WINNIPEG – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is on scene and reporting live from tonight’s UFC 161 event.
The event, which features light heavyweights Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson, takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.
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Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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YVES JABOUIN VS. DUSTIN PAGUE
Round 1 – Adam Cheadle is the third man in the cage, and we’re underway. Jabouin kicks high early to feel things out. They’re circling, and Pague lands a good right hand. Jabouin, though, answers with a cracking body kick that Pague catches, but Jabouin sends the fight to the ground. Pague goes after a triangle and he nearly gets what he wants. But he has to settle back into guard. Pague keeping an active guard so far, trying to find an arm. Now a triangle with an arm. But Jabouin squirms out and lands a right hand. Pague still going after the triangle. And now he again grabs an arm, and it’s close. Jabouin survives it again, though, and gets into half-guard. Pague now going after a heel hook, and Jabouin again might be in trouble. Pague’s corner is yelling to him to use the hold to sweep to take top position. But he stays with it and rolls Jabouin over. The two scramble looking for position, and Pague winds up on top and moves to full mount. He goes after an arm triangle, but Jabouin rolls out and begins tagging Pague with punches. It’s a very exciting first round, and very close. MMAjunkie.com will score it 10-9 for Pague because of the active guard and submission attempts.
Round 2 – Jabouin again kicks early, and then the two start throwing big punches and kicks at each other. Pague ties Jabouin up, and he uses it for a nice trip takedown. He’s in half guard, and he’ll try to pop out to mount. He gets it, and there’s more than four minutes left. Pague’s going to land some elbows. Punches now, too. Jabouin looks like he has no energy. Pague takes Jabouin’s back and gets a tight body triangle. Now the rear-naked choke comes, and Jabouin is in a world of trouble. Pague lets the choke go for now, but Jabouin rolls over, and it’ll be more ground and pound. Halfway through, Pague takes a bit of a break and he’ll get a warning from the ref to keep working. Jabouin regains half guard, and a quick burst from Jabouin has him on top now. Crazy stuff. Pague now in full guard, and he’ll again look for an armbar or a triangle. Pague again close on an armbar, but Jaboin drills him with a right elbow. Then another. Then the biggest one yet. Jabouin came on nicely late, but it might not have been enough. MMAjunkie.com will score it 10-9 for Pague.
Round 3 – Jabouin gets a takedown just seconds into the final round. He’s on top, and Pague again will go after the right arm. Not much offense the first minute up top from Jabouin, and Cheadle tells them to work or they’ll get stood up. Couple nice elbows finally from Jabouin. Pague may be thinking omoplata, but Jabouin pops out. Midway through, they’re dead even in ground strikes. But Cheadle stands them back up. Jabouin immediately goes after a spinning back kick, misses and falls to the floor. But Pague lands a knee as Jabouin tries to get back up – and it’s close to illegal. The action goes on, though, and Pague gets to full mount and starts landing elbows. With a minute left, Jabouin rolls out and right into a triangle choke. He gets Jabouin’s left arm, but Jabouin pulls it out and starts to land strikes up top. Pague will finish the round with some elbows from the bottom. Another close one. MMAjunkie.com will give it narrowly to Jabouin, but has the fight 29-28 for Pague. Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
MITCH CLARKE VS. JOHN MAGUIRE
Round 1 – Jerin Valel draws officiating duties for our second fight. Clarke with a right, then a kick early. Maguire fires back with a left. Couple more leg kicks from Clarke. He eats a jab, but keeps going after Maguire’s lead right leg. Maguire sneaks a left through. Clarke tries a front kick, then they each just miss punches. Maguire again with the left. Clarke throws one of his own, but a finger catches Maguire in the eye. He takes a short break and both fighters are warned to close their hands when they throw. Clarke brings a right high kick that catches Maguire in the neck. Maguire then shoots and he’ll try for a takedown. He wraps around the back, but Clarke gets Maguire’s left arm. That’s keeping Maguire for now from getting the fight to the ground. But he hops up onto Clarke’s back for a standing back mount. Clarke walks him over to his corner. Maguire lets go, and Clarke gets loose. He’ll try for a head kick right away. Maguire will shoot for a takedown again – and again Clarke latches onto an arm – and he lands a couple dozen elbows to Maguire’s forearm as he holds on to close the round. MMAjunkie.com gives the frame 10-9 to Clarke.
