Tonight is the night!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) fight card scheduled for the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 22, 2012).
UFC 152 will also bring the conclusion of the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's mini-flyweight tournament to crown its first-ever 125-pound champion when Joseph Benavidez collides with Demetrious Johnson in the main event of the evening.
In middleweight pay-per-view (PPV) main card action, Brian Stann will look to silence Michael Bisping and his calls for a division title shot, while Matt Hamill ends his brief retirement to try and mop up against Octagon newcomer, Roger Hollett.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 152 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 152 QUICK RESULTS:
205 lbs.: Jon Jones defeats Vitor Belfort via submission (Americana) at 0:54 of round four for the UFC light heavyweight championship
Main Card (pay-per-view):
125 lbs.: Demetrious Johnson def. Joseph Benavidez via split dec. for first-ever flyweight championship
185 lbs.: Michael Bisping def. Brian Stann via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Cub Swanson def. Charles Oliveira via knockout at 2:40 of round one
Preliminary Card (FX Channel):
205 lbs.: Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac via submission (armbar) at 1:14 of round two
155 lbs.: T.J. Grant def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Sean Pierson def. Lance Benoist via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Marcus Brimage def. Jim Hettes via unanimous decision
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
170 lbs.: Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thoresen via KO at 4:10 of round one
135 lbs.: Mitch Gagnon def. Walel Watson via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:09 of round one
170 lbs.: Kyle Noke def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (strikes) at 0:45 of round one
UFC 152 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
(Light Heavyweight title bout) Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort (205-pound limit):
Round one: Jones crouchwalks to Belfort and Belfort tries to throw a big head kick but it misses. Jones closes the distance and dumps Belfort on the ground with easy. He's in Belfort's full guard. Vitor attempts an armbar and he's got it locked in! Jones tries to power out of it and he slams Belfort, barely escaping the submission. Jones drops an elbow on Belfort from top and the crowd is chanting for Belfort. Another elbow from Jones and Belfort is cut. Another armbar attempt from Belfort and Jones escapes. The cut above Belfort's right eye is bleeding profusely. Belfort is a mess. More elbows from Jones and he's targeting that cut. Another big elbow from Jones and he's throwing it with authority. Jones gets up and he kicks at Belfort's legs and he drops and axe kick on Belfort's stomach right before the bell. 10-9 Jones
Round two: Head kick misses for Belfort and Jones has him backed into the fence. Big kick from Jones and he throws a side kick at Belfort's legs. Spinning elbow from Jones and Belfort attempts a head kick. Jones responds with a kick and another side kick to the leg. Belfort responds with high body kick that's blocked. Belfort can't get inside to land his punches. Nice leg kick from Jones and then a pair of sidekicks. Jones wings a few huge hooks but they miss. Front kick from jones lands to the face and Jones is gaining confidence. Belfort looks frozen in place right now. Jones closes the distance and Belfort lands a knee but then pulls guard. Jones drops a few punches but nothing really damaging in the final two minutes. 10-9 Jones
Round three: Jones scores with a nice head kick and then a body punch. Big head kick misses for Jones and he connects with a side kick to the body. Jones comes in with a left hook and Belfort just misses with a left counter. Jones hurts Belfort with a side kick to the body and Belfort falls to his back. Jones drops an elbow and Belfort ties him up. Belfort attempts an omaplata and Jones lets him back to his feet. Belfort is bloodied again. Spinning back kick misses for Jones and Belfort tries to counter with a quick left hook but Jones blocks it. Belfort ties up with Jones and Belfort gives up an easy takedown. Jones drops and elbow and he's being very patient on the canvas. Jones postures up and throws a few punches but Belfort is fending them off. Jones passes to half guard and drops a series of elbows which forces Belfort to react. Belfort retains full guard as the round concludes. 10-9 Jones
Round four: Jones walks Belfort down early and he misses with a huge head kick. Belfort throws a head kick and it's blocked. Both men exchange with big punches and Jones takes him down. Jones passes to side control with easy and puts Belfort in a crucifix. he drops big elbows like in the Matyushenko fight but then transitions to a Kimura. It's tight and Belfort taps out.
