SAN JOSE – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC on FOX 12 event.
The card, which features a welterweight title eliminator between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, takes place at San Jose’s SAP Center. The main card airs and four prelims air on FOX following four prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 4:15 p.m. ET (1:15 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 8 p.m. ET for the main card.
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Noad Lahat (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Steven Siler (23-13 MMA, 5-4 UFC)
Round 1 – Touch of gloves to start the night. Siler wings out a few kicks to open, and Lahat tries to grab the leg. Lahat pushes quickly inside and takes the fight to the floor, avoiding Siler’s legs and settling into his opponent’s guard. Siler with a closed guard, tying things up underneath. He brings the left leg up into rubber guard and eventually brings the right, as well. Nothing there, but Lahat isn’t getting to do much from the top. Crowd wants a standup, and Jason Herzog gives it to them. We restart on the feet. Lahat scores with a nice right hand and then looks agains for the takedown. Siler defends, but he eats a left hand. Lahat the quicker fighter right now. He pushes inside for another takedown. Siler defends well, but Lahat ends up tossing him to the floor, anyway. Siler own’t stay there, and he crawls to his feet. Lahat controls against the cage, but he’s forced to pull away. Siler scores with a stiff jab. Siler kicks the legs and looks up at the clock with less than a minute left. Lahat gets inside and scores another trip takedown. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie gives it to Lahat, 10-9.
Round 2 – Lahat misses on a big overhand right. Siler looks comfortable, but he needs to turn up the pace a bit. Lahat clipped a bit on an exchange. Siler starting to dial in his range a bit. Siler leg kick nearly trips Lahat, who’s still the more active fighter, moving in and out of range. Lahat not landing as much as he was in the opening round. Siler lands a clean right hand. His punches are straighter than his opponent’s, allowing him to land more frequently. Lahat short on a takedown attempt. Siler scores with a left hook and then moves out of range. Lahat gets inside on a late takedown. Siler turns for a submission attempt, but Lahat rolls out of it and gets to his opponent’s back. Smooth transition. Choke not there, so Lahat turns again and locks in a triangle choke. Gorgeous series of transitions. Siler is stuck, but He signals that he’s OK. Lahat squeezing the hold, but he can’t get the finish, and Siler somehow survives until the bell. Gripping sequence, and MMAjunkie gives Lahat the round on the late work, 10-9.
Round 3 – Siler is likely going to need a finish. He comes out striking, and he stuffs a takedown attempt. Siler moves immediately to the back on the sprawl. Slick move there, and Lahat is in some early trouble. Siler figure-fours the body, and he starts looking for the choke. Lahat defending well right now, controlling the wrist. He’s trying to turn inside and reverse his fortunes, but Siler keeping the body locked tight. Siler throwing a few short punches, hoping to get an opening to the neck, but Lahat won’t have it. Time winding down, as we hit the halfway mark of the third. Lahat just needs to survive, and Siler finally breaks the grip, looking for other options. They push up to the feet with less than two minutes. Siler with a stiff jab, but his corner is begging from him to come forward. Siler does score with a right hand, but he’s not keeping the pressure on. Lahat happy to cruise. He scores inadvertently to the groin, and we get a break with 30 seconds left. He doesn’t stay out long, and he comes forward on the restart. He jumps on to the back again in the final seconds, but Lahat survives. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Siler, 10-9, but awards Lahat the fight, 29-28.
Result: Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Noad Lahat holds on, tops Steven Siler
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Jason Herzog
Judging: Ed Collantes (29-28, giving Lahat rounds 1 and 2), Brandon Saucedo (29-28, giving Lahat rounds 1 and 2), Michael Bell (29-28, giving Lahat rounds 1 and 2)
Juliana Lima (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Round 1 – Lima with an early kick to the thigh. Jedrzejczyk pumps out a jab. Lima wants a takedown. Jedrzejczyk defends, but Lima pushes her to the fence. Lima driving inside, looking to pull Jedrzejczyk to the floor. Jedrzejczyk defending well against the fence. Lima won’t stop on the pressure, and she scores with a few knees inside. Mike Beltran watching closely and calls for action. Lima ties the body and finally gets Jedrzejczyk to the floor, but she pops immediately back to her feet. Beltran finally breaks them apart at the halfway mark. Jedrzejczyk scores with a nice right hand on the restart, but Lima shakes it off. Jedrzejczyk scores with crisp left, as well, but Lima is immediately back inside on the takedown. Jedrzejczyk again defends well against the cage. She tries to sneak in a right hand, but she has to defend the position, as well. Beltran doesn’t let them keep the position nearly as long this time. Jedrzejczyk works a stiff jab and wings out a big overhand right, as well. Jedrzejczyk is quick, and she counter a slow kick with a flurry of punches. Jedrzejczyk turns up the heat in the closing seconds, and MMAjunkie gives her the first, 10-9.
