Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to pull the trigger on its latest pay-per-view (PPV) fight card TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 8, 2011) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
UFC 136: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3" will be headlined by the long-awaited trilogy fight in the rivalry between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and his own personal "Bully," Gray Maynard. A second championship match up is set for "Space City," as featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will put his 145-pound strap on the line against Kenny Florian, who is still in search of that elusive first title win.
And a middleweight number one contender bout is also on the card with Republican Chael Sonnen going to war against super-soldier Brian Stann for the right to challenge for the 185-pound title.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 136 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.
UFC 136 QUICK RESULTS:
Main card (Pay-per-view):
145 lbs.: Jose Aldo defeats Kenny Florian via Unanimous Decision
185 lbs.: Chael Sonnen defeats Brian Stann via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Round 2
155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon defeats Melvin Guillard via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
145 lbs.: Nam Phan defeats Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision
"Prelims" (Spike TV):
155 lbs.: Anthony Pettis defeats Jeremy Stephens via Split Decision
185 lbs.: Demian Maia defeats Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision
Preliminary card (May not be broadcast):
265 lbs.: Stipe Miocic def. Joey Beltran via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins def. Zhang Tie Quan via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Aaron Simpson def. Eric Schafer via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Mike Massenzio def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision
UFC 136 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Round one: Double jab from Edgar. Leg kick from Edgar. Leg kick from Maynard. Hard combo from Edgar finishes with a left hook. Right from Edgar. Short uppercut from Edgar. Edgar with a heel hook take down attempt and has the back of Maynard but cannot finish it off. Now their in the center of the cage again. HUGE uppercut from Maynard ROCKS EDGAR. Another uppercut from Maynard and now he lands a big knee. Edgar is HURT!!! Big right hook from Edgar. Right from Maynard lands hard. Maynard lands a short right that knocks Edgar back. Now their on the mat and Maynard lands a little and Edgar is back up and Maynard lands another big uppercut. Left from Edgar. Edgar is bleeding bad from His nose. Big right and knee from Maynard. Left from Edgar and big jump knee from Maynard. Now their on the mat and Maynard lands some punches and now their back up. Big left and then right from Maynard. Another left from Maynard. Edgar with a left hook. That is the bell and that was a creepily similar round 1 to the last fight but this time its not a 10-8 round. 10-9 Maynard.
Round two: Both men dancing around feeling one another out. Nice uppercut left hook combo from Edgar. Body head combo from Edgar and then a leg kick. Nice uppercut left hook combo again. Leg kick from Edgar and a big right hook from Edgar. Left hook from Edgar. Edgar shoots and nothing there Edgar lands a left on the break. Nice uppercut and left hook from Edgar. Jab from Edgar, and nice combo with a finishing left hook from Edgar. Right from Maynard and that is the bell. That was all Edgar in that round. 10-9 Edgar.
Round three: Inside leg kick from Edgar. Jab from Edgar. Leg kick from Edgar. Knee from Maynard. Left from Edgar. Hard leg kick from Edgar. Edgar ducks under for a single but is stopped. Jab from Edgar. Leg kick from Edgar and one from Maynard. Body shot from Edgar. Edgar with a duck under right hand. Left from Edgar. Jab from both men. Right from Maynard. Inside leg kick from Edgar. Short uppercut from Maynard. Big right hook from Edgar. Nice leg kick from Edgar. Hard left hook right straight combo from Edgar. Jab from Edgar. Uppercut from Edgar. Nice combo from Edgar. Nice body kick from Edgar. Jab from Maynard. That is the bell and another round goes to Edgar. 10-9 Edgar.
