UFC 152

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UFC 152:

Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman

Round 1:
Noke looks tentative on his feet early as Brenneman is the aggresser. Noke sticks his jab out as Charlie comes up short with a right hand. Noke flicks a high kick out there but can’t find the target. Another punching combination but Noke is off target and he allows Brenneman to tie him up and put him against the cage. Charlie puts a knee to the thigh, then he switches to try and wrap up the legs. Noke defends the takedown and Brenneman disengages and backs up into the middle of the cage. Brenneman pops in with a quick jab and fakes a takedown attempt, Noke grazes a lead hook against the head but Brenneman launches a big right uppercut that smashes the face of Noke. Noke collapses to the ground and turtles up as Brenneman jumps on him. Charlies tries to take the back but Noke stays aware and rolls over. Brenneman tees off in side control with hammerfists but Noke protects his head as he dives for the legs. Brenneman stuffs him off and Noke makes his way to his feet. Brenneman hunts him down against the cage but gives chase and they reset. Noke gets back in the fight with a short uppercut of his own that backs Charlie up, he follows him back with a stiff right cross that Brenneman takes to the head before ducking underneath for a double leg to put Noke on his back. Noke scoots back to the cage but Brenneman keeps him down for the remainder of the first round:
10-9 Brenneman

Round 2:
Charlie looks to tie up early but Noke keeps him at bay with a flurry of punches. Brenneman jumps forward with a sharp right hand and a left to the body as Noke backs up into the cage. Brenneman comes in swinging but runs into a hard right hook. He takes it on the chin but ties up and presses Kyle against the cage. Noke tries to sneak a trip in but Brenneman has none of it and drops low for a double leg. Noke manages to underhook on the right side and defend the takedown. Noke slips a short knee to the body inside and Brenneman disengages. Brenneman takes a shot to the body and he tries to counter but comes up short. Some more strikes by Noke who looks to be slowly getting into his groove. Noke pops a jab and Brenneman lands one back. Noke moves forward with a solid lead uppercut but Brenneman drives forward and puts him on the mat. Brenneman puts some hammerfists to the head in full guard as Noke tries to find some sort of offense going on his back. Noke scoots for the cage but Brenneman stops him with a big elbow as he postures up. Noke kicks off but Brenneman jumps on him with strikes and enters back into guard. Noke is desperate to get near the cage but Brenneman keeps pressure on him. Some good hammerfists land for Brenneman as Noke makes some space and tries to scramble. Brenneman stays on him as Noke makes his way up to his knees and tries to stand, Brenneman tie up his legs and throws him back on the mat. Some more punches from Brenneman close the second round:
10-9 Brenneman 10-9 Noke 10-9 Brenneman

Round 3:
Charlie Brenneman looks ready to go while Noke looks to be slowing down. They touch gloves and Brenneman gets off first with his strikes. Noke fires back with shots and throws to the body but Brenneman quickly ties up and drives him onto the mat. Noke ties him up in the guard and tries to throws some strikes off of his back but Brenneman fires back with some hammerfists. Noke pushes off the hips and looks to get something with his legs but Brenneman pulls out and stacks Noke. Noke reaches for the leg and Charlie steps away. Brenneman kicks the legs and stands over Noke. Noke misses an upkick and Brenneman jumps down into guard. Charlie controls the head and lands some left hands, then passes into half guard. Noke scoots towards the cage but Brenneman lays heavily on him. Now working the body is Brenneman. Noke looks to be tiring quickly now as he offer little defense off of his back. After a brief lack of action on the ground, the ref stands them up. Noke looks to push the pace as he walks through a jab and tags Brenneman with a one-two. Brenneman swings a right overhand that barely misses, then follows up with another takedown which looks to seal the deal on this fight. Noke tries to defend the takedown but Brenneman is able to sling him to the ground. Brenneman lays in the guard till the end of the round:
10-9 Brenneman

Charlie Brenneman wins via Unanimous Decision 5:00 into the 3rd Round.

Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson

Round 1:
Watson looks to stay in control of the range as he circles around the outside. Gagnon stalks him around the perimeter. Watson jumps in with a quick low kick and slips out. Again, Watson aims a kick to the inside and exits before Gagnon can get off. A head kick forces Gagnon to cover up and Walel jumps in with a quick uppercut with the left hand and a right to the body. Watson puts a teep to the arms and Gagnon shoots for a takedown. He gets a tight grasp on the hips and drags Walel Watson to the mat. Watson slams some elbows off of his back and Gagnon is bleeding already. Gagnon postures up and tries to pass the legs but Watson dives underneath and scrambles back up to his feet. Gagnon pushes the pace but Watson proves to be elusive as he slips a flurry by Gagnon. Watson jumps forward with a leg kick and a stiff jab, behind it he pushes forward with a left hook to the ear that stumbles Gagnon. Gagnon stumbles to his knees and Watson pushes him down and takes top control in side control. Gagnon grabs the leg but Watson keeps him down. Walel puts some right hands to the head, then a sharp elbow. Watson passes into mount momentarily but Gagnon quickly slips out and back to the feet they go. Gagnon covers up as Walel puts a three-piece combination together, and ends it with a sharp leg kick. With a minute to go Gagnon is still unable to get off on the feet. Mitch pushes forward but can’t land anything solid as Watson sticks and moves. Gagnon throw a kick but Watson catches it and stuns him with a right hand, then grabs ahold of the hips and puts Gagnon on the mat. Watson ends the round with a hard elbow ontop. Gagnon is bleeding pretty bad out of his forehead now as he walks to his corner:
10-9 Watson

Round 2:
Watson walks Gagnon and blasts him with a right hand early. Gagnon circles off the cage and looks out of it as blood rolls down into his eyes. Watson puts a stinging kick to the liver and then a left hand backs Gagnon up. Mitch drives forward now but runs into a left hand, but shoots for a takedown. Watson stuffs him and strafes away. Gagnon reset himself quickly but takes another kick to the body, he drives forward, desperately trying to get ahold of Watson but Walel counters him with a hard uppercut and then a knee puts Gagnon on the retreat. Watson’s pin-point striking is looking to be too much for Mitch Gagnon as he collapses to the mat after taking another kick to the body. Gagnon turtles up and Watson slams both hands through Mitch’s defense. The hovers over the action, then steps in after Watson slams a right elbow to the head. Dominant display of striking turned in by Walel Watson:

Walel Watson wins via TKO (Strikes) 1:38 into the 2nd Round.

Seth Baczysnki vs. Simeon Thoresen

Round 1:
Thoresen and Baczysnki meet in the middle to begin this welterweight contest. Baczysnki pops his jab down the middle and looks to follow it up with a right hand. Thoresen stays on the outside and lands a solid leg kick. They exchange lead hands and they tie up. Baczysnki puts a knee to the body as he drives his opponent against the cage. Thoresen throws some rights over the top, aiming for the backside of the head. Baczysnki puts some more knees to the thigh and midsection area, and they disengage. Baczysnki pushes forward with his hands but can’t land anything flushly. A good leg kick by Thoresen. Another one is thrown by Thoresen, but this one is caught and used to put Thoresen on the mat. Simeon immediately works on tying up the arms and the head as he raises his guard. It’s not long before Thoresen springs for an armbar attempt, but gives it up and goes back to guard. Baczysnki stays tight in the guard trying not to give Thoresen any room to work. The ref calls for action and Baczysnki slowly begins to stack Thoresen. Another armbar attempt by Thoresen but Baczysnki stands out of it and looks down on Thoresen. A big right hand misses for Seth and Simeon ties him back up. Now looking for a possible kimura from the bottom is Thoresen. After some muscling, Baczysnki pulls his arm out of danger and postures up. He looks for some punches but Thoresen keeps a solid defense up. They reset back on the feet with just a few moments left. Baczysnki pushes forward behind his hands and lands a solid left hook to the body as Thoresen circles away. Some more kick by Simeon mark Seth’s legs up. Baczysnki eats a one-two to close the first round :
10-9 Thoresen 10-9 Baczysnki 10-9 Thoresen

Round 2:
Thoresen now looks to push the pace a bit in the beginning part of the second round. Baczysnki catches the tail end of a left straight and they ties up. Some knees to the body for the taller Baczysnki. Thoresen drives forward and completes a takedown up against the cage. He stays tight to the body and works on controlling the arms. Baczysnki is unable to get a guard of any kind and Thoresen now sprawls out in side control. Some small punches from the top. Thoresen tries to trap the arm with his legs but Baczysnki stays out of danger. Baczysnki puts his legs up on the cage and tries to kick off but Thoresen stays ontop. Baczysnki recovers half guard. Thoresen raises his left hand and smashes down with some punches and elbows. Baczysnki covers up and Thoresen now slips back into side control, and now mount. Baczysnki turns away and Thoresen flattens him out. Baczysnki covers up as Simeon postures up with punches coming from both hands. Thoresen tries to works the hands and possibly get his arm underneath the chin but Baczysnki’s defense proves to be too much. With a minute left in the round, Thoresen transitions back to the top position with head-arm control. He locks up the arm-triangle from the mount and really digs into it. Baczysnki stays patient and slowly starts to slip his arm out from inbetweeen his own head and Simeon’s. Baczysnki looks to be able to survive till the end of the round. Thoresen lets it go with ten seconds left and postures up looking for some punches. Seth gives his back and Thoresen ends the round there:
10-9 Thoresen

