UFC 136 Live Results & Play-by-Play

Oct 8, 2011
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Steve Cantwell vs. Mike Massenzio

Round 1
Lots of feinting and bobbing in the first minute until the southpaw Massenzio connects with a slapping kick to Cantwell’s thigh. Massenzio fires off a few punches and lands a kick to the right side of Cantwell’s body, and Cantwell returns fire with low kicks. A powerful combination from Massenzio comes through. He ducks under a punch from Cantwell and tries to grab the waist. Massenzio can’t get in on the hips on this attempt or the next. Cantwell shoves him off and digs a one-two to the body and head of Massenzio. A single right hook tags the chin of Massenzio and his legs buckle briefly. Cantwell follows up with a head kick and more punches, but still doesn’t take Massenzio down. Massenzio has regained his wits and just dodges a flying knee, then catches Cantwell with a foot to the cup. Cantwell recovers quickly and puts punches, a knee and an elbow on Massenzio, who shoots. Cantwell sprawls and works on the turtling Massenzio until Massenzio scrambles to his feet.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Cantwell
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cantwell
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Cantwell

Round 2
Cantwell connects with a solid high kick and Massenzio shoots. Cantwell is pinned against the cage, Massenzio’s hands locked around his waist. But Cantwell stays active as Massenzio works, digging punches and elbows to Massenzio’s back and sides. Referee Kerry Hatley warns him to watch the elbows to the back. Back on the feet, Massenzio shoots again and is sprawled on by Cantwell, who responds with an outside leg kick. Massenzio swims inside with a pair of hard left hooks, backs out and lands another. A nice lead left uppercut from Massenzio connects. He follows up with another flurry of punches, but Massenzio’s momentum is halted when he shoots a high double-leg and is blocked. Massenzio steps out again and drills Cantwell with a left hand, a knee. Cantwell is bloodied now, landing leg kicks but still absorbing left hooks at the horn.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Massenzio
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Massenzio
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Massenzio

Round 3
Massenzio emerges for the final round aggressively, chasing Cantwell down with punches and bullying him into the cage. They split and Cantwell tries kicking to the legs and body of Massenzio, but the kicks are coming slower and Massenzio’s punches are still hard. Massenzio another stuffed takedown attempt and absorbs damage to his ribs while Cantwell sprawls with his back on the fence. Massenzio backs out, lands a few punches and shoots again, this well getting Cantwell to the floor. Cantwell has designs on a kimura, then twists his hips for an armbar, but Massenzio escapes to the feet. Massenzio lands another lead left uppercut, a right hook, a knee. Cantwell is in trouble, back to the fence with Massenzio mugging him. Then Massenzio changes levels and tries another takedown, which Cantwell stifles. A brief guillotine attempt from Cantwell forces Massenzio away. Massenzio is just picking his punches, landing left hands at will on an exhausted Cantwell as the fight enters its last 90 seconds. Now it’s Cantwell who tries to bring the fight down, only to get caught underneath. Cantwell rolls for a heel hook at the very last second and screams in frustration when the final horn sounds.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Massenzio (29-28 Massenzio)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Massenzio (29-28 Massenzio)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Massenzio (29-28 Massenzio)

Official result: It’s a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, all in favor of Mike Massenzio. Judges’ names are not announced.

Aaron Simpson vs. Eric Schafer

Round 1
Simpson takes 30 seconds to feel out Schafer before exploding with a big right hand and follow-up uppercuts against the fence. Schafer falls to his back, but Simpson doesn’t give chase, instead calling “Red” back to his feet. Schafer is bloodied beneath his left eye but composed as he eats a big left hook. Schafer tries to clinch but is shaken off and slugged by Simpson, who is swinging for the fences with massive right uppercuts. Simpson digs a left hook to the body, then staggers Schafer with a flurry to the body and head, a right uppercut doing the most damage. Bouncing around the perimeter, Simpson is countering Schafer’s single punches with combos, continuous right uppercuts to the body and one to the head around the 40 second mark which appears to daze Schafer.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Simpson
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Simpson
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Simpson

