The UFC returns to the Fox Sports 1 airwaves tonight with UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields. The card gets underway live tonight at 5 p.m. with four prelim bouts on Fox Sports 1 before the main card goes live at 7 p.m. ET, also on FS1.
This post will cover the action from the main card.
Thiago Silva failed to make weight, so his bout with Matt Hamill will now be at a 208 pound catchweight. Fabio Maldonado and Joey Beltran will no doubt exchange big punches in their light heavyweight bout.
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T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao - Round 1 - Assuncao with a right hand. Dillashaw with a takedown but Assuncao gets up quickly. Dillashaw with a flurry of punches. Dillashaw with a head kick that is caught. They exchange and now Dillashaw has the back and he has a choke locked in but Assuncao escapes. Dillashaw right back to the choke. Dillashaw gives up on the choke now. Back to the feet now and Assuncao's face is busted up a bit. 10-9 Dillashaw.
Round 2 - Assuncao with some good work on the feet early, switching stances and working a lot of kicks. Dillashaw is blocking and moving out of the way of a lot of them, but they're keeping him from getting going. Head kick from Dillashaw doesn't land. Big right after catching a kick by Assuncao and Dillashaw felt that one. Dillashaw with a takedown attempt and Assuncao is looking for a guillotine. Dillashaw finishes the takedown but Assuncao is still attacking the neck. Both men back to the feet now. Assuncao with a big left hand. Dillashaw working for a takedown again and he has the back now, one hook in. Dillashaw gushing from the nose. Good right by Assuncao. 10-9 Assuncao.
Round 3 - Assuncao with a right hand right away. Head kick by Dillashaw just barely misses landing flush. Good uppercut by Dillashaw. Big right by Assuncao with two minutes left, bets punch of the round thus far. Left hook from Dillashaw. Dillashaw with a few more punches, Assuncao eats a right. 10-9 Dillashaw, but very close.
Official scorecards: 29-28 Dillasaw, 29-28 Assuncao, 29-28 Assuncao. Raphael Assuncao wins by split decision.
Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce - Round 1 - Palhares immediately goes for a leg lock, Pierce escapes, then he transitions to a heel hook and finishes. That was quick. Rousimar Palhares wins by submission (heel hook), round 1.
Joey Beltran vs. Fabio Maldonado - Round 1 - Beltran coming forward and throwing while Maldonado pops him with a jab. Beltran looking for the takedown. Low blow by Beltran leads to a break in the action. They resume and Beltran pushes him into the cage again and he throws some body shots. Mandonado slips tow punches and lands two hard counters of his own. Beltran with a takedown now, Maldonado trying to lock in a choke, he can't so he stands up. 10-9 Beltran.
Round 2 - More swinging from both men this round. Both have their moments but Maldonado actually started landing combinations and getting loose in his striking. Beltran not doing poorly by any means but losing the round, much better action than in the first. 10-9 Maldonado.
Round 3 - Beltran looking for the takedown against the cage again, just trying to smother and take the round. He does manage to get Maldonado most of the way down and he is punching him quite a bit, causing blood to pour from Maldonado's mouth. That should be a Beltran win.
Official scorecards: 29-28 Beltran, 29-28 Maldonado, 29-28 Maldonado. Fabio Maldonado wins by split decision.
Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill - Round 1 - Hamill throwing single punches and kind of leaning in for a takedown. Knee to the body by Silva. Right hand by Silva staggers Hamill. Hamill just kind of walking forward and throwing half hearted punches. Now he digs well to the body. Silva with an oeverhand right and a jab. Another body shot lands for Hamill. Close round, I'd go 10-9 Silva, but he looks exhausted and out of shape.
Round 2 - Left hand lands for Silva. Now Hamill lands the takedown but Silva uses the cage to stand up. Really slow fight. Right hand and Hamill is hurt, a few more and he falls down. Silva on his back landing some big shots. Hamill with a takedown but too late. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3 - Silva leg kicks are stinging Hamill now. Hamill with a weak takedown attempt. Leg kick again and Hamill is really hurting when they land and now he pokes Silva in the eye. They restart after a break and Silva lands a hard left hand and then another leg kick. And another leg kick. Silva with a big knee to the face and Hamill is bent over and exhausted. 10-9 Silva again.
Official scorecards: 30-27, 30-27, 29-27. Thiago Silva wins by unanimous decision.
Erick Silva vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Round 1 - Silva standing a bit sideways and he throws a spinning elbow while Kim gets inside. Kim looking for the takedown now. Silva gets away and he's throwing some knees as Kim gets inside on him again. Silva gets away again. Silva with some good knees to the body and now he slips behind but Kim slips away. Silva with more knees and some wild punches. Kim with a few spinning backfists that badly miss. He keeps coming forward but Silva is doing much better work. Hard left by Kim. Kim has the back and now has full mount. Kim not doing much with it though. Kim loses mount and he's still on top landing punches. Big punches from Kim now at the end of the round. 10-9 Kim.
Round 2 - They're going wild with some strikes and Silva lands some good shots in the flurry. Silva with more hard knees to the body. Kim keeps coming forward, trying to just wear him out. Both guys looking pretty tired. Hard punches by Silva and Kim is moving backward for the first time. Both men throw punches and Kim's overhand left crushes Silva and he's out. A perfunctory big hammerfist and this one is over. Dong Hyun Kim wins by Knockout (overhand left), round 2.
Demian Maia vs Jake Shields - Round 1 - Maia with an early takedown and he has Shields up against the cage. Shields does eventually work his way to the top himself. Shields with some elbows and punches from the top. Hard round to write about but compelling in its way. 10-9 Maia.
Round 2 - Maia looking for the takedown, Shields defends well early and now he counters and gets his own takedown. Shields owns the top for the whole round, but not much happens. 10-9 Shields.
Round 3 - Maia wanting to strike, Shields throws a jab and an inside leg kick. Maia tries for a takedown, Shields defends, spins and was on top but they're back to standing. Good punches by Maia now and he gets the back standing and gets the takedown. Maia has the back. Shields rolls and is on top now. Great reversal. Now Shields is just slowly, safely working on top. Good elbow from Shields. 10-9 Shields.
Round 4 - They're struggling for position against the cage. They're restarted as it had clearly hit the point of being a stalemate. Shields shoots for a single leg, Maia defends well and they're back to standing. Leg kick by Maia and Shields shoots for a takedown again but has to give up and Maia is on top with two minutes left. Shields is lookin pretty tired. 10-9 Maia.
Round 5 - Maia working underhooks after a few minutes of nothing really happening. Nothing comes of it. Shields with a few leg kicks and body kicks and even a head kick. Shields witha left hand. Maia with a left hand. Bad round. I'd go 10-9 Maia to give him the 48-47 win.
Official scorecards: 48-47 Shields, 48-47 Maia, 48-47 Shields. Jake Shields wins by split decision.