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[center]Taken from the idea of the famed G-1 Climax tournament comes WMMA Climax. A round-robin tournament featuring 16 of the top fights in the five major MMA weight classes (Lightweight-Heavyweight). The list of participants are as follows in random drawn format: [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Fedor Emelianenko Josh Barnett Tim Sylvia Gabriel Gonzaga Mirko Filipovic Ben Rothwell Brock Lesnar Cain Velasquez [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Randy Couture Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Andrei Arlovski Fabricio Werdum Frank Mir Roger Gracie Heath Herring Alistar Overeem [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Forrest Griffin Chuck Liddell Lyoto Machida Tito Ortiz Keith Jardine Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Renato Sorbral Antonio Rogerio Nogueira [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Mauricio Rua Quinton Jackson Wanderlei Silva Rashad Evans Matt Hamill Brandon Vera Brian Stann Rafeal Calvalcante [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Anderson Silva Matt Lindland Frank Trigg Cung Le Dan Henderson Rich Franklin Yushin Okami Kazushi Sakuraba [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Paulo Filho Robbie Lawler Yoshihiro Akiyama Kazuo Misaki Thales Leites Nate Marquardt Michael Bisping Ronaldo Souza [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] Georges St. Pierre Karo Parisyan Diego Sanchez Jake Shields Hayato Sakurai Anthony Johnson Nick Diaz Mike Swick [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] Jon Fitch Thiago Alves Matt Hughes Josh Koscheck Matt Serra Carlos Condit Nick Thompson Mike Pyle [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] BJ Penn Joachim Hansen Tatsuya Kawajiri Josh Thompson Gilbert Melendez Tyson Griffin Roger Huerta Mitsuhiro Ishida [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] Takanori Gomi Gesias Calvancante Shinya Aoki Eddie Alvarez Kenny Florian Sean Sherk Ryan Schultz Joe Stevenson [B]Victory - 2pts. Draw - 1pt. Loss - 0pt.[/B] [B]Rules:[/B] [B]Cage[/B] [B]Automatic Draw[/B] [B]All Fights Are 5x5 Minutes/Round[/B] [B]Strikes to a Downed Opponent Are:[/B] Legal [B]Kicks to the Head of a Downed Opponent on His Back Are:[/B] Illegal [B]Kicks to the Head of a Downed Opponent on His Stomach Are:[/B] Illegal [B]Knees to the Head of a Downed Opponent on His Back Are:[/B] Illegal [B]Knees to the Head of a Downed Opponent on His Stomach Are:[/B] Illegal [B]Stomps to a Downed Opponent on His Back Are:[/B] Illegal [B]Stomps to a Downed Opponent on His Stomach Are:[/B] Illegal [B]Spiking to an Opponent Is:[/B] Illegal [B]Elbows to the Head or Face of an Opponent Are:[/B] Legal [I]For the purpose of this diary some retiring will not be a factor as I will do what is nessecary to complete the fights. Even if it means starting a new game.[/I][/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Andrei Arlovski vs. Heath Herring [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Ben Rothwell vs. Mirko Filipovic [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Frank Mir vs. Alistar Overeem [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Tim Sylvia vs. Cain Velasquez [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brock Lesnar [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Fabricio Werdum vs. Roger Gracie [B]WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Mauricio Rua vs. Quinton Jackson [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Forrest Griffin vs. Lyoto Machida [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Chuck Liddell vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Wanderlei Silva vs. Rashad Evans [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Tito Ortiz vs. Renato Sorbral [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Brandon Vera vs. Rafeal Calvalcante [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Keith Jardine vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Matt Hamill vs. Brian Stann [B]WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Anderson Silva vs. Matt Lindland [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Paulo Filho vs. Robbie Lawler [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kazuo Misaki [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Cung Le vs. Kazushi Sakuraba [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Frank Trigg vs. Dan Henderson [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Thales Leites vs. Ronaldo Souza [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Nate Marquardt vs. Michael Bisping [B]WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] Jon Fitch vs. Carlos Condit [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] Thiago Alves vs. Matt Serra [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] Karo Parisyan vs. Nick Diaz [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] Diego Sanchez vs. Hayato Sakurai [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Swick [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] Matt Hughes vs. Nick Thompson [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pyle [B]WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] Takanori Gomi vs. Eddie Alvarez [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] BJ Penn vs. Gilbert Melendez [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] Sean Sherk vs. Joe Stevenson [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] Josh Thompson vs. Roger Huerta [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] Tyson Griffin vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] Shinya Aoki vs. Kenny Florian [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] Gesias Calvancante vs. Ryan Schultz[/center]
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WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One Heavyweight Block A: [B]Fedor Emelianenko[/B] vs. Josh Barnett Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs.[B] Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Andrei Arlovski[/B] vs. Heath Herring Heavyweight Block A: Ben Rothwell vs. [B]Mirko Filipovic[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Frank Mir[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia vs. [B]Cain Velasquez[/B] Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. [B]Brock Lesnar[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. [B]Roger Gracie[/B] WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Mauricio Rua [/B]vs. Quinton Jackson Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin vs.[B] Lyoto Machida[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Chuck Liddell[/B] vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Wanderlei Silva[/B] vs. Rashad Evans Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz vs. [B]Renato Sorbral[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Brandon Vera[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. [B]Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Matt Hamill[/B] vs. Brian Stann WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One Middleweight Block A: [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Matt Lindland Middleweight Block B: [B]Paulo Filho [/B]vs. Robbie Lawler Middleweight Block B: [B]Yoshihiro Akiyama[/B] vs. Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block A: [B]Cung Le[/B] vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Middleweight Block A: Frank Trigg vs. [B]Dan Henderson[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Rich Franklin [/B]vs. Yushin Okami Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. [B]Ronaldo Souza[/B] Middleweight Block B: Nate Marquardt vs. [B]Michael Bisping[/B] WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One Welterweight Block A: [B]Georges St. Pierre[/B] vs. Jake Shields Welterweight Block B: Jon Fitch vs.[B] Carlos Condit[/B] Welterweight Block B: [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block A: [B]Karo Parisyan[/B] vs. Nick Diaz Welterweight Block A: [B]Diego Sanchez [/B]vs. Hayato Sakurai Welterweight Block A: Anthony Johnson vs. [B]Mike Swick[/B] Welterweight Block B: [B]Matt Hughes[/B] vs. Nick Thompson Welterweight Block B: [B]Josh Koscheck [/B]vs. Mike Pyle WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One Lightweight Block B: [B]Takanori Gomi [/B]vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight Block A: [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Gilbert Melendez Lightweight Block A: [B]Joachim Hansen[/B] vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Lightweight Block B: Sean Sherk vs. [B]Joe Stevenson[/B] Lightweight Block A: Josh Thompson vs.[B] Roger Huerta[/B] Lightweight Block A: [B]Tyson Griffin[/B] vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Lightweight Block B: [B]Shinya Aoki[/B] vs. Kenny Florian Lightweight Block B: [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz
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WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One Heavyweight Block A: [B]Fedor Emelianenko[/B] vs. Josh Barnett Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. [B]Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Andrei Arlovski [/B]vs. Heath Herring Heavyweight Block A: Ben Rothwell vs. [B]Mirko Filipovic[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Frank Mir[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem Heavyweight Block A: [B]Tim Sylvia[/B] vs. Cain Velasquez Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. [B]Brock Lesnar[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. [B]Roger Gracie[/B] WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Mauricio Rua[/B] vs. Quinton Jackson Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin vs. [B]Lyoto Machida[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Chuck Liddell[/B] vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Wanderlei Silva [/B]vs. Rashad Evans Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Tito Ortiz[/B] vs. Renato Sorbral Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Brandon Vera[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. [B]Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Matt Hamill[/B] vs. Brian Stann WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One Middleweight Block A: [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Matt Lindland Middleweight Block B: [B]Paulo Filho[/B] vs. Robbie Lawler Middleweight Block B: [B]Yoshihiro Akiyama[/B] vs. Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block A: Cung Le vs. [B]Kazushi Sakuraba[/B] Middleweight Block A: Frank Trigg vs. [B]Dan Henderson[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Rich Franklin [/B]vs. Yushin Okami Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. [B]Ronaldo Souza[/B] Middleweight Block B: [B]Nate Marquardt[/B] vs. Michael Bisping WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One Welterweight Block A: [B]Georges St. Pierre [/B]vs. Jake Shields Welterweight Block B: [B]Jon Fitch[/B] vs. Carlos Condit Welterweight Block B: [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. [B]Nick Diaz[/B] Welterweight Block A: [B]Diego Sanchez[/B] vs. Hayato Sakurai Welterweight Block A: [B]Anthony Johnson[/B] vs. Mike Swick Welterweight Block B: [B]Matt Hughes[/B] vs. Nick Thompson Welterweight Block B: [B]Josh Koscheck[/B] vs. Mike Pyle WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One Lightweight Block B: [B]Takanori Gomi[/B] vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight Block A: [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Gilbert Melendez Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. [B]Tatsuya Kawajiri[/B] Lightweight Block B: [B]Sean Sherk[/B] vs. Joe Stevenson Lightweight Block A: [B]Josh Thompson[/B] vs. Roger Huerta Lightweight Block A: Tyson Griffin vs. [B]Mitsuhiro Ishida[/B] Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki vs. [B]Kenny Florian[/B] Lightweight Block B: [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz
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[B]WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One[/B] Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko vs. [B]Josh Barnett[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. [B]Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Andrei Arlovski[/B] vs. Heath Herring Heavyweight Block A: [B]Ben Rothwell[/B] vs. Mirko Filipovic Heavyweight Block B: [B]Frank Mir[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia vs. [B]Cain Velasquez[/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Gabriel Gonzaga[/B] vs. Brock Lesnar Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. [B]Roger Gracie[/B] [B]WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua vs. [B]Quinton Jackson[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Forrest Griffin[/B] vs. Lyoto Machida Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Chuck Liddell[/B] vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Wanderlei Silva[/B] vs. Rashad Evans Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Tito Ortiz[/B] vs. Renato Sorbral Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Brandon Vera[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. [B]Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: Matt Hamill vs. [B]Brian Stann[/B] [B]WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Matt Lindland Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. [B]Robbie Lawler[/B] Middleweight Block B: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. [B]Kazuo Misaki[/B] Middleweight Block A: Cung Le vs. [B]Kazushi Sakuraba[/B] Middleweight Block A: Frank Trigg vs. [B]Dan Henderson[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Rich Franklin[/B] vs. Yushin Okami Middleweight Block B: [B]Thales Leites[/B] vs. Ronaldo Souza Middleweight Block B: [B]Nate Marquardt[/B] vs. Michael Bisping [B]WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One[/B] Welterweight Block A: [B]Georges St. Pierre[/B] vs. Jake Shields Welterweight Block B: [B]Jon Fitch[/B] vs. Carlos Condit Welterweight Block B: [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. [B]Nick Diaz[/B] Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. [B]Hayato Sakurai[/B] Welterweight Block A: Anthony Johnson vs. [B]Mike Swick[/B] Welterweight Block B: [B]Matt Hughes [/B]vs. Nick Thompson Welterweight Block B: [B]Josh Koscheck[/B] vs. Mike Pyle [B]WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One[/B] Lightweight Block B: [B]Takanori Gomi [/B]vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight Block A: [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Gilbert Melendez Lightweight Block A: [B]Joachim Hansen[/B] vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Lightweight Block B: [B]Sean Sherk[/B] vs. Joe Stevenson Lightweight Block A: [B]Josh Thompson[/B] vs. Roger Huerta Lightweight Block A: [B]Tyson Griffin[/B] vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Lightweight Block B: [B]Shinya Aoki [/B]vs. Kenny Florian Lightweight Block B: [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz note: You spelled Josh Thomson's name wrong... thought I'd let you know, being that you asked me to spell Jacare's name out last night to avoid mistakes. :cool:
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[B]WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] [B]Fedor Emelianenko[/B] vs. Josh Barnett [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Randy Couture[/B] vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Andrei Arlovski[/B] vs. Heath Herring [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Ben Rothwell vs. [B]Mirko Filipovic[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Frank Mir[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Tim Sylvia vs. [B]Cain Velasquez[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Gabriel Gonzaga vs. [B]Brock Lesnar[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Fabricio Werdum[/B] vs. Roger Gracie [B]WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] Mauricio Rua vs. [B]Quinton Jackson[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Forrest Griffin vs. [B]Lyoto Machida[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] [B]Chuck Liddell[/B] vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Wanderlei Silva[/B] vs. Rashad Evans [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B] Tito Ortiz vs. [B]Renato Sorbral[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Brandon Vera[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante [B]Light Heavyweight Block A:[/B][B] Keith Jardine[/B] vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira [B]Light Heavyweight Block B:[/B] [B]Matt Hamill[/B] vs. Brian Stann [B]WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Matt Lindland [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Paulo Filho vs. [B]Robbie Lawler[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] [B]Yoshihiro Akiyama[/B] vs. Kazuo Misaki [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] [B]Cung Le[/B] vs. Kazushi Sakuraba [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Frank Trigg vs. [B]Dan Henderson[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A:[/B] Rich Franklin vs. [B]Yushin Okami[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] [B]Thales Leites[/B] vs. Ronaldo Souza [B]Middleweight Block B:[/B] Nate Marquardt vs.[B] Michael Bisping[/B] [B]WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] [B]Georges St. Pierre[/B] vs. Jake Shields [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] [B]Jon Fitch[/B] vs. Carlos Condit [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Matt Serra [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] [B]Karo Parisyan[/B] vs. Nick Diaz [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] [B]Diego Sanchez[/B] vs. Hayato Sakurai [B]Welterweight Block A:[/B] Anthony Johnson vs. [B]Mike Swick[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] [B]Matt Hughes[/B] vs. Nick Thompson [B]Welterweight Block B:[/B] [B]Josh Koscheck [/B]vs. Mike Pyle [B]WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] [B]Takanori Gomi[/B] vs. Eddie Alvarez [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Gilbert Melendez [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] Joachim Hansen vs. [B]Tatsuya Kawajiri[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] Sean Sherk vs. [B]Joe Stevenson[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] Josh Thompson vs. [B]Roger Huerta[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A:[/B] Tyson Griffin vs. [B]Mitsuhiro Ishida[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] [B]Shinya Aoki[/B] vs. Kenny Florian [B]Lightweight Block B:[/B] [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz
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WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture Heavyweight Block B: Andrei Arlovski Heavyweight Block A: Ben Rothwell Heavyweight Block B: Frank Mir Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell Light Heavyweight Block B: Wanderlei Silva Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Block B: Brandon Vera Light Heavyweight Block A: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Light Heavyweight Block B: Brian Stann WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One Middleweight Block A: Anderson Silva Middleweight Block B: Robbie Lawler Middleweight Block B: Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block A: Cung Le Middleweight Block A: Dan Henderson Middleweight Block A: Rich Franklin Middleweight Block B: Ronaldo Souza Middleweight Block B: Michael Bisping WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One Welterweight Block A: Georges St. Pierre Welterweight Block B: Jon Fitch Welterweight Block B: Thiago Alves Welterweight Block A: Nick Diaz Welterweight Block A: Hayato Sakurai Welterweight Block A: Mike Swick Welterweight Block B: Matt Hughes Welterweight Block B: Josh Koscheck WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi Lightweight Block A: BJ Penn Lightweight Block A: Tatsuya Kawajiri Lightweight Block B: Sean Sherk Lightweight Block A: Roger Huerta Lightweight Block A: Tyson Griffin Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki Lightweight Block B: Gesias Calvancante
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 1: Heavyweights Day One Presented By: Affliction[/B] [I]Las Vegas, Nevada[/I] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. Roger Gracie[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Fabricio Werdum by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Gracie is quickest out, and comes at Werdum with a series of jabs and straight punches. Werdum covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Werdum hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Gracie who takes it to the ground. Werdum pulls guard. There's a lull, as Gracie tries to pass, and Werdum defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Werdum almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Gracie, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Gracie. [B]Round 2[/B] They start the round with an exchange of strikes, all from fairly long range as they circle and try to work angles. None of the blows did any damage, either missing or being straight into the opponent's gloves. Gracie is the first to land a worthwhile blow, hitting a straight right that catches Werdum on the side of the cheek. Gracie follows up by backing him up against the cage, throws a couple of big punches, but gets pulled into a clinch without doing any serious damage. Werdum goes for a trip and almost gets it, but Gracie is able to regain his footing at the last moment. Werdum has Gracie against the cage, and hits three right hands to the side of the ribs. Gracie reaches down and picks up a leg, using that as leverage to topple Werdum, who pulls guard. Gracie starts pounding away and does some damage before Werdum grapples and pulls him down into a clinch. Werdum has both of Gracie's arms tied up, preventing much in the way of attacking action. Gracie uses some shoulder shrugs to the face, but Werdum isn't going to be too bothered by that. Gracie pulls one arm free. Werdum still has tight control of the other, and brings his legs up, trying to apply an armbar. Gracie sees it coming and blocks it easily, getting in a couple of punches for good measure. Gracie steps through the legs and forces Werdum to release the arm so that he can cover up against a series of strikes. Werdum manages to ensare one leg though, and so Gracie has to make do with being in half guard instead of getting the full mount that he wanted. Gracie hits a couple of punches, takes one back, then attempts to get side control. Werdum keeps him at bay. Time is ticking away, if Gracie is going to use this position to finish the match, it had better be done soon. Gracie pulls Werdum's left arm to one side and straightens it out, perhaps looking to turn it into an armbar. Werdum rolls over to stop the arm getting trapped. Gracie continues to work for it though. Time expires though, the round is over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Gracie. [B]Round 3[/B] Gracie starts strong, hitting a nice low kick and following in with a shot to the body. Werdum backs off, but just gets pushed up against the cage. Gracie presses the advantage and works a nice hook to the body. Werdum responds with an attempted sweep, and when that doesn't work, a punch that lands behind the ear. Gracie gets in a low kick as he backs off, and the fight returns towards the center. They come together, both throwing punches. Werdum gets a nice clean shot in, and Gracie stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Werdum is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. Official time of the TKO is 2:17 of the third.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Fabricio Werdum by TKO in the Third Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brock Lesnar[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Gabriel Gonzaga via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Lesnar is quickest out, and comes at Gonzaga with a series of jabs and straight punches. Gonzaga covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Gonzaga hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Lesnar who takes it to the ground. Gonzaga pulls guard. There's a lull, as Lesnar tries to pass, and Gonzaga defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Gonzaga almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Lesnar, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Lesnar. [B]Round 2[/B] Lesnar steps back, and Gonzaga comes after him , sensing an opening. Lesnar suddenly puts the brakes on and swings for the fences, driving a right hand to the chin. Gonzaga couldn't get out of the way in time and takes it full force. He goes down like a puppet with his strings cut, he is out cold. Lesnar goes to follow up to be sure, but the referee cuts him off, calling a halt to the match. The official time is 1:25.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Brock Lesnar by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia vs. Cain Velasquez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Tim Sylvia by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Velasquez throws a nice series of straight rights from the start, bobbing and weaving to keep Sylvia from landing anything in return. None of the punches got through though, Sylvia parried them away. Nice crisp start to the round though. The two fighters come together in the center. Velasquez leads with a left, but Sylvia easily avoids it and comes in close to throw some body shots. It all gets a bit scrappy, but it ends with Sylvia falling to the ground. Replays show that Velasquez did catch him with a jab, but it clearly did very little damage, Sylvia had already stumbled while taking a step backward. Regardless of how it happened though, Sylvia is down, and Velasquez is quick to rush in to capitalise. Sylvia covers up, but Velasquez is raining down punches from the half mount position. At least two hard shots get through. Velasquez moves up into side control, briefly looks like he is considering trying to take an arm, then goes back to teeing off on Sylvia's head with fists. Sylvia tries to wriggle free, but isn't really getting anywhere because Velasquez is lying right across his upper body. Velasquez uses his legs to ensnare Sylvia's right arm, and then starts firing off more and more punches. With only his left hand to try and block them, Sylvia is taking more punches than he is blocking. The referee is looking very closely at this, unless Sylvia does something dramatic pretty soon, I doubt this will go much longer. Velasquez stops to take a deep breath, then starts firing off another barrage. Sylvia takes at least three hard shots to the face during the attack, and that's enough for the referee, he calls an end to the match. The official time is 1:32.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Cain Velasquez by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Frank Mir vs. Alistar Overeem[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Alistar Overeem by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Mir goes for the first takedown, but Overeem has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the cage. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Overeem storms back in almost immediately and takes Mir down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Mir just had a lapse in concentration. Overeem tries to pass the guard but can't, with Mir employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Mir is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Overeem makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Mir has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Overeem on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Overeem. [B]Round 2[/B] Mir is quickest out, and comes at Overeem with a series of jabs and straight punches. Overeem covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Overeem hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Mir who takes it to the ground. Overeem pulls guard. There's a lull, as Mir tries to pass, and Overeem defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Overeem almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Mir, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Mir. [B]Round 3[/B] Mir leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Overeem deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Overeem uses a knee to the ribs before backing Mir up against the cage. Right hand from Mir connects though, that was well timed. Overeem breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Mir was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Overeem sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Mir fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Mir looks for an opening. Overeem leads with a right hand, then comes in for a quick takedown. Mir saw it coming and smartly turns out of the grapple, pushing Overeem to the ground, and ending up taking his back in a great defensive move. Mir gets one arm in and snakes it around the throat of Overeem, squeezing his wind-pipe shut. Overeem tries to pull the arm free, but can't, and so rolls over in a last-ditch effort to break free. It is to no avail though, as that allows Mir to get a body-scissors in too. With no alternatives left, Overeem taps out. The official time of the rear choke submission is 4:33 of round 3.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Frank Mir via Submission in the Third Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Ben Rothwell vs. Mirko Filipovic[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Cro Cop by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The fighters touch gloves, then circle. Mirko Cro Cop throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Rothwell from coming inside. Mirko Cro Cop works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Rothwell responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. Mirko Cro Cop backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Rothwell circles and throws a series of high jabs, but Mirko Cro Cop blocked them with ease, using the gloves. Mirko Cro Cop fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Rothwell covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from Mirko Cro Cop though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. Mirko Cro Cop throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Mirko Cro Cop. [B]Round 2[/B] Rothwell starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Mirko Cro Cop manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Mirko Cro Cop uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and Rothwell is forced back against the cage. Mirko Cro Cop picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. Rothwell uses a couple of looping punches to make Mirko Cro Cop keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Mirko Cro Cop bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. Rothwell scores with a low kick. Mirko Cro Cop looks to be working an angle. Mirko Cro Cop unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Mirko Cro Cop. [B]Round 3[/B] Rothwell throws a nice series of straight rights from the start, bobbing and weaving to keep Mirko Cro Cop from landing anything in return. None of the punches got through though, Mirko Cro Cop parried them away. Nice crisp start to the round though. Rothwell throws a couple of scorching jabs; neither hit, but it forces Mirko Cro Cop to back pedal all the way back to the cage. Rothwell follows in and throws a stinging kick to the ribs. Mirko Cro Cop tries to catch it, but couldn't. Mirko Cro Cop throws a right hand to try and catch Rothwell coming in, but it's wide of the mark. Rothwell throws a head kick, and it's a beauty, landing flush to the cheek. It was delivered with enormous power, and Mirko Cro Cop drops to the floor immediately, he is out cold. The referee stops Rothwell from following up, it's all over. Rothwell wins via 3rd round knock out with the official time being 1:24.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Ben Rothwell by Knockout in the Third Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Andrei Arlovski vs. Heath Herring[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Andrei Arlovski by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Arlovski throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Herring. Kick to the thigh from Herring, but it lacked power. Arlovski with a body shot. Arlovski throws a nice combination of punches, and although none of them find anything but gloves, it does force Herring backward against the cage. Arlovski follows in and scores with a superb jab. Herring felt that. Arlovski tries a venomous kick to the thigh, but Herring saw it coming; he catches the leg just below the knee, steps in, and puts Arlovski down to the canvas with a trip, done with a violent snap. Arlovski pulled guard though, stopping Herring from getting around and into side control. Herring manages to push the guard apart, and leans over Arlovski, trapping one leg underneath his body. Bad position for Arlovski to be in, and Herring now starts throwing big lefts and rights. Arlovski tries to deflect them away but quite a few are hitting home. Arlovski tries to bring his free leg in to add some leverage, but Herring swats it aside and gets the full mount. More punches start raining down, and Arlovski is left just covering up to try and weather the storm. It's no use though, as the barrage of punches without answer convince the referee to call a halt to the action. The official time is 1:25.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Heath Herring by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Randy Couture by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Exchange of punches to start, nothing really hit though. They go into a clinch, and the pace disappears as both fighters try and get the advantage. Eventually the referee separates them. Jab from Couture, who then has to react quickly to avoid a right hook that was aimed right at the chin. Couture puts on a burst of energy and fires off a big sequence of punches, maybe twelve or thirteen in a row, although not many actually connected. Minotauro covered up well, and gets in a couple of shots of his own before moving out of range again. About thirty seconds pass without any contact, and the crowd become a little restless. Low kick from Minotauro, almost to the groin, although it didn't look intentional. They come together in a clinch again, and it returns to a stalemate. Not a great round by anyone's standard, but that flurry should mean that Couture will take the round on points. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Couture. [B]Round 2[/B] Couture starts fast, firing off several crisp jabs that keep Minotauro on the back foot. A solid left hits gloves, but it's really just a set-up for Couture to step in and use an uppercut. Not sure how much of it caught Minotauro, but certainly enough to to make him grab a clinch to stop any further punishment. Great start to the round from Couture, it has been total domination so far. The clinch is broken, and the two fighters exchange some long range jabs that are easily avoided. Minotauro is looking a little lost so far, Couture is controlling this round by virtue of his crisp accurate punches and higher aggression levels. Minotauro looks to be working an angle. Couture leads with the left, then moves in and gets in a wicked right hand that grazes the cheek. Minotauro was fortunate there, if that had landed properly it would have been over. Minotauro comes back with a leg kick to set up a one-two combination, but the round is coming to a close and it's going to be too little too late. The one bright spot for Minotauro is that although Couture clearly won the round, he didn't actually turn that dominance into any sort of real damage. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Couture. [B]Round 3[/B] The round begins with Minotauro taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Couture replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Minotauro goes for the takedown, but Couture sprawls. Minotauro tries to power through, but Couture uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Minotauro defend this. Couture is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Minotauro isn't allowing it. Minotauro pulls Couture in tight, locking up both his arms. Couture pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Couture tries a big right hand, which Minotauro defends well. He has quite a high guard, Couture has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Minotauro once again drags Couture down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Couture easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Couture trying to pass guard. Minotauro tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Couture, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Couture scores with a jab, then a second. Minotauro goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Couture enough time to take him down again. Couture quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Minotauro once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Couture on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. End of round 3. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Couture. [B]Round 4[/B] The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Minotauro goes for the first takedown, but Couture has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the cage. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Couture storms back in almost immediately and takes Minotauro down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Minotauro just had a lapse in concentration. Couture tries to pass the guard but can't, with Minotauro employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Minotauro is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Couture makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Minotauro has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Couture on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. The fourth round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Couture. [B]Round 5[/B] The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Minotauro is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Couture picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Minotauro throws a wild punch as a counter, but Couture ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Minotauro gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Minotauro is looking for big punches, Couture is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Minotauro manages to back Couture up against the cage. Minotauro takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Couture ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Minotauro can unload. Minotauro may need to think about changing tactics, Couture is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Minotauro fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Couture on the thigh. Couture presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Minotauro gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Couture. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Decision - Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Fedor starts fast, immediately going on the attack with jabs and straight rights. Barnett covers up from the initial burst, then starts throwing some raking rights and lefts. Fedor bobs and weaves out of harm's way, countering by flicking off jabs whenever possible, peppering Barnett with strikes. None of them are likely to knock Barnett down, but they will add up over time. Barnett moves in and tries to back Fedor up against the cage, but he is too quick, and won't allow himself to get caught. Barnett is having a real problem with Fedor's movement, which is allowing him to dart in and out almost at will, hitting quick jabs and avoiding any counters. There's another example, as Fedor scores with a sharp left hand to the chest, and is gone before the big right hand of Barnett hits. Barnett looks frustrated, and switches tactics, no longer looking for the big punches but trying to stop Fedor getting in close by using low kicks and long, raking punches. Fedor is kept from doing any further damage, but Barnett isn't generating any offence either. Fedor comes in from an angle, takes a right hand, but scores with a flurry of his own. Barnett tries to hit a low kick, but misses. Time is running down, Fedor is going to take this round on points, he has been able to dominate it thanks to his superior movement. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Fedor. [B]Round 2[/B] The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Barnett is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Fedor picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Barnett throws a wild punch as a counter, but Fedor ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Barnett gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Barnett is looking for big punches, Fedor is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Barnett manages to back Fedor up against the cage. Barnett takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Fedor ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Barnett can unload. Barnett may need to think about changing tactics, Fedor is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Barnett fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Fedor on the thigh. Fedor presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Barnett gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Fedor. [B]Round 3[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Barnett is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Fedor blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Barnett is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Fedor is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Barnett can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Barnett some problems later on. Barnett moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Fedor is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Barnett before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Barnett off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Barnett goes for a trip, but Fedor cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Fedor may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Fedor by 10-9. [B]Round 4[/B] Fedor and Barnett circle to start. Barnett throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Fedor sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Barnett comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Fedor to slip a nice jab in, catching Barnett just underneath the right eye. Fedor comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Barnett misses with a right cross, then backs off. Fedor stalks him, forcing Barnett back up against the cage. Fedor doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Barnett throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Fedor pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Barnett covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Fedor in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Fedor throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Barnett comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Fedor parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Fedor's favour. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Fedor. [B]Round 5[/B] Barnett throws a straight right, batted away by Fedor. Barnett goes for a second, but gets beaten to the punch as Fedor scores with a kick that catches Barnett across the outside of the knee. Fedor throws another one, and this time it lands just above the same knee. Barnett backs off slightly. Fedor throws a high jab, then head-fakes and comes in with a left hook from low down. Barnett fires back with a crisp right hand that connects to the shoulder rather than the face. Fedor throws another fizzing low kick, again connecting with the knee. Barnett tried to check it, but couldn't in time. Those strikes are going to add up soon and start reducing his mobility. Fedor throws another kick, this time at chest-height, but it's merely a set-up to allow him to come in fast and start throwing a series of jabs. Barnett covers up, throwing occasional straight rights in return. Fedor backs off, but not before cracking another kick into the thigh region. Time is running down, Barnett has failed to deal with those kicks, and it has definitely cost him this round, and possibly done some damage to his knee. The 5th round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Fedor. With no judges to go to, the match ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Heavyweights Day One Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night: [/B]Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira [B]Knockout of the Night: [/B]Ben Rothwell vs. Mirko Filipovic [B]Submission of the Night: [/B]Frank Mir's Rear Naked Choke [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Block A:[/B] Ben Rothwell - 2pts. Brock Lesnar - 2pts. Cain Velasquez - 2pts. Fedor Emelianenko - 1pt. Josh Barnett - 1pt. Gabriel Gonzaga - 0pts. Mirko Filipovic - 0pts. Tim Sylvia - 0pts. [B]Block B:[/B] Heath Herring - 2pts. Fabricio Werdum - 2pts. Frank Mir - 2pts. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 1pt. Randy Couture - 1pt. Alistar Overeem - 0pts. Andrei Arlovski - 0pts. Roger Gracie - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 2: Light Heavyweights Day One Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Matt Hamill vs. Brian Stann[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Matt Hamill by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Right hand from Stann was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Hamill. Stann follows up by coming in close, but Hamill is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. They come together, both throwing punches. Stann gets a nice clean shot in, and Hamill stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Stann is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. The official time is 1:24.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Brian Stann by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Keith Jardine by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Nogueira hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Jardine to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Nogueira hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Jardine tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Nogueira having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Jardine. Jardine fires off three straight jabs, none of which connect. Nogueira is forced up with his back against the cage though. He clearly doesn't like the thought of being trapped there for any length of time though, as he quickly comes forward with a barrage of wild punches. Jardine bobs and weaves to avoid them, but is literally bundled over in the process. There wasn't really any punch that put him down, it was simply the fact that Nogueira was advancing at a faster rate than he could back-pedal! Nogueira follows up with Jardine down on his back. Nogueira presses the advantage and starts wailing away, although most of the punches aren't landing very well. A few are though, and Jardine can't do much more than cover up. An elbow finds its way through, and looked like it landed on the bridge of the nose. Big right hand from Nogueira, who is expending a lot of energy on this attack. Jardine tries to grab a guillotine, but can't get it. Left hand, connects, from Nogueira. That landed hard on the chin, and that convinces the referee to get in and stop the match. A controversial decision. The official time of the TKO is 4:55 of round 1.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Brandon Vera vs. Rafeal Calvalcante[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Brandon Vera by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round begins, and it is Vera who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Feijao defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. Vera works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Feijao ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow Vera down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Feijao. Interesting first minute of action, Vera is looking particularly sharp. Feijao tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving Vera back against the cage with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Feijao tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. Vera scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. For a second it looked like Feijao was about to go for a takedown, but nothing came from it. They square up to each other in the center. Vera throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Feijao on the side of the head. Feijao got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; Vera has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the cage, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Feijao tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but Vera defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Vera. [B]Round 2[/B] They circle to start, both throwing a few tentative jabs. An uppercut misses its mark from Feijao, providing the first moment of real action. Vera hits a nice combination of body shots to set up a big right hook, but Feijao side-stepped to safety. A few punches get thrown, but there's a lack of real action to talk about. Vera is being slightly the more aggressive, but neither fighter is really going for it. They come together again and exchange punches, but no big shots get through, and they end up clinched for a while. The referee separates them, but the time is ticking away and this round looks like it's going to the judges. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Vera. [B]Round 3[/B] Vera isn't hanging around, right from the start Feijao is forced onto the back foot by four hard shots, although none of them get through the gloves. Feijao circles, steps in, then unloads a combination of punches, but Vera weaves out of the way and scores with a beauty of a right hand, glancing above the right eye. That was some lovely counter punching from Vera, the timing had to be perfect and it was. Feijao is looking a bit frustrated, and uncorks a ragged-looking uppercut that missed by several inches. Vera really should have taken advantage of that mistake, Feijao was wide open for a moment there. Vera hits a high kick, catching Feijao on the shoulder. Jab from Feijao finds the mark, but it didn't have much power behind it as he was leaning backward too much. Vera fires off a couple of straight punches in response, but only finds gloves. They clinch, and the fight enters a lull. Feijao scores with a knee from the clinch, it landed around the hip area of Vera, who responds with a couple of shots to the ribs. The time runs out with them still clinched though. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Vera. [B]Round 4[/B] Right hand from Feijao was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Vera. Feijao follows up by coming in close, but Vera is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Vera hits a jab. Feijao responds with a huge kick that takes out Vera's legs, sending him crashing awkwardly to the ground. Feijao gives on top of him and fires off a barrage of punches. Vera tries to cover up, but he is getting obliterated by the sheer number of punches coming down. The referee pulls Feijao off, it's over! Feijao wins via 4th round TKO with the official time being 1:38.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Rafael Feijao by TKO in the Fourth Round[/B] [B]Main Card Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz vs. Renato Sorbral[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Tito Ortiz by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Ortiz starts fast, immediately going on the attack with jabs and straight rights. Sobral covers up from the initial burst, then starts throwing some raking rights and lefts. Ortiz bobs and weaves out of harm's way, countering by flicking off jabs whenever possible, peppering Sobral with strikes. None of them are likely to knock Sobral down, but they will add up over time. Sobral moves in and tries to back Ortiz up against the cage, but he is too quick, and won't allow himself to get caught. Sobral is having a real problem with Ortiz's movement, which is allowing him to dart in and out almost at will, hitting quick jabs and avoiding any counters. There's another example, as Ortiz scores with a sharp left hand to the chest, and is gone before the big right hand of Sobral hits. Sobral looks frustrated, and switches tactics, no longer looking for the big punches but trying to stop Ortiz getting in close by using low kicks and long, raking punches. Ortiz is kept from doing any further damage, but Sobral isn't generating any offence either. Ortiz comes in from an angle, takes a right hand, but scores with a flurry of his own. Sobral tries to hit a low kick, but misses. Time is running down, Ortiz is going to take this round on points, he has been able to dominate it thanks to his superior movement. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Ortiz by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] They circle each other. Sobral misses with a low kick, and Ortiz darts in to hit a jab before retreating. They come together and exchange punches, both got a few shots in. Ortiz is looking much lighter on his feet, and keeps moving in, hitting a few punches, then getting back out of range. Sobral is trying to catch him coming in, but doesn't have the timing quite right. It happens again. Ortiz isn't getting much power on the punches, but he is getting ahead on points. Sobral tries to get in close, but Ortiz is keeping moving, and isn't letting himself get cornered. Sobral gets pinned against the cage, and the referee eventually has to separate them. Ortiz gets a solid punch in, catching Sobral just above the left eye. Sobral finally gets a clinch, forcing Ortiz up against the cage, but it's too little, too late as the round ends. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Ortiz. [B]Round 3[/B] The round begins with Sobral taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Ortiz replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Sobral goes for the takedown, but Ortiz sprawls. Sobral tries to power through, but Ortiz uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Sobral defend this. Ortiz is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Sobral isn't allowing it. Sobral pulls Ortiz in tight, locking up both his arms. Ortiz pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Ortiz tries a big right hand, which Sobral defends well. He has quite a high guard, Ortiz has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Sobral once again drags Ortiz down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Ortiz easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Ortiz trying to pass guard. Sobral tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Ortiz, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Ortiz scores with a jab, then a second. Sobral goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Ortiz enough time to take him down again. Ortiz quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Sobral once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Ortiz on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. End of round 3. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Ortiz. [B]Round 4[/B] Fast start by Ortiz, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Sobral circles, drawing a lunge from Ortiz, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Ortiz ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Sobral hopping on the other to remain vertical. Ortiz tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Sobral manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Ortiz has one leg trapped between Sobral's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Sobral defends it well, without fully escaping it, Ortiz can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Sobral suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Ortiz's back. Ortiz was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Sobral up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Sobral throws a couple of short-range punches. Ortiz gets a leg in and trips Sobral, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Sobral, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Ortiz. [B]Round 5[/B] The two fighters touch gloves as the round begins. Sobral starts brightly, throwing out a series of jabs and raking punches, but Ortiz is too light on his feet and avoids all of them. Ortiz steps in and hits a lovely overhand right, then a low kick to the outside of the thigh. Sobral throws a vicious right cross, but Ortiz goes under it and catches Sobral with a scathing left hand to the gut. The next few minutes follow a very similar pattern; Ortiz using his excellent movement to 'hit and run', coming in from a variety of angles to score with crisp punches, dodging out of the way of Sobral's counters. Sobral is being made to look sluggish by comparison, and the amount of punches that Ortiz has landed in comparison to him is becoming huge. None of them have been particularly big punches, certainly nothing likely to end a fight, but the sheer number of them must be hurting Sobral. Sobral finally hits a meaningful blow, catching Ortiz coming in with a low kick. Ortiz still gets a crisp jab in though, and is back out of range before Sobral can apply a second strike. The round comes to an end with Ortiz having dominated. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-8 to Ortiz. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Wanderlei Silva vs. Rashad Evans[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Wanderlei Silva by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Evans comes out fast, and looks like he is aiming for a quick takedown, but Wanderlei stops that plan with some looping punches. Solid right hand from Wanderlei connects, and that's the best moment of the opening minute of the round. Evans is mainly defending against punches, it looks like he is trying to work an angle to try for a takedown. Wanderlei seems to have noticed, as he is purposely positioning against that. Straight left from Wanderlei, then a low kick, then a wicked body shot. Evans felt that, and backs off. Evans tries to get in for a clinch, perhaps looking for a takedown from that position, but Wanderlei gets him to back off with some jabs. Wanderlei has really been able to stamp his gameplan on this round, Evans has been blocked at every turn. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Wanderlei. [B]Round 2[/B] Right hand from Wanderlei was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Evans. Wanderlei follows up by coming in close, but Evans is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Evans hits two body shots, then comes in low under an attempted right cross and uses a single leg to take Wanderlei down. Nicely done. Wanderlei pulls guard. Evans fights his way out into half guard. Big clubbing blow from Evans, Wanderlei dealt with it well. Evans half-stands, his right leg still trapped between Wanderlei's, and starts unloading with a barrage of bombing right hands. Wanderlei takes one right to the jaw, then another smashes hard into his nose. More devastating punches rain down, and the referee pulls Evans off, preventing Wanderlei from taking any more damage. Evans wins via TKO at 1:42 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Rashad Evans by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Chuck Liddell by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Liddell throws two high punches, then steps in for a hook to the body. Nice combination, but Sokoudjou defended with ease. They clinch up next to the cage, but a short struggle only ends with them separating and coming back in. Sokoudjou hits a stinging right hand, Liddell felt it too. Sokoudjou moves in to follow up, but Liddell anticipated it well and scores with a massive kick. Sokoudjou is stunned, and stumbles to the ground. Liddell is on top of him almost right away, and fires off a series of punches. Sokoudjou covers up, barely, but a lot of shots are getting through. The referee decides that enough is enough, and pulls Liddell off, it's a TKO victory. Official time of the TKO is 1:53 of the first.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Chuck Liddell by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin vs. Lyoto Machida[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Lyoto Machida by Decision[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The two fighters meet in the center with an exchange of jabs, but neither gets anything but gloves or air. They go right into a clinch, with only a few seconds of the match gone. Machida gets a knee to the ribs in, but it wasn't particularly hard. They break. Machida makes Griffin back up against the cage by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Machida throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Griffin lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Machida by surprise, putting him down! Griffin follows up and starts raining down right hands. Machida covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Griffin off, the match is over. Griffin wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 1:38.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Forrest Griffin by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua vs. Quinton Jackson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Rampage Jackson by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Shogun and Rampage circle to start. Rampage throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Shogun sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Rampage comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Shogun to slip a nice jab in, catching Rampage just underneath the right eye. Shogun comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Rampage misses with a right cross, then backs off. Shogun stalks him, forcing Rampage back up against the cage. Shogun doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Rampage throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Shogun pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Rampage covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Shogun in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Shogun throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Rampage comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Shogun parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Shogun's favour. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Shogun. [B]Round 2[/B] Right hand from Rampage was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Shogun. Rampage follows up by coming in close, but Shogun is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. A thunderous kick connects from Rampage, catching Shogun hard across the chest. He staggers back up against the cage, looking stunned. Rampage follows in and scores with several punches. Shogun tries to cover up, but falls down and becomes overwhelmed with more punches. The referee has seen enough and jumps in to stop the match. The official time of the TKO is 1:39 of round 2.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Rampage Jackson by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweights Day One Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Rafael Feijao vs. Brandon Vera [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Forrest Griffin vs. Lyoto Machida [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Block A:[/B] Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - 2pts. Chuck Liddell - 2pts. Forrest Griffin - 2pts. Renato Sorbral - 1pt. Tito Ortiz - 1pt. Keith Jardine - 0pts. Lyoto Machida - 0pts. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - 0pts. [B]Block B:[/B] Brian Stann - 2pts. Quinton Jackson - 2pts. Rafeal Calvalcante - 2pts. Rashad Evans - 2pts. Brandon Vera - 0pts. Matt Hamill - 0pts. Mauricio Rua - 0pts. Wanderlei Silva - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 3: Middleweights Day One Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Nate Marquardt vs. Michael Bisping[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Marquardt throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Bisping throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Marquardt steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Bisping hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Marquardt. They struggle all the way back, with Marquardt ending up backed up against the cage. Bisping hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Marquardt stomps downward onto his foot. Marquardt manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Bisping gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Marquardt ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Marquardt tries a high kick to start, but Bisping saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Bisping who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Marquardt on the nose. Marquardt hits a straight right, enough to stop Bisping from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Bisping by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] Marquardt starts off by throwing two excellent low kicks to the leading leg of Bisping. Those will accumulate fast and give Bisping some problems moving. Marquardt switches it up and throws a big right hand, missing. Bisping, who has been overwhelmed for the first thirty seconds of this round, steps in and throws a bomb of a right hand...and it connects! Marquardt goes down from the first strike that Bisping has thrown since the round began! Bisping doesn't dive in, instead taking his time. Marquardt recovered well from the punch, and remains seated on the floor, ready to defend. Bisping throws a pair of kicks to the legs, then gets in closer, looking for a way to get past the guard. Another kick to the legs precedes him trying to swiftly get past the legs, but it is to no avail as Marquardt is able to pull guard, just, that was close. Bisping almost gets caught in a surprise armbar, leaving his arm in for far too long after a punch. Marquardt tries to twist it while wrapping his legs around it, but Bisping pulls free, and it allows him an opportunity to get side control due to Marquardt's legs being out of position. He lies across Marquardt's chest. Marquardt has locked up Bisping's right shoulder well, it's preventing him from doing much. Bisping drives a knee into the ribs, but can't generate much force. Bisping tries to spin around and get into north and south position, but Marquardt blocks it by tenaciously holding onto the right arm. Bisping uses his legs to break Marquardt's arms apart and trap the right one. It's a semi-crucifix position, Marquardt is quite exposed. Fortunately for him then time expires before Bisping can turn it into a better attacking opportunity. End of round 2. Blurcat.com gives that one to Bisping by 10-9. [B]Round 3[/B] Bisping hits a nice left hook. Marquardt felt it, and throws a ragged punch in response, missing by a mile. Bisping comes in close and hits a couple of big body shots, bobbing out of the way of the jabs that were aimed for his jaw. Marquardt clinches up, but gets pushed all the way back to the cage, where Bisping uses a trip to send them both down to the ground. Marquardt is forced into defending an attempted armbar straight away, although in truth Bisping was leaning into it and really didn't have the leverage to apply it, he would need to get past the guard to really make that a dangerous tactic. Speaking of which, Bisping does try to pass guard, but Marquardt keeps him tightly caught up in the guard. Bisping shuffles them all the way over to the cage, so that he can get instructions from the corner. A couple of punches come raining down, but Marquardt covers up nicely. Marquardt tries to generate some attacking threat of his own, reaching up and trying to secure a guillotine, but Bisping pops his head out quite easily. Marquardt drags him down into a clinch, and they remain that way for a while, with Bisping throwing the occasional punch to the ribs, Marquardt throwing them to the back. Bisping breaks free and quickly tries to pass guard, getting as far as half guard. He tries to secure an armbar, but Marquardt brings his legs in to defend it. Bisping stands, still holding the arm, and ends up almost sitting on top of a balled-up Marquardt. He can't do a great deal from that position, although Marquardt will have found it hard to breathe, and the time expires without any more noteworthy strikes hitting. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Bisping. [B]Round 4[/B] Bisping and Marquardt circle to start. Marquardt throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Bisping sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Marquardt comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Bisping to slip a nice jab in, catching Marquardt just underneath the right eye. Bisping comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Marquardt misses with a right cross, then backs off. Bisping stalks him, forcing Marquardt back up against the cage. Bisping doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Marquardt throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Bisping pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Marquardt covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Bisping in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Bisping throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Marquardt comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Bisping parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Bisping's favour. The fourth round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Bisping. [B]Round 5[/B] Quick start to the round from Marquardt, he comes storming in with a flurry of jabs. Bisping defends it well, parrying them away. Nice straight right from Bisping connects. Marquardt gets in close and hits a pair of nice body shots, then they clinch up. Marquardt pushes Bisping back against the cage and goes for a trip, but Bisping blocks it. Bisping suddenly pushes forward off the cage and uses the momentum to take Marquardt down to the ground, into guard. Bisping tries to move quickly into side control, but Marquardt isn't letting that happen. Marquardt reaches up and tries to grab an arm, but takes a right hand to the cheek in response. Bisping tries to power him way through, raining down four or five hammer fists, but Marquardt covered up well. Bisping pushes a leg down and moves to the side, but Marquardt spins out. Bisping moves with him though and gets his back! No, Marquardt scrambled like crazy and manages to turn right back over and pull guard again. That was an exciting sequence though, and the fans enjoyed it. Bisping won't be pleased that he had both side control and the back, but didn't hold onto either for more than a few seconds. The fight unfortunately enters a lull, as Bisping punctuates unsuccessful attempts to pass guard with easily defended jabs. The referee eventually gets them back up to their feet due to inactivity. Not much time left in the round though. Marquardt will need to do something a bit special to avoid losing the round on points. He tries just that, throwing a big right hand and a high kick, but Bisping backs off, safe in the knowledge that he has won this round. The time expires. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Bisping. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. Ronaldo Souza[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Jacare via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Jacare is quickest out, and comes at Leites with a series of jabs and straight punches. Leites covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Leites hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Jacare who takes it to the ground. Leites pulls guard. There's a lull, as Jacare tries to pass, and Leites defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Leites almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Jacare, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Jacare. [B]Round 2[/B] A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Jacare lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Leites sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Jacare on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Leites manages to get the better position, pushing Jacare up against the cage. Right hand to the ribs from Leites. Jacare hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Leites tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Jacare was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Leites down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Leites covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Jacare hits a big elbow to the ribs, Leites definitely felt that. Jacare drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Leites brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Jacare will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Leites defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Jacare unable to generate any attacks, and Leites unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Jacare will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Jacare. [B]Round 3[/B] Right hand from Jacare was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Leites. Jacare follows up by coming in close, but Leites is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. They circle. Jacare tries to work inside, but leaves himself open and gets taken down. Guard. Leites hits a few tentative punches, but doesn't have anything on them. Jacare manages to turn the tables and ends up in the guard, Leites let his dominant position slip too easily. Jacare rains down punches, but Leites defends them well. Jacare gets out of the guard and into side control. Big elbow to the face. Leites caught that flush. Another big elbow, followed by a third. Leites is looking groggy. Jacare hits a fourth huge elbow, and the referee has seen enough, the match is over. Leites might have some complaints about that, but the elbows were clearly connecting, and he didn't manage to do anything to stop any of them. Jacare wins via third round TKO at 1:44.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Jacare by TKO in the Third Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Yushin Okami by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] A fizzing right hand from Franklin opens the round; it didn't find its intended target of Okami's chin, but it did land hard on the left shoulder instead. Okami fights back with a jab, but takes a hard shot to the body after leaning in too far. Franklin pins him to the cage with a quick burst, and unloads with lefts and rights. Okami looks for a moment like he may be about to get overwhelmed, especially after a right hand appears to hit flush on the chin, but he recovers well and works his way back to the center. Franklin is looking the more confident of the two by far. He smells blood, and comes in looking for a big right hand, only to walk right into a takedown. Okami had to time that perfectly, and did. Franklin doesn't pull guard, instead scrambling, ending up onto his knees, with Okami taking his back! Okami tries to go for a choke, but Franklin bucks and twists, scrambling back to his feet and backing off. A big right hand and a high kick prevent Okami from following too closely. After that frenetic minute of action, things die down, with the fighters circling. Franklin scores with two leg kicks, Okami hits a tasty right hand to the body, but otherwise nothing much happens for the next couple of exchanges. Indeed, the clock runs down and the round ends without further noteworthy events. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Franklin. [B]Round 2[/B] Slow start to this round, Franklin is being tentative and Okami looks like he is waiting for an angle to appear. The first exchange of strikes doesn't really go anywhere. A second set falls in Franklin's favour, as he gets a nice jab in, hitting right above the nose, and a solid shot to the body. Okami goes in for a takedown but only manages to secure one leg. Franklin hammers down two shots to the back, but can't really do a lot else. Okami tries to push him over onto his back, but Franklin manages to pull free and back off. Okami throws a high left handed jab then goes in for another takedown. Good sprawl from Franklin, and he backs off. Okami doesn't get a chance to go for a third, because Franklin takes the fight to him with a barrage of lefts and rights, forcing him back against the cage. Franklin clinches up, only after hitting a hard shot to the stomach though. The clinch seems to go on forever, with Okami unable to get a good enough position to try a takedown, and Franklin tied up too much to really throw any decent strikes. Eventually the time runs out and they head back to their corners. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Franklin. [B]Round 3[/B] Right hand from Franklin was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Okami. Franklin follows up by coming in close, but Okami is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Okami makes Franklin back up against the cage by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Okami throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Franklin lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Okami by surprise, putting him down! Franklin follows up and starts raining down right hands. Okami covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Franklin off, the match is over. Official time of the TKO is 1:54 of the third round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Rich Franklin by TKO in the Third Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Frank Trigg vs. Dan Henderson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Henderson hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Trigg to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Henderson hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Trigg tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Henderson having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Trigg. Henderson gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Trigg follows up with another one, and Henderson looks in trouble all of a sudden. He is backed up against the cage and Trigg is unloading. The punches are raining down, Henderson is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Henderson was unable to defend himself intelligently. Trigg wins. The official time of the TKO is 3:29 of round 1.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Frank Trigg by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Cung Le vs. Kazushi Sakuraba[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Kazushi Sakuraba by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] A fizzing right hand from Le opens the round; it didn't find its intended target of Sakuraba's chin, but it did land hard on the left shoulder instead. Sakuraba fights back with a jab, but takes a hard shot to the body after leaning in too far. Le pins him to the cage with a quick burst, and unloads with lefts and rights. Sakuraba looks for a moment like he may be about to get overwhelmed, especially after a right hand appears to hit flush on the chin, but he recovers well and works his way back to the center. Le is looking the more confident of the two by far. He smells blood, and comes in looking for a big right hand, only to walk right into a takedown. Sakuraba had to time that perfectly, and did. Le doesn't pull guard, instead scrambling, ending up onto his knees, with Sakuraba taking his back! Sakuraba tries to go for a choke, but Le bucks and twists, scrambling back to his feet and backing off. A big right hand and a high kick prevent Sakuraba from following too closely. After that frenetic minute of action, things die down, with the fighters circling. Le scores with two leg kicks, Sakuraba hits a tasty right hand to the body, but otherwise nothing much happens for the next couple of exchanges. Indeed, the clock runs down and the round ends without further noteworthy events. The round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Le by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] Le starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Sakuraba avoids it without too much trouble. Le isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Sakuraba getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Le finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Sakuraba opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Le is backed up against the cage, covering up. Sakuraba clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Le hits a knee strike to the hip. Sakuraba slips one leg behind Le and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Le landed hard, with Sakuraba on top. They're in half guard. It's to Le's advantage that they're right next to the cage, that is blocking Sakuraba from attacking the left hand side of the body. Le is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Sakuraba tries to step over to mount, but Le keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Sakuraba fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Le doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Sakuraba isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Le ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Sakuraba can get free. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sakuraba. [B]Round 3[/B] Slow start to this round, Le is being tentative and Sakuraba looks like he is waiting for an angle to appear. The first exchange of strikes doesn't really go anywhere. A second set falls in Le's favour, as he gets a nice jab in, hitting right above the nose, and a solid shot to the body. Sakuraba goes in for a takedown but only manages to secure one leg. Le hammers down two shots to the back, but can't really do a lot else. Sakuraba tries to push him over onto his back, but Le manages to pull free and back off. Sakuraba throws a high left handed jab then goes in for another takedown. Good sprawl from Le, and he backs off. Sakuraba doesn't get a chance to go for a third, because Le takes the fight to him with a barrage of lefts and rights, forcing him back against the cage. Le clinches up, only after hitting a hard shot to the stomach though. The clinch seems to go on forever, with Sakuraba unable to get a good enough position to try a takedown, and Le tied up too much to really throw any decent strikes. Eventually the time runs out and they head back to their corners. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Le. [B]Round 4[/B] Le comes out fast and quickly backs Sakuraba up, all the way up against the cage. Le throws a series of rights and lefts; none of the strikes to the head got through, but two nice body shots did. He doesn't follow up though, instead keeping a few steps back, clearly not wanting to get tied up in a clinch. Sakuraba throws a low kick, then advances with some jabs, forcing Le to back off a little. They meet in the center and exchange strikes, with Le looking the crisper striker of the two, although without doing any real damage. Sakuraba shoots in for the takedown, but Le sprawls and eventually pushes free. Right hand from Le, then two jabs which both find their mark. Sakuraba bats away a third, then comes in hard and fast for a second takedown attempt. Le sprawls again, but gets pushed all the way up against the cage. Sakuraba has a leg, but is low down to the ground and doesn't have the leverage to complete the takedown. He works to a better standing position, but has to lose the leg and grab a clinch instead. They both fire off some small punches from there. Sakuraba tries for a trip, but Le avoids it and works free from the clinch. He returns to the center, clearly wanting a striking battle rather than a grappling match. Sakuraba follows, hands held high, and throws a couple of jabs. Le connects with one instead though, and then with a looping right hand that catches Sakuraba above the eye. He felt that, but doesn't go down. Best strike of the round so far. Sakuraba throws a low kick. Le comes in to strike again, but this time cannot sprawl quickly enough and gets taken down. Le pulls guard. Unfortunately for Sakuraba, now that he has finally gotten the takedown, there's less than thirty seconds left. He tries to pass guard to get to side control, but Le comfortably defends it until the round is over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Le. [B]Round 5[/B] Sakuraba misses with a straight right. Le hits a standing kick, and Sakuraba is rocked, stumbling backwards and falling to the floor. Le leaps into action and fires off a barrage of right hands. The referee dives in and protects Sakuraba, bringing the fight to an end. The kick didn't knock Sakuraba out, but it left him stunned, and that was all that Le needed to finish the job. Le wins via TKO at 1:29 of the fifth round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Cung Le by TKO in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kazuo Misaki[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Kazuo Misaki by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Misaki is quickest out, and comes at Akiyama with a series of jabs and straight punches. Akiyama covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Akiyama hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Misaki who takes it to the ground. Akiyama pulls guard. There's a lull, as Misaki tries to pass, and Akiyama defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Akiyama almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Misaki, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Misaki. [B]Round 2[/B] The round begins with Akiyama taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Misaki replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Akiyama goes for the takedown, but Misaki sprawls. Akiyama tries to power through, but Misaki uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Akiyama defend this. Misaki is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Akiyama isn't allowing it. Akiyama pulls Misaki in tight, locking up both his arms. Misaki pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Misaki tries a big right hand, which Akiyama defends well. He has quite a high guard, Misaki has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Akiyama once again drags Misaki down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Misaki easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Misaki trying to pass guard. Akiyama tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Misaki, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Misaki scores with a jab, then a second. Akiyama goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Misaki enough time to take him down again. Misaki quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Akiyama once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Misaki on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Misaki. [B]Round 3[/B] Fast start by Misaki, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Akiyama circles, drawing a lunge from Misaki, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Misaki ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Akiyama hopping on the other to remain vertical. Misaki tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Akiyama manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Misaki has one leg trapped between Akiyama's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Akiyama defends it well, without fully escaping it, Misaki can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Akiyama suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Misaki's back. Misaki was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Akiyama up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Akiyama throws a couple of short-range punches. Misaki gets a leg in and trips Akiyama, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Akiyama, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Misaki. [B]Round 4[/B] A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Misaki lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Akiyama sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Misaki on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Akiyama manages to get the better position, pushing Misaki up against the cage. Right hand to the ribs from Akiyama. Misaki hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Akiyama tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Misaki was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Akiyama down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Akiyama covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Misaki hits a big elbow to the ribs, Akiyama definitely felt that. Misaki drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Akiyama brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Misaki will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Akiyama defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Misaki unable to generate any attacks, and Akiyama unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Misaki will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. The fourth round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Misaki. [B]Round 5[/B] Misaki leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Akiyama deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Akiyama uses a knee to the ribs before backing Misaki up against the cage. Right hand from Misaki connects though, that was well timed. Akiyama breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Misaki was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Akiyama sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Misaki fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Akiyama makes Misaki back up against the cage by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Akiyama throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Misaki lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Akiyama by surprise, putting him down! Misaki follows up and starts raining down right hands. Akiyama covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Misaki off, the match is over. The official time of the TKO is 4:44 of round 5.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Kazuo Misaki by TKO in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. Robbie Lawler[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Robbie Lawler by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Filho works an angle and comes in from the side of Lawler, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Lawler hits a low kick to back Filho against the cage, then works the body with a series of short punches. Filho fights out and the action returns to the center. Lawler with a body shot. Lawler steps in to throw a right hand, but doesn't get a chance to pull the trigger as Filho is already in with a takedown. Lawler hits the floor hard, and Filho winds up in his guard. Filho gets past the guard, but only just, one leg is trapped by Lawler. A couple of right hands by Filho leave ugly red marks where they hit the unprotected stomach of Lawler. Filho gets both legs free and transitions higher up the body, putting Lawler in huge trouble. Filho manages to get a forearm firmly across the throat of Lawler and he pushes down. Lawler, with no way of getting out, has no alternative but to tap out. The official time of the choke submission is 2:17 of round 1.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Paulo Filho via Submission in the First Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Anderson Silva vs. Matt Lindland[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Anderson Silva by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Silva works an angle and comes in from the side of Lindland, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Lindland hits a low kick to back Silva against the cage, then works the body with a series of short punches. Silva fights out and the action returns to the center. Lindland hits a low kick, then moves in for a jab. Silva saw it coming and unloads with an enormous punch to the jaw. Lindland goes down immediately, he has been knocked clean out by the power of Silva. Silva wins via knock out at 2:46 of the first round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Anderson Silva by Knockout in the First Round[/B] [B]Middleweights Day One Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night: [/B]Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama [B]Knockout of the Night: [/B]Anderson Silva vs. Matt Lindland [B]Submission of the Night: [/B]Paulo Filho's Choke [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Block A:[/B] Anderson Silva - 2pts. Cung Le - 2pts. Frank Trigg - 2pts. Rich Franklin - 2pts. Dan Henderson - 0pts. Kazushi Sakuraba - 0pts. Matt Lindland - 0pts. Yushin Okami - 0pts. [B]Block B:[/B] Kazuo Misaki - 2pts. Paulo Filho - 2pts. Ronaldo Souza - 2pts. Michael Bisping - 1pt. Nate Marquardt - 1pt. Robbie Lawler - 0pts. Thales Leites - 0pts. Yoshihiro Akiyama - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 4: Welterweights Day One Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pyle[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Josh Koscheck by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Pyle is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Koscheck blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Pyle is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Koscheck is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Pyle can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Pyle some problems later on. Pyle moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Koscheck is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Pyle before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Pyle off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Pyle goes for a trip, but Koscheck cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Koscheck may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Koscheck. [B]Round 2[/B] Right hand from Pyle was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Koscheck. Pyle follows up by coming in close, but Koscheck is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Pyle throws a nice combination of punches, and although none of them find anything but gloves, it does force Koscheck backward against the cage. Pyle follows in and scores with a superb jab. Koscheck felt that. Pyle tries a venomous kick to the thigh, but Koscheck saw it coming; he catches the leg just below the knee, steps in, and puts Pyle down to the canvas with a trip, done with a violent snap. Pyle pulled guard though, stopping Koscheck from getting around and into side control. Koscheck moves from the guard and gets side control. He is trying for the mount, but Pyle is defending it. There's a small lull as Koscheck continues to try and get the mount. There it is, Pyle finally couldn't stop it. Koscheck starts firing off punches, and Pyle has nowhere to go. A big elbow gets through. A right hand lands on the nose of Pyle. The referee is watching intently, I don't think he's going to let this go much longer unless Pyle can come up with some answers. Koscheck hits another big elbow. And another. The referee leaps in, it's over! Koscheck wins via 2nd round TKO with the official time being 1:19.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Josh Koscheck by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Matt Hughes vs. Nick Thompson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Matt Hughes by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Hughes works an angle and comes in from the side of Thompson, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Thompson hits a low kick to back Hughes against the cage, then works the body with a series of short punches. Hughes fights out and the action returns to the center. They come together, both throwing punches. Thompson gets a nice clean shot in, and Hughes stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Thompson is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. Thompson wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 2:26.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Nick Thompson by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Swick[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Mike Swick via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Johnson puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Swick defended well. Straight right from Swick in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Johnson probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Swick gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Johnson. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Johnson. [B]Round 2[/B] Swick throws a right hand, narrowly missing. Johnson almost seems to be inviting him on to throw punches, he could be trying to lure him into over-committing. Swick throws a jab that connects, albeit without much power, but it causes Johnson to back up quickly, back toward the cage. Swick comes in quickly, throwing looping punches, but gets reckless and Johnson grabs the opportunity by nailing a big right cross! Swick collapses in a heap, his left leg buckling underneath him in at an awkward angle. Johnson has knocked him out cold with a killer punch. Johnson wins via knock out at 1:20 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Anthony Johnson by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. Hayato Sakurai[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Mach Sakurai by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Sanchez is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Sakurai blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Sanchez is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Sakurai is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Sanchez can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Sanchez some problems later on. Sanchez moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Sakurai is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Sanchez before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Sanchez off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Sanchez goes for a trip, but Sakurai cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Sakurai may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Sakurai. [B]Round 2[/B] Two jabs from the left hand of Sanchez set up a hard waist-high kick, but Sakurai steps back to avoid it. Nice attempt though. Sanchez moves in closer, bobbing and weaving, and looks to score with a looping right hand, but Sakurai uses the gloves to parry it away, then counter-strikes with a crisp jab and a kick to the knee. Good opening to the round, both fighters are looking lively. Sanchez finds himself backed up against the cage briefly, and has to scramble to safety to avoid a flurry of strikes. Sakurai is working for position, and is currently looking the more composed of the two. Sakurai moves in close and hits a left hook to the body. Sanchez steps back, and suddenly fires off a roundhouse kick. Sakurai didn't see it coming, and it lands right behind his ear. Sakurai is down, knocked out cold, and the referee is quick to step in and stop Sanchez from inflicting any more damage. Official time of the knock out is 2:41 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Diego Sanchez by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. Nick Diaz[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Karo Parisyan by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Diaz is quickest out, and comes at Parisyan with a series of jabs and straight punches. Parisyan covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Parisyan hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Diaz who takes it to the ground. Parisyan pulls guard. There's a lull, as Diaz tries to pass, and Parisyan defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Parisyan almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Diaz, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Diaz. [B]Round 2[/B] Parisyan makes Diaz back up against the cage by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Parisyan throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Diaz lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Parisyan by surprise, putting him down! Diaz follows up and starts raining down right hands. Parisyan covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Diaz off, the match is over. Official time of the TKO is 1:23 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Nick Diaz by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Thiago Alves vs. Matt Serra[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Thiago Alves by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round begins, and it is Serra who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Alves defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. Serra works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Alves ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow Serra down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Alves. Interesting first minute of action, Serra is looking particularly sharp. Alves tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving Serra back against the cage with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Alves tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. Serra scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. Serra gets pinned against the cage, and the referee eventually has to separate them. They square up to each other in the center. Serra throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Alves on the side of the head. Alves got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; Serra has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the cage, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Alves tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but Serra defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Serra. [B]Round 2[/B] Alves starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Serra manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Serra uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and Alves is forced back against the cage. Serra picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. Alves uses a couple of looping punches to make Serra keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Serra bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. Alves scores with a low kick. They both seem to be looking for an opening, and it's creating a stalemate at the moment. Serra unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Serra by 10-9. [B]Round 3[/B] Alves leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Serra deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Serra uses a knee to the ribs before backing Alves up against the cage. Right hand from Alves connects though, that was well timed. Serra breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Alves was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Serra sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Alves fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Serra moves in close and hits a left hook to the body. Alves steps back, and suddenly fires off a roundhouse kick. Serra didn't see it coming, and it lands right behind his ear. Serra is down, knocked out cold, and the referee is quick to step in and stop Alves from inflicting any more damage. Alves wins via third round knock out at 4:25.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Thiago Alves by Knockout in the Third Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Jon Fitch vs. Carlos Condit[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Jon Fitch by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Fitch throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Condit. Kick to the thigh from Condit, but it lacked power. Condit looks to be working an angle. Fitch gets in close enough to grapple with Condit. They struggle, and a wayward right hand from Condit gives Fitch the opportunity to pick him up onto his shoulder. Fitch turns to the center, and with the crowd willing him on, he runs forward and plants Condit with a monsterous slam! Condit pulls guard, but not before taking a nasty punch to the face. Condit is forced to cover up as Fitch starts hammering away with enormous strikes from the guard, trying to simply power the shots through. Some do cause some damage, landing as Condit tries unsuccessfully to throw some counters. Fitch transitions to side control without any issues and starts finding the punches down again, this time with more leverage and therefore more power. Condit tries to defend them, but a lot of them are getting through. The referee finally has enough and calls an end to the match, feeling that Condit was getting overwhelmed. The official time of the TKO is 1:48 of round 1.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Jon Fitch by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round begins with Shields taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. GSP replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Shields goes for the takedown, but GSP sprawls. Shields tries to power through, but GSP uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Shields defend this. GSP is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Shields isn't allowing it. Shields pulls GSP in tight, locking up both his arms. GSP pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. GSP tries a big right hand, which Shields defends well. He has quite a high guard, GSP has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Shields once again drags GSP down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but GSP easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to GSP trying to pass guard. Shields tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to GSP, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. GSP scores with a jab, then a second. Shields goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives GSP enough time to take him down again. GSP quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Shields once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to GSP on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 GSP. [B]Round 2[/B] GSP is quickest out, and comes at Shields with a series of jabs and straight punches. Shields covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Shields hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's GSP who takes it to the ground. Shields pulls guard. There's a lull, as GSP tries to pass, and Shields defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Shields almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for GSP, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 GSP. [B]Round 3[/B] Fast start by GSP, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Shields circles, drawing a lunge from GSP, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. GSP ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Shields hopping on the other to remain vertical. GSP tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Shields manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. GSP has one leg trapped between Shields's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Shields defends it well, without fully escaping it, GSP can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Shields suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take GSP's back. GSP was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Shields up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Shields throws a couple of short-range punches. GSP gets a leg in and trips Shields, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Shields, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for GSP. [B]Round 4[/B] GSP hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Shields to back up against the cage, where they clinch. GSP hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Shields tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with GSP having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Shields. Shields throws a ragged jab, missing by a mile as GSP simply ducks under and unloads a vicious hook from below. It catches Shields square on the jaw, and he goes down! GSP mounts and starts firing off punches, rapid-fire. The referee waits to see if Shields can recover, decides that he can't, and pulls GSP off. The match is over. The official time of the TKO is 4:57 of round 4.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Georges St. Pierre by TKO in the Fourth Round[/B] [B]Welterweights Day One Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Diego Sanchez vs. Mach Sakurai [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Block A:[/B] Anthony Johnson - 2pts. Diego Sanchez - 2pts. Georges St. Pierre - 2pts. Nick Diaz - 2pts. Hayato Sakurai - 0pts. Jake Shields - 0pts. Karo Parisyan - 0pts. Mike Swick - 0pts. [B]Block B:[/B] Jon Fitch - 2pts. Josh Koscheck - 2pts. Nick Thompson - 2pts. Thiago Alves - 2pts. Carlos Condit - 0pts. Matt Hughes - 0pts. Matt Serra - 0pts. Mike Pyle - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 5: Lightweights Day One Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Gesias Calvancante vs. Ryan Schultz[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Schultz leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, JZ deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. JZ uses a knee to the ribs before backing Schultz up against the cage. Right hand from Schultz connects though, that was well timed. JZ breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Schultz was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from JZ sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Schultz fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Schultz swings for the fences, but JZ ducks under and comes in closer, into grappling range. He scoops up Schultz onto his shoulder, and then flattens him with a slam. The crowd pop for it. JZ gets side control, but loses it almost immediately as Schultz is able to regain composure and pull guard. Schultz is forced to cover up as JZ starts hammering away with enormous strikes from the guard, trying to simply power the shots through. Some do cause some damage, landing as Schultz tries unsuccessfully to throw some counters. JZ transitions to side control without any issues and starts finding the punches down again, this time with more leverage and therefore more power. Schultz tries to defend them, but a lot of them are getting through. The referee finally has enough and calls an end to the match, feeling that Schultz was getting overwhelmed. Official time of the TKO is 3:24 of the first round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: JZ Calvancante by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki vs. Kenny Florian[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The two fighters circle. Aoki flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Florian easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Aoki could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Florian moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Aoki is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Aoki forces Florian back up against the cage, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Florian in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Aoki does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Florian saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Aoki turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Aoki is up quickly, causing Florian, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Aoki was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Aoki throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Florian to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The first round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Florian. [B]Round 2[/B] Florian starts tentatively, and scores with a few sharp leg kicks. A straight left connects, and Aoki is forced backward to avoid an uppercut. Good start from Florian. Aoki tries to come inside, but eats a kick to the thigh. They clinch briefly, but it goes nowhere. Looping right hand from Aoki, but it only caught Florian on the shoulder. Another kick connects from Florian, and that sets up a nice combination to the body. The accuracy of his kicks has been excellent so far, and is keeping Aoki from doing very much. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Right hand from Aoki, that one definitely registered, but I don't think it had much power behind it. The time ticks away without anything further of interest happening. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Florian. [B]Round 3[/B] Fast start by Aoki, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Florian circles, drawing a lunge from Aoki, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Aoki ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Florian hopping on the other to remain vertical. Aoki tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Florian manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Aoki has one leg trapped between Florian's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Florian defends it well, without fully escaping it, Aoki can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Florian suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Aoki's back. Aoki was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Florian up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Florian throws a couple of short-range punches. Aoki gets a leg in and trips Florian, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Florian, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Aoki by 10-9. [B]Round 4[/B] The round begins with Aoki taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Florian replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Aoki goes for the takedown, but Florian sprawls. Aoki tries to power through, but Florian uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Aoki defend this. Florian is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Aoki isn't allowing it. Aoki pulls Florian in tight, locking up both his arms. Florian pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Florian tries a big right hand, which Aoki defends well. He has quite a high guard, Florian has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Aoki once again drags Florian down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Florian easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Florian trying to pass guard. Aoki tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Florian, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Florian scores with a jab, then a second. Aoki goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Florian enough time to take him down again. Florian quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Aoki once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Florian on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Florian. [B]Round 5[/B] Touch of gloves starts the round. Florian comes in quickly, and unloads with a beauty of a combination, two jabs, a hook, a body punch and an uppercut. One of the jabs and the body shot definitely got through, the others were blocked. Aoki backs off, only offering a wayward right hand in response. They circle, then Florian once again comes in with an aggressive rush. They exchange blows in a flurry, with Florian bobbing and weaving excellently while throwing out crisp jabs. Aoki got a leg kick in, but his jabs didn't find their mark. Florian is relying on his superior striking skills so far, and it is paying dividends, Aoki is getting picked apart and is looking increasingly unable to to contend with his opponent's better technique. Florian throws a low kick, and that is really the first mistake of the round from him, as it is sloppy and allows Aoki to move in and grab a clinch. Aoki forces Florian back against the cage, and is clearly happy to have gained a position where Florian cannot unload with strikes as effectively. Aoki hits a knee, then gets three or four small punches in to the side of the head. Not much power in them though. Florian sneaks in an elbow, and then attempts to get free, to no avail. Aoki goes for a trip, but Florian pushes free and quickly gets back to the center. Aoki keeps his distance for a few moments to recover his composure, then gets ready to fight again. Florian works an angle, throwing quick jabs all the time, then switches stance and hits a long looping punch that finds gloves. A right hand follows up though, and that does find the mark, causing Aoki to throw a wild haymaker in response. Florian tries to capitalise with a further flurry, and hits a nice left hook, but Aoki soon has them back in a clinch. That goes on for a while, until the clock runs down. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Florian. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Tyson Griffin vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Tyson Griffin by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Griffin is quickest out, and comes at Ishida with a series of jabs and straight punches. Ishida covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Ishida hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Griffin who takes it to the ground. Ishida pulls guard. There's a lull, as Griffin tries to pass, and Ishida defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Ishida almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Griffin, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Griffin. [B]Round 2[/B] The round begins with Griffin taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Ishida replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Griffin goes for the takedown, but Ishida sprawls. Griffin tries to power through, but Ishida uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Griffin defend this. Ishida is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Griffin isn't allowing it. Griffin pulls Ishida in tight, locking up both his arms. Ishida pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Ishida tries a big right hand, which Griffin defends well. He has quite a high guard, Ishida has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Griffin once again drags Ishida down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Ishida easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Ishida trying to pass guard. Griffin tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Ishida, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Ishida scores with a jab, then a second. Griffin goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Ishida enough time to take him down again. Ishida quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Griffin once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Ishida on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The round ends. Blurcat.com gives that one to Ishida by 10-9. [B]Round 3[/B] Ishida starts strongly, throwing two hard shots to the body and forcing Griffin back up against the cage. A couple of jabs find gloves, then Ishida steps in and tries to throw a scorching right hand. Griffin ducks under it and goes low, taking one of Ishida's legs and using it for leverage to complete a takedown. Griffin looks to pound out a victory, throwing some big punches. Ishida's guard prevents him from getting his body behind the shots though, and none of them have enough power to really trouble Ishida. A couple do get through and hit home though. Ishida reaches up and smothers Griffin into a clinch. He fights free, with some difficulty, and starts punching away again. Ishida parries the shots away. Unfortunately the round enters a lull, with Griffin unable to pass guard and so being content just to throw punches from there, while Ishida is unwilling to risk letting Griffin pass guard. We enter the final thirty seconds of the round before Griffin gets a breakthrough, managing to power through the guard and mount Ishida! Ishida covers up and tries to buck and roll his hips to desperately try and dislodge Griffin. It doesn't work, but it does unbalance him enough to reduce the amount of punches being thrown. Some do come raining down though, and Ishida is probably relieved when the round ends with him not having taken too much damage. The third round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Griffin. [B]Round 4[/B] The referee signals for them to fight. Ishida throws a haymaker to begin with, forcing Griffin to side step. Straight left connects from Griffin although the right hand follow-up misses. Ishida snaps off a crisp jab that lands above the right eye, but he was leaning back and so didn't generate much power. Griffin comes in fast, head-fakes, then shoots in for a takedown. Ishida sprawls to block the first attempt, but Griffin's persistance pays off, and Ishida goes down the second time, pulling guard. The fight falls into a lull as a pattern develops; Griffin punctuating attempts to pass guard with some sharp punches to the body and face, while Ishida parries away any big blows and puts all of his effort into making sure Griffin doesn't get a better position. Things heat up as Griffin manages to break the guard and get through into a half mount. Ishida hits a nice clean right hand in response. Griffin throws a couple of hard punches to the stomach. He has one leg trapped, and is trying to pull that free so that he can move further up the body and really start pounding away. Ishida knows that having the leg trapped is his key to not ending up in huge trouble, and so has it locked up tight. Griffin tries a half-hearted attempt at a kimura, but Ishida defends it well. The round ends with Griffin still unable to transition into side control, although he has landed enough shots to have lit up Ishida's upper body with red marks, and definitely won the round on points. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Griffin. [B]Round 5[/B] Griffin and Ishida start slowly, exchanging some jabs. Ishida is the first to chance a big shot, bringing an uppercut out from way down, forcing Griffin to back-pedal swiftly to avoid getting hit. Ishida wisely keeps up the pressure, stalking Griffin, using searching right hands to keep him moving. Griffin fires back with a low kick, catching Ishida on the outside of the calf. Ishida steps in, and the two fighers are close. Griffin pushes forward, throwing a right hand, and Ishida goes down! Replays show that it was more of a stumble, the punch barely connected. Griffin gets tied up in guard as he tries to follow up. Griffin looks to pound out a victory, throwing some big punches. Ishida's guard prevents him from getting his body behind the shots though, and none of them have enough power to really trouble Ishida. A couple do get through and hit home though. Ishida reaches up and smothers Griffin into a clinch. He fights free, with some difficulty, and starts punching away again. Ishida parries the shots away. Unfortunately the round enters a lull, with Griffin unable to pass guard and so being content just to throw punches from there, while Ishida is unwilling to risk letting Griffin pass guard. We enter the final thirty seconds of the round before Griffin gets a breakthrough, managing to power through the guard and mount Ishida! Ishida covers up and tries to buck and roll his hips to desperately try and dislodge Griffin. It doesn't work, but it does unbalance him enough to reduce the amount of punches being thrown. Some do come raining down though, and Ishida is probably relieved when the round ends with him not having taken too much damage. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Griffin. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Josh Thomson vs. Roger Huerta[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Josh Thomson by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Thomson starts fast, firing off several crisp jabs that keep Huerta on the back foot. A solid left hits gloves, but it's really just a set-up for Thomson to step in and use an uppercut. Not sure how much of it caught Huerta, but certainly enough to to make him grab a clinch to stop any further punishment. Great start to the round from Thomson, it has been total domination so far. The clinch is broken, and the two fighters exchange some long range jabs that are easily avoided. Huerta is looking a little lost so far, Thomson is controlling this round by virtue of his crisp accurate punches and higher aggression levels. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Thomson leads with the left, then moves in and gets in a wicked right hand that grazes the cheek. Huerta was fortunate there, if that had landed properly it would have been over. Huerta comes back with a leg kick to set up a one-two combination, but the round is coming to a close and it's going to be too little too late. The one bright spot for Huerta is that although Thomson clearly won the round, he didn't actually turn that dominance into any sort of real damage. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Thomson. [B]Round 2[/B] Thomson comes out strongly, looking for an early knock down, but three crisp jabs all get blocked, and Huerta ties him up in a clinch inside of the first thirty seconds. They struggle in the clinch for a while. Thomson breaks free and steps back. Huerta tries to follow, but takes a harsh kick to the hip as a result. Thomson moves in and throws some high speed jabs. Huerta defends them fairly easily, and throws a right hand, narrowly missing. Thomson thunders another kick into the hip area. Huerta backs off, limping slightly. Huerta fakes a takedown, allowing him to bring out a left cross from way down. Thomson manages to parry it away, but it glances off the side of his head nonetheless. Huerta tries to capitalise, coming in with a looping overhand right, but Thomson gets out of the way and has the time to pick his spot for another brutal kick. This one is slightly higher, crashing into the rib cage. Huerta is having real trouble finding a way past those kicks, they are so powerful that they're allowing Thomson to dictate the action. He will win this round on points, as time is about to run out. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Thomson. [B]Round 3[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Thomson is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Huerta blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Thomson is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Huerta is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Thomson can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Thomson some problems later on. Thomson moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Huerta is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Thomson before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Thomson off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Thomson goes for a trip, but Huerta cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Huerta may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The third round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Huerta. [B]Round 4[/B] Huerta throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Thomson throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Huerta steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Thomson hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Huerta. They struggle all the way back, with Huerta ending up backed up against the cage. Thomson hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Huerta stomps downward onto his foot. Huerta manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Thomson gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Huerta ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Huerta tries a high kick to start, but Thomson saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Thomson who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Huerta on the nose. Huerta hits a straight right, enough to stop Thomson from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Thomson. [B]Round 5[/B] Not the most interesting of starts to the round, it's mainly a lot of circling. The referee apparently gets bored, as he tells them to get on with it and fight. Huerta complies, firing off a dangerous right cross, narrowly missing. Thomson throws a couple of stiff jabs, but they only find gloves. Huerta fakes left, then comes in from the right, hitting a nice body blow. Thomson steps forward and unleashes a big kick, thundering it into Huerta's ribs. He felt that one for sure. Thomson follows up by hitting a right hand too. Huerta finds himself backed up against the cage. Thomson advances, and throws a scythe-like kick to the legs. Huerta can't get out of the way, and almost gets felled by the impact. Thomson steps in and scores with a high head kick. Huerta partially blocked it with his hands, which was probably the only thing stopping it from being a knock out blow. Huerta gets a right hand jab out in response, then pulls Thomson into a clinch. Knee strike from Thomson. They break. Huerta still looks hurt from that first kick. Thomson gets in close and gives a receipt for that earlier body blow, nailing a right hand to the gut. Huerta hits a jab to the cheek in response, then clinches again. Time runs down, the round will end before anything more can happen. Thomson has used those powerful kicks to dominate this round. End of round 5. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Thomson. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Sean Sherk vs. Joe Stevenson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Sean Sherk by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] They circle to begin the round. Stevenson throws two short jabs, then a long-range looping right hand. Sherk had to be on his toes to get out of the way, and does. Stevenson goes to follow up, and narrowly avoids walking right into a right cross. He bobs underneath it, then comes in fast with a right hand. Sherk parries it with his gloves, then shoots in and scores with a nice takedown. Stevenson tries to sprawl, but was too late and can only pull guard as he crash-lands to the ground. Sherk tries to work free from the guard, but can't. Stevenson reaches up to try and bring Sherk down into a clinch, but the attempt gets swatted away. Sherk fires off a couple of punches, leaning forward to get some leverage, and Stevenson is forced to cover up. Sherk switches and starts firing off some rapid-fire shots to the chest, Stevenson deals with it by pulling the guard tighter and punching upward. Sherk looks like he is happy to sit there and throw punches at his leisure, with no real effort to pass guard. Stevenson occasionally tries to roll his hips to get free, but it may be that he has realised that this round is beyond saving, and is just making sure that he doesn't put himself into a position to be knocked out or submitted by trying to escape. Indeed, time ticks away with nothing breaking the pattern of occasional strikes and defensive positioning. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Sherk by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] Stevenson is the first to score a meaningful blow, tagging Sherk with a jab to the cheek. Sherk uses a nice straight left to return fire. Stevenson comes in to work the body, but Sherk saw it coming and uses a quick takedown to put Stevenson onto the floor, falling into guard. Sherk throws out a right hand, parried away by Stevenson. The guard is quite tight, for the moment at least Sherk looks content to stay there and throw some punches. Stevenson isn't offering any sort of attacking threat yet, instead concentrating on keeping the strikes from landing. A big punch is driven into the ribs, Stevenson thought it was going for the face. Another punch lands in the same place, and a red mark starts to develop. Stevenson reaches up and pulls Sherk down into a clinch, and tries to work an armbar from the bottom. Sherk defends it easily, and gets in a sharp jab to the face too. He stands up slightly, leaning forward into the guard, and starts throwing some right hands. One gets through, the others are parried. Stevenson looked like he might be considering trying to apply a triangle then, as Sherk was very exposed, but he didn't get a chance due to the ferocity of the punches. Sherk gets back down to kneeling in the guard. Another right hand lands to the ribs. Stevenson fires off two punches from his back, but Sherk defends them easily by simply leaning backward out of reach. Sherk stands again, the guard remaining tight around him, and throws another couple of bombs. This time Stevenson does try to apply the triangle, and an armbar at the same time, but Sherk breaks free. Time is ticking down, looks like Stevenson will survive this ground and pound attack. The round ends without further note. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sherk. [B]Round 3[/B] Stevenson is quickest out, and comes at Sherk with a series of jabs and straight punches. Sherk covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Sherk hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Stevenson who takes it to the ground. Sherk pulls guard. There's a lull, as Stevenson tries to pass, and Sherk defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Sherk almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Stevenson, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Stevenson. [B]Round 4[/B] Fast start by Sherk, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Stevenson circles, drawing a lunge from Sherk, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Sherk ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Stevenson hopping on the other to remain vertical. Sherk tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Stevenson manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Sherk has one leg trapped between Stevenson's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Stevenson defends it well, without fully escaping it, Sherk can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Stevenson suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Sherk's back. Sherk was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Stevenson up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Stevenson throws a couple of short-range punches. Sherk gets a leg in and trips Stevenson, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Stevenson, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Sherk. [B]Round 5[/B] Sherk starts the round like a house on fire, hitting three quick jabs and a vicious right hook. Stevenson covered up well, but at least one of the jabs got through and landed above the left eye. Stevenson backs up to buy some time, but Sherk keeps coming and lands a right hand to the body. Stevenson scores with a jab in return, then goes with a kick to the waist. Sherk catches the leg though and quickly rushes forward with a takedown. Stevenson pulls guard. Sherk fires off a couple of tentative punches, testing out the guard of Stevenson. Sherk tries to pass the guard, but can't, Stevenson isn't going to let him get a better position, as he knows that Sherk will start raining down punches. Sherk tries a big right hand, but it's easily defended. Stevenson gets a punch of his own in, but it didn't connect properly. Sherk again tries to get past the guard, but again is foiled. It's turned into a bit of a stalemate, although the referee probably won't stand them up as long as the punches continue to flow. Sherk fakes an elbow before trying to pass the guard for a third time, and briefly has side mount, but Stevenson fought it hard and gets back to guard within seconds. Butterfly guard by Stevenson, and Sherk is having trouble generating any attacking threat. He'll probably win the round as he has been more aggressive, but Stevenson has defended the danger well. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sherk. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Tatsuya Kawajiri by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Hansen starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Kawajiri. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Kawajiri goes for a single leg and puts Hansen on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Kawajiri from getting on top. Hansen definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Kawajiri hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Hansen again. This time Hansen isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Kawajiri will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Hansen defends. Kawajiri tries to slip past to get side control, but Hansen just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Kawajiri has the side. Two big elbows land, and Hansen seems in trouble. Kawajiri goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. End of round 1. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kawajiri. [B]Round 2[/B] An exchange of jabs doesn't go anywhere. Hansen fakes a kick, then darts in to score with a straight left before backing out fast to avoid a left-right combination from Kawajiri. They clinch, and Kawajiri winds up backed against the cage. A couple of minor blows get exchanged, but it's turned into a bit of a stalemate. Hansen tries to push Kawajiri back, but can't. The referee waits a while, then separates them and gets them to resume. Hansen range-finds with a couple of jabs. Kawajiri wisely doesn't get too close. Hansen works for an angle. Kawajiri steps in and fires off a scorching right hand, but it's well wide. He threw it with such force that it put him off balance though, and that gives Hansen the chance to counter by unloading with a bomb of a right hand, flooring Kawajiri! Hansen follows up by diving in to try and finish the match. Kawajiri covers up, but Hansen is raining down punches from the half mount position. At least two hard shots get through. Hansen moves up into side control, briefly looks like he is considering trying to take an arm, then goes back to teeing off on Kawajiri's head with fists. Kawajiri tries to wriggle free, but isn't really getting anywhere because Hansen is lying right across his upper body. Hansen uses his legs to ensnare Kawajiri's right arm, and then starts firing off more and more punches. With only his left hand to try and block them, Kawajiri is taking more punches than he is blocking. The referee is looking very closely at this, unless Kawajiri does something dramatic pretty soon, I doubt this will go much longer. Hansen stops to take a deep breath, then starts firing off another barrage. Kawajiri takes at least three hard shots to the face during the attack, and that's enough for the referee, he calls an end to the match. Hansen wins via TKO at 3:35 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Joachim Hansen by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: BJ Penn vs. Gilbert Melendez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: BJ Penn by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Penn lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Melendez sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Penn on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Melendez manages to get the better position, pushing Penn up against the cage. Right hand to the ribs from Melendez. Penn hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Melendez tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Penn was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Melendez down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Melendez covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Penn hits a big elbow to the ribs, Melendez definitely felt that. Penn drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Melendez brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Penn will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Melendez defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Penn unable to generate any attacks, and Melendez unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Penn will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. The first round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Penn. [B]Round 2[/B] The two fighters meet in the center with an exchange of jabs, but neither gets anything but gloves or air. They go right into a clinch, with only a few seconds of the match gone. Penn gets a knee to the ribs in, but it wasn't particularly hard. They break. Melendez gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Penn follows up with another one, and Melendez looks in trouble all of a sudden. He is backed up against the cage and Penn is unloading. The punches are raining down, Melendez is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Melendez was unable to defend himself intelligently. Penn wins. Official time of the TKO is 1:39 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: BJ Penn by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi vs. Eddie Alvarez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Takanori Gomi by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Gomi hits two jabs, then a high kick. It glances off Alvarez's shoulder, catching him on the top of the head. He stumbles backward, ending up against the cage. Gomi charges in and starts unloading, and after several crunching punches have landed the referee has no choice but to jump in and bring the match to the end. Official time of the TKO is 1:46 of the first round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Takanori Gomi by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Lightweights Day One Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Josh Thomson vs. Roger Huerta [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Takanori Gomi vs. Eddie Alvarez [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Block A:[/B] BJ Penn - 2pts. Joachim Hansen - 2pts. Josh Thompson - 1pt. Mitsuhiro Ishida - 1pt. Roger Huerta - 1pt. Tyson Griffin - 1pt. Gilbert Melendez - 0pts. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 0pts. [B]Block B:[/B] Gesias Calvancante - 2pts. Takanori Gomi - 2pts. Kenny Florian - 1pt. Joe Stevenson - 1pt. Sean Sherk - 1pt. Shinya Aoki - 1pt. Eddie Alvarez - 0pts. Ryan Schultz - 0pts.[/center]
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The first of seven round-robin bouts in each division are now complete. In the Heavyweight division the biggest shocker is that Fedor and Randy Couture both are at one point. However, smart money is on both men picking up their game and finishing their next fight. Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar are standing at the top with two points a peice, however they have tough tasks ahead of them in their remaining six contests. In the Light Heavyweight division Rafael Feijao and Brian Stann are the two surprises that sit with two points above the likes of Wanderlei Silva and Shogun Rua. It would be one of the biggest upsets in MMA history if either of the two men advance through to the semi-finals above all that talent. Lyoto Machida suffered his first loss in a bout against top ranked Forrest Griffin. Machida's style will need to be changed for the format as it stands now which will make this even more exciting. Middleweight king Anderson Silva made quick work of Matt Lindland and showed no sign that he will be challenged in his bracket. Paulo Filho also made short work of Robbie Lawler in a surprisingly quick bout. The favorites are still in line to advance as this is a top heavy division. The Welterweight division looks to get interesting with the likes of Anthony Johnson toward the top of the standings. If he can find another upset or two in him, it's possible we could see him sneak through to the semi-finals. Georges St. Pierre will be looking to clean out his bracket before moving on though getting through tough test Jake Shields already. And finally in the Lightweight Divsion only the four favorites managed to finish their fights. This will make things very interesting for the second round because if they win again, whoever else loses will find themselves in a deep hole to try and climb out of. In the event of a tie after the seven bouts the tie-breaker will be total time fought. Whoever is quickest will advance. Now it's time to list the upcoming events that will see the second round fights: [center][B]WMMA Climax 6: Heavyweights B & Light Heavyweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. Andrei Arlovski Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. Lyoto Machida Heavyweight Block B: Frank Mir vs. Alistar Overeem Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. Renato Sorbral Heavyweight Block B: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roger Gracie Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. Heath Herring [B]WMMA Climax 7: Heavyweights A & Lightweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar Heavyweight Block A: Josh Barnett vs. Tim Sylvia Lightweight Block A: BJ Penn vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. Tyson Griffin Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell Lightweight Block A: Roger Huerta vs. Gilbert Melendez Heavyweight Block A: Mirko Filipovic vs. Cain Velasquez Lightweight Block A: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thompson [B]WMMA Climax 8: Light Heavyweights B & Welterweights B[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brandon Vera Welterweight Block B: Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block B: Carlos Condit vs. Josh Koscheck Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Light Heavyweight Block B: Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill Welterweight Block B: Thiago Alves vs. Nick Thompson Light Heavyweight Block B: Rashad Evans vs. Brian Stann Welterweight Block B: Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pyle [B]WMMA Climax 9: Middleweights B & Welterweights A[/B] Welterweight Block A: Georges St. Pierre vs. Mike Swick Middleweight Block B: Robbie Lawler vs. Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. Michael Bisping Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. Jake Shields Middleweight Block B: Ronaldo Souza vs. Nate Marquardt Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. Anthony Johnson Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Welterweight Block A: Hayato Sakurai vs. Nick Diaz [B]WMMA Climax 10: Middleweights A & Lightweights B[/B] Middleweight Block A: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi vs. Sean Sherk Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight Block B: Gesias Calvancante vs. Joe Stevenson Middleweight Block A: Dan Henderson vs. Cung Le Middleweight Block A: Matt Lindland vs. Frank Trigg Middleweight Block A: Rich Franklin vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Lightweight Block B: Kenny Florian vs. Ryan Schultz[/center]
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[B][U]WMMA Climax 6: Heavyweights B & Light Heavyweights A[/U][/B] Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. [B]Andrei Arlovski[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. [B]Lyoto Machida[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Frank Mir[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Forrest Griffin [/B]vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz vs.[B] Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Keith Jardine[/B] vs. Renato Sorbral Heavyweight Block B: [B]Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira[/B] vs. Roger Gracie Heavyweight Block B: [B]Fabricio Werdum[/B] vs. Heath Herring [B][U]WMMA Climax 7: Heavyweights A & Lightweights A[/U][/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Fedor Emelianenko [/B]vs. Brock Lesnar Heavyweight Block A: [B]Josh Barnett[/B] vs. Tim Sylvia Lightweight Block A: [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Lightweight Block A: [B]Joachim Hansen[/B] vs. Tyson Griffin Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. [B]Ben Rothwell[/B] Lightweight Block A: Roger Huerta vs. [B]Gilbert Melendez[/B] Heavyweight Block A: Mirko Filipovic vs. [B]Cain Velasquez[/B] Lightweight Block A: [B]Tatsuya Kawajiri [/B]vs. Josh Thompson [B][U]WMMA Climax 8: Light Heavyweights B & Welterweights B[/U][/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Wanderlei Silva[/B] vs. Brandon Vera Welterweight Block B: [B]Matt Hughes [/B]vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block B: [B]Carlos Condit[/B] vs. Josh Koscheck Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Mauricio Rua[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Quinton Jackson[/B] vs. Matt Hamill Welterweight Block B: [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Nick Thompson Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Rashad Evans[/B] vs. Brian Stann Welterweight Block B: [B]Jon Fitch[/B] vs. Mike Pyle [B][U]WMMA Climax 9: Middleweights B & Welterweights A[/U][/B] Welterweight Block A: [B]Georges St. Pierre[/B] vs. Mike Swick Middleweight Block B: [B]Robbie Lawler [/B]vs. Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block B: [B]Paulo Filho[/B] vs. Michael Bisping Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. [B]Jake Shields[/B] Middleweight Block B: [B]Ronaldo Souza[/B] vs. Nate Marquardt Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. [B]Anthony Johnson[/B] Middleweight Block B: [B]Thales Leites[/B] vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Welterweight Block A: [B]Hayato Sakurai [/B]vs. Nick Diaz [B][U]WMMA Climax 10: Middleweights A & Lightweights B[/U][/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Yushin Okami Lightweight Block B: [B]Takanori Gomi[/B] vs. Sean Sherk Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki vs. [B]Eddie Alvarez[/B] Lightweight Block B: [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] vs. Joe Stevenson Middleweight Block A: [B]Dan Henderson[/B] vs. Cung Le Middleweight Block A: [B]Matt Lindland [/B]vs. Frank Trigg Middleweight Block A: [B]Rich Franklin[/B] vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Lightweight Block B: [B]Kenny Florian[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz
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[B]WMMA Climax 6: Heavyweights B & Light Heavyweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. [B]Andrei Arlovski[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. [B]Lyoto Machida[/B] Heavyweight Block B: [B]Frank Mir[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Forrest Griffin[/B] vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz vs. [B]Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Keith Jardine[/B] vs. Renato Sorbral Heavyweight Block B: [B]Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira[/B] vs. Roger Gracie Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. [B]Heath Herring[/B] [B]WMMA Climax 7: Heavyweights A & Lightweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Fedor Emelianenko[/B] vs. Brock Lesnar Heavyweight Block A: [B]Josh Barnett[/B] vs. Tim Sylvia Lightweight Block A: [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. [B]Tyson Griffin[/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Gabriel Gonzaga[/B] vs. Ben Rothwell Lightweight Block A: [B]Roger Huerta[/B] vs. Gilbert Melendez Heavyweight Block A: [B]Mirko Filipovic[/B] vs. Cain Velasquez Lightweight Block A: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. [B]Josh Thomson[/B] [B]WMMA Climax 8: Light Heavyweights B & Welterweights B[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Wanderlei Silva[/B] vs. Brandon Vera Welterweight Block B: [B]Matt Hughes[/B] vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block B: Carlos Condit vs. [B]Josh Koscheck[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Mauricio Rua[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Quinton Jackson[/B] vs. Matt Hamill Welterweight Block B: [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Nick Thompson Light Heavyweight Block B: Rashad Evans vs. [B]Brian Stann[/B] Welterweight Block B: [B]Jon Fitch[/B] vs. Mike Pyle [B]WMMA Climax 9: Middleweights B & Welterweights A[/B] Welterweight Block A: [B]Georges St. Pierre[/B] vs. Mike Swick Middleweight Block B: [B]Robbie Lawler[/B] vs. Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. [B]Michael Bisping[/B] Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. [B]Jake Shields[/B] Middleweight Block B: Ronaldo Souza vs. [B]Nate Marquardt[/B] Welterweight Block A: [B]Diego Sanchez[/B] vs. Anthony Johnson Middleweight Block B: [B]Thales Leites[/B] vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Welterweight Block A: Hayato Sakurai vs. [B]Nick Diaz[/B] [B]WMMA Climax 10: Middleweights A & Lightweights B[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Yushin Okami Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi vs. [B]Sean Sherk[/B] Lightweight Block B: [B]Shinya Aoki[/B] vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight Block B: [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] vs. Joe Stevenson Middleweight Block A: [B]Dan Henderson[/B] vs. Cung Le Middleweight Block A: Matt Lindland vs. [B]Frank Trigg[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Rich Franklin[/B] vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Lightweight Block B: [B]Kenny Florian[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 6: Heavyweights B & Light Heavyweights A Presented By: Affliction[/B] [I]Montreal, Quebec, Canada[/I] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. Heath Herring[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Fabricio Werdum by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Herring goes for the first takedown, but Werdum has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the cage. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Werdum storms back in almost immediately and takes Herring down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Herring just had a lapse in concentration. Werdum tries to pass the guard but can't, with Herring employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Herring is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Werdum makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Herring has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Werdum on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Werdum. [B]Round 2[/B] Herring is quickest out, and comes at Werdum with a series of jabs and straight punches. Werdum covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Werdum hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Herring who takes it to the ground. Werdum pulls guard. There's a lull, as Herring tries to pass, and Werdum defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Werdum almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Herring, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Herring. [B]Round 3[/B] The round begins with Werdum taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Herring replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Werdum goes for the takedown, but Herring sprawls. Werdum tries to power through, but Herring uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Werdum defend this. Herring is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Werdum isn't allowing it. Werdum pulls Herring in tight, locking up both his arms. Herring pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Herring tries a big right hand, which Werdum defends well. He has quite a high guard, Herring has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Werdum once again drags Herring down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Herring easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Herring trying to pass guard. Werdum tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Herring, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Herring scores with a jab, then a second. Werdum goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Herring enough time to take him down again. Herring quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Werdum once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Herring on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. End of round 3. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Herring. [B]Round 4[/B] A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Werdum lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Herring sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Werdum on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Herring manages to get the better position, pushing Werdum up against the cage. Right hand to the ribs from Herring. Werdum hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Herring tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Werdum was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Herring down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Herring covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Werdum hits a big elbow to the ribs, Herring definitely felt that. Werdum drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Herring brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Werdum will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Herring defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Werdum unable to generate any attacks, and Herring unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Werdum will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. The fourth round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Werdum. [B]Round 5[/B] Right hand from Werdum was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Herring. Werdum follows up by coming in close, but Herring is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Herring throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Werdum steps in and fires off one of his own, but Herring bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Werdum turns and swings, just as Herring also unloads...and it's Herring who connects first! Werdum's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Herring follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Werdum. The referee doesn't even wait for Herring to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Werdum is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! The official time of the TKO is 1:31 of round 5.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Heath Herring by TKO in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roger Gracie[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Gracie gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Minotauro follows up with another one, and Gracie looks in trouble all of a sudden. He is backed up against the cage and Minotauro is unloading. The punches are raining down, Gracie is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Gracie was unable to defend himself intelligently. Minotauro wins. The official time of the TKO is 0:37 of round 1.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. Renato Sorbral[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Keith Jardine by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Sobral moves in close and hits a left hook to the body. Jardine steps back, and suddenly fires off a roundhouse kick. Sobral didn't see it coming, and it lands right behind his ear. Sobral is down, knocked out cold, and the referee is quick to step in and stop Jardine from inflicting any more damage. Jardine wins via 1st round knock out with the official time being 0:42.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Keith Jardine by Knockout in the First Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Tito Ortiz by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Quick start to the round from Nogueira, he comes storming in with a flurry of jabs. Ortiz defends it well, parrying them away. Nice straight right from Ortiz connects. Nogueira gets in close and hits a pair of nice body shots, then they clinch up. Nogueira pushes Ortiz back against the cage and goes for a trip, but Ortiz blocks it. Ortiz suddenly pushes forward off the cage and uses the momentum to take Nogueira down to the ground, into guard. Ortiz tries to work free from the guard, but can't. Nogueira reaches up to try and bring Ortiz down into a clinch, but the attempt gets swatted away. Ortiz fires off a couple of punches, leaning forward to get some leverage, and Nogueira is forced to cover up. Ortiz switches and starts firing off some rapid-fire shots to the chest, Nogueira deals with it by pulling the guard tighter and punching upward. Ortiz looks like he is happy to sit there and throw punches at his leisure, with no real effort to pass guard. Nogueira occasionally tries to roll his hips to get free, but it may be that he has realised that this round is beyond saving, and is just making sure that he doesn't put himself into a position to be knocked out or submitted by trying to escape. Indeed, time ticks away with nothing breaking the pattern of occasional strikes and defensive positioning. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Ortiz by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] Nice fast-paced start from Ortiz, who gets right in Nogueira's face from the beginning of the round, throwing some crisp jabs and then a vicious uppercut. The two jabs got parried, the uppercut missed as Nogueira side-stepped. Nogueira fires back with a left hand, then a right to the body. Ortiz steps in, but only into a waist-high kick from Nogueira. Ortiz is quick though, and manages to catch it around the knee. Using it as leverage, Ortiz sweeps Nogueira's standing leg and takes them to the ground. Nogueira quickly pulls guard. Ortiz tries to work free from the guard, but can't. Nogueira reaches up to try and bring Ortiz down into a clinch, but the attempt gets swatted away. Ortiz fires off a couple of punches, leaning forward to get some leverage, and Nogueira is forced to cover up. Ortiz switches and starts firing off some rapid-fire shots to the chest, Nogueira deals with it by pulling the guard tighter and punching upward. Ortiz looks like he is happy to sit there and throw punches at his leisure, with no real effort to pass guard. Nogueira occasionally tries to roll his hips to get free, but it may be that he has realised that this round is beyond saving, and is just making sure that he doesn't put himself into a position to be knocked out or submitted by trying to escape. Indeed, time ticks away with nothing breaking the pattern of occasional strikes and defensive positioning. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Ortiz. [B]Round 3[/B] Ortiz is quickest out, and comes at Nogueira with a series of jabs and straight punches. Nogueira covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Nogueira hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Ortiz who takes it to the ground. Nogueira pulls guard. There's a lull, as Ortiz tries to pass, and Nogueira defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Nogueira almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Ortiz, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. End of round 3. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Ortiz. [B]Round 4[/B] A touch of gloves to start the round, and we're underway. Ortiz lets rip with a vicious straight right almost immediately, but it's easily avoided. Nogueira sneaks a jab through the guard and catches Ortiz on the left cheek, but the follow up right hook only finds gloves. They get close to each other and end up in a clinch, from which Nogueira manages to get the better position, pushing Ortiz up against the cage. Right hand to the ribs from Nogueira. Ortiz hits a couple of knees to the side. There's a struggle for supremacy going on, it's difficult to see who is winning it. Nogueira tries a knee of his own, but that is the opportunity that Ortiz was waiting for and he sweeps the standing leg to take Nogueira down to the ground, in side control. Excellent takedown. Nogueira covers up to defend against a pair of back-hand blows, and even manages to sneak a knee strike in. Ortiz hits a big elbow to the ribs, Nogueira definitely felt that. Ortiz drives a knee to the near side, then attempts to float-over into a mount. Nogueira brought his legs in though, and manages to pull guard. Ortiz will be disappointed with that. He tries to get a big punch in, but Nogueira defends it well and gets a hold of both arms. The fight grinds to a halt, with Ortiz unable to generate any attacks, and Nogueira unwilling to give up a good defensive position. The referee stands them up. Ortiz will likely be very angry that he didn't make more of that takedown. They exchange half-hearted jabs as the round draws to an end. End of round 4. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Ortiz. [B]Round 5[/B] Slow start to the round, they're both circling, looking for an opening. Nogueira tries a looping punch from way back, but Ortiz side steps with ease. Jab from Ortiz, gets one back in response. Nogueira comes in, looking for the right hand lead, but Ortiz shoots in and uses a double-leg takedown. He winds up in a closed guard. Ortiz looks to pound out a victory, throwing some big punches. Nogueira's guard prevents him from getting his body behind the shots though, and none of them have enough power to really trouble Nogueira. A couple do get through and hit home though. Nogueira reaches up and smothers Ortiz into a clinch. He fights free, with some difficulty, and starts punching away again. Nogueira parries the shots away. Unfortunately the round enters a lull, with Ortiz unable to pass guard and so being content just to throw punches from there, while Nogueira is unwilling to risk letting Ortiz pass guard. We enter the final thirty seconds of the round before Ortiz gets a breakthrough, managing to power through the guard and mount Nogueira! Nogueira covers up and tries to buck and roll his hips to desperately try and dislodge Ortiz. It doesn't work, but it does unbalance him enough to reduce the amount of punches being thrown. Some do come raining down though, and Nogueira is probably relieved when the round ends with him not having taken too much damage. End of round 5. Blurcat.com gives that one to Ortiz by 10-9. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Forrest Griffin by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Griffin and Sokoudjou circle to start. Sokoudjou throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Griffin sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Sokoudjou comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Griffin to slip a nice jab in, catching Sokoudjou just underneath the right eye. Griffin comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Sokoudjou misses with a right cross, then backs off. Griffin stalks him, forcing Sokoudjou back up against the cage. Griffin doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Sokoudjou throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Griffin pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Sokoudjou covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Griffin in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Griffin throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Sokoudjou comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Griffin parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Griffin's favour. The first round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Griffin. [B]Round 2[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Sokoudjou is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Griffin blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Sokoudjou is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Griffin is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Sokoudjou can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Sokoudjou some problems later on. Sokoudjou moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Griffin is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Sokoudjou before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Sokoudjou off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Sokoudjou goes for a trip, but Griffin cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Griffin may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Griffin by 10-9. [B] Round 3[/B] Griffin hits a nice left hook. Sokoudjou felt it, and throws a ragged punch in response, missing by a mile. Griffin comes in close and hits a couple of big body shots, bobbing out of the way of the jabs that were aimed for his jaw. Sokoudjou clinches up, but gets pushed all the way back to the cage, where Griffin uses a trip to send them both down to the ground. Griffin tries to grab an arm to work a submission, but Sokoudjou is defending it well by using short, sharp strikes to keep him back. Griffin tries to pass the guard, but has no luck. A punch from Griffin connects, but there was no real power behind it. Griffin fakes Sokoudjou out cleverly, and slips to a half mount. Sokoudjou manages to hit a firm elbow, then is forced to defend the full mount attempt. Griffin switches tactics and tries to work a kimura on the other arm, but Sokoudjou blocks it, squirms his leg free, and secures the guard again. Griffin looks frustrated at losing the half mount after having worked so hard to get it in the first place. Sokoudjou is liable to lose the round on points, but he has done a fine job of defending the submissions attempts so far. Griffin tries to secure a leglock, but the guard is tight and Sokoudjou is safe. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Griffin. [B]Round 4[/B] Tentative start to the round by both fighters, neither looks willing to commit themselves and make the first mistake. Sokoudjou stalks Griffin, working him back toward the cage. There's an exchange of strikes...and Sokoudjou is down! Griffin goes to finish it, but gets sucked into the guard position. Replays show that Griffin stunned Sokoudjou with a nice straight right to the cheek during the earlier flurry, and that's what dropped him. Griffin tries to grab an arm to work a submission, but Sokoudjou is defending it well by using short, sharp strikes to keep him back. Griffin tries to pass the guard, but has no luck. A punch from Griffin connects, but there was no real power behind it. Griffin fakes Sokoudjou out cleverly, and slips to a half mount. Sokoudjou manages to hit a firm elbow, then is forced to defend the full mount attempt. Griffin switches tactics and tries to work a kimura on the other arm, but Sokoudjou blocks it, squirms his leg free, and secures the guard again. Griffin looks frustrated at losing the half mount after having worked so hard to get it in the first place. Sokoudjou is liable to lose the round on points, but he has done a fine job of defending the submissions attempts so far. Griffin tries to secure a leglock, but the guard is tight and Sokoudjou is safe. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Griffin. [B]Round 5[/B] Griffin starts fast, squeezing a jab past the guard and catching Sokoudjou above the right eye. Sokoudjou swings and misses with a big right hand, which puts him off balance long enough for Griffin to floor him with a hard left. Griffin goes to follow up, but gets caught in the guard position. The replay shows that the punch wasn't actually that powerful, it looked worse than it was because Sokoudjou was already falling slightly. Griffin tries to pass guard, but Sokoudjou doesn't allow it. Sokoudjou throws a couple of punches, but they're parried away. He breaks his guard to bring a leg across and try to kick Griffin in the face, but it's a mistake as Griffin pushes the leg aside and gets side control. Griffin pushes them closer to the cage, near his own corner so that they can give him instructions. Following what they say, Griffin throws some heavy blows to the unprotected stomach of Sokoudjou, then tries to isolate the closest arm. Sokoudjou frantically tries to stop that happening, but does indeed give it up. He does manage to roll to the side, giving himself some good leverage and preventing Griffin from extending the arm. Griffin continues trying to apply an armbar, but Sokoudjou is not allowing it. Eventually Griffin turns and tries to get a crucifix position instead. Sokoudjou fights that off too. The round ends with Griffin still doggedly trying to get an armbar submission, and Sokoudjou tenaciously stopping it. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Griffin. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Andrei Arlovski vs. Alistar Overeem[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Alistar Overeem via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Overeem gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Arlovski follows up with another one, and Overeem looks in trouble all of a sudden. He is backed up against the cage and Arlovski is unloading. The punches are raining down, Overeem is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Overeem was unable to defend himself intelligently. Arlovski wins. Official time of the TKO is 0:17 of the first round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Andre Arlovski by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. Frank Mir[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Randy Couture by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round begins with Mir taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Couture replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Mir goes for the takedown, but Couture sprawls. Mir tries to power through, but Couture uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Mir defend this. Couture is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Mir isn't allowing it. Mir pulls Couture in tight, locking up both his arms. Couture pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Couture tries a big right hand, which Mir defends well. He has quite a high guard, Couture has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Mir once again drags Couture down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Couture easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Couture trying to pass guard. Mir tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Couture, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Couture scores with a jab, then a second. Mir goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Couture enough time to take him down again. Couture quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Mir once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Couture on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Couture. [B]Round 2[/B] They start the round with an exchange of strikes, all from fairly long range as they circle and try to work angles. None of the blows did any damage, either missing or being straight into the opponent's gloves. Couture is the first to land a worthwhile blow, hitting a straight right that catches Mir on the side of the cheek. Couture follows up by backing him up against the cage, throws a couple of big punches, but gets pulled into a clinch without doing any serious damage. Mir goes for a trip and almost gets it, but Couture is able to regain his footing at the last moment. Mir has Couture against the cage, and hits three right hands to the side of the ribs. Couture reaches down and picks up a leg, using that as leverage to topple Mir, who pulls guard. Couture starts pounding away and does some damage before Mir grapples and pulls him down into a clinch. Mir has both of Couture's arms tied up, preventing much in the way of attacking action. Couture uses some shoulder shrugs to the face, but Mir isn't going to be too bothered by that. Couture pulls one arm free. Mir still has tight control of the other, and brings his legs up, trying to apply an armbar. Couture sees it coming and blocks it easily, getting in a couple of punches for good measure. Couture steps through the legs and forces Mir to release the arm so that he can cover up against a series of strikes. Mir manages to ensare one leg though, and so Couture has to make do with being in half guard instead of getting the full mount that he wanted. Couture hits a couple of punches, takes one back, then attempts to get side control. Mir keeps him at bay. Time is ticking away, if Couture is going to use this position to finish the match, it had better be done soon. Couture pulls Mir's left arm to one side and straightens it out, perhaps looking to turn it into an armbar. Mir rolls over to stop the arm getting trapped. Couture continues to work for it though. Time expires though, the round is over. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Couture. [B]Round 3[/B] Touch of gloves starts the round. Couture comes in quickly, and unloads with a beauty of a combination, two jabs, a hook, a body punch and an uppercut. One of the jabs and the body shot definitely got through, the others were blocked. Mir backs off, only offering a wayward right hand in response. They circle, then Couture once again comes in with an aggressive rush. They exchange blows in a flurry, with Couture bobbing and weaving excellently while throwing out crisp jabs. Mir got a leg kick in, but his jabs didn't find their mark. Couture is relying on his superior striking skills so far, and it is paying dividends, Mir is getting picked apart and is looking increasingly unable to to contend with his opponent's better technique. Couture throws a low kick, and that is really the first mistake of the round from him, as it is sloppy and allows Mir to move in and grab a clinch. Mir forces Couture back against the cage, and is clearly happy to have gained a position where Couture cannot unload with strikes as effectively. Mir hits a knee, then gets three or four small punches in to the side of the head. Not much power in them though. Couture sneaks in an elbow, and then attempts to get free, to no avail. Mir goes for a trip, but Couture pushes free and quickly gets back to the center. Mir keeps his distance for a few moments to recover his composure, then gets ready to fight again. Couture works an angle, throwing quick jabs all the time, then switches stance and hits a long looping punch that finds gloves. A right hand follows up though, and that does find the mark, causing Mir to throw a wild haymaker in response. Couture tries to capitalise with a further flurry, and hits a nice left hook, but Mir soon has them back in a clinch. That goes on for a while, until the clock runs down. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Couture. [B]Round 4[/B] The two fighters circle. Mir flicks out a couple of jabs, then an unconventinal looping right hand. Couture easily side-steps it, but trips and falls to the ground! He is up quickly, before Mir could get in. Replays confirm that it was purely a stumble, the punch was well wide of the mark. Couture moves in, ducks under a big right hand, and gets two crisp jabs in before getting smothered into a clinch. One of those jabs landed hard, Mir is a little rattled. They struggle in the clinch, both throwing small punches to the back and ribs. The referee separates them. Mir forces Couture back up against the cage, and starts throwing jabs. He looks to be keeping Couture in position, waiting to unload a big punch. Mir does, lunging in with a huge right cross, but Couture saw it coming and goes underneath it, scoring with a right hand to the gut on the way past. Mir turns and tries to follow up immediately, but gets tagged with a wicked left hook that drops him to one knee. Mir is up quickly, causing Couture, who was about to dive in, to back off. Replays show that the punch connected, but Mir was already going downward to duck the punch, so it wasn't as powerful as first thought. Mir throws a high kick, but it doesn't do anything but cause Couture to step back. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Couture. [B]Round 5[/B] There is some tentative circling to begin with, before they meet in the center for the first action of the round. It's a tight affair, both fighters heavily using the jab, but Couture looks to get the better of it, landing with one crisp strike to the face in particular. Mir backs off, a little shaken. Replays show that it landed right on the nose. Couture press the action, forcing Mir back against the cage and upping the tempo with rapid-fire lefts and rights, bobbing and weaving at the same time to keep from getting caught with a counter punch. Mir clinches up. Couture is displaying a much more accomplished and confident striking game than Mir, the technique and speed with which the punches are being delivered is leaving Mir looking ragged in comparison. The pattern continues once they've been separated, with Couture looking the sharper of the two. He isn't overwhelming Mir by any means, but he is comfortably controlling the pace and tempo of the round, and preventing Mir from stamping any sort of mark on it. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Couture. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. Lyoto Machida[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Machida starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Liddell manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Liddell uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and Machida is forced back against the cage. Liddell picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. Machida uses a couple of looping punches to make Liddell keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Liddell bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. Machida scores with a low kick. Machida gets pinned against the cage, and the referee eventually has to separate them. Liddell unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Liddell. [B]Round 2[/B] Liddell throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Machida steps in and fires off one of his own, but Liddell bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Machida turns and swings, just as Liddell also unloads...and it's Liddell who connects first! Machida's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Liddell follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Machida. The referee doesn't even wait for Liddell to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Machida is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! Liddell wins via TKO at 1:18 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Chuck Liddell by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Heavyweights B & Light Heavyweights A Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Fabricio Werdum vs. Heath Herring [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Keith Jardine vs. Babalu Sobral [B]Submission of the Night:[/B] Randy Couture [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Heavyweights Block B:[/B] Heath Herring - 4pts. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 3pts. Frank Mir - 3pts. Andrei Arlovski - 2pts. Fabricio Werdum - 2pts. Randy Couture - 2pts. Alistar Overeem - 0pts. Roger Gracie - 0pts. [B]Light Heavyweights Block A:[/B] Chuck Liddell - 4pts. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - 3pts. Forrest Griffin - 3pts. Keith Jardine - 2pts. Tito Ortiz - 2pts. Renato Sorbral - 1pt. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - 1pts. Lyoto Machida - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 7: Heavyweights A & Lightweights A Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Josh Thomson via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Thomson starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Kawajiri. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Kawajiri goes for a single leg and puts Thomson on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Kawajiri from getting on top. Thomson definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Kawajiri hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Thomson again. This time Thomson isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Kawajiri will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Thomson defends. Kawajiri tries to slip past to get side control, but Thomson just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Kawajiri has the side. Two big elbows land, and Thomson seems in trouble. Kawajiri goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Kawajiri. [B]Round 2[/B] Thomson starts fast, firing off several crisp jabs that keep Kawajiri on the back foot. A solid left hits gloves, but it's really just a set-up for Thomson to step in and use an uppercut. Not sure how much of it caught Kawajiri, but certainly enough to to make him grab a clinch to stop any further punishment. Great start to the round from Thomson, it has been total domination so far. The clinch is broken, and the two fighters exchange some long range jabs that are easily avoided. Kawajiri is looking a little lost so far, Thomson is controlling this round by virtue of his crisp accurate punches and higher aggression levels. Thomson glances at the referee, not sure why. Thomson leads with the left, then moves in and gets in a wicked right hand that grazes the cheek. Kawajiri was fortunate there, if that had landed properly it would have been over. Kawajiri comes back with a leg kick to set up a one-two combination, but the round is coming to a close and it's going to be too little too late. The one bright spot for Kawajiri is that although Thomson clearly won the round, he didn't actually turn that dominance into any sort of real damage. End of round 2. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Thomson. [B]Round 3[/B] Kawajiri throws a straight right, batted away by Thomson. Kawajiri goes for a second, but gets beaten to the punch as Thomson scores with a kick that catches Kawajiri across the outside of the knee. Thomson throws another one, and this time it lands just above the same knee. Kawajiri backs off slightly. Thomson throws a high jab, then head-fakes and comes in with a left hook from low down. Kawajiri fires back with a crisp right hand that connects to the shoulder rather than the face. Thomson throws another fizzing low kick, again connecting with the knee. Kawajiri tried to check it, but couldn't in time. Those strikes are going to add up soon and start reducing his mobility. Thomson throws another kick, this time at chest-height, but it's merely a set-up to allow him to come in fast and start throwing a series of jabs. Kawajiri covers up, throwing occasional straight rights in return. Thomson backs off, but not before cracking another kick into the thigh region. Time is running down, Kawajiri has failed to deal with those kicks, and it has definitely cost him this round, and possibly done some damage to his knee. The third round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Thomson. [B]Round 4[/B] Kawajiri starts the round by throwing some low kicks. Thomson checks them, then comes in and clearly wants to trade punches. Kawajiri doesn't seem too bothered by that, and they enter into the first exchange of punches of the round. Difficult to say who came out on top, neither of them did a great deal of damage, most of the shots hit the opponent's gloves. Kawajiri cleverly head-fakes, allowing him the time and angle that he needed to catch Thomson with a beauty of a right hook. Thomson stumbles backward, but doesn't go down. Kawajiri presses the advantage by following in with a kick, then a right hand. Thomson clinches. They remain clinched for a while. Thomson scores with a nice knee, it appeared to catch Kawajiri in the gut. Kawajiri uses a single leg trip and takes the fight to the ground. Kawajiri gets to side control upon impact, and immediately goes for an armbar. Thomson reacts quickly, but is in real danger. Kawajiri has his left arm straightened out, fortunately Thomson has managed to roll and get a good position that is stopping Kawajiri from getting the leverage needed to apply an armlock. Kawajiri tries to step over and fully apply it, but Thomson breaks free and gets him to back off with a couple of up-kicks. Kawajiri steps back and motions for him to stand up. They go back to circling in the center. Thomson hits a nice right hand, but takes one back too. The time runs down; Kawajiri will probably get that round on points, he hit the best punch of the round, and got the only takedown, plus was the one who was working toward a submission. The fourth round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Kawajiri. [B]Round 5[/B] The round starts. They touch gloves. Kawajiri throws a rapid-fire series of punches, forcing Thomson to back off. Thomson throws a nice kick that thumps into the rib cage. Another kick is thrown, this time aimed at the head, but Kawajiri sees it coming and steps back. Thomson advances and they meet in the center. Kawajiri ducks a right hand, scores with a left to the gut. Thomson throws a one-two combination, neither connecting, but it does allow him to follow up with a stinging kick to the ribs. A big red mark has appeared there. Kawajiri bursts forward and goes for a big swing, Thomson ducks under it, hits a right to the chest, then unloads another kick. This one hits the thigh, causing Kawajiri to noticeably wince. It may have caught the very top of the knee judging from the replays. Kawajiri tries to come in to get a measure of revenge, but is met with some low kicks that make sure that he can't get close enough to throw any bombs. Thomson's impressively sharp kicking game is hurting Kawajiri and allowing him to take firm control of this round. There's not much time left, and Kawajiri is going to have to do something special to win this round now. He doesn't, as time expires without anything interesting happening. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Thomson. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Mirko Filipovic vs. Cain Velasquez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Mirko Filipovic by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Right hand from Velasquez was thrown with power, but bounced off the gloves of Mirko Cro Cop. Velasquez follows up by coming in close, but Mirko Cro Cop is ready with a straight right hand that glances off the side of the head. Velasquez makes Mirko Cro Cop back up against the cage by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Velasquez throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Mirko Cro Cop lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Velasquez by surprise, putting him down! Mirko Cro Cop follows up and starts raining down right hands. Velasquez covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Mirko Cro Cop off, the match is over. Mirko Cro Cop wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 1:18.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Cro Cop by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Roger Huerta vs. Gilbert Melendez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Gilbert Melendez by TKO[/I] [QUOTE]Round 1 Melendez hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Huerta to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Melendez hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Huerta tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Melendez having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Huerta. Melendez pushes Huerta up against the cage in a clinch. Melendez throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. Huerta pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. Melendez took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Melendez against the cage, and Huerta follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. The referee gets in and pulls Huerta away, he wins the match by TKO. The official time is 4:19.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Roger Huerta by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Gabriel Gonzaga via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Rothwell leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Gonzaga deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Gonzaga uses a knee to the ribs before backing Rothwell up against the cage. Right hand from Rothwell connects though, that was well timed. Gonzaga breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Rothwell was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Gonzaga sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Rothwell fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Gonzaga hits two body shots, then comes in low under an attempted right cross and uses a single leg to take Rothwell down. Nicely done. Rothwell pulls guard. Rothwell is forced to cover up as Gonzaga starts hammering away with enormous strikes from the guard, trying to simply power the shots through. Some do cause some damage, landing as Rothwell tries unsuccessfully to throw some counters. Gonzaga transitions to side control without any issues and starts finding the punches down again, this time with more leverage and therefore more power. Rothwell tries to defend them, but a lot of them are getting through. The referee finally has enough and calls an end to the match, feeling that Rothwell was getting overwhelmed. Gonzaga wins via first round TKO at 3:34.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. Tyson Griffin[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Joachim Hansen by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Tentative long range jabs from both fighters. Hansen with a low sweeping kick, but it was telegraphed. Griffin comes in quick but misses a kick. Hansen with a straight right, another, but then walks right into a solid punch. That certainly connected, the crowd could clearly hear it. Hansen backs up quickly, almost on instinct; his hands are down by his side, and he looks glassy eyed and unsteady on his feet. The referee quickly steps in and ends the fight, stopping Griffin from following up. It'll go down as a TKO for Griffin. As Griffin celebrates, the doctor is quickly in to check on Hansen. From the looks of things, he may have been dealt a concussion with that punch to the jaw, as he doesn't look like he knows where he is. Official time of the TKO is 0:45 of the first.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Tyson Griffin by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: BJ Penn vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Fast start by Penn, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Ishida circles, drawing a lunge from Penn, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Penn ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Ishida hopping on the other to remain vertical. Penn tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Ishida manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Penn has one leg trapped between Ishida's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Ishida defends it well, without fully escaping it, Penn can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Ishida suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Penn's back. Penn was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Ishida up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Ishida throws a couple of short-range punches. Penn gets a leg in and trips Ishida, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Ishida, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Penn. [B]Round 2[/B] Penn leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Ishida deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Ishida uses a knee to the ribs before backing Penn up against the cage. Right hand from Penn connects though, that was well timed. Ishida breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Penn was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Ishida sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Penn fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Penn throws a stinging jab, landing just above the left eye. Ishida steps in and fires off one of his own, but Penn bobs out of the way and scores with a pair of solid shots to the body. Ishida turns and swings, just as Penn also unloads...and it's Penn who connects first! Ishida's hands drop and he is on rubbery legs. Penn follows up with a beauty of a right hand, and that drops Ishida. The referee doesn't even wait for Penn to dive in to finish, he's seen enough, Ishida is clearly on Dream Street. This bout is over! Penn wins via 2nd round TKO with the official time being 3:56.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: BJ Penn by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Josh Barnett vs. Tim Sylvia[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Josh Barnett by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Sylvia throws a couple of scorching jabs; neither hit, but it forces Barnett to back pedal all the way back to the cage. Sylvia follows in and throws a stinging kick to the ribs. Barnett tries to catch it, but couldn't. Barnett throws a right hand to try and catch Sylvia coming in, but it's wide of the mark. Sylvia throws a head kick, and it's a beauty, landing flush to the cheek. It was delivered with enormous power, and Barnett drops to the floor immediately, he is out cold. The referee stops Sylvia from following up, it's all over. Sylvia wins via 1st round knock out with the official time being 1:39.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Tim Sylvia by Knockout in the First Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Fedor Emelianenko by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Lesnar throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Fedor throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Lesnar steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Fedor hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Lesnar. They struggle all the way back, with Lesnar ending up backed up against the cage. Fedor hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Lesnar stomps downward onto his foot. Lesnar manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Fedor gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Lesnar ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Lesnar tries a high kick to start, but Fedor saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Fedor who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Lesnar on the nose. Lesnar hits a straight right, enough to stop Fedor from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Fedor by 10-9. [B] Round 2[/B] Two jabs from the left hand of Fedor set up a hard waist-high kick, but Lesnar steps back to avoid it. Nice attempt though. Fedor moves in closer, bobbing and weaving, and looks to score with a looping right hand, but Lesnar uses the gloves to parry it away, then counter-strikes with a crisp jab and a kick to the knee. Good opening to the round, both fighters are looking lively. Fedor finds himself backed up against the cage briefly, and has to scramble to safety to avoid a flurry of strikes. Lesnar is working for position, and is currently looking the more composed of the two. Lesnar fakes a right hand, then puts Fedor on the ground with a hard takedown. Lesnar tries to use the momentum to get a punch in, but Fedor cleverly uses that to his advantage and turns it so that he ends up in the guard of Lesnar. A few tentative punches from Fedor do no damage, and neither does a big left hand from Lesnar that merely grazed the shoulder. Fedor fires off two jabs, then swings wildly with a huge clubbing right hand. Lesnar didn't expect it, and got caught! It had a lot of power, and has knocked Lesnar out. Fedor instinctively gets another shot in before the referee comes to the rescue and pulls him off. Big knock out victory for Fedor. The official time is 2:21.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Fedor Emelianenko by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Heavyweights A & Lightweights A Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] BJ Penn vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Tim Sylvia vs. Josh Barnett [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Heavyweights Block A:[/B] Fedor Emelianenko - 3pts. Ben Rothwell - 2pts. Brock Lesnar - 2pts. Cain Velasquez - 2pts. Gabriel Gonzaga - 2pts. Mirko Filipovic - 2pts. Tim Sylvia - 2pts. Josh Barnett - 1pt. [B]Lightweights Block A:[/B] BJ Penn - 4pts. Roger Huerta - 3pts. Tyson Griffin - 3pts. Joachim Hansen - 2pts. Josh Thomson - 2pts. Mitsuhiro Ishida - 1pt. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 1pt. Gilbert Melendez - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 8: Light Heavyweights B & Welterweights B Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pyle[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Pyle hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Fitch to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Pyle hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Fitch tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Pyle having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Fitch. Fitch clinches with Pyle, who manages to get a body shot in. Pyle attemps to push away from the cage, but Fitch uses a slick trip to dump him down to the mat. He grabs hold of one leg during the trip, and applies a leglock. That was all in one motion, Pyle got taken by surprise. Fitch sits back and wrenches in the hold, and that looks painful. Pyle is holding on. He tries to twist free, but it's on tight. Pyle gives in and taps out. Fitch wins via 1st round leglock submission with the official time being 3:30.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Jon Fitch via Submission in the First Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Rashad Evans vs. Brian Stann[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Rashad Evans by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Two jabs from the left hand of Stann set up a hard waist-high kick, but Evans steps back to avoid it. Nice attempt though. Stann moves in closer, bobbing and weaving, and looks to score with a looping right hand, but Evans uses the gloves to parry it away, then counter-strikes with a crisp jab and a kick to the knee. Good opening to the round, both fighters are looking lively. Stann finds himself backed up against the cage briefly, and has to scramble to safety to avoid a flurry of strikes. Evans is working for position, and is currently looking the more composed of the two. Stann misses with a straight right. Evans hits a standing kick, and Stann is rocked, stumbling backwards and falling to the floor. Evans leaps into action and fires off a barrage of right hands. The referee dives in and protects Stann, bringing the fight to an end. The kick didn't knock Stann out, but it left him stunned, and that was all that Evans needed to finish the job. Evans wins via first round TKO at 2:33.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Rashad Evans by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Thiago Alves vs. Nick Thompson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Thiago Alves by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Thompson is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Alves blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Thompson is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Alves is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Thompson can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Thompson some problems later on. Thompson moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Alves is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Thompson before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Thompson off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Thompson goes for a trip, but Alves cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Alves may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. End of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Alves by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Alves puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Thompson defended well. Straight right from Thompson in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Alves probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Thompson gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Alves. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Alves. [B]Round 3[/B] Thompson throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Alves throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Thompson steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Alves hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Thompson. They struggle all the way back, with Thompson ending up backed up against the cage. Alves hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Thompson stomps downward onto his foot. Thompson manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Alves gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Thompson ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Thompson tries a high kick to start, but Alves saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Alves who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Thompson on the nose. Thompson hits a straight right, enough to stop Alves from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Alves. [B]Round 4[/B] Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Alves works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Thompson backed up against the cage. Alves gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Thompson, who uses his legs well to defend. Alves pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Thompson gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Alves follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Alves hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Thompson tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Thompson leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Alves. [B]Round 5[/B] Thompson leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Alves deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Alves uses a knee to the ribs before backing Thompson up against the cage. Right hand from Thompson connects though, that was well timed. Alves breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Thompson was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Alves sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Thompson fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Thompson ducks a right hand, but steps forward right into a brutal left cross! Alves put so much power on that swing that he almost floored himself. Thompson goes down, stunned. Alves dives on top and starts punching away, landing several big shots. The referee has seen enough, and pulls Alves off, ending the match. Alves wins via TKO at 4:44 of the fifth round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Thiago Alves by TKO in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Nice fast-paced start from Rampage, who gets right in Hamill's face from the beginning of the round, throwing some crisp jabs and then a vicious uppercut. The two jabs got parried, the uppercut missed as Hamill side-stepped. Hamill fires back with a left hand, then a right to the body. Rampage steps in, but only into a waist-high kick from Hamill. Rampage is quick though, and manages to catch it around the knee. Using it as leverage, Rampage sweeps Hamill's standing leg and takes them to the ground. Hamill quickly pulls guard. Rampage fires off a couple of tentative punches, testing out the guard of Hamill. Rampage tries to pass the guard, but can't, Hamill isn't going to let him get a better position, as he knows that Rampage will start raining down punches. Rampage tries a big right hand, but it's easily defended. Hamill gets a punch of his own in, but it didn't connect properly. Rampage again tries to get past the guard, but again is foiled. It's turned into a bit of a stalemate, although the referee probably won't stand them up as long as the punches continue to flow. Rampage fakes an elbow before trying to pass the guard for a third time, and briefly has side mount, but Hamill fought it hard and gets back to guard within seconds. Butterfly guard by Hamill, and Rampage is having trouble generating any attacking threat. He'll probably win the round as he has been more aggressive, but Hamill has defended the danger well. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Rampage. [B]Round 2[/B] Hamill comes in quick to start, but none of the flurry of jabs that are thrown actually connect with anything but gloves. Rampage gets in a nice counter punch, bouncing a fist off the cheek. Hamill backs off, then starts to circle. Hamill throws a right hand to the the body that connects, then goes immediately for a high right hand that misses and puts him well off balance. Rampage capitalises, throwing a big kick to the head! Hamill goes down, although it's unclear as to how much of that was due to the power of the kick, and how much was down to a stumble. He doesn't look too stunned, as he has the presence of mind to roll over and get ready to defend an attack. It doesn't come though, as Rampage remains back, biding his time. Rampage steps in and kicks at the legs, avoiding the up-kick that comes back. He tries to move around to the side, but Hamill scoots the same way to keep the defence strong. Rampage finally moves in to throw some punches, but Hamill manages to pull guard without taking any serious punishment. Hamill has the guard held very high. Rampage throws a big right hand, but almost puts himself right into a triangle as a result, and he is forced to fight free. Hamill throws a punch and it lands right above the nose. Rampage throws four massive punches as a response, threatening to try and knock Hamill right through the canvas, Hamill is forced to simply cover up and try to survive. Rampage is controlling the round from this position, although it has to be said that he hasn't yet truly looked like he can stop the match from here. Hamill moves to butterfly guard and then tries to scramble back up, but Rampage stops that by throwing another set of big punches, forcing Hamill to go back to the full guard. The round ends with them still like that, with Rampage having totally controlled the round from the guard. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Rampage. [B]Round 3[/B] Hamill comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Rampage moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Hamill gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Rampage didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Rampage swings and hits a nice right hand. Hamill fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Rampage dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Hamill's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Rampage looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Hamill on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Rampage will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Rampage. [B]Round 4[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Rampage puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Hamill defended well. Straight right from Hamill in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Rampage probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Hamill gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Rampage. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com gives that one to Rampage by 10-9. [B]Round 5[/B] Tentative start, neither fighter is willing to commit yet. Rampage fires off a jab, but it was easily blocked. Hamill fakes a kick, then comes in hard and fast with a takedown, sending Rampage to the floor. The momentum causes Hamill to almost go completely over the top though, and Rampage is able to flip him to the side and end up on top, in the guard position. Rampage tries to work free from the guard, but can't. Hamill reaches up to try and bring Rampage down into a clinch, but the attempt gets swatted away. Rampage fires off a couple of punches, leaning forward to get some leverage, and Hamill is forced to cover up. Rampage switches and starts firing off some rapid-fire shots to the chest, Hamill deals with it by pulling the guard tighter and punching upward. Rampage looks like he is happy to sit there and throw punches at his leisure, with no real effort to pass guard. Hamill occasionally tries to roll his hips to get free, but it may be that he has realised that this round is beyond saving, and is just making sure that he doesn't put himself into a position to be knocked out or submitted by trying to escape. Indeed, time ticks away with nothing breaking the pattern of occasional strikes and defensive positioning. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Rampage. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua vs. Rafeal Calvalcante[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Shogun Rua by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Shogun forces Feijao back up against the cage, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Shogun is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Feijao clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Feijao gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Shogun seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Feijao who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Shogun had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. Shogun hits a solid left, then a right. Feijao felt both of them, and backs off a little. Shogun charges right in to follow up though, and unleashes a powerful right hook, and Feijao took it flush on the chin! Shogun doesn't even bother following up on that, because Feijao was out cold from the instant that that hit. Incredible punch. The official time is 3:28.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Shogun Rua by Knockout in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Carlos Condit vs. Josh Koscheck[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Carlos Condit by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Koscheck moves in quickly to begin, trapping Condit against the cage. Looks like a statement of intent, Koscheck is going to try and out-wrestle Condit. Koscheck works for position, and tries to get in a hard shot to the face, Condit turned out of it and got free though, no damage done. Koscheck comes in again, looking for the grapple, but gets sent back with a succession of three crisp jabs and a speculative high kick. Condit steps back, and Koscheck comes after him , sensing an opening. Condit suddenly puts the brakes on and swings for the fences, driving a right hand to the chin. Koscheck couldn't get out of the way in time and takes it full force. He goes down like a puppet with his strings cut, he is out cold. Condit goes to follow up to be sure, but the referee cuts him off, calling a halt to the match. Condit wins via 1st round knock out with the official time being 2:31.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Carlos Condit by Knockout in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block B: Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Matt Serra by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Hughes is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the cage, with Serra advancing. A sharp right misses, and Hughes takes the opportunity to pull Serra in to a tight clinch against the cage. Serra tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Serra wants to stand and bang, Hughes wants to keep things at close quarters. Serra tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the cage. Trip from Hughes, and we're down to the ground. Hughes has side control, but Serra has landed with his left hand side against the cage, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Hughes will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Serra tries to squirm into a better position, but Hughes puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Hughes tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Serra defends it. Serra manages to bring a knee up and catch Hughes in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Hughes responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Serra covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Hughes may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Hughes tries to float over into a mount, but Serra uses the cage to push away and manages to unbalance Hughes enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Hughes is the last action of the round. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Hughes. [B]Round 2[/B] Serra's straight right hand punch finds its mark early, tagging Hughes below the right eye, leaving a mark. Hughes throws a couple of strikes in return, but can't find a way past the gloves. Serra keeps Hughes off balance by switching between looping punches, low kicks, and plenty of jabs. Hughes can't work an angle under the barrage, and backs off. Serra tries to press the advantage, but Hughes is quick to clinch up. Hughes goes for a trip but Serra kicks it away. Hughes drops down and tries for a single leg, but Serra bends down and blocks it. There's an awkward moment as neither can do a great deal. Hughes eventually releases the leg and gets back into the clinch. Serra hits a knee, and they part. Hughes throws a nice kick. Serra gets in close enough to hit a kick to the body, then darts back out of range. He repeats the trick, this time replacing the kick with a hard right hand. It appears that he is using 'hit and run' tactics, and Hughes isn't coping with it yet. Serra goes for it again, and this time almost gets taken down as Hughes times it well and shoots in. Serra sprawls to block the first attempt, then scrabbles free on the second push, getting out from the side. Hughes was very close then. Serra keeps Hughes back, throwing kicks. The action unfortunately peters out, with Hughes unable to get in close enough to go for a takedown, Serra unwilling to risk the takedown by coming in and throwing strikes. The time eventually runs out on the round. End of round 2. Blurcat.com gives that one to Serra by 10-9. [B]Round 3[/B] Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Hughes that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Serra looks to be working an angle. Serra ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Hughes, although no damage has actually been done yet. Hughes clinches with Serra and pushes him back against the cage. Serra gets in a knee, but a second attempt gets caught. Hughes uses that for leverage, and with only one leg remaining, Serra has no base left with which to stop Hughes drilling him with a big slam! Serra landed hard, but pulled guard, and will be thankful that he landed next to the cage, which can be used to his advantage. Hughes manages to push the guard apart, and leans over Serra, trapping one leg underneath his body. Bad position for Serra to be in, and Hughes now starts throwing big lefts and rights. Serra tries to deflect them away but quite a few are hitting home. Serra tries to bring his free leg in to add some leverage, but Hughes swats it aside and gets the full mount. More punches start raining down, and Serra is left just covering up to try and weather the storm. It's no use though, as the barrage of punches without answer convince the referee to call a halt to the action. Hughes wins via 3rd round TKO with the official time being 2:54.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Matt Hughes by TKO in the Third Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Wanderlei Silva vs. Brandon Vera[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Wanderlei Silva by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round begins, and it is Wanderlei who starts better, energetically bounding straight into action by throwing a three-punch combination and a scything leg kick. Vera defended all four blows well, but is forced to be on the backfoot right from the word go. Wanderlei works for an angle, coming in from the left hand side with a high right hand. Vera ducks under it and nestles a stiff jab in the solar plexus. It doesn't seem to slow Wanderlei down much though, as he swiftly turns and hits a crisp left to the side of the head, followed almost instantly by a mid-level kick that smacks above the hip of Vera. Interesting first minute of action, Wanderlei is looking particularly sharp. Vera tries to turn the momentum by advancing quickly and driving Wanderlei back against the cage with a series of jabs and hooks, and they end up clinched. Vera tries a knee from that position, but it is blocked. Wanderlei scores with two sharp blows to the ribs, and then they break away from each other. Vera gets pinned against the cage, and the referee eventually has to separate them. They square up to each other in the center. Wanderlei throws a head fake and comes in from low down to hit a rising shot that catches Vera on the side of the head. Vera got a shot in too though, although it hit the shoulder rather than the head. Time is running down; Wanderlei has probably done enough to win the round, but it has turned quite scrappy since the clinch against the cage, both will probably be slightly unhappy with that. Vera tries a late surge, coming in hard and fast with a leading left, but Wanderlei defends it well and scores the only meaningful shot of the exchange with a crisp left hand. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Wanderlei. [B]Round 2[/B] Vera isn't hanging around, right from the start Wanderlei is forced onto the back foot by four hard shots, although none of them get through the gloves. Wanderlei circles, steps in, then unloads a combination of punches, but Vera weaves out of the way and scores with a beauty of a right hand, glancing above the right eye. That was some lovely counter punching from Vera, the timing had to be perfect and it was. Wanderlei is looking a bit frustrated, and uncorks a ragged-looking uppercut that missed by several inches. Vera really should have taken advantage of that mistake, Wanderlei was wide open for a moment there. Vera hits a high kick, catching Wanderlei on the shoulder. Jab from Wanderlei finds the mark, but it didn't have much power behind it as he was leaning backward too much. Vera fires off a couple of straight punches in response, but only finds gloves. They clinch, and the fight enters a lull. Wanderlei scores with a knee from the clinch, it landed around the hip area of Vera, who responds with a couple of shots to the ribs. The time runs out with them still clinched though. End of round 2. Blurcat.com gives that one to Vera by 10-9. [B]Round 3[/B] The fighters touch gloves, then circle. Wanderlei throws a low kick, but it was without any conviction, it seemed designed more to keep Vera from coming inside. Wanderlei works an angle, then comes in with a one-two combination, Vera responds with a crisp uppercut that wasn't far off from connecting. Wanderlei backs off slightly, maybe a bit relieved not to have taken that one on the chin. Neither fighter appears to be looking for any sort of takedown or grapple, this is all about the striking. Vera circles and throws a series of high jabs, but Wanderlei blocked them with ease, using the gloves. Wanderlei fakes a high kick, then storms in with a wild looking right hand and a series of body shots. Vera covers up and rides out the storm, clinching to stop any further blows. It was a nice attack from Wanderlei though, best action of the round. They stay clinched for a while, exchanging occasional punches to the ribs, then are separated by the referee. It looks like this round is going to the judges though, as there's only a few seconds remaining. Wanderlei throws a leg kick that connects, albeit without too much force, and the round is done. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Wanderlei. [B]Round 4[/B] Vera starts fast, coming out almost immediately with a three punch combination. None of them get through, and Wanderlei manages to squeeze a jab of his own through and score just above the left cheek. They exchange a flurry of blows right in the center, it's difficult to see who got the best of it, and both of them retreat a few steps to recover. Good start to the round, early indications are that this is going to be all about the striking, neither fighter has even hinted at going for a takedown. Wanderlei uses a low kick to set up a nice right hand, and Vera is forced back against the cage. Wanderlei picks his shots and gets a big punch to the body in. Vera uses a couple of looping punches to make Wanderlei keep back, but it doesn't last for long, as Wanderlei bursts forward and hits two big right hands, taking a counter punch to the body though, and they wind up in a clinch. They exchange weak-looking blows from that position, before the referee grows tired of the inactivity and breaks them apart. Vera scores with a low kick. Wanderlei tries to back Vera up against the cage wall, but it comes to nothing. Wanderlei unwinds a right hook that narrowly misses. That will be the last action of the round though. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Wanderlei. [B] Round 5[/B] Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Vera throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Wanderlei. Kick to the thigh from Wanderlei, but it lacked power. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Vera is bobbing and weaving, trying to find an angle of attack. Jabs and an occasional low kick from Wanderlei are making that hard though. A crisp right hand from Vera stings the gloves of Wanderlei, and he follows up with a kick that crashed into the ribs. That really connected, great strike. Vera looks to be growing in confidence, and comes in again, using the right hand lead once more. Wanderlei was ready though, and fires off a high kick. It connects with the side of the jaw, Vera did not see that one coming! He staggers and falls to the floor, totally unbalanced. Wanderlei is right in there; hammer fist to the side of the head, and another! There's a third. Vera is in big trouble. Vicious punch. The referee leaps in, that is all she wrote! That kick caught Vera out, and from there onwards there was only going to be one outcome. Official time of the TKO is 1:23 of the fifth round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Wanderlei Silva by TKO in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweights B & Welterweights B Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Wanderlei Silva vs. Brandon Vera [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Shogun Rua vs. Refael Feijao [B]Submission of the Night: [/B]Jon Fitch [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Light Heavyweights Block B:[/B] Rashad Evans - 4pts. Quinton Jackson - 3pts. Brian Stann - 2pts. Mauricio Rua - 2pts. Rafeal Calvalcante - 2pts. Wanderlei Silva - 2pts. Matt Hamill - 1pts. Brandon Vera - 0pts. [B]Welterweights Block B:[/B] Jon Fitch - 4pts. Thiago Alves - 4pts. Carlos Condit - 2pts. Josh Koscheck - 2pts. Matt Hughes - 2pts. Nick Thompson - 2pts. Matt Serra - 0pts. Mike Pyle - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 9: Middleweights B & Welterweights A Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Hayato Sakurai vs. Nick Diaz[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Mach Sakurai by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Diaz comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Sakurai moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Diaz gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Sakurai didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Sakurai swings and hits a nice right hand. Diaz fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Sakurai dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Diaz's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Sakurai looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Diaz on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Sakurai will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Sakurai. [B]Round 2[/B] Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Sakurai works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Diaz backed up against the cage. Sakurai gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Diaz, who uses his legs well to defend. Sakurai pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Diaz gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Sakurai follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Sakurai hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Diaz tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Diaz leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Sakurai. [B]Round 3[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Diaz is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Sakurai blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Diaz is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Sakurai is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Diaz can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Diaz some problems later on. Diaz moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Sakurai is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Diaz before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Diaz off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Diaz goes for a trip, but Sakurai cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Sakurai may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Sakurai. [B]Round 4[/B] They come together, both throwing punches. Diaz gets a nice clean shot in, and Sakurai stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Diaz is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. Official time of the TKO is 0:43 of the fourth round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Nick Diaz by TKO in the Fourth Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Thales Leites by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round starts with some tentative striking. Both fighters look to be using their strikes merely to keep the opponent off-balance while they work for an angle for a takedown, rather than actually trying to inflict too much damage. Akiyama goes for the first takedown, but Leites has it well-scouted and they merely end up in a clinch. They tussle, ending up all the way back against the cage. Both fighters try trips, but neither gets anything. Finally, the referee steps in and separates them. Leites storms back in almost immediately and takes Akiyama down, into guard. It's hard to say whether that was just a good takedown or whether Akiyama just had a lapse in concentration. Leites tries to pass the guard but can't, with Akiyama employing a rubber guard now. There's a definite stalemate, Akiyama is defending very well but isn't really offering any attacking threat or really trying to get out of this predicament. Leites makes a big effort to pass, and manages to get to half guard, but Akiyama has him tied up pretty well all the same. Time is ticking away, what has been a very tame round looks set to end without much in the way of highlights. It'll have to go to Leites on points, the takedown is really the only noteworthy thing that has happened. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Leites. [B]Round 2[/B] Fast start by Akiyama, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Leites circles, drawing a lunge from Akiyama, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Akiyama ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Leites hopping on the other to remain vertical. Akiyama tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Leites manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Akiyama has one leg trapped between Leites's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Leites defends it well, without fully escaping it, Akiyama can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Leites suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Akiyama's back. Akiyama was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Leites up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Leites throws a couple of short-range punches. Akiyama gets a leg in and trips Leites, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Leites, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. End of round 2. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Akiyama. [B]Round 3[/B] Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Leites throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Akiyama. Kick to the thigh from Akiyama, but it lacked power. Akiyama narrowly misses a right cross. Akiyama gets pinned against the cage, and the referee eventually has to separate them. Akiyama leads with a right hand, then comes in for a quick takedown. Leites saw it coming and smartly turns out of the grapple, pushing Akiyama to the ground, and ending up taking his back in a great defensive move. Leites gets one arm in and snakes it around the throat of Akiyama, squeezing his wind-pipe shut. Akiyama tries to pull the arm free, but can't, and so rolls over in a last-ditch effort to break free. It is to no avail though, as that allows Leites to get a body-scissors in too. With no alternatives left, Akiyama taps out. The official time of the rear choke submission is 1:35 of round 3.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Thales Leites via Submission in the Third Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. Anthony Johnson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Diego Sanchez by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Sanchez starts the round by throwing some low kicks. Johnson checks them, then comes in and clearly wants to trade punches. Sanchez doesn't seem too bothered by that, and they enter into the first exchange of punches of the round. Difficult to say who came out on top, neither of them did a great deal of damage, most of the shots hit the opponent's gloves. Sanchez cleverly head-fakes, allowing him the time and angle that he needed to catch Johnson with a beauty of a right hook. Johnson stumbles backward, but doesn't go down. Sanchez presses the advantage by following in with a kick, then a right hand. Johnson clinches. They remain clinched for a while. Johnson scores with a nice knee, it appeared to catch Sanchez in the gut. Sanchez uses a single leg trip and takes the fight to the ground. Sanchez gets to side control upon impact, and immediately goes for an armbar. Johnson reacts quickly, but is in real danger. Sanchez has his left arm straightened out, fortunately Johnson has managed to roll and get a good position that is stopping Sanchez from getting the leverage needed to apply an armlock. Sanchez tries to step over and fully apply it, but Johnson breaks free and gets him to back off with a couple of up-kicks. Sanchez steps back and motions for him to stand up. They go back to circling in the center. Johnson hits a nice right hand, but takes one back too. The time runs down; Sanchez will probably get that round on points, he hit the best punch of the round, and got the only takedown, plus was the one who was working toward a submission. The round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Sanchez. [B]Round 2[/B] The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Johnson forces Sanchez back up against the cage, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Johnson is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Sanchez clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Sanchez gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Johnson seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Sanchez who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Johnson had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. Sanchez throws a ragged jab, missing by a mile as Johnson simply ducks under and unloads a vicious hook from below. It catches Sanchez square on the jaw, and he goes down! Johnson mounts and starts firing off punches, rapid-fire. The referee waits to see if Sanchez can recover, decides that he can't, and pulls Johnson off. The match is over. Johnson wins via 2nd round TKO with the official time being 4:52.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Anthony Johnson by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Ronaldo Souza vs. Nate Marquardt[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Nate Marquardt by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Marquardt gets a quick takedown, and is in guard. He is trying to get past into a side mount, but Jacare is defending it well. Marquardt gets slightly off balance with another attempt, and Jacare capitalises by sweeping him and getting side control. Marquardt takes a hard shot to the mouth. And another. Marquardt tries to fight back, but Jacare gets the right arm and applies an armbar for the tap out victory. Jacare wins via 1st round armbar submission with the official time being 0:42.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Jacare via Submission in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. Jake Shields[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Shields is quickest out, and comes at Parisyan with a series of jabs and straight punches. Parisyan covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Parisyan hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Shields who takes it to the ground. Parisyan pulls guard. There's a lull, as Shields tries to pass, and Parisyan defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Parisyan almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Shields, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. End of round 1. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Shields. [B]Round 2[/B] Shields pushes Parisyan up against the cage in a clinch. Shields throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. Parisyan pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. Shields took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Shields against the cage, and Parisyan follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. The referee gets in and pulls Parisyan away, he wins the match by TKO. Parisyan wins via 2nd round TKO with the official time being 1:16.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Karo Parisyan by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. Michael Bisping[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Michael Bisping by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Slow start to the round. We're nearly a minute in before Filho throws the first meaningful punch, trying to squeeze a fizzing jab through to Bisping's jaw, but it is parried. Bisping steps in, but has to quickly side-step to avoid a straight right. Filho moves in to throw some body punches but gets clipped with a big right hand. It was partially blocked, it would have been a potential knock out if that had hit home on the chin, Bisping put a lot of weight behind it. Filho hits a nice jab, then clinches. Bisping hits a knee, takes a punch to the ribs, then breaks free. Filho hits a low kick to the leg. Bisping bursts forward and scores with a big right hand to the body, then a left hook. Filho goes down! Good shot from Bisping! He tries to follow up and pound on Filho, but Filho is up really quickly and covers up to block the two jabs that come in. Bisping, sensing that Filho is rattled, starts coming forward with more urgency. Filho ends up backed up against the cage. Bisping gets within range, fakes a left, then lunges in with a huge right hand. It is partially parried by Filho, who wisely clinches up tightly to get some time to recover. The power that Bisping has in his hands is really posing Filho some problems. The clinch drags on, with Bisping unable to break free, and the round ends like that. The first round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Bisping. [B]Round 2[/B] The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Filho is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Bisping picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Filho throws a wild punch as a counter, but Bisping ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Filho gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Filho is looking for big punches, Bisping is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Filho manages to back Bisping up against the cage. Filho takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Bisping ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Filho can unload. Filho may need to think about changing tactics, Bisping is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Filho fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Bisping on the thigh. Bisping presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Filho gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Bisping. [B]Round 3[/B] Filho throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Bisping throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Filho steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Bisping hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Filho. They struggle all the way back, with Filho ending up backed up against the cage. Bisping hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Filho stomps downward onto his foot. Filho manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Bisping gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Filho ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Filho tries a high kick to start, but Bisping saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Bisping who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Filho on the nose. Filho hits a straight right, enough to stop Bisping from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Bisping. [B]Round 4[/B] Filho comes out fast, but gets hit with a counter right hand strike when he throws a left hand which was too high. Bisping moves in and hits a nice body shot before they clinch. Filho gets in a short, sharp jab to the side of the head, it looked to hit right on the ear. Bisping didn't like that, and scores with two knee strikes and a punch to the cheek. They break apart. Bisping swings and hits a nice right hand. Filho fires off a series of sharp jabs, all hitting gloves. He throws out a looping left, but gets tagged with a punch to the jaw and stumbles to the ground! Bisping dives in to finish him off, but he scrambles back up quickly and they end up facing off on their feet again. Replays show that the punch barely connected, it was more of a stumble on Filho's part than anything else. It might not look that way to the judges though. Bisping looks more confident after that, and puts together a nice chain of strikes, ending with a scathing low kick that catches Filho on the outside of the calf. He definitely felt that. Time is running out; Bisping will probably take this round on the judges' score cards, primarily due to that one dubious knock down. End of round 4. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Bisping. [B]Round 5[/B] Not much happening at first. Filho is the first to make a move, coming in with a right hand that narrowly misses. Bisping gets in a jab that landed on the left cheek of Filho, and leaves a mark. Quite a slow paced round so far. Filho takes another jab and moves in to retaliate, but it was a set-up and he gets creamed with a high right kick to the side of the head! Filho stumbles but doesn't go down, and has to cover up as Bisping comes in with a series of punches to try and finish the job. Filho somehow manages to hold on long enough to get his senses back, and buys some time by clinching. Hard knee from Filho from the clinch, and Bisping felt that, he looks a little tired from unloading that barrage. They break, and Filho gets in a nice right hand. Filho looks for an opening. The fifth round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Bisping by 10-9. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Middleweight Block B: Robbie Lawler vs. Kazuo Misaki[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Robbie Lawler by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Lawler starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Misaki avoids it without too much trouble. Lawler isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Misaki getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Lawler finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Misaki opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Lawler is backed up against the cage, covering up. Misaki clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Lawler hits a knee strike to the hip. Misaki slips one leg behind Lawler and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Lawler landed hard, with Misaki on top. They're in half guard. It's to Lawler's advantage that they're right next to the cage, that is blocking Misaki from attacking the left hand side of the body. Lawler is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Misaki tries to step over to mount, but Lawler keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Misaki fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Lawler doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Misaki isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Lawler ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Misaki can get free. End of round 1. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Misaki. [B]Round 2[/B] Misaki starts the round by throwing some low kicks. Lawler checks them, then comes in and clearly wants to trade punches. Misaki doesn't seem too bothered by that, and they enter into the first exchange of punches of the round. Difficult to say who came out on top, neither of them did a great deal of damage, most of the shots hit the opponent's gloves. Misaki cleverly head-fakes, allowing him the time and angle that he needed to catch Lawler with a beauty of a right hook. Lawler stumbles backward, but doesn't go down. Misaki presses the advantage by following in with a kick, then a right hand. Lawler clinches. They remain clinched for a while. Lawler scores with a nice knee, it appeared to catch Misaki in the gut. Misaki uses a single leg trip and takes the fight to the ground. Misaki gets to side control upon impact, and immediately goes for an armbar. Lawler reacts quickly, but is in real danger. Misaki has his left arm straightened out, fortunately Lawler has managed to roll and get a good position that is stopping Misaki from getting the leverage needed to apply an armlock. Misaki tries to step over and fully apply it, but Lawler breaks free and gets him to back off with a couple of up-kicks. Misaki steps back and motions for him to stand up. They go back to circling in the center. Lawler hits a nice right hand, but takes one back too. The time runs down; Misaki will probably get that round on points, he hit the best punch of the round, and got the only takedown, plus was the one who was working toward a submission. The 2nd round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Misaki. [B]Round 3[/B] Misaki hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Lawler to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Misaki hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Lawler tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Misaki having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Lawler. They clinch. Lawler gets in a nice knee, but a second attempt sees him swept to the ground. Lawler landed hard with Misaki right on top of him, it looks like he got winded. Misaki hits three big punches to the face, and Lawler is rocked. Misaki gets an arm, locks in a kimura, and Lawler has no alternative but to tap out. Official time of the kimura submission is 3:41 of the third.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Kazuo Misaki via Submission in the Third Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Georges St. Pierre vs. Mike Swick[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Georges St. Pierre by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Swick throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. GSP throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Swick steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. GSP hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Swick. They struggle all the way back, with Swick ending up backed up against the cage. GSP hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Swick stomps downward onto his foot. Swick manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. GSP gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Swick ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Swick tries a high kick to start, but GSP saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's GSP who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Swick on the nose. Swick hits a straight right, enough to stop GSP from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to GSP. [B]Round 2[/B] Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. GSP works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Swick backed up against the cage. GSP gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Swick, who uses his legs well to defend. GSP pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Swick gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. GSP follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. GSP hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Swick tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Swick leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to GSP. [B]Round 3[/B] GSP and Swick circle to start. Swick throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while GSP sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Swick comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows GSP to slip a nice jab in, catching Swick just underneath the right eye. GSP comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Swick misses with a right cross, then backs off. GSP stalks him, forcing Swick back up against the cage. GSP doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Swick throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. GSP pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Swick covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, GSP in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. GSP throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Swick comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. GSP parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in GSP's favour. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to GSP. [B]Round 4[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. GSP puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Swick defended well. Straight right from Swick in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, GSP probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Swick gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to GSP. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to GSP. [B]Round 5[/B] Swick doesn't waste any time and throws two jabs to the face, but GSP easily side-steps both and circles to the left. GSP throws a head fake, then comes in fast from an angle with a looping punch, but misses and takes a glancing shot to the shoulder from a left hand counter. GSP forces Swick back against the cage, where they clinch up. GSP has the better position, all the leverage is with him. He uses that to lift Swick up onto his shoulder, turns...and hits a running slam that gets the crowd going crazy! Big power takedown from GSP. Swick pulls guard, but he has to be stunned from that. GSP manages to push the guard apart, and leans over Swick, trapping one leg underneath his body. Bad position for Swick to be in, and GSP now starts throwing big lefts and rights. Swick tries to deflect them away but quite a few are hitting home. Swick tries to bring his free leg in to add some leverage, but GSP swats it aside and gets the full mount. More punches start raining down, and Swick is left just covering up to try and weather the storm. It's no use though, as the barrage of punches without answer convince the referee to call a halt to the action. Official time of the TKO is 1:53 of the fifth round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Georges St. Pierre by TKO in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Middleweights B & Welterweights A Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Nick Diaz vs. Mach Sakurai [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Anthony Johnson vs. Diego Sanchez [B]Submission of the Night:[/B] Jacare [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Middleweights Block B:[/B] Kazuo Misaki - 4pts. Ronaldo Souza - 4pts. Paulo Filho - 3pts. Michael Bisping - 2pt. Thales Leites - 2pts. Nate Marquardt - 1pt. Robbie Lawler - 0pts. Yoshihiro Akiyama - 0pts. [B]Welterweights Block A:[/B] Anthony Johnson - 4pts. Georges St. Pierre - 4pts. Nick Diaz - 4pts. Diego Sanchez - 2pts. Karo Parisyan - 2pts. Hayato Sakurai - 0pts. Jake Shields - 0pts. Mike Swick - 0pts.