Taking place in Toronto at the Toronto Air Canada Centre, UFC 152 is looking to kick it off with some exciting match ups starting on Facebook/FX and finally to PPV for the main card. Updates will start around 6:30pm E.T. (3:30pm P.T.) with the prelims; main event will start at 10pm E.T. (7pm P.T.)

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CHARLIE BRENNEMAN VS. KYLE NOKE

Round 1
UFC 152 is officially starting and what a great match up to start this awesome off. Hopefully you guys are as excited as I am for what should be an entertaining and interesting night of fights. Noke is 3″ taller than his opponent, but surprisingly will not have a reach advantage. “Big” Dan sets us up for the first fight of this card. No touch of gloves as Charlie and Noke come out and begin circling. It’s Noke who lands first with a right hand as Charlie tries to reply. A high front kick from Noke barely misses. Stiff jab by Noke pops the head back, and tries to stick it some more as Charlie reaches in. Charlie reaches in again and gets clobbered by Kyle Noke, he drops and Noke pounces on him. The ref jumps in early in this first round. The replay shows a big right hand from Noke dropping Brenneman, and collapsing him with an uppercut; however Brenneman continues to shoot for a takedown shows defense while the referee stepped in. I’d say a slight pre-mature stoppage, but a very impressive debut by Kyle Noke as he finishes Brenneman in just 45 seconds.

MITCH GAGNON VS. WALEL WATSON

Round 1
Next up is an exciting bantamweight match up between two high-leveled ground fighters who can also throw down. The much lengthier Walel Watson sports a 7″ reach advantage and will be 6″ taller than Gagnon. Josh Rosenthal is set to get us started for this bantamweight fight. They come out and Watson already looks to set his hands up. Gagnon reaches in with a grazing left hand. Watson very active with his hands as he tries to keep Gagnon at bay. Gagnon creeps forward and lands a big left hook as Watson comes in. Watson drops and Gagnon gets the back. He slams some punches and then takes the back with a rear naked. Gagnon cranks the choke and Watson is forced to tap. What a crazy exchange which was sparked by a vicious left hook from Gagnon. Replay shows Watson coming up short with a superman punch and getting slammed by a big left hook. What a performance by Gagnon as he taps Watson with the rear naked just 1:09 into the first round.

SETH BACZYNSKI VS. SIMEON THORESEN

Round 1
Starting off now is a welterweight bout between two up and coming grapplers with high finish rates. Thoresen sports a 4″ reach advantage heading into this bout. Referee “Big” John McCarthy is here to get it all started. They touch gloves and Thoresen takes the center of the cage. Seth reaches in with a jab and a leg kick as Thoresen looks tentative. Seth definitely looks more confident on the feet as he throws punches and kicks from the outside against a very tentative Thoresen. A right hand comes up short from Baczynski. They trade kicks and Thoresen now pushes forward with a stiff jab. Trying to find their range now. They tie up momentarily and Seth gets the better of it as he exits with a left hand. Seth looks to be bleeding from his lip now, though neither fighter has landed anything significant. Thoresen nails him with a straight right but eats a counter left. Another right hand gets inside by Thoresen. They tie up again and Baczynski puts some knees inside and exits. Seth is throwing a lot of missing punches kicks while Thoresen looks to be the accurate striker, especially targeting the lip area with is now bleeding heavily. Seth pushes forward and land an accidental eye poke with his lead hand. They return to battle.

Thoresen comes back with a jab with a little over a minute remaining. Seth jumps forward with punches but can’t land. Thoresen backs Seth up against the cage but can’t land. Seth slips a right hand and counters with a left hook and drops Thoresen hard. The ref jumps in right away as Thoresen face plants 4:10 into the 1st Round.

