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Aaron Simpson was given a perfect match-up in Eric Schafer and didn't make any mistakes at UFC 136. Schafer showed tremendous heart and a great chin while taking punch after punch from Simpson for the full three rounds, but he never had any moments of hope for a victory.
Simpson took the fight 30-27 while Bloody Elbow scored the fight 30-25, giving two rounds to Simpson 10-8.
What was the high spot of this fight?
It'd be easy to just pick out some of the nice combinations that Simpson landed throughout the fight while dominating Schafer. But it's possible that watching Schafer take huge punches and continually walk forward was the most impressive part of the fight.
Where do these guys go from here?
It's probably time for Simpson to get a shot at some bigger name fighters again. Back-to-back losses to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz derailed some of the Simpson hype but he has gone 3-0 since and a fight with someone like a Yoshihiro Akiyama or Tim Boetsch would be interesting.
Schafer has lost 3 straight UFC bouts and is likely on his way out of the UFC.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Skip it. Schafer just doesn't have a good stand-up game and it's hard to tell what you're really seeing. Simpson busts him up, but there's just not enough resistance for it to be all that meaningful.
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UFC 136 Results: Aaron Simpson Dominates Eric Schafer - Leland Roling
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