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ANDERSON SILVA over RICH FRANKLIN by TKO (1:07 of the 2nd round)
1ST ROUND–What a round!! Excellent exchanges. But the crowd senses there’s danger for Franklin. He avoids big knees and then Silva floors him with a right at 4:57 of the round…SILVA 10-9
2ND ROUND — Franklin avoids the inevitable. Finally Silva lands a huge knee, it rocks Franklin and sends him to cage. Silva unleashes a barrage of knees, kicks and rights to send Franklin to his back.
TIM SYLVIA over BRANDON VERA by UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-27 & 29-28 2x)
1ST ROUND — Bravo! Crowd is booing. They hate Sylvia. But he’s executing a gameplan that will pay dividends later in the fight. He clinches with Vera for most of the first. When they do exchange Sylvia lands the better shots. Not many, but just enough…SYLVIA 10-9
2ND ROUND — The crowd is livid. The round is split between a clinch against the cage and then Vera holding an inactive top control for the final three minutes. Vera lands an illegal knee with 13 seconds left. After Sylvia is given time to recover, they mix it up and the crowd goes nuts…VERA 10-9
There are more exchanges in this round. And Sylvia gets the better of them. Vera is simply covering up in most cases. Vera actually does much of the holding in the clinch against the cage. Sylvia’s size overwhelms Vera in the final three minutes of the fight….SYLVIA 10-9
Wow, one judge scored a round 10-8?
ALVIN ROBINSON over JORGE GURGEL by UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-27 2x & 29-28)
This was typical Gurgel. His gameplan or execution of gameplan is mystifying. He dominated top control throughout the first. But he only worked for improved position. Gurgel threw hardly any punches or elbows for nearly four minutes. It appeared his goal was a mount. All that time on top and he did no damage.
Robinson finally got top control in the middle of the second and never relinquished it. And when he was on top, he bombed Gurgel with a 100+ punches, elbows and hammerfists over the next seven minutes. Gurgel did little to attempt a submission or stand-up. It appeared his eyes were almost closed for much of the third round. When you win a 10-8 round on two cards without a knockout, you really beat someone’s ass.
STEPHAN BONNAR over ERIC SCHAFER by TKO (3:37 of the 2nd)
Schafer surprised Bonnar by stealing the first round. The Red Head from Wisconsin got Bonnar’s back with 2+ minutes left. Bonnar did a good job of avoiding the rear naked choke.
Bonnar came out with a new purpose in the second round. He got Schafer down 15 seconds in and then mauled him from the top. Schafer covered up and gave up after being pounded for 90 seconds.
“I thought I would have the better stand-up but I didn’t mind going to the ground,” said Bonnar. “But then he got my back and I said, you dumbass…don’t get taken down like that. There were a couple of punches where I thought he was dazed. I just wanted to hit him good in the head, so it was a good stoppage.”
ALAN BELCHER over KALIB STARNES by TKO (fight stopped because of cut at 1:39 of the 2nd)
The first round is fought at a quick pace. Belcher forces the issue. The last two minutes of the round, Belcher has Starnes covering up a lot. Belcher mixed up standing elbows, punches, knees and kicks. Starnes had a nasty cut opened over his right eye. The pace looked too fast for the laidback Starnes. In the second, once the vaseline is smeared away the cut gets worse. Starnes actuallly lands some punches standing but Belcher dropped his hands to mock the Canadian’s power. The doctor takes a look at the Starnes’ cut and the fight is stopped.
Starnes appeared to be livid with the doctor. He was screaming that direction.
NON TELEVISED PORTION
YUSHIN OKAMI over JASON MACDONALD by UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27 on all three)
We’ve heard fighters talk about how big Okami is for the weight class. That was the case here. MacDonald was on his back for the majority of the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Okami was somewhat active doing a good job landing punches and elbows from the top standing and in full guard.
Not once did MacDonald have a shot at a submission and he could never execute a much needed takedown.
DEMIAN MAIA over RYAN JENSEN by submission (REAR NAKED CHOKE at 2:40 of the 1st)
Maia survived a takedown and eventually reversed the position. 2:15 into the round Maia quickly got Jensen’s back. Down they went with Maia getting the hooks in and the beginning of a rear naked choke. He got it cinched with 2:22 left in the round and Jensen taps two seconds later.
JOSH BURKMAN over FORREST PETZ by SPLIT DECISION (29-28 2x & 28-29)
What a putrid battle. It wasn’t even worthy of post-fight comments by the winner Burkman in the Octagon. Seriously, he stood there and everyone walked from the ring. “The Peoples Warrior” Burkman had trouble making the 170 limit and it showed. He looked gassed a minute into the 2nd. Burkman landed a big punch that downed Petz with 1:17 left in the fight. That probably got him the fight.
MATT GRICE over JASON BLACK by SPLIT DECISION (29-28 2x & 28-29)
This was a solid fight.
The first round was a chess game with Grice holding top control. I thought Black was more dangerous working from the bottom with several chokes, armbars and kimura attempts. This turned out to be the swing round.
The second round was excellent with Grice dropping Black with a big bomb in the opening 20 seconds. Black looked like he was out but fought back to gain his senses and eventually gets Grice in a real predicament for the final 90 seconds. Black worked an armbar, with a triangle and pounded Grice’s face but the Oklahoman wouldn’t tap.
In the third, Grice got top control and landed some solid elbows and punches from the top. I thought Black was more dangerous in 1st and 2nd. Two judges disagreed with me.Explore posts in the same categories: MMA, UFC