Before the UFC 156: "Aldo vs. Edgar" main card kicked off on pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat., Feb. 2, 2013) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, an entire six-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast on Facebook and FX, respectively.
The final fight of the FX preliminary card saw Evan Dunham pick up a split decision win over Gleison Tibau for his third victory in his past four Octagon appearances. The story of the fight was Dunham's inability to take the fight to the ground while Tibau landed his strikes, worked for submission attempts and even tried to take the fight to the ground. It seemed Tibau was on his way to a decision win, but as the fast wore on Dunham maintained his offensive output while Tibau faded. Dunham's efforts in the final two rounds earned him the victory, but it certainly wasn't easy. The one upside for Tibau? The fact he defended all eight of Dunham's takedown attempts kept his UFC best takedown defense in tact.
Tyron Woodley absolutely obliterated Jay Hieron with a highlight reel knockout just 36-seconds into the first round of their welterweight contest. Woodley took no time to get used to the Octagon in his UFC debut, as he charged at Hieron and landed an overhand right that knocked "The Thoroughbred" to the ground. A quick follow-up of precise ground strikes put Hieron's light out and announced "T-Wood" as a fighter to keep an eye on at 170-pounds.
Bobby Green put on a career-best performance in his UFC debut, taking out the extremely durable Jacob Volkmann with a third-round submission. "King" was pegged as an underdog coming into the fight, but outside of a first round where he was trapped underneath Volkmann, Green was completely dominant.
Green spent the entire first round on his back, but in the second stanza he looked like a reinvigorated fighter, stuffing Volkmann's takedowns and even getting top control himself. The third frame was more of the same for the 26-year-old; however, he managed to mount "Christmas," fire off some effective ground-and-pound which forced Volkmann to give up his back while allowed Green to lock in the rear-naked choke for career submission win number nine.
Strikeforce import Isaac Vallie-Flagg picked up the most significant victory of his 18-fight career with a split decision win over Yves Edwards in the opening fight of the "Prelims" broadcast on FX. The two lightweights put on a competitive battle for all 15-minutes, but ultimately it was Vallie-Flagg's aggression and activity in the striking department that likely earned him the nod from the judges.
To come into the UFC and pick up a victory over a longtime veteran of the sport such as Edwards is no joke, and you can be certain Vallie-Flagg will get another stern test in his sophomore appearance with the organization, whenever that may be.
In the second of two preliminary bouts to stream on Facebook, Dustin Kimura made a successful UFC debut with a third-round submission of Chico Camus. No, Kimura didn't win the fight by kimura, but he did tap Camus with a slick rear-naked choke for his ninth finish in 10 fights.
It was an entertaining battle from start to finish, with this writer giving each man one round going into the final frame. The x-factor in the bout was Kimura's ground game, as the Hawaiian nearly finished the fight with submissions on several occasions from bottom position. Camus' grappling defense was solid when he was on top, but when Kimura turned the tables in the final round and back mount position, he quickly locked in the choke to push his undefeated record to 10-0.
The first fight of the UFC 156 fight card saw Francisco Rivera hand Edwin Figueroa his first ever stoppage defeat by way of a second-round technical knockout. The two bantamweights engaged in a high paced fight from the outset, with Figueroa getting the better of the striking exchanges in the first round and even scoring a knockdown. When the second round began, Figueroa quickly lost steam while Rivera kept a pace "El Feroz" was unable to keep up with. Rivera eventually hurt Figueroa with a huge furry of punches that forced referee Kim Windslow to stop the fight at the 4:20 mark of the second round.
Despite having his last win against Roland Delorme overturned to a "No Contest," Rivera pushed his overall unbeaten streak to five and proved he is capable of finishing fights at 135-pounds.
Here are the complete results from the UFC 156 preliminary card:
Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau - Dunham wins via split decision (29-28 x2, 2-29)
Jay Hieron vs. Tyron Woodley - Woodley wins via KO (punches) - 0:36 round 1
Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann - Green wins via submission (RNC) - 4:25 round 3
Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg - Flagg wins via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura - Kimura wins via submission (RNC) - 1:50 round 3
Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera - Rivera wins via TKO (strikes) - 4:20 round 2
That's it for the "Prelims" portion of the UFC 156 fight card.
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