The main card is already underway at United Center in Chicago, Ill., for UFC on FOX 10: "Henderson vs. Thomson."
Before the kickoff, there were numerous exciting bouts on the under card, which were broadcast on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and streamed online via "Fight Pass."
Serving as the "Prelims" main event, Sergio Pettis will have to work his way back up if he ever wants to emulate the success of his brother, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. That's because Alex Caceres snuck in a rear-naked choke at the end of the third round, snapping Pettis' undefeated professional mixed martial arts (MMA) streak.
Both Bantamweight headliners were extremely composed, with Caceres using crafty kicks early. Pettis returned the favor, though, landing a few more punches than his opponent. Caceres was doing a good job of circling away, while "Bruce Leeroy" went for flashier strikes, including spinning-back fists and flying knees that were not landing. Pettis threw a few head kicks, and landed a nice one followed by a left hook that caught Caceres' attention. Pettis' counter right hand was also doing the damage, too.
Rocking Caceres with another head kick, Pettis was proving that his hype is indeed justified.
However, Pettis was in danger in the opening minute of the first round, with Caceres landing a heavy punch that dropped "The Phenom." With Caceres unable to inflict more damage on the mat, Pettis stood back up and landed some slick combinations, showing no signs of wobbliness. Pettis landed another head kick toward the closing stages of the second round, and Caceres ate all of it while pushing forward for more.
It was apparent that the fight was close in the third round, with Caceres doing better on the feet and utilizing his kicks well, while Pettis kept going for unorthodox, 360-degree kicks. Pettis tried his luck at a takedown, with Caceres stuffing it well, forcing it to stay on the feet. Pettis rocked Caceres with a right hand, but it was Caceres who was moving inside and out, landing a shot and moving away. Pettis had a takedown reversed at the end of the third round, only to wind up in a rear-naked choke.
Caceres improves to 10-5 in his young career.
In the co-main event of the "Prelims," a much anticipated fight between former UFC Bantamweight title challenger Eddie Wineland and TriStar's Yves Jabouin brought forth an exciting fight, until Wineland blasted Jabouin in the second round for the technical knockout finish.
Both embarking in a furious pace right from the get-go, Wineland was looking for power over pace, and that is where Jabouin found success. He landed a nice left hook, and kept Wineland at bay with kicks to the body and attempted a few head kicks as well. Wineland was more active with combinations, although with his hands down, it allowed Jabouin to land some precise counter shots. Jabouin hit Wineland with a head kick, and landed more strikes than his former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) counterpart.
Wineland did a better job of landing combinations in the second round, yet, he still was eating Jabouin's punches over and over again. Wineland drilled Jabouin with a solid right hand, and after Jabouin started to stutter step away, Wineland dropped him with that same right hand. Trying to lock in a head and arm choke, Wineland decided to land some lethal ground and pound on "Tiger." After trying to cover up , Wineland left Jabouin with no room to breathe and forced the referee to step in.
Shaking off a loss to Renan Barao in his last outing, Wineland improves to 21-9 in the sport.
Chico "King" Camus outlasted Yaotzin Meza in what was a pure grappling clinic courtesy of the Milwaukee-based fighter.
Switching stances early, Camus did well by closing the distance, and attacked with leg kicks followed by punches. With Camus pressuring Meza, the latter tied up Camus against the cage and looked for the takedown. With Meza scoring a takedown and working from half guard, Camus found the opportunity to flip over and reverse positioning, finding himself on top of Meza. A standup from the referee ten seconds short of the horn saw both bantamweights trade until it was time for some touch ups in the corner.
Camus landed a good shot, dropping Camus in the opening sequences of the first round, however, it was Meza who swept Camus this time and worked from side control, and transitioned to top position. After a questionable standup from the referee, Camus rocked Meza once more and took him down right after that. Camus eventually took his opponent's back, and looked for a rear-naked choke, but to no avail.
With superior top control apparent, Camus continued to drub Meza on the mat, taking him down and improving positioning frequently to dominate his opponent on the ground. With Meza trying to posture up, Camus tried to lock in another rear-naked choke, however Meza defended well. It was pure domination on the ground for Camus in the third round.
"King" Camus is now riding a two-fight winning streak, while Meza suffers his second Octagon defeat.
Kicking off the action with the bantamweights, and it was Hugo Viana who scored a unanimous decision victory over Junior Hernandez.
Hernandez was circling around the cage to open things off, and Viana clocked him and dropped him fast. Hernandez got back up immediately, yet he ate another combination seconds later. Viana clearly had the striking advantage, landing multiple right hands every time his opponent came towards him. Viana mixed it up well with kicks, too, and took advantage of his foe's inability to get anything going.
It didn't get much better for Hernandez in the second round, and Viana kept on doing what he was doing in the first. With Hernandez not having much for Viana, he decided to try his luck and trade with the more powerful striker, who got the better of him on the feet every time they engaged. Viana bloodied his opponent as well, and shook off the boos from the crowd, keeping it simple and successful.
