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James Wilkes vs. Claude Patrick
Round 1 - Referee is Dan Miragliotta. Fighters feeling each other out at kick boxing range, Wilkes being more flat-footed. Patrick fakes the punch and gets double underhooks with Wilkes against the cage. Outside trip takedown by Patrick to half guard. Wilkes tries for a triangle then oma plata, but Patrick escapes. Patrick trying GNP on top, but nothing significant has landed thus far. Patrick stands up outside of Wilkes' guard, kicks his legs and dives back in, this time to side control. Wilkes tries to hip escape and Patrick achieves mount. Flair out by Patrick to stay on top and keeps side control. Patrick lands a couple of heavy shots on top after failing to set up north-south choke. Wilkes is very active off of his back, but is not able to put much together. Wilkes using butterfly guard to prevent the pass, but is eating heavy shots for his hand placement. Wilkes is looking damaged. 10-9 Patrick.
Round 2 - Patrick's back is against the fence after landing a leg kick, but now they're jockeying for position on the cage. Wilkes trying to land a trip from double unders, but from a perpendicular position. Wilkes doing much better job of defending takedown, but solid left hand from Patrick lands flush. Another outside trip from Patrick hits the mark. Wilkes is again using a very active guard trying to control Patrick's posture and attempt submissions. Patrick also attempting pass after pass. Patrick working some ground and pound on in Wilkes' full guard. Another oma plata attempt for Wilkes misses and Patrick moves to half guard. The round ends there. 10-9 Patrick.
Round 3 - Fighters again jockey for position against the fence. Another outside trip from double unders against the fence for Patrick. Wilkes trying butterfly guard to stave off a passing Patrick. Patrick can't get it from there and moves to normal half guard. Wilkes has no answer for Patrick's passing/GNP attack. Side control now for Patrick. Wilkes attempting to create space and can only recover full guard. Attempted inside hook sweep goes nowhere. Another oma plata attempt goes nowhere. Patrick pushes Wilkes into the cage and lands some decent GNP. Round ends there. 10-9 Patrick.
BloodyElbow.com scores the bout 30-27 for Claude Patrick. All judges score it 30-27 for Claude Patrick making it a unanimous decision victory.
Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne
Round 1 -Browne trying to bully Kongo, but they're standing far apart. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Browne lands a big left and another big right as they scramble. Big haymakers from Browne miss. Browne tries to throw knees from the clinch, but most are blocked. Right to the body from Browne. Kongo ties up with Browne along the fence and attempts a takedown but nothing doing. Kongo lands a nice punch at the end. 10-9 Browne.
Round 2 - Round 2 - Leg kicks start the round for Kongo. Right hand lands twice for the Frenchman. Low blow in the clinch from Kongo briefly stops the action. Right hand lands from Kongo after haymaker misses from Browne. Haymakers from Browne miss and Kongo lands several follow up punches. Kongo knees the thighs of Browne in the clinch along the fence. Fighters now not doing much in the 50/50 clinch. Referee Marc Goddard separates them. Kongo illegally uses Browne's shorts to pin him into the fence where he then continues to knee his thighs. Kongo is holding onto Browne's shorts all the time now, but Browne's right leg is badly damaged. Browne lands a trip takedown as the round expires. Close, but Kongo does more damage. 10-9 Kongo.
Round 3 - More shorts holding from Kongo gets another warning and a full point deduction from Marc Goddard. And he held shorts again. Kongo lands right hand and tepid kick to Browne's midsection. Fighters clinch along the fence with Browne's back to the cage as Kongo continues to hold Browne's shorts. Kongo is stalking Browne and landing, but nothing significant yet. Browne is clearly fatigued. Browne having trouble throwing the huge haymakers and Kongo pushes him into the fence...and holding the shorts again of Browne. Browne lands on top with another takedown as the round closes. Difficult round to score. Kongo did more damage, but loses a point. 9-9.
BloodyElbow.com scores this fight 28-28, a draw. The judges agree and score it the same. A draw for Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne.
John Hathaway vs. Mike Pyle
Round 1 - Referee Leon Roberts presiding over the action. Hathaway's lead hand is very far from his face. Fighters just trading jabs until Pyle lands a nice outside trip. Hathaway tries to stand against the cage and does. In trying to reverse Hathaway now Pyle is underneath against the fence. Both fighters stand up and separate. Another shot attempt from Pyle, but is stuffed. Twice now. Left hand lands for Pyle, but nothing strong. Hathaway fires a shovel punch, but misses. Pyle lands a right to the side/back of head of Hathaway and stumbles him. Another right lands for Pyle. Right elbow over the top in the clinch break lands for Pyle. The English are singing as Pyle lands another right...then a left. Hathaway appears to be closing his eyes when he jabs. Pyle's shot gets stuffed, but he throws a knee, hangs onto a single and throws Hathaway to the mat. 10-9 Pyle.
