Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to return to the Spike TV airwaves tonight with UFC Fight Night 24: "Nogueira vs. Davis," which will go down from the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash., TONIGHT (Sat., March 26, 2011)!
UFC Fight Night 24 will feature a main event between long-time mixed martial arts veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, trying to quell the uprising of undefeated division prospect (and late replacement) Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis.
Hard-hitting welterweights Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will hook 'em up in the night's co-main event.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC Fight Night 24 below, beginning with the Spike TV telecast at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, we will deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the under card action earlier in the evening.
Remember, too, that FIVE undercard bouts -- Mackens Semerzier vs. Alex Caceres, Jon Madsen vs. Mike Russow, Sean McCorkle vs. Christian Morecraft, Michael McDonald vs. Edwin Figueroa and John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray -- will air live and free online via the UFC's Facebook page at Facebook.com/UFC starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 24 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 24 QUICK RESULTS:
Mackens Semerzier def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 1
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24 PLAY-BY-PLAY COVERAGE:
Round one: Davis looks like the considerably bigger man. Leg kick from Davis. Body kick and then head kick from Davis. Left from Nogueira. Hard body kick from Davis. Another big body kick and Nogueira nails Davis with a counter right! Davis ties it up now and is landing knees to the thighs. Body kick again from Davis. Davis ducks under a punch and goes right for the take down. Nogueira stuffs it though. High kick again from Davis. Davis goes for a shot and is again stuffed by Nogueira. Nice left from Nogueira. Body kick from Davis. Head kick and right from Davis and a counter left from Nogueira. Davis shoots again and is again stopped, but Nogueira slips and falls but Davis cannot capitalize. Nice left from Nogueira. Right from Nogueira. Shot and Nogueira sprawls out AGAIN. That is the round and a extremely tough one to score. Davis was more active, but Nogueira had amazing defense. That was is too close to call, but ill lean towards Davis for his activity. 10-9 Davis.
Round two: Head kick from Davis is blocked. Nogueira just misses a big left. Nice body kick from Davis. Front kick from Davis caught. Good hard body kick from Davis. Good right from Nogueira. Left from Nogueira. Another left from Nogueira. Body kick and shot from Davis but he is stuffed again. Left from Nogueira lands and now he lands a head kick. Left from Nogueira. Right from Nogueira. Leg kick from Davis. Body kick from Davis. Davis shoots and gets a single leg take down finally. Nogueira ties up Davis and kicks him off briefly but Davis pounces right back on top. Nice right from Davis. Another right from Davis. Nogueira kicks off Davis again but gives up his back trying to get up and Davis has the back now and drags down Nogueira. Body shots and big punches from Davis now from behind. Davis landing some HARD punches from the back now. Body shots and hard body knees from Davis to close out the round. Davis finally got it to the ground and did some damage in that round, 10-9 Davis.
Round three: Left from Nogueira. Flying knee attempt from Davis and a high kick from Mr. Wonderful. Davis shoots again and gets a single leg take down. Hammer fist from the back from Nogueira. Nogueira scrambles and tries to get up and Davis gets the back and lands some punches. Nogueira rolls back to full guard. Davis into half guard now. Punches froms Davis and Nogueira kicks him off and their back on the feet. Body kick from Davis. Hard left from Nogueira. Davis goes for another single but is stopped. Davis goes for another single and now gets Nogueira down again. Davis in half guard, but is not doing much on top. Body shots from Davis. Nogueira controlling the hands and avoiding damage thus far. Davis still in the dominant position. Some punches from the top by Davis to close out the fight. Davis should take this victory but it was far from easy. 10-9 Davis.
