SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Aaron Rosa of the USA and James Te Huna of Australia fight during the UFC On FX light heavyweight bout between James Te Huna and James Te Huna at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Generally we break these things down fight-by-fight, but for this event we're going to do one recap for the whole undercard. This will give a brief description of each fight, what might be next for each fighter, and whether the fight is worthy of a watch or not. There will also be recaps covering the flyweight tournament and other main card fight, and one for the main event.
Te Huna picked up a TKO win at 2:08 of the first round after battering Rosa around the cage. Te Huna turned Rosa's face into a crimson mask and just wailed away until referee Leon Roberts had to step in (maybe a little late). Three wins (and finishes) in four UFC fights should earn Te Huna a bigger matchup next time out, maybe Stanislav Nedkov or Stephan Bonnar. Rosa is now 1-1 at 205, and will probably get a debuting fighter next time he enters the octagon. Watch it now if you haven't already.
Perosh earned the TKO stoppage with just one second left in the first round. Penner staggered him a couple of times and hit a nice sweep, but Perosh took over late, getting to mount and almost finishing by choke but setting for a TKO instead. Perosh is approaching 40 and isn't really ever going to be a contender, but he's a fun fighter and has now won three in a row. He will likely get another fun bout the next time the UFC goes back to Australia. Penner will definitely get another fight. It might make sense to match him up against Rosa. Watch it later.
Miller disappointed in his featherweight debut and was controlled by Siler for most of the fight. Siler picked up a unanimous decision win with all three judges scoring it 29-28. Miller came on late, getting to mount in the third and threatening with an armbar, but it wasn't enough. Cole was expected to quickly rise through the ranks at 145, but this is a huge setback for him and it's hard to see where he goes from here. Siler is now an improbable 2-0 in the UFC and while he's miles away from contending, he will probably get another tough opponent next. Daniel Pineda would be logical. You'd be fine if you skipped this one.
(19-6-1, 3-2 UFC) vs. (7-0, 1-0 UFC)
Craig picked up a surprising unanimous decision victory, by three 29-28 scores. It quickly came out that Noke blew out his knee in the first round and gutted it out, which was praised by Dana White. Still though, it was a huge win for a solid prospect in Craig and will lead to some good things for him. Chris Camozzi or Riki Fukuda could be solid matchups for him. Noke will like be out for a while with the knee injury. You can skip this one too.
More prelim fights after the jump.
(15-6, 3-1 UFC) vs. (11-3, 1-1 UFC)
Waldburger picked up the win with a beautiful armbar in just 55 seconds. Hecht tried to flip and roll out of it, but it just looked to make it worse as he tapped out in major pain. He has now won three of four UFC fights, and is only 23. A bout with Matt Riddle could make some sense. Hecht might be a good fit to face the loser of UFC on Fuel 2's matchup between DaMarques Johnson and John Maguire. Watch this now.
Pineda submitted Semerzier with an armbar at 2:05 of the first round. He dropped Mack with a left, then switched up an unsuccessful triangle into the slick fight-finishing armbar. Pineda has burst onto the scene with two legit UFC wins in just over two months, and I like matching him up with fellow UFC on FX 2 winner Steven Siler, as I said above. Semerzier will most likely get the rematch with Robert Peralta that was originally scheduled for this card before Peralta withdrew due to an injury. Watch this now too.
Jordan picked up a TKO win at 3:53 in the second round of a very entertaining fight. Jordan dropped the former strongman in the first and second rounds, but both fighters were throwing heavy leather for the whole fight. Jordan finally landed a knee and some nasty uppercuts to get the finish. Both guys aren't likely going to crack the top 25 anytime soon, but there's usually a place on the card for good entertainment. Jordan could be a solid foe for Stipe Miocic next, while Thompson will probably resurface against Philip De Fries on an English card. I'd say this is worthy of watching now.
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