UFC Fight Night 24 Results: 10 Best Moments From Nogueira vs. Davis Fight Card
UFC Fight Night 24 took place at Seattle's KeyArena on Saturday, March 26th.
The four-fight main card aired on Spike TV while the UFC streamed five preliminary card fights on their facebook page, with only three fights on the twelve fight card not being aired.
Following the fight card results, Bleacher Report will bring you the ten most memorable moments from UFC Fight Night 24.
The results for the entire fight card:
Main Card on Spike TV:
Phil Davis defeats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision (30-27 on all three cards)
Anthony Johnson defeats Dan Hardy via unanimous decision (30-27 on all three cards)
Amir Sadollah defeats DaMarques Johnson via second round submission (tapped to strikes at 3:27)
Chan Sung Jung defeats Leonard Garcia via second round submission (tapped to twister at 4:59)
UFC Facebook Stream Preliminary Card Fights:
Mike Russow defeats Jon Madsen via second round TKO (doctor's stoppage at 5:00)
Mackens Semerzier defeats Alex Caceres via first round submission (tapped to rear naked choke 3:18)
John Hathaway defeats Kris McCray via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Michael McDonald defeats Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision (30-27 on all three cards)
Christian Morecraft defeats Sean McCorkle via second round submission (tapped to guillotine choke at 4:10)
Unaired Preliminary Card Fights:
Johny Hendricks defeats T.J. Waldburger via first round TKO (punches 1:35)
Aaron Simpson defeats Mario Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Nik Lentz defeats Waylon Lowe via third round submission (tapped to guillotine choke at 2:24)
Leonard Garcia at the Weigh-Ins
Leonard Garcia came to the weigh-in for UFC Fight Night 24 wearing a huge Zombie mask. Well played by Garcia and his team.
Garcia's opponent was Chan Sung Jung, also known as "The Korean Zombie."
Johny Hendricks' First Round Knockout of TJ Waldburger
Johny Hendricks was looking to avenge the first loss of his career when he entered the Octagon on Saturday night. Hendricks had run up a record of 9-0 before meeting Rick Story on December 4, 2010. Hendricks lost that fight via unanimous decision.
T.J. Waldburger was on a four-fight winning streak entering the bout, his last loss coming in June of 2008.
The fight would only last 95 seconds as Hendricks got back into the win column with a "Knockout of the Night" performance.
Hendricks dropped Walburger to the mat with two lefts that led to the referee stopping the fight, before Hendricks could inflict more damage.
Christian Morecraft Stops Sean McCorkle Via Guillotine Choke
These two big heavyweights had only two losses between them when they entered the Octagon. Morecraft entered the cage at 6-1, while McCorkle was 10-1. Both fighters had lost to the same man, Stefan Struve.
McCorkle scored the takedown early. Morecraft then worked a leg lock that McCorkle was able to roll through after putting himself in a bad position. After a scramble Morecraft ended up on top, landing some nice elbows to the head of McCorkle.
Morecraft stood, but McCorkle waved Morecraft down, for some reason the referee did not stand the fighters up after a prolonged period of inactivity. Morecraft finally did engage him on the ground, landing some more elbows as the round ended
Morecraft was really sucking air as he sat on his stool between rounds one and two.
Morecraft got McCorkle up against the cage and was teeing of early in the second, Morecraft then went for the takedown and McCorkle worked the kimura to no avail.
Morecraft then landed some nice punches and then added some elbows for good measure.
Morecraft then landed a knee to the groin and McCorkle heard the boos from the crowd as it looked like he was going to use almost the entire five minutes to recover from the low blow.
Shortly after the fight restarted Morecraft sank in a standing guillotine and put McCorkle to sleep at the 4:10 mark of round two.
McCorkle dropped his second straight, while Morecraft scored his first win in the UFC.
Michael McDonald and Edwin Figueroa Capture Fight of the Night Honors
Two young MMA fighters made their UFC debuts in this preliminary card fight.
Michael McDonald went right to work and got the crowd pumped up as he tagged Edwin Figueroa with some good hands early in the fight.
This 20-yea- old McDonald looked patient and poised inside the Octagon, scoring a nice takedown and then working from inside Figueroa’s guard.
The fighters got back to their feet and McDonald tagged Figueroa right as the first round ended with a nice shot, which staggered Figueroa.
Figueroa landed a high kick to start round two, but McDonald took him down. Figueroa then went for a leg lock and missed it as McDonald gained his back and slapped on a rear naked choke. It looked like it was over as McDonald had the arm under the chin, but Figueroa broke free. McDonald then worked a body triangle/armbar combination and Figueroa again worked through that hold.
McDonald would not give up on the hold, but Figueroa once again was able to get free from the submission attempt.
After spending much of the round almost being submitted Figueroa ended the round by landing some strikes and taking the back of McDonald.
The fighters smiled and embraced to start the final round.
Figueroa looked a bit fresher in the third, having much more bounce in his step.
McDonald worked a takedown and ended up in Figueroa’s guard.
The fighters then got back to their feet and McDonald landed another takedown which Figueroa reversed, ending up on top, in side control.
Figueroa landed a nice head kick late in the final round but he was once again easily taken down.
30-27 for McDonald on all three cards.
—An impressive first UFC fight for these young bantamweights.
