“UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” took place Saturday inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.
Benson Henderson put his lightweight belt up for grabs against Nate Diaz in tonight’s featured contest. A light heavyweight top contender bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson served as the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Scott Jorgensen Defeated John Albert via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:59 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Jorgensen goes on the attack and immediately scores a takedown. Albert manages to reverse and takes his back for a brief moment, but Jorgensen retains top position after a scramble. Albert tries a triangle choke from off his back, though it doesn’t look serious. Jorgensen wiggles free and takes side control. Jorgensen transitions to his back and slaps on a rear-naked choke. Abert is forced to tap with just a second remaining in the frame.
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Dennis Siver Defeated Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-26)
1stRound: Siver offering up a hearty serving of kicks to start things off. Phan eats a big right hand. Siver wobbles him with another right. Siver connects with a straight right. Siver continues to beat Phan to the punch. Phan tags him with a left jab. Siver scores with a spinning back-kick. Siver, 10-9.
2ndRound: Phan is much more accurate with his strikes to begin the middle stanza. Siver clocks him with a back-kick to the face and proceeds to take Phan down. Solid ground-and-pound from Siver in the half-guard. Siver is giving him the business. Siver, 10-9.
3rdRound: Phan misses on a big left and Siver capitalizes by planting him on his back. Siver is relentless with his ground assault. Phan is simply overwhelming him. Keep in mind, Phan took this fight on three weeks’ notice. Siver, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Abel Trujillo Defeated Marcus Levesseur via TKO (Knees) at 3:56 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: LeVesseur comes out like a house on fire. He has Trujillo clinched against the cage, but is eating some elbows to the dome while working for a takedown. Fans start to boo because LeVesseur is simply holding him against the fence. Trujillo is making him pay with several bombs to the body. The ref breaks them up due to inactivity. LeVesseur immediately shoots, but eats a knee to the dome for his efforts. He’s dazed and confused and just trying to hold on. Trujillo, 10-9.
2ndRound: LeVesseur dives for a takedown and gets caught in a guillotine choke. He tries to scramble free, but Trujillo transitions to a north-south choke. LeVesseur gets free, then is floored by a vicious right hand. Trujillo goes in for the kill. Trujillo is unloading countless knees to LeVesseur’s ribcage. It’s a wrap.
Daron Cruickshank Defeated Henry Martinez via KO (Head Kick) at 2:57 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Martinez wastes no time in going for a takedown. They get separated from the cage and Cruickshank tags him with a couple of punches. Martinez forges ahead and resumes his takedown tries. Martinez connects with a short elbow in the clinch. Thrilling exchange in the pocket between the two. Martinez has blood trickling down his face. Cruickshank hurts him with a body kick and is going in for the kill. He’s giving it to Martinez. Martinez survives the onslaught. Cruickshank clobbers him with a kick to the face and is bringing the pain. Martinez refuses to fall. Cruickshank, 10-9.
2ndRound: Cruickshank picking up where he left off, but Martinez remains unfazed. The pace has slowed quite a bit. Cruickshank drops him with a nasty head kick and raises his hands in victory before the ref even stepped in to stop it. Game. Set. Match, Cruickshank.
Ramsey Nijem Defeated Joe Proctor via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 2928)
1stRound: Nijem shoots for a takedown and is stuck in a guillotine attempt. They are both swinging for the fences. Nijem scores with some knees to the face in the clinch. Proctor gets dropped with a front kick and is trying to weather the storm. Nijem takes his back and now moves to full mount for a split second. Proctor fights to his feet and wobbles his opponent with a right hand. He’s on top of Nijem, but not inflicting as much damage as Nijem did. Nijem, 10-9, but it was close.
2ndRound: Proctor clips him with a left hook. Nijem attempts a takedown, but ends up on the bottom. Proctor tries a guillotine choke. It looked fairly tight, but Nijem fights loose. Proctor, 10-9.
3rdRound: Nijem connects with an overhand right. After a scramble, Nijem ends up on top and is softening up with shots to the body. Proctor slaps on an armbar from off his back, but Nijem wiggles free. They fight to their feet and are exchanging in the pocket. Nijem nails him with a knee to the grill. Nijem, 10-9, and likely took the scrap, 29-28.
Raphael Assuncao Defeated Mike Easton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: They exchange leg kicks early. A lot of jockeying, so nothing too much to write about. Easton stuffs a takedown attempt. Close and forgettable round to score. Assuncao, 10-9.
2ndRound: Assuncao tags him with a punch directly in the eye. Easton is having trouble seeing out of his left eye. Easton takes a knee to the groin and time is called. Game on. Crowd starts to boo due to inactivity. Assuncao, 10-9.
3rdRound: Easton comes out with a greater sense of urgency. Assuncao has him clinched against the fence. Fans rain down the loudest boos of the night thus far. Easton throwing heymakers trying to end things. I’ve never seen Easton this passive. The horn blares and both fighters raise their hands in victory. Assuncao, 10-9, and probably swept the cards, 30-27.
