UFC 139 Results: Full Fight Card
From the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., UFC 139 is now underway. Quick results will be updated below, while fight recaps and analysis will be available on the following pages of this slideshow.
Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio Rua by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47).
Silva defeats Le by technical knockout (knees and punches) at 4:49 of the second round.
Faber defeats Bowles by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:27 of the second round.
Kampmann defeats Story by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
Bonnar defeats Kingsbury by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27).
Bader defeats Brilz by knockout (punch) at 1:17 of the first round.
McDonald defeats Soto by knockout (punches) at 0:56 of the first round.
Weidman defeats Lawlor by submission (D'Arce choke) at 2:07 of the first round.
Tibau defeats dos Anjos by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).
Torres defeats Pace by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Baczynski defeats Brown by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:42 of the second round.
Castillo defeats Bailey by technical knockout (punches) at 4:52 of the first round.
Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua
Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio Rua by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47).
The first non-title fight to reach the fourth and fifth rounds may go down as the greatest fight in MMA history. Dan Henderson walked away as the winner of the UFC 139 main event, but there were no losers in a fight like this.
Both fighters were rocked in the first round, but Henderson had a clear edge through the first three rounds, where he had Rua on the brink of defeat on multiple occasions. However, Henderson's attempts to finish the fight took a lot out of him, which showed in the later rounds.
Surprisingly, Rua was able to take Henderson to the ground in the later rounds and even mounted the former Olympic wrestler for nearly the entire fifth round. In the end, it was too little too late for the Brazilian, though, as the judges only awarded him the final two rounds of the bout.
A winner of seven of his past eight bouts, Dan Henderson is once again a top contender for the middleweight and light heavyweight titles. With the loss, Rua takes a step back, but he remains one of the most talented and entertaining 205-pound fighters on the planet.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le
Wanderlei Silva defeats Cung Le by technical knockout (knees and punches) at 4:49 of the second round.
It didn't start off very well, but Wanderlei Silva proved he can still compete in the UFC. In the first round, Silva was rocked by a Cung Le spinning backfist. Le slowed as the fight progressed, though, and Silva took advantage by taking the fight to his opponent.
Heading into this bout, Silva had lost six of his past eight appearances, which caused many to question whether or not he should call it quits. With this win, however, Silva likely guaranteed himself a couple more fights in the Octagon.
Coming off of a long layoff due to his acting career, Le's conditioning appeared to fail him after a fast start. A former Strikeforce champion, the UFC was hoping to market Le as a serious contender, but that looks to be a long way off after this performance.
Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles
Urijah Faber defeats Brian Bowles by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:27 of the second round.
In an extremely impressive performance against Brian Bowles, Urijah Faber earned a third fight with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
In the opening round, Faber put some great combinations together and dumped Bowles with a double leg in the last minute of the round. "The California Kid" came out even more aggressive in the second round, as he rocked Bowles with a right uppercut and dropped his opponent with a knee.
The former WEC featherweight champion kept the pressure on the former WEC bantamweight champion and committed to a guillotine choke. By forcing Bowles to tap, Faber joined Cruz as the only other fighter to defeat Bowles.
Cruz and Faber split their first two meetings. Now, they will meet once again, sometime in 2012, with the UFC bantamweight title on the line.
Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story
Martin Kampmann defeats Rick Story by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
After huge wins over Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves, Rick Story has fallen out of the welterweight title picture by losing back-to-back fights against Charlie Brenneman and Martin Kampmann.
With multiple takedowns of a strong wrestler in Story, Kampmann continued to show improvement in his wrestling. Had controversial decisions in his past two fights gone in his favor, Kampmann would be a winner of five straight fights.
The 27-year-old Story opened the fight well, pressing the action and ripping shots to the body of Kampmann. However, Kampmann was able to bounce back when Story began to let off the gas halfway through the first round.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Stephan Bonnar defeats Kyle Kingsbury by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27).
Three straight losses in 2009 and 2010 have given way to three straight wins for Stephan Bonnar, who exploited Kyle Kingsbury's untested ground game throughout their bout at UFC 139. The fighters were fairly evenly matched on their feet, but Kingsbury looked out of his element one his back was on the canvas.
Bonnar worked methodically for submission, but "The American Psycho" wasn't able to put his opponent away before the final bell rang. Still, Bonnar's dominant performance ended a four-fight winning streak for Kingsbury, who is still growing as a fighter.
Having no answers for Bonnar on the ground, Kingsbury learned some valuable lessons in this fight. Still early in his MMA career, Kingsbury will go back to the drawing board and look to improve his ground game for his next Octagon appearance.
Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz
Ryan Bader defeats Jason Brilz by knockout (punch) at 1:17 of the first round.
