Main Bout (on Fox)(play by play)
The main card of UFC on Fox was as exciting as a fan could hope for. Every fighter came carrying their A game. In the end it was a good night for one light heavyweight in particular.
At the end of the broadcast Dana White announced that Lyoto Machida would face the winner of Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones.
-Mauricio Rua (20-6) vs. Brandon Vera (12-5)
Herb Dean at the helm as referee. Touch of gloves and we’re off. Vera landing kicks. Shogun takes him down and is in half guard. Rua works to pass to half guard. He gets it. Vera sweeps out and they exchange furiously. Vera has Shogun in a guillotine choke. It’s tight and Rua is in trouble. Shogun gets out and he is punching from the guard. Shogun trying to pass Vera’s half guard. Rua in side control and he quickly gets Vera’s back. Shogun trying to pummel Brandon, but Vera controls his arms. The round ends with Shogun on Vera’s back. BJPenn.com scores the round 10-9 for Rua.
Power shots from both fighters. Vera in big trouble from a nasty hook. Vera lands a nice elbow. He still looks hurt as they circle. Vera on the attack. Shogun looks gassed already and Vera is looking to control the pace. They exchange and Vera is hurt again. Lots of knees, but Vera blocks most of them. They hit the ground and Shogun has his back again. Vera stands up and Shogun is relentless. Rua is gasseed and Vera has the heart of a lion. Vera lands a big right hand. Vera presses Shogun up against the cage. What an incredible round. California crowd chanting Vera. Vera takes Rua down. Vera wasting time. Vera in half guard, but he misses his chance to mount Rua. Vera finishes the round with elbows. BJPenn.com scores the extremely close round 10-9 for Rua.
Vera the aggressor. Shogun presses him against the cage and works for the takedown. Brandon defending the takedow and stumbles after an attempted knee. Shogun stalking. Brandon teeing off at times. Rua hugging Vera and lands a knee. Vera is on his knees and Rua is looking for an anaconda choke. Rua working, but looks exhausted. Vera is up and unloads on Rua. Vera firing at will. Shogun in trouble and Rua gets the takedown. Rua is trying to pass Vera’s guard and he does. Rua is in mount almost, but Vera holds. Shogun dropping bombs and controlling the positions. Shogun is in half guard with 10 seconds left. BJPenn.com scores the round 10-9 for Vera.
Rua stalking. Both fighters tired. Shogun going for the takedown. Rua gets the clinch and he lands two knees. Vera looks beat up. Vera with the clinch and Rua wants to take this fight to the ground. Vera with a sweep attempt and a knee. Vera chasing Rua and lands an elbow. Big uppercut by Rua. Shogun pressing Vera on the cage again. Wrist control by Brandon negates some offense. They separate. Vera pushing the pace. They exchange and Rua drops Vera with a big right hand. Vera grabbed his mouthpiece and ate another one for the mistake. Herb Dean stops the fight as Rua continues raining punches.
Winner: Mauricio Rua via TKO in Round 4 at 4:09
Notes: Brian Stann’s striped shirt is messing with my TV. Randy Couture looks like he had work done on his nose. No typical shots of Dana White ringside at the event yet. Joe Rogan’s head is about as shiny as it gets.
-Lyoto Machida (17-3) vs. Ryan Bader (14-2)
Big John as referee. Machida in his karate stance. Lots of hand tapping. Machida kicking and dropping his hands looking confident. Bader gets inside, but nothing happens. Bader with leg kikcs. Machida with a nasty left body kick. Not a whole lot of action here. Machida doesn’t look like he respects Bader’s stand up at all. Lyoto almost taunting Bader. Ryan rushes in an Lyoto is in counter punch mode. Bader hooks him in to a clinch. Lots of pawing and not a whole lot of striking. Machida taunting Bader as the round ends. Barely anything happened, but BJPenn.com scores the round 10-9 Machida.
Machida is taunting Ryan. The fighters are both tentative to engage. Out of nowhere Lyoto knocks out Bader who was rushing in. Very vicious knockout and an impressive victory for Machida.
Winner: Lyoto Machida via KO in Round 2 at 1:32
-Joe Lauzon (21-7) vs. Jamie Varner (20-6)
They announce Varner as a former WEC champion. Interesting there. Touch gloves and they are off. Lauzon stalking. Varner mixing it up. Huge body shot by Varner. Varner rocks Joe hard, but he recovers. Lauzon lands a knee and Varner retreats. Varner coming at Joe hard. Lauzon walking through shots and goes for a takedown. Varner slowing down and looks like he is losing steam. Varner looks hurt, but Varner clips Joe and drops him. Varner in Lauzon’s guard and looking for a submission. BJPenn.com scores a very close round 10-9 for Varner.
Center of the Octagon. Varner with good combinations. Joe defends. Varner lifts Joe off the ground with a leg kick. Big exchanges and Varner smiles. Varner goes for a submission, but Lauzon gets his back. Varner stands and escapes. They are throwing wildly and Lauzon takes him down. Lauzon gets side control and Jamie scrambles up somehow. Lauzon holding on against the cage and takes him down. Joe gets his back and goes for a rear naked choke. Joe slips in to full mount. Lauzon going for an arm triangle and then takes Varner’s back. Round ends with Varner in Lauzon’s guard dropping bombs. BJPenn.com scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon.
They hug in the center of the cage. Varner doesn’t have his mouthpiece and they stop the fight to put it in. Lauzon shoots and pushes Varner to the cage. Varner takes Lauzon down and is in half guard. Joe sweeps and they are on their feet. Trading combinations and Jamie lands some nice elbows. Varner takes Joe down and he reverses. Lauzon locks in a triangle. Varner taps out and it’s over.
Winner: Joe Lauzon via Triangle Choke in Round 3 at 2:44
-Mike Swick (14-4) vs. DaMarques Johnson (15-10)
Swick gets knucks from Buffer. Herb Dean officiating. Swick comes out aggressive. Johnson looks relaxed and eats a punch that rocks him. Swick lands a hard right. In a scramble they hit the ground with Johnson on top in Swick’s full guard. Swick up and fires away. Johnson rocked but swings for the fences. Johnson was hurt, but takes Swick down with a trip. Johnson gets full mount and Swick is fighting to roll out. Swick is eating shots and fighting to get out of mount. Swick gets half guard and gets caught in a Darce choke. Swick out of the choke and gets full guard again. Johnson landing short punches and elbows. BJPenn.com scores the round 10-9 for Johnson.
Johnson is smiling as they hit the center of the Octagon. Johnson elusive and Swick misses some shots. Mike lands a big hook. Swick catches a leg and knocks Johnson out cold with a big right followed by a few more punches. The ref steps in.
Winner: Mike Swick via KO in Round 2 at 1:20
Preliminary Bout (on Fuel TV):
– Nam Phan def. Cole Miller by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado ruled a no decision after accidental eye poke in R1
– Rani Yahya def. Josh Grispi by submission (north-south choke) at 3:15, R1
– Phil De Fries def. Oli Thompson by submission (face crank) at 4:16, R2
– Manny Gamburyan def. Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– John Moraga def. Ulysses Gomez by KO at 3:46, R1