Chris Weidman ended the reign of Anderson Silva.
Silva's taunting and antics cost him. Weidman stayed true to himself, and caught him on the chin. A new champion has been crowned.
Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva by KO at 1:18 of the second round
Frankie Edgar defeats Charles Oliveira by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Tim Kennedy defeats Roger Gracie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Mark Munoz defeats Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
Cub Swanson defeats Dennis Siver by TKO at 2:24 of the third round
Andrew Craig defeats Chris Leben by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Norman Parke defeats Kazuki Tokudome by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Dave Herman by TKO at 0:17 of the first round
Edson Barboza defeats Rafaello Oliveira by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:44 of the second round
Brian Melancon defeats Seth Baczynski by KO at 4:59 of the first round
Mike Pierce defeats David Mitchell by TKO at 2:55 of the second round
Silva circling. Weidman shoots. Anderson is down. Weidman lands a couple good punches. Weidman in half-guard. Silva holding on. Weidman lands a strong punch. Weidman goes for a leglock, but it's not deep enough. SIlva spins to safety. He's up. Silva backing up with his hands down. Silva puts his back against the fence and tells Weidman to come on. Silva is starting to toy with the challenger. Weidman lands a right, and Silva laughs. Silva throwing leg kicks. Silva taunting Weidman.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Weidman
Silva keeps taunting. Weidman shoots in, and Silva stuffs it. Weidman drops a taunting Silva, and it's over.
Weidman defeats Silva by KO at 1:18 of the second round
Weidman did what he needed, but ultimately Silva's games made this KO unenjoyable. Stupid.
Edgar catches a body kick. Edgar stuns Oliveira with a right. Oliveira pulls Edgar down, but Edgar gets out of danger and they stand. Oliveira jumps guard. Edgar works from full guard. Oliveira goes for a leglock, but Edgar easily scrambles away. Oliveira lands a good jab. Edgar works to the body. Oliveira lands a right. Edgar is avoiding damage, and landing some nice body shots. A left from Edgar lands. Uppercut lands by the former lightweight champion. Solid combination with Edgar. Edgar and Oliveira hits the floor.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar
The quick pace continues. Lots of movement. Edgar catches a body kick. Good combination that finishes with a left to the body from Edgar. Good leg kick from Oliveira. Quick jab by Oliveira lands. Edgar catches the kick and lands a punch that puts Oliveira off-balance. Oliveira gets back to his feet. Good knee to the body from Oliveira, and that is countered with an Edgar takedown. Oliveira begins to throw his legs up for submission attempts. Nice elbows by Edgar from top. Oliveira gets up. Nice left hook by the former champion. Oliveira lands a left. Oliveira throws a kick, and Edgar catches that one as well. Edgar's combinations are crisp. Edgar finishes the ground with a takedown.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar
These two exciting featherweights are still going at it like it was the first five minutes. Edgar lands a good shot. Edgar landing against and again now. Edgar trips Oliveira down. The referee stands them back up. Oliveira lands a combination. Oliveira lands a knee and a right hand. Edgar tries a takedown, but he cannot complete it. Good overhand right by Edgar, and Oliveira responds. Oliveira trips Edgar, but he's not fast enough to capitalize. Edgar hurts Oliveira. Another big overhand right! And one more! Oliveira goes for a leg, and Edgar takes top position. One minute to go. Good shot on the ground by Edgar.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar, and the fight 30-27 Edgar
Edgar defeats Oliveira by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Edgar got a much needed win, but Oliveira was very competitive. This will give him a lot of knowledge and confidence moving forward. Edgar was not able to finish the fight, but he still won each round. He is a pound-for-pound great in the sport right now. Excellent fight.
Kennedy opens with a low leg kick. Gracie pumps his jab out. Gracie takes Kennedy down. Kennedy works to his feet, but gives up his back in the process. Kennedy spins in to him, and takes the position against the fence. They separate. Kennedy pushes Gracie back against the fence. Gracie reverses the position and takes him down. Gracie has back mount. Gracie locks in the body triangle. Kennedy is defending well. Kennedy breaks the body triangle, and spins on top.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gracie
Kennedy throws low leg kicks again to open the second. Kennedy presses Gracie against the fence, and he takes Gracie down. Big ground and pound from Kennedy. Kennedy takes the back while landing good punches. Gracie works to his feet. Good standing elbow from Kennedy. They are both exchanging position against the cage. Kennedy takes Gracie down. Gracie gets full guard. Nice left from Kennedy after Kim Winslow stands them up.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kennedy
Gracie's long length is giving Kennedy problems. He is not able to get in range. Kennedy is throwing the leg kicks to score points while he isn't able to get his striking fully going. Kennedy clinches, and he has Gracie's back. Gracie briefly has Kennedy down, but Kennedy pops up. Kennedy lands an elbow from the clinch, and then Winslow breaks them. One minute to go. Gracie is not having much output. He is tired. Kennedy lands a left. Kennedy and Gracie finish against the fence.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kennedy, and the fight 29-28 Kennedy
Kennedy defeats Gracie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
After Gracie controlled the first round, Kennedy took over. Conditioning may have been the biggest factor. Gracie faded quickly. Kennedy wasn't able to get in range to utilize his striking that well, but he did enough to nab a victory.
