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The event is headlined by a welterweight bout between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn. The winner will be in position to challenge for the UFC welterweight championship, either against Georges St. Pierre or in a title bout should GSP jump to middleweight (assuming he defeats Jake Shields). Co-headlining the event is a grudge match between middleweights Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera.
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Zhang Tiequan vs. Jason Reinhardt
Round 1: Wild exchange early. Reinhardt gets tagged a couple of times. Counter from Tiequan, who follows it with a combination. Tiequan gets a hold of the neck and drops down for a guillotine. Reinhardt holds out for a few moments before tapping out.
Zhang Tiequan submits Jason Reinhardt by guillotine choke at 0:48 of round 1.
Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
Round 1: Slow pace to start. Blackledge lands a front kick, leg kick. Perosh dives in for a takedown and grabs a hold of a leg. Blackledge stuffs and lands some punches, and we're back at range. Perosh lands some wild punches, head straight up. That closed distance for him, and he drags Blackledge down. Good punches from the top from Perosh. Perosh mounts now. Blackledge turns over and gives up his neck. Perosh takes advantage with a rear-naked choke, and this one is done.
Anthony Perosh submits Tom Blackledge by rear-naked choke at 2:45 of round 1.
Brent Brookhouse taking the live blog back over.
Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
Round 1- Ring paws with the jab early and then lands a slow leg kick. Ring with a harder leg kick and Fukuda shoots for a takedown and gets Ring down. Ring gets guard, looks for an armbar and transitions to an armbar attempt. Fukuda is pushing his arm through and avoids the armbar but Ring uses it to stand up. Neither guy really doing much on the feet other than Ring's occasional leg kick. They're both throwing but not landing. Knee to the body in the clinch for Ring and they're back to distance. Fukuda wings a ig overhand and misses. Fukuda gets a takedown with about 10 seconds left and time runs out. 10-9 Ring on my card.
Round 2 - A lot more missed punches and leg kicks. Ring with a nice jab and then he stuffs Fukuda's takedown. Now Fukuda get the takedown and Ring tries to push off and does manage to get back to standing. Fukuda with a knee to the body and Ring with a much better one of his own. Nice knee to the body in the clinch for Fukuda. Short counter left by Fukuda and he looks much better this round. Solid leg kick by Ring. Another left by Fukuda. They trade a little bit in tight with both men landing small shots. 10-9 round for Fukuda to even it up on my card.
Round 3 - They clinch up early and Fukuda lands a few punches and now gets a double leg. A few body punches by Fukuda but he seems content to hold him down. Ring scrambles back to his feet and eats a left hand from Fukuda. Ring is just covering up while Fukuda lands punches. Ring is completely flat footed and is really doing nothing this round. Fukuda is back on top after another takedown and just throwing the little punches. Ring is looking for a kimura but there's no danger and they're stood up. Ring throws a soft leg kick and that's all he attempts as the fight ends. 10-9 Fukuda for the 29-28 win in my eyes.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 across the board for Nick Ring. Yikes. That's some bad judging right there.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te-Huna
Round 1 - Te-Huna with a takedown and quickly into side control and he's landing some good punches to the head. Gustafsson regains half guard. Now full guard. Te-Huna landing some big shots still though. Mixing in elbows as well. Gustafsson manages to get back to his feet and Te-Huna is trying to take him back down. Gustafsson is looking for a guillotine but can't lock it up. Gustafsson with the takedown now into side control. Te-Huna gets back to his feet and is looking for the takedown again but ends up getting his back taken and getting flattened out. Gustafsson is trying to sink the choke but can't do it. Punches from Gustafsson open up the choke again and this time it finishes it. Alexander Gustafsson wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 1.
Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher
Round 1 -Fisher is really twitchy early and coming forward. They're both throwing hard shots but other than a hard Pearson leg kick there hasn't been much that landed. Nice right hand by Pearson lands now though. Body kick by Pearson after a few Fisher punches. Nice right hand by Pearson backs Fisher off. Fisher gets a takedown and Pearson uses a triangle and armbar to get back to his feet. Left hand lands for Fisher. Pearson is landing the better punches this round. 10-9 round for Pearson in my eyes.
