UFC Fight Night Results: ‘Boetsch vs. Henderson’ Play-by-Play & Updates

Jun 6, 2015


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Leonardo Morales vs. Jose Alberto Quinonez

Round 1

Morales puts a hard low kick on Quinonez’s lead leg, then doubles up with one to the body. Quinonez grabs hold of “Chimmy” near the fence and, after a brief struggle, drags him to the ground. To side control goes Quinonez, working from right to left across Morales’ body, now going to knee-on-belly. Quinonez spins to north-south position and then jumps on Morales’ back when the Nicaraguan fighter leaves an opening. Quinonez slaps on a rear-naked choke, but Morales peels his hands away. The next attempt from Quinonez is tighter, and this time Morales has to submit to the RNC.

The Official Result

Jose Alberto Quinonez def. Leonardo Morales via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:34

Jake Collier vs. Ricardo Abreu

Round 1

Collier lands a couple jabs early, but Abreu walks through them to clinch up and then tries to put the American on the fence. Collier breaks the jiu-jitsu ace’s grips with a pair of stiff right hands, and the middleweights separate. Abreu eats a few more jabs before clipping Collier with a hook and an uppercut. Now it’s Collier stepping into the pocket to ding the shorter man with a knee to the body. Abreu digs an underhook and pushes Collier against the cage, but Collier won’t be held and circles away. Collier tries to swing his way into range, but his wide punches go off Abreu’s arms. Abreu answers with a hard left hook but comes up short on his next combination. Collier changes things up with some leg kicks, stuffs a takedown attempt from Abreu but gets cracked with a hook on the way out. One minute remains in the opening round, and it’s Collier pushing forward, keeping Abreu on his back foot with volume punches and body kicks. A thumping right hand from Abreu seems to stun Collier, who drives ahead and clinches Abreu against the cage to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Abreu
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Abreu
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Abreu

Round 2

Body kicks from Collier send Abreu backward toward the fence, but “Demente” catches Collier rushing in and clocks him with a right hook to counter a leaping knee. Abreu catches a kick and hits Collier with another right hand, then a body kick. Collier comes back with a jab, a leg kick, another jab, and now Abreu is bleeding from his nose. Collier continues to punish Abreu with his jab midway through the round until Abreu finally opts to clinch and put Collier against the cage. Collier drives a few knees up the center to the body of Abreu, who tries to work the takedown with a body lock. Collier slips free from Abreu, circles away and then drills the Brazilian with a straight right hand. Abreu eats it and keeps walking forward, then changes levels and puts Collier on the ground with 45 seconds on the clock. Collier wraps up from underneath, and Abreu spends the final seconds landing short punches to Collier’s ribs.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Collier
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Collier
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Collier

Round 3

Collier works with long punches and low kicks in the opening minute, but he’s stunned by a combination from Abreu and then dragged back to the canvas one minute into the final round. Collier gets to his knees and scrambles to his feet, narrowly avoiding a back-take from “Demente.” Off his back foot, Abreu hurts Collier with a right hook, then another, and a partially blocked head kick. Collier charges back with a brief flurry of body shots and a right hand up top to finish. Abreu tries to catch a pair of leg kicks from Collier but is too slow both times. Collier sidesteps one double-leg attempt, but the next one yields a takedown for Abreu, who wraps up Collier’s legs and tries to keep him on the mat. Collier posts and stands, gets held against the fence for a moment and then breaks loose with about one minute remaining. A right hand from Abreu clips Collier’s face, and Collier answers with a thudding kick to the body. Abreu eats an uppercut and swings back with a pair of hooks. The middleweights are still throwing hands at the final horn, Abreu appearing to get the better of the last exchange with a pair of hooking shots upstairs.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Abreu (29-28 Abreu)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Abreu (29-28 Abreu)
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Abreu (29-28 Abreu)

The Official Result

Jake Collier def. Ricardo Abreu via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) R3 5:00

Joe Proctor vs. Justin Edwards

Round 1

Edwards taps Proctor with his first right hand thrown, knocking the Massachusetts native backward a few steps. “Fast Eddy” quickly closes the distance and puts Proctor up against the fence, then drops to his knees to look for a double-leg. The takedown isn’t there, so Edwards stands again and hits Proctor with a pair of elbows before exiting the clinch. Edwards is all pressure early, running Proctor against the cage with a stream of punches and kicks. A takedown goes for Edwards, now 90 seconds into the round, but Proctor is back on his feet a few seconds later. Edwards holds Proctor on the cage for a moment, steps back and resets. Proctor takes another overhand right on the cheek and responds with a single low kick. Now, Proctor throws a combination, tagging Edwards and sliding out of the way of a hook. More leg kick lands for Proctor, followed by a rip-and-slip uppercut-left hook combination. The lightweights exchange jabs, then a right hand from Edwards gets Proctor backing up. Proctor gets the last word of the round with one more uppercut.

