Affliction Play-by-Play

Jan 25, 2009
Sherdog.com reports from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., with live play-by-play of Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning,” which is headlined by Fedor Emelianenko versus Andrei Arlovski.

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Brett Cooper vs. Patrick Speight
Round 1
Cooper, sporting a large grin, paws out a lazy jab. Speight tries to connect with some low kicks but he falls short. A left hook lead from Speight finds a home on the jaw of Cooper. Cooper gets busy with his hands and lands a combo. Speight answers with a counter right. Cooper connects with a right hand on the heels of a stiff jab. To the body goes Cooper with a digging left hook. At the midway point of the round, a hard right lands for Cooper. Speight lands a beautiful jab. Speight pieces together a nice left and a right in quick succession, followed by a low kick. Cooper keeps up with his opponent’s pace with two hard right hand leads. Speight drops levels for a single and ends up pulling guard. Cooper gets to his feet and kicks the legs of his grounded opponent.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cooper
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cooper
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cooper

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Cooper punished Speight.
Round 2
Cooper stays with his jab to start round two. Speight gets busy with his jab as well, but he seems content to counter with his left hook. Speight, with blood trickling from his nose, gets hit with a hard body shot. Speight slips and Cooper takes the top position on the ground. Cooper, on top in half guard, works elbows and punches to the head with his left hand. Speight gets to guard and goes high with his hips in search of a triangle. Cooper stuffs it and hits the ribs with his right hand. Speight goes to a rubber guard, but Cooper has none of it. He stands and invites his opponent to follow. Cooper lands a hard right uppercut that puts Speight down for the count. Referee Doc Hamilton saves Speight at 4:10 of the second frame.

Albert Rios vs. Antonio Duarte
Round 1
Rios shoots a single leg and gets it after a brief struggle. Duarte gets back to his feet and takes the center of the ring. Rios fires a one-two that falls just short. The fighters clash leg kicks, canceling each other. Duarte lands a clean right hand that knocks Rios to the floor. They scramble on the ground for positioning and end up back on their feet. Rios picks Duarte up and deposits him on the canvas with a body lock. Duarte sweeps and takes the top position, where he lands a few punches. Rios stands and is caught in a guillotine. Showing good defense, Rios escapes but give up north-south position in the process. Rios gets to his feet and samples a kick to the thigh for his effort. Duarte’s footwork is crisp as the first frame closes.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Duarte
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Duarte
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Duarte

Round 2
From the clinch, Duarte connects a knee to the body of Rios. A left hook leads scores for Duarte. To the lower body goes Duarte with two kicks. Duarte circles around the ring and is taken down by a Rios single. Rios, in side-control, attempts to transition to his opponent’s back, but fails. Duarte gets to a standing position and absorbs a hard kick to his lead leg. And another. A nice jab from Rios cracks the chin. The action has slowed a touch after a furious pace to start the bout. Duarte counters a low kick with a right straight that lands. Rios drops levels for a takedown, but Duarte stuffs it against the ropes.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rios
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rios
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Rios

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Rios' pace won the fight.
Round 3
The fighters come out slugging to kick off the final frame. Rios gets busy with low kicks. Just when it looked like Duarte was starting to gain momentum, Rios connects with a left that backs his opponent off. Duarte scores with an uppercut to the chin. Rios ducks under a loaded-up right hand but he can’t finish a single. Rios switches to a double, but Duarte is game. Now in the center of the ring with 60 seconds remaining, both fighters land glancing leather. A low kick from Duarte is checked in the final seconds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Duarte
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rios
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Rios

All three official judges see the bout 29-28 for Albert Rios.

Bao Quach vs. L.C. Davis
Round 1
Davis cracks an off-balance Quach with a right hand. The fight briefly hits the ground with Quach holding a guillotine before both fighters stand. A standing elbow from Quach finds its target. Davis fails on a single leg, but gets vengeance with a powerful double as he lifts Quach into the air and deposits him on the floor. Quach looks for an armbar before taking the top position. He mounts Davis and hits the head with his right hand. Right elbows follow. Quach connects with two hard elbows that prompt Davis to give turn over. Quach locks on a rear-naked choke, but he can’t finish in time. The horn sounds with Quach heeling the liver while applying the choke.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Quach
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Quach
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Quach

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Davis outworked Quach.
Round 2
Davis scores with a right hand before being taken down. Quach moves to side control and almost secures an armbar before being forced back to half guard. Quach advances to the mount, where he wastes no time in going back to the elbows. Quach gives up position on an armbar attempt. Davis, now in Quach’s guard, throws a left elbow of his own. Quach goes for a kimura and uses the hold to get to his knees. Davis absolutely tees off with punches that rock Quach. Bao Quach gets to his feet and holds the ropes to defend another takedown. Referee Doc Hamilton issues a warning for the foul. Davis lands knees to the body from the clinch as time expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Davis
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Davis
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Davis

