UFC 156 Live Reactions for Every Fight

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

UFC 156 Live Reactions for Every Fight

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    UFC 156 featured the much-anticipated UFC Featherweight Championship showdown between Frankie Edgar and champion Jose Aldo.

    Edgar, former UFC lightweight champion, drops down to 145 pounds for the first time for this fight.

    The rest of the card is stacked.

    In the co-main event of the evening, Rashad Evans returns to the Octagon to battle Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Also in action, Alistair Overeem and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva look to make statements in the UFC's heavyweight division.

    Quick Results:

    Jose Aldo defeats Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).

    Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    Antonio Silva defeats Alistair Overeem by TKO at 0:25 of the third round.

    Demian Maia defeats Jon Fitch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Joseph Benavidez defeats Ian McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Evan Dunham defeats Gleison Tibau by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Tyron Woodley defeats Jay Hieron by KO at 0:36 of the first round.

    Bobby Green defeats Jacob Volkmann via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of the third round.

    Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeats Yves Edwards by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Dustin Kimura defeats Chico Camus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:50 of the third round.

    Francisco Rivera defeats Edwin Figueroa by TKO at 4:20 of the second round.

UFC Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

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    Round 1

    They touch gloves and we are underway. Edgar throws a leg kick immediately. Body kick from Aldo. Quick jab by Aldo lands. Seeing Edgar alongside Aldo gives you perspective on how big Aldo is. Inside leg kick by Edgar. Uppercut glances Edgar. Aldo's jab is on point early. That is a massive jab Aldo has brought in tonight. Another jab lands. Aldo connects again. Under minute to go in the first. Big leg kick from Aldo. Aldo is feeling this early. Another huge leg kick.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Aldo.

    Round 2

    Edgar trying to turn up the pace, but Aldo clocks him coming in. Edgar's speed advantage at lightweight is null and void at featherweight. There could be a lot of buzz about a potential Aldo versus Henderson superfight after this performance. Edgar tries a takedown, and Aldo easily avoids being put down. Massive leg kick and Edgar gets buckled. Aldo drops Edgar with a leg kick. Aldo grinning. Edgar lands a nice right. Jumping knee from Aldo. Edgar has Aldo clinched against the fence now. They break. Leg kick, but Edgar lands a punch and a takedown. Aldo right back up. Aldo with two stiff jabs to the face.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Aldo.

    Round 3

    Big leg kick, and Edgar tries to take him down off of it but Aldo defends. Edgar still having a hard time getting offense going. Aldo lands another kick, but this time to Edgar's dome. Edgar is bleeding more now. Another jab from Aldo lands. Body kick from Edgar lands. Edgar with a solid leg kick. Edgar starting to put together combinations. Edgar with a sneaky right. Big shot from Edgar over the top. Edgar goes for a takedown and Aldo pushed Edgar away like a child. Another right lands.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Aldo.

    Round 4

    Edgar mixes it up with a leg kick. Leg kick by Aldo lands, and Edgar missed catching it by just a hair. Aldo is relying on his counter-striking in round four. Edgar tries for a takedown, but Aldo defends well again. Edgar comes forward with another takedown attempt and he slams Aldo down, and Aldo springs back to his feet. Frankie clinching against the fence with Aldo and kneeing the back of his legs. Edgar clearly getting the better of this round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar.

    Round 5

    They touch gloves to start the final round. Edgar says he got poked, but also says he is fine and the bout is not stopped in order for him to recover. Jab from Aldo reappears. Aldo lands a left as Edgar comes in. Edgar tries another takedown, but to no avail. Aldo looks much better in this round than last. Another left from Aldo lands. Edgar with a leg kick of his own. Edgar throws a knee that may have glanced, but did not land clean in the slightest. Nice right from Aldo! Edgar lands! The final minute of the fight! Edgar throws a combination that is largely blocked. Nice jab from the champion. Aldo lands a Superman punch off the cage to end the fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Aldo, and the fight 49-46 Aldo.

    Aldo defeats Edgar by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) to retain the UFC Featherweight Championship.

    Aldo was sharp early, and that really put Edgar in a hole. Edgar came on late in the fight, but Aldo was never out of it and most of the strikes thrown by Edgar were blocked or missed completely. Aldo was more accurate with his strikes. Aldo is clearly one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and Edgar is right up there as well. Excellent fight, and one we will likely see in the future.

Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

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    Round 1

    Both elite light heavyweights gauging distance early. Body kick from Evans lands. A tentative start to the fight. Evans with a head kick and tape goes flying from somewhere. Nogueira starting to let his hands go a little bit. Straight left from Nogueira finds a home. Big right from Evans. Evans with a double and Nogueira gets right to his feet. They break.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Evans.

    Round 2

    Low leg kick lands by Evans. Nogueira coming forward now with more punches, but Evans is evading currently. Straight right by Evans glances Nogueira. Both fighters know that the other could end this fight quickly and they are not willing to make that mistake, and that is not making this a dynamic fight. Evans goes for a takedown, but Nogueira is right back up. Nogueira coming forward. Evans whiffs with an overhand right.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-10.

    Round 3

    Both men are out of range of one another, and they are hesitant to put themselves in any kind of danger. This is preventing either from being effective with their own offense. Who will take that risk? Nogueira with a jab. Nogueira lands a kick, and catches a poke to the eye. We are back to fighting. Evans rushes in for a takedown attempt, but it was never close. Evans dives for a takedown, but nothing there. Nogueira seems to be the only one scoring in this round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Nogueira, and the fight a 29-29 draw.

    Nogueira defeats Evans by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    This was an odd fight. Neither fighter wanted to take a risk, and they barely mustered anything significant the entire fight. This helped neither fighter.

Alistair Overeem vs. Bigfoot Silva

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    Round 1

    These two massive men take to the Octagon. Overeem lands a body shot and clinches to throw a knee. He shrugs Bigfoot off and gets back to distance. Overeem lands another body shot. Overeem continues to clinch and push Bigfoot into the fence. Overeem working in knees to the body. Bigfoot comes in for a takedown, but Overeem easily reverses position and shoves him against the fence again. Overeem getting cocky now. Overeem is content with fighting against the fence. This is wearing down the already slow Bigfoot. Overeem separates again.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Overeem.

    Round 2

    Leg kick by Bigfoot, and countered by Overeem. They exchange some leather and Overeem tosses Bigfoot to the mat. Overeem is in side control. Big body shot from Overeem. Bigfoot is avoiding too much damage against Overeem, but is not threatening with anything. Overeem with a big hammerfist to the body. Bigfoot has yet to offer anything on the ground. They get back to standing. Bigfoot lands some good strikes at the end of the round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Overeem.

    Round 3

    They clinch and then swing leather. Bigfoot landing! He rocks him! BIGFOOT KNOCKS OUT OVEREEM!

    Bigfoot Silva defeats Overeem by TKO at 0:25 of the third round.

    Bigfoot avoided damage in the first two rounds, and eventually Overeem's cockiness cost him. Big time. Huge performance by Bigfoot, and now the question has to be: Who is next in line for the UFC Heavyweight Championship?

Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia

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    Round 1

    Maia immediately shoots in, wow. Maia trips Fitch down. Maia has his back. This is incredible! Fitch stands up with Maia on his back. Fitch is in serious trouble. Fitch is defending well thus far, and peels Maia's arm away from his throat. Maia goes for it again, and Fitch defends again. Maia tries to bring Fitch back to the mat, and does get it down. Fitch stands again. Maia goes for a takedown and Fitch grabs the fence, but only a warning. Maia is working again. Maia rides out the round on Fitch's back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Maia.

    Round 2

    Fitch lands a good leg kick. Good straight right from Fitch. Maia shoots in and takes Fitch down. Fitch fights back up. Maia drags Fitch down one more time. This is truly astounding at how easily Maia is getting Fitch down. Maia has his back again and works. Maia goes for the choke, but Fitch survives. This is amazing. Maia is dominating this fight on the ground, and Fitch is constantly defending. The only thing keeping this from being a 10-8 round is damage. Fitch's submission defense needs some serious applause.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Maia.

    Round 3

    Fitch goes for a headkick and misses. Maia runs Fitch down and has his back. Fitch spins around, but they are still clinched. Maia gets his back again. Fitch gets up to his feet. Maia goes for another takedown, but Fitch goes for a guillotine and gets on top! Maia works his grappling to get back up and has a bodylock on Fitch. Fitch works himself away from Maia, but the Brazilian instantly shoots back in and gets him down. Incredible. Simply incredible.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Maia, and the fight 30-27.

    Maia defeats Fitch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    What Maia was able to do to Fitch should send goosebumps through the welterweight division. It was that amazing. This fight was captivating. Absolutely incredible performance from Maia, and he should be an instant contender to the UFC Welterweight Championship.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall

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    Round 1

    Both throw leg kicks to open the fight. Benavidez jumps forward, and McCall tries to take Benavidez down. Benavidez lands on the break. McCall throws a big kick, but Benavidez misses the majority of it. Good shot by Benavidez that seemingly rocked McCall. Benavidez lands again. Lots of movement from the flyweights. McCall goes to the body. Benavidez is a powerful flyweight. Nice shot from McCall. McCall backs up Benavidez. Both throw body kicks and McCall got the better end of that exchange.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Benavidez.