Round 2 – Lima kicks the legs, but Jedrzejczyk answers it with a flurry of punches. Jedrzejczyk is pressing the action. She’s extremely quick with her punches, and she works the body when Lima covers up to protect her chin. Lima catches a kick and tries to move into the clinch, but Jedrzejczyk knees her in the body and pulls away. Jedrzejczyk really starting to target the body. Her jab is pinpoint, as well. Jedrzejczyk brimming with confidence, and she’s picking Lima apart. Lima shoots in for a takedown, but Jedrzejczyk tosses her aside. Lima stays with the strategy, and she’s again driving Jedrzejczyk to the cage. Knees traded inside. Beltran inching forward. Lima trying to stay busy with knees inside, but Jedrzejczyk is staying on her feet and actually answering with knee of her own. Jedrzejczyk scores with an elbow inside. Beltran breaks them apart with less than one minute. Jedrzejczyk goes back on the attack. Her left hand is razor sharp. She goes to the body and defends another takedown. This time, she pushes Lima to the cage. She backs away and lands a front kick to the face. Excellent round, and MMAjunkie gives it to Jedrzejczyk, 10-9.
Round 3 – Jedrzejczyk takes the center and looks to go back to work. Lima needs a finish, but she’s getting picked apart right now. Lima trying to load up on one big shot, but she just doesn’t look comfortable, at all. Jedrzejczyk pops her with a flurry and then moves out to the center of the cage. Jedrzejczyk with straight punches to the body, and you can see the frustration on Lima’s face. Precision work from Jedrzejczyk, who’s in complete control. Lima shoots in for a takedown, and with less than two minutes, she finally get the action to the floor. Can she find some magic here? Half-gaurd for Jedrzejczyk. She turns to her hips. Lima controls the head, but she doesn’t have a choke in place. Jedrzejczyk crawls to her knees and eventually gets to her feet. Lima stays tight to the body, but she can’t get the fight down again. Round ends there. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Jedrzejczyk, 10-9, and awards her the fight 30-27.
Result: Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Recap: Joanna Jedrzejczyk tops Juliana Lima in UFC debut
Division: Women’s strawweight
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Mike Beltran
Judging: Mike Guingona (30-27), Derek Cleary (29-28, giving Jedrzejczyk rounds 2 and 3), Marcos Rosales (30-27)
Gilbert Burns (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Andreas Stahl (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Stahl takes the center and moves forward with a series of big right hands. The flurry brings him into a clinch, and they battle for position. Burns turns off the cage and gets the dominant spot, but he can’t do anything with the position. They break and reset in the center. Burns misses on a strike, and Stahl presses forward with a combination. He knees the body. Burns spins off the cage and looks to answer back. Dirty boxing as Burns looks for a takedown. He lets go and spins with an elbow. Big shots being thrown by both men. Burns is cut over his right eye, but there’s not a lot of blood right now. Burns pulls away and scores with a nice uppercut. He tries to follow with a takedown. He gets it on the second effort, but Stahl immediately back to his feet. They finish in the clinch, and Burns just misses a huge elbow. MMAjunkie gives the first to Stahl, 10-9.
Round 2 – Stahl aggressive again to start. Big punches and knees. Burns covering up well, and he’s looking to throw back. Both trade punches in the pocket. Stahl bleeding from the nose, and Burns goes hard to the body. Stahl inside, but Burns tags him with a few knees, and they break. Stahl slowing a bit, but when he throws, he throws with power. He lands a big right hand and then backs away. Spinning strike blocked by Burns. Blood again trickling down from Burns’ right eye. Burns scores with a high kick and gets inside, finally bringing the fight to the floor. He’s in side control. Burns with a few short elbows, but Stahl spins and gets back to his feet. Stahl goes back on the hunt and scores with a big right hand. Burns backs away and answers with the same. Burns with a spinning kick to close. Both guys throwing hard. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Burns, 10-9.
