LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Melvin Guillard weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Waylon Lowe at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
The fists were flying, but not many were landing for tonight's (July 7, 2012) UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 preliminary card, which was featured both Facebook and FX bouts live from Las Vegas, Nevada, and finishes were extremely scarce.
In fact, every bout on the undercard went to a decision.
Guillard was trying to erase an ugly two fight losing streak which featured two straight first round submission losses, and he fought much more intelligently this time around. Guillard worked to keep the fight standing, only going to the ground when he had Camoes in trouble, although that still didn't stop the Brazilian from briefly attaining mount in the final minute of the first round.
Both the second and third rounds featured little action and lots of circling with occasional takedown attempts from Camoes. Camoes never threatened Guillard much on the ground again other than a desperation leg lock in the final 20 seconds of the bout that he couldn't secure.
In the end, all the judges awarded Guillard for his superior striking, ground and pound and ability to defend himself as he won a unanimous decision 30-27 across the boards.
We've got a complete recap of the UFC 148 under card after the jump:
Gigantic Brazilian lightweight Gleison Tibau took on Russian scrapper Habib Nurmagomedov in an absolutely grueling affair. Nurmagomedov was aggressive with strikes and takedown attempts, but he could not put the Brazilian on his back.
But that didn't stop the Russian from trying.
Time after time, Nurmagomedov shot in and worked for a takedown against Tibau, pressing him into the fence with single and double leg attempts but 13 attempts yielded zero takedowns. Despite that, he kept Tibau on the defensive and the judges rewarded Nurmagomedov for his aggression, granting him a 30-27 unanimous decision across the boards, which shocked commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg as well as many MMA media on twitter.
Middleweight strikers Constantinos Philippou and Riki Fukuda put on a rather lackluster effort for the first two and a half rounds with "Costa" handily outstriking the Japanese fighter and utilizing superior countering and head movement.
Philippou was in complete control but an inadvertent eyepoke from Fukuda nearly put an early end to the fight midway through the third round. Philippou went down hard, but after taking a few minutes, he returned and was fired up, taunting Fukuda and aggressively throwing heavy strikes for the final two minutes to easily win a unanimous decision from his outmatched opponent.
Two veteran lightweights got the FX prelims started as Shane Roller took on John Alessio in a most likely "loser leaves town" bout. Alessio was in control early, outstriking Roller on the feet and avoiding takedowns, but Roller responded nicely in the second round, putting "The Natural" on his back and dropping big elbows before taking Alessio's back.
After threatening the finish early in the third, Alessio couldn't keep up the momentum as Roller scored a takedown and rode out nearly the final four minutes from Alessio's back to capture a unanimous decision.
Getting the night started was a back and forth lightweight battle between striker Youisandy Izquierdo and grappler Rafaello Oliveira. As expected, Izquierdo lit Oliveira up on the feet, connecting with nice left hands and some strong kicks, but Oliveira responded with significantly superior grappling. After a close first round, Oliveira dumped Izquierdo on his back for the final two frames, passing to side control repeatedly to easily win a unanimous decision on all three judges' scorecards.
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC 148 fight card.
Here are the complete UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 undercard results:
Habib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision
Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision
Shane Roller def. John Alessio via unanimous decision
Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via unanimous decision
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