Round 2 -Fisher is managing to land a few left hands early on. Body kick by Pearson. Left hands by Fisher continue to land. Nice body kick by Pearson and three solid punches afterward. Leg kick by Fisher. More left hands by Fisher. Very good right hand by Fisher. Person looking for a takedown and has Fisher's back standing up but can't get it. Two hard right hands by Pearson. Uppercut by Pearson lands. Hard left by Pearson now and he's doing much better in the second half of the round. Right hand hurts Fisher and a few more punches including one to the body. Left hand by Pearson hurts Fisher again. Pearson stormed back and won that round. 10-9 Pearson
Round 3 - Pearson gets an early takedown but Fisher pops up without taking any damage. They exchange right hands. Pearson shoots and it's stuffed. Fisher with a few elbows that looked to be to the back of the head but Pearson stands up. Left hand by Pearson and a right hand that misses. Nice two punch combo and a leg kick to finish it. Uppercut from Pearson lands. Right hand, body kick combo and Pearson is pulling away. Fisher with a right hook. Knee lands for Pearson and a right hand and body kick. Body kick by Pearson and he catches a Fisher kick and puts him down.Fisher pushes him off to standing. Trip takedown by Pearson and he's on top in half guard Pearson finishes on top doing a lot of damage 10-9 Pearson.
Official Scorecards: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 all for Ross Pearson.
Kyle Noke vs. Chris Camozzi
Round 1 - Leg kick by Noke early and one in return from Camozzi. Another leg kick by Camozzi. Hard body kick by Camozzi and now Noke throws a nice flurry and a takedown into full mount. Rigt hand by Noke. Camozzi tries to defend and Noke deftly takes his back and locks in the rear naked choke and it's over. Nice showing by Noke. Kyle Noke wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 1.
Chris Lytle vs. Brain Ebersole
Round 1 - Cartwheel kick misses and Lytle fires a right hand. Ebersole with a really weird push/punch thing. Right hook by Lytle and Ebersole kind of walks awa. This is really odd. Right hand by Lytle and Ebersole shoots and is stuffed. Hard right hand to the body and one to the head by Lytle. Another hard body shot. Lytle is just loading up the right hand over and over. Ebersole shoots and gets his neck caught. Lytle pulling at the arm in guillotine and as Ebersole flips over it was briefly released. Lytle goes back to it and ends up using the choke to flip Ebersole. Lytle on top in half guard now. Pass to side control. Lytle back to the guillotine but has full guard this time but he can't finish. Lytle uses the cage to stand up. Lytle with another guillotine attempt and moves to triangle then stands up and goes for a knee bar. a few shoulderbutts by Ebersole. The round ends and I'd go 10-9 Lytle for the better striking and submission threats.
Round 2 -Right hand, blocked head kick from Lytle. Another body shot by Lytle. Counter left by Lytle. Uppercut to the body now. Right hand by Lytle. Ebersole is "unorothodox" standing but that really just means he does stupid stuff and gets hit too much. Big right hand and an uppercut. Ebersole lands a small elbow so he points to his elbow to show that it landed. Ebersole with a leg kick. Flurry of right hands by Lytle and a jab from Ebersole. 4 right hands > 1 jab. Uppercut by Lytle. Huge knee by Ebersole and Lytle went limp briefly. Hammerfist by Ebersole and he's trying to lock up a choke. Ebersole on his back landing a few soft punches. Lytle manages to stand up. Elbow by Ebersole. Slam takedown by Ebersole. Impressive way to win a round he was getting dominated in for the majority. 10-9 Ebersole.
Round 3 - Cartwheel kick by Ebersole is blocked and Lytle flurries hard landing good shots. Ebersole tries to shoot but Lytle looks for a kimura. Now Ebersole is on top. Lytle sweeps to the top and now he locks up a nasty looking choke but Ebersole rolls out of it and is back on top himself. Lytle goes back to the choke but can't finish it. Lytle stands up and Firefox crashed on me, killing my Yahoo PPV feed. So I don't know how the round ended and can't score the card.
Official Scorecards: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 all for Brian Ebersole.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
Round 1 - Siver pawing with a head kick (if that's possible). Leg kick by Siver and he misses with a wild punch. Head kick blocked now. Body shot by Sotiropoulos. Sotiropoulos with a right hand that misses. Siver throws a kick and Sotiropoulos grabs the leg and is looking for the takedown but Siver keeps his balance and lands a few punches while on one foot before getting looses. Right hand by Siver lands. Leg kick by Siver and Sotiropoulos lands a right hand. Spinning wheel kick just misses by Siver and Siver lands a right hand. Sotiropoulos fires back but that buzzed him a little bit. Left hook by Siver drops him and a few hammerfists before he forces him to stand. Another left drops him and a flurry of punches before Siver forces him to stand again. Sotiropoulos is in a bad way. Horrible takedown attempt by Sotiropoulos is avoided. Another punch lands for Siver. Head kick by Sotiropoulos. 10-8 round for Siver. Sotiropoulos did nothing but get dropped multiple times.