Final result: Phil Davis defeats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via Unanimous Decision
Round one: Inside leg kick from Johnson. Another leg kick from Johnson. Hardy with a leg kick. Jab from Johnson. Head kick from Johnson drops Hardy!!!! Johnson pounces and lands some good punches Hardy trying to get up and Johnson briefly has a choke but lets it go. Johnson pushes through and gets a big take down. Hardy with full guard. High guard from Hardy, trying to avoid more damage. Big punches from Johnson from the top. Johnson with good lefts. More punches from Johnson. Hardy looking for an arm, but Johnson shrugs him off and lands a hard right. Hardy now going for a kimura. Johnson muscles his way out of it and now in half guard. Hardy looking to sweep. Johnson just too strong and lands a hammer fist. That is the round and Johnson controlled that one and almost finished with a great head kick. 10-9 Johnson.
Round two: Johnson ducks under a hook and gets a easy double leg take down. Johnson now on top in full guard much to the dismay of the Seattle crowd. Punches from the top from Johnson. Hardy going for a kimura and Johnson just pounding away with body shots with his free arm. Johnson once again powers out and is back to throwing some punches on top. More body shots from Johnson. Half guard now for Johnson. Johnson now landing some BIG lefts from the top. Hammer fists now from Johnson. Short elbow from Johnson. The ref stands them up now to the crowds enjoyment. Johnson shoots and grabs a single leg and runs Hardy around the cage and then eventually drags him to the mount and that is the bell. All Johnson again in round 2, Hardy needs a stoppage. 10-9 Johnson.
Round three: Johnson goes for a knee and Hardy for some unknown reason goes for a take down and Johnson easily just puts Hardy on his back. Hardy again going for a kimura and Johnson just riding it out. Hardy should have kept this on the feet. Hammer fists from the bottom from Hardy. Johnson now takes the back, Hardy to his feet though. Knee from Johnson from behind. Johnson lets go and lands a head kick and right hand. Now Johnson just shoots and puts Hardy to the mat again with ease and Johnson has the back and is going for a choke. Johnson now just throwing punches and landing hard from the back. Hardy seems helpless on the mat, and Johnson now going for the choke again. Johnson jumps over to full mount and has an arm triangle in tight! Johnson just cranking the neck HARD now. Hardy doesnt look like he is going to tap though. Johnson just unleashes a flurry of HARD punches to end the fight. Johnson dominated that contest wire to wire with a great ground game. He looked impressive. 10-9 Johnson.
Final result: Anthony Johnson defeats Dan Hardy via Unanimous Decision
Round one: Leg kick from Sung Jung. Leg kick from Garcia and left hook to follow. High kick from Garcia blocked. Hard leg kick from Sung Jung. HARD right from Garcia. Body kick from Garcia. Jab from Garcia. Nice right from Garcia. Good leg kick from Garcia and counter leg kick and right from Sung Jung. Hard left hook from Garcia. Jab from Jung. Nice left hook from Garcia and good head kick from Jung. Garcia catches a leg but does nothing with it. Jab from Jung. Jab right hook combo from Garcia. HARD left hook from Garcia and uppercut from Jung. Now Jung gets a take down and is on top in north south position. Jung going for an arm bar! Garcia wiggles out. Garica is up to the feet and Jung holding his head lands two hard knees to the head. Jung back on top. Nice right from Jung. Jung jumps into full mount!! Garica gives the back and Jung is pounding away at the bell. That round was stolen by Jung late, but Garcia is getting the best of the standing. 10-9 Jung.
Round two: Both men throwing kicks and combos but missing. Left hook from Garcia. Another hook from Garcia. Nice flying knee from Garcia and body shot from Jung. Flying knee from Jung but he barely connects. Jab from Jung. Left hook from Garcia. High kick missed from Jung. Nice leg kick from Garcia. Another leg kick from Garcia. Right from Garcia and a jab. Garcia starting to swing wild, Jung lands a hard knee. Leg kick from Jung. Jung goes for a take down and Garcia stuffs it but eats an uppercut. Jab from Jung. Hard right uppercut from Jung and then a flying knee from Jung. Jung lands a kick that knocks Garcia off his feet and Jung pounces on top into Garcia's full guard. Jung is landing some HUGE elbows. Punches now from Jung and now Garcia gives up his back and Jung has one leg tied up. Jung now with one leg tied up pins an arm back and locks in a crossface choke that forces Garcias to tap!!! WOW I have never seen that submission before, Joe Rogan is calling it the "Twister". Sick submission win from Jung.
