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Josh Rosenthal is the referee for the evening's opening contest.
Both fighters come out with an orthodox stance. Branch shoots in
for a single leg, but he's stuffed coming in. Branch decides to
then press Attonito into the cage. They separate after 40 seconds.
Branch is cautious and avoids Attonito's wild punches. Attonito
misses a loopy right hand and is taken down. Branch lands in
Attonito's half guard. After a scramble, Branch is push kicked off
but he quickly dives back in and scores a takedown as his foe tries
to stand. Branch quickly mounts him but a scramble allows Attonito
to stand up. Branch drags him down again. Branch tries an inverted
triangle but Attonito escapes at the horn. 10-9 Branch.
Attonito misses a wild right hand after he blocks a head kick. They
clinch. Branch presses his opponent into the cage. Very little
action 90 seconds in. Attonito delivers a sturdy knee to the gut.
Branch is not letting him breathe. Attonito falls down but quickly
springs back up. They scramble but Branch is all over him. Very
dull second round. Branch expolodes for a slam but he's stuffed and
is crucifixed. They scramble again and Branch seizes side control.
Branch land a few meager punches. Attonito pulls to half guard but
can't escape or sweep. 10-9 Branch.
Branch quickly scores a textbook double leg takedown but Attonito
scrambles back to his feet. Branch presses Attonito into the cage.
He keeps him there for 20 seconds and then drags him down. Attonito
pulls guard. The sparse crowd is growing restless. Branch delivers
three decent right elbows. Branch moves to half guard. Very little
action. They scramble and Branch takes his back. Both hooks are in.
Attonito rolls over and turtles up. Branch can't sink the
rear-naked choke just yet. Attonito stands up and shakes Branch
off. He misses a wild right hand and Branch quickly presses him
into the cage until the end. 10-9 Branch.
Official scores: 30-27s across the board for Branch, the winner by
Paixao eats a left jab right away. Hard right low kick scores for
Paixao. Garza's length and lanky body is causing Paixao problems.
Huge flying knee from Garza. Paixao is out. He's flat on his back
and is completely out cold. His arms are stiffened in the "shoot
in" position. Garza hit him with the knee right as Paixao ducked
under for a double leg. He is still out on his back some 45 seconds
later. He is finally moving his legs roughly two minutes after the
blow to the face. He's still down. Medical staff has him surrounded
and he is still on his back almost four minutes after the KO.
Finally he is able to sit up. They put a neck brace on him to be
extra safe. Garza is thrilled for the win, but it's clear he is
very concerned for Paixao. Finally he is up on his feet and is
being escorted out. He is very wobbly and has to be carried off the
steps and now he's sitting on a stretcher. The official time is
just 0:51 of round one.
The referee for this contest is Chris Togoni. Campuzano blocks a
quick knee by Pace and takes a left shin to the ribs. They trade
blows. Pave shoots in his he's stuffed. They clinch against the
cage and Pace drags him down. Pace lands five straight left hands.
Campuzano can't get back to his feet. Finally he does. Pace forces
him down again courtesy of a trip and shove. Pace scores the mount
but Campuzano is very calm. They scramble and Will is back up. Pace
quickly drags him back down. Pace takes his back, but he's
reversed. Campuzano is sitting on Pace's stomach with his back to
him. Nothing is doing so he scrambles up. Pace slams him back down
at the horn. 10-9 Pace.
Pace throws a head kick. They both swing wildly and miss. Low kick
by Pace. Campuzano is fighting from a safer distance and is using
his reach advantage well. Nice front kick by Campuzano followed by
a right hand. Campuzano tries a takedown, but he's stuffed.
Finally, after almost a minute of clinching, Pace drags him down.
Campuzano wall walks back up to his feet. Pace struggles but
finally drags his foe down again. Not much action at this point.
Pace is all over him, not letting him move. Campuzano finally
stands and then slams Pace down at the end of the frame. 10-9
Pace extends his left arm to touch gloves, but Campuzano punches
him instead. The punch glances him and they trade blows. Will fires
several loopy, winging right hands and misses them all. Pace bides
his time and scores a textbook double leg. After a scramble
Campuzano sweeps him and lands in Pace's guard. Campuzano lands two
elbows. Campuzano stands up and dives back in with a hard left
hammer fist. He does it again, but lands in an awkward triangle.