Final results: Jon Jones defeats Vitor Belfort via submission (Americana) at 0:54 of round four
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(Flyweight tile bout) Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson (125-pound limit):
Round one: Both men are flying around the cage early but no one has connected with anything significant in the first minute. They clinch and Benavidez has Johnson pressed into the fence. Johnson scores with a pair of knees on the exit. Benavidez is looking to land with power and Johnson catches him on the way in with a nice right hand. Benavidez dives for a takedown but Johnson fends him off and scores with a right hand. Benavidez whiffs with a spinning back fist and Johnson is utilizing some excellent footwork here to frustrate Benavidez. They circle each other in the clinch and Johnson scores with some short knees. Head kick from Benavidez is blocked and Johnson scores with a very nice right hand. Benavidez is getting frustrated by Johnson's speed and footwork. Benavidez presses forward a bit recklessly trying to land with power and he can't really land. Benavidez rolls for a kneebar at the end of the round and Johnson stuffs it and drops a few hammer fists. 10-9 Johnson
Round two: Benavidez scores with a punch and a heavy leg kick and both men trade big right hands. Benavidez presses forward and he lands a few right hands, pressing Johnson into the cage and throwing a few knees. Johnson now on the offense and Benavidez responds. It looks like Benavidez is starting to find his range. Takedown attempt from Benavidez but Johnson scampers away. Nice right hand from Benavidez but Johnson stuffs it, times a knee as he gets to his feet and throws a right hand. Benavidez recklessly wades in again and Johnson avoids it and grabs a back body lock. Nice left hand from Benavidez and a big right hand wobbles Johnson. Johnson tries to respond but he can't. 10-9 Benavidez
Round three: Benavidez chasing Johnson around the cage and Johnson counters nicely. Body kick from Benavidez is caught and Johnson briefly puts him on the ground. They pop to their feet and both men are flying around the cage. Benavidez ducks under a Johnson right hand and just misses with a spinning back fist. Benavidez takes Johnson down and he can't keep him down as Johnson pops back to his feet like the canvas is a trampoline. Nice left and right hand from Benavidez and Johnson pokes Benavidez but the refs says to fight on. Good right hand from Johnson at the end of the round. I have no idea who won that. 10-10 I guess
Round four: Benavidez looks to close the distance but Johnson stuffs it. Johnson responds with a right and Benavidez blasts Johnson with a right hand. Benavidez attacks with a guillotine choke and he passes to full mount. Johnson if trying to fend off the choke and Benavidez is attacking hard with the choke. Johnson looks like he's surviving and he escapes the position and throws a leg lock but Benavidez avoids danger and passes to side control on the ground. Johnson spins free and pops back to his feet but he's trapped against the fence. Benavidez attempts a throw and Johnson lands on top. Benavidez pops to his feet and Johnson has a reverse body lock but Benavidez squirms free. They trade knees on the exit. Benavidez throws a left hand and Johnson shoots in and takes him down. Benavidez eats a body kick as he gets to his feet. Excellent duck under from Johnson and he passes to side control on the ground. Johnson throws body punches at the end of the round. 10-9 Benavidez
Round five: Body kick from Johnson to get things started and he whiffs with a huge right hook. Johnson shoots in and he explodes with a takedown, slamming Benavidez. Benavidez pops up and Johnson slams him again but he can't keep him there. Johnson drops his hand trying to goad Benavidez into attacking and Benavidez is not taking the bait. Johnson shoots in and takes him down again but Benavidez turtles and pops to his feet, eating a few short knees on the way. Benavidez wades forward, throwing a huge left hook that just misses. Nice right lands for Benavidez and Johnson catches him with a counter right. Johnson stuffs a takedown from Benavidez and lands a nice kick. Benavidez presses forward and wings a head kick but it comes up short. Spinning back fist misses for Benavidez and Johnson whiffs with a huge left hook. Johnson closes the distance and clinches, landing a knee on the exit. Nice right from Johnson as time expires. 10-9 Johnson