Round 2 – Clarke starting with the leg kicks early in the second, then tries to the body. Maguire gets a nice left hand down the middle. But Clarke lands his own. Maguire catches a kick and uses it for a takedown, though. He’ll land in Clarke’s guard and try to land a few punches to the body. They trade punches as Valel repeatedly asks them to work or be stood up. Clarke keeps inching closer to the fence and will go after a kimura. The crowd isn’t thrilled right now. But Clarke scrambles out. He gets to his feet, and he’ll go after a single-leg of his own here. They clinch, and Clarke lands some foot stomps and knees to the legs. But with 40 seconds left, despite Clarke landing on the cage, Valel puts them back in the middle. High kick from Clarke is close. But Maguire gets a takedown with 12 seconds left and he’ll finish the round with Clarke’s back. The time on top wasn’t leading to much offense, but MMAjunkie.com will give a close one to Maguire, 10-9.
Round 3 – Maguire shoots for a takedown early, Clarke defends, then lands a knee. Inside leg kicks from Clarke, but he eats a left hand. But Clarke responds with three of his own. Another high kick nearly is on the money, and he shrugs it off and defends another weak takedown attempt. Clarke continues to land knees and footstomps. With three minutes left, Valel again breaks them up despite Clarke repeatedly attacking Maguire’s legs and body. Maguire gets a takedown and takes Clarke’s back. He’s looking for a rear-naked choke, and he’s got a lot of time. Body triangle for Maguire as Clarke tries to push off the cage and reverse things. He does it and Clarke is on top and landing. Maguire wants an arm, but Clarke goes back down into side control, then lands some bombs up top. MMAjunkie.com is going to give the round 10-9 to Clarke, and the fight to him 29-28. Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ROLAND DELORME VS. EDWIN FIGUEROA
Round 1 – Winnipeg’s own Delorme gets a huge ovation from his home crowd. Yves Lavigne will look over the first fight on FX. Lefts from both just miss, and Delorme pushes in and gets a takedown. Figueroa gets up, but Delorme takes his back with ease. He’s got it. Figueroa is in tons of trouble. He wants the choke. Figueroa wants out and nearly gets out. Delorme heads to his back and wants the triangle, but Figueroa has an arm in and he’s defending while getting elbowed in the head. But finally Figueroa gets out of there and he starts landing some bit right hands up top. Delmore with a beautiful reversal after a heel hook attempt, though, and he gets mounted crucifix. He starts landing up top. He may look for an arm triangle. But he stays in side control. Figueroa gives his back, though, and Delorme is going to take it again. He’s got two rear-naked choke wins in the UFC, and he wants a third. Body triangle is good again and Figueroa’s right arm is trapped in there. He has to defend with one arm. And Delorme tees off with a few punches. Delorme still wants the choke, but he won’t be able to finish it this round. Easy 10-9 first round for Delorme, and he gets a massive ovation.
Round 2 – Delorme wants the takedown early. Figueroa lands some decent punches there, but back on his feet, Delorme takes him back down easily and threatens to take his back. Figueroa has a triangle of his own, though. And it’s good and close. Delorme seems to not panic, though, and he survives and survives and armbar attempt, too. Now Delorme will try to land some punches and he gets into side control. Now he’ll move over with another body triangle and take the back again. Figueroa defending. Delorme staying patient. But Figueora pops back out and now he’s on top. But Delorme wants the armbar now off his back. Big cracking elbow from Figueroa lands. Figueroa’s corner wants him to get out of there, but he’s landing good right hands. Delorme looks like he’s running out of steam. With a minute left, he tries to scramble back to his feet. He gets there and then drags Figueroa down. Much closer round, and MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-0 for Figueora from the solid ground and pound and some submission attempts of his own.
