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Simpson Round 1
McKenzie opens with a flurry that is countered by a Simpson right
hand. The ASU alumni gets a clinch and then takes McKenzie down on
the floor. Simpson lands a nice right hand but McKenzie creates
space and stands. From there it's all Simpson. McKenzie is dropped
by some punches and it’s only a matter of time until McKenzie is
saved by the referee Mario Yamasaki at the 1:40 mark of round
Rob Kimmons vs.
Vedepo Round 1
The two fighters engage and start to work with strikes. Vedepo is
aggressive early and sets a frantic pace. The Iowan clinches with
Kimmons and gets a takedown off the fence. Back to the feet, Vedepo
goes for another takedown but is caught in a standing guillotine.
Kimmons knows it's deep. He smiles and nods to his corner. Vedepo
is choked unconscious as referee Herb Dean steps in at 1:54 of the
Osterneck Round 1
The fighters touch gloves and Osterneck shoots. Rivera stuffs, but
Osterneck is succesful on the second attempt. On the floor,
Osterneck is in Rivera’s guard. Rivera uses the butterfly guard to
execute a sweep. Back on the feet, Osterneck goes for another
takedown and ends up on his own back in a scramble. Rivera looks to
work for Osterneck's closed guard. Rivera scoots Osterneck to the
cage and Nissen gets back to his feet. Rivera clinches and sweeps
the legs of Osterneck. River is in half guard and Osterneck sweeps.
Rivera gets full guard. Osterneck looks to pass. 10-9
They clinch and Rivera gets a half-hearted suplex of Osterneck.
Nissen gets back to his feet and the middleweights clinch.
Osterneck puts Rivera’s back to the cage and starts kneeing his
opponent’s legs. They separate and clinch again. Rivera gets a
takedown and punches Osterneck on the ground twice before they are
back to their feet off of a scramble. Clinched, Osterneck lands an
elbow followed by a left high kick. Rivera grabs a clinch and
pushes the WEC veteran in to the cage. A minute remains and Rivera
lands a right hand that drops Osterneck. Rivera looks to work from
the closed guard of Osterneck. The round ends and both fighters
look gassed. 10-9 Rivera.
Osterneck starts the third frame sporting a mouse under his right
eye. Rivera throws a left kick that missed and Osterneck clinches.
Against the cage, Rivera circles away and puts Osterneck against
the fencing. Referee Dan Miragliotta separates the fighters and
Rivera lands a few solid strikes. Clinched against the cage,
Osterneck circles and grabs the legs. Rivera stays on his feet and
the two men are separated again. Osterneck lands a few glancing
strikes and they clinch. 1:30 remains in the final stanza and
Osterneck has a plum clinch. Rivera is the fresher fighter but not
by much. The middleweights are very tired and end the fight in the
clinch. 10-9 Rivera.
All three official judges see it all 29-28 for Jorge Rivera. Rivera
breaks down in tears talking about the loss of his daughter. He is
hardly audible, but the crowd is very supportive.
Tim Credeur vs.
Catone Round 1
Credeur opens the bout with the jab. Catone shoots and takes the
TUF vet to the floor. Credeur has his hips high and is working for
an armbar. Catone is wise and scrambles and just gets out. Back to
the full guard of Tim Credeur. Catone passes to half and Credeur
looks for a leg. Catone scrambles and doesn't get caught in the
first or second attempt by Credeur for the leg. Catone finds the
face of Credeur with his right hand. On the floor, Credeur is
working for a kimura but Catone has no problems getting out.
Credeur goes for an armbar, Catone averts. Credeur switches to a
triangle and misses. The round ends. 10-9 Tim Credeur.
In between rounds, the replay it looks as if Catone tapped from the
first armbar attempt. On the feet Credeur looks to work the jab.
Catone answers with a right kick. The two continue to circle and
exchange. Catone gets a takedown and passes to side. Catone then
tries to mount and Credeur gets half guard, and then full guard.
