“UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar” took place Saturday inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar challenged reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo for his crown in the the show’s featured attraction. Former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans battled Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the night’s co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Francisco Rivera Defeated Edwin Figueroa via TKO (Punches) at 4:20 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Figueroa nails him with an overhand left and several shots to the body. Rivera was wobbly, but comes firing back. Figueroa drops him with another left and follows him to the canvas. Rivera gets to his feet and scores with a leg kick. Rivera secures a takedown and advances to side control. Figueroa gets back up and eats a head kick for his efforts. Rivera scores another takedown. Figueroa, 10-9.
2ndRound: Figueroa catches a kick and trips him to the ground. Rivera tries a triangle choke from his back to no avail. Figueroa working good ground-and-pound. Rivera gets to his feet. He hits Rivera with a punch-kick combo. Figueroa appears a tad winded. Rivera is going for the kill. He’s clobbering Rivera with multiple unanswered punches to the dome. It’s a wrap.
Dustin Kimura Defeated Chico Camus via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:50 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Camus comes out firing and briefly floors him with a straight right hand. Kimura a little sloppy with his striking and Camus takes advantage with a takedown. Kimura going for a triangle-armbar from his back. Kimura uses an omoplata to scramble to top position. Camus easily reverses. Camus, 10-9.
2ndRound: Nothing to write home about in the first-half of the round. Camus has him clinched against the cage. He scores a takedown, but almost gets caught in several submission attempts. Kimura tried another omoplata, then triangle-armbar, but the horn blared. Kimura, 10-9.
3rdRound: Kimura might want to pull guard, he might be able to tap him with ample time to work. Camus goes for a shot, but Kimura winds up on top. He takes his back and locks in a rear-naked choke. Camus is forced to cry uncle. Camus did Kimura a favor by going for the early takedown.
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Isaac Vallie-Flagg Defeated Yves Edwards via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: As expected, fast and furious pace early. Vallie-Flagg starts things off with a kick to the body, Edwards answers with a right hand. Vallie-Flagg tags him with a straight right and hits him with a solid knee to the midsection while in the clinch. Edwards nails him with a head kick as they separate. Vallie-Flagg tags him with another straight right. Edwards gets his kick caught, but unleashes a flying knee to the mug. Close round to score. Vallie-Flagg, 10-9.
2ndRound: Vallie-Flagg clinches him against the cage. Nice combination in the clinch by Vallie-Flagg. Edwards comes storming back with a flurry. Edwards trips him to the ground. He easily advances to side control, now takes his back. Edwards has both hooks in and is going for a rear-naked choke. Edwards, 10-9.
3rdRound: Vallie-Flagg comes out with a greater sense of urgency, immediately landing a front kick to the body. Vallie-Flagg landing cleaner shots this frame. He connects with a knee and right hand. Edwards attempts a takedown to no avail. Edwards is the more winded of the two. Vallie-Flagg, 10-9, and may have won, 29-28. It will come down to how the judges saw the first five minutes.
Bobby Green Defeated Jacob Volkmann via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:25 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Volkmann gets a hold of a leg and drags him to the mat. He’s smothering Green on the canvas. Volkmann has him stacked against the fence. Volkmann takes his back and has just over a minute to work. Volkmann, 10-9.
2ndRound: Green throws some kicks and was briefly taken down. He has Volkmann clinched against the fence. Green trips him to the canvas and lands a solid elbow to the face. Active GnP by Green, highlighted by elbows. Wow, referee Kim Winslow stands them up due to inactivity??? Green was doing damage. Crowd boos her. Volkmann immediately takes advantage of new life and gets a takedown. He takes Green’s back. Green, 10-9.
3rdRound: Green takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Green plans him on his back with an explosive shot. He quickly moves to side control. Volkmann gets to his feet and tries to take his opponent down. Green reverses for a brief moment before giving up his back. Green sweeps and lands in full mount. He’s giving Volkmann the business. Green maneuvers to his back and slaps on a rear-naked choke. Volkmann has no choice but to tap.
Tyron Woodley Defeated Jay Hieron via KO (Punches) at :36 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Woodley charges forward and drops the former IFL champion with a vicious right hand. He’s laying the lumber on the ground. Hieron is out cold – eyes rolled back, legs stiff and all.
