Preliminary bouts on Spike TV
Middleweight bout – Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Munoz
Munoz goes for a leg kick and misses and Simpson responds with a straight body punch. Simpson pushes forward and throws some punches as Munoz covers up Simpson goes for a takedown but Munoz defends. They clinch against the fence and Simpson throws some knees but breaks away. They have some small exchanges. Munoz lands a good left and clinches against the fence with Simpson. Simpson goes for the muay thai clinch and throws a knee but doesn’t land and they break apart. They both start throwing some wild punches. Munoz goes for a takedown Simpson sprawls and moves to his back. Simpson throws some punches and gets up. They clinch and Simpson slams Munoz and takes his back. He gets too high on Munoz’s back and Munoz shakes him off. They clinch again against the fence and Munoz is throwing good punches and knees. Munoz breaks away and throws some good punches that look to hurt Simpson. Simpson goes for a takedown but doesn’t get it and then throws punches of his own. The clinch again with Munoz having Simpson against the fence. Simpson muscles away and switches with Munoz. They break away and throw some wild punches. Munoz goes for a head kick but misses. Simpson goes for a flying knee but misses and the round ends. Very close and very even round. Very tough to call but I would give a very slight advantage on Simpson because of the slam takedown.
Simpson lands a good straight to the body. Munoz goes for a kick to the body but Simpson catches it and takes Munoz down. Simpson takes Munoz back but Munoz stands up and breaks away with a spinning back elbow that lands. They start going toe to toe with wild punches and then Munoz takes Simpson down. Munoz has Simpsons back and throws some punches. They scramble up and get to their feet. Simpson accidentally kicks Munoz in the groin and time is called. After a couple seconds Munoz is good and the start again. Munoz keeps going for low kicks but Simpson keeps catching them but doesn’t do anything with it. Munoz lands a good headkick but Simpson looks fine. Munoz rushes in with a punch but misses and Simpson takes Munoz down. They scramble and Munoz gets on top. After seconds the referee to the dismay of the commentators and and fans separates them and stands them up very quickly. They stand and clinch together up against the fence and Munoz accidentally knees Simpson in the groin and the referee calls time. After a little while they go back to fighting. Simpson catches another kick from Munoz and takes him down. They scramble and Munoz gets a single leg on Simpson but Simpson defends the takedown. They clinch up against the fence back and forth as the round ends. Another close round I’d give it to Simpson again with the multiple takedowns.
They hug each other as the round begins. Munoz goes for a kick and Simpson hits him with a right and pushes him off balance and they scramble with Munoz somehow getting on top of Simpson’s back. As they break apart Munoz hits Simpson with a good shot and Simpson backs away saying he got poked in the eye. Replays show it was just a punch but referee calls time. Simpson takes some time to recover and they get back to fighting. They clinch up against the fence with Simpson pushing Munoz against the fence. After a couple seconds another quick separation from the referee happens and they square off. They clinch again with Munoz holding Simpson against the fence. Simpson switches with Munoz but Munoz switches back. Munoz separates with some punches but nothing really lands. Simpson goes for a takedown against the fence but Munoz defends. They separate again and square off. Simpson closes the distance with punches that don’t land and the clinch against the fence again. Munoz spins away and they square off. They clinch a little and Munoz throws a knee that Simpson catches and takes Munoz down with. Simpson is in the sprawl on top of Munoz. Munoz stands up and they are against the fence. They separate and just go toe to toe. They clinch again with both men looking pretty tired. Munoz has Simpson up against the fence. With seconds left they both just go toe to toe as the round ends. Very good fight for both men. I would give round 3 to Munoz. Very good fight it honestly could go either way but I have it 29-28 Simpson.
Result: Mark Munoz def. Aaron Simpson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight bout – Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster
Brown lands a good leg kick on Foster. Foster gets a nice takedown on Brown and is standing above a laid down Brown. Brown gets up easily and they start throwing punches. Brown takes Foster down and moves to side control. Brown is working for something but Foster scrambles and gets Browns back. They scramble again and Foster almost gets an arm bar. Brown defends and they scramble some more and stand up in the clinch. Foster takes Brown down and is in half-guard and tries to pass but Brown switches and almost mounts Foster. They scramble again and Brown is going for Foster’s back. Brown transitions and is looking for an armbar. Foster stays patient and defends nicely and shakes Brown off and lands in his guard. Foster postures up and tries throwing bombs from the top but doesn’t land much. Foster stands up and is standing over Brown in the up/down position. He just stays there as the round ends. After the round they exchange words before going back to their corners.
Brown accidentally kicks Foster in the groin but Foster wants to fight through it but it’s noticeably hurting him so the referee stops it. He takes some time but goes back to fighting and Brown accidentally hits him again in the groin. This time he fights through it. Foster slams Brown and stands over him. Brown goes for a takedown and Foster sprawls and pushes him away. Foster stands over him kicking him in the leg before falling into Brown’s guard. Foster postures up and lands some good punches from the top. Brown gets to his knee and goes for a takedown but Foster catches Brown in a guillotine and forces Brown to tap.
Result: Brian Foster def. Matt Brown via Submission (guillotine choke) at 2:11
Main Card bouts
Lightweight bout – George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon
Fans are much more behind Lauzon then G-Sot. They start going toe to toe and then clinch but break apart. Lauzon pushing the action and G-Sot goes for a takedown but Lauzon defends nicely. Lauzon defends another takedown attempt and lands some good straight punches. G-Sot goes for a takedown and pushes Lauzon against the fence. Lauzon lands some good elbows on G-Sot. Lauzon defends the takedown and pushes G-Sot away. Lauzon rushes Sotiropoulos and G-Sot goes for a takedown but falls backwards and Lauzon almost mounts him but they scramble and Lauzon was in G-Sot’s half-guard. Lauzon stands up and G-Sot shoots in from his knees for a takedown and Lauzon scrambles but gets taken down. G-Sot scrambles around and gets Lauzons side control back. He pulls Lauzon backwards and is in north/south position. G-Sot moves to side control and passes to mount. With seconds left G-Sot goes for an armbar but Lauzon reverses and is in G-Sot’s half-guard and lands some good elbows as the round ends. I’d give this round to Lauzon he did more damage on the feet, defended the takedowns and ended the round strong.
Lauzon looks a lot slower. G-Sot tries to pull guard but Lauzon defends and they clinch against the fence with Sotiropoulos holding Lauzon. G-Sot is going for a single leg takedown but auzon is defending nicely. Lauzon looks pretty gassed. G-Sot has the muay thai clinch and throws some knees and pushes Lauzon away. G-Sot takes Lauzon down and is in side control but moves to north/south. G-Sot goes for a kimura and transitions to an armbar but again Lauzon defends but this time G-Sot stays on top. G-Sot is back on top in north/south position. Sotiropoulos gets a kimura and Lauzon has to tap.
Result: George Sotiropoulos def. Joe Lauzon via Submission (Kimura) at 2:43
Light Heavyweight bout – Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch
They both come out and just feel each other out a little bit. Nothing too big lands for either men early on. Boetsch catches a kick from Davis and tries kicking his leg out from under him but Davis keeps his balance. Boetsch lands a good shot that looks to hurt Davis a little but he shakes it off. Davis throwing a good amount of kicks and and then rushes in and gets a takedown. Davis is in half-guard and goes for an arm triangle choke but Boetsch defends. Davis is landing good punches from the top to the body and head. Davis starts landing some elbows and postures up and lands some good punches. Boetsch transitions Davis to guard. Davis moves right back to half-guard and throws some good punches. Boetsch scrambles and stands up. Boetsch looks tired as they are clinched up against the fence as the round ends. Round 1 goes to Davis easily. He got the takedown and controlled Boetsch from the top easily.
Davis goes for a head kick but it’s blocked. Davis clinches with Boetsch and has double underhooks. Davis takes Boetsch’s back standing but moves right back to the front clinch against the fence. The crowd starts to boo a little bit. Davis is trying for a takedown really hard and gets it but almost gets caught in a guillotine. Davis defends and goes for a kimura on Boetsch but lets it go. Davis is on top in side control and gets an inverted kimura on Boetsch and Boetsch has to tap.
Result: Phil Davis def. Tim Boetsch via Submission (Inverted Kimura) at 2:55
Middleweight bout – Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
Harris throws a very wild left hand but misses. They spend most of the first two minutes just circling really and the crowd starts to boo. Falcao goes for a hard body kick but doesn’t really do much. Neither man is really doing anything at all. Falcao rushes in with lightning quick punches and then clinches and lands a good knee to the body and takes Harris down and lands some good punches from the top. Falcao is in Harris’ half-guard and is throwing punches. Harris turns around and gives his back up but turns back around and is in the sprawl. Falcao transitions back to Harris’ back as they stand and Harris falls backwards slamming Falcao but Falcao keeps the position and gets a deep rear naked choke in on Harris. The horn sounds but Falcao keeps the choke in for a good 3 seconds more as the referee pries Falcao off him. Falcao definitely wins this round easily almost finishing it at the end.
They start going toe to toe and Falcao gets the better of it and gets Harris back on the ground and takes Harris’ back again and is going for another rear naked choke. Falcao lets it go and goes for punches. Harris turns around and they stand up and clinch. They separate and then Harris goes for a takedown up against the fence. They clinch and Harris picks Falcao up and slams him but Falcao gets right back up. Harris goes for a takedown but Falcao sprawls and is just laying there on top of him. Falcao throws a punch or two to Harris’ head. Harris looks very tired. Falcao throws some more punches and elbows to Harris’ head as they stand up and separate. Harris throws a wild left punch that misses as the round ends. Falcao wins this round as well. Total domination really by Falcao. Harris will need to finish this to win.
They circle each other for the first couple minutes like they did in round 1. Nothing happening really at all for either fighter. Harris should be working hard this round for a finish but he isn’t doing much at all. Falcao is just laying back thinking he won the first two rounds and isn’t trying to jeopardize the win. Harris starts throwing some wild punches but missing completely. Harris starts trying to push the pace but nothing is really landing at all. Harris goes for a takedown but Falcao sprawls and defends nicely. Falcao throws a half hearted head kick at around 30 seconds left that misses in what could be his first strike thrown in the whole round. With seconds left Falcao starts to get fired up and tells Harris to bring it on. They throw wild punches that miss as the round ends. The crowd is booing heavily. Falcao probably lost this round for doing nothing at all. Falcao should win a decision though.
Result: Maiquel Falcao def. Gerald Harris via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight bout – Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn
BJ comes out swinging. Hughes throws a kick and Penn catches it and pushes Hughes away. Penn catches Hughes with a right punch and drops Hughes and gets on top and throws punch after punch and Hughes goes limp. Penn knocks out Hughes so quick.
Result: BJ Penn def. Matt Hughes via Knockout (punches) at 0:21.
Light Heavyweight bout – Rampage Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida
The crowd is definitely more behind Rampage for this fight. Machida being elusive circling like he usually does with Rampage tryna stalk him. Machida lands an inside leg kick. Machida lands another leg kick and a third. Machida misses the fourth and Rampage tries rushing but Machida gets away. Rampage rushes in again but cant land anything. Rampage rushes in once more and clinches with Machida up against the fence. Rampage is throwing some knees to the thighs of Machida and punches to the body. Rampage separates and lands a little uppercut. Machida goes for a kick and a punch but Rampage clinches again up against the fence. Machida switches and pushes Rampage against the fence. They separate and Machida is circling again. Rampage tries cutting off the cage but Machida backs away. Rampage checks an inside leg kick and rushes forward with punches. The round ends with Machida about to clinch Rampage. I have Rampage winning this round for being in the more dominant position for more of the round and pushing the action more.
They come out and start round 2 like round 1 started. Machida tried for a jumping knee but doesn’t land flush. Rampage rushes and clinches with Machida against the fence. He is throwing some knees to the thigh. Machida switches and pushes Rampage against the fence. Machida says Rampage kneed him in the groin so referee calls time. After a couple seconds they return to action. Rampage jumps forward and clinches with Machida again but Machida pushes Rampage against the fence. Rampage takes Machida down but Machida immediately tries getting up and is sitting up against the fence. They stand up and clinch and Machida switches and pushes Rampage against the fence. They separate and Rampage throws a punch on the way out. They rush at each other at the same time and clinch with Machida holding Rampage against the fence. Rampage switches with Machida and throws punches to the body. Machida goes for a head kick but Rampage blocks it. Machida rushes in and Rampage lands a good uppercut. Machida lands a good leg kick. Machida clinches with Rampage and pushes him up against the fence. Machida goes for a trip but Rampage defends nicely. Rampage lands some knees to the thigh and then they separate. Rampage trips and gets back up and Machida goes for a head kick that is blocked as the round ends. Machida takes this very close round. Rampage got the takedown but did nothing with it and when clinched Machida had Rampage against the fence. I have it tied 1-1.
Rampage comes out and throws a leg kick of his own but misses. Rampage rushes with punches on Machida but Machida is elusive and avoids them. Rampage lands a leg kick. Rampage tries throwing a couple punches but Machida backs away. Machida explodes and lands some punches that look to rock Rampage as Rampage backs away. Machida rushes in with punches and a head kick. Rampage is backed up against the fence and Machida is unloading. Rampage explodes back with some punches and Machida takes Rampage down and is in half-guard. Machida is trying to pass but Rampage is defending. Machida is going for a kimura on Rampage’s left arm. The crowd is booing because of inactivity. Machida passes to side control and then to mount. Machida is trying to throw some short elbows on Rampage. Machida postures up and goes for an armbar. Rampage stands and lifts Machida up to slam but Machida lets go and stands up while in mid-air. Machida clinches with Rampage against the fence and is throwing knees to the thigh of Rampage then drags Rampage to the ground. Rampage scrambles into Machida’s guard and Machida works the rubber guard as the round ends. Machida definitely wins round 3. Good round, very exciting. I have Machida winning a decision.
Result: Rampage Jackson def. Lyoto Machida via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Other preliminary bout results are:
Lightweight bout – Nik Lentz def. Tyson Griffin via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Lightweight bout – Paul Kelly def. T.J. O’Brien via TKO (elbows) at 3:16 of Round 2
Lightweight bout – Edinson Barboza def. Mike Lullo via TKO (leg kicks) at 0:26 of Round 3.
Welterweight bout – Dennis Hallman def. Karo Parisyan via TKO (punches) at 1:47 of Round 1
I’m honestly very surprised with Tyson Griffin. He used to be one of the top elite fighters in the UFC Lightweight division. This is 3 losses in a row for him (Evan Dunham, Takanori Gomi, and Nik Lentz). I don’t know what the UFC should do with him. He still is a good fighter and has been in some very exciting fights but 3 losses in a row usually means you’re on your way out of the UFC. Hallman came through and spoiled Parisyan’s UFC return. I was never really a fan of Parisyan, especially after the way he acted on The Ultimate Fighter season 5. I’m kind of happy Hallman beat him as quickly and in the way he did.
The Munoz/Simpson fight was a great start to the televised card. Munoz and Simpson looked very impressive. They went for it and you always have to respect that. It was a very close fight and it could have gone either way. The Brown/Foster fight was pretty good as well. Foster looked very impressive in his win. They showed Hallman/Parisyan after this fight. The fight could have been stopped a little prematurely, but Hallman probably would have just kept doing what he was doing. Hallman looked good against a game opponent in Parisyan.
In the first round of the Sotiropoulos/Lauzon fight was pretty good. I was impressed with Lauzon’s striking and takedown defense. Sotiropoulos definitely dominated round 2 though. Very impressed with Sotiropoulos and he should definitely get top competition for his next fight. I could see Sotiropoulos on the Australian Card early next year and it possibly being for the number one contender for the Lightweight Title. Phil Davis, a Harrisburg, PA native, was very impressive against Boetsch. His submission that he finished Boetsch with was a very unique kimura. Davis is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the Lightweight division. I would like to see him face the loser of Jones/Bader.
I was very impressed by Falcao with the last 2 minutes of Round 1 and Round 2. Everything else in this fight was horrible. The 3rd round reminded me of the last time UFC was in the Detroit area when Dan Severn circled Ken Shamrock for a good 30 minutes without barely touching each other. Falcao’s hand speed is very impressive and takedown defense is also very good. Harris looked horrible and just didn’t come to fight. I was more unimpressed with this fight then impressed though and would like to see Falcao fight someone who will push the action a lot more then Harris did.
Oh….my…..god. Penn crushed Matt Hughes. I am in shock about the ending of that fight. Penn looked completely amazing. I’m so excited and disappointed at the same time because of how quick it ended. I figured Penn would win but wow. Hughes just looked completely overwhelmed. I can’t wait to see what the UFC does with Penn from here. Wow…..I love Rampage but I don’t know if he won that fight. Rampage won the first round in my opinion and even though Rampage got a takedown in round 2, Machida was in better positions and controlled Rampage most of the round. Hands down round 3 was Machida’s. I’m pretty shocked Rampage won the decision. Rampage said they should do an immediate rematch and Machida wants it so it probably will happen.
Overall I think this event was pretty good. Besides most of the Harris/Falcao fight, every bout was good. The next UFC event is going to be on December 4th, and it will be The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. One week later it will be UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre will look to defend his title against the very unpopular Josh Koscheck as the last UFC event of the year. It should be a great way to end the UFC year.