Round 3 – Burns turns up the volume to start, firing off a series of punches that force Stahl to cover. Burns seems to be gaining some momentum, but Stahl is tough as nails, and he answers back. They trade punches in the pocket and move into the clinch. Nothing there. Burns backs away and looks to strike. Blood really flowing from Stahl’s nose. Still, he’s pressing forward and looking to strike. Burns circles off the cage and controls the wrist. Still, he can’t get any advantage, so he pulls away. Stahl really is the one moving forward, but he’s not landing as frequently as he was in the early going. Burns not scoring as frequently as he could, though. Burns does move in with a flying knee. He presses Stahl to the fence. Nothing there, so Burns backs away, again striking as he resets. Final minutes. Stahl has no quit, and he flurries as he moves into the clinch. Burns again gets away and scores with a stiff left. Stahl kicks the groin in the final seconds, but we fight on. Bell sounds on a grinding fight. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Burns, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.
Result: Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Gilbert Burns slugs out decision over Andreas Stahl
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Jason Herzog
Judging: Wade Vierra (29-28, giving Burns rounds 2 and 3), Brandon Saucedo (29-28, giving Burns rounds 1 and 3), Marcos Rosales (29-28, giving Burns rounds 2 and 3)
Akbarh Arreola (22-8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Tiago Trator (19-4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Round 1 – Trator takes the center and opens with a kick tot he legs. Arreola just misses on a big front kick. A high kick just grazes Trator’s head, as well. Trator hits the deck on an exchange but pops right back up. Trator looks dangerous, but Arreola is the busier man thus far. Arreola falls briefly to a knee after a Trator right over the top, but he pops back up. Arreola catches a kick but can’t do anything with the leg. Trator controlling the center. He just misses a huge overhand right. Arreola continuing to use kicks as his primary attack, but he eats a right hand counter. Trator turning up the heat a bit. He clips Arreola with another right hand. Left hands traded. Arreola getting a little bit hesitant. Trator walks him to the cage. He fires an elbow inside. Arreola lands a toss in the final seconds, but he can’t do anything before the bell. MMAjunkie awards the first to Trator, 10-9.
Round 2 – Arreola still leading with kicks. Trator trying to counter. Trator scores with a kick of his own, and it sweeps Arreola to the floor. Trator strikes the legs a bit and eventually backs away. Arreola scores with a nice kick to the chest, but Trator is walking through it and looks to strike. Trator scores with his own kick to the body. He just misses a big right hand. Trator holding the center of the cage. An overhand right scores. An uppercut does, too, but Trator backs away to the center. He’s dialing in that right hand. Arreola lands a stiff jab. Trator answers with another right that wobbles his opponent. Trator walks right into a stiff left, but he seems to be OK. Trator chopping the legs and moving well. Arreola pushes him off-balance with a kick, and the round ends there. MMAjunkie gives it to Trator, 10-9.
Round 3 – A quick hug starts the third. Arreola kicks the legs. Trator misses on a right hand, and Arreola kicks him in the body. High kick scores for Arreola. Trator answers back with straight punches and moves into a clinch. Arreola circles away, and we reset in the center. Trator pushes him to the cage again. They trade knees inside. Short elbow for Trator before he resets to the center. Arreola slips as few stiff punches before Trator scores with an uppercut. He kicks the body, as well and presses Arreola to the fence. Trator eventually pulls away and resets to the center again. Arreola is tough, and he’s not giving anything away, but Trator seems to have the better strikes. He’s coming forward now wot punches and elbows inside. Arreola turns inside, but he can’t get any space. Trator vicious in the clinch. He grinds away until the bell. MMAjunkie gives it to Trator, 10-9, awarding him the fight 30-27.
Result: Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Aggressive Tiago Trator tops Akbarh Arreola
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass
Referee: Mike Beltran
Judging: Mike Guingona (29-28, giving Trator rounds 2 and 3), Ed Collantes (30-27), Marcos Rosales (30-27)
Mike De La Torre (12-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Brian Ortega (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Round 1 – De La Torre takes the center. Ortega circling on the outside. De La Torre leaps forward with a few right hands, but Ortega slips around to his back. De La Torre battles the hands, but Ortega with a smooth leap to his opponent’s back. Quick transition. He’s got a figure-four on the body, and he gets the left arm around the chin. De La Torre not giving it away, but Ortega switches arms. Choke is in deep. De La Torre standing, trying to peel him off with the cage, but there’s no room, and he has to tap. Impressive work from Ortega.