Round 3 – Figueora trying to throw bombs early, but Delorme ducks under and gets the fight to the ground. Figueora briefly has a guillotine, but Delorme spins out, takes his back and he’ll start going after the chokes again. Figueroa gets back to his feet, but Delorme has a standing back mount that he gives up, then takes him back to the ground. Figureoa finally gets back to his feet, and he lands a right hand. Delorme answers back, then with a knee. He wants the takedown, but he can’t get it. Midway through, both guys are tired. Figueroa lands a left hook and an uppercut, but Delorme moves in and brings it to the ground. Half guard for Delorme, and we’ll see what he can do. He quickly leaps to side control. Figueroa gives his back, and Delorme ties him up. Figueroa lands a few punches and elbows, and then is able to nicely reverse. He’ll land some big punches from up top. He’s trying to finish, and Delorme will just hold on and eat punches. Wow. That makes it close. MMAjunkie.com is going to give it narrowly to Delorme in the third, 10-9, and has the fight for him 29-28. Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
SEAN PIERSON VS. KENNY ROBERTSON
Round 1 – Herb Dean sees his first action of the night as our ref, and we’re underway. Robertson wants the takedown early, but Pierson defends and stays standing. A few strikes, but Pierson sprawls nicely out of another Robertson takedown attempt. Pierson looking for a front choke, but it’s not there, and Robertson takes his back. Lots of time to work. Robertson landing some good punches from his back, but Pierson eventually pops out and is going to look for a front choke again. Robertson defends and Pierson lands a knee to the body. Robertson back up, though, and they break about midway through. Couple kicks from Robertson, and he then lands a left hand. Takedown for Robertson, but Pierson is on top. They’ll scramble for position, and it’s Pierson on top. Robertson trying to scramble out, but Pierson doing a nice job controlling. Pierson’s cut under his right eye, and they’re back to standing with 45 seconds left. They trade, and Pierson lands a nice combo before eating a kick. He lands a few more in the round’s waning seconds, and that will steal a close one for Pierson on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 – They trade again early. Robertson landing some good kicks, then a knee as he tries to increase the pace of things. He circles outside and eats a head kick. Superman punch from Pierson. Robertson’s mouth is open. Body punch from Pierson ends with a slip. Pierson looks a little fresher right now. But a spinning back fist lands for Robertson. Pierson lands a combo with a left at the end. Winging body punch from Robertson lands, but it doesnt’ seem to hurt Pierson. With three minutes left, he lands a straight left. Robertson counters with a body kick. But Pierson lands a big head kick again with the left leg and a straight left. Robertson gets defensive and shoots in for a takedown. Pierson defends and looks for a choke. But he loses it and Robertson is on top. Pierson looking for a guillotine, but it won’t be there from his guard. A few good punches from Robertson up top, but Pierson is mostly defending. The top position for Robertson makes it closer, but Pierson did a lot more early. He gets the round 10-9 on the MMAjunkie.com unofficial scorecard.
