“UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera” took place Saturday inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Four light heavyweights submited their applications for a shot at the 205-pound crown in the event’s featured scraps.
Lyoto Machida met Ryan Bader in the co-main event, while Mauricio “Shogun” Rua closed out the show against Brandon Vera.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
(FUEL TV 5PM ET/2PM PT)
John Moraga Defeated Ulysses Gomez via KO at 3:46 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Solid back-and-forth action to start things off. Moraga tags him with two vicious elbows and starts to give Gomez the business. After a violent flurry, Gomez drops to the canvas. It’s a wrap.
Manny Gamburyan Defeated Michihiro Omigawa via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Gamburyan lands a flying knee to the chest. Omigawa fires back and drops the Armenian with a straight left land. Gamburyan pops right back up and appears to have recovered. Gamburyan dives for a single-leg takedown to no avail. Omigawa, 10-9.
2ndRound: They exchange punches in the pocket. Gamburyan goes for a takedown and almost gets caught in a standing guillotine choke. He finally drags the Japanese fighter to the mat. Gamburyan transitions to his back and has half the round to work. Omigawa works his way to his feet. Gamburyan, 10-9.
3rdRound: Omigawa eats a big head kick and Gamburyan is now on the prowl. Omigawa was dazed and confused for a minute, but answers back with a standing elbow. Gamburyan working hard for a takedown and secures it for a brief moment. He picks Omigawa up and slams him to the canvas. And again. Omigawa now attempts a neck crank/guillotine choke. Gamburyan, 10-9, and rallies to take the scrap, 29-28.
Phil De Fries Defeated Oli Thompson via Submission (Face Crank) at 4:16 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Thompson forges ahead and has him pressed against the cage. They get separated due to inactivity. De Fries took him down for a second, but Thompson scrambles to his feet. Tough round to score, mainly because there wasn’t much damage inflicted by either. The crowd lets them know about it. De Fries, 10-9.
2ndRound: De Fries drops him with a straight right and pounces. He’s laying the lumber, but Thompson manages to survive the storm … for now. De Fries clocks him with a knee to the grill. It seems to only be a matter of time. De Fries takes his back and slaps on a rear-naked choke (face crank). He’s forced to cry uncle.
Rani Yahya Defeated Josh Grispi via Submission (North-South Choke) at 3:15 at in the 1stRound
1stRound: Grispi comes out firing, but is a little overzealous and gets planted on his back. Not a good spot to be against the submission specialist. Yahya transitions to side control with half the round remaining. He locks on a north-south coke. Game. Set. Match, Yahya.
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado No Decision (Accidental Eye Poke)
1stRound: Prado takes an accidental finger to the eye and the scrap is called.
Nam Phan Defeated Cole Miller Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Both guys feeling each other out in the opening ticks. Phan connects on a combination. He continues to beat Cole to the punch. Phan is doing a great job of closing the distance. He’s tagging Miller on a consistent basis. Phan looks sharp. Phan, 10-9.
2ndRound: Miller is bouncing back nicely in the second frame. He’s doing a much better job of using his reach advantage. Miller tags him with a one0two combo. Phan eats a straight right. Phan answers with a left hook. Miller, 10-9.
3rdRound: Phan stuns him with a straight left. Miller appears to have recovered. Phan continues his standup assault. Miller is finally answering back. Phan isn’t backing down, though. ‘Fight of the Night’ potential here. Miller turned up the heat at the end, but was it enough? Phan, 10-9, and likely took it, 29-28.
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mike Swick Defeated DaMarques Johnson via KO (Punches) at 1:20 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Swick tags him with a right hand. Johnson is eating a barrage of punches, but reverses the tables and plants Swick on his back. Johnson advances to full mount. Swick briefly gave up his back, but manages to wiggle free. Johnson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Swick floors him with a right hand and pounces. He unleashes a couple more punches on the canvas, but his opponent was already unconscious. Johnson was right, someone was going to take a nap in this fight. Unfortunately for Johnson, he’s the one that needs his blankie.
Joe Lauzon Defeated Jamie Varner via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:44 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: They are swinging for the fences and Varner is getting the better of the exchanges. Lauzon eats a big right hand and was wobbled for a second. Lauzon comes firing back with a big body shot. It appears Varner is slowing. Varner drops him with a right hook and pounces. Lauzon manages to hang on. Varner, 10-9.
2ndRound: Varner starting to attack his legs with kicks. Lauzon has him clinched against the cage and Varner drops for a guillotine attempt. Lauzon escapes and takes his back. He slapped on a rear-naked choke for a brief moment, but Varner gets free. Lauzon is unloading bombs and drops his opponent. He is giving him the business on the ground. A staggered Varner gets to his feet, though gets taken back down. Lauzon takes his back and slaps on a rear-naked choke. Varner reverses and lands some elbows. Great fight. Lauzon, 10-9.
3rdRound: Varner calls time because he forgot to put his mouthpiece in. That was a first. Game on. Varner plants him on his back with a powerful double-leg. Lauzon scrambles free and avoids any damage. Varner takes him down again, but almost gets caught in a guillotine choke. Lauzon transitions to a triangle choke. He’s dropping elbows on the top of Varner’s dome. Varner is forced to cry uncle. Sorry, Nam Phan. Looks like that was Fight of the Night.
Lyoto Machida Defeated Ryan Bader via KO (Punch) at 1:32 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Both fighters feeling each other out. Machida lands a left body kick. He follows up with a right jab. Not too many strikes being thrown thus far. Machida doing his thang, bob and weave mixed with some strikes. Machida, 10-9.
2ndRound: Just as the crowd starts to boo due to inactivity, Machida puts Bader to sleep with a right hand. Bader got impatient, rushed in and ate a fist for his efforts. Machida just emphatically submitted his top contender application.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Defeated Brandon Vera via TKO (Punches) at 4:09 in the 4thRound
1stRound: Vera lands a body kick to start things off. He’s very generous with his kicks early and Shogun takes advantage by catching one and planting Vera on his back. That was a tad surprising. Shogun lands a knee to the body. Vera gets to his feet and comes out firing. Shogun goes for another takedown attempt, but Vera catches him in a guillotine choke. Shogun wiggles free and lands some bombs from the top position. The Brazilian transitions to his back, but only has 30 seconds to work. Shogun, 10-9.
2ndRound: Shogun stuns him with a inside leg kick. He rocks Vera with a right hook. And another one. Vera appears to be in trouble, but Vera fires back with an elbow to the grill. Vera follows up with a straight right hand. They are exchanging bombs. Shogun is getting the better of him, as he connects on a couple of knees in the clinch. Vera is game. This is the best “The Truth” has looked in quite some time – at least the most aggressive. Vera trips him to the mat. Shogun seems winded. Shogun, 10-9.
3rdRound: Vera comes out firing, while Shogun seems to be slowing. Shogun has him clinched against the cage. Shogun nails him with a knee to the head. Vera was down for a moment, but avoided any damage. Vera is firing away, but Shogun plants him on his back in the center of the Octagon. Shogun, 10-9. Oddly, this fight is closer than what I have scored.
4thRound: Shogun has him clinched against the fence and is landing knees to Vera’s body. Vera scores with a leg kick-left elbow combo, while Shogun counters with a right hook. The Brazilian has him pressed against the cage. Shogun clobbers him with several unanswered punches and Vera drops to the canvas. Vera eats a couple more strikes on the ground. As T.I. said, “Goodnight, it’s over with, that’s all she wrote.”