UFC on Fuel TV 3 Results & Play-by-Play

By: Sherdog.com Staff
May 15, 2012



Sherdog.com will report from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of UFC on Fuel TV 3, which is headlined by a featherweight contest between Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier.

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Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Soto

Round 1
Soto has a high kick blocked and gets stuffed on a single-leg, then circles around the outside. He lands a body kick but Rivera counters with a big right hand that buckles Soto’s legs. More thunderous rights from Rivera have Soto wobbling around the perimeter while Rivera keeps calm and walks him down. Soto regains his wits, but Rivera clubs him again and Soto has to shoot. He finishes the single-leg this time and Rivera rolls through to get back to his feet. Soto flings wild punches to keep Rivera at bay. Rivera socks him with a lead uppercut, misses with a front kick. Soto is slipping on his punches, most of which are missing by a wide margin. He connects with a kick to the body; Rivera keeps moving forward and lands a left hook before absorbing another kick. Rivera grazes with a flying knee and follow-up right hand, and Soto shoots again. Rivera denies it and pops Soto again as they break from the clinch. Rivera feints knees as the round comes to a close.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera

Round 2
Soto goes back to circling, flicking out front kicks and long punches. He lands one to the body, takes a left hook from Rivera and has a single-leg snuffed out. Another body kick from Soto and Rivera answers with a leg kick that strays to the groin. Soto says he’s alright and they keep fighting. A moment later, another kick hits Soto in the cup and this time ref Rick McCoy calls a break. It’s only a few seconds before they’re going again and exchanging snappy leg kicks. Rivera lands a right hand over the top, shuts down another shot and hits the right again. Rivera puts a right hand on Soto’s temple and then kicks him in the face while he’s leaning. Now it’s Soto who catches a low blow, but again the break lasts only seconds. They get back to work with just under two minutes left in the round. Soto is still on his bike, moving backward while Rivera looks for the homerun shot. Rivera lands another right hand and follows up with a right head kick. Soto goes down but hops back up. Rivera won’t let up, walking toward Soto and throwing hard shots to the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rivera
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera

Round 3
Soto hits a takedown early in the final round but Rivera doesn’t stay down long. “Cisco” is quickly back on his feet, stalking Soto with right hands and teep kicks to the jaw. Soto is in deep trouble, struggling to stay vertical along the fence after a vicious right from Rivera. He does stay up, and Soto is actually looking the fresher of the two bantamweights as the fight enters its final two minutes. Rivera is still the one coming forward, though, and throwing with more volume, mixing in leg kicks with his punches and teeps. Rivera is smiling as he throws punches and nearly catches Soto with a knee as he shoots a single. Soto abandons the shot and goes back to backpedaling. Soto tries to finish with a bang as he pushes off the cage with a superman punch, but time runs out and it looks like Rivera will take the nod.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Soto (29-28 Rivera)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rivera (30-27 Rivera)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rivera (30-27 Rivera)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Francisco Rivera.

Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo

Round 1
Eduardo scores with a nice right cross and gives Curran a couple hard kicks to the lead leg. It’s slow going through the first half of the opening round, with both bantamweights feinting and trying to find the distance. Eduardo nearly chops the lead leg out from underneath Curran with a pair of nasty leg kicks. Curran lands a glancing kick to the body and Eduardo responds with a one-two-leg kick combo. Another one-two has Curran leaning in for a takedown which Eduardo denies. Eduardo scores one more leg kick before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Eduardo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Eduardo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Eduardo

Round 2
Eduardo opens up with more leg kicks; one, two, and a third which nearly knocks Curran down. The next one has Curran looking to clinch and Eduardo turns him away with a fast flurry of five or six punches. Curran sticks his chin out with his hands down but Eduardo can’t reach him with a snapping kick. Curran throws a hook kick and a punching combo which miss, and Eduardo backs him off with a right hand. A nice jab goes through for Curran, but Eduardo answers right back with two hard kicks to Curran’s already damaged left leg. Eduardo uses head movement to dodge two punches from Curran then steps forward with a one-two and a leg kick. Eduardo is moving backward but landing nice counters, and he easily shuts down a shot from Curran. A punch appears to drop Curran in the closing seconds, but he only goes down to a knee before raising his arms as if to indicate it was a slip.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Eduardo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Eduardo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Eduardo

