“UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz” took place Saturday inside the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.
Unfortunately for North Americans, Spike TV’s same-day tape-delay broadcast of the card’s main bouts doesn’t begin until 8PM ET/PT.
SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know the results ahead of tonight’s airing, don’t continue reading. You have been WARNED!
A pivotal middleweight showdown between Chris Leben and Mark Munoz headlined the freebie fight card.
Here are the official results from today’s show:
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Chris Cariaso Defeated Vaughan Lee via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Fast and furious action early, with Lee dictating the pace. Lee nails him with a kick to the head. Lee trips him to the mat and secures a takedown. Lee not inflicting much damage, though. Lee, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lee comes out with a flurry of head kicks and gets a brief takedown. Cariaso works his way back up and fends off a guillotine choke. He tags Lee with an elbow as they separate. Cariaso is on the attack and plants Lee on his back. Cariaso moves to full-mount with two minutes remaining in the round. Cariaso, 10-9.
3rdRound: Lee working hard for a single-leg, but Cariaso is the one that scores the takedown. He immediately moves to side-control, now takes his back. Cariaso transitions to full-mount. Cariaso dropping massive elbows. He attempts a rear-naked choke as the horn sounds. Cariaso, 10-9 and rallies to win the bout, 29-28.
Che Mills Defeated Chris Cope via TKO (Punches) at :40 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Mills comes out like a house on fire. He unloads a vicious knee in the clinch and drops Cope. Mills smells blood and goes in for the kill. Mills creams him with another knee to the dome. It’s a wrap.
Michihiro Omigawa Defeated Jason Young via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Young’s hands look very sharp in the early moments, particularly with his counter punches. Omigawa clearly wants to get this fight to the canvas. The Japanese fighter gets him to the ground with two minutes to go. Young works his way to his feet and rocks Omigawa with a head kick. He follows up with a knee to the dome. Young shoots, but gets caught in a guillotine as the horn blares. On replay, Young’s head kick didn’t land flush, mostly blocked. Close round, but Young likely took it, 10-9.
2ndRound: Young’s right eye is pretty swollen. Omigawa immediately gets him down. Young manages to roll free. Omigawa trips him the the canvas again and lands in side-control. Nothing to see here. Omigawa, 10-9.
3rdRound: Young comes out with a greater sense of urgency. Omigawa wrestles him to the floor. Omigawa tries a heel-hook, but Young scrambles loose. Omigawa goes for an arm-in guillotine choke. Young avoids the submission, but is on his back once again. Omigawa just smothered him for the final 10 minutes. Omigawa, 10-9 and takes the contest, 29-28.
Philip De Fries Defeated Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: De Fries shoots and has him pressed against the fence. They are separated due to inactivity. De Fries tries for anther takedown and finally secures one. De Fries doing just enough to maintain the position. De Fries, 10-9.
2ndRound: Broughton gets taken down within 30 seconds. De Fries advances to side-control. Not the most thrilling scrap to watch. Broughton tries a kimura and uses it to sweep. Broughton now has him in a mounted crucifix and is nailing him. Broughton, 10-9.
3rdRound: De Fries gets him down in less than a minute and lands in side-control. This round is very similar to the first. De Fries moves to full-mount, though not much damage being inflicted. De Fries, 10-9 and wins the bout, 29-28.
John Maguire Defeated Justin Edwards via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Maguire takes a kick to the groin, time is called. Game on. Edwards drops him with a right hook and tries to pounce. Maguire reverses and gets a takedown. Edwards works his way back up, but gets delivered back to the ground. Edwards manages to stand back up, but not for long as Maguire puts him back down. Maguire, 10-9.
2ndRound: Edwards is more aggressive with his standup attack in the middle stanza. Maguire takes his back and slams him to the mat. Maguire has a body-triangle and two minutes to work. Maguire transitions to an armbar as the bell sounds. Maguire, 10-9.
3rdRound: Edwards takes the center of the cage and is throwing bombs. Nothing lands, though. He goes for an ankle lock, but Maguire grabs his leg and tries a knee bar. Both get free. Edwards just misses with a Capoeira head kick. Edwards gets taken down again. Maguire secures his back and gets another body-triangle. Maguire, 10-9 and sweeps, 30-27.
(Spike TV 8PM ET/PT via Same-day Tape-delay)
Terry Etim Defeated Edward Faaloloto via Submission (Guillotine) at :17 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Etim hits him with a couple of jabs, then locks in a standing arm-in guillotine choke. Faaloloto is forced to cry uncle.
Anthony Perosh Defeated Cyrille Diabate via Submission (Guillotine) at 3:09 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Diabate takes the center of the cage and is using his leg kicks to keep his opponent at bay. Perosh tags him with a right hand. Perosh’s shot gets stuffed. He pulls guard for a second, but they work their way back to their feet. Perosh gets a takedown, though isn’t able to do much in top position. Close round to score. Diabate, 10-9.
2ndRound: Diabate is a little overzealous with his attack and Perosh is able to score a takedown. He advances to full-mount. Now he takes his back and is attempting a rear-naked choke. Perosh working for an arm-triangle. Diabate gives up his back again and is eating big shots to the dome. Perosh unleashes a rear-naked and Diabate taps.
Thiago Alves Defeated Papy Abedi via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:32 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Abedi doesn’t appear overwhelmed by the moment. Alves lands a heavy kick to the body. Alves drops the Octagon rookie with a one-two combination. Alves moves to full-mount and is laying the lumber. Abedi gives up his back and Alves syncs in a rear-naked choke. Game. Set. Match, Alves.
Renan Barao Defeated Brad Pickett via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:09 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Both are swinging for the fences early, with Barao appearing to win the exchange. Another barrage by the featherweights. Barao gets him with a right hook, Pickett answers with a left. Pickett stuffs a takedown. Barao charges forward with a nice combination. Barao floors Pickett with a knee to the grill and pounces. He jumps on his back and gets both hooks in. Barao locks in a rear-naked choke and his opponent has no choice but to tap.
Mark Munoz Defeated Chris Leben via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Eye) at 5:00 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Leben a little sloppy with this attack and Munoz takes him to the ground in less than a minute. Leben wall-walks back to his feet, but Munoz still has him clinched against the cage. Leben now takes Munoz down and unloads some bombs. Leben drops for a guillotine choke, but Munoz gets free and lands in top position. Munoz bringing haymakers on the ground. Close round to score. Munoz, 10-9.
2ndRound: Leben charges forward, but Munoz drags him to the canvas. The Filipino unloading body shots and several more to the grill. Leben fights to his feet, but Munoz leads him back to the canvas. Leben is bleeding above his left eye. Leben eats some more big shots to the dome. Leben gets a hold of his neck, but nothing comes of it. Time is called to look at Leben’s eye. Leben is game. Leben tries another guillotine choke, but Munoz slips out and is bringing the pain. Munoz, 10-9.
Leben tells the doctor he can’t see out of his left eye between rounds and the scrap is called.