Round 3 – Robertson lands a big elbow and he wobbles Pierson. He’s landing big punches. Bunches. Pierson trying to survive. He’s all kinds of dazed. Robertson trying to finish, and Pierson holds on and goes to the ground just to keep from eating the bombs on his feet. Pierson is getting a chance to recover down on the ground. But Robertson starts landing a few punches. He’s got Pierson’s back and is trying to flatten him out. Robertson just landing short shots at will, keeping latched on to Pierson’s back. With 90 seconds left, Pierson is purely defensive. It’s hard to say just how effective the short punches are, but Pierson tries to push out. Robertson keeping locked on his back. He’ll go for a late choke, but Pierson survives and finishes on top. Clear 10-9 round for Robertson, but MMAjunkie.com has the fight for Pierson 29-28 based on the first two frames. Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
JAMES KRAUSE VS. SAM STOUT
Round 1 – Adam Cheadle in charge for Krause’s UFC debut. Stout kicks inside early. They kick, and then tie up. Big height and reach advantage for Krause, who had a couple WEC fights back in the day before a nice run outside Zuffa got him a short-notice call back for tonight. They break around a minute in and go back to the middle. Teep from Krause, and Stout tries to answer with a high kick. Krause jabs and just misses with a right. Krause lands a front kick to the face that is on the money, and Stout hits the deck. Krause follows it up with another kick. But he can’t finish. Stout’s never been knocked out. Good punches for Stout as he recovers from the danger back on the feet. Krause is otside, and again he goes high with a kick that lands. Stout gets defensive and takes the fight to the ground, and Stout is cut and bleeding badly. Stout is on his back and Krause is looking to do something here out of guard on top. Stout recovers nicely to full guard, and finally gets back up. Stiff left jab for Krause. Cartwheel style kick for Krause draws some buzz from the crowd, and he follwos it with a body kick. It’s a 10-9 first round for Krause on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 2 – Quick kick from Krause, but Stout lands a good right. Krause nearly lands another big kick to the head, then lands an outside leg kick. They’re swinging, but not landing. Stout trying to get inside, but Krause’s range is giving him a problem. But a left to the body has Krause backing up. Stout looks for it again. But he lands a left to the body himself, then tries to go up high with the kick. Stouth kicks to the body. About two minutes in, Krause takes the perfect opportunity to get a takedown, and he lands it. He’ll try to land some punches and elbows up top, but Stout gets back to full guard. Stout uses an opportunity to get back to his feet when Krause postures up for a punch, and we’re back to standing again. Stout’s cut is open again, but it’s away from his right eye. Couple kicsk from Stout, then a right. Outside leg kick from Krause. A short little scramble has Stout on top with 25 seconds to work. Stout does some good work late, and he’s going to take the round 10-9 on our card.
Round 3 – Crucial round here, and the two will touch gloves after a fun 10 minutes so far. Stout pushing forward early. He lands a couple rights and he’s trying to go back to the body. But Krause lands a nice counter right and a pair of kicks. Stout misses a high kick, but Krause lands his. They trade leg kicks. Flying knee for Krause lands, but Stout doesn’t go down. High kick from Stout is blocked. Some big punches in a comb from Krause, then another knee attempt. Superman punch from Stout is off the mark, and Krause lands a kick to the outside. Krause putting the pressure on now and Stout is circling on the outside. Good stiff jab from Krause. With two minutes left, it remains fairly tight. But Krause looks pretty calm, and he lands some good jabs. Good combo again from Krause, and an elbow lands. They trade, and Stout gets a couple in. Krause strikes well with him, but Stout goes for a takedown. He gets it. But Krause has a choke. It’s tight. It looks like Stout might tap. But he doesn’t. Then Krause rolls him and he gets the tap. James Krause def. Sam Stout via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:47
JAKE SHIELDS VS. TYRON WOODLEY
Round 1 – Yves Lavigne is the ref. A couple of Strikeforce vets. Shields kicks early. But Woodley fires back with some of his own. He kicks Shields right off his feet with a low one to Shields’ lead leg. Shields lands inside, then catches a kick and they tie up. Shields clinches him up and looks to land a few knees. Woodley lands a few body shots. Shields trying to drag things down, but it’s not there yet, and at about the midway point Lavigne separates them. Shields trying to pepper in jabs and kicks. Power punch from WOodley isn’t there, but a follow-up makes some noise. They trade kicks, and Shields goes low to shoot for a single. Shields staying on him and gives knees to Woodley while Woodley gives body punches in return. Pretty close round, but MMAjunkie.com will give it to Shields 10-9.
Round 2 – Kicks from Shields early, then Shields wants to go to the floor, but it’s not there. Another leg kick from Woodley again takes Shields off his feet. But obviously Woodley won’t go to the ground with him. Instead, on the feet, he lands a good right hand and then a kick that Shields tries to use for a takedown. They tie up on the fence, but Shields spins him around. Shields tries for the trip takedown, and Woodley holds his shorts and gets a warning. The crowd isn’t in favor of the stalemate here in the clinch, and Lavigne wants them to work. Woodley reverses, though, and Shields looks for a front choke. Woodley goes to a knee to keep Shields from kneeing him in the head. Finally with 90 seconds left, Woodley is able to break away. He wants a big right hand, and it misses. Then a Superman punch is off the mark. Body kick from Shields is good, and he goes for his 11th takedown attempt – and again can’t get Woodley to the canvas. The crowd is booing big time as they clinch again. Woodley lands a good knee. But with 15 seconds left, they are broken up. It’s a 10-9 round for Shields on the MMAjunkie.com card once again.
