UFC on FOX 4 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight
UFC on FOX 4 comes to you from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
So whoever scores the best win, whoever gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday and looking the most impressive, he will get the winner of (Jon) Jones vs. (Dan) Henderson.
The main card on network television also features an exciting lightweight clash between Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner. In the opening fight of the main card, Mike Swick makes his return to the UFC and squares off against DaMarques Johnson.
The preliminary card, which will air on Fuel TV, also features several exciting fighters. Ulysses Gomez makes his UFC debut, Manny Gamburyan and Michihiro Omigawa go at it in featherweight action and Phil Davis returns to the Octagon following his first-ever loss.
Main Card on FOX at 8:00 p.m. ET
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205) vs. Brandon Vera (203.8)
Lyoto Machida (201) vs. Ryan Bader (205)
Joe Lauzon (155.8) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
Mike Swick (170) vs. DaMarques Johnson (171)
Preliminary Card on Fuel TV at 5:00 p.m. ET
Cole Miller (145) vs. Nam Phan (145)
Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Wagner Prado (205)
Josh Grispi (146) vs. Rani Yahya (145.5)
Phil De Fries (235) vs. Oli Thompson (232)
Manny Gamburyan (145.5) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (145.5)
Ulysses Gomez (125.5) vs. John Moraga (125.5)
Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Vera opens the fight with a body kick. Shogun catches a big body kick and takes Vera down. Shogun taking his time and working on passing Vera's guard. He nearly got to side control, but Vera kept him in half guard. Shogun advances to side control. Vera scrambles to his feet, but not before eating a knee to the body. Shogun gets double underhooks, drops down and gets Vera down as Vera attempts a guillotine. Shogun gets out of the submission and is in Vera's guard. Big punch inside the guard from Shogun. Big ground and pound from the former champion. Shogun passes to side control again. Shogun gets his back. 30 seconds remaining in the opening round. Shogun ends the round throwing punches at the side of Vera's head.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shogun.
Vera opens with a leg kick again. Shogun rocks Vera and moves in for the kill. Vera responds with a nice elbow! Vera connects with a left cleanly. Vera starting to come alive, and Shogun may be gassing. Big left by Vera, but Shogun lands a huge right. Shogun moving in for knees, but Vera blocks them. Shogun has his back. Shogun moves in front of him and allows him to stand as he looks for the KO. Vera nails Shogun again! This is turning into a brawl! They are leaving it all in the cage for a shot at the championship! Vera lands again, but Shogun clinches with him. Vera reverses positions and has Shogun against the fence. The crowd starts cheering Vera's name. Vera takes Shogun down. One minute to go in the second. Vera is landing shoulder strikes but not much else in Shogun's half-guard. Vera postures up with ten seconds to go in the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shogun.
Vera tries a knee to the body but gets clinched by Shogun in the process. Shogun pressing Vera to the cage and leaning on him. The separate and get back to striking in this crazy war! Nice right by Shogun. Huge leg kick by Vera. Left lands by Shogun. A big knee lands from Shogun as Vera goes to the ground with Shogun on top. Shogun standing over Vera and lands a good punch, and now Vera is back to his feet. Good body shot, leg kick combination from Vera. Another huge combination from Vera! Shogun clinches, trips Vera, and gets him to the mat. Shogun throwing hammerfists and Vera seeks cover. The round ends with Shogun on top.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shogun.
Vera with a big left early in the round. A good knee to the body from Vera. Good left by Shogun as he moves in for a takedown. Vera doesn't allow Shogun to complete the attempt, and they clinch. Shogun lands a couple knees to Vera against the fence. Vera throws knees to the thighs as Shogun lands body punches against the fence. Shogun tried an elbow on the exit that just barely missed. Left elbow from Vera that is followed by an uppercut from Shogun. The two warriors have been clinched against the cage for some time and Herb Dean is letting them work. Shogun separates from Vera. Shogun landing some big strikes and he finishes him on the ground!
Rua defeats Vera by TKO at 4:09 of the fourth round.