Round 3:
Baczysnki tries to play with his jab a bit as he pops in and out. Thoresen looks for a big punch but can’t find his target. Some leg kicks for Simeon land, who then tries to follow up with a right overhand but Baczysnki is able to dodge his way past. Baczysnki grazes a head kick off the dome of Thoresen. Simeon stumbles a bit and Baczysnki pushes forward. He stalks Thoresen up along the cage. Simeon jumps in with a long left hook that grazes Baczysnki, then follows up with a double leg that is barely able to put Baczysnki on his back. Thoresen postures up with a sharp elbow and immediately goes to control the upper-torso of Baczysnki. It’s not long before Simeon is able to pass into half guard. It’s a dominant grappling display by Simeon Thoresen as he then slips out of half guard and into side control, while maintaining complete control of Seth Baczysnki’s posture. Simeon puts a few punches to the body, then postures up on his right side and rains down left hands. Simeon again tries to trap the arm with his legs and does momentarily. Baczysnki is helpless as he takes left hands from Thoresen. Luckily for Baczysnki, Thoresen’s punches don’t look to have much power behind them. With a minute and a half left in the round Baczysnki forces a scramble by turning over. Baczysnki looks to dive deep on the legs but Thoresen stays sprawled and heavy on Baczysnki. Baczysnki tries to scramble up but Thoresen quickly snatches the neck in a guillotine. Baczysnki slowly stands and pushes Thoresen up against the cage, who struggles to maintain his grip on the neck. Thoresen lets it go and they exchange wildly with his back against the cage. Thoresen circles off and Baczysnki comes to hunt him down. Thoresen ducks under a right hand and takes the legs out with a well-placed leg kick. Baczysnki reaches out for the hips but Thoresen jumps guard with another guillotine attempt. This one look deep but the round ends:
10-9 Thoresen

Simeon Thoresen wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) 5:00 into the 3rd Round.

Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage

Round 1:
Hettes and Brimage touch gloves quickly and begin circling eachother. Brimage jumps in the pocket and throws a flurry but comes up short. Hettes looks to use his reach and keep Brimage at bay. Marcus jumps forward with a lead hook that lands flush and a right uppercut that barely misses. Hettes is quick to close the distance with a knee to the body. Brimage pushes away but Hettes stays with him and sneaks a trip in to put Brimage on the mat. Hettes jumps on him as Brimage tries to scramble up, and is able to get a hook in as he tries to take the back. Brimage defends the hands as Jimy tries to keep a grip on his position while Marcus slowly shakes him off the back. Hettes is forced on his back and Brimage stands over him. Hettes thinks about rolling for a leg but Brimage smartly disengages and stands the fight up. Brimage pushes forward with a flurry of shots that backs Hettes up. Jimy stays in there and shoots for a takedown. Brimage easily tosses him aside and blasts him with a hard punch as he then stands the fight back up. Hettes is cautious on the feet and Brimage looks to be growing with confidence. Marcus pushes forward as Hettes is on his bicycle. Brimage jumps forward with a right hand as Hettes ducks underneath. He grabs ahold of the hips but Brimage again is able to wind up ontop. Brimage closes the round with a series of powerful strikes ontop that opens up a cut underneath the eye of Hettes:
10-9 Brimage

Round 2:
Hettes comes out with a crazy head kick and then shoots for a takedown right away. Marcus sprawls but Hettes quickly pulls guard and is already looking to lock up the arm. Brimage pries his arm out and pounds away with hammerfists ontop. Hettes rolls backward onto and latches around Brimage’s leg. Brimage tries to pull his leg out but Hettes is in control of it and Marcus falls off balance to the mat. Hettes tries for an ankle lock at first and cranks on the foot, but lets go to adjust position. Marcus spins and looks to be nearly out as his knee has almost cleared the legs but Jimy is latches up the heel hook and cranks it. Brimage screams and cringes and is forced to tap almost immediately. Incredibly submission victory for Jimy Hettes as he leaves Marcus Brimage immobilized on the mat:

Jimy Hettes wins via Submission (Heel Hook) :49 into the 2nd Round.

Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist

Round 1:
Benoist opens the first round up with a kick as he tries to then close the distance early. Pierson circles away and looks to be light on his feet. A few jabs graze off the head for Pierson. A quick head kick is blocked by Pierson. Lance pushes the pace and tries to get Pierson up against the cage but Sean glances a right hand off the head as he circles off. Pierson takes his turn to push forward with his hands but Benoist changes levels and shoots for a single. Pierson stuffs it but can’t clear his leg as Benoist drives him against the cage on one foot. Benoist pulls Pierson off the cage and puts him on the mat, but Pierson is quick to scramble up. On the way up Benoist snatches the head and goes for the guillotine. Pierson slowly gets up to his feet and Benoist cranks the standing guillotine. It doesn’t take long before Pierson taps:

Lance Benoist wins via Submission (Guillotine) 2:02 into the 1st Round

TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham

Round 1:
Grant and Dunham meet in the middle and circle eachother. Dunham lands a hard low kick and Grant pushes forward, but can’t pull the trigger. Grant wades in wide with a left hook and tries to land the right uppercut behind it but Dunham lights him up on the counter with both hands. Grant changes levels and drives forward for a single leg. Grant lifts the leg high and presses Dunhan up against the cage, but can’t get Dunham down. Evan lands a short elbow inside and frees his leg. He lands a short knee to the body and creates space to circle off. Dunham lands a leg kick and then a stiff jab to follow snaps the head. TJ tries to set something up but Dunham stays out of range. Grant presses forward again and ducks underneath to shoot for a double leg. Dunham sprawls out and gets head control. Dunham looks to lock up a d’arce choke but Grant defends his neck and Evan spins to take the back. Grant rolls with him but can’t shake Dunham off as he gives up the back. Dunham goes for the choke but is too high and Grant flips him over and now stands over Dunham. Grant kicks the legs and Dunham springs up with an upkick. Dunham kicks him back again and quickly stands. Grant pushes forward with a flurry of punches and has Dunham on the retreat, but Evan circles away and keeps his feet steady as he takes a big shot on the arms. Dunham lands a sharp jab and a low kick. With thirty seconds left in the first round Grant shoots for another takedown, but Dunham sprawls and goes for a guillotine. Grant slips his head out at the end of the round:
10-9 Dunham

Round 2:
Evan starts out the second round looking to stick his jab out some more. TJ Grant throws to the body and comes up stairs but Dunham once again backs out of range and sticks him with his jab. A hard kick to the body lands for Dunham as Grant slings a wild right hand but can’t find his target. Grant pushes forward and tries to tie up, Dunham places a knee to the body and they tie up along the cage. Grant tries to get a takedown off of the cage but Evan underhooks and defends. The ref splits them off the cage and they reset in the middle. Dunham puts a kick high, then low to the leg. Grant throws his own kick but Dunham catches it and sits him down with a big right straight. Dunham tries to follow up with punches on the mat but Grant kicks him off, then dives underneath. Dunham sprawls and doesn’t allow Grant to get any success. Dunham again looks to go for a d’arce choke but instead he lets it go and swivels to the back. Grant tries to scramble out but Dunham takes the mount momentarily. Dunham tees off with punches and spins for an armbar. Dunham goes belly-down, but Grant has a hold of his own arm, protecting it from hyper-extension. Grant gets top position and after some jimmy-ing he gets his arm out and gets ontop into full guard. Grant postures up with some elbows but Dunham ducks underneath and makes space to scramble up to his feet. Grant pours the pressure on Evan as he lands two solid left hooks as Dunham backs straight against the cage. Grant misses a right hand and Dunham ties up to land his own takedown to close the second round:
10-9 Dunham

Round 3:
Third and final round and Grant still has yet to be able to find much offense with his grappling. Grant paws his jab and Dunham jabs back. They trade kicks and Grant issues the clinch. Dunham puts a knee to the body and then attempts a hip toss but loses his grip and Grant drags him to the mat and lands in half guard. Grant tries to soften him up with some left hands and then reach for a kimura on the opposite side. Dunham shakes off the attempt and gets Grant back into full guard. Dunham lands a short elbow from the bottom and now butt scoots his way back against the cage. Dunham underhooks and fights his way to his feet. Grant keeps a tight ahold on the hips and he drags Dunham away from the cage to put him back on the mat. Dunham now reaches for a kimura from the bottom and uses it to stand again. Dunham creates space and launches a short knee to the head that stuns Grant. TJ wobbles backward and covers up as Dunham puts together combinations to the head. Grant ties up and shoots for a double leg. Once again, Evan sprawls on the attempt and closes the round in the sprawl position:
10-9 Dunham 10-9 Grant 10-9 Grant

Evan Dunham wins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) 5:00 into the 3rd Round.

Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhaes

Round 1:
Magalhaes goes to the leg early and stays on his feet. Pokrajac tries to time a right hand as he tries to cut Vinny off. Magalhaes clips him with a short uppercut and then throws a knee to the body, Pokrajac slams him with a right hand on the exit and Magalhaes falls to the mat. Pokrajac jumps on him but is immediately in trouble as Vinny rolls for a leg, he uses it to sweep ontop. Pokrajac tries to create space and scramble but Magalhaes sticks on him and drives him against the cage. Pokrajac tries to stand but Vinny slowly creeps his way onto the back. After a short stalemate, Pokrajac makes the mistake of trying to stand allows Magalhaes to get full control over his back. Magalhaes goes for the choke immediately but Pokrajac shows good defense as he works on controlling the hands. Magalhaes slowly transitions back ontop into mount, but has the arm trapped against the head. A sneaky transition into an arm-triangle choke has Pokrajac in trouble as Magalhaes takes his time sinking it and getting it tighter. Vinny slips passed the body and now cranks the choke from the side. Pokrajac goes out cold and the ref is forced to step in:

Vinny Magalhaes wins via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 4:29 into the 1st Round.

Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson

Round 1:
Right away, Oliveira opens up with a hard leg kick to start the fight off. Swanson throws a shot to the body and comes up with a looping left hook that bats Oliveira away. Charles throws another leg kick and then a teep to the body. Swanson jumps forward to the body with another right hand, and comes up with a left uppercut. Oliveira and Swanson trade jabs and Swanson puts together a one-two and a left hook to the body as Oliveira circles away. Leg kick by Charles, which he then follows up with a flying knee that grazes the head. Swanson underhooks the leg and dumps Oliveira on the mat and stands over him. Swanson jumps ontop with a right hand but backs off immediately as Oliveira spins for a leg. They stand up and Oliveira grazes a head kick off the dome of Swanson. Cub covers up as Charles pushes forward with a quick flurry and hard leg kick. Oliveira misses an uppercut and tries to tie up. Swanson pushes away but Oliveira jumps forward with another flying knee, this one connects hard and cuts Swanson open. Oliveira keeps a grasp on Swanson as Cub slams Oliveira to the mat. Charles locks up a guillotine on the way down and Swanson is in trouble. Oliveira rolls ontop and squeezes down on the neck. Swanson’s blood rolls down his face as he cringes, and then is forced to tap. Another impressive performance by the Brazilian:

Charles Oliveira wins via Submission (Guillotine) 3:43 into the 1st Round.

Matt Hamill vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

Round 1:
The pace starts off slow for this light-heavyweight bout. The two fighters circle eachother and look tentative with their hands. Matyushenko pushes forward and grazes an uppercut off the nose of Hamill. A leg kick lands for “The Janitor” and a big right hand that follows it puts Hamill on the mat. It looks to be a quick night for Hamill but he dives deep on the legs and is able to push Matushenko up against the cage. Hamill makes his way up as Matyshenko keeps control of his waste. They break off and seperate after a moment of stalemate. Hamill drives forward and grazes a one-two off the head. A leg kick by Matyushenko is countered by a right hand by Hamill and now Matt is on the offense. Hamill drives forward and has Matyushenko on his heels. Hamill lands two hard right hands that snaps the head back. Matyushenko cirlces away from the danger and quickly ties. He drives Hamill against the cage and lands a knee to the body before Hamill switches him. Hamill looks for a takedown as the final moments of the first round drain down. Hamill nearly has Vladimir down but runs out of time:
10-9 Matyushenko

Round 2:
They touch gloves and tie up after a short exchange. Matyushenko nearly lands a trip but Hamill counters winds up ontop. Hamill makes a slick pass into half guard and works for head and arm control. He slowly pushes Vladimir up against the cage and works the body, then slams a few forearms upstairs. Hamill puts down the arm and looks to lock up an americana. He postures the arm up but Vladimir straightens it out. For a moment Hamill goes for the straight arm-bar but Vladimir powers out and Hamill now goes back to head and arm control. Matt puts his head underneath the arm and locks up the head and arm in an arm-triangle. This one looks tight as Hamill pushes down on the choke. Hamill tries to pass to mount but Vladimir rolls him over and gets in guard. Hamill still has a tight grasp on the head and arm and tries to finish it from the bottom. After a few tense moments Hamill lets go of the hold and looks to have burned his arms out. He offers little defense as Vladimir picks his shots from the top. He postures up and while pinning down the right arm, he pounds away with right hands. A big elbow lands for Vladimir. Hamill ties up the head to end the round:
10-9 Hamill

