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Curt Warburton vs. Maciej Jewtuszko
Front kick by Jewtuszko, but he misses. Another head kick misses. Both fighters are extremely cautious in the early going. Warburton lands a punch and gets a takedown. On top in guard, Warburton with elbows the head from guard. Warburton passes to half guard. Jewtuszko is active from the bottom. Big right hand from Warburton from the top in half guard. Jewtuszko uses good leg movement to get back to full guard, but is greeted by a sharp Warburton right hand. 10-9 Warburton.
Spinning-back fist by Jewtuszko, but he misses. Uppercut by Jewtuszko as Warburton steps coming forward. Warburton lands a solid right hand. The fighters clinch against the cage and Warburton get a takedown. Jewtuszko rolls for an ankle and gets back to feet after failing. A hard low kick connects for Warburton. Jewtuszko find his target with a flying knee. Another uppercut lands for Jewtuszko and Warburton gets a takedown into half guard. Back in full guard. Punches by Warburton to finish the round. 10-9 Warburton.
A spinning-back elbow connects for Jewtuszko. Jewtuszko is being more active, jabbing the head of his prey. Nice one-two from Jewtuszko as he waves his hands, wanting action from opponent. Jewtuszko comes forward with punches but gets thrown to the ground into side control. Jewtuszko gets to his knees and stands momentarily before being put back down. Jewtuszko on his back as fight ends. 10-9 Jewtuszko.
Official decision: 29-28 on all cards to Warburton, the winner by unanimous decision.
Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
A huge left from Hunt, but he misses. Tuchscherer immediately drops levels for a takedown, but he has nothing. A shot from Tuchscherer sends Hunt backwards, but he drops Tuchscherer with a huge right. Hunt allows him to stand up. Another big hook from Hunt. Hunt is teeing off with lefts and rights and there's a big cut on Tuchscherer. Doctor is looking at it but lets it go. Tuchscherer gets a single-leg takedown and moves to side control. Hunt escapes a kimura and eats a few elbows from Tuchscherer, who is bleeding heavily. 10-9 Hunt.
An overhand left misses for Hunt. The former K-1 kickboxing champion lands short right uppercut. Tuchscherer smiles. Hunt misses with big uppercut as forces Tuchscherer to retreat. Hunt then connects on a jab, short-right uppercut combo for the knockout win at the 1:41 mark.
Tie Quan Zhang vs. Jason Reinhardt
Referee Steve Perceval is in charge of this featherweight affair. Reinhardt comes straight at Zhang and eats an uppercut. The American throws a low kick and eats a counter left hand. Reinhardt changes levels and Zhang snares his trademark submission, the guillotine choke. Reinhardt resists momentarily, taps out and goes to sleep before Zhang releases the hold. The official time is 48 seconds of the opening round.
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
John Sharp is the referee for this 205-pound bout. Blackledge flicks out front and low kicks in the first minute before Perosh rushes in for a shot. It comes from too far out and Perosh falls on his face as Blackledge sprawls. Blackledge, in turn, slips and falls on a kick attempt. Another takedownt try from Perosh fails, and he instead rushes at the Englishman with a combo, one of which lands. Perosh goes for a double leg and gets caught in a guillotine from Blackledge, who pulls guard. It’s not very tight and Perosh extracts his head and moves to side control. Blackledge catches an arm on one of Perosh’s punches and tries an armbar, but Perosh defends well. Blackledge winds up on his belly and Perosh quickly jumps on his back. After a few punches, Perosh slips left his arm underneath Blackledge’s chin, squeezes and forces an instant tap. The hometown fighter Perosh is the winner by rear-naked choke submission at the 2:45 mark.