Round 2
It’s straight back to work for Simpson in the second, looking to take Schafer’s head off with huge right hands. The left side of Schafer’s face is swollen and bleeding again after 60 seconds of absorbing the punches. Simpson lands a sweet right hook on Schafer’s jaw, then rips four or five more to the body in vicious fashion. Schafer swings a wide left hook as Simpson gets near, but his punches are slow and few. Simpson buckles his man with a right hand; it’s not looking good for Schafer, but he’s not going away. At the 10-second clapper, Simpson sends Schafer to the canvas with a right hand over the top. Simpson waves him back up as the round expires.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Simpson
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Simpson
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Simpson

Round 3
Action is slow to start in the final frame, with Simpson circling Schafer and lunging in with occasional hooks to the head and body. Schafer walks him down but still isn’t letting his hands go, even as the fight enters the final three minutes. A cracking left over the top from Simpson sends him backward. Schafer keeps coming forward, eating punches and swinging a left hook once in a while. Simpson circles to the right, drills a right hook to Schafer’s body and a left to the head. Schafer is still moving forward at the end of the fight, but it looks like a clean sweep for Simpson.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Simpson (30-26 Simpson)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Simpson (30-26 Simpson)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Simpson (30-27 Simpson)

Official result: All three scorecards read 30-27 in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Aaron Simpson.

Tiequan Zhang vs. Darren Elkins

Round 1
The featherweights get to trading right away and it’s Zhang beating Elkins to the punch with fast hands. The wrestler Elkins shoots in and Zhang snares a guillotine choke under his left arm. Elkins looks to be in serious trouble for a moment, but he gets out of the position, extracts his head and moves to Zhang’s guard. There are heavy shots coming from Elkins on top as Zhang tries to push the American away with his feet. Elkins passes to half-guard on Zhang’s right side, where he drops punches and short elbows while Zhang tries to tie up. Elkins has a neck crank momentarily on top, then releases it and goes back to pounding with about two minutes to go. Elkins pops his right leg out and moves to full mount. Zhang gives up his back and Elkins sinks in both hooks, rolling with Zhang and hunting for a rear-naked choke. Zhang avoids the choke, eats a few more punches and peels his way out of another RNC attempt. Elkins has a body-triangle applied and he punches away from Zhang’s back to the horn.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Elkins

Round 2
Zhang sprawls on a takedown from Elkins and grabs for another guillotine. In a repeat of the first round, Elkins gets loose from the choke and rolls Zhang over to wind up on top. Elkins is quickly on Zhang’s back again with both hooks in. Zhang covers up, rolled onto his right side, avoiding Elkins’ punches. Zhang twists and puts his back on the canvas with Elkins in half-guard. Elkins advances to side control, but Zhang sees the opening to escape to his feet. Elkins shoots again and Zhang tries another guillotine. The sequence repeats and it’s Elkins on top with two minutes to go. Zhang uses his hips to sweep, only to be swept back under by Elkins. From half-guard, Elkins drops punches to the body and shoulders Zhang’s head into the mat. Referee Dan Miragliotta asks the fighters for action as the second frame winds down.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Elkins
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Elkins

Round 3
Once again, Elkins shoots and Zhang grabs a guillotine. It looks bad for Elkins this time, his face turning purple as the Chinese fighter wrenches away. Again, Elkins twists his way loose, extracting his head and sweeping to top position. It’s the same progression as before: half-guard, side control, full mount. Zhang turtles up as Elkins drops right hands on him, then takes the back. Elkins has another body triangle with 90 seconds left on the clock. Elkins socks away with tired right hands; Zhang can only try to control his opponent’s hands as time runs out.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Elkins (30-27 Elkins)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Elkins (30-27 Elkins)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Elkins (30-27 Elkins)

Official result: The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26, all in favor of the winner by unanimous decision, Darren Elkins. Judges’ names are not announced.

Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic

Round 1
Miocic starts out with hard inside thigh kicks to the left leg of Beltran, who moves around the outside, looking to line up a punch on the bigger man. After 90 seconds, Beltran is checking the kicks, swinging long left hands to keep Miocic at range. Miocic grabs a single-leg and drags Beltran to the floor. Beltran has his right side to the cage, covering up as Miocic throws punches from above. Back to his feet goes Beltran, though his back is now mashed into the fence. The big men trade punches to the body with over-underhooks. The action slows in the last 90 seconds with Beltran swinging punches out of range, Miocic dipping inside with crisp leg kicks and hooks to the head.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Miocic
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Miocic
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Miocic

Round 2
Beltran moves straight forward now, but his punches are still coming short. Miocic whips the smaller man to the floor with an easy single-leg and unleashes punches from on top. Giving chase to the floor, Miocic winds up in side control on Beltran’s left side. Beltran scrambles to his feet and starts swinging. He catches a knee from Miocic and plows him to the ground, slamming heavy leather from the top. Nothing connects with much force and Miocic keeps his composure to stand back up. They clinch for a moment and Miocic eats a left hook on the way out from Beltran, who’s bleeding from his nose and beneath his right eye. Another easy takedown comes for Miocic only lasts a moment, as Beltran explodes to his feet. Miocic lobs a knee from the clinch and then tosses Beltran head-first toward the cage. Beltran comes right back, hurling slow hands, trying to bring the fight to the floor. Both heavyweights look spent with a minute left in the second frame. Miocic puts a pair of hard right straights on Beltran before clinching up again. They trade solid rights, both men swinging wildly to the end of the round.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Miocic
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-10
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Miocic

Round 3
They’re trading punches early in the third, Beltran still gushing blood from his nose. Miocic tries to dip inside for a single-leg, but is stuffed and has to settle for clinching Beltran into the cage. Beltran punches to the body until Miocic goes low again, this time executing the takedown. Miocic takes full mount and nearly has Beltran’s back, but slips off. Instead, Miocic clinches Beltran into the cage; Beltran exits with an attempted standing hammerfist. Miocic lands a hard leg kick, a knee up the middle, then has a shot stuffed. Beltran stays on the ground as he stuffs the shot, however, and Miocic winds up on top anyway. A few hammerfists from Miocic give way to a keylock attempt, quickly aborted. Miocic drops knees to the body from side control on Beltran’s right as time ticks away. Beltran grimaces under the weight as Miocic takes full mount, then back mount. That’s where it ends.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Miocic (30-27 Miocic)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Miocic (30-28 Miocic)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Miocic (30-27 Miocic)

Official result: It’s a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28, all in favor of the still-undefeated Octagon rookie, Stipe Miocic.

Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens

Round 1
Both lightweights look to find their range with punches and kicks in the opening minute. Stephens’ powerful shots are landing better early; nonetheless, he brings the fight to the floor, plowing Pettis onto his back. “Showtime” starts creeping his left leg up, but Stephens backs out to his feet before a triangle or armbar attempt can come. Stephens catches a kick to the cup but only needs a few seconds to recover. When they restart, it’s Pettis landing long punches and hard inside thigh kicks. Stephens blocks a hard switch kick up top and clinches Pettis into the cage. He tries to dump the Duke Roufus product with a single-leg, doesn’t get it, but finds the takedown on a second effort. Pettis’ legs are trapped at first, so he punches at Stephens’ body until he can get to his feet. Once there, Stephens lands a hard combo and blocks a spinning kick, wagging his finger at Pettis.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Stephens
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Stephens
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Stephens

Round 2
Pettis tries to flick out his jab to start the second and Stephens bombs over the top with a right hand. Another low blow, this time to Pettis’ cup, but again action resumes quickly. Pettis scores a double leg and lays Stephens flat on his back, his right side to the fence. Stephens shoves him back to guard, but Pettis backs out and traps Stephens on his way up. After a few knees to the body, Pettis shoves Stephens to his back and works from half-guard. Pettis steps into full mount briefly, and again Stephens puts him back in guard. Bleeding from the nose, Stephens uses the cage to work back to his feet, where he’s still being clinched by Pettis. The former WEC champ connects with a knee before tossing Stephens back down. Stephens stands, is thrown down again, stands again. This time, Pettis scrambles to take Stephens’ back and drops to the floor. Pettis cinches up a body triangle and tries to soften up Stephens with punches from back mount. Pettis nearly gets his right arm under Stephens’ chin for the rear-naked, but Stephens defends and shucks him off, finishing the round on top.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pettis
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Pettis
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Pettis