Round 3:
Both fighters look fatigued to begin the last round. Vladimir loses his balance after throwing a leg kick and Hamill gets ontop early in the round. Vladimir scoots towards the cage and bases up on his hands. Hamill stays heavy on the hips and keeps Matyushenko on the mat. The crowd grows restless and begins booing the action. After a few more moments of inactivity as Hamill breathes heavily in top position, the ref stands them up. Slow to stand, Hamill can barely keep his hands up. Vladimir lands a straight right and a left hook that grazes past the head of Matt Hamill. A leg kick buckles Hamill as they then tie up again. Vladimir tries for another trip but runs into the cage. Hamill changes the momentum and takes top position for the second time this round. Hamill throws a few short hammerfists while ontop, but it’s Vladimir who is the one doing the most damage as he slams a few elbows to the head. Vladimir tries to bridge and sweep but Hamill stays heavy on him. With twenty seconds left Matyushenko tries to force a scramble, but then goes back down with a guillotine. It’s not very tight but he hold onto it for the rest of round:
10-9 Matyushenko 10-9 Hamill 10-9 Matyushenko

Vladimir Matyushenko wins via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 5:00 into the 3rd Round.

Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping

Round 1:
Bisping comes out quickly and immediately lands his hands on Stann with two quick jabs. Bisping looks to be pushing the pace early as Stann circles the perimeter of the cage. Stann paws his jab low to the body and tries to come over the top but Bisping sees it coming and evades. Bisping clips him with another jab off a low kick. Stann pushes forward now as he feints with both hands. Stann throws a jab high and a right low but Bisping counters with a right straight that grazes just behind the ear. Stann’s legs buckle and he falls to his knees. Stann gets up as Bisping hunts him down with a flurry of punches. Stann slams a right hand to the forehead on the counter and they tie up. Bisping pushes Stann against the cage and has control over the head with his left hand, and nails right hands to the head and body. Stann throws a knee high but can’t quite reach it. Bisping switches to double under hooks and drives him against he cage while throwing knees to the thigh. Stann tries to power out and get Bisping to the mat, but Michael reverses momentum and now lands ontop. Bisping passes into half guard and lands some hard right elbows. Stann tries to tie him up and now recovers full guard. Bisping postures up with some more punches and another elbow. Stann is bloodied up already as Bisping continues to keep the pressure on him. Stann scrambles up to his feet and has a head kick waiting for him that he manages to get a hand between. Bisping pops him with two more punches before Stann issues the clinch and is able to hinder the pressure of Bisping. Stann puts a knee to the body and lands a short left uppercut. With a minute left in round one Bisping and Stann circle eachother in the middle. Bisping jumps in with a jab and then a right hand behind it grazes the chin of Stann and sends him stumbling backward. Bisping hunts him down but the horn sounds before he can pull the trigger. Bisping looks to be overwhelming Stann early in the first round:
10-9 Bisping

Round 2:
Stann’s cut looks to be above his left eyebrow and has stopped bleeding for the time being. They come out and Bisping lands a hard low kick. A right hand from Bisping comes up short and Stann lands his first good shot of the night, a short left hook as he reaches inside of the pocket to tag him. Bisping throws a few jabs, looking to feel out the range. Stann looks to be content with pawing his lead hand out there, waiting for Bisping to react. Stann paws high and throws a massive overhand right which Bisping easily avoids and continues with a right hand down the pipe that drops Stann to the mat. Stann gets back on his feet, but is still wobbily as he backs against the cage. Bisping closes the distance with a big knee to the body that puts Stann on all fours. Bisping throws right hands to the head as he flattens Stann out. Stann slowly gets up to his knees and then stands. Bisping throws another knee but Stann is able tie him up and push him against the cage. Bisping tries to create space and Stann throws a big right hand over the top, then a left hook that buckles Michael’s legs. The tides have turned quickly as Stann pushes forward now with a big left uppercut that drops Bisping against the cage. Bisping dives for a single but Stann locks up his arm with his legs and now tees off with punches. He has Bisping trapped in a reverse crucifix position from the back and begins dropping bombs from the top. Bisping goes limp and the referee jumps to stop the contest. A huge come from behind stoppage for Brian Stann:

Brian Stann wins via TKO (Strikes) 4:22 into the 2nd Round.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

