UFC Fight Night Play-by-Play

Jan 23, 2008
Sherdog.com reports from the The Pearl in Las Vegas, Nevada, with live play-by-play of Wednesday's UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by a welterweight clash pitting Mike Swick (Pictures) against Josh Burkman (Pictures).

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Justin Buchholz (Pictures) vs. Matt Wiman (Pictures)
Round 1
Buchholz came out swinging some decent leather with two crisp combos. Wiman defended the strikes by scoring a takedown. Wiman passed guard into side-control and knee-on-belly before moving to the mount, where he unloaded with punches and an elbow that busted up Buchholz's nose. Buchholz turned his back to avoid further punishment, giving Wiman the chance to secure a tapout via a rear-naked choke at 2:56 of the opening period.

Joe Veres (Pictures) vs. Corey Hill
Round 1
Veres looked for a takedown unsuccessfully throughout the first 90 seconds. After several attempts, Veres was able to will Corey Hill to the canvas but could not hold him down. Hill stood up and delivered a brutal knee to the face that hurt Veres. Hill continued to strike on the feet until Veres scored another takedown, where he moved to the mount before being bucked off by Hill. 10-9 for Hill

Round 2
Veres looked exhausted to start the second round. Hill stuffed Veres' single-leg attempts and did a good job of keeping a proper striking distance. Hill then landed a straight right that buckled Veres' knees and sent him to the canvas, where he turtled up. Hill stood over him throwing punches until referee Herb Dean stepped in to save Veres at the 0:37 mark of round two.

Jeremy Stephens (Pictures) vs. Cole Miller (Pictures)
Round 1
The first minute saw both fighters circle the Octagon to size each other up. Stephens got off first with a right hand that landed flush. Miller dropped levels and went for a takedown, which was stuffed by Stephens. The fighters ended up clinched against the fencing, where Stephens was able to trip Miller to the canvas. Miller went for a heel hook and took the top position in side-control when Stephens escaped the technique. Miller, still in side-control, locked up what looked to be a fight-ending D'Arce choke, but the game Stephens narrowly escaped and took the top position in side-control before the horn sounded to end the opening stage. 10-9 for Miller.

Round 2
Stephens started the second round aggressively with a hard left footed kick to the ribs followed by a left hook to the chin that hurt Miller. The dazed fighter staggered to the fence, where Stephens picked him up and deposited him to the ground. Miller used his back to crawl up the fencing to his feet, where he went for a standing Kimura. Stephens slammed him hard to the ground to escape the hold. Miller then slapped on an inverted triangle-choke which transitioned into an armbar, but Stephens again slammed his way out of danger. Miller, stunned by the power impact of the slam, absorbed heavy punches and elbows, which opened a cut above his left eyebrow. Miller covered up while Stephens teed off with punches until referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in at 4:44 of the second frame.

Dennis Siver (Pictures) vs. Gray Maynard (Pictures)
Round 1
Maynard and Siver traded haymakers for the first minute of the contest Maynard hurt Siver with a wild three punch combo, which prompted Siver to pull guard. From the top position, Maynard pounded away with punches and elbows fro several minutes. Siver turned his back and fought off a rear naked choke and an armbar attempt. First frame was all Maynard, 10-9.

Round 2
Again the athletes traded hard strikes to start the period, but the shots weren't as wild as they were in the first period. Siver cracked Maynard with a right hand that hurt the American before scoring a takedown. Siver took Maynard's back and looked for a rear-naked choke, but the wrestler was able to escape to the top position. For the rest of the round, Maynard used classic ground-and proud to rough up Siver, opening a cut below the left eye. Solid comeback from Maynard in the second stanza, as he stole the round on the Sherdog.com scorecard, 10-9.

Round 3
Close final period as both men laid it on the line. Maynard cracked the exhausted Siver with a left hook early in the frame. He followed by pushing Siver to the ground and quickly taking the mount. After several seconds of inactivity, Maynard looked up after referee Josh Rosenthal issued a warning of some sorts. Siver took the moment of opportunity to get back to guard. Shortly after, Siver swept Maynard and defended a guillotine choke. Siver went for a guillotine of his own, but Maynard was able to escape. Sherdog.com scores the third for Maynard. All three judges score the bout 29-28 for Maynard.

Alberto Crane (Pictures) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (Pictures)
Round 1
A crane left leg high kick nearly ended the fight just five seconds into the contest. Pellegrino collapsed and was quickly caught in a guillotine choke, but he worked his way free. From the bottom, Crane looked for a few omaplatas but Pellegrino, now fully recovered, escaped and went to his feet. Pellegrino then outclassed Crane on the feet, showing good footwork and excellent boxing. By the end of the round, Crane was sporting cuts under both eyes from the punches he sampled while standing. 10-9 for Crane.

Round 2
Crane, bloody from the abuse of the fist round, looked uneasy on his feet to start the second frame. Pellegrino continued to box, and stuffed a takedown against the cage. A scramble freed Pellegrino, where he continued to throw lefts and rights at the head of Crane. Looking rough, Crane attempted to pull guard and was blasted by a lunging punch from Pellegrino for his efforts. Crane, cut again from the blow, rolled over and covered, forcing Herb Dean to call the bout at 1:55 of the second.

Alvin Robinson (Pictures) vs. Nathan Diaz (Pictures)
Round 1
Diaz landed a left hook before slamming Robinson to the mat. Robinson, who pulled guard before the slam, went to work on a guillotine choke. Diaz lifted Robinson into the air to try to free the hold, but the guillotine tightened. Robinson gave up the choke and found Diaz on top in side-control. Diaz was reversed but he quickly locked on an omaplata. Robinson escaped and scrambled for position. From the bottom, Nathan Diaz locked on a tapout-inducing triangle choke at 3:39 of the first.

Michihiro Omigawa (Pictures) vs. Thiago Tavares (Pictures)
Round 1
Tavares dropped levels for a single-leg and took Omigawa to the ground in the opening seconds of the fight. Omigawa resisted and was slammed hard back to the canvas. Omigawa worked for a straight armbar from the bottom but Tavares had none of it. Omigawa landed some elbows from the bottom and went for a heel hook, but again Tavares was game. Omigawa made it to his feet, where Tavares hopped on his opponent's back and dragged him to the ground. Omigawa showed patience in getting Omigawa off his back briefly, but Tavares went right back to the dominant position and slammed him to the mat. Omigawa swept and went to the top position, where he anded a solid right hand. The Japanese fighter stood up and kicked at Tavares' legs.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Tavares
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Tavares
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Tavares

Round 2
Tavares looked for a takedown for the first 90 seconds of the second round, but Omigawa used the cage to defend. A solid left hand landed for the Brazilian in the center of the Octagon. Omigawa picked up the pace as he came forward, but Tavares showed good footwork in evading an exchange. The crowd grew restless as Omigawa stood in the center of the cage, posing in a Karate stance. Tavares shot in and scored a takedown. Omigawa got back to his feet but ate a knee in the process.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Tavares
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Tavares
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Tavares

Round 3
Omigawa stepped forward looking to strike, but he didn't pull the trigger. Tavares countered by shooting in with a high-single-leg, and after a few moments against the fencing, he secured the takedown. From his opponent's closed-guard, Tavaes landed a few decent punches and a right hand as Omigawa got to his feet and took the top position. Tavares looked for a triangle, which Omigawa evaded by standing up and backing away. Tavares landed an upkick that sent blood trickling from Omigawa's nose. Omigawa scrambled and went to half-guard, where he punched the body.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Omigawa
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Omigawa
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Tavares

The official scores are read as 30-27 (twice) and 29-28, all for Tavares.

Andrew McFedries vs. Patrick Cote (Pictures)
Round 1
McFedries landed a stiff left to the body to get the action started. Cote returned the favor with a straight right to the mid-section. McFedries went to the inside of Cote's right leg with a low kick. McFedries landed a hard left hand shot which seemed to daze Cote. The Canadian then landed a right handed uppercut that hurt McFedries. The American retreated to the seat of his pats against the cage, where Cote punched the head until the fight was called by Herb Dean at the 1:44 mark of the first period. Impressive first round stoppage by Cote.

Josh Burkman (Pictures) vs. Mike Swick (Pictures)
Round 1
Burkman rushed forward looking for a takedown early in the bout. Swick defended with his back to the fencing and traded knees to the mid-section. Referee Steve Mazzagatti separated the fighters and restarted the action in the enter of the cage. Burkman again rushed forward, this time landing a right hand. Swick pulled guard with a guillotine, but Burkman defended. After another referee restart, Burkman landed a straight punch to the body. A left hand from Burkman found it's target on Swick's jaw. Burkman went for a jumping traditional martial arts kick that missed, causing both fighters to pop a smile.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Burkman
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Burkman
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Burkman

Round 2
Burkman comes out swinging in the second round, landing a spinning-back fist. Swick landed his first meaningful blow of the bout in the form of a head kick that seemed to stun Burkman. Swick let his hands go but could not connect as Burkman used footwork to circle away from his opponent's speed. A spinning-back kick landed for Swick. Following a stalemate against the fencing, Mazagatti restarted the contest in the center of the Octagon. Swick defended a takedown as the frame expired.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Swick
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Swick
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Swick

Round 3
Burkman fired a few haymakers and went back to the clinch against the cage. Mazzagatti quickly separated the fighters. Both fighters landed right hands before Burkman dropped levels for a takedown, which was stuffed by Swick. Mike Swick showed good defense against the cage in avoiding being tossed to the floor. Now back in the center of the cage, Swick landed a low kick and a right hand. At the 2:45 mark, Burkman's hands dropped to his side as he showed signs of fatigue. Burkman's nose started to bleed after a short right hand landed for Swick. A knee to the head landed for Swick before Mazzagatti again restarted the bout. A jumping knee from Swick found Burkman's body.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Swick (29-28 for Swick)
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Swick (29-28 for Swick)
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 (29-28 for Burkman)

The judges see the contest 29-28 (twice) and 29-29 for Mike Swick, who takes the majority decision.
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