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 10: Middleweights A & Lightweights B Presented By: Afflcition[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Kenny Florian vs. Ryan Schultz[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Kenny Florian via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Schultz starts off by throwing two excellent low kicks to the leading leg of Florian. Those will accumulate fast and give Florian some problems moving. Schultz switches it up and throws a big right hand, missing. Florian, who has been overwhelmed for the first thirty seconds of this round, steps in and throws a bomb of a right hand...and it connects! Schultz goes down from the first strike that Florian has thrown since the round began! Florian doesn't dive in, instead taking his time. Schultz recovered well from the punch, and remains seated on the floor, ready to defend. Florian throws a pair of kicks to the legs, then gets in closer, looking for a way to get past the guard. Another kick to the legs precedes him trying to swiftly get past the legs, but it is to no avail as Schultz is able to pull guard, just, that was close. Florian passes guard and gets into side control, but it's an awkward position; Schultz has the entire right hand side of his body up against the cage, and both his legs wrapped around Florian's left arm. Florian's attacking options are fairly limited. He uses a couple of back fists to strike away at the face, but Schultz covers up to defend them. Florian tries to pin down one of Schultz's arms and bring his legs around to trap them fully, but Schultz uses his free arm to stop that from happening. The ground battle enters a stalemate, as Florian finds himself unable to do any real damage other than occasional strikes, which he doesn't have the leverage to get much power behind, with virtually no chance of gaining a submission thanks to his left arm being trapped. The referee eventually stands them up, and the time expires before anything interesting can happen with them standing. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Florian. [B]Round 2[/B] Florian starts the round like a house on fire, hitting three quick jabs and a vicious right hook. Schultz covered up well, but at least one of the jabs got through and landed above the left eye. Schultz backs up to buy some time, but Florian keeps coming and lands a right hand to the body. Schultz scores with a jab in return, then goes with a kick to the waist. Florian catches the leg though and quickly rushes forward with a takedown. Schultz pulls guard. Florian doggedly tries to pass guard, but Schultz keeps him at bay. The referee tells them that he wants to see more in the way of action or he'll stand them up. Not much of an incentive for Schultz to do anything, but it does inspire Florian to throw a couple of hard punches, albeit ones that are easily parried by the gloves of Schultz. Florian manages to work past Schultz's right leg, but gets caught in half guard before he can get the mount that he was looking for. The fight once again slows right down, with Schultz's tenacious defence frustrating Florian. Schultz sucks Florian into a clinch, and even tries a cheeky guillotine. Florian pushes him away though, and nails a beauty of a right hand to the cheek in response. I don't think Schultz will be trying that move again for a while. Florian grabs an arm and tries to twist it backward to create some torque. Schultz uses his free arm to grab his own wrist, preventing that from happening. The time expires without anything further of note happening. The second round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Florian. [B]Round 3[/B] Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Florian works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Schultz backed up against the cage. Florian gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Schultz, who uses his legs well to defend. Florian pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Schultz gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Florian follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Florian hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Schultz tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Schultz leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Florian. [B]Round 4[/B] Florian and Schultz circle to start. Schultz throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Florian sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Schultz comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Florian to slip a nice jab in, catching Schultz just underneath the right eye. Florian comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Schultz misses with a right cross, then backs off. Florian stalks him, forcing Schultz back up against the cage. Florian doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Schultz throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Florian pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Schultz covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Florian in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Florian throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Schultz comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Florian parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Florian's favour. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Florian. [B]Round 5[/B] Florian starts fast, squeezing a jab past the guard and catching Schultz above the right eye. Schultz swings and misses with a big right hand, which puts him off balance long enough for Florian to floor him with a hard left. Florian goes to follow up, but gets caught in the guard position. The replay shows that the punch wasn't actually that powerful, it looked worse than it was because Schultz was already falling slightly. Florian stands into a half-crouching position, dragging Schultz's guard with him. Schultz reaches up, parries away a couple of strikes, and tries to grab an arm to apply an armbar to. Florian knocks the attempt away and nails a hard shot to the ribs before reaching over and trying to nail a downward punch to the chin. Schultz blocks it. Florian floats over and gets into side control. Schultz scrambles to try and get back up, but is too close to the cage, which works against him. Florian lays in a couple of punches to the chest to soften Schultz up, then tries to move up and isolate one of the arms. Schultz makes sure to bring his body around to give him as much protection as possible. It works, as Florian can't get either arm isolated properly. Florian changes tactics and tries to get into crucifix position. Schultz fights it for as long as he possibly can, but eventually gets caught. The length of struggle is, in itself, a good defence though, as the round ends before Florian can do anything with the position he has achieved, which will frustrate him enormously. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Florian. The official result of the match is a draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Rich Franklin vs. Kazushi Sakuraba[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Sakuraba by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Franklin starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Sakuraba. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Sakuraba goes for a single leg and puts Franklin on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Sakuraba from getting on top. Franklin definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Sakuraba hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Franklin again. This time Franklin isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Sakuraba will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Franklin defends. Sakuraba tries to slip past to get side control, but Franklin just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Sakuraba has the side. Two big elbows land, and Franklin seems in trouble. Sakuraba goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sakuraba. [B]Round 2[/B] The two fighters circle. A series of looping punches from Sakuraba forces Franklin back up against the cage, and he has to cover up to withstand the three strikes that follow. No real damage caused, but Sakuraba is aggressively chasing this match. A hook finds the body and Franklin clinches. They almost lose their balance as they jockey for position, Franklin gets in a couple of knees when they regain their footing. Sakuraba seems to be trying to break the clinch, it's Franklin who is holding it tight, perhaps hoping to calm the energetic start that Sakuraba had. The referee finally does break them up, after nearly a full minute of inactivity. They clinch. Franklin hits a knee. Body shot from Sakuraba. Franklin goes for a second knee, but gets shoved away. He seems to stumble as he steps backward, and falls to the floor in an awkward moment. Sakuraba is on him fast, and scores with a big punch that landed sweetly. Sakuraba is able to mount Franklin before he has time to regain his wits, and fires off three punches in quick succession. Franklin tries to roll his hips to shift Sakuraba out of this dominant position, but can't do it. Sakuraba opens up Franklin's hands with a left, then smashes a right hand right into the temple. Franklin goes limp, and the referee dives in to stop Sakuraba from landing any further blows. Franklin is out cold. Official time of the knock out is 3:14 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Sakuraba by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Matt Lindland vs. Frank Trigg[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Matt Lindland by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Very, very slow start to the round. Over a minute has gone before the first meaningful strike connects. It's Trigg who hits it, scoring with a shot to the chest. Lindland fires back with a couple of jabs, both of which connect with the shoulder rather than the face where they were aimed. The two fighters come together in the center and exchange punches, neither getting the clear advantage. Lindland suddenly shoots in and goes for a takedown, but Trigg manages to sprawl long enough to get them all the way back to the cage, which keeps him upright. Lindland tries to complete the takedown, but realises that the leverage isn't there and instead stands and clinches. Trigg hits a couple of shots to the back. Lindland hits a stomp. Trigg lifts his leg to go for a knee, but that gives Lindland the opportunity to lift him and slam him down to the ground. That was a hard slam! Lindland is on top, almost sitting on top of a balled-up Trigg. He throws some hard downward punches, Trigg defends most of them, although one hits hard above the eye. Lindland leaves his arm in for a second too long and Trigg reaches up and almost gets an armbar. Lindland gets free though, although the effort puts him off-balance enough for him to stumble, giving Trigg the opportunity to scramble back up. There's a nasty mark above the eye where the earlier punch connected though. They go back to circling each other. There's not much time left. Trigg tries one last big attack, swinging for the fences with two bombs, but Lindland avoids both, adding a nice shot to the stomach after the second dodge. The round ends there. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Lindland. [B]Round 2[/B] Two jabs from the left hand of Trigg set up a hard waist-high kick, but Lindland steps back to avoid it. Nice attempt though. Trigg moves in closer, bobbing and weaving, and looks to score with a looping right hand, but Lindland uses the gloves to parry it away, then counter-strikes with a crisp jab and a kick to the knee. Good opening to the round, both fighters are looking lively. Trigg finds himself backed up against the cage briefly, and has to scramble to safety to avoid a flurry of strikes. Lindland is working for position, and is currently looking the more composed of the two. The two fighters clinch up, ending up struggling next to the cage, with the referee watching intently to make sure there are no rules being bent during the grappling match. Trigg gets in a cheeky right hand, but that's all the offence he can generate from the clinch before Lindland sweeps his legs and takes him down to the ground. Lindland stands, and uses his arms to push Trigg's guard apart. Leaning down between the legs, he starts throwing vicious punches. Trigg tries to bring his legs back in to pull guard again, while simultaneously covering up, but he is having trouble; Lindland is using his body to keep the legs from coming in. More punches rain down, and Trigg is starting to get really pounded. A big shot lands hard on the nose, then a left hand crunches into his cheek. The referee has seen enough and pulls Lindland away, signalling the end of this match. Lindland wins via 2nd round TKO with the official time being 2:46.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Matt Lindland by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Dan Henderson vs. Cung Le[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Dan Henderson by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Henderson throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Le. Kick to the thigh from Le, but it lacked power. Le looks to be working an angle. Le pushes Henderson up against the cage in a clinch. Le throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. Henderson pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. Le took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Le against the cage, and Henderson follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. The referee gets in and pulls Henderson away, he wins the match by TKO. Henderson wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 1:33.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Dan Henderson by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Gesias Calvancante vs. Joe Stevenson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: JZ Calvancante by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] JZ and Stevenson circle to start. Stevenson throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while JZ sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Stevenson comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows JZ to slip a nice jab in, catching Stevenson just underneath the right eye. JZ comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Stevenson misses with a right cross, then backs off. JZ stalks him, forcing Stevenson back up against the cage. JZ doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Stevenson throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. JZ pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Stevenson covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, JZ in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. JZ throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Stevenson comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. JZ parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in JZ's favour. The first round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for JZ. [B]Round 2[/B] Stevenson leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, JZ deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. JZ uses a knee to the ribs before backing Stevenson up against the cage. Right hand from Stevenson connects though, that was well timed. JZ breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Stevenson was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from JZ sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Stevenson fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. JZ hits a solid left, then a right. Stevenson felt both of them, and backs off a little. JZ charges right in to follow up though, and unleashes a powerful right hook, and Stevenson took it flush on the chin! JZ doesn't even bother following up on that, because Stevenson was out cold from the instant that that hit. Incredible punch. The official time is 4:28.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: JZ Calvancante by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Shinya Aoki via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Alvarez starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Aoki avoids it without too much trouble. Alvarez isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Aoki getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Alvarez finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Aoki opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Alvarez is backed up against the cage, covering up. Aoki clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Alvarez hits a knee strike to the hip. Aoki slips one leg behind Alvarez and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Alvarez landed hard, with Aoki on top. They're in half guard. It's to Alvarez's advantage that they're right next to the cage, that is blocking Aoki from attacking the left hand side of the body. Alvarez is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Aoki tries to step over to mount, but Alvarez keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Aoki fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Alvarez doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Aoki isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Alvarez ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Aoki can get free. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Aoki. [B]Round 2[/B] Good start from Aoki, taking Alvarez down almost immediately! Alvarez scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Aoki will be disappointed with that. Alvarez comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Aoki to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Alvarez felt that one for sure. He stalks Aoki, trying to back him up against the cage. It doesn't work though, Aoki keeps out of the way. Alvarez tries a kick, but Aoki catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Aoki gets Alvarez down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Aoki throws some punches, then tries to pass. Alvarez doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Aoki easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Aoki followed by a pass attempt, with Alvarez blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Aoki. [B]Round 3[/B] Aoki is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the cage, with Alvarez advancing. A sharp right misses, and Aoki takes the opportunity to pull Alvarez in to a tight clinch against the cage. Alvarez tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Alvarez wants to stand and bang, Aoki wants to keep things at close quarters. Alvarez tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the cage. Trip from Aoki, and we're down to the ground. Aoki has side control, but Alvarez has landed with his left hand side against the cage, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Aoki will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Alvarez tries to squirm into a better position, but Aoki puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Aoki tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Alvarez defends it. Alvarez manages to bring a knee up and catch Aoki in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Aoki responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Alvarez covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Aoki may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Aoki tries to float over into a mount, but Alvarez uses the cage to push away and manages to unbalance Aoki enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Aoki is the last action of the round. The third round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Aoki. [B]Round 4[/B] Slow start to this round, Alvarez is being tentative and Aoki looks like he is waiting for an angle to appear. The first exchange of strikes doesn't really go anywhere. A second set falls in Alvarez's favour, as he gets a nice jab in, hitting right above the nose, and a solid shot to the body. Aoki goes in for a takedown but only manages to secure one leg. Alvarez hammers down two shots to the back, but can't really do a lot else. Aoki tries to push him over onto his back, but Alvarez manages to pull free and back off. Aoki throws a high left handed jab then goes in for another takedown. Good sprawl from Alvarez, and he backs off. Aoki doesn't get a chance to go for a third, because Alvarez takes the fight to him with a barrage of lefts and rights, forcing him back against the cage. Alvarez clinches up, only after hitting a hard shot to the stomach though. The clinch seems to go on forever, with Aoki unable to get a good enough position to try a takedown, and Alvarez tied up too much to really throw any decent strikes. Eventually the time runs out and they head back to their corners. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Alvarez. [B]Round 5[/B] Two jabs from the left hand of Aoki set up a hard waist-high kick, but Alvarez steps back to avoid it. Nice attempt though. Aoki moves in closer, bobbing and weaving, and looks to score with a looping right hand, but Alvarez uses the gloves to parry it away, then counter-strikes with a crisp jab and a kick to the knee. Good opening to the round, both fighters are looking lively. Aoki finds himself backed up against the cage briefly, and has to scramble to safety to avoid a flurry of strikes. Alvarez is working for position, and is currently looking the more composed of the two. Aoki comes in fast and low and takes Alvarez down to the mat by the legs. Nicely done. He keeps hold of one leg, and applies a leglock. That was all in one motion, Alvarez got taken by surprise. Aoki sits back and wrenches in the hold, and that looks painful. Alvarez is holding on. He tries to twist free, but it's on tight. Alvarez gives in and taps out. Aoki wins via leglock submission at 2:31 of the fifth round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Shinya Aoki via Submission in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi vs. Sean Sherk[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Takanori Gomi by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Very, very slow start to the round. Over a minute has gone before the first meaningful strike connects. It's Gomi who hits it, scoring with a shot to the chest. Sherk fires back with a couple of jabs, both of which connect with the shoulder rather than the face where they were aimed. The two fighters come together in the center and exchange punches, neither getting the clear advantage. Sherk suddenly shoots in and goes for a takedown, but Gomi manages to sprawl long enough to get them all the way back to the cage, which keeps him upright. Sherk tries to complete the takedown, but realises that the leverage isn't there and instead stands and clinches. Gomi hits a couple of shots to the back. Sherk hits a stomp. Gomi lifts his leg to go for a knee, but that gives Sherk the opportunity to lift him and slam him down to the ground. That was a hard slam! Sherk is on top, almost sitting on top of a balled-up Gomi. He throws some hard downward punches, Gomi defends most of them, although one hits hard above the eye. Sherk leaves his arm in for a second too long and Gomi reaches up and almost gets an armbar. Sherk gets free though, although the effort puts him off-balance enough for him to stumble, giving Gomi the opportunity to scramble back up. There's a nasty mark above the eye where the earlier punch connected though. They go back to circling each other. There's not much time left. Gomi tries one last big attack, swinging for the fences with two bombs, but Sherk avoids both, adding a nice shot to the stomach after the second dodge. The round ends there. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Sherk. [B]Round 2[/B] Good start from Sherk, taking Gomi down almost immediately! Gomi scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Sherk will be disappointed with that. Gomi comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Sherk to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Gomi felt that one for sure. He stalks Sherk, trying to back him up against the cage. It doesn't work though, Sherk keeps out of the way. Gomi tries a kick, but Sherk catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Sherk gets Gomi down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Sherk throws some punches, then tries to pass. Gomi doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Sherk easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Sherk followed by a pass attempt, with Gomi blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sherk. [B]Round 3[/B] Gomi starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Sherk. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Sherk goes for a single leg and puts Gomi on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Sherk from getting on top. Gomi definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Sherk hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Gomi again. This time Gomi isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Sherk will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Gomi defends. Sherk tries to slip past to get side control, but Gomi just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Sherk has the side. Two big elbows land, and Gomi seems in trouble. Sherk goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. The third round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Sherk. [B]Round 4[/B] Gomi leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Sherk deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Sherk uses a knee to the ribs before backing Gomi up against the cage. Right hand from Gomi connects though, that was well timed. Sherk breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Gomi was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Sherk sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Gomi fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Sherk misses with a straight right. Gomi hits a standing kick, and Sherk is rocked, stumbling backwards and falling to the floor. Gomi leaps into action and fires off a barrage of right hands. The referee dives in and protects Sherk, bringing the fight to an end. The kick didn't knock Sherk out, but it left him stunned, and that was all that Gomi needed to finish the job. Gomi wins via 4th round TKO with the official time being 3:35.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Takanori Gomi by TKO in the Fourth Round[/B] [B]Middleweight Block A: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Anderson Silva by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Silva puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Okami defended well. Straight right from Okami in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Silva probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Okami gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Silva. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Silva. [B] Round 2[/B] Silva and Okami circle to start. Okami throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Silva sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Okami comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Silva to slip a nice jab in, catching Okami just underneath the right eye. Silva comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Okami misses with a right cross, then backs off. Silva stalks him, forcing Okami back up against the cage. Silva doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Okami throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Silva pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Okami covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Silva in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Silva throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Okami comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Silva parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Silva's favour. That's the end of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Silva. [B]Round 3[/B] Slow start to the round. We're nearly a minute in before Okami throws the first meaningful punch, trying to squeeze a fizzing jab through to Silva's jaw, but it is parried. Silva steps in, but has to quickly side-step to avoid a straight right. Okami moves in to throw some body punches but gets clipped with a big right hand. It was partially blocked, it would have been a potential knock out if that had hit home on the chin, Silva put a lot of weight behind it. Okami hits a nice jab, then clinches. Silva hits a knee, takes a punch to the ribs, then breaks free. Okami hits a low kick to the leg. Silva bursts forward and scores with a big right hand to the body, then a left hook. Okami goes down! Good shot from Silva! He tries to follow up and pound on Okami, but Okami is up really quickly and covers up to block the two jabs that come in. Silva, sensing that Okami is rattled, starts coming forward with more urgency. Okami ends up backed up against the cage. Silva gets within range, fakes a left, then lunges in with a huge right hand. It is partially parried by Okami, who wisely clinches up tightly to get some time to recover. The power that Silva has in his hands is really posing Okami some problems. The clinch drags on, with Silva unable to break free, and the round ends like that. End of round 3. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Silva. [B]Round 4[/B] Okami goes to the center, and immediately throws some jabs, looking to engage in a striking battle. Silva doesn't commit though, instead circling and looking for an angle. Silva comes in, ducks a right hand, then unleashes a flurry of punches. Okami covers up at first, then throws a scathing right hand, but Silva is already out of range. Silva repeats the trick, working a new angle, darting in, then firing off strikes while keeping out of the way of any counter punches. It happens a third time, and Okami is beginning to look frustrated. Silva's footwork and general movement is looking good, Okami is being made to look very slow and lumbering in comparison. Furthermore, Silva is being able to launch multiple short bursts of offense without really being in any danger, Okami has yet to hit any sort of meaningful punch, simply because Silva is too quick. Okami finally gets in close enough to grapple with Silva, clinching up. Okami scores a nice body punch, then steps back and goes for a vicious right hand, but Silva bobs out of the way and hits a right hook of his own. Time is ticking away, and Okami is well behind in this round, he needs to do something special. Okami swings for the fences, but Silva has no problem avoiding it. The round peters out. The fourth round is over. Blurcat.com scores 10-9 Silva. [B]Round 5[/B] The round starts slowly, with both fighters circling, tentatively throwing out the occasional jab. Okami is the first to make a positive move, stepping in to throw a right hand, although he probably wishes that he hadn't, as Silva picks him off with a crisp jab to the cheek. Okami throws a wild punch as a counter, but Silva ducks and backs off out of range. They meet again in the center for an exchange of punches. Okami gets a clubbing blow to the side of the head in, but takes a hard shot to the stomach in return. The early pattern seems to be that Okami is looking for big punches, Silva is happy to avoid them and use quick counter punches instead. They clinch up, and Okami manages to back Silva up against the cage. Okami takes a half step backward and throws a big right hand to the head, but Silva ducks under at the last second, scores with a pair of punches to the gut, then darts out of trouble before Okami can unload. Okami may need to think about changing tactics, Silva is looking far sharper in these striking battles, and is beginning to control the pace and tempo of the round. Okami fakes a right hand, then shoots out a low kick, catching Silva on the thigh. Silva presses forward for the first time, getting in close and using a couple of jabs to the body. Okami gets a nice left hook in, glancing off the gloves, and then clinches up. Time ticks away and the round ends just a few seconds after the referee separates them. The fifth round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Silva. The match automatically ends in a time limit draw.[/QUOTE] [B]Time Limit Draw[/B] [B]Middleweights A & Lightweights B Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night:[/B] Takanori Gomi vs. Sean Sherk [B]Knockout of the Night:[/B] Sakuraba vs. Rich Franklin [B]Submission of the Night:[/B] Shinya Aoki [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Middleweights Block A:[/B] Anderson Silva - 3pts. Cung Le - 2pts. Dan Henderson - 2pts. Frank Trigg - 2pts. Kazushi Sakuraba - 2pts. Matt Lindland - 2pts. Rich Franklin - 2pts. Yushin Okami - 1pt. [B]Lightweights Block B:[/B] Gesias Calvancante - 4pts. Takanori Gomi - 4pts. Shinya Aoki - 3pt. Kenny Florian - 2pts. Joe Stevenson - 1pt. Ryan Schultz - 1pt. Sean Sherk - 1pt. Eddie Alvarez - 0pts.[/center]
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The second round of match-ups provided interesting results. We still see unlikely fighters such as Heath Herring, Anthony Johnson, and Rashad Evans sitting atop the standings. Stars like Fedor and Randy Couture got on the winning side of things, and The Spider managed only a draw. The third round of fights will be as exciting as always. What upsets can we see, and what favorites will show their dominance? [center][B]WMMA Climax 11: Light Heavyweights B & Lightweights A[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva Lightweight Block A: BJ Penn vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Light Heavyweight Block B: Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera Lightweight Block A: Tyson Griffin vs. Roger Huerta Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua vs. Brian Stann Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Light Heavyweight Block B: Rashad Evans vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Lightweight Block A: Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez [B]WMMA Climax 12: Heavyweights A & Welterweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block A: Josh Barnett vs. Mirko Filipovic Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia vs. Brock Lesnar Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ben Rothwell Welterweight Block A: Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. Hayato Sakurai Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. Mike Swick Welterweight Block A: Jake Shields vs. Anthony Johnson Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Cain Velasquez [B]WMMA Climax 13: Welterweights B & Lightweights B[/B] Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi vs. Gesias Calvancante Welterweight Block B: Jon Fitch vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block B: Thiago Alves vs. Carlos Condit Lightweight Block B: Shinya Aoki vs. Sean Sherk Lightweight Block B: Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson Welterweight Block B: Matt Hughes vs. Mike Pyle Welterweight Block B: Josh Koscheck vs. Nick Thompson Lightweight Block B: Eddie Alvarez vs. Ryan Schultz [B]WMMA Climax 14: Heavyweights B & Middleweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Andrei Arlovski Middleweight Block A: Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson Heavyweight Block B: Randy Couture vs. Roger Gracie Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. Frank Mir Middleweight Block A: Matt Lindland vs. Cung Le Middleweight Block A: Frank Trigg vs. Rich Franklin Middleweight Block A: Yushin Okami vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Heavyweight Block B: Heath Herring vs. Alistar Overeem [B]WMMA Climax 15: Light Heavyweights A & Middleweights B[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz Light Heavyweight Block A: Forrest Griffin vs. Renato Sorbral Middleweight Block B: Robbie Lawler vs. Ronaldo Souza Light Heavyweight Block A: Lyoto Machida vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Light Heavyweight Block A: Keith Jardine vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. Kazuo Misaki Middleweight Block B: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Nate Marquardt Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. Michael Bisping[/center]
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[B]WMMA Climax 11: Light Heavyweights B & Lightweights A[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Quinton Jackson[/B] vs. Wanderlei Silva Lightweight Block A: [B]BJ Penn[/B] vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Light Heavyweight Block B: Matt Hamill vs. [B]Brandon Vera[/B] Lightweight Block A: Tyson Griffin vs. [B]Roger Huerta[/B] Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Mauricio Rua[/B] vs. Brian Stann Lightweight Block A: [B]Joachim Hansen[/B] vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida Light Heavyweight Block B: [B]Rashad Evans[/B] vs. Rafeal Calvalcante Lightweight Block A: [B]Josh Thomson[/B] vs. Gilbert Melendez [B]WMMA Climax 12: Heavyweights A & Welterweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Josh Barnett[/B] vs. Mirko Filipovic Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia vs. [B]Brock Lesnar[/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Fedor Emelianenko[/B] vs. Ben Rothwell Welterweight Block A: [B]Georges St. Pierre[/B] vs. Nick Diaz Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. [B]Hayato Sakurai[/B] Welterweight Block A: [B]Diego Sanchez[/B] vs. Mike Swick Welterweight Block A: Jake Shields vs. [B]Anthony Johnson[/B] Heavyweight Block A: [B]Gabriel Gonzaga[/B] vs. Cain Velasquez WMMA Climax 13: Welterweights B & Lightweights B Lightweight Block B: Takanori Gomi vs. [B]Gesias Calvancante[/B] Welterweight Block B: [B]Jon Fitch[/B] vs. Matt Serra Welterweight Block B: [B]Thiago Alves[/B] vs. Carlos Condit Lightweight Block B: [B]Shinya Aoki[/B] vs. Sean Sherk Lightweight Block B: [B]Kenny Florian [/B]vs. Joe Stevenson Welterweight Block B: [B]Matt Hughes[/B] vs. Mike Pyle Welterweight Block B: [B]Josh Koscheck[/B] vs. Nick Thompson Lightweight Block B: [B]Eddie Alvarez[/B] vs. Ryan Schultz [B]WMMA Climax 14: Heavyweights B & Middleweights A[/B] Heavyweight Block B: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. [B]Andrei Arlovski[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Anderson Silva[/B] vs. Dan Henderson Heavyweight Block B: [B]Randy Couture[/B] vs. Roger Gracie Heavyweight Block B: Fabricio Werdum vs. [B]Frank Mir[/B] Middleweight Block A: [B]Matt Lindland[/B] vs. Cung Le Middleweight Block A: [B]Frank Trigg[/B] vs. Rich Franklin Middleweight Block A: [B]Yushin Okami [/B]vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Heavyweight Block B: [B]Heath Herring[/B] vs. Alistar Overeem [B]WMMA Climax 15: Light Heavyweights A & Middleweights B[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: Chuck Liddell vs. [B]Tito Ortiz[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Forrest Griffin[/B] vs. Renato Sorbral Middleweight Block B: [B]Robbie Lawler [/B]vs. Ronaldo Souza Light Heavyweight Block A: Lyoto Machida vs. [B]Antonio Rogerio Nogueira[/B] Light Heavyweight Block A: [B]Keith Jardine[/B] vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Middleweight Block B: Paulo Filho vs. [B]Kazuo Misaki[/B] Middleweight Block B: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. [B]Nate Marquardt[/B] Middleweight Block B: Thales Leites vs. [B]Michael Bisping[/B]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 11: Light Heavyweights B & Lightweights A Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Good start from Melendez, taking Thomson down almost immediately! Thomson scrambles though, and gets back to his feet without taking any damage at all. Melendez will be disappointed with that. Thomson comes in and throws two big right hands, but neither connects, and they put him off balance, allowing Melendez to score with a nice right hook to the side of the head, crunching into the top of the ear. Thomson felt that one for sure. He stalks Melendez, trying to back him up against the cage. It doesn't work though, Melendez keeps out of the way. Thomson tries a kick, but Melendez catches the foot and uses it for a trip. Melendez gets Thomson down for the second time, and this time is right on top of him in guard position. Melendez throws some punches, then tries to pass. Thomson doesn't allow it, and tries to grab an armbar in response. Melendez easily stops that, and throws some more punches. That becomes the pattern, as the fight falls into a predictable pattern; punches from Melendez followed by a pass attempt, with Thomson blocking the pass and throwing the occasional punch in response. The round ends like that, just as the referee was about to stand them back up. The first round is over. Blurcat.com gives that one to Melendez by 10-9. [B]Round 2[/B] Very, very slow start to the round. Over a minute has gone before the first meaningful strike connects. It's Thomson who hits it, scoring with a shot to the chest. Melendez fires back with a couple of jabs, both of which connect with the shoulder rather than the face where they were aimed. The two fighters come together in the center and exchange punches, neither getting the clear advantage. Melendez suddenly shoots in and goes for a takedown, but Thomson manages to sprawl long enough to get them all the way back to the cage, which keeps him upright. Melendez tries to complete the takedown, but realises that the leverage isn't there and instead stands and clinches. Thomson hits a couple of shots to the back. Melendez hits a stomp. Thomson lifts his leg to go for a knee, but that gives Melendez the opportunity to lift him and slam him down to the ground. That was a hard slam! Melendez is on top, almost sitting on top of a balled-up Thomson. He throws some hard downward punches, Thomson defends most of them, although one hits hard above the eye. Melendez leaves his arm in for a second too long and Thomson reaches up and almost gets an armbar. Melendez gets free though, although the effort puts him off-balance enough for him to stumble, giving Thomson the opportunity to scramble back up. There's a nasty mark above the eye where the earlier punch connected though. They go back to circling each other. There's not much time left. Thomson tries one last big attack, swinging for the fences with two bombs, but Melendez avoids both, adding a nice shot to the stomach after the second dodge. The round ends there. The round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Melendez. [B]Round 3[/B] Thomson starts strong, hitting a nice low kick and following in with a shot to the body. Melendez backs off, but just gets pushed up against the cage. Thomson presses the advantage and works a nice hook to the body. Melendez responds with an attempted sweep, and when that doesn't work, a punch that lands behind the ear. Thomson gets in a low kick as he backs off, and the fight returns towards the center. Thomson makes Melendez back up against the cage by throwing some looping punches. He comes in closer and hits a right hook to the body, getting a jab to the cheek in return. Thomson throws another two punches, both to the body, then steps back to avoid an uppercut. Melendez lets fly with a scorching punch though, and it catches Thomson by surprise, putting him down! Melendez follows up and starts raining down right hands. Thomson covers up as best he can, but it's not enough as the referee pulls Melendez off, the match is over. Melendez wins via TKO at 2:36 of the third round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Gilbert Melendez by TKO in the Third Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Rashad Evans vs. Rafeal Calvalcante[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Rashad Evans by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Feijao works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Evans backed up against the cage. Feijao gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Evans, who uses his legs well to defend. Feijao pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Evans gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Feijao follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Feijao hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Evans tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Evans leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Feijao. [B]Round 2[/B] A crisp jab from Feijao starts the round, it tagged Evans on the cheek. Straight right from Evans in response, glancing off the side of the head, albeit without much power. Feijao steps in for an attack but is smothered by Evans who clinches. Feijao has to react quickly to avoid being tossed to the ground, but can't stop being driven into the cage. Evans is virtually man-handling Feijao with his wrestling ability. Up against the cage, Evans has the much stronger position. Right hand connects to the side of the body. And another. There isn't a great deal of power on them, but they're forming a big red mark on the body, and Feijao can't really do a lot in response; he can't seem to wrestle Evans off, and he can't work into a position to unload any strikes either. Evans fires off another two punches, then goes for a trip. Feijao spins out, almost falls, but manages to squirm out and back off quickly to the center. That was close, and Feijao knows it. Feijao pushes Evans up against the cage in a clinch. Feijao throws a knee, then a couple of short punches to the side of the head. Evans pushes him away and steps in to score with an uppercut. Feijao took it flush on the chin and is rocked! Another right hand drops Feijao against the cage, and Evans follows up by unloading with a barrage of punches. The referee gets in and pulls Evans away, he wins the match by TKO. Official time of the TKO is 3:25 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Rashad Evans by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Joachim Hansen by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Ishida works an angle and comes in from the side of Hansen, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Hansen hits a low kick to back Ishida against the cage, then works the body with a series of short punches. Ishida fights out and the action returns to the center. They come together, both throwing punches. Hansen gets a nice clean shot in, and Ishida stumbles backwards and falls to the floor. Hansen is on top of him quickly, and unloads with two more big punches, both connect solidly. The referee jumps in and pulls him away before a third is thrown, this match is over by TKO. Replays show the referee may have been slightly early. Hansen wins via 1st round TKO with the official time being 2:48.