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Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller - Round 1: Herb Dean gets us started. Pearson with a hard low kick, but Miller tags with a counter right. The two trade low kicks now, with Miller landing more. Pearson connects with a hard right hand but Miller shakes it off. Miller grabs a leg off a flurry from Pearson and Pearson backs up against the cage. Miller completes the single but Pearson springs back up. Miller throwing strikes and then pulls guard, but Pearson defends well and they end up back on their feet. Miller more aggressive with his strikes but Pearson countering well. Pearson clips him with an uppercut and another nearly lands...Miller stunned by a jab now. Good combo from Pearson ends in a leg kick. Head kick and side kick attempts from Miller blocked. Miller slowing down a bit and Pearson landing the more effective shots at the end. Very close round, but I'll score it 10-9 Pearson. Round 2: Hard low kick by Pearson to kick off the second frame, and then a good body shot. Pearson stuffs a takedown and Miller pulls guard, a scramble ensues but Pearson gets back up and beckons Miller to his feet. Pearson countering Miller effectively now and he's really figured out Cole's reach. Stinging straight right from Miller stuns Pearson...and now some wild punches land and Pearson is rocked! Miller takes the back grabs the choke in a srcamble, and Pearson taps out while clearly disoriented. Cole Miller wins by submission (rear naked choke) - R2 1:42.
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau - Round 1: Jon Schorle our referee for this one. Miller active with his jab. Both men land heavy in an early exchange. Tibau catches a low kick and puts Miller on his back. Miller using butterfly guard and controlling Tibau's head, while Tibau works to pass. Tibau grabs for a guillotine but Miller ecapes and they're back on the feet. Miller hurts Tibau with a jab, and Tibau grabs a clinch against the cage. Tibau powers through a double-leg but Miller counters with a guillotine, they return to their feet and Miller comes close with a knee. Tibau catches another kick and nearly lands a big straight left. Miller shoots now and they clinch against the cage yet again. Tibau tries to catch the kick a third time but Miller gets away. Miller narrowly avoids a heavy left hook and then lands two of his own. Tibau had the two takedowns, but Miller did more damage on the feet, so I'll go 10-9 Miller. Round 2: Good combo from Tibau backs Miller up, but no damage done. Miller lands a huge left hook and Tibau is rocked! Miller tries to grab the choke with no hooks but Tibau spins to avoid, Miller with a big knee now! Miller clings to a single as Tibau is given time to regain his bearings. Schorle instructs the fighters to do something with the clinch. Miller's striking looks much improved tonight. Tibau charges into another double-leg but Miller grabs rubber guard as he hits his back, and then spins for a leg, forcing Tibau to back off as they return to their feet. Tibau's left eye looks to be swelling. Miller gets clipped as he closes in, and backs off. Miller drops for a single but Tibau defends and then lands a big body lock takedown of his own. Miller frames up a triangle against the cage and Tibau stands above. Tibau drops a right hand and finishes off the round in Miller's guard. Same as before, two takedowns for Tibau and more striking damage from Miller, but I'll go 10-9 Tibau to even things up. Round 3: Tibau lands a nice left hand as Miller stalks him down. Wild looping punches from Miller hit nothing but air and they clinch against the cage again. Miller throwing bombs now, but not landing. Miller stuffs a takedown and misses with a knee, but charges forward with hooks that tag Tibau. Miller dips for a single while Tibau briefly threatens a kimura, but Miller relentless on the leg until Tibau shoves him off. Now Tibau shoots the double but Miller defending. Back to the center of the Octagon and both men trying to get a decisive takedown to seal the round, with each stuffing the other's attempts. Another close round ends, and I think Miller's aggressiveness steals him the round 10-9, and the fight 29-28. Jim Miller defeats Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira - Round 1: Kerry Hatley is our referee for the co-main event. Oliveira very aggressive early with kicks and a flying knee but all miss, and Escudero grabs underhooks against the cage. A quick separation form the ref and Oliveira again goes high and low with kicks. Oliveira lands an overhand right and his striking looks sharp. A big left hook cracks Escudero and Oliveira shoots and then attempts a hip toss, before Escudero locks up the body lock against the fence again. Efrain missed a right hand as Oliveira falls to his back but they're both back to standing now. A good leg kick from Oliveira is answered by a combo from Escudero. Front kick, head kick and leg kick attempted in succession before Oliveira shoots a single, but Escudero cracks him while defending the TD. Oliveira pulls half guard, and Escudero stays glued on top landing short elbows, as Oliveira works back to full guard. Strong finish by Escudero, but I'll give the round narrowly to Oliveira 10-9. Round 2: Oliveira less aggressive this round, and Efrain countering his wild overhands well. Efrain looking to land the uppercut and then gets taken down, but rolls to take Oliveira's back, and then scrambles to his feet. Snapping leg kicks from Oliveira but his high kick is blocked. Knees from the plum land for Oliveira forcing Efrain to clinch him against the cage. Both men are slowing down a tad. Push kick to the gut backs Efrain up and a jumping roundhouse to the body lands for the Brazilian as Efrain taunts him, but suffers more kicks to his ribs. Efrain's flanks are getting lit up by kicks. Efrain tries a takedown off a flying knee attempt from Oliveira but they scramble back to their feet. Efrain looked better, but Oliveira still got the takedown and landed the late barrage of kicks...10-9 Oliveira. Round 3: Inside low kick from Oliveira lands low but Efrain's alright after a short breather. Efrain throws a body kick now. Efrain trying to catch the body kicks that keep tagging him. Knee lands low on Oliveira against the cage and that one hurt. "do Bronx" goes fishing around in his trunks to ease the pain as Efrain plays to the crowd. Kerry Hatley refuses to give Oliveira his five minutes and restarts the action. Oliveira catches a kick and bounces off the cage to land a big slam. Oliveira takes his back standing as Efrain tries to stand! Choke sunk in! Efrain taps! Charles Oliveira wins by submission (rear naked choke) - R3 2:25. That was Oliveira's coming out party.
Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares - Round 1: Herb Dean in charge for the main event. Palhares nearly snatches up a kick from Nate, but Nate avoids it. Palhares keeps faking the shot, but Nate's not biting. Both men tentative but Nate probes with his jab. Uppercut lands for Palhares and Nate backs up. Not much action here two minutes in. Nate with no respect for Palhares's punches...hands very low. Palhares gets the takedown, and ends up in north-south in a scramble. Nate frames up a reverse triangle, but Rousimar tries to grab a kneebar. Nate spins around, and as Rousimar falls back for the heel hook, Nate slips right out and cracks Palhares with a huge right hand. A barrage of ground and pound from Nate follows and Herb Dean steps in for the stoppage as Palhares offers no defense. Nate Marquardt defeats Rousimar Palhares by TKO (punches) - R1 2:28. Palhares now complaining that Nate's ankles were greased, and he was trying to gesture to Herb Dean when he first got cracked. The post-fight interview reveals that Marquardt's legs were indeed checked before and after the fight and there was no grease.