Pace has only one leg over his head and his arms underneath. He
locks on a unique arm/leg triangle and forces the tap. Official
time is 4:33.
Pace reveals that he just made that choke up. It's a cross between
a triangle and guillotine or a gogoplata with the leg over the head
and arm underneath. He just named it "The Pace."
Sako rushes out and is very assertive. Watson feels him out and
backs away. They clinch and Sako presses him into the cage. Watson
reverses position, and then is reversed himself. They trade knees.
They separate. The fire and miss punches and Sako clinches again.
Watson takes him down, but Sako quickly stands up. Watson slams him
down again but Sako springs right up. The trade punches. Watson
fires a flurry and it leads to a quick takedown. Sako stands again.
They trade punches against the cage again. 10-9 Watson.
They rush right out and fire away, though nothing lands for either.
They clinch. Sako lands a nice left hand as they separate. Watson
is moving from side to side and giving Sako problems. They clinch
again. Sako presses Watson into the cage. They separate. A hard
right hand by Watson lands as Sako comes in. Sako lands a decent
right cross on the inside. Sako is hit in the groin by an errant
knee, and is given time to recover. He's good to go. They resume
and Sako absorbs a thudding shin to the ribs. They trade blows but
again they clinch. Sako presses Watson into the fence. Watson lands
two meager knees just before the horn. 10-9 Watson.
Sako lands a stiff left-right-left immediately, but Watson takes
it. Watson fires a head kick and it glances off Sako's dome. Both
men are doing a lot of feinting, leaving for a dull two minutes.
Watson scores a takedown, but Sako springs back up. Stiff left
straight by Watson. Watson forces Sako into the fence. Very little
action. It's a close fight but Sako might need a KO to win. Watson
digs a kick to Sako's ribs. Another. Right hand by Watson just
before the horn. 10-9 Watson.
Official scores: 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 for Watson, the winner by
Hard right low kick by Toner. Loveland cracks him with a hard right
hand and Toner drops. Loveland pounces and lands another right hand
and tees off. Toner covers up well and blocks most of the shots.
Loveland smartly slows down the attrition as not to waste energy.
Toner is on his back and pinned against the cage. Toner pulls
guard. Very little action now. Toner's defense is strong as
Loveland isn't landing anything or able to pass the guard. Three
minutes have passed with very little action. Toner tries an armbar
but can't sink it. Loveland lands two decent punches before the
horn. 10-9 Loveland.
Toner misses a high kick. Loveland misses a spinning-back fist, but
does connect with two ensuing right hands. Hard low kick by Toner.
Loveland lands a right hand, which bloodies Toner's nose. Nice
right uppercut on the inside by Loveland. Not much action on the
feet and the crowd is getting restless. Hard back fist by Loveland
rocks Toner and he stumbles to the canvas. Loveland dives onto him
and unloads a fury. Toner recovers well and defends wisely. Toner
almost locks up a triangle but Loveland escapes. Loveland stands
over Toner and lands some moderate punches. 10-9 Loveland.
Both fighting at a measured pace early on. Toner lands a grazing
head kick. Loveland backing up, looking to land one massive counter
to end it. Hard low kick by Toner. Very little action. Toner
pressing the issue but Loveland isn't doing anything. A minute left
and almost nothing of note has landed. Very passive round. Decent
counter right hand by Loveland. Low kick by Toner. Neither man
wanted the win in the final round. 10-9 Toner.
Official scores: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26 for Loveland, winner by
McKenzie rushes right across the cage and tries a takedown but
falls into a guillotine. He escapes and scrambles up. McKenzie
quickly latches on a standing guillotine. Wilkinson remains calm
and fends it off. They scramble again and McKenzie takes him down.
