May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson celebrates his victory in a lightweight bout against Tony Ferguson during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
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 four main card UFC on Fox 3 fights.
Johnson picked up a unanimous decision victory over El Cucuy to hand Ferguson his first loss in the UFC. Johnson's striking looked much improved, and he was able to control the pace and land a bunch of shots on the former Ultimate Fighter winner. It turns out that Ferguson broke his forearm in the first round, which certainly didn't help. If Johnson can keep improving (particularly his ground game), he might still have some potential in the division. Ferguson took a big step backwards with the loss though. You certainly don't need to go out of your way to watch this right now, so I'd save it for later.
Dodson won a unanimous decision over the late replacement Elliott with three 29-28 scores. Both fighters used some crazy offense in the entertaining flyweight bout, but Dodson's accuracy earned him two of the three rounds. The TUF 14 bantamweight winner now has his first win in the new division, and with one or two more he might be in like for a title shot. Elliott will undoubtedly be sticking around as well. I'd recommend watching this fight now.
Hathaway scored a unanimous decision victory with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27. The British fighter floored the German with a big knee in the first round but was unable to get the finish. He was on cruise control the rest of the way, working either from top position or using his length to stay on the outside standing. Hathaway now has six UFC wins, and he will probably get a top 15-20 guy in his next bout. You can leave this one until later.
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Gaudinot picked up his first UFC win by finishing Lineker with a guillotine at 4:54 of the second round. The bout was non-stop action, with the fighters racking up over 400 strikes in under two rounds. Gaudinot decided to take the fight to the ground in the second round, and caught Lineker in a guillotine as he tried to get up. Lineker went out without tapping. Gaudinot's first win in the new division was huge, and a matchup with Dodson looks logical right now. The bout won fight of the night and definitely is worth watching right now.
Castillo picked up a lackluster unanimous decision over Cholish, with all three judges having identical 30-27 scorecards. Castillo used timely takedowns and a little more accuracy on the feet to take the W over the highly-touted Renzo Gracie fighter. Castillo now has four wins in the UFC and a bout with Michael Johnson might make some sense. You can give this bout a pass for sure.
Bermudez won a dominating unanimous decision over Garza with three 30-27 scorecards. The TUF 14 runner-up used his strong wrestling and some big slams to throw Garza all over the cage. Other than a series of upkicks in the first round, Garza was stuck on the bottom for almost the whole fight and unable to generate any offense. A next fight with Marcus Brimage would probably make sense for Bermudez. I'd say you can wait until later to watch this.
Delorme showed off an iron chin and tons of heart to pick up a come-from-behind submission victory over Denis with just one second left in the first round. Denis blasted him with two huge knees that would have turned the lights off for most fighters, but Delorme persevered and managed to hurt Denis with his own punches. He finally got the takedown he had been looking for for the whole round, and quickly slapped on a rear naked choke to get the tap. It might be a little early for this, but a bout between Delorme and Chris Cariaso would be excellent. You should watch this right now.
Massenzio was in control for a while, but Vemola turned it around and won via submission at 1:07 of the second round. Massenzio dropped for an attempted guillotine, but Vemola quickly slipped out and took Massenzio's back. He unloaded with some big punches, then latched on a rear naked choke to elicit the tap. The bout was Vemola's first at middleweight. You can probably save this bout for later.
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