UFC on Fox 3 Live Results & Play-by-Play

May 5, 2012



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Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio


Round 1
Vemola rushes with punches on Massenzio, who drops for a single-leg takedown but can’t get it. Massenzio shoots again and Vemola grabs a front headlock, loses it, and they clinch on the fence briefly. Vemola lands a hard inside leg kick and ties up again, only to be met by a knee from Massenzio. Now it’s Massenzio stringing together punches as he backs Vemola into the fence. Vemola grabs another guillotine and pulls guard to try and finish. Massenzio looks to be in trouble momentarily but extracts his head and works to pass half-guard on Vemola’s right side with two minutes left in the round. Vemola scrambles up, takes a knee on his way. Massenzio scores with more stiff punches that send Vemola shooting, and now it’s Massenzio trying a guillotine. He gives it up for side control with just under a minute to go. Massenzio tries a north-south choke but Vemola rolls out and gets to his feet. Vemola misses with some arm punches but scores a big slam takedown just before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Massenzio
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Massenzio
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Massenzio

Round 2
Massenzio immediately zaps Vemola with a combination and Vemola wants to bring this to the ground. He manages to get Massenzio down at the base of the fence and looks for a choke from the front. Vemola spins to back control and softens up Massenzio with punches before latching on a rear-naked choke with no hooks. It’s deep and Massenzio taps out at 1:07 of the second round, giving Karlos Vemola the win in his middleweight debut.

Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis


Round 1
Denis comes out throwing hands but Delorme quickly ties up and tries to trip him to the ground. Denis stays vertical and begins punishing Delorme with stiff punches in the pocket. Delorme goes to his back and grabs for an armbar, but Denis slams loose and punishes with some ground-and-pound. Delorme drives forward on a single-leg, putting Denis on the fence and switching to double underhooks. They disengage and Denis goes back to popping Delorme with straight right hands. Delorme is on wobbly legs as Denis keeps the pressure on with knees to the body and head. Ref Keith Peterson is hovering nearby as Delorme struggles to stay on his feet. Denis gets a rear waistlock but Delorme goes down willingly before Denis can slam him. Delorme tries to stay active off his back but Denis wants him back on the feet. Delorme connects with a left hook, an inside leg kick and another left, and now it’s Denis moving backward with 40 seconds left. Delorme gets a trip takedown along the cage with 20 seconds to go and moves into full mount. He catches Denis trying to escape and locks on a rear-naked choke, and Denis taps with just one second left on the clock. Roland Delorme gets the comeback victory at 4:59 of the first round.

Pablo Garza vs. Dennis Bermudez


Round 1
Bermudez misses with a wild overhand right and comes in behind it for a takedown. Garza grabs a guillotine on his way down, but Bermudez gets a headlock of his own as they scramble back to their feet. Bermudez lets it go and takes a couple knees to the body before he can press the taller man into the fence with an underhook. Garza goes for a ride and Bermudez finishes the slam in side control. Garza throws up his legs for a reverse triangle choke, but he can’t find the angle and Bermudez pops loose. Bermudez works from Garza’s closed guard now. Bermudez gets off some ground-and-pound before posturing up and eating a couple big upkicks from Garza, one of which appeared to land while Bermudez had his knees on the canvas. Garza throws up another triangle, can’t get it. Bermudez stays busy with punches on the floor until Garza works his way back up with 50 seconds left. Bermudez gets another high single-leg and hurls Garza to the ground, finishing the frame on top.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Bermudez
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bermudez
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Bermudez

Round 2
Bermudez ties up right away, pressing Garza into the cage while “The Scarecrow” tries to counter with knees to his smaller opponent. Bermudez slams Garza down again and gets wrapped up in closed guard. Bermudez postures up again, this time dodging Garza’s upkicks as he looks to pass. Garza puts him back in closed guard but Bermudez sits up to get some good power behind his punches. Garza throws elbows off his back as the pace slows a bit. Bermudez gives him some elbows in return as he scoots Garza into the cage. Garza pushes Bermudez away and gets to his feet, but Bermudez hurls him down again seconds later. Garza wraps up from underneath until he can get back to his feet. Bermudez clinches him into the cage and trips him down just before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Bermudez
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bermudez
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Bermudez