Round 3
Stephens lobs out a low kick and tries to follow up with a crushing overhand right. It doesn’t connect, but he’s able to bring Pettis to the floor. Pettis instantly swings his legs up, hunting for a triangle choke and forcing Stephens to let him up. Ducking a punch, Pettis has a takedown stuffed and then turns to his back. Stephens wants no part of Pettis’ rangy guard, and Pettis springs to his feet, clinching Stephens into the fence. Pettis gets a takedown in his corner midway through the round, Stephens pops up and Pettis slams him with authority. Pettis isn’t offering much offense, but Stephens is breathing with his mouth open, unable to escape. Stephens gets to his feet, throws a few short punches and blocks a trip attempt, winding up atop Pettis. After absorbing a couple punches, Pettis gets to his knees, then his feet, where he shoves Stephens into the cage. Single-leg attempt from Stephens doesn’t come and Pettis misses a turning kick just before the final horn.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pettis (29-28 Pettis)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Stephens (29-28 Stephens)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Pettis (29-28 Pettis)

Official result: One judge at cageside scores the bout 29-28 in favor of Jeremy Stephens, while the remaining two have the same score for the winner by split decision, Anthony Pettis.

Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago

Round 1
The pair clinch up and Santiago avoids a takedown, circling out to lob kicks to the leg and body. Maia returns with a hard kick to the body and chases down his countryman with punches. Takedown for Maia comes in the center of the cage and he moves to Santiago’s half-guard with ease. Maia tries to pass and gets hurled off by Santiago’s legs. Santiago looks for an opportunity in the clinch, can’t find much and Maia bursts out. Maia is swinging big overhand punches, trying to get in on Santiago. One right hand finds Santiago’s chin, but the ex-Sengoku champ doesn’t go down. Maia gets a takedown with 90 seconds left and again Santiago uses his legs to shove Maia away and keep him in guard. Santiago closes his guard and Maia stacks him up, lunging in with a left hand. Santiago controls his man’s arms and avoids damage, driving a hard upkick into Maia’s chest when he stands. Maia goes back down and finishes the round on top.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Maia
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Maia
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Maia

Round 2
The Brazilians are looking for their ranges, firing out punches which largely miss. Santiago has a hard head kick blocked, ducks under a left hook from Maia and lands a one-two. Right hook gets through for Santiago, who gives chase and winds up clinched against the cage. Maia spins him down with a single-leg. Butterfly guard for Santiago, forcing Maia to tripod and attempt a pass. Maia gets to side half-guard, stands, dodges an upkick and dives back down, where Santiago closes up. Maia stands again, looking for a chance to pass, but can’t find it and again goes to Santiago’s butterfly guard. Maia lands half a dozen solid right hands from on top. They finish on the floor with the Houston crowd offering its first boos of the night.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Maia
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Maia
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Maia

Round 3
Santiago comes out with punches and sprawls on a single-leg from Maia, but gets taken down anyway. He pops back to his feet, Maia clinches him into the fence and they split. Santiago’s looking for a big right hand to finish the fight and one gets through, then another. Maia shoots a single in the center of the cage and takes Santiago’s back standing off the scramble. The crowd boos as Santiago tries to shake Maia, who’s just keeping the waistlock. Santiago turns around as he’s taken down and Maia lands in Santiago’s open half-guard. Not much transpires as Maia tries to keep Santiago pinned down and Santiago works to shove him off. Maia stands and falls into half-guard on Santiago’s left, elbowing at his head as the fight enters its final minute. Maia goes to north-south position, side-control, then full mount. Santiago bucks him off. Maia goes back to half-guard and drops a few more elbows to finish out the fight.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Maia (30-27 Maia)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Maia (30-27 Maia)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Maia (30-27 Maia)

Official result: All three judges have it 30-27, a clean sweep for the winner by unanimous decision, Demian Maia.

Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon

Round 1
Lauzon lands a left hook and Guillard responds with punches of his own, a few nasty knees to the body. Another left hand from Lauzon wobbles Guillard, sends him stumbling backward and slipping forward. Lauzon gives chase, leaping onto Guillard’s back and hunting for the rear-naked choke. Guillard resists momentarily, but Lauzon is persistent and gets his arm under the chin. Guillard is forced to tap out just 47 seconds into the first round.

Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan

Round 1
Garcia is using his range to stuff Phan with jabs early, mixing in a few kicks to the body. Phan backs Garcia into the fence and throws a flurry of punches to the gut, then knocks Garcia to his back with a right hand and chases him to the floor. Garcia closes up his guard and the action slows until referee Jacob Montalvo resets them with three minutes to go. Garcia gets zapped again with a left hook from Phan, but stays vertical this time. Phan blocks a head kick and walks Garcia down with punches, then backs out of the way of a spinning kick. Garcia tries a takedown and Phan stuffs it, stands and rips another cluster of punches to Garcia’s body. Garcia times a right hand and kicks Phan’s body. Garcia is blowing out his nose, getting backed into the fence by Phan and trying to get space with punches. Phan swarms with a combination and catches Garcia with a right hand. Garcia tells referee Montalvo that he was poked in the eye, but only takes 10 seconds to resume. Garcia tries to rush in for a takedown, gets socked and falls to his back. Phan tries to follow up but can’t land anything before the round ends.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Phan
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Phan
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Phan

Round 2
Phan is walking the larger man down, picking his punches on the free-swinging Garcia. A great three-piece combo connects from Phan, whose crisp boxing is winning after 60 seconds of round two. Phan rips a left hook to the ribs of Garcia, who misses with a pair of wild, windmilling punches. Phan is going after the body with vicious intent now, sapping the energy of Garcia, who’s looking winded and wobbly midway through the fight. Phan fires off a tight three-punch combo that grazes, but Garcia shakes his head. Garcia is doubling over, trying to protect his body when Phan feints shots there. Phan backs Garcia into the fence and lands a clean pair of right hands as he’s doubled over. Garcia is bleeding on his right cheek and pawing at the cut, trying to back Phan off with kicks and long punches. It’s not working, and Phan lands another pair of punches before the horn.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Phan
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Phan
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Phan

Round 3
Garcia is going for broke and landing a few punches, leg kicks early in the third. A wide left hook drops Phan to his posterior, but Garcia doesn’t pounce. Phan gets back up, his back to the fence, and Garcia is throwing it all out there, desperately trying to finish. Phan covers up under the assault and survives as the spent Garcia shoves him into the cage. They split and go back to trading. Phan drills Garcia with a left hand. Garcia answers with a chopping leg kick and Phan gives him two hard punches back. Takedown for Phan with two minutes to go and Garcia closes up his guard. The crowd boos as Phan controls from on top and Garcia shrugs. They’re stood up with 90 seconds left and the crowd roars. Garcia misses with a wild spinning backfist; Phan chases him down with one punch to the body, two to the head. Garcia surges forward in a takedown attempt and Phan pops right back up. It’s a firefight in the final seconds, Garcia swinging for the fences and Phan plunking him with a couple punches in return. The crowd explodes at the finish.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Garcia (29-28 Phan)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Garcia (29-28 Phan)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Garcia (29-28 Phan)

Official result: All three scorecards read 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Nam Phan.

Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann

Round 1
The middleweights are clinching early, Sonnen grinding Stann into the fence and foot-stomping. Sonnen gets the takedown and lands in side control on Stann’s left, where he begins mashing with elbows and knees to the body. Sonnen tries to mount and gets stuffed back to full guard. He takes Stann’s back and sinks in both hooks as Stann puts his back to the fence. Sonnen keeps the hands tied up and rolls Stann over, taking full mount. Stann gives up his back and Sonnen takes it as “The All-American” stands back up. Trying to shake Sonnen loose, Stann dives to the ground, winding up underneath the Team Quest fighter. Stann has full-guard now, looking to throw up his legs for a submission attempt as Sonnen punches away from the top.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sonnen
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Sonnen