A highly entertaining fight with back and forth action, but it was not nearly as impressive as Machida's flawless performance against Bader. Vera showed heart and guts in this fight, and it was a massive opportunity for the light heavyweight. This was a memorable fight for casual fans and will pay dividends for Vera moving forward. Shogun should not pass Machida for a shot at the title.
A hell of a fight.
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Machida already showing the speed differential in this fight by quickly leaping out of the way of Bader. The former Sun Devil tries to close the distance with strikes. Bader tries a big right but Machida is out of the way with ease. Big body kick from Machida. The crowd appreciated that kick. Bader moves in a bit and gets a knee to the midsection for his troubles. Bader rushes in, but Machida is out of there quickly. Bader may need to risk it all in order to close the distance. Big straight right from Machida nails Bader in the face. Another strong knee from Machida. Bader clinches with Machida, but they quickly separate. Machida closes the round with another leg kick.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Machida.
Bader tries a leg kick but Machida was backed out of range by the time it was up. Bader rushed in and gets knocked out cold. Huge KO.
Machida defeats Bader by knockout at 1:32 of the second round.
Machida was too quick, too elusive and too good for Bader. It really is as simple as that. Machida is the leader in the clubhouse for the title shot with that impressive and dominant performance. He looked back to his old form, but that likely still is not enough to dethrone Jon Jones.
Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon
Varner works on the outside, circling Lauzon to open the fight. Varner is mixing up his punches and kicks early. Nice body and leg kick from Varner. He hurts Lauzon with a big right. Another good shot to the body. Varner looks for a takedown but can't get it, and Lauzon answers with a knee. Lauzon opening up a bit more with his striking. Varner throwing his punches with bad intentions. Lauzon nails Varner with a good left to the body. Good body shot thrown by Varner. Seeing a lot more body work by fighters on this FOX card. Varner drops Lauzon with a right. Lauzon recovers and has Varner in his guard.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Varner.
Varner throws a good inside leg kick, and lands a second. Varner is happy to counter when Lauzon moves in. Good right from Varner. Varner clinches, attempts a takedown but bails on it. Varner goes for a guillotine, Lauzon defends and ends up on top and transitions to his back. Varner stands up with Lauzon on his back and gets him off. Varner is not throwing one punch, he is throwing constant combinations. Nice body shot by Varner. Lauzon comes forward and lands punches. He gets Varner down, lands big elbows and gets his back. Varner gets back to his feet and the two men are clinched against the fence. Lauzon gets Varner down and takes his back again. He's going for a rear naked choke, but Varner peels his hands off. Lauzon mounts with 30 seconds remaining. Lauzon goes for an arm triangle but loses it. A lot of action in this round. Varner gets on top and ends the round throwing elbows.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Lauzon.
They hug to begin the third frame. The action briefly was halted when Varner realized he started the round without his mouthpiece in. Lauzon shoots in and Varner sprawls. Varner shoots the double and gets it. Lauzon tries to sweep Varner and they end up back on their feet. Varner throwing nice looking elbows but Lauzon covered up and avoided them all. Varner is on top of Lauzon, but he gets swept. Lauzon locks up a triangle in transition and earns the submission victory.
Lauzon defeats Varner via submission (triangle choke) at 2:44 of the third round.
Fight of the Night so far. An excellent back and forth scrap between two solid lightweights. Lauzon proved to have the better conditioning and eventually was able to work his submission game on the mat. Varner looked to be nearly out of the triangle, but Lauzon got it deeper and forced the tap. Both men looked good, but the deeper the fight got the better Lauzon looked.
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Swick looking to explode early. Massive right hand by Swick. Another right by Swick and Johnson's counter was an hour too slow. Swick is picking his shots and landed at will. He cliches and fires off a knee, but Johnson gets a takedown. Johnson working within Swick's guard, and Swick gets to his feet. Swick landing bombs. Johnson clips Swick! Johnson trips Swick back to the mat and gets his back. Johnson mounts. Big shots from mount by Johnson. Very good ground and pound from Johnson. And now Johnson going for a D'Arce choke. Swick defends well and avoids the submission. Johnson storms back in the latter part of the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Johnson.
