The Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida hosts the UFC’s third installment of “UFC on FX” this Friday night. WEC vets Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) and “Young Guns” Scott Jorgensen (13-5) kick off the main card with bantamweight action. “The Dentist” Josh Neer (33-10-1) will try to keep his third tour in the UFC going when he battles crafty veteran “Quicksand” Mike Pyle (22-8-1). Before flyweights “Uncle Creepy” Ian Mcall (11-2-1) and “Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1) meet again to settle their controversial first encounter in the night’s closer, “Indio” Erick Silva (13-2) and “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman (15-3) will lock horns in the co-main event. Both welterweights have made strides within the division and with a phenomenal showcase, to the victor the spoils and a step higher to the peak of the 170lbs. mountain.
—MAIN CARD (on FX)—
Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller: Miller via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1, 2:04
Duane Ludwig vs. Josh Neer: Neer via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 3:04
Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian: Easton via Majority Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-29), Round 3, 5:00
Pat Barry vs. Christian Morecraft: Barry via KO (Punches), Round 1, 3:38
—MAIN CARD (on Versus)—
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry: Kongo via KO, Round 1, 2:39
Rick Story vs. Charlie Brenneman: Brenneman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Brown vs. John Howard: Brown via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft: Mitrione via KO (Punches), Round 2, 4:28
—MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View)—
UFC Welterweight Championship Fight
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields: St. Pierre via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47), Round 5, 5:00
UFC Featherweight Championship Fight
Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick: Aldo via Unanimous Decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46), Round 5, 5:00
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida: Machida via KO (Jump Front Kick), Round 2, 1:05
Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: Matyushenko via KO (Punches), Round 1, 0:20
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson: Henderson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
The Key Arena of Seattle, Washington got its dose of mixed martial arts action when the UFC came roaring through with last night’s UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis. With a heavy prelim card, the four main card bouts had tough acts to follow. The fans saw a “Fight of the Year” rematch with an added twist when former WEC acquisitions stepped in the cage. Although the fight was in trouble with fighters dropping out due to injury, two Ultimate Fighter alumni showed they are beyond the reality television stigma in a thrilling war. The welterweight division got shaken up when two fighters seeking redemption over their past performances met with the hopes of getting back onto the road for a title shot. In the main event, the world saw a promising, young fighter take on a dangerous veteran of the game. While much can be said about the undercard, here’s a quick recap over the main card shown on Spike TV along with possible match-ups those victorious might see themselves in later in 2011.
For the first time in its history, Zuffa is bringing its premier mixed martial arts promotion the UFC to Ontario, Canada. On April 30 the Rogers Centre will host UFC 129, the sixth live event held by the UFC in Canada and the first in Ontario since MMA was officially legalized and sanctioned in the province in August of last year. The Toronto event was originally slated for UFC 131 but later changed as the promotion’s busy 2011 schedule fell into place.
Jacob Volkmann vs. Antonio McKee: Volkmann via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Daniel Roberts vs. Greg Soto: Roberts via Submission (Kimura), Round 1, 3:45
Mike Brown vs. Diego Nunes: Nunes via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares: Tavares via TKO (Knees and Punches), Round 1, 4:20
Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier: Poirier via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens: Stephens via KO (Punch), Round 3, 2:33
Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi: Guida via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 4:27
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim: Kim via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva: Silva via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann: Stann via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 3:37
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard: N/A, the contest is ruled a Draw (48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and a 47-47), Round 5, 5:00*
Submission of the Night: Clay Guida awarded $60,000
Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens awarded $60,000
Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard each awarded $60,000
*Frankie Edgar retains his UFC Lightweight Championship belt
Jacob Volkmann: 156lbs.
Antonio McKee: 156lbs.
Daniel Roberts: 171lbs.
Greg Soto: 171lbs.
Mike Brown: 146lbs.
Diego Nunes: 146lbs.
Phil Baroni: 186lbs.
Brad Tavares: 185lbs.
—LIVE on ION TV—
Josh Grispi: 146lbs.
Dustin Poirier: 145lbs.
Marcus Davis: 156lbs.
Jeremy Stephens: 156lbs.
Brandon Vera: 205lbs.
Thiago Silva: 206lbs.
Clay Guida: 156lbs.
Takanori Gomi: 155lbs.
Nate Diaz: 170lbs.
Dong Hyun Kim: 171lbs.
Chris Leben: 186lbs.
Brian Stann: 186lbs.
Frankie Edgar: 155lbs.
Gray Maynard: 155lbs.
UFC on Versus: Jones vs. Matyushenko will take place August 1, 2010 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. In addition to quality bouts between “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (27-8) and “Daddy” Joe Stevenson (31-10) and “Bones” Jon Jones (10-1) and “The Janitor” Vladimir Matyushenko (24-4), the UFC has given us an excellent welterweight pairing between up and coming bruiser “Doomsday” John Howard (14-4) and NCAA wrestling coach Jake Ellenberger (21-5). Howard enters UFC on Versus on the heels of a one punch KO of “Ninja” Daniel Roberts (10-1) with a perfect 4-0 record with the promotion. His opponent brings a 1-1 UFC record to the cage following a second round stoppage of Mike Pyle (19-6-1). This fight is interesting because it is a step beyond a classical striker vs. grappler pairing; these two men are complete athletic opposites. On one side is Ellenberger, a wrestler turned MMA fighter who battled his way into the UFC over the course of four and a half years and 24 fights and went straight to the deep end of the talent pool against “Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (25-5). On the other when have “Doomsday”, a solid submission guy with a brutal Thai-boxing game who made the UFC in just over three years at a much more casual pace, fighting only 14 times and has struggled to get a fight against a true competitor despite notching off four wins in a row with a Fight of the Night bonus on just his second appearance. This is definitely a much more even fight than it looks like on paper and the reward for the winner: a match against “Rumble” Anthony Johnson (8-3) or a member of the AKA roadblock trio.