UFC 145 Results: Chris Clements Takes Split Decision Over Keith Wisniewski

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You often hear about bouts being "striker vs. grappler", but they generally don't end up like that. The bout between Chris Clements and Keith Wisniewski most definitely was. Clements picked up a split decision victory over Wisniewski, taking two cards at 29-28 and 30-27 while Wisniewski took one 29-28 card. When it was on the feet Clements was totally dominant, hurting Wisniewski multiple times with an Alexander Shlemenko-like display of spinning attacks. It was another story when Wisniewski could get it to the ground though, with him advancing to mount twice and almost choking Clements out.

Clements opened the bout quickly with a leg kick and a glancing right. Wisniewski pinned Clements against the fence and got the takedown. He worked from side control against the cage and almost advanced to mount. Clements was able to land a back elbow that cut Wisniewski open, but Wisniewski continued to work on the ground, this time in half guard. Referee Fernando Yamasaki stood the fighters up when it appeared Wisniewski was definitely working. Clements got the best of the standup, landing a bunch of punches while Wisniewski tried to respond. Clements hurt him wish a spinning back kick and he fell to the mat, but when Clements engaged he almost got caught in a triangle. Clements closed the round with a spinning back fist.

The fighters opened the second throwing bombs at each other, but Wisniewski ducked under and tripped Clements into half guard. Clements got back to his feet against the cage, and spun away with a nice spinning back fist. Clements was throwing huge looping right hands, but Wisniewski responded with a big front kick. Clements continued to throw heavy single shots, most of which landed. He also tried some spinning attacks with varying degrees of success. Wisniewski was able to get a takedown again, and advanced immediately to mount. Clements rolled over and Wisniewski tried to latch on a choke, but he wasn't able to secure it. Wisniewski had a body lock and was working body punches, but Clements responded with some damaging back elbows from the floor when the horn sounded.

They opened the third with some wild striking, but Wisniewski moved to get the takedown again quickly. Clements landed a couple of solid knees and grabbed a single leg of his own, but they reset in the middle. Clements started to tee off on Wisniewski again, landing a spinning backfist and another spinning back kick. Wisniewski took the shots and fired back with some right hands of his own. Wisniewski went back to looking for the takedown, but ate a standing elbow for his troubles. Another spinning backfist landed, and Clements followed up with a hard knee. Wisniewski ended up on his back eating shots, but survived to the final bell.

Clements entered his first UFC hoping to continue a four-fight win streak. Wisniewski lost his last bout to Josh Neer by TKO at UFC on Versus 6 last October.

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