Round four: Right from Edgar. Inside leg kick from Edgar. Edgar goes for a take down and he lands a good uppercut. HARD right hand and left from Edgar. Leg kick from Edgar. Maynard goes for a take down and Edgar stuffs it. Maynard with a knee to the body. Hard right from Edgar. Nice uppercut from Edgar now. Another good uppercut from Edgar and coutner right from Maynard. Right from Edgar and then a leg kick and another leg kick. Edgar slips out of a take down attempt. Leg kick from Edgar. Left from Edgar. Nice body head combo from Edgar. Left from Edgar. Edgar shoots for a take down and then lands a HUGE uppercut!!!! Maynard is dropped, and bounces back to his feet. Edgar now charges in and lands two uppercuts and a big right!! Maynard is hurt bad!!! Edgar lands a MONSTER right and Maynard drops to the mat!! Edgar jumps on top and is pounding away with punches and that is it the ref stops it!!! WOW, Frankie Edgar with a vicious KO win!
Final result: Frankie Edgar defeats Gray Maynard via TKO (Strikes) Round 4
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian
Round one: Leg kick from Florian. Another leg kick from Florian. Leg kick from Florian and another. Their landing hard from Ken Flo. Good charging right from Aldo. Left from Aldo. Leg kick from Florian. Florian goes for a take down and Aldo stuffs it and lands a HARD right that rocks Florian. RIght from Florian. Florian with a quick take down, but Aldo scrambles to his feet and now their tied up against the cage with Florian in the dominant position. Florian with a throw take down and Aldo back to his feet and then Florian with a trip take down and Aldo again right back to his feet. Now Florian has the back while standing up and Florian looses it. Florian back to the back. Now they break. Hard uppercut from Aldo. Florian goes for another take down and nothing and now a body shot from Florian. Florian is just relentless with his grappling and he lands a good knee. Elbow from Florian. Elbow at the bell from Florian. 10-9 Florian.
Round two: Right from Florian. Leg kick from Florian. Good left from Aldo. Hard right from Aldo. Aldo with a good right hook and body kick from Florian. Uppercut from Aldo grazes Kenny. Inside leg kick from Florian and a double leg kick from Aldo. Good right from Aldo. Jab from Florian. Jab from Florian. Leg kick from Aldo. Leg kick from Florian. Another inside leg kick from Florian. HUGE head kick from Aldo lands HARD. Aldo tosses Florian to the mat and misses a front kick to the face. Good right from Aldo. Leg kick from Aldo. Florian with a good leg kick. Jab from Florian. Florian goes for the take down now. Right from Aldo at the bell. That round was razor close and almost impossible to score. Ill lean Aldo. 10-9 Aldo.
Round three: Leg kick from Florian. Body kick from Kenny. Nice left and right hook from Aldo. Big overhand right from Aldo. Short uppercut and left hook from Aldo. Front kick from Aldo. Big right from Aldo and leg kick from Florian. Big inside leg kick and then left right combo which lands HARD from Aldo. RIght from Aldo. Jab from Florian. Nice left hook right hook combo from Aldo. Florian ducks under for a take down and Aldo reverses and is on top in full guard!!! Punches from Aldo and Florian slips out into half guard. Good right from Aldo on the top. Punches now from Aldo but Kenny is making him work hard on top. Aldo postures up and good up kicks from Florian. Aldo back on top. Florian scrambles up and eats a right for his troubles. Florian goes for the take down again, Aldo stops it. That is the bell and that is all Aldo. 10-9 Aldo.
Round four: Inside leg kick from Florian. Inside leg kick from Aldo. Right from Aldo lands flush. Jab from Florian. Leg kick from Aldo. Now their tied up briefly. Aldo with a hard right. Florian goes for a take down and is stuffed and Aldo lands a BIG knee! Now their tied up against the cage. Florian going for a high single and nothing there and now their in the center of the cage. Aldo stuffs another take down. Now their tied up against the cage. Knee from Florian and Aldo reverses positions. Florian drops down for a single again. Aldo sprawling out. Right from Aldo and body shot from Aldo and then a left hook from Aldo. Florian ties things up once again. Short elbow from Florian. Hard right from Aldo and body kick at the bell. Close round, ill lean towards Florian for aggression. 10-9 Florian.