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Leon Roberts is the referee for the evening’s first televised fight. Outside leg kicks from Ring to begin. Fukuda drives forward for a double-leg and pins Ring against the cage. Ring squirms away from the fence and throws up a triangle. He’s got Fukuda’s left arm tight and the Japanese fighter is having trouble extracting himself. Ring lets it go with three minutes left and scrambles to his feet. Fukuda times a leg kick and tags Ring with a straight left. Half a dozen more kicks come from Ring to the right leg of Fukuda. The two southpaws feint and trade fire until Fukuda charges forward with a winging combo. Ring answers with a knee. He stuffs a takedown and plants another knee on Fukuda. Fukuda finding modest success with his punches inside the last minute, and he finishes the last 15 seconds with a takedown. Leon Roberts is the referee for the evening’s first televised fight. Outside leg kicks from Ring to begin. Fukuda drives forward for a double-leg and pins Ring against the cage. Ring squirms away from the fence and throws up a triangle. He’s got Fukuda’s left arm tight and the Japanese fighter is having trouble extracting himself. Ring lets it go with three minutes left and scrambles to his feet. Fukuda times a leg kick and tags Ring with a straight left. Half a dozen more kicks come from Ring to the right leg of Fukuda. The two southpaws feint and trade fire until Fukuda charges forward with a winging combo. Ring answers with a knee. He stuffs a takedown and plants another knee on Fukuda. Fukuda finding modest success with his punches inside the last minute, and he finishes the last 15 seconds with a takedown.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Ring
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Ring pawing with a jab and landing leg kicks while Fukuda hunts for power punches. Ring lands a nice right hook and Fukuda tries to shoot, but gets stuffed. The next takedown is successful, as Fukuda plows Ring right into the base of the cage. Ring shoves him off, turtles and works to his feet, where he drills a knee to the midsection of Fukuda. Fukuda scores with an uppercut and Ring retaliates with a left hand over the top. Fukuda tries to shoot on a jab and Ring sprawls. The middleweights clinch and Fukuda gets the better with knees up the middle. Ring still landing leg kicks and trying to work combos, but Fukuda is staying out of range. Fukuda is checking the leg kicks now. Fukuda comes forward and ties up to hurl a barrage of uppercuts.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fukuda
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Fukuda
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Fukuda
Fukuda comes out strong, flicking long right hands in Ring’s face. Nice left hook from Fukuda and another blast of uppercuts in the clinch. He floors Ring with another takedown and works from half-guard. Ring stuffs him back to guard, Fukuda stands and Ring scrambles to his feet. Another trio of uppercuts from Fukuda in tight. Another easy takedown for Fukuda in the center of the cage, but again Ring works back up. Front headlock for Fukuda, who bullies Ring into the base of the fence and slugs the Canadian to the head and body. Ring is bleeding around the inside of his right eye and isn’t doing much from the bottom with 90 seconds to go. Fukuda mashing and grinding, trying to advance, but Ring is stifling him. Ring works for a kimura and stalls out, and the fight ends just as the two are stood up.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fukuda (29-28 Fukuda)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Fukuda (30-28 Fukuda)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Fukuda (30-28 Fukuda)
Official scores: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for Nick Ring.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
Marc Goddard is in charge of this light heavyweight bout. The men tie up and Te Huna hurls Gustafsson to the canvas. Te Huna looking strong in side control, wrapping Gustafsson’s head and arm and landing short punches. Gustafsson regains his guard, but Te Huna is keeping very busy on top with punches and elbows. Gustafsson gets loose and scrambles to his feet. Te Huna pins him against the cage, can’t complete the takedown and gets caught in a loose guillotine. Te Huna gets his head loose, but Gustafsson powers him to the ground with a takedown. He tries to transition on top and go for a kimura, and Te Huna stands. Gustafsson stuffs a shot and instantly spins to the back. Gustafsson sinks his hooks in, then a rear-naked choke. Te Huna rolls and survives, only to eat a barrage of hard punches and have the choke reapplied. This time it’s tight and Te Huna has no choice but to tap at 4:27 of the first round.
