Jesse Lennox vs Danillo Villefort
-Lennox Wins by 3rd Rd TKO (cut)
-The cut was from an accidental headbutt. Villefort went for an armbar and there was a collision. A timeout was called and the doctor wouldn't let it go on. Don't be surprised if this one ends up a "No Contest" at some point in the future. The replays showed it was a headbutt and not a strike.
-Crowd is pretty nuts. Villefort got some boos for running away and refusing to touch gloves following a restart. Lennox received applause for escaping an armbar attempt.
George Roop vs George Sotiropoulos
-Sotiropoulos Wins by 2nd Rd Submission (Kimura)
Matt Riddle vs Dan Cramer
-Riddle Wins by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27)
-Those scores don't tell the story. Cramer put up a good fight. I had it 29-28 Riddle.
Thales Leites vs Alessio Sakara
-Sakara Wins by Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
-Awful 1st Round. Even worse 3rd Round.
-Honestly, that was one of the worst fights I've ever seen. It was basically a toss-up going into the 3rd Round, yet the referee had to stop things at one point to tell them to engage. Unbelievable.
John Howard vs Tamdan McCrory
-Howard Wins by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kurt Pellegrino vs Josh Neer
-The officials who rub vaseline on the fighters before they enter the cage are wearing these ridiculous Tapout cut shirts. I think Paulo Filho was the guest designer
-Dan Miragliotta sighting.
They trade shots to begin things and both connect. Pellegrino slams Neer to the mat. Neer active on the bottom. Pellegrino having trouble landing anything. Neer shifts into an armbar. Very nice transition. Pellegrino gets out. Pellegrino lands a right. Neer pulling on the arm and going for another armbar. Pellegrino stands out of it. Elbow connects for Pellegrino. Right hands to the body of Neer. Short elbow by Pellegrino. RNN Scores it 10-9 Pellegrino.
Neer lands a solid leg kick. Another. Pellegrino replies with a combo. Straight right connects for Pellegrino and he shoots for a single leg. After working for ten seconds, he gets the takedown. Neer throwing elbows from the bottom. Neer looking for a triangle. Can't quite get it. Pellegrino having all sorts of trouble with Neer's guard. He fires a nice right that lands. Neer answers with an elbow. Neer attempts another triangle, but Pellegrino turns out of it. Neer goes for a kimura. Pellegrino counters and gets mount. He shifts to Neer's back. He can't get a choke hooked, though. RNN Scores it 10-9 Pellegrino.
Body kick by Pellegrino. Neer tries a kick and Pellegrino takes him down. Neer goes for an omoplata, but Pellegrino pulls out of it. Pellegrino landing light stuff from the top. Pellegrino gets the mount. Neer shifts and is briefly on top. Pellegrino stands right up and takes a hold of Neer's leg. As Pellegrino's head is down, Neer lands about twenty elbows to the head. Pellegrino bloody as the round ends. He wasn't in any danger, but the elbows definitely landed. RNN Scores it 10-9 Pellegrino.
Kurt Pellegrino Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricardo Almeida vs Kendall Grove
-5 inch reach advantage for Grove.
Almeida charges forward and presses Grove into the cage. Grove defends the takedown well. He's looking for the clinch, but Almeida keeps powering out. Grove turns off the cage and they're back to the center. Almeida lands a right. Another tie-up near the cage. Almeida grabs a leg and looks for the takedown. Grove slips his leg out. Almeida keeps working for the takedown and finally gets it with a minute and forty to go. Grove landing short elbows from the bottom. Almeida has side control. He lands a couple knees to the side. Grove is able to stand back up. Almeida picks him up and slams him back down. RNN Scores it 10-9 Almeida.
Almeida dives in and takes Grove down. Picture perfect transition by Grove into an armbar. Almeida turning and trying to get out. It's locked in. Almeida manages to break free. That looked bad. Almeida on top throwing light stuff. Grove active on bottom with short elbows across the face. Almeida steps up the pace and lands a few strikes. He passes Grove's guard and is into side control. Grove works back to half guard. Big punches from the top by Almeida. Grove takes them and somehow stands up during the barrage. Tie-up near the cage. Grove lands a solid uppercut and a knee. Almeida working for another takedown and he gets it with seconds remaining in the round. RNN Scores it 10-9 Grove.
-Very tough round to score. I gave it to Grove because of the armbar. Almeida controlled things, but that armbar almost finished things.
Almeida lands a couple leg kicks. He pushes Grove back and gets another takedown. Grove stands back up almost immediately. Grove lands a knee to the chest, as they're tied up. Center of the cage and a left lands for Grove. Almeida drops into guard and eats some shots from the top. Grove lets him back up. Almeida dives in with a right. Another takedown for Almeida. Two minutes to go. Not much action. Almeida looks tired and is basically laying on top. Grove trying to throw from the bottom, but nothing is landing hard. Grove pushes him off with his foot and they're back up. Almeida comes forward and pushes Grove into the cage. RNN Scores it 10-9 Almeida.
Ricardo Almeida Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Amir Sadollah vs Johny Hendricks
-6 inch reach advantage for Sadollah
-Pretty big ovation for Sadollah.
-Another Miragliotta sighting. They're pushing their luck.
Sadollah charges in with a nice combo. Hendricks counters with a left hook. Hendricks landing uppercuts. Sadollah goes down. Hendricks throwing while he's down, but he's not connecting. MIRAGLIOTTA STOPS IT!!!! You gotta be kidding me! Totally awful.
Hendricks Wins by 1st Round TKO
-Seriously, I think it's time this guy gets fired. He's like a clueless WWE referee. Sadollah went down, but he wasn't in any real trouble. He was literally trying to get up when Miragliotta jumped in. I should also mention the stoppage, because it was funny. Miragliotta jumped in, grabbed Hendricks, and threw him. He reacted like Hendricks was standing over Sadollah with a gun pointed to his head.