Evan Dunham Defeated Gleison Tibau via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Quick observation, Tibau is nearly twice as wide as Dunham. Nice left by Dunham to start things off. Tibau tags him with a big right hand. They are exchanging leather. Tibau goes for a guillotine choke, but his lightweight opponent is able to fend him off. Dunham fights to his feet. A lot of clinching between the two. Very tight round to score. Tibau, 10-9.
2ndRound: Dunham goes for a shot and gets the Brazilian down for a split second. More clinching. Swings, but not much landing for either fighter. Another close round to score. Dunham, 10-9.
3rdRound: Tibau charges forward and is working hard for a couple of guillotine chokes. Dunham’s shot gets stuffed. He’s now 0-4. Dunham appeared to stagger his opponent with a jab. Dunham now thwarts a takedown attempt. Tibau appears winded with two minutes remaining. Knee to the midsection by Dunham. He follows up with a one-two combo. Dunham’s jab might win him this scrap. Tibau eats a big knee. and another. Dunham, 10-9, and likely rallied to win, 29-28.
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Joseph Benavidez Defeated Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: McCall immediately tries a takedown, but is unable to complete it. Benavidez nails him with a short elbow for his troubles. McCall connects on a big kick to the body. Benavidez caps off a flurry with a solid left hand. McCall takes a shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Benavidez looks sharp. He’s punishing McCall’s lead leg with kicks. McCall scores with a knee to the midsection. McCall stuns him with a right hand. Benavidez has a minor cut on his hairline. Benavidez, 10-9.
2ndRound: Thunderous kick to the body by Benavidez. They clinch against the cage. Benavidez unloads a good knee to the thigh. Benavidez ducked under a punch and McCall jumps on top of him. He takes his back and has both hooks in, but only 40 ticks remaining in the round. Benavidez gets to his feet, though is eating knees to the legs. McCall, 10-9.
3rdRound: Benavidez unleashes a right that sends his opponent to the fence. McCall has recovered and is firing back. Another heavy kick to the midsection by Benavidez. McCall secures a takedown for a brief second. They exchange leg kicks. McCall tags him with a body shot. And a left hook. Benavidez responds with a kick to the stomach. Both fighters raise their hands in victory. The judges could make this interesting. Benavidez, 10-9, and probably held on to win, 29-28.
Demian Maia Defeated Jon Fitch via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Maia immediately goes for a shot and trips him to the canvas. The jiu jitsu ace takes his back. Fitch stands up and is piggybacking his opponent. Maia has slapped on a body triangle and continues to work for a rear-naked choke. They’ve been in the same position for nearly two minutes. Maia lets go and drags him to the ground. Fitch fights to his feet. Fitch grabs the fence to prevent the takedown. Maia is kneeing his thighs. Not sure why the crowd is booing, Maia is dominating him. Maia, 10-9.
2ndRound: Fitch firing off tow leg kicks to start the middle stanza. Maia easily drags him to the mat once again. He instantly takes Fitch’s back. Maia locks on a body triangle and has two minutes to work. I’ve never seen Fitch get schooled like this on the ground, maybe to Georges St-Pierre. Crowd booing again as the horn blares. Not quite sure what the issue is… Maia, 10-9.
3rdRound: Fitch needs a finish to win this. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t finished anyone since submitting Roan Carneiro in June of 2007. Third verse, same as the first (and second) – Maia clinches and takes him down. He moves to his back with the greatest of ease. Fitch wiggles free, but Maia shoots again. Fitch tries a guillotine choke and ends up in top position. They’re back to their feet. Maia gets a body lock. He’s been all over Fitch like a wet blanket. Fitch gets free and needs to unleash the kitchen sink in the last 90 seconds. Forget that, Maia takes him right back down. Maia, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva Defeated Alistair Overeem via TKO (Punches) at :25 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Overeem charges the center of the Octagon. He lands a left hook to the body and goes in for the clinch. Overeem connects on an overhand right and knee to the midsection. Silva eating knees to the legs while they clinch against the fence. They separate and Silva throws a kick to the midsection, Overeem answers with a flurry and knee to the midsection. Overeem’s hands are down, he doesn’t seem fazed with Silva’s hands. The Dutchman cliches him against the cage again. Overeem nails him with an uppercut. Overeem, 10-9.