Round 2
It’s less than 10 seconds into the round when Sonnen scores an easy takedown and begins working from Stann’s half-guard. Sonnen shoves his man into the cage and moves to side control on Stann’s left. Now it’s full mount for Sonnen, flattening Stann out and landing shot shots. Stann forces Sonnen back to full-guard and referee Kerry Hatley issues a questionable stand-up command. Back on the feet, Stann connects with a right hand -- his best offense of the fight so far -- only to be taken back down seconds later. From side control on Stann’s left, Sonnen locks up a tight arm-triangle choke and hops over to the right side. Stann defends for a few seconds but is soon forced to tap out, the end coming officially at 3:51 of round two. The crowd chants “Silva! Silva!” and Sonnen, naturally, calls out the UFC middleweight champion in his postfight interview.

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian


Round 1
Referee Dan Miragliotta is the third man in the cage for tonight’s first title fight. The featherweights touch gloves and Florian flicks out a quick low kick, tries to go high and is blocked. More inside thigh kicks from Florian as the champion waits on the outside. Aldo explodes with a combination and Florian moves out of the way. Right hand sneaks through for Aldo and he misses with a follow-up one-two. Aldo stuffs a shot from the challenger and get stunned by a punch, staggering into the fence. Florian motions that he was poked in the eye and Miragliotta warns Aldo to keep his hands closed. Another takedown try for Florian; this time, they wind up clinched on the fence, Florian digging for a single-leg. Aldo keeps his balance for a while but Florian trips him down once, then twice. Both times, Aldo stands back up. Florian has a waistlock, can’t slam Aldo down and instead takes his back standing. They split and Florian tries to duck under for another takedown, but Aldo slips this one. Florian clinches the champ into the fence again and knees his thighs. Florian lands a level elbow in the clinch to close the round.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Florian
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Florian
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Florian

Round 2
Aldo slips a takedown and lunges at Florian with a missed knee. From the southpaw stance, Florian tries to stick his right jab and set up another takedown. Both men look rather tentative on the feet after 90 seconds of round two. Florian ducks in for a single-leg but wades right back out. They trade inside thigh kicks and Aldo socks Florian with a straight right hand. Florian connects with a few nice low kicks and is blocked up high. He tries to clinch the champion and Aldo shucks him off, missing a soccer kick as Florian stood back up. Aldo steps out of the way of another Florian single-leg and slaps the challenger with a sharp inside leg kick; Florian answers in kind. Florian bullies Aldo into the fence and the round ends there.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Aldo

Round 3
Aldo lands a nice jab, follows up with a right straight that snaps back Florian’s head. An inside thigh kick from Aldo buckles Florian’s right leg and Aldo capitalizes with a two-punch combination, finished by a hard right. Florian circles the outside, trying to stick his jab. He ducks in for a takedown try and is stuffed, winding up on his back. Aldo has mount, then tries to secure Florian’s back, but Florian escapes. Florian is defending well underneath, keeping Aldo in deep half-guard and out of full mount. Two minutes remain in the round and Aldo is looking for mount, not throwing much offense aside from a few sporadic punches. Florian tries to control the wrists of the champion and work his way out of the position. It gets Aldo to stand, where he has to dodge upkicks from the American. Aldo goes back to the ground, where Florian uses butterfly guard to escape to his feet. Florian tries a single-leg with 30 seconds to go, instead shoving Aldo into the fence, where the round ends.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Aldo

Round 4
As they enter the championship rounds, it’s Florian looking to land leg kicks. Aldo keeps chopping away at his challenger’s right leg. Florian tries to tie up, gets shoved off and has a takedown attempt denied as well. He muscles Aldo against the cage, looking to hook the leg and trip the Brazilian to the canvas. The action stalls out in the clinch until Aldo gets his leg loose and circles out. Aldo slips another takedown try from Florian, and another. Florian walks right up and clinches with Aldo, backing him into the cage again and landing a few knees. Aldo reverses the position and Florian’s corner screams that the champ is grabbing the fence. Florian reverses now and goes for a single-leg, but Aldo hops away. Into the final minute of the fourth round, Florian gets the clinch again and boos rain down. Florian tries to keep Aldo at bay with teep kicks as the round ticks away. Aldo misses a jumping knee and a right hand at the horn.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Aldo
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Aldo

Round 5
Florian lobs a few punches and dodges a few from Aldo before once more clinching up with the champion on the fence. Florian tries the single-leg again and Aldo slips out. Trying to land a knee, Florian slips and winds up on his back, Aldo kicking at his legs. Aldo goes to Florian’s half-guard and slams the challenger with a hard, short elbow. Aldo takes full mount with just under three minutes to go, but Florian bucks and rolls, regaining half-guard. Florian powers his way back to his feet and is shoved into the cage by the champ. The men trade tired knees and stall out, prompting a restart from referee Miragliotta with 80 seconds to go. They’re soon back in the same position, Aldo pushing Florian into the fence, with the same amount of action. Florian reverses with 40 seconds left and tries to lunge in with a knee. Aldo gets his back off the fence, grazes with a combo, misses with a knee and one final high kick. The champion straddles and backflips off the fence while Florian leans in his corner.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Aldo (49-46 Aldo)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Aldo (49-46 Aldo)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Aldo (49-46 Aldo)

Official result: All three judges -- Douglas Crosby, Nelson Hamilton and Cecil Peoples -- score the bout 49-46 for the winner by unanimous decision and still UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.

UFC Lightweight Championship
Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard


Round 1
Josh Rosenthal is the referee in charge of tonight’s main event; judges Douglas Crosby, Nelson Hamilton and Cecil Peoples are cageside should the bout go the distance. The champion scores first with a straight right-left hook combination. Edgar spends the first 90 seconds circling, then ducks inside and goes for a takedown. He takes Maynard’s back standing and Maynard squirts free. Big head kick is blocked for Maynard, but he slugs the champion with a massive right uppercut. Edgar is still wobbly with Maynard drills him with a knee in the clinch. Still recovering, Edgar lands a solid right hand and takes one back. Maynard drops the champion again and Edgard clings desperately to a leg. Edgar gets back to his feet and is greeted by another uppercut and a violent flurry of punches. Maynard zaps Edgar with a left hand, slaps him with a right high kick and drops him with a knee. Edgar is gushing blood from his nose as he tries to survive the final 30 seconds of the opening round. Edgar is on his feet but sustaining severe punishment, punches and knees from Maynard, who snaps off one more stiff left jab at the horn.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Maynard
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-8 Maynard
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-8 Maynard

Round 2
Maynard is hunched over, hands low as Edgar tries to get inside and punch. The champ can’t find his range, though, and switches back and forth between southpaw and orthodox stances while Maynard picks his single left hands and circles away. Edgar lands a few leg kicks now. He trades punches with Maynard, who is content to let the champion chase him and select his counterpunches. Edgar is landing right hands, body shots, leg kicks, putting more volume on the champion. Edgar sends Maynard stumbling with a one-two, finished by a strong left hook.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Edgar
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Edgar
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Edgar

Round 3
Edgar puts a one-two on Maynard, who replies with a knee up the middle and a murderous uppercut which the champion sidesteps. Single-leg attempt from the champion yields nothing as Maynard hops away. Edgar scores with a leg kick and Maynard gives him an even harder one in return. Maynard dismisses another takedown try from Edgar. Halfway through the third round and sprinkling of boos can be heard, though the action in the cage keeps coming. Edgar steps inside and drills Maynard with an overhand right. Edgar misses on a combination, tries to get inside with a single-leg and can’t. The champion slaps Maynard with a leg kick and circles out, dodging another big uppercut.

Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Edgar
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Edgar
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Edgar

Round 4
Edgar is coming on strong as the fight goes into the championship rounds, still bloodied around the grill but finding his right hand. The champion continues working angles, chopping Maynard down with leg kicks. Maynard’s punches, meanwhile, are getting less and less accurate. Edgar bashes Maynard with an uppercut. Maynard falls and gets back up, stumbling backward, only to be met by a pair of brutal right hooks. Referee Rosenthal hovers as Maynard falls to his knees and Edgar slugs away. Edgar gets off three or four clean left hands before the ref is forced into action. At 3:54 of the fourth round, Frankie Edgar retains his UFC lightweight title.

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