There may not have been the biggest names on tonight's (July 21, 2012) UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao preliminary card, which was featured both Facebook and FX bouts live from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but the fighters stepped up and brought it.
The bout was almost entirely kept in the stand-up and it was a battle of McGee's pace and volume against Ring's power and countering skill. McGee constantly forced Ring to be on his heels, but he was so aggressive that he was regularly open to powerful left and right counters.
A big left hand early rocked McGee and likely broke his nose, but it didn't slow him down. He actually got stronger as the fight wore on, but the judges decided to rule in favor of the hometown boy, who's power and damage was apparently enough to earn him a decision 29-28 on all three judges' scorecards.
It was pretty controversial, drawing a "Wow" from UFC President Dana White.
The rest of the preliminary card featured some of the best action of the year. See for yourself after the jump.
Bantamweight Francisco Rivera showcased his superior boxing against the hard-headed Roland Delorme. Delorme had a reputation for enduring punishment before bouncing back, but Rivera's offense never faltered and he picked apart the TUF 14 veteran with consistent and powerful offense.
Just as commentator Joe Rogan began questioning whether it was possible for Delorme to be knocked out, a sharp uppercut from Rivera put him down for good. It appears that the time away from the UFC has really paid off for the California-based striker.
In the highlight of the preliminary card, Canadian-born Ryan Jimmo tied a UFC record with an incredible seven second knockout of Anthony Perosh. "Big Deal" stepped out and just blistered Perosh with a right hand that put him down. One follow up right hand on the canvas was all he needed to make it official before the referee stepped in.
Afterwards, Jimmo celebrated by doing a pretty impressive "Robot" dance in the center of the cage before finishing it off with a splits.
Portuguese-Canadian featherweight Antonio Carvalho scored his first UFC victory by smashing prospect Daniel Pineda with a brutal knockout just 71 seconds into the first round. Carvalho looked much more comfortable in the stand-up than in his UFC debut last year in Brazil. He was landing sharp combinations and a nice kick early but it was a nasty left hook which set up the finish of the fight.
The action began with an intriguing lightweight battle between Finland's Anton Kuivanen and Canada's Mitch Clark. Clark came out wrestling but this bout eventually turned into an extremely entertaining scrap that featured sweeps, takedowns, submission attempts and guard passes.
As Clark faded, Kuivanen began to take over, particularly in the latter half of the second round and then for most of the third round. Kuivanen's performance was just enough for the Finnish fighter to score his first UFC victory via split decision.
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC 149 fight card.
Here are the complete UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao undercard results:
Nick Ring def. Court McGee via unanimous decision
Francisco Rivera def. Roland Delorme via knockout at 4:19 of round one
Ryan Jimmo def. Anthony Perosh via knockout at 0:07 of round one
Bryan Caraway def. Mitch Gagnon via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39 of round three
Antonio Carvalho def. Daniel Pineda via knockout at 1:11 of round one
Anton Kuivanen def. Mitch Clark via split decision
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