UFC 174 may be a little short on "star" value, but all of the competitors on the main card were coming off a win and there were plenty of fights that looked to be quite competitive in pre-fight analysis. The first three fights on the PPV featured Andrei Arlovski against Brendan Schaub, Ryan Jimmo opposite Ovince St. Preux, and Ryan Bader versus "Feijao". Here's a look back at the results from each bout:
In the opening bout, a bit of a bizarre ending occurred once again for Ryan Jimmo, who yelled to the referee that his arm was broken near the midway point of the 2nd round. Ovince St. Preux literally attacked with a kimura right after Jimmo said it the first time, so Jimmo said it again and the referee stopped the fight. It's the rare verbal submission (at 2:10 of round 2) as Jimmo loses by injury for the 2nd time in the UFC. The ending sequence started when St. Preux took Jimmo down and moved right into mount, and started working towards a finish when Jimmo declared he was hurt. St. Preux is now 4-0 in the UFC while Jimmo drops to 3-3. Jimmo believes he broke his arm blocking a kick from OSP earlier in the round.
Andrei Arlovski's first fight in the UFC since 2008 was anything but watchable. His fight with Brendan Schaub was largely a bore, with Arlovski unable to really get his hands going and Schaub going overboard on overhand right hands like he's Roy Nelson. Schaub landed the harder punches and cleaner shots -- at least from my point of view -- and scored a 3rd round takedown where he would spend much of the round in guard. Arlovski picked up the split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), which on the surface seems like a bad decision, but the fight was awful enough that it's not going to be a raging debate for years to come. One thing to note is Schaub was very bloodied towards the end and seemed to have problems with his jaw. Some of the bleeding was spurred no by Arlovski's active striking from his back in the final round. Schaub is denied a three-fight winning streak while Arlovski, albeit controversially, continues his spirited run of form since his nightmarish performances in Strikeforce.
Ryan Bader tested Rafael Cavalcante's takedown defense early and often, successfully dumping "Feijao" to the ground repeatedly over the course of 15 minutes and battering him with knees to the thigh, rib cage, and even the butt. Feijao's vaunted striking game was shut down as Bader evaded his best shots, looked the sharper and fresher fighter standing, and landed the better strikes when he wasn't taking the Brazilian down with ease. Bader easily took a 30-27 (x3) unanimous decision and has dominated his last two fights after suffering a TKO defeat to Glover Teixeira. Feijao is 1-2 in the UFC and once again disappointed inside the Octagon.
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