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Fights to be Covered:
Frank Mir vs. Mirko Filipovic
Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra
Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens
C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen
Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran
The Spike broadcast is live. First fight up shortly.
Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran - Round 1 - Mitrione lands hard early. Head kick is blocked by Beltran. Hard straight left by Mitrione and he looks really light on his feet. Mitrione is using his power to keep Beltran backing up and when he gets him against the cage he lets his hands go. Hard inside leg kick by Mitrione. Right hook now. Head kick blocked again. Beltran lands for the first time as they recklessly exchange. Mitrione is stunned a little bit and now Beltran is trying to unload and he is landing some nice shots. Mitrione grabs a thai plum and lands some knees to the body but Beltran takes him down. Beltran is bleeding from somewhere. Mitrione looks for a triangle and can't lock it in and eats a big punch for his trouble. Mitrione is trying to be active off his back but he's getting beat up a little and now Beltran passes guard and ends up in north-south. This was a very big change in momentum from the start of the round. Mitrione turns and almost locks in a triangle again but Beltran survives. The round ends and Beltran came back to win it on my card.
Round 2 - Mitrione throwing the head kick again early and a hard leg kick. Beltran baits Mitrione into exchanging shots again and both men land hard. Beltran looking for a takedown but Mitrione gets away and starts to throw his hands again. Mitrione lands a huge punch that temporarily stuns Beltran and as he tries to follow up it's Beltran landing hard. Break in the action to cut some loose tape from Beltran's glove. Mitrione is back to what worked early in the first round and using his reach and landing punches. They start to exchange power shots again and Beltran is landing heavier shots in the exchange. Head kick lands for Mitrione now and the round comes to an end. 10-9 Mitrione has it even on my card.
Round 3 - Beltran throws a leg kick without much on it. Mitrione is using that same style of moving forward and flicking the jab to keep Beltran backing up. Beltran is trying to initiate but Mitrione is popping him hard. Beltran just looks tired and ineffective. Hard shots by Mitrione are still landing and he should be pretty safe here to take a decision if he can avoid a big shot. Beltran lands a few hard shots to try to make a little comeback but Mitrione backs him off with a straight punch. That should add up to a 29-28 Mitrione win.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board for Matt Mitrione. Matt Mitrione wins by unanimous decision.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen - Round 1 - Doerksen lands a little low with a kick but Dollaway is okay. Dollaway throws a kick and Doerksen catches it to try and take him down. Instead Dollaway rolls to top position. They get back to standing and Doerksen looks to get the takedown so Dollaway locks in an arm in guillotine. Doerksen seems to be okay and maintains the position for about a minute. Finally they start to scramble and Dollaway takes the arm out and locks in a full guillotine for the submission. Beautiful stuff. C.B. Dollaway wins by submission (guillotine choke), round 1.
This is Kid Nate stepping in for Brent who's having a technical issue.
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens - Round 1 Guillard comes in winging a huge overhand but Stephens ducks it and drops him with a right. Guillard pops right back up and answers with kicks. Melvin lands with a jab. They trade kicks. Guillard moving in and out very fluidly, tags him. Melvin, in, hits, out, Stephens wings and misses. Both men miss. Stephens with a body kick. Mild low blow to Stephens, no stop. Guilllard catches a kick, Stephens pulls the foot away. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 Stephens.
Brent Brookhouse is back with all technical issues fixed.
Round 2 - Guillard is trying to chase Stephens this round and he's looking a little better here but both guys are doing a decent job of not taking damage. Nice hook lands for Stephens as I type that. Stephens with a nice leg kick. Two low blows by Melvin lead to a break for Stephens to recover. Jab by Guillard and Stephens misses with a big counter shot. Stephens catches Melvin with a glancing shot to the cup and there's a brief break in the action going to other way. Counter punch by Stephens lands and now Melvin lands a few punches after being taunted by Stephens. Leg kick lands for Stephens. And the round ends. 10-9 Stephens on my card. Nate scored the first round for Stephens when I was having technical issues but I now have the fight even at 19-19.
