Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) market TONIGHT (Sat., Sept. 5, 2015) for its "Johnson vs. Dodson 2" mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 191 features the highly-anticipated rematch between current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and the man who took him the distance back at UFC on FOX 6, John Dodson. In the PPV co-main event, Andrei Arlovski continues his improbably march back to the heavyweight title opposite fellow ex-champ Frank Mir.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 191 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 191 QUICK RESULTS:
Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Andrei Arlovski def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Anthony Johnson def. Jimi Manuwa via KO (punches) at 28 seconds of Round 2
Corey Anderson def. Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 29-26)
Paige VanZant def. Alex Chambers via submission (armbar) at 1:01 of Round 3
Ross Pearson def. Paul Felder via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
John Lineker def. Francisco Rivera via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:08 of Round 1
Raquel Pennington def. Jessica Andrade via submission (rearnaked choke) at 4:58 of Round 2
Tiago Trator def. Clay Collard via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Joe Riggs def. Ron Stallings via disqualification (illegal upkick) at 2:28 of Round 2
Joaquim Silva def. Nazareno Malegarie via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
UFC 191 PLAY-BY-PLAY: (Adrian MacNair will be providing scoring and updates for this event)
125 lbs.: Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1, W8, 10-1-1 UFC, -550) vs. John Dodson (17-6, W3, 6-1 UFC, +505)
Round 1: No touch of gloves. Dodson is practically vibrating here. He runs forward and attacks Johnson. Right head kick for Johnson blocked. Johnson touches the mat briefly. Not sure why. Pawing jobs so far and Johnson lands a lunging right hand. Dodson counters to the body. Johnson with a right hand and follows up with a takedown attempt. Stuffed. Dodson with inside leg kick. Johnson with constant pressure on Dodson who is staying calm in the first round. Clinch by Johnson and Dodson lands to the body many times. Straight by the champion after the break. Johnson shoots a single leg and Dodson bounces away, gets hit in the head with a right kick by Johnson. Clinch against the cage. 1:40 left and they're bouncing with full energy still. Lead right hands by Johnson as Dodson retreats. Single leg shot by Johnson and Dodson defends. He literally runs away and resets. Dodson with a kick to the body. UFC says striking is 15-10 Dodson but it doesn't feel that way. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: Johnson continues his strategy of shooting and then punching or kicking to keep Dodson guessing where it's going to go. Dodson tags Johnson and takes him down briefly. Johnson back to his feet and he's stalking Dodson again. Grabs a single leg and Dodson tries to elbow Johnson in the head. No dice on the takedown, he's 6/6 so far. Dodson pushes Johnson up against the cage and then breaks away. Johnson with the lead right hand. They engage in the clinch again and Johnson knees to the leg. Dodson grabs double underhooks and turns it around, landing some knees of his own. Dodson retreats again and Johnson is after him again to clinch against the cage with a minute left. Johnson jumps up on the cage and lands elbows as he did in the first fight but Dodson wisely breaks away. 19-19.
Round 3: Dodson comes out in the second and lands a leg kick which prompts Johnson to shoot for a double. He's stuffed but lands several right hands in the process. Now a right elbow against the cage and Dodson's face is looking worse for wear. Right hand lands for Johnson. Johnson with another single leg but he can't get that takedown. Landing short punches that are scoring and follows it up with an elbow. Double leg attempt stuffed. Dodson now 8/8 in stopped takedowns. Spinning back elbow lands for Johnson and then a straight right and a head kick to follow. Johnson beginning to take over at 2:30 left in the third. Dodson with a kick to the balls and Herb Dean rushes in but Johnson says "no, no, get out of the way" and the fight continues. He clearly sees Dodson fading. Johnson with a 1-2 and he's dancing around now. Hits a single leg and pushes Dodson into the cage, lands an elbow to his head. Now he scores his first takedown with 1 minute remaining. Dodson is sucking wind. Gets up and he's dumped on his ass. Dodson reverses position but Johnson escapes. Dodson is wilting and Johnson is warming up. Flying knee to end the round for Johnson. 29-28 Johnson.
Round 4: Dodson looking flat flooted, but only in comparison to the hyper Johnson. Uppercut for Johnson and he lands a combination that hurts Dodson. Dodson's kick is caught and once again Johnson has him against the cage. Right hand lands for the champ. Dodson beginning to look lost out there. Dodson stuffs another takedown attempt with 3 minutes left. Dodson shoots for a takedown and Johnson bounces back up like a spring. Johnson lands a right left and clinches, the story of this fight. Dodson turns it around but he's only holding the champ. Heel kicks to Johnson's shins aren't doing much. Right hand sends Dodson back against the cage and the challenger clinches. They break and Johnson hits him with a couple of lefts and then dumps him on his ass. Dodson gets back to his feet but he's sucking wind. Johnson catches Dodson again with a right to end the round. 39-37 Johnson.
Round 5: Dodson needs the finish. Johnson still moving like he just walked to the cage. Dodson with a nice kick to the body. Johnson changes levels and gets stuffed, countered. Dodson lands another kick to the body. Johnson clinches yet again and works the knees. Changes levels and slams Dodson emphatically. Dodson is overwhelmed. He pushes on Johnson's head but his strength is being sapped. Right hand lands again for Johnson. The pair dance for a while on the feet and Johnson grabs a single again, drops levels and slams Dodson heavily again. He's sending a message. One minute remaining but not even a miracle can save the inevitable outcome. For the first time in the fight Johnson waits for Dodson to come to him. Dodson obliges and he clinches and pushes him into the cage to finish out this dominant defence of his title. 49-46 Johnson.
Final result: Demetrious Johnson def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
265 lbs.: Frank Mir (18-9, W2, 16-9 UFC, +140) vs. Andrei Arlovski (24-10, W5, 13-4 UFC, -150)
Round 1: Mir ducks under a rush from Arlovski and gets double underhooks against the fence. The two break and Arlovski with a huge right to the body. Another right hand and he slides back out from the counter. Again. Arlovski looking fast here and Mir looking... not fast. Leg kick for Arlovski. Mir with a couple of lefts and he pins Arlovski against the fence with 3 minutes left. Arlovski circles away. Inside right leg kick by Arlovski. Another flurry and they're clinched against the cage again. Arlovski circles away yet again. Pawing jabs to measure distance by Arlovski and Mir once again clinches and forces it to the cage. 1:45 left and not much has happened yet. They break again and Arlovski hits an uppercut, returned by Mir. Left hook by Mir and pushing his 266 pounds of frame against the cage. Arlovski reverses position and this clinch work is becoming the theme of this fight. Mir doesn't look like he has a plan. Arlovski with a few more strikes. 10-9 Arlovski.
Round 2: Mir shoots for a double leg early and gets stuffed, switches to a single and lands in Arlovski's full guard. Mir with a left after posturing up. Mir elbowing Arlovski's body. Doesn't look pleasant. Well this is weird. 30 consecutive seconds of stalemate and "Big John" stands em up. Terrible Fight IQ by Mir there. Arlovski with a switch kick to the body. Mir charges in like a bull again with 2:30 left and they're back in the clinch. Outside right leg kick Arlovski. Mir whiffs on a combination. Arlovski falling asleep at the switch here. Not much to write home about. UFC 174 syndrome? Mir lands a spinning backfist and they're clinching again. Mir beginning to look like a man who cut down to 266 pounds. Hands down, chin out. Arlovski cut over the left eye. Mir loses his mouthpiece with 20 seconds left in the round. 19-19.
Round 3: Arlovski looks winded. Quick clinch and Arlovski pushes him to the fence. This is quickly becoming unwatchable. Big John separates them just 45 seconds into the third. Mir shoots and stuffed. Arlovski pushes him back into the cage. As Joe Rogan pointed out, Arlovski's paw paw right hand combination is not very effective. Both guys look like they're fighting in Mexico City here. Big John separates them again. Ugly. Mir lands a left hand after getting stuffed. Now he tags him and takes Arlovski down. He's going for a kimura and Arlovski rolls and he's back to his feet. Mir looks at the clock with 2 minutes left, just like the fans. Mir with double underhooks and he's looking to take it south again. I feel bad for Big John because this sucks. He breaks them with 1:15 left. Arlovski with a lazy front kick and a leg kick that wouldn't damage a wet paper bag. Arlovski with two good left hands that may be the most significant strikes of the entire fight. Crowd booing at this predictably terrible fight. Mir bleeding now all over his face. I guess the Belarussian takes it. 29-28 Arlovski.
Final result: Andrei Arlovski def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
205 lbs.: Anthony Johnson (19-5, L1, 10-5 UFC, -550) vs. Jimi Manuwa (15-1, W1, 4-1 UFC, +570)
Round 1: Touch of gloves. Hard leg kick by Manuwa and Rumble wades in with huge punches and he clips Manuwa already. He looks to have recovered a little and Rumble with a double leg takedown, something I think nobody wanted to see. Manuwa trying to get back to his feet but Rumble working to his back. Now he's landing punches to the side of Manuwa's head. Rumble controlling Manuwa and has a body lock from behind but no hooks. Manuwa with an insanely obvious fence grab but he goes for a ride anyway. Well, this is unfortunate. Two elite strikers and we're seeing a repeat of the last fight. Sigh. Anyway, Rumble throws a shoulder strike and moves into a mount for a second. Manuwa looking turtle like on his back like Jan Blachowicz did last fight. 1:30 left in the first and Rumble is pulling a Cormier. Finally Manuwa back to his feet and he lands a head kick. Pushes Rumble into the fence now and tries to land knees to the legs. Rumble not breaking this clinch so everybody's eyes will be on his gas tank here. Rumble turns Manuwa into the fence and this pretty terrible round is over. 10-9 Johnson.
Round 2: Rumble lands a nice right hook right away. Side kick attempt by Manuwa. Huge uppercut misses and then followup right hook connects for a knockout for Rumble. Followup finishes all doubt. Nasty.
Final result: Anthony Johnson def. Jimi Manuwa via KO (punches) at 28 seconds of Round 2
205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz (18-4, L1, 1-1 UFC, -105) vs. Corey Anderson (5-1, L1, 2-1 UFC, +115)
Round 1: I'm not going to spell Blachowicz every single time so you're going to have to settle for JB. Ok? Ok. The two touch em up. JB leads with a right leg kick. Anderson swings and misses the 1-2. Anderson with a nice combination early. JB with a kick to the body that's blocked. Another attempt. JB lands a hard left and Anderson circles away. Switches his stance to southpaw. Anderson clinches briefly and breaks away. JB getting hit by the jab of Anderson. Anderson pushes him into the cage but JB muscles to the outside and seeks a takedown. Easily landed. Moves to side control with 2:50 left. Anderson quickly to his feet and attempts to land knees in the clinch. Left hook misses for Anderson as JB ducks under. Double leg attempt stuffed by JB who searches for an underhook with 2 minutes left. Now a single leg, JB hopping around and falls down with Anderson in his full closed guard. This is terrible timing for the Polish fighter who was winning on the scorecards until this point. 1:15 left in the first as Anderson tries to land ground and pound. JB rolls for an armbar and sweeps Anderson and they're back to their feet. JB switching stances to confuse Anderson. He eats a jab as Anderson swarms. Anderson with a knee and JB is fading here. 10-9 Anderson.
Round 2: No touch of gloves in this round. Anderson throws a left head kick that doesn't seem to land. KB with an uppercut and a left kick to the body. Anderson swarming now and he's got the leg and down goes JB into the full guard with 4 minutes left. Elbow to the head by Anderson. Seconds burning away with this closed guard. Anderson boxing him up from the guard. JB rolls for an armbar but stuffed easily. Now Anderson has him trapped against the cage. Anderson lands a bomb and moves to half guard. Back to full guard at 2:15 left in the second round but this round is all Anderson. JB really seems to have no idea how to proceed from this position. He's stuck on his back like a turtle. The Polish fighter literally did nothing in this round whatsoever after it hit the ground. 20-18 Anderson.
Round 3: Third round and no touch but I think it's because Blachowicz has no cardio left. He's taken down in 15 seconds this time. JB tries to hit a kimura but he's too tired/weak. JB throws his legs up but Anderson stands up to avoid any trouble. Anderson jumps back on top of him and JB is back on his back like a Polish turtle. Anderson into full mount briefly but JB is doing little else to avoid this humiliation. Halfway through the round now and JB has a hematoma on the left side of his head. Anderson stands up again and JB lies there like a slug. He jumps back on top and it's clear the Polish fighter is happy to lose the dullest decision of the night. A minute left and JB finally rolls to try and get up. Anderson jumps on his back and JB is up for a half second but taken down like a toddler. Blachowicz might not want to save this PVR and get a hypnotist to erase his mind of this travesty of a fight. 30-27 Anderson.
Final result: Corey Anderson def. Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 29-26)
115 lbs.: Paige VanZant (5-1, W3, 2-0 UFC, -1400) vs. Alex Chambers (5-2, W1, 1-1 UFC, +1100)
Round 1: Anything less than complete destruction by Paige VanZant will be considered a huge surprise here. No touch of the gloves. Paige swarms on Chambers and lands knees from the clinch. They break away again. Paide tagging Chambers already and has her against the fence with 4 minutes left. Paige with knees to the body as Chambers flails to escape. They break again. Chambers lands a nice hand but Paige wades in and lands an elbow. Paige continues her strategy of kneeing the body against the fence. Takedown attempt by Chambers stuffed. Paige with a hip throw takedown into side control. Paige walks away and lets her back up. Chambers with a body lock and nearly gets Paige down but no dice. 2 minutes to go and Paige has Chambers against the fence using knees as usual. Paige trying to unload but Chambers is getting in some counters. Still, the volume of Paige will surely win the affection of the incompetent judges. Chambers trying to keep her opponent at bay with leg kicks. Doesn't work. 51-26 in strikes by Paige with 1 minute left in the first. The Muay Thai clinch is working wonders for Paige's control. Chambers eats a knee to the stomach and rolls for leg. Now Paige trying to stack and land ground and pound but Chambers stands back up. The round ends. 10-9 VanZant.
Round 2: No touch in round two either. Paige paws forward looking for the clinch. Hits the Muay Thai clinch again and ragdolls Chambers into the cage. Chambers lands some decent elbows and circles out. Paige throwing high volume punches and kicks but there's not much mustard on them. Paige continues to work her Muay Thai attack against the cage and Chambers really doesn't seem to have a solution for it. Chambers grabs a single leg with 2:45 remaining in the second round but Paige breaks it easily and continues her relentless pressure. Paige fails on a hip toss and nearly gives up her back but Chambers doesn't attempt to capitalize. Constant Muay Thai clinch is a real problem for Chambers now and Paige lands two short elbows. Chambers squirming like a worm on a hook here. Paige with a body kick now and Chambers falls down. Paige smells blood and she's swarming. Chambers gets back to her feet but it's a mauling now. Chambers down again and now Paige is helplessly stuck on her back as Paige reaches 106 punches in the fight. 20-17 VanZant.
Round 3: Chambers looks pretty winded. Of course, she was also looking horrible in her last fight before her miracle submission win. Paige with a huge overhand right and Chambers drops down to the mat. Paige jumps on her back and looks for the submission. Now into full mount and she grabs an armbar and finishes.
Final result: Paige VanZant def. Alex Chambers via submission (armbar) at 1:01 of Round 3
155 lbs.: Paul Felder (10-1, L1, 2-1 UFC, -400) vs. Ross Pearson (17-9, L1, 9-6 UFC, +400)
Round 1: The two touch gloves. Knee to the body by Felder right off the bat. Low inside leg kick by Pearson. The two clinch and Felder pushes Pearson against the fence. Pearson turns Felder around and gets double underhooks. Felder with brutal knee in the clinch. Mike Goldberg says Felder was born in Philadelphia, "the cradle of liberty." Ok, buddy. Clinch work against the cage with 3:20 left in the first round. Felder with short right elbow followed by another knee. Felder drops down for a leg but thinks twice about it. They finally break away with 2:30 left. Huge high kick attempt by Felder and Pearson gets a takedown. Pearson stands up and dodges an upkick to jump back into full guard with 1:30 left. Felder with a short elbow from the bottom. Pearson goes to the body and postures up to stack Felder against the fence. Felder rolls then gets into a crouched sitting position by the fence. Now he's back up with 50 seconds left. Felder with a series of short elbows but Pearson appears to be holding up. Felder drops down for a takedown but Pearson with wide, solid base. Another horrific short right elbow to Pearson's dome. And Pearson may have dropped Felder at the end of the round. Not sure, I have to see the replay! 10-9 Felder
Round 2: Sadly no replay because the all important commercials take precedence. Pearson lands a nice left hook and then goes to the body as he slips and rips on Felder. Inside leg kick by Pearson followed by a heavy leg kick by Felder. Felder with a knee and a flurry and Pearson ducks under and regroups in the center of the cage. Pearson with a jab and inside leg kick. Felder looking confused as to where to attack. Goes for a kick but thinks better of it midway through. Pearson lands a hard right kick to the body. Pearson with a big left hook. Felder attempts a spinning kick, easily dodged. Felder outstriking 42-40 according to UFC. Felder lands a spinning kick to the body with 1:30 left in the second round. A knee lands for Felder with that step in Donald Cerrone-style attack. Nice right hook to the body by Pearson who is using head movement to good effect. Another combination by Pearson. Felder attempts a spinning back kick, easily dodged. Right hook by Pearson to end the round. 19-19.
Round 3: Double fist bump to start the third. Pearson lands a left hook but Felder is fighting a tighter guard in this round. Felder misses a left head kick. Left hook lands for Pearson and Felder slips a 1-2. Felder stalking Pearson now and Pearson using counters, beautiful head movement to escape Felder's punches. Uppercut by Pearson lands and now double underhooks against the cage. Pearson looks surprisingly fantastic in this fight. Foot stomps by Pearson with 2:30 left and Felder looks confused. Knee by Felder so Pearson pushes him back up against the cage. Punch to the body by Pearson. Felder turns it around and lands a knee, forcing a break. Felder whiffs on a right hook. Pearson lands one punch in a three punch combination but Felder with nice head movement of his own. Pearson with a leg kick and Felder attempts to capitalize with a spinning back fist. Stiff jab by Pearson and Felder looks mad but being angry won't do shit to win this fight. Pearson with great movement and he continues to stiffen up Felder. Wheelkick to the head by Felder, partially blocked by Pearson. Pearson returns with his own head kick but doesn't seem to do much. Seconds ticking away and Felder has dropped his second in a row it seems. Pearson with a gorgeous jab to finish the fight. 29-28 Pearson.
Final result: Ross Pearson def. Paul Felder via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
135 lbs.: John Lineker (25-7, W2, 6-2 UFC, -140) vs. Francisco Rivera (11-4, W1, 4-2 UFC, +139)
Round 1: Touch of gloves and Lineker looks sizably smaller than Rivera here. Lineker misses on a left hook and eats a counter for his efforts. Lineker lands a series of beautiful punches and he's swarming in now, Rivera in huge trouble. Lineker lands 30 unanswered punches but the ref somehow doesn't call the fight. Rivera stands back up and throws nonstop. This is one of the most insane exchanges I've ever seen! Lineker drops down for a guillotine and gets it! Insane!
Final result: John Lineker def. Francisco Rivera via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:08 of Round 1
135 lbs.: Jessica Andrade (13-4, W1, 4-2 UFC, -160) vs. Raquel Pennington (5-5, L1, 2-2 UFC, +160)
Round 1: Touch of gloves. Andrade rushes in and the two are immediately clinched up against the cage. Pennington has control, now Andrade as they trade knees in the clinch. Andrade has a leg, high crotch and she's got Pennington down in full guard with 4:10 left. Andrade seems unable to land anything as she squirms to get better top control. Pennington has a very high guard forcing Andrade to do a mini slam. Zero ground and pound after one minute. Andrade tries to take the back as Pennington attempts to stand up. Fails on the attempt but lands a nice knee. Now Pennington with a takedown attempt but Andrade has a beast base. Andrade fishing for a guillotine, forces Pennington to give it up. Now Pennington with a combination that Andrade clearly doesn't like. Pennington tries to hit a kimura but no, Andrade drops her on her butt with a single leg. Pennington bounces back to her feet with his back against the cage. Boom, Pennington back down and up again. Pennington landing Muay Thai clinch knees and punches and Andrade is in some serious trouble here. Desperately clinching up to get a rest but risks the Thai clinch again. The two are throwing down hard now and this is an insane pace. Pennington lands a knee, forcing Andrade to grab a single and dumps her on the ground. Close round. 10-9 Pennington.
Round 2: Tap of gloves and Andrade lands low leg kicks. Pennington's corner doesn't want her to clinch with Andrade anymore. Andrade eats a 1-2 and then a three-punch combination behind it. Andrade pushes Pennington against the cage but Pennington easily breaks away. Good leg kick and left hook by Andrade. Pennington having good success with the punch combinations. Now Pennington with a double leg straight into guard and Andrade grabs a guillotine. She uses it to stand back up and lands a knee on the break. Andrade with a 1-2 and now she backs up Pennington with a huge flurry. Biggest moment of the fight for Andrade with 2 minutes left in the second round. Pennington uses a hard kick attempt by Andrade to grab a single leg right into a fierce guillotine. Pennington trying to break the grip but Andrade holding on like a pitbull. Patient from Pennington and she escapes the guillotine and tries to land ground and pound. Andrade uses her legs to push her off but Pennington heads back into the fray. Andrade uses the fence to spin around, tries to get up but gives up her back. One second remaining, and she taps just before the horn.
Final result: Raquel Pennington def. Jessica Andrade via submission (rearnaked choke) at 4:58 of Round 2
145 lbs.: Clay Collard (14-6, L1, 1-2 UFC, -140) vs. Tiago Trator (19-5, L1, 1-1 UFC, +135)
Round 1: The two touch gloves. Collard's hands are really low. Lunges in and out on Trator. Trator lands a nice knee in the Muay Thai clinch. Very patient start for Trator so far. Collard with Thai plum now and trying to land knees to the bdy against the fence with 3 minutes left. Collard with good work in the clinch and the two break away. Collard sticking his chin out mocking Trator now with 2:30 left. Huge winging punches by Collard. More showboating by Collard and he throws a left high kick. Trator ducks under a left hook and gets a body lock on Collard, who is grinning. Trator takes him down but Collard effortlessly reverses the position. Landing some reckless ground and pound now as Trator fishes for a leg. The leg lock attempt works by sweeping Collard and moves into mount with 1 minute left. Collard trying to hip escape but Trator with control. Beautiful escape by Collard using the cage. Trator takes him down again and has the back searching for rearnaked choke. Sloppy work by Collard who gives away the round. 10-9 Trator.
Round 2: Touch of gloves again. Collard with a combination backs up Trator against the fence. Trator with a 1-2 lands nicely. Collard responds and the two are trading in the pocket. Collard continues his unorthodox lunges in and out while Trator keeps his hands high and searches for the counters. Another terrible, reckless spinning attempt results in Trator grabbing a body lock. But Collard breaks the lock and they're back in the center of the cage. Another spinning backfirst by Collard, who simply won't stop whiffing on these. Trator hands a heavy leg kick but Collard responds with a 5-punch combination. Collard has doubled in strikes according to Mike Goldberg. And now Collard drops Trator with 2:30 remaining. Collard rushes in to finish and Trator almost scores an armbar, using Collard's sloppy top control to easily sweep him. Trator now in half guard with 1:45 remaining. Collard gets mounted now and Trator looking to steal this round back once again. Collard gives up his back again with 1 minute left and Trator working for the rearnaked choke again. But he has no hooks in and Collard shakes him off and he's on top now with 30 seconds left. Collard trying to land short elbows as Trator searches for an armbar. Collard finishes the round with big shots on top. 19-19.
Round 3: Respectful touch again for the third and deciding round. Collard with a nice 1-2 right off the first exchange. Nice left hook by Trator. Collard with a winging punch that nearly throws himself off balance. Trator lands a leg kick that knocks Collard down for a moment. Collard hands down and sticks his chin out. Trator obliges by landing a good straight right. Trator with another huge right hand moves Collard back. Collard with a 1-2, partially blocked. Front kick by Trator stops Collard in his tracks. Collard lands a thai plum knee. Another huge right hand by Trator with 2:30 left. Collard needs to turn this around or he's losing this fight. Trator shoots for a single leg but Collard stuffs it and punishes him for the attempt. Collard switches to the southpaw stance to land a 1-2. Trator fails on another takedown and Collard lands a kick to the body. Another monster right hand by Trator so Collard with a power takedown. Trator right back to his feet. Trator with a deep shot stuffed with 1 minute left. Trator with a body lock against the cage now and seconds are ticking away here. Collard attempts to break the body lock and gets taken down for his efforts. Rolls for a leg lock but Trator will finish on top. 29-28 Trator.
