Affliction Banned Play-by-Play

Jul 19, 2008
Sherdog.com's Greg Savage reports from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., with live play-by-play of Affliction "Banned," which is headlined by Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) versus Tim Sylvia (Pictures).

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Gary Goodridge (Pictures) vs. Paul Buentello (Pictures)
Round 1
Goodridge lands a good low kick. Buentello lands another combination. Goodridge still moving forward, still throwing leg kicks. Buentello unloads another series of punches that again sends Goodridge into a shell against the ropes. Goodridge looks no worse for the wear, he even throws a head kick after Buentello backed away. Sherdog.com scores the opening frame 10-9 for Paul Buentello.

Round 2
About 40 seconds into the round Buentello begins to open up again, landing another round of elbows and punchs from in close. Goodridge has stood up to the offensive so far and he continues to move forward. Buentello lands a crisp one-two. Goodridge is throwing haymakers but Buentello is using good footwork to stay away. Buentello unleashes another torrent of punches along the ropes and looks to have Goodridge hurt but he backs away just before the second round comes to a close. Another 10-9 round for Buentello.

Round 3
Buentello is finding the mark even more in the opening exchange of the final stanza. Uppercuts, crosses and straight punches land with Goodridge's only answer an overhand haymaker. Buentello stands Goodridge straight up with a jab. A right cross snaps Goodridge head to the side, he looks like he wants to call a timeout. Buentello bullies him into the corner but can not land the lethal blow. Goodridge, blood trickling from the corner of his mouth inches forward only to find himself on the recieving end of more damage. Buentello lands another slew of knees from the clinch in the corner as Goodridge survives the 15-minute affair. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 (30-27) for Paul Buentello. Judges Nelson Hamilton, Lester Griffin and Marcos Rosales all scored the bout 30-27.

Vitor Belfort (Pictures) vs. Terry Martin (Pictures)
Round 1
Martin gets right up in Belfort's face as the fighters listen to Referee Josh Rosenthal's instructions. Belfort is unfazed and calmly returns to his corner to await the opening bell. Belfort scores first with a thudding kick to Martin's midsection. Martin is charging forward but Belfort cooly evades and counters. Martin lands his first convincing shot of the night with a straight right. Martin continues to stalk Belfort but neither fighter is landing anything of consequence. The first round closes with neither fighter grabing control. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-10.

Round 2
More standup dueling to open the second period. Martin moving forward once again with Martin digging to the body in his first flurry. Belfort finds the mark with a glancing left that briefly wobbles Martin. He follows up with a punishing body kick. Martin immediatly shoots and scores the takedown but he can't keep Belfort down for long and it costs him. Belfort lands a knee that may have stunned Martin before finishing him with an uppercut-straight left combination that sat a dazed Martin down for good. The end came at 3:12 of the second round.

Mike Pyle (Pictures) vs. JJ Ambrose (Pictures)
Round 1
Ambrose opens with a right hand and backs Pyle into the corner. A minute into the fight, Pyle uses a body-lock takedown to side control. Pyle quickly moves into the mount and then takes Ambrose's back. Ambrose keeps moving on the ground, getting his back to the mat, but then giving up his back again. Pyle in total control, peppering Ambrose with punches before securing the rear-naked choke at 2:51 of the first round.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Pictures) vs. Edwin Dewees (Pictures)
Round 1
Joe Riggs and Ken Shamrock are in Dewees' corner. UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in his brother's corner. Dewees comes out kicking but not landing much. He's more aggressive while Nogueira is trying to pick his shots, throwing a left hand out of his southpaw stance. Dewees uses a body lock to back Nogueira into the corner. Nothing happens there. Back in the center, Dewees kicks again. Nogueira retaliates with punches, and Dewees covers up before going to his back. The Brazilian is content to take the top position on the ground and punch Dewees. Despite some success, Nogueira backs out to resume the stand-up game. Nogueira starts landing the best shots of the fight by grabbing Dewees in the Thai clinch and battering him with knees. Dewees is hurt, and Nogueira follows up with punches and more knees. A big left hook drops Dewees, and Herb Dean stops the fight after some additional strikes on the ground at 4:06.

