Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back in action next week for its latest and greatest Fight Pass-only mixed martial arts (MMA) event, headlined by heavyweight contender Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as he battles fellow well-traveled veteran Roy Nelson.
The action goes down this afternoon (April 11, 2014) inside Du Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
In addition to the headliner, next week's UFC event on Fight Pass will feature a featherweight fracas pitting venerable "Carpenter," Clay Guida, against streaking Japanese "Crusher" Tatsuya Kawajiri, while John Howard tries to make it "Doomsday" for Ryan LaFlare in welterweight action.
All that and much, much more.
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See below for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 39 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 QUICK RESULTS:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson -- Nelson wins via KO at 3:30 of round 1
Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri -- Guida wins via unanimous decision. 30-27 x3
John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare -- LaFlare wins via unanimous decision (no scores were announced)
Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush -- Nijem wins via TKO (ground & pound) at 4:20 of round 1
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jared Rosholt -- Rosholt wins via unanimous decision (no scores were announced)
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya -- No contest due to accidental headbutt at 0:39 of round 1
Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith -- Leites wins via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of round 1
Jim Alers vs. Alan Omer -- Alers wins via split decision. 29-28 x2, 28-29
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
265 lbs.: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
Round 1: Just an interesting note, the temperature right now - it is an outdoor stadium - is 81 with 50% humidity. Also the arena is on an island, so it might be cooler than that report. Ugh. As much as I hate to give the walkout win to someone who comes out to We Will Rock You, Nogueira walked out to Puffy's redo of Led Zeppelin. Just awful. Nog in red, Nelson in white & black, ref is Leon Roberts. Jab from Nelson. Right from Nogueira. Uppercut and a right from Nelson drops Nogueira, but he's not out and Nelson backs off. Left from Nelson. Nelson misses a big haymaker. Jab from Nog. Nelson misses a right to the body and another to the head. Nice jab from Nogueira. Right from Nelson. HUGE overhand and Nog drops. Nelson backs off and Nog is doing the fish dance. There's a good right again from Country and HE OBLITERATES NOGUEIRA! STRAIGHT KO'D ON HIS FEET!
Final result: Roy Nelson wins via KTFO at 3:30 of round 1
145 lbs.: Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Round 1: CRUSHA Kawajiri in black & red, Guida in blue, Goddard is the third. Guida isn't his normal, calm self today. Guida gets in an overhand right. And a huge right drops Kawajiri. Guida pounces and has one hook in on the back. Kawajiri defends the back mount and fishes for a kimura while Guida goes for a single. Kawajiri throws Guida head over heels with the kimura attempt. Kawajiri transitions to an armbar, which Guida slams his way out of. Kawajiri stands, but has a Guida backpack on him. Kimura attempt again from Kawajiri. Guida slams Crusher down, but he stands back up. Still fishing that kimura, which, while he may not finish, it prevents Guida from doing what he wants. Kawajiri blocking the throw this time and they break. They both knee each other and Kawajiri picks up Guida and slams him down. Now it's Guida threatening a kimura! The round ends with Guida sweeping Kawajiri.
Round 2: They're both keeping the jabs out. Guida blocks a head kick and shoots. Kawajiri stuffs it and gets in some strikes to punish Guida. Guida gets the double, but Kawajiri scoots up. Kimura threats again from Kawajiri. They roll and Guida is able to get up first. Lots of short elbows from Kawajiri as he's stopping the takedown again. Slam from Guida into a bodylock as Kawajiri AGAIN goes after the kimura. Crusher uses it to sweep, but Guida isn't having any of it and he's back on top. Guida actually looks like this is hard work here. Same position. Guida working on a double now. Kawajiri with a bit of a piledriver, but Guida is back fighting for the takedown and he gets it. Back control for Guida here. Lefts from Guida.
Round 3: Left from Guida. Another gets in. Kawajiri's punches all seem to be falling short here. Kawajiri shoots and gets stuffed. Guida holding the head down and sprawling. Kawajiri pushing forward to try and get the takedown. Guida getting in a bunch of lefts as Kawajiri is trying to get this takedown. Kawajiri eating a lot of short shots here, much like what he was delivering to Guida last round. The difference is Clay was able to complete some of those takedowns, while Tatsuya is getting stonewalled. Guida stands and he presses forward. Leg kick from Guida. That's the third spinning backfist from Kawajiri, none of them have done much of anything. Body kick from Kawajiri, but Clay was moving away from it. Kawajiri throws an overhand right that Guida ducks under to take the back again. Again, the kimura threat to escape that Guida gets out of. Guillotine attempt from Kawajiri, but Guida slams him down and pops his head out. Kawajiri rolls to his belly, but Guida follows and take back mount. Kawajiri scrambles, but Guida spins around and maintains back control. He ends the fight plowing knees into Kawajiri's side.