Round 3
Another brutal leg kick from Eduardo in the opening seconds of round three staggers Curran, who keeps moving forward, albeit very gingerly now. Eduardo sprawls on a shot, Curran tries to clinch, but the Brazilian shoves him off. Eduardo sticks a jab and then goes inside to the right thigh of Curran. After the next exchange, Eduardo indicates that Curran poked him in the right eye. Referee Rick McCoy tells Eduardo that he didn’t see it and the fight must continue. They keep going and Curran goes on the attack. Eduardo continues to motion to his injured eye, as if he wants some kind of acknowledgement from Curran, who keeps trying to jab on Eduardo’s impaired side. Ninety seconds to go and Eduardo is playing a bit of defense, moving backward as Curran flicks kicks low and kick. Curran pours on the left hooks and right straights, landing a number of solid shots in the last half-minute.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Curran (29-28 Eduardo)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Curran (29-28 Eduardo)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Curran (29-28 Eduardo)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Johnny Eduardo.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus

Round 1
Shalorus is swinging for the fences and tries to take dos Anjos down after catching a kick, to no avail. A left high kick sends Shalorus crashing to the ground and dos Anjos is all over him. The Brazilian latches onto Shalorus’ back and whips his right arm around the neck. He doesn’t have his hooks fully in, nor a body triangle locked up, but dos Anjos has the rear-naked choke in very deep and Shalorus has no choice but to tap. Rafael dos Anjos gets the submission win just 40 seconds into the opening round.

T.J. Grant vs. Carlo Prater

Round 1
Grant works from the outside, throwing kicks to the lead leg of Prater, who swings a left hook on the same side. They exchange jabs until Grant opts to come inside, looking for a single-leg. He settles for a clinch and presses Prater into the fence, where the lightweights trade knees inside. Grant pops Prater with a short right, Prater pushes forward with a jab and they tie up. Nothing much happens in the clinch and they split, whereupon Grant continues his forward movement. Prater has a shot denied and Grant grabs for a guillotine. Prater pops his head loose and rolls underneath for a kneebar, but Grant has it sized up. The Canadian winds up on top in Prater’s open guard with less than a minute to go. Grant passes to side control on Prater’s right side just before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Grant
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Grant
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Grant

Round 2
Grant lands a right hook, catches a kick and shoves Prater into the fence. Some hard body punches and knees up the middle from Grant, and he exits the clinch with a nice standing elbow. Another clinch and more knees from Grant. Prater momentarily reverses, but Grant is soon back in the dominant position on the fence, then breaks away. Grant sticks a combination in Prater’s face, ties up again and scores with more knees. Grant shoves Prater to the ground. Prater pops back up and grabs for a guillotine that doesn’t come, and the fighters break. Ninety seconds left in the round now and Prater gets an underhook to put Grant on the fence. Grant turns the tables with a guillotine, lets it go and trips Prater down shortly after. Grant has side control on Prater’s left side and now he steps into position for a reverse triangle choke. He can’t cinch up his legs, so Grant stays on top, punching away at the trapped head of Prater, who reverses just as the round runs out.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Grant
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Grant
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Grant

Round 3
Grant comes forward with a punching combo and a leg kick, misses with a jumping knee. Prater tries to work a jab, but Grant is staying busier, stringing together solid combos and then running Prater down to the mat with just over three minutes to go in the fight. Prater loops his left arm around Grant’s neck on the way down. It’s not a tight guillotine but it’s giving Grant a little trouble as he works to pass. Prater lets it go and Grant moves to side control. Prater tries to get up but stalls out on his knees, and Grant instantly tries to take his back. The ground-savvy Prater won’t let him have it and puts his back on the canvas again. Grant winds up in side control, then passes to full mount with 80 seconds left. Prater tries to bump and roll, and this time Grant does secure the back. Prater twists free and Grant keeps him on his knees with a front headlock. Grant spins to the back, Prater stands and Grant suplexes him down. Grant is on Prater’s back again and he peels off for an armbar with only seconds to go. He doesn’t have time to fully extend the limb before the final horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Grant (30-27 Grant)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Grant (30-27 Grant)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Grant (30-27 Grant)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, T.J. Grant.

Cody McKenzie vs. Marcus LeVesseur

Round 1
McKenzie rushes across the cage to meet LeVesseur, who easily hurls the Alaskan to the ground with a double-leg. LeVesseur stands and catches an upkick to the groin, and ref Keith Peterson calls for a break after just a few seconds. LeVesseur recovers and McKenzie is looking to kick high and stick jabs. LeVesseur is hunting for big punches, one of which sends McKenzie tumbling in an attempt to pull guard. LeVesseur lets him back up, gets him on the fence and slugs him again, and this time McKenzie seems to be in danger. LeVesseur grabs a north-south choke, tries to transition to a rear-naked choke and loses the neck. McKenzie puts LeVesseur in his open guard, then sits up and slaps on his trademark guillotine choke. The choke is deep and referee Keith Peterson is hovering nearby to make sure LeVesseur is still conscious. He is, but moments later when McKenzie adjusts and cranks the choke, LeVesseur is forced to submit. The end comes officially at 3:05 of the first round.

Dongi Yang vs. Brad Tavares

Round 1
Tavares throws hard right body kicks and sticks punches in the face of the southpaw Yang, who catches a kick after a minute and slugs back with a straight left. Yang goes to the inside thigh with a kick now. Tavares keeps his kicks coming, gets another one caught and eats another left. Tavares doesn’t slow, though, and socks Yang back with a stiff jab. Tavares paws at his eye after a punch and ref Dan Miragliotta warns Yang to watch his fingers. Tavares ducks a power punch from Yang but misses with his own follow-up punches as well. Tavares spins around on a kick and Yang tries to blitz him, but Tavares sticks him with a finger in the eye. They stop and restart, but Yang still can’t see and asks for a towel to wipe his eye. Miragliotta obliges and the fight resumes. Seconds after they restart, Yang pokes Tavares in the eye again, this time while pushing off after a head kick, and the ref issues Yang a stern warning. Tavares wipes out his eye and they’re back to work with about 80 seconds left in the opening round. Yang gets inside with a clubbing left and Tavares grabs underhooks to push the Korean into the cage.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Yang
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Yang
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Yang

Round 2
Tavares comes out throwing hands but Yang backs him away with a great leaping front kick. After a nice right from Yang, Tavares is pawing at his left eye again. Yang catches him high with a head kick and then sticks his foot in Tavares’ breadbasket. Tavares finally moves off the cage to avoid being a target for more high kicks. He lands one to Yang’s body but Yang kicks him back. Yang walks into the pocket and gets double underhooks, pressing Tavares into the fence and working for an inside trip. He gets it, but Tavares stands back up instantly and reverses the position on the cage with a minute left in the middle round. The second frame ends without much more offense of note.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Yang
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Yang
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Yang

Round 3
Both middleweights come out with guns blazing and Tavares thinks better of the exchange, instead switching levels and driving Yang to the ground after about 15 seconds. Yang tries to scramble up and take the back of Tavares, who turns and grabs onto another single-leg. He completes it, Yang gets back up again and Tavares once more slams him to the canvas at the base of the cage. Yang is looking to post and stand but Tavares has his legs wrapped up, opting to control the position instead of go for offense. It’s not enough for ref Miragliotta, who stands them up with 3:15 remaining in the bout. Tavares sticks a jab, misses with a three-punch combo and has a front kick bloc ked. Yang is staying out of range of most of Tavares’ punches, but a low kick splits the wickets and hits “The Ox” right in the cup. Yang takes a minute to recover and they resume with about two minutes left. Tavares is looking for the big shot with punches and head kicks, but Yang is doing well to avoid. Yang lands a good uppercut, gets moved back with a front kick. They clash leg kicks and Tavares comes back with a hard kick to the body. Down to the last 30 seconds now and Tavares is staying busy with kicks to the legs and body of the tiring Yang, who scores a takedown right at -- or maybe just after -- the final horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Tavares (29-28 Yang)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Tavares (29-28 Yang)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Tavares (29-28 Yang)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Brad Tavares.

Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald

Round 1
Lawlor backs MacDonald into the fence and sticks him with a long right straight. MacDonald shoots low and Lawlor grabs a headlock, forcing “The Athlete” to give up the takedown attempt. A wild left hand finds MacDonald’s jaw and Lawlor follows up with a short right hook behind the ear. MacDonald falls forward, flopping flat on his face, and referee Todd McGovern steps in to wave this one off. Tom Lawlor celebrates his 30th birthday in style with a 50-second knockout victory.

Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac

Round 1
Pokrajac ducks a big right hand and wraps up Maldonado, then drags him to the ground. The Croatian wraps up Maldonado’s arms and works to pass to side control on the Brazilian’s right as they work a few feet away from the fence. Pokrajac drops punches and elbows from top until Maldonado tries to escape. Pokrajac nearly takes the back, then steps into full mount when Maldonado tries to flip over. Maldonado bucks and regains half-guard, but he’s still stuck underneath Pokrajac with three minutes left in the opening stanza. Pokrajac tries to pin Maldonado’s right arm with his knee while dropping heavy punches from top position. Maldonado hooks a leg and scrambles to his feet. Pokrajac nearly jumps on his opponent’s back but slips and falls to his back. Maldonado wants him back on the feet and Pokrajac quickly connects with a hard right hand. Maldonado slams back with a hard left that rocks Pokrajac. He’s got the Croatian on the fence and Maldonado is teeing off with rapid head punches as Pokrajac covers up. Pokrajac grabs the Thai plum and lands a solid knee up the middle while Maldonado rips rights and left hands to the body. More rib-roasters from Maldonado down the stretch and Pokrajac breaks away before the end of the round.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Maldonado
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Maldonado
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Maldonado

Round 2
Pokrajac gets backed into the fence but comes storming out with heavy punching combinations. He grabs onto the left leg of Maldonado and pushes him into the fence, and the Brazilian gives him some trouble with punches to the body and head. Pokrajac switches legs and keeps digging for the single-leg, but it won’t come. The 205-pounders work in the clinch on the fence now, Maldonado scoring with hard body shots. Pokrajac gets the Thai plum long enough to throw one knee, but Maldonado covers up and throws a one-two to the body. Maldonado takes the outside position now and rips away with more punches to the body. Pokrajac backs him off with a left hook, then presses Maldonado on the fence again. Maldonado reverses, keeps loading up on the body shots and then goes up top with a hard left-right to Pokrajac’s face. Pokrajac escapes, grabs the plum and lands a knee but can’t keep Maldonado there. Maldonado takes an awkward spinning back-fist on the cheek, wipes it off and turns away a single-leg from Pokrajac. They close out the round with Maldonado on top, in half-guard.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Maldonado
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Maldonado
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Maldonado

Round 3
It only takes a few seconds for the light heavyweights to get back to the clinch, this time with Maldonado on the outside, working his body strikes. Pokrajac is trying to land a big knee but can’t get enough behind them to put down the durable boxer. Pokrajac gets a big knee about 90 seconds in but Maldonado won’t budge. Ref Miragliotta splits them up with three minutes left in the bout. Maldonado lands a left hook, but Pokrajac charges back with a big left of his own that seems to stun his man. Pokrajac is on the outside now and it’s Maldonado trying for a trip takedown. Pokrajac stuffs it and Miragliotta halts the action to let Pokrajac replace his mouthguard. Pokrajac lands an outside thigh kick and Maldonado jacks his jaw with a lead uppercut. A hard left straight from Pokrajac snaps back Maldonado’s head, then they trade big shots on the fence. Twenty seconds left and both men are looking to finish as they slug it out on the cage. Maldonado gets the last word with a knee to the gut.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pokrajac (29-28 Maldonado)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pokrajac (29-28 Maldonado)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Pokrajac (29-28 Maldonado)

Official result: The judges score it 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Igor Pokrajac.

Jeff Hougland vs. Yves Jabouin

Round 1
Jabouin lands an outside leg kick and a left hook while the longer Hougland tries to find his range. A big right hand connects for Jabouin and he turns around with a spinning kick in Hougland’s breadbasket. Jabouin has a left high kick blocked and the bantamweights continue to feel one another out. Hougland is stringing together some leg kicks but he’s being literally beaten to the punch by Jabouin’s fast hands. Jabouin backs the ground specialist off with a front kick and then turns around with another spinning kick. This one lands square on Hougland’s liver and Hougland goes fetal on the ground, holding his midsection. It looks to be over but ref Todd McGovern lets the fight continue as Jabouin rushes and tries to finish with less than half a minute to go. Jabouin can’t get the job done but easily seals the round with a flurry of hammerfists on the ground.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-8 Jabouin
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Jabouin
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Jabouin

Round 2
Jabouin is right back to his kicking attack, looking to follow up on his strong end to the last round. Hougland tries for a single-leg that goes nowhere and Jabouin punishes him with a stiff push kick to the guts. Hougland whiffs on a spinning back-fist and keeps peppering Jabouin’s left thigh with outside kicks. Once again, Jabouin shuts down a single-leg try from Hougland, who lands a couple more leg kicks and then gets his head snapped back with a jab. Jabouin lands a nice kick to the left side of Hougland’s body and Hougland gives him one back, although with a little less power. Hougland tries to tie up, gets shoved off and dodges a head kick at the end of the round.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jabouin
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Jabouin
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jabouin

Round 3
Hougland is dropped by a hard left hook from Jabouin, and the Canadian swarms all over his downed opponent. Jabouin is warned to mind the back of the head by ref McGovern; no matter, as Jabouin continues pummeling the front of Hougland’s face. Hougland gives up his back and Jabouin tries to secure the position for a rear-naked choke, but Hougland slips out the backdoor. It doesn’t last long, as Jabouin reverses to top position and works to extract his left leg from Hougland’s half-guard and pass to the left side. It’s a tough pass, as Hougland’s left side is flush to the fence, and instead Hougland stuffs Jabouin back into his full guard. Hougland swings his hips up for an armbar, but it doesn’t go and Jabouin uses the opportunity to sock Hougland in the face with a few more hammerfists. It’s elbows from Jabouin on top now, and Hougland tries to muster some offense with body punches from his back as time ticks away. The ref wants them up with 40 seconds left and Jabouin hurts Hougland immediately with a knee to the body and follow-up head kick. Hougland is right back where he was, trying to dodge elbows from Jabouin, and that’s where this one ends.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jabouin (30-26 Jabouin)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Jabouin (30-25 Jabouin)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Jabouin (30-25 Jabouin)

Official result: The judges have it 30-27, 30-26 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Yves Jabouin.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Donald Cerrone

Round 1
Cerrone flicks out some outside leg kicks with his hands held low; Stephens tries to come over the top with a big right hand, but he’s having a hard time closing the distance in the early going. Cerrone mixes up the kicks, now going to the body, and Stephens tries some leg kicks out as well. Cerrone goes low for a single-leg, can’t grab it and quickly gives it up. He wraps up the head of Stephens for a quick knee, steps off and throws another low kick. Cerrone lands a one-two-kick, then a kick-one-two, and Stephens is blinking his now-bloodied left eye after the exchange. No call from ref Mario Yamasaki and the fight goes on. Stephens slips on a high kick and Cerrone lets him back up. Now it’s Cerrone missing with a leaping knee, but Stephens can’t grab on. Cerrone keeps the combinations coming in the last 30 seconds, walking down Stephens and chopping away at the veteran’s lead leg.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Cerrone

Round 2
Stephens is having the same trouble in the first part of the second as he did throughout the first: Cerrone is just too long, and the “Cowboy” is using a variety of rangy kicks, punches and elbows to damage and frustrate his opponent. An uppercut backs Stephens off and Cerrone smells blood. The Greg Jackson student comes forward and Stephens shoots a long shot which is stuffed. Right hook to the body from Cerrone and he sidesteps a power combo. Cerrone pins Stephens against the fence and picks his shots with hooks and uppercuts. Stephens shoots again and is turned away. A good right hand to the body lands for Stephens but Cerrone walks right through it and keeps kicking away at Stephens’ lead leg. Cerrone ducks in for a waistlock and sweeps the leg to put Stephens on his back for the last 20 seconds of the round.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cerrone
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Cerrone

Round 3
Cerrone goes inside with a thigh kick and thuds one to Stephens’ cup. The “Li’l Heathen” takes a minute to compose himself and the lightweights get back to work. Stephens lands an outside thigh kick but Cerrone gives him one back twice as hard. Cerrone tries a takedown that doesn’t go, but a moment later he puts Stephens on the ground with a hard outside leg kick. He lets Stephens back to the feet, where Stephens starts swinging wildly and missing by a good distance. Cerrone continues bouncing out of range and wearing down the legs, as well as further swelling Stephens’ badly damaged left eye. Two minutes to go now and this looks like a lost cause for Stephens, who can’t get past Cerrone’s jab and can’t hang onto the Cowboy when he does get hold of him. Cerrone keeps the strikes coming, egging Stephens on to the final horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cerrone (30-27 Cerrone)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cerrone (30-27 Cerrone)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Cerrone (30-27 Cerrone)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Donald Cerrone.

Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez

Round 1
Sadollah bounces in the middle, trying to push in on Lopez, who’s got his back to the cage. Lopez doesn’t like the position and pushes his way out with some stiff jabs. Sadollah walks him back toward the fence and Lopez doubles up on the jab again, adds an outside leg kick. Lopez gets double underhooks and works for a trip as he pushes Sadollah into the fence. He can’t get it, so Lopez settles for some ripping knees before the welterweights break off. More jabs from Lopez and he drops down to work a single-leg on the fence. Sadollah defends well, looping his right arm underneath Lopez’s chin for a guillotine, but losing it as Lopez slams him to the canvas. Short elbows from Lopez as he works on top with 90 seconds left in the opening round. He sits in half-guard on Sadollah’s left side and cranks a kimura on the “TUF” winner’s right arm. Sadollah uses the fence to stand back up and gets his limb free. He holds the left wrist of Lopez and controls the other side with an underhook while driving knees into Lopez’s legs for the final 20 seconds.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lopez
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Lopez
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Lopez

Round 2
Lopez quickly closes the gap and works a single-leg against the fence, but Sadollah stuffs the head down and is able to pop back up as soon as he’s planted on the ground. The welterweights trade knees inside before breaking, then exchange kicks with Lopez going to the legs and Sadollah going high. Lopez goes for the single-leg again on the fence and Sadollah threatens with a guillotine which Lopez escapes by dropping to the ground. In the ensuing scramble, Lopez tries to mount Sadollah’s back but stalls out halfway. Sadollah turns around and puts Lopez on the fence with a single-leg try, gives it up and exits with a knee. Sadollah slaps the body of Lopez with a pair of kicks and Lopez scores an easy takedown with 30 seconds to go.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sadollah
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sadollah
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sadollah

Round 3
Lopez once again digs for a single-leg on the fence while Sadollah defends. Sadollah threatens with another guillotine, lets it go and Lopez goes for a similarly brief standing kimura. They break off and Sadollah comes in with a jumping knee that misses. Lopez counters with a right hand but Sadollah comes back with a leg kick and a push kick. Another single-leg try from Lopez is denied and Sadollah knees him in the face for his troubles. Sadollah is thinking guillotine again, lets it go again. Lopez finishes the high single-leg with about 2:10 left on the clock and tries to pass Sadollah’s rangy open guard. Sadollah peppers with short punches on either side while Lopez just lays flat on his opponent’s chest. Ref Keith Peterson stands them up with a minute to go and it’s Sadollah on the attack. He jumps in with a knee to the body, but it allows Lopez to wrap him up with another single-leg attempt on the fence. Sadollah punches the body a few times and then hits the switch on the back leg to turn Lopez over. Lopez hops right back up and grabs onto the other leg, but Sadollah circles out and lands one last good knee.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lopez (29-28 Lopez)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sadollah (29-28 Sadollah)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sadollah (29-28 Sadollah)

Official result: One judge scores the bout 29-28 Lopez, while a second sees it 29-28 Sadollah. The third and final judge scores the bout 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Amir Sadollah.

Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier

Round 1
Poirier scores first with a left hook and then goes inside with leg kicks, one of which Jung catches and uses to push “The Diamond” to the ground. Poirier gets up and works a single-leg on the fence while Jung lands a couple elbows, watching the monitor to figure out the best route of attack. Punches to the body from Poirier are answered by a knee up the middle by the “Korean Zombie.” Jung gets a bodylock and trips Jung to the ground, landing in side control on Poirier’s left side. Poirier uses his feet to push off the cage and establish full guard, but Jung is staying heavy on top and landing hard elbows with both arms. Poirier is cut along the hairline on the left side of his head from the elbow strikes. Jung lands more elbows, postures up and takes some pushing upkicks to the face. Poirier sweeps on top now and Jung uses the butterfly guard to push off and sit up against the fence. Poirier isn’t doing much offensively, just holding Jung against the fence while Jung waits for an opportunity to post and stand. Poirier lands an elbow as they stand and break off, and Jung comes back with a combination. Poirier shoots in the waning seconds of the first round and Jung sprawls all over it.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jung
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Jung
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jung

Round 2
Jung catches a kick and socks Poirier with a hard straight right that drops the American to the ground. The Zombie pounces and works some solid ground-and-pound before settling into Poirier’s closed guard. Poirier tries to control the wrists and slow the action, then pushes off the fence with his feet, maybe looking to swings his hips for an armbar. Jung sits up and blasts Poirier with a hard left hand, then stands and dodges upkicks. Jung lets his man back to his feet and they trade straight punches. Poirier lands a right hook that makes Jung whiff on a spinning back-fist. Jung lands a wild flying knee and then mugs Poirier against the fence with punches. Poirier shoots a double-leg but Jung thwarts it and uses the botched takedown to roll straight into full mount. Poirier clasps his hands around Jung, trying to close the gap while the Korean drops shots from on top. Jung peels off and extends an armbar on Poirier’s left arm, but Poirier defends well. Jung switches to a triangle and elbows the trapped Poirier in the face. Poirier gets low and slips loose, and winds up on top in the Zombie’s open guard with 40 seconds left. Poirier lands a right hand and Jung throws up his legs for another triangle. He locks it on, but time runs out and Poirier gets up shaking his head.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jung
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Jung
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Jung

Round 3
The punches are coming a little slower from both featherweights now after 10 fast-paced minutes. Poirier is sticking his jab while Jung, with his hands held low, is missing with wilder punches. A straight left from Poirier turns Jung’s head around, but just when it looks like Poirier is taking the driver’s seat, Jung hits a big takedown. He stays on top in side control for about 10 seconds, but it’s long enough for Jung to inflict some damage from side control. Poirier lands a right hand but Jung replies with a hard knee to the gut before backing off to reset. Poirier comes forward swinging and Jung dodges him with his hands at his waist. The Zombie charges forward with punches and a knee that have Poirier backing into the fence. Poirier’s straight punches are getting the better in the late going but Jung isn’t out of it as he finishes the third frame with a combo against the fence. Poirier sticks out his tongue at the close of the round.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jung
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Poirier
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Poirier

Round 4
Poirier jacks Jung’s jaw with a one-two, but Jung comes right back with a stinging right uppercut-left hook combo. Poirier wobbles backward into the fence and Jung charges with a flying knee. Poirier shoots a single-leg but Jung is prepared. The Zombie sprawls and uses the opportunity to lace his right arm around Poirier’s throat. Jung rolls him over and cinches up the brabo choke, and Poirier goes unconscious. Referee Dan Miragliotta steps in to wave it off at the 1:07 mark of round four, giving Chan Sung Jung the technical submission win and a UFC featherweight title shot.

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