Boetsch pushes Munoz against the fence, and tries to take him down. Boetsch stays clinches with Munoz. He has his back. They separate. Boetsch continues to press forward. Munoz takes Boetsch down. Boetsch stands, but Munoz is still clinched. Boetsch rolls and sprawls on top. Munoz is still trying to complete the takedown. Boetsch tries to lock in a choke, but Munoz survives. They stand and are striking. Munoz lands a right. Munoz clinches. Big uppercut from Munoz.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Munoz
Body kick from Boetsch to open the round. Munoz is getting wild. Munoz clinches with Boetsch. Munoz lands a nice knee from the clinch. They separate and get back to a striking distance. Boetsch presses forward. Munoz takes Boetsch down. Boetsch tries to get up, but Munoz is landing big punches to the body. Boetsch stands, but Munoz takes him down again. Munoz starts to land powerful punches on the canvas. Boetsch stands. Munoz sprawls and lands more powerful body shots. Boetsch is taking some punishment. Knees to the body as Boetsch is against the fence.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Munoz
They touch gloves to start the third. Nice uppercut from Munoz. Superman punch from Munoz, and Boetsch responds with a right. Boetsch goes for a guillotine, and Munoz takes top position. Boetsch goes for another choke, but Munoz spins out. Boetsch sense he needs a finish and has switched to submissions. Munoz slips out and is on top. Big hammerfists from Munoz. The control aspect of Munoz's game has been the x-factor in this fight. Boetsch goes for a leg, but Munoz keeps pounding on Boetsch. Munoz goes for a Kimura. Boetsch gets his arm free. Munoz goes for the rear-naked. Boetsch defends, and Munoz mounts. Boetsch rolls over. Munoz is punishing Boetsch. Boetsch rolls for a kneebar, but it isn't close. Munoz closes this fight out strong.
Bleacher Report scores the fight 10-9 Munoz, and the fight 30-27 Munoz
Munoz defeats Boetsch by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
What a performance by Mark Munoz. That is a statement in his return. That is all that can be said.
Swanson takes the center of the Octagon, and Siver is on the outside. Swanson lands a low leg kick. Siver answers. Siver lands as Swanson comes in. Fast pace. Swanson tries a spinning wheel kick, but Siver uses that to take him down. Siver works from half-guard. Siver passes to side control. Swanson works back to guard, but Siver jumps right back to side control. Siver nearly mounts, but Swanson grabs the ankle at the last second. Good defense from Swanson. Swanson gets free. Swanson lands a leg kick toward the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Siver
Swanson throws wildly, and Siver counters crisply. Siver throws the spinning back kick, but it's blocked. Swanson lands a leg kick. Swanson is trying to find a way in. Siver grabs a leg, but cannot take Swanson down. Swanson throws a cartwheel kick that misses. Swanson is throwing his strikes from outside to avoid getting in Siver's range, but it is making his techniques easily avoidable. Siver is content on countering. This round has had few clean shots. Big uppercut from Swanson. Swanson throws Siver, and is in mount. Swanson postures up to reign down punches. Siver ends up on top as the round ends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Swanson
Swanson grazes Siver with a head kick. Body kick from Swanson. Swanson is out of range for Siver, and he has a lot of confidence now. Big right from Swanson, and he drops him. He brutalizes Siver, and eventually Swanson stops punching and tells Herb Dean he's out.
Swanson defeats Siver by TKO at 2:24 of the third round
The combination that put Siver down was vicious. Herb Dean was late on the stoppage. Big win for Swanson. That makes five in a row for the potential title contender. Big things coming for the Jackson's MMA product.
Craig opens up wtith a leg kick, and Leben presses forward. Leben presses Craig against the fence. Craig tries to unleash knees from the clinch. Leben still trying to take Craig down. Leben lands a good body kick, and then a left hand follows. Leben pressures Craig against the fence. Leben lands some body shots from the clinch. Craig lands a good one-two. Leben briefly has Craig down, but he pops right back up. Leben is starting to make this a bit ugly. That is right up his alley.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Leben
Leben comes forward from the outset. Leben pushes him to the fence. Craig throws a big knee as he exits from the clinch. Leben forces him back against the fence. Craig reverses position and throws another knee. Craig is avoiding being pushed to the fence, but only for a little while. Leben isn't doing much from the clinch, but the constant pressure looks good in the judge's eyes. They separate. Craig is landing more, and now he is avoiding the clinch. Craig clinches and puts Leben against the fence this time. They separate again. To the fence they go again. Craig lands a solid left.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Craig
Craig nails Leben, and he swarms. Leben is surviving, but Craig is relentless. Leben survives and gets to his feet. Craig and Leben separate. Craig lands again. Leben tries a takedown, but fails. Craig gets off the fence again. Craig gets on top of Leben after what looked like a slip. Leben is searching for a submission, but they get to their feet before he can find one. Craig is landing cleanly. Craig takes Leben down with a minute to go. Leben stands. Craig takes him down again.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Craig, and the fight 29-28 Craig
Craig defeats Leben by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Leben just does not have it anymore. He is slow. Very slow. A good win for Craig.
