UFC Fight Night 26 Live Results, Play-by-Play and Fight Card Highlights
UFC Fight Night 26 is now in the books. On the whole it was a successful show, most fights delivering in the way of action, several stoppages looking like future highlights. The UFC's future on Fox Sports 1 appears to be bright.
Speaking of the future, several fighters did well for themselves tonight, improving their prospects. Chael Sonnen grabbed a much needed victory, Urijah Faber continued his climb back toward the bantamweight crown and Travis Browne earned his first signature victory.
But where there is uplifting triumph there is also crushing disappointment, and that is a sentiment several fighters from UFC Fight Night 26 can attest to.
Sadly, Shogun's career continues to trend downwards, Joe Lauzon failed to deliver a victory to a hometown audience and Mike Brown may have reached the end of the road.
Unfortunately, it all has to balance out somehow.
Take a look at the quick results below, or scroll further down for a full play-by-play and recap of each UFC Fight Night 26 matchup.
UFC Fight Night 26 Main Card
- Chael Sonnen def. Mauricio Rua, submission (Round 1, 4:47)
- Travis Browne def. Alistair Overeem, knockout (Round 1, 4:08)
- Urijah Faber def. Iuri Alcantara, unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
- Matt Brown def. Mike Pyle, knockout (Round 1, 0:29)
- John Howard def. Uriah Hall, split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Michael Johnson def. Joe Lauzon, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
- Michael McDonald def. Brad Pickett, submission (Round 2, 3:43)
- Conor McGregor def. Max Holloway, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Steven Siler def. Mike Brown, knockout (Round 1, 0:50)
- Diego Brandao def. Daniel Pineda, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Manny Gamburyan def. Cole Miller, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ovince St-Preux def. Cody Donovan, knockout (Round 1, 2:07)
- James Vick def. Ramsey Nijem, submission (Round 1, 0:50)
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Crazy event so we're handing out 6 bonuses! Matt Brown & Travis Browne both get KOTN, McDonald & Chael get Sub $, Pickett & McDonald FOTN— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2013
In case you were wondering where the extra dough went for the ultra-competitive UFC Fight Night 26 event.
Great fights!— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) August 18, 2013
Jorgensen was impressed. What did you think of the event as a whole?
Vitor Belfort confuses me. Chael is going to 185, Vitor says he doesn't want any 185 fights unless for the title. He then asks for Chael— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) August 18, 2013
But, of course, there's this.
Sonnen had the time of his life calling out Wanderlei Silva.— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) August 18, 2013
WHAT!!! Chael jumps to a guillotine!— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 18, 2013
Chael Sonnen just jumped to guard to win with a guillotine. This is not an elaborate fantasy. That just happened.— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) August 18, 2013
The American Gangster— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) August 18, 2013
Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen Results: Sonnen def. Rua, submission (Round 1, 4:47)
A devastating loss for Rua, who loses for the second time in a row. For Sonnen it's a chance to reinsert himself into another title picture.
He called out Wanderlei Silva during his post-fight chat with Joe Rogan, perhaps indicating that his next kick at the can will happen at 185.
Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen Live Play-by-Play
Round 1 - Sonnen takes all of one second to attempt and land a takedown. Up against the fence, Shogun stands and takes Sonnen down to return the favor. Sonnen attempts to lock up a guillotine, but can't, but he uses the hold to stand.
Sonnen quickly lands another takedown. Sonnen takes half-guard and Shogun is moving to sweep. He loses the underhooks though and Sonnen is wailing away with short shots. Shogun sits up and attempts to sweep again, but Sonnen is having none of it.
Sonnen lands a big punch and eats an upkick. Back to half-guard, Sonnen resumes working Rua's body. Now mixing in some elbows to Rua's dome, Sonnen continues to control the action. Shogun looking to sweep again and Sonnen sinks in a guillotine.
Huge win for Sonnen. He pulled guard and sunk in the fight-ending submission.
Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen Live Play-by-Play and Results:
We come to the main event of the evening, a light heavyweight bout between Shogun and Sonnen. Both guys need a win desperately. Here we go.
Amazing. Browne was throwing that goofy kick all fight and somehow slipped one in there. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) August 18, 2013
Devastating loss for Overeem. On the whole, his UFC experience has been terrible. Highest high after Lesnar then straight to the bottom.— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) August 18, 2013
Wow Travis Browne— michael (@bisping) August 18, 2013
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne Results: Browne def. Overeem, knockout (Round 1, 4:08)
Another bad loss for Overeem puts his status as even a quasi-heavyweight contender in jeopardy. Browne, on the other hand, just entered contendership officially.
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne Live Play-by-Play
Round 1 - Overeem presses forward, landing a nice knee as he pushes Browne to the fence. Browne is able to push off and get some room, landing a knee in the process.
Browne throws a wild knee and winds up on all fours. Overem snatches a guillotine before pounding away viciously on Browne. He is just thrashing Browne with heavy punches and hard knees. Browne lands a shot of his own, but Overeem ties him up and blasts with a knee.
An elbow over the top from Overeem continues the brutalization. Overeem changes gears and gets a takedown, but Browne immediately pops up. Browne launches a head-kick that's blocked. Overeem avoids a combo and pushes his opponent to the cage. A nice right lands for Overeem, Browne responds with a couple kicks.
Browne is landing some solid kicks now. He hits with a powerful one up the middle that drops Overeem. Browne pounces on him and begins with the ground and pound.
That's all she wrote. Browne knockout Overeem in the first with a front-kick to the face.
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne Live Play-by-Play and Results:
Next up, the co-main event, which pits heavyweights Alistair Overeem against Travis Browne. For Overeem it's an opportunity to get back into the title talks while Browne could obtain a signature victory.
Oh, and the chance that this one ends with a knockout is pretty high.
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