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
Referee Herb Dean gets applause from the crowd as he’s introduced for this lightweight bout. Both men hurling big right hands early with Pearson circling the outside. Solid one-two from Fisher is answered with a Pearson body kick. Fisher lands a hook and Pearson tags him back. Fisher drives Pearson down and Pearson throws up an armbar. He lets it go as Fisher stacks and goes to slam. Back on the feet, it’s Pearson coming over the top while Fisher throws legs kicks. Fisher with a hard right hand down the pipe. Pearson flicks out a left jab and ducks under, and the two appear to clash heads as Fisher paws at his own nose. Pearson’s eye is also looking marked up. Fisher is throwing his hands up and taunting Pearson in the final seconds.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fisher
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Fisher
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Fisher scoring with hard right hands in the opening minute, moving forward on Pearson, who answers with leg kicks. Fisher doubles up beautifully on a straight left and snaps Pearson’s head back. Thudding body kick by Pearson, who follows up with a stiff one-two. Pearson is bleeding from beneath his right eye and grinning at Fisher, who grins back. Another double-left hand by Fisher cracks the Brit. Pearson comes inside and eats a right hook, but manages to tie up. He muscles Fisher into the fence momentarily, until Fisher shoves him off and fires a level elbow. Pearson scores with a right hand and fires a body kick, which Fisher catches. The clinch works out for Pearson, though, as he lands with a few uppercuts. Another hard right from Pearson, who turns the tide in the final minute of the round.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Pearson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pearson
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Pearson
The lightweights trade early, but Pearson soon changes levels and muscles Fisher into the fence, then to the floor. Fisher gets right back up, though. The fighters trade single shots and Pearson is getting off quicker. Fisher stuffs a long takedown attempt and ties up Pearson’s head. Nothing comes of it and Pearson stands. Fisher connects with a straight left, but Pearson answers with a sharp combo and a kick to Fisher’s lead leg. Pearson, ducking and slipping punches from Fisher, lands a knee up the middle, then catches a kick and brings his man down. Pearson working from half-guard down the stretch -- not throwing much, but working. He finishes the fight on top.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Pearson (29-28 Pearson)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pearson (29-28 Pearson)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Pearson (30-28 Pearson)
Official scores: The judges’ cards read 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Ross Pearson.
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
John Sharp is the referee for the first fight of the main card. The middleweights exchange leg kicks and both miss when they go to the head. Camozzi rushes Noke into the fence and scores with a combination, but eats a flurry in return from Noke and then gets tripped to the mat. Noke hops straight into mount and punches away, then rides all over the twisting Camozzi. The Australian takes Camozzi’s back and flattens him out with hooks, slipping in the rear-naked choke for the tap at 1:35 of the first frame.
Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
Steve Perceval is the referee for this clash of American welterweights. For his UFC debut, the Sydney-based Ebersole has shaved his chest hair into a large arrow, which points to his face. There is no touch of gloves as both men crouch low and stalk. Ebersole cartwheels forward and tries to plant his heels on Lytle’s face, but it’s blocked. Ebersole takes a right hand from Lytle and feigns shock as he walks it off around the perimeter. Lytle pushes forward from the center and drills a punch to the body of Ebersole, then goes up top with a right hand. Both men feint and get the other to flinch. Ebersole shoots and gets his head caught under Lytle’s left arm. He bucks and tumbles forward, but still can’t extract himself from Lytle’s guillotine. Ebersole winds up underneath with a headlock of his own, but Lytle gets free. As Ebersole stands, Lytle grabs the guillotine again and falls back to guard. This one doesn’t last long and the pair clinch against the fence with 60 seconds to go. Lytle pulls guard with another guillotine with 45 seconds left, then switches to a triangle. Neither stick and Ebersole, from guard, Mashes Lytle’s head into the mat with his chest. Lytle is cut underneath his left eye at the end of the round.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lytle
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Lytle
Jeff Sherwood scores the round 10-9 Ebersole
Lytle lands hard right hooks and uppercuts while Ebersole jokes them off. Nice right hand by Ebersole, but his follow-up shot is stuffed. Lytle charges in and lands some uppercuts in close quarters, then drills one to the body of Ebersole. Out of nowhere, Ebersole connects with a huge, high right knee and Lytle's legs give way. He crumbles to the floor near the fence and Ebersole pounces. Lytle is hanging in there as Ebersole slaps on a brabo choke. Lytle escapes but he’s still badly hurt with a minute left on the clock. Back on the feet, Ebersole lands knees in the clinch and scores with a standing elbow. Lytle grabs at a guillotine and jumps guard, and Ebersole slams him to the floor. He grinds and mashes Ebersole into the mat with his chest to the end of the round.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Ebersole
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Ebersole
Jeff Sherwood scores the round 10-9 Ebersole