Round five: This round according to my scorecard will decide the fight. Leg kick from Florian. Florian charges in for another take down and lands some knees against the cage as Aldo stuffs it. Now their tied up against the cage and Florian trying to work the position but Aldo with good defense. Aldo slips away. Aldo lands a big jab as Florian slips while throwing a knee. Now Aldo lands kicks to the legs while holding position with Kenny on his back. Florian goes for a heel hook and Aldo lands a big right. Aldo lands a big elbow. Aldo mounts now!! Nice right from Aldo. Florian goes to scoot out the back door and Aldo grabs a leg before he can get away. Aldo now on top in half guard. Aldo almost gets to the mount again, but Florian now back to his feet and their clinched up against the cage. Knees from Aldo. Knee from Florian and ref breaks themup. Florian ties it up instantly and Aldo just pushes him into the cage. Lots of grappling against the cage and Aldo seems content to ride out the round, Florian with a right and flying knee that doesnt hit. Left hook from Aldo and Aldo lands a big left hook right hook combo. Knee from Aldo and that is the bell. Round 5 was all Aldo and now well see how the judges scored the fight. In my opinion Aldo won 3 and 5 clearly, but now the other rounds could literally have gone either way so the judges will decide this one. 10-9 Aldo.
Final result: Jose Aldo defeats Kenny Florian via Unanimous Decision
Round one: Sonnen ducks under for a double right off the bat. Now their against the cage and Sonnen landing some good knees. Stann with a couple punches and knees of his own. Hard body shots from Stann. More body shots from Stann. Knee from Sonnen again. More body right hooks from Stann. Sonnen finally gets a trip take down and he lands right into side control. Elbows from Sonnen. Knee's to the body from Sonnen. Elbows off the back from Stann. Sonnen went for full mount and Stann gets butterfly guard. Now a scramble and Sonnen takes the back, and now he has both hooks and full back control. Sonnen now reverses and gets the ful mount!!! Stann rolls over and Sonnen now gets the back again!! Sonnen rolls over again and is now in the full guard of Stann. Sonnen postures up and lands some punches. Elbow from Sonnen. Good ground and pound from Sonnen. Sonnen lands some HARD punches and an elbow. That is the bell and that round was all Sonnen. 10-9 Sonnen.
Round two: Leg kick from Stann and Sonnen grabs it and gets the double leg take down. More punches to the body and head from Sonnen while in half guard. Sonnen now passes into side control with ease. Sonnen now jumps into full mount with ease now!! Sonnen with punches and shoulder slams softening up Stann. Stann hip escapes back into half guard. Stann now into full guard. Sonnen throwing body shots relentlessly. Their stood up and Stann lands a BIG right. Now Sonnen shoots and Stann stuffs the take down. Sonnen picks up Stann and slams him to the mat and once again is back on top in side control. Sonnen now locks in an arm triangle and hops over the side of Stann and it is locked in DEEEP. Stann trying to avoid tapping but this thing is TIGHT. Thats it Stann taps out!! Sonnen with a great win tonight and he looked awesome.
Final result: Chael Sonnen defeats Brian Stann via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Round 2
Round one: Front kick from Guillard and then a right and big left hook. Flying body kick from Guillard! Lauzon catches a BIG left hook and hurts Guillard!!!! Lauzon charges in and gets the back of Guillard!!! Lauzon locks in a rear naked choke and that is it!!! Lauzon with a huge upset win!
Final result: Joe Lauzon defeats Melvin Guillard via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Round one: Good left traded by both men. Body and leg kicks from Garcia. Body shot from Phan. One two from Garcia. Jab from Garcia. Good right hook from Garcia. Leg kick from Garcia. Jab from Garcia. Jab from Phan. Phan jumps in and lands some great body shots and then a combo to the head!!! Phan now lands a straight right that drops Garcia!!! Phan jumps on top now and is in the full guard. Ref stands them up. Leg kick from Garcia and another. Good uppercut and left hook combo from Phan. Good body shot from Phan and then a jab. Leg kick from Garcia. Leg kick from Phan. Spinning back kick from Garcia. Garcia gets a brief take down. Phan up and then lands a good jab and sick body shot. Jab from Garcia. Good left from Garcia. Big front kick from Garcia. One two combo from Phan. Jab from Phan. Another jab from Phan. Hard body shot and uppercut combo. Leg kick from Garcia. Nice jab and then double right hook from Phan. Phan stuffs a shot and throws Garcia to the mat and is now on top and gets the back as the bell rings. All Phan. 10-9 Phan.