Final result: Clay Guida wins via unanimous decision, 30-27 x3
170 lbs.: John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
Round 1: Howard in black, LaFlare in navy blue, and we've got a new ref, Leon Roberts in. Body kick from LaFlare is the first strike of the match. He then grabs a single and easily gets the takedown. Half guard, but not much happening. Finally, LaFlare gets to side. Howard rolls to scramble, but can't do anything but get half again. D'arce attempt from LaFlare. Howard scrambles away and gets it to standing after eating a knee. Howard catches a body kick, but can't keep LaFlare down. LaFlare holding Howard against the fence and gets in a nice right on the break. Body lock from LaFlare and he bodies Howard into the metal. Lateral drop from LaFlare immediately into a front headlock. Howard stands. LaFlare with an elbow. LaFlare to the body and a knee to the head. LaFlare blocking all of Howard's hooks so far.
Round 2: Howard comes out aggressive and blasts LaFlare with a left and a right that buckles LaFlare's knees. Howard clinches and takes him down. Half guard for Howard. Some ground and pound from Howard. LaFlare bucks and reverses Howard into side control. Howard bucks and HE gets a scramble initiated - he's up to standing! They clinch and Howard has double underhooks. LaFlare reverses and ow. Huge nut shot and Howard is in serious pain. That was direct onto the frank and beans. Four and a half minutes later, and John is back and ready to go. Body lock and a trip takedown from LaFlare. Howard rolls and stands. He's got the unders and pushes LaFlare back. LaFlare reverses ans he gets a knee to the body in. Another bodylock takedown from LaFlare, but Howard uses the momentum to roll LaFlare off him. Back to the cage again. Knee to the body x2. Make that three. Howard reverses. LaFlare re-reverses. Howard gets away and hits a nice right uppercut. A couple lefts from Howard, but LaFlare circles and seems fine.
Sympathy 10-9 for Howard
Round 3: Howard with a powerful low kick as LaFlare tried to punch. It knocks LaFlare's leg out from under him and Howard comes forward, but LaFlare clinches up and gets the takedown. Howard eats some shots, but then elevates LaFlare and stands. Powerful left from Howard, but LaFlare man's through it. Power single-leg from LaFlare. Howard rolls, but LaFlare stays with it and settles into the butterfly guard of Howard. Howard kicks away, but LaFlare powers back in with a punch. Half guard. Side control. Howard rolls and LaFlare maintains back control. Big lefts from LaFlare. LaFlare in a reverse half guard for a second. Howard rolls for a heel hook, but he might be too low on the leg. LaFlare gets out of it, and scrambles back on top. Howard turtled here and getting punched in his sides. He tries for a kimura, but can't get it.
Final result: Ryan LaFlare wins via unanimous decision (no scores were announced)
155 lbs.: Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush
Round 1: Nijem waiving the Palestinian flag on the way in to the cage, getting lots of cheers from the crowd. Dariush, possessing an Iranian background, got cheers, too. Nijem in black, Dariush in white and Hall is the ref again. Nijem coming out aggressive, but walked into a right. Nijem catches the body kick and rolls Dariush to the ground. Dariush stands. Dariush gets a takedown stuffed, but clinches Nijem into the fence. Good dirty boxing from Dariush and they break. Dariush reminds me a bit of Gegard Mousasi, both in looks and in demeanor. Nijem with a nice right as he sidestepped an attack. Jump knee from Dariush, but Nijem drops him with a left and is trying desperately to finish Dariush with strikes. Dariush survives and tries for a leg, but Nijem fights a guillotine. Hell of a chin from Dariush as Nijem is just blasting him. Nijem lets go of the guillotine and is posturing over, raining down on Dariush. Dariush is eating shot after shot after shot here. He's still in it, but not fighting back anymore and the ref stops it.
Final result: Ramsey Nijem wins via TKO (ground & pound) at 4:20 of round 1
265 lbs.: Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jared Rosholt
Round 1: Daniel (if you think I'm typing "Omielanczuk" every time he does something, you're nuts) in black, Rosholt in the Oklahoma State orange and black. Rosholt wins the music easily with Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider. The ref is Goddard again. Low kick from Daniel to start. Straight right from Rosholt. The noise of the F1 cars next door rumbles by. Rosholt comes forward and drops level for a takedown. He gets it. Daniel holding onto an arm-in guillotine despite Rosholt being in half guard on the wrong side. Rosholt spamming punches to the spleen. Rosholt gets out of the headlock and is on top with a free base to pound away. Rosholt working on a keylock briefly but gives it up to continue the position, elbows and short punches. Daniel with some short elbows from bottom. Huge rights from Rosholt as he emulates Brock Lesnar holding down Frank Mir for a brief time. Americana threat. Daniel spins, but Rosholt rides him and stays on back to land right back into half guard. More rights to end the round.