Sherdog Scores

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Proctor
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Proctor
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Proctor

Round 2

Edwards advances on Proctor at the start of the round, but it’s Proctor lobbing straight punches and push kicks into the Ohioan’s midsection. Proctor takes a hard right hand on the nose and circles off the fence, away from his opponent. Edwards catches up with him and snaps down Proctor’s head in a front headlock to deliver three or four clean knees. Proctor gets free and hits Edwards with an uppercut on the break, and the lightweights go back to circling with three minutes left in the round. Proctor cuts off Edwards with a check left hook on a couple occasions midway through the round, then tries a jumping kick which is deflected by Edwards’ arms. Proctor gives Edwards another hard right hook, but “Fast Eddy” pushes ahead and stings Proctor with two quick right hooks. Edwards hits a fast takedown but again can’t hold Proctor on the ground. Proctor is on his bicycle, making Edwards chase after him in the last minute, and he zaps the former welterweight with a straight right hand. Edwards snaps back Proctor’s head with a leaping front kick, but the Joe Lauzon student takes it and answers with a right hook.

Sherdog Scores

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Proctor
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Proctor
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Proctor

Round 3

Edwards gets in Proctor’s face near the fence at the start of the round, but Proctor, with his back to the fence, counters with a big left hand and a knee before circling out. Another nice left hook from Proctor connects, and he continues to work from his back foot, countering Edwards and slipping away. Edwards barges into the pocket with a wild combination, drops levels and tries a high double-leg, but Proctor widens his base and puts his back against a cage post to fend off the takedown. Edwards holds Proctor on the fence with an underhook for a few seconds until Proctor shoves him off and whiffs on a snapping front kick. Proctor goes back to circling away, sticks Edwards with a pair of jabs but misses with the big follow-up left hand. Halfway through the final round, both 155ers are still throwing hard, but their accuracy seems to be dropping off just a bit. Proctor backs up Edwards with a double jab, then catches him in a guillotine when Edwards comes shooting wild for a takedown. Proctor jumps guard with the choke in place, but it’s loose and he abandons it in favor of standing. Down to the final 40 seconds, Edwards pinwheels into range with a spinning kick and tries to hold Proctor on the fence. A knee to the gut has Edwards doubling over, and Proctor snatches up another guillotine, this time dragging Edwards to his knees and trying to finish with a modified grip. Seconds before the horn, Edwards slumps forward, unconscious from the choke, and referee Myron Gaudet stops the fight.

The Official Result

Joe Proctor def. Justin Edwards via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) R3 4:58

Chris Wade vs. Christos Giagos

Round 1

Wade throws a kick and is immediately wrapped up and pulled toward the fence. The clinch doesn’t last long, as Giagos releases and steps back to meet Wade back in the center of the cage. Giagos presses forward, gets touched by a left high kick and now it’s Wade pushing him against the cage. They change positions again, Giagos back to the outside, though neither man can find an advantage in the clinch. Giagos stings Wade with a right hand and follows up with a flying knee, but the knee puts him close enough for Wade to grab hold and toss Giagos to the canvas. Wade steps straight over to full mount but is bucked off before he can mount any offense. Wade tries a guillotine as Giagos stands up but quickly loses grip, and now the lightweights are back to trading in the center. Giagos closes the gap with a long right hand, but Wade hurts him back with a slashing elbow and a low kick which buckles Giagos’ right leg. Double underhooks from Wade put Giagos’ back on the fence for a moment. Giagos shoves off, scores with a body blow and gets pushed against the cage by Wade again to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Wade
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wade
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Wade