Round two: Hard right from Garcia. Leg kick from Garcia. Double jab from Garcia. Crazy body and head shot combo from Phan ROCKS Garcia. Big right from Phan. Jab from Phan. Nice left hook from Phan. Body shot from Garcia. Body shot from Phan and hook from Garcia. Good body shot from Phan. Jab from Garcia. Nice straight left then right from Phan. Hard body shot from Phan and then a sick left hook to the body and upperuct. Right from Garcia. Nice left from Phan. Hard double right left and right combo from Phan. HARD body shot from Phan again and Garcia winces. Nice left from Phan. Leg kick from Garcia. Hard double left to the bdoy from Phan. Double jab from Phan. RIght left combo from Phan. Garcia looks tired. Good combo from Phan. Phan landing great combos. Leg kick from Garcia. Good jab from Phan and then a left hook and a combo at the bell from Phan. 10-9 Phan.
Round three: Leg kick from Garcia and another. Head kick from Garcia. Good flurry from Garcia. Leg kick from Garcia. Good left hook from Phan. Garcia with a flurry again. Leg kick from Garcia. Left and uppercut from Phan. Body shot from Phan and now Garcia knocks down Phan with a right hand. Phan is hurt!! Garcia unloading with HUGE shots now and is connecting on wild punches. A big left and uppercut from Garcia and Phan is trying to tie things up!! Big elbow from Garcia against the cage. Garcia with a leg kick. Jab from Phan. Hard body shot from Phan. Phan now with a good combo. Big knee from Garcia. Phan with a counter left and a body shot. Leg kick from Garcia and Phan with a good combo to the head. Jab from Phan and another. Phan now with a take down. Ref stands them up. Leg kick from Garcia. Body shot from Garcia. Right from Garcia. Good combo and body shot from Phan. Leg kick from Garcia. Garcia with a take down attempt and Phan doesnt go down. Jab from Phan. Both men throw wild at the bell. Wow amazing fight from both men. 10-9 Garcia.
Final result: Nam Phan defeats Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision
UFC 136 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE "PRELIMS" SPIKE TV COMMENTARY:
Round one: Leg kick from Pettis. Right from Pettis. Leg kick Stephens. One two from Stephens. Stephens charges in with the take down and gets in and now Pettis on his back with full guard. Pettis to his feet and gets a inside leg kick that hits the cup of Stephens. Brief break in action and now their back and Pettis lands a BIG right . Leg kick from Stephens and Pettis with two of his own. Good right from Pettis. Leg kick from Stephens. Inside leg kick from Pettis. Head kick from Pettis. Now their tied up against the cage and Stephens with a knee to the thigh as he tries to go for the take down. Stephens gets him down though, Pettis trying to scramble. HARD right from Stephens. Body kick from Pettis. That is the bell and Stephens steals the round with take downs. 10-9 Stephens.
Round two: Leg kick Stephens lands low and brief break. Leg kick Stephens. Pettis with a duck under take down now. Elbow from Stephens on the bottom. Pettis stands up and lands a good right from the posutre. Stephens tring to scramble and Pettis going for the back. Pettis now lands on top in the half guard, Pettis with good ground and pound. Stephens is bleeidng from his nose now as he stands to his feet. Pettis has the back standing up and drag him back to the mat. Stephens climbs the cage and is back to the feet. Pettis just drags him back to the mat again. Stephens back up again. Pettis drags him back down again and now has the back!! Pettis with a body triangle now!! Stephens slips out and tries to throw punches again, but Pettis lands a couple up kicks. 10-9 Pettis.