Final results: Demetrious Johnson defeats Joseph Benavidez via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
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Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann (185-pound limit):
Round one: Stann comes in looking to knock Bisping's head off but Bisping avoids it. Bisping throws a leg kick and Stann again wades in with a heavy blow. Bisping clinches and presses Stann into the cage. They reset and Stann steps forward looking for the right hand. Leg kick from Bisping and Stann lands a nice right hand. Bisping responds with a straight left jab and then another one. Overhand right misses from Bisping and Stann tries to counter down the middle. Bisping shoots in for a takedown and Stann fends him off as both men clinch. Stann lands some short punches in close quarters and Bisping scores with a huge elbow on the exit. Stann lands a short combo on the way out. Bisping lands a low kick that makes Stann wince but they fight on. Stann steps forward and scores up top as both men fire off salvos in the pocket. Another low blow for Bisping and this time Stann will take a minute. They reset and Stann scores with a left hook and a leg kick. Another kick for Stann and Bisping responds with a straight left. Both men trade kicks and Bisping shoots for a takedown but cant' get it. Stann lands a huge right hand that hurts Bisping and Bisping clinches until the bell. That gives Stann the round for me. 10-9 Stann
Round two: Stann lands an inside leg kick and Bisping responds with a solid left jab. Stann again looking for the knockout and Bisping shoots in, ducking down and tossing Stann to the ground. Bisping lands in side control and we'll see how Stann's ground game has improved. Beautiful sweep from Stann! He is in Bisping's guard now and dropping a few punches. Bisping has a closed guard and he's shutting down most of Stann's offense. Bisping turtles grabs a leg as both men get back to their feet. It seems like something happened there where Stann got poked in the eye. Bisping clinches and is looking for the takedown but Stann shuts him down as they reset. Left jab from Bisping scores and then another. Stann misses with a heavy combination and Bisping shoots in for a takedown. He again takes Stann down with authority into side control. Bisping is hunting for a Kimura and drops some punches until the bell. 10-9 Bisping
Round three: Both men exchange leg kicks and Stann presses forward looking for a knockout. Stann throws a nice kick but Bisping shoots in and takes him down. Bisping grabs Stann's neck but Stann pops back to his feet quickly and resets. Right hand lands for Bisping and it looks like Stann is slowing down a bit. Bisping is landing his jab whenever he throws it. Bisping shoots in and Stann shuts him down and both men reset in the cage center. Right hand scores for Bisping. Right hand for Stann and Bisping shoots in, pressing Stann into the fence. Stann throws some sharp knees and they go back to the center of the Octagon. Head kick connects for Stann and Bisping catches a body kick. blasting Stann with a combination. Left jab again finds a home for Bisping and Stann responds with a right hand. Bisping shoots in but Stann fends it off temporarily. Stann can't keep Bisping off him and he goes down but Stann gets back to his feet. Bisping shoots in again with 10 seconds left but Stann shuts it down and fires off punches at the final bell. 10-9 Bisping
Final results: Michael Bisping defeats Brian Stann via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett (205-pound limit):
Round one: Hamill comes out aggressively, backing Hollett up as he takes the cage center. Hollett throws a hook but he comes up short. Hamill looks like his leg might be bothering him already after having a kick get checked. Hamill keeps backing Hollett into the fence but he's not capitalizing on the position. Hollett being patient here early and Hamill lands a left hook. Hamill loosening up here and he's standing right in front of Hollett, throwing occasional punches. Hamill closes the distance and takes Hollett down easily. Hamilly is going to work with left hands and all Hollett is doing is covering up. Hollett is not defending and Hamill is pounding him. Hollett tries to explode to his feet but Hamill shuts him down. More punches and Hollett gets to his feet. Big right hand from Hollett at the end of the round. 10-9 Hamill