Mackens Semerzier Submits Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres
Alex Caceres better known as “Bruce Leroy” to fans of “The Ultimate Fighter” seemed very happy to be entering the Octagon, walking toward the cage with a big smile on his face.
The fight started with a nice high kick from Caceres, who then followed that with a nice straight left to the head of Semerzier.
Semerzier then got the takedown, lifting Caceres and slamming him to the ground.
The fighters then stood, with Semerzier gaining another takedown.
Semerzier landed some nice punches from the ground. Caceres then looked to buck Semerzier off his back, but that defense failed as Semerzier took Caceres back down and sank in a rear naked choke that had Caceres tapping at the 3:18 mark of round one.
Even in defeat, Caceres gets up smiling and shrugging his shoulders.
After the fight, Semerzier, who made his UFC debut in the fight said, “I’m pretty happy about my performance—but I ate a left hand that I’m not happy about. I got a bloody nose. My jiu-jitsu was good. Fifteen years of training for 15 minutes—I’m real happy to be here.”
Chan Sung Jung Captures Submission of the Night: First Twister Sub. in UFC
The last time these two met was at WEC 48 in April of last year. The three-round bout was deemed to be the “Fight of the Decade” by commentator Joe Rogan.
The split-decision victory in that bout went to Garcia, much to the chagrin of many that saw the fight as the decision was widely looked at as questionable.
The fighters started this bout of exchanging leg kicks. The fighters started to exchange fists at the two minute mark, but the punches were mostly being thrown from outside.
Jung took Garcia down with 1:30 left in the round and started working an armbar. The submission hold slipped out, but Jung remained on top and he landed what appeared to be an illegal knee as Garcia looked to stand.
Jung finished the round strong, taking Garcia’s back and landing some punches as the horn sounded.
The fighters started the second round much like the first round, looking to land kicks and keeping to a game plan.
Garcia landed a flying knee that appeared to do little damage to Jung. Jung used Octagon control and landed a knee of his own.
Garcia seemed to begin to abandon his game plan as the second round progressed, starting to wing some wild punches and he ate a knee for his trouble.
An uppercut and flying knee from Jung set up a kick that dropped Garcia. Jung then used elbows from inside Garcia’s guard to do some damage. Jung then took the back of Garcia and worked it into a twister that forced Garcia to tap out with one second left in the second round.
Joe Rogan lets Jung know that it is the first submission win via twister in the history of the UFC.
Jung then lets the crowd know he had been watching Eddie Bravo videos and had said that he would one day use the twister in competition, that one day was March 26th.
Amir Sadollah Puts on a Solid Performance
A winner of season seven of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, Amir Sadollah faced the runner up of season nine of the show, DaMarques Johnson in the second fight on the main card of UFC Fight Night 24.
Johnson quickly ended up on top of Sadollah after what appeared to be a slip. Later in the round Sadollah scored a takedown and finished the round inside Johnson’s guard landing some punches.
Sadollah came out smiling in the second round. Sadollah then landed a knee that led into a heated exchange between the fighters.
Sadollah had Johnson against the cage and teed off with hands and knees, doing damage and scoring points.
Johnson got to his feet for a brief moment, but he was taken down again and mounted as Sadollah locked up the arm of Johnson and rained twelve elbows down on the head of Johnson.
Johnson tapped to strikes at the 3:27 mark of round two.
Anthony Johnson Throws Dan Hardy a Curveball
In the days leading up to their welterweight fight, Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson had both spoken of their desire to get in the Octagon and throw punches until only one man was left standing.
Johnson must have forgot about his words when the door to the cage shut behind him because he spent more than 12 minutes of the fight on the ground.
Johnson used his wrestling skills to exploit the weak takedown defense of Hardy and once the fight was on the ground, Hardy had nothing to really offer in the way of defense.
A look at the CompuStrike numbers shows just how completely Hardy was dominated. Hardy landed a total of five strikes in the entire fight, while Johnson went four-for-four on his takedowns and landed 72 strikes, 67 of which were landed on the ground.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's First Round Takedown Defense
Going into his fight with Phil Davis the general consensus was that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira would not be able to defend the wrestling skills of the former NCAA champion Davis.
"Little Nog" proved his detractors wrong, at least for the first round.
Nogueira stuffed each of Davis' takedown attempts in the first stanza and had he been facing a less patient fighter that may have been enough to throw his opponent of their game.
Davis showed that he was a patient fighter and readjusted to single leg takedown attempts in the second and third rounds.
Nogueira deserves some measure of respect for stopping Davis, however briefly it was.
Phil Davis Remains Undefeated with Win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Phil Davis defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on Saturday March 26th via unanimous decision, moving him to 9-0 in his young MMA career.
The win moved Davis another step up the UFC Light Heavyweight ladder. The victory was a solid win against a much more experienced opponent.
Davis showed great patience for a young and relatively inexperienced fighter in his fight with "Little Nog." After he was shut down on his takedown attempts he could have very easily become frustrated and abandoned his game plan, but he stayed focused and regrouped, eventually breaking through Nogueira's defense in the second round.
As Davis said in the post-fight press conference, "Pretty much everyone I ever fought has had more experience than me in fighting. Just going through four fights in the UFC in one year has put me in a place where everyone is a lot more experienced than I am. I just need to make sure I’m giving myself enough time to develop as a fighter.”
MMA fans need to realize what Davis already knows, he is still a work in progress.