Round 2: Rosholt comes forward with strikes and goes for a takedown. Daniel stuffs it at first, but they're still in close quarters. Rosholt with a right and goes back in for the single. He's in side control. Knee to the body. Solid, heavy shots from Rosholt here. Half guard. Lot of short shots, including more knees. This is easy practice here for Rosholt. Daniel rolls to his knees and gets blown out of the water with a knee to the spleen. That sounded awful. Daniel does manage to get it standing, however with about 90 seconds left. Right and a knee from Rosholt and Daniel has his hands straight down. Daniel gets in a left and a right, but Daniel gets caught in a body lock and just... falls? Pulls guard? Open guard from Daniel that Rosholt just postures up in. Heavy right from Rosholt. Daniel thinks about a kimura, but can't get it. He's tired as hell.
Round 3: Nice step in knee to Rosholt's spleen as he came in for a takedown, but Rosholt plows through it and gets it to the ground and into half guard. Mount. Daniel spins and manages to off-balance Rosholt enough that he abandons the back mount. He stays on top and throws a pair of big knees to the left side of Daniel's body. Half guard as Daniel spins into Rosholt. He gives up the back again and is just smashing anything Daniel does to try and get out. Body lock on the back. Daniel has Rosholt's right hand trapped, but Jared just punches him with the left. Half the round has gone by and Rosholt is just big brothering the Pole. Daniel is trying to roll and create a scramble, but he can't do anything but temporarily regain half guard. Nothing but ground and pound and top position for the rest of the position. North-south choke here to end the fight, but it isn't sunk in.
Final result: Jared Rosholt wins via unanimous decision (no scores were announced)
185 lbs.: Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
Round 1: Leites smashes the walk-out portion with Three Liittle Birds by Bob Marley. Smith in red, Leites in black and red, Hall back as our ref. Slapping leg kick from Smith. Right hand and another from Leites and he's dropped Smith. It's over from the short GNP! He stopped him in like... 40 seconds! Shocking result there!
Final result: Thales Leites wins via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of round 1
145 lbs.: Jim Alers vs. Alan Omer
Round 1: Alers in red, Omer in black. Omer is the first Kurdish fighter in the UFC; how about that. Marc Goddard is the ref, "lets do dis". They're meeting in the middle and staying there. Omer gets a nice left in. Misses a spinning back kick and Alers clinches. Hard low kick wobbles Omer. Omer gets one in, too. Omer is spamming hooks as his combo go-to. Alers gets in a good knee on a brief clinch. Straight right gets in hard for Omer. Heavy outside low kick for Alers. They clinch and Omer's back is to the cage. Kinda sad that Alers had double underhooks for a good 20 seconds and did nothing with it. Omer reverses. Not much happening here and Goddard threatens the break, but Alers manages to reverse before that happens and breaks away. Nice jumping left from Omer lands clean.
10-9 Omer in a close round.
Round 2: They come forward and Omer clips Alers as he's off balance. Alers tries to surge forward back to his feet with a takedown, but Omer manages to stay on top. They're up against the fence with Omer gaining position. Good ground and pound from Omer here. He gives up position to land some punches and Alers takes this opportunity to stand up. He eats another good shot. They're still throwing hard here. Oh! Omer gets caught hard with a punch and he's down now. Alers on top with the GNP. He's getting in some good shots, but now mostly holding onto top position with Alers just chipping away. Couple shots from Omer off his back, but Alers is still winning this portion. Omer uses underhooks to get a body lock and stand up. He's got Alers backed up. Alers reverses. Goddard breaks with 30 seconds left. Rising right hand lands for Omers.
10-9 Omer, but I could see Alers getting the nod.
Round 3: Two low kicks from Omer to open. Alers shoots and gets the takedown into Omer's guard. GNP from the guard here as Alers gets in a bunch of short shots. Half guard into an overhook, but Omer uses the space to stand. Omer looking for a takedown now. Double leg, single leg and he gives up on it. Clinching still and Goddard threatens them. Alers reverses. He goes for the double and gets it. Half guard as Omer is breathing heavy. Full guard. Short GNP here from both men. Alers stands up to get in a couple of big rights then ducks back into guard.Alers not really working to finish, but he's definitely winning this round. Goddard stands them with 30 seconds and Omer looks gassed. He's trying hard, however, spamming kicks. Omer with a single leg takedown, but I don't think that's going to matter for the round.
Final result:Jim Alers wins via split decision. 29-28 x2, 28-29
135 lbs.: Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Round 1: We've got Yahya and Bedford as the curtain jerker instead of Alers/Omer for some reason. White spandex for Bedford, red and white for Rani and our ref is Neil Hall. Bedford takes the center and backs up the smaller Yahya up. Awful shot from the Brazilian that gets stuffed. Oh snap. Yahya is KO'd. They butted heads and Rani is down. Bedford is slugging a couple unanswered punches and Yahya is looking up at Johnny with a sad look on his face like "wtf are you doing?"
Final result: The refs and judges got it right. No contest due to accidental headbutt at 0:39 of round 1
And lol, Bedford is steaming mad, who doesn't really understand how the rules work. "I KNOCKED YOU OUT! LET'S FIGHT AGAIN!"