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The Facebook portion of tonight's (Dec. 10, 2011) UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" preliminary card is in the books.
Kicking of the night's action was John Cholish taking on Mitch Clarke. It was a battle of who had the better grappling skills in the first round, with the majority of the action taking place on the floor; however, the action definitely picked up in the second frame, as Cholish looked polished on his feet, connecting repeatedly with solid punches.
Cholish was able to score a takedown on a visibly exhausted Clark in the second stanza and eventually unleashed a barrage of punches to force the ref to put an end to the bout.
That is now eight straight wins for Cholish, who was making his UFC debut, including seven consecutive finishes.
Rich Attonito vs. Jake Hecht provided fans with an action packed fight, as the two exchanged strikes for the duration of the contest. Though Attonito got the better of Hecht in the first round, Hecht came out swinging for the fences at the start of round two.
Hecht was able to connect with a vicious elbow that cut and rocked Attonito early. Smelling blood, Hecht instinctively went in and got the finish.
Twas a very impressive comeback from Hecht, who used what he learned from his loss to Che Mills.
In the final fight of the Facebook portion of the card, Canada's own Mark Bocek took on Nik Lentz who was riding a four fight win streak. Bocek was clearly looking to take it to the ground from the get-go and eventually he did just that.
Most of the fight played out on the mat, as Bocek repeatedly scored takedown after takedown. While looking for submissions, Bocek never stayed idle on the ground and displayed improved striking on the feet.
He controlled the pace of the fight and by the time it was over, all three judges agreed on a unanimous decision victory for Bocek, putting him back in the win column and sending Lent to his first defeat in 15 fights.
Here are the complete Facebook "Prelims" results:
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