Before the UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" main card kicked off on pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat., Sept. 22, 2012) from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, an entire seven-bout preliminary card was broadcast on Facebook and FX, respectively.
The final bout of the preliminary card was an entertaining scrap between light heavyweights Vinny Magalhaes and Igor Pokrajac. Magalhaes got on top quickly in the first round, but Pokrajac defended well, avoiding an armbar and actually winding up on top afterwards.
Pokrajac made a tremendous mistake in the second round, scoring a takedown after both men were tired up and landing directly into a triangle choke. Magalhaes transitioned to an armbar and that was all she wrote as Pokrajac was forced to tap out immediately or risk an injured arm.
Magalhaes is one of the best ground fighters in the world so it's very confusing why Pokrajac would actually try to go into his world. That's something he'll be thinking about for a long time now.
The action didn't end there. After the jump, get complete results and recaps from the remainder of the UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" preliminary card.
In an early candidate for "Fight of the Night," lightweights Evan Dunham and T.J. Grant went to war in an highly entertaining bout. Both men were happy to stand in the pocket and trade bombs for three rounds, tagging each other repeatedly. Dunham got opened up by a huge knee from Grant, bleeding profusely for the majority of the fight.
While Dunham was able to secure a few takedowns, he couldn't do much with it and Grant's pressure, high pace and effective blows helped push him over the top as he took the unanimous decision. This was incredibly violent and entertaining.
In welterweight action, Sean Pierson took the fight to Lance Benoist, repeatedly tagging him in the first two rounds and dominating the first round especially. Benoist looked lost out there but just when it seemed Pierson was going to run away with it, Benoist tagged him and hurt the Canadian with a big right hand.
Pierson went down, but he kept his wits about him, not allowing Benoist to go for the fight-ending submission or to finish him with ground and pound. After getting back to his feet in the final 15 seconds, he clinched with Benoist to stay safe until the final bell.That ended up helping him win a decision as the judges gave him the first two rounds.
In the opening bout of the FX portion of the preliminary card, Marcus Brimage derailed the Jimy Hettes hype train. The burly featherweight repeatedly found a home for his heavy hands in the first round, tagging Hettes left and right and avoiding all of his takedown attempts. While he rocked Hettes a few times, Brimage could not finish him.
Hettes bounced back in the second round, scoring a pair of takedowns, passing guard and attempting a few submissions but his top control was not as effective as he would have liked and Brimage was able to scramble back to his feet.
In the decisive third round, Hettes pushed the pace, moving forward constantly but he couldn't land any significant offense and Brimage was able to connect time and time again while backing up. In the end, the judges unanimous decided with Brimage, giviing him the first and third rounds on all the scorecards. Hettes will have to sharpen up his striking if he ever wants to be a real contender.
In the final Facebook prelim, welterweight Simeon Thoresen seemed to be in full control against Seth Baczynski, finishing off combinations and bloodying "The Polish Pistola" up with a cut above his lip. Just when it seemed Thoresen was starting to take over, Baczynski slipped a right hand and came over the top with a picture perfect left haymaker which landed right on the button.
Thoresen was out cold immediately.
It was the third straight first round stoppage to open the night and it literally came out of nowhere. Baczynski is now 4-0 since returning to the UFC and dropping down a weight class from his time on The Ultimate Fighter.
Bantamweight Mitch Gagnon put his letdown of a UFC debut behind him with authority by obliterating Walel Watson. Gagnon got inside early, landing short shots and then capitalized on an opening when "The Gazelle" threw an ill-advised superman punch, blasting Watson and dropping him. After heavy punches on the ground, he dove on Watson's back and eventually locked in the fight-ending rear naked choke.
His victory really got the hometown Canadian fans fired up.
The night started with a bang as Kyle Noke, making his welterweight debut, made quick work of Charlie Brenneman. Brenneman. Noke's striking looked on point, landing kicks and jabs at will before crushing "The Spaniard" with a huge right hand that sent him to the canvas. Brenneman started to get up but Noke was all over him with a flurry of strikes which sent him back down. The referee stepped in and put a stop to it and while Brenneman complained about an early stoppage, he was in huge trouble and there was nothing wrong with it.
Noke looks like he'll be a player at 170 if he keeps it up.
Here are the complete results from the UFC 152 preliminary card:
205 lbs.: Vinny Magalhaes def. Igor Pokrajac via submission (armbar) at 1:10 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. Jimy Hettes via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Seth Baczynski def. Simeon Thoresen via knockout 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 knockout at 0:45 of round one
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC 152 fight card.
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