Round 3
Bermudez comes out throwing hands and tries a jumping knee, but it doesn’t get anywhere near Garza’s chin. Garza throws up a triangle as he’s taken down again, can’t get anything on it and winds up with Bermudez in his full guard again. Bermudez stands and stacks up, dodges an upkick and moves to half-guard on Garza’s right side. Garza regains full guard, throws some elbows from the bottom while he swings his legs up, hunting for a submission. Referee Kevin Mulhall wants the featherweights back on their feet with 2:30 left in the round. Bermudez has Garza down with a single-leg within 10 seconds. He lets Garza back up, takes him down again and nearly takes his back. Instead, Bermudez winds up in Garza’s guard again. He stands and dives back down, nearly moving to side control. Bermudez catches Garza sleeping and hops into full mount, where he begins dropping punches until Garza turns over. Bermudez is working for a rear-naked choke with 30 seconds left, but his back is to the fence and he doesn’t have a lot of space to work. Garza defends with two-on-one, not letting the arm under his throat, and he survives to hear the final horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Bermudez (30-27 Bermudez)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bermudez (30-27 Bermudez)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Bermudez (30-27 Bermudez)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Dennis Bermudez.

John Cholish vs. Danny Castillo


Round 1
Cholish takes the outside, cutting angles and dipping in on Castillo, who looks to pump his jab. After 45 seconds, Cholish comes in to tie up and gets pushed into the fence. Castillo can’t get an angle for the takedown and they break off. Cholish whiffs on a switch kick and falls to his posterior, and Castillo tries to capitalize with a guillotine. It doesn’t go and Cholish gets back to his feet to push Castillo into the cage. Castillo reverses and drills Cholish with a knee to the gut, causing Cholish to try a trip. Castillo stays upright and they split midway through the round. Both men are feinting strikes but neither is throwing much and the round is still very much up for grabs with 90 seconds left. Castillo scores with a nice hook in the clinch; Cholish gets some space and paws with his jab. Castillo comes in behind a right hand, lands a knee to the body and gets Cholish to the ground for a split-second. Cholish hops back up and the lightweights exchange leg kicks in the closing seconds.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Cholish

Round 2
Cholish hits a takedown 30 seconds into round two. Castillo is immediately busy off his back with elbows, and he’s back on his feet a few seconds later. Cholish continues to circle the perimeter while Castillo hunts for big punches, finding a home for his straight right. Cholish ducks the next right hand and brings Castillo down, but they’re quickly back up. Boos begin to rain down from the New Jersey crowd as the fight hits the midway point. Cholish shoots and gets caught in a headlock; he extracts himself and gets back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Cholish is looking to stick and move with his single jabs but Castillo’s punches seem to be landing harder and with more frequency. Castillo ducks a punch and slams Cholish to the ground hard before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Castillo
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Castillo

Round 3
Castillo gets a takedown but can’t hold Cholish there, defending against a guillotine as Cholish tries to get back to his feet. Cholish rolls for a leglock now, but Castillo gets his limb free and puts Cholish’s back against the fence. Cholish stands and Castillo keeps on the pressure for a few seconds. They split and Cholish starts getting busy with his jab as he switches back and forth between stances. Castillo is coming up short on his punches now, though they still look to have some zip behind them. Cholish peppers with the jab, waiting for Castillo to wade into the pocket before throwing a rare combination. Castillo throws one to the body. Cholish comes inside, faking a clinch and instead dropping for a last-ditch leglock. Castillo isn’t having it and he finishes the fight in top position.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Castillo (30-27 Castillo)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Castillo (30-27 Castillo)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Castillo (29-28 Castillo)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Danny Castillo.

Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker


Round 1
It’s a flurry of activity in the opening seconds with both flyweights standing in the pocket and bombing away. Lineker scores with punches to the body and inside leg kicks, and he’s beginning to find his range with blistering hooks to the face of the American. Gaudinot’s long green hair has come undone and is completely covering his face less than halfway into the first round. Lineker keeps coming forward, throwing tight combinations to the body and head while mixing in leg kicks. Gaudinot tries to push forward and walks into another storm of punches. With 90 seconds left in the round, Gaudinot brings Lineker down and gets a respite from the strikes. It doesn’t last long, however, as Lineker gets active with horizontal elbows from his back. Gaudinot retaliates with some ground-and-pound and Lineker rolls underneath for a heel hook. It’s deep, but Gaudinot is in a good position to extract his leg with his back against the fence. Gaudinot tries to close out the frame pounding from side control but Lineker gets to his feet before the end.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Lineker
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lineker
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Lineker

