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Live results and play-by-play for the UFC 156: Aldo vs Edgar preliminary card ahead of tonight's highly anticipated showdown between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.
As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 156: Aldo vs Edgar. Our live coverage will start with the one fight on Facebook (7 p.m. ET) followed by the fights on the FX prelim broadcast (8 p.m. ET) through the pay-per-view main card (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
This post will cover live results and thoughts for the preliminary card on Facebook and FX.
The prelim portion of the card breaks down like this:
Lightweight: Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green
Lightweight: Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
139.5 Catchweight: Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura
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Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera - Round 1 - Figueroa coming out looking to land a bomb early, Rivera pressures back and lands a leg kick. Figueroa digs to the body and then comes upstairs. Hard right hand by Figueroa hurts Rivera. Rivera firing back now and he catches Figueroa a few times. Now a big left by Figueroa and Rivera is down. Figueroa tries to pounce and Rivera is tying up his arms. Rivera with a right hand and a very good leg kick. Figueroa with a right and Rivera answers. Both guys landing in wild exchanges and a big left lands for Figueroa and now Rivera gets the takedown. Rivera passes but Figueroa gets back to his feet. Rivera with a flurry and a takedown. Rivera now opening up with some punches. 10-9 Figueroa but a close round.
Round 2 - I missed the start of this round due to Facebook stream issues but one minute in Figueroa is on top with Rivera looking for a triangle choke, it's not there though. Figueroa grinding away on top and Rivera not having much of success with anything. They're back to standing with about half the round left and Figueroa is looking pretty tired. Nice combination by Rivera. Good combination by Rivera on the feet and he keeps going back to the body. Rivera hits him with a big right hand and now Figueroa is hurting. Huge combination by Rivera and Figueroa is trying to get away but he's getting blasted. Now he drops and it's over. Very nice comeback KO. Francisco Rivera wins by TKO (punches), round 2.
Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura - Round 1 - After some early striking, Camus got the takedown. Kimura starts looking for a triangle but he's also potentially got an armbar. Camus defends the submission attacks well and Kimura uses an omoplata to sweep and end up on top. Big punch by Kimura and he takes Camus' back. Camus was able to get back on top but Kimura did a good job of not really taking much damage. 10-9 Camus.
Round 2 - Kimura throwing some punches early and Camus lands a leg kick. Kimura is in the middle of the cage while Camus circles around looking for openings. Again, my Facebook stream goes down. Sorry for the lack of details on this one.
Round 3 - Camus pushed him into the cage early but couldn't get a takedown so he settled for landing two punches. Kimura stuffs a takedown and ends up on top in full mount. Camus gives up his back and Kimura locks in a rear naked choke and it's over. Dustin Kimura wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 3.
Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg - Round 1 - IVF coming forward hard and Yves with an uppercut that lands. Straight right for Yves also lands. Boy shot by IVF. IVF with a right hand, Yves responds with a combo of his own. Good body shot by Yves. Right hand by IVF lands hard and now a knee. Head kick by Yves. Leg kick by YVes as well. IVF with some uppercuts in the clinch. Yves tags him and IVF is forced to clinch so Yves hops up and lands a knee. 10-9 Vallie-Flagg.
Round 2 - Leg kick by Yves and then a body kick. Edwards trying to mix up his strikes but not landing a lot, IVF misses a spinning backfist but lands some uppercuts. Big right by IVF now. Edwards now gets the takedown with half the round left. Edwards passing guard and IVF gives up his back. Edwards can't finish the choke but he did win the round 10-9.
Round 3 - Yves is picking up the pace well now. IVF landing a few punches. Edwards lands a nice knee inside but IVF pushes him into the cage. Edwards with a nice uppercut. IVF really coming forward hard this round and Yves doesn't look like he has much left. Vallie-Flagg is actually beating him up a bit now. Yves with some nice strikes at the end but I have IVF winning 29-28.
Official scorecards: 29-28 Flagg, 29-28 Edwards, 29-28 Flagg. Isaac Vallie-Flagg wins by split decision.
Jacob Volkmann vs. Bobby Green - Round 1 - Green looking to strike and keep it standing. Leg kicks by Green early. Body kick by Green and another leg kick. Volkmann shoots in and then ducks behind and gets the takedown and has Green in side control. Volkmann landing punches and Green looks a bit stuck. Green manages to get full guard back but when he kicks Volkmann off of him, Jacob jumps back on him and takes the back. Green defending the choke attempts so far. Green keeps defending the choke as Volkmann tries over and over. 10-9 Volkmann.
Round 2 - Volkmann tries for a guillotine early in the round but Green gets out. Volkmann shoots again and now Green avoids it. Now Green comes down into Volkmann's guard. Green working the body from the top and he passes to half guard. Green with some elbows to the face. Green landing more elbows. Green doing good work and referee Kim Winslow stands them up. Just a horrible job by her. Green landing some shots on a very tired and beat up Volkmann and now Volkmann looking or the takedown. He gets on Green's back but does nothing. 10-9 Green.
Round 3 - Green to the body and then he stuffs a takedown and lands a knee. Low blow by Volkmann and Green has to recover. Green with a body kick and now he takes Volkmann down into side control. Green gets in a little work before Volkmann tries to reverse and Green is able to get away. Volkmann with a takedown and Green reverses and they're back to standing. Volkmann trying to take the back standing. Green reverses into the full mount. Green is pounding away and Volkmann is exhausted and just beat. Green takes the back and locks in the rear naked choke and that'll do it. Wow, great showing from Green. Bobby Green wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 3.
Tyron Woodley vs. Jay Hieron - Round 1 - Woodley with a huge punch and Hieron is hurt and down. Woodley with a flurry of punches on the ground and Hieron goes out. Well, that was impressive. Tyron Woodley wins by KO (punches), round 1.
Gleison Tibau vs. Evan Dunham - Round 1 - Dunham with a nice combination that lands. Tibau trying to throw some hard punches in return. Overhand left lands for Tibau. Both guys landing in an exchange. Tibau trying to throw some real heat and now he gets a takedown and he has a guillotine choke locked in. Dunham manages to get out and get back to standing and land a kick. Tibau landing punches again. Tibau breathing heavy now and he started to go backward to Dunham's pressure. 10-9 Tibau.
Round 2 - Dunham lands a good right hand and Tibau is starting to think about the takedown. Hard jab by Dunham. Dunham starting to follow the jab with overhand lefts. Big left from Tibau. Dunham shoots and briefly had the takedown but Tibau was able to bounce back up. Dunham unable to get the takedown again. Dunham starting to connect with punches pretty regularly. 19-19.
Round 3 - Dunham can't get a guillotine early and now Tibau tries for one of his own and can't get it. Dunham gets stuffed on the shot again. Tibau lands a punch but Dunham lands four in return. Dunham is just winning the round with a repeated one-two. Dunham keeps getting stuffed on the takedown attempts. Dunham with a big knee toward the end of the round, and again. And again. 10-9 Dunham wins him the fight in my eyes.
Official scorecards: 29-28 Dunham, 29-28 Tibau, 29-28 Dunham. Evan Dunham wins by split decision.