In the third round, the pressure was there for Hernandez, yet he did not hurt Viana at all in any moment of the fight. With Hernandez opting to stay on the feet, rather than take his opponent down, the most significant moment of the fight for him was when he clocked Viana with a good combination, which backed up "Wolverine." Hernandez went for broke during the last two minutes of the fight, hitting Viana with some good shots. Hernandez started to find his range during the closing moments, yet instead of pouring it on, he decided to taunt his opponent, mimicking Viana's footwork, accusing him of running away.
Viana moves to 3-1 in the promotion.
In a battle of former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 cast members, Daron Cruickshank stopped Mike Rio in the second round with a beautiful wheel kick followed by punches.
The two lightweights took some time to engage -- their opening round was rather slow. Cruickshank was more effective in the striking department, clocking Rio with a combination, and landed a spinning-back kick to the body. Rio tried to engage Cruickshank in a grappling war, however Cruickshank was having none of it. Towards the end of the round, Cruickshank blasted Rio with a head kick and dropped him, but Rio held onto "The Detroit Superstar," while fighting off a guillotine choke.
Rio recovered well in the second round, as he took down Cruickshank and looked like he was closing the distance better with his striking. With his inability to keep Cruickshank grounded, Rio's best moment of the fight was when he reversed a takedown and caught Cruickshank in a heel hook. "The Detroit Superstar" was in trouble, and when he escaped the submission hold, he landed a wheel kick (or a spinning kick to the face, if you like) to Rio's face, and blasted his foe with punches. When Herb Dean saw Rio fall to his knees, he called off the fight.
It was the best Cruickshank we have seen thus far in the Octagon, who shakes off a loss and improves his UFC record to 4-2. Rio, meanwhile, is winless (0-3) in his past three bouts.
Kicking off the action on FS1, two new promotional newcomers were looking to establish themselves as someone to watch in the Welterweight division, and it was George Sullivan outpointing Mike Rhodes in a lackluster affair.
Sullivan opened up his striking game with kicks, staying active and directing them to his opponent's legs and body, while Rhodes spent the opening minutes feeling out his foe. Starting to get loose, Rhodes scored a belly-to-back suplex takedown halfway during the round, but Sullivan was quick to get up. Sullivan then scooped up Rhodes and took him down, although he was caught in a kimura attempt from his counterpart. Sullivan finished the round on top.
In the second round, Sullivan was unable to land an early takedown on Rhodes, which resulted in more of a kickboxing battle. Rhodes decked Sullivan with a standing elbow, however the latter was not that affected by it. Rhodes started to pour it on with a nice right hand, followed by a flying knee, but Sullivan recovered and remained standing right in front of his opponent -- throwing his jab and relentlessly threw low kicks.
Rhodes landed the nicest combination of the fight, including an uppercut, followed by two hooks.
Both 170-pound prospects exchanged punches in the closing round, with Sullivan doing better with his punches. He tried to take Rhodes down, but the roommate of the Pettis brothers showed skillful takedown defense. Rhodes looked tired, and Sullivan landed a few overhead right hands. There was no sense of urgency from Rhodes, and Sullivan simply kept coming.
There really weren't any huge shots landed from both fighters in all honesty.
The lone fight on UFC Fight Pass online lasted just 25 seconds, with Nikita Krylov scoring a technical knockout victory over Walt Harris via head kick and punches.
Krylov tried to wear down his bigger opponent with kicks early, and Harris was looking to throw bombs. After hitting Harris with leg kicks and a front kick, he flipped the switched and clocked the former Golden Gloves boxing champion with a head kick. With Harris badly hurt, Krylov swarmed him with punches and had Harris crouching down and covering up -- leaving the official with no alternative but to step in.
Krylov gets his first UFC victory after a stinker with Soa Palelei, and pretty much saves his job. Harris may be in trouble, though, with a current UFC record of 0-2.
Here are the UFC on FOX 10 "Prelims" quick results:
135 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Sergio Pettis -- Caceres wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:39 of round three.
135 lbs.: Yves Jabouin vs. Eddie Wineland -- Wineland wins by technical knockout (punches) at 4:16 of round two.
135 lbs.: Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza -- Camus wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
135 lbs.: Junior Hernandez vs. Hugo Viana -- Viana wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
155 lbs.: Daron Cruickshank vs. Mike Rio -- Cruickshank wins via technical knockout (head kick and punches) at 4:56 of round two.
185 lbs.: Mike Rhodes vs. George Sullivan -- Sullivan wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
265 lbs.: Walter Harris vs. Nikita Krylov -- Krylov wins via technical knockout (head kick and punches) at 0:25 of round one.
That's a wrap for the "Prelims" -- onto the FOX main card, maniacs.
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