“UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou” took place Saturday night inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A critical welterweight scrap between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger headlined the UFC’s second-to-last fight card on Spike. A middleweight contest with “The Ultimate Fighter 11” winner Court McGee and Dongi Yang served as the event’s co-featured contest.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s show:
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Justin Edwards Defeated Jorge Lopez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Lopez picks him up and slams him to the mat, but lands in Edwards’ guillotine choke. Nothing comes of it. Edwards scores a brief takedown of his own. Lopes nails him in the face with a vicious knee while in the clinch. Edwards gets another takedown. Close round, likely went to Edwards, 10-9.
2ndRound: Edwards gets him to the mat within seconds and transitions to a guillotine attempt. Lopez gets free. Edwards is relentless with his takedown attempts, and why not since he’s getting nearly all of them. Edwards was pounding him in his head countless times, but Lopez spins out of trouble. Edwards, 10-9.
3rdRound: Lopez knows he needs to make something happen and immediately puts Edwards on his back. He takes his back and is unloading bombs. Edwards manages to get up. Lopez trips him to the canvas with a minute left, but Edwards is defending strikes well. Edwards tries an omoplata as the horn sounds. Could come down to how the officials scored the opening stanza. Lopez, 10-9, Edwards takes the fight 29-28.
Robert Peralta Defeated Mike Lullo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: They exchange leg kicks to start the scrap. Peralta gets a quick takedown. Lullo’s lead leg is already bruised up. Peralta scores with a flurry of punches and kicks. Peralta drops him with a side-kick to the sternum. Peralta, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lullo looks beat up – a large welt on left side of his face and his left thigh is purple. Lullo going for a takedown and has his opponent pressed against the cage, but can’t get him to the canvas. His shot gets stuffed again. Lullo, 10-9
3rdRound: Peralta comes out firing, but lands nothing too devastating. Lullo’s shot gets stuffed again, although he doesn’t give up and finally gets him to the ground. Peralta gets back up while Lullo hangs on his back. Lullo connects on a short elbow on the break. Lullo gets another takedown as the fight ends. Lullo, 10-9, and takes a close fight 29-28 (Shows you how much I know…).
T.J. Waldburger Defeated Mike Stumpf via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:52 in the 1stround
1stRound: Waldburger spins him around with a powerful leg kick and immediately takes his back on the ground. He tries to move to a high-risk armbar and Stumpf gets free and is now on top. Waldburger goes for an armbar and instantly transitions to a triangle choke. It’s a wrap. That was an impressive display of BJJ.
Seth Baczynski Defeated Clay Harvison via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:12 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Baczynski takes the center of the cage and is active to start the contest. He connects on a couple of knees to the body while in the clinch. Baczynski has attempted two flying knees thus far, one landed. Harvison eats a big right hand. Baczynski, 10-9.
2ndRound: Baczynski is bringing the pain in the middle stanza and unloads a huge right that floors Harvison. He takes his back and locks in a rear-naked choke, Harvison has no choice but to tap.
Ken Stone Defeated Donny Walker via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:40 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Stone tags him with two nice leg kicks. He takes Walker down and lands in half-guard. Walker gives up his back and Stone immediately locks in a rear-naked choke. Walker refuses to tap and goes to sleep for his troubles.
Lance Benoist Defeated Matt Riddle via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Benoist comes out firing and lands a big left. He accidentally knees Riddle in the groin and time is called. The fight resumes. Riddle appears irritated, as he comes back with a head kick and takes the Octagon rookie down. Riddle lands a big left elbow and attempts a kimura. Benoist pulls off an impressive sweep and lands some good ground-and-pound. Benoist, 10-9.
2ndRound: Benoist casually tags him with a head kick. Riddle takes him down for a brief moment. They work their way back up and Benoist eats a knee to the face. Benoist now takes Riddle down and is bleeding all over Riddle. Benoist’s nose looks deformed, as it’s pouring blood. Benoist still relentless with his ground assault, but Riddle almost got an armbar. Benoist, 10-9.
3rdRound: Thrilling start to the final stanza, as both fighters come out swinging. Riddle gets him down and lands in side mount. Riddle is taking aim at his opponent’s jacked up beak. Riddle is winning the round, but he likely lost the first two rounds. Riddle, 10-9, but I have Benoist taking the scrap, 29-28 despite his bloodied and battered nose.
Evan Dunham Defeated Shamar Bailey via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Bailey hits him with a big left hand. Dunham answers with a nice one-two combo. Dunham gets him with a front-kick to the sternum and a head kick. Bailey throws him to the canvas just before the horn sounds. Close round to call, Dunham, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bailey nails him with a left hand to start the round. He slips and Dunham tries to take his back to no avail. Dunham scores on another one-two combination. Dunham is starting to find his range. He’s getting almost anything he wants, but nothing too devastating. Dunham, 10-9.
3rdRound: Bailey comes out with a sense of urgency, but Dunham keeps beating him to the punch. It’s clear who the 4.5-to-1 favorite is. Dunham is unloading bombs, but it doesn’t appear like he’ll post a finish. Dunham, 10-9, 30-27.
Vagner Rocha Defeated Cody McKenzie via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:49 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: McKenzie lands a head kick and asks his opponent to engage. Rocha kicks him below the belt, but McKenzie refuses to take the five minutes he’s allowed. Rocha marches forward and almost gets caught in McKenzie’s guillotine on the way to the ground. Rocha goes for multiple arm submissions and has McKenzie’s arm trapped behind his own back. Rocha almost had a rear-naked choke. He pounds his face, but McKenzie finally gets free. Rocha, 10-9.
2ndRound: Rocha leads him to the canvas within the first minute. He locks in a D’arce choke, but McKenzie scrambles free. Rocha is transitioning from one submission attempt to another. He advances to full-mount and secures a body triangle. McKenzie taps to a rear-naked choke. Impressive performance by Rocha.
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Alan Belcher Defeated Jason MacDonald via Verbal Submission (Strikes) at 3:48 in the 1stRound
1stRound: MacDonald has a full body lock and drags him to the mat to pull guard. Belcher makes him pay for it, as he’s laying the lumber with countless shots to the face. MacDonald goes for a kimura and winds up giving up side control. Belcher has been out of action 16 months and certainly made up for lost time. He’s unleashing bombs and the fight is called.
Erik Koch Defeated Jonathan Brookins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Brookins shoots for a single-leg takedown, but Koch has fended it off for more than two minutes. Brookins lands two short elbows in the clinch. They separate and Koch connects on a big left. Brookins attempts another takedown and eats some hammer fists for his troubles. Tough round to call, Brookins had him pressed against the cage for most of the round – a la Randy Couture. Brookins, 10-9.
2ndRound: Brookins tries another takedown to no avail. Koch misses with a head kick, but tags him with a big left hand. Brookins has him pressed against the cage again. Brookins drags him down, but Koch ends up on top for a second. They get back to their feet, with Koch’s back against the fence. Brookins finally scores his first takedown of the fight. Brookins, 10-9. This won’t be a popular decision if it goes to the cards.
3rdRound: Koch gets him with a one-two combo. Brookins’ shot gets fended off. Brookins goes for another single-leg and has him pressed against the fence. Koch gets free and likely needs a finish to get a win. Brookins has him pinned against the cage once again. This ruling will be interesting, if not highly controversial, but based on the way MMA judging has been going – Brookins, 10-9 and he takes the scrap via Octagon control, 30-27.
Court McGee Defeated Dongi Yang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-28)
1stRound: Not much action in the first two minutes, outside of leg kick exchanges. McGee slightly stuns him with a straight right. Tough to judge this sparring session. Yang landed some powerful inside-leg kicks. McGee, 10-9.
2ndRound: McGee shoots for a takedown, but Yang easily fends him off. Yang tags him with a brief flurry, nothing too damaging. McGee tries for another takedown to no avail. Yang scores on a one-two combination, but McGee answers with a head kick. Another close one, Yango, 10-9.
3rdRound: Just as the crowd starts to boo, Yang drops McGee with a left and follows up with a flying knee to the face. Yang takes him down, but McGee reverses and connects with a shot that bloodies Yang’s face on the way up. McGee gets another takedown stuffed. McGee finally gets him down and moves to full mount. Nothing comes of it and Yang gets back to his feet. Yang looks gassed with a minute to go. McGee takes him down and unleashes two big elbows and tries for a guillotine as the horn blares. Was that late flurry good enough to nullify Yang’s knockdown? McGee, 10-9 and wins the contest, 29-28.
Jake Ellenberger Defeated Jake Shields via TKO (Strikes) at :53 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Shields tries to take him down and Ellenberger throws him to the mat. Ellenberger lands a huge knee to the midsection, then to the face while in the clinch. Shields drops and Ellenberger pounces. Game. Set. Match, Ellenberger. Shields was so dazed and confused, he was trying to take the referee down with a single-leg after the fight was called.