UFC on Fox 4 Results: ‘Shogun vs. Vera’ Play-by-Play & Updates

By Sherdog.com Staff Aug 4, 2012



UFC on Fox 4 Fight Card


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Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga


Round 1
Moraga works outward from the center, flicking out leg kicks while Gomez shoots jabs over the top. Moraga gets his hands going to the body now and Gomez tries some leg kicks. The flyweights clinch up and Moraga drills a knee to Gomez’s gut before exiting with a leg kick. When they disengage, Gomez is cut along the hairline, with blood leaking down into his right eye. Moraga is cut as well, but he keeps the speedy punches coming, countering Gomez’s leg kicks while mixing in kicks to the body. Gomez grabs hold of a kick and puts Moraga on the fence, but can’t finish the takedown. A cracking left hook lands for Moraga as he stands out of range from Gomez. They clinch again and Moraga lands a big elbow, followed by a vicious, right-handed uppercut which buckles Gomez’s legs. Moraga follows Gomez to the ground, but the extra punishment is unnecessary, as referee Herb Dean is already on the way in. John Moraga gets the knockout victory in his UFC debut at 3:46 of the first round.

Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa


Round 1
Omigawa takes the outside while Gamburyan stalks from the center of the cage, loading up his right hand. Gamburyan lands a flying knee which Omigawa shakes off. Omigawa steps to the center and puts a left hand on Gamburyan’s chin, and the Californian drops to the ground. Gamburyan pops right back up and now he comes forward swinging wild right hands, one of which catches the circling Omigawa. Midway through the opening round now and it’s still terse exchanges from the featherweights. Omigawa is finding a home for his left and stepping out of range of Gamburyan’s offense. Gamburyan lands a wide right behind Omigawa’s ear, sticks a left in his face as the Japanese fighter comes forward. A left hand to the body lands for Omigawa; he throws one to the head, but instead connects with his forearm on Gamburyan’s face. Gamburyan tries to grab hold of a single-leg, but Omigawa steps out to finish the round on the feet.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Omigawa
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Omigawa
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan

Round 2
The featherweights exchange right hands early in round two, and Omigawa follows up with another compact left hook. It’s Gamburyan on the outside now, with Omigawa walking out from the middle. Gamburyan shoots for another very low single-leg and Omigawa stands him up again, this time framing up a choke. Omigawa lets the choke go and Gamburyan works on the leg for a minute, finally dragging Omigawa down along the fence. Omigawa stands up immediately; Gamburyan slams him back down, and Omigawa stands again. Another slam midway through the round puts Omigawa on the mat away from the fence, and Gamburyan attaches himself to the Japanese fighter’s back without hesitation. Gamburyan loses a hook as he works for a rear-naked choke, and Omigawa is able to put his back on the ground before working back to his feet with the help of the cage. They disengage while swinging and Gamburyan comes away pawing at his right eye. A jab from Gamburyan is the only real offense in the last 30 seconds of the round.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan

Round 3
Omigawa comes out swinging, backing up Gamburyan at first, but a right high kick from Gamburyan changes the momentum with one swing. Gamburyan tries to chase Omigawa with punches, but Omigawa stays alive, though he’s visibly dazed. Another head kick connects, but 40 seconds into the round, Omigawa seems to have cleared the cobwebs. Perhaps sensing that Gamburyan expended too much energy with the assault, Omigawa walks right into the pocket, swatting at Gamburyan’s head with short punching combinations. Gamburyan lands a hard left on the chin, but Omigawa just stands in front of him and continues peppering with punches. Gamburyan drops levels for a double-leg, can’t get it at first but finishes on the second effort. Omigawa hops back up instantly and tries to roll Gamburyan with an arm-in guillotine. The choke is loose and Gamburyan pops his head out, then slams Omigawa back down when he scrambles up. Omigawa gets up again and Gamburyan hits another slam with a minute to go. Omigawa gets back up and tries a guillotine on the kneeling Gamburyan, but it’s not there.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan (29-28 Gamburyan)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan (29-28 Gamburyan)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Gamburyan (30-27 Gamburyan)

