Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to pull the trigger on its latest Versus network special in the "Bluegrass state" TONIGHT (Thursday, March 3, 2011) from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 3D telecast, available live to those with 3D-capable television sets through dedicated 3D channels on affiliates across the country including Comcast's Next Generation XFINITY 3D channel, will be produced by Versus with the UFC and sponsored by XFINITY.
"Sanchez vs. Kampmann" will feature a main event between reinvigorated welterweight Diego Sanchez and 170-pound stalwart Martin "Hitman" Kampmann.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC on Versus 3, beginning with the network telecast at 9 p.m. ET. Up-to-the-minute quick results of all the other under card action will begin to flow around 6:00 p.m. ET.
Remember, too, that a live "Prelims" special will air on the official UFC Facebook page featuring two fights, Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo and Steve Cantwell vs. Cyrille Diabate, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis following "Sanchez vs. Kampmann."
Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on Versus 3 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action:
UFC ON VERSUS 3 QUICK RESULTS:
Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mark Munoz def. C.B. Dollaway via TKO (strikes)
Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via unanimous decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27)
Brian Bowles def. Damacio Page via submission (guillotine)
Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
Shane Roller def. Thiago Tavares via KO (strikes)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Reuben Duran via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
Rousimar Palhares def. Dave Branch via submission (kneebar)
Igor Pokrajac def. Todd Brown via TKO (strikes)
Dongi Yang def. Rob Kimmons via TKO (strikes)
UFC ON VERSUS 3 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Geno in da howse. Let's do this thing, Maniacs.
Round one: Time to get down with the main event. Sanchez has some fat hanging over his trunks. We'll see if he's in shape. Kampmann is first to throw. He's got a decent height advantage on Diego, who is staying patient. Sanchez goes for his first takedown of the fight but can't get it. Kampmann lands a straight right that puts Diego on his ass but he's back up. Some clinching but back to trading punches. Another takedown attempt from Sanchez and the Hitman is having no problem stuffing him. Another missed takedown from Diego and he's getting lit up on the feet. He's also bleeding. Kampmann is just having his way with him. He's not even breaking a sweat either. Sanchez shoots under and they're up against the cage again. This feels like a matter of time but Kampmann puts him away. End of the first and that was ALL Kampmann. 10-9 Hitman.
Round two: Sanchez corner is apparently telling him to make sure to work as hard as he can at getting the fight to the floor. That's a good plan, considering he's getting his ass handed to him in the exchanges. Even when Kampmann is lunging in with a jab, he's connecting. As Rogan states, he's just technically not anywhere near Martin in this department. Once again, a takedown attempt but no dice for Diego. Sanchez goes into full brawler mode and starts unloading on Kampmann and he actually tagged him a few times. Now the Hitman is bleeding from his eye. That could be a momentum changer. Again, Diego presses against the cage with punches. He looks a lot better in this round. Both guys landing now. Diego looks to brawl some more to end the round and he tagged Kampmann again. Holy shit, that was a hell of a way to close it. Kampmann was rocked twice in that round. 10-9 Diego.
Round three: Both guys cut and they both look ready to get down for another round. Let's do this thing. Kampmann lands the first couple shots. Diego is having trouble landing as he comes in, but once he gets inside, he goes crazy. Kampmann doing well to keep distance so far in this round. Sanchez misses another takedown. Diego pushes again but the Hitman is smart enough to get away from the cage this time. Three minutes to go and it's a damn close fight. Yet again, Kampmann stuffs a takedown. How much will that count for in the eyes of the judges? Kampmann eats a jab coming in but Diego fails to capitalize. He shoots under yet again and the crowd actually boos. But this time he actually gets the takedown and that could be big. In side control and then had his back but he slipped off. Back to the feet they go. Diego lands a shot. He comes in and lands a few more. Knee from Martin slightly misses. One minute to go and I don't have a damn clue who is winning this fight. Diego swarms him again and Kampmann is shaking his right hand out. He's not throwing punches with it. Diego is unloading on him against the cage. Sanchez's face is jacked up but he might be winning this fight. Holy shit, he's bleeding like crazy. Final 10 seconds and Diego was chasing him trying to score. As beaten up as Sanchez looks compared to Kampmann, I'm scoring the final round for Diego and giving him the fight 29-28 overall. 10-9 Sanchez.