Result: Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:39
Recap: Brian Ortega chokes out Mike De La Torre in first
Referee: John McCarthy
Tim Means (21-6-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Hernani Perpetuo (17-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Round 1 – Means takes the center. Perpetuo clocks him with a big right. Perpetuo firing off powerful shots in a blustering flurry. Means survives and drops down for a takedown. He gets it, but Perpetuo stands up and pulls away. Perpetuo looking to bang. He clips Means with a few left hands, but Means is staying in the pocket. Leg kicks traded. Perpetuo goes to the body. Perpetuo charges forward with punches. Means answers with elbows inside. Perpetuo waves him in for more and then tees off with shots. Good action to start. Perpetuo is throwing big, big shots, but Means is absorbing them all and looking to come back with his own. Means pokes the eye, and Herb Dean sees it, calling time. Perpetuo is OK, and we fight on. Perpetuo leaps in, and it looks like there’s a head butt. Incidental, but Perpetuo looks angry. Round ends on the feet, and MMAjunkie gives it to Perpetuo, 10-9.
Round 2 – Means kicks the legs to start. Perpetuo with his hands high, looking to bang. He’s still got plenty of zip on his shots. Means with a high kick, and he’s giving chase. Perpetuo goes to the body and then lands a big left hand. He’s hitting Means with everything he’s got. Spinning kick to the body for Perpetuo. Means is holding the center, but Perpetuo is fine fighting off the fence. Means battling, and he staggers Perpetuo with a left. He misses on a flying knee to follow. Perpetuo is slowing, and Means is starting to take advantage of it. Means doing work with his left hand. Perpetuo’s big hooks aren’t landing as frequently now. One minute. Perpetuo complains of another eye poke, but we fight on. Perpetuo lands a strong combination, but Means is unfazed. Perpetuo lands a big right. Good back-and-forth round, but MMAjunkie leans toward Means, 10-9.
Round 3 – Means out quickly to the center. He definitely looks like the livelier fighter. Perpetuo scores to the thigh. Means may have survived the storm. Perpetuo’s volume has certainly slowed. Perpetuo chops the leg, and Means misses on a high kick. Means holding the center, and he drops his hands briefly. Perpetuo scores with a nice right hand. Means seems fresher, but he’s also not staying particularly busy. Halfway into the final round. Fight seems to be handing in the balance. Perpetuo goes again to the legs. Means briefly has a Thai clinch but gets just one knee before breaking. Means has a high kick blocked. Crowd getting a little restless, as the pace has stalled. Perpetuo with a sharp leg kick. Perpetuo taunting his foe, asking for more punches. Means delivers. Means with a knee and a front kick. Perpetuo with a big right. Means shoots in the final seconds, and the round ends there. MMAjunkie sees a close final round for Means, 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.
Result: Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Recap: Tim Means outstrikes injured Hernani Perpetuo
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Wade Vierra (29-28, giving Means rounds 2 and 3), Michael Bell (29-28, giving Means rounds 2 and 3), Derek Cleary (29-28, giving Means rounds 2 and 3)
Patrick Cummins (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (11-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC)
Round 1 – Kingsbury gets a warm welcome, and he looks amped and intense. Cummins shoots inside and grabs a single-leg. Kingsbury balances well but eventually slips. He pops right back up, but Cummins sweeps him again to the floor. Kingsbury again right back to his feet. Cummins stays tight and hits an inside trip. Kingsbury crawls to his feet yet again, but Cummins just muscles him back to the floor. Still, Kingsbury won’t stay there, and he gets up once again. Cummins wastes little time shooting back inside, but Kingsbury defends and pushes him away. Kingsbury looking to strike, but Cummins goes back to his wrestling bases and drives his opponent to the floor. Cummins just controlling from the top. Crowd doesn’t like it, but Kingsbury not getting any room at all to work. Cummins sneaks in a few bug elbows to the head. Kingsbury moves and gets back to his feet in the final seconds, but there’s not much time to work. MMAjunkie gives the first to Cummins, 10-9.