Round 3 – Woodley might need a finish here. They trade kicks and a couple short punches, and Woodley’s body kick is caught by Shields. Shields pushes him to the cage, and he’ll land more knees. They’re not big, but they’re there. Lavigne splits them much faster this time, though. A pair of kicks from Shields land. Another body kick comes after that. Right hand from Woodley is off the mark, and again Shields ties him up. But Woodley puts his back to the cage. Shields wants a trip takedown, but so far, still not there – as has been the case all fight. More punches and knees in tight. And midway through, Lavigne pulls them apart. Woodley will go bombs away now. He misses his first three. But a spinning back fist is right on the button. Shields wobbles for a second, but comes forward and again ties Woodley up. With a minute left, here we go again with a separation. Woodley lands a body kick. Shields lands a kick, but Woodley counters with a right. A shot is stuffed by Woodley, and he lands a right hand after that. But Shields ties him up to finish the round. The round is 10-9 for Woodley, but MMAjunkie.com has it 29-28 for Shields. Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
PAT BARRY VS. SHAWN JORDAN
Round 1 – A pair of friends and Louisiana natives are meeting in our first bout on pay-per-view. Jerin Valel will have a look at this heavyweight fight. A friendly handshake in the middle, and we’re underway. High kick from Barry right away, and Jordan smiles at him. Right hand from Barry slips through, and then he lands an inside leg kick. Uppercut from Jordan has Barry hurt. Then he swarms and lands a bunch of left hands on the ground – about a dozen of them. And this thing is done. Jordan does a backflip in the center of the octagon. Shawn Jordan def. Pat Barry via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:59
ALEXIS DAVIS VS. ROSI SEXTON
Round 1 – Herb Dean is the ref, and the ladies come out swinging. Sexton lands some nice ones, but Davis fires back. Davis ties her up with a clinch and lands some knees. Sexton tries to throw some body-head into the mix. Davis wants the trip takedown, but it’s not there just yet. Sexton defends, and they finally separate. Sexton lands a left hook, and Davis tries to come over the top with an elbow. Sexton drops down for a takedown, but Davis looks for a triangle choke from her back. She goes to work. She’s got the triangle and Sexton is peppering in some shots to defend. She’s got the triangle, but there’s enough room in there for Sexton to breathe. We’ll see if she can hold it. Sexton is landing some punches, and they’re good. Davis keeps going after the choke, and Sexton keeps landing punches. Very interesting. MMAjunkie.com will score it 10-9 for Davis.
Round 2 – Sexton comes forward and she’ll power it to the ground about 45 seconds in. Sexton gets to half guard, and she’s going to try to land some ground and pound. Davis rolls out, though, and gets on top. Davis lands a few shots on top, but she may be pretty wiped out after that first-round lengthy triangle attempt. The ground and pound keeps coming, though. Knees from Davis to the body. Sexton will give her back. Davis goes after a rear-naked choke. It’s there, but Sexton is OK for now. She survives it. But Davis has her back and flattens her out. Davis is landing punches. Dean warns her to fight back. She’s going to survive the round. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Davis.