Final result: Diego Sanchez def. Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Round one: Dollaway opens strong with a kick and Goldberg is quick to point out how great his kicks actually are. He gets the takedown and ends up on top. Lets him up though and back to the feet they go. Whoa, Munoz landed a big shot and it rocked Dollaway. He went down and after another big shot on the ground the ref called it. Dollaway is protesting the stoppage but it looked relatively clean. Either way, that's a knockout for Munoz. Not bad.
Final result: Mark Munoz def. C.B. Dollaway via TKO (strikes)
Round one: Weidman opens with a head kick. A lot of good things being said about the career prospects of Weidman. Let's see how he does. Sakara puts together a combination and Weidman covers well. Shoots and gets stuffed. Looks like that may be the prevailing theme in this one. Crowd starts chanting U.S.A. Rogan calls them out. Now he and Goldie are going back and forth talking about the whether or not we're all immigrants. Weidman is working for a takedown during this exchange but can't get it. Sakara starts unloading on him but Weidman's defense is pretty good. Sakara is cut on his right eye, not sure how that got there. Very little action to close things out in the first and that was a damn close round. No confidence in this score here but I'll go 10-9 Weidman.
Round two: Wiedman takes the center of the cage, just like the first round and this time he actually manages to get the takedown. He's sitting in Sakara's full guard landing elbows. Stands up and comes down with a big punch. Uses that to pass to side control and Sakara is bleeding all over the place after that elbow. Weidman is still landing elbows. Weidman is looking for the crucifix while he works in punches and elbows. He is dominating this round. Whoa. Alessio manages to escape out of nowhere and stands up in full attack mode. Lands a few shots but just like that, Weidman takes him down again. Sakara pushes off once more and he's back to his feet again. The referee stops the fight to have the doctor look at Sakara's cut. Alessio wipes the blood off on the refs shirt. Doc says Alessio is good to go. A bit of exchanging to end the round and that one was all Chris. 10-9 Weidman
Round three: Sakara is working the body like crazy to start the third. Surprisingly enough, Weidman is actually hanging with Alessio in the stand-up. He takes him down once again and he's right back in side control. We're basically watching a repeat of round two at this point. Chris is landing short punches and elbows. Although both guys were staying busy, the ref decides to stand them up. Probably a good idea, as the crowd is absolutely dead right now. Doesn't matter though, because Weidman goes back to the bread and butter and lands another takedown. With one minute left, Sakara needs a finish to win this fight. Not likely to happen while he's on his back with Chris Weidman in his half guard. He pushes out and gets back to his feet but Weidman is all over him and gets him back down. That'll do it. Solid debut for the mega prospect.
Final result: Chris Weidman def. Alessio Sakara via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Round one: We're underway and they are already exchanging big punches. Damacio is acting like he's still pissed about losing the first fight. He's throwing flying knees, flying kicks, all sorts of insanity. Bowles is staying tight though. Both guys land a few punches. Page throwing some looping punches, which make him look like the more aggressive fighter. Bowles gets poked in the eye but they keep it going. Bowles lands and Page looks hurt. Bowles swarms him and Page drops. Damacio throws his legs for an armbar. Uh-oh, guillotine is in from Bowles and Page goes out. Damn, same finish as last time. Page is laying there looking at the sky, asking God where it all went wrong. Bowles looked good.
