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Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson - Round 1 - Hard leg kick by Simpson and he lets his hands go, now looking for a single leg. He can't get the takedown so he backs out. Both men just miss with right hands thrown at the same time. Nice two punch combo out of the clinch by Munoz and now a ducking overhand left that lands. Munoz pushes him into the cage and lands knees to the legs and body and Simpson turns him and lands a knee of his own. Left hand lands for Munoz as they sloppily trade shots. Simpson takes Munoz's back standing in a scramble but Munoz gets distance. Munoz with a leg kick and now Simpson gets a takedown, he tries to take the back and Simpson gets shrugged off. Munoz lands in another sloppy punching exchange. Big combination by Munoz now and Simpson looks rocked but now he fires back. Munoz gets his back put into the cage again but manages to turn it around so Simpson turns him around too. Munoz misses with a high kick. Leg kick by Simpson and now a small flurry. The round ends and I'd say 10-9 Munoz.
Round 2 -Simpson keeps trying to get takedowns and take the back and then Munoz stands up. Munoz is starting to land heavy now and it's clear that Simpson is rattled. Now Munoz with the takedown. Munoz is bleeding from his forehead now and they stop the fight briefly due to a low blow by Simpson. High kick thrown by Munoz is caught on the chest. Munoz looking for the kick again and Simpson catches it but can't get the takedown. Big kick from Munoz and Simpson eats it well. Simpson manages a takedown now with about half the round left. Less than 25 seconds on the ground and the ref stands them up. Horrible, horrible reffing. Low blow by Munoz and there's a brief break in the action. Simpson with a takedown and he lands some punches but Munoz manages to stand up. Right hand from Munoz again. The round comes to a close and 10-9 Munoz again.
Round 3 - Munoz throws a kick and Simpson takes him down off it. Munoz reverses and lands some huge punches. Simpson got poked in the eye and they're taking a break in the action. Replay shows it was clearly a punch to the eye, not a poke. Yikes. They restart and Munoz pushes him into the cage. They're actively working against the cage so the ref restarts them. This is awful reffing. Munoz pushes him into the cage again and is working knees and now he separates and lands a flurry of punches. Left hand by Simpson lands hard. Simpson throws a few punches but from too far back. Simpson's leg is covered with welts from the solid leg attack of Munoz. Knee to the body by Munoz and Simpson with a takedown off of it. He looks for a headlock and a few punches but Munoz manages to get up. They exchange a flurry of power punches with both men landing. The round ends and it was a clean sweep for Munoz on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board for Mark Munoz.
Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster - Round 1 - Heavy leg kick by Brown and he tries for a head kick. Foster slams him down, lands an elbow and Brown gets back to his feet. Foster's hands are way too low and as I type that Joe Rogan points it out also. Now Brown with the takedown and he moves to north-south. Foster manages to turn and he's got the back, landing a couple punches and now Brown reverses and he's got Foster turtled up. They're standing and exchange knees now. Right hand by Foster and now three hard punches. His technique is awful but it's working. Foster with a takedown again. Brown has half guard and he sweeps to mount briefly but Foster escapes. Brown is on bottom now and he's locking up an armback but Foster stays calm and manages to escape. Foster back on top but doesn't do much damage. The round ends and it was competitive but 10-9 Foster.
Round 2 - Both men throw kicks at the same time and Brown catches him low. Brief break in the action and Foster throws a spinning back kick and complains so Herb Dean gives him another second to recover. They exchange kicks now and Foster slams Brown down. Foster standing over Brown throwing kicks and he dives in with a punch. Big punches from Foster now and he's really owning Brown here. Brown tries to get a takedown from his knees and Foster locks up a guillotine and Matt Brown is forced to tap out. Impressive stuff by Foster. Brian Foster wins by submission (guillotine choke), round 2.
Preliminary action was shown in which Dennis Hallman knocked out Karo Parisyan in the first round.
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Joe Lauzon vs. George Sotiropoulos - Round 1 - Right hand by Lauzon early and another. Lauzon wades in with more punches. Sotiropoulos tries for a single leg and Lauzon defends well. Lauzon is clearly winning the stand up exchanges. Sotiropoulos looking for the takedown after eating some more punches and Lauzon lands some big elbows. Now Sotiropoulos switches to a body lock but still can't get the takedown. Lauzon continues picking him apart on the feet but does get hit with a clean right hand in the clinch. Sotiropoulos with a takedown they scramble and it ends up with Lauzon on top. Now Sotiropoulos actually gets the takedown and is on top with Lauzon having butterfly guard. Lauzon tries to sweep and Sotiropoulos takes his back with about a minute left. Sotiropoulos turns him to north-south. Sotiropoulos throwing some punches from side control and he moves to mount, tries to take an armbar in the last ten seconds but loses position and Lauzon lands some big elbows from the top. 10-9 Lauzon.
Round 2 - Sotiropoulos opening up with punches this round. Sotiropoulos tries to pull guard and sweep but Lauzon stands up. Sotiropoulos keeps pushing for the single leg and can't get it but he's wearing Lauzon down. Nice body shots by Sotiropoulos. Knees to the body from the clinch now and again Sotiropoulos can't get the takedown. Lauzon tries for an armbar off the takedown attempt by Sotiropoulos and instead it's George on top. Sotiropoulos in side control and he's looking for the kimura. Sotiropoulos goes for an armbar and slips again but Lauzon is on the bottom still. Sotiropoulos with a deep kimura and Lauzon is forced to tap out. Great stuff by Sotiropoulos. George Sotiropoulos wins by sumission (kimura), round 2.
Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch - Round 1 - Nice leg kick by Boetsch early. Both men miss on head kick attempts. They trade leg kicks again. Nice two punches and a body kick combo by Davis and now he misses with a head kick. Boetsch misses with a lunching hook. Nice leg kick by Davis and now Boetsch catches his kick but can't sweep him down. Boetsch lands a punch to the back of the head but Davis is fine and it wasn't intentional. Davis has another kick caught but again stays on his feet. Davis is really working the leg kicks and now a body kick. Davis drives in and gets a beautiful takedown. Davis trying to lock up an arm triangle but Boetsch pops out of it. Davis really working Boetsch over with body punches and now he's throwing to the head. Boetsch is getting busted up here. Davis throwing down some heavy elbows. Davis really letting go with the punches. Boetsch manages to almost get guard but ends up back in half. Boetsch manages to escape to standing and Davis clinches him up and works over his body with knees. 10-9 Davis.
Round 2 - Boetsch misses with an overhand and Davis closes distance and pushes him into the cage. Davis really working from double underhooks but isn't getting a ton done from the position. Davis really working for the takedown now and he gets the double leg but Boetsch locks up a guillotine, but he didn't have full guard so no go on the submission. Now Davis in half guard looking for a kimura. Davis uses the kimura to trap Boetsch 's arm and now he's controlling Tim's body with it. Boetsch is forced to tap out to a kimura. Phil Davis wins by submission (kimura), round 2.
Prelim action with Paul Kelly stopping T.J. O'Brien with strikes in round 2 was shown.
Maiquel Falcao vs. Gerald Harris - Round 1 - Falcao very flat footed and walking forward while Harris using side to side movement. Overhand left missed by Harris. Jab by Harris lands. Falcao hasn't been able to throw anything yet and Harris is mostly feinting or just throwing wild punches that miss. The first half of the round has so little action that the crowd has started to boo. Nice body kick by Falcao. Harris continuing to miss with his punches. Falcao unloads out of nowhere with a flurry of punches and a knee to the body that hurts Harris badly. Falcao on top on the ground and he is unloading. Falcao tries for a rear naked choke but gives it up. Harris tries for a slam but Falcao locks in the choke and it's deep. Harris is saved by the bell. 10-9 Falcao.
Round 2 - Great right hand by Falcao hurts him right away. Now a kick to the body and some more punches and Falcao is on top on the ground again. Harris gives up the back again. Falcao is working to lock in a rear naked choke. He gives it up to land a few good punches and Harris manages to stand up. Falcao reverses the clinch from Harris and gets back to distance. Harris with a weak shot and Falcao sprawls. Harris with a nice takedown and Falcao manages to stand back up. Body kick by Falcao. Head kick by Falcao and Harris shoots again but can't get the takedown yet again. Harris keeps working for the takedown but he's eating punches for his trouble. 10-9 Falcao.
Round 3 - Jab from Harris. Leg kick from Falcao. Harris keeps throwing punches and Falcao seems content to just defend. Leg kick by Falcao again is his first strike in over a minute. Complete lack of action here. Harris finally throws a three punch combo but misses. Harris shoots and Falcao sprawls very well. Round ends, crowd boos and I guess you give it to Harris for at least pushing the action but Falcao should still win 29-28.
Official Scorecards: 29-27, 29-28, 29-28 all for Maiquel Falcao.
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes - Round 1 - Nice two punch combo from Penn right away. Hughes throws a body kick and it's caught. Penn lands a huge right and Hughes is out cold. Penn follows up with some more punches and the fight is over. Hughes just asked what happened. That was a statement! B.J. Penn wins by KO, round 1. It only took 21 seconds.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida - Round 1 - Rampage looking true to his word about trying to walk Machida down here. Machida using lateral movement and a leg kick to the inside of Jackson's left leg. Machida throws another and misses. Another inside low kick by Machida, and another. Machida misses with a couple more attempts to go to the legs. Another leg kick and Rampage tries to come in with punches but Machida avoids. Hard leg kick and Rampage lets his hands go and it looked like the left may have landed. Rampage clinches Machida against the cage and uses some body shots and then fires an uppercut that gets through. Knee to the body by Machida. Body kick by Machida and Rampage clinches him up again. Machida turns Rampage into the cage and leans on him. Leg kick is checked by Jackson who tries to come forward but misses his punches. 10-9 Machida.
Round 2 - Knee to the body by Machida. Rampage closes in and clinches up with Machida. Accidental low blow by Rampage and Machida says he's okay. Machida pushes Rampage's back into the cage. Rampage manages to get the takedown against the cage but Machida stands up and pushes Jackson back into the cage. Good knee to the body in the clinch by Jackson. Head kick from Machida blocked. Great knee to the body by Machida and Rampage answers with a solid punch. Machida tries for a trip and Jackson defends. Machida with a right hand that forces Jackson to stumble but it looked like a balance issue more than anything. I guess 10-9 Jackson to even it up but this is a very close fight.
Round 3 - Leg kick by Machida. Rampage throws some big punches but hits air. Right hand by Machida hurts Rampage so Machida opens up with punches and kicks and Rampage tries to fire back so Machida takes him down. Machida in Rampage's half guard and he is looking to pass now. Machida passes to side control. Quick pass to mount now with a minute and a half left. Machida turns looking for an armbar. Rampage tries to slam him and Machida gives up the armbar and returns to standing. Machida now pushes Rampage into the cage. Machida takes his back standing and tries to drop for a leg and the round ends. 10-9 Machida gives him the 29-28 on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Machida, 29-28 Jackson, 29-28 Jackson, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wins by split decision.