Ebersole tries his cartwheel kick again, and again it doesn’t land flush. Lytle scores with a combination and Ebersole drags him down. Lytle uses the cage to walk up and goes for another guillotine. Lytle pulls guard one more time, then gets on top when Ebersole tries to turn the corner. He gets Ebersole on his back and the choke looks tight, but Ebersole survives. Ebersole pops loose and puts Lytle’s back to the cage. Nice elbow over the top from Ebersole as they stand in the clinch. Referee Perceval calls for a break to replace Lytle’s mouthguard. When they resume, it’s Ebersole kneeing in the clinch, then dragging Lytle down with 45 seconds to go in the fight. Ebersole stands over Lytle, who upkicks and then gets his mouthpiece knocked out again when Ebersole dives through his guard. Lytle’s face is covered with blood when time expires.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Ebersole (29-28 Ebersole)
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Lytle (29-28 Lytle)
Jeff Sherwood scores the round 10-9 Lytle (29-28 Ebersole)
Official scores: The judges’ scorecards read 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, all in favor of Brian Ebersole, who takes a unanimous decision in his UFC debut.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Leon Roberts returns to officiate this lightweight contest. Siver comes out with snapping leg kicks and then begins lobbing feet toward his opponent’s jaw. Sotiropoulos keeps his distance and tries to find his range, connecting with a few long right hands. Siver kicks to the body and Sotiropoulos sees his opportunity, grabbing the leg and shoving the German into the fence. Siver hops with it and stays upright. He clips Sotiropoulos with a right hand and then stuffs a shot from the Aussie. Cracking outside leg kick from Siver connect’s with Sotiropoulos’ left knee, which is covered with a thin brace. Siver misses on his trademark spinning back-kick, but he drops Sotiropoulos with a murderous left hook. Sotiropoulos survives and gets to his feet, only to be dropped again. The Australian grabs desperately for a leg and Siver lets him back up. Siver landing more punches and stuffs a shot from Sotiropoulos with 30 to go. A big overhand right smashes Sotiropoulos’ grill.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Siver
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Siver
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Siver
Siver is going wild early, throwing windmill-style punches at Sotiropoulos, who appears to have regained his wits between rounds. Siver goes back to his crisper strikes and begins landing, but Sotiropoulos is using his jab to keep his distance now. Sotiropoulos can’t finish a takedown attempt and eats punches for his trouble. He goes for a single and gets limp-legged by Siver. Sotiropoulos begins throwing front kicks for distance while Siver lands clean with outside leg kicks. Sotiropoulos lands his best right hand of the fight and follows up with a left hook. Neither man gaining much ground in the final minute until Sotiropoulos corks Siver with a few combos in the last 20 seconds.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sotiropoulos
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sotiropoulos
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Sotiropoulos catches a kick, but can’t spin Siver down. The Australian stands in the pocket now and pumps his left jab at Siver, who’s still working the leg kicks. Sotiropoulos catches another and, instead of trying to take Siver down, punches him in the face. A kick and one-two from Sotiropoulos has Siver going backward into the fence. Sotiropoulos shoots a single-leg from way out and gets stuffed, then eats a three- or four-punch combo from Siver. Sotiropoulos’ corner tells him he has to get a takedown. Siver finally lands his spinning kick, but not quite flush. The leg kicks really appear to be bothering Sotiropoulos with a minute left. Nonetheless, he’s putting his jab in the face of Siver, who connects with a right hand over the top and another side kick at the horn.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Siver (29-27 Siver)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Siver (29-28 Siver)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Siver (30-28 Siver)
Official scores: The judges at cageside have it 29-28, 30-28 and 30-27, all in favor of Dennis Siver. The unanimous verdict halts Sotiropoulos’ UFC win streak at seven.
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
Marc Goddard is the referee for the middleweight co-main event, and he gets to work early, stepping between Bisping and Rivera as Bisping wanders into the Octagon and toward the American corner. There is no touch of gloves in the final instructions, nor as the fight begins. Both men rush to the center of the cage and meet, with Rivera firing first. His big right hand glances and Bisping returns fire with a one-two. Another right from Rivera and Bisping goes low, plowing Rivera down to the ground with a double-leg. Bisping grabs the cage as he attempts to mount and is warned. No matter, as they’re soon back on the feet with Rivera throwing up his arms. Rivera’s right hand finds its mark again, stumbling the Brit and prompting him to shoot again. Rivera stuffs this one, but falls to another attempt seconds later. Bisping scoots Rivera around in guard and lands short elbows. Bisping stands and drills his left knee into the forehead of Rivera, who is clearly grounded on both knees. Marc Goddard halts the action instantly and the doctors rush to check on Rivera, who was not knocked out cold, but does appear dazed. They ask Rivera to stand and he does. Goddard asks Rivera if he can continue, and Rivera asserts that he can. Goddard docks Bisping a point for the infraction and the action resumes with two minutes left in the opening round. Rivera clocks Bisping with a right hook. Bisping shoots and is stuffed. He throws hands for a minute, landing a few rights, and then finds success on another takedown attempt. He stands and throws downward at Rivera, who eats a few punches while scrambling back to his feet.
Jordan Breen scores the round 9-9
Tomasz Marciniak scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Jeff Sherwood scores the round 9-9
A cracking right hand from Rivera sends Bisping backward to the canvas, but the Brit quickly regains his legs. He snaps a stiff left jab off in Rivera’s face. Now it’s a series of huge, wind-up right hooks by Bisping. Rivera is covering up on his feet and Bisping begins mixing it up, alternating punches and short elbows to the head and body. One big right hook drops Rivera to a knee, and a few more punches seal the deal, as Goddard calls it off at 1:54 of the second round. Bisping immediately rushes to and appears to spit at Rivera’s corner, and then comes back toward Rivera, who is still on the ground. Goddard gets between them. Bisping has some words for Rivera -- “Go home, loser,” among them -- but the two do hesitantly embrace after cooling down.
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Herb Dean draws officiating duties for the welterweight main event. Penn and Fitch pace in their respective corners, staring one another down. Fitch grimaces and Penn motions a throat slash. At the onset, Penn rushes to clinch and looks for a takedown while he presses Fitch into the fence. Fitch stuffs and takes overhooks, landing a couple knees up the gut as Penn relents on his single-leg. Fitch reverses and drops for a single of his own, but Penn sprawls and hops against the cage while landing smacking shots to Fitch’s face. Fitch reshoots the single-leg and still can’t drag Penn down. They disengage and Penn goes for a takedown of his own, effortlessly flooring the former Purdue wrestler. Penn jumps onto Fitch’s back and locks up a body triangle, but Fitch goes to his knees and Penn loses it. The Hawaiian gets his hooks back in and rolls onto his back, digging his heels into Fitch’s guts from underneath. Fitch defends the choke and turns over, winding up in Penn’s guard, where Penn soon kicks him off and stands. Fitch goes back to the single-leg against the fence with 30 seconds to go, and again it’s not working. Penn lands a few short punches and Fitch closes the round with an elbow.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Penn
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Penn
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Penn
Fitch kicks high and nearly gets knocked off balance. Instead, he comes forward and drives Penn down against the fence. Fitch drives his knee into Penn’s legs a few times before B.J. stands and retaliates with punches and elbows. Fitch gets back up and the pair clinch along the outside. The wrestler drops down and can’t execute; Penn answers with a hard, short elbow that bloodies Fitch’s nose. Penn reverses and gets his head caught momentarily. The fighters disengage with two minutes to go. Penn takes Fitch down and once again hops on his back. Penn gets his hooks and drops back, but same as in the first frame, Fitch powers out and spins into the ex-champ’s guard. Hard shots coming from Fitch on top, both to the face and body of Penn, who gets up just before the end of the round.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fitch
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-10
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Fitch opens up with a cracking overhand right and powers through, into Penn’s guard. He muscles “The Prodigy” into the fence, but Penn kicks him off and stands quickly. Fitch shoots again and brings B.J. down, and Penn is warned for grabbing the cage. Penn stands with Fitch on his back, drilling knees into Penn’s legs. Now Fitch shoves Penn to his knees, his face colliding with the canvas. Back in Penn’s open guard, Fitch gets busy with punches, but nothing powerful lands. The Sydney crowd jeers the grinding style with half of the final round done. Fitch is landing dozens of punches with no retaliation from Penn. They’re not the hardest and Penn does not appear to be in danger of being finished, but they’re certainly mounting. Penn throws up his legs for a triangle, but it doesn’t come. Fitch is throwing non-stop hammer fists and elbows from Penn’s closed guard in the last minute.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fitch (29-28 Fitch)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-8 Fitch (29-28 Fitch)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Fitch (29-29 Draw)
Official scores: Judge Barry Foley has it 29-28 in favor of Jon Fitch. However, judges Sal D’Amato and Chris Lee see it 28-28, making the bout a majority draw.
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