Much slower pace to the beginning of round two. Swick out of nowhere with a knockout! Swick caught a kick, shoved Johnson down and lands a big right that puts Johnson to sleep.
Swick defeats Johnson by knockout at 1:20 of the second round.
Swick looked good earlier but got overzealous in his attempt to finish. It nearly cost him as Johnson had an excellent end to the first round. Swick got back to picking his shots in the second, caught a kick and finished Johnson brutally. Fantastic comeback performance for Swick.
Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Miller hits Phan with a quick front kick to open the round. Miller utilizing his reach early in the fight. Phan tries to close the distance and work a body shot, and it just barely connects. Miller connecting with some strikes but they are only grazing shots. Miller has been establishing his jab and using leg kicks to keep Phan out of range. Nice left from Phan. Another left from Phan. And a third, this time it rocks Miller. Double jab followed by a big right from Phan. Miller could be in a lot of trouble. Another left hook connects. Miller is slowing down from those hard punches. Phan throws another combination, but this time they do not land cleanly. Miller seems to have the cobwebs cleared now. Cole back to using his reach. Good body shot by Phan.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Phan.
The two mixed martial artists go right back to what they were doing in the first round. Miller is starting to look for body shots more in the second round. Miller goes for the Thai clinch, but Phan gets out of that quickly. Miller clips Phan with a left. Big left from Miller. Phan catches a kick and tries to throw a counter-punch but Miller is too far away. Good jabs by Miller. Phan backs Miller up, throws a combination, and Miller fires back with a left hook. Miller connects with a clean straight right. Phan hits Miller with the left hook again. And another from Phan.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Miller.
Phan opens the third up by backing Miller to the fence and throws the left. Another left stuns Miller! The ATT product has not adjusted to the left hook at all in this fight. Phan continues to throw punches in bunches, and almost always finishing with the left hook. Phan goes to the body with that left. Miller attempting to throw punches and knees but they are coming slow. Not a single takedown attempt in this fight thus far. Miller is now keeping Phan at range with his jab. Miller will need to go for broke in the final minute. A predictable stand-up battle is what this fight has been for 15 minutes. The same combinations being thrown over and over by both men. They swing away at the finish.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Phan (29-28 Phan).
Phan defeats Miller by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
The fight was fun for a little while, and then it got too predictable. A top tier fighter would have made adjustments and found new ways to attack. What made it even worse, Phan repeatedly landed the same combination on Miller who failed to identify and defend it. What some may call fun fight I will call predictable and repetitive. A split decision is unacceptable. Phan clearly got the better of that fight.
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
They touch gloves and we are underway. Both fighters trying to find their range early on. Prado nearly clips Davis with a wild right. Davis accidentally pokes Prado in the eye and action is stopped. The fight is stopped.
The fight ends in a no decision due to accidental eye poke.
Nothing to say about this fight as it was stopped early. We could see a re-match very soon.
Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi
Yahya dives in for a takedown, takes a couple hard shots for his trouble, but cannot get the takedown. Yahya gets on top of Grispi and is in his guard. Yahya tries to pass, but Grispi moves it back to full guard. Yahya passes to side control. Yahya trying to move to a north-south choke, and Grispi is trying to defend. He locks it up and it is all over.
Yahya defeats Grispi via submission (north-south choke) at 3:15 of the first round.
Yahya got the fight to the ground and showed why everyone wants to avoid going there with him. Effortless submission once he got on top. Excellent showcase of his Jiu-Jitsu.
Philip De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
The heavyweights test their range early on. De Fries hits Thompson as he comes in, but Thompson closes the distance and clinches against the cage. De Fries turns him around to put Thompson's back against the cage. John McCarthy separates the heavyweights. Thompson throws the right, but De Fries clinches and moves it back against the cage. De Fries pressing his large frame on Thompson and making him carry his weight. De Fries takes Thompson down briefly, and the are back to clinching against the fence. McCarthy breaks them apart again. Thompson with an inside leg kick. De Fries shoots in, but cannot get the takedown and it is back against the fence. That is where the round ends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 De Fries.