Round 2
Gaudinot emerges for round two with his hair partially tied back up, at least enough that it won’t obscure his vision as badly as it did in the first frame. Gaudinot is pushing the pace now, staying busy with punching combos and high kicks. Lineker slugs him with a heavy left hand, then comes forward and unleashes a barrage of hooks and uppercuts against the fence. Gaudinot presses Lineker into the cage to slow the Brazilian’s momentum, but Lineker breaks out and walks him down. Big uppercuts and hooks to the body from Lineker, now a knee to the breadbasket, and Gaudinot replies with a spinning backfist which grazes. Gaudinot drives on a takedown and puts Lineker at the base of the fence. Gaudinot drops elbows from the open guard of Lineker. The American complains to ref Keith Peterson that Lineker is hitting him on the back of the head; Peterson tells him the strikes were connecting on the top of the head. Lineker rolls under for another leglock attempt, but he gets caught and eats some peppering left hands from Gaudinot, then a few elbows. Lineker shoves Gaudinot away and tries to stand, and Gaudinot charges forward to grab a guillotine. Gaudinot jumps guard to finish and the choke looks very deep. Lineker tilts over to his side and referee Peterson recognizes that the Brazilian has gone out cold. The technical submission finish comes officially at 4:54 of the second round.

Pascal Krauss vs. John Hathaway


Round 1
Hathaway takes the outside, trying to back Krauss away with a push kick. Krauss goes low, Hathaway scores with a big knee and takes top position on Krauss, with “Panzer” keeping a tight open guard. Hathaway stacks up with a few punches, tries to pass but can’t advance. Hathaway lets him back up and measures another takedown. He can’t get it, and Kraus instead puts Hathaway on his back with 45 seconds to go in the round. Hathaway stays active with elbows from his back while Krauss works to pass to side control with punches.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hathaway

Round 2
Hathaway puts Krauss on the ground less than 30 seconds into the frame and flattens him out from open guard. The Englishman keeps the punches coming as he works to advance past half-guard, but he stalls out with Krauss’ left side flush to the fence. A hard right hand finds Krauss’ face as he tries to sit up. Krauss gets back to his feet, takes a right hand from Hathaway and replies with a left of his own. Inside leg kick from Hathaway and Krauss tries to push him into the fence, to no avail. Hathaway comes over the top with a right hand but Krauss pushes for a single-leg on the cage.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Krauss
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hathaway
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hathaway

Round 3
Krauss is finding his distance with some good shots in the third frame until Hathaway puts him on the floor with another single-leg. Hathaway takes a knee in Krauss’ open guard and puts some middling punches on his man’s face and body. Hathaway frames up a choke, can’t find it and lets Krauss to his feet. Krauss leaps in with a flying knee that misses. They trade swiping punches and Hathaway gives Krauss a grin. Body-head combination from Hathaway, then a glancing left hand over the top. A spinning back-fist lands flush for Hathaway, but it doesn’t have a lot behind it. Leaping knee from Hathaway connects and Krauss pushes him into the cage, working for a last-minute takedown as the fight enters its final 30 seconds. Hathaway turns away and cracks the already-bloodied nose of Krauss with a hard knee. A left hook catches Krauss behind the ear. Hathaway misses with a jumping knee but the punch behind it connects.

Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Hathaway (29-28 Hathaway)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hathaway (30-27 Hathaway)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hathaway (30-27 Hathaway)

Official result: The judges score it 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, John Hathaway.