Round 3 – Right hand from Davis early. Sexton still keeps coming forward. They’re trading, and Davis drops down for a takedown. But Sexton defends, then falls right into Davis taking her back. Davis will land some ground and pound here. Sexton turns and she’s going to wind up on top in Davis’ guard. She’s in position for a triangle choke, but Sexton defends and postures up to try to land some shots to the body. Sexton spins nicely and nearly has Davis’ back. But she has to fall back into guard. Davis will take the third 10-9 on the MMAjunkie.com card, and likely the fight 30-27. Alexis Davis def. Rosi Sexton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
RYAN JIMMO VS. IGOR POKRAJAC
Round 1 – Yves Lavigne looks in on this one, and Jimmo opens with a right hand and then pins Pokrajac on the cage. Lavigne doesn’t want to see the clinch work, and just about 30 seconds after they tie up he puts them back in the middle. Jimmo just misses with a right hand, but again he puts Pokrajac to the fence. And right away, Lavigne moves them back. Jimmo fakes the jab, then lands a pair. Pokrajac comes forward and then tries to tie things up. Again, Lavigne brings the warning. And he splits them up. Jimmo comes forward quickly, and boom – another clinch. Pokrajac wants a guillotine, but not happening. Jimmo lands knees on the fence, but they back out to the middle before another tie-up. Jimmo lands knees. But guess what? Separation. Pokrajac tries a high kick that misses, and Jimmo lands to the lead leg with a kick. Then another one. Pokrajac tries to chase Jimmo down, but Jimmo lands a straight right. Pokrajac lands some punches, then a right hand that seems to have Jimmo in trouble. But Jimmo answers back before they tie up. MMAjunkie.com scores a close one 10-9 for Jimmo.
Round 2 – Pokrajac stalking early. Jimmo looking like he wants to unleash a kick. But he lands a right hand and he hurts Pokrajac. Then a flurry has Pokrajac on the canvas with Jimmo pouncing. Pokrajac pops up, but Jimmo is all over him. He drags him down to the ground and he’ll look to land a little down there. Pokrajac eats some punches, but mostly defends. And as Jimmo’s corner gives him instructions right next to him, Pokrajac talks back to them, saying, “Blah blah blah.” Which might be an MMA first. Pokrajac is looking for an arm, and the crowd is booing in a major way. Jimmo lands some short elbows. Jimmo goes to his feet, but Pokrajac lands a good upkick, then briefly thinks triangle. But Jimmo will finish on top in a 10-9 round for him on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 – It doesn’t take long for the two to tie up in the final frame, but it’s Pokrajac who gets the takedown. Jimmo, though, rolls perfectly out of it and is on top. Pokrajac will defend her to make sure Jimmo can’t land anything big. Not a ton of action, and Lavigne will give them a warning. Pokrajac is trying to get a guillotine choke while Jimmo tries to pass. Pokrajac has this thing, and he’s got time. But he finally has to let it go. Jimmo keeps landing the short punches from up top. They’re not massive. They work back to their feet, and Lavigne will move them back to the middle with 15 seconds left. They tie up and that’s how it’ll end – with the crowd booing. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Jimmo and the fight for him 30-27. Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
STIPE MIOCIC VS. ROY NELSON
Round 1 – Jerin Valel is the ref for the heavyweight co-main event. They touch gloves and get started. Miocic goes to the right right away. But Nelson catches him anyway. Nelson will shoot and then go for a right hand. Good right hand from Miocic, but Nelson comes forward. Right hand from Nelson, but Miocic still fires back. They trade kicks, and Nelson wants an uppercut. Big right haymaker lands for Nelson, but Miocic answers back, then goes for a takedown that he quickly bails on and ties things up. Miocic lands a nice right hand, but then eats a right. He fires back, though. Then combinations. Nelson might be in trouble, and he uses a takedown to fight through it. But they’re quickly back to the feet. They hit the ground for a moment, but Miocic wants to be on the feet. LEft hand from Nelson has Miocic slipping. Miocic lands a jab. Then he gets inside. He’s teeing off now. Nelson is in a lot of trouble with 80 seconds to go. He’s holding on. Miocic lands an uppercut and elbows. Nelson is bloody and holding on. Nelson appears to have survived for now. They’ll split with 20 seconds left and not much more action. It’s a 10-9 round for Miocic, the Ohioan, on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 2 – They come out bombing again, but it’s Miocic who gets the better ones off. Nelson still is swinging, and any one of them could be a fight-ender if on the button. Miocic starts landing big again. Nelson is getting lit up. Nelson’s exhausted. Miocic lands elbows inside and they tie up. Miocic looks fresh. Nelson is worn on. Miocic lands a kick to the body, then a jab. He’s picking him apart right now. Big right hand from Miocic, and then a knee. But Nelson keeps walking through it. Miocic fakes a shot, but pulls back from it right away. Miocic lands a big right. But Nelson lands a right uppercut that has Miocic on his horse for a second. Nelson wants a big uppercut and it’s not there. But Miocic lands some big ones as the sweat goes flying off Nelson’s head. It’s another 10-9 round for Miocic on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.
