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Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee
Round 1
The southpaws feel one another out with high kicks, but it’s Cariaso who slips a right hand through Lee’s guard first. Lee snares Cariaso in a standing guillotine and puts his back to the fence, where he peppers the American with hard knees low. Cariaso extracts his head and reverses, giving Lee some knees back until the Englishman trips him to the canvas. Lee works from Cariaso’s full guard, stands up and drops a hard punch on his way down. Lee considers the guillotine again, doesn’t grab it and Cariaso scrambles up. Good single-leg defense from Cariaso this time, but the larger Lee has him pinned on the cage and grinds until he gets Cariaso down again. Cariaso gets back up, but is met by more kicks and another takedown. Cariaso scores with knees on the inside as the pair finish the round clinching.

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

Round 2
Lee attacks with kicks, scores another takedown and clinches Cariaso, as he did in the previous round. Cariaso exits with a hard standing elbow and looks to put combinations together until Lee rushes him again. Cariaso reverses, but can’t keep the larger Lee in place. Finding success with close combinations and elbows, Cariaso opts for the takedown and puts Lee on his rear. Cariaso scoots his man away from the cage as he works from half-guard on Lee’s left. Cariaso advances to mount with 1:40 left in the round and works to secure the position. Lee bucks Cariaso off before he can drop any offense from the mount, but Cariaso is back there within 30 seconds. Lee escapes again, showing a triangle and forcing Cariaso to finish the round in his full guard.

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

Round 3
Cariaso lands a few inside low kicks and a pair of crisp right hooks to the jaw of Lee, who responds by shoving him into the cage. Cariaso gets off a few knees inside before referee Dan Miragliotta splits them up. Cariaso shoots now and Lee defends, returning to the familiar position on the cage. Cariaso lands a few more knees until Lee breaks off, then forces Lee to cover up with a combination. Lee misses a spinning kick, drops for a single-leg on the fence and is stifled by Cariaso. Midway through the final round, Cariaso reverses Lee against the cage and spins him to the floor. Cariaso goes from Lee’s left side to side control on the right, then takes mount. Lee gives up his back and Cariaso sinks both hooks in, then rolls to his back. Twisting out, Lee finds himself mounted once again and Cariaso looks to frame up an arm-triangle choke. Nothing comes, so Cariaso goes back to mount and drops hard elbows. Lee gives up his back one last time, absorbs more rough punches and ends the bout defending against a rear-naked choke.

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

Official result: The judges have it 29-28 Lee, 29-28 Cariaso and 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Chris Cariaso.

Chris Cope vs. Che Mills
Round 1
Mills presses the action from the center and the welterweights trade leg kicks. The Englishman starts an onslaught with a right hook and a big knee to the face. Referee Marc Goddard appears to shove Mills away as he punches the scrambling Cope, then backs off. After another knee drops Cope to the ground again, Goddard steps in to end the contest officially at 40 seconds of the first round.

Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young
Round 1
Omigawa comes forward, but it’s Young putting punches on his foe’s face early. Omigawa initiates the clinch and tries to wrestle Young to the floor. Good defense from Young, who keeps vertical and has a thudding right high kick blocked by Omigawa’s forearm. The featherweights bounce and feint, Young breaking the standoff with a pair of sharp outside leg kicks. Omigawa dips inside with a long left hand, eats a counter right. Young shoves Omigawa to the ground when the judoka tries for a takedown. Omigawa pops right back up and works his way inside again, putting Young on the fence and tripping him to his back. Omigawa works from half-guard on Young’s left with two minutes left in the round as the partisan crowd boos the slowed pace. Young struggles to his feet and Omigawa tries to keep him on the fence, eating a few knees in the process. Young escapes and zaps the charging Omigawa with a nice kick to the body and a knee to the face shortly thereafter. The clinch comes from Young this time and he works Omigawa with a couple solid shots. He tries for a takedown and Omigawa catches him in a guillotine, finishing the round on top. Young returns to his corner with significant damage on his right eye; a replay shows that the cut came from an accidental clash of heads.

