Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to pull the trigger on its latest pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, UFC 161, which is scheduled to pop off TONIGHT (Sat., June 15, 2013) from MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
UFC 161 will feature a re-worked Light Heavyweight main event between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans after the top two matches were scratched because of injuries to Renan Barao and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively.
Also scheduled for the promotion's first-ever fight card in "The Peg" is a Heavyweight showdown between Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic, as well as a 135-pound female bout between Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton, which will no doubt get the winner closer to a title shot after Miesha Tate collides with division champion Ronda Rousey later this year.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 161 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 161 QUICK RESULTS:
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson -- Evans def. Henderson via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic -- Miocic def. Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac -- Jimmo def. Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton -- Davis def. Sexton via unanimous decision (29-28x2, 29-27)
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan -- Jordan def. Barry via TKO (punches) at 0:59 of round one
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley -- Shields def. Woodley via split decision (29-28x2, 27-30)
Sam Stout vs. James Krause -- Krause def. Stout via submission (guillotine) at 4:40 of round three
Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson -- Pierson def. Robertson via majority decision (29-28x2, 28-28)
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa -- Delorme def. Figueroa via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
John Maguire vs. Mitch Clarke -- Clarke def. Maguire via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague -- Jabouin def. Pague via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
UFC 161 PLAY-BY-PLAY MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Round one: Henderson steps forward with some short right hands and Evans fires back with a short flurry. Evans steps forward with a huge left hook and thinks about a takedown but Henderson is far enough away to avoid it. Nice combination from Evans and he dances away from danger. Evans shoots in for a takedown but can't get it and clinches briefly before separating. Henderson scores with a stiff jab and Evans is wobbled by a follow-up shot. Henderson tries to swarm but Evans recovers. Nether man lands anything significant the rest of the round. 10-9 Henderson
Round two: Evans shoots in for a takedown and Henderson fends him fof with a whizzer but Evans has a reverse body lock on him. Henderson turns into Evans and he's fine. Evans scores with a right hand but Henderson responds with an uppercut that lands and backs him off. Evans clips Henderson but doesn't follow up. Lead left hook from Evans and Henderson just doesn't have much output here. Good elbow from Henderson but he needs to have a bigger output. 10-9 Evans
Round three: Henderson steps forward with power but Evans avoids it. Evans unloads a big combination along the fence and Henderson is wobbled! Evans doesn't follow up, however, and they reset. Henderson clinches but Evans reverses the position and lands a right hand. Uppercut from Henderson on the inside and Evans initiates a clinch, pressing him into the cage. Evans throws short left hands to the body and Henderson responds with an elbow. Knee from Henderson and Evans has a leg, thinking about a takedown but he gives up on it and both men jocky for position in the clinch, landing short strikes. Evans scores with some hooks as time expires. 10-9 Evans
Final result: Rashad Evans defeats Dan Henderson via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Round one: Miocic circles to the right and pops a few jabs. Miocic looks a bit stiff out there and Nelson is thinking about the killshot all the way. Nice right hand from Miocic and he's trying to keep Nelson at the end of his jab. Leg kick from Miocic and Nelson responds with one of his own. Nelson steps forward with an uppercut but Miocic easily avoids it. Nice right hand from Miocic and then another. Miocic thinks about a single leg but gives up on it. Jab from Miocic and Nelson fakes a takedown attempt but eats a right hand. Nelson is winging wild right hands but nothing accurate. Good combination from Miocic and he's really landing nice shots on Nelson. Big shots from Miocic and Nelson shoots in for a takedown and Miocic stuffs it with ease. Nelson swings wildly and falls off balance, eating a few short left hands as he works back to his feet. Nelson swings and misses with a haymaker and Miocic tags him with a jab. Good combination from Miocic and Nelson is in trouble! Nelson covers up along the fence and Miocic batters him with short elbows and uppercuts. Nelson grabs a body lock and presses Miocic into the fence. Leg kick from Nelson as time expires. 10-9 Miocic
Round two: Leg kick from Miocic and both men trade right hands. Miocic scores with a knee and a right hand and he's clearly the quicker man. Nelson just can't explode and get inside with his overhand right. Miocic is meeting Nelson with a left jab every time he tries to get inside. Miocic tags Nelson with big shots, left and right hands and Nelson is backed into the fence. Miocic scores with a short left elbow on the break. Nice body kick from Miocic and he's just picking Nelson apart here. More jabs from Miocic and he blasts Nelson with a right hand. Knee up the middle from Miocic and it's all Miocic thus far. Uppercut from Nelson and Miocic resets in the cage center, firing off a combination and a leg kick to finish it off. Another big combination from Miocic and Nelson is visibly flustered. 10-9 Miocic
