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UFC 161 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight

Nathan McCarterFeatured Columnist IVDecember 7, 2016

UFC 161 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight

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    UFC 161 gets underway on Saturday night featuring a light heavyweight showdown between former contenders Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson.

    The former champions will clash in the hopes of rejoining the ranks of contenders. A loss could mean they will never challenge for gold again.

     

    Quick Results:

    Rashad Evans defeats Dan Henderson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

    Stipe Miocic defeats Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Ryan Jimmo defeats Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Alexis Davis defeats Rosi Sexton by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)

    Shawn Jordan defeats Pat Barry by TKO at 0:59 of the first round

    Jake Shields defeats Tyron Woodley by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

    James Krause defeats Sam Stout via submission (guillotine) at 4:47 of the third round

    Sean Pierson defeats Kenny Robertson by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

    Roland Delorme defeats Edwin Figueroa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Mitch Clarke defeats John Maguire by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Yves Jabouin defeats Dustin Pague by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson

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    Round 1

    Evans looks quick early. Comes forward with a jab. Henderson closes the distance, and they exchange shots. Evans takes the first takedown attempt, but it fails. Evans with a fast combination. Henderson avoided most of it, but Evans still put his hands on him. Evans gets his second takedown attempt stuffed. They are clinched against the fence. They separate. Henderson's takedown defense is doing well thus far, but Evans is not keying off his strikes. Tension is high in this fight. Jab hurts Evans. Evans recovers.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Henderson.

    Round 2

    Good jab from Evans. Evans takes Henderson down briefly, but Henderson pops up. Evans is on his back, and not giving Henderson much space. Henderson turns into him. Evans lands a good right, and Henderson responds with a knee. Good exchange. Evans with a sneaky uppercut that barely misses, and he stays in tight until he can clinch with Henderson. They break. Henderson stuffs another takedown. Evans with a combination. Henderson got a bit more aggressive, but Evans backed away nicely.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Evans.

    Round 3

    Evans throws out his jab early. Evans landing good right hands, and Henderson retreats. Another quick jab. The difference in speed is showing in the third round. Evans grabs a single, but Henderson defends. Evans with a good combination, and drops for a takedown. He doesn't get it. Evans clinches with Henderson and walks him to the cage. Henderson lands a knee to the body, and Evans lands a right to the chin. Good clinch work from both men. Evans lands a clean jab at the end of the fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Evans, and the fight 29-28 Evans.

     

    Evans defeats Henderson by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

     

    A tightly contested battle that was entertaining. Evans did enough in the second round to claim it, and he controlled the third frame. Big win for Evans, and now what is left for Henderson?

Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic

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    Round 1

    Miocic moving well early, and Nelson is going right after him. Miocic lands a solid right. Nelson whiffs on an uppercut. Overhand right nearly connects flush. Miocic lands a good combination. Miocic clinches with Nelson against the fence. Another good straight right from Miocic. Again. Big combinations from Miocic. He sprawls off a Nelson takedown. Great opening 2:30 from Miocic. Nelson is breathing deep already. Big punches from Miocic, and Nelson is rocked! Miocic is all over Nelson! Nice elbows! Nelson staying clinched to recover. Fantastic first round for Miocic.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Miocic.

    Round 2

    Miocic gets right back to work. Nelson going for the one-shot KO, but Miocic is moving well. Miocic tags Nelson! Miocic lands a good elbow on the break. Body kick from Miocic. Miocic is mixing up his striking well, and the straight punches are finding Nelson's face. Jab from Miocic. Nelson nearly lands an uppercut. Miocic fires back with a good combination. Miocic comes forward with another clean combination. Miocic pressing Nelson against the fence, and making him work. This is a one-sided affair.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Miocic.

    Round 3

    Quick jabs from Miocic. Combinations are on point. Miocic with a right. Nelson is just winging punches. Miocic's movement is putting him out of range of Nelson's strikes. Nelson with a right. Half the round remains. Miocic takes Nelson down. Miocic clinches with Nelson against the fence. They are separated, and Nelson breathes heavily. Miocic is much more conservative this round, but he still is winning with with straight punches. Miocic connects again. Miocic closes the fight with a good combination.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Miocic, and the fight 30-27 Miocic.

     

    Miocic defeats Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

     

    What a performance by Stipe Miocic! Fantastic stuff from the Ohioan. That's is all that can be said.

Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac

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    Round 1

    Pokrajac comes forward immediately, and Jimmo clinches with him to force him against the fence. They are broke up against the fence, but immediately go back. The referee separates them again. Jimmo pumps his jab out there. Pokrajac presses Jimmo against the fence. And separated again. They go right back. Jimmo elbows on the break. They throw wildly before Jimmo clinches again. Separated. Pokrajac comes forward, and Jimmo hits him with a jab. Pokrajac connects with a big right.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jimmo.

    Round 2

    Jimmo hurts Pokrajac with a right, and he pounces. They clinch, and Jimmo trips him down. Jimmo trying to land some ground and pound, but Pokrajac seems to have recovered. Pokrajac is now avoiding almost all the offense from Jimmo on the mat. 90 seconds remain, and Jimmo lands a good elbow. Pokrajac lands some good punches from his back, and lands an upkick.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jimmo.

    Round 3

    Jimmo clinches with Pokrajac, and pushes him against the fence. Pokrajac tries to take Jimmo down, and Jimmo ends up as the one on top. Jimmo is controlling from top position. Jimmo moves Pokrajac against the fence, and fires off some ground and pound. Two minutes to go. Pokrajac tries to lock up a guillotine. He survives. Pokrajac eats a knee on the way up. They clinch for a bit before the referee peels them off one another.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jimmo, and the fight 30-27 Jimmo.

     

    Jimmo defeats Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

     

    Another awful fight.

Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton

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    Round 1

    Stiff jab from Davis. They are both throwing and landing. Davis backs Sexton up to the fence. She lands a good elbow. Davis utilizing the clinch to throw knees. Davis working on a trip, but it hasn't come just yet. Sexton defends well, and they separate. Sexton goes for a takedown, and Davis nearly takes her back. Sexton gets on top in a scramble, but Davis is nearly in a triangle position. She locks it in. Davis is trying to tighten it up. Sexton is surviving with just a little bit of space. Davis loses the triangle, and eats ground and pound in the process. She tries to lock it up again.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Davis.

    Round 2

    Davis opens the second with another jab. Sexton lands punches as she comes in. Sexton pushes Davis against the fence. Sexton puts Davis on the ground. Davis sweeps. Davis moving Sexton to the fence while in full guard. Davis throwing down ground and pound now. Sexton trying to work her way back to the feet, but Davis sinks in one hook. Davis looked for a rear-naked, but Sexton prevents it from going under the chin. Davis flattens her out. Davis closes the round with a lot of punches that nearly stopped the fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Davis.

    Round 3

    Sexton throws some combinations, but they aren't too effective. Davis lands the more clean shots. Davis shoots in, and Sexton sprawls. Davis goes for a leg, but uses that to take Sexton's back. Body triangle. Sexton turns and ends up in Davis' guard, but Davis is keeping it high. Sexton now tries to posture up to throw ground and pound. Sexton looks for a submission, but Davis defends and ends up on top.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Davis, and the fight 30-27 Davis.

     

    Davis defeats Sexton by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)

     

    This is the worst Davis has looked in a long time, but all that credit can go to the ever-tough Rosi Sexton. It is unsure how much the UFC stage, or home nation crowd, played in to Davis' performance. She didn't do enough to make her an instant contender, but she's not far off.

Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan

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    Round 1

    Barry throws a strong high kick to open the fight, but Jordan blocks it. Barry with a strong low leg kick. Jordan lands big uppercuts, swarms and it is all over.

     

    Jordan defeats Barry by TKO at 0:59 of the first round

     

    That was quick.

Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley

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    Round 1

    Woodley comes forward right away. Shields comes forward, but he doesn't close the distance all the way. Woodley showing his power early. Shields grabs a single, but Woodley defends. Woodley presses Shields against the fence. Good body shot from Woodley, and Shields throwing short knees as well. They are broken up, and get back to a striking distance. The action has slowed. Good body kick from Shields. Shields goes for a takedown, but Woodley defends well. The round ends in the clinch.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-10.

    Round 2

    Shields is keeping up the pace in the second. They are clinched against the fence again. Not much action, but Shields is definitely keeping up the pressure to not give Woodley any space. Constant work from the clinch. Grueling. They break. To the fence they go. This is disappointing. The referee breaks them up with 10 seconds to go.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shields.

