The Korean Zombie vs. The Diamond!
“The Korean Zombie” Chang Sung Jung vs. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier
Official: Round 4 – Submission 1:07 D’Arce Choke, Chan Sung Jung (13-3)
Jung wastes no time looking for the brawl. Gets Poirier down but ends up against the cage. Poirier works some good strikes but Jung drags him back down and has him controlled but Poirier regains guard. Jung cuts him with an elbow. Poirier upkicks hard! Ends up on top and Jung starts to calmly works off his back to get back up. Brawl on the feet! Hard shots by both! Poirier is forced to shoot but Zombie sprawls. Easily Poirier’s toughest fight so far, let’s see how he reacts. Second Round and both guys look confidently calm but Zombie is the first to land a hard punch and Poirier is down! Starts raining down the punches, slowly eating away at Poirier’s confidence. Poirier tries to find a sweep but Zombie lets him back up and lands some great strikes! Relentless! Desperation takedown by Poirier but he gets swept and mounted! He’s hanging on trying to gather himself, trying to stall for a standup.! Jung beats him up some. Armbar from Zombie! Switches to Triangle! BEAUTIFUL! So aggressive! Elbow strikes! Armbar again! POIRIER ESCAPES! Triangle from Jung! Saved by the bell! On to the third! Holy crap. This fight has just made up for the rest of the card. Poirier looks tested but has no quit in him. Brawl! Both guys look tired, a little sloppier, a little slower. Big takedown by Jung! Immediate Crucifx! Immediate escape and back on the feet! Zombie looks tired but keeps landing big combos with Poirier against the cage! Zombie looks faded but then lands a shot that hurts Poirier and opens up combos. This happens over and over again. Zombie eats a lot a jabs but then lands a big combo yet again! On to Round Four! Both are a little recovered from the slower pace of the previous round. Jung counters well. Huge uppercut by Zombie! D’Arce! It’s over! UNBELIEVABLE! UFC 140 was no fluke!
Fight of the
Submission of the Night
Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez
Official: Split Decision – 28-29, 29-28, 29-28, Amir Sadollah (6-3)
Lopez is very quick, countering ever subtle movement of Sadollah. Lopez presses him against the cage with Double-Underhooks, unable to do anything with it. Back in center, Sadollah seems to have found his range but Lopez is very fast. Sadollah stuffs a takedown hard, tries to lock up a Guillotine on the slam but loses it and now has to work from the bottom. Lopez attacks the arm but Sadollah calmly defends back up to his feet, working for a takedown of his own but can’t get it. Lopez immediately looks for another, gets stuck in the clinch. They break and Sadollah has his striking rhythm now. Lopez is force to go for a takedown and Sadollah yanks a Guillotine but loses it, ends up on bottom and now Lopez his back but Sadollah reverses and they break. Sadollah lands a hard kick but gives up a takedown. Third round and both guys are going for it but end up at the cage again. They break and Sadollah is ahead on strikes now. Lopez keeps trying to force the takedown but Sadollah defends continuously but gets dumped. Back up and Sadollah isn’t slowing down but Lopez ties him up but Sadollah isn’t having it.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jeremy “Little Heathen” Stephens
Official: Unanimous Decision – 30-27, Donald Cerrone (18-4-1)
Stephens is throwing hard, no surprise. Cerrone is being patient. Stephens looks very technical in this fight. Cerrone seemed to be struggling with his range but seems to have found it now, picking good shots from the outside. Stephens is cut. Yup, this is the Donald Cerrone show now and they both know it. Amazing example of when a fighter finds “it” in a fight. Cerrone begins to get creative but it’s the technical strikes that are doing Stephens in now. Stephens is frozen with defeat at this point. Cerrone is as good as ever. Absolute destruction. UFC 141 erased.
Yves Jabouin vs. Jeff Houghland
Official: Unanimous Decision – 30-37, 30-36, 30-37, Yves Jabouin (18-7)
Good strikes. Jabouin is a bit faster. Spinning Back Kick lands flush! Jabouin’s confidence is steadily going up. Houghland is unphased. Hard Spinning Side Kick and Houghland is down! It’s McCarthy vs. Loiseau all over again but Houghland is tougher and survives the round! Round Two and Houghland seems recovered but Jabouin’s speed and kicks definitely have him gun-shy. Pace slows down quite a bit. Houghland gets dropped off the Third but is still in it but is getting smashed! Jabouin has his back! Houghland reverses! but ends up back on bottom. Houghland survives, but has taken a hell of a beating.
