Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to pull the trigger on its latest Versus network special in the "Steel City" TONIGHT (Sun., June 26, 2011) from the CONSOL Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
UFC on Versus 4 will feature a last-minute, re-shuffled main event between heavyweight strikers Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo, going to battle to carve out a 265-pound contender slice of their own. The original featured fight of the night was scrapped before the weigh in when Nate Marquardt failed a pre-fight medical evaluation prior to his showdown with Rick Story.
In addition, Joe "Daddy" Stevenson will make his featherweight debut against Javier "Showtime" Vazquez while Manny "The Manvil" Gamburyan welcomes Tyson Griffin to the 145-pound division.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of UFC on Versus 4 below, beginning with the live Facebook video stream of the under card action around 7 p.m. ET and running right through the network telecast at 9 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 "Kongo vs. Barry."
Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on Versus 4 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 4 QUICK RESULTS:
Cheick Kongo def. Pat Barry via knockout at 2:39 in round 1
Charlie Brenneman def. Rick Story via unanimous decision
Matt Brown def. John Howard via unanimous decision
Matt Mitrione def. Christian Morecraft via knockout in round 2
Tyson Griffin def. Manny Gamburyan via majority decision
Javier Vazquez def. Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision
Joe Lauzon def. Curt Warburton via submission (kimura) in round 1
Rich Attonito def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision
Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 2
Ricardo Lamas def. Matt Grice via TKO in round 1
Michael Johnson def. Edward Faaloloto via TKO in round 1
UFC ON VERSUS 4 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Hemmi here, stepping up for the main card.
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry
Round one: Big leg kick by Barry to get things started and Barry shoots in for a clinch attempt. Kongo throws a leg kick of his own as both men square up. Both men trade leg kicks and Kongo connects with another. Barry stalking Kongo from the center of the cage and Kongo lunges forward with a right hand. Barry checks a pair of leg kicks as both men circle. Barry throws a big right hand that drops Kongo and he follows him to the ground with ground and pound. Somehow, they let the fight continue and Barry again drops Kongo and he falls limply to the ground but hitting the canvas somehow wakes him up. Kongo gets to his feet on wobbly legs and Barry tries to finish him again and Kongo DECKS Barry with a HUGE uppercut that knocks Barry out cold! HOLY CRAP!!!! That was unbelievable!
Final result: Cheick Kongo defeats Pat Barry via knockout at 2:39 of round one
Rick Story vs. Charlie Brenneman
Round one: Brenneman immediately clinches looking for a takedown and Story shows his strength by ragdolling him down. Brennaman scrambles back to his feet and gets stuck against the fence in the clinch but he again escapes. Brenneman pushes forward with a takedown attempt and pushes Story into the fence but gets reversed by Story. Both men trade right hands and Brenneman shoots for a takedown and takes Story's back standing. Story attempts a hip-toss but Brenneman avoids it and they reset. Brenneman dives forward with a big right hand and changes levels for a takedown, immediately passing to side control on top. Story hip-escapes to half guard and then retains closed guard. The ref warns that he'll stand and Brenneman drops some body punches. Not much from top position here by Brenneman but he rides out the round on top. 10-9 Brenneman
Round two: Brenneman punches and dives in for a takedown but Rick Story latches on a guillotine. Brenneman scrambles into the north/south position to escape and gets back to his feet as Story tries to take top position. Story pushes forward with a knee and clinches but Brenneman again scores a takedown. Brenneman has his arms wrapped around Story's neck from top position and Story tries some rubber guard. Story tries to buck and sweep Brenneman but he can't move him. Story again latches on a guillotine but Brenneman wisely passes to side control to escape and drops some elbows to Story's body and Story gives up on the choke attempt. He's very tired now. Brenneman passes to side control and again finishes the round on top. 10-9 Brenneman
Round three: Story starts out aggressively looking to throw some big hooks but Brenneman again takes him down. Story latches onto Brenneman's arm and he's looking for a kimura. Brenneman might be in a bad position here and the referee stands them up, not a good one in my opinion. Story slips and Brenneman again shoots for a takedown. Story has a potential triangle but he's facing the wrong way, and he needs to adjust the position of his leg. Brenneman is in big trouble if Story locks it tight. Brenneman pops his head out but Story takes top position along the fence and drops some ground and pound. Brenneman turns away and Story takes full mount! Story trying to slam Brenneman to make him let go of his big body lock and Brenneman instead reverses him and takes the top position along the fence! Very nice and he's going to win this fight. The fight ends and the Pennsylvania crowd cheers for Brenneman as they are sure he won.