    Round 3

    To the fence we go. They are separated. Yes, they are against the fence again. They are separated again. Spinning back fist connects from Woodley! They go to the cage, and are separated again. The spinning back fist is the only notable piece of action from the third. Woodley misses a big uppercut as they go to the fence.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Woodley, and the fight 29-29.

     

    Shields defeats Woodley by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

     

    A fight that looked interesting on paper totally flopped. What a disappointment.

Sam Stout vs. James Krause

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    Round 1

    Stout takes the center of the Octagon, and Krause circles on the outside. Low inside leg kick from Stout. Krause goes high with a kick, but he goes over the head of Stout. Krause presses Stout against the fence, and Stout reverses the position. They break. Front kick dropped Stout briefly. Krause throws a kick, and Stout takes him down off of it. Krause reverses position and ends up on top. Stout is busted open. Back to the feet they go.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Krause.

    Round 2

    Stout tries to press forward and get in range, but Krause is too far away. Nice body shot from Stout, and Krause felt that one! Krause shoots in and takes Stout down. Back to their feet. Strikes are being thrown, but they are not connecting. Stout is having a hard time getting inside of Krause's reach. Stout puts Krause on his back with under 30 seconds remaining.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Stout.

    Round 3

    They exchange low leg kicks at the start of the third. Those may be the only effective strikes landed in the past nine-plus minutes. Krause with a jumping knee that barely misses its mark. Stout slips, but he pops right back up. Half the round is gone much like the night's enthusiasm. Krause is at least trying to be creative, but does that win him the round? One minute to go. Stout takes Krause down. Krause locks in a guillotine! Stout taps!

     

    Krause defeats Stout via submission (guillotine) at 4:47 of the third round

     

    Krause looked good on short notice, and against a tough opponent. It wasn't a barnburner of a fight, but he picked up a solid win.

Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson

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    Round 1

    They exchange strikes, but nothing much lands. Pierson grabs a hold of Robertson's neck. Robertson takes Pierson down, and gets his back. Pierson spins out and gets to his feet. He looks for the front choke again. They separate. Pierson is coming forward more, but again nothing much is landing. Robertson goes for a takedown, but he cannot complete it. Pierson tags Robertson. Pierson lands the cleanest blows of the fight thus far.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Pierson.

    Round 2

    Pierson keeping the pressure on. Robertson is eating shots now. Robertson takes a deep breath. Not a lot of action taking place. Good left from Pierson. Pierson is starting to put strikes together on Robertson. Robertson gets on top of Pierson with two minutes to go. Robertson has yet to do anything offensive on the mat. Robertson finally postures up, but misses. This is dreadful.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Pierson.

    Round 3

    Robertson rocks Pierson! Robertson is pouring it on. Pierson is wobbly, but he is still in this fight. Robertson has his back, but Pierson is defending. Robertson flattens Pierson out, but he cannot muster fight-stopping offense at this juncture. Robertson tries to lock in a rear-naked choke, but he doesn't have it. Pierson rolls on to top as the fight ends.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Robertson, and the fight 29-28 Pierson.

     

    Pierson defeats Robertson by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

     

    Thank god that fight is over.

Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

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    Round 1

    Figueroa throws haymakers, and Delorme goes underneath to take him down. Delorme takes his back. Body triangle locked in. Figueroa tries to escape, and Delorme nearly locks in a triangle. Goes for an armbar instead, but Figueroa gets out. Delorme attacking again. Figueroa is out, and he lands some strong ground and pound. Delorme threatens with a heelhook, and he uses that to put Figueora on his back. Delorme in side control. Nice elbow from Delorme. Delorme takes Figueroa's back. Delorme traps Figueroa's arm. Figueroa defended the rear-naked attempt with one arm.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Delorme.

    Round 2

    Delorme goes for a takedown right away, but Figueroa defends for the time being. Delorme wraps his long limbs around Figueroa. He finally gets him down, and is on smothering him on the mat. Figueroa locks in a triangle, but he loses it! Delorme moves back to side control. Delorme has the body triangle once again. Figueroa reverses position and gets on top. Delorme throwing his legs up, but Figueroa lands some big punches. Delorme gets back up, and he takes Figueroa back down.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Delorme.

    Round 3

    Figueroa throwing bombs, but they are sloppy. Delorme goes back for another takedown, and he drags him down. Figueroa stands with Delorme on his back. Figueroa gets back to standing, and he lands a right. Delorme presses forward seeking another takedown. They are both tired now. Figueroa trying to land significant strikes, but he is too tired to capitalize. Delorme takes the fight back down. Figueroa spins in to top position. Good ground and pound from Figueroa. Delorme survives.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Figueroa, and the fight 29-28 Delorme.