Round 2

Giagos counters a right high kick with a straight left and sprawls on a shot from Wade, who lands a knee on his way up. Wade lands a leg kick and eats a right hook counter, switches to southpaw and whiffs on the same standing elbow which found Giagos’ face earlier. Giagos sprawls on a long shot from Wade, pins down the New Yorker and tries to take the back, but Wade has hold of Giagos’ left wrist and won’t allow it. Wade overpowers Giagos, pushing him to the ground and nearly moving to full mount again. Instead, Giagos traps him in half guard and clasps his hands around Wade’s body to negate the space from underneath. Giagos sits up and drives forward, taking advantage of Wade hunting for a guillotine to get a takedown of his own. Wade keeps hold of the guillotine even as Giagos passes to side control, and for a moment it looks like Giagos might get a tap from the shoulder choke. Giagos moves to north-south position, but Wade rolls over to his knees and flips “The Spartan” over the top. Wade is back on top in Giagos’ half guard with just about one minute remaining in the middle frame. Giagos sits up against the fence, prompting Wade to hunt for another guillotine. When it doesn’t come, Wade tries to take the back, but Giagos stands to block. Wade hits Giagos with a knee as they stand, then drops levels to finish the round with another takedown.

Sherdog Scores

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Wade
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wade
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Wade

Round 3

Giagos misses with a wide left hook and gets plunked by a counter from Wade, who looks to be the fresher man at the start of the final round. Giagos finds his mark with the next left hand and follows up with a knee, but he’s nonetheless taken to the ground by Wade after just one minute. Wade stays tight from half guard, flattening Giagos, who pivots underneath after a minute and tries an armbar. The sub attempt gets Wade back on his feet, and Giagos follows with 2:20 left to fight. A left hook rocks Wade’s head, and another lands for Giagos after three or four right hands miss. Wade grabs hold of Giagos, pushes him against the cage and double-legs him to the mat, though only for about 10 seconds. The lightweights reset in the middle with one minute left, and Wade pushes Giagos right back to the outside. Giagos turns him around, releases the clinch and lands another left hook. Giagos gets a hand up to block a left high kick and delivers a pair of knees to Wade’s body. Wade is backed up to the cage by a pair of left hands by Giagos, and that’s where it ends.

Sherdog Scores

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Giagos (29-28 Wade)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Giagos (29-28 Wade)
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Giagos (29-28 Wade)

The Official Result

Chris Wade def. Christos Giagos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Brian Ebersole vs. Omari Akhmedov

Round 1

Akhmedov opens with a loud, thudding kick to the left side of Ebersole’s body, then goes low with one to the lead leg. Ebersole tries to rush inside and clinch, only to be swept out by Akhmedov’s heavy counter uppercuts. Ebersole backs up to the fence, hands high in the southpaw stance, biting on a few of Akhmedov’s feints. The Dagestani dodges a high kick and gives Ebersole a hard kick to the left leg. When Ebersole tries to clinch again, Akhmedov clears him out with a right hook. Ebersole gets one back with a good knee, then fakes a shot and gets Akhmedov to sprawl. Down to the last 90 seconds of the opening round, Akhmedov continues to land leg kicks which are now being checked by Ebersole. A hard punch to the gut seems to hurt Ebersole, but he recovers quickly and steps off the fence before Akhmedov can pounce. There’s not much action in the last 30 seconds, with Ebersole on his back foot, deflecting a few punches from Akhmedov.

Sherdog Scores

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Akhmedov
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Akhmedov
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Akhmedov

Between rounds, Ebersole tells referee Jordan Bass that he cannot continue due to an injury to his right knee from one of Akhmedov’s leg kicks. Omari Akhmedov gets the win by technical knockout after five minutes of fighting.

The Official Result

Omari Akhmedov def. Brian Ebersole via TKO (Knee Injury) R1 5:00

Shawn Jordan vs. Derrick Lewis

Round 1

Jordan blocks a right high kick from Lewis but gets caught by the right hand behind it. “The Black Beast” moves in behind the punch and pushes Jordan’s back against the fence. Jordan reverses the position and trips Lewis to the ground at the base of the fence, where he grinds on Lewis’ face with elbows for a few seconds before the larger man powers back to his feet. Lewis clips Jordan with another right hand before both men walk off the fence, then Jordan gets out of the way as Lewis whips around with a pair of spinning kicks. Jordan waits a moment before ducking inside and hitting another takedown at the fence, now midway through the opening round. More short elbows ding up Lewis’ face, prompting him to roll onto his belly and stand again. This time, Jordan holds Lewis on the fence with double underhooks and tries to trip him back to the mat. Lewis pushes off with about one minute remaining and charges across the cage at Jordan, who plants and drops Lewis to the ground with a short right hook. Suddenly, it’s a firefight between the heavyweights, both men swinging wild punches, but it doesn’t last long as Lewis opts to drop for a takedown. Jordan comes away from the exchange with a cut beneath his left eye but still manages to trip Lewis to the ground and finish the frame dropping elbows from side control.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Jordan
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Jordan
Patrick Wyman scores the round 10-9 Jordan