De Fries throwing punches, but they are easily blocked. De Fries drops Thompson and pounces on him immediately. Thompson recovers and gets to his feet, but they are clinches against the cage. De Fries separates just enough to throw a short punch but it misses. That was a good idea. De Fries creates space and throws a few more punches. They separate and move back to the center of the cage. Nice knee from De Fries. The British fighter shoots in, can't get the takedown initially but now has Thompson's back.De Fries has dominated this round. De Fries gets both hooks in. De Fries gets the tap after getting a face crank.
De Fries defeats Thompson via submission (face crank) at 4:16 of the second round.
Not a barnburner by any stretch of the imagination, but a solid performance from De Fries. He still has a lot of improving to do if he wants to make any sort of run up the UFC Heavyweight ladder. Overall, a good performance and an even better second round from Phil De Fries.
Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Gamburyan takes control of the center of the Octagon. Omigawa circles on the outside. Gamburyan tries a flying knee, but it misses. Omigawa lands a nice left on Gamburyan that puts him down briefly. Gamburyan swings wildly and nothing connects. Omigawa backs Gamburyan up with strikes, but Gamburyan avoids any damage and re-takes the center of the cage. Omigawa seems fine with staying on the outside and picking his shots. Gamburyan tries to close the distance and land a big punch but misses. Omigawa starting to come forward. Gamburyan goes for a takedown but is too far out and Omigawa defends easily.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Omigawa.
Omigawa opens up with a left and pushes the pace early. Gamburyan pushes Omigawa to the fence, Omigawa goes for a choke, but he cannot get it and lets go. Gamburyan still has Omigawa pressed against the fence. Gamburyan gets the takedown, but Omigawa pops right back up. Same story again. Gamburyan drags him down and immediately takes his back. Omigawa gets to his back and now Gamburyan is in guard. Omigawa gets to his feet. Gamburyan lands a right on the exit as they separate. Grinding round from Gamburyan.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan.
The two men meet in the center of the Octagon. Headkick from Gamburyan rocks Omigawa. Lands again on Omigawa. Omigawa looks to have his bearings back. Omigawa lands quick shots on Gamburyan. They are clinched against the cage, and Omigawa lands a knee. The two separate. Omigawa landing more consistently now. Gamburyan goes for a takedown, but Omigawa sprawls well. Gamburyan is relentless and gets Omigawa down, but Omigawa gets back to his feet quickly. Omigawa goes for a choke and tried to use it to sweep Gamburyan but failed. Gamburyan picks Omigawa up and slams him down, but Omigawa stands right back up. Gamburyan slams him again and gets to side control. Omigawa reverses position and now has Gamburyan's back against the cage. Omigawa going for a neck crank, and Gamburyan defends. Tough fight.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan (29-28 Gamburyan).
Gamburyan defeats Omigawa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
It was a tough, grinding, and ultimately fun fight. Gamburyan's grappling was the difference maker in the second and third rounds. Even with the head kick to open the third frame, Omigawa stormed back with more consistent striking than his counterpart. Gamburyan used his grappling to slow the pace and take control over the remainder of the round and use it to get the victory.
Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
The first fight of the night is underway. Moraga starts things off with a low leg kick. Gomez answers moments afterward. Moraga is active with the leg kicks early. Moraga clinches and Gomez lands a stiff punch to the body. Moraga is cut on his head. More nice leg kicks from Moraga. Useless is cut as well, perhaps caused by a headbutt. Nice body kick by Moraga. Gomez shoots in on a kick from Moraga, but failed to get him down. Nice elbow and Moraga follows it up with an uppercut for the knockout.
Moraga defeats Gomez by knockout at 3:46 of the first round.
Moraga's KO was impressive. Gomez is no slouch. He entered as one of the more interesting and and promising flyweights, but Moraga dismantled him. A dominant performance that should put the flyweight on the map.