Yves Edwards Defeated Jeremy Stephens via KO (Punches) at 1:55 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Edwards goes for a takedown attempt, but comes up empty. Edwards clobbers him with a vicious right hook. He follows Stephens to the canvas and is laying the lumber. After unleashing several bombs, including a big elbow, the ref finally brings the bout to an end.
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Matt Brown Defeated Mike Swick via KO (Punches) at 2:31 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Swick lands a short left hand, but gets taken down for his troubles. Brown goes for a D’arce choke and has over three minutes to finish things. Swick wiggles free, though now gets caught in a triangle/armbar submission. Swick is doing a great job of defending and manages to escape. Brown, 10-9.
2ndRound: Brown unleashes a left hook-right hand combo that drops Swick. He follows up with one more shot on the ground, but Swick was unconscious when he hit the canvas.
Rory MacDonald Defeated BJ Penn via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
1stRound: Penn surprisingly goes for the takedown, but MacDonald easily reverses him against the cage. They separate and start their standup attacks. MacDonald scores with a body shot and a nice head kick. Penn counters with a right hand. MacDonald really working the leg kicks. Penn tags him with a right and immediately goes for a takedown to no avail. Left hook to the stomach by MacDonald. Penn is wobbled by an elbow strike. Penn already appears gassed. MacDonald, 10-9.
2ndRound: MacDonald’s hands look sharp. He’s nailing Penn with pretty much anything he wants. Penn answers with a right punch. MacDonald clocks him with a kick to the midsection, then a barrage of other kicks. Penn is eating countless strikes, especially to the body. Referee Herb Dean was close to stepping in to stop it a couple of times. MacDonald secures a takedown with the greatest of ease. MacDonald, 10-9.
3rdRound: Penn’s face is bruised and battered. He’s trying to drag MacDonald to the ground, but can’t. MacDonald has the Hawaiian clinched against the cage. MacDonald doing some taunting and draws boos from the crowd. Could this mark the final 60 seconds of Penn’s illustrious career? MacDonald, 10-9, and likely ran the table, 30-27.
Alexander Gustafsson Defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via Unanimous Decision ( 30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
1stRound: It appeared that Shogun slipped on a kick attempt and Gustafsson followed him to the canvas to attack. The youngster is a little too careless with his assault and almost gets caught in a kneebar submission. They get to their feet. Shogun connects with a knee to the dome while in the clinch. Shogun tags him with a right hand and follows up with a takedown. Gustafsson has him pressed against the cage. Shogun, 10-9.
2ndRound: Shogun connects with a right hand. Shogun attempted to trip his opponent to the mat, but Gustafsson ends up on top for a moment. Shogun forges ahead and scores with a flurry. Gustafsson trips the former champ to the ground, though isn’t able to keep him there. However, he tags Shogun with some strikes as they separate. Close round to score. Gustafsson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Shogun’s right eye is starting to swell. Gustafsson working hard for a takedown and secures it. Shogun easily pushes him away and they are back to their feet. Gustafsson plants him on his back again. Shogun scrambles free, but eats a kick to the body that clearly hurt him. Two minutes remaining and Shogun looks far more tired than the Swede. Gustafsson clocks him with a front kick to the grill. Gustafsson, 10-9, and probably won, 30-27.
Benson Henderson Defeated Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-45) (Henderson retains UFC lightweight title)
1stRound: Henderson misses on a leg kick and Diaz clinches him against the cage. Some knees to the thighs by Diaz. Henderson trying to drag him to the mat. Diaz lands an elbow to the head as they separate. Henderson trips him to the ground and is standing over him calculating his attack. Some decent shots on the canvas from Bendo. Henderson takes his legs out with a leg kick. Henderson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Henderson trips him to the mat and is unloading some nice punches. Diaz gets to his feet, but eats a head kick on the way up. The champ has him clinched against the fence. Henderson is now jabbing Diaz’s lead leg. He used the unusual strikes to floor Diaz with an overhand right. Henderson followed up with some punches on the ground before Diaz got to his feet. Henderson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Henderson continues to punish Diaz’s lead leg with kicks. Diaz eats a straight right hand. Henderson easily secures a takedown. Diaz attempted a kneebar from off his back, though gets punched in the grill for his troubles. Henderson is now standing over him picking his punches. Diaz tries multiple leg submissions from his back. Diaz flips him off while attempting his submissions. They are back to their feet. Diaz taunts him and gets floored with a right. Henderson is giving him the business. Henderson, 10-9.
4thRound: Henderson immediately scores a takedown. Diaz gets to his feet for a second, but gets slammed right back down. “Smooth” is simply smothering him on the canvas. Henderson stood over him landing some kicks and punches to the legs for the final two minutes. Henderson, 10-9.
5thRound: Diaz’s right eye is swollen. Henderson has done a masterful job of using kicks and clinching to eliminate Diaz’s reach and boxing advantages. Henderson slams him to the ground with the greatest of ease. Henderson is bringing the pain. Diaz flips him off again while on his back. They are back to their feet. Henderson tags him with a head kick. Henderson, 10-9, and cruises, 50-45.