Round 3
A left cross connects for Davis to start the final stanza. Davis gets a takedown into Quach’s guard. The IFL veteran elbows the head and punches the body. Quach gets to his knees and defends a D’Arce choke before scoring a single of his own. Davis gets back to his feet and is drug back to the canvas. Davis stands and grabs the ropes, but it doesn’t stop Quach from muscling him to the ground. Hamilton issues a warning to both men. Davis executes a slick trip and ends up in Quach’s guard. Davis tees off with punches and elbows from both arms. Davis has taken over the fight with 90 seconds remaining. Quach shows signs of punishment as he bleeds under his left eye. Quach wrestles to his knees but he is firmly controlled by Davis, who keeps his base and punches the body.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Davis
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Davis
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Davis

All three official judges see the bout 29-28 for L.C. Davis.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Round 1
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Nogueira got sweet revenge.
A very slow pace dictates the opening minute of combat. Both fighters circle in the center of the ring but neither pulls the trigger. Finally some action at the 3:30 mark as Nogueira opens up with a punching combo. The crowd begins to shower the ring with boos at the midway point of the opening round. The crowd grows more restless as the feeling out process continues to unfold. Nogueira jabs lazily twice and connects with a hard inside-leg kick. Matyushenko sneaks in a straight right to the body and runs away. Nogueira is stalking the UFC vetaround the ring and lands a clean knee to the chin before the horn sounds. Those in attendance let the fighters hear it after a lackluster round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Nogueira
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Nogueira
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Nogueira

Round 2
Matyushenko remains tentative. Out of nowhere, Nogueira is rocked with a right hook on the ear. Matyushenko assaults the Brazilian with a flurry of punches that open a cut under the right eye of Nogueira. A left hook from Nogueira opens a cut near the right eye of Matyushenko. Matyushenko lands a left straight from a southpaw stance before switching to an orthodox base. Nogueira chases Matyushenko around the ring with punches and knees. A hard knee to the body and a left straight hurts Matyushenko. A final knee to the chin causes Vladimir to crumble. Referee Doc Hamilton steps in to halt the contest at the 4:26 mark of round two.

Dan Lauzon vs. Bobby Green
Round 1
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Lauzon finished nicely.
Heavy leather being thrown around from both athletes. Green loads up some knees that miss small. The fighters clinch and Lauzon goes to the canvas following an accidental kick to the cup. Time is given by referee Herb Dean for Lauzon to recover. Action is resumed and the fight hits the floor after Lauzon pulls guard. Green tees off with punches and stands. He throws Lauzon back to the floor and fights off a triangle choke. Green stands and knees Lauzon directly on the groin protector. Lauzon folds and Dean issues a warning. The fight is back on, and sure enough, Green kicks Lauzon in the groin. Two points are taken and Dean is discussing the situation with a commission official. Lauzon says he can continue and the fight is restarted again. Lauzon pulls guard and Green lands some heavy punches. Lauzon locks on a heelhook and the hold is tight. Green escapes but ends up with Lauzon on his back. Lauzon locks on a rear-naked choke and solicits a tap from Green at 4:55 of the first.

“The last one kind of skipped but it took its toll,” said Lauzon when asked if the strikes were low. “Definitely wasn't intentional.”

Paul Buentello vs. Kirill Sidelnikov
Round 1
The heavyweights throw bombs from the get go, with Buentello getting the best of the exchange with a jab to exit. Sidelnikov clinches with Buentello against the ropes and hits the head hard with his right hand. Buentello pushes his way off the ropes and jabs the left eye of the Russian, who sports a mouse in only 90 seconds of action. Sidelnikov goes back to the clinch, where he dirty boxes from the inside. Buentello lands a hard right hand and a right-handed counter that stops the younger fighter in his tracks. Sidelnikov gets back to the clinch, where he throws a knee to the body that connects. Buentello lands a knee to the body of his own and a right hand before the horn sounds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Buentello
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Buentello
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Buentello

Round 2
Sidelnikov slips throwing a low kick but Buentello doesn’t capitalize. Buentello lands a right hand right down the pipe. A stiff jab from Buentello snaps his opponent’s head back. Buentello peppers the Russian’s head with a left and a right. Sidelnikov lands a right hand and attacks wildly with windmill punches. Buentello ties him up and waves his finger at the crowd as to say, “No way, I’m fine.” Buentello breaks the clinch and sprawls on a slow Sidelnikov single-leg attempt. A left hand from Buentello rocks Sidelnikov, but he shakes it off. Sidelnikov eats two jabs after missing a head kick. And another hard jab. Buentello is dominating through 10 minutes of action.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Buentello
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Buentello
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Buentello

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Buentello peppered Sidelnikov.
Round 3
Sidelnikov stalks Buentello down and throws a hard kick to the thigh. Buentello goes to the body with a straight left. And another. Back to the jab goes Buentello. A hard right uppercut blasts Sidelnikov. A right hand lands after Buentello catches a low kick. A jab from Buentello rocks Sidelnikov’s world as he stumbles backwards, knocking his mouthguard to the floor. Referee “Big” John McCarthy asks Sidelnikov if he wants to continue. No answer is given but the fight is resumed. More jabs land and the tired Sidelnikov is having trouble keeping his mouthpiece in out of fatigue. McCarthy stops the action to retrieve the mouthpiece, and the fight is stopped after a ringside doctor doesn’t like what he sees from Sidelnikov. Time is called at 4:18 of the third. Impressive performance from Buentello.