Round 2 – Kingsbury pumps a jab and defends an early takedown. Cummins stays on it with a second attempt and drives Kingsbury to the floor. Kingsbury refusing to stay down, and he eventually gets away.Cummins with another takedown attempt that he’s short on but ends with a right hand. Then he moves inside again and takes Kingsbury to the floor. Again, Kingsbury rises, but Cummins stays tight and prevents any space. Eventually, he backs away. Cummins with a nice right hand on the restart. He scores with a jab, as well. He’s just a step ahead of Kingsbury. Cummins moves inside and drives Kingsbury to the floor. Smashing takedown, and now he’s in control. Cummins gets to the top and punches away. Kingsbury refusing to go away, but he’s got nothing. Cummins with punches from the top. Cummins grinds away to the bell. MMAjunkie gives it to Cummins, 10-8. He’s in complete control.
Round 3 – Kingsbury going to need something special. Cummins looks like he might actually trade for a bit, but he goes right back to the takedown. Cummins with more punches from the top. He backs away and lets Kingsbury up, only to punch him and take him again to the canvas. Kingsbury has heart, and he gets to his feet, but Cummins just drives him immediately back to the canvas. Again, Kingsbury wrestles his way back to the feet, but he’s met there with a big right hand. Kingsbury surviving on heart right now. Cummins drives him again to the floor. He’s just taking the fight to the ground at well. Cummins punches away, but when he gives some space, Kingsbury crawls to his feet. Cummins wraps the head and control the positioning. Kingsbury puts his hands on the canvas to avoid taking any knees. Cummins with one last toss at the bell. Total domination. MMAjunkie gives him the round, 10-9, and awards him the fight, 30-26.
Result: Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
Recap: Patrick Cummins dominates Kyle Kingsbury with takedowns
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: John McCarthy
Judging: Ed Collantes (30-25, giving Cummins a 10-8 in rounds 1 and 3), Michael Bell (30-27), Marcos Rosales (30-24, giving Cummins 10-8 scores in all three rounds)
Daron Cruickshank (15-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Jorge Masvidal (27-8 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Masvidal with an early low kick, but Cruickshank comes right back with one of his own. Masvidal in the center. Cruickshank circling left.Masvidal misses on a low kick before going to the body. Cruickshank scores a big overhand right that sends Masvidal to the floor. He pops right back up and shakes it off. Wow. Cruickshank with a few flashy high kicks as Masvidal is somehow still holding the center of the cage. Jabs traded. Cruickshank kicks the legs. He scores with another right hand. Masvidal catches a kick and comes in with a flying knee to counter. Nice move. Cruickshank still moving well, and he lands with a knee to the body. Cruickshank still circling left. Masvidal kicks to the body. Cruickshank does the same. Cruickshank rushing in a bit to close the round, but Masvidal gets a late takedown. Fun round, and MMAjunkie gives it to Cruickshank, 10-9.
Round 2 – Cruickshank out quickly with a few spinning kicks. Masvidal immediately cuts off the cage and looks to strike. Cruickshank drives in for a takedown, but it’s Masvidal who hits the slick sweep that sees him move to top position. Masvidal backs up to strike and nearly gets caught by a nasty upkick. Masvidal settles into his opponent’s guard. Cruickshank turns to move, and Masvidal attacks with a D’arce choke. He can’t get the squeeze, but he does drive in a few elbows when he releases the hold. Cruickshank back to guard, and Masvidal grinding away from the top. Crowd wants a bit more action, but Masvidal happy to hold the top position for now. He grinds away with punches until the bell. MMAjunkie gives it to Masvidal, 10-9.
Round 3 – Fight could very easily hang in the balance. Masvidal in the center. Cruickshank rushes forward with punches but also eats a counter on the way. Masvidal looks for a takedown, but Cruickshank defends well and delivers a knee inside. Cruickshank tries to roll into a better position, but Masvidal scrambles and controls him from the outside. Cruickshank with a click transition into a kimura attempt that he uses to scramble up. From there he tries to jump on the back, but he’s too high, and Masvidal pops out the back door. It’s not Masvidal on top and punching away. Cruickshank needs to get off his back. Time is winding down. Masvidal unleashes a few right hands and a knee to the body. Cruickshank gets to his feet, but it’s too late. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Masvidal, 10-9, awarding him an incredible comeback win, 29-28.