Round three: Stephens charges forward with a combo and gets the take down. Pettis throws his legs up high and almost locks in a triangle and then Stephens lets him back to his feet. Leg kick from Pettis. Head kick from Pettis. Stephens with a right and Pettis goes for a take down then pulls guard to try and lock in a arm bar. Stephens out and to his feet and Pettis gets a leg sweep of his back!! Now their against the cage in the tie up. Knee from Stephens. Pettis with a trip take down. Stephens goes for a trip but he cannot get it and Pettis with another take down against the cage. Stephens back to his feet now and Pettis still dominant in the tie up. Pettis goes for a throw and again goes for an arm bar but cannot lock it in . Now Stephens jumps on the back, but Pettis gets up instantly and now has the tie up against the cage. Knee's from Pettis to the thigh. Stephens looking for a take down but cannot get it. That is the bell and Pettis stole that fight in my opinion. 10-9 Pettis.
Final result: Anthony Pettis defeats Jeremy Stephens via Split Decision
Round one: Right from Santiago and now their tied up and Maia is in the dominant position. Leg kick from Santiago. Good right and left from Maia. Maia on top and then Santiago kicked him off. Santiago with the tie up against the cage now. Now they break and are in the center of the cage. RIght from Maia. Leg kick from Santiago. Both men lands rights but Maia does more damage. Head kick from Maia. Knee from Santiago caught by Maia and now Maia is on top. Elbows from Maia. Santiago looking to scramble but Maia wont let him up. Maia postures up and lands a good elbow from the top. Right from Maia. Up kick from Santiago lands hard but Maia jumps right back on top and is landing solid punches. That is the bell and this round was Maia's. 10-9 Maia.
Round two: Head kick from Santiago misses. Inside leg kick from Santiago. Left from Maia and leg kick from Santiago. Leg kick from Santiago. Knee from the clinch from Maia and a left. Hard head kick from Santiago. Left from Santiago. Big punches from Santiago land and Maia lands a counter left then clinched things up. Maia with a good single leg take down now and is on top in Santiago's butterfly guard. Maia trying to improve position. Right from Maia. Left from Maia on the top. Santiago with good defense. Full guard for Santiago. Maia with some punches. Santiago cannot get up. Maia up to his feet but cannot land a punch. Maia back on top. That is the round, 10-9 Maia.
Round three: Maia with a quick take down and now Santiago back to his feet. Maia cannot score another take down and now their back in the center of the cage. Right from Santiago. Another right from Santiago and another that lands HARD. Right from Santiago again. Leg kick from Maia. Maia with a take down and Santiago back up and Maia has the back. Still standing with the back is Maia. Santiago still balancing himself. Maia with another take down anow and ends up in half guard. Maia with some punches. Elbow's from Maia. Maia postures up and Santiago lands an upkick. Maia back on top. Elbow from Maia. Maia with elbows not doing much just switching positions. More elbows from Maia and thats the end of the fight. 10-9 Maia.
Final result: Demian Maia defeats Jorge Santiago via Unanimous Decision
UFC 136 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE FACEBOOK STREAM COMMENTARY:
Hemmi in the house.
Round one: Miocic takes the center of the cage early and lands an inside leg kick and then another. Miocic goes back to work with leg kicks, landing a pair and then backing away from a 1-2 from Beltran. Miocic using his jab well too and he drops down for a single-leg takedown and drags Beltran down. Beltran pops back to his feet but he's pinned against the fence. They reset and Beltran cannot find his range with his punches. Nice right hand connects for Miocic and a big inside leg kick that launches Beltran's leg into the air. Beltran lands a right hand but eats another leg kick and Miocic lands a right of his own. Beltran lands a left jab that catches Miocic on the way in at the end of the round. 10-9 Miocic
Round two: Beltran picks up the pace early taking the center of the and throwing aggressive strikes. Miocic easily drops down and takes him down along the fence. Miocic passes to side control and attempts an Americana but Beltran escapes. Beltran drops his hands and starts throwing bombs trying to turn this into a brawl and Miocic slips. Beltran swarms him with ground and pound and he hits Miocic with several blows. Miocic works his way to his feet but takes more punches. Miocic drops down and takes Beltran with ease again and passes to side control but Beltran pops to his feet. Miocic is tired here and both men trade strikes. Miocic lands a huge right hand and Beltran wraps him up looking for a takedown. Huge right hand connects for Miocic and he takes the inside position along the fence. Miocic throws bombs as both men flurry and Miocic lands big right hands while Beltran responds with elbows. Much closer round there but I'm sticking with Miocic 10-9
Round three: Miocic lands a leg kick, soem straight punches and another leg kick to open the round. He's wisely keeping his distance early. Miocic drops for a single but gets stuffed and instead clinches along the fence. Miocic throws a knee to the body and drops down for a takedown along the fence, passing to mount. Beltran turtles and Miocic slides off. Miocic has Beltran in a back body lock, throwing some short knees. Beltran turns into him and Miocic backs off. They trade right hands and Miocic lands a leg kick. Beltran throws a pair of hooks to the body and Miocic connects with a left jab and a right leg kick. Nice knee to the face by Miocic and he shoots for a takedown but gets stuffed. Beltran can't get to his feet quick enough and takes top position on the ground, advancing to side control. Miocic drops a short elbow and throws some nice knees to eh body. Miocic passes to full mount and takes Beltrans back, throwing strikes until the final bell. 10-9 Miocic and he should win the decision here.