Round 2

Jordan takes a switch kick to the body, then drops Lewis with a hook kick to the face. Lewis hits the ground in a daze, and Jordan makes matters worse with a hailstorm of punches before jumping on the belly-down Lewis’ back. Jordan flattens out Lewis and slugs away with right hands until referee Gabe Barahona steps in to stop the fight.

The Official Result

Shawn Jordan def. Derrick Lewis via TKO (Hook Kick and Punches) R2 0:48

Alex Caceres vs. Francisco Rivera

Round 1

The southpaw Caceres backs up Rivera with a couple kicks to the body, then manages to get his arm in the way of a hard, short right from the Californian. Rivera steps to the center to meet Caceres and drops him with a beautiful left hook on the chin. Caceres is still conscious when he hits the mat, but Rivera is all over him with follow-up punches and referee Dan Miragliotta rushes in to stop the fight before “Bruce Leroy” can sustain any further damage.

The Official Result

Francisco Rivera def. Alex Caceres via KO (Punches) R1 0:21

Joe Soto vs. Anthony Birchak

Round 1

Birchak keeps Soto at bay in the first minute, flicking out long jabs and threatening with leg kicks, but it’s Soto who scores the first significant offense of the fight with an overhand right. Birchak steps into the pocket, misses with a high knee but floors Soto with a straight right hand behind it. Soto appears to recover almost immediately, as the former title challenger tries to snatch up a kneebar. Birchak bails out and Soto gets back to his feet, only to be trapped against the fence by Birchak, who unloads with knees to the body, elbows and punches. Soto is ducking and weaving, trying to dodge the strikes, but an uppercut finds its way to his jaw and Soto falls face-first to the ground, unconscious.

The Official Result

Anthony Birchak def. Joe Soto via KO (Punches) R1 1:37

Brian Ortega vs. Thiago Tavares

Round 1

Tavares grazes with a right hand upstairs as he moves Ortega toward the fence, then shoots a quick single-leg and spins him to the canvas. Ortega grabs hold of Tavares’ right arm and swings his legs around to try an armbar; it looks good, but Ortega abandons the arm to attempt a triangle instead. Tavares postures up to break the submission attempt, then continues to stand over Ortega and looks for an opening to land ground-and-pound. A few left hands get through for Tavares, who’s sporting a cut on his forehead less than two minutes into the bout from Ortega’s sharp elbows underneath. Ortega shifts between open and closed guard, possibly still fishing for a triangle; he swings his legs around, catches Tavares in another armbar and uses this one to sweep to top position. Straight to full mount goes Ortega, worsening Tavares’ cut with a few more elbows before the Brazilian powers his way out from the bottom. Ortega rolls to the base of the cage and stands, Tavares’ left arm still looped around his waist. With one minute left in the round, Ortega breaks off with a knee to the face, and now the featherweights meet back in the center of the cage. Tavares gets pushed against the cage and then tosses Ortega over his hip to finish the round on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Ortega
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Ortega
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Ortega

Round 2

Ortega slides out of the way of Tavares’ opening salvo, then whips around and drops the Brazilian with a spinning elbow. Tavares jumps up and wags his finger -- the elbow may have simply caught him off balance -- and then winds up on top as Ortega tries a guard pull with a guillotine. Ortega loses the choke as soon as they hit the ground, and Tavares postures over him, still dripping blood, trying to advance past half guard. Referee Dan Miragliotta twice warns Ortega for grabbing the fence with his toes as the American tries to walk off the cage and escape. Back on his feet halfway through the round, Ortega is whipped down to the mat again seconds later. Ortega throws up a triangle, loses it and nearly has his back taken as he winds up belly-down on the mat. Tavares is spraying blood all over the canvas as he rolls Ortega over, mounts and begins unloading with punches. Ortega escapes danger with a kneebar attempt, and while the submission doesn’t come to fruition, it does get him back to the standing position. Tavares gets another takedown in short order, and now he works in the middle of the cage with 90 seconds left in the frame. There’s an obscene amount of blood coming from Tavares’ face but he manages to keep top control to the end of the round, working the body and head of Ortega with short punches.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Tavares
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Tavares
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Tavares

