets his head slapped with a left high kick at the end of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Brooks
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Brooks

Round 5

Brooks puts Jansen’s back to the cage and thumps his ribs with more short right hands. Referee McCarthy calls for work, and the lightweights begin to pummel for position, Jansen landing a few knees to the body in the clinch. Jansen nearly turns the corner to take Brooks’ back standing, but Brooks spins around and keeps the outside position. McCarthy continues to call for work, and after stuffing another throw attempt from Jansen, Brooks hits his challenger with a series of short shoulder shrugs in the clinch. McCarthy splits up the fighters with just over half a round remaining in the fight. Jansen whiffs on another kick and gets wrapped up on the cage again, this time with a bodylock.

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Brooks ran Jansen out of gas.
Brooks switches to an underhook, throws more body punches on the right side and then decks Jansen with an uppercut. Jansen can’t escape, but Brooks isn’t doing enough for ref McCarthy, who separates the fighters with 90 seconds on the clock. Straight back to the clinch goes Brooks, where it’s more knees to the body and more shoulder strikes. Jansen escapes in the last 30 seconds, misses with a Superman punch and gets taken down one last time. Jansen tries to bridge out and gets caught on his knees, where Brooks delivers some perfunctory punches to finish the fight.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Brooks (49-46 Brooks)
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Brooks (49-46 Brooks)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Brooks (49-46 Brooks)

The Official Result

Will Brooks def. Dave Jansen via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) R5 5:00

Marcos Bonilla vs. A.J. McKee

Round 1

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McKee cruised to an easy RNC win.
McKee lands a few leg kicks and slides out of range of Bonilla’s punches, then steps forward to miss with a few long right hands of his own. McKee lures Bonilla into striking, holding his hands by his waist and dancing around just out of range. When Bonilla throws a body kick, McKee catches it and drags him straight to the ground. McKee leans across Bonilla’s body in half guard, then frames up a brabo choke when Bonilla moves to sit up. McKee releases the choke and spins around to take the kneeling Bonilla’s back, then rolls him toward the fence and applies a deep rear-naked choke which has Bonilla tapping out in seconds.

The Official Result

A.J. McKee def. Marcos Bonilla via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:08

Chad George vs. Mark Vorgeas

Round 1

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George hit a Jason Von Flue tribute
act for the win.
George lands a low kick before stepping into the pocket and changing levels to run Vorgeas to the ground near the fence. Vorgeas grabs an arm-in guillotine on his way to the ground, but George comes down in half guard and it looks like he’ll be able to escape the choke. George pops his head free about 70 seconds into the round, and Vorgeas immediately grabs the headlock again while trying to keep George in half guard. Halfway through the round, George steps over to side control, but Vorgeas still has him in the headlock. Referee Milan Ayers calls for the fighters to work, and George responds that he’s working a shoulder choke.

Vorgeas shakes his head in disagreement, but 15 seconds later, George springs to his feet, leaving Vorgeas laying on the ground. George tells referee Ayers that Vorgeas is unconscious, and the referee disagrees. George simply walks away, and when Ayers finally recognizes that Vorgeas is out cold, he waves off the fight.

The Official Result

Chad George def. Mark Vorgeas via Technical Submission (Shoulder Choke) R1 3:37

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