Round two: Spinning back kick misses for Hollett and Hamill misses with a takedown attempt. Push kick from Hollett and Hamill responds with a push kick of his own. Hollett attempts a knee and Hamill takes him down again. Hollett has his guard closed and Hamill needs to do something he lets Hollett back to his feet. Nice right hand from Hamill and Hollett lands a small spinning back kick. He throws another and it lands to the leg. Hamill looks tired after throwing so many strikes in the first round but Hollett is not capitalizing. Ugly round. I guess 10-9 Hamill because of the takedown
Round three: Hollett lands a left hook and Hamill is being very passive here. Another takedown from Hamill and he's got Hollett on his back. Hamill stands up over Hollett and Hollet rolls, turtling. Hamill starts punching again from top position and Hollett is again not fighting back. Same position as the first round. Hamill is picking his shots, punching with his left hand. Hollett tries to scramble but Hamill is riding him and dropping punches. Hollett tries to roll under but Hamill stays on top in half guard. Hollett turtles again and Hamill takes advantage, dropping punches. Hollett gets back to his feet but Hamill again takes him down easily. Hamill is on top and Hollett closes his guard. Hamill can't do anything and they get stood up but he takes Hollett down again with ease. Hamill punches away at Hollett until the final horn and the crowd isn't happy. 10-9 Hamill
Final results: Matt Hamill defeats Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson (145-pound limit):
Round one: Both men cautiously trading early and Oliveira is holding his own. Oliveira closes the distance and scores a takedown, dumping Swanson on his back and looking to pass guard. Before he can attempt any submissions, Swanson scrambles back to his feet. Swanson looks confident here and he's starting to find a home for his punches. Big left hand to the body scores for Swanson and he follows up with a huge right hand that crushes Oliveira in the face. Oliveira takes a step back and then falls ot the floor. He's hurting bad and the ref steps in and stops the bout.
Final results: Cub Swanson defeats Charles Oliveira via knockout at 2:40 of round one
UFC 152 "PRELIMS" COMMENTARY (FX):
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac (205-pound limit):
Round one: Pokrajac ties things up on the fence. Magalhaes working the knees in the clinch. Pokrajac uses an inside knee. Referee warns for action. Magalhaes sweeps and gets the takedown and ends up on top. Magalhaes will look to employ his jiu jitsu here. Not a good spot for Pokrajac. Magalhaes stands momentarily, then dives into the guard and lands a big right hand. Magalhaes looks to stack him. Pokrajac defends and uses upkicks but Magalhaes is all over him. Magalhaes on top of him now, working to get side control. He transitions to north south and he has his arm. He goes for the armbar. Pokrajac is on top. Magalhaes lets go of the armbar attempt. Still, not a great spot for Pokrajac, who certainly doesn't want to hang out in Magalhaes' guard. Good elbows from the bottom by Vinny. Rubber guard now by Magalhaes, who really is doing much more damage from the bottom than Pokrajac from the top. Magalhaes with more elbows. Pokrajac finally gets out and is back up. Just under a minute to go. Pokrajac rushes in with a good combo, but is tied up almost immediately. Pokrajac has him on the fence and he lands a few good strikes in the clinch. Big right hand by Pokrajac at the horn. 10-10.
Round two: Pokrajac with a nice inside leg kick. Magalhaes ties him up in the center of the cage. Pokrajac takes him down and is on top, but Magalhaes is working for the triangle. Pokrajac needs to get out of this. Magalhaes rolls into an armbar and he taps! Just that fast! It's all over! Beautiful armbar submission victory for Vinny Magalhaes in his Octagon return!