With 2:30 remaining, Catone passes to side briefly as Credeur gets
half. Credeur goes for a leg and the stands up. Catone shoots and
gets caught in a tight guillotine. The New Jersey native taps
(again) at the 3:45 mark.
Sanders Round 1
Sanders paws the jab at the southpaw Larson. The fighters clinch
and the Minnesotan executes a takedown. Larson takes his back and
looks for a rear-naked choke. Sanders defends, only to be flattened
out and wailed on. Sanders is cut. Larson slips the forearm under
the chin and the Iowan taps at 2:01 of the opening period.
Almeida vs. Matt
Horwich Round 1
Horwich takes the center of the cage and looks to strike. Almeida
ducks under and secures a takedown. Against the fence, Horwich
stands. Up and the two separate. The fighters clinch in the center
and Horwich lands a half-hearted knee to the body. Almeida works a
jab-cross combination and then back to the clinch. The Renzo Gracie
student gets a takedown, but Horwich gets back to his feet. Almeida
lands a few glancing blows but Horwich gets back to the clinch.
Almeida scoops the legs of the Team Quest fighter and gets a
takedown. It results in a scramble and Almeida sinks in a
guillotine. Horwich survives and locks on a heel hook calmly.
Almeida looks to his corner for advice. The round ends. 10-9
Horwich finds himself in half guard early. Almeida is looking to
pass but can't get past half guard. Almeida stands and looks to
strike down on the grounded Horwich. Almeida settles back down in
to the Oregon native's half guard. Almeida stands and lands a few
strikes to Horwich's head. Horwich scrambles to his feet. The two
men clinch and then separate. Almeida shoots and Horwich attempts a
guillotine. He let's it go and works from rubber guard. Horwich
looks to get away and stand. Almeida closes out the round on his
feet. 10-9 Almeida.
Horwich again finds himself on his back. There is a scramble and
the two men clinch. Almeida pushes Horwich to the cage and the “Big
Dog” takes down “Suave.” Almeida moves to half and then stands.
Horwich attempts an upkick. The two men stand again and clinch. Two
and a half minutes remain. Almeida shoots for a single, but Horwich
defends. Again in the clinch, Horwich knees the Gracie fighter's
thighs. Referee Dan Mirgliotta separates the fighters. With a
minute remaining, Horwich clinches and then they separate. Almeida
finds his range and lands a left and right combination. Almeida
puts his stamp on the fight and ends it with a takedown. 10-9
All three official judges see it all the same: 30-27 for Ricardo
Stephens Round 1
Tibau comes out southpaw. The ATT product shoots in on Stephens and
the fighters clinch. The Iowan has his back to the cage and Tibau
is still looking for the takedown. The two men separate. Stephens
launches a left leg kick that glances the lead leg of Tibau. The
Brazilian shoots again but misses and settles for a clinch against
the fence. The crowd boos. Referee Mario Yamasaki separates the two
fighters. Stephens lands a jab-uppercut combination. Tibau answers
with a double leg takedown. From half guard, the Brazilian postures
to strike. Stephens gets guard. The Iowan raises his hips for an
armbar and Tibau passes. Tibau finishes the round with short
punches from mount. 10-9 Tibau.
Stephens paws the jab to open the second stanza. A minute in and
the men are still circling, which causes the Nashville fans to boo.
Tibau shoots in and secures a double leg. Stephens closes his guard
and the Brazilian passes to half. Tibau looks to get his right leg
free and moves to side control. Tibau isolates the right arm of
Stephens between his legs. Stephens moves quickly and gets back to
his feet. Tibau clinches and secures another takedown. Tibau gets
to half and is working an arm triangle. Stephens defends. Tibau
moves to side with the arm triangle in. 10 seconds remain and the
choke is very deep. Stephens survives. 10-9 Tibau.
Tibau looks fresh to start the last frame. Stephens is bouncing in
the corner. The Iowan takes the center of the cage. Stephens feints
a flying knee and misses a right hook. The two men clinch. Against
the cage, Tibau is looking for a takedown. The crowd is restless.
