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Bloody Elbow will provide live updates and analysis for the UFC on FOX 16 preliminary card. In the featured prelim, Long Island's Gian Villante battles TUF 8's Tom Lawlor in a light-heavyweight bout.

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The UFC returns to Chicago for a highly intriguing evening of fights from the United Center, where T.J. Dillashaw seeks to defend his bantamweight crown against the very man he took it from last year, Brazil's Renan Barao. In the co-main event, Miesha Tate battles Jessica Eye for the #1 contender spot at women's bantamweight.

This post will cover the preliminary card, which is eight fights deep this time around. Making his return to the Octagon after 2 years, Tom Lawlor moves up to light heavyweight to face Gian Villante in the feature prelim bout. Also on the card are veterans Jim Miller and Danny Castillo, Ben Saunders and Kenny Robertson, and bantamweight contenders Bryan Caraway and Eddie Wineland.

Follow the UFC on Fox Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 main card action at the Bloody Elbow play-by-play.

Live commentary will commence with the Fight Pass preliminary card at 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PM PT and continue on FOX at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT. Kid Nate will be your play-by-play typist throughout the night. Feel free to view this week's Vivisection with Kid Nate, Zane Simon, and Victor Rodriguez.

Fight Pass Card

Zak Cummings vs. Dominique Steele - Welterweights

Round 1: Cummings takes center cage. Lands a pawing right hook. Drops Steele with a left! Pouring it on. Steele is taking a beating. The ref steps in and stops it. Hard way to make your UFC debut for Steele.

Official result: Zak Cummings def. Dominique Steele via TKO (punches) at 0:43 of Rd. 1.

Jessamyn Duke vs. Elizabeth Phillips - Women's Bantamweights

Round 1: Duke moving forward. Phillips popping in and out and landing on Duke at will. Duke seems to have no concept of how to fight tall. Nor does she have a jab. Duke lands a head kick. They clinch. Duke going for an arm bar. They roll over a couple times. Duke might have it but she has to get extension. Phillips escapes now in Duke's guard. Phillips passes. Gets mounts. Takes the back. Rolls back to mount. Opens up with punches on Duke. Duke rolls. Phillips stays on. Now going for RNC. Duke rolls out now in Phillips guard as the buzzer sounds. 10-9 Phillips on my card.

Round 2: Duke moving forward again. Phillips landing seemingly at will. They clinch up. Duke pushes Phillips into the cage. Duke gets a standing guillotine. Falls back without guard. Now Phillips is on her back, raining down blows. Now in Duke's 1/2 guard. Elbows to Duke's head. Full mount. Duke gets her legs up, reclaims guard. Phillips defends, gets back to mount. Punches from the top. Duke rolls to turtle. Phillips on her back, going for an RNC but hasn't got any hooks in. Duke rolls her. Goes for a leg lock. Loses it. Tries for another. Phillips ends the round on top, firing away. Another 10-9 for Phillips on my card.

Round 3: Duke moving forward. Actually throws a jab and lands it. Phillips landing counters but her arms seem rubbery. Duke lands an uppercut, a right. Kick caught by Phillips. Duke with an authoritative take down. Lots of scrambles. Duke keeps grabbing the neck and losing position. She might have something. Might be locking up a guillotine. Phillips slips out but seems exhausted. They stand. Knee from Duke. Front kicks from Duke. They're trading on the feet. Both fighters gassed. Duke needs a KO. Lands a flying knee. Phillips backing up. Duke with a take down. Gets the back, fighting for a RNC. Gets the gift wrap and lands punches to the helpless Phillip's face. Looking for the RNC but doesn't appear to have it. Goes for an arm bar. Bell rings. Phillips survives. 10-8 for Duke. 28-28 tie on my card. I expect Phillips will get the judges' nod.

Official result: Elizabeth Phillips def. Jessamyn Duke via unanimous decision (29-28x3).


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Andrew Holbrook vs. Ramsey Nijem - Lightweights

Round 1:  Holbrook coming forward. Nijem circling away, leaping in to pump 1-2's. Nijem with a couple of kicks. Holbrook forces a clinch. Gets Nijem down briefly. Landing knees on Nijem's legs. Nijem reverses. Now Holbrook reverses. They break. Nijem winging and missing punches. Front kick lands from Nijem. Nijem shoots in on a single and tosses Holbrook down. Nijem on top. Holbrook going for the neck but loses guard. Loses the hold. Holbrook gets 1/2 guard but he's firing elbows from the bottom. Nijem gets side control. Back to the feet. Now clinches and Holbrook pushing Nijem back to the cage. Lots of knees from Holbrook, some connect, some missing. Nijem reverses, pushing Holbrook into the cage. They break, Nijem lands a pair of hard punches. Nijem backing away still firing shots. Holbrook ducks under, Nijem stuffs it and forces him to the ground on his back. Nijem lands a big punch from top. Upkick by Holbrook. Nijem dive bombs behind a punch. Holbrook tries for a triangle. Holbrook aggressive off his back. 10-9 Nijem.