Final result: Charlie Brenneman defeats Rick Story via unanimous decision
Matt Brown vs. John Howard
Round one: Howard lands a big leg kick early, then another. Both men trade kicks and this time Brown checks one. Brown initiates a clinch but Howard escapes and throws a leg kick. Howard attempts to toss Brown but he loses position and Brown is on top. Brown gets back to his feet and eats another leg kick from Howard, this time it staggers him a bit. Nice combination from Brown and he finishes it with a head kick. Howard catches a leg kick, pushes Brown into the fence and takes him down but Brown gets back to his feet. Howard has a hold of Brown's leg against the fence and Brown connects with two big knees. Brown sweeps Howard's leg and goes to the ground with a D'arce choke. Howard pushes forward and gets back to his feet and slams Brown down right into side control. Brown turtles and gets back to his feet. Both men exchange big blows and Brown gets the better of them as the round ends. Very close but I'll 10-9 Brown
Round two: Howard grabs a leg and pushes Brown into the fence early. Brown latches onto a Muay Thai clinch and Howard backs away. Brown shoots for a takedown but Howard stuffs it easily and then pushes him into the fence. Howard really working for the takedown but Brown avoids it. Brown trips Howard very nicely and follows him to the ground into half guard. Howard looks very tired. Not a lot of action here as Brown can't pass guard. Howard grapevines Brown's leg and goes for a leg lock and uses it to sweep him. Brown get's his leg up and puts Howard into an omaplata shoulder lock as the rounds finishes. 10-9 Brown
Round three: Howard opens with two leg kicks and a side kick to the body. Another leg kick digs deep into Brown's thigh. Brown circles away and then dives forward, taking Howard down. Howard works his way back to his feet and takes Brown's back standing. He gets a hook in and drags Brown down but he gets back to his feet. Now it's Howard looking to score a takedown. Howard lifts Brown into the air to try to take him down but Brown lands on his feet. Brown pushes the pace and it looks like Howard is fading a bit. Howard pushes forward and forces Brown down along the fence but he gets back to his feet again. Howard scores a takedown but he's just laying on top of Brown here while Brown throws elbows from bottom. Howard searches for a submission as time expires. That was not a very good fight at all. 10-9 Howard
Final result: Matt Brown defeats John Howard via unanimous decision
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft
Round one: A little bit of patty-cake early from both men and Mitrione goes to work with the leg kicks. Morecraft responds with a leg kick of his own. Mitrione reaches out and drops Morecraft with a big lead left but he lets Morecraft back to his feet. Both men start to throw down a bit and Morecraft pushes forward looking for a high takedown. Nice body kick, left hook combination from Mitrione that connects and Morecraft responds with an inside leg kick. Both men trade big straight punches from the outside. More big blows exchanged and Mitrone gets the better of it. Mitrione drops Morecraft with a big right hand and follows him to the ground but Morecraft uses his wrestling to get on top. Mitrione cagewalks back to his feet and finishes the round clinching in a body lock. 10-9 Mitrione
Round two: Both men trade blows to get things started but Mitrione's strikes are much more technical and crisper. He looks incredibly confident. Left high kick whiffs for Mitrione. Morecraft changes levels and scoops up Mitrione with a double leg takedown attempt and puts Mitrione on his back against the cage but Mitrione gets back to his feet and drops some right hands on the way up. Morecraft still have him pressed against the fence and he puts Mitrione on his back this time forcing him into full guard. Mitrione hangs on and stalls until the referee stands it up. Mitrione shrugs off a takedown attempt from Morecraft and he falls down. Morecraft is slow getting back to his feet and Mitrione tags him with a huge 1-2-1 combination and Morecraft drops! He's out on the canvas, his mouthguard falls beside him. Very nice display of finishing power by Mitrione there.