McKenzie latches on the guillotine from on top. He rolls him over
and sinks it. Wilkinson taps out. Official time is 2:03 of the
Herb Dean referees the first televised fight of the show, which is
also the first televised UFC featherweight bout. Both men swinging
away early and Phan lands a solid right upside the head of Garcia,
who’s swinging and missing with big, looping shots. Thudding body
kick by Phan is answered in kind by Garcia. Phan connects with a
nice three-piece combo. The fighters trade body shots and Garcia
tries a spinning back-fist that’s blocked. Left jab is working for
Phan now, as Garcia continues to throw wild hooks and uppercuts
which mostly miss or connect with Phan’s arms. Phan lands a head
kick, but Garcia keeps moving forward, shaking his head. 10-9
Garcia comes out firing, connecting with a nice body shot and
throwing multiple head kicks. Garcia pressing the action with
punches and leg kicks until a nice hook from Phan slows him down a
bit. Ninety seconds into the round, Garcia shoots and rushes Phan
into the fence with a double-leg, but Phan escapes quickly. Phan
ducks a punch from Garcia and rocks him with an uppercut, then
begins to tee off. Phan lands four or five hard shots before Garcia
finally hits the mat. Phan gives chase, taking Garcia’s back and
sinking in both hooks as Garcia rolls away from the base of the
cage. Riding high on Garcia’s back, Phan rolls his opponent onto
his side and tries to sink in the rear-naked choke. Good wrist
control from Garcia, but Phan gets an arm under and looks to have
the choke. Garcia appears to quickly double-tap, then pries Phan’s
arm loose. The bout continues and Phan finishes on top with a few
short punches. 10-9 Phan.
Phan is cut early on in the final round, bleeding from the right
side of his face. The cut appears to be on the brow or up along the
hairline. Garcia tries a takedown, can’t hold Phan down, and Phan
comes up swinging and digging some of his trademark body blows.
Garcia was connecting better in the second round than the first,
but now he’s back to swinging wild. Jab from Phan snaps back the
head of Garcia. Tired-looking kick from Garcia is timed by Phan,
who punishes him with a stiff jab. Garcia is clearly exhausted,
hands by his side, but still throwing. Uppercut to the body from
Phan, then one to the head. Garcia pushes Phan into the fence and
again can’t hold him there for long. Garcia hears the 10 second
clapper and windmills one more time. 10-9 Phan.
Official scores: 29-28 Garcia, 30-27 Phan and 29-28 for Leonard
Garcia, winner by split decision.
Steve Mazzagatti in charge of this welterweight contest. Story
lands a right hand early, then Hendricks lunges with a left
straight that lands flush. They clinch and Story throws a flurry of
punches to the body of Hendricks. Story with a hard combination as
Hendricks covers up. Story doubles over, hunting for a takedown,
but can’t get it. The fighters work over-unders and clinch briefly
before disengaging. More body blows from Story, followed by a nice
three-piece that sends Hendricks wheeling away. Hendricks trying to
keep his distance and use movement to keep Story at bay, but
Story’s aggression is winning out so far in a close round.
Hendricks catches a kick and drags Story down, but Story works back
to his feet and Hendricks ends the round with a waistlock against
the fence. 10-9 Story.
Hendricks throws a glancing combo which causes Story to rush
forward with a barrage of his own. Takedown from Story and
Hendricks briefly grabs a guillotine, which he lets go in order to
wall-walk and stand back up. Hendricks tries for a takedown of his
own and winds up on the floor with Story high on his back. Story
slips off and Hendricks tries a front guillotine which doesn’t
take. They’re back to clinching against the fence with Story
getting the better of the clinch work, kneeing and punching to the
left side of Hendricks’ rib cage. Story plows Hendricks to the mat
with a double-leg, but Hendricks uses butterfly guard to work back
to his feet. Story still has the waistlock and is kneeing to
Hendricks’ left leg and midsection. 10-9 Story.
Early takedown attempt from Hendricks is briefly defended, but he
wrestles Story down and then grabs a guillotine. Story gets to his
feet and turns the tables, snaring a guillotine of his own.