MARCUS BRIMAGE VS. JIM HETTES

Round 1
Exciting match up here between two exciting featherweight up and comers to start off the second round of prelims. Hettes will be 5″ taller but will not have any advantage in the reach department. Yves Lavigne set to ref this bout. They run out and touch gloves. Brimage pushes forward to the body early, and again. Brimage clips him with a left hand and puts Hettes on his knees early but gets right back up. Hettes throws some kicks and shoots for a takedown but can’t get a grip. A big left hand from the southpaw, Brimage, backs him up. Both fighters sport a southpaw stance. Hettes drives forward for the legs but Brimage is able to escape. Brimage rushes him with long punches but comes up short as Hettes backs up. Hettes catches him low with a kick and they quickly resume without a pause in action. Brimage throws a lead with the body and jumps forward with a winging left over hand but can’t land. Brimage rips the body with punches and goes high but can’t land flush. Brimage lands a big left hook and drops Hettes but can’t finish. Brimage gets right out of the guard and looks to pour it on back on the feet. Brimage is lighting Hettes up on the feet to the body and to the head. Hettes pushes forward with knees now and doesn’t appear to be losing his cool at all with two minutes left. Hettes lands a good shot and now looks to be firing off shots of his own. Brimage whips some shots and pushes Hettes against the cage, than backs out. Brimage is slowing down now as Hettes pushes forward as he eats grazing shots as he tries to get his hands on him but Brimage is able to avoid. Hettes continues to push forward but eats a left hand by Brimage. Brimage swings some more big shots but Hettes continues to just eat them. They tie up but Brimage pushes off and slings some more but Hettes just keeps coming. Hettes swings back at the end of the first but can’t land. What a crazy first round!
10-9 Brimage

Round 2:
Set for round two and Hettes comes out with a head kick but misses. Brimage swings heavy but can’t land. Hettes goes right back to pushing forward but is backed up by Brimage, and again. Hettes ducks underneath and is finally able to put Brimage on his back, right in side control. Brimage tries to regain his guard and scramble but now Hettes takes the back. Brimage explodes out and scrambles back up to the feet. Brimage pushes forward and misses. Hettes explodes forward with a jumping knee, then takes the back and tosses Brimage to the mat. Hettes looks for a guillotine in the mount, but now transitions onto the back with a triangle around the body. Brimage fights to get back to his feet and crawls to the cage but Hettes sinks his hooks in deep again and pull him back ontop of him as he holds onto the back. Brimage showing some good hand defense thus far. Hettes gets back ontop in top control but Brimage scrambles out and makes his way to the feet. He rips a show to the body and misses a left hook. Hettes shoots for a takedown and Brimage is able to sprawl. Another left haymaker is missed by Brimage. Brimage has noticeably slowed down with his hands. Hettes tries to tie up and pull guard now but Brimage has none of it. Brimage slings a left and Hettes counters with a right. Brimage pushes forward in the last 5 seconds but can’t land:
10-9 Hettes

Round 3:
Third and final round in his neck and neck featherweight bout. Brimage pushes forward again but can’t land. A Hettes kick is countered by a flurry but Brimage. A few low kicks but Brimage now. Hettes tries to push forward now but Brimage stays agile. Some more body shots by Brimage. Left hand over the top by Brimage knicks the head. Another leg kick by Brimage and Hettes to trying to walk Marcus down. Brimage lands some more hands as Hettes tries to tie up but can’t. Hettes continues to push forward like a Diaz-brother as he takes punches to his face, but seems unphased. Hettes grabs a Thai clinch and puts a knee to the face halfway through the first round. Hettes dives for a leg but Marcus stuffs it and walks off. Some stiff jabs by Hettes now as he pushes in with it. Another single attempt by Hettes is stuffed with a minute left. Hettes walks Brimage down and they both miss. Leg kick by Brimage with thirty seconds left. Hettes continues to walk Brimage down but isn’t pulling the trigger. Brimage wings some haymakers at the end but hits nothing but air to close the bout:
10-9 Brimage

Official Decision:
29-28 29-28 29-28 all for Marcus Brimage. What an upset by Marcus Brimage!

LANCE BENOIST VS. SEAN PIERSON

Round 1
Pierson, the Canadian, will sport a 4″ reach advantage in this welterweight match up against Lance Benoist. Josh Rosenthal, the referee, sets us off for round number one. They both feel eachother out and Benoist fires off first with a left hand. They tie up early and Pierson pushes him against the cage, but they break off. They sport southpaw stances. Benoist with a leg kick and a body kick backs up Pierson. Another two kick combo but Benoist lands but Pierson stuns him with two left hands and they tie up, then break off. Pierson pushes forward and grabs a clinch up against the cage. He has one underhook and tries to put knees to the body. Benoist creates space and breaks off, and immediately lands a leg kick. Straight left by Benoist but eats a counter. Pierson catches the kick and puts Benoist on the mat against the cage. Pierson delivers a big shot and enters the guard but gets stuck in an armbar. Benoist lets it go as he doesn’t have good control. He goes for it again and now transitions to an omo-plata. Pierson slips out and they stand the fight back up again. Pierson looks to be the stronger fighter but Benoist is crafty off his back. Leg kick misses by Benoist as they both are tentative. Benoist tries to tie up but Pierson rips the body and exits with a left hand that stumbles Benoist. Benoist walks backwards and Pierson brings it on, but Benoist keeps his composure and they tie up again. A knee to the body by Benoist breaks them off with under a minute to go. Benoist looks to be slowing as he misses a lead, but lands a body kick. The round ends with Pierson looking to land shots but can’t. Very close first round, edge to Pierson based on power shots:
10-9 Pierson

