New Orleans, Louisiana gets its seventh taste of Octagon action when the UFC returns with another installment of its signature series Fight Night this Saturday. “The Talent” Alan Belcher (16-6) and “The Athlete” Jason MacDonald (23-14) are set to start the night off in a middleweight bout. Korean transplant “The Ox” Dongi Yang (5-1) and The Ultimate Fighter 11 winner “Crusher” Court McGee (11-1) lock up in another battle in the 185lbs. division. In the main event, Jake Shields (26-5-1) and “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger (24-5) meet to see which wrestler can rightfully call the UFC canvas their home. The featherweights make themselves known on the main card between all this action when Jonathan Brookins (14-1) and “New Breed” Erik Koch (12-1) grace the UFC cage. Brookins springs back to action from a nine-month hiatus as The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 champion. Koch is one of the fastest featherweights in the world with two back-to-back knockouts on his heels. The time could not have been any more perfect for these two to finally step up and meet.
Rich Attonito vs. Dave Branch: Branch via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Fredson Paixao vs. Pablo Garza: Garza via KO (Knee), Round 1, 0:51
Will Campuzano vs. Nick Pace: Pace via Submission (Arm/Leg Triangle, “The Pace”) Round 3, 4:27
Sako Chivitchian vs. Kyle Watson: Kyle Watson via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Tyler Toner vs. Ian Loveland: Loveland via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Wilkinson: McKenzie via Submission (Guillotine), Round 1, 2:03
Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia: Garcia via Split Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Johny Hendricks vs. Rick Story: Story via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Kendall Grove vs. Demian Maia: Maia via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac: Stephan Bonnar via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
Jonathan Brookins vs. Michael Johnson: Brookins via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
—BONUSES and AWARDS—
Submission of the Night: Cody McKenzie wins $30,000
Knockout of the Night: Pablo Garza wins $30,000
Fight of the Night: Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia win $30,000 each
“The Ultimate Fighter”: Jonathan Brookins wins three-fight, six digit contract with the UFC
Rich Attonito: 185lbs.
Dave Branch: 185lbs.
Fredson Paixao: 145lbs.
Pablo Garza: 146lbs.
Will Campuzano: 136lbs.
Nick Pace: 138lbs.*
Sako Chivitchian: 156lbs.
Kyle Watson: 156lbs.
Tyler Toner: 146lbs.
Ian Loveland: 145lbs.
Cody McKenzie: 154lbs.
Aaron Wilkinson: 155lbs.
Nam Phan: 146lbs.
Leonard Garcia: 145lbs.
Johny Hendricks: 171lbs.
Rick Story: 170lbs.
Kendall Grove: 186lbs.
Demian Maia: 186lbs.
Stephan Bonnar: 205lbs.
Igor Pokrajac: 205lbs.
Jonathan Brookins: 154lbs.
Michael Johnson: 156lbs.
*Nick Pace decided not to cut the additional 2lbs. and thus forfeits 20% of his fight purse.