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Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller - Round 1 - Miller is pushing forward early and throwing two punch combos. Miller clinches with Marnard against the fence. Two punch body/head combo by Gray lands. Right hand lands for Gray flush but Miller isn't phased. Big body kick now from Jim. Miller shoots for a single and Gray lands some punches as he fights it off. Miller is bleeding from his nose pretty heavily. Miller is still working for the single but he isn't able to finish it. Another body kick by Miller. The round ends with Gray landing another right hand and it was a clear Marnard round. Maynard 10-9. Round 2 - Two punch combo by Maynard is blocked. Leg kick cracks for Miller and he lands a right hand right after. Right hand lands for Gray. Big body shot by Gray now. What looked to be a clean leg kick gets a low blow warning for Jim now. Big right by Gray again. Jim goes for a single and pulls guard but Maynard stands back up. Right hand lands clean for Gray again. Miller with a few leg kicks but Maynard starts to throw the power shots again. They exchange shots as the round ends but Maynard won it clear on the card again. 10-9 Maynard makes it 20-18 on my card. Round 3 - Three punch combo by Maynard. Straight right continues to find a home on Miller's face. Jim is game but he just doesn't seem like he has the right answer here. Gray with a takedown and Miller comes very close to locking in a kneebar but Maynard escapes. Miller with another shot attempt but he can't finish it yet again. Miller keeps working but cant finish and now he pulls guard and is eating punches from Gray. They go back to standing and the round ends. Gray was just too much for the very tough Miller. My scorecard ends at 30-27 for Maynard. Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Gray Maynard wins by unanimous decision.
Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz - Round 1 - Hamill pushes forward and stuffs a double from Mark. Flurry of punches land for Hamill and Munoz grabs a single but can't finish. Overhand right for Munoz lands twice but it's crazy how wide his punches are. Body shots from Munoz now and those are much better than the looping shots. Now another flurry of shots from Hamill. A few more wide punches land for Munoz but he's losing the fight on the feet to Matt's better striking technique. Another wide right lands for Munoz. High kick from Hamill lands flush and Munoz is out cold. Wow, I can honestly say I didn't een consider that as a possible ending to this fight. Matt Hamill wins by KO (high kick), round 1.
Frank Mir is talking to Goldie and says they took out 50 bone fragments and some scar tissue and it will be 5 weeks out from the fight before he can spar so he is wanting to push the fight to July 11 rather than not have a full training camp.
Rashad Evans will defend his title in place of the Frank Mir fight. If Jardine wins it will be Evans/Machida, if Rampage wins it will be Evans/Jackson.
Pete Sell vs. Matt Brown - As a liveblogger I love fights like this. Easy last names to type make my job so much easier! Round 1 - High kick right away by Brown is blocked but a superman punch lands as does another head kick then a right hand drops Sell. Yves jumps in for a second and then decides to let them go after Brown stopped attacking. So Brown comes back in and drops him with a knee/right hand combo. Big elbows wna d Sell's mouthpiece is out. Sell's legs are rubber and he falls down on his own. This fight has gone on WAY too long and finally as Sell lays on his back Brown lands a couple punches forcing Yves to jump in. Matt Brown wins by TKO (punches), round 1.
Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day - Round 1 - undercard action here. Day pushing forward and landing shots. Grove still looks like he doesn't like pressure. Big right hand and Day goes stiff as a board and is out cold. The night of brutal knockouts continues. Kendall Grove wins by KO (punch), round 1.
Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga - Round 1 - Carwin charges in with punches but Gonzaga lands some clean punches and Carwin's eyes rolled. Now Gonzaga gets a quick takedown and Carwin pulls guard. Carwin stands up. RIGHT HAND FROM CARWIN AND GONZAGA IS OUT! What a night! Shane Carwin wins by KO (punch), round 1.
