UFC fans had their fill this past weekend with two back-to-back events, kicking off Friday night in Atlantic City, NJ, with UFC on FX 4.
While the majority of attention was on the main event of Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida, the other three televised main card fights all had their moments and perhaps a new title contender created in the process.
In this featherweight show opener, both Swanson and Pearson showed some skills throughout with Swanson throwing capoeira kicks and Pearson getting several takedowns/throwdowns during the fight.
The end came in the second round when Swanson connected with a front kick and then followed with two rights and a left that dropped Pearson. The referee jumped in immediately to stop it as Pearson was unable to defend himself, giving Swanson a huge win.
The five-fight WEC veteran (17-5) is now 2-1 in the UFC with two straight second round knockout wins. In a division that still needs to deepen, the 28-year-old Swanson has to be considered for a fight with a top contender in his next outing. This was Pearson's second fight at 145 pounds and is now 1-1 for his efforts. He's now 2-3 in his last five, not something you want from a past The Ultimate Fighter season winner.
Swanson earned $50,000 for Knockout Of The Night.
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Brian Ebersole def. T.J. Waldburger by unanimous decision
This turned out to be a really fun fight with Waldburger attempting multiple submissions and the highly experienced Ebersole evading and making him pay with punches on the ground. Ebersole (50-14-1-1) picked up a unanimous decision win with three 29-28 scores.
Ebersole is 4-0 in the UFC and a winner of 11 straight, taking full advantage of being a late injury sub against Chris Lytle at the UFC's February 2011 Australian event. While he's not defeating the upper reaches of the welterweight class, he's doing what he needs to do to get a much bigger name in his next fight.
The 24-year-old Waldburger (15-7) made a good accounting of himself in this important step up in competition. Working on his defense while grounded is a must as he took a lot of unblocked punches while working for those submissions. He's now 3-2 in the UFC but has come up short in two fights against bigger names (Ebersole, Johny Hendricks).
Sam Stout def. Spencer Fisher III by unanimous decision
After their first two fights proved to be entertaining, the UFC decided to book the finale in this trilogy, expected to be Fisher's final fight in a long career. It was somewhat ho hum with some decent moments as Stout earned the decision win that UFC president Dana White thought should have gone to Fisher (24-9).
Stout's face wore the effects of Fisher's fists, but the judges preferred Stout's various takedowns and wrestling acumen by three 30-27 scores. This was Fisher's third straight loss and fifth in his last six fights. Stout (18-7-1) is now 1-1 in 2012 after a January decision loss to Thiago Tavares. Expect another middle of the road lightweight for his next fight.
The fight did earn Fight Of The Night Honors, giving each guy an extra $50,000. This was the fourth such honor for Stout, while it was Fisher's first. If it is the end for him, he closes a 9-8 UFC career that started in 2005.
For the full blow-by-blow of the fight, check out Nate Wilcox's recap.