Round 3 - Guillard with a nice flurry and he eats a leg kick. That seems to be what Stephens is working on this round, leg kicks. But he has to be careful not to lose the round because judges will score punches much better than leg kicks. Nice right hand by Melvin that gets overlooked but Stephens keeps throwing the leg kicks. Guillard starting to paw with the jab. Body kick by Melvin. Leg kick lands for Stephens again. Body shot by Stephens catches Guillard off balance. 10-9 Stephens should give him the decision but I wouldn't be shocked if it went the other way.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Stephens, 29-28 Guillard and 30-27 Guillard. Melvin Guillard wins by split decision.
Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham - Round 1 - A lot of feeling out early and when they engage Sherk shoots in for a big takedown. Dunham jumps and has a deep guillotine and Sherk's face is turning red. Somehow Sherk manages to pop his head out. Sherk in Dunham's half guard landing punches to the body and head of Dunham now. Dunham manages to stand up and absorbs an uppercut as he gets to his feet. Sherk with a knee and then a double leg slap again and he's right back into Dunham's half guard landing punches. Dunham again manages to stand up and is caught in a front head lock so he puts a hand on the mat to prevent the knees. Dunham with another deep guillotine and Sherk manages to escape. Dunham takes the back but Sherk terns over and is back on top. Sherk with a nice elbow that opens up a bad cut on Dunham. With about 10 seconds left the ref stops the fight to let the doctor check the cut which is now gushing badly. The doctor says they're fine to continue. Round 1 is over and it was a 10-9 Sherk round.
Round 2 - Again Dunham with a deep guillotine and again Sherk manages to pop his head out and now he's on top again. Dunham is trying to stand up again and does so. Dunham's cut was very bad in the corner and it is opening even more now. Sherk looking for a takedown again and again Dunham is looking for the choke that he can't finish. Sherk with the single leg and he's on top but again Dunham stands up. Sherk lands a few punches and they're back to distance in the middle of the cage. Two nice punches by Sherk. They exchange strikes with Sherk landing better and Dunham having a high kick blocked. They're trading big punches with Sherk being the guy who is landing the better shots in my opinion. I know i'm in the minority but I'd score that round for Sherk.
Round 3 - High kick from Dunham hurts Sherk. Sherk ksss pushing for a takedown and he gets it. Dunham is able to quickly stand up though. Sherk looking for the single leg and Dunham is landing elbows to the side of the head. Left hook lands for Sherk and now they both land right hands. Head kick by Dunham. Sherk lands a right hand. Dunham landing some nice punches here and really taking over. Dunham with some hard shots now and he's starting to hurt Sherk badly. Big knee now. Again he lands it. Some more strikes land for Dunham as the round ends. 10-9 Dunham and he may have won this fight depending on how the second is scored.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Dunham, 29-28 Sherk and 29-28 Sherk. Sean Sherk wins by split decision.
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra - Round 1 - Both guys throwing big punches to start before it settles down a bit and Lytle lands a jab. Lytle settling down with nice straight punches while Serra is trying to load up on his hooks. Serra with some nice work to the body. Both men are landing some big power shots here. Lytle back to trying to use his height. Nice jab from Lytle. Another right hand from Lytle, and another. Serra is bleeding over his left eye and is swelling as well. Lytle landing some hard right hands and Serra buckles a little. 10-9 Lytle.
Round 2 - Lytle landing some big power shots early. Serra is getting busted up and keeps looking to just load up one hook while Lytle lands flurries. Lytle keeps landing that right hand. Right hand, uppercut, right hand for Lytle. Other than a few body shots it has been a while since anything meaningful has landed for Serra. Lytle absolutely smoking him with punches and Serra keeps coming forward. Big punches land for Serra now but he gets clocked by an uppercut. Lytle opening up huge on Serra now and Serra is hurt badly. The round ends and Lytle came very close to a 10-8 but I'll keep it 10-9.