Final result: Matt Mitrione defeats Christian Morecraft via knockout at 4:28 of round two
UFC ON VERSUS 4 PLAY-BY-PLAY FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM COMMENTARY:
Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin
Final result: Tyson Griffin def. Manny Gamburyan via majority decision
Fight recap: Extremely slow paced fight. You can usually count on the featherweights to get in there and trade for three solid rounds with nary a lull in the action but this was not the case here. While neither fighter gassed out, the story of the fight revolved more around the referee, Chip Snider, repeatedly calling for action. Literally, after about three seconds into a round he would do so. Both men felt they got the better of the other after a plodding 15-minutes, but it was Griffin who was awarded the hard fought victory, his first in three straight fights and his first as a 145-pound fighter. An extended run in his new division? Maybe. But his debut performance was anything but impressive.
Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
Final result: Javier Vazquez def. Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision
Fight recap: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. After winning season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and battling all the way up to a title shot at lightweight, Joe Stevenson fell on hard times -- really hard -- and was forced to drop down to featherweight. Tonight he made his debut in the 145-pound division and was soundly outclassed by Vazquez, who more or less had his way with Joe "Daddy" throughout all three rounds. It was an uneventful fight, one that saw Stevenson employ an odd game plan that didn't work ... at all. Is this his last time fighting inside the Octagon? For now, it just may be.
Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
Final result: Joe Lauzon def. Curt Warburton via submission (kimura) in round 1
Fight recap: Hoollee shit. Joe Lauzon came out and absolutely went to work against Curt Warburton. "J-Lau" rushed out, landed a few solid punches, dropped "The War" and when he couldn't finish him with the follow up barrage of punches, he locked on a kimura and forced the tap, nearly ripping Warburton's arm out of its socket in the process. That was nasty, brutal, vicious ... all that good stuff. And it all took less than two minutes.
Rich Attonito vs. Daniel Roberts
Final result: Rich Attonito def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision
Fight recap: Daniel Roberts was a late replacement but that was more or less negated by the fact that Rich Attonito was making his welterweight debut. He told us he felt like he was finally fighting in the right weight class and he certainly looked like it. As the fight went deeper and deeper, Attonito seemed to only get stronger and stronger, landing a monster head kick in the third and following it up with punches that, truth be told, should have been enough to stop the fight. When it wasn't, and Attonito dominated the rest of the frame, that was enough to give him the win on the scorecards. Not as fast-paced and exciting as the first three fights but definitive and explosive just the same.
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Final result: Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 2
Fight recap: The ending of this fight was extremely unfortunate because it was really a fun contest. The first round was largely in favor of a hyper aggressive Oliveira, who attacked relentlessly with submissions from the bottom and also knocked Lentz down with a big right hand. The second round was also fun until Oliveira landed an illegal knee that went unseen by the in-cage referee. The crowd, recognizing the infraction, boisterously booed. Oliveira used said knee to completely control from there, shortly after sinking in a rear-naked choke to force the tap. However, the choke was easily applied thanks in large part to the illegal knee. Joe Rogan made sure to let the fans know that the commission has already stated they will review the tape and make a decision at a later time regarding the fight result. For his part, Oliveira said he did not throw the knee intentionally and was not trying to break the rules. He also apologized several times. For now, though, he's the winner. For now.
Matt Grice vs. Ricardo Lamas
Final result: Ricardo Lamas def. Matt Grice via technical knockout in round 1
Fight recap: Let's just it's rather disheartening to see a referee wait so long to stop a fight sometimes. And sometimes it leads to sweet, beautiful violence. Such was the case with Lamas stopping Grice tonight, as he utilized a pressure-based effective offensive attack that led to his gaining advantageous positions throughout the short fight. He threatened with a submission for a short time but struggled to complete it. With less than one minute remaining, Lamas landed a monster switch kick that had Grice reeling. That was flash knockout number one. The ref didn't step in, though, and Lamas poured it on, landing big punches. That was flash knockout number two. Finally, after another go-round of punches, the ref stepped in to save Grice. Hell of a performance in Lamas' Octagon debut.
Edward Faaloloto vs. Michael Johnson
Final result: Michael Johnson def. Edward Faaloloto via TKO in round 1
Fight recap: Muay Thai + ground and pound = Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran with a big, big win. Johnson came out quick and steady, eager to finish early. Faaloloto stayed with the pace early, opening up a cut on Johnson's head thanks to a sweet elbow, but Johnson overcame and eventually overwhelmed his opponent, landing a huge knee from the Thai Plum that sent Faaloloto crashing to the mat. Big hammerfists later and good night, Edward. Impressive performance in his first bout since losing to Jonathan Brookins at the TUF 12 Finale.