Result: Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Recap: Jorge Masvidal survives knockdown to top Daron Cruickshank
Referee: Herb Dean
Bobby Green (23-5 MMA, 4-0 UFC) vs. Josh Thomson (20-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
Round 1 – Thomson with an early kick to the legs. Green does the same. Green has the center, but Thomson circles out and moves off the cage. Green with a kick to the body. Thomson patient to start. He’s switching stances and moving well. Punches traded, and Green waves Thomson in for more. Green moving awkwardly, trying to keep Thomson guessing. Thomson scores with a high kick. Green reaches with his punches, and he pays for it when Thomson counters. Green reaches out and pokes the eye. Thomson taked a break, but he’s back quickly, and Green apologizes. Green working a jab on the restart. He goes to the body, as well. He kicks the legs, but Thomson answers with a flurry. Thomson tries for a trip, but Green stay on his feet. Green scores with an uppercut. He kicks the legs a bit. Green was a bit flat-footed earlier, but he’s coming alive late. MMAjunkie sees the first for Thomson, 10-9.
Round 2 – Thomson catches an early kick but can’t get green down. Green walking his opponent down, but he’s slow to pull the trigger. When he does land, Thomson always there to answer. Green showing head movement as Thomson comes alive, and Green points to his shoulders to show where the blows actually landed. Green does a land a tiff left, but Thomson comes back with a sharp right. Green talking trash in the cage and asking for a fight, but Thomson is racking up points. Green with a big left to the body, but Thomson answers up top. Green is constantly walking forward. They exchange in a flurry. Thomson goes back to the trip, but Green gets immediately back to his feet. Punches traded to close. It’s another close one. MMAjunkie leans toward Green, 10-9.
Round 3 – Crowd electric to start the third. Green again takes the center. He shoots inside and wants the takedown, but Thomson is up to the challenge. Green continues to work from the clinch. He lands a right hand as Thomson scampers away. Thomson then shoots inside, walking through a knee to get there, but he can’t get the takedown. They’re trading int he center. Thomson again wants the trip but can’t get it. Thomson is a little bloodied under the right eye. Green wants a takedown, but he can’t get it. Cut worsening for Thomson. Neither fighter has really put a stamp on this fight. It’s back and forth with both scoring. Thomson slips on a wild kick. They exchange again to close. Very tight fight. Scores could be anywhere. MMAjunkie scores the third for Green, 10-9, giving him the fight 29-28, but a swing the other way wouldn’t surprise.
Result: Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Recap: Bobby Green upsets Josh Thomson by split decision
Referee: Herb Dean
Dennis Bermudez (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) vs. Clay Guida (31-15 MMA, 11-9 UFC)
Round 1 – Bermudez takes the center, but they both start swinging. Guida is bouncing around, moving like a madman. Crowd chanting his name. They trade big right hands. Bermudez mixes in a low kick, and Guida thinks takedown. He grabs a leg but can’t get the action to the floor. Bermudez scores with a knee inside and a nice left hand. Guida in the pocket, but Bermudez is just a touch faster to start. Bermudez with a nice kick to the leg. Crazy scramble, and Bermudez winds up ducking underneath Guida after scoring with a nice combination. Bermudez looks very sharp early. Guida is cut. Bermudez rocks him with a few knees. Guida in trouble. Bermudez pushes him to the floor and takes the back. He can’t get under the chin. Guida surviving. Guida punching backwards, sticking his tongue out as he does it. Bell sounds, and Guida actually takes a lap around the cage. MMAjunkie gives the first to Bermudez, 10-9.
Round 2 – Bermudez out quickly again. Guida right there to match him in terms of intensity, but Bermudez getting the best of the exchanges so far. Guida trying to change levels and create some action, but he’s struggling to mount any sustained offense. Bermudez pushes Guida to the cage and then scores with a front kick to the body. Guida scores with a nice right hand, and he’s still lively, but Bermudez is still getting the best of it. Guida shuffles his feet and scores again, but Bermudez drags him down to the floor and gets on his back. This time, the choke is in, and Guida is forced to tap.
Result: Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:57
Recap: Dennis Bermudez batters, chokes out Clay Guida
Referee: John McCarthy
Anthony Johnson (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC)
Round 1 – Johnson walking forward. Both pawing jabs but yet to really throw. Johnson wobbles him with a short shot. He sees it and pours it on. Big right hands coming in. Uppercuts score. Nogueira is rocked and covering. Johnson knows the end is in front of him and keeps the pressure on. Big right hands sees Nogueira drop, and Herb Dean steps in. Brutal.