Round three: Big right hand from Miocic and Nelson wings a right hand but can't connect. Takedown attempt from Miocic is shrugged off but he fires off an uppercut. Huge right hand from Miocic and Nelson responds with a grazing left. Nelson needs a knockout because he got crushed in the first two rounds. Right hand from Miocic and he avoids two haymakers from Nelson. Nelson just doesn't have the speed to catch him. Nelson chases Miocic and Miocic straight up runs. Combination from Miocic and Nelson lands a glancing right hand but not flush enough. Nelson steps inside and Miocic jumps on him as he loses balance, dropping a few right hands. They clinch along the fence and the ref separates them. Nelson is exhausted. Leg kick from Miocic and he connects with several jabs. Nelson whiffs with a left and Miocic steps forward with some big straight punches. They clinch but Miocic backs off. Good combination from Miocic and he unloads big punches in a flurry against Nelson right before the horn. 10-9 Miocic
Final result: Stipe Miocic defeats Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Round one: Tons of stalling early on and both men are broken up in the clinch by the referee. Neither man can get anything going. Good elbow from Jimmo catches Pokrajac coming in. More stalling and inactivity results in more referee separations. Finally, as the round is almost over, Pokrajac lands a good shot on Jimmo, stunning him. Both men throw big punches at the end of the frame. 10-9 Pokrajac
Round two: Jimmo scores with a big right hand early and Pokrajac is hurt! Jimmo swarms with big punches on the ground but Pokrajac is defending well. Pokrajac gets back to his feet and Jimmo closes the distance, taking him down. He does nothing with the position but stays on top for the rest of the round. 10-9 Jimmo
Round three: Pokrajac attempts a takedown but Jimmo reverses him, staying on top for the majority of the frame. The less said about this round, the better. 10-9 Jimmo
Final result: Ryan Jimmo defeats Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
Round one: Davis opens up with some big punches on the inside, landing short elbows. Sexton fires off some right hands but Davis presses her into the fence and unloads some knees and elbows. Another knee from Davis and she thinks about a trip but Sexton denies her for now. They break and Sexton steps in with a left hook and Davis meets her with a left jab. Sexton shoots in for a takedown but Davis takes her back briefly but Sexton shakes her off. Sexton stacks Davis up and Davis brings her legs up, working for a triangle choke. She's got her legs in position, just needs to tighten it. Davis has it now, but her half is over her foot and not her ankle so she's got some space to work. Sexton is in big trouble now and she's no longer punching, just surviving. Davis gives up on the triangle and Sexton drops some right hands. Sexton throws more hammer fists and punches all the way until the end of the round. 10-9 Davis
Round two: Good right hand from Sexton and they clinch in the cage center as Davis fires off a knee and an elbow. Sexton presses Davis into the fence and she scores a takedown, landing on top in half guard. Davis sweeps Sexton by attacking her leg and she drops some short elbows from top position. Sexton retains full guard but Davis postures up and drops some big punches. Davis postures up with elbows and punches. Sexton turtles and Davis unloads some knees to the body and is thinking about a choke. Davis looks like she's working for a rear naked choke but she only has one hook in and Davis gives up on it. Big right hands from Davis and she's got back mount now, flattening Sexton out. Sexton is in big trouble and she's not fighting back. The ref tells her to fight back and Davis keeps dropping right hands and elbows but they weren't hard enough for the ref to stop it. 10-9 Davis
Round three: Good right hand from Davis but Sexton responds. Left jab from Davis and Sexton is working a left hook and overhand right. Davis changes levels and works for a takedown but Sexton stuffs her. Davis attacks Sexton's leg and dives on her back when Sexton exposes it. Davis now in firm control with a body triangle from behind and she's hunting for a choke. She'd be better off flattening Sexton out and working for punches. Sexton turns into Davis and she's now on top but Davis has a high guard again. Elbows from bottom by Davis and she's back to regular guard from bottom. Sexton postures up and drops a few punches from above, both left and right hands and Davis rolls, turtling. Now Sexton tries to take Davis' back but she's not in a good position and Davis winds up on top. This is exactly how Davis lost the position at the beginning of the round. Right hammer fists from Davis and she's looms over Sexton until the end of the fight. 10-9 Davis
Final result: Alexis Davis defeats Rosi Sexton via unanimous decision (29-28x2, 29-27)
Round one: Jordan has command of the cage center and Barry fires off a body kick. Good right hand from barry and then a leg kick. Surprised Jordan hasn't tried to close the distance yet. Jordan steps forward with a big pair of uppercuts and Barry is in trouble! Barry is staggered and he backs into the fence. Jordan swarms him with huge left hands as Barry just covers up on the ground not fighting back and the ref stops it. Holy crap!