Final results: Vinny Magalhaes via submission (armbar) at 1:14 of round two
Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant (155-pound limit):
Round one: Grant starts off walking him down. Dunham tries to keep him at bay with a combo. Fighters exchange evenly, both throwing a flurry of punches in the center of the cage. Inside leg kick by Dunham. Grant with an outside leg kick of his own. Good right hand then an uppercut by Grant. Dunham answers with an uppercut to a straight left. Grant with a big knee in the clinch. Dunham charges in, gets tied up an eats an uppercut. Good combo by Dunham. These guys are both throwing haymakers in mass volume. Dunham slips and gets nailed with a head kick. Dunham is starting to get a bit bloodied up. Grant clinches up. Dunham gets free. Dunham throws a kick and it gets caught by Grant. It's almost too much to keep up with. Both fighters continue to throw punches in bunches. Grant with a kick that looked low but Dunham continues. Very even round. Good combinations by both fighters. Grant ties him up on the fence and lands a big right hand. Grant with brutal knees in the clinch. Good combo by Grant as Dunham gets free. Under a minute left. Dunham shoots and gets the takedown, looking to steal the round. Full guard for Grant. Grant scoots back and Dunham stands over him. Dunham dives back into the guard as the horn sounds. 10-9 Grant.
Round two: Big combo by Dunham, ending with a head kick that barely misses. Body kick by Grant goes just under the arm of Dunham. Grant continues to push the pace and walk him down. A minute in and we're right where we left off in round one, with both fighters continuing to throw punches with bad intentions. Big combo by Grant. Dunham is split wide open. His forehead is leaking like a faucet. Grant keeps coming. Dunham, for his part, has not backed down for a second. This has been a HELL of a fight! Dunham ducks under and shoots for a takedown but he's stuffed with ease. Grant catches a kick and tries to use it for a takedown. Dunham showing good balance. Big right hook by Dunham. Good combo by Dunham. Another good combo by Dunham, who is fighting through the steady stream of blood in his face. Good knee by Grant. The amount of punches landed by both fighters appears to be even, but Grant seems to be doing more damage. Dunham shoots for a takedown. He has him tied up and he finishes. Grant is on his back against the fence. Dunham looking to do damage. Grant working hard to get back up. Dunhamwith some good shots as Grant wall walks back to his feet. Ten seconds left. 10-9 Grant.
Round three: The fighters meet in the middle and continue the thrashing with an exchange of punches and kicks. Dunham has blood everywhere, and it seems to bother him not at all. Head kick by Dunham. Grant ties him up in the clinch. Dunham reverses and has him on the fence. Grant with a good elbow. Back to center. Good combo by Dunham. Grant throws a huge uppercut that narrowly avoids ending Dunham's night. Good flying knee by Grant to the body. The combos are essentially cancelling each other out at this point. I don't envy the judges who will have to decide this if it goes the distance. Dunham coming forward like a warrior, throwing everything he has at Grant. Jump knee by Dunham partially lands on the chin. Grant with a good combo that backs Dunham up. Just under two minutes left. Grant with a good uppercut. Body kick by Dunham but it's caught. Dunham gets his leg free and lands a head kick. Grant just walks through it. Grant stuffs a take down and pushes Dunham up against the fence. Dunham reverses and they're back to center. Good right hook by Dunham. Dunham shoots and gets the takedown. Dunham has side control for a moment, but Grant pushes him inside his full guard. Not much time left. punches from the top by Dunham as time ticks away. 10-9 Dunham.
Final results: T.J. Grant via unanimous decision
Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist (170-pound limit):
Round one: Benoist ties things up and lands a knee to the body. Pierson reverses and has him on the cage. Battle for position. Benoist gets free, pushes off and they're back to center. Benoist with an in-step front kick then a body kick. Leg kick by Benoist . Pierson answers with a big right than levels Benoist. He pops right back up, but Pierson has him tied up on the fence and lands some strikes from in close. Dirty boxing being used by both fighters. Good knees by Pierson. Benoist rolls off and is free, landing a solid leg kick on the exit. Body kick by Benoist. Pierson catches it and uproots his opponent. Pierson dives into his guard and Benoist throws up an armbar attempt. Two minutes left. Pierson looks to use some ground and pound but he's being very reckless with his arms, showing little respect for Benoist and his ground game. Benoist sees a hole and is able to slip out and back up. Big combo by Benoist. Pierson responds with a solid left hook. Benoist looks a little wobbled. Pierson closes the distance and ties him up with a minute left. Good knees by Pierson. Back to center. Good right hand by Pierson as Benoist rushes in. Benoist throws a couple of lazy combos, hitting nothing but air. 10-9 Pierson.