“It was hard, but this was the best sparring I have had in seven weeks. Usually I am on the other end,” said Buentello. “I found a home for my jab, I was landing everything solid but he kept coming at me.”

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Renato Sobral
Round 1
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"Babalu" rallied in round two.
Sobral attempts to throw Sokoudjou to the floor but the Pride veteran is game. Sobral nearly finishes a takedown but Sokoudjou gets tied up in the ropes. Referee McCarthy restarts the fighters in the clinch along the ropes. Sokoudjou defends a trip and ends up in Sobral’s guard, where he tees off with right elbows. Sobral gets to his feet and fails on a single-leg attempt. Sobral clinches tightly with Sokoudjou in the corner. Sobral knees the thigh before McCarthy restarts the action in the center of the ring. A front kick from Sobral connects with the chest before time expires.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sokoudjou
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Sokoudjou
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Sokoudjou

Round 2
A Sobral jab is countered by a hard Sokoudjou right uppercut. Sobral gets a takedown into Sokoudjou’s guard. Sobral hammerfists with his left hand and elbows with his right. McCarthy moves the fighters to the center of the ring in the same position. Sobral looks for a mount and transitions to a D’Arce to set up an anaconda choke. The hold is tight and Sokoudjou taps quickly at the 2:36 mark.

“I was looking for openings, that was my favorite choke and he opened up for it,” said Sobral.
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Belfort knocked Lindland stiff.


Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort
Round 1
Belfort knocks Lindland stiff with a left hand. He finishes the job with some follow up pound. What unfolds next is down right frightening. Lindland is down for quite sometime, and even minutes later it seems as though he’s trying to single-leg a doctor. The ring is full of medical personnel as they hold Lindland down and force a neck brace on the out-of-it fighter. Finally, Lindland comes to and sits in a submissive manner and tells an EMT he’s fine. The brace is removed and Lindland walks out of the ring under his own power. The official time is 0:37 of round one.

“It was speed and the accuracy,” declared Belfort. “When I saw the opening I reacted.”

Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel
Round 1
Yvel lands a hard low kick to the left leg of Barnett. Barnett clinches and Yvel tees off with short punches. Taking lots of punishment, Barnett smartly drags Yvel to the floor. From half guard, Barnett answers with elbows to the face. Barnett punches the head with his right hand and goes for a kimura. Yvel frees his left arm but Barnett immediately slaps on another kimura. From half-guard, Barnett tweaks the arm but he can’t finish. Barnett raises his posture to punch before advancing to side-control. Now back in half guard, Barnett applies another kimura before moving to mount. Barnett tees off and Yvel punches back. Yvel rolls over and takes a beating but he survives. Yvel stands and exhanges a punching flurry at the sound of the horn. Great round.
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Yvel tapped from strikes.


Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Barnett
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-8 Barnett
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Barnett

Round 2
Barnett gets a quick takedown to start round two. From half guard, he goes back to his trusty kimura. Yvel frees himself and does a good job of keeping half guard as Barnett tries to advance his position. Punches from Barnett clear a path to the mount. Barnett takes the dominant perch and punches the head with both hands. On the bottom in mount, Yvel returns fire from his back. A heavy elbow from Barnett finds its target. Yvel gets in punches from his back again, but pays for it. Barnett tees off. With 15 seconds remaining, Barnett goes for an arm bar and loses position. Yvel stands to end the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Barnett
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Barnett
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Barnett

Round 3
Again Barnett wastes no time in taking the action to the floor. He quickly advances to mount and commences a beating. Yvel bucks trying to get Barnett off, but the effort is futile. Yvel exchanges blows one more time before rolling over and tapping from punishment at 3:05 of round three.

The official attendance is 13,255.

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Fedor is still king.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Round 1
Arlovski starts with a kick to the body and a right hand that clips Fedor. Arlovski lands a low kick to Fedor’s left leg. And one to the right. Arlovski continues with low kicks as he samples a hard left to the body. Fedor clinches with Arlvoski. The former UFC champion tries to throw Fedor, but Emelianenko has none of it. The pace slows as the fighters clinch on the corner. Fedor presses the bigger man against the post. Referee “Big” John McCarthy restarts the action in the center of the ring. Arlvoski lands a right hand and kicks Fedor against the ropes. Arlovski jumps for a flying knee and is knocked out cold by a Fedor counter punch. Fedor was on his way to dropping the first round when the punch landed at 3:14 of the first.

“I knew Arlovski was prone to making mistakes and that's the point when I caught him,” stated Fedor.

When asked about fighting Josh Barnett, Fedor stated in English: “No, He's my friends.”

“Now I just want to go home.”

Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
Round 1
High, stalking early, lands a high kick that is partially blocked. Hieron flurries back with a combination that backs off high. Heiron loands a crushing lead left hook that freezes High before he crumples to the mat. Hieron follows up with punches before referee Herb Dean intervenes. The official time is 1:04 of the first round.

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