     

    Delorme defeats Figueroa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

     

    That fight was fun for the first five minutes, and it quickly got very sloppy. Delorme did what he had to do, but he was nearly stopped in the third. He still has a long way to go in his development.

Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire

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    Round 1

    Maguire lands a good jab immediately. Clarke firing off strikes trying to find his range. Good low leg kicks from Clarke. Good straight left from Maguire. Clarke is throwing much more, but neither fighter is landing often. An eye poke will briefly halt the action. Maguire said he's fine and we're back to work. Maguire shoots in on a single, Clarke defends by threatening with a Kimura, and Maguire stays on his back. Maguire jumps on his back with a hook in. Clarke shakes him off. Clarke separates. Maguire shoots for the single, and switches to the back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Clarke.

    Round 2

    Clarke goes back to the leg kicks early. Solid left by Maguire. Maguire catches a kick, and puts Clarke on his back. Clarke is hanging on to get stood back up. Good ground and pound from Maguire. Clarke reaches for a Kimura, but Maguire is wise to the attempt. Clarke gets back to his feet, and he tries for a takedown of his own. Maguire defends the attempt. The referee breaks them apart. Clarke is throwing a lot of strikes, but they don't land. Maguire grabs a single, and drags Clarke to the mat.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Maguire.

    Round 3

    Clarke lands a knee to the head of Maguire. Nice straight left from Maguire, and Clarke responds with a combination. Clarke presses Maguire up against the fence. The referee breaks them apart. Maguire goes for the single, and switches to the back of Clarke. Maguire drags him down and has both hooks in. Body triangle is locked in. Maguire is controlling Clarke, but he's not getting offense in. Clarke rolls Maguire over and gets in top position with 30 seconds to go. Clarke is in side control. Clarke fires away to the bell.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Clarke, and the fight 29-28 Clarke.

     

    Clarke defeats Maguire by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

     

    Clarke simply outworked Maguire. There was nothing special about this fight, but it is what it is.

Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague

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    Round 1

    Winnipeg is going nuts for the first fight of the night. Jabouin lands a low inside leg kick to get things going. Pague ends up on his back early. Pague throwing up a triangle attempt, but Jabouin defends. Good elbow from Jabouin. Another lands. Pague narrowly misses a triangle, and Jabouin lands some ground and pound after he escapes. Pague goes for an armbar. Jabouin defends, and passes in to side control. Pague quickly regains half-guard. Pague is now going for a heelhook. Pague is going with some nice submissions, but Jabouin is game. Pague ends up on top in the scramble. Pague is mounted, and going for an arm-triangle. Jabouin rolls him over and lands ground and pound. Strong finish to the round for Jabouin. Close round due to the submission attempts.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jabouin.

    Round 2

    An exchange of leg kicks opens the second. Pague trips Jabouin down, and he is on top. Pague mounts. Jabouin gives up his back. Pague tries to lock in a body triangle. Pague goes for the rear-naked choke, but Jabouin goes two-on-one to defend. Jabouin tried to roll on top, but the body triangle allowed Pague to keep position. Pague has maintained position, but he has yet to land anything significant. His ground and pound has been blocked. Jabouin gets on top. Pague goes for another armbar, but it is defended. Pague eats an elbow for his trouble. Big shot from Jabouin at the end of the round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Pague.

    Round 3

    Jabouin opens with a combination and a takedown. Pague keeps threatening from the bottom, but Jabouin is defending well. Jabouin lands a good elbow. Pague goes for an omoplata, and Jabouin easily pulls out of it. The referee stands them up for no reason other than being a terrible referee. The referee misses an illegal knee, and Pague is on top of Jabouin. Pague lands an elbow. Pague is in mount. That awful stand-up changed this fight. Jabouin reverses, and Pague goes for a triangle! Jabouin gets out and is back on top. The fight ends as Pague goes for another triangle.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Jabouin, and the fight 29-28 Jabouin.

     

    Jabouin defeats Pague by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

     

    This was a close fight. It comes down to how much the judges favored Pague's submission attempts. Jabouin's defense was on point, and that allowed him to stay in the fight to deliver better ground and pound. There is no wrong answer. It comes down to what you value more.

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