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 a recap covering the four main card UFC on FX 3 fights. If you missed the preliminary card and would like to watch it, the UFC has put out a video of all eight fights here.
Pierce completely controlled Rocha on his way to an inexplicable split decision victory. Despite Rocha not mounting a lick of offense for the entire fight, a judge gave the bout to Rocha 30-27. It could have been a mistake, but nothing has been announced at this point. Either way, the other two judges saw it correctly and Pierce picked up the win. He has proven to be an extremely tough opponent, and might be a good matchup for main card winner Erick Silva next.
Baczynski won a close split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) in a bout that was marred by some bad reffing. Benoist landed two illegal knees yet no point was deducted, and a brutal standup late in the fight helped turn the tide for Baczynski and earned him the fight. Benoist spent over half the fight on top of the Polish Pistola, but Baczynski was on top at the end of all three rounds. That likely made the difference. Baczynski might be a good opponent for the winner of the Rick Story vs. Brock Jardine bout at UFC on FX 4 in a couple of weeks.
Grice completely controlled the bout with his solid wrestling and won a unanimous decision with three 30-27 scores. Garcia had nothing for him in the first two rounds, giving up the takedown and not getting back to his feet for the rest of each stanza. He did a little better in the third, but still got taken down a couple of times and was getting beaten up on the ground near the end. I'd like to see someone like Mike Brown (if he's not retiring) face off with Grice next.
Pague executed a beautiful trip and fell right into full mount, which spelled doom for Papazian. After a bit of posturing and slick grappling work, Pague got Papazian's back and sunk in a rear naked choke that won him the bout. Pague probably isn't going to be challenging for a title anytime soon, but his first win in the UFC was nice. I honestly have no idea who he could face next but it'll be a preliminary card fight, that's for sure.
Means caught Salas with a hard shot just a few seconds into the bout, and battered him all over the cage for another minute or so until the referee mercifully stopped the bout. Salas showed heart by continually getting up, but Means dropped him at least 4 times with big knees and punches. It was a dominant performance that moved Means to 2-0 in the UFC. A bout with fellow UFC on FX 3 winner Henry Martinez would be interesting.
It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. Roberts usually likes to fight on the ground but wanted to keep this one standing against the crafty Magalhaes, and he did just that. The former football player used solid takedown defense and crisp striking to take a unanimous decision. He should probably face off with the guy he was scheduled to face in his first UFC bout, Sean Loeffler, next.
It had been expected that this bout would be a fun scrap, but it wasn't much to look at. Martinez won a split decision that really should have been a unanimous decision. He didn't do a lot, but it was more than Magalhaes was able to accomplish on the feet. As I said above, Martinez vs. Tim Means would work well for a next bout.
I didn't actually get the chance to see this bout since I wasn't home from work yet, but Pierson controlled the first two rounds and held on for a 29-28 unanimous decision. He's now 2-2 in the UFC and might be another option for the winner of the Story/Jardine fight.
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