Round 2: Nijem firing early. Headkick. Big punches. Holbrook hurt! Holbrook clinches. Nijem pushing Holbrook into the cage. Holbrook looking for a choke. Gets put on his butt. Holbrook still looking for the choke. Nijem escapes. Holbrook rolls for a leg. Nijem firing from the top. Very odd positions in the scramble. Holbrook going for the leg. Nijem gets away, gets the back. Holbrook going for an arm bar, uses it to reverse, now he's on top of Nijem. Nijem gets full guard. Holbrook landing from the top. They scramble, Holbrook going for a choke. Going for a d'arce! Nijem in trouble but not tapping. Breaks the choke. Nijem scrambles up, gets a double leg. More scrambles. Holbrook sitting on Nijem's back. Holbrook landing from the top, gets head control. Nijem reverses with a fireman's carry. On top as the round ticks away. 10-9 Nijem for the early damage.

Round 3: Nijem comes out aggressive. Landing the 1-2 repeatedly. Nijem forces the take down. Has the back, Holbrook looking for the kimura. Now he's attacking Nijem's leg. Looking for the knee bar. Has it extended. Nijem defending well. Holbrook switches to a heel hook. Nijem gets free. Nijem on top. Holbrook turtled. Gets another kimura attempt. Briefly rolls Nijem but giving up his back in the process. Nijem up on the back. Holbrook drops trying to get Nijem off. Holbrook rolls him and lands a hammerfist. More rolling. Nijem staying on the back. Some ugly, exhausted scrambles. Nijem gets on top. Side control. Landing elbows from the top. Nijem 10-9. 30-27 on my card but impressive performance from Holbrook in a likely loss. And I was wrong about that. Not sure how you'd score two rounds for Holbrook.

Official result: Andrew Holbrook def. Ramsey Nijem via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29).


Daron Cruickshank vs. James Krause - Lightweights

Round 1: Karuse moving forward. Cruickshank circling away. Cruickshank with a punch-kick-kick combo. Krause taken down off a high kick attempt. Right back to the feet. Krause pressuring. Another kick caught and Krause back on his butt. Back up. Krause landing. Big knee from Krause. They lock up and Krause tosses him down. Gets the back. Gets the RNC. Cruickshank taps!

Official result: James Krause def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:27 of Rd. 1.


Bryan Caraway vs. Eddie Wineland - Bantamweights

Round 1: No glove touch by Wineland's choice. Wineland taking center cage. Caraway shoots. Gets Wineland down. Wineland back to his feet. Clinching against the cage. Caraway in control. They break. Wineland's movement is confusing Caraway. Both men winging and missing. Wineland landing with leg kicks. Caraway shoots. Stuffed but forces clinch. Caraway lands a knee. They break. Caraway missing on the punches. Caraway connects. Wineland misses with three straight punches. Knees from Caraway in the clinch. Wineland lands a right. Not much action but I'll give it to Caraway 10-9 for the take down.

Round 2: Back to old pattern. Wineland dancing at edge of range. Caraway lands with a right. Wineland cut on the cheek. They trade jabs. Outside leg kick landed for Wineland. Wineland lands a hard punch. Trade jabs. Lots of movement. Lots of missing. They clinch and do some dirty boxing. Caraway lands a couple uppercuts. Caraway lands a jab. Wineland lands a jab. Caraway calls out Wineland. Shoots, gets stuffed. Caraway lands again. 10-9 Caraway.

Round 3: Caraway comes out aggressive. He's landing on Wineland. Caraway shoots. Stuffed. Wineland just can't find the target. Caraway with nasty dirty boxing. Wineland lands a right. Another. Caraway misses a head kick. Dirty boxing. Caraway landing the uppercut in the clinch. Eats a couple counters. They clinch. Wineland fires to the body. Knee from Caraway. They're trading and both connecting. Closest of the three rounds but I still have it 10-9 for Caraway and 30-27 overall.

Official result: Bryan Caraway def. Eddie Wineland via decision (30-27, 29-28x2).