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

Round 2
Omigawa sneaks through a few left hands before the pair clinch and trade knees. Takedown for Omigawa away from the cage, but he quickly scoots Young over to a post. Omigawa is in side control, leaning across to control Young’s right wrist. Young grabs his shorts to defend against the armlock and Omigawa starts dropping elbows and mashing with short punches. Young doesn’t tolerate this long, rolling out of the bad position and back to his feet, where he gets back to work with leg kicks and an uppercut. They tie up in the center of the cage and Omigawa effortlessly trips Young to the canvas. Again, Omigawa doesn’t do much with the position, instead working to improve his position. Omigawa has a neck crank, steps into mount and releases it, then gets pushed back to half-guard. Young is just playing defense on the bottom, escaping Omigawa’s mount once again in the waning seconds.

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

Round 3
Omigawa catches Young off-balance with a counterpunch early in the final round and the pair start slinging leather in the pocket. Omigawa throws a bunch of uppercuts in the tie-up which Young answers with a knee to the midsection. Omigawa lands a solid kick to the body, wraps Young up and trips him to the ground again. Omigawa drops back for a heel hook and Young goes to his knees, crawling out of the hold and scrambling to his feet. Young connects with a hard outside thigh kick, a right cross. Omigawa tries for another guillotine and puts Young on his back, losing the choke. Side control for Omigawa, who drops punches with two minutes remaining. Young is looking exhausted as he’s shoved into the fence, his face lumped up while he defends against a kimura. With 15 seconds left, Young drives forward and puts Omigawa on his back, finishing the bout with a flurry of punches on top.

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

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for Michihiro Omigawa, who gets his first UFC victory in five tries via unanimous decision.

Rob Broughton vs. Philip De Fries
Round 1
De Fries goes low for a double-leg, doesn’t get it and instead pushes Broughton into the fence. It isn’t long before referee Dan Miragliotta tells the heavyweights to get busy. They continue to battle for position, Broughton landing a knee up the middle before Miragliotta splits them up. De Fries ducks a punch to get inside again, this time working for a single-leg as Broughton defends on the cage. De Fries picks the ankle and finally gets Broughton down. Broughton tries to push off the fence with his feet to escape side control with De Fries on his right side. Broughton regains deep half-guard, then gets to his knees and has his back taken. He turns over and traps De Fries in half-guard again, then puts him back in full. Broughton lands a few punches from the bottom and dodges slow shots from De Fries, who stands up and tries to pass. De Fries grabs a loose guillotine as Broughton gets to his knees and drives forward. De Fries spins and takes Broughton’s back again with 10 seconds left in the round.

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

Round 2
De Fries goes straight back to the clinch and brings Broughton down to the base of the fence within 30 seconds. Broughton goes to his knees and De Fries tries to take the back again, blocked this time by Broughton, who keeps active and rolling. De Fries stays with him and hops on back with the next try, keeping a waistlock as Broughton again escapes. Broughton just can’t shake De Fries, who stays glued to the back of “The Bear” as they stand and go back down. Broughton uses a deep kimura to sweep and drops punches to the body of De Fries from side control while De Fries looks for a kimura of his own. Broughton traps the right arm of De Fries between his legs and rains down punches from the crucifix position to De Fries’ unprotected face. Broughton considers an armlock, gives it up and blasts his man with more elbows. Broughton closes out the round on top, smothering De Fries and dropping punches.

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

Round 3
De Fries sticks Broughton with a nice jab and quickly comes inside to bring the Bear down again. Broughton gasps for air underneath as he struggles to escape De Fries’ side control. De Fries shoves Broughton into the cage and Broughton wall-walks out of the position, then nearly has his back taken. The big men wind up in the same position as before, De Fries now working from side control on Broughton’s right. De Fries attacks the back once again and Broughton turns, landing De Fries in full mount. The UFC newcomer throws sporadic punches and maintains his position as Broughton tries to push off the cage and escape. De Fries gets unbalanced eventually and lands in north-south position, then side control again. Broughton can’t escape and just throws short punches to the ribs of the inactive De Fries until Miragliotta stands them up with 10 seconds left.

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

Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Philip De Fries.