Final result: Shawn Jordan defeats Pat Barry via TKO (punches) at 0:59 of round one
UFC 161 PLAY-BY-PLAY "PRELIMS" COMMENTARY (FX):
Round one: Woodley opens with a big right hand and Shields responds with some outside leg kick attempts. Heavy body kick from Woodley and a huge leg kick knocks Shields down. Woodley steps foward with a body kick and Shields attempts to drag him down but Woodley denies him and they clinch. Woodley has inside position as both men trade short strikes. Big right hands to the body from Woodley and he denies a trip attempt from Shields. They continue to jockey for position along the fence with both Shields and Woodley trading inside position. Neither fighter does much from the inside as time expires. 10-9 Woodley
Round two: Big right hand from Woodley to get things started and he fires off a huge leg kick that staggers Shields. They clinch and Shields reverses the position, but both men circle each other along the fence. Trip attempt from Shields but Woodley stuffs him. Woodley lands some knees up the middle in the clinch. Shields grabs a head lock and is thinking about a guillotine choke but Woodley grounds himself to reduce leverage and avoid getting kneed. Woodley shrugs Shields off and scores with a right hand. Superman punch from Woodley and Shields responds with some pitter patter punches. They clinch and Woodley scores with some knees. The ref breaks them but nothing significant is landed by either man. 10-9 Woodley
Round three: Shields clinches and they are broken up due to inactivity. Woodley needs to turn it on here. Pawing right hand from Woodley and Shields scores with a body kick. They clinch and Woodley lands some big right hands to the body. HUGE spinning back first from Woodley stuns Shields but Woodley doesnt' follow up. They clinch and Woodley has inside position, landing short lefts to the body. Knee from Woodley and Shields presses Woodley into the fence. Body kick from Woodley and Shields responds with one of his own. Shields shoots for a takedown but gets stuffed and Woodley lands some short uppercuts on the inside. Woodley lands short punches in the clinch until time expires. 10-9 Woodley
Final result: Jake Shields defeats Tyron Woodley via split decision (29-28x2, 27-30)
Round one: Big front kick from Krause and Stout is briefly rocked. He steps forward with a head kick but Stout is recovered. Outside leg kick from Krause and he's working his length well here. Another leg kick and he clips Stout with a head kick and a left hook. Stout is busted wide open and he's bleeding all over Krause and Krause is on top position on the ground inside Stout's guard. Stout scrambles and pops back to his feet but he's a bloody mess. Cartwheel kick attempt from Krause and a front kick and he's just getting the better of Stout in the opening frame. 10-9 Krause
Round two: Stout knocks Krause off balance but overall he's having trouble finding his range. Front kick from Krause and then an outside leg kick. Another slick front kick from Krause and Stout's punches are hitting air. They trade and Stout scores with a big body shot that staggers Krause but he doesn't follow up. Left from Krause scores to the body and he wings a head kick that's blocked. Krause shoots in for a takedown and he gets it, landing on top in Stout's guard. Stout scrambles to his feet and the cut has opened back up, the entire right side of his face is red with blood. Good kicks from Stout land to the leg and body but Krause responds with an outside leg kick. Krause shoots in for another takedown but Stout stuffs it and takes top position. Stout drops a few elbows at the end of the round. 10-9 Krause
Round three:They trade kicks and Krause scores with a big right hand. Snapping leg kicks from Krause. Flying knee attempt from Krause misses and he goes back to the snapping kicks, both to the body and legs. Head kick from Krause and Stout slips on a head kick of his own but Krause can't take advantage. Stiff jabs from Krause snap Stout's head back. Krause paws with his jab and Stout's bleeding again but not as badly as before. Heavy right counter from Krause and Stout is not scoring with his punches at all. Krause steps in with an elbow and scores again with a jab. Stout swings but hits nothing but air. Leg kick from Stout and another but Krause backs him off with a head kick. Stout shoots in for a takedown and gets it, but Krause locks in a guillotine choke. Krause tries to mount but can't roll Stout over but Stout taps out anyways! Amazing finish there by Krause!