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

Philip De Fries vs. Oli Thompson


Round 1
Thompson charges in to press De Fries into the fence and gets tagged with a right cross on the way. De Fries turns his countryman around and they work slowly along the perimeter. The only offense comes from sporadic knees and punches from De Fries; it’s not enough for ref John McCarthy, who breaks them up two minutes in. They clinch up again shortly after the break, but the pace doesn’t pick up. The big men reverse positions a few times before being split up again. Each heavyweight lands a punch before they tie up again and close out the frame on the fence, much to the displeasure of the Los Angeles crowd.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 De Fries
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-10
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 De Fries

Round 2
De Fries comes forward with punches, not clinching this time, and pops his man as Thompson tries to step in with a knee. A few seconds later, a straight right hand sends Thompson to the canvas and De Fries pounces to attempt a finish. Thompson turtles up and recovers, scrambling back to his feet, where he’s pushed into the cage again. De Fries does a little work inside before stepping out, punching Thompson again and landing a knee. They clinch up and Thompson trips to the ground as he tries to exit. De Fries gets on Thompson’s back but can’t sink his hooks, instead opting to soften Thompson up with punches. Finally, De Fries puts his hooks in, and seconds later, he coaxes a tap with a rear-naked choke. This one comes to an end at 4:16 of the second round.

Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya


Round 1
Yahya waits 40 seconds before shooting for a leg, and Grispi gives him a knee for his trouble before stuffing the shot. Yahya grabs hold of the next knee from Grispi and hustles the American to the floor. Grispi wraps up the BJJ ace in his guard, thinking kimura but soon letting go, which allows Yahya to move to side control. Grispi puts him back in guard, but Yahya instantly passes again, the walks around to north-south position. Grispi is stuck in a north-south choke, but he keeps trying to extract himself, using his legs to circle counter-clockwise. The choke is too deep, however, and Grispi has no choice but to tap out at 3:15 of the first frame.

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado


Round 1
Prado slings some long, range-finding punches while Davis waits on the outside. Neither man lands anything significant in the first minute, but soon after, Prado clips Davis with a winging right hand. Seconds later, Prado catches a finger in his right eye and backs away, grimacing in pain. The Brazilian is bleeding from the inside corner of his eye as the cageside physician comes in to check on him. The doc almost instantly tells referee Luis Cobian to wave the fight off, and this one is over. Prado is distraught with the call, screaming in Portuguese and gesturing to indicate that he can continue, but it’s too late. The fight is declared a no-contest due to the accidental eye poke.

Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan


Round 1
Miller opens up with a front kick, flashing a lanky leg right up the middle to keep Phan at bay. Phan works outward from the middle of the cage, trying to get into range while Miller continues to circle clockwise and keep his distance. Miller punches to the body and just misses with a roundhouse up top. They meet in the center and Phan continues to try and connect with the ATT product’s body; a few body shots have gotten through, but he hasn’t found his range yet. Phan lands a left hook, then another. Another hard left hand finds Miller’s chin and the taller fighter is retreating now. Right hand from Phan and Miller backs him off with a right kick to the body. Phan gets in the pocket and lights up Miller with a body-head combo against the fence. Miller backs Phan away with some long right hands, but Phan gets back inside in the closing seconds and attacks with some more hard combos.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Phan
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Phan
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Phan

Round 2
Miller looks to give Phan a taste of his own medicine early in the second round, as he swings hard punches to the body and leg kicks. Phan’s combination punching is still looking stronger, however, as the smaller man repeatedly attacks Miller’s breadbasket and sticks hard right hands on his face. They trade stiff lefts on two occasions in the middle of the round, then Miller backs Phan off with a front kick and a pair of jabs. Phan lands his go-to left hook to the body as he backs Miller into the fence, then comes over the top with a right. Miller is getting off some hard right straights but Phan keeps coming forward, slugging the taller man with a right over the top and a left hook to the cheek seconds later. Another left from Phan is answered by a Miller superman punch in the closing seconds.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Miller
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Miller
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Miller

Round 3
Phan comes out aggressive in round three and a right hand-left hook combo has Miller backing up. Phan smells blood and puts another combo on Miller, who just ducks the head kick behind it. Another right hand from Phan, then a left hook, and now Miller is looking to shoot. Phan turns him away and attacks with a nasty left hand to the body, then backs away from Miller’s tired swipes. Phan is looking much fresher down the stretch, keeping busy with his combos and avoiding most of Miller’s counters. After taking four or five hard body blows, Miller uncorks a left hand. Miller is starting to string together punches now, landing wide hooks on the smaller man, but a flying knee attempt comes up short. Phan sticks his left in Miller’s face, and Miller closes out the fight with kicks to the body. Miller raises Phan’s hand at the bell, and Phan raises Miller’s. This will be a close one.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Phan (29-28 Phan)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Phan (29-28 Phan)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Phan (29-28 Phan)

Official result: One judge scores the bout 29-28 Phan, while another sees it 29-28 Miller. The third and final judge scores it 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Nam Phan.

Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson


Round 1
Swick puts Johnson in danger just 15 seconds in with a right hand. The pair ties up and Johnson responds with a close-quarters elbow before disengaging. Johnson lands a right hand of his own now, then shoves Swick to the ground when the “Quick” one tries to clinch up. Swick has full guard with his back to the fence, and he scrambles to his feet after absorbing some heavy blows from Johnson on top. As soon as he gets to his feet, Swick is swinging, rocking Johnson again as they throw hands along the cage. Johnson slows the pace with a tie-up and trips Swick, who’s bleeding from his nose. Johnson takes full mount at the base of the fence and Swick rolls onto his right side as Johnson drops punches and elbows. Johnson tries to snare Swick in a rear-naked choke as he twists around, but he can’t get it. Swick is turned on his left side now and Johnson tries a brabo choke, but this one doesn’t go either. Swick pops his head out and he’s cut beneath his left eye, but he survives to hear the horn.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Johnson
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Johnson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Johnson

Round 2
It’s Johnson pressing the action through the first minute of round two, keeping Swick on his back foot, though neither of the welterweights is scoring with any major offense. Swick catches a kick from Johnson and shoves him to the ground, landing a right hand as they hit the canvas. The first punch puts Johnson out cold, but Swick seals the deal with two more as ref Herb Dean is rushing in to stop the action. Mike Swick returns with a sudden and brutal knockout at 1:20 of the second round.

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner


Round 1
Lauzon takes the middle while Varner goes to the outside to begin, both lightweights in the orthodox stance. Varner just misses with a hard right hook, connects with a left to the body seconds later. Body kick from Varner, then one to the legs, and a right hand sends Lauzon stumbling. Lauzon quickly regains his composure and keeps coming forward, wraps Varner up and drills the former WEC champ with a knee up the middle. Already breathing hard midway through the first frame, Varner misses with a jump knee and whiffs on the elbows behind it. Varner just grazes Lauzon’s face with a left hook and right cross; Lauzon covers up under fire and takes a ripping shot to the body. Lauzon scores with a pair of clean right hands, but a left behind the ear sends “J-Lau” to the floor. Varner goes down to his guard and Lauzon tries a straight armbar, can’t get it. Lauzon gets to his knees and absorbs a few knees to the body, and that’s where the round ends.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Varner
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Varner
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Varner

Round 2
Varner goes to some outside leg kicks to begin round two; he steps in with a four-piece punching combo, but Lauzon sees it coming and covers up. Lauzon puts up his guard again as Varner probes with jabs and straight punches. Varner scores with a punch to the body, a knee up the middle and a short elbow inside. He wraps Lauzon’s waist and tries to trip him down, but Lauzon stays up. Lauzon pushes Varner into the fence and Varner willingly falls to his back with a guillotine locked up. Lauzon has good posture to pop his head out, though, and he hops onto Varner’s back in one motion. Varner stands and shakes off Lauzon, then goes back to slugging while Lauzon covers up. Good one-two to the body from Varner, and now Lauzon storms forward, hustling Varner to the floor and pinning down his left arm. Lauzon gets off a few punches before Varner flips over and gets to his knees, then stands back up with Lauzon still shoving him into the cage. Lauzon drags Varner to the floor again and takes back mount, this time sinking in his hooks to control the back. Varner slips out the back door just before the horn and drops a couple elbows.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Lauzon
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lauzon
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Lauzon

Round 3
Lauzon and Varner hug to begin the final frame, but ref Luis Cobian realizes soon after the start of the round that Varner’s mouthpiece isn’t in. The corner fixes this and the lightweights get back to work. Varner double-legs Lauzon to the floor one minute into the round and works from half-guard for 20 seconds until Lauzon sweeps his way free. Varner throws a combo and Lauzon covers up. Lauzon comes forward and Varner backs him off with a right. Though tired, Varner is still firing hard shots inside, punches and elbows, though none are scoring very effectively with Lauzon covering. Varner hits another takedown, but Lauzon flips him over the top with underhooks and cinches up a triangle choke. Varner resists for a moment while Lauzon elbows from the bottom. Lauzon tightens the choke and Varner has nowhere to go. Joe Lauzon gets the submission win at 2:44 of the third round in a real thriller.

Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader


Round 1
Bader keeps his distance in the opening minute from the former champ, who front-kicks at the wrestler’s legs from the southpaw stance. Machida easily sidesteps some wild right hands from Bader, who takes a loud, slapping kick to the body. Machida twice catches Bader on his way in, cutting off the American with knees up the middle. A cracking right hand from Machida puts Bader off-kilter; the sequence repeats the next time Bader tries to rush inside. Bader gets underhooks in the middle of the cage and ties up briefly, but separates just as quickly. Machida finishes the first frame with a front kick to the guts and a one-two combo.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Machida
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Machida
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Machida

Round 2
More of the same as the second frame begins, with Bader still unable to close the distance on Machida, who keeps the wrestler at range with speedy counterpunching and kicks. One attempt from Bader to rush inside gives Machida the opportunity he needs: a short right hand sends Bader toward the ground, and two follow-up punches from Machida turn out the lights. Lyoto Machida scores the knockout at 1:32 of the second round.

Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera


Round 1
Vera gets the offense going early with a pair of stiff body kicks, but Rua quickly wraps him up and drags the American to the ground. Rua flattens Vera and works from half-guard, attempting to pass to Vera’s right. A sneaky left hand on the ground makes Vera cover up as he defends the pass. Vera is doing well to maintain half-guard, but Rua advances to side control at the two-minute mark. He catches Vera trying to scramble up and grabs a loose guillotine. Rua lets the choke go and drops a few elbows as the light heavyweights get back to their feet. Rua drops for a single-leg and gets snared in a guillotine. This one looks tight, but Shogun extracts his head after some huffing and puffing, winding up in Vera’s closed guard. A few hard left hands from Rua have Vera covering up again, trying to close the distance and negate the offense. Rua passes to side control on the right again, this time in the middle of the cage. He takes Vera’s back and spends the last 40 seconds trying to soften him up for the rear-naked choke.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rua
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rua
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rua

Round 2
Rua blasts Vera with some hard left hands to open the round, then a right hand backs Vera into the cage. Rua is unloading, just blasting Vera with hooks and knees in the clinch, but Vera is hanging in there. Vera lands an elbow of his own, comes off the cage and socks Rua with a left hook. A good right hook and a body kick score for Vera, followed by a kick to the thigh. Vera looked out of this fight moments ago, but now he’s putting hands on Shogun in the pocket. A right hook from Shogun dazes Vera, though, and Rua grabs a front headlock to throw knees, then drags Vera to the floor. Vera is on his knees, bleeding from beneath his left eye as Rua tries to take his back. A right hand behind the ear appears to stagger Rua, but he quickly recovers. Vera gets a bodylock and brings Rua to the ground at the base of the fence. Both men look wiped and Vera is unable to mount or land any major strikes before the horn.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rua
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rua
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rua

Round 3
Shogun quickly closes the gap and puts Vera on the fence, where the Brazilian throws knees to Vera’s thighs while the American throws them up the middle. Both 205’ers look exhausted, but Rua is still mustering some hard leg kicks. He puts Vera on the cage again and brings him down to his knees, where Rua first thinks choke, then stands and delivers some hard punches. Vera gets some space to stand and kicks back, but Rua hits another takedown in the middle of the Octagon. Rua nearly gets mount, but Vera keeps him in check with a deep half-guard, so Shogun instead grinds with elbows on top.

Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Rua
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Rua
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rua

Round 4
Back to clinching and hand-fighting on the fence, with both men throwing tired knees inside. Rua’s knees are scoring better, and Vera is unable to do much damage when he grabs the Thai plum. Vera cracks Rua with a pair of level elbows, but Rua gives him some damage right back with an uppercut. Rua’s just grinding Vera into the fence now as the crowd begins to boo. Left hook, right hook, one-two from Shogun and Vera hits the deck, belly-down. Rua follows him down and drops another pair of hard right hands on his exhausted opponent, and that’s a wrap. Herb Dean steps in to wave this one off, giving Mauricio Rua the TKO win at 4:09 of the fourth round.

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