Round two: Benoist throws up some half hearted kicks and punches and pays the price for it. Pierson is starting to really light him up now. Benoist just looks intimidated and out of breath. Good right hook by Pierson. Inside leg kick by Pierson. Benoist answers with a leg kick of his own. Pierson gets the takedown. Benoist gets back up for a moment, but Pierson controls the neck and lands a big knee. Benoist is down on his knees. Pierson is working for a choke now. Benoist is in damage control mode, just trying not to get finished. Benoist is able to get back to his feet, but he looks a little shaky. We're halfway through round two, Pierson clearly in control. Pierson tags him with a right hook. Benoist is down for a moment, but he springs right back up. There's certainly no quit in Benoist, but unfortunately, he just can't find a way to stop getting punched in the face...hard. Big straight left by Pierson. Front kick to the body by Benoist. Benoist turns it up a notch and lands a nice combo out of nowhere. He may have found a second wind of sorts. Good bodt kick by Benoist. Good leg kick by Benoist as the round ends. 10-9 Pierson.
Round three: Good kick to the instep by Benoist. Body kick by Benoist is caught, but he's able to get his leg free quickly. Good jab by Pierson. Leg kick by Benoist. Pierson throws a leg kick, but looks to have hurt himself a little by landing on the knee or shin of Benoist. Good jab by Pierson, answered by a body kick from Benoist. Good combo by Benoist. Pierson throws a nice one-two, finishing on a solid right hook. Pierson with another big right hook then another multi-punch combo. Benoist rushes in with a combo and lands a few punches, but he is countered with Pierson who has continually had the "last laugh" in almost every exchange. Good leg kick by Benoist. Just over a minute to go, and Pierson continues to be in the driver seat. But Benoist lands a big left hand! Pierson is hurt! Benoist is on top of him and raining down punches. Pierson is hanging on by a thread but he's eating a lot of punches. Thirty seconds left. Benoist has his back and goes for the rear naked choke. Pierson rolls and is able to get out and back up. Big left hand by Benoist! Benoist has him on the fence as time expires. 10-8 Benoist.
Final results: Sean Pierson via unanimous decision
Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes (145-pound limit):
Round one: Brimage starts off with a few straight rights to the body. Brimage with a nice right hand. Hettes looking very lackadaisical with his hands, keeping them low. Hettes shoots but can't get the takedown. Hettes rushes in again and eats a combo. Hettes shoots again and Brimage spins out of the way. Good jab by Hettes. Brimage with a nice combo. Hettes goes for a knee to the head but only partially connects. Lots of action early on here. Hettes eats another big combo. Hettes really needs to get this fight to the canvas, and soon. Brimage lands a big right hand. Hettes is down, but he may have been playing possum Brimage was in his guard, and he immediately leaped back to his feet and let him up. Brimage continues to pick Hettes off with well timed punches every time he tries to rush in for a takedown or a tie up. Hettes is walking around with his hands basically at his sides. Not a wise strategy. Hettes looks exhausted. Big left hand by Brimage. One minute left in the round. Good left by Hettes but it is countered by Brimage right away with a left of his own. Good left hand by Hettes. Hettes goes for a standing choke but Brimage slips out with little effort. Brimage lands a left hand as the horn sounds and brings an end to round one. 10-9 Brimage.