Final result: Stipe Miocic defeats Joey Beltran via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Round one: Zhang lands a nice uppercut and Elkins dives in for a takedown. Zhang latches on a guillotine choke and he's got Elkins in trouble here. Zhang has it tight and tries to advance to mount by Elkins escapes and takes top position, dropping some nice ground and pound from above. Elkins is overpowering Zhang here, passing to half guard and dropping punches. Elkins latches on a neck crank but gives up on it and instead passes to full mount. Zhang gives up his back and Elkins puts the hooks in, dropping a punch and controlling Zhang's back. Elkins is looking for a rear naked choke and instead drops some big punches from behind. Zhang tries to roll into him and Elkins has him in the rear naked choke but he can't secure it. Elkins puts in the body triangle and Zhang rolls towards Elkins' ankle but can't escape the position as the round ends. 10-9 Elkins
Round two: Elkins drops for a takedown and Zhang again latches on that guillotine choke. Elkins tolls through it and takes side control. Zhang turtles and Elkins put the hooks in, flattening him out. Elkins drops some right hands from behind and all Zhang can do is cover up. Zhang adjusts back to half guard but Elkins passes to side control. Zhang pops to his feet at the midway points of the fight. Elkins shoots for another takedown and Zhang again tries for the guillotine but he has even less on it this time. Elkins drops some nice elbows from half guard. Zhang sweeps Elkins but can't retain his advantage as Elkins immediately dives back into him. Zhang again tries to escape but Elkins stays on top and wrestles him back down along the fence as the round expires. 10-9 Elkins
Round three: Elkins throws a right hand and eats some crisp boxing from Zhang. He shoots in for a takedown and Zhang latches on the guillotine for the fourth time, this time it's pretty tight and he's got his forearm under Elkins' neck but Elkins hangs in and survives, rolling on top. Elkins takes top position in half guard, dropping short strikes and he passes to mount easily. Zhang hip escapes to half guard but Elkins pases to side control with ease. Zhang turtles and eats some punishment. Elkins takes his back with a body triangle and tries to soften up Zhang with ground and pound. Elkins almost has the rear naked choke but can't secure it. Zhang covers up and absorbs more punches and hammerfists from behind as the round ends. 10-9 Elkins
Final result: Darren Elkins defeats Zang Tiequan via unanimous decision (30-27, 20-26, 30-27)
Round one: Simpson presses forward and rocks Schafer with some heavy punches along the fence. Schafter drops to his back and Simpson backs off. Bad start for Schafer. Schafer moving in pretty slowly here and his eye is already bloodied up. Simpson has a big speed advantage and he's able to throw strikes without fear of retribution. Schafer attempts a clinch but gets denied. Schafter covers up as Simpson throws big strikes into his protecting arms. Nice left hook to the body by Simpson and he throws a flurry of strikes as he gets inside. Schafter is lumbering along here and he eats a big counter right hand. Simpson drops with some huge right hands to the body. Simpson unloads with a combination on Schafer and Schafter finally lands a lead left hook. That was a dominant round for Aaron Simpson. 10-8 Simpson
Round two: Simpson really throwing hard here. He unloads some big strikes on Schafer. Schafer lands a nice left left hook but Simpson batters him with big combinations that force him to back away and cover up. Big right hand lands for Simpson that stumbles Schafer and he pours it on with big shots to the body. Schafer is hurt but he endures. Solid combinations to the body and head from Simpson after they reset. The left side of Schafers face is a complete mess. Simpson again stumbles Schafer but Schafer clinches to clear the cobwebs. Huge right hand lands for Simpson that drops Schafer at the end of the round but he can't score the finish. 10-8 Simpson again. He is destroying Eric Schafer.
