As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz. Our live coverage will start with the beginning of the Facebook prelim stream (6:15 p.m. ET), continuing through the Spike TV prelim broadcast (8 p.m. ET) and finally through the pay-per-view broadcast (9 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
This post will cover live results and thoughts on the Facebook preliminary stream.
On the web stream, Brandon Vera takes on Eliot Marshall in a light heavyweight battle. Ultimate Fighter 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem looks to get his first UFC win as he takes on Danny Downes. Rounding out the fights on the preliminary card Chris Camozzi battles Francis Carmont and Dustin Jacoby fights Clifford Starks.
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Dustin Jacoby vs. Clifford Starks - Apologies for the lack of details here. Technical issues with the Facebook feed have all been ironed out. Clifford Starks wins by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Chris Camozzi vs. Francis Carmont - Round 1 - Carmont with a nice low kick to start out. Camozzi tries to answer with one of his own. Carmont catches a leg kick and takes him down. Camozzi gets an underhook and uses it to stand up. Camozzi has Carmont pinned against the cage for a while with no real damage being done by either guy. Carmont spins him and lands a solid punch and they're briefly at distance before Camozzi throws a left hand and pushes Carmont right back into the cage. Knee to the body by Carmont and he uses the clinch to move Camozzi around. Carmont almost gets a takedown but settles for a nice knee to the body instead. Camozzi continues to try to work a strategy of pushing Carmont into the cage. Close round but I'd go 10-9 Carmont.
Round 2 - Carmont starting to use some strange hand movements and both men miss low kicks. Hard right hand lands for Carmont, Camozzi responds by pushing him into the cage. Camozzi really has to do something more than hold Carmont against the cage. Carmont with some nice knees to the body now. Big shot by Carmont backs up Camozzi and Carmont now looks confident as he is stalking. Knees by Carmont now and he pushes Camozzi into the cage. Carmont has his back standing and as Camozzi tries to look for a kimura, Carmont slams him and is now on top on the ground. Carmont landing some big ground and pound. Two big shots by Carmont as Camozzi tries to stand up and Camozzi goes down hard. Camozzi tries to defend and Carmont is pouring it on. Camozzi gets to standing but is bloodied up. Camozzi tries to get a choke at the last moment but the round ends. 10-9 round for Carmont.
Round 3 - Carmont is opening up with big strikes early and he screams at Camozzi. Camozzi pushes him into the cage again. Carmont with knees to the body. They're at distance and Camozzi blocks a head kick and eats one to the leg. Camozzi pushes him into the cage again but does nothing again. Leg kick by Carmont, one in return by Camozzi. Another leg kick by Camozzi. Left hand by Camozzi and a left in return by Carmont. Takedown by Carmont and he lands a series of hammerfists. Carmont stands over Camozzi now and they exchange kicks to the legs. Camozzi stands up and tries to charge forward, landing a left hand. Body kick by Carmont. Camozzi tries to charge in and Carmont takes him down and lands a left hand. The round ends With Carmont in the mount and Camozzi trying to kimura him. 10-9 Carmont again. I have it 30-27.
Official Scorecards: 30-26, 30-26, 30-27. Francis Carmont wins by unanimous decision.
Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes - Round 1 - Nijem comes out and throws a few punches and he lands hard and backs Downes into the cage. Nijem with a takedown now and he pushes Nijem into the cage. Downes briefly gives up his back trying to get up but does get to standing. Nijem landing several solid punches and lands a takedown. Nijem landing to the body as Downes was trying to get to his feet. Downes does get up but Nijem takes him right back down. Nijem ends up on Downes' back and looks to lock in a choke. Downes keeps defending and does manage to get to his feet. They're trading strikes before Nijem pushes him into the cage and gets a takedown. Again, Nijem takes the back and looks for the choke. The round ends and I'd say 10-8 Nijem.
Round 2 - Nijem with a takedown attempt immediately and Downes manages to get a crucifix/reverse triangle attempt briefly but Ramsey gets out of it and gets the takedown. Ramsey eventually uses that to get to mount and now takes the back. Ramsey goes for the choke again and again Downes survives. Back to mount and Downes rolls and tries to stand. Nijem takes him right back down and this is just a nightmare for Downes. Again Nijem was going for the rear naked choke, Downes escapes and the round ends. 10-8 Nijem again.
Round 3 - Nijem comes out and opens up landing several punches in a row. Downes is trying to find something on the feet but just gets taken right back down. Nijem landing some big elbows now and continues to advance position and dominate the fight. Nijem ends up with back control and locks in the body triangle. He elbows away and Downes just has nothing for him here but is trying to survive to the final bell. Nijem pounds away until the final bell. We'll go 10-9 that round. Dominant performance by Nijem.
Official Scorecards: 30-25, 30-26, 30-27 all for Ramsey Nijem who wins by unanimous decision.
Brandon Vera vs. Eliot Marshall - Round 1 - Vera looking to land kicks and he finally lands to the legs. Nice right hand followed by a leg kick by Vera. Vera lading punches and knees against the cage and now has Marshall locked against the cage. A little clinch fighting and Marshall lets Vera get space again. Marshall landing a series of strikes, now several short hard right hands and Vera looks a little rattled and has to push Marshall into the cage. They're separated after a lack of action with about a minute left. Hard leg kick by Vera. 10-9 round for Vera but he was in a little more trouble than expected.
Round 2 - Marshall trying to pressure more this round. Marshall catches a kick and tries for a takedown but Vera defends well. Vera turns and pushes him into the cage, and this is just not the "comeback" performance Vera needed so far. Vera with a takedown now. Elbow by Vera. Marshall gets back to his feet using the cage but eats a knee for his trouble. Vera keeping him pushed into the cage here and just grinding out the round. Restart with about 15 seconds left and Marshall misses a left hook. 10-9 Vera.
Round 3 - Vera coming out throwing straight kicks to the knee. Marshall is throwing occasional punches. Big right hand drops Vera! Marshall following up. Vera is hurt badly and Marshall is letting him off the hook by not following up. Left hand by Marshall lands and Vera clinches him and pushes him into the cage. Vera has no interest in letting Marshall off the cage but Marshall does manage to spin out. Marshall with a takedown and he has the back. Marshall looking to lock in the choke. Marshall landing punches to the head and body now. Marshall switches to an armbar. Vera survives and throws a few elbows as the round ends. 10-8 round for Marshall in my eyes for multiple times being very close to finishing the fight on the feet and floor makes this fight a draw 28-28 on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board for Brandon Vera.