Round 2 - Fighters essentially boxing in the center of the Octagon. Pyle goes for a knee tap and misses. Transitions to trip, but goes nowhere. Fighters separate. Hathaway lands a nice left. Pyle throws a right, shoots and is stuffed. Knee from Hathaway as Pyle leans over. Pyle lands a solid right hand. Amazing sacrifice throw by Mike Pyle puts Hathaway down hard. Pyle follows it up with monster elbow. Pyle working from side control. Hathaway is stuck in a mounted from triangle from Pyle similar to Hughes-Newton. Hathaway is stuck in this position. Hathaway is bucking but can't move Pyle off of him. Hathaway is bright purple and eating punch after punch. More elbows from Pyle end the round. Dominant round for Pyle. 10-8 Pyle.
Round 3 - Body kick from Hathaway starts the round. Attempts a takedown, but Pyle runs it off. Nice right hand from Hathaway lands. Pyle attempts a single against the fence and gets it. Hathaway tries to stand and does. Pyle throws Hathaway by him, but Hathaway whizzers hard and has his back against the fence. Trip takedown from Pyle finishes the sequence. Pyle working from Hathaway's full guard. Pyle moves to side control briefly before Hathaway recaptures half guard. Fantastic base by Pyle inside Hathway's guard. Pyle keeping busy in Hathway's half guard against the fence. Pyle takes north-south. Pyle moves back to side control. 10-9 Pyle.
BloodyElbow.com scores the bout 30-26 for Mike Pyle. Easily the best performance of his career. Judges score is 30-27 for Pyle making it a unanimous decision win for the America.
Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit
Round 1 - Referee Dan Miragliotta the third man in the cage. Two inside kicks land for Condit, neither particularly powerful. Hardy responds. Big outside leg kick lands for Hardy. Condit lands switch kick. Fighters just trading leg kicks, but no one has the advantage yet. Hardy lands another. Condit throws spinning back elbow, but misses. Nice short left hook from Hardy. Condit throws a nice combo, whips the left hook around and lands hard on Hardy's face. Hardy lands a left hook. Right hook by Condit. Left hook by Hardy lands, but not too hard. Condit drops Hardy out COLD. The replay shows both fighters were throwing hooks at the identical time, but Condit landed his first right on the button.
Carlos Condit defeats Dan Hardy at 4:27 of the very first round. Win by KO.
Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Round 1 - Big right hand opens the round for Akiyama. Marc Goddard is the ref, by the way. Left hook lands for Akiyama. Speed difference is already noticeable in Akiyama's favor. Bisping circling into Akiyama's powerhand. Bisping changes levels for a takedown, but can't get it. Still chases it down, but Akiyama stands right back up. Akiyama says he was hit by a low shot, but the referee says to continue. Right hand by Bisping finds a home. Right hand whiffs for Akiyama. Two right hands land for Akiyama. Nice outside leg kick to Akiyama's lead leg by Bisping. Spinning back fist by Akiyama misses. Bisping now much more active even if most shots are blocked. Bisping throws flying knee. Close round, but the Brit takes it. 10-9 Bisping.
Round 2 - Lefthook misses, but right hand for Akiyama lands. Left middle kick for Bisping hits the target. Akiyama seems much more aggressive this round. Right hand by Bisping lands again. And another. Bisping changes levels for a shot, but is stuffed immediately. However, he follows it up with two nice punches. Akiyama answers. Akiyama tries for a foot sweep, but it wasn't very serious and goes nowhere. Another right hand by Bisping. Bisping throws spinning back first, but misses. Left hand by Akiyama, but can't follow it up. Right hand by Akiyama. Bisping's offensive output is in top form this round. Fighters exchange right hands with Akiyama landing the much harder shots. Bisping is hurt, but Akiyama didn't do enough. 10-9 Bisping.
Round 3 - Bisping starts the round looking much fresher. Akiyama throws a right hand, but with zero follow up. Akiyama charges in with hooks, but gets paid with a head kick from Bisping and a right hand. Flush right from Bisping hurts Akiyama, but the judoka stands tall. Bisping lands a groin shot very hard and the action is stopped.
Now the action resumes. Akiyama appears to be ok and is moving, but hiting noting but air. Akiyama trying to land on Bisping, but the Brit is moving a lot. Akiyama swinging at air with the right hand and Bisping lands a right of his own. And another. Two more big rights from Bisping also find the mark. Bisping is the busier fighter and just keeping Akiyama at bay the entire time. Akiyama just throwing punches as much as possible, but can't do much with it. 10-9 Bisping.
BloodyElbow.com scores the fight 30-27 for Michael Bisping. All judges score the fight 30-27 for Michael Bisping making it a unanimous decision win for the Brit.