FUEL TV was home to tonight's (Mar 2. 2012) UFC on FX 2 preliminary card action from the Allphones Arena in the "Land Down Under," Sydney, Australia.
In an action filled undercard, fans who tuned in to catch the early action were not disappointed.
Opening up the under card action was heavyweight newcomers Oli Thompson and Shawn Jordan, who provided fans with an all-out striking brawl, while the preliminary card was capped by 205-pound clash between Jame Te Huna and Aaron Rosa.
In between, there was plenty of action from lighting fast featherweight Daniel Pineda, who displayed his impressive submission skills against Mackens Semerzier, and T.J. Waldburger wasn't too far behind with his show of jiu-jitsu skills, as he ended Jake Hecht's night early.
From submissions to knockouts, FUEL TV was filled with exciting action to gear you up for the main card later on tonight on FX which features an exiting welterweight main event tilt between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann.
Make the jump for a full recap of tonight's preliminary action of UFC on FX 2: 'Alves vs. Kampmann':
Making their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debuts, Oli Thompson and Shawn Jordan kicked off the preliminary action on the Facebook portion of the event, and the big boys came out swinging. The two exchanged blows early and often, but it was Jordan that was getting the better of the exchanges as he dropped Thompson early in the first round with a nice punch/knee combination that had Oli tasting canvas and seeing stars out of his badly swollen eye.
After an exciting first round, the two heavyweights picked up where they left off, swinging heavy leather, but at a much slower pace. Taking advantage of his deeper gas tank, Jordan connected some well placed uppercuts and a perfectly timed knee to Thompson's chin that dropped him yet again. This time, Jordan went in and got the finish, delivering some unanswered strikes that forced the referee to stop the action.
Great Octagon debut for "The Savage!"
A couple of featherweights took center stage next as Daniel Pineda looked to keep his winning streak alive and extend it to seven as he took on "The Menace" Mackens Semerzier.
After exchanging a few kicks and punches early on, "The Pit" got the better of the exchanges on the feet and dropped Semerzier. He quickly displayed his impressive jiu-jitsu skills, too, as he trapped Mackens in a very deep and tight triangle choke that had him gasping for air. He was eventually forced to tap after Pineda transitioned smoothly into an armbar. Pineda remains undefeated inside the Octagon. Mackens, on the other hand, has now dropped four of his last six bouts.
Both welterweights Jake Hecht and T.J Waldburger entered their fight tonight coming off impressive victories in their last outings and looked to keep their momentum rolling. If you blinked, you may have missed the action as this one was over fast, folks. After a brief exchange on the feet, Waldburger landed a takedown on Hecht and quickly snatched his right arm in an armbar that forced the tap in the opening minute of the fight. Great performance by Waldburger who made it two consecutive submission wins and put a halt to the "Hitman's" five-fight win streak.
Andrew Craig entered his UFC debut undefeated (6-0) as he took on the four time UFC vet Kyle Noke in a middleweight clash. And fortunately for the American, he will go home that way as he bested the hometown Aussie after three rounds of action.
Craig displayed great composure for a newcomer, peppering Noke often on the feet and displaying some nice ground-and-pound. After attempts to keep the fight on the ground, Noke simply didn't have an answer for Craig once the bout was back on the feet. Showing aggressiveness and confidence, Andrew controlled the majority of the fight and all three judges saw it the same to award him the unanimous decision victory.
Craig looked impressive in his debut while Noke has now dropped two in a row.
After a heated exchanged at the weigh-ins, Cole Miller and Steven Siler couldn't wait to step inside the cage and have the doors locked behind them. In a mostly stand up affair, the two Featherweights battled for 15 minutes in a back and forth affair that saw Siler be the aggressor. Unsurprisingly, the ground specialist Miller decided to cooperate and play the stand battle with Siler in what turned out to be a bad decision by "Magrinho" as Siler clearly got the better of the striking department.
In the closing moments, Miller was able to get the fight to the ground, but did not have enough time to work and Siler walked away with a unanimous decision victory sending the American Top Team (ATT) trained fighter back to the drawing board.
Anthony Perosh looked to please the hometown crowd as he took on promotion newcomer Nick Penner in a heavyweight bout. "The Hippo" looked for the takedown early and scored a couple after damaging Penner's right eye. After his second successful takedown, Perosh unleashed flurry of punches that forced the official to step in and save Penner with only one second remaining in the opening round. The "Aussie" crowd loves it and Perosh ups his streak to three consecutive wins.
The final fight of the under card featured yet another Australian as James Te Huna took on Aaron Rosa in a Light Heavyweight scrap. Te Huna simply was too much for Rosa as he wailed away, connecting time after time on Rosa with hard punches, leaving him a bloody mess. With simply no answer from Rosa, referee Leon Roberts had seen enough and put a halt to the bout at just over two minutes of the opening round.
James looked vicious and mean!
That's it for the action packed preliminary action, here are the complete UFC on FX 2: "Alves vs. Kampmann" under card results:
205 lbs.: James Te Huna def. Aaron Rosa via TKO at 2:02 of round 1
205 lbs.: Anthony Perosh def. Nick Penner via TKO at 4:59 of round 1
145 lbs.: Steven Siler def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Andrew Craig def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: T.J. Waldburger def. Jake Hecht via submission (armbar) at 0:55 of round 1
145 lbs.: Daniel Pineda def. Mackens Semerzier via submisison (triangle armbar) at 2:05 of round 1
265 lbs.: Shawn Jordan def. Oli Thompson via TKO at 3:53 of round 2
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