UFC Fight Night 20: "Maynard vs. Diaz" is scheduled to go down TONIGHT (Monday, Jan. 11, 2010) from the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Set to headline the event is former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant Gray Maynard (8-0), attempting to avenge the loss that sent him packing on season five of the cable TV reality show when he faces former cast mate Nate Diaz (11-4). In addition, TUF 8 champion Efrain Escudero (12-0) takes on fellow undefeated lightweight Evan Dunham (9-0).
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Without further delay, see below for the latest "Maynard vs. Diaz" results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 20 QUICK RESULTS:
Gray Maynard defeats Nate Diaz via Split Decision
Evan Dunham defeats Efrain Escudero via Submission (Arm Bar) Round 3
Aaron Simpson defeats Tom Lawlor via Split Decision
Amir Sadollah defeats Brad Blackburn via Unanimous Decision
Chris Leben defeats Jay Silva via unanimous decision
Rick Story defeats Jesse Lennox via unanimous decision
Rory MacDonald defeats Mike Guymon via submission (armbar) in round one
Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares ruled a majority draw after three rounds
Rafael dos Anjos defeats Kyle Bradley via unanimous decision
Gerald Harris defeats John Salter via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Nick Catone defeats Jesse Forbes via split decision
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 20 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
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Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard (155-pound limit)
Round one: Maynard looks confident and misses on a combo. Maynard swinging for the fences but misses. Maynard is already cut under his eye. Body shot from Maynard. Maynard double jab. Nice right hook from Diaz. Big right from Maynard. Nice uppercut from Maynard. Right from Diaz. Body shot from Maynard then he lands a solid uppercut. Good knee and punch from Maynard. Right from Diaz. Inside leg kick. Maynard catches a kick and lands a right. Diaz lands a right. Double right from Gray. Leg kick from Diaz. Right from Diaz. Good hook from Diaz. Thats the round, not too much damage but good action Maynard was moving forward and controlled the octagon that round. 10-9 Maynard.
Round two: Big right from Maynard. Leg kick from Diaz. Good right from Diaz. Good right from Maynard. Maynard tags Diaz with a sharp right. Body shot from the bully. Nice right from Nate. Right from Nate and overhand left from Maynard. Big knee from Maynard puts Diaz on the mat. Diaz back to his feet. Nice double right from Maynard. Body shot from Maynard. Jab from Nate. Big right from the bully. Leg kick from Diaz. Nice combo from Nate. Nice left from Nate. Body shot from Maynard. Left hook from Maynard. Front kick from Diaz. Maynard with a wicked body shot to finish the round. Maynard is easily ahead and controlling. Diaz is landing shots but they have nothing on them. 10-9 round for Maynard.
Round three: Nice left and knee from the clinch from the bully. Nice right from Maynard. Nice right from Diaz. Maynard misses a right and slips. Their clinched and knees from Maynard. Inside leg kick from Diaz then some jabs. Jab from Diaz. Dirty boxing from both men. The crowd is booing. Nice left right combo from Maynard. Jab from Diaz. Leg kick and straight left from Diaz. Knee from Diaz. Nice jab from Diaz. Big right hand from Maynard looks like it stuns Diaz. They go to the ground briefly. Nice body shot then left hook from Maynard, knee to the body from Maynard. That is the round, Diaz controlled the early minutes but Maynard did some damage at the end. Close round, id say 10-9 Diaz but it could go either way.
Final result: Gray Maynard defeats Nate Diaz via Split Decision
Evan Dunham vs. Efrain Escudero (155-pound limit)
Round one: Leg kick from Escudero. Body kick from Escudero. Now he has Dunham pushed against the cage. Nice right from Efrain. Left from Dunham. Both guys miss on combos. Escudero charges in and gets the back. Knees from behind from Escudero. Big uppercut from Escudero. Another big uppercut from Efrain. Big knee and Escudero lands some HUGE rights and keeps throwing and now lands a uppercut and Dunham is hurt bad!!!! Escudero landing some BOMBS now and Dunham drops to the mat. Dunham ties up Escudero and barely avoids being stopped. Dunham with a armbar attempt, Efrain now jumps onto a guillotine. Escudero lets it go now and he is on top and now their back up. Flying knee from Escudero and Dunham pushes him to the mat. Dunham jumps on top and now has north south position and thats the bell. 10-9 round for Escudero, he had him out and almost finished the fight.
Round two: Good left from Dunham. Straight left from Dunham. Combo from Escudero. Left from Efrain. Leg kick from Efrain and Dunham lands a good right. Flying knee from Dunham. Jab from Escudero. Left from Efrain. Dunham goes for a single leg. Dunham on top and is landing some serious punches. Full guard for Escudero. Dunham postures up. Dunham now jumps to the back and now has a body triangle! Dunham trying to soften up Escudero. Some lefts from Dunham. Dunham turns Escudero to his belly and is now throwing punches to close out the round. 10-9 round for Dunham he controlled the action from bell to bell.