Round three: Schafer stalks Simpson but he's no match for Simpson's speed. Simpson bounces around on the outside and clips Schafer with a right hand. Simpson is playing it a little more cautious this round. Schafer whiffs with a looping left hook and gets smacked by a sharp left from Simpson. Overhand right from Simpson gets blocked and Schafer just isn't doing anything here to help him get the finish he desperately needs. Big 1-2 combination blasts Schafer and sends him reeling backwards but he recovers. Simpson lands a right hand at the end of the round. 10-9 Simpson, I'm interested to see if the judges gave him 10-8's in the first two.
Final result: Aaron Simpson defeats Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Round one: Massenzio takes the center of the cage and presses forward with a short combination. Nice leg kick from Massenzio snaps on Cantwell's thigh.They trade body kicks and Cantwell opens up with his kicks, throwing a leg kick and a pair of push kicks. Massenzio aggressively throws some punches with power, forcing Cantwell to retreat. Big right hand lands for Cantwell, but Massenzio keeps pressing forward. Cantwell lands a big right hand that stuns Massenzio and he turns up the heat, pressing forward but Massenzio drops down for a takedown to force him to back off. Cantwell has found his range. Cantwell throws a flying knee and Massenzio lands a low blow accidentally. They reset and Cantwell presses forward, he's landing big strikes on Massenzio now and Massenzio drops down for a takedown but Cantwell stuffs it easily and nearly takes his back. 10-9 Cantwell
Round two: Big kick connects for Cantwell and Massenzio shoots in for a takedown. He gets in deep on Cantwell but Cantwell throws big right hands to the body and some downward elbows which forces Massenzio to back off. Cantwell throws a nice left hook and Massenzio counters with a big right hand and shoots for a takedown but it's telegraphed and stuffed easily. Massenzio pushes forward and connects with a pair of solid left hands, he's finding a home for that left and backs Cantwell into the fence. Massenzio has had some success with his power lead left hook, it's opening up the right jab. Cantwell is slowing down here a bit. Massenzio turns up the aggression and then drops for a takedown but Cantwell has a wide base along the fence. Cantwell is bleeding now. Massenzio really pushing forward with big left hands and Cantwell can't block them or get out of the way. Massenzio finishes the second round strong with three big punches. 10-9 Massenzio
Round three: Massenzio opens with a big uppercut and pushes Cantwell into the fence. Cantwell is definitely fading a bit here while it appears Massenzio is getting stronger. Cantwell tries to throw some technical strikes but Massenzio gets in his face landing nice hooks and again pressing him into the fence and forcing Cantwell to defend. Massenzio blasts Cantwell with his left hand and then an uppercut and shoots in for a takedown. Cantwell tries to latch onto a Kimura but Massenzio scores a takedown into full guard. Cantwell tries to roll off the cage for an armbar but Massenzio stays with him and remains on top. Massenzio pushes forward an dblasts Cantwell with uppercuts, a knee and some big hooks and Cantwell is hurt. Mid-combination, Massenzio drops for a takedown but can't get it. Cantwell lands a nice knee and they reset. Cantwell throws some kicks but they're ineffective and Massenzio again blasts him with his left hooks and uppercuts. Cantwell is wilting under the pressure from Massenzio here. Cantwell throws a knee and tries for a takedown but Massenzio takes top position dropping ground and pound and surviving a last second leg lock from Cantwell. 10-9 Massenzio and he should win a unanimous decision here 29-28.
Final result: Mike Massenzio defeats Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)