As has become standard operating procedure since this past April, four UFC 133 undercard fights were streamed on Facebook.
Two of the UFC's most talented and exciting bantamweights battled in the final bout of the Facebook stream as "The Pride of El Salvador" Ivan Menjivar took on Nick Pace. The veteran Menjivar was caught off guard by Pace early with a fantastic takedown, guard-passing and a very dangerous transition to his back while standing.
Menjivar survived and began to turn the tides, pounding Pace with combinations in round two and bloodying the young American up. He was doing more of the same in round three until the final 45 seconds when Pace smashed him with a big knee in the clinch that had the El Salvadoran wincing in pain from a possible broken orbital.
Pace couldn't finish the fight and Menjivar fought back valiantly to the final horn to earn a unanimous decision victory in what was an extremely close fight.
The rest of the exciting Facebook-streamed action is posted after the jump.
Two tough welterweight wrestlers battled it out as former national champion Johny Hendricks took on Mike Pierce. Both men had only lost once in the promotion while earning multiple victories. As expected, their wrestling neutralized each other and this turned into a very entertaining stand-up battle. Hendricks showcased a more diverse attack, landing multiple knees and elbows as well as punching combinations.
Pierce was resilient, landing nice short elbows and power punches as well as clinching and working for takedowns to help neutralize Hendricks' attack. In the end, though, Hendricks did just enough to pull out the "W," earning a split decision victory
Fomer WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown went the distance with The Ultimate Fighter season 12 semifinalist Nam Phan. Brown got off to a hot start, taking Phan down and literally pounding on him for a good four straight minutes with punches and elbows. In round two, Phan fended off Brown's takedowns and was quicker to the punch.
Brown would not be denied in the final stanza, outlanding Phan with powerful hooks and repeatedly putting the Vietnamese-American on the defensive with relentless takedown attempts to pull off a unanimous decision victory and earn his first UFC win on his fourth try.
In the opening bout of the evening, Rafael Natal scored his first UFC victory in his third try against late replacement Paul Bradley, having previously lost and earned a draw in his last two outings. The Brazilian was able to stuff most of Bradley's takedowns and keep the wrestler at bay with his long jab and a plethora of leg kicks that had both of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy fighter's legs red and raw. When the judges turned in their scorecards, Natal was awarded a unanimous decision.
Who impressed you the most during the free Facebook stream?