All of the preliminary bouts for “UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones” are officially in the record books. Courtesy of Facebook and Spike TV, only three of the card’s dark matches actually went unseen to those unable to grab a seat inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Please click HERE for our live coverage of the UFC 128. The pay-per-view broadcast is headlined by a light heavyweight title affair between Jon Jones and champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
In the evening’s very first contest, Erik Koch submitted his application for ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors by putting Raphael Assuncao to sleep with a quick right hand at 2:32 in the 1stRound.
Nick Catone, Joseph Benavidez, Gleison Tibau, Mike Pyle and Edson Barboza each posted decision victories following the thrilling opener.
Luiz Cane made quick work of Eliot Marshall in the final preliminary bout. While his 1stRound TKO was more vicious, Koch’s was more highlight reel worthy and might earn him the bonus – assuming the main card doesn’t deliver, of course.
“Words can’t describe how I feel right now. That’s a big win over a tough opponent. This was my UFC debut and I came out looking to impress.”
(On the fight-ending right hook)
“That Duke Roufus and Scott Cushman right there. Scott worked that hook with me, so a big thanks goes out to him.”
“I had 250 people here to see me fight. I heard them up in the stands screaming for me and that gave me the inspiration to keep pushing forward.”
“I followed through on my game plan, was able to ground and pound and earn the victory.”
“I didn’t give him much of a chance. I thought I was going to finish him. The difference in the fight was my speed and my conditioning. I do have to give him credit on his wrestling and his defense.
I’m in a weird position because Dominick [Cruz] beat me twice and Urijah is my best friend and if he wins he’ll be the No. 1 contender.”
“After I got knocked down in the second I knew it was time to go. I was very happy to beat Kurt Pellegrino in his home state.
I feel that after this win I have earned a top 10 fighter in the division.
“I was not content with the victory. I wanted the finish.”
“I’m 70 percent happy tonight. I didn’t want this to go to decision. When he dropped me earlier, that was the turning point of the fight because it woke me up. I want to fight the best in the world. I feel better than I have ever felt.”
Here are the quick results for tonight’s preliminary bouts:
Erik Koch Defeated Raphael Assuncao via KO (Punch) at 2:32 in the 1stRound
Nick Catone via Defeated Costantinos Philippou via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Joseph Benavidez Defeated Ian Loveland via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Gleison Tibau Defeated Kurt Pellegrino via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mike Pyle Defeated Ricardo Almeida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Edson Barboza Defeated Anthony Njokuani via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)
Luiz Cane Defeated Eliot Marshall via TKO (Strikes) at 2:15 in the 1stRound