Round 1:
The two flyweights quickly touch gloves in the middle and start exchanging. Benavidez throws punches down the middle while Johns tries to swipe with a loopy left hook. Benavidez lands a strong leg kick and a right hand behind it and gets Johnson circling the perimeter of the cage. Johnson jumps forward with a flying knee and then changes levels for a takedown. He grabs a single leg and then stands up with it. Benavidez showcases remarkable balance but Johnson lifts him up into the air and onto the mat. Benavidez is up within five seconds and circles away. Benavidez jumps in with a flurry of punches but Johnson keeps his head tucked and safe. Demetrious tries to get off with his hands but Benavidez isn’t there. Joseph puts a kick to the leg and then stuffs another takedown attempt by Johnson. Benavidez throws a body kick but Johnson catches it, he lands a right hand to the head and a left hand to the body, the changes levels again. Benavidez shucks him off with ease as Joseph appears to be the physically stronger fighter of the two. Demetrious jumps forward with two jabs, one high one low, and a strong leg kick. Benavidez throws back with a swiping lead left hook and then a right hand down the middle. Benavidez’s right straight looks to be finding it’s mark as Demetrious’ nose is already bleeding. They exchange some more punches and with a few seconds left Johnson ties up. Benavidez thows him off and then shoots for his own takedown. He’s barely able to get Johnson’s knee down on the mat as the round ends:
10-9 Benavidez

Round 2:
Demetrious circles around the outside and uses his footwork to land a snappy jab and avoid the counter. Johnson fake shoots and then blitzes forward with a flurry of punches, a right uppercut pops the head of Benavidez up as he circles away. A body kick lands for Johnson but Benavidez catches the end of it and throws Johnson to the mat. Johnson dives for the legs and Benavidez quickly pulls guard with a guillotine. After a few tense moments Benavidez lets it go and scrambles back up to his feet. Johnson throws to the body and again lands an uppercut on the exit. Benavidez lands a small leg kick and a grazing right hand scores for him. They both land jabs and then tie up. Johnson pushes forward and tries to get Benavidez against the cage but Benavidez turns the corner and bullies him up against the fence. Some right hands to the body Joseph and then a big right elbow as he peels off. Johnson lands a good combo on the counter and throws a left high kick that comes up short. They feel eachother out with their lead hands. Benavidez now fakes a takedown attempt and Johnson drops to his knees, Benavidez grabs ahold of the neck and pulls guard with another guillotine. Johnson rolls over and then over again. Benavidez finally lets go when he lands in the mount. Johnson bucks up and escapes through the back door. Johnson grabs ahold of the leg and now takes top position as the round ends:
10-9 Johnson

Round 3:
Third round and neither fighter looks to be slowing down at all. Johnson pieces together a nice one-two followed by a leg kick. Then a right to the body and a left hand by Demetrious. Just when “Might Mouse” looks to be getting the better of the stand up, Benavidez lunges in with a right hand a big left hook behind it that stumbles Johnson backwards. Johnson throws a high kick and then shoots but Benavidez immediately sprawls gets control of the head. Benavidez scrambles to the back and now looks to get the rear naked without any hooks. Johnson puts his head to the mat and rolls out of the grip of Benavidez. Johnson and Benavidez mad scramble back up to their feet and Johnson pushes the pace. He lands a right hand but Benavidez takes it and puts Johnson on the mat. Johnson tries to butterfly sweep but it doesn’t pay off in his favor as Benavidez passes right into side control. Trying to regain his guard, Johnson turns towards Benavidez but Joseph stands up and out. He kicks the legs and looks for an opening to drop down with a right hand. Some more kicks to the thigh and the ref stands Johnson up. Benavidez jumps forward with a right hand and a left hook behind it that connects with the forearm. They exchange tight flurries of punches and Johnson finally lands a double leg into full guard. Johnson lands some small punches and elbows from the top but Benavidez creates space and scrambles. Johnson stays on him and dives for the legs again, Benavidez switches ontop and now has the back. Johnson stands up and walks towards the cage but Benavidez drops his weight and tosses Johnson back behind him towards the mat. Benavidez jumps and sinks in both hooks but Johnson turns towards him into full guard at the last second of the round:
10-9 Benavidez