Round 3 - Lytle slips and as Serra rushes in he eats a big uppercut. Serra shoots and Lytle avoids it. Jab by Lytle. Leg kick by Serra. Serra throws a leg kick and gets countered with a right hand. Serra tries to charge in throwing punches but doesn't really land. Hard left hook by Lytle. Serra throws a spinning backfist that Lytle ducks under. Lytle opens up with a flurry of clean punches. The round ends and I have the fight 30-27 Lytle.
Official scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Chris Lytle wins by unanimous decision.
Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Round 1 - Bader throws a left and Nogueira throws two punches back. Bader is stalking here and eats a left hand. Neither guy landing much here although both are throwing punches. Good takedown by Bader and he is blasting Nogueira from the top now. Now Bader is settling down and just throwing strikes with his head safely in Nogueira's chest. Nice flurry of body punches by Bader. Nog scrambles to his feet now. Nogueira trying to come forward now and eats a leg kick. Big right hand by Nogueira and now Bader takes him down and lands a punch before they get back to their feet. 10-9 Bader.
Round 2 - Left hand early for Nogueira. Right hand lands for Nog now. Body kick from Bader. Bader shoots and it's stuffed. Right hand just misses the mark by Bader. Takedown by Bader and he's on top. Nogueira kicks him off and gets back to his feet. Bader shoots and it's stuffed again. Bader briefly takes him down but Nogueira bounces back up. Big right lands for Bader. The round ends, it was close but I'd score it for Nogueira to even the fight up.
Round 3 - Accidental eye poke by Nogueira early in the round. Brief rest and Bader says he's good to go. Bader shoots and it's stuffed. Bader lands a few hard punches and Nogueira answers. Bader can't get the takedown still. Right hand by Bader. Takedown by Bader and Nogueira manages to stand right back up. Nogueira with two nice punches and I think he can tell that Bader is getting tired. Right hand by Bader clips him. Both men landing some arm punches late in the round. Left hand by Bader lands to the side of Nog's head. Left by Nogueira. Nog with some big punches and Bader takes him down. Bader with a few hammerfists over the last minute and the round ends. Very, very close round. I think Bader probably stole the fight with the takedown.
Official scorecards: 30-27 across the board all for Ryan Bader. Ryan Bader wins by unanimous decision.
Frank Mir vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic - Round 1- Mirko is throwing and getting out but he hasn't landed yet. Mir shoots and Cro Cop pulls him up. Knee from Mirko lands low and Mir drops to his knees. Break in the action for Mirko to recover. The action is continued. Mir charges in with hooks and Mirko avoids. Mirko misses with a big left hand. First high kick from Cro Cop misses, it was a right kick. Left hand from Mirko just misses. Two munches from Mirko glance off Mir's head. Mir pushes him into the cage and lands an elbow. Mirko manages to avoid the takedown. Mir with a low kick and punches that don't land as he charges in to the clinch again. Restart by Herb Dean as they were not active enough. Leg kick by Cro Cop. Right hand by Mir lands and the round ends. 10-9 Mir.
Round 2 - Small clash of heads but no cuts. This is a really slow paced fight and the fans have started to boo. Mir pushes him into the cage and lands a few knees to the thighs but again the fight is restarted. This round has been very lackluster and there are 2 minutes left. Mir is just holding Cro Cop against the cage and again they're restarted. Low kick from Mirko. Left high kick misses and Mir laughs. The round ends, the crowd boos and it was probably another 10-9 Mir round but this fight is bad.
Round 3 - They start out hesitant again and the crowd has had it. Mir goes for a trip and Mirko avoids. Mirko throws two punches that miss. Mirko keeps throwing punches this round but he isn't really landing. Finally a left, right combo lands. Mir pushes him into the cage and the two men are talking to each other and laughing. Mir lands a big knee out of nowhere and it puts Mirko down and two punches finish him off. A brutal end to an awful fight. Frank Mir wins by knockout (knee and punches) round 3.