Matt Lindland (Pictures) vs. Fabio Negao (Pictures)
Round 1
Lindland cornered by Chael Sonnen, Ryan Schultz and Robert Follis. A left hand drops Negao early. Lindland grabs a guillotine and goes to his back, where he reverses Negao while holding onto the choke. Negao rolls him, but Lindland keeps the choke and gets back to the top position. A minute later, Negao escapes. Lindland begins working in Negao's closed guard. Lindland misses with a Mongolian chop, but the effort shows that he's able to posture up and strike. Negao trying to control Lindland's wrists. Lindland stands, throws Negao's legs to the side and lands a right hand that helps him move into half guard. With a minute left, Negao gets back to his feet. Both fighters look a little slow with their punches. Negao lands a left without any power. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Lindland.

Round 2
Lindland moving forward, lands a nice left hand. In the clinch, Negao hurts Lindland with a short strike and follows up with more punches. A toe-to-toe exchange ensues, with Negao getting the better of it. In the corner, though, Lindland completes a takedown. Three minutes to go in the round. Lindland pins Negao in the corner. Short elbows score from Lindland. More strikes land from Lindland, as Negao is stuck on his back. Lindland throws his opponent's legs to the side and connects with another right hand. Despite a strong start early in the round for Negao, Lindland's steady offense gets him the round 10-9.

Round 3
Negao looks tired to start the third, though Lindland doesn't look terribly fresh either. Lindland is the aggressor, but his punches don't have much sting. Negao drops his hands to his waist. Lindland peppers him but doesn't do any damage. Negao looks exhausted. Not an entertaining round. Negao lands a good body shot with his left hand, but Lindland is the more offensive fighter. Lindland gets a takedown, but Negao goes through the ropes without falling out of the ring. After a restart in the center, Lindland lands a solid knee to the face. Fight ends to a smattering of boos. Sherdog.com scores it 10-9 Lindland, and 30-27 Lindland overall. Lindland wins a unanimous decision: 30-26, 30-27 twice.

Renato Sobral (Pictures) vs. Mike Whitehead (Pictures)
Round 1
The fighters open by trading. A kick from Sobral to Whitehead's lead leg is the first strike to land. Whitehead clinches and backs Sobral into the corner. Whitehead trying to grab a single-leg takedown, but Sobral defends with underhooks. Back to the center, Sobral ducks under a punch and tries a double-leg takedown that fails. Sobral pumps his jab, but no power shot follows. Another good kick to Whitehead's leg. The fight slows in the clinch, where neither man can gain an advantage. When they resume trading, Whitehead connects with an uppercut. Sobral retaliates with another kick, which prompts Whitehead to clinch. Seconds later Sobral ducks under another punch to get a takedown, but Whitehead gets up quickly. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Sobral.

Round 2
Sobral works his jab to begin the second. Whiteheads shoots for a double-leg, but Sobral fights off what was a good effort. They begin to trade, and Sobral lands a good right hand to the body. Whitehead shoots for another double-leg, which Sobral stops momentarily before ending up on his back. Three minutes to go in the round. From his back, Sobral working on Whitehead's shoulder, perhaps for an omoplata. Whitehead frees himself but doesn't do any damage before the fighters are stood. Close round. 10-9 Sobral.

Round 3
This round could decide the fight after a close second. Sobral lands a leg kick to begin the third. He misses a second kick, and Whitehead gets a takedown as they fall through the ropes. After a restart, Sobral is the aggressor, moving forward, working his jab. Whitehead dives in for another double. Sobral grabs a guillotine, but again he falls through the ropes, resulting in a restart. After another exchange, Whitehead shoots again. Sobral responds with yet another guillotine. Whitehead escapes and begins to work in Sobral's guard. Sobral quickly locks on an omoplata, but Whitehead gets out. The fighters are stood. One minute to go. Sobral lands a straight kick to Whitehead's face. Sobral going forward, Whitehead not. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Sobral and the fight 30-27 for Sobral. "Babalu" wins a unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three cards.

Mark Hominick (Pictures) vs. Trenell "Savant" Young (Pictures)
Round 1
Hominick cornered by Shawn Tompkins and Jay Heiron. Antonio McKee is in Young's corner. Hominick takes the center of the ring, with Young circling. Hominick throwing his hands, staying away from kicking at the moment. Young not afraid to punch, then get out. He tries for a takedown, but Hominick stops it. Nothing major landing from either man. Two minutes to go in the round. Hominick has Young backed into the corner, but he's trying to pick his shots. Young misses a wild right. Hominick gets through with a glancing right hand, but Young lands a body shot. Hominick fires back with a straight right. Close round, but Hominick gets it based on his aggression, 10-9.