Stephens is trying to circle and separates. Stephens misses a
vicious upper cut. He then goes for a flying knee but instead gets
scooped and slammed by the American Top Team product. On the floor,
Tibau works from half guard. 90 seconds remain and Tibau is
cruising. Stephens gets to his knees and looks for a takedown. He
uses the opportunity to stand and get a Thai plum. From the clinch,
Stephens executes 2 jumping knees. Tibau grabs the legs and the
bout ends with another Tibau takedown. 10-9 Tibau.
The official judges see the fight 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 for
Allen Browning Round 1
Miller starts the contest with a push kick to the chest. Both
fighters are showing good footwork as they exchange short strikes.
Browning drops levels for a single-leg takedown and transitions to
the back when Miller countered with a standing kimura. The fighters
are back on their feet and Miller lands a sharp right hand. Miller
pulls guard with a guillotine and Browning taps quickly. Referee
Herb Dean pulls Miller off at the 1:58 mark of the first.
Immediately following the stoppage, Miller stood over his opponent
and said, “Who’s overrated now?”
Griffin vs. Rafael dos
Anjos Round 1
Grffin goes to work on the lead leg of dos Anjos twice early with
low kicks. Griffin continues to work the leg as he starts to load
up on his right hand. Dos Anjos jabs and connects with a low kick
of his own. Dos Anjos unloads a flurry of punches and Griffin bobs
and ducks under every blow. A straight right connects for Griffin.
He follows up with a quick double-leg and gets the takedown.
Griffin works from the top position in half guard. Dos Anjos goes
for a heel hook, but Griffin is game. Griffin escapes and then is
caught in a calf slicer and it looks painful. Griffin’s leg is bent
back horribly but he manages to hang on. He escapes danger and then
finishes the round on what looks to be a rubber leg. Ouch.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
Griffin is really looking wobbly on his left leg. One can only
wonder if he suffered an injury during the painful-looking calf
slicer in the first round, because Griffin is standing tight in the
pocket throwing his hands but he doesn’t look comfortable. Griffin
kicks the leg and head and is caught in a standing kimura. Dos
Anjos rips Griffin’s arm above his head and the Couture-trained
fighter escapes. Griffin gets busy with his hands and lands his
best strikes of the fight. Welts begin to form on dos Anjos’ face
just before Griffin sneaks in a pretty right hook and a left
straight on the kisser.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 dos Anjos
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Griffin
Griffin doubles up on his jab and reaps a reward in the form of a
clean right hand solid on dos Anjos’ jaw. Lots of leather being
thrown by both men. They stand flat footed and trade. Neither gains
an advantage. Griffin connects on a straight right that snaps dos
Anjos’ head backwards. Dos Anjos explodes into the air and scores
with a jumping knee to the chin. Grffin digs in a hard kick to the
southpaw’s lead leg and pieces a right hand to the mouth behind it.
Dos Anjos has blood trickling from a small cut above his right eye.
Griffin starts to slow down a bit but he keeps firing. Anjos shows
good footwork in backing away to the outside of Griffin’s power
hand. With dos Anjos’ back to the cage, Griffin shoots a single and
gets caught in a kimura. Griffin escapes and finishes strong with
punches from the top position in guard.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Griffin (29-28 Griffin)
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Griffin (29-28 Griffin)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Griffin (29-28 Griffin)
All three official judges score the fight 30-27 for Tyson
Ryan Bader vs.