UFC ON VERSUS 3 PLAY-BY-PLAY FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM COMMENTARY:
Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo:
Round one: Count me as one of the unfortunate to have issues with the Facebook stream. I'm in with a minute to go and Joe Daddy is getting lit up. He's hanging tough though as Castillo is blasting away at his face. Looks like Stevenson will make it out of the round and if the beginning was anything like the end, it was all Castillo. 10-9 for someone.
Round two: Out for the second and Castillo is throwing big. Stevenson looks for a guillotine but no dice. Nobody landing much right now. Just as I say that, Castillo tags Joe with a left hook. Let's see if it happens again. Nobody landing much here. That time it resulted in Joe Daddy shooting for the takedown. Pushes him against the cage and picks him up for the slam. Side control for Stevenson. Castillo gets half and he's using the old strategy of holding on for dear life and hoping for a stand up. Finally Castillo decides to do some work and sweeps his way up. Uh-oh. Castillo lands a knee to a downed Joe Daddy but the ref is nice about it and says it was unintentional. Nothing much to close the round and that one is likely for Stevenson via lay-n-pray. 10-9 Joe.
Round three: Another touch of the gloves to start the last frame and let's see if Stevenson starts letting his hands go like Greg Jackson told him to in between rounds. So far he's not. Pushing forward but definitely not letting his hands go. In fact, he shoots in and gets reversed. Castillo is just working him everywhere now. As I say that, Rogan comments that "it's a close fight." Not from where I'm sitting. Castillo takes him down but Joe Daddy scrambles back up. Up against the cage and Joe Daddy is once again looking for the guillotine. He doesn't have it though and Castilllo is on top now. Back up and Castillo is just grinding it out. Gets another takedown and that's going to do it. He's Jon Fitching Stevenson here. Castillo gets another takedown and full mount as the round ends and this one is probably going to him. 10-9 Castillo.
Final result: Danny Castillo def. Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Round one: Out they come and Diabate is freaking gigantic. Dude is extremely tall. Cantwell looks like a little kid in there against him. Diabate is picking him apart. Landing kicks and punches. He lands a kick to the body and Cantwell decides he's had enough of that and takes him down. Not a lot of action. Cantwell attempting to pass. He stands up and Diabate does the same. Whoa. Diabate throws a flying knee and just misses. It's not even a contest on the feet. Cantwell shoots for a takedown but gets stuffed. On the way out, Diabate lands a punch that puts Cantwell on his ass. He makes it out of the round but he's on rubber legs. 10-9 Diabate.
Round two: Rogan still pushing the idea that Cantwell is "wobbily" but he's bouncing around. Diabate is easily avoiding whatever Cantwell is throwing and just picking his spots to land his shots. Cantwell shoots under to attempt a takedown but gets stuffed again. Cyrille even takes him down. Good lord, he's on top and landing shots to Cantwell's side and stomach. Back up they go. Diabate doing his best Nick Diaz, landing plenty of punches but it doesn't look like he really has anything behind them. And like clockwork, Goldberg compares him to Anderson Silva. Sorry, Mike, but if he's Anderson Silva, I'm Bill Shakespeare. As we speak, Diabate is again landing punches in bunches and Cantwell looks tired from the sheer volume of blows he's absorbed. Another takedown attempt fails and Cyrille is on top landing shots. End of round and they both look tired but Diabate can cruise in the third. 10-9 Diabate.
Round three: The story remains the same in the final frame. Diabate is a kickboxer and Cantwell is over-matched. Cantwell staying in there and doing what he can to finish things but there's just one problem -- he's not good enough to do so. He shoots under once again and guess what? Sprawl from Diabate and Stevie boy eats a shot as he gets back up. Rogan points out that as bad as Cantwell has looked, Diabate hasn't exactly looked much better. He's continually had Cantwell standing right in front of him and hasn't been able to put him away. No matter, he's continuing to outpoint him as the round comes to a close and he's going to take this all day. The crowd boos as the horn sounds. 10-9 Diabate.
Final result: Cyrille Diabate def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)