Hendricks rolls to guard and pushes himself free, but Story stays
on top as Hendricks turtles. Hendricks drives forward, pushing
Story into the fence as Story controls his man’s right arm. No
offense coming from either man in the third minute of the round,
with Story sitting against the cage and Hendricks just latching on
to Story’s legs, trying to improve position. Story is breathing
heavily as Hendricks pins him to the fence, and finishes the round
with a couple short elbows to Hendricks’ body. 10-10.
Official scores: All three judges see it 29-28 for Rick Story, the
winner by unanimous decision.
The referee for this middleweight bout is Josh Rosenthal. Maia
lands an overhand left and Grove responds by chasing him down with
a combo which includes a nice right straight. Maia grabs the right
leg of Grove and drags him down, then leaps to pass guard, but
Grove doesn’t stay down for long. Maia is tenacious, though, and
takes Grove’s back on the feet as Grove turns into the fence. Maia
briefly leaps onto Grove’s back, but Grove defends, so the
Brazilian instead spins Grove down to the mat again. Maia in
Grove’s half-guard, trying to pass as he elbows to the “TUF”
winner’s body. Maia mounts and Grove rolls, giving up his back with
just under two minutes left. Grove escapes the dangerous position
by rolling and shucking Maia off, but Maia stays right on him,
keeping busy with hard shots from the top. Grove rolls and gives up
his back again, allowing Maia to look for a rear-naked choke with a
single hook in. Grove defends the choke well and survives the
scare, but it’s clearly Maia’s round. 10-9 Maia.
Tentative jabbing early in the round before Maia shoots for a
single-leg and Grove easily steps away from it. The second attempt
from Maia is successful, and the BJJ black belt now works from
half-guard, thumping away to the ribs and head of Grove. A leglock
attempt from Grove is unsuccessful, but allows him to get back to
his feet, where Maia immediately gets to working for another
takedown. Maia gets it, but this time stalls out in Grove’s guard,
unable to pass. Grove creates space and keeps the now-standing Maia
away with upkicks, but Maia dives through the guard. Grove rolls
and gives up his back, and Maia spends the final minute of the
round on Grove’s back, punching away. 10-9 Maia.
Grove pops Maia with a few nice jabs, then chases him down with a
solid combo. Lots of circling through the first half of the frame,
with neither man looking particularly desperate to finish, though
Grove probably should be. Grove lands a few short shots to the face
of Maia, who answers with one to Grove’s breadbasket. With 90
seconds left, Maia latches on to Grove’s left leg. Grove answers
with a jumping knee, but Maia clings on. Nice defense from Grove,
who stays vertical and rains shots to the face and body of the
doubled-over Maia. That’s where the fight ends. 10-9 Grove.
Official scores: Three scores of 29-28 from the judges, who
unanimously award the bout to Demian Maia.
Steve Mazzagatti returns to referee the light heavyweight semi-main
event. Pokrajac blitzes Bonnar with punches early, but Bonnar
stifles the activity by pushing the Croatian into the fence. Easy
takedown by Bonnar, who quickly moves to side control and then
takes Pokrajac’s back. Bonnar tries to roll Pokrajac and botches
it, allowing Pokrajac to stand back up and muscles Bonnar into the
fence. Pokrajac lands an elbow as they separate, then slugs a few
hard shots to Bonnar’s face. Bonnar snares a guillotine and jumps
guard, and the submission looks deep. Pokrajac flips onto his back
and Bonnar tries to adjust the choke, but Pokrajac breaks loose.
Bonnar in Pokrajac’s guard briefly before advancing to half-guard,
then side control. Pokrajac turtles and Bonnar keeps head-and-arm
control, kneeing to the body and landing short punches as he tries
to secure the back. They work back to their feet just before the
round ends and Bonnar slaps Pokrajac with a head kick. 10-9
Even clinch work early in the round before Bonnar takes the
driver’s seat by grabbing the Thai plum and drilling several knees
to Pokrajac’s midsection. Pokrajac doesn’t like this and reverses,
pushing Bonnar’s back to the fence. Bonnar reaps the leg of
Pokrajac and sends him tumbling to the mat, where Bonnar leaps to
side control on Pokrajac’s right. Horizontal elbows and short
punches from Bonnar as he lies across Pokrajac’s chest. Pokrajac
slips free and they resume trading on the feet. More solid knees by
Bonnar in the clinch, but the action slows as the pair jockeys for
position along the perimeter. Suddenly, they split and both men
begin winging punches. Pokrajac tags Bonnar with a good one in the
flurry, but Bonnar stands strong and muscles Pokrajac into the
fence again before the round ends. 10-9 Bonnar. After the round
ends, Mazzagatti deducts a point from Pokrajac for illegal knees
landed to the head of Bonnar while the fighters were on the ground,
making it a 10-8 round on our scorecard.