John Dodson vs. Timothy Elliott


Round 1
Elliott comes out flashing some spinning kicks, none of which connects. He latches onto Dodson’s left leg and tries to drag him down, but “The Magician” stays upright and gets some space from his taller opponent. Elliott gets sloppy while rushing forward with a combination and nearly has his back taken in a scramble. Dodson is sidestepping punches from Elliott and countering with a nice right hook, and now the Greg Jackson charge starts mixing in combinations. Elliott is crouching low, bombing overhand strikes. He throws a body kick which Dodson catches and uses to trip Elliott down. Elliott throws his legs up for an armbar and Dodson lets him back up. Dodson misses with a flying knee, connects with the right hand behind it, but Elliott keeps pushing forward. With 45 seconds left in the round, Elliott takes a finger in the eye and ref Keith Peterson calls for the doctor. Elliott tells the physician he can see and the fight continues. More wild punches from Elliott and Dodson lights him up with a hard combination.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Dodson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Dodson
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Dodson

Round 2
Elliott, still looking like he’s having difficulty with his left eye, tries a cartwheel kick early in the second frame. Dodson stays out of the way and jumps in with a knee. Elliott lands an overhand left but gets tagged with a counter as he continues pressing forward. Dodson lands a good combo to the body, finishing off with a leg kick. Elliott replies with an outside leg kick, misses with the right hand. Left hand scores for Elliott but Dodson comes cleaner with the right hand counter. Dodson feints right hooks, steps in with a knee to the body. Elliott wants the big left hand but Dodson is doing well to stay out of the way with two minutes remaining. Elliott tries some more wild kicks, then a single-leg; Dodson escapes again. Dodson steps off with a hard right hook, takes a grazing left from Elliott, and then catches Elliott below the belt with a low punch. Elliott quickly recovers and Dodson slams him to the ground with 30 seconds left. Elliott gets right back up and attacks with knees in the clinch, then finishes the round with more flailing arm-punches.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Dodson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Dodson
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Dodson

Round 3
Dodson gets hold of Elliott during an exchange and hurls him to the ground. Elliott pops back up, comes forward with more strikes and takes a counter elbow in the mush. Dodson is mixing in low kicks as he sidesteps around the outside to move away from the attacking Elliott. A nice left hand scores for Elliott. Dodson ducks the next one but Elliott throws a straight that lands. Elliott looks to be taking control as he stuffs a takedown from Dodson with half the round remaining. Dodson thuds a kick to the body and shuts down a single-leg. Elliott lands another left; Dodson retaliates with a grazing right hook and a step-in knee. Leg kicks on the inside and outside from Dodson now, and Elliott snaps his head back with a right hand. Elliott catches a kick from Dodson and swarms the smaller man with punches against the fence, but he lets Dodson out. Elliott catches another kick from Dodson and scores with more punches over the top. Dodson closes out the bout with a jumping knee that connects to Elliott’s body.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Elliott (29-28 Dodson)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Elliott (29-28 Dodson)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Elliott (29-28 Dodson)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, John Dodson.

Michael Johnson vs. Tony Ferguson


Round 1
There’s not much offense of note between the lightweights in the opening 90 seconds, though both are throwing and trying to gauge the range with combinations and high kicks. Ferguson slips on a kick, stands back up and misses with a big uppercut as he tries to catch Johnson coming inside. Johnson lands a kick to the body then rushes forward and drops Ferguson with an overhand left. Ferguson stands and recovers, but Johnson tags him with another left and an outside leg kick. A slapping head kick finds its mark for Johnson and Ferguson fakes a single-leg shot. Johnson is doing well to stay out of the way of the taller Ferguson’s strikes, much to the displeasure of the crowd. Another left hand and a body kick from Johnson, and he adds some outside leg kicks as he circles away. Ferguson swarms with a body kicks and punches against the cage just before the horn.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Ferguson

Round 2
It’s another tentative start to the second round with both men throwing but neither landing big in the first minute and a half. Ferguson begins to string together some leg kicks, comes inside with a nice uppercut and gets countered by a Johnson left. Another big left from Johnson snaps Ferguson’s head back with two minutes left in the round. Ferguson tries to establish his jab while Johnson keeps throwing power shots which mostly miss. Ferguson snaps off a good right hand and steps out of the way of Johnson’s counter. Johnson puts his head down to throw and takes a combo from Ferguson. Flying knee misses for Johnson and Ferguson snuffs out a takedown attempt soon after. Ferguson misses with a spinning back-fist at the end of the period.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Ferguson
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Ferguson