Final result: Tiago Trator def. Clay Collard via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
185 lbs.: Joe Riggs (40-16, L2, 4-6 UFC, +205) vs. Ron Stallings (13-7, W1, 1-1 UFC, -210)
Round 1: The two touch gloves. Stallings with an early couple of leg kicks that land unchecked. Make that 3 inside of 30 seconds. Both men are southpaws. Riggs lands a right hook and Stallings moves away. Riggs lands a leg kick of his own, eats a counter jab. Stalling with a super sweet pair of jabs and now Riggs is grabbing at his eye. Stalling teeing off now with 3:15 left. Riggs fights out of his temporary situation and lands a huge right hook. Stallings looks nonplussed. Right jab landing for Stallings. Riggs hits a single leg and Stalling throws up a triangle, switches to an omoplata and sweeps into side control on top of Riggs. Riggs rolls over and Stallings lets him up at 1:45. Riggs with a nice combination to the body head and hits a single leg landing in full guard of Stallings. Riggs lands an elbow and looks to pass. Stallings almost sweeps with butterfly guard. Riggs lands some ground and pound with elbows. Another elbow to the chin with 45 seconds left. Huge upkick on Riggs but he steps into side control. Riggs takes it with the top control. 10-9 Riggs.
Round 2: Riggs comes out and lands a devastating right hand and drops Stallings. Gets into full mount temporarily but back to full guard shortly after. Riggs with huge elbows. Nasty ground and pound with 4 minutes left to survive for Stallings. The elbows are ferocious. Stallings fighting for wrist control and finding little success. Riggs is having his way with him. 3 minutes left in the second round. Stallings is a mess. Throws up legs for a triangle but misses. The ref stops the fight because Stallings accidentally hit Riggs while his knees were planted. No, they're stopping the fight because Riggs says he can't see anymore!
Final result: Joe Riggs def. Ron Stallings via disqualification (illegal upkick) at 2:28 of Round 2
155 lbs.: Nazareno Malegarie (28-3, W6, UFC debut, -119) vs. Joaquim Silva (7-0, UFC debut, +125)
Round 1: They touch gloves and Silva takes the center of the Octagon. Malegarie with left hooks that connect early. Joe Rogan comments that Malegarie showing good standup skills early despite being known as a ground fighter. Malegarie lands another short left hook at 3:45. Silva looking for the right hand but Malegarie's counters are working well. Silva is very aggressive but his low right blocking hand is too low to effectively block. Nice uppercut by Silva at 2:50. Silva's hyper aggressiveness beginning to pay dividends as Malegarie backs up to the fence and nearly eats a flying knee. The Argentinian hasn't shot for a takedown yet. Joe Rogan makes the same observation at 1:45. Just as he does, Malegarie shoots for a takedown but he's stuck up against the fence and Silva fishes for a guillotine. Silva turns the corner and lands knees from the clinch forcing Malegarie to break away. Malegarie with another nice left hook with one minute left. Malegarie bleeding from the right side of his head. Duck under on a huge right hand by Silva. Close first round. 10-9 Malegarie.
Round 2: Touch of gloves again and this time Malegarie takes the center of the cage. Malegarie lands that left gook again but Silva is looking loose and relaxed now. Malegarie with a double leg takedown. Silva pops up and Malegarie takes him down again with 4 minutes left. Silva pops up a few short seconds later and they're exchanging on the feet again. A step knee lands for Silva. Right hand lands for Malegarie but Silva shakes it off like it's nothing. Malegarie backing away and trying to counter as Silva continues his predatorial stalking. Another fleeing knee attempt by Silva blocking by Malegarie's left arm midway through second round. Another duck under by Malegarie as a huge right hook misses for Silva. Silva's left hook is money, lands it again and again although it doesn't seem to bother him. Yet another flying knee at 1:15 left. Silva doing more damage and not hurt by Malegarie but he's getting outstruck and outpointed here. 20-18 Malegarie.
Round 3: The pair embrace to start the third round. Silva with a high guard and lands a step knee that look heavy. Malegarie fires back with a combination. Left high kick by Silva blocked by Malegarie's right hand. Pace has picked up in the third round with 4 minutes left. Silva landing some nice shots but getting tagged on the counters. Malegarie with a step knee but his timing is off and misses. 3 minutes remaining and it's dead even as usual. Malegarie with some nice combinations in the pocket and good head movement. Silva's face finally showing some signs of wear as blood appears under his right eye. Left and a right follows on the chin of Silva. Another flying knee but Malegarie lands a great right counter. Malegarie 72-63 in significant strikes according to the TV screen. 1 minute left for Silva to make something happen in my books. Malegarie lands a single leg takedown but it lasts all of half a second as he pops back up. Silva with a left kick to the body but it won't be enough. Malegarie with another left hook as the flying knee misses again. 30-27 Malegarie.
Final result: Joaquim Silva def. Nazareno Malegarie via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)