Tonight (Nov. 12, 2011), UFC on Fox 1 kicked off its broadcast with six exciting preliminary fights, which streamed LIVE via Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) official Facebook page, as well as FoxSports.com.
The fans in attendance (who decided to show up on time and not "fashionably late") at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., were treated to some very exciting action as they waited for the main event to get rolling.
Johnson sought to make some new memories that would help him forget his last showing, when Amir Sadollah was able to make him tap to strikes in the second round of their fight at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26 in Seattle, Washington. Harvison had similar ambitions after being submitted via rear-naked choke by Seth Baczynski at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Early on, Johnson pushed forward, feinted with a right, then followed up with a crushing left hook that sent Harvison crumbling to the canvas. Johnson stepped back, admired his work for a split second and celebrated, only to realize that the officical had not yet stopped the fight.
Shortly after, "Darkness" added the final touches to his downed opponent to earn himself a quick and violent knockout victory.
Norifumi Yamamoto attempted to get his mixed martial arts (MMA) career back on track as he faced off against Darren Uyenoyama.
Both have spent time fighting on the Japanese MMA circuit. Both were looking to prove that JMMA is not dead, and here to stay for a long time.
Only one could prevail.
"Kid" looked great in the stand up aspects of the contest. Unfortunately, he was unable to keep it standing nearly as much as he'd have liked to. Uyenoyama's grappling and ground game, in general, were just far superior to anything Yamamoto was able to throw at him, resulting in a unanimous decision victory.
Yamamoto will probably be given another chance by Dana White to continue with the promotion, but he will need a big performance in his next outing if he wishes to stay gainfully employed.
Congratulations to Uyenoyama for a very well-fought bout.
His opponent, Robert Perralta, came into tonight's bout riding an eight-fight win streak.
After two very close, back-and-forth, rounds, this fight ended with a bit of controversy. Early in the third round, the two fighters seemed to butt heads during an exchange. The replay later showed that their heads clearly did collide.
The impact of the blow left Semerzier wobbled, giving Perralta the opportunity he needed to jump all over him, causing the referee to stop the fight.
Perralta won via technical knockout at 1:54 of round three. No word yet on if the decision will be overturned.
MMA fans who watched TUF season 12 will remember Alex Caceres as being the "clown" of the house. He was the guy everyone wanted to beat up. His bright yellow tracksuit and constant wide grin rubbed most of his housemates the wrong way.
Coming into tonight, Caceres had lost two fights in a row. Both came by way of rear naked choke.
Unfortunately for Escovedo, this was not the same Caceres we've seen in the past.
I don't know where that other guy went, but he can stay there for all I'm concerned. Tonight, "Bruce Leroy" used his both his Jeet Kune Do and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) to totally dismantle Escovedo and notch for himself a dominant unanimous decision victory.
Huge win for Caceres, while it could be "curtains" for Escovedo.
Paul Bradley made a name for himself on the midwest regional MMA scene before being signed by the UFC earlier this year. He lost his promotional debut to Rafael Natal via unanimous decision at UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bradley left it all in the cage and gave Pierce all he can handle, but in the end, Pierce's stand up was a bit more crisp and precise for Bradley to overcome.
Pierce earned the split-decision victory.
Bradley will need to work on his takedowns and mixing up his game a bit if he wishes to blend in with the diverse bunch of marksmen who comprise the UFC's lightweight division.
Aaron Rosa has been around the block a time or two. He's fought at both heavyweight and light heavyweight. He goes where the action is (and the free buffet).
After winning four fights in a row, the UFC signed him to take on Joey Beltran at UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver, Canada. After two-plus rounds of fairly even bar-brawl style exchanging of the hands, "The Mexicutioner" was able to bully his way to a technical knockout victory over Rosa, who simply ran out of gas and weapons.
Rosa was taking on "Rage in the Cage" veteran Matt Lucas, a recent UFC signee who had won five fights in a row, prior to this evening.
In a fight that was sometimes sloppy and not technically impressive, the clinchwork of Rosa proved to be the determining factor. Overall, Rosa was clearly in charge everywhere this fight went and received the majority decision win.
That's a wrap for the early portion of the UFC on FOX 1 Facebook undercard "Prelims."
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