UFC Fight Night Play-by-Play

Apr 5, 2007
Sherdog.com reports from The Pearl in Las Vegas, Nevada with live play-by-play of UFC Fight Night, headlined by TUF veterans Joe Stevenson (Pictures) and Melvin Guillard (Pictures).

Also on the card, Kenny Florian (Pictures) confronts Dokonjonosuke Mishima (Pictures) and Keita Nakamura (Pictures) takes on Drew Fickett (Pictures).

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Naoyuki Kotani (Pictures) vs. Thiago Tavares (Pictures)
Round 1
Not much action in the first frame. Lots of circling. Tavares scores a takedown midway through the round but Kotani sweeps. Tavares fell down throwing a high kick just as the stanza comes to a close. Sherdog.com scores the uneventful round 10-9 for Tavares.

Round 2
Kotani takes the fight to the canvas early in the second stanza. Tavares locks up a tight guillotine choke but the Japanese fighter escapes. The referee stands the fighters up to their feet. Tavares scores a takedown and moves to side-control. Tavares mounts Kotani. The round ends just after Kotani reverses from the mount and gets top position. Sherdog.com scores the second 10-9 for Tavares.

Round 3
Boring fight thus far. Tavares gets the fight to the floor with an inside trip. Tavares working punches to the head and body, but Kotani is defending well. The referee stands the fighters up. Kotani hits a takedown of his own but his opponent quickly sweeps to half-guard. Tavares continues to work with punches from the dominant position until the horn sounds to end the contest. Sherdog.com sees the fight 30-27. The judges agree and award the victory to Thiago Tavares (30-27 x3).

Roan Carneiro (Pictures) vs. Rich Clementi (Pictures)
Round 1
Carneiro picks up 2 takedowns in the first round but isn't able to much damage. Roan moved to side-control on the second takedown and was able to unleash a three-punch combo on the ground. Sherdog.com scores the frame 10-9 for Carneiro.

Round 2
Carneiro with an early takedown. Roan takes Clementi's back and sinks in a deep rear naked choke but he only has one hook in. Just when it looks as if Clemtni was about to tap, he turns into the choke and gets back to half-guard. After a standup, Carnerio catches Clementi in an Anaconda choke but isn't able to finish. Clementi lands a solid flurry of punches before the frame comes to a close. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 for Carneiro.

Round 3
Another dominating round for Carneiro. He scored an early takedown and spent the last two minutes of the fight on Clementi's back with both hooks in, looking for the rear naked choke. Clementi held him at bay with good hand control, but he was not able to reverse the position. All three judges scores the contest 30-27 for Roan Carneiro.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is sitting cage-side with Dana White.

Forrest Petz (Pictures) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Pictures)
Round 1
Hironaka takes Forrest down early in the round. The Japanese fighter moves to side-control before jumping across Petz to look for an arm-triangle choke. A wild scramble ensues with Hironaka ending up in half-guard on top. He works punches and elbows before moving to knee-on-belly position and then mount. Petz bucks Hironaka off before the round closes. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Hironaka.

Round 2
Petz gets busy with strikes to open up the second frame. He lands a solid winging right hand that buckles Hironaka's frame. Hironaka scores a takedown but he isn't able to strike or improve his position. Petz is landing solid strikes on the ground and after a standup, on his feet as well. Hironaka is bleeding from the mouth. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-9 for Forrest Petz.

Round 3
The third round is all Hirokana. The Japanese fighter worked off a takedown into side-control, where he trapped Forrest's left arm under his legs. Hironaka then bombed away with punches before Petz was able to escape the bad spot. Hironaka again tied up Petz's arm, but this time he spins for an armbar and almost has it extended just as time runs out. Hironaka wins a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 x2 and 29-28.

Kurt Pellegrino (Pictures) vs. Nate Mohr
Round 1
Pellegrino wins with an ankle lock at 2:58 of the first round. Pellegrino scored a takedown and worked from the top early in the round. He sat back with Nate's leg and secured a tap with a tight hold on the ankle.

Keita Nakamura (Pictures) vs. Drew Fickett (Pictures)
Round 1
Drew Fickett takes the fight to the canvas early in the opening frame. Fickett lands a brutal right elbow that opens up a cut over Nakamura's left eye. Nakamura works from the bottom and sweeps Fickett. The round ends with Nakamura punching from Fickett's guard. Sherdog.com scores the first round 10-9 for Fickett.

Round 2
Nakamura is picking Fickett apart on the feet. Fickett is cut under his left eye from a punch. Exchange after exchange, Nakamura is beating Fickett to the punch. The fighters scramble for a takedown from the clinch and Nakamura throws a downward elbow that crushes Fickett. Referee Steve Mazzagatti steps in and takes a point from Nakamura. Fickett takes advantage of a full 5-min. recovery period before scoring a takedown and landing some elbows of his own. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Nakamura, but it stands as 9-9 with the deducted point.

Round 3
Fickett takes the third round with ease. After scoring an early takedown Fickett dove into Nakamura's guard with lunging punches that found their target repeatedly throughout the round. The judges score the bout 30-26 and 29-27 x2 for Drew Fickett.

Seth Petruzelli (Pictures) vs. Wilson Gouveia (Pictures)
Round 1
The fighters come out trading punches. Seth gets the best of the exchanges but eats several low kicks. Petruzelli lands a right handed "Superman" punch. Gouveia takes the fight to the ground with a double leg and scores with punches from Petruzelli's guard for the duration of the round. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 for Gouveia.

Round 2
Petruzelli shoots and gets caught with a guillotine choke early in the round. He taps out at the 39 second mark. Impressive victory for Wilson Gouveia.

Dokonjonosuke Mishima (Pictures) vs. Kenny Florian (Pictures)
Round 1
Florian comes out displaying a much improved jab. Mishima clinches and trips Florian to the mat. Florian moves to a high-guard with a arm trapped. Mishima scrambles to escape and Florian sweeps. Mishima briefly tries the rubber guard but Florian backs out. Mishima figure fours Florian's right leg but Kenny drops some left hands before escaping to the feet. Florian roughs Mishima up on the feet before the round ends. Sherdog.com scores the first frame 10-9 for Florian.

Round 2
Florian starts round 2 with a few low kicks and an uppercut. Again Florian smacks Mishima's legs. Mishima slips and Florian follows him to the canvas. Forian lands some elbows from half-guard.Florian stands up and invites Mishima to do the same. Florian lands three snapping left leg low kicks in a row before landing a right kick to the body. Mishima looks frustrated. Mishima pulls guard with a guillotine but the horn sounds to end the round. Sherdog.com scores it 10-9 for Florian.

Round 3
Mishima shoots and fails but he quickly pulls guard. Mishima tries an omaplata but Florian easily evades. Florian passes to side-control and then mount. Mishima works back to guard and sinks a deep kneebar. Florian is close to tapping but eventually he works out of the hold. Both fighters trade leg submissions. Florian lets go of Mishima and blasts away with right hands. Mishima rolls over and gives up his back. Florian flattens him out and forces a tap with a rear naked choke at 3:57 of the third round. Sherdog.com's Greg Savage reports seeing Mishima nearly stumble off the stairs as he exited the cage.

Justin McCully vs. Antoni Hardonk
Round 1
Hardonk grazes a head kick in the opening seconds. McCully presses the Dutch fighter against the cage. McCully trips Hardonk and takes him to the mat. McCully lands a solid elbow to his opponent's face. The American postures up and delivers a few punches. Hardonk attempts an armbar but it costs him position as McCully moves to side control. McCully punishes Hardonk with more punches and elbows. Hardonk catches a deep, but sloppy armbar. McCully fights it off and escapes just before the round ends. 10-9 for McCully.

Round 2
MCully trips Hardonk and takes the Dutch fighter into his element. Hardonk goes for an arbar but McCully drills him with three punches to the head. Hardonk is bleeding out of his mouth. McCully casually sits back in his opponent's closed guard and tees off with punches to the head and body. McCully cruises in the second frame, 10-9.

Round 3
Hardonk opens up with a low kick and a right hand but McCully answers with a stiff right hand. McCully is looking fatigued. Hardonk stuns the Amerian with a knee to the chin and a few punches. McCully takes the fight back to the canvas with a well executed trip. McCully passes to side-control but Hardonk shows nice leg work to get his guard back. Sherdog.com scores the fight 30-27 for Justin McCully. The judges agree - 30-27 x 3. Sherdog.com's Greg Savage reports that McCully's handlers have told him that they believe that McCully has suffered serious damage to the arm that was caught in the submission in the first round.

Joe Stevenson (Pictures) vs. Melvin Guillard (Pictures)
Round 1
Stevenson briefly drops Guillard with a punch. Stevenson takes Guillard down but Melvin quickly rushes to his feet. During the scramble, Stevenson locks up a guillotine that forces Melvin to tap less than a minute into the first frame. The official time is 0:27.

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