Round 4:
Benavidez takes a leg kick early to start the fourth round. Johnson sticks a jab down the middle as Benavidez throws a right hand over the top. Benavidez pushes forward with a left and a right as Johnson circles away. Both fighters seem to be missing their punches as Johnson ducks underneath a right hand to land a grazing right of his own and a left that comes up short. Benavidez checks a low kick and shoots for the takedown. Johnson sprawls on it but gets backed up against cage where he is picked up and slammed on the mat. Benavidez’s strength seems to be the biggest factor thus far. Johnson tries to close his guard but Benavidez slips through into half guard. He doesn’t much room against the cage as Johnson slowly starts creeping up to his knees. Benavidez reaches around the head and grabs head control. He waits for Johnson to stand so he can throw a knee. Johnson keeps a hand on the mat as he stands. Benavidez instead throws a knee to the thigh, then to the body as Johnson ties up. Benavidez puts another knee to the bread basket and Johnson creates space and exits. Johnson leeps in with a one-two and then a left hook to the body, and a high kick over the top just misses. Benavidez ducks under the high card and lands a big left hand that drops Johnson to the mat off balance. Benavidez stands over him and slams a kick to the leg. And another. Benavidez drops down with a right hand but Johnson slips it and is already up against the cage. Same thing again, Benavidez gets head control and stays heavy on the torso of Johnson as he fights to stand.up. Benavidez jumps up on the guillotine attempt and Johnson suspends him in air. Benavidez tightens up his guard with thirty seconds to go in the round. Johnson slams him to the mat hard and they reverse positions as Benavidez now gets ontop. The guillotine looks very tight and Johnson is in big trouble. He is barely able to wait it out to the end of the round:
10-9 Benavidez

Round 5:
Fifth and final round for the flyweight championship. Johnson lands a hard low kick but eats a counter right hand. Benavidez leaps forward with a right hand and a loopy left hook that backs Johnson up against the cage. Both fighters miss head kicks and Johnson shoots for the takedown. Benavidez sprawls and obtains control over the head. Benavidez tries to spin and take the back but Johnson is one step ahead and turns towards him. Johnson drops to his back and rolls for an armbar but Benavidez has none of it and stands over “Mighty Mouse”. A few kicks to the thigh as Benavidez looks to just be burning the clock. The ref stands the action up. Johnson looks to have a slight sense of urgency now as he jumps forward with a flying knee. Benavidez grabs waist control and plows Demetrious against the cage. Johnson pummels underneath and sends a knee to the body. Benavidez drops down and gets a tight grip around the legs. Benavidez pulls Johnson away from the cage and slams him to the mat. Johnson immediately makes his way standing again but Benavidez is relentless and grabs another grip around the waist. This time Benavidez pulls Johnson away from the cage and slams him to the mat. Benavidez postures up and lands a big elbow to the head. Another one is thrown but Johnson ducks underneath and scrambles up to his feet with a minute to go. Benavidez covers up as Johnson pushes forward with a flurry of punches and ends with a low kick. Benavidez throws a high kick and then leaps forward with a right uppercut to the jaw that drops Johnson. With a few seconds left in the round Benavidez jumps on Johnson, then pulls guard with another guillotine attempt. They roll and Benavidez cranks it from the mount. Benavidez lets go and tees off with punches to end the bout:
10-9 Benavidez

Joseph Benavidez wins via Unanimous Decision (49-46) 5:00 into the 5th Round.

Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

Round 1:
Jones immediately opens the bout off with a head kick that Belfort takes on the arms. Jones prances forward and throws a lead side kick to the body. Belfort circles around the outside looks to be on the move. Jones paws his lead hand out then switches stances. He walks Vitor down up against the cage and lands a big elbow to the nose as Belfort misses a knee to the head and circles away. Jones walks him down and Belfort explodes forward with a flurry of punches that has Jones on his heels. Jones barely slips out of range and circles away from the flurry. Belfort now walks Jones down and Jon jumps forward with another elbow and a kick to the body. A side kick bounces Belfort backwards. Jon tries a side kick to the head but misses, he then clips Belfort on the other side with a spinning back fist but Belfort blitzes him with a right uppercut and a left hook, then a left uppercut stumbles Jones and he drops to his knees. Jones bobs and weaves, trying to dodge punches as he is barely able to stay standing. Belfort throws a head kick that grazes Jones and Belfort blitzes forwards again. This time Jones backpedals away. The crowd goes crazy as Belfort chases Jones around the ring, connecting here and there with grazing punches. Jones ducks underneath and now sprints away from the other side. The crowds chants now turn into boos towards the champion as he seems to be running away from Belfort. Vitor tries to cut the cage off and blitz forward again but he runs into a right hand that plants him on the mat. Belfort turtles up as Jones picks his punches, then switches to knees to the side. Belfort attempts to scramble out but Jones snatches the neck on the way up. He cranks the guillotine with Belfort on his knees and ellicits the tap at the very end of the first round. What a crazy fight:

Jon Jones wins via Submission (Guillotine Choke) 4:59 into the 1st Round.

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