On Friday April 11, the UFC will return to Abu Dhabi, UAE for only the second time in the promotion's history. In the main event, former Heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira takes on Roy Nelson. Both the preliminary card and the main card will be featured live on UFC Fight Pass. The prelims will kick off at 12:15 p.m. ET (9:15 a.m. PT) followed by the main card at 2:p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). Tune in to Bloody Elbow throughout the event for live updates, play-by-play, and results.
This post will follow all the action from the four-fight preliminary card. The top fight of the prelims features a heavyweight tilt between Jared Rosholt who's coming off a win in his UFC debut and Daniel Omielanczuk. Give us all your thoughts and reactions to the prelims in the comments.
Round 1 - Bedford walks Yayha down and Yahya wings an over-the-top elbow that misses. Yahya shoots and Bedford easily shucks it off, plants his feet and plasters Yahya with a short right hand. Yahya wobbles and drops and the fight is waved off. The replay, however, shows that a clash of heads might have been the culprit.
- Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya is ruled a No Contest (accidental clash of heads), Round 1
Round 1 - (excuse some technical difficulties in Rounds 1 and 2 here please ...) Omer lands the first punch. Alers counters with a nice leg kick. Omers gets stung and then forces a clinch. Nice striking from both men, but Omers is landing more. Omers wobbles Alers and then stuffs a shot with a quick sprawl. A nice exchange to end the round. 10-9 Omer
Round 2 - Omer comes after Alers with punches, then hits a nice reversal on Alers' takedown attempt, landing in half guard. Omer thwacks Alers with a few big punches as he's standing back up, then pings him with a nice spinning kick to the body. Alers responds by cracking Omer with a right hand that drops him. Alers in full guard, throwing punches on top. Omer closes his guard and controls posture with an overhook on the left side.Alers postures up and drops some heavy blows. 10-9 Alers.
Round 3 - Early takedown by Alers and Omer is warned by the ref "get your toes out of the fence" and then the broadcast team clarifies that you "can't put your toes through the fence" and both parties are horrendously incorrect. Oh well ... what do the actual rules matter. Omer struggles back to his feet at about 3:30 and attacks Alers' hips with a takedown of his own, but eats a spoonful of short elbows to the head. Alers fends off the prolonged attempt from the clinch and puts Omer on his back. They're stood up with 25 seconds left and Omer uncorks another spinning kick downstairs and hits a takedown at the bell. 10-9 Alers for a 29-28 his way, however my computer was on and off so please trust my personal score less than usual.
- Jim Alers defeats Alan Omer by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)
Round 1 - Smith starts with a jab and outside low kick. Another hard low kick from Smith to the upper thigh. Leites doubles up on right hooks and clocks Smith with the second, crumpling him to the canvas and sealing the deal with a flurry.
- Thales Leites defeats Trevor Smith by TKO (punches), Round 1
Jared Rosholt vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Round 1 - Rosholt leaps in with a left hook and Omielanczuk answers with a sharp low kick. Straight one-two lands for Rosholt. Now a hook/straight from Rosholt that sets up a power double. Omielanczuk threads his left arm under Rosholt's chin and almost hits a guillotine sweep but Rosholt stops it with a wide base. High half guard from Rosholt and scattered punches from the top.
Rosholt goes cross-body to hunt for double wrist control on Omielanczuk's left arm but has to settle for some short shots to the ribs. Omielanczuk curiously triangles his legs in half guard, trapping him in a position from which Rosholt is dominating. Omielanczuk does a quasi-arm-drag sweep but Rosholt moves to take his back and he rolls back into half guard. 10-9 Rosholt.
Round 2 - Omielanczuk stops Rosholt's initial takedown with the front headlock but Rosholt switches to a single and gets it. Rosholt bases down and smothers Omielanczuk in half guard once again, just a little more than a minute in. Rosholt is mostly position focused but does posture up with a sporadic punch or elbow. Omielanczuk gains ground and takes a knee but gets shellacked with a thudding knee to the ribs for his efforts. Omielanczuk gets free with 1:20 left and plunges a long front kick to the body, then connects on a pair of big left hands before Rosholt puts him back down with 45 seconds left. 10-9 Rosholt.
Round 3 - Omielanczuk manages a quick up-knee as Rosholt changes levels and it lands but proves unwise as Rosholt rag-dolls him to the floor again to a chorus of boos from the crowd. More half-guard battering from Rosholt. Omielanczuk makes his move earlier and almost shrimps out but Rosholt jams his head on the fence to limit his escape routes. Cross-side again from Rosholt, who alternates isolating an arm and punching the Pole in the face.
Omielanczuk turtles and Rosholt opts to strike from the back-ride instead of sinking in his hooks. Omielanczuk keeps rolling onto his side and/or taking a knee and Rosholt sticks to him, delivering more mild but fairly constant punishment. Rosholt scurries into north-south and gets in choke position with 30 seconds left but nothing's cooking. 10-9 Rosholt for a clean sweep.
Jared Rosholt defeats Alan Omielanczuk by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)