Round 2 - Sotiropoulos has to do something other than stand in front of Siver this round. Sotiropoulos doing a little better in the stand-up but he really has to go for a takedown at some point. Right hand by Siver. Hard leg kick by Siver and a head kick that misses. Sotiropoulos goes for a takedown and the crowd cheers but Siver throws him away. Siver tags him again. Sotiropoulos shoots for the single and Siver just pulls his leg free. Right hand by Siver lands hard. Sotiropoulos is starting to land some punches now and then shoots but Siver avoids the takedown again. Left hand by Siver lands. Head kick lands for Sotiropoulos. Nice comeback by Sotiropoulos and I gave him a 10-9 round.
Round 3 - Siver throws a leg kick and a head kick. Sotiropoulos shoots for the single and can't get it again. Leg kick by Siver. They exchange a flurry of punches and the best shot was probably the left hand of Sotiropoulos. Huge combo of punches by Siver lands. Hard jab by Siver. Time is running out on Sotiropoulos. Spinning back kick by Siver and Sotiropoulos eats it to the gut. Leg kick by Siver. And another. Right hand by Siver. 10-9 Siver and I have it 29-27.
Official Scorecards: 29-28, 30-28, 30-27 all for Dennis Siver.
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
Round 1- Bisping comes out with his hands high and avoids Rivera's first punch. Right hand misses for Bisping. No one has landed through the first minute. Right hand by Rivera lands now. Takedown by Bisping and Rivera stands up. Bisping lands a pair of punches and Rivera taunts him. Both men land right hands. Right hand lands for Rivera. Bisping tries for a takedown and doesn't get it. Leg kick and a jab by Bisping now. Another Bisping takedown. Rivera tries to control him and Bisping is landing some elbows. Right hand by Bisping and a pair of punches and Bisping throws a knee while Rivera's knees were down. They ask if Rivera can continue, he says yes and they take a point from Bisping. Rivera throws a right hand. Head kick by Rivera. Right hand lands for Rivera. Bisping tries for another takedown and can't get it. Another Bisping takedown and he lands a few punches. Big shots as Jorge stands up. 9-9 round with the deduction.
Round 2 - Leg kick by Bisping, one back by Rivera. Jorge lands a right hand that buzzed Bisping. Hard right hand by Bisping and a shot is stuffed. Jab by Bisping. Left hook and another left by Bisping. Misses another takedown. Huge right hand by Bisping. Bisping is unloading with power shots and some knees. Body shot and more right hands. Bisping is unloading here and Rivera drops. It's over. Michael Bisping wins by TKO (punches), round 2.
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Round 1 - Penn shoots right away and pushes Fitch into the fence. Fitch defends it well. Penn continues pushing on him. Fitch is going for the takedown now. Penn throws an elbow to the side of the head. Now Fitch throws some punches and drops down again looking for the takedown. Nice punches by Penn and he turns and gets the takedown. Penn takes Fitch's back now. Body triangle now. The triangle breaks but Penn gets the hooks back in. The rear naked choke is almost locked in but Fitch defends. Back to the body triangle. Fitch turns well and is now on top landing a few elbows. Penn pushes him off and scrambles to his feet. Fitch is going for the takedown right away. Penn lands an elbow and Fitch keeps grinding away for the takedown. The round ends and I'd score it 10-9 Penn.
Round 2 - Fitch throws a high kick and Penn throws a knee but gets taken down. Fitch is looking to hold him down but Penn uses the fence to stand up. Fitch just holding him against the fence now. Elbow by Penn lands hard. Knee to the thigh by Fitch. Fitch opens up with a couple punches that land and then presses back against the cage. Penn turns him against the cage now. They're back to distance and Penn lands a right hand and gets another takedown. Penn had his back briefly but again Fitch turns to the top. Fitch landing some nice shots now. Fitch grinding away with short punches and Penn manages to stand up. Very close round but I'll go 10-9 Fitch to even things up.
Round 3 - Right hand by Fitch and he shoots in and gets the takedown. Elbows by Fitch and a right hand. He crawls Penn to the fence. Penn pushes him off to get back to his feet. Fitch shoots again and Penn uses the fence to stay standing. Fitch is on his back standing up and landing knees to the hamstrings. Takedown now by Fitch. Fitch landing punches. Fitch just grinding away with half a round left. Elbows and punches non-stop now. Fitch is just dominating him now. Not much more to say than that about the rest of the fight.
Official Scorecards: 28-28, 29-28 Fitch, 28-28 The fight is a majority draw. Penn says after the fight that he felt like he should have lost the decision.