Round 2
Second round starts with a left hand by Benoist and Pierson tries to counter. Pierson lands some hands and pushes Benoist against the cage. Pierson tries for a hip toss but can’t get him and they split off. Benoist is up 17-0 on kicks. They miss strikes again and Pierson is the one looking to tie up, but Benoist as none of it. Powerful leg kick but Benoist. They tie up and Pierson lands a powerful toss but Benoist gets right back up but gives Pierson head control. Pierson sprawls on him and is looking to attack the neck. Now Pierson tries to spin to the back but Benoist gets back up and avoids a knee. A long left hand by Benoist. Benoist lunges forward with a jumping elbow strike but eats a counter right that puts him off balance and he backs away. Pierson pushes forward now with a kick and some jabs and tries to land his hands but can’t find a flush shot until he lands a left hand. Another leg kick by Pierson. Benoist tries to push forward but again, can’t land anything hard. Benoist lands a decent flurry with a minute left. Kick to the body lands weakly for Benoist. Benoist lands a leg kick and stuffs a Pierson takedown attempt to close the second round. Another fairly close round:
10-9 Pierson

Round 3
Third and final round in this welterweight match up. They both land lead hans in the middle and Benoist eats a quick jab that backs him up. Benoist pushes forward with some more kicking combinations but gets backed up by the hand power of Pierson. A left hand but Pierson grazes the head, Benoist counters with a leg kick. Pierson lands a stiff jab now as both fighters are still a little tentative, trying to feel eachother out and land a big shot. Pierson misses a straight left and a right hand. Benoist lands a sharp one-two and gets poked in the eye, they continue soon after. Three minutes left and this third round is fairly evenly contested on the feet. Benoist comes in with an elbow and Pierson grazes a counter left hand. Benoist with a left hand now as he is slowly turning it up, but Pierson’s counter right hand is ready. Pierson charges forward for a clinch but can’t do anything. Benoist leaps in with a knee but comes up short. Leg kick by Benoist lands hard. Pierson with a quick jab and he slips a left hand, and lands another jab. Benoist pushes forward and they both land with rights. Still neither fighter has done anything to change the tide of the right, then Pierson eats a big left straight that backs him up against the cage. Benoist jumps after him and tees off. He gets in top position and puts a flurry of elbows on him and Pierson looks nearly out. Benoist takes the back and tries for the choke but can’t do so, Pierson scrambles to his feet. Pierson is still rocked and Benoist tries to land at the end of the round but can’t and the round ends. That last flurry could’ve won Benoist the fight:
10-9 Benoist

Official Decision:
29-28 29-28 29-28 all for Sean Pierson. He survives Benoist’s last minute attack to win the decision.

EVAN DUNHAM VS. TJ GRANT

Round 1
Both set to make a big statement in the 155 division, the former top contender Evan Dunham looks to get back into contendership with a win over the unbeaten-at-lightweight Canadian, TJ Grant. Grant sports a small reach advantage over the American, Evan Dunham. Dan Miragliotta gets us ready for this lightweight bout. They come out with no touch of gloves and Dunham reaches with the southpaw stance, against the orthodox TJ Grant. Dunham lands a left hand and Grant clips him with a knee to the head. Grant has Dunham circling around the perimeter but eats a sharp low kick. Grant clips him with a right and gets his attention, but eats a right-uppercut straight left combo. Grant gets his hands on him and puts a knee to the head. Dunham continues to circle around the perimeter as he is getting the better of the exchanges. Both fighters are exchanging heatedly. Grant lands a head kick and they tie up with an exchange, then break off. Grant keeps control of the inside of the cage as he lands another head kick which opens up a cut. Left hand but Dunham but he gets hit as well and sticks his toungue out. Grant lands again and Dunham fires back. Both fighters are swinging with bad intentions. Grant lands a hard leg kick and Dunham jumps back with a flying knee. Dunham fires and Grant lands back and they clinch. Grant creates space and lands two big rights, then tie back up. TJ gets off again on the exit with a right and a left. Grant brings the pressure still with fifty seconds left but Dunham scores a double leg in the middle of the mat. Dunham stands over him but isn’t able to do anything. Dunham closes the round ontop. Close round but Grant is landing the more important shots on the feet:
10-9 Grant