    Round 2

    McCall starts the round with leg kicks. Low kick blocked by Benavidez. Benavidez comes in with a short uppercut. They are clinched against the fence. They separate. Good straight punch from McCall. Nice right from McCall. McCall gets Benavidez's back, and ends up in back mount after a scramble. Benavidez working hard to get up. McCall did well with ground and pound.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 McCall.

    Round 3

    Benavidez has a sense of urgency, and it shows with a couple big power shots in the opening part of the round. Solid inside elbow by Benavidez. Body kick from Benavidez. Both throw body kicks, and Benavidez drops McCall with his. McCall is letting Benavidez get off first and dictate this final frame. Benavidez is the more accurate fighter this round. Good body kick by Benavidez. McCall is now starting to come forward, and he takes Benavidez down. Benavidez gets back up in the scramble. That will haunt McCall. No urgency from McCall after a big start to the round by Benavidez in a close fight. McCall attempts a takedown, but Benavidez saw it coming and McCall abandons it. Body kick lands from Benavidez.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Benavidez, and the fight 29-28 Benavidez.

    Benavidez defeats McCall by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

    This was a solid, competitive fight. Benavidez just won the third round by landing the power shots early, body kicks, and being more active. McCall had a few moments, but nothing substantial. This will move Benavidez closer to a rematch and put McCall back in the pack of the ever growing flyweight division.

Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham

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    Round 1

    Tibau takes control of the center of the Octagon. Dunham opens up with a combination that narrowly misses. Tibau lands a left over the top. Another left from Tibau lands, and they exchange wildly. Tibau takes Dunham to the mat. Dunham pops up, and Tibau goes for a guillotine. Dunham fights out of the submission, but Tibau is on top. Dunham gets back to his feet. The action slows briefly. Dunham being the more active fighter. The round ends in the clinch.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tibau.

    Round 2

    Dunham comes forward, but neither man is landing many strikes. Good left stuns Dunham. Dunham shoots in and has Tibau down for not even a second, but that will continue to wear on Tibau. They separate and get back to striking. Tibau tries a takedown, but Dunham easily avoids that. Dunham tries a takedown, and Tibau stuffs it. Dunham's reach has allowed him to land a few clean strikes from the outside. Good jab from Dunham.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Dunham.

    Round 3

    Tibau drives for the takedown, Dunham goes for a guillotine, but neither man is successful in their attempt. Tibau goes for a guillotine, but Dunham defends easily. Dunham goes for a takedown, and Tibau stuffs that easily. Dunham lands the jab again. Tibau goes for another takedown, and Dunham defends. Half the round is gone and the fight is still up for grabs. Dunham lands a combination, and is still the fighter coming forward. Good knee to the body by Dunham. The long jab from Dunham is the difference maker in this fight. One minute to go. The takedown attempts, from both men, are nowhere near successful. Knee rocks Tibau.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Dunham, and the fight 29-28 Dunham.

    Dunham defeats Tibau by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Dunham had a strong performance in the cage. Tibau looked solid in the first frame, but the speed and reach disadvantage caught up to him by the end of the fight. Dunham's jab was effective and earned him enough points to win a decision.

Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron

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    Round 1

    Woodley floors Hieron and knocks him out on the ground! WOW!

    Woodley defeats Hieron by KO at 0:36 of the first round.

    BOOM. End of story. A debut cannot go any better, and Strikeforce is having a great night.

Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green

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    Round 1

    Volkmann using kicks to keep distance immediately. Green is set to defend any takedown attempt early. Volkmann shoots, has a leg, and gets Green down. Volkmann all over Green on the mat. Green tries to explode up, but Volkmann easily keeps him on his back. Volkmann stacks Green against the fence. Green pushes away Volkmann, but ends up back down quickly and Volkmann has his back. Volkmann working for the rear-naked choke.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Volkmann.

    Round 2

    Green throws a knee, Volkmann takes him down but Green pops right back up this time. Clinching against the fence. Green lands a couple strikes in close. Volkmann ends up on his back after failed takedown attempts. Green passes to half-guard. Good elbows on the ground from Green. Kim Winslow stands it up and the crowd boo's because they realize how terrible that was. Volkmann grabs a hold of Green and drags him down. Volkmann on Green's back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Green.

    Round 3

    Green controls the round, and ends up on top twice. Green ends up in full mount and crushes Volkmann with big ground and pound. Volkmann gives up the rear-naked and Green finishes. Impressive!

    Green defeats Volkmann via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:25 of the third round.

    Impressive showing from Green. The sweeps and reversals in the third round were exciting, and the ground and pound was effective. Big debut for the UFC newcomer.

Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

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    Round 1

    Vallie-Flagg is the one coming forward early. Edwards content to counter-strike. Vallie-Flagg with a good body shot. Good striking exchanges early. Edwards throws out a combination that is blocked. Edwards slipping Vallie-Flagg. Right from Vallie-Flagg finds a home. Edwards with a nice leg kick. Vallie-Flagg trying to work in an elbow over the top when in close. Edwards has the Thai clinch, but Vallie-Flagg works out of the position. Leg kick and body kick from Edwards. Edwards lands a knee while defending the takedown. Solid left by Vallie-Flagg.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Vallie-Flagg.

    Round 2

    Vallie-Flagg catches a kick and walks Edwards to the fence. They break. Vallie-Flagg closes the distance well and digs in to the body. Nice straight from Edwards. Good combination from Edwards. Vallie-Flagg pushes Edwards against the fence, and Edwards reverses position. Edwards takes Vallie-Flagg to the mat. Edwards passes into side control. Edwards mounts. Vallie-Flagg gives up his back. Edwards fighting to free his hand to get the rear-naked choke.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edwards.

    Round 3

    Edwards opening up more to start the third, but Vallie-Flagg still pressing the action. Edwards is loose in the third frame. Vallie-Flagg throws, but Edwards evades most of the strikes. Edwards with a good knee. Vallie-Flagg moves Edwards to the fence once again. Good uppercut by Edwards. Vallie-Flagg lands a couple nice strikes to push Edwards back. Knee from Vallie-Flagg. Edwards goes for a takedown, but it is not completed. Vallie-Flagg lands two short inside elbows. Vallie-Flagg coming on late in the round. Jab lands from Edwards. Vallie-Flagg once again pushes Edwards against the fence.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Vallie-Flagg, and the fight 29-28 Vallie-Flagg.

    Vallie-Flagg defeats Edwards by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

    Vallie-Flagg did well to not play in to Edwards' game. He pressured Edwards early and made the most of his unorthodox striking. Edwards clearly won the second frame, but he did not have the cardio to last the final five minutes as Vallie-Flagg continued to press forward and push the pace.

Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura

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    Round 1

    Chico Camus drops Dustin Kimura early, but he jumps right back up. Kimura kind of pulls guard as Chico goes for a takedown. Kimura has a very good guard, attempting a triangle choke multiple times, but Camus avoids. Kimura does a nice omoplata sweep and ends up getting Camus's back. Chico rolls and gets back on top. Dustin attempts an armbar, but the bell rings.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kimura

    Round 2

    The first half of the round sees them dance and not engage much on the feet. Chico initiates the clinch and holds Dustin against the cage. As they break up, Camus shoots and takes down Kimura. Kimura has a great sequence at the end of the round where he goes from a triangle choke to a omoplata to an armbar to a triangle armbar. The round ends, likely saving Camus.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kimura

    Round 3

    Camus again shoots early on Kimura, but they end up clinching against the fence. As they break, Chico shoots for a takedown, but Kimura ends up on top. Dustin gets his opponent's back and locks in a fight-ending rear-naked choke.

    Kimura defeats Camus via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:50 of the third round

    Dustin Kimura really showed off a great guard, but hopefully next time he comes in on weight. Chico Camus had a questionable game plan, as he was obviously the better striker but kept taking Kimura down. Camus looked small enough to drop to flyweight, but we will see what happens. That was another good fight. So far UFC 156 is shaping up to be great.

Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera

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    Round 1

    After a slight feeling out process, Edwin Figueroa clipped Francisco Rivera with a hard shot. They have a wild exchange with Figueroa landing more on the head and body. A big overhand by Figueroa drops Rivera. He follows Rivera to finish him on the ground. It did not last long, as Rivera worked back to his feet. A wild brawl breaks out with Figueroa landing some cleaner shots. Rivera gets a takedown, but his adversary gets back to his feet somewhat quickly. The pace slows down a bit, but Rivera scores a trip. The round ends with Rivera throwing some ground-and-pound.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Figueroa

    Round 2

    Rivera comes out moving his head more than the first round. He throws a kick, but Figueroa catches it and drags him down. Rivera attempted a triangle, but it is easily shaken off. After a short while, Rivera gets back to his feet. Figueroa is looking tired, so Rivera turns up the heat. Francisco is starting to land some bombs and Figueroa is hurt. Rivera smells blood and pounces. A couple of huge shots later and Edwin is a zombie. The referee has no choice but to stop the fight, as Figueroa is really hurt.

    Rivera defeats Figueroa via TKO (punches) at 4:20 of the second round

    That fight was an early Fight of the Night contender. Figueroa was getting the best of Rivera early, but his gas tank was shallow. Rivera is a straight killer, as he sensed an opening and went to work. Those guys should be getting a nice bonus check at the end of the night for opening up the event with a barnburner of a fight.