Shane Nelson vs Aaron Riley
A left by Riley. Another left pushes Nelson into the cage. He crashes into the barrier and falls. He's right back up. Body kick by Riley. Nelson lands a couple knees from the clinch. Riley pushing forward and applying pressure. Left lands for Nelson. Knee to the body by Riley. Another one lands. Head kick partially lands for Riley. RNN Scores it 10-9 Riley.
-Randy Couture shown sitting between two blondes who probably don't even add up to his age.
Riley putting more pressure on Nelson. Tie-up near the cage with mostly Riley landing. Back to the center. Nelson lands a knee from the clinch. Riley lands a head kick. Nelson looked wobbly for a second, but he regains his composure. Riley trips him to the ground. Short elbows by Riley. Referee stands them up after a minute of nothing. Combo lands for Riley. RNN Scores it 10-9 Riley.
Nelson connects with a body kick. Nelson sorta falls to the ground. A fight has broken out in the stands. No one paying attention to the cage. Not that they're missing anything. Riley is on top controlling things. Nothing much landing. RNN Scores it 10-9 Riley.
Aaron Riley Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Thank God that's over.
-Silva looks pissed off. Fans give him a solid ovation too.
-Silva has a half inch reach advantage.
-Griffin going nuts during introduction.
Griffin misses with a head kick. Fans chanting all sorts of stuff. Silva catches a leg kick and throws a strike back. Griffin sorta stumbled back, but he's fine. Another attempt at a head kick by Griffin. Silva moves forward and drops Griffin with a punch. Griffin back up and Silva hits him with a right. Griffin seems ok. Silva pounds chest and yells at Griffin. Silva drops him again. Silva sizing him up from the top. He lets Griffin back up then shakes his hand. Griffin moving forward, but Silva counters perfectly. Silva very confident. He's got both hands down and is moving out of the way of everything Griffin throws. Griffin misses with a right/left combo and walks into a short right. It's over. Referee stops it. 3 minutes and 23 seconds. Silva was actually moving backwards when he landed the punch. I think Griffin was hurt prior to it from the other knockdowns. The last strike was not a classic knockout punch at all. When Griffin got up, he literally ran out of the cage and into the back.
Anderson Silva Wins by 1st Round TKO
-I don't even know what to say about that one. Griffin's gameplan seemed flawed from the start. He was standing in front of him and letting Silva counter. He didn't even try to get in close and push him around. Silva's performance was amazing. He landed whatever he wanted. I have no idea what happened with the last punch. It landed flush, but I think Griffin was just demoralized at that point. He went down three times in the span of about a minute. The accumulated effects of the strikes ended the fight. Very exciting fight. Great to see Silva motivated again.
Kenny Florian vs B.J. Penn (Lightweight Title)
-Oh no! Miragliotta is back! If anyone can screw up two fights in one night, it's him.
-Penn enters to weird Hawaiian chanting.
-Penn's eyes looked crazed. He's either on cocaine or really really focused.
-4 inch reach advantage for Florian.
-Penn going old school with some tight shorts
. I heard a rumor he's paying homage to Larry Bird
. Not sure if it's true or not.
Head kick by Florian is blocked by Penn. Penn drops Florian, but he doesn't look hurt. Florian gets right up. Elbow lands for Penn. Fans chanting "BJ! BJ! BJ!". Tie-up and some body shots land for Penn. A left and right lands for Penn. Tie-up near the cage. Neither can break free and land anything. Back to the center of the cage. Florian dives at Penn and looks for a takedown. Penn doing his usual thing and doesn't go down. Florian drives Penn into the cage. Florian gets tagged with a right and a flying knee as the round ends. RNN Scores it 10-9 Penn.
Leg kick lands for Florian. Florian pushes him into the cage. They break free. Florian pushes him into the cage again. I think he's trying to wear him out. He's not looking for the takedown. He's just kinda pushing him and making Penn work. Florian misses a Superman punch. Another tie-up along the cage. Penn lands an uppercut and a left hook. Leg kick by Florian. Penn connects with a right. Leg kick by Florian. RNN Scores it 10-9 Florian.
Penn ducks and partially connects. Florian again pushes Penn into the cage. I'm not sure how the judges will view this. He's not doing anything. He's just pushing him into the cage then holding him there for a little bit before Penn breaks free. Body shots by Florian. Florian connects with a left, but he eats a shot in return. Florian grabs a leg and pushes Penn into the cage. Penn active and lands a knee in close followed by a right. Penn counters out of it and lands a flurry of strikes. RNN Scores it 10-9 Penn.
Penn catches him coming in with a right. More pushing into the cage by Florian. Penn lands an uppercut and as Florian moves away he takes him down. Half-guard for Florian. Short elbows to the side of the head by Penn. Penn looking to pass. He lands a couple good strikes to the head. Penn mounts. Florian gives up his back. Back to mount briefly before Florian gives up his back again. Penn begins heel kicking Florian in the midsection, as he works for a choke. Rear Naked and Florian taps.
BJ Penn Wins by 4th Round Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
-Penn outclassed him. It was obvious from the start that Florian didn't want to strike with him. I think he also thought he'd be able to take Penn down once he tired him out with the constant tie-ups near the cage. Penn never went down and Florian didn't have a backup plan. Even if he did go down, I don't think Florian could have kept him there for long.
-This fight was a good example of why the best gameplan doesn't win a fight. In the end, if you don't have the talent advantage, you're probably going to lose. St-Pierre tired Penn out by pushing him into the cage, but he had the talent and ability to take him down and do damage. Florian didn't.