The UFC's third ever "Fight for the Troops" event takes place tonight (also titled UFC Fight Night 31), November 6, 2012 from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The card gets underway with four fights on Facebook at 3:10 p.m. ET followed by four more prelim fights on Fox Sports 1 starting at 5 p.m. ET.
The five fight main card gets under way at 8 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.
This post will cover the action from the preliminary fights, which break down like this:
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
Women's Bantamweight - Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes
Prelims on Facebook
Lightweight - Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
Middleweight - Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston
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Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston Round 1 - Brunson lands a high kick that drops the UFC newcomer. He leaps on his back and gets the choke! That's it. Houston taps. Derek Brunson def. Brian Houston via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:48 of Rd 1.
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Neil Magny vs. Seth Baczynski - Round 1 -Seth used good ranged striking early in the round before securing a takedown with roughly 90 seconds left in the round. Once on top, Baczynski landed nice elbows and punches from within Magny's guard. Seth started to open up more late in the round, getting Magny to start giving up position but the round ended. 10-9 Baczynski.
Round 2 - Seth looked for the right hand early in the round before pushing Magny into the cage. The two men battled for position against the cage for a while before being restarted in the center of the cage. Baczynski landed a hard right hand that backed Magny off and almost got the takedown but Magny used great balance to remain upright. Magny eventually turned the tide a bit, getting a takedown and starting to wear on a fatiguing Seth Baczynski. Seth turned him back against the cage and got separation. Baczynski caught a kick after a brief break to deal with loose tape on Magny's gloves and scored a takedown. Another 10-9 for Baczynski.
Round 3 -Baczynski with a takedown and he begins to work elbows from the top. Magny had openings as Seth was tired but Baczynski was relentless in trying to stay on top and win the fight through takedowns and a grinding style. Magny got up with about 90 seconds left in the round. Magny got his own takedown with a minute left and started to land a good flurry. As Seth stood back up, Magny landed a big flurry. And he landed another good flurry to close out the round. I like Magny in the round as his offense was the most effective, but still have Seth winning 29-28
Official Scorecards - 29-28 across the board. Seth Baczynski wins by unanimous decision.
Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros - Round 1 Edwards landed a nice early left that bothered Yancy. And a big knee later on in the round. Yancy waived him on as he was having some luck at distance, but Yves kept landing big until Yancy landed a massive hook that hurt and knocked down Yves. A few punches later, it was all over. Yancy Medeiros wins by TKO (punches), round 1.
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Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin - Round 1 Feeling each other out in the Octagon center then Larkin drops Camozzi with a straight right but lets him back up. Camozzi makes Larkin smile with a pair of inside leg kicks. Keeps going back for more. Now he's working Larkin's right thigh with outside kicks. Camozzi forces Larkin back and lands a big knee to the gut. Larkin counters. Camozzi is cut on the right cheek. I score that one 10-9 Camozzi, despite the early knock down.
Round 2 - Trading in Octagon center, Larkin landing punches and body kicks. Camozzi answering with leg kicks and jabs. Larkin lands a hard straight right. Camozzi backs Larkin up and gets the Thai plum but Larkin gets out. Camozzi's nose is bleeding. Camozzi lands a hard combo up near the cage. Larkin firing bombs with his right. Larkin lands a vicious straight right. Camozzi gets bloodier and bloodier. A pair of face-smooshing short-range elbows from Larkin. Camozzi bloodied up as the round ends. Bloody Elbow scores it for Larkin. 19-19 overall.
Round 3 - More trading. Larkin lands a spinning back kick to the thigh. He goes for a spinning floor sweep, Camozzi avoids the trip. Larkin with a sharp jab. Camozzi still firing back. Eats a body kick. Camozzi keeps going for the knee to the face and missing bad. Larkin landing sharp elbows in the clinch. More. Camozzi gassed, bloody and forcing the tie up only to eat more elbows. Larkin with a slick spinning back elbow to end the round. Bloody Elbow scores it for Larkin, 29-28. Official decision: Lorenz Larkin def. Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision (30-27x2, 29-28).
Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes - Round 1 As you'd expect they start out striking in cage center. Nunes forces a clinch and is going for a high crotch lift on de Randamie. Nunes gets her down and quickly gets full mount. De Randamie tries to use her feet on the cage to sweep. Nothing doing. Nunes raining down strikes. De Randamie is blocking a lot of the shots but a few are getting through. Herb Dean steps in and stops the fight! Nunes wins by TKO (ground and pound) at 3:56 of Round 1.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler - Round 1 A little bit of feinting to start things out then Bermudez shoots for and gets the take down. Bermudez in Siler's guard. Siler fighting to stand back up, makes it. Bermudez fires a big knee right to Silver's nads, necessitating a short break. Bermudez shoots and Siler goes for a guillotine. It's deep. Bermudez escapes. Another choke attempt. Escaped. Siler goes for a triangle. Bermudez slams his way out of it. Bermudez tries fro a guillotine from top position. Siler escapes. Great ground action. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 for Bermudez.
Round 2 - Bermudez shoots and Siler stuffs the shot. Siler trying to work Bermudez against the cage. Big punch inside by Bermudez and he scores the takedown. Bermudez locks up a sort of neck crank and really starts to put the pressure on the neck but Siler manages to pop out of it. 10-9 Bermudez.
Round 3 - A lot of early striking exchanges but neither man is really pulling ahead in the round. Takedown by Bermudez and it would seem Siler's chances of a win went away when his back hit the canvas. Bermudez almost locks up a guillotine as Siler gets to his feet. The two men then engage in a wild brawl to end the round. 10-9 Bermudez.
Official scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Dennis Bermudez wins by unanimous decision.
George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera - Round 1 - Rivera lands a couple hard shots that force Roop back into the cage. Roop gets a takedown and does a little work from the top but Rivera does manage to get back to his feet. Roop walks him back against the cage and holds him there while Rivera lands a few knees to the body before the referee restarts them. Roop with a knee and Rivera with a pair of good punches that get in. Rivera with a nice counter shot. 10-9 Roop but a close enough round.
Round 2 - Rivera with a big right hand and he starts pushing forward again. Rivera explodes with a combo that hurts Roop and has him going backward. Rivera pouring on the huge flurry and Roop is all over the cage, now to his back and Rivera is still throwing bombs. Roop back to his feet, Rivera chasing him down and landing flush, Roop goes down again and the referee stops the fight. Francisco Rivera wins by TKO (punches), round 2.
James Krause vs. Bobby Green - Round 1 - Krause throwing some leg kicks and feinting with his punches early. Green lands an accidental low blow. Krause throws a flurry, the punches get in but lose some steam because of Green rolling with them. Green lands another low blow as Krause is stepping in. After a break, a point is taken from Green. Again, Green lands a kick that looks like it MAY HAVE been to the groin or MAY HAVE been to the body. Krause falls to the ground and Big John McCarthy calls it off. McCarthy says the kick was legal and waives it off meaning...Bobby Green wins by TKO (body kick), round 1.