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Kenny Robertson vs. Ben Saunders - Welterweights

Round 1: Saunders with a body kick. Another. Robertson coming forward. Saunders peppering him with body kicks and circling away. Robertson forces the clinch. Saunders is down. Robertson firing from the top. Saunders going for rubber guard. Mission control. Invisible collar. Robertson is completely tied up in Saunder's high guard. Saunders tries for an omaplata sweep. Robertson is out. They're back to their feet. Robertson with a big kick on the break. More body kicks from Saunders. Punches landing for Saunders. Leg kick lands for Robertson. Three big punches land for Robertson, all hooks. Saunders falls back into the cage. Robertson still firing up close. Saunders lands a hard left. Gets off the cage. Kicks from Saunders. Robertson's arm might be hurt from blocking kicks. Saunders coming forward. More kicks. Trading punches. Knees landing for Saunders. Robertson drops Saunders! Robertson on top. Saunders gets guard. Mission control. 10-9 Robertson for the drop.

Round 2: Saunders lands big kick. Robertson answers with a combo. Saunders eats a hard body kick. Jab jab hook from Robertson all land. Saunders is bleeding. Kicks from Saunders. Robertson lands a hook. Low shot from Saunders forces a pause. Back to it. Robertson eating kicks, landing punches. They clinch. Saunders ducks a pair of hooks. Pumps his jab. Leg kick for Robertson. Body kick Saunders. Leg kick-overhand left for Robertson. Big kicks from Saunders. Hard leg kick from Robertson. Saunders' punches lacking pop. Hard body kick from Saunders. Robertson lands a punch. Pushing forward behind hard combos. Saunders hurt but suriviving. Knee from Saunders. Robertson lands more punches. Saunders landing elbows as Robertson goes for the double. 10-9 Robertson.

Round 3: They're trading right away. Leg kicks and punches for Robertson. Body kicks for Saunders. Robertson gets him down. Saunders immediately with a tight, high rubber guard. Robertson is cut and bleeding bad. Elbows to the head. Robertson gets out with 20 seconds left. 10-9 Saunders but not enough to make up the deficit from the first two rounds on my card.

Official result: Ben Saunders def. Kenny Robertson via split decision (29-28x2, 28-29).


Danny Castillo vs. Jim Miller - Lightweights

Round 1: They trade in center cage. Miller shoots. Gets Castillo down. Miller in Castillo's butterfly guard. Miller gets mount. Has the right arm isolated. Miller has a triangle as Castillo rolls over. Castillo escapes. Gets side control. Miller gets full guard. Castillo with an elbow from the top. Another. Miller trying to isolate an arm from his back. Miller gets to his feet. Miller with a kick. Inside leg kick to Castillo's knee. Castillo fires a huge high kick and a flying knee before the buzzer. Neither lands clean. 10-9 Miller but extremely close.

Round 2: Miller pumping a jab. Castillo firing high kicks. Miller landing leg kicks. Trading straight punches. Punch-punch-outside leg kick for Miller. Castillo lands a combo to the face. Body kick for Castillo. Castillo spins on a missed head kick. Miller taking center cage, backing Castillo up. Lands a body kick. Castillo with a head kick, misses but gets off the cage. Miller coming forward behind a pumping jab. Whiffs on a hook. Miller ends a combo with a leg kick. Castillo lands a high kick. Miller with a body kick. Castillo kicks to the body. To the head. Outside leg kick for Miller. Another very close round. 10-9 Castillo. Even after two.

Round 3: Miller coming forward but eats a combo of punches to the face. Body kick from Castillo. Castillo shoots, stuffed. Right lands for Castillo. Castillo landing with kicks to the body. Miller lands a left, catches a leg and gets Castillo down. Castillo right back to his feet. Castillo shoots, stuffed. Miller looking for a headlock or choke. Castillo is out. Big hook from Castillo. Miller lands a lead uppercut. Body kick from Castillo. Another. Right hand lands for Castillo. High kick blocked but lands hard on the arm of Miller. They trade kicks. Miller shoots. Castillo stuffs him. Castillo on top now, side control. Castillo punching from the top. 10-9 Castillo. I have him up 2-1.

Official result: Jim Miller def. Danny Castillo via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).


Tom Lawlor vs. Gian Villante - Light Heavyweights

Round 1:  Villante landing kicks to Lawlor's arms. Lawlor moving forward. They trade hooks twice. Villante with a big right to the face. Lawlor returns fire. Big leg kick from Villante. More of those. Villante landing uppercuts. Lawlor's lead leg is red. More inside leg kicks from Villante. Outside leg kick. Again. Lawlor's eye bloodied. Villante catches a kick and gets Lawlor down. Right back up. Straight right to Lawlor's face. 10-9 Villante.

Round 2: They come out trading. Villante still seem to have the edge standing. DAMN! Lawlor drops Villante with a single punch. Follows him down it's all over! Replay shows it was a right hook that caught Villante coming in perfectly on the button.

Official result: Tom Lawlor def. Gian Villante via KO (punches) at 0:27 of Rd 2.


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