Round 3 – Jabs early from Miocic, and a right hand again sends Nelson’s head flying back. Uppercut from Miocic is on the money, and a right hand just drills Nelson. Still he won’t go down. Nelson winging punches in desperation. They’re not on teh mark yet. Nelson lands a right as Miocic walks away. He blocks a couple Nelson rights. Nelson gets close and Miocic wisely runs out of danger. But Nelson lands a right. Miocic gets the fight to the ground about midway through the frame. They come back up quickly, and Miocic puts Nelson’s back on the cage. With 1:45 left, they’re split. Nelson’s hands are down, exhausted. He lands a right that again has Miocic backing away. Miocic lands a couple punches and they tie up. With 25 seconds left, they split and will finish in the imddle. Miocic lands a right hand and a knee. And that’s how we’ll end. Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
RASHAD EVANS VS. DAN HENDERSON
Round 1 – Herb Dean draws the main event between Evans, a former UFC champ, and Henderson, a former PRIDE champ. Good staredown, and a glove touch, and we’re ready to go. They touch again in the middle. Left jab from Evans is the first strike of the fight. But Henderson comes in and looks to land a pair of rights, only to be answered by Evans. Left hand from Evans pushes Henderson back, and he backs away from Henderson’s counter. Good combination from Evans with a pair of rights and a left. Henderson tries a couple left jabs. Henderson wants the right, of course, but it’s not on point yet. Evans thinks about a takedown midway through, but it won’t be there right away. The two tie up, and it’s Evans who tries to land a right on the break. Again they tie up briefly, and then again. But not for long. Henderson tries to close and land inside, but Evans stays out of harm’s way And then out of nowhere, a Henderson jab hurts Evans. Evans hits the turf and Henderson moves in. Looks like Evans is hurt. Henderson lands a few shots, but Evans survives it and they go back to the middle. That flurry from Henderson that had Evans hurt was just enough to give him a 10-9 round on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 2 – Henderson wants to come forward, but Evans follows his corner’s between-round advice and lands a good takedown. Henderson is back up quickly, but Evans has him tied up and looking to land shots at close range. They stay tied up, and Evans lands some good right hands. But Henderson fires back with a knee and an uppercut. Henderson tries to push forward, but Evans staying out of the way. They exchange and clinch up with 2:30 left. Evans lands a right on the break. Stiff left jab for Evans in the middle. Takedown attempt for Evans is stuffed, and with a minute left in the round they’ll stay in the middle. Good combination for Evans with 30 seconds left, and Henderson then lands a couple shots and they smile each other down to end the frame. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Evans.
Round 3 – Henderson tries to push forward faking left, but it’s not there. Evans lands a right hand and he flurries and lands another and puts him on a knee. But Henderson pops back up as Evans backs off a bit. Henderson lands a hook, and Evans counters with a jab. Henderson fakes a shot to one knee. With three minutes left, Evans drops down for a single. But Henderson keeps on his feet and they tie up along the cage. Evans lands some good body shots there, but Henderson lands to the body with knees. Evans lands some more body shots, then lets Henderson back out to the middle. Evans with a nice left jab. Henderson wants his famous “H Bomb,” but it’s not there. They tie up again, and Henderson lands a knee to the body. A Henderson elbow is on the mark. With 20 seconds left, they’ll break and throw a few big ones. But they go all 15 minutes. MMAjunkie.com scores the last for Evans 10-9 and the fight for him 29-28. Rashad Evans def. Dan Henderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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