Round 3
The lightweights come out firing this time, straight inside with combinations, though neither lands anything clean. Johnson catches a kick but can’t capitalize. He catches another and Ferguson spins out of the way of Johnson’s follow-up strikes. Johnson throws punches in bunches when Ferguson steps into his range. A right hook buckles the legs of Johnson, but he doesn’t go down. Ferguson digs a right hand to the breadbasket of Johnson, who circles away and scores with another left hand up top. Ferguson lands an outside leg kick but eats another left for his trouble. Johnson misses wide with a high kick, scores with a left hand to the chest. Another left to the face sends Ferguson backward. Johnson tries to follow up but finds air. One minute to go now and Johnson tries to bring the fight to the floor. Ferguson stuffs it, takes another right hand and blocks a flying knee. Johnson socks Ferguson with the left hand two, three, four more times in the closing seconds of the round.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Johnson (30-27 Johnson)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Johnson (29-28 Johnson)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Johnson (29-28 Ferguson)

Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Michael Johnson.

Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry


Round 1
Johnson lands a short left hand and Barry counters with a leg kick inside. Johnson pushes him into the cage and Barry comes off with a head kick. Barry scores with another hard leg kick and again Johnson ties up. Hard knees scoring inside for Johnson as he works Barry on the fence. Barry drives forward for a takedown and gets sprawled on by Johnson, but Barry stays on it takes full mount. He gives up mount for side control on Johnson’s left side and leans across to the right, staying heavy on top. Barry cranks a keylock on Johnson’s right arm and Johnson’s face says it’s tight. Barry gives it up but keeps side control with two minutes left in the round. He drops some elbows and short punches on Johnson, who tries to throw knees to the body from his back. Knee-on-belly for Barry now and Johnson scrambles to his feet. The big men resume throwing and Johnson hurts Barry with a knee and a head kick. Johnson is teeing off with punches against the fence and Barry is offering nothing in return with 30 seconds left on the clock. Barry finally goes down and referee Dan Miragliotta steps in to rescue him from any further punishment at 4:38 of the opening round.

Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher


Round 1
Palhares stands outside with Belcher pumping his jab from the center. Toquinho pushes Belcher away with a front kick but Belcher keeps sticking the jab in Palhares’ face, just out of range. Palhares drops for a leg and Belcher gets tangled up. He’s got Palhares’ left leg trapped between his own legs and is working to isolate the Brazilian’s arms. Now Belcher has the right arm of Palhares trapped, making a very awkward position, but Palhares seems unconcerned. Belcher tries to take Palhares’ back and Palhares rolls through for a heel hook. Belcher rolls on top but Palhares keeps hold of the leg, adjusting for a heel hook or a toe hold. They’re all tangled up in the center of the cage now, with neither man in position to finish. Palhares has Belcher’s right foot under his right arm but Belcher again twists loose and extracts the limb. Belcher is out of trouble for the moment as he sits in Palhares’ open guard. Palhares throws up his legs for an armbar that doesn’t go. Belcher slugs the Brazilian with a couple hard right hands and stacks up. Belcher is unloading with punches and elbows and Palhares isn’t giving anything back. Ref Dan Miragliotta is watching closely from inches away, and he decides Palhares isn’t doing enough to continue. Alan Belcher gets the TKO victory at 4:18 of round one.

Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks


Round 1
Koscheck opens with a push kick; Hendricks goes high and has one deflect off Kos’ shoulder. Hendricks misses with a left over the top and Koscheck counters with a right. Koscheck walks Hendricks into the fence and unloads with a pair of right hands, misses with a head kick. More right hands from Koscheck and Hendricks circles away clockwise. Hendricks slugs back with an uppercut, takes another right from Koscheck for the effort. Koscheck easily denies a shot from Hendricks, who pushes forward again and drags Koscheck down at the base of the fence. Koscheck is warned not to grab the fence by ref Kevin Mulhall as Hendricks tries to tenderize his thighs with knee strikes. There’s not enough going on and ref Mulhall splits them up with just over two minutes left in the opening round. Hendricks swings a left-handed haymaker, misses and takes a right from Koscheck. Another takedown try from Hendricks is shut down by Koscheck, who puts Hendricks on the cage and socks him with more heavy shots. Koscheck ducks a right hand, then a left and snipes back with a right hook. Heavy body kick lands for Koscheck but he misses with the spinning back-fist behind it.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Koscheck
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Koscheck
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Koscheck