Final result: Chan Sung Jung defeats Leonard Garcia via Submission (Twister) Round 2
Round one: Inside leg kick from Sadollah. Left from Sadollah. Johnson throws some wild punches lands an uppercut and Sadollah slips while throwing a kick. Johnson on top now in side control. Sadollah scrambles back to the feet. Low kick from Sadollah. Jab from Johnson. Good right from Johnson again and then a double jab. Good left hook right hook combo from Sadollah. Johnson catches a push kick and slams Sadollah to the mat. Johnson passes to half guard. Sadollah gets back full guard. Good right from Johnson. Elbow from Johnson. Sadollah with a high guard looking to get a triangle or arm bar. HARD elbow from Johnson. Johnson lets Sadollah up. Jab from Sadollah. Good right from Johnson. Jab from Johnson and right to follow. Hard left hook from Sadollah puts Johnson on his back but he bounces up it looked like a slip. Their tied up against the cage and Johnson with some knees. Sadollah now lands some knees. WOW Amazing hip toss from Johnson and then a elbow for good measure. Sadollah right back to his feet and now gets a double leg take down of his own. Nice right from Sadollah to close out the round. That's a razor close round, ill lean towards Johnson. 10-9 Johnson.
Round two: Left hook and right from Johnson. One two combo from Johnson. Knee from Johnson. Sadollah with a good knee and now lands a flurry of hard punches! Johnson counters with a flurry of his own. Good right left from Amir. Johnson with a counter right. Hard left from Johnson and then a hard left to the body and hard knee to the body. Right from Johnson. Sadollah with a hard knee to the body from the tie up. Johnson shoots for a single and Sadollah lands some knees to the ribs on the mat as he sprawls out. Sadollah now on top with big elbows and punches. Johnson looks hurt!!! Sadollah throwing some BIG punches. Hard knees to the body now from Sadollah. Johnson to his feet now. Hard knee from Johnson. Sadollah with a take down and now a full mount. Sadollah with some hard elbows while pinning down an arm of Johnson. Sadollah pounding away with vicious elbows and that is it the ref stops it!!! Wow, impressive win from Sadollah he looked amazing.
Final result: Amir Sadollah defeats DeMarques Johnson via Tap Out (Strikes) Round 2
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24 LIVE "PRELIMS" PLAY-BY-PLAY COVERAGE (FACEBOOK):
John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray (170-pound limit)
Round one: Immediately they start exchanging. Clinch goes nowhere. More exchanging and another clinch. McCray pressing the action. Kris is working the takedown but can't get it. Hathaway says screw it and rolls for the leg. Locks in a nasty heel hook. Good god, McCray somehow survived but his ligaments in his ankles are probably torn. McCray in John's half guard up against the cage. Hathaway trying to get back up but McCray is keeping the pressure on. He gets up anyway and they pummel against the cage again. McCray slams him back down to the mat though and they reset the previous exchange. Stand up, pummel and another takedown from McCray. Finally back up as the round ends. 10-9 McCray.
Round two: Missed the opening but came back to McCray executing another big takedown. Hathaway worked for a triangle and then an armbar but McCray rolled out. Impressive job by Kris right there. They get back up after scrambling and my Facebook stream is choppy. Sorry for the technical difficulties folks. Okay, it's back to a tired looking McCray and Hathaway shoots under. They lock up and John is working a single leg. McCray defending against the cage. Staying busy but paying the price for it. Shot from McCray gets stuffed easily and he might have trouble in the third. Whoa, Hathaway gets a takedown but gets reversed. McCray ends the round on top. Not bad at all. 10-9 Hathaway (I guess).