Marrero Round 1
Bader gets a fast takedown and begins to work from the top in half
guard. Bader passes to side control and looks for a kimura. Marrero
gets back to guard, but he can only hold it for seconds, as Bader
jumps past his legs easily. Bader, from side control, spins for an
armbar and nearly gets it. Marrero escapes and ends up on top
briefly. Bader escapes to his feet and swiftly takes his opponent
down with a single. Marrero stands and despite holding the fence,
is still taken down with a strong single. Bader presses his
opponent into the fencing from half guard. Bader lands an elbow and
a right hand before time expires.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bader
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Bader
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Bader
Marrero throws a left-hook lead and connects. Bader responds with a
“Superman” punch that falls short. Marrero attempts a single and
Bader has none of it. He stuffs it cleanly and controls the head
before pushing Marrero to his back on the canvas. From half guard,
Bader hits the head with his right hand and moves smoothly to his
opponent’s back with an over-under. Bader rides his opponent while
landing right hands. Marrero gets to butterfly guard before going
to a closed guard. Bader counters with a right hand and easily
advances to half guard. Bader gets the mount but he can’t stay in
the dominant position. Marrero, after getting back to a defensible
position, fights off an arm-triangle.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bader
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Bader
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Bader
The fatigued fighters exchange low kicks in the center of the
Octagon. Bader sets up a shot with a right hand and is able to
finish a slick single leg. Marrero elbows the head from his back in
guard. Bader passes to half guard and locks on an arm triangle.
Bader gets to side control just as Marrero frees his arm from
Bader’s grasp. Bader mounts, but can’t keep the position. Referee
Dan Miragliotta stands the fighters up after a minute of inactive
guard play. Marrero defends a single with a whizzer as Miragliotta
and those in attendance plead for action. Bader finally fishishes
the takedown and fights off a late kneebar attempt from
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bader (30-27 Bader)
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Bader (30-27 Bader)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Bader(30-27 Bader)
All three official judges see the fight 30-27 for Ryan Bader.
Kampmann Round 1
Condit blasts Kampmann with a straight right to the body. Kampmann
trips his opponent to the canvas and goes to work on a guillotine
from the top. Condit reverses position and passes to side-control
to escape the hold. Kampmann sweeps Condit and begins to work from
the guard. Kampmann drops down for a heel hold and Condit is game.
Condit escapes and tees off with a right hand and two elbows that
cut Kampmann’s face up. Kampmann gets to his feet and is greeted
with a perfectly timed knee to the face. Condit and Kampmann
exchange punches and Condit gets the better of it as he glides into
a jumping knee. Kampmann works for a guillotine as the horn
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kampmann
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Condit
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Condit
Kampmann trips Condit to the canvas to start round two. Kampmann
postures up and lands a couple of left hands to the head. Condit is
showing an offensive guard as he looks to strike from his back with
punches and elbows. Condit pushes Kampmann off with an upkick and
gets to his feet. Condit lands a standing elbow and a jumping knee.
He follows with a front kick that smacks Kampmann’s face and a
single-leg takedown. Kampmann stands and is hit with another elbow.
Kampmann locks on an arm-in guillotine and pulls guard. Condit
frees his head and transitions to Kampmann’s back with both hooks.
Condit attempts to mount but ends up being bucked off.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Condit
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Kampmann
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Condit
Kampmann gets poked in the eye with an inadvertent thumb. Referee
Herb Dean calls the doctor in to check on Kampmann and the fight is
restarted shortly after. Kampmann clinches with Condit and lands a
knee to the body before tripping his opponent to the floor. From
guard, Condit hammerfists the head with his left hand and absorbs
an elbow from his foe. Kampmann postures and strikes downward to
the chin with his right hand. And again. Kampmann is scoring well
with punches from the guard. Condit nearly gets to his feet, but is
dragged back down. Two minutes to go in the fight and Kampmann is
controlling the final frame. From his back in guard, Condit looks
for a kimura. Kampmann easily escapes and briefly moves to half
guard. Condit gets to his feet and drops down for a kneebar and a
heel hook. Kampmann escapes, but is caught in a tight guillotine
with time running out. The horn sounds.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kampmann (29-28 Kampmann)
Lotfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Kampmann (29-28 Kampmann)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Kampmann (29-28 Condit)
The official judges see the fight: 29-28 Condit and 29-28 (twice)
for Kampmann. Martin Kampmann takes the split decision in a great