Igor Pokrajac vs. Fabio Maldonado
Official: Unanimous Decision – 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, Igor Pokrajac (25-8)
Pokrajac goes straight for the takedown and starts working his top game. Maldonado defends and eventually works his way back up. Pokrajac continues to pressure Maldonado, keeping him against the cage. Maldonado reverses position and beats up the body! Pokrajac is getting nailed in the clinch but is still very much in this fight, landing hard knees. Maldonado is relentless in this position and knows how to keep it. Big punch by Pokrajac! Both guys landing flurries to end the fight! Incredible durability!
“The Athlete” Jason MacDonald vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor
Official: Round 1 – KO 0:50, Tom Lawlor (8-4-1)
Surprising height and reach advantage for MacDonald. MacDonald goes down! It wasn’t a hard shot but he’s not moving! Happy Birthday Tom Lawlor! Yup. Right behind the ear and he’s conscious but his body’s limp long enough for the ref to step in. MacDonald’s retirement fight is in Calgary. Let’s hope he goes out on top!
Knockout of the Night
Brad Tavares vs. Dongi “The Ox” Yang
Official: Unanimous Decision – 29-28, Brad Tavares (8-1)
Things start slow, but it quickly becomes power shot for power shot. Yang applies the most the pressure. More explosive in the second round but Tavares is really falling behind here. Tavares comes out hard in the Third with great wrestling, emphatically putting Yang on the mat early. Yang is back up and regains control but is fatigued. Somehow, that’s enough for Tavares to win over the judges…
Cody McKenzie vs. Marcus LeVesseur
Official: Round 1 – Submission 3:05 McKenzi-tine, Cody McKenzie (13-2)
McKenzie charges forward but gets taken down, but fights back up. The fights ends back up on the ground and this has quickly become a fast-paced JiuJitsu match and -Oh my god… Here it comes! PRICELESS!
TJ Grant vs. Carlo Prater
Official: Unanimous Decision – 30-27, TJ Grant (18-5)
Prater lands some solid leg kicks but Grant has great counters with his hands. Grant locks up a clich after stuffing a takedown. He gets a takedown of his own but Prater rolls for a leg and gets flattened by Grant. Grant is proving to be very tough for Prater. He’s walking through any attacks, clinching up and doing damage. He’s very hard to take down and maintains the better position on the ground. Grant gets another takedown and struggles his way to a mount and then his back, but Prater escapes to his feet only to get slammed back down. Ends the fight with a very close Armbar!
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus
Official: Round 1 – Submission 1:40 Rear Naked Choke, Rafael Dos Anjos (16-6)
Big head kick drops Shalorus! Dos Anjos has his back! Looking for the choke! Traps the arm a la BJ Penn and it’s over!
Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo
Official: Unanimous Decision – 29-28, Johnny Eduardo (26-9)
Power shots early! Eduardo is cracking leg kicks on Curran and it takes it’s toll early. Curran’s leg has taken a beating and can’t get any offense started.
Alex Soto vs. Francisco Rivera
Official: Unanimous Decision – 30-27, Francisco Rivera (8-2)
Rivera immediately takes control of the center and walks Soto down, who’s on the outside trying to pick shots. Soto is dropped! He’s up and gets a takedown but Rivera is back up and landing power shots. Soto is getting hit hard! He’s down again! Soto gets another takedown and keeps it. Rivera gets back up and Soto is keeping his distance ont he outside, trying to survive the round. Soto has his comfort back but still doesn’t have a method for hurting a rock solid Rivera. Soto takes a big shot and a slugfest insues but Soto quickly backs out. Soto gets dropped by a head kick! He’s back up and makes it out of the round. Soto takes a big shot and is dizzy on his feet! He recovers a bit as Rivera’s pace slows but he simply looked off this whole fight.