Round three: Hathaway opens with a knee and gets a takedown. He's the fresher fighter and he's acting like it, throwing plenty of punches while McCray looks like he's just holding on. He's doing a good job of it though, as he's not taking a lot of damage. Elbow lands for Hathaway. He passes to half guard. Landing short elbows but McCray is doing great not to let him pass. Once again, McCray sweeps him though and he's on top now. He's gassed, though, so he's not doing anything. Hathaway landing elbows while McCray just drives into him. Hathaway gets a takedown after he makes his way back to his feet. Hathaway is all over him landing shots as time ticks away. McCray is completely gone, just dead tired but he's still in there winging punches. Another takedown from Hathaway and if he was given either of the first two rounds then this fight is his. 10-9 Hathaway.
Final result: John Hathaway def. Kris McCray via split decision
Jon Madsen vs. Mike Russow (265-pound limit)
Round one: Time for the big boys. Madsen with big power on the overhand rights. Russow with the first and then second tie ups but Madsen escapes. Russow is pushing in for the clinch and Madsen has shrugged him off each time. He's looking for that big punch. If Todd Duffee couldn't knock him out, though, can Jon Madsen? We'll see. Russow's gameplan isn't working but he's not adjusting. Madsen looks for a knee that gets a big "OOHH" from the crowd. Madsen runs away and looks up at the clock, taking a deep breath. Minute left in the first round, big guy, you can do this. Mike lands a few shots coming in and initiates a clinch against the cage. Boo birds out, and they separate but everyone looks gassed already. 10-9 Russow.
Round two: Huffing and puffing they come, out for the second. Looks like a repeat pattern here. Either guy rushes in, they exchange, clinch briefly and back out. Repeat that process. Russow gets him down and takes his back but Madsen gets back up. Jon rushes in again but misses and Russow takes his back before taking him down and pounding on him a bit. Madsen's left eye is all jacked up now. Russow wraps his arms around and he was working towards... something but taking too damn long so the ref stood them up. Rogan tells us Madsen can't see out of his left eye. They clinch and the ref separates them after about 10 seconds. Here's a ref that listens to the crowd. What makes it great is right after the reset, they clinched right back up. The round ends with Russow on top in side control. Madsen's eye, really is shut. 10-9 Russow.
The doctors look at Madsen's eye in between rounds and decide his eye his too messed up for him to continue. I won't complain with that. It's totally shut.
Final result: Mike Russow def. Jon Madsen via technical knockout in round 2
Alex Caceres vs. Mackens Semerzier (145-pound limit)
Round one: Head kick right out of the gate from Caceres. Mack answers with one of his one. Bruce Leroy rushes him and they clinch up. Mack works at it and gets a slam takedown. On top in full guard up against the fence. Back up they go and Semerzier sends him back down with a trip. Back up again and once again Mack takes him down, this time landing in full mount. Leroy rolls and Mack takes his back. Got him belly down and flattened out. Looking for the choke. Alex bucks up to shake him off but Mackens is holding on. Boom, there it is. Just like that, Mack locked in the rear-naked choke and Alex just tapped and started shaking his head.
Final result: Mackens Semerzier def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 1
Sean McCorkle vs. Christian Morecraft (265-pound limit)
Round one: Oooh, no touch of the gloves. This means war. Leg kick to start from Morecraft. Quick clinch against the cage. The crowd starts to boo after some inactivity and McCorkle quickly executes a takedown and ends up on top. Christian throws his legs over but gets nothing. Sean looks to pass and Morecraft isolates a leg. He's got a deep kneebar, then a heel hook but Sean gets out. Morecraft on top now after a scramble. Hoe postures up and they scramble again, this time with Morecraft passing to half guard. Ha. Morecraft's mouth piece went flying out while he's landing big elbows and he picked it up and put it back in on his own. Crowd applauds. Christian stands up and the crowd boos heartily at the lack of action. McCorkle is baiting him, asking for him to come down but Morecraft isn't taking the bait. Morecraft finally comes in with punches and he transitions to the back, landing shots. The round comes to a close with Morecraft in side control landing clean elbows. That was an easy round to score. 10-9 Morecraft.