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Joachim Hansen by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Mauricio Rua vs. Brian Stann[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The two competitors start slowly, circling and looking for an opening. Stann fakes shooting in for a takedown, but Shogun didn't buy it for a second. In comes Stann from an angle to the right, but Shogun had it covered all the way, and not only easily steps out of the way of the attempted right hand, but manages to score with a solid right hand to the side of the head. Stann felt that, and is forced to cover up quickly as Shogun steps in quickly and unloads with a flurry of powerful blows, looking to capitalise on the earlier strike. Stann is forced back against the cage, but to his credit, he did a good job defending those strikes and didn't seem to take any significant damage. Shogun doesn't get in too close, realising that it would likely mean getting caught in a clinch, so he stands slightly back instead and throws some low kicks and looping punches. Stann responds by throwing out some straight jabs, but neither fighter is really doing any damage to their opponent. Shogun clearly grows tired of the wait, and moves in to hit a body blow. It connects, but Stann is quick to tie him up in a clinch. That lasts quite a while, until the referee gets in there and breaks them up, telling them to fight. Other than a few half-hearted jabs, there's been a definite lull over the past minute. Shogun scores with a stiff jab, and bobs and weaves to avoid all three of the rapid-fire punches that come back from Stann. Nicely done. Stann, realising that he is losing this round, comes forward with a sense of urgency, throwing right hands to put Shogun on the back foot. Shogun handles it well though, refusing to let Stann get an angle, and using some nice counter punches to the body to further cement the fact that this round is going to him on points. Time expires with Stann throwing increasingly desperate punches. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Shogun. [B]Round 2[/B] The two fighters meet in the center with an exchange of jabs, but neither gets anything but gloves or air. They go right into a clinch, with only a few seconds of the match gone. Stann gets a knee to the ribs in, but it wasn't particularly hard. They break. Stann tries an ill-advised head kick, but Shogun ducks and comes straight underneath it. Grabbing the leg, he lifts Stann up and then violently plants him into the ground with a slam. Shogun dives in, but gets pulled into guard. Stann struggles to contain Shogun, who passes to half guard without too much trouble. A few hard shots get thrown, and Stann does well to defend them, deflecting them off his gloves. Shogun is trying to get his leg free so that he can get into side control. Stann throws a couple of punches from his back, but they do very little damage. Shogun half-stands, and throws a couple of big punches with a lot of force behind them. One is blocked, but the other hits home just below the left eye. Stann tries to cover up, while Shogun manages to get his leg free and get into a mount. Stann is in big trouble. He tries to roll his hips and shift Shogun's weight, but it's not working. Shogun fires off a couple of punches, then drops an absolute bomb of a right hand, landing flush on the chin! Stann is out, just for a second, but the referee has already pulled Shogun off. Sharp-eyed refereeing there. This match is over by knock out. Official time of the knock out is 1:06 of the second.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Shogun Rua by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: Tyson Griffin vs. Roger Huerta[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Roger Huerta by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] The round begins with Griffin taking the iniative, coming in quickly with a straight right and a leg kick. Huerta replies with a snap jab and a wild left that misses by a long way. Griffin goes for the takedown, but Huerta sprawls. Griffin tries to power through, but Huerta uses that against him and turns it into a takedown of his own. They're quite close to the cage, which may help Griffin defend this. Huerta is in guard. He throws a couple of half-hearted jabs, then tries to pass, but Griffin isn't allowing it. Griffin pulls Huerta in tight, locking up both his arms. Huerta pulls free and again tries to pass guard. This has turned into a bit of a stalemate, the referee may be thinking of standing them up if nothing happens soon. Huerta tries a big right hand, which Griffin defends well. He has quite a high guard, Huerta has to be wary not to fall into a triangle when leaning in like that. Griffin once again drags Huerta down into a clinch, and this time even tries to work a guillotine, but Huerta easily deals with it and hands out two solid right hands to the ribs along the way. We're back to Huerta trying to pass guard. Griffin tries to throw a big punch and almost hands an armbar to Huerta, but he realises the danger in time and manages to recover. The referee finally gets them back to their feet due to the lack of progress that has been made. Huerta scores with a jab, then a second. Griffin goes for a sweeping kick to the right knee, but it isn't fast enough and gives Huerta enough time to take him down again. Huerta quickly goes to pass guard, looking for side control, but Griffin once again defends it. It looks like a frustrating round will end with them on the ground, and almost certainly has to go to Huerta on points due to him being the aggressor and getting two takedowns in. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Huerta. [B]Round 2[/B] Fast start by Huerta, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Griffin circles, drawing a lunge from Huerta, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Huerta ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Griffin hopping on the other to remain vertical. Huerta tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Griffin manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Huerta has one leg trapped between Griffin's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Griffin defends it well, without fully escaping it, Huerta can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Griffin suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Huerta's back. Huerta was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Griffin up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Griffin throws a couple of short-range punches. Huerta gets a leg in and trips Griffin, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Griffin, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. The round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Huerta. [B]Round 3[/B] Tentative start to the round, the fighters are circling. Huerta throws out a couple of range-finding jabs, but they aren't anything that will trouble Griffin. Kick to the thigh from Griffin, but it lacked power. An exchange of punches goes nowhere, and they fall into a clinch. The referee separates them when nothing happens. Huerta leads with a right hand, then delivers a brutal uppercut, Griffin had to step back quickly to avoid getting caught. He winds up back against the cage, and Huerta doesn't relent, moving in fast to unload with a series of jabs. Griffin got some of his own in, but the upper hand is definitely with Huerta. Vicious right hand! Out of nowhere, it caught Griffin flush in the face, and he slumps down against the cage. Huerta follows up with more punches, and the referee dives in to break it up. It's all over. Griffin wasn't knocked out, but that one punch was a beauty, and it stopped him getting any sort of defence together to stop the following punches. Official time of the TKO is 1:18 of the third round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Roger Huerta by TKO in the Third Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Brandon Vera by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Flat start to the round, thirty seconds of circling without any actual contact. The fans begin to get a bit restless. Hamill is the first to try something, stringing together a couple of jabs and a low kick, but Vera blocked the first two and avoided the latter. A lunge from Hamill is meant to set up a punch, but it's clumsy and just leaves him off balance. Vera is quick to react, and gets a great shot to the side of the face in before Hamill can cover up. That landed above the left eye and has left an ugly red mark. No cut, but that will start to swell and could give Hamill some problems later on. Hamill moves in for a right hook, but takes a hard kick to the knee, then is forced to retreat so as not to get caught with the two right hands that follow. Vera is staying on it though, and glances three shots off the gloves of Hamill before they wind up in a clinch. That punch above the eye, or maybe the mistake that led to it, seems to have completely thrown Hamill off, since that moment he has been comprehensively out-struck and is now in danger of losing this round. They struggle in the clinch, neither fighter managing a great deal more than minor blows. Hamill goes for a trip, but Vera cleverly spins out of it and the two fighters are back to circling. Not a great round for purists, it has all been a bit disjointed, but that one shot from Vera may prove decisive. As the round comes to an end, they wind up back in another clinch, with nothing coming of it. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Vera. [B]Round 2[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Vera puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Hamill defended well. Straight right from Hamill in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Vera probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Hamill gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Vera. End of the round. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Vera. [B]Round 3[/B] Hamill scores with a low kick to the outside of the knee, then backs off. Those will take their toll. Vera responds with a right hand that hits gloves, a left hook to the body that stings Hamill, then throws a spectacular head kick that connects! Hamill was backing off after those two punches and didn't see it coming, he goes sailing backward, his body entirely limp. Vera has knocked Hamill out cold with one brutally powerful kick. Vera wins via third round knock out at 27 seconds.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Brandon Vera by Knockout in the Third Round[/B] [B]Lightweight Block A: BJ Penn vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: BJ Penn by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Fast start by Penn, who has thrown three crisp jabs in the first twenty seconds, although none of them got past the gloves. Kawajiri circles, drawing a lunge from Penn, allowing him to score with a nice low kick to the front leg. Penn ignores that and darts in for a takedown, but only ends up holding one leg, Kawajiri hopping on the other to remain vertical. Penn tries to push forward to complete the takedown, but Kawajiri manages to pull them all the way back to the cage before ultimately going down. That's a much better position to be in though, he has his corner right there, and can use the cage to effectively cut off any form of attack to the left hand side of his body. Penn has one leg trapped between Kawajiri's, and is struggling to get it free. He throws a couple of punches, none of them doing much damage, and then tries to work on one of the arms. It might be a kimura that he looking for. Kawajiri defends it well, without fully escaping it, Penn can't really do a lot with it due to how much he is having to stretch to apply it, due to his leg being trapped. Kawajiri suddenly releases the leg and scrambles up, looking to take Penn's back. Penn was ready for it though, and blocks it by pinning a half-standing Kawajiri up against the cage. It's a precarious position for both fighters. Kawajiri throws a couple of short-range punches. Penn gets a leg in and trips Kawajiri, putting him back on the ground, albeit this time in full guard. It was a nice escape attempt from Kawajiri, at least he can take heart from the fact that it resulted in a better defensive position. Time is running out, it looks like this round will end with them in this position. The first round is over. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Penn. [B]Round 2[/B] Penn is quickest out, and comes at Kawajiri with a series of jabs and straight punches. Kawajiri covered up well, and I don't think anything got through. Kawajiri hits a body shot, but it didn't connect solidly. They get in close, and it's Penn who takes it to the ground. Kawajiri pulls guard. There's a lull, as Penn tries to pass, and Kawajiri defends it. Punches get thrown every so often, but it's really a stalemate at the moment. Kawajiri almost gets a guillotine, but it's blocked and almost leads to a kimura for Penn, but that too goes nowhere. The referee stands them up, but the time is almost over. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Penn. [B]Round 3[/B] Penn hits some tentative punches, then comes in fast and forces Kawajiri to back up against the cage, where they clinch. Penn hits a nice body shot, but takes two short punches to the side of the head in return. Kawajiri tries a trip, but it doesn't go anywhere. They separate, with Penn having to stay sharp to avoid a scorching right hand from Kawajiri. They clinch. Kawajiri gets in a nice knee, but a second attempt sees him swept to the ground. Kawajiri landed hard with Penn right on top of him, it looks like he got winded. Penn hits three big punches to the face, and Kawajiri is rocked. Penn gets an arm, locks in a kimura, and Kawajiri has no alternative but to tap out. The official time is 3:11.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: BJ Penn via Submission in the Third Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweight Block B: Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Quinton Jackson by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Wanderlei puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Rampage defended well. Straight right from Rampage in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Wanderlei probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Rampage gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Wanderlei. End of the round. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Wanderlei. [B]Round 2[/B] Rampage moves in quickly to begin, trapping Wanderlei against the cage. Looks like a statement of intent, Rampage is going to try and out-wrestle Wanderlei. Rampage works for position, and tries to get in a hard shot to the face, Wanderlei turned out of it and got free though, no damage done. Rampage comes in again, looking for the grapple, but gets sent back with a succession of three crisp jabs and a speculative high kick. Rampage misses with a straight right. Wanderlei hits a standing kick, and Rampage is rocked, stumbling backwards and falling to the floor. Wanderlei leaps into action and fires off a barrage of right hands. The referee dives in and protects Rampage, bringing the fight to an end. The kick didn't knock Rampage out, but it left him stunned, and that was all that Wanderlei needed to finish the job. Wanderlei wins via TKO at 2:16 of the second round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Wanderlei Silva by TKO in the Second Round[/B] [B]Light Heavyweights B & Lightweights A Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night: [/B]Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva [B]Knockout of the Night: [/B]Brandon Vera [B]Submission of the Night: [/B]BJ Penn [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Light Heavyweights Block B:[/B] Rashad Evans - 6pts. Mauricio Rua - 4pts. Wanderlei Silva - 4pts. Quinton Jackson - 3pts. Brandon Vera - 2pts. Brian Stann - 2pts. Rafeal Calvalcante - 2pts. Matt Hamill - 1pt. [B]Lightweights Block A:[/B] BJ Penn - 6pts. Roger Huerta - 5pts. Joachim Hansen - 4pts. Gilbert Melendez - 2pts. Tyson Griffin - 3pts. Josh Thomson - 2pts. Mitsuhiro Ishida - 1pt. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 1pt.[/center]
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[center][B]WMMA Climax 12: Heavyweights A & Welterweights A Presented By: Affliction[/B] [B]Undercard[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Cain Velasquez[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Gabriel Gonzaga via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Velasquez works an angle and comes in from the side of Gonzaga, getting two good jabs in before a ragged left misses by quite a margin. Gonzaga hits a low kick to back Velasquez against the cage, then works the body with a series of short punches. Velasquez fights out and the action returns to the center. Velasquez gets caught with a solid right hand out of nowhere, and is rocked. Gonzaga follows up with another one, and Velasquez looks in trouble all of a sudden. He is backed up against the cage and Gonzaga is unloading. The punches are raining down, Velasquez is covering up. The referee has seen enough and stops the fight, clearly feeling that Velasquez was unable to defend himself intelligently. Gonzaga wins. Official time of the TKO is 2:45 of the first.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Jake Shields vs. Anthony Johnson[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Jake Shields by TKO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Johnson starts brightly by throwing some looping punches. Defended well by Shields. They circle, throwing tentative jabs. Shields goes for a single leg and puts Johnson on the floor, but he is up very quickly, preventing Shields from getting on top. Johnson definitely seems to want to keep this standing. Shields hits a nice jab, avoids a counter left hook, then comes in low and takes down Johnson again. This time Johnson isn't able to get up, and has to pull guard. Times ticking away though, Shields will have to hurry to finish. He goes for an armbar, but Johnson defends. Shields tries to slip past to get side control, but Johnson just about manages to keep guard. A second attempt works though, and Shields has the side. Two big elbows land, and Johnson seems in trouble. Shields goes for the kimura, but can't quite get it. The time expires before he can try again, and the referee separates them. End of round 1. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Shields. [B]Round 2[/B] Shields is forced onto the backfoot almost immediately, having to retreat to avoid a series of sharp jabs. He ends up with his back to the cage, with Johnson advancing. A sharp right misses, and Shields takes the opportunity to pull Johnson in to a tight clinch against the cage. Johnson tries to break free, but cannot. It looks like we know the strategies for this round already; Johnson wants to stand and bang, Shields wants to keep things at close quarters. Johnson tries for an elbow, but only succeeds in getting turned around so that he is now the one against the cage. Trip from Shields, and we're down to the ground. Shields has side control, but Johnson has landed with his left hand side against the cage, so that side of the body is basically safe for now. Shields will have to try to work the right-hand side, and starts by ramming a knee into the ribs. Johnson tries to squirm into a better position, but Shields puts a stop to that with a stiff elbow to the stomach. Shields tries to work a kimura on the right arm, but Johnson defends it. Johnson manages to bring a knee up and catch Shields in the side, something of a cheeky move given his position. Shields responds with five or six rapid-fire right hands to the face, but Johnson covers up and doesn't take any serious damage at all. Time is ticking away though, and so far Shields may be easily winning the round, but he is not taking full advantage of this great position. Shields tries to float over into a mount, but Johnson uses the cage to push away and manages to unbalance Shields enough to get to a kneeling position, then standing, albeit back into a clinch. A knee from Shields is the last action of the round. The second round is over. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Shields. [B]Round 3[/B] Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Johnson that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Shields is looking the slightly more fit of the two fighters. Shields ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Johnson, although no damage has actually been done yet. They exchange punches. Shields hits a nice jab just above the left eye, but takes a hard punch to the cheek at the same time. Shields momentarily loses his footing and drops his hands, that shot having really rung his bell. Johnson shoots off another right hand to capitalise, and this time it's the killer blow, Shields falls back and crash-lands on the floor, he was out cold from the instant that punch hit. A knock out victory for Johnson. Johnson wins via knock out at 2:36 of the third round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Anthony Johnson by Knockout in the Third Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Diego Sanchez vs. Mike Swick[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Diego Sanchez via Submission[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Dull first sixty seconds to the round, as neither fighter looks willing to commit much to attack. They're both looking for angles to come in from, but they're constantly countering each other. A crisp jab from Sanchez that almost found its way through the guard is the sole highlight as we reach the minute mark. Swick glances at the referee, not sure why. Swick ducks out of the way of a punch, then back steps quickly, just in time to avoid the uppercut that was coming. Better from Sanchez, although no damage has actually been done yet. Sanchez hits two body shots, then comes in low under an attempted right cross and uses a single leg to take Swick down. Nicely done. Swick pulls guard. Swick is forced to cover up as Sanchez starts hammering away with enormous strikes from the guard, trying to simply power the shots through. Some do cause some damage, landing as Swick tries unsuccessfully to throw some counters. Sanchez transitions to side control without any issues and starts finding the punches down again, this time with more leverage and therefore more power. Swick tries to defend them, but a lot of them are getting through. The referee finally has enough and calls an end to the match, feeling that Swick was getting overwhelmed. Official time of the TKO is 2:16 of the first.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Diego Sanchez by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Main Card[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Karo Parisyan vs. Hayato Sakurai[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Mach Sakurai by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Parisyan throws the first punch of the round, a high searching jab that didn't carry a great deal of threat with it. Sakurai throws a one-two combination in return, neither connecting, then steps in and delivers a hard kick to the outside of the thigh. Parisyan steps back, throwing a right hand as he does to buy himself space. They circle, then move in again to exchange strikes, neither fighter getting a clear advantage. They come together again and the same result. It has become something of a stalemate at the moment. They come together to exchange strikes for the third time, and this time they wind up in a clinch. Sakurai hits a knee to the ribs. A couple of shots to the back from Parisyan. They struggle all the way back, with Parisyan ending up backed up against the cage. Sakurai hits another knee, but there wasn't much power behind it. Parisyan stomps downward onto his foot. Parisyan manages to reverse their positions, but that only lasts about thirty seconds before it gets reversed once more. Sakurai gets an arm free and tries to throw a big shot to the cheek, Parisyan ducks under it and gets the arm back under control. The referee finally breaks them up, and we're back to where we started. Parisyan tries a high kick to start, but Sakurai saw it coming and easily avoids it. They come back together in the center, and it's Sakurai who gets the first sustained attack of the round, hitting two hard body shots and a jab that caught Parisyan on the nose. Parisyan hits a straight right, enough to stop Sakurai from following up any further. The time expires with them standing. Not a great round for either of them or the crowd, it was very scrappy. The 1st round ends. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Sakurai. [B]Round 2[/B] Slow start, both fighters are throwing tentative punches without threatening anything more powerful. Sakurai puts together the first exciting moment, stringing together four punches in quick succession, but Parisyan defended well. Straight right from Parisyan in response, but it caught nothing but gloves. They start circling. The referee tells them to fight, the lack of action so far is worrying. They get in close and exchange body shots, Sakurai probably getting the slightly better punches in, and then fall into a clinch. That goes nowhere, and the referee separates them. Parisyan gets a nice kick in just before the time expires, but it's unlikely that is going to stop the judges giving that round to Sakurai. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sakurai. [B]Round 3[/B] Slow start; nearly a full minute of circling, occasional fakes, and long-range jabs. Neither fighter is creating much. Sakurai works an angle, but takes a low kick to the shin when he advances. They clinch, and end up with Parisyan backed up against the cage. Sakurai gets a couple of right hands to the body, but his attempts at knee strikes are deflected by Parisyan, who uses his legs well to defend. Sakurai pulls free and takes a step back, then powers in a right hand. Parisyan gets out the way, ducks under a second right hand, and backs up to the center. Sakurai follows, and we're back to circling. Uninspiring action so far, they've both been fairly devoid of inspiration. Sakurai hits a couple of right hands, both hitting gloves, then a left hand to the body that connected. That was the best shot of the round so far. Parisyan tags him with a flicked jab to the cheek, but it had virtually no power on it. Parisyan leans in to a looping left, but it puts him off balance and it's only at the last second that he gets his chin out of the way of a vicious right cross that comes back. If that had hit, we may have had a knock out. Time runs out with them standing, circling again. The round ends. Blurcat.com sees it 10-9 to Sakurai. [B]Round 4[/B] Sakurai and Parisyan circle to start. Parisyan throws a couple of looping punches, neither hitting, while Sakurai sits back, waiting for an opportunity to attack. Parisyan comes in closer, looking to unload with a right hand; that misses, and it allows Sakurai to slip a nice jab in, catching Parisyan just underneath the right eye. Sakurai comes in and scores with a straight left, then bounces a right hand off the body. Parisyan misses with a right cross, then backs off. Sakurai stalks him, forcing Parisyan back up against the cage. Sakurai doesn't rush in, instead standing back and throwing the occasional punch. Parisyan throws a big left hand in response, but it misses by quite a margin. Sakurai pounces, hitting lefts and rights. Parisyan covers up from the first two punches, then clinches up to prevent any more coming in. They're up against the cage, Sakurai in the dominant position. They remain that way as the time ticks down. Sakurai throws the occasional knee, but can't really do much with his arms tied up like that. The referee finally tells them to break, and they return to the center. That clinch ate up a lot of time though. Parisyan comes in hard and fast, bobbing and weaving, and throws a couple of big shots. Sakurai parries them with his gloves and scores with a well-executed counter punch, hitting just above the eye. They come in close again, throwing punches, but wind up clinched again. The time expires with them like that, and that round will definitely go down in Sakurai's favour. End of the round. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Sakurai. [B]Round 5[/B] Parisyan gets a nice single leg, and transitions into a side mount. Sakurai blocks an arm bar attempt, but is having trouble keeping the full mount from happening. Parisyan scores with a nice elbow, and there is the full mount. Sakurai is wide open, and takes two hard punches to the face. Parisyan takes the arm. Sakurai is fighting it, but it looks like it's only a matter of time. The kimura is applied, and Sakurai has no choice but to tap. Parisyan wins via fifth round kimura submission at 49 seconds.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Karo Parisyan via Submission in the Fifth Round[/B] [B]Welterweight Block A: Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Georges St. Pierre by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Diaz doesn't waste any time and throws two jabs to the face, but GSP easily side-steps both and circles to the left. GSP throws a head fake, then comes in fast from an angle with a looping punch, but misses and takes a glancing shot to the shoulder from a left hand counter. GSP steps back to avoid a straight left. Diaz comes in to try it again, and gets caught with a lovely hook. Diaz goes down hard, but isn't out, just stunned. GSP quickly mounts him before he can shake it off, and unloads with punches. The referee is very quickly in there and pulls GSP off, giving him the win. Replays show the referee was right to do so, Diaz took three nasty looking shots in a row from the mount. Official time of the TKO is 1:11 of the first.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Georges St. Pierre by TKO in the First Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ben Rothwell[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Time Limit Draw[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Rothwell throws a right hand, narrowly missing. Fedor almost seems to be inviting him on to throw punches, he could be trying to lure him into over-committing. Rothwell throws a jab that connects, albeit without much power, but it causes Fedor to back up quickly, back toward the cage. Rothwell comes in quickly, throwing looping punches, but gets reckless and Fedor grabs the opportunity by nailing a big right cross! Rothwell collapses in a heap, his left leg buckling underneath him in at an awkward angle. Fedor has knocked him out cold with a killer punch. Official time of the knock out is 1:52 of the first round.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Fedor Emelianenko by Knockout in the First Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Tim Sylvia vs. Brock Lesnar[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Tim Sylvia by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Lesnar starts the round by throwing some low kicks. Sylvia checks them, then comes in and clearly wants to trade punches. Lesnar doesn't seem too bothered by that, and they enter into the first exchange of punches of the round. Difficult to say who came out on top, neither of them did a great deal of damage, most of the shots hit the opponent's gloves. Lesnar cleverly head-fakes, allowing him the time and angle that he needed to catch Sylvia with a beauty of a right hook. Sylvia stumbles backward, but doesn't go down. Lesnar presses the advantage by following in with a kick, then a right hand. Sylvia clinches. They remain clinched for a while. Sylvia scores with a nice knee, it appeared to catch Lesnar in the gut. Lesnar uses a single leg trip and takes the fight to the ground. Lesnar gets to side control upon impact, and immediately goes for an armbar. Sylvia reacts quickly, but is in real danger. Lesnar has his left arm straightened out, fortunately Sylvia has managed to roll and get a good position that is stopping Lesnar from getting the leverage needed to apply an armlock. Lesnar tries to step over and fully apply it, but Sylvia breaks free and gets him to back off with a couple of up-kicks. Lesnar steps back and motions for him to stand up. They go back to circling in the center. Sylvia hits a nice right hand, but takes one back too. The time runs down; Lesnar will probably get that round on points, he hit the best punch of the round, and got the only takedown, plus was the one who was working toward a submission. The round ends. Blurcat.com scores it 10-9 for Lesnar. [B]Round 2[/B] Sylvia starts fast, unleashing a bomb of a right hand, but Lesnar avoids it without too much trouble. Sylvia isn't disheartened though, swinging two more huge punches, with Lesnar getting out the way each time, but being forced all over the place. Sylvia finally backs off a little, breathing hard. That was quite a frantic start. Lesnar opts to use that, and comes in to throw some jabs. Sylvia is backed up against the cage, covering up. Lesnar clinches. They struggle, and the fight enters a lull. Sylvia hits a knee strike to the hip. Lesnar slips one leg behind Sylvia and uses that as leverage for a big trip. Sylvia landed hard, with Lesnar on top. They're in half guard. It's to Sylvia's advantage that they're right next to the cage, that is blocking Lesnar from attacking the left hand side of the body. Sylvia is forced into action to defend a kimura attempt. Lesnar tries to step over to mount, but Sylvia keeps his legs in position and ends up almost rolled into a ball. Lesnar fires some stiff punches to the back, then one to the face. He reaches through and tries to secure an armbar, but has to be careful as he is in danger of getting picked off with a counter armbar too. Sylvia doesn't appear to be trying that though, instead trying to shift his weight so that he can get back up. Lesnar isn't allowing it though, and gets a couple more punches in before settling back into half guard. Sylvia ties him up in a snug clinch. The action halts, and time expires before Lesnar can get free. The round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Lesnar. [B]Round 3[/B] Slow start to the round, Lesnar is circling while Sylvia seems content to just throw the occasional looping punch to cause him to back up. Lesnar steps in and fires off two jabs, neither connecting, then has to almost throw himself to one side to avoid a devastating looking punch! Sylvia was clearly looking for the highlight reel K.O. punch, had that connected there is no way that Lesnar was getting back up. There's a warning to Lesnar, he must now know, if he didn't already, that Sylvia has knock out intentions tonight. Lesnar throws a right hand, then backs up sharply, clearly not loving the idea of getting too close. Sylvia still looks calm, throwing the occasional jab or two to keep Lesnar off balance. Lesnar leans forward and throws a looping right hand. Sylvia throws a wild head kick at the same moment, and it smashes into his jaw; Lesnar goes down, slumped to the canvas. The referee covers him up, signalling that the match is over by knock out. Sylvia wins via 3rd round knock out with the official time being 3:18.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Tim Sylvia by Knockout in the Third Round[/B] [B]Heavyweight Block A: Josh Barnett vs. Mirko Filipovic[/B] [I]Sherdog Prediction: Cro Cop by KO[/I] [QUOTE][B]Round 1[/B] Barnett starts strongly, immediately rushing in for a takedown. Mirko Cro Cop got taken by surprise a little, but wrestles his way free of the grapple and pulls to safety. Mirko Cro Cop doesn't hang around for a second attempt, he uses a looping left to set himself up to come in close and score with a series of strikes, two or three nice body shots included. Barnett covers up, throwing the occasional jab as a counter. Mirko Cro Cop goes for a vicious uppercut, but gets pulled into a clinch. Barnett goes for a takedown via a trip, but Mirko Cro Cop defends it. Another trip attempt, another failure. Barnett pushes Mirko Cro Cop up against the cage and tries to wrestle him to the ground, but Mirko Cro Cop keeps his balance and sprawls to stop it. Mirko Cro Cop gets in a hard right hand to the side of the face, taking advantage of the fact that Barnett was leaning in too far. Mirko Cro Cop reverses so that Barnett is against the cage. They remain clinched, with nothing more than minor strikes being thrown, for a long time. The referee finally breaks them apart and gets them back to the center. Mirko Cro Cop throws a kick, waist-high, but Barnett avoids it. That could have been used for a takedown attempt if Barnett had been quicker and caught it. Mirko Cro Cop hits two or three punches in a row, stinging the gloves of Barnett. The round draws to a close. It'll be interesting to see where the judges go with this, as Mirko Cro Cop clearly got the better strikes in throughout the round, but Barnett did probably show more aggression by virtue of his almost constant attempts to get the takedown. The first round is over. Blurcat.com has it down as 10-9 Mirko Cro Cop. [B]Round 2[/B] Barnett leads with the right hand to set up a low kick, Mirko Cro Cop deals with it well. They clinch, but only for a few seconds before it gets broken. Both throw stiff jabs at the same time, neither connects properly. Back to the clinch. It has been a disjointed start to the round, the flow hasn't quite developed properly. Mirko Cro Cop uses a knee to the ribs before backing Barnett up against the cage. Right hand from Barnett connects though, that was well timed. Mirko Cro Cop breaks the clinch and backs off. That was sloppy on his part, Barnett was basically gifted a free shot. Three quick jabs from Mirko Cro Cop sting the gloves, then a crashing hook to the body finds its mark. Good recovery. Barnett fires off a low kick again, but it's well wide. Barnett hits a low kick, then moves in for a jab. Mirko Cro Cop saw it coming and unloads with an enormous punch to the jaw. Barnett goes down immediately, he has been knocked clean out by the power of Mirko Cro Cop. The official time is 4:49.[/QUOTE] [B]Winner: Cro Cop by Knockout in the Second Round[/B] [B]Heavyweights A & Welterweights A Notes:[/B] [B]Fight of the Night: [/B]Cro Cop vs. Josh Barnett [B]Knockout of the Night: [/B]Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ben Rothwell [B]Submission of the Night: [/B]Karo Parisyan [B]Standings:[/B] [B]Heavyweights Block A:[/B] Fedor Emelianenko - 5pts. Gabriel Gonzaga - 4pts. Mirko Filipovic - 4pts. Tim Sylvia - 4pts. Ben Rothwell - 2pts. Brock Lesnar - 2pts. Cain Velasquez - 2pts. Josh Barnett - 1pt. [B]Welterweights Block A:[/B] Anthony Johnson - 6pts. Georges St. Pierre - 6pts. Diego Sanchez - 4pts. Karo Parisyan - 4pts. Nick Diaz - 4pts. Hayato Sakurai - 0pts. Jake Shields - 0pts. Mike Swick - 0pts.[/center]
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