Round three: Dunham eats a kick and then shoots and now Escudero with a guillotine attempt. Dunham back to his feet and has a body lock and uses it for a take down and land right into side control. Dunham mounts now and Efrain is giving up his back. Dunham with some punches and he jumps over for an arm bar and now he has a triangle locked in!! Dunham switches back to the arm bar and it is DEEP he looks like he is going to break his arm!! Thats the bell Dunham with an amazing submission victory. WOW, a sick arm bar finish.
Final result: Evan Dunham defeats Efrain Escudero via Submission (Arm Bar) Round 3
Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson (185-pound limit)
Round one: Both guys come out throwing and land rights. Lawlor with a big uppercut. Lawlor looking for a take down and Simpson lands a few good rights. Their tied up now. Both land straight rights on the break. Nice overhand right from Lawlor. Nice left from Simpson, Lawlor lands a good left and a couple good rights. Great uppercut from Lawlor and then a right left combo. Lawlor with two uppercuts. Great counter right from Lawlor hurts Simpson!! Lawlor lands a big right and uppercut combo!!! Lawlor's hands look amazing!!Big uppercut and then 3 HUGE unanswered rights from Lawlor!!! Big knee and another right from Lawlor. Simpson with a right. Lawlor with a BIG uppercut Simpson falls then back to his feet and eats another big right!!! Now their up against the cage. Simpson is wobbly and hurt very bad. Lawlor catching his breath now. Inside leg kick from Simpson. Inside leg kick from Simpson and Lawlor lands a counter left. Straight right from Lawlor. Thats the bell, Tom Lawlor dominated on the feet and had Simpson on weak weak legs. 10-9 round for Lawlor.
Round two: Nice left from Lawlor. Good knee from Simpson. Both guys trade rights. Right from Lawlor. Jab from Simpson. Their up against the cage now and Simpson going for a single. Simpson finishes it and is right into side control. Some elbows and hammer fists from Simpson. Lawlor gives up his back. Lawlor right to his feet now but Simpson still has the back. Lawlor now out and pushing Simpson away, and he lands a big elbow. Right from Lawlor. Lawlor lands a big looping right and gets a brief take down. Their clinched up against the cage. Big elbow from Lawlor and then a left. Simpson lands good body shots.Good left from Lawlor but Simpson pushes forward. Good body shot from Simpson. Lawlor has the neck and lands a knee then lets go. Left from Simpson. Right from Simpson and another. Simpson goes for a take down and Lawlor pulls guard for a guillotine. Thats the round, very close round could go either way id say 10-9 Lawlor.
Round three: Lawlor connects with two big lefts. Counter right from Lawlor. Simpson shoots but nothing there. Right from Lawlor. Knee from Simpson. Their tied up. Simpson grabs a single and gets a big take down. Lawlor right back to his feet. Lawlor now drops down for a take down. Now Lawlor with a big slam!! Simpson right back to his feet. Simpson now looking for a take down and Lawlor goes for a kimura. Simpson ends up on top. Both men tired. Simpson passes right into mount! Lawlor gives up his back again and now Simpson looking for his hooks. Lawlor looks gassed. Lawlor now grabs a single. Simpson landing rights. Simpson on the back again and now has both hooks. Lawlor turns and grabs a leg and is trying to get to the feet. Simpson on the back and now their both back to their feet. Both men swing away big time to close it out and Lawlor lands a big left at the bell. That round goes to Simpson 10-9 but it could be to little to late.
Final result: Aaron Simpson defeats Tom Lawlor via Split Decision
Round two: Good right from Blackburn. Both guys land leg kicks. Body kick from Blackburn. Nice body kick then jab from Sadollah. Their tied up agianst the cage and Blackburn looking for a take down. He lands a good knee to the gut then a decent right. Another sharp right jab from Blackburn. Leg kick from Amir. Tied up again against the cage, Sadollah is landing nice short knees to the stomach. Ref steps in and puts them back to the middle of the cage. Nice leg kick from Amir. Amir with another leg kick and Blackburn trips him briefly. Good left hook from Blackburn. Great elbow off the cage from Sadollah. Good knee from Amir. Sloppy right from Blackburn. Good front kick from Amir. Great leg kick from Amir. Good right from Blackburn. Amir rocks Blackburn again with a right. Thats the bell, once again all Sadollah that round. 10-9 Sadollah.
Round three: Blackburn needs to be desperate. Sadollah charges in a lands a HUGE knee right on the button and Blackburn is ROCKED!!!! Amir takes him down though and Blackburn is recovering. Good elbows from the top from Amir. Another sharp elbow finds its mark. Amir postures up and lands a right. Sadollah into side control now. Another elbow from Sadollah, their about to be stood up nothing much going down. Sadollah stands up and lands two more rights and jumps right back into side control. Sadollah just controlling position and landing some sporadic rights and elbows. Amir thowing wildly at the end of the bell and he seals up an easy victory. 10-9 Sadollah.
Final result: Amir Sadollah defeats Brad Blackburn via Unanimous Decision