Bonnar scores a takedown early and begins punishing Pokrajac from
side control. Bonnar works to mount and begins punching furiously
to the body of Pokrajac. The Croatian turtles and gives up his
back, but Bonnar squanders the position as he’s unable to sink in
the hooks. Pokrajac winds up in Bonnar’s guard for a second, then
tries an armbar, allowing Bonnar to reclaim top position. Bonnar
working from half-guard in the final minute, trying to pass to
Pokrajac’s left and sink in an arm-triangle. Bonnar passes, but
gives up the head-and-arm control, instead opting to punch and
elbow his opponent. Just before the bell, Mazzagatti steps in and
deducts a point from Bonnar for landing two or three punches to the
back of Pokrajac’s head. Bonnar took the round once again, but
after the point deduction, it’s an even 9-9.
Official scores: All three judges score the bout 29-26 in favor of
Stephan Bonnar, the winner by unanimous decision.
Referee Herb Dean is in charge of the “TUF 12” final. Johnson lands
a nice one-two off the bat, followed by an overhand left. Brookins
grabs a high single on Johnson’s left leg and Johnson hops back
into the fence. Still digging for the takedown, Brookins gets
flipped around and Johnson backs away. Johnson drops Brookins to
his knees with a stiff left hand and Johnson gives chase. Johnson
can’t finish, but he doesn’t relent his attack as Brookins attempts
to escape on the feet. More punches from Johnson and Brookins takes
a knee. Johnson tries a guillotine and can’t find it, but it’s not
a problem, as he just goes back to lighting Brookins up on the
feet. Despite eating any number of punches, Brookins’ hands are
still very low. He nearly takes Johnson’s back in a scramble, but
Johnson slides free and finishes the round by tagging Brookins with
another pair of hard punches and stuffing a shot. 10-9 Johnson.
Nice right hand lands for Johnson, but it’s Brookins who finds
himself on top in the ensuing scramble. Brookins lands a few hard
shots on top and then woks on passing Johnson’s half-guard. Not
much offense coming from Brookins on top, but when he throws a
punch or elbow, it lands hard. Now more short elbows from Brookins,
who still can’t extract his left leg from between Johnson’s. Two
minutes to go and Johnson is covering up as Brookins lands more
elbows. Johnson tries to create space and get back to his feet,
can’t find the distance, but does stuff Brookins back to full
guard. Shortly thereafter, Johnson pops back to his feet. Brookins
immediately begins working for another takedown, doubling over and
pushing Johnson into the fence as Johnson elbows the side of
Brookins’ head. Brookins slams Johnson down with about a minute
left and tries for a kimura from half-guard. The round ends with
Brookins still working for the submission. 10-9 Brookins.
Johnson scores with a combination, prompting Brookins to go back to
his single-leg attack. He puts Johnson on his rear at the base of
the cage, but can’t pull Johnson away from the fence to put him on
his back. Brookins takes mount with Johnson still sitting up and
flattens him from there, but Johnson uses the position to sweep.
Back on the feet, Johnson scores with another nice series of
punches. Brookins pulls guard with a lateral drop before
immediately sweeping into Johnson’s half-guard. Brookins keeping
busy on top with one minute remaining in the bout. He postures up
and Johnson tries to reverse the situation with a single-leg, but
Brookins finishes the round on top and may have just eked out the
win after a rough start. 10-9 Brookins.
Official scores: The judges have it 29-28 (twice) and 29-27, all in
favor of Jonathan Brookins, the winner of the twelfth season of
“The Ultimate Fighter.”
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