Round 2:
Round two starts off just like the same as Grant makes a move to get control of the middle but Dunham fires off some kicks. Grant lands again as he pressures Dunham against the cage. Dunham throws a left to the body after Grant lands a right to his. A straight right land sharply by Dunham who now moves across the cage. Grant forces his way into a clinch but they break off. Dunham eats a big knee to the head and is bleeding badly, but tries to fire back and lands. Dunham lands some more punches as Grant comes in, he tries to score a double leg like he did last round but is stuffed. Grant pushes his way inside and looks for a single leg of his own but can’t get it, they break off and both land shots of their own. Already an early front runner for fight of the night; both of these guys are going after eachother. Dunham pushes forward and ends with a kick to the body but is caught and countered. Dunham ducks into a knee, and another one and Dunham’s face is a bloody mess but continues to fire back leather. Dunham lands a left straight and follows up with a right hand, Grant grazes a head kick on the return. Dunham shoots for a takedown; Grant nearly defends but is able to get Grant to the mat next to the cage. Dunham holds onto the hips and now tries to get the back. Grant gets up and Dunham fires off shots as they exit. Dunham tries for some left hands and scores a takedown right after the bell signals the end. Another very close round, a slight edge to Dunham despite the bad cut:
10-9 Dunham

Round 3:
Dunham’s supposable “6-inch cut” is smothered in vaseline to start the third round. Right away they both begin trading shots and Dunham is bleeding again, all over his face. Dunham brings the pressure now rather than Grant but Grant won’t back down easily. Grant and Dunham tie up and Dunham drives him against the cage. They both miss on the exit. Dunham pushes forward and lands lefts and rights as he appears to be a bit fresher. Grant backs him up with a knee. Dunham steps forward hunting for the head. Grant lands a right hand that sneaks underneath, then a right hand to the body and Evan counters with a kick. TJ regains control of the center and Dunham shoots, but is stuffed. Dunham jumps forward with a jumping knee that grazes Grant. Dunham misses a left and Grant sneaks another rigt hand underneath. Another takedown stuffed by Grant. Big kick by Dunham is caught and Grant counters with his own. Dunham shoots again but once again stuffed. Another kick is stuffed but Grant can’t capitalize. Grant lands a right hand as he tries to utilize some head movement but Dunham shoots on him and is finally able to get a takedown with forty seconds left. Dunham lands a few shots ontop in the full guard. The round ends with Dunham ontop, what a fight. Crazy heart by both guys as they brawled for the full 15 minutes, however, it’ll be a close one:
10-9 Grant

Official Decision:
29-28 30-27 and 29-28 all for TJ Grant. Yet another big upset on this prelim card. Definitely a promising choice for Fight of the Night.

VINNY MAGALHAES VS. IGOR POKRAJAC

Round 1
Next up is an exciting light-heavyweight showdown between the rising Croatian contender, Igor Pokrajac, and M-1 205 champion and 2nd degree BJJ black-belt Vinny Magalhaes. “Big” John McCarthy is set to start us off. They tie up early and Igor presses Vinny against the cage. After lots of battling in the clinch, Vinny finally scores a takedown and lands in full guard. Vinny drops down with some punches but is very patient with his ground approach. Igor scores some elbows from the bottom but allows Vinny to slide into side control. Vinny attempts a kimura but then switches to an armbar and Igor is in big trouble. Vinny lets the grip go and Igor is now ontop. Igor postures up and tries to deliver big but misses as Vinny holds him tightly in the guard. Now going to a rubber guard is Vinny as he drills some elbows as well. Another armbar attempt by Vinny is aborted and Igor stands the fight up. Igor pressures Vinny against the cage and throws a right hand, but Vinny ducks under and ties up. Igor has Magalhaes against the cage and they trade a few strikes and knees as they crowd grows restless. Igor lands a big right as the round ends:
10-9 Magalhaes

Round 2
Second round and Igor looks to be measuring Vinny up. Magalhaes lands a leg kick but takes a shot to the body and they tie up. Igor scores a trip takedown attempt but falls right into a triangle almost immediately, horrible decision making on Igor’s part. Magalhaes switches into an armbar and almost on-que with Joe Rogan’s commentary he flips Igor over and gets the tap. Impressive submission finish by Vinny Magalhaes as he gets the armbar victory 1:14 into the 2nd Round.

CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS. CUB SWANSON

Round 1
Set to start this exciting main card off is an exciting featherweight match up that could produce the next title contender; Brazilian submission specialist Charles Oliveira and the new and improved veteran Cub Swanson. Yves Lavigne will be our referee for this featherweight match up. They touch gloves in the middle and Swanson hits the leg right away. Swanson holds his hands low and tries to loosen up, he lands another leg kick. Oliveira looks to have his traditional Muay Thai stance. He tries to cut the cage off and eats a left hook by Swanson. Oliveira ducks underneath and slams Swanson to the mat. Oliveira settles in the full guard. Some elbows ontop by Charles as he holds the head with his left hand and lands elbows with his right. Swanson makes space and they scramble to their feet. Oliveira moves forward with his jab and Swanson backs him up. Swanson misses a leg kick and Oliveira makes him pay as he backs him up with punches. Leg kick by Oliveira. Left hook to the breadbasket comes from underneath by Swanson. For a second Oliveira appears to be okay but then eats a big right overhand by Swanson. It’s a delayed reaction but Oliveira crumples to the mat and the ref steps in. It’s a huge finish for Cub Swanson as he scores the first round finish 2:40 into the 1st Round.

MATT HAMILL VS. ROGER HOLLETT

Round 1
Nova Scotia’s Roger Hollett looks to upset the returning veteran Matt Hamill in this explosive light-heavyweight bout. Hamill will have a 3″ reach advantage coming into the cage. Dan Miragliotta looks to start this bout off. Hamill comes out aggressively with a leg kick and a right hand. Hamill pressures Hollett against the cage with a jab and now a leg kick as he lets off. Some hand movement by Hamill and Hollett smacks him with a right overhand and then a left to the body. Another whipping right hand by Hollett, this one comes up short. Hamill lands a leg kick and ducks underneath a right hand. Another leg kick by Matt. Hamill moves in with punches but can’t land. Matt tries to touch the face up with his jab and Hollett backs him up with another right hand. Jab by Hamill, who looks to be getting the better of Hollett. Some more leads by Hamill. Hollett begins to throw some more shots but Hamill stays elusive as they both dodge eachothers shots. A short left by Hollett lands and Hamill looks to be losing respect for Roger’s stand up. Hamill times a takedown and easily slams Hollett to the mat. He has control of the back against the cage and is pounding away with left hands to the hand as Hollett lays helpless against the cage. The ref hovers near by as Hollett looks about done as he lays turtled up on the mat while Hamill picks shots at him. Thirty seconds left and Hamill is still bringing punches to the head, but Hollet finds a way up. Hollet explodes at the end of the round with a right to the body that seems to hurt Hamill, but runs out of time:
10-9 Hamill

Round 2
Second round begins and Hamill takes the center immediately and looks to get in the face of Hollett, who appears to have no movement in his feet. Hollett reaches in with a jab and Hamill changes levels but doesn’t commit. Hamill stays elusive and dodges a lead hook to the body. Hollett again goes to the body, this time lands. Hamill moves forward with a kick and then a big knee to the body but Hamill drives him to the mat. Ref calls for action as Hamill postures up and Hollett makes space and gets back up to his feet. The crowd boos as Hamill and Hollett look for openings. Two spinning back kicks by Hollett can’t land flush. A hard leg kick lands by Hollett. They tie up and then break away, both of these fighters look very tired. Hollett fakes a spinning back kick but just seems hesitant to pull the trigger, although Hamill looks to be fading after his near finish in the second round. With ten seconds left the crowd lets them have it; Hollett misses a spinning back fist and Hamill takes the back, then slams him to the mat as the round ends:
10-9 Hamill