2ndRound: Big leg kick by Bigfoot, but Overeem answers with a right hand. Oveereem gets a body lock and tosses him to the mat, landing in side control. Silva unloads a couple of nice elbows to the dome from off his back. Overeem working some good ground-and-pound. You can hear the thuds from Overeem’s punches throughout the arena. Silva has done nothing offensively in 10 minutes. They get to their feet and Silva finally scores his first significant strikes of the night. Overeem, 10-9.
3rdRound: Silva comes out like a house on fire. He’s giving Overeem the business. Countless vicious punches to the dome and Overeem drops to the canvas. Game. Set. Match, Silva. What a rally! Silva went back to talk smack over a battered Overeem. Referee Herb Dean had to pull him away.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Defeated Rashad Evans via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Feeling out period in the opening two minutes. Crowd getting anxious. Evans has scored the only points of the fight with two kicks. Nogueira lands a straight left. And another. Evans staggers him with a big right hand. Evans scores a momentary takedown. He tagged Nogueira with a couple of punches as they separated. Evans, 10-9.
2ndRound: Nice inside leg kick by Evans. Nogueira counters with another straight left. One-two combo by Little Nog. Not the most thrilling fight of the night thus far. Evans fires back with a combo of his own, but eats a body kick in return. Nogueira thwarts a takedown attempt. Nogueira catches him with a right hook. Close round. Nogueira, 10-9.
3rdRound: This fight has taken a lot of the buzz out of the building that Bigfoot left. Evans thinks he can beat Anderson Silva, but is having issues with this lefty. Nogueira takes a poke in the eye and time is called. Game on. Crowd really raining down boos. Evans fails on a takedown attempt. Nogueira connects on a knee to the midsection. Both fighters raise their hands in victory, but not sure either really “won” the bout. Nogueira, 10-9, and may have won, 29-28.
Jose Aldo Defeated Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) (Aldo retains UFC featherweight title)
1stRound: Edgar charges in and eats an uppercut. Two quick left jabs by Aldo. A pair of solid straight rights by the champ. Aldo’s hands look sharp, particularly his long left jab. Thunderous leg kick by Aldo. And another. It’s imperative Edgar avoids them, not just because they hurt like hell but it takes away his foot movement. Aldo, 10-9.
2ndRound: Edgar’s lead leg is already bruised from two kicks. One-two combo by Aldo. The speed advantage Edgar enjoyed at lightweight isn’t translating in his 145-pound debut. Edgar fails on his first takedown attempt. Aldo unleashes another nasty leg kick. He trips up Edgar with another violent leg kick. Edgar caught a kick, landed a punch and scored a quick takedown in one motion. Two stiff jabs by Aldo. Aldo, 10-9.
3rdRound: Aldo thwarts a takedown try. Edgar’s corner keeps yelling that Aldo is slowing down. We know Edgar can go on for days. “The Answer” eats a front kick to the face. Solid leg kick by Edgar. And again. Aldo answers with a left hook. Edgar tags him with a one-two combo. Another flurry by Edgar. Edgar lands a right hand. He tries a takedown and Aldo throws him off. Edgar, 10-9.
4thRound: Nothing significant landing for either fighter. Edgar charges for a takedown to no avail, but lands a couple of punches as they separate. Edgar tags him with a left hook. Edgar gets a body lock and slams him to the mat. Aldo bounces right back up, but the challenger is draped on his back against the cage. Edgar unloading knees to the back of Aldo’s legs. Leg kick by Edgar. Edgar, 10-9.
5thRound: Big leg kick by Edgar. Nice jab by Aldo, Edgar counters with a right hand. Left hand by Aldo. Edgar fails on a takedown attempt, but lands a right. Two unanswered leg kicks by Edgar. Edgar catches him with a knee to the face in the clinch. Edgar tags him with a combo. He follows up with an inside leg kick. Aldo clocks him with a right punch. Edgar answers with a combo. Edgar and Aldo exchange rights. Aldo pushes off the fence and tags him with a right. This will all come down to how the judges saw the middle frame. Edgar, 10-9, and may have won, 48-47.