Ryan Bader bounced back from consecutive losses with an impressive knockout over Jason Brilz. Bader pressed the action and landed a straight right behind the ear of Brilz. Brilz crumpled to the canvas, and the referee was forced to step in and stop the action.
Once a budding star in the light heavyweight division, back-to-back losses against Tito Ortiz and Jon Jones forced Bader to take a step back, but this performance shows that the former Arizona State wrestler remains a serious threat to any 205-pound fighter.
Meanwhile, Brilz has now lost three straight fight and four of his past five. In all likelihood, the 36-year-old's career with the UFC may come to a close as a result of this defeat.
Michael McDonald vs. Alex Soto
Michael McDonald defeats Alex Soto by knockout (punches) at 0:56 of the first round.
Originally scheduled to meet Johny Eduardo, Michael McDonald was unfazed by a late change of opponents at UFC 139. McDonald's eventual foe, Alex Soto, charged aggressively early, but a right hand led to an first-round knockout.
Soto initially regained his feet after a counter right hand, but McDonald continued to keep the pressure on his opponent and knocked Soto out with a series of punches against the cage. Soto fell awkwardly along the fence and may have injured his knee as a result of the knockout.
With an impressive record of 14-1, the 20-year-old McDonald is one of the brightest young fighters in the bantamweight division. With his win at UFC 139, McDonald handed Soto the first loss of his MMA career.
Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman defeats Tom Lawlor by submission (D'Arce choke) at 2:07 of the first round.
Chris Weidman's rise to the top of the middleweight division continued at UFC 139, where he submitted Tom Lawlor quickly. The All-American wrestler was able to put Lawlor on the canvas early in the fight, then moved to side control and put Lawlor to sleep with a D'Arce choke.
With the win, Weidman remained undefeated in eight professional bouts. Weidman has been considered one of the top up-and-comers in the sport, so this win could finally earn the 27-year-old a significant step up in competition.
For Lawlor, the loss was his third in four fights. Lawlor provides a good test for rising stars, but another loss showed that he still has some work to do in order to improve from his current status as a lower-tier gatekeeper.
Gleison Tibau vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Gleison Tibau defeats Rafael dos Anjos by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).
An extremely large fighter for the weight division, Gleison Tibau used his size to his advantage against Rafael dos Anjos. Throughout the fight, Tibau used his weight to defend takedowns along the fence. In the second round, Tibau pushed forward and rocked dos Anjos with a flurry of powerful punches.
One of the more underrated fighters in the lightweight division, Tibau has now won seven of his past nine fights. A win over dos Anjos might not push Tibau close to a title shot, but it should earn him a fight with a bigger name in the 155-pound division.
Coming into UFC 139, dos Anjos had won four of five, with his most recent fight ending in a knockout victory over George Sotiropoulos. However, this loss will be a setback for the Brazilian, who hasn't ever een able to break through and become a serious contender.
Miguel Torres vs. Nick Pace
Miguel Torres defeats Nick Pace by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Given an excellent opportunity against Miguel Torres, Nick Pace came into UFC 139 five pounds overweight and failed to threaten the former champion with anything other than one takedown. Unable to mount any offense, Pace lost for the third time in four fights.
Using his reach advantage Torres picked Pace apart from distance and threatened with submissions on the only occasion he was put on his back.
Like Shamar Bailey, Pace's weight problems could play a factor in the UFC's potential decision to release the bantamweight competitor.
With the win, Torres has now won three of his past four fights. However, recent losses to a number of the top contenders in the division will make it difficult for Torres to break through for a title fight opportunity.
Matt Brown vs. Seth Baczynski
Seth Baczynski defeats Matt Brown by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:42 of the second round.
The experienced Matt Brown got off to a strong start at UFC 139, scoring from the clinch and putting Seth Baczynski on his back in the first round. However, a mental lapse in the second round led to Brown's fourth loss in five fights.
In the first minute of the second frame, Baczynski locked onto a guillotine choke attempt. Brown struggled to fight off the submission, but he was eventually forced to tap.
Since he was released from the UFC in mid-2010, Baczynski has won four straight fights and looks to be a completely different fighter. It may be time for matchmaker Joe Silva to test Baczynski against another up-and-coming welterweight.
Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo
Danny Castillo defeats Shamar Bailey by technical knockout (punches) at 4:52 of the first round.
Bouncing back from a loss where he was out-grappled by Jacob Volkmann, 32-year-old Danny Castillo used his power double-leg takedowns to control Shamar Bailey through most of the first round. Late in the frame, Castillo postured up and looked for the finish, which forced Bailey to cover up.
Bailey, who came into the bout two pounds over weight, has now lost four of his past five official fights. The combination of missing weight and his lack of recent success could lead to Bailey's release from the organization.
On "The Ultimate Fighter," Bailey was able to use his wrestling to overwhelm opponents. However, Bailey's wrestling has not translated as well against UFC-level fighters.