Although fans always get excited for pay-per-view events, the preliminary fights usually provide plenty of drama as well. The early bouts for UFC 156 came through once again.
While the matches on FX did not have the star power of Jose Aldo against Frankie Edgar, there were plenty of great moments to please fans of mixed martial arts.
These were the top moments from the preliminary bouts.
Tyron Woodley Wins in 36 Seconds
Coming off his first loss of his career, Tyron Woodley more than made up for it and proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with.
Of course, he did not need to work on his conditioning. Woodley came out like a monster and was able to knock out Jay Hieron in only 36 seconds.
Hieron is a veteran fighter, but he has not had much success in recent years, and it was clear that he was not up to the task in this battle.
On the other hand, Woodley showed that he is worthy of the UFC bout and should have a lot more in the future.
Bobby Green Gets a Late Tap Out
The veteran Jacob Volkmann came out strong in the beginning and was easily stronger in the first round. However, Bobby Green came back is a solid performance in the second.
This left the third round for all of the marbles, and Green took advantage.
The California native was impressive on his feet, but he took over on the mat. He got his opponent in a rear-naked choke and held on until Volkmann was forced to submit with only a short amount of time remaining in the match.
Green is now on a five-match winning streak and is looking to be competitive in the lightweight division. It might take a little longer for him to get near the top of the division, but the 26-year-old fighter is on his way.
Back-and-Forth Battle in Lightweight Division
One of the top matches in the entire card was Gleison Tibau against Evan Dunham.
The two were hard to separate, as they were both impressive on their feet and did just as well in grappling.
In the end, Dunham was a little better defensively, and it helped him survive with a difficult third-round victory after they split the first two.
According to MMA Weekly, the final card read 29-28, 28-29, 29-28. Therefore, there was little that divided the two fighters.
Dunham has been a part of some great battles over the past year, including his loss to T.J. Grant. Fortunately, he was able to end up on top in this one.