"Super Saturday" is here ... and we've got the goods for Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) return to Newark, New Jersey.
The UFC 169: "Barao vs. Faber 2" pay-per-view (PPV) main card is already underway; however, before tuning into those five spectacular fights, check out the full results for the "Prelims," which streamed online via UFC Fight Pass, followed by a portion broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
If you love decisions, it's been a great night for you thus far. If you don't, it's safe to say you're pretty drunk right now.
John Makdessi and Alan Patrick had all the elements to be a great stand up battle. It was indeed a stand up battle, but it was far from great.
After a series of spinning back fists and kicks in the first round, this lightweight contest was truly a chess match, with Patrick getting the better of the TriStar product.
Patrick made the difference with his takedowns, being the Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom that he is, but Makdessi had visible advantages with his striking, surprising the Brazilian with his quickness and eagerness to make it a gruelling fight -- stuffing mad takedowns, also.
"The Bull" was simply too much for Patrick to handle, from the moment he let loose and found the confidence in his standup.
The thing is, Patrick was awarded the unanimous decision. It was a terrible decision, and it makes you wonder how Ricardo Almeida got that wrong, out of all people.
Danny Martinez wasted no time by pressing the action in his Octagon debut, making things difficult for Chris Cariaso early on in the fight. Although, it was "Kamikaze" who had the last laugh, outpointing his fellow World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) vet.
Cariaso found his groove in the second round, stuffing multiple takedown attempts and losing some in the process as well. His combinations were better, yet his opponent was powerful enough for him to be wary.
The flyweight scrap was not the best one we've seen, and the crowd grew restless pretty fast.
With that being said, Cariaso was the better striker, even though he found himself on the mat more times than he would have liked. His combos were better, he was faster, and showcased his growing Octagon experience.
Does this warrant a step up in competition? We'll see.
Two Middleweight sluggers failed to impress on FS1, but at least Nick Catone returned to winning ways and saved his job in the process.
Catone and Tom Watson engaged into a kickboxing match, yet it was tremendously boring. Catone did better with wrestling, and Watson looked better in the kicking department -- however, neither competitor truly looked great or impressive, to say the least.
Even Bruce Buffer looked like he wanted to be anywhere else in the world sitting cage side.
It was the takedowns of Catone that made the difference, which earned him a split decision victory, aside from being cut open from Watson's strikes.
With all due respect to the "New Jersey Devil," Watson should have beaten him. If "Kong" suffers another defeat after this fight, the promotion could do without him.
The Serra-Longo fight team is more than just on the rise, and one of their representatives, Al Iaquinta is turning into quite the prospect. However, he had a tumultuous turn of events during the course of his unanimous decision win.
Iaquinta dazzled in the first round, dropping Lee with a perfectly placed right hand, and shortly after, reversed one of Lee's takedown attempts into a leg lock.
Lee did scare Iaquinta on several occasions, muscling his way in the grappling exchanges, and had a rear-naked choke all but sunken in properly.
After each fighter scored one round a piece, Iaquinta wasted no time in the third round, blasting Lee with a big punch that backed up his opponent. Iaquinta brought the pressure in the third round, shaking off a difficult second round, although Lee matched his aggression and traded with the New Yorker until the final horn.
UFC Fight Pass' main attraction saw Clint Hester in full beast mode against Andy Enz, almost finishing the former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant with a series of bombs in the first round -- until Enz returned the favor with a head kick.
It was more or less an even fight from the second round onwards, with both Middleweights having their moments. Hester possessed the grappling advantages by landing takedowns, however he didn't exactly smother Enz, either. "Tank Mode" absorbed a lot of hard punches from Hester, proving that he is UFC caliber when it comes to toughness.
Neither fighter really went for it in round three, and that's where you get points when it comes to your career. Still, it was decent from "Headbussa," who had his stoppage streak snapped in the midst of earning a unanimous decision win.
It seemed as if Tony Martin was going have his way with Rashid Magomedov early on, however it was the "Highlander" who was successful in his Octagon debut, handing Martin his first professional loss.
Coming into his UFC debut against Magomedov, Martin torqued the arm of Dagestan fighter so badly with a kimura attempt, that a snap was expected to happen -- but didn't. A grimacing Magomedov spun out of it, and that's where the momentum changed.
Magomedov came back in the second round, winning the standup battle against Martin and showing his perseverance in doing so, which resulted in a mouse under his opponent's left eye.
With his takedown defense in tact during the fight, Magomedov sealed a successful comeback and busted up Martin in the third round -- keeping it on the feet and keeping it real with his fists to sway the judges his way.
With a tremendous amount of empty seats surrounding them, Neil Magny and Gasan Umalatov kicked off the action on UFC Fight Pass, with Magny earning the unanimous decision win.
The lanky Magny was the more active striker, utilizing his reach, but he didn't get the better of his Russian opponent in the takedown department until the closing stages of each round. Our good friend, Joe Rogan credited Umalatov for being relaxed, yet he wasn't doing anything other than throwing an overhead right that sometimes landed, sometimes missed. He sort of looked like a pylon more often than not.
Magny was strong in the closing stages of the first two rounds, taking Umalatov's back, and other than that, his superior and sharper striking simply got the better of Umalatov. It wasn't a boring fight, but it wasn't a very good one, either. Magny saves his job snapping a two fight losing streak, and you've got to wonder if Umalatov would have been signed to a contract if this was two years ago.
Here are the full quick results for UFC 169 "Prelims:"
155 lbs.: John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick -- Patrick wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x2)
125 lbs.: Chris Cariaso vs. Danny Martinez -- Cariaso wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
185lbs.: Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson -- Catone wins by split decision (28-29, 29-28x2)
155 lbs.: Al Iaquinta vs. Kevin Lee -- Iaquinta wins by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28x2)
185 lbs.:Andy Enz vs. Clint Hester -- Hester wins by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27x2)
155 lbs.: Rashid Magomedov vs. Tony Martin -- Magomedov wins by unanimous decision (29-28x3)
170 lbs.: Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov -- Magny wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Now, onto the main card ... stick with us, and enjoy!