Round two: Hettes goes for a head kick and misses. Brimage counters with yet another big combo. Hettes comes forward with a pitter-patter combo, but he answered again with a couple of power strikes from his opponent. Hettes ducks under, powers through and finally gets the take down. Hettes on top, and this could be big trouble for Brimage. Brimage scrambles away but Hettes stays with him. Hettes goes for an arm but Brimage slips out and he's back up to his feet. Big moral victory for Brimage. Good knee to the body by Hettes. Hettes gets his back and takes him down. Brimage rolls but Hettes has a guillotine now. Brimage rolls again. Hetes has his back. He's got hooks in and has a lot of time to work for a submission here. Brimage is able to separate the legs momentarily, but Hettes perseveres. Brimage turns and is on hands and knees now. Hettes has side control, and he transitions to taking his back again. Just under two minutes left. Hettes working hard for the finish. Brimage actively defending and trying to use wrist control to stop Hettes from getting his hands together. Brimage rolls again. Hettes has full mount for a second, but not heavy enough on the hips, leaving Brimage room to escape out the back and get back up. One minute left. Hettes shoots in but can't get the takedown. Good right hand by Brimage. Brimage charges forward with punches, but he looks to have a lot less steam on everything, clearly worn out by the ground exchange. Brimage lands a flying kick to the body at the horn. 10-9 Hettes.
Round three: Brimage with a good straight left to the body. Brimage charges in and eats a body kick. Brimage with a very hard couple of outside leg kicks. Good combo by Brimage. Both fighters have really slowed with their punches in what has been a grueling fight, thus far. Another good leg kick by Brimage. Hettes appears to be bleeding behind his ear. Brimage continues to try and "chop down the tree" with thunderous outside kicks to the front/lead leg. Big left hand by Brimage as Hettes tries to walk through them. Hettes is exhibiting huge toughness, but it can't look good in the eyes of the judges for him to eat so many punches and leg kicks. Another big left hand by Brimage. Two minutes left. Brimage continues to throw huge punches with bad intentions. Hettes looks to be behind, and he'll need to really turn it on here if he wants to win. Hettes shoots for a single leg takedown, but he's met with a sprawl and is unsuccessful. Less than a minute to go. Another huge outside leg kick by Brimage. 10-9 Brimage.
Final results: Marcus Brimage via unanimous decision
UFC 152 "PRELIMS" COMMENTARY (FACEBOOK):
Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen (170-pound limit):
Round one: Baczynski with a straight right to the body. Thoresen with the jab, answered by a flurry of punches from Baczynski. Thoresen rushes in and gets clipped with a left hook. Inside leg kick by Thoresen. Another good leg kick by Thoresen. Looks like Baczynski has a cut on his upper lip. Baczynski charges forward and lands a good combo. Three minutes left in the round. Pretty even so far. Good jab by Thoresen. Good combo by Thoresen. Body kick by Thoresen. Outside leg kick by Thoresen. Baczynski ties things up and lands a couple of knees to the body. Good combo by Thoresen. Baczynski is starting to get bloodied. Thoresen has not landed any huge strikes, but he's been able to pick Baczynski apart with precise punches in bunches. We've got an accidental eyepoke by Baczynski, and Thoresen will need a minute to recover. Back to the action. Good jab by Thoresen, then another. Baczynski rushes in with a combo, but misses, and Thoresen nails him with a couple of punches on the way out. Out of nowhere, Baczynski lands a huge left hook and Thoresen hits the deck! Thoresen is out cold! It's all over! Seth Baczynski has knocked out Simeon Thoresen in round one!
Final results: Seth Baczynski via KO at 4:10 of round one
Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson (135-pound limit):
Round one: Watson comes out throwing combos and kicks. Very active right out of the gate. Inside leg kick by Watson lands. Gagnon lands a big left hand and floors Watson! Gagnon takes his back and softens him up with punches! He locks in a rear naked choke -- it's deep! He taps out! It's all over! RNC submission win for Mitch Gagnon!
Final results: Mitch Gagnon via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:09 of round one
Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke (170-pound limit):
Round one: Fighters meet in the middle and start off hesitantly, looking to find the distance. Good jab by Noke. Another stiff jab by Noke as Brenneman and his hair pop backwards. Huge right hand by Noke! He's all over him! Noke is raining down a barrage of punches and Dan Miragliotta has called a stop to the action.
Final results: Kyle Noke via TKO (strikes) at 0:45 of round one