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UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir Preliminary Card Results & Recap | Hardy & Varner Impress | UFC NEWS


The biggest card in UFC history is upon us and the preliminary card has concluded.

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir is set to go down from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the main event newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will attempt to make his first successful title defense against two-time former champ Frank Mir.

Your full preliminary card results and recap are as follows:

Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda:
The first fight of the night opened up with fireworks. After the two featherweights spent the first minute circling around, they then started to both explode with strikers. Getting the better of the exchanges was Pineda who used a nice mix of kicks, knees and punches to stagger the former champion but Brown maintained and drove his opponent clear across the cage with a double leg shot to earn the takedown. He was unable to do anything from the top position and Pineda quickly reversed to take the top. They scrambled briefly and returned to their feet with two minutes left in the round. With 45 seconds left Pineda shot in for a takedown of his own, but Brown used his superior strength to reverse the clinch position and earn a takedown of his own where he ended the round in top position.

The second round opened up with fireworks and the two exchanged heavy shots. 15-seconds in and Pineda shot in for the takedown, got it but left his neck in the grasp of Brown. It was a stalemate but Brown gave up the position and Pineda earned top position. It was momentary at best because Brown quickly reversed. Pineda worked a sweep ended up on top and the two went back to their feet. Another violent exchange against the cage was won by Brown who looked like he had Pineda in trouble but Pineda survived. This is a hell of a fight, with one-minute left in the round they scramble and Brown is able to take advantage of a Pineda slip and get on top. They battled it out on the ground until the bell sounded.

The third round opened with a slower pace than the first two but Brown’s corner calls for a double jab and Brown listens. He backs him up while driving forward with punches, gets Pineda against the cage and lands a brutal knee to the body that drops Pineda. Brown follows him to the matt where he jumps into half guard while landing punches. With three minutes left Brown passes the guard of his opponent, but Pineda’s active hips quickly regained the position for him. Brown rides out the top position for most of the round but with 1.5 minutes left in the round Pineda is able to secure the back position on Brown, locks in a body triangle and puts the former champ in trouble. It was a nice come from behind position for Pineda but the bell sounded and the judges gave the nod to the former champ.

Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira:
Glover came out throwing really hard punches and Kingsbury really looks out of sorts from the sound of the opening bell. 45-seconds in and he drops Kingsbury. Glover followed him to the ground and quickly worked to the mount position and unladed punches. After abusing Kyle with punches Glover grabs a neck, goes for an arm triangle and lands it to force the tap in under two-minutes. Dominant performance.

Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury via submission (arm triangle) – Round 1, 1:53

Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann:
This fight opened up quick, the two grappling specialists clinch early but it’s Sass who forces the issue and pulls guard to get the right where he wants it. He ties up Volkmann briefly but Jacob postured up and entered guard than proceeded to walk Sass into the fence. Volkmann makes a vital error and leaves his arm out; Sass secures the triangle and forces Volkmann to tap early.

Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann via submission (triangle armbar) – Round 1, 1:54

Dan Hardy vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig:
In the first FX bout Dan Hardy and Duane Ludwig took to the center of the cage for the pre-fight feel out process. About a minute into the fight an exchange wobbles Hardy, he ent in for the takedown but Ludwig stuffed it and they clinched against the cage. After near a minute into the clinch the two separate and it was Hardy moving forward with punches. Midway through the first and the two continue to exchange punches. Two minutes left and Dan goes in for another takedown but cannot secure it. With one minute left Hardy lands a vicious left hook that drops Ludwig, he follows him to the mat and ground and pounds his way to a KO stoppage.

Dan Hardy def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:51

C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller:
Mayhem opened up this bout with some clever flashy footwork. He quickly zeroed in on C.B. landed a solid hook that staggered his opponent; CB went in for a takedown out of desperation and got caught in a Mayhem guillotine. CB escapes and after a brief scramble the two resume on the feet. CB lands a solid punch and dropped Miller to the mat. Miller scrambles around but CB jumps on top of him. They scramble and CB has his back (without hooks). CB relentless with his grappling to keep Jason on the ground, but he is unable to mount much offense outside of positional dominance. Jason looked good in the opening, but lost the round. Jason worked his way up right before the bell sounded.

By the opening of the second a well wrapped knee is visibly causing Mayhem to limp. It’s an obvious injury that is bothering the former Reality star. Miller gets aggressive with the strikes, staggers his opponent again and chases him down but CB gets it where he wants, clinches the forward moving Jason and worked on keeping him down on the mat with three-minutes to go in the round. Jason works his way back up but can’t break the clinch of Dollaway. With two-minutes left CB is able to get Mayhem back down to the floor and Mayhem looks frustrated but CB is not relenting. The round ends with Dollaway on top and the crowd booed.

The third opens up and the two strike briefly but CB goes for what’s been working and takes Jason down 40-seconds into the final frame of action. Midway through the final and CB keeps him on the ground and is grinding out the win. With two minutes left CB lands in a fill back mount and Jason does nothing, he is stuck, CB landing punches from the position and Jason just lays there. Jason roles over and CB keeps the mount briefly before transitioning to side control. The round ends and CB raises his hand as the crowd boo’s.

C.B. Dollaway def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)

Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner:
Barboza opens up with some really strong and repeated leg kicks. Varner takes them like a man than catches the leg and drives forward for a takedown and lands it. The returning Varner lands in half guard and works short shots to the face of the Brazilian but gets overly aggressive and gives Barboza enough space to get back to his feet. Midway through Varner fires off a solid right that briefly staggers Edson and he is doing great on the feet so far, but those leg kicks ate still landing. Varner pushes forward at the two minute mark with punches and is landing hard, picked him and slams him but Barboza works his way up fast. Barboza still hurt takes multiple shots on the chin, gets dropped and Varner jumps on top and puts him away.

Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:23

Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins:
This featherweight bout opens up as a grappling match. Elkins relentless with takedown attempts but Diego able to transition to top position once the fight hits the ground. Brandao than signals the fight back to its feet. A solid flying knee lands from Brandao that drops Elkins at the 3:00 minute mark but Elkins OK. Brandao again gives up top position to get the fight back to the feet. A right hook lands at the hands of Brandao that staggers Elkins again, he lands a few more and jumps on top of a fallen Elkins. It’s a dominate performance from Brandao who with one-minute left is raining down punches from his opponents guard. The round ended shortly after.

In the second the two took near a full minute to engage but that stalemate halted with a Brandao knee to the body of Elkins. The pace greatly slowed in this round, but Diego picked his shots nicely including a nice step-in elbow that hit its mark. Two minutes in and Diego threw a high kick, slipped and fell to his back where Elkins jumped on top to take advantage of the error. Elkins stays on top and with a minute left in the round lands in the mount and lands some nice punches from top. Thirty seconds later Diego shrimps out but Elkins remains on top to close out the round.

In the third Brandao opens up with a little more aggressiveness but not much. Elkins drops under a forward moving Brandao and lands a takedown just thirty seconds into the round. With three minutes left Brandao is stuck on his back still and Elkins transitions back to full mount. Brandao able to regain half guard but he is stuck and looks to be on his way to a loss with just two minutes left in the fight. With a minute left Diego is exhausted but he is able to work back to his feet, get a takedown of his own and tries to steal the round from top position. He lands some big punches but gets tied up by Elkins who is using a high guard to control the posture of the Brazilian and the final bell sounds.

Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


PRELIMINARY CARD:
(FX)
Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:23
C.B. Dollaway def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
Dan Hardy def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:51

PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann via submission (triangle armbar) – Round 1, 1:54
Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury via submission (arm triangle) – Round 1, 1:53
Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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