Parke lands a good overhand left. Tokudome lands a nice outside leg kick. Both men look content to stand and exchange. Another left lands from Parke. Good exchange from both fighters. Leg kick by Parke this time around. Parke is starting to land more than Tokudome. Tokudome initiates the clinch, and he drives Park to the fence. Parke reverses the position. Parke briefly has Tokudome down. Parke tries to drag Tokudome down, but he ends up on bottom. Tokudome is staying tight to Parke, and that is preventing him from landing big ground and pound. Parke is threatening with submissions. Parke sweeps. Parke ends the round by passing in to side control.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Parke
Parke goes back to throwing the overhand left. Tokudome unleashes a combination, but Parke covered up well. Parke lands on Tokudome. Parke is landing over and over. Tokudome remains standing, and doesn't look took phased. Parke is taking it to Tokudome. Parke takes Tokudome down after Tokudome airmails a punch. Tokudome stands, but Parke takes him down quickly and ends up in mount. Tokudome nearly reverses, but Parke is quick to stay on top. Tokudome tries a takedown, but it fails. They swing until the horn sounds.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Parke
Parke presses Tokudome against the fence. Tokudome tries to take Parke down, but Parke sprawls well. Parke is the one pressing the takedown now, but Tokudome ends up on top again. Parke stands and they separate. Park lands another left. Parke pumps the jab. Tokudome just misses landing a big headkick, and Tokudome takes Parke down. Parke stands again. Parke goes for another takedown, but Tokudome defends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Parke, and the fight 30-27 Parke
Parke defeats Tokudome by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
The first fight to go to a decision was very entertaining. Tokudome can take a punch, but that's not a good thing. Parke landed repeatedly to go up on the scorecards, and used that to clinch in the third round. A solid result for Parke.
Herman throwing leg kicks. Napao levels Herman. It's done.
Gonzaga defeats Herman by TKO at 0:17 of the first round
Wow. Fast. Boom.
The touch of the gloves and we are underway. Barboza opens with a strong leg kick, and Oliveira answers with a left hand. Two more leg kicks from Barboza. Big body kick by Barboza. He has Oliveira circling away. Huge leg kick buckles Oliveira. Barboza is crisp early on. Oliveira's takedown attempt is easily defended. Half the round is gone, and Barboza has damaged the outside of Oliveira's leg. Another leg kick lands. Oliveira is limping. Barboza narrowly misses a wheel kick at the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Barboza
Barboza goes right back to landing leg kicks. Oliveira briefly had Barboza down off a leg kick, but he could not capitalize. Oliveira's leg is almost done. This is close to being over. Oliveira is having trouble standing. This is over.
Barboza defeats Oliveira by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:44 of the second round
Oliveira had no answer for the leg kicks. One would think you would prepare for that going in against Barboza. Beautiful leg kicks from Barboza. Ouch.
Melancon opens up with a kick and a left hook. Melancon digs to the body with the hook. Baczynski throwing a low kick. Another body shot by Melancon. That left hook is dangerous. Baczynski has definitely felt the effects of those hooks. Melancon drops Baczynski. Big ground and pound follows. Baczynski lands a solid upkick, and then Melancon lets him up. Baczynski lands a counter. Baczynski clinches. They separate. Melancon takes Baczynski down. Melancon lands a huge shot at the horn, and this is over.
Melancon defeats Baczynski at 4:59 of the first round
Big debut from Melancon. Big power.
Pierce immediately pushes forward. He has Mitchell pressed against the fence. Mitchell is doing well defending the takedown attempt, and reverses the position. Pierce quickly gets off the fence. They break. Pierce lands a good right hand. Mitchell lands strikes to the body, but they are not deterring Pierce. Mitchell is doing well against Pierce. Good knees from Mitchell. Pierce responds with a solid knee. Pierce cannot complete a takedown. Another solid right from Pierce. He follows up with a strong low leg kick, and then proceeds to clinch with Mitchell.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Pierce.
Pierce clinches right away. Pierce lands a solid left in the clinch after Mitchell lands to the body. Pierce's corner is growing frustrated. They want him to strike. Pierce clinches again. They separate. Mitchell is the one to close the distance this time. Left hook buckles Mitchell, and Pierce hammerfists his way until the referee stops the action.
Pierce defeats Mitchell by TKO at 2:55 of the second round
All Pierce needed was a little bit of space, and his raw power closed out the fight. It was a short left hook that did the damage. Pierce rarely gave Mitchell much space, and that seemed to be the gameplan. Pierce is a very good welterweight, and he shows that once again with a stoppage victory.