Round 3

The right side of Tavares’ forehead is shredded as he emerges for round three, particularly one deep gash just above the eyebrow. Nonetheless, the Brazilian is pressing forward on Ortega, connecting with the occasional right hand. Ortega pushes off the fence with a Superman punch that changes Tavares’ momentum. Tavares tries to wrap up Ortega’s legs, but the American breaks loose and they meet back in the middle. Just as Ortega lands a big left hand to the body, Tavares pulls the Thai clinch and drills his opponent with a knee to the groin. Ortega drops to his knees in pain, while the exhausted Tavares takes a seat against the cage post. Ortega composes himself and the fight resumes with just over three minutes remaining. Ortega misses with a spinning kick but catches the tired Tavares with a clubbing right hand behind it. Tavares shoots for a takedown, and Ortega puts his hands on the mat to avoid going down. Tavares gets behind him and tries to ride Ortega to the ground, but they’re broken up by referee Dan Miragliotta. A left hook knocks out Tavares’ mouthpiece, and ref Miragliotta pauses the action immediately to replace it. It’s a slugfest in the final 90 seconds, Ortega clipping Tavares with both hands. Tavares grabs a single-leg, can’t complete the takedown and gets floored with a right hand on the jaw. Ortega pounces, stepping into full mount and battering Tavares with more punches until referee Miragliotta intervenes.

The Official Result

Brian Ortega def. Thiago Tavares via TKO (Punches) R3 4:10

Dustin Poirier vs. Yancy Medeiros

Round 1

Poirier lines up southpaw and backs out of the way as Medeiros tries a body kick, then a snappy right hand. “The Diamond” waits 30 seconds before marching straight into the pocket and drubbing Medeiros with a right cross on the cheek. Medeiros hits the ground, bounces back up and gets floored again with a straight left hand. Back up comes Medeiros, tossed down by Poirier as referee John McCarthy takes a close look. Medeiros somehow gets up again, but this time Poirier takes his back and rides him to the ground. Poirier secures the position with a body triangle and begins working for a rear-naked choke, but Medeiros is playing wrist control and clearing the cobwebs while fending off the RNC. It takes a minute but Medeiros is able to turn into Poirier and free himself, then get back on his feet. Seconds later, Medeiros is doubled over by a liver kick. Poirier traps him against the cage and lands uppercuts, right hooks, left hands, all manner of shots until referee McCarthy mercifully stops the fight. The crowd erupts as the Louisiana native completes the sensational first-round victory.

The Official Result

Dustin Poirier def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Punches) R1 2:38

Matt Mitrione vs. Ben Rothwell

Round 1

Rothwell stands upright with hands high, blocking as Mitrione tries to come down the center with a right hand. Mitrione splits Rothwell’s guard on the next attempt, sending a one-two down the pipe and then dashing out of range when “Big Ben” tries to return fire. Rothwell steps in behind an inside leg kick and zaps Mitrione with a short right hook on the jaw. Mitrione gives him a leg kick in return, then one to the body before changing levels for a powerful takedown in the center of the cage. Rothwell uses the whizzer to stand up, grabbing Mitrione’s neck with his right arm as he does. In a flash, Rothwell has a guillotine choke locked in; as soon as he drops back to the ground, Mitrione starts tapping out with both hands.

The Official Result

Ben Rothwell def. Matt Mitrione via Submission (Front Choke) R1 1:54

Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson

Round 1

Veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy is the third man in the cage for tonight’s middleweight main event, with judges Gabe Barahona, Sal D’Amato and Roy Silbert judging at cageside. Boetsch comes over the top with a right hand to open the bout, but when he swarms forward with more punches, “Hendo” is waiting with right hand cocked. An overhand right behind the ear buckles Boetsch’s legs, and Henderson follows up with a knee. As they fight near the fence, an uppercut plants Boetsch on his seat, and a few more punches from Henderson to the defenseless Boetsch prompt referee McCarthy to stop the fight. It’s a quick and nasty finish for Dan Henderson, set up by his trademark big right hand.

The Official Result

Dan Henderson def. Tim Boetsch via KO (Punches) R1 0:28

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