Tamdan McCrory vs. Ryan Madigan - Round 1 - More undercard action here. Madigan with a few kicks and McCrory with a quick takedown. Tamdan to side control. Tamdan stands up and lands a few big right hands but does end up back in Madigan's full guard. Pass to side control again and now to full mount. Attempt at a triangle from the top and he ends up back in side control. Tamdan gets careless and gives away his leg but Ryan doesn't have the game to take advantage. Now back to full mount and he is punishing Madigan forcing the ref to stop the fight. Madigan is bloody and had no answer on the ground whatsoever. Tamdan McCrory wins by submission (strikes), round 1.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Keith Jardine - Main event time! Round 1 - Odd staredown and nipple tweak by Jardine and we're going. Rampage is clinching with Jardine against the fence and is throwing knees to the legs and the crowd is booing about 30 seconds in. They're separated and Jardine with 3 punches. Two punches and back out now and a leg kick from Jardine. Jardine is throwing a few shots and getting out which is very smart. Takedown attempt is stuffed by Jackson. Jardine with a punch and now looking for a takedown but he gives up and lands another punch. Jackson has yet to figure out Jardine's timing. Leg kick and back out. Right hand by Jackson finally lands but Jardine is able to answer with a punch of his own. Body kick by Jardine is caught. Uppercut lands for Jackson but Jardine survives. Knee to the body lands for Jardine. Close round but I'll give it to Jardine 10-9. Round 2 - Right hand lands clean by Jackson as does a low kick. Body kick by Jardine but a right hand answer by Jackson. Head kick is blocked by Jackson. Good leg kick by Jardine now. Another leg kick lands...and another....and another. Left hook by Jackson drops Jardine but Keith gets to his feet after eating some punishment on the ground. Impressive for Keith to survive that. Low kick by Jardine again. Double leg by Rampage now and Jardine stands right back up. Low kick lands on the cup of Jackson. They go back to fighting, uppercut by Jardine stumbles Rampage. Keith unloads and Rampage buckles but doesn't go down. That makes this a very close round with 40 seconds to go. Rampage flurries and that should cement the round for him. 10-9 Rampage and I've got it even on my card. Round 3 - Body kick from Keith lands. Right hand glances for Jardine and Jackson lands a body kick of his own. Takedown by Jackson and he is in Jardine's half guard. Jardine stands right back up without taking any damage. Leg kick lands for Keith. And another. This is a really difficult fight to score. Another leg kick. Sneaky right hand lands for Jardine on Jackson's jaw. Jackson is having trouble timing Jardine to be able to pull the trigger. Hook lands for Rampage and Jardine ducks away from any more damage. Takedown attempt for Keith is stuffed. One minute left and they're restarted. Right hands land for both guys and Rampage lands some nice punches afterward. This is a really, really difficult fight to score. Jardine is dropped with a right hand at the end of the round. I was going to give him the round but now I have to give it to Jackson. My card is 29-28 Jackson. Official Scorecards: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wins by unanimous decision.
It will be Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans for the title.
Brandon Vera vs. Mike Patt - Round 1 - Vera with some tough leg kicks early. Patt looks like his job may be "punching bag" tonight. It's just leg kicks and quick combos for Vera. Right hand lands to Patt's forehead. Vera is just mashing him with leg kicks here. Another leg kick and Patt fals down but he gets up to get some more. It's just more of the same as the round ends. 10-9 Vera. Round 2 - Another series of leg kicks and as Patt hops around on one leg Vera runs in and lands another leg kick that puts him down. he lets him stand and lands ANOTHER huge leg kick that puts Patt down and the fight is over. Brandon Vera wins by TKO (leg strikes), round 2.
Jason Brilz vs. Tim Boetsch - Round 1 - Right hand by Tim and then a bit knee. Brilz is having to cover up here. Uppercut/left hook combo (my personal favorite) for Tim. Brilz with a fully in the clinch. Beautifully timed takedown off of the kick for Brilz. Boetsch stands back up though. Brilz with a right hand over the top and he is settling in now. Right hand lands flush for Tim. Uppercut lands again for Tim. Boetsch is back to winning the striking battle. Boetsch is throwing big shots as the round ends. 10-9 Boetsch. Round 2 - Right hand lands for Brilz but not hard. His corner wants him to get a takedown but he keeps getting into that striking mode. Brilz does grab the takedown this time though. Pass to side control but he isn't doing a whole ton with it. Knees to the body now. North south position now and Brilz works over the body. Guillotine attempt by Brilz but he can't finish, still in side control though. Clear 10-9 round for Brilz. Round 3 - Boetsch avoids the takedown early. Overhand right lands for Tim. Knee to the body lands but Brilz works through it and tries for a takedown before taking Tim's back. They're back up. Brilz with another takedown, side control, full mount and lands some good shots before the round ends. 29-28 Brilz on my card. Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board. Jason Brilz wins by unanimous decision.