Round 2
Hominick continues to force a stand-up fight in the second. Young gets the first shot of the round, though, with a right hand. After an exchange, Young finally finishes a takedown into Hominick's closed guard. Before Young gets rolling, Hominick nearly executes a sweep. Young defends, but Hominick switches to a triangle choke. The submission could end the fight, but Young slams him to escape. Seconds later Hominick tries for another triangle and lands two short right hands from his back. Young gets free, but nearly gets armbarred. Hominick is relentless from his back. When the armbar doesn't work, he goes back to a triangle, then back to the armbar. Young taps at 4:25 into the round.

Josh Barnett (Pictures) vs. Pedro Rizzo (Pictures)
Round 1
A minute in, and nothing big has landed. Rizzo and Barnett are picking their shots. Barnett throws two front kicks and shoots in, but he isn't close to the takedown. Rizzo lets Barnett be the aggressor, and Barnett gets in a left hand. A good kick to Rizzo's lead leg. Rizzo waiting back. The Brazilian is moving well, moving laterally when Barnett tries to close the distance, but he's not punching much. Barnett returns to his push kick. Rizzo easily avoids Barnett's efforts to clinch. Barnett jabs twice and lands a leg kick. 10-9 Barnett.

Round 2
Barnett uses the push kick again in the second round. Rizzo still waiting back, then goes forward but doesn't land. Barnett tries to close the distance, but Rizzo easily moves away. Then suddenly Barnett misses a right hand but connects with a huge left hook that knocks Rizzo out. Commentator Big John McCarthy calls it a "replay of their first fight, in reverse." Official time is 1:44.

Andrei Arlovski (Pictures) vs. Ben Rothwell (Pictures)
Round 1
Arlovski kicks to Rothwell's leg, throws a punch combination that doesn't land. Arlovski lands another kick to the leg, and Rothwell ties him up. Rothwell tries to Thai clinch, but Arlovski shoves him into the corner and throws a right out of the break. Arlovski is aggressive, not waiting back. Rothwell clinches again, but Arlovski trips the bigger man to the canvas. Rothwell tries to get up, and Arlovski attacks his ankle for a submission. Rothwell gets free and back to his feet. Again Rothwell initiates the clinch behind some punches. After separating, Arlovski lights up Rothwell with rights and lefts. Rothwell looks stunned, but he stays on his feet and recovers. Late in the round, Rothwell puts a right hand on Arlovski, but Arlovski clearly takes the round, 10-9.

Round 2
Inside leg kick from Arlovski to start the second. Rothwell lands a right, but Arlovski begins to score with right and left hands, pummeling a retreating Rothwell. Arlvoski get a takedown to mount, but Rothwell gets his guard. Three minutes to go in the round. Rothwell's nose is bleeding. Arlovski surprisingly falls back for an ankle lock that isn't close, and Rothwell takes the top position in the guard. He lands an elbow on the former UFC champion. Two minutes to go in the round. Rothwell drops some big elbow smashes that don't quite land cleanly. The fighters are stood with 30 seconds left, and Arlovski attacks with a brutal assault of left hooks and uppercuts, a head kick, a jump knee. He can't put away Rothwell, but he wins an exciting round, 10-9.

Round 3
Rothwell clinches to begin the third. Arlovski gets free a minute into the round and tees off. An overhand right crumbles Rothwell, and the fight is stopped. An excellent, aggressive performance by Arlovski. The official time is 1:13 of the third.

Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) vs. Tim Sylvia (Pictures)
Round 1
Sylvia makes his way to the ring with an American flag wrapped over his shoulders. He has an American flag mouthpiece. Fedor's entrance is slow, stoic, calm. Sylvia gets some applause, some boos during his introduction. Fedor is cheered. The fighters touch gloves. Fedor lands a left hook, and Sylvia clinches. Fedor hammers him with another left hook and an uppercut and more rights and lefts. Sylvia goes down, and Fedor takes his back. In 36 seconds, Fedor Emelianenko submits Tim Sylvia with a rear-naked choke.

Justin Levens (Pictures) vs. Ray Lazama
The fight was cancelled due to time constraints.
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