Final result: James Krause defeats Sam Stout via submission (guillotine) at 4:40 of round three
Round one: Robertson works for a takedown but Pierson sprawls. Robertson takes Pierson down, hopping on his back as Pierson turtles and tries to explode to his feet. Pierson's in trouble here as Robertson has a body triangle and is dropping heavy right hands. Pierson explodes, escaping the position and he has a head lock. Knee from Robertson in the clinch and they reset. Body kick from Robertson and an outside leg kick. More kicks from Robertson and Pierson lands a nice straight left. Robertson has a body lock and tries to drag Pierson down but Pierson uses a whizzer to stay on top. Pierson sprawls and lands a knee as both men reset. Nice exchange from Pierson and he clips Robertson. Robertson tries to fire back with some short kicks and a right hand but he can't match Pierson's power. 10-9 Robertson
Round two: They stay standing in the early portion of the round and Pierson is getting better of the striking exchanges. Good hooks from Pierson and he's working combinations as Robertson just seems out of his element. Big shots from Pierson and Robertson shoots in for a takedown but he gets stuffed. 10-9 Pierson
Round three:They trade on the feet early and Robertson clips Pierson, hurting him! Robertson unloads with a flurry and Pierson is in big trouble. Knees and head kicks from Robertson and he follows up with looping hooks and everything is landing. Pierson is barely surviving and he shoots in for a takedown but Robertson stuffs him and takes top position, taking Pierson's back. He stays there for most of the round but Pierson sweeps him with 25 seconds left. 10-8 Robertson
Final result: Sean Pierson defeats Kenny Robertson via majority decision (29-28 x2, 28-28)
Round one: Delorme clinches and immediately shoots for a takedown, taking Figueroa down and attacking from top position. Figueroa rolls him over, landing in top position but Delorme throws his legs up. He'd have a triangle choke but Figueroa has an arm inside to avoid danger. Figueroa postures up and drops some huge punches, blasting Delorme with right hands but Delorme uses a leg lock to sweep him, immediately taking the mounted crucifix. Figueroa turtles and Delorme takes his back with a body triangle and he's got an arm trapped! Figueroa is in deep, deep trouble and Delorme has a minute to work. Punches and elbows from Delorme but somehow Figueroa is not getting choked. Delorme rides out the round from back mount dropping punches. 10-8 Delorme
Round two: Delorme quickly scores a takedown and he's on top again, but Figueroa attacks with a triangle and he's got it! Figueroa is also working for an armbar but Delorme pops up and shakes him lose with pure power. Delorme takes top position and attacks but Figueroa sweeps him and drops some heavy leather. Now a triangle attempt from Delorme but Figueroa pounds on him with big punches. Delorme takes half of his back in a scramble and rides out the rest of the round from behind. 10-9 Delorme but it could have gone either way
Round three: Good right hand from Figueroa to get things started and Delorme attacks with a takedown. He briefly takes top position and thinks about a heel hook but Figueroa escapes. Good strikes from Figueroa but Delorme continues to pursue the takedown and he gets it. Delorme passes to side control and he's on top here and in control. Figueroa turtles trying to escape but Delorme has a body lock. Figueroa turns into him, landing in top position and he drops some short right hands. Huge right hands from Figueroa and he's just unloading with big punches. Figueroa blasts Delorme until the end of the fight. 10-9 Figueroa
Final result: Roland Delorme defeats Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
UFC 161 PLAY-BY-PLAY "PRELIMS" COMMENTARY (FACEBOOK):