John Maguire vs. Justin Edwards
Round 1
Edwards’ first offense is a series of inside thigh kicks, two of which clip Maguire low. Referee Leon Roberts warns Edwards that the next infraction will cost him a point and the action resumes after a minute. Edwards is aggressive, chasing Maguire down with kicks and punches, and dropping the English fighter right a spinning back-kick to the body and big right hook. Maguire absorbs some punches on the bottom before driving forward and finding himself in a guillotine. Extracting his head, Maguire winds up in Edwards’ closed guard and puts short punches on the American’s ribs. Edwards posts and uses the fence to work back to his feet, but is clinched by Maguire as soon as he’s there. Maguire keeps tight until he can bring Edwards down and drop more shots. Edwards scrambles up again and takes a couple knees to the face and body before reversing Maguire into the fence. Edwards cracks Maguire with another punch, but Maguire secures the back standing and twice drags Edwards to the ground. Edwards pops back up and Maguire keeps him on the cage with a headlock. When Edwards pops loose, Maguire goes low for a single and Edwards pulls guard with a far-side guillotine. Maguire escapes and throws some more shots before the horn.

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

Round 2
Maguire sticks Edwards with jabs in the early going of round two, covering up for the American’s counterpunches and stuffing a shot. An inside thigh kick lands for Maguire before Edwards closes the gap and puts the fight back on the fence. Maguire gets double underhooks, a body lock and drags Edwards down. Edwards stands but is dragged down again, and this time Maguire takes the back. Maguire has a body triangle and thuds punches to the ribs of Edwards, while “Fast Eddy” covers his face. Maguire is hunting for the rear-naked choke, relentlessly working to soften Edwards up for the final 90 seconds of the round. Maguire switches to an armbar attempt but Edwards defends and is saved by the bell.

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

Round 3
Maguire sticks with his jab while Edwards looks to repeat his power punches and spinning kicks of the opening frame. Maguire brings his man down in the middle of the cage and Edwards rolls for a leglock. Maguire goes for a toe hold of his own and the pair struggle on the ground until Edwards opts to stand. Maguire gets Edwards in a headlock and drills him with a few knees, forcing Edwards to tripod with his hand on the canvas. Edwards turns the table with a headlock of his own and tries to drop for a guillotine, but Maguire stifles it and moves to side control, his arm still trapped between Edwards’ legs. Edwards rolls and gives up his back, which Maguire quickly takes and secures with another body triangle. With two minutes left in the bout, Maguire goes back to peppering Edwards with short punches, looking for the opportunity for another choke attempt. Edwards rolls to his knees, trying to come out on top, but Maguire stays glued and underhooks the left arm of Edwards in the process. Edwards finally escapes to his feet with 30 seconds to go, dives down to punch Maguire and gets swept. Maguire tries one last guillotine and finishes the round on his back with Edwards in north-south.

Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Maguire (29-28 Maguire)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Maguire (30-27 Maguire)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Maguire (30-28 Maguire)

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

Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto
Round 1
Etim strikes first, stunning Faaloloto with quick, snapping punches and leg kicks. Faaloloto drives forward for a takedown, but runs straight into the guillotine of Etim. Jumping guard, the Englishman wrenches the choke and forces Faaloloto to submit. Etim’s first trip to the Octagon in 19 months ends in just 17 seconds.

Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh
Round 1
Perosh bounces around the outside while the rangy Diabate feints knees and tests the range with a push kick. Long punches from Perosh miss and Diabate chases him down with a combination. Perosh is clearly looking to close the space and shoot, but Diabate isn’t letting him inside and the Australian is forced to circle out. Perosh takes a kick to the body and fails to tie up. Boos shower down as the slow pace continues and Diabate looks to pick his punches. The Frenchman stuffs a shot from Perosh, then another and Perosh pulls guard. Diabate mashes with a few punches from on top before backing out and motioning Perosh to the feet. Perosh catches a hard kick to the guts and uses the leg to bring Diabate down. Landing in side control on Diabate’s left, Perosh winds up in half-guard with 60 seconds left, referee Marc Goddard urging the 205-pounders to get busy. Diabate ties up from the bottom and manages to dodge Perosh’s few attempts at offense in the final minute.

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

Round 2
Diabate tags Perosh with a knee to the body when the “Hippo” tries to come inside. Perosh keeps at it, though, and once again pulls Diabate down to the floor. Perosh hops into full mount and Diabate gives up back after a short struggle. Perosh tries to slap on a rear-naked choke and Diabate turns around again. Perosh is transitioning all over Diabate in top position, though Diabate manages to retain a very deep half-guard. A brief arm-triangle attempt from Perosh falls by the wayside and he takes Diabate’s back again. This time, Perosh throws punches until Diabate gives up his neck, then latches on a deep RNC. Diabate is trapped this time and is forced to tap out at 3:09 of the second round.

Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi
Round 1
Abedi slips a low kick and throws a combo at Alves, who covers up and returns fire with better kicks and a sweeping left. Abedi comes forward with punches and shoves Alves into the fence, and the welterweights trade knees inside before splitting off. Alves puts a hard right kick on the midsection of Abedi, who rushes with punches again and takes another kick. Abedi pins Alves on the fence again midway through the round, but can’t hold him there long. Alves puts a few nice right hooks on the chin of Abedi, then staggers him with a left. Another right has Abedi is in dire straits, barely surviving as Alves takes full mount and pummels with brutal hammerfists and elbows. Referee Dan Miragliotta is inches from waving the contest off, but allows it to continue as Abedi gives up his back. Aves quickly applies a rear-naked choke and Abedi is forced to tap out at of 3:32 of round one.

Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao
Round 1
Pickett swings a long, hard right hand and misses. The bantamweights are quickly into a firefight, Barao landing the better of the quick combinations thrown. Barao lands an outside leg kick and Pickett counters with speedy punches, a right hand tagging the jaw of the Brazilian. Barao misses with a leaping knee and they trade short combos to the body and head. Pickett pushes in with a left that staggers Barao, who comes right back with a kick and a shot. The takedown try is stuffed by Pickett, but Barao zaps his man with a left in the next exchange, then sticks him with a jab. Pickett is pushing forward for power punches, Barao looking to counter. Pickett catches Barao with a right and Barao replies by moving straight ahead and pouring on combos. A high, step-in knee catches Pickett and the Brit crashes to his back with Barao standing over him, raining punches down. Pickett stays with it as referee Leon Roberts hovers, but “One Punch” gives up his back in the scramble. Barao quickly tries to apply the rear-naked choke, but can’t get under the chin. He wrenches hard anyway and a dejected Pickett submits at the 4:09 mark.

Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz
Round 1
Referee Marc Goddard is the third man in the cage for the UFC’s first five-round non-title fight. Munoz lobs an inside thigh kick early, slips a punch from Leben and single-legs him to the ground. Leben loses a guillotine quickly, then tries to post and escape as Munoz works to flatten the veteran out. Leben works to his feet with the help of the cage, but Munoz keeps him there and drills Leben’s ribs with punches. Munoz grabs for another single-leg, gets Leben down but lets him right back up. Leben hits a takedown now and cracks Munoz with a couple rights before the wrestler can get back up. Leben has Munoz on the fence and begins socking away with rights, but Munoz scoots out and reverses the position. The pair break with 2:20 remaining and Leben corners Munoz, tags him with a left. Munoz digs an underhook and tries to connect with a high knee, but Leben catches it and dumps Munoz to the ground. Munoz hops up and tries again, landing a takedown with 90 seconds left. Munoz works from half-guard on Leben’s right, occasionally posturing up with nasty right hands. Leben keeps active with short punches from the bottom and then gets zapped with a big right as he tries to get to his feet. Munoz pours on more rights when Leben does get up, then has a shot sprawled on. Munoz slips on a punch and finishes the round on his knees with Leben throwing half a dozen punches.

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

Round 2
Leben rushes and backs Munoz into the cage with long punches, and Munoz takes the opportunity to clinch. Munoz drags him down after a minute and lands rights to the ribs from Leben’s full guard. Munoz comes over the top with harder rights which cut Leben at the corner of his left eye. Leben gets to his feet and pushes in again, only to be clinched and tripped back down. Again from side control, Munoz tries to further the damage to Leben’s face with elbows. Leben wearily tries to escape, getting to his knees before being put on his back again. Leben grabs a guillotine which forces Munoz to go fetal in defense. Leben’s face is an absolute mess, blood all over his left eye, and referee Goddard calls in the physician. Leben appears to be saying that he can’t see, but ref Goddard asks him again and Leben says he can. The fight continues and Leben backs Munoz into the cage with punches. Munoz dives forward, then springs from his knees to take the back of Leben. Instead, Leben puts his back to the cage, seated, and Munoz unloads with punches from a short full mount. Munoz is stuffed back to guard, but regains mount in the final seconds and gets off a few more shots.

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

In between rounds two and three, Leben informs his team that he cannot see. Referee Marc Goddard waves off the bout, awarding Mark Munoz the win by technical knockout due to corner stoppage.

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