Round two: Both guys come out swinging and the thing I notice in all this is the fact that both guys have extremely awkward punches. McCorkle more so than Morecraft. They start brawling against the cage and Morecraft is tagging and bagging him. They go to the ground with Sean looking to take the back. Can't get it and instead works the kimura but loses it. Morecraft is on top now, up against the cage and landing big shots. This is starting to look like it's just a matter of time. McCorkle is busted up and bleeding while Morecraft continues to land clean. McCorkle is taking deep breaths and looking out of it. Christian lets him up and they immediately clinch back up. Leaning on each other now, and Morecraft lands an errant nut shot. McCorkle gets five minutes to recover and I expect he'll take all five. They give a close up of his face and he's completely gone. Audience boos and he continues to take his time. The crowd boos louder as McCorkle continues to "recover." Goldberg tells us a total of two minutes elapsed there. Felt like an hour. They exchange and McCorkle has his hands down. He shoots in and gets stuffed. Morecraft locks in a standing guillotine and he's got it deep. McCorkle didn't tap, but he went out on his feet. Weird as hell to see him just fall flat after Morecraft let him go. That was wild.
Final result: Christian Morecraft def. Sean McCorkle via submission (guillotine) in round 2
Michael McDonald vs. Edwin Figueroa (135-pound limit)
Round one: Big swing from Figueroa to start and McDonald stays tight and rushes him. He's rocking Edwin. Big time brawling here early. Crowd loving it. Both guys are absolutely throwing bombs and while they aren't all landing, it certainly looks exciting. Figueroa walking around. The little guys are really swinging big but they're so damn speedy, it's tough to land anything. Trade high kicks. McDonald lands a big counter right hand and Edwin just eats it. Superman punch misses from Figueroa and McDonald rushes with a knee and a few punches. Man, these dudes are going crazy. McDonald gets a takedown and he's on top now. Figueroa pushes his way out and they reset standing. A big shot right at the bell from McDonald staggered Figueroa, to the point where he almost fell down. That was awesome. 10-9 McDonald.
Round two: Head kick lands but McDonald pushes and gets a big takedown on it. Ends up sinking the hooks in and gets a deep rear-naked choke but Figueroa actually gets out. Holy shit. That was impressive. Still in a bad spot though with McDonald all over his back with both hooks in. They turn and McDonald is working a triangle but Figueroa fights his way out of that too. Jesus, this kid wont' go away. Figueroa on top now but once again McDonald locks in a triangle. Figueora AGAIN escapes and McDonald switches it over to the other side and works the arm with it. This Figueroa kid is insane. He refuses to tap. He slides his head out and is still going. McDonald again throws his legs up and I'm actually fearing for this kid's life at this point. Figueroa stands up and starts landing some big punches. McDonald goes to stand and Figueroa lands punches while trying to take his back. Holy hell. 10-9 McDonald.
Round three: McDonald has no energy in his legs after all that work in the second round. This is the time for Edwin to take advantage but he doesn't look like he has enough in him. Both guys are tired and struggling to throw each punch. They brawl against the fence and there's the big shots again. Rogan is telling us McDonald is hurt but he just looks gassed. He slides under and gets a takedown. Lazy as shit, but he got it. Three minutes to go in the fight and he just needs to ride this one out to get the win. He passes to side control but stands up and lets Figueroa back up. Another shot leads to another double leg takedown. Into half guard, passes to side control. Sweep from Figueroa and he ends up in side control. Good god, this is fun. McDonald works his way back to full guard with just over a minute left in the fight. McDonald looks for an arm but Figueroa escapes. Figueroa backs out and they reset standing with just a minute remaining. Edwin looking for the knockout but McDonald squashes those hopes with yet another takedown and this one is all his. McDonald ends up on top and that was a fun fight in both these guys debuts. They hug each other at the horn. 10-9 McDonald.
Final result: Michael McDonald def. Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision