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David Lee (Pictures) vs. Tyson Griffin (Pictures)
David Lee lands a crisp flying knee to get the action started. Griffin secures a takedown off a body lock. Griffin takes his back and forces the tapout with a rear naked choke at 1:50 of the first period.
Danny Abbadi vs. Jorge Gurgel (Pictures)
Sherdog.com scores the first round 10-9 for Abbadi. Gurgel landed a right hand and worked for a kneebar and an armbar, but a clean knockdown from an Abbadi punch and a left straight that consistently beat Gurgel to the punch earns the 10-point round for Danny.
Round two is all Gurgel. The Brazilian had Abbadi backpedaling from a lead right that found its target several times in the round. Gurgel scored a takedown and some solid ground and pound to end out the second stanza. Sherdog.com has the fight scored even as the thrid round sets to kickoff.
More of the same in round three with Abbadi backpedaling while Jorge pushes forward. in the closing moments of the fight, Abbadi scores on a flurry that could have stolen the round. Gurgel scores a takedown as the horn sounds to end the battle and gain the nod on two of the judges's scorecards.
29-28 x2 for Gurgel, 29-28 for Abbadi. Jorge's gutsy takedown in the final second may have been the difference in the close fight.
Mario Neto vs. Eddie Sanchez
Both fighters traded strikes to start the fight. Neto secured a takedown and control for a few minutes but Sanchez defended well. Neto tried to pull guard and finish the fight with a front choke byt Sanchez escapes to his feet. Sherdog.com scores the first round 10-9 for Sanchez.
Sanchez lands a huge overhand right that ends the fight at 17 seconds of the second round. Sanchez followed the stunned fighter to the mat and finished with three punches that put Neto out cold.
Jason Dent (Pictures) vs. Roger Huerta (Pictures)
Dent lands a spinning back kick to the body, in what would be his only offense in the opening stage. Huerta landed strikes on his feet at will and scored a few takedowns, one of which was a huge slam followed by some serious bombs to Dent's face. Sherdog.com scores the first for Huerta, 10-9.
More of the same in round two, with Huerta getting the better of the ground and standing action. the last 30 seconds of the round Huerta peppered Dent with a torrent of strikes. Huerta coasting so far, 20-18 after two rounds.
Dent scores with a flying knee that opens up a gash on Huerta's head. Both fighters bleeding now. Dent starting to find his range with the strikes. Huerta lands a takedown at the 2:30 mark, and appears to rest and ride out the fight, before he started unloading bombs on the ground again. Huerta captured every round on all the judges' scorecards, 30-27.
Joe Lauzon (Pictures) vs. Jens Pulver (Pictures)
Lauzon scores a single leg takedown in the opening seconds. Jens escapes to his feet the grabs the cage to avoid being taken down again. The foul fails and he is taken down anyways. Jens again works to his feet but catches a left hook right on the button that puts him to sleep. Lauzon wins by knockout at 0:48 of the first.
Jason Lambert (Pictures) vs. Rashad Evans (Pictures)
Rashad rushes in to clinch but Lambert defends well with single wrist control. Evans scores a takedown but Lambert works back to his feet. Evans picks Lambert up slams him to the mat into side-control. Jason works for a Kimura but Evans stays put in side position and defends. Both fighters back to their feet. Lambert now pushing Evans against the fence while working for a single leg takedown. Another takedown from Evans. Sherdog.com scores the first round 10-9 for Rashad.
Fast takedown from Evans into his opponent’s guard. Lambert again tries for a Kimura but Rashad escapes. Evans explodes into a double leg and gains mount shortly after. Evans lands a flurry of heavy strikes from the mount that knock Lambert out at the 2:22 mark.
Gabe Ruediger (Pictures) vs. Melvin Guillard (Pictures)
Guillard sprawls to avoid several Ruediger takedown attempts in the first minute of the fight then lands a takedown of his own. Left hook stuns Ruediger. Gabe has a mouse over his left eye from a standing elbow delivered by his opponent. Melvin grabs the fence to defend a takedown. Ruediger scores a takedown. He moves quickly to mount then Guillard gives up his back. Ruediger working for a rear naked as the round expires. Sherdog.com scores it 10-9 for Ruediger for the near finish at the end of the round.
Guillard finds his range in the second round with punches. He landed two straight rights to the body within 30 seconds of each other, the second of which collapsed his opponent. Guillard then landed a soccer kick to the shoulder, forcing Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:01 of the second round.
Mike Swick (Pictures) vs. David Loiseau (Pictures)
Right kick lands to the body of “The Crow.” Loiseau clinches Swick against the fence but the referee restarts the action after a minute of inactivity. Swick unloads with a barrage of punches at Loiseau covers up. The first half of round one is all Swick. Finally “Crow” lets his hands loose and backs up the American. Swick scores a takedown into the Canadian’s half-guard. Swick momentarily takes Loisaeu’s back but “The Crow” escapes to his feet. First round is dominated by Swick, 10-9.
Swick taunts his opponent as the second period begins. Spining back kick lands for Swick. Loiseau lands 2 leg kicks that back Swick up. Flying knee from Swick finds its target. The Ultimate Fighter veteran scores a takedown. Loiseau bleeding over his left eye. Swick rides out the rest of the round inside his opponent’s guard. 10-9 for Swick.
Loiseau now stalking Swick aroud the cage. Swick hits a single and drags Loiseau to the mat. “The Crow” tries to sweep but Swick escapes to his feet and waves his finger at Loiseau. “The Crow” finds his range on a few elbows and gets a takedown of his own. “The Crow” now working from half-guard against the cage with heavy elbows. Swick raises to his feet after surviving the onslaught of strikes. Swick catches a Loiseau kick and takes him to the canvas as the horn sounds to end the bout. Sherdog.com scores it 10-9 for Loiseau (29-28 Swick).
Official score - 29-28x3 for Swick.
Matt Hughes (Pictures) vs. B.J. Penn (Pictures)
Penn enters the Octagon looking calm and confident. Hughes makes the walk to the cage to his usual Hank Williams Jr. theme music.
Penn lands a left hook to the body to kickoff the action. Hughes working for a single but Penn leaps on foot to the cage and defends. Hughes eats a right hand and answers with a punch of his own. Hughes backs away and eats a right hand before scoring a single leg takedown. B.J. rises to his feet and hits Hughes with a one-two. Hughes is poked in the eye accidentally, requiring a doctors check. Hughes gives the OK after the doctor’s thumbs-up and the fight continues. The duration of the first round is spent against the cage as Hughes works for a takedown. Sherdog.com scores the first 10-9 for Penn.
Hughes lands a left jab and a right to the body before scoring a takedown against the cage. Hughes working to pass guard. Penn Closes his guard as Hughes tries to posture and pass to both sides. Hughes lands a elbow. B.J. working for an omaplata. Hughes escapes and drops another elbow. Two elbows rock B.J. Penn sweeps and takes Hughes' back. B.J. working for the rear naked choke. Bj now has a triangle from the back with an arm trapped. The fight is almost over. B.J. switched to an armbar just before Hughes escaped as the round comes to a close. Penn wins round 2, 10-9.
Hughes opening up with some punches as the third period begins. Left hook lands for the champion. Another left lands for the mainlander. Stiff jab from Hughes. Huge uppercut lands for Hughes. B.J. rocked. Hughes scores a takedown and passes to half-guard. Hughes now in side control and traps Penn’s left arm. Hughes pounding away. Hughes pounds on a trapped Penn until “Big” John stops the fight. Hughes defeds his title with a TKO at 3:53 of the third round.
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