Round 2
Hendricks is coming up short on his punches and he rushes Koscheck into the fence. Koscheck turns the corner and takes Hendricks’ back. Hendricks is kneeling at the base of the cage while Koscheck tries to sink a hook in. Kos can’t find the space and Hendricks gets back to his feet. Double-leg from Hendricks puts Koscheck down, but the AKA product gets to his knees and they stall out. Hendricks stays glued to Koscheck’s back as they rise to their feet, kneeing Koscheck’s thighs. Ref Mulhall splits them up again with two minutes to go. Koscheck misses with a big right hand and Hendricks misses with a left. An uppercut and a left score for Hendricks and they tie up on the fence again. They break off. Koscheck has a high kick blocked and Hendricks tags him with an uppercut. Hendricks misses with a right uppercut, drives the follow-up left into Koscheck’s solar plexus. A left hand lands for Hendricks and he finishes the round working for a single-leg on the fence.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hendricks
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hendricks
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Hendricks

Round 3
Hendricks misses with a sweeping left, slaps the body of Koscheck with a kick. Hendricks is looking for the homerun shot while Koscheck stays out of range. Koscheck ducks a punch and tries a single-leg, switches to a waistlock and presses Hendricks into the cage. Hendricks lands a short elbow and shrugs, unable to do much with the position, and ref Mulhall breaks them up. They’re swinging wild, both men landing big shots in the pocket. Hendricks gets the better of the exchange with a murderous left hook, but now Koscheck comes forward to pin Hendricks on the fence. Hendricks gets double underhooks and reverses the position but doesn’t stay there long, as Mulhall splits them again. Two minutes to go now and Koscheck is walking Hendricks down. Hendricks lands a knee that sends Koscheck shooting for and finally completing a takedown. Kos is framing up an arm-triangle choke from half-guard, working to extract his left leg from half-guard. He gets the leg free, but Hendricks denies the pass and keeps Koscheck in half. Down the final minute now and Koscheck is heavy on top, throwing punches to the body and head of Hendricks, who’s just wrapping up from the bottom.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Koscheck (29-28 Koscheck)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hendricks (29-28 Hendricks)
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Koscheck (29-28 Koscheck)

Official result: One judge scores the bout 29-28 Hendricks, while a seconds scores it 29-28 Koscheck. The third and final judge scores the bout 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Johny Hendricks.

Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller


Round 1
No touch of gloves between the lightweights and the main event is underway. Miller throws a leg kick first and Diaz swipes with long right hooks. Diaz gets the Thai plum but gets shoved into the fence by Miller with an underhook. Miller sends a right hand over the top, a knee to the thigh as Diaz tries to work out of the situation. Miller slips throwing a knee and Diaz breaks away. Diaz throws a straight right and Miller counters with an outside leg kick. A solid left connects for Diaz, then a right. They trade right hands, Diaz tries to clinch and Miller steps away. Underhooks for Miller now and he shoves Diaz into the cage again. Miller changes to a single-leg, socks Diaz with a short left. He lets go and Diaz grabs a front headlock, throws a knee. They break off and Diaz starts pouring on the slapping shots, then drops Miller with a straight left. Diaz tries to take the back of the kneeling Miller, but Miller almost takes Diaz’s back instead. They finish with a scramble and Diaz stays on top. Miller’s nose is bloodied as he walks back to his corner.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Diaz
Lutfi Sariahmed scores the round 10-9 Diaz

Round 2
Outside leg kick lands for Miller and then a short right over the top. They clinch up and Diaz pushes the New Jerseyan into the fence, with Miller throwing knees up the middle and Diaz punching to the body. Diaz sticks a jab, ducks a punch and ties up with Miller again. Diaz lures Miller in by dropping his hands and counters a combination with a nice right. Solid knees in the clinch from Diaz and now he taunts Miller into throwing a flying knee. He walks Miller down, throwing up his hands before pushing Miller into the cage. Diaz scores a few knees and Miller drops to a knee to avoid any more. Miller stands back up and rips a wobbly punch. Diaz is just mocking Miller now, throwing a lazy front kick while walking him into the fence. Miller drives forward for a takedown and Diaz snares him with a modified guillotine choke. The arm is in but Diaz has it deep. Miller spits out his mouthguard, but it’s not enough; his tongue is gruesomely sticking out of his bloodied mouth and he’s got no choice but to tap. Nate Diaz becomes the first man to finish Jim Miller at 4:09 of the second round.

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