Result: Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:44
Recap: Anthony Johnson destroys Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: Herb Dean
Matt Brown (21-12 MMA, 12-6 UFC) vs. Robbie Lawler (24-10 MMA, 9-4 UFC)
Round 1 – Brown out quickly, but Lawler stands firm and counters. Brown thinks takedown, but Lawler shrugs him off. Brown moving well early, but Lawler looks ridiculously confident as he bounces and looks to uncork power shots. Brown with a left hand. Lawler ths him with a counter. Good shots from both. Brown gets inside. He scores with a few elbows and drives Lawler to the canvas. He’s controlling the neck and keeping Lawler on the floor. Lawler stays patient and works up to his feet. He presses Brown to the fence and lands inside. Brown bleeding a little bit from the left eye. Brown gets another series of elbows inside as they battle in the clinch. Lawler pressing in from the outside. He lands a left hand that wobbles Brown. He goes to the body. Final minute. Brown is hurt, but he’s still battling. Lawler with a knee to the bdoy. Brown misses on a spinning strike, and Lawler counters perfectly. Lawler with the momentum. Brown kicks the body. Round ends. It was a good start, but MMAjunkie gives it to Lawler, 10-9.
Round 2 – Lawler with an early left hand. Brown darting in and out of range. He’s moving well, but Lawler is tracking him down as he stays tight in the pocket. Brown has a high kick blocked. He goes to the body. Brown staying busy. Brown drives in on a takedown. Lawler doesn’t want to be there, so he stands. He briefly exposes his back, but Brown can’t get hooks in. Lawler being patient, but maybe a little too much so. Brown with a spinning kick to the body and then unloads a flurry of punches that partially connect. Lawler moves and rests, but Brown keeps the pressure high. Lawler slips a spinning strike but fails to counter. Brown starting to gain some momentum. Lawler with a left hand, and he scores a kick to the body. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Brown, 10-9.
Round 3 – Brown goes quickly to his wrestling. He gets the takedown, but Lawler gets right back to his feet. Lawler with a few elbows as he defends before pulling away. Brown pumping a jab, but Lawler lands a firm kick to the body. They trade punches, but Lawler gets the best of it. Brown comes right back with a right hand. Good stuff from both men. Brown mobile again, and he gets in and out of range with his offense. Lawler is compact and lookin got land those big lefts. Lawler goes to the body with a kick, but Brown says it’s low. It didn’t look to be, but he still gets a timeout. On the restart, Brown wants a takedown. Doesn’t get it. Lawler looks fierce, but Brown taking everything he’s given right now. One minute left. Brown glances at the clock. Lawler with a sneaky high kick that partially connects. He’s adding up points. Might end up going back to the body. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Lawler, 10-9.
Round 4 – Brown rushes out quickly, but Lawler looks like he’s ready to get this done. Brown slips on a high kick, and Lawler is quickly on top. Brown works to half-guard, as Lawler looks to find room to work. Brown tries to work into a guillotine, but it’s not there. Lawler hasn’t really had much offense from top position. Brown works to his knees and then his feet, but Lawler is behind him, locks the body and drags him to the floor. Brown gets up again, and he kicks Lawler to get some space to come free. They reset in the center. Brown bleeding from the ear. Lawler getting the best of the exchanges. The lead hook is on point for Lawler. Kick to the body for Lawler. He’s really in control of the flow.Brown mixed in a few low kicks, but it’s Lawler’s power punches doing the damage. Round ends on the feet, and MMAjunkie gives it again to Lawler, 10-9.
Round 5 – Brown has to get some tape cut from his wraps before we start. He walks forward when we do, and the two start trading bombs in the center. Brown having some success, but Lawler getting the best of it. Still, Brown won’t back down, and he drives in a few short elbows. Blood trickling down Brown’s face again. He does score with a few short punches, but he needs much more. Brown with a knee inside. Lawler with technical work, but here comes that gritty work from Brown. He scores with a flurry of punches. Brown getting some momentume, but Lawler seizes it back with a big shot to the body. Rihgt hand for Brown. Back and forth as time winds down. Brown just misses on a big elbow. He takes a look at the screen and sees 90 seconds left. Big left hand from Lawler. Crowd on their feet as both men looking for the finish. Lawler stalking in the final minute. Brown gave it a shot, but he’s going to come upm short. Still, he’ won’t quit. Brown slips, and Lawler kicks him as he tries to rise. Big flurry to finish. Fun fight. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Lawler based on the late work, 10-9, and awards him the fight, 49-46.
Result: Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Recap: Robbie Lawler tops gritty Matt Brown in shootout
Referee: John McCarthy