Round one:Clarke opens with some leg kicks, throwing the the outside and inside of Maguire's lead leg. Maguire responds with some punches up the middle but he's having trouble finding his range. Clarke pokes Maguire in the eye and after the reset, Maguire is being omre aggressive. Clarke wings a body kick but Maguire closes the distance with a body lock. Clarke gives up his back standing and Maguire has a reverse body lock. Maguire can't take Clarke down and he jumps up, getting a standing back mount but he can't stay there. Maguire instead attempts to clinch but Clarke reverses him and backs him off with a head kick. Maguire shoots in for a takedown but Clarke responds with reverse elbows. 10-9 Clarke
Round two: Clarke opens with some leg kicks to get things started. He attacks Maguire's leg with both outside and inside kicks from the outside. Maguire's had enough and he shoots in, scoring a takedown and landing inside Clarkes's guard. Not much coming from Maguire in top position and Clarke is stalling hoping for a stand-up. Clarke reverse rolls, turtling and grabbing a single leg to escape to his feet and he takes inside position along the fence. Clarke immediately begins attacking with foot stomps and knees. They reset in the age center and Clarke goes right back to work with inside and outside leg kicks. Maguire shoots in for a takedown and takes Clarke's back during a scramble in the final 10 seconds. 10-9 Maguire
Round three: Clarke opens aggressively with punches and kicks, landing a combination. They clinch and Clarke attacks with knees up the middle and foot stomps. Constant attack from Clarke here and the ref separates them. Maguire shoots in for a takedown and he grabs a reverse body lock. Maguire sits down with the hold and takes Clarke's back, getting both hooks in and transitioning to a body triangle. Clarke tries to work for a reversal but Maguire fends him off briefly, but finally Clarke sweeps, rolling into top position. Clarke attacks with huge punches all from top position in the final 15 seconds. 10-9 Maguire
Final result: Mitch Clarke defeats John Maguire via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague
Round one: Right hook from Pague and Jabouin responds with a powerful kick and they go to the canvas. Pague quickly sets up a triangle, but Yves defends well and moved him over to the cage. He tried it again and actually locked it up, and he has an arm but Jabouin escapes again. Now Pague goes for an armbar but Jabouin squirms free. Heel hook attempt this time and Jabouin actually gets in trouble for a bit, allowing Pague to take top position durin ga scramble. Another submission attempt from Pague but he gives up position for it and Jabouin once more escapes, finishing the round on top dropping punches. 10-9 Pague.
Round two: Quick trip from Pague and he transitions iton full mount. Pague drops some elbows from the position and Jabouin gives up his back. Pague locks in a body triangle and he's hunting for a choke, briefly getting his forearm almost under Jabouin's neck but he can't lock it in. He goes back to full mount and drops more punches and elbows but can't find an opening to finish. Jabouin finally sweeps him, taking top position but Pague immediately attaks with submission attempts. Jabouin doesn't do much until the end of the round. 10-9 Pague
Round three: Jabouin immediately got a takedown. He threw an occasional strike while Pague hunted for sub opportunities underneath, but the action was slow. The referee was threatening to stand them up. Jabouin did land a nice right. Pague went for an omoplata but Jabouin shucked it off. The ref stood them up. Jabouin missed with a spinning kick and Pague landed a blatantly illegal knee to the head, but the ref missed it. Pague jumped into mount and threw some elbows. Jabouin escaped, but fell right into a triangle. Yet again, Jabouin escaped and took top position. He tried to throw some strikes but he was pretty tired. 10-9 Jabouin
Final result: Yves Jabouin defeats Dustin Pague via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29)