Round 3
Last round and Hamill pushes forward. They trade lead hands. They paw at eachother and try to pick shots but neither can land cleanly. Hollett slings a right hand but can’t land and Hamill answers with a powerful double leg against the cage. Some hard punches by Hamill land and Hollett turtles up. Hamill puts some rights underneath the arm of Hollett and Roger looks to be defenseless again like he was in the first round. Hollett finally makes an attempt to get up by Hamill stays heavy on him. Some more right hands by Hamill. Hollett tries to roll underneath and scramble but Hamill retains top control. Looking to the take the back again is “The Hammer”. Right hands over and over from Hamill but Hollett makes an escape to the feet. Hamill eats a right hand to the body and drives Hollett to the ground again. Hamill lays in the full guard and peppers the head of Roger. The ref stands them up with one minute left. Hollett misses a right hand and Hamill drives Hollett against the cage, then takes the legs out and puts Hollett on his back scoring his 6th takedown of the fight. Right hands ontop by Hamill. The fight ends with Hamill on top. May not have been the most exciting fight but a dominant win by Hamill:
10-9 Hamill

Official Decision:
29-28 30-27 30-27 all for Matt Hamill.

MICHAEL BISPING VS. BRIAN STANN

Round 1
Next up is this exciting middleweight show down between two of the top contenders at 185; Michael Bisping and Brian Stann. Bisping will sport a very slight reach advantage and will be 1″ taller. Josh Rosenthal set to get this fight underway. They come out quickly and Stann takes the center. A big right hand misses for Brian Stann and Bisping counters with a left. They tie up and Bisping pushes Stann against the cage. Stann switches him, then Bisping gets him back. They break off and look for openings. Bisping tags a quick one-two. Leg kick by Stann and they both swing and miss. Bisping eats a sharp right but fires back later with a stiff jab. Stann throws to the body. Bisping now fights for a takedown, and drives Stann against the cage. Stann is fighting to keep on his feet and Bisping puts him on the cage. Some elbows on the exit by Bisping. Low kick hits a little too low by Bisping and they resume quickly. They exchange hard, both getting getting eachother. Now it’s Stann who kicks low and they resume shortly after. Stann swings and misses and Bisping tries to counter. So far nobody has landed anything significant. Now to the kicks both fighters exchange. Bisping with a stiff jab and now shoots for a takedown but Stann stuffs it and Stann clocks him with a big right hand. Bisping is shook but manages to hang on to the end of the first round:
10-9 Stann

Round 2
Second round they come out and Bisping swings first with Stann looking to counter. Stats show that Bisping is the more accurate striker so far. Bisping changes levels and drives forward with a takedown, he then lifts Stann up and slams him down into side control. Stann provokes a scramble off of his back and now gets ontop. A big right hand by Stann scores. Stann lays in the full guard and tries to work some strikes. Bisping looks to be setting up a triangle but Stann is aware. Bisping scrambles and Bisping tees off as Stann works his way up to the feet. Apparently Stann took a finger to the eye but the ref didn’t catch it. Bisping presses Stann against the cage and they break. They both land on several occasion, neither fighter is seemingly able to get the better of eachother on the feet. Stann works some low kicks and they both miss right overhands. Bisping again shoots for a takedown and scores it up against the cage. Bisping slides into side control and is working to isolate an arm. Bisping ends the round with punches and elbows ontop:
10-9 Bisping

Round 3
Third and final round and this fight is one-a-piece in my book. They both land leg kicks to begin the stanza. Stann tries to push forward but can’t land. Bisping scores another takedown and now controls the head up against the cage. Stann cage walks and lands a left hand on the break. They both land strikes on eachother and it’s back to the back-and-forth stand up exchanges. Leg kick by Bisping and Stann fires back with his own. They tie up against the cage and Stann exits with a left elbow. Bisping fires off a one-two. They tie up once again and it’s Bisping who has control in the clinch but neither fighter can do anything. Stann throws a body kick but Bisping counters with a stiff right and they exchange, both landing. Inside kick by Stann. Bisping again tries for another takedown which leads to a clinch; Bisping scores a trip with thirty seconds left in the round but Stann is back up. Bisping fights for another takedown with ten left but can’t get it. Stann ends the round strong as he pours it on but is it enough to win the round. Good evenly matched 15 minutes, but Bisping may have one it based on takedowns and volume of punches compared to the kicks and power shots of Stann:
10-9 Bisping

Official Decision:
29-28 29-28 29-28 all for Michael Bisping for the Unanimous Decision.

JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS. DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON

Round 1
Set to make history; the first ever flyweight champion will be crowned between two energizer bunnies in Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. Yves Lavigne set to get this fight started. They both come out and Benavidez charges forward first with a flurry and ending with a leg kick. Johnson puts a jab out and they tie up. A hard knee by Benavidez to the body and they split. Johnson chases Johnson around the outside of the cage, and throws his hands leading into a tie up. Johnson eats a knee in the clinch as Benavidez drives him against the cage. Johnson switches him, puts a knee to the body and then circles off. Joseph chases Demetrious down but can’t land. A stiff right grazes the head of Benavidez. Benavidez charges forward and tries to shoot but gets slipped up, a head kick is barely avoided by Benavidez and they split off. Johnson is now pushed up against the cage. Benavidez tries to bring the pressure but can’t manage to catch Johnson. Johnson eats a right hand coming in and Benavidez tries to cut him off. They exchange in the clinch and Johnson lands a hard knee to the body, then stuffs a takedown attempt and splits off. A head kick attempt by Benavidez is thwarted. Leg kick by Johnson and Benavidez tries to pressure him but Johnson counters with a right. Benavidez shoots for the legs but Johnson is able to stuff and land knees. Benavidez clips him with the end of a left hook but Johnson circles off and seems unphased. They tie up and Benavidez tries to transition into a knee bar but Johnson is game and stops it, he lands two good shots to close the round:
10-9 Johnson

*The following rounds of Benavidez/Johnson were taken from MMAJunkie due to technical difficulties. However, the main event and all previous content were not and were purely original.

(MMAJunkie)Round 2 – The crowd cheers a fight in the expensive seats. Fun start to the round. Benavidez looks for a kick, but it’s off the mark. But a few seconds later, he lands to the body nicely. Good right hand from Benavidez. Inside leg kick from Johnson. Benavidez chases Johnson and lands a few rights to back him up. They tie up briefly, but then break. Good left from Benavidez. Johnson misses over the top, and Benavidez tries to take him down. But nothing there. Outside leg kick from Benavidez, and then a nice right hand. He looks for a single, but he can’t get it and Johnson just misses a knee on Benavidez’s way back up. A few good lefts from each guy. Then a nice left from Benavidez backs Johnson up, then a left-right from him. MMAjunkie.com gives Benavidez a 10-9 round.

(MMAJunkie)Round 3 – Benavidez comes forward a little quicker this round. He throws a kick, then a left-right. Benavidez just misses a high kick. Benavidez just misses a body kick, then another — but Johnson can’t catch it to capitalize much on it. Right hand from Benavidez is good, then another. Then an inside leg kick. The crowd is booing, which is kind of hard to believe. They trade and each duck under a few shots. Benavidez gets a takedown, but Johnson is up quickly. Benavidez ties him up, but they break. Good combo from Benavidez. Benavidez gets poked in the eye, it seems, and he reaches for it quickly. But Lavigne tells him he didn’t see it. Again the crowd boos. Johnson with a right hand that just misses. Benavidez comes quickly right at the horn. MMAjunkie.com gives the third to Benavidez, 10-9.

(MMAJunkie)Round 4 – Traded leg kicks. Johnson with a nice right hand, and then another on the counter. Right hand from Benavidez takes Johnson off his feet, and Benavidez swarms. He looks for a guillotine. He moves around and gets full mount. He’s got it under the chin adn he’s cranking on him. Johnson is trying to keep him at bay. And somehow, he survives. And Johnson gets a leg and tries to go for a heel hook. But Benavidez gets out of that and gets back on top in side control. Johnson, though, spins out of a possible choke attempt from Benavidez and gets back to his feet. Benavidez looks to go back to the ground, but Johnson winds up on top. Johnson can’t keep him there, though, and they go back to the feet. Johnson quickly drops down for a short takedown, then lands a body kick as Benavidez gets back up. Benavidez throws, and Johnson ducks under with ease and gets a takedown and into side control. It’s a tough round to score. But the knockdown and submission attempt from Benavidez have him 10-9 on the MMAjunkie.com card.

(MMAJunkie)Round 5 – Body kick from Johnson. Johnson shoots and gets a big takedown. Benavidez is right back up, but Johnson takes him down again. They trade left hands. Good riht from Benavidez. He tries to come inside, but Johnson ducks under again. Johnson again with a takedown, and right into side control. Benavidez works to get back up, and Johnson briefly has his neck. But they go back to standing with 2:15 left. Nice left hand from Benavidez. Johnson with a right hand counter. The crowd boos again with 90 seconds left. Benavidez comes forward, but misses, but then lands a counter. Benavidez looks for a shot, but it’s not there. And Johnson looks for one, and it’s not there. Spinning backfist from Benavidez misses. Johnson misses a big looping uppercut. Another takedown attempt isn’t there for Johnson. And the fight will come to a close. So close. MMAjunkie.com gives the fifth to Johnson 10-9, but has Benavidez 48-47 in the fight. But who knows.

Official Decision:
48-47 Johnson 48-47 Benavidez 49-46 for the Winner via Split Decision and the first Flyweight Champion; Demetrious Johnson.

JON JONES VS. VITOR BELFORT

Round 1
Here we go; the main event between two of the most dangerous fighters in sport as the champion, Jon Jones, defends his title for yet another time against a former champion in himself and one of the most explosive and dangerous fighters in the business, Vitor Belfort. Both fighters appear focused, relaxed, and ready to do battle. Jones will be 4″ taller and a 12 1/2″ reach advantage, possibly the biggest reach advantage in UFC history (I’ll have to check into that). “Big” John McCarthy will be getting us ready for this main event bout. It’s time.

Jones starts out crawling out like he normally does and Belfort fires a high kick. McCarthy has no patience for their games and they fight on. Jones throws a small side kick and Jones shoots low. He gets out of a guillotine attempt and puts Belfort on his back. Belfort shows a good defense system and springs up with an armbar. Jones stands over him and tries to slam him. Jones slowly slips out and gets back into guard, that was close. Jones looks to find room for some elbows in the top position. Belfort throws one back. Belfort is already bleeding over his right eye. Again Belfort springs up for an armbar but Jones is game and sees it coming. Another small elbow by Jones and Belfort is bleeding badly now. More and more elbows by Jones slip by in such a sneaky fashion. Belfort’s right eye is a bloody mess and Jones stands over him. Jones tries an axe kick and slips into side control to close the first round. Jones looks to have hurt his arm in that armbar:
10-9 Jones

Round 2
Now with some vaseline over the eye Belfort is ready to go. Belfort misses a head kick and then throws to the body. Jones throws a teep and then a right hand grazes the chin. Two front leg side kicks land to the knee for Jones. Jones attempts a spinning elbow. A head kick is blocked by Jones. Belfort now pushes Jones out into the middle of the cage. Jones lands that leg kick again, a front side kick to the knee. And again. A kick again from Belfort is blocked by Jones. A long left hand by Belfort is slipped by Jones. Jones lands a traditional leg kick, then back to the side kick. A one-two is dodged by Belfort. Jones swings twice and misses. Belfort seems tentative to throw and Jones is slowly getting more and more comfortable. He lands a front kick that slaps the face, and a side kick to the knee. Jones is starting to drop his hands and land some punches. Belfort backs Jones up with his lead hand and then drops onto his back. It’s unclear whether he pulled guard or he lost his balance. A left elbow lands to the right eye again for Jon Jones. More elbows from Jones as Belfort looks to be going for the right arm of Jon Jones again, but loses grip of it. With the final seconds left, Vitor Belfort springs on with a tight triangle but doesn’t have any time to work with it:
10-9 Jones

Round 3
Third round and Jones opens up with a front kick and that side kick to the knee. A head kick slaps Vitor in the head and then follows up with a kick to the body that backs Belfort up. Jones misses on a superman punch. Another side kick land for Jones and Belfort slowly crumples to the mat. Jones gets into guard and Belfort is either playing possum or is severely hurt from that kick to the body. Jones paints Belfort’s face with his left elbow some more. Jones stands over him and they stand up. Jones is warned again for leaving an open hand out. Jones misses a spinning back kick. Belfort misses a left hand, then lands one but is blocked. Belfort ties up now and presses Belfort against the cage and pulls guard. Jones puts two more elbows to the head. Jones postures up and lands another elbow. Jones tries to slip past the guard and gets into half guard. Belfort attempts to hip escape but eats some more elbows while trying to do so. Ten seconds left and its more and more elbows by Jon Jones:
10-9 Jones

Round 4
Round four is underway, this fight has lasted a lot longer than any of us could’ve imagined I’m sure. Jones controls the center and Belfort attempts a head kick but Jones blocks it. Belfort explodes but is forced to pull guard again. Jones quickly passes guard and gains side control. He first locks down the